Saturday, December 30, 2006

From Harry Peterson:

In a message dated 12/30/06 12:09:20 PM Eastern Standard Time, AMS7632@cs.com writes:

TONY LANDRY, W4MJG has died. He was almost 100.. more.....

Hello Harry...

I'm sorry to tell you that my Dad passed away on Christmas morning, just 2 months shy of 100 years of age..

He had been in a care facility since February when he took a bad spill. Although he bounced back fairly quickly, it took it's toll on his overall abilities and motivation. He did give everyone at the facility a run for their money with his diet, but they did always try to give him exactly what he wanted...even his bird seed breakfast of millet.

I would like you to know how grateful we are that you remained in touch with him as you did. He thrived on knowing he had such good friends...especially fellow radio men.

I wish you a very happy and healthy new year to come and for Tony I say.....over and out......

Gayle O'Donnell

Thursday, December 28, 2006

On Dec 27, 2006, at 3:32 PM, Dave Ellison wrote:

Hi Bob,

See the attached image – it’s 1952 Schlitz ad I have in my computer.
If you look in the upper right, you’ll see W2BOB QSL card on the wall!
Probably just a random thing – perhaps you didn’t even have the call back
then. But either way, I thought you’d get a kick out of it. None of the other
calls are active now. Maybe buddies of the ad designer perhaps…

Or by long shot did you have something to do with beer or advertising in 1952 and
hook up with the artist? L o n g shot!!

Anyway, hope you like it.

73

Dave WB7AWK
Tacoma, WA

Dave Ellison
Penton Audio USA


Hi Dave:

Thanks for your Christmas greeting via Jackie Lawson. Sorry about the image not being in the message about the Schlitz ad. W2BOB QSL Card is 2nd down just above the W1LBQ. ( I am sipping a Schlitz as I write this.) My Grandma Maickel's maiden name was Uihlein. The Uihlien family owned Joseph Schlitz brewery in Milwaukee in 1952. My Grandma was a distant cousin to those folks. Grandma taught us to pronounce the name as U-Line, but the Wisconsin natives call it E-Line or I-Line. BTW in 1942, at age 7,
I did tour the brewery with my mom and relatives who lived in Milwaukee, but they had no relationship to the Uihlien family. We did see the Uihlein mansion on the shore of Lake Michigan however.

73

Happy New Year!

Bob
W2BOB

Here's the Ad:



Here is one of my sporadic quotes from our archives...
Dave

From Tony Cucurullo

2002, Like Haley's comet, that comes around every seventy-five years, this will be my first time around, at this age. However, if I do make it again, (ridiculous thought, but....) I hope I still meet some of the nice people I met at CBS. I have chronicled a lot of unabashed memories this past year, but, I wonder if I remembered two in particular. As I mention their names I hope it opens a door of pleasantries in your reverie. One could hear the sound, "Helloooo, Tooony" reverberating off the wall as you rounded the corner from the mail room on the lower level, and headed towards Lonnie's domain. His cheery "hello's" were unique because he was genuinely happy to see you and share a moment of joy with you. Presidents and porters were his friends, and there wasn't any distinction between them as far as Lonnie was concerned. He was a diplomat, without portfolio... a warm hearted human being with an unlimited capacity to make people feel special, just knowing him. Does anyone know where Lonnie is today, and is he still glowing for having met you? Rocco's, on tenth avenue. I don't really need to say anything more. Just let the images roll off the memory glands of your palette. for a buck, you couldn't eat better than at Rocco's. Standing in line at lunch time, was not a tedious wait, but, a glorious anticipation of the culinary treats you were about to devour. I wonder how many remember that during the big strike, that Rocco let many of us eat on the arm (not pay, for those non-Soprano types) until we went back to work eight weeks later. And he never reminded anyone that owed him. In my heart, I believe not one person stiffed him. My mouth is watering thinking about his sandwich, "The Rocco." It was a half loaf of Italian bread with a liberal amount of grilled roast beef, with an abundance of sauteed onions and a lite gravy poured over it. One had to eat that sandwich in a stall shower, for all the juice that splashed over one's outerwear. At least it always got me. Rocco was an honorary CBS'er. I wish you could fill in the blanks and help me to remember some of our wonderful characters.
I have added the obituary for Pierce Evans to the "In Memoriam" page. The two black and white
images, as well as the text, was supplied by David Horowitz. Click here ___>In Memoriam
Wednesday, December 27, 2006

My wife, Paula and I spent Christmas alone, so we thought! It would have been not alone but togetherness, except for the telephone. The normal cadre of friends and relatives shook the ringer silly, but it was the UNEXPECTED calls from the ghosts of CBS present, that both amazed, and delighted my senses, (such as they are in this present state.)

They are as you read the names like Santa’s reindeer: There was, Jeff Pollack, and Goody Freed, George “The Hulk” Rothweiler, Teddy P, and George Klimy, and the greatest reindeer of all Dan Parmalee.

A short note from The Hulk would fill two pages, and to listen to Dan talk in warm tones makes for a gentle trip down the CBS halls, with coffee in hand.

Take the time and write to these fine citizens of the rules of the FCC bands. They will both delight and fill in the gaps of interest gone by. You can get the email address from Tedpz@aol.com.

Another, from the pen of Rod Serling, I was at a check-out counter of a store in Virginia with the Innocuous name of UKROPS. Not quite as big as Wal-Mart, but classier looking in d├ęcor. When the man behind the register heard that I was from CBS he stated, “Did you know that Frank Stanton died? Of course, I did, but why did he? His name escapes me at the moment but, he said, he was interested in Mr. Stanton because his sister Lucille Callahan, once dated Frank Stanton when he attended Dayton Steele High School, in Dayton, Ohio. She is still alive as Mrs. Lucille Call, at the age of 100, and resides in, Florida. Strange, what you can get at a check-out counter besides your coins.

One final appeal to those wonderful callers. Not only did you brighten my day but you filled in some memories that have gone soft, and gave me fodder to embellish others. George Rothweiler can fill a book with all the info he has about CBS Present. We wish he would, he has promised to do so. Dan Parmalee resides in a day care center and wouldn’t mind hearing from his friends. He too, has wonderful memories about the days of yore. It would make for good reading to see it in print.

Well, let me get set for this morning’s jaunt to the chemo shop where I get my weekly dose of Snow White’s apple.

Now get your damn reindeer off-of-my-roof!

Tony Cucurullo
I came accross your site while googling for Frank B. Falknor, V.P. of Operations for CBS. He was my grandfather and I am trying to find as much information regarding him as I can, since I never actually met him (I was 3 months old at his funeral), though my mother has a few stories about him.

I was wondering if you had any more information regarding him and it would be extremely appreciated if you could share it.

Thanks and Regards,

David Pawlan
david@pawlanpages.com
From: Jerry
To: tonycucu2@cox.net
Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2006 7:44 AM
Subject: ins. cost


Hey Tony how are you? I'm in SW FLORIDA., Cape Coral since I retired in 2001.
My health insurance payment has gone from $125 to $558 for 2007.
Has anyone said why it keeps going up at such a high rate?

Sorry my first e-mail to you is a bitch and will write again when I calm down.

Best to you,
Jerry Jaick
The TD in the Studio 42 control room is DWIGHT TEMPLE. It's a little before my time, but not much.
happy new year!

Bob Vernum

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

I am sorry to report that Bob Callahan's wife, Mary, passed away on Dec. 22.
The particulars are below:

MARY T. CASEY CALLAHAN, 71, of the Shark River Hills section of NEPTUNE
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 12/25/06
MARY T. CASEY CALLAHAN, 71, of the Shark River Hills section of NEPTUNE, formerly of Belmar, died Friday, Dec. 22, at the Medi Center in Neptune. Mrs. Callahan was member of the Daughters of Irish Heritage of Belmar. She was a parishioner of St. Rose Roman Catholic Church in Belmar. Born in Jersey City, Mrs. Callahan lived in Belmar for 30 years before moving to Shark River Hills two years ago.

She was predeceased by her daughter, the late Julie Ann Callahan, and her son, the late Thomas A. Callahan. She is survived by her husband, Robert W. Callahan; three sons, Michael A. Callahan, Robert A. Callahan, and James A. Callahan; her brother, Patrick Casey and his wife Maud; her sister, Nellie Sullivan; and two grandchildren, Julie Ann Callahan and Ronnie Callahan.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Cremation will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name to the American Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from the Reilly Funeral Home, 801 D St., Belmar (732-681-3900). A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rose Roman Catholic Church, Belmar.

Monday, December 25, 2006

CBS 'master builder' Frank Stanton dead - Dec. 25, 2006:

CBS legend Frank Stanton dead at 98.
As president for 26 years, Stanton fought to protect journalism and helped build CBS into the 'Tiffany Network.'

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Frank Stanton, the broadcasting executive who as president of CBS for 26 years helped build it into the 'Tiffany Network,' died on Sunday at age 98.
Stanton died Sunday afternoon at his home in Boston, according to CBS News. He had been in declining health.
Stanton, who ran the network starting in the late 1940s, helped to develop it into a broadcasting powerhouse. He was a defender of the First Amendment and a strong supporter of journalists' rights.
'The spirit and the purpose of the First Amendment ... is to protect not the government, not the press, but the people,' he was quoted as saying on the CBS news Web site.
In his career, Stanton won five Peabody awards for journalistic excellence.
He was known as the master builder of CBS, turning a small radio network into a broadcasting powerhouse under company founder William Paley, who tapped Stanton as president in 1946.
He retired from the network in the 1970s.
'He was very courageous and he was principled and he never let us down,' said former '60 Minutes' executive producer Don Hewitt, according to a story on the CBS site 'The Showbuzz.'"
Dave,

I believe the Studio One control room photo was taken before 1950. I worked on Studio One for the entire 12 months of 1950. During that time George Gould was the TD, Joe Calvanico Audio, Lou Tedesco Video, and I handled the recorded music cues. The Directors alternated each week between Frank Schaffner and Paul Nickel.

