Tuesday, February 28, 2006

No offense intended, but as I recall you were taller than Hal Schutzman, slightly less handsome than Hal Classon, funnier than Hal Warner and a gentleman like Hal Bailey. Thus, confusion as who the HAL you were was eliminated. Your work as the historian of 15 Vanderbilt Ave was, and is, much appreciated by Frank Fosso, Frank Sinatra, Frank Fontaine, Frank Stanton, Frank Harvey, Frank Marth, Frank Chioncio, and the incomparable Frank Florio and multple retirees past and present with different first names than ours.
Keep the faith (not the Faeth as in Bob) but that's another story.
Frank Novack
To Frank Novak:

What is meant by the remark BIG HAROLD ??



Monday, February 27, 2006

Here is the latest photo of Lt. Colonel Art Korff former Business manager of Local 1212 and a technician, formerly of CBS. Although Art is retired from CBS, he still is an active officer in the Air Force at Langley Air base here in Virginia. As you can see in the photo Art is wearing his tartan. He is an instructor in the Scottish bagpipes and is a member of the Newport News Police department Drum and Pipes band.
I took this picture of Art at St. Andrews Episcopal Church this Sunday. It is the day that the tartans get blessed. He and his wife Ann, are very involved in their churches affairs. It is a long way from the board rooms of the union. Art recently qualified in passing his flight testing, this is a yearly ritual in the military.
I asked Art if he ever misses the old days of CBS and the union. Not Art, he believes in today and doesn't reminisce about the old days.
Tony Cucurullo
In response to the inquiry about John Koushouris by BIG HAROLD, John wrote to the website in the September 2005 archives giving his address and a poignant request to join the group. It would not be a CBS group without the likes of John. There also was a message from another icon of tech ops, Bob Sammon in that same grouping of messages.
On a personal note, my mother used to get tickets for her favorite show, THE KATE SMITH SHOW. I was 14 and overwhelmed by the setting for this radio show from playhouse 3. The two things I took to the memory bank was 1. The large oscilloscope mounted on the audio booth....STAND BY/ON THE AIR 2. the young guy with the most luxuriant head of gray hair running in and out of the booth before air. Someone said he's the audio engineer. Some years later, after I was discharged from army duty, I became an usher at playhouse 3, then into TVTO. I was sent to the VERN GAMBLE crew as a relief technician. I was told to report to the TD. I was introduced to a slightly older man with the most luxurious head of slightly grayer hair. Where had I seen him before? And that's the other side of the story.
Frank Novack

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Harold & the gang,

My days at CBS don't go back as far as yours, but I still have some interesting stories to tell!
Just a quickie or two for now...
I started with CBS at the labs in Stamford in the early to mid '60s, and remember working with Ren MCMann, Dr. Goldmark, Harvie Schwartz, Sol Decker, Bernie Klibaner, Emil Tureck, John Hollywood and many other colorful people. From there I went to the EVR facility in Rockland,NJ, where I worked with Blair Benson, Bob Simms (who's son I later worked with at the B.C.) and others. When EVR folded, I transferred to the B.C. and started in the construction shop under Mac McKelvey and Stu Rochet. I worked side by side with Phil Chubb, Merritt Kirschoff, and many other fine craftsmen. Then on to the Control and Automation department, where I worked with Hugo Ripp, Henry Korkus, Joe Strano, Irwin Solow, Les Burkhardt, Carl Clarke, Tony Casola, and, again, many other amazing people. When I retired in 2002, we had several capable women working in the department, like Mary Lou Bak, Margaret Butler and Debbie Matut. I saw us go from a seven foot rack Frame Synchronizer down to a one rack unit F.S! From Telops and Lobster Crawls to Vidifonts, Chyrons and high powered Silicon Graphics equipment. From motor driven faders to Total Automation Systems! These were also some exciting years. In 33 1/3 (interesting!) years at the B.C and about six more at the labs and EVR, it was a wide and varied experience that I will always remember.

