Monday, October 31, 2005

Page 10 has another new picture added, and several captions corrected. Click here___>Page 10
Just received this from Michael Vettor

Earlier today Ray Savignano passed away. Two weeks ago Ray tripped and fell on his head, started to recover but....well, what difference does it make..we lost a good friend. Ray was my best friend and he asked me to let the CBS guys know, should anything happen to him.

Michael Vettor
407-909-0781 Office
407-765-6367 Cell

Sunday, October 30, 2005

New addition to the "Page 10" collection. Click here___>Page 10
Hi Dave,

Ed Benford and I were there that night also { Maint.}..This movie is bringing some of us out of the Woodwork. Let's hope it continues.

Best Regards,
Harold Deppe.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

The current promos for the new film "Good Night and Good Luck" reminded me of a historic "See It Now" broadcast on Nov. 18, 1951 that I took part in. It was the first live coast to coast television transmission. Ed Murrow showed a split screen of live shots of the Brooklyn Bridge and the San Francisco Bay Brdge. The program originated from control room 41 in the Grand Central Building. I was doing audio. It is hard to realize that was 54 years ago.
Jay Chichon

Friday, October 28, 2005

To the brain trust:

I am very familiar with Chuck Pharis and his info on the Indian Head Test Pattern. Im looking, however for an alternate source on the history of the Indian Head Test Pattern and information as to why they chose an Indian head as opposed to something else. Im also looking for any history on this icon of the TV industry. Id very much like to interview anyone who may have been involved with its development, but theres probably little chance of that. I do know that the original artwork was done by a guy named Brooks and was dated 8-28-38. Your help is and will be appreciated.

Larry Bloomfield
Sagacious Pixel
Order of the Iron Test Pattern

Thursday, October 27, 2005

From: Heyward, Andrew Sent:
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
To: @CND NewsSubject: Message from Andrew

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I wanted you to know ahead of the official announcement today that I will be leaving CBS when my contract expires at the end of the year. After nearly ten years in this job - a record in the post-Paley-ozoic era -- it's time for a change, both for the News division and for me.
Leslie Moonves will be announcing my replacement shortly. The appointment is effective on November 7th, and I will be available to the new president as an advisor for the rest of the year as needed.
I've worked at CBS News for more than 24 years, as a field producer, broadcast producer, executive producer, and president. The last quarter-century has been a time of seismic change in the broadcast-journalism landscape, and it's been my privilege to play a role in steering CBS News across that shifting terrain and into the future.
I have every confidence that CBS News will thrive in the coming years, thanks to the extraordinarily talented and dedicated men and women who work here. My colleagues at CBS have enriched my life beyond measure, through challenging times and triumphs alike.
As for my own plans, I do not intend to "pursue other interests" or even "spend more time with my family," wonderful as it is. I am going to remain fully engaged in the media business. My goal is to explore that frontier just over the horizon where journalism, technology, and the needs of a new generation intersect in exciting and important ways.
In the meantime, I hope to say thanks and good-bye to as many of you as possible in the coming weeks. I owe you more than I can say, and I will take great pride in your continued success.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Thanks to the "razor-sharp" memories of some of our users, we are now only missing two names from the latest uploaded group picture! Click Here___>ATWT Picture

Monday, October 24, 2005

Thanks to several of our users, we now have most of the names for the ATWT picture, however we are still missing six names. Put on your "thinking caps" and see if you can pull those names out of the ether! Click here ___>ATWT Picture
Here is a vintage picture, courtesy of Ron McGowan. It is an "image mapped" picture,
which means that you can place your mouse pointer over a face to see the name.
If you have any additions or corrections, please send them in to the Webmaster.
Click here ___>As the World Turns Studio 41 Show Crew from 1977

Saturday, October 22, 2005

One evening, I was called to report to studio 41 at Grand Central Station to do the
Edward R. Murrow show, as they were short an audio ute. They shot the show in the control room and two cameras were used. One was brought into the video pit, and one was placed behind the directors console, one step up, where the show's clients would sit. They placed a short tongue dolly in the studio so you could see it when they shot Murrow across from the client's level and through the glass to the studio floor.
He sat facing a console, which held the monitor and some telephones.
My job was to set Murrow's mike and headphones. Why they wanted headphones, I don`t know.
Since I was called so late, I barely got finished when we went on the air.
I didn't have time to get out of the way, so I sat on the floor to his right for the whole show.
When the show was over, I heard Fred Friendly say to Murrow, "We are going to catch hell
starting tomorrow."
One thing people don't know about him is he was very interested in children's education through TV. Once a week, if I had no assignment, I would be sent to Murrow's office. I ran many an audition of children's shows on 16mm film in his office. He was superstitious... whenever he moved to a new office, his big black door would go with him. I never saw him without a cigarette.

Cal Marotta
Come browse our luncheon pictures from the Crowne Plaza Hotel in NJ, October 19, 2005. If you have pictures to add, please send them to the Webmaster. Also, if you have any corrections or additions,please email me, as well. Click here ___>2005-10-19-Luncheon

Friday, October 21, 2005

Johnny Mac always made new Techs feel like old friends. His family has my deepest sympathy and I am glad our paths had crossed. It was good to see a message from John K. who was one of the earliest and best T.D's. He put the TECHNICAL in TD.

