Tuesday, March 28, 2006

relayed from Tony Cucurullo:


Sunday, March 26, 2006

Dwight Temple's 92 1/2 year birthday party celebration at the Milleridge Cottage in Jericho, NY.
March 16, 2006. Click here ___>Dwight's Party

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Hello Dave,

I will honor Tony C's request to dredge up some space shot stories...
CBS/ NY requested CBS/W to send a Norelco PC-70 with tech to cover Walter Cronkite and space shot in color for the first time. Joe Tier informed me that I was to go to the Cape. Oh boy, several days of beach time and "whoop de doo" with the New York guys. Red Berridge (Bless his soul) was the video man. Bob Kania was the lighting man. On the day of the scheduled lift off, Walter was set up on the roof of the trailer with a wooden overhang.The gantry was in complete sunshine while Walter was being lit with artificial lights (2 k's, 750's, inkies, cigarette lighters, candles), until Walters eyes began to puddle up. "Hey ,Wash" the producer bellowed "what's wrong with YOUR camera" I tried to explain the difference in Kelvin
and panned the camera to a chip chart on the ground to prove the camera was set up properly. "Well, Wash, we didn't bring Walter all the way down here to shoot him sitting outside our trailer!, what are YOU going to do? I crossed my fingers behind my back and asked him to have the wooden overhang removed. We would not be able to see the results of this drastic solution for a day as the lift off was postponed. It was scheduled for early morning. The natural light filled in on Walter and conditions could not have been better. Quelle Luck. After the shoot was completed, I heard the FRIENDLY voice of the producer, "hey, Frank, maybe we could put W on a platform that rotates with the sun." I didn't have the heart to tell him that the gantry would would also have to rotate to maintain the liftoff shot with Walter in the foreground. Thus are careers made or broken.

Frank Novack

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Mike Wallace Retires From CBS News

(CBS) NEW YORK Mike Wallace, the bulldog co-host of "60 Minutes" since its premiere, announced he will retire as he approaches his 88th birthday.Wallace said he's getting too old to travel and to maintain the busy schedule required of 60 Minutes correspondents.Ive often replied, when asked, Ill retire when my toes turn up," said Wallace. " Well, theyre just beginning to curl a trifle, which means that, as I approach my 88th birthday, its become apparent to me that my eyes and ears, among other appurtenances, arent quite what they used to be. And the prospect of long flights to wherever in search of whatever are not quite as appealing.But CBS is not pushing me," he said. "Ill be in a comfortable office on the same floor--just around the corner from where Ive holed up for the past 43 years--available, when asked, for whatever chore CBS News, 60 MINUTES, the CBS EVENING NEWS, have in mind for me."Plus, longer vacations, of course, he added.CBS News President Sean McManus said:Mike Wallace is one of a few giants of broadcast journalism for whom a list of endless superlatives cant and dont do justice. From his genre-creating early days in radio to his standard-setting work on 60 MINUTES for the past 38 years, and from datelines all over the world, Mike has completely embodied what good, tough, fair journalism should be over the course of his 60-plus years in the business. And hes broken more than his share of big stories along the way. Im very pleased that hell remain at CBS News as Correspondent Emeritus. There is no finer journalist from whom everyone in the news business can learn.Wallace was the original co-host along with Harry Reasoner when the legendary news magazine program debuted in 1968.
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Monday, March 13, 2006

Hear Ed Murrow! Click here ___>I can hear it now. It may take a minute or two to load, and a few minutes to run, but I think it is worth it!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

We have a new album - "Assorted Pictures - Album 5." Enjoy! Click here ___>Album 5
Two new pictures added to the Page 10 album, courtesy of Frank Novack. Click here ___>Page 10
Our next CBS Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, May 17th. at the Swan Club, located in Glenwood Landing, Long Island, NY. Please keep that date open and attend the Luncheon. I'm looking forward to seeing you there.