Jay Chichon
The December issue of the Schubin Report is now available.
This is an audio feed (podcast) that usually contains interesting
information geared towards the Broadcast Industry.
You can find it here ___>The Schubin Report
Here are a couple of pictures that "fell thru the cracks."
Dave


Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2006 12:01 PM

Attached is a photo of my home in Monroe Twp. NJ...we moved from East Brunswick NJ to our residence here in March 2005 and are still trying to settle in. We enjoy it because it has given Irene and myself more time for visiting with the family and other activities since the grass mowing and other jobs are all taken care of ...The problem presently is trying to acquire NEW friends...I still recall a speaker at the CBS retirement session mentioning the friends situation..he said the new one's..... are acquaintances.....friends have to mold and grow like an old OAK tree...

I also found an old photo of a trip with the remote group to the Johnson Ranch...the president had to return to Washington for some reason and the interview was canceled...Lady Bird cooked up a barbecue for the crew...some of the crew had been from the Dallas TV station..

GOD BLESS,
Klimy



Sunday, December 24, 2006

Our sincere condolences to Dan Parmalee, who lost his wife Shirley on October 3rd last following a lengthy illness. She was known as Shirley Johnston and found work for many 1212 members during that big layoff while we were still at Grand Central. Some worked for Hank Alexander when he had that new bus.
FAMOUS PARENTS

Per chance, if you ever get to the famous skating ring at Rockefeller Center and view the gold sculpture of Prometheus that graces the wall on the side where the tree is, then take a walk on the promenade to the Fifth Avenue side and look up at the statue of Atlas supporting a globe of the world. Well, these two magnificent structures were made and cast in bronze by the father of Ted Perzeszty. He wasn't the artist, but he took that conception and turned into the formidable sculpture that we will enjoy for millennia.
Now, Sir Theodorable, we will expect many more details and some background information that is not available to the public. Also, where are the test sculptures that your Dad made to guide him, as if I don't know? So, take writing stick in hand and get to it, sir!
Next on the agenda is the story about Dave Minott's father, who created some of the fonts we use. Please David, I know you can write, even if it is only in engineering terms.
Tony C.
Picture was taken in studio 42 control room during a production of Studio One. I think it was taken in the early 50's but it may have been taken as early as 1949.
I cannot remember all the names but will identify those of which I'm fairly certain.

In the foreground is Dan Parmelee at video control. I cannot see enough of the other video man to identify. Behind me is lighting director Gil DeStefano (not sure of spelling) and to his left is Studio One Producer Tony Minor.

At the production console left to right is the script person (forgot title), Assistant Director Lila Swift, Director name unknown and Technical Director Al (Pappy) Treat. Audio man was not shown. Behind them in clients section are client and agency reps, names long forgotten. Maybe someone viewing this will be able to identify those unknown.

Each person in this picture was given a copy by Tony Minor. They were all 11X14 and good quality black and white.

Great web site in every respect. Nice job by all.

Dan Parmelee


"Call forPhillip Morris!"

Saturday, December 23, 2006

As I checked the Memoriam page for the obituary about Jim McCarthy, I was also saddened to find that Stan Gould had also passed. These two great men were like surrogate fathers to me as I joined the ranks of the old CBS Field Crew. As they were both very close to my own fathers age, I found comfort in the fact that these were the guys that not only taught the "ways of the road", but they were both pretty good card players as well. Much of my per diem went to these two gentlemen and I'm sure it supplemented their coffers very nicely. (Tony C., like me was a constant contributor too!!!) As those who have gone before them, I am a better technician and a better person for having known them. They were two of three people (Tony C, being the third) that I always tried to keep in touch with especially at this time of year. That being said I would like to sincerely wish Tony and his family a very Happy Holiday season and good health for the New Year.

I also would like to share my condolences for both Steve Palecek and Gary Graffeo on the passing of their wives. May they both try to find peace and healing in the coming months and years.

Wishing all a very Happy Holiday season and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Sincerely,

Jeff Pollack

Jeffrey M. Pollack
(Office) 212-975-5662
(Pager) 877-7CBS-PAGE
(FAX) 212-975-2614
(Email) jmpollack@cbs.com
Tony: Back to your questions. We never had a bus for the sequential system. The first bus was the one I finally used on Miss America which was 1977 but CBS had a bus with the NTSC system well before that.

Oh, you bring back a giant of a memory with the show, "Together with Music" starring Noel Coward and Mary Martin. Wow, that was really a special which would take the cake in ratings today. I gave Mr. Coward my office as his private dressing room as he was very timid in the TV. surroundings. You wouldn't believe his level of gratitude ( it would be unknown today with the brashness of the current TV. operations and production groups.)

And Lou Tedesco, if a man could love another buddy without being "labelled," Lou was one of the greatest talents I ever had the priviledge to work with. He was definitely borderline genius.

If you keep asking questions I'll write forever!.

"Bona Natale" I know the spelling is wrong but the wish is not.

John K
Hello, John. I am happy to respond to you because I remember you vividly form those shows that we did from the color studios. Correct me please; weren't some of those shows done from a BUS. I recall, Lou Tedesco was the TD. He was uptight because he wanted to succeed so very much, but you lightened the atmosphere with your quick wit. One of the shows was with that great actor, Noel Coward, who was so gracious to all of us. I was the AT on the show, yet I worked with a shirt and tie, and at times with a jacket. It was hard work but, I would have worked for free. I just loved my job and knew I would get my chance someday. Yes, I finally did.
John, you can fill in so many spaces of our 'lore. We just lost an incomparable giant in Bob Dailey, and his memories. I liken that to having a fire in your home and you lose all of your family picture albums, don't let's lose your mental/visual albums of the era that is equivalent to the pioneers crossing America. We won't get a chance to see those stories. You are the fountain of those stories, let them come forth for all of us to relive them again in our reveries.
I would be pleased to read your book, for that will fill another of those voids that chemo creates. My address:

Tony Cucurullo
130 Cross Pointe Ct.
Yorktown Va. 23693

Peace to all.

tonycucu2@cox.net
(757) 875-1558
Hello, John. I am happy to respond to you because I remember you vividly form those shows that we did from the color studios. Correct me please; weren't some of those shows done from a BUS. I recall, Lou Tedesco was the TD. He was uptight because he wanted to succeed so very much, but you lightened the atmosphere with your quick wit. One of the shows was with that great actor, Noel Coward, who was so gracious to all of us. I was the AT on the show, yet I worked with a shirt and tie, and at times with a jacket. It was hard work but, I would have worked for free. I just loved my job and knew I would get my chance someday. Yes, I finally did.
John, you can fill in so many spaces of our 'lore. We just lost an incomparable giant in Bob Dailey, and his memories. I liken that to having a fire in your home and you lose all of your family picture albums, don't let's lose your mental/visual albums of the era that is equivalent to the pioneers crossing America. We won't get a chance to see those stories. You are the fountain of those stories, let them come forth for all of us to relive them again in our reveries.
I would be pleased to read your book, for that will fill another of those voids that chemo creates. My address:

Tony Cucurullo
130 Cross Pointe Ct.
Yorktown Va. 23693

Peace to all.

tonycucu2@cox.net
(757) 875-1558

Friday, December 22, 2006

Tony:

I experienced an unusually warm feeling while reading your e-mail --- really, when I finished the piece I just stared at it for a couple of minutes, sat back in my comfortable desk chair and day dreamed of that fascinating time to have worked and lived.

And, I also thought, perhaps a copy of my first book, "THE GOLDEN AGE --- been there, done that"
might really give you a charge in recalling that marvelous time that we all still cherish so highly.

If I'm right, let me have your address and I'll priority mail you a copy. Meanwhile I hope you enjoy your Christmas while anticipating a New Year of magical healing. Best Regards!

e-mail: yaramata@aol.com
Phone: 203-381-9935 John K.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

This Christmas season will be the first year of my 56 yr marriage to my wonderful wife Pauline (Paula) that we have not sent out our Christmas/Holiday greeting cards. Our love for all of our friends and family that have over whelmed us with good and holy prayers has made this time bearable.
We just can't get into the seasonal sprit because of the left and right combinations of physical blows that have invaded our retirement. I have friends like Bruno Fucci that called almost daily, and too, with encouragement and knowledge from his wonderful wife/Nurse Gail.
The emails are my only contact with the outside world, and that is filled by my dearest friend Ted Perzeszty and wife Pat. Ted inspires as does Dave Minott, although they carry a physical cross of great proportion themselves. Ted never mentions his ailments and has more jokes than even the far west mensch Howie "The horrible" Purnick. I cherish these friends; for my greatest joy was my employment at CBS, where everyday I met an explosive talent of sorts, and some of those had great wit to boot.
I spend a great deal of time in bed, so my day-dreams are of times-gone-by. I fill them with the my only gift. I have an ability to recall in almost video detail instances of my days at CBS. I think of the great gregarious Joe Desmond, and I ponder who could not love this giant intellectual man? He could stop a rehersal with his antics. And, the actors themselves loved the respite from their tensions.
I would have to go through the seniority list to mention the people that impressed me with their talents and the willingness to share that talent.
Frank Novak has coined a phrase that I use often now although it refers to a sad time, it softens the heart renderings. "The rainbow bridge." I do hope that Frank, who has the gift to relay stories about our brother/sisterhood, does picks up the mantle, and tells more of his homey-style recollections.
Even that technical devouring Harold Deppe, can make you see the equipment that we all plied our skills on in a different light. Harold too, likes his quick quip.
I am wandering now, so I will close with just one more thought.
John Louis Koushouris, someone with immense talent in both sides of the art-form can fill our reveries with so many wonderful vignettes of his great journey through CBS; that to deny us those memories, and to leave a space in our glorious history would be a shame. "Come back little Sheba" and fill the cup of forgiveness as we too overlook any real or imagined slight. As I remember you, that toughness was always tempered with the talent of acceptances. I truly hope to see more from you on all aspects of your trip down the yellow-brick-road of CBS past.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL AND TO ALL---------- (screw you Tiny Tim, I'm going to live)

P.S. A special Merry Christmas to Gayle DePoli, my adopted daughter, who reminds me often to dwell on the good of people.