Dave, your humble Webmaster
Hi Jay,
Thanks for the memories of Grand Central. They were the good old Days. Do you or any Retirees remember Vern Gamble { The Great White Father}?? Pappy Treat St 44 Nat Degutz . Gus Klein in Maint. Bob Brown ?? Yes the Days of live Television... I am glad I was there. It's great to look back. We may not be able to see the future. P.S. Where is John Koshuris of Video Tape and Color ? His input would interesting.. Also we would like to hear about the old days from the WebMaster He was around...
Harold Deppe

Friday, February 24, 2006

Trying to locate pictures and info about my uncle, Louis Leger. I remember going to CBS Studio when I was very young. He was a camerman and always wore a bowtie. He also lived in Closter, NJ.
Glen G. Leger

Contact the Webmaster if you have any information for him.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

I am not a CBS Retiree, but I have enjoyed looking at your site and browsing through the excellent historical photos. I noticed a new collection of photos from Gady Reinhold and noted the photos of a television program called "King of The Hill." It caught my eye because the host of the program was Robert Earle, who at one time, hosted the GE College Bowl. I had an opportunity to work with Mr. Earle on a couple of freelance projects when I was living in upstate New York in the 1980s. Can anyone provide any additional details on King of The Hill? Were these photos from the pilot because I don't ever remember this program making it to air? Where was it taped? During many conversations with Mr. Earle, he never mentioned this program.Thanks again for maintaining this excellent site. Even though it is intended for a talented group of retired CBS artists, it's fascinating for any of us who are interested in the history of television. Keep up the good work.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

A new picture has been added to the David Schwartz Collection.
Click here ___>David Schwartz Collection
Sorry I did not get back to you sooner. I have been really, really busy and things have been falling by the wayside. I have not had time to digitize the photos and articles yet, but I will in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I would love for you to post on your site that if anyone knew my grandfather, Eddie Brinkman, and would be willing to speak with me, I would really appreciate it. You can have folks send you an email and you can forward it to me. Thanks for everything.
Steve Wexler

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

"GRAND CENTRAL STATION"......Gigantic stage on which are played a thousand dramas daily...etc.) (Part of the opening announcement of the famous CBS radio program called "Grand Central Station") If I remember correctly, George Gould had written one of the episodes when he worked in radio, before he became a TD in TV.
My first day at CBS-TV in January 1950 was working on the live one hour dramatic show "Studio One". I handled the recorded music cues. Sunday morning I was handed a large stack 33 & 78 records with yellow cue marks from a grease pencil on each record. My job was to pick out isolated musical passages on the records and play them. The trick was to do this without the characteristic "WOW" sound one gets when you start up a record in the middle of the disk. I can remember that once I had 60 cues on the hour program.
Many of you will remember the very long hallway that ran from the reception desk entrance past Studios 41,44, and 42 and ended at Telecine and the Maintenance Shop. We actually shot a live scene there, the camera dollying down the corridor following an actor on his way to the electric chair. With the lighting it was quite effective. I have visited the Museum of Broadcasting and viewed and listened to some of the live dramatic shows that I worked on from GC and they looked and sounded amazingly well. One has to remember that in those days there were no automatic Zoom Lenses and camera men had to physically push their camera pedestals toward the subject AND refocus by turning a small knob on the camera. It took a lot of skill to do this without going out of focus at some point. (And then there were some directors who asked you to dolly in using a 135 mm lens) Ah yes......those were the good old days.
Jay Chichon

It didn't take you long to post that mess.
I noticed after, I didn't mention Harold Deppe as Maint. in Grand Central. There were a few more also: Charlie Pasternack, Ernie Lowe, Eric (the Continental) Harris, Paul Buda... and I didn't even mention Telecine... nor did I say what was in Murrow's Coke bottle!
Better leave that alone...
Correction To Harry Charles..
Ed Murrow had a glass in his hand, I was there..Not a Coke bottle..We forgot Vidicon Valley on the second Floor. Video Tape on the seventh Floor.
P.S Its good to see these guys come Alive.
Where is John Koushuris.??
Harold Deppe

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

In answer to Harold Deppe's "Challenge":

I remember in Master Control in Grand Central, Arnold King was another Supervisor, Bert Grady, Jim Fowler, Milt Greenwald, Earl(Mutual Fund)Isom, Al Sabin, Sid Gasner. Maint.was Herb Zvorist. Later on George Gray left 43 switching into MC. In 43 The switcher teams were Gil Miller, George Maber, Emil Affen, Myron Duval, Sy Farkus,Art Korff, Al Vargas, Max Streem, Bob Kane, Norm Levine, Jack Goldstein, and the 43/Telecine supervisors were Henry Seitz, Sam Lawrence, John Wyman.And I forgot "ME"..From this group most moved to different departments over time and space...I know I missed some names and I'm Sorry for any omissions but I'm sure anyone left out will let us know..I remember two names in particular in the 43 shader group..Marty Polk and John Kemp, John worked Sign-ons and Marty worked Sign-offs.....Oh! I also remember outside of Studio 41 in the hall Ed Murrow sitting in a straight backed chair with a towel wrapped around his neck and a Coke bottle in one hand and a cigarette in the other while Frances (her last name please) applied make-up for "See It Now" or" Person To Person" Anecdotes may follow in time......
Harry Charles
Thanks for the memories Ed.