Tony Casola
I am happy to see that Frank Novak has added his insightful stories from his career at CBS. I like his style with the prose endings he sometimes injects. I do hope he sends in those pictures of the times he spent with the space programs.
If you look somewhere in our files you can see some of the photos of Dave Dorsett and Dan Rather at the Kennedy Space Center.
As a piece of trivia do you know that the footage you generally see of a technician following a capsule going into space is that great cameraman, John Mastropolo?
Frank, keep the stories going, it seems you revived the spirit of Grand Central Station, and gave new life to Deppe.
Tony C.
Another CBS heart is broken this morning with the passing of her mother, Kay LaBrie.
Betty Claudio, who I refer to as the Local 1212, angel for all the work that she did for all of us to bring some sanity to that eight week strike we endured through. She was the contact that could bring the messages to the people inside the building without it being official. That helped to bring it to a conclusion.
I have known Betty to be this sad only on the occasion when her valentine Chico died. For she is a fun and happy-go-lucky person.
Her mother shared her final days living with Betty after her husband Ed (Bronze Star WW2) passed away. She and her Mom share the love for animals as if they had children, so I am hoping that the comfort she derives from them will bring a surcease from this loss of this lovely Christian woman.
Betty's dear friends Ted and Patricia Perzeszty will always be in touch and that should help through this sad time, as I am certain all of us realize that this is one of lifes greatest loss, but it is heavens gain of an angel.
God Bless.

Tony Cucurullo

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Tony C's picture of Walter Schirra reminds me of a special time in my technical career. CBS won the toss to be the first network to interview the Apollo 11 astronauts via a special one hour Face the Nation moderated by Walter Cronkite. Bob Vitarelli (director), Joe Tier (EIC), Emil Franks (Lighting Director), and myself were sent down to Houston to aid the technical coverage by the local CBS affiliate. When the broadcast concluded, we were fortunate to be able to chat with Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. Each of us had been given the NASA official packet for this flight and the three graciously autographed the photograph. I framed this historic artifact hopefully to have it pass on through our family which now extends to great grandchildren. The only item missing was the Apollo 11 patch. 1989 found me working at USIA TV. I was asked to go to Paris as technical coordinator for interactive coverage of the twentieth anniversary of the landing on the moon with Buzz Aldrin. After the broadcast, Buzz gave each of us an Apollo 11 patch. Thus my memorabilia was complete. Both the autographed picture and the patch reside behind glass in a special frame. In what seemed like a bonus, we also received a lapel pin for something called the Hubble Telescope. Little did we know ! .
It was a wonderful time. We were young and covering exciting events.Best of all we were CBS Television technicians.
God bless
Frank Novack

Pictures to be added soon!

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Hello John,

FYI, page 10 of miscellaneous photographs has picture of you and your crew de jour on the Perry Como set. The full list of people is seen on the enlarged photo forever YOUNG.
Best wishes,

Frank Novack

Friday, March 03, 2006

We have a new addition to the Page 10 collection. Click here ___>Page 10
In response to the mention of Network Timing by Kevin Segura.

Having first worked in Network Radio and later on at the Television Network at CBS,
I always remember the on-coming Program starting "straight up", as the saying was...

As a matter of fact for the longest time, we had a Tone that was broadcast exactly on the the hour----When Radio decided to abandon the Tone, we asked them for the Tone generator and I installed it in EC (Equipment Center) to be used on the TV net. ---It was used for a while then it was abandoned there also----

The point I eventually want to make is that, programs always ended and started
and a precise time!!! I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but most programs, and even Network News does not start exactly on The Hour, as a matter of fact they even show the Time (and Temp.) which is not right on the hour...

It's probably not a "big" deal but I wonder why they got away from the policy----
Is the FCC no longer the Watchdog it used to be? Something brought about by "New Technology"?---

Submitted by Gene Pasculli

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Hello again,

In an attempt to answer Harold Deppe's question about retirement. A picture is worth a thousand words. The ladies names are Patti, Millicent and Suzanne from the show, "Vaudeville Follies"

Les Burkhardt

My questions concern what was done in television with shows that were running long-- specifically in the late to middle 1950s. I have a kinescope of an hour-long program that evidently ran rather tight, as the host of the show finishes a short speech at about the 0:59:15 mark, and the film aburptly jumps to the CBS "camera iris" closing animation. No closing credits or even a closing title card for the show. There is no splice in the print, so this was obvioulsy done at the kine duplication stage. My questions are as follows: 1) Would a program likely have been cut off so abruptly by the network, before a slide or closing credit roll could even get started? 2) Was the "camera iris" animation used as an on-air, show-closing network ID, or was this just something that was added to kine prints as they were shipped to the afilliates? 3) Is 0:59:15 pretty tight content timing for a 60-minute netork slot? I would have though there would be at least about 45 more seconds left for the program. Or would the program have been timed to leave space for a 30-second local ad and station ID?
Thanks for any help that you can give!!

-Kevin Segura