Tony Cucurullo

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


I have just read the John Koushouris Book { The Golden Age }...
Takes one back to the early days of Color Television...Golf ... Miss America,,
The good times and the bad times of Television. Very interesting book...
Merry Christmas to all ... and Tony. C. Get Well... You are in our Prayers.

Best Regards,
Harold Deppe

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

I thought we might all get a "kick" out of these 2001 predictions that I "dredged up" from our archives.
Sadly, some of the "culprits" are no longer with us, but we can reflect, and think kind thoughts...
Dave

From Tony Cucurullo:

I predict for the year 2002:
(1) Pierce Evans book will hit the stands a be a big seller.
(2) Mary Durante will come busting out of hiding and grace the Retirees luncheons again with her smile, and her hugs.
(3) Harold Deppe will come east and see the state of the company, and quickly return to his caves in Arizona. I hope he brings his pet Scorpion.
(4) Howie Purnick will come to a luncheon with his holy wife Vida, and break bread, and tell us about the gold mine he and Don Stesson, and Mal Wienges, discovered. They will try to sell shares in it. I hope he takes back the bridge I bought from him last time.
(5) That Chico Claudio will reveal to all that he is actually the voice of Elmo the grouch. And that his lovely wife Betty is Big Bird.
(6) Ted Perzeszty will announce his conversion from Atheism to Catholicism because they have all of the holidays
(7) Bob Dailey will tell us his secret that he and Hal Classon have for their youthful appearances. I believe they buy a potion from Bruno Fucci, who gets it from a Chirkinian goat, that's in heat.
(8) Charlie D'Onfrio, will finally cut his eyebrows to revel he is really Anita O'Mara's clone failure.
(9) Larry Tisch will take the proceeds from his new business manual, ("I up'd my income, Now up yours") and donate it to his brother. Very generous man???
(10) Last, I shall stay humble, modest, and silent as usual, and very handsome in a bald way. These are my New Years predictions. What are yours?

Felice Navidad,

Tony C.

Thoughts on Bob Dailey

It has taken some time for me to gather my thoughts regarding Bob.

He will live in my memory as a true icon of sports directing. I am somewhat apalled by the lack of response to his death. There are many-many Technicans who, in great part, owe their careers to him. He never failed to heap praise on the deserving and be cautiously critical of the not so deserving. I personally spent the equivalent of many weeks sitting at his right in numerous U.S. Open tennis tournaments, PGA golf, and NFL football games. It was always his professional approach that impressed me. I will miss his nearly daily e-mails to me ,but I know I will never forget him. I will mostly miss his sense of humor.

Bob Vernum
Please extend our most sincere condolences to the Consiglio Family. Our children grew up together in Rockland County. It is with a very heavy heart that we receive this sad news. Our prayers go out to all of them.

Goody & Judy Freed

Monday, December 18, 2006

Sun City

A friend took this picture December 12; you can't beat the weather here. Today is 71 deg and sunny. Come on down!
Jorge Moran

Please extend our most sincere condolences to both Garry Graffeo & Steve Polecek. These ladies must have been very young. It is a sad state when the children are passing away. Our hearts go out to all of them.

Goody & Judy Freed


TO ALL CBS RETIREES:

AS OF JANUARY 1st, ALL YOUR PRESCRIPTION NEEDS THAT WERE FORMULARY FILLED BY THE EXPRESS SCRIPTS COMPANY ,WILL NOW BE FILLED BY MEDCO.

THEIR TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 1 800 418-1290.

YOU CAN CHECK THIS INFORMATION BY CALLING CBS AT 1 800 581-4222.

TONY CUCURULLO
I am sorry to report that Al Consiglio's oldest son, Richard F. Consiglio passed away on Thanksgiving day. Cause of death, heart attack. He was 52 years old.

Ted Perzeszty

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Tony,
I hope you remember me from CBS New York, and then in Washington news bureau with Sid Kaufman and then Hy Badler. I'm writing you this following the news about Pierce Evans passing away. Pierce and I were old friends and
would ride in to NY on the LIRR from Levittown when I was in Radio before moving to TV.

While on a visit to Florida to visit relatives I called Sally Evans and learned that Pierce had fallen and was in recoup
in St Augustine. On our way home to Maryland my wife Peg and I drove over from the west coast and visited him.
We had a great visit, talked over old times and of course the Retiree web site. He said that he could no longer handle the computer and asked me to contact you and offer you many thanks for all the help and work you did with him and on the web site. I can't tell you of my shock when we arrived home for thanksgiving and the next week when I went on line
to learn of his passing.

So for Pierce and myself, thanks! I hope that all is well with you and yours and that you have a fine holiday season.

Regards,
Jim Hargreaves
13746 Notley Road
Silver Spring, MD 20904
301 384-5607

PS My new email address jamesmh626@yahoo.com

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

I have just been informed that Steve Palecek`s wife, Ginnie,
passed away. I have no other information at this time.

Cal Marotta

Contraption @ the Chrysler Building

I think I can shed some light on the "contraption at the Chrysler Building': referred to in the James Hogen E-mail. Sometime back in 1972 or 1973 I was asked by CBS Engineering to make a modification to a microwave facility at the Chrysler Building. This was at the time we were just beginning to use Electronic News Gathering. They wanted to mount some new microwave receivers at Chrysler. I went to the Chrysler building where we had a back-up transmitter and a rather unique microwave receive station. This was located at the top of the slanted portion of the top of the building just below the antenna tower. There were four doors , facing North, East, South and West, that could be opened. There was a rail system leading from the center of the building to each door. A trolley could be run on each rail system. A microwave receiver and dish with pan and tilt capability could be mounted to the end of the trolley. The trolley could then be rolled to the end of its track and the receiver and dish would be extended several feet beyond the doors. A unique contraption doesn't give justice to the description of this device. When those doors were opened at that height, I was holding on for dear life. A rather thrilling experience especially when the technician on duty leaned out the door to make adjustments to the microwave receiver. I made measurements for mounting the new equipment to the dolly but I like to think my most significant contribution was the recommendation for safety harnesses for the techs who were operating that equipment.

Jim Herschel
and thank you, Jim! Those harness points came in mighty handy when we were mounting the antennas
for the two meter Ham repeater at that location! We had to position the vertically polarized yagis
so that our radiation pattern kept us within the F.C.C. limits for H.A.A.T! - Dave
I remember a Mr. John Hogan who was a stalwart on the Field Crew in the early 50's. He was the "go to" guy in setting up and operating remote microwave transmission for LIVE broadcasting. Perhaps some of the old timers can shed some light on this particular Mr. Hogan or Hogen, particularly the Field Crew members under Mr Bob Wilson.
Regards,

Frank Novack

Monday, December 11, 2006

JOHN HOGEN: I'm confused with the current e-mail, subject of which is John Hogen.

My name is John Koushouris of Stratford, CT. and it was my good fortune to work with a very gracious and highly knowledgeable John Hogen at CBS Labs (ERD) from 1949 till 1950. He was one of my best buddies as I was in my very early twenties while he was more senior always helping me while explaining technical problems and once in a while, some good advice on life and it's ups and downs.

I remember, on first being introduced to him, that he made it a pointed fact that HogEn was spelled with an E and not an A as it was German in origin. He helped me no end because I was really wet behind the ears in that first job working directly for the Technical Genius, Dr. Peter C. Goldmark.

He had the energy and enthusiasm, honestly, of an active teenage boy and a great sense of humor and laugh that easily outdid me.

If your John Hogen Is my John Hogen and you live in the New York area we could meet for lunch one day while I'd be happy to answer your questions and tell you about one of my most favorite friends. I'll probably bring along for you a copy my first book in which I describe the "happy years" 1945 through 1950.

Best regards,

John L. Koushouris.

John: Why not email him directly?
Dave
Hello,

Thank you for the kind words and for posting my comments. I have indeed graduated and been job searching for a few months (amazing how long it takes) – hoping I’ll have something in place for the new year.
I’m glad I could add to the amazing work you’ve done, and look forward to seeing future updates to the website.

Merry Christmas,
Sincerely,
James A. Hogen
jhogen@hogens.com

It's just sad to see this website, day to day reporting another Brother (or Sister) passed away.
Let's report in while we still can - a few words... a photo or two.
Time is so short, as you can see.

Regards,
Harold Deppe

Saturday, December 09, 2006

I have started a new album with Page 11. Here you can enlarge James Hogen's watch pictures to better
see the engraving. Click here ___>Page 11
My dad, David Hogen (son of CBS's John Hogen) has always told me stories about going to the Chrysler building or seeing some kind of contraption that came out of the labs there. He remembers a large station wagon loaded with gear (and an antenna from bumper to bumper) that was used to broadcast the first live TV feed. Also, they had a house in New Jersey, and picked up the TV broadcast being beamed from the city (this probably pertained to the first color broadcasts still in testing).
My grandfather never went to college (self-taught/8th grade education), and this was apparently a reason he was limited in moving up through the ranks at CBS. He was pretty worked-up when my dad graduated, and it’s been somewhat of a family tradition to really celebrate college graduations since then.
My dad also mentioned the CBS logo being some kind of design that my grandfather worked on – I saw quite a few pictures on the website of calibration schemes, so that must be what he was referring to.
I also noticed the HAM page…his callsign was W2CFQ (I have a plaque he made with it). I looked into picking up the call sign for myself, but I have to be in that region to use it (I’m in Maryland right now). Maybe sometime in the future!
As for things outside CBS, I know he hand-built radios for both government and private use. When I was really young, there was always an antenna or something around the house…and most holiday gifts came from Radio Shack!
That’s all that comes to mind for now. You’re welcome to publish this info on the website if you find it useful.