..........Studio One, The Web, Morning Shows (Cronkite, Dick Van Dyke, Will Rogers Jr.)National Election Results.
Franklin Schaffner (PATTON), Robert Mulligan (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD), Ralph Nelson (CINDERELLA) John Peyser (DANGER, SUSPENSE) developed their talents in GRAND CENTRAL studios 41 and 42.
The little known and little used 7th floor rehearsal hall had a piano which was utilized by a mail boy named BARRY MANILOW on his breaks. It also served as a stickball field (wadded duct tape and broom handle for bat and ball) for Studio One crew on our breaks.
My sincerest sympathy for the families of HERMAN LANG and RAY SAVIGNANO and my thanks that our paths coincided for a while.
Frank Novack

Monday, February 13, 2006

We have a new album, "The Joe Cook Memorial Album", thanks to Joe's son, Paul.
Click here ___>Joe Cook
To the Retirees that are still with us. Do you Remember?? Grand Central Studio's 41 42 43 44...41, 42, 44 and the Maint shop were on the 3rd floor...Plus Telecine, Master Control and Studio 43 Film Control were on the 4th floor,TV Recording 2nd Floor. All flats were brought up to the Studio's from the truck by { ROPE} past the stairs..Live Television shows ...I Remember Mama ....Man Against Crime...Danger... Lucky Pup...Doug Edwards and the News .. Ed. Murrow... Iconoscope Film Cameras and the 35 and 16 mm Projectors. We can't forget... Fred Reinhart, Bruce Meyers, Joe Geiger, Pappy Treat, Fred Huff, Ed Benford, Ben Ackerman, Hugo Ripp, Nat DeGutz, Tom Nadig... {Ed Ring in Master Control}. Are there any Retirees that can add to the early Days of TV at Grand Central?? There must be some from St. 43 still around...
Harold Deppe

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Another beautiful sunset picture submitted by Lee Levy. Click here ___>Member Pictures
To view the CBS tribute to Herman Lang, please click the following link: Herman Lang video tribute

When your video player appears, you may need to hit the start button (right arrow).
When done, you may hit your browser's back button to return to the website.
This is our first attempt at video on the website, so it is a bit crude.
Refinements are in the works, and I have several more videos for your enjoyment!
Dave Minott
A tribute to Herman Lang

On the big movie screen George Scott played the bigger-than-life General George Patton, the commander of the 3rd Army during World War 2. It was a good casting, but, if you had to cast an actor to play the part of Herman Lang the only one that comes to mind would be Herman himself?

I can see that Scott could be the bastard general, but while Patton and Herman played soldiers in actual combat no mere actor could be so imposing as to be the intelligent interpreter of enemy soldiers, the diminutive military Captain, the gentle voracious reader of history and pulp-fiction, and that for which he will be regarded as, the quintessential TV-cameraman.

His exploits as the interpreter during the infamous Nuremburg Trials that secured revenge for society more than it did for the principals of jurisprudence, placed him dead center historically with the scourges of the Third Reich.

I shall remember him for the many book stores we perused together looking for those rare literary treats. Herman collected cars, and was a beekeeper, but he collected friends and they stayed close for he was a loyal and fun-loving person to be around.

Herman will remain in my memory as one of the outstanding characters that I met while touring a life’s work at CBS.


Tony Cucurullo

Saturday, February 11, 2006

More sad news
I was just informed that Herman Lang passed away yesterday, Feb. 10, 2006. There will be no wake. CBS Sports will have a tribute to him during half time of the first NCAA Bastketball game this afternoon, Feb. 11, 2006

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

In response to an email from George Seelinger...

Hi ..
I was at C.B.S .from 1949 --1973 it was the golden Years B & W to Color.It was the best Years of my Life just a great place to work I am in Tucson Arizona.My Years at C.B.S. were most in Maint. At the age of 88 I enjoy High Definition T.V.and would like to hear from C.B.S Retirees past and present .some are still around..

Harold Deppe
P.S. George I hope they write in. Time is so short..It was nice to hear from you..