Friday, June 30, 2006


Thoroughly enjoyed receiving your e-mail. It brought back so many wonderful memories, especially the corned beef sandwiches at St.72.
What would be my best approach to getting the old color crew together for a gabfest lunch --- at this point I give up because the reception I got recently and a few years ago when I wrote my first book was dismal. I hope I don't have to wait until the next luncheon --- at best they are just too big and uncoordinated to have a small group, like ours , gather for a couple of hours 2 or 3 times a year.
What do you say.
Regards, John K.
Hello John,

I worked as relief tech with your COMO crew. Please type page 10 in google box at bottom of web listings for pix of your crew plus a young YOU. P.S. Dom Annechiarico was responsible for Color monitor setup and matching as I recall. Good to see your contributions on website.
Best wishes,
Frank Novack

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Hi John,

Happy Birthday! I am 88 and still remember the good old days at ST. 72...The Wizard of OZ... Film Big Record. Cinderella, Bell Telephone Hour...Film ..Just to mention a few... can't forget A Godfrey Show, The Corned Beef Sandwich from next door. Yes, they were the good old days. You did not mention your time at Video Tape at Grand Central... I Think one of your early Color Shows was Mike and Buff . That takes you back....C.B.S. was one good place to work It was some of my best Years also...
Best Regards,
Harold Deppe..

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!. What a faux pas!! How in God's name could I forget Joe Geiger, really the electronics wizard of the 20th century.
I didn't forget Hugo but I did forget Joe Pontorno, Hal Deppe, and the others that you mentioned but still pretty good for a guy who just turned 86 this past Saturday, the 24th.
I'm really disappointed with only 3, yes three, replies to my e-mail asking about the color crew. I'm even more disappointed by the almost zero activity on the web. Wow, I honestly thought there'd be volumes of messages but the same ones are on for months even years. Something's wrong but I can only imagine its laziness brought on by old age and lack of interest in most activities. I wish someone would prove me wrong. Anyway, I'm patiently waiting for my old color crew to yell out, "HERE!".

John Koushouris

Monday, June 26, 2006

Hi Dave..

Sorry to hear about Dwight Temple. Dwight was a T.D. when I came to C.B.S in 1949. Shrinking Technology...TK 41 ...Ampex Quad Tape Recorder...3V Film Chain...30" Dumont Kine. Yes, we are getting old. Weather here: no rain since Dec..05.. .Temp.103. .Long Island was always Wet..I lived in Levittown 24 Yrs. Living here in Arizona the only way to keep in touch is with E. Mail and the Website...John K. left out a few Names from His Color Crew. They are......
Joe Geiger, Frank Fink, Joe Pontorno, Hugo Ripp, Fred Reinhart, Harold Deppe. Glad to hear from Him. It's been a long time and many 5U4s ago.


Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Re: Arthur J. Paldino

WAPPINGERS FALLS - Arthur J. Paldino, 62, a two year resident of Wappingers Falls, formerly of Harrison, N.Y., died Monday, June 19, 2006 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. Mr. Paldino was a technical director for CBS (at 60 Minutes and 48 Hours) for 29 years. He wrote several books on T.V. engineering. He was an inventor and held several patents. Mr. Paldino loved to restore antique cars and fire arms. Born Feb. 8, 1944 in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., he was the son of the late Frank J. Paldino and Mabel R. Hall Paldino, who survives in Hyde Park. He was a graduate of N.Y. Institute of Technology. On Sept. 18, 2001, in Tarrytown, N.Y., he married Meilian Chandra. Mrs. Paldino survives at home. In addition to his wife and mother, he is also survived by his daughter, Megan Paldino at home; his brother, Frank C. Paldino and his wife, Pinelope of Hyde Park; a nephew, two nieces, a grandniece and five grandnephews. Calling hours will be 7-9 p.m., Wednesday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Thursday, at Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home Inc., 39 S. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m., Friday, at St. Mary's Church, Poughkeepsie. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Poughkeepsie.

Submitted by Sam Ambrosio

Monday, June 19, 2006


I am sorry to report the passing of Art Paldino on June 19, 2006. He was a technical manager for 60 minutes.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Was happy to see our names, Barbara and John Koushouris, listed as wanting our address. Here then is the information:
John L. Koushouris

517-B Iroquois Lane

Stratford, CT. 06614

203-381-9935 -- Cel: 203-921-9610

I would love to have members of the original Color Tv group contact me so that we might arrange a nostalgic lunch. They would have worked with me at the Peace House at 109th St., the summer of 1950, operating the first live TV programs using the CBS Color Sequential System.
I headed up the group as a Technical Director because I worked in ERD, Dr. Goldmark's Research Labs, as an engineer developing Sequential Color, the LP record and IAMS, the Instananeous Audience Measuring Service from January 1945 till September 1949. It was then that I transferred to Operations.
There were other Color projects, like the one at 79th St. and Broadway, a movie studio that we transformed into a color center using two systems of color, the first with tri tube RCA cameras and the second using monochrome type cameras with rotating discs feeding a Chromacoder back at the Labs.
Wonderful memories that should be rehashed with the first and best color operating group that ever existed.
Where are Frank Florio, Artie Tinn, Apollo Taleporos, George Zavales, Walter Grunmald, Lew Tedesco (Lou, I know, is no more but is sorely missed), Hal Warner, Herbie Schwartz, Harvie Schwartz, Chuck Bodien, Joe Sokota, Johnnie Ewing to name a few of the real Pioneers of Television, COLOR, that is.
By the way, I skimmed over an article on your website describing the "The Early Days Of Color TV" by someone unknown to me and wondered about his research sources and persons.
I, John L. Koushouris and this technical group are and were, as the case may be, the FIRST Pioneers in the Network Color TV Field so it's natural that I'd be interested in his creditials.
There is at least one source that documents these facts and that's one of two books I've written, the one in question Being, "THE GOLDEN AGE."
"Been there, done that"
Regards, to my CBS buddies, the happiest years of my working life!.
John K,

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Here is a link to some information regarding Dwight, at the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) website ... Click here ___>QCWA

Sunday, June 04, 2006

We are having a mini-lunch Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at the East Bay Diner in Bellmore, NY. The address is 2405 Merrick Rd. It is the same Diner as before. Hope to see you there.

Tony Casola
516 541-2263

Saturday, June 03, 2006

I am saddened to learn of Bob Villandre's demise. He and I were buddies in Radio in the 1950's. One time we drove to Florida together in his brand new Chevy convertible ( I got a speeding ticket). I have a picture of him with some skis on a trip to Vermont in my 1955 VW beetle. He really did not like the cold too much!
I grieve with his family; the circle closes too quickly.

Harry Peterson,
Fort Lauderdale

Friday, June 02, 2006

Dear Mr. Minott,

I had just "googled" my father-in-law Robert Villandre, and his name came up on your CBS retirees website. It is with great sadness that I must inform you that he passed away this past Monday evening (May 29). We were surprised, and happy to see a photo of him on your site that was submitted by Mr. Dave Schwartz. He was very proud of his career, and enjoyed sharing stories with us. We will miss him very much.
Mary Villandre

For all our Ham Radio operators; I have notified the ARRL about Dwight's passing, so no further notification is necessary. Thanks.


Thank you for your notice of the SK, Dwight Temple, we will list him in an upcoming issue of QST.
Amy Hurtado
Customer Service Manager / Circulation
ARRL - The National Association for Amateur Radio
225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111