Sincerely,
James A. Hogen


Atlantic Ocean (Nov. 04, 2006) - Sailors from the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) assist an injured cruise ship passenger off the RHIB to provide medical care and transport to the closest land medical facility. Wasp providing medical care to three civilians and one Chilean submariner that have been injured while out at sea. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Jeremy Siegrist (RELEASED)
Dave,

I just signed on to the website and found out about Bob Dailey. Please convey my condolences to his family as I don't have an E-mail address for him. I gathered copies of the time a bunch of us spent on the Wasp in 1965 for a Gemini mission, cruising around the Bermuda Triangle for 8 days, which I was about to send to him as soon as I got an address...

Looking at the list of CBS'er on that assignment, there aren't many left...

Harry Charles


A second memorable flashback for me to the CBS Days! First Jay Chichon and now Sid Kaufman.
What I remember most about Sid was his great sense of humor and his pleasantness, which carried him far with his coworkers in the TV business. With Sid on the crew, everyone's "Comfort Factor" was expanded.
What's your address --- I have a few questions about the whereabouts of some of our favorite people,
(excluding of course, the "Pioneer Bashers")

John K.
Yaramata@aol.com

BANG! The hammer of life has slammed down on another unsuspecting soul. Robert “Bob” Dailey past through this mortal coil on his way across the rainbow bridge of life.

A giant in life’s work, he set marks of excellence that will be hard to follow, difficult to surpass.

His association with the great and near-great complimented each other. His work with the giant, and through the giant and as an equal to the giant CBS-TV caused his right of passage to be carved on the pantheons immortal hall of fame.

The table is set in Val halla and a seat is in place for Bob. Who next shall answer the trumpets call to sit with Bob, Pierce, the hammer of life can fall on anyone of William Paley’s boys?

Tony Cucurullo
More sad news:

I was just informed by George Klimcsak that Bob Dailey past away today. More information to follow when it comes in.

Ted Perzeszty

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

An update on Bob Dailey.

He will be home from the hospital today and recuperate at home... He was banged up good on the fall on the cruise ship and has a way to go.

What a story... they got him off the ship to a dinghy from the heli carrier Wasp, dropped him down in a carriage, and his wife and daughter followed on a rope ladder in the middle of the ocean with 30 foot waves, and got him to the Azores.

Know we all wish him well...

Sid Kaufman
Here's a chance to laud over a guy we all enjoyed immensely working with on a golf remote. Romeo Quaranta who I feel was attached to Ken Venturi at the hip, always seemed to have tears of joy and laughter working with him. Jerry Sullivan, Pat Summerall, George 'Klimy' Klimcsak, Jerry Jaick and all the others that had an opportunity to share a moment or two with one of the finest golfers and trick shot artists are happy in life for sharing time with him.
It would certainly be delightful if only some of you would recall some of these vignettes, and pass them on for all, to see the range of talent that one person does posses.
Mostly though, we wish him well, so that he can go forward and keep entertaining people on and off the screen.

The best to Ken.

Tony Cucurullo
KEN’S QUADRUPLE BYPASS OPERATION WAS A COMPLETE SUCCESS. HE WILL BE RECUPERATING AT HOME. HIS HOME ADDRESS IS:

KEN VENTURI
61 WATERFORD CIRCLE
RANCHO MIRAGE, CA. 92270

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY MARLENE AND I WANT TO WISH YOU ALL A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!



     Stu & Marlene Meyers

Friday, December 01, 2006

Dave,

Glad to see the web page working again... Sorry to hear about Pierce Evans and Bob Dailey. I wonder if that "WASP" that picked him up was the same one we CBS'ers were on for Gemini GTA-6 Mission?

Regards,
Harry Charles
Just received this by email this morning, I have no other details at this time:

Sorry to report that my dear wife, Charlotte, passed away this morning at 1:30AM

Harold Schutzman

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Welcome back website..............Really missed you.

So sorry to hear about Bob Dailey. I Called Hal Classon for details...harrowing experience. In mid Atlantic had to lower him in a dinghy and his wife and daughter had to climb down a rope ladder to get him to a Navy hospital in the Azores.

Bob and I go back a long way. He was a great TD and I was his Audio--we did many of the big live shows--to test your memories: Ed Sullivan, Ken Murray, Red Buttons, Steve Allen and many more...What a crew... George Moses, Walt Denear, Lee Rothberg, Tom Delilah, Casey Coy, Chico Claudio, Al Diamond and the list goes on and on.

We worked hard but had many laughs.

Sid Kaufman
I regret to inform you of the passing away of our friend, former neighbor and former co-worker in Engineering, Bob Moore. We were informed two days ago. He is survived by his wife Michele Landon. Her address is 49422 Via Siena, Murrieta, CA 92562.
Bob lived for a few years here in Sun City, Hilton Head. We used to get together once in a while. We even had a few socials with other CBS retirees in the area. He was very active in boating; he took Coast Guard training to be in the Auxiliary. He became ill here and his wife, being realistic, decided to move closer to her family in California a few months ago for help and support. We'll all miss him.
Jorge Moran
It is good to see the Page up and running again. We have to thank the Webmaster Dave Minott for his persistence in keeping after the Blogger (That mysterious entity.) Except for all the good news about the wine production and it's idiosycrancies, there always seems to be a plethora of heart rending news. The loss of Pierce Evans, and the sad news that one of the Stellar points of light in the CBS spectrum was seriously hurt in an unusual accident while on vacation. Bob Dailey, is easily one of the proud names of CBS, for he excelled as a technician, as TD his shows were sought after by other techs, and his graceful slide across the art form into directing place him in a class with the likes of Hal Classon, Sid Kaufamn. He handled his career without the blustery and buffoonery of some of his contemporaries in sports. I do so sincerely hope that his injuries are repairable and not permanatley lasting.

Tony Cucurullo



“The Shroud,” by Pierce Evans, a book from the fertile mind of a gentile man. I am pleased that he asked me to be the imprimatur of that book. For that set the stage for a play on friendships that was not very long in time, for I never met the man, yet we worked in the same company for many years.

Telephone calls, and emails brought much joy into my heart for the man could laugh basso profundo’. We didn’t discuss CBS for he was in a department where the technical level was so high they even said, “Good morning” in algebra.

Ted Perzeszty worked with Pierce many times, and through him we became friends. I enjoyed Pierce’s discussing his area of retirement, for he and ‘His Sally’ made that a home. Their minds and hearts were filled with flowers and good books, walks on the beach, his word descriptions of the many Cape Canaveral rocket shots were surreal mental Picasso’s.

I will miss Pierce Evans, soldier, writer, engineer and another great addition to the CBS pantheon of those that helped birth the advent of the Television art form. A truly great man.

Tony Cucurullo

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

For those of you who are wine buffs, I thought the following might be amusing to you. In 1961 I made a special trip to the famous wine region of Burgundy, France, to visit their vineyards. When I returned, I decided to try my hand at making wine. In those days, California used to ship wine grapes to NYC for those who wished to make their own wine. I crushed the grapes in a plastic garbage can that was placed in our apartment bath tub. To make a long story short, after a year in the bottle, the wine was quite drinkable. On Christmas day I received one of the best gifts I have ever received from my dear wife Bette. It was a wine label for my bottles of wine. The label was made by a graphic artist at CBS-TV and hand colored by my wife. The print in French on the bathtub reads "BOTTLED AT THE ESTATE WITH THE HELP OF HIS WIFE"

Jay Chichon
From: BIGDAILEY@aol.com

Sent: Sunday, November 26, 2006 10:55 AM
Subject: Back from the Cruise

We just returned from our transatlantic cruise.....only it didn't quite go as planned. As we were entering the "transatlantic" portion, Bob took a fall down stairs when the ship lurched. He flew up in the air and fell backwards breaking his wrist and receiving a compound fracture of the humorous (arm bone.) After being rescued by the US Navy ( luckily the USS WASP was in the area) they transported us to their vessel and then to the nearest equipped hospital for an operation which happened to be in the town of Ponta Delgada in the Azores. Due to the shock and complications, he was kept in ICU for several weeks. We were able to secure an ambulance air transport and returned to Florida yesterday. He is being looked after by his friend and doctor now at Holy Cross Hospital. We look forward to having him home soon.

Will be back in touch when things calm down.

Geri and Tara
All,

If you have received this news via another path please forgive the intrusion. If not, I am sure you would want to know that Pierce Evans passed away Saturday morning. I received the below email from his daughter this morning. Pierce and his wife Sally retired to St Augustine, Florida after he retired from CBS.

I sent a similar email to a few at CBS, I am sure they have a much more efficient way of distributing this news than me guessing who is still there and extrapolating email addresses. I also blind CC'd Dick O'Brien and Donn Weirick on that email. This email is blind CC'd to Chuck Dages, Ralph Green, Bill Nicholls and the Retired CBS Engineers Association.

David Horowitz




It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of my father Anderson Pierce Evans. As you may know he had suffered a broken leg and was recovering nicely at a nursing care center. He spent a wonderful Thanksgiving at home with us and was scheduled to come home for good next week. Early Saturday morning we received a call that he had died in his sleep. It was totally unexpected and we are all in a state of shock. To his friends from CBS and those from the 103d Infantry Division I thank you for touching his life. You meant so much to him. I know you will mourn his passing.
Sincerely,

Pam Kelber

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Hi,

My name is Sherry Cener and I am still working at CBS going on over 38 years now.
I just found this website and was so upset to learn IRV ELIAS passed away. I used to work with IRV when he was at NewsRadio 88 (1969-1973) and then at the Broadcast Center when I worked in Operations from 1973-1978.
He was such a great guy and had that contagious smile.
The website is really great.
Sherry Cener
Manager
CBS Daytime Sales Coordination
(212) 975-4582
fax (212) 975-8087
scener@cbs.com

Sunday, November 12, 2006

John was one of the first guys I met at CBS, along with Pat Finn, Art Murphy and Norm Ferro,
in Jan. 1970 on Love Of Life, my very first show in studio 52. I have a lot of memories from those years.
Please tell Johnny I wish him the best.