Frank Novack
I submit this as an addendum to Gayle DePoli's message on the Murrow, Friendly years! In the early part of 1954, I began my broadcasting career at NBC. My first assignment was as a utility man on the KATE SMITH show. We were pre-empted more often than not for the "Army-McCarthy hearings." I remember sitting in the control room of the studio on 44th or 47th street (not sure which one) along with the crew and production staff watching in disbelief how this man seemed to be attacking anything and everything that we believed in.
Time went by, and I came to CBS working on the Jack Paar show in studio 41--the same studio where "See it Now" and "Person to Person" aired. At the time, it didn't seem very significant to be so close to such a great man. As time went on, it became a shrine to journalism - he and Fred Friendly made it so. I have not yet seen the movie, "Good Night and Good Luck", but I get chills every time I see the promos.
Memories, memories...
Bob Vernum
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Good Night and Good Luck

Last night I went to a movie, "Good Night and Good Luck". Now I may have been a small child during the McCarthy hearings. But I do remember "Person To Person". The show that Edward R. Murrow wasn't fond of. Even though I started in 1972 at CBS, I did have the pleasure to work with Fred Friendly many times in the '80's on "Media and Society Seminars" at Columbia Uiversity....and beyond. I worked on those shows with Mark Ganguzza from some of the greatest universities. Places like the FBI building in Washington, DC. And the Nation War College in McClean, VA. We were at the National War College shooting "the Other Side of the News" when the ground war broke out during Desert Storm. Another one of the fascinating shows produced by Fred Friendly. The man who was one of our greatest champions of the Constitution of the USA. He made sure we all had pocket copies with us. I still have mine. In addition, it was a pleasure to work on "60 Minutes" for years working with Don Hewitt, Palmer Williams, Joe and Shirley Wershba. Watching the movie last night was thrilling for me to get a peek at the behind the scenes of the time. Even if it were Hollywood's view. Joe and Shirley Wershba and the Friendly family were consultants on the film. And how wonderful to have Fred Friendly portrayed by George Clooney? What about Frank Langella as Bill Paley? Well, Mr. Paley to us. A great film shot on Video in Black and White 24p and Directed by George Clooney. And if you like jazz, it has a great soundtrack showcasing Dianne Reeves. Don't miss it. A terrific history lesson of CBS News. And a walk down memory lane for some.
Boy, you guys sure smoked a lot of cigarettes back then.

Gayle P. DePoli

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Received an urgent phone call from Gene Pasculli. He spoke with Keith Morris of the 1212 Union office, about the 2006 drug plan. He strongly suggested to stay with our present drug plan as it is better than Medicare drug plan. The company must likely will mail us info of their plan, so we can see the difference.

Tony Casola

Monday, October 17, 2005

William "Red" Berridge will be waked Tuesday and Wednesday October 18th & 19th. from 2-5 P.M. and 7-9:30 P.M. at the Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Home on Old Country Road in Hicksville, NY.

Mass will be held on Thursday October 20th at 9:30 A.M. at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church on South Oyster Bay Road in Hicksville, NY.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Klimy called and told me "Red died." He didn't have to say the full name for I knew instantly that he was referring to "Red" Bill Berridge. Just like we call George,...... Klimy, and then there is Chico, and Bruno, Joe Deso, some men were so popular that there name is reduced too, or shortened to some sobriquet. Bill also is remembered as a very fine man, a gentleman, and of course an excellent video engineer. One of my first remotes was with Bill and I was assigned to a room next to his, and on the day of air, which was usually Sunday, Red asked me If I was going to early mass with him, (he never missed mass if it was at all possible). And he always left a check in the collection basket (kinda' as proof of attendance for the IRS). Another characteristic was that he would leave a tip for the room service maid, always. He just had a set of high moral values. Another mortal soul has passed this way leaving all that knew him richer and pleased to have been in his company.
Pax Vobiscum
Tony Cucurullo
PS: A note to Sid :
"You will never be alone, at least not in the thoughts of your friends."
Forget solitaire and meet some of the brothers living with you in Florida."
We had a poker game for many years on Long Island monthly at our homes. There were Charley Giriat, Emile Lamendola, Al Bressan, Sol Trane, John Mc Manus, Walter Pile and Red Berridge. The most recent were John Mcmanus and Bill Berridge. All are now deceased and I am the survivor, it is a strange feeling. I will have to play solitaire until we meet again.

Sid Kaufman
Boca Raton, Fl.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

The Address of Studio 58 is wrong ... It was 841 Ninth Ave. The Studio was given over to Channel 13 in 1961.
This building contained the studio and master control for channel 13 until 1980, when master was relocated to 356 west 58th. St. The Studio was used until 1982. The Dick Cavett Show and the McNeil Lehrer Newshour were the last shows produced at this facility under the banner of 13.
The studio was then leased to Teletape productions and later Unitel, until bankruptcy closed the facility. Channel 13 then sold the Building to Alvin Ailey and they subsequently tore the building down in the late 90's.
I was an engineer for 13 from 1971 to 1996. I am now working as a video engineer for ABC.

Nick Besink
It is with sadness that we must report the passing of William "Bill" Berridge.
Information at this point is scant, however, as soon as we have more to report, it will be posted here.
Our condolences go out to Bill's wife, Patricia, and the rest of their family.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Hi Dave,

There might be some one out there that would like to get a copy of their service record for some reason or other. They can get it by writing to:
National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Ave
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

Include Name Rank and Serial Number also Service dates. It takes about 2-3 Months, and there may be a fee of 50 cents per page.

Harry Charles
To all our friends of CBS. Bruno Fucci will undergo another MRI test; this one is for his other knee that needs replacement. He has endured much suffering with this problem. Let's hope his spirits stay high and that he is successful with his surgery.
Bruno is another of CBS's stellar points-of-lights. He has been a consummate professional all of his career at CBS. But mostly he is a friend to all that know him. When I was down on my own spirits he made calls from California every day for weeks to cheer me on. Even though he had his own pain to fight through. An email or a call will help this giant. I love you Bruno, stay well!

Tony Cucurullo

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Please note!
October 14th is the deadline for the CBS Get-together Luncheon, if you are coming mail in your checks. Time is short and the deadline is only next week so don't delay.

Tony Casola