Friday, December 30, 2005

Subject: Julius McLaughlin

Hi again Group:

I have some additional sad news to send to you. Some of you already know, but Julius McLaughlin passed away on Monday, December 26th. I discovered this when I saw an email from one of his relatives posted down near the cafeteria. Rich Brender also called me with the news.There will be a short wake for him on Friday, December 30th at 9:30AM, followed by a funeral service at 10:30AM at The Riverside Church in Manhattan. The family has requested donations to the American Cancer Society, in lieu of flowers.I'm sure those of you who personally know Julius will remember his genial good nature and his dedication to CBS.I don't think anyone ever heard a harsh word from Julius and I can't imagine that anyone would have anything but kind thoughts about a true gentleman and wonderful technician.Julius was one of the original WCBS Newsradio technicians (as was yours truly) who migrated over to TV when local radio was down-sizing it's technical staff, in the late 70's. He often joined us at our "audio de-briefing" dinners, and we will miss him very much. May he rest in peace.

73 de Ray Sills

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Greetings.You may be interested in my web page, "Very Old Pictures from KRLD Radio and TV", located at Some of the pictures show the arrival of the first videotape machine at KRLD-TV (now KDFW) in Dallas. Also shown are Chief Engineer Bill Honeycutt and a few other "old timers." Until ten years ago, KDFW was a CBS-TV affiliate, of course, you guys must have many of our people while working the Cowboys games. I worked on only one game, perhaps 1983, and remember looking over the shoulder of a guy named Bruno Fucci, who could type really fast, as I recall. Anyway, please drop by and have a look at the old photos. And have a great week!
Andrew K. Dart
What is everyone doing about enrolling in Medicare part D. ? I havent got a clue...... any suggestions? They would be much appreciated....
Lee Levy

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Hi Dave,

I want to thank you for the use of some of the photos on your site. Someone had asked about this studio a while back on an Elvis newsgroup which got me digging. There was some misinformation out there about it and Elvis' appearances in it so I thought it worthy of a page on Scotty's site, especially since the Anniversary is coming up next month. If any of your members know of any more detail or errors please let me know. I've credited and linked the CBS retirees site on the page. Check it out if it's of interest at Scotty Moore.

Thanks and a happy holiday season to you all.


Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Sad News
I'm sorry to report that "Mac" McKelvey passed away yesterday. He is being waked at Francioni Taylor & Lopez Inc Funeral Home, 1200 10th Avenue, Neptune, NJ 07753 Tomorrow is the only day for visiting, 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Call 732-775-0028 for directions .

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

From: Tony Cucurullo
To: David Minott
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2005 12:28 PM
Subject: tonk

Another request . Is there anyone that could email the rules about how to play that venerable ole' game that entertained all of us at CBS?
The name of the game is "Tonk." When I think of some of the players of the past I am amused with the images of say, George (Grease'em-up) Burian, along with Mike Dietz, and Vic Milano, Bruno Fucci and most of the Tape Techs.
The game was so popular as I can recall, that I was on an airline flight and the flight attendants were playing it. They were surprised when I told them that the game originated at CBS.
So, I would appreciate it if someone can remember the rules of play. This is to help an old man share some time with a few friends here in Virginia, the place where, "Not even Viagra can help."
Send the info to:
Fraternally yours,
Tony Cucurullo

Ed. Note:
The information Tony is looking for can be found here:
How to play Tonk
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I was just informed that "Mac" McKelvey suffered a heart attack yesterday at his home in New Jersey. He is resting comfortably in the hospital. His wife Marilyn can be contacted at 732-774-6170

Monday, December 12, 2005

The airline's loss was CBS' gain. Bruno was a true character in the finest meaning of the word and always brought a smile to my face when our paths crossed. His philosophies on any subject were unique but of utmost importance he was a damn good technician. Bruno, I hardly knew ye, but what I do know is that you provided pleasant memories of the CBS experience.
By the way , does anyone know what happened to Kenny Caughey ( the mighty Casey) ?
Let the memories of good times roll!
Frank Novack

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Thursday, December 08, 2005


I found your website to be very entertaining and informative. I'm wondering if you might be able to direct me to any of your particpants (retirees) that could answer some technical information about CBS TV Studio 50 (the Ed Sullivan theater) from the time frame when Elvis recorded there from January in '56 to January of '57. I run the website for his guitartist of the time, Scotty Moore at and am plannning a page on the history of that studio and their appearance in it. If possible I would like to know the number, type and positions of the cameras and broadcast/recording equipment, location of the control room or any technical recollections of anyone involved with the Dorsey Bros. Stageshow and Elvis' final appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.

Thank You,
James V. Roy

Thanks Dave,

I definitely will give your site credit and a link for any info and pix. I've seen a few already and was going to ask about them. A few more questions to post: I'm also wonderering about Studio 51, the Maxine Elliot Theater. I'm told that Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town" began there prior to its moving to Studio 50. In fact, it's said that Elvis' second appearance on the Ed Sullivan show was from there. Would you happen to know when the move was made to Studio 50 and if once at Studio 50, they ever broadcast the show again from 51 prior to its going dark in 1956?
Thanks again,

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

I just received this in an e-mail, and will post more information as it becomes available:

My dear father has passed away.
Joseph H. Marotta.
cbs new york.
555 west 57th st.
cbs broadcast group.
This is his son.
Joey Marotta II.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Steven Roy Laxton passed away the afternoon of Friday December 2nd, 2005 after suffering a heart attack several days earlier. In 1988 Steve was selected by NBC to be a Technical Director for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Since that point Steve's career in television sports took off, and he became one of the industry's premier Technical Directors. He worked on a freelance basis for all the networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and HBO. He also worked as a consultant on product development for several major broadcasts manufactures Abekas, Phillips, and Sony. Steve was known around the world as a leading expert in a very competitive and demanding field.
Condolences and kind remembrances can be sent to the family at Steves e-mail address
A college scholarship fund is being set up for Megan and Brittany. Checks can be mailed Laxton Family Scholarship Fund, 2550 Breaux Trace, Seabrook, TX 77586.
A small tribute is schedule for 1:00pm on Saturday, December 10th at the Laxton Family home at 2550 Beaux Trace, Seabrook, TX 77586.

For those who knew him:
From: Ebersol, Dick (NBC Universal)
Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 9:50 PM

It deeply saddens me to tell you that our good friend and extraordinarily talented Olympic Technical Director, Steve Laxton died this afternoon in Texas. He never recovered from a very serious heart attack several days ago.
From Atlanta to Sydney to Salt Lake to Athens, he was our pilot for every prime time Olympic telecast. No one in our entire Olympic family had the batting average under pressure that Steve Laxton had for all of us. He was always prepared...he was unfailingly generous...he was an extraordinarily warm and gentleman...he was our good friend. His combination of talent and humanity cannot be replaced. He will be sorely missed.
God speed the soul of Steve Laxton.
Dick Ebersol

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Sunday, December 04, 2005

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