Jim Rose

Saturday, November 11, 2006




Veterans Day November 2006


The list is Royal
The names American
Their deeds Honorable
The sunset is nearer, than far
The sky is less blue
The mailbox is a trek
The cadence is not military anymore
Yet the heart beats pure
Red white and Blue
Here marches the CBS Honor Roll :

Isaias Rivera
Robert Pattison

CBS's Lord, let us never forget the tragic events that led to the death of two of CBSs finest employees. May their families find the peace in their hearts that strengthens their resolve? We ask Lord, that this treachery never again befalls anyone, anywhere that freedom lives. The six men killed on Sept 11 were:

WCBS/Ch.2 Isaias Rivera and Bob Pattison
WNBC/Ch.4 William Steckman
WABC/Ch.7 Donald Franco
WPIX/Ch.11 Steven Jacobson
WNET/Ch. 13 Gerard (Rod) Coppola

CBS HONOR ROLL (in alphabetical order):

John Baranello, WW2
Vincent Bartilucci, Radio Op, B17 Memphis Belle Sqd. Dsc/Air Medal/Bronze Star
Rich Brender, Viet Nam
Paul Buda, WW2 (deceased)
Vinnie Castrataro, Korea, WW2
Harry Charles, WW2
Anthony H Cipolla, WW2
Chico Claudio, WW2, Combat Photographer (deceased)
David A. Cohn, WW 2 (deceased)
Al Consiglio
Colonel Dom Corrado
Walter Cronkite, WW2
Tony Cucurullo, WW2, Korea, UDT/Seals Assn
Bob Dailey, Combat Photographer 163rd Sig Photo Co., WW2
Mike DeIeso, WW2, Philippines
Tom Delila, Guadalcanal
Dick Douglas
Scott Eithier, Marines (deceased)
Pierce Evans WW2, (Battle of the Bulge)
Al Fabricatore, WW2
Royce Fish, WWII
Capt. Frank Florio, Bombardier, Pacific
Bruno Fucci, US Navy 1942-1946 WW2
Goody Freed, Korea
Lt. Elliot Gordon
Major Milt Greenwald
Angelo 'Chic' Gulino, WW2, Marines- Pacific
Capt. Harry Haigood, WW2
James Herschel, U.S. Army, post Korea
Jack Katz, WW 2, AAF, Tech.Sgt., Air Medal, 45 missions over Europe.(deceased)
Sgt. Mike Kaufman, (Video Tape) Air Force, Korea, 1952
Sid Kaufman,1942-1946 U.S Signal Corps -42nd Rainbow Infantry Divison.
George Klimcsak Navy LCI Landing Craft Infantry...Okinawa...
Sgt. Bob Keeshan, (Capt. Kangaroo) Marines WW 2, Iwo Jima, Navy Cross
Art Korff, Lt. Col, Air Force (still active…Langley, VA.)
Al Kozak Navy (deceased)
Capt. Herman Lang, WW 2, Gen. Patton's 3rd Army
John Lincoln, WW2, Combat Photographer (deceased)
George Magee, USN WW2, -- Korea (deceased)
Cal Marotta, Marines, WW2, Bikini, Guam
Frank Marth Navy
Lou Mascek, WW2, USAF -Bougainville (deceased)
Dennis "Patty" McBride, WW 2,Combal Photographer (deceased)
Neil McCaffery SGT. Viet Nam
Jim McCarthy, WW2, Europe (deceased)
Jim McQuiston, Navy, WW2 (deceased)
Lt. Col. Sig Meyers. WW2, Combat Photographer, Phillipines
Bill Naeder, 2nd.Inf. Div., Korea (14 months)
George Naeder, Battleship New Jersey, WW2 (deceased)
Jim Ognibene, Viet Nam
Capt. Dave Paine, Fighter Pilot WW2
Colonel William S. Paley, WW2, Office of Strategic Services
Dan Parmelee, M/Sgt, WW2, Grp. Com. Chief, 366th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force.
Gene Pasculli, WW2
Ted Perzeszty, Korea
Phil Polanski, WW2 Silver Star
Larry Quinlan, 1 Marines Corp -S Solomons, & New Georgia, 3 MA Corp
Major Jesse Rineer
Andy Rooney, LT. WW2
Jim Rose, Vietnam
Harold Schutzman, WWII, Battle Of The Bulge... Patton's 3rd Army
George Smith, WW2,
Joe Sokota
Marty Solomon
Sy "Red" Steiger, OSS, WW2
Joe Strano, Korea
Vernon Surphlis, China Burma, WW2
Bernie Sweeney, 2nd Cav, Vietnam
Bob Thomas, Telecine, Viet Nam (Agent Orange deceased)

Composed by
Tony Cucurullo
Hi,

My name is Sherry Cener and I am still working at CBS going on over 38 years now.
I just found this website and was so upset to learn IRV ELIAS passed away. I used to work with IRV when he was at NewsRadio 88 (1969-1973) and then at the Broadcast Center when I worked in Operations from 1973-1978.
He was such a great guy and had that contagious smile.
The website is really great.
Sherry Cener
Manager
CBS Daytime Sales Coordination
(212) 975-4582
fax (212) 975-8087
scener@cbs.com

Friday, November 10, 2006

"If I arrived at the Pearly Gates and St. Peter said, 'What have you done to deserve to get in here?', I'd say, 'Did you see my Lena Horne story?'"

Ed Bradley, CBS News Correspondent, deceased at age 65

TONY C

Thursday, November 09, 2006

In keeping with the current thread...

Hi Cal:

Cal the question, "What wine goes well with franks and beans", was not meant to be a legitmate question or a joke. Forty years ago I was very interested in French wines and winemaking and had gone so far as making my own wine at home. Johnny knew this and so whenever we met he used to tease me and ask "what wine...etc, etc. Typical Johnny Brennan humor. I thought if his daughter asked him this question it would jog his memory. I have not received any word from his daughter yet.

Jay Chichon
Okay I`ll bite...

What wine does go with franks and beans?

Cal Marotta

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The next CBS retirees luncheon will take place on TUESDAY May 15, 2007 at the Swan Club. Located in Glenwood Landing, Long Island, NY.
I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner, but my computer was down for about two week.

Tony Casola

Sunday, November 05, 2006

----- Original Message -----

Subject: CBS retirees-all divisions
I retired from Columbia House (Columbia Records) Div CBS 1994. Is there a web site or chat room for CBS retirees in addition to the engineers? Thanks,

Ed Utterback
3441 E Rosehill Ave.
Terre Haute, In 47805-1225
Utterbacke@AOL.com



Hi Ed,

You are certainly welcome to join us at any time!
Our website is open to all, especially, CBS retirees from any branch or division.
I'm sure there are others who would be very interested in hearing your accounts
of the "doings" in Terre Haute.
Welcome to the group.
Dave

JAY CHICHON:

A great name and a great guy. A warm and friendly flashback for me!.
T H A N K S JAY, you made my day.

John Koushouris.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

For Johnny Brennan's daughter:

John Brennan and I used to be on the same CBS-TV crew some 40 or more years ago. I always enjoyed John's unique humor. Please give him my best wishes and ask him: "What Wine goes well with Franks and Beans?" I am sure he will remember.

Jay Chichon

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Bob Barker retiring after 50 years on TV
By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer

Bob Barker is heading toward his last showcase, his final "Come on down." The silver-haired daytime-TV icon is retiring in June, he told The Associated Press Tuesday. "I will be 83 years old on December 12," he said, "and I've decided to retire while I'm still young."He'll hang up his microphone after 35 years as the host of "The Price Is Right" and 50 years overall in television.Though he has been considering retirement for "at least 10 years," Barker said he has so much fun doing the show that he hasn't been able to leave."I've gone on and on and on to this ancient age because I've enjoyed it," he said. "I've thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm going to miss it."Reaching dual milestones, 50 years on television and 35 with "Price," made this an "appropriate" time to retire, Barker said. Besides, hosting the daily CBS program in which contestants chosen from the crowd "come on down" to compete for "showcases" that include trips, appliances and new cars is "demanding physically and mentally," he said.
Submitted by Dave Schwartz

Monday, October 30, 2006

I simply cannot fathom why there has not been an outpouring of messages to thank Tony for his yeoman work re: CBS RETIREES web page. He has put his heart and soul into the latest submission and deserves our prayers, support and praise for a job well done. Don't wait to see a name in the 'IN MEMORIAM" section to tell the person how much you respect him. Not too many Tony's have come into my life. His writings have made me a more introspective and thoughtful person. So, thank you Tony C. My prayers are with you and your family.

GOD bless,
Frank Novack

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Hello CBS retirees;

I am writing this on behalf of my dad, John Brennan who has been in the hospital with a broken hip. He's doing fine but is bored to tears. He is harassing the hospital staff with his quirky jokes humor. I though printing our some of your funny entries from this site would cheer him up. I printed also printed out some great photo's as well.
Since he has missed the 2006 luncheon due to being in the hospital, I though I might try and find out if the 2007 luncheon is in the planning stages yet. It's probably too soon but I thought I would inquire.
My dad often asks about Norman Ferro. I see that he has been to the last few luncheons. I printed out a picture that is sure to cheer him up.
If anyone has info on how to contact him , please advise.
I am working on getting my dad's photo collection together and I plan to scan them in for your albums.
Below is a picture of Johnny Brennan celebrating his 80th birthday with grandsons, Michael and Christopher.
He has since had another grandchild, Caitlyn Lauren, born 7/7/05.
I plan on providing him with more CBS updates as he is not computer savvy. (Don't tell him I said that)
When I try to tell him about computers , I tend to get a lecture like... I was a CBS cameraman for almost 40 years ,
etc.. etc... Gotta love him.
Thank you for your time and dedication to this wonderful website.
Fondly,
Lauren Stellwagen

Friday, October 27, 2006

My Dear friends,

I am informing you via this generic letter that I will not be able to communicate with you as I did I the past. I will try my best on those, good days that will be rare to me that I can use this computer.
For you see, Nature, Life, has played a hand to me that I must travel alone on. Last August 2005, (as most of you know) I had Colon Cancer. The doctors thought they got it all. They did their best, but my body didn't cooperate, and as a result I now have cancer in multiple places. The cancer is malignant, so the only course open for me is try to live with chemo. That is a debilitating process and as I don't know how I will react to it. I can assume based on case studies that I shall experience all the ups-and-downs associated with this treatment process.
I hope you will continue to send me your jokes and I will, if I can, try to respond to them.
Ted, Dave,... and there are others in our group that are carrying like-crosses yet they do it in silence and with great aplomb. I am writing because I feel this WEB PAGE, is my child, I nursed it, I argued for it, I contributed my little musings, in a way too share a life-times memories with you. I am asking now for the young members of CBS to please contribute any little TID BITS, which fill a void in the ever changing history; about the men and women that made an industry appear as magic before the worlds eyes. And too, this will add your contribution to that parchment of glorious times.
The memorial page listing those CBS people that served in the military that I offered twice a year. On Memorial Day in May, and Armistice Day in November. It now needs someone to keep it up to date by adding the names of all employees that are presently serving, and too the men of the ENG (Electronic News Gathering) all over the world that are CBS staff. They should be included along with an addition to the list adding the names of the industries employees that perished in the WTC tower. We are expanding, but we are history, and that should be all inclusive.
I see the day when the TALENT will be sharing their vast memoirs with us.
So for now my friends, I shall sit back and read about all of you that filled my life with memories that still titillate my friends, family and neighbors. All it takes is a little digging back into the recesses of those Little grey-cells, and then adding a little pepper-and-salt to embellish a little, and you have a CBS employee, or one of Mr. Paley's boys, that seems to capture an audience.
Thank you, Major Bowes, U. S. Navy, Dick Stewart, Tommy Thompson, Bob Hammer, Jim Sermons, Mike DeIeso, Studio show Crews, Field Operations, ENG, all the Technicians, and talent that entertained me, And mostly
, Ted Perzeszty, whose brain and heart is filled with compassion for all, and has taught me so much.
Keep in touch, Please.
Tony Cucurullo

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Just a suggestion from those of us who are not CBS retirees but are frequent visitors who enjoy your site.The listing of New York television facilities past and present is very interesting.How about a listing of retirees with the programs they worked on and the facilities they worked in? Mini-bios on each retiree would be extremely interesting as well.You guys are true pioneers. Let's not forget the members and their contributions to the television industry.

JR Smith
Scottsdale, AZ
jsmith@proadsinc.com

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Meyers, Sigmund T. MEYERS, SIGMUND T., 83, of North Miami, passed away October 11, 2006. He is survived by his beloved wife, Elisabeth; devoted children. Barbara, Carole & Peter; stepchildren, Betty Jo, Linda & Ruth; cherished grandchildren, Sofie, Elisabeth, Stephanie, Timothy, Steven, Andrew & Michael; and dear sister, Fran Metzger. Mr. Meyers was an Army Major in WWII. During his photographic career he wasa cameraman for the CBS television network. In lieu of flowers contributions maybe made to: the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Chapel services 2:00PM Monday. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. ETERNAL LIGHT Funeral Chapel 17250 W. Dixie Hwy. NMB (305)948-9900 To visit this Guest Book Online, go to www.MiamiHerald.com/obituaries.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

I just got a phone call from friends, who live in North Miami Beach, who were friendly with Sig Meyers. I was informed that he passed away two weeks ago. He had been in and out of the hospital fighting to stay alive. He will be missed... His art and photography were his life and CBS was lucky to have had him on their staff for so many years. G-d rest his soul...

Lee Levy

Friday, October 20, 2006

It was 1965, and I was employed by CBS as a Video Tape Tech. Marty Cohen, who was the supervisor, told me to familiarize myself with the area. I was to clean up, put tape reels away, put out tissue & fill the bottles with Freon. That evening they expected a lot of dignitaries because the first color tape was to go out on the flat bed Ampex 1000 tape machine. When I got back in the area of that machine, I noticed a large ball of dust lying on the floor at the bottom of a rack, so I proceeded to pick it up to toss it out in the trash. Suddenly, I was surrounded by a bunch of screaming people all in a state of great panic. It seems that the ball of heavy dust was covering the electronic circuit that was tacked together by, I seem to recall a "John Hewing" I'm not sure of the name, but see him in my mind as clear as day. It was not breadboarded as is usual, but a soccer-sized ball of twisted, tacked together parts, that was the color circuit, mind you, the only color circuit they had for that Ampex 1000 machine. Fortunately I hadn't put my hands together and they were able to gently return the ball to its spot on the rack floor. That was my introduction to the Video Tape Department & Color Broadcast Television at CBS. I spent five years among the madmen & things did get better.

Goody Freed
A Stan Gould Reminiscence


I NEVER WORKED MUCH WITH STAN, SO I DIDN'T KNOW YOU LIKE SOME OF THE OTHERS, BUT THE ONE OCCASION THAT WE DID COME TOGETHER WAS WHEN THE BOSSES, WHO KNEW ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT TELEVISION OR PEOPLE , DECIDED ON A MAKEWORK PROJECT FOR THE TECHS SITTING IN THE LOUNGE. WHOMEVER WAS IN CHARGE (SO UNIMPORTANT, I DON'T REMEMBER HIS NAME) SENT US ALL TO STUDIO 41 TO CLEAN UP... NO PROBLEM, IT WAS PART OF THE JOB.
STAN WAS TOLD TO CLEAN A CAMERA. WELL, YOU FIELD GUYS PROBABLY KNOW WHERE THIS IS GOING BUT FOR THE NOVICES, HE PROCEEDED TO TAKE THE CAMERA COMPLETELY APART, THE MAN SAID "CLEAN IT", I MEAN STAN COMPLETELY FIELD STRIPPED IT. NAMELESS WENT BERSERK, AND THAT WAS MY INTRODUCTION TO ONE OF THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE & HARDEST WORKERS AT CBS. THE PLEASURE WAS ALL MINE.
THANK YOU.

GOODY FREED

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Some major changes have been made to the John Taddei Collection.
If you see any errors, please let me know. Some of the captions are superimposed on the images, so look closely at the larger sized pictures.
Click here___>The John Taddei Collection
Dear Dave;

The letter below was sent to me by Jerry Colet who used to be a PC AD in the old rooms and then became a VT tech. He sent it last year and I have done some editing to it so it works for the retirees site. I thought it might be interesting to the group. I think the site keeps getting better and better. The pictures and stories are a real treasure. I will write another letter to try to get people to talk about specific situations that came up at work. Hope this finds you and your family in good health. All is well here.

Gady


As I said in my letter to the East Newsletter, I wondered if anyone really remembered me. It has been 30 years (almost impossible to imagine). I thought I had finally arrived when I got to assist Danny Stevens on the Sullivan Show and then the show only lasted for a year before it was cancelled. Even the move to Los Angeles was a bit late for all the big ones. Danny Kaye, Jack Benny, The Smothers Brothers, Judy Garland; all were gone by the time I got out here. Sonny and Cher had broken up but there was the Cher Show, Tony Orlando and Dawn, and Dinah Shore. Carol Burnett was going strong, but with a regular established crew. Of course there were the soap operas and a few game shows. I did get to work on the Mike Douglas Show and the John Davidson Show (both were for syndication). Anyway, life out here is worth the whole thing anyway. I shall never miss New York and only regret that I did not get to California earlier. I came from the northeast; Detroit and New York, so California weather was a most pleasant surprise. I shall always remember visiting the house I bought in North Hollywood on Christmas Eve and found the previous owners outside watering the lawn. I lived there for 15 years and by some fantastic stroke of luck moved south to Northern San Diego County when I retired. I still regard the climate here to be the best in the country. No. we don't have earthquakes here and although fire threatened about 7 years ago, it is no longer a problem due to development of the land.I really do miss a lot of the people I used to know in New York. Many were the film editors because I spent many years in the WCBS-TV film operation. So many have passed away and others seem to have settled in Florida. Well, I guess the same applies to the technicians and management people. It's good to know that there are still a few around. I remember Beverly Morgan when she was a Flexotypist for the Translators in Hal Meiers' Net Operations office. I guess that for many years she had been a right hand assistant to Don Hewitt. Good for her, a capable lady. A tragedy to have lost Barry Kahn, so young. My friend and one-time supervisor, Pat Franklin, died out here in California after he left CBS. Did you know Raili Syreeni in VT? A pretty little lady from Finland. She moved here a short time before I transferred. She was here in tape and subsequently married one of the tape supervisors. She died suddenly about 7 years ago and her husband, who was a close friend, passed away a year ago. Before her death, Raili had left CBS and became an successful attorney forCalTrans. A very bright lady.You mentioned Joel Aronowitz. Yes I spoke with him a year or so ago. I never knew anyone who didn't regard him as the most decent guy and a joy to work with. I was envious of one of Joel's daughters, She is, I understand, a commercial airline pilot. I learned to fly privately, when I was in the army and would love to have pursued that skill occupation more seriously, but I couldn't shake my major interest in broadcasting, which started seriously in 1944 and I really wanted to become a radio actor. So where would I be now?Yes, I remember the CBS Studios scattered all over the city. I was there on the first night that Channel 2 aired their first color movie. It was "Destination Moon". We had a 35mm print and the company had to open Studio 72 up on Broadway (The Color Studio) to air it. It was a huge operation now it seems like nothing at all.Congratulations on your 38 years. You have me beaten by two years already and I spent two of my 36 years in the army (but, at least, producing, writing and directing TV for the Signal Corps at the Army Ballistic Missile Agency in Huntsville, Alabama and at Cape Canaveral).As you must know, there are major change occurring out in Los Angeles too. CBS has merged with another local station and their old radio and KNXT building is being given up. The old Film Facility (Studio Center) in Studio City will become the major production facility and is growing by leaps and bounds. A young man has just been promoted to take over the whole West Coast facility and production management (Michael Klausman). When I first came out here in 1975, Mike had just left his job as VT Librarian and moved into Scheduling. A remarkable young guy and he's doing a great job now. So things can and do happen.Please remember me to the old veterans and let them know that retirement can be nice too. I sincerely hope that everyone has taken advantage of the benefits that the company always offered to the old timers. Really! They have been extremely generous.Again, my best to you and your wife and thanks for making my day.

Jerry Colet

jfcolet@adelphia.net

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Back in 1978, I received my private pilots license,and at the same time we purchased a 1977 Piper Archer and based it at Teterboro airport, New Jersey. One of my very favorite things to do was to simply go for a short flight down the Hudson and back, and I repeated this flight many, many times over the ensuing nine years frequently taking CBS'ers along for the ride.
It never occured to me to return via the East River and a very low percentage turn, to overfly Manhattan, and then up the Hudson to the GW bridge, and then on into Teterboro. The East River route was somewhat hazardous due to the heavy helicopter and intermixed general aviation traffic.
It is possible that the flight instructor and Mr. Lidle were taken by suprise that they would be entering La Guardia's restricted airspace if they proceeded any further up river! This could have necessitated a maneuver that could have been a 180 or a 90 across Manhattan.
It should be noted that the instructor was from California and most all of Llidle's hours were also built on the West Coast. I feel confident that the NTSB and the FAA will be looking into the wisdom of an instructor from the West Coast, and a low-time pilot, flying in such a busy airspace.
I can only hope that he was not receiving instrument instruction when this accident took place, as this type of instruction is very demanding. Almost all of my instrument and private training took place originating at Teterboro, but my river flying was always VFR. It saddens me to realize that two lives were lost needlesly. Since the accident, the FAA has modified the rules for flying in that environment... constant communication must be maintained.
I don't have airline Captain hours, but just enough to feel qualified to participate in conjecture. May they rest in peace.

Bob Vernum.
I also remember "Peace House", the CBS-TV studio at 109th Street just off 5th Avenue. In those days it was considered a somewhat dangerous neighborhood and to travel there we were allowed to take a taxi from the nearest subway station. I remember two specific programs that I worked on from that studio circa 1951. They were "Rod Brown and The Rocket Rangers" and "Mr. I Imagination".
For a crew photo, click here___> Crew Photo
Jay Chichon

Ed note: "Mr. I-magination, the man with the magic reputation!"

Saturday, October 14, 2006

I was hired on august of 1951 and was assigned to "Father Divine's Studio" which was on 109th. st. and 5th. ave. John Koshouris was my TD.
We broadcast two shows a day both in the morning. It was broadcast in field sequential so the people at home could not see them unless they had a color sequential receiver, all they saw was hash.
One show was with a man called Ivan Sanderson and he did a show with exotic animals.
The second show was an interview show called Mike and Buff. Mike was Mike Wallace and his then wife Buff Cobb.
At that time CBS color was superior to NBC, which was grainy and, if the subject moved too quickly, the color bled.
CBS color was quiet and the color was excellent. Unfortunately it needed a mechanical wheel to work.
One day, in another studio, I saw a contraption with three tubes - red green and blue .They were converged into what looked like a mirror. I think I was looking at the begining of rear projection TV.
When NBC won the FCC approval over CBS, all work stopped, and I was assigned to studios where I eventually became a videoman.

Cal Marotta

Friday, October 13, 2006

Oops! I forgot to post these pictures! Here is the album for the June 14, 2006 Mini Luncheon on L.I.
Click Here ___>6-14-2006 L.I. Mini Lunch
If I were given the task of picking out one of the the most unforgettable characters I've met in my 34 years at CBS - Harry Remmers would be right near the top of the list. He had a talent for making NY techs feel comfortable in the CBS-W environment, he never made any of us feel like we were taking work away from the CBS-W techs. He also had a great sense of humor and a totally captivating smile. I think of him, Stan Mitchell and Joe Tier often -- they will not be forgotten. Rest easy Harry.

Bob Vernum
I believe if mr. Cox checks on my story he will find that the first scheduled colorcast was done by NBC, also at an uptown color studio -- the name of the studio was the Century. The cast was: HUME CRONYN AND JESSICA TANDY in a series called THE MARRIAGE.
The memory is sort of vivid because I was a vacation relief tech at NBC from March '54 into the summer of '54 and then onto CBS in august '54. I had attended the first resident color course at RCA Institutes and was the draftsman for their home study course. It was difficult keeping my distance in the NBC control room and all of that fascinating equipment.
Shortly after coming to CBS, I was assigned to the Colonial for the FCC tests of the NTSC system and the sequential CBS color wheel. Needless to say, the NTSC and NBC won.

Those are some very fond memories. It seems to me that the show was first done in spring-summer of '54.
Please correct me if my info is in error.

Bob Vernum
There has been a problem for the last month or so, with sending e-mail to the Webmaster address.
This was due to a change in a host system file, which (hopefully) has been corrected.
If you have had e-mail returned to you, please resend it, and I will respond!

Dave
Dear All,

Sadly I must relay the news of my Dads passing.
William L. Murtough passed away in Stuart Florida this September, 2006. My Dad began his career in his hometown of Chagrin Falls, Ohio when, at the age of 16, he installed the first P.A. system at Geauga Lake Park. His love of radio began when listening to his father's radio in the living room of his home. I recall the time Dad tried to increase the reception of the family radio by running wires around the front yard, only to trip up his father when he returned home from work. The rest, as they say is history! Please join me in remembering my father and his life as a radio man and pilot. Best wishes to those who grew up under the CBS roof.

contact should be made to 203.790.8219

kind regards,
William J. Murtough

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Here is an interesting podcast regarding TV items of interest.
This is audio only, in the MP3 format. Give it a minute to load, and have your volume up!
Click here ___>The Schubin Report

Monday, October 09, 2006

was looking at the CBS retiree web site and noticed the discussion of CBS Studio 72 is considered the first Commercial Color Television with scheduled programming broadcast in NTSC color.
Some people on the web site might like this news clipping concerning CBS Studio 72.
It is for "Toast of the Town" (a.k.a. Ed Sullivan) and indicates it was the debut of C.B.S. Studio 72 color (Broadway and 81st street). The picture shows Janis Paige and John Raitt. According to The Internet Movie Database, they only appeared as guest stars together on "Toast of the Town" twice - 6/13/1954 and 8/22/1954.
Given the story on the RCA TK40A camera being purchased for CBS via Philco and delivered the fall of 1954 - I would expect the Studio 72 NTSC color broadcast was "Toast of the Town" August 22, 1954 (Season 7, Episode 49) and not the summer 6/13/54. The camera in the clipping looks like the RCA TK40A pictures on Edwin Reitan's web site.
My mother (Anne Baldwin, far right) and her sister (Francesca Baldwin, middle) are two of the dancers. I was attempting to determine the date.
Charles Cox


Sunday, October 08, 2006

Retirees...
Our Webmaster, Dave Minott, has done a great Job as Webmaster... He has reported all the great moments we had with C.B.S. Is it not time we would like to hear about his time at C.B.S.?? Write in and ask.. if he would take us back to a Time Electronics has forgotten. I am sure He can.....The Days when it was one step above Radio. P.S... Lets put some Sunshine into this Webpage!
Regards,
Harold Deppe..

Friday, October 06, 2006

THIS IS POSTED IN ITS ENTIRETY FROM TONY CUCURULLO

From: "VICKI GRENIER" To: Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2006 10:03 PM Subject: are you tony from CBS retirees website?
If you are, please reply to me and I'll give you more information about people who may be mutual friends/bosses. Vicki Grenier


From: "Tony Cucurullo" To: "VICKI GRENIER" Are you a relative of Charles Grenier? Tony C.


Yes. I am his niece. I was very interested to read what you had to say about him because you had described very well what I thought of him too. He died of emphysema; suffocated to death. I was interested in hearing more about what you thought of him. More importantly, I wondered if you knew my dad, Vic Grenier over at WPIX? He also died of emphysema in 1997. I recognized many names of your co-workers at that time. Dad talked about all his friends in the business like they were family. For a number of years in the 60's I'd be sure to watch the rolling credits to see if I recognized any names. (That's when they rolled the credits slowly so you could actually read the names.) Charles' other brother Ted Grenier was in the business also but think he was over at ABC. Their fourth brother is the only surviving sibling. He was a mathematics college professor.
I miss the years my dad spent televising sports and eventually working for Howard Hughes in the startup of Hughes Sports Network. His last year was spent working at Entertainment Tonight. He formed a WPIX retirees group like your CBS retirees group only they did everything by snail mail.

More later.

Vicki


Dear Vicki,
I worked with Charles on a soap opera . He would drive me to work each day by picking me up at my home where I lived in Teaneck, NJ. On one occasion as we exited the Lincoln Tunnel into Manhattan, we passed the huge post office building and had to make a right turn onto 9th Ave; there was a 16 wheeler truck also making that turn, the truck cut too sharp, and drove his rear wheels over the top of Charlie's Volkswagen (Beetle Bug) I was the passenger, as I rapidly exited from my seat, I grabbed Charlie's clothes and literally pulled him up-and-out of his seat, and over the gears, and clear of the car, just as those huge tires crushed his little car like a pancake. "Do you know what your uncle Charles Grenier said to me?" In typical New York style thinking, "Tony! Are you going to sue me?" That's when I let go of the hold I had on him and dropped him into the street. But, I loved the guy. He was a very classy person, but, he had these strange prejudices about ethnic people. He would comment about Italians or others and say that, "The distance from the equator determined the amount of passion one exhibits on subjects."
We would talk about the old radio days in CBS. He knew my favorite Audio Engineer, Dick Stewart as I always called him. I was only the office boy for Major Bowes,1941-1943. I used to hang out in the theatre (that is now known as the Sullivan Theater) I loved it.. Charles was a trumpet player, so was Dick Stewart, and I play a little myself, so we had that in common. Charles also told me that he was responsible for that most famous concert in Carnegie hall, with the, 'Benny Goodman Band', where on that night they played the, song written by Louis Prima, 'Sing-Sing-Sing'. Apparently he used to moonlight there and did many of those concerts.
Vicki, Charlie, will be regarded by most technicians of that ers, as one of the premier Technical Directors at CBS-TV. "I do also." Perhaps your uncles would care to add to our history of this industry. I am sure they would know quite a bit about many of the techs that came from WPIX and Hughes (Charlie D'Onofio, Tony Ancona and others) so, please ask them for some tid bits. On behalf of CBS Retirees I hope I have helped refresh some thought about your Uncle Charles Grenier.
"Thanks for the memories."

Tony Cucurullo
Does anybody have any info on CBS announcer Warren Moran? He filled in from time to time as announcer on To Tell the Truth in the 60s and I have come up almost empty in my search for info on him.
Obit finder does list a Warren Moran of Manatee, Florida with a birthdate of 10/14/1931 and a death date of 10/20/02 but no info as to whether this one was a CBS announcer or not.
I wonder how many CBS staff announcers are still around? (and how do I find them to interview them for my research project)

Many thanks,

Dave Schwartz
Game Show Network

Saturday, September 30, 2006

I just received an e-mail from Royce Fish, reporting that Harry Remmers (at CBS-W) passed away yesterday.

Friday, September 29, 2006

I am urgently requesting ANY stories/photos:
View the shows Stan Gould and any of you who worked together, from the list below.
ANY STORIES OR PHOTOS WILL BE GRATEFULLY APPRECIATED.
CALL JACKIE SACS AT561-762-0070 OR EMAIL HER AT:
jackie@iSacsPhoto.com

mailing address if you still pound the keys of a typewriter...
Jackie Sacs
4751 NW 49th Court
Tamarac, FL. 33319
THANK YOU ALL!!

Arthur Godfrey (there are already a few of those, but would like any remembrances WITH him)
$64,000 challenge
Barbra Striesand
Beacon hill
Beat the Clock
Capt. Kangaroo
Ed Sullivan
Search for tomorrow
Ernie Kovaks
Frank Sinatra
Gary Moore/Carol Burnett
Jackie Gleason
Mel Torme
Perry Como
Playhouse 90
Steve Allen
Ted Mack Amateur Hour
US Steel Hour
You Are There
Winky Dink and You
Olympics in Asaka
World Fair in Kyoto
Dem. Convention 1968
Rep. conv. 1968
Oval office with Presidents
Sam Levenson
You are There
Space recovery
Daily news broadcasts with the big commentators (Wallace, Cronkite, Rather, Reasoner, etc.)
Time is getting short, we have one week to go for next week's Friday, October 6th deadline on our Fall CBS Luncheon. If you haven't sent in your checks, do it soon and join us.

Tony Casola

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Hi Tony
Thanks for the history on the Business Managers. I joined CBS & 1212 under Charlie Calame. Matty Carmello was the proctor for entrance testing. I took my test while working at UN Telecommunications. During a layoff at the UN, I applied at NBC & CBS. Both called me on the same day. I chose CBS & spent some 44 great years with all you great people.

Regards ...Harold Schutzman



I am very sorry to report that William Murtough passed away on Friday Sept. 22, 2006. His Florida home phone number is: 772-287-0772

Ted Perzeszty
It is time for the change of horses to drive the engine that supplies the fodder for all working men and women. We have had a variety of leaders to cope with the natural self-serving demands of the hydras at the top of the companies.

My first experience with the IBEW back in the ‘50’s was with the master Charlie Calame, and his wife Jean Robbins. Charlie’s style was of the old-fashioned labor-leader type generally depicted in the movies. But, for his time he was affective.

Following Charlie brought a profusion of wannabee’s that were technicians turned politicians. Lenny Bader, was bright but he got only what was given in an era when anyone could achieve a modicum of success. Followed by the Colonel (a real Air force Lt. Colonel) Art Korff, who set the pattern for company and union dialogue that exist to this day. The quarterly meetings. They were productive, until the company started using the great company negotiator Jim Sermons. I called him “Gentleman Jim” after the great fighter of the 1890’s Jim Corbett, the man that introduced the Solar Plexus punch to Heavyweight Champ John L. Sullivan. Jim Sermons could hit you below the belt and make you happy he did it.

The only man to really get something from Jim was Vincent Bartilucci. Vinny is responsible for getting the sons and daughters of CBS working people hired (including his own son Dan).

Then along came the irrepressible Michael DeIso. He was like a burr in Gentleman Jim’s ass. Mike is a natural born politician. He could run for public office. He is responsible for introducing the current Business Manager, Keith Morris, to the negotiating table. And it was at that table that the fiery Keith shot a blast across to Jim, that set the two on a course that exist to this day, except that Jim Sermons is retired and Keith Morris now has the mantle to protect the working men and women of CBS technical.

You must wish him well, for he is in an era when there just “ain’t any gittin.” I hope he can protect what he has, and hold the line on the rest. Good luck to Keith Morris, for what he achieves reflects to management, technical, and retired people.

Tony Cucurullo

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Thanks Tony,
Speaking of saving the day. George Progulis saved the day at a sports event, when there was spikes in the video and NO-ONE could find the solution. George called for all the techs to help pull the truck away from the stadium wall, because the bumper was touching the wall. It was difficult because all the cables had already been run and were very tight. It seems the stadium and the truck were at different polarities and that it was causing the trouble. As we leaned, and pulled, and pushed, and created a small space then George put a mat between the two and that worked fine. Another big save by a maintenance man.

Tony Cucurullo
TONY,
My sentiments exactly . I worked at times with Cal Burns and Tom Nadig and I'm familiar with the work of maintenance technicians. They were a videopersons right arm. Sadly, it was an unusual TD who placed maintenance techs names on lists for Christmas gifts from stars whose shows the crew worked. Heck, I did not receive a gift one year from Studio One (Westinghouse) with the rest of the Studio crew. Do I ask the TD or not? I had been a tech two years. Am I being paranoid? Summoning up courage to question my TD, he looked puzzled and slightly annoyed
MYSTERY SOLVED:
He shall be nameless but his reply lacked social grace. " I TOOK THE CREW LIST FROM THE WEEKLY CREW SCHEDULE AND YOU WERE ON VACATION THAT WEEK !. MAYBE NEXT YEAR." I then knew how a maintenance, master control and telecine tech must have felt.
On a positive note, I can cite a magnificent solution to a technical problem by one JIM PATTERSON down at the Cape. I previously wrote about Walter Cronkite's first color coverage using our CBS/W camera. CBS/NY master control notified us that our sub carrier frequency way off. We had no spare and Jim saved the day with a nail. He inserted a nail into a coil in the sub carrier circuit of the Camera Control Unit. The coil was wire around a cylindrical cardboard base. The nail was inserted inside the cylinder. Basic electronics 101 says that this changes the frequency of the circuit. Color was locked. WALTER was in COLOR. W. SHAKESPEARE our EIC, mumbled, " for the want of a nail.............."
Maintenance, MC, VIDEO had quietly saved the day.
With kindest regards to these unsung techs I have worked with -

Frank Novack

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Hi Tony:

I see that you put the shot I sent to you of Megquier Island where we live on the internet. It came up under a Google search for my name. I was surprised to see that so quickly.

I was so sorry to have heard of the passing of so many of those with whom I had worked. Tony Ancona was such a good friend and I had so many funny memories of those times that he and I worked together.

Also I was shocked to read about Irv Elias. I could not believe that we lost such a talented and young guy. I was seriously considering him to replace me when it came time for me to take leave from 60 Minutes and retire. Unfortunately, conditions were such for me that I had to get out of the company immediately.

Winter is approaching up here in the north country and we had some light snow the other night up in the mountains. Here on the island though it's still been pretty warm for this time of year.

If, you would ever like to speak with Billy Edwards out on Long Island, here is his phone number. It's 516 - RO 6 - 8494. I'm sure he'd be shocked to hear from you after so many years since you probably last saw him at Telestudios. What a great guy he is and all things considered, he's still hanging in there ok.

Thanks for getting in touch with me and say hi to Ted, Dave and all the others in the group.

Regards,

Joel Dulberg
Ted,
Just a small correction to Bill Naeder's post about Vinny Rea. After leaving the construction shop, Vinny began working for WCBS TV Maintenance. Upon Joe Nessi's departure to TX, Vinny assumed the supervisor position of the shop. He remained the supervisor until shortly before he became ill. Vinny stayed up to date with all the current technology, and one of his last accomplishments was transitioning WCBS to non linear editing and server play back to air. He will be missed by all that knew him. His legacy lives on everywhere you look in the WCBS facility.


Bob Sims
WCBS-TV Engineering
212 975-6636
bsims@cbs2ny.com