Saturday, July 29, 2006

Stan Gould

Stan, you crossed the rainbow bridge,
as one of your friends
allows the mind to accept

Stan, sleep now the contentment on the
pillow of your accomplishments

Sleep with the joy you gave,
Known to all you touched

And sleep with the knowledge
that you were loved
by many

Stan, you left memories of talent,
Grace and kindness, to those
in need

Mostly, Stan, you are the consummate
Gentleman,
Now sleep in peace
in the arms of God

Tony Cucurullo

Friday, July 28, 2006

Just received this from Jackie Sacs (Stan Gould's daughter)

JACKIE SACS NEEDS CD'S WITH ORIGINAL SCANS OF ANY PHOTOS YOU HAVE OF
CELEBRITIES,OF YOU WITH STAN GOULD, OR YOU WORKING YOUR CREW.
THIS BOOK HAS GROWN TO BE ABOUT THE CBS FRONTIER'S MEN,
THOSE OF YOU WHO BIRTHED AN EMPIRE.

PLEASE CALL JACKIE TO TALK ABOUT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS
AND HOW YOU CAN SEND THEM TO HER FOR PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK.
CD'S OR ORIGINAL PRINTS WOULD BE GREAT.

THE IMAGES ON THE WEBSITE ARE VERY TINY, FOR THE MOST PART
AND NOT REPRODUCIBLE.

THIS PROJECT IS VERY REAL, IS HAPPENING AS YOU READ THIS,
AND DEPENDS LARGELY ON YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO
MAKE IT THE SAME SUCCESS YOU PEOPLE MADE CBS.

YOU ALL DESERVE YOUR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS FOR YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
THE REMOTE CREWS' FAMILIES ALL SUFFERED WHILE YOU WERE FAR AWAY
IN THE FIELD. I KNOW MINE DID. THERE MUST HAVE BEEN OTHERS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR DILIGENCE. FEEL FREE TO CALL ME AT
561-762-0070, GOD BLESS YOU, FROM STAN, WHO IS NOW A SOURCE OF LIGHT ENERGY.
MILES OF SMILES TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!!

Jackie Sacs

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Stan Gould who retired from CBS after 34 years, passed away peacefully at 6:40 pm, Thursday July 27, 2006. Stan was a Studio cameraman who worked on many shows, and was loved by those who knew him. He is survived by his three daughters. His daughter Jackie is trying to create a Legacy Project on her father and is looking for story contributions relating to Stan and his CBS career .

Jackie can be contacted on 561-762-0070, jackie@isacsphoto.com

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Please note:
The next CBS Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, October 11th, in New Jersey. I will make reservations in the beginning of August.
Tony Casola
My legacy project on Stan Gould is coming together very nicely. This is the most personal endeaver I have ever created regarding honoring the one person responsible for infusing me with his wonderful gifts: Photography, Art, Writing, Humor, Insight, Compassion, Honor, Integrity, Intention....

Please assist me by calling me with your anecdotes [561-762-0070], jackie@isacsphoto.com or writing them to Tony Cucurullo tonycucu2@cox.net or Tony Casola tcasola1@optonline.net and they will forward it to me.

Stanley is not available at this time in his transition to tell me his CBS technician stories to me anymore. So I need YOU to relate them to me, preferably including your encounter with him, or your own stories without him. INCLUDING HIS CBS BROTHERS IN THIS BOOK IS IMPERATIVE TO CAPTURE THE FLAVOR AND ESSENCE OF YOUR EXPERIENCE BACK THEN!

YOU ARE THE BACKBONE OF CBS TELEVISION HISTORY! Your assistance and ackknowledgement in FOCUSING FATHER, THE BOOK AND LEGACY OF ONE TV CAMERAMAN, is very much a family project (meaning you) and bringing it to the world at large. Suggestions for other ideas to include are welcome.

I will notify you of his passing. Those of you who called him, thank you for connecting with him again. It was perfect closure, full circle. I KNOW it touched him deeply.
I am urgently requesting ANY stories: can you view the shows Stan went over and confirmed working on them, off the list from this site:

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. Kangeroo
Ed Sullivan
Search for tomorrow
Ernie Kovaks
Frank Sinatra
Gary Moore/Carol Burnette
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, Chronkite, Rather, Reasoner, etc.)

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Well! -- You brought up a phenomenal subject --- NOEL COWARD and the Special, "TOGETHER WITH MUSIC" we did with him and Mary Martin in color at Studio 72 in 1956. Hey, that's 50 years ago and we're still talking about it!. Must have been exceptional. And, believe me, IT WAS!.
Mr. Coward was a very spirited gentleman with a great deal of exuberant energy. But, he seemed timid with people, that is, groups of people like you'd find in Studio 72 at the time.
I sensed his uneasiness and suggested he use my office upstairs as his personal dressing room with Lois Marino, my secretary to take care of his needs ---- You simply cannot imagine his appreciation for this gesture as he now was secluded from all nuisances and could relax while he was off camera.
And the three "stooges" that you mentioned, Al Diamond. Frank Harvey and Al Kozsak --- none could compare to the fun that these three could bring to a very serious LIVE production when the opportunity permitted it. Great, great people.
Here's a story about Harvey that is included in my first book,
"THE GOLDEN AGE"
"Been there ---- Done that"
It happened during one of the four "MASTERS" that I co-produced with Judson Bailey, the mensch of mensches.
Frank Harvey was one of my cameramen on the event. . It concerns Ben Hogan with a lie that was very close to Harvey's camera platform. Whether you're aware of it or not, let it be known that Ben Hogan at the time was considered one of the immortals of the game.
Harvey, (Frank, that is), was tintilated, it was a wonder that he could focus and frame, but, he did.
Hogan lofted an iron shot to the green leaving behind an enormous divot which Frank retrieved by jumping off his platform and scurrying back.
The plan that he had for the divot was to take it home and plant in his lawn as something he could always brag and talk about. In fact, back at the hotel room that evening Frank retrieved a cardboard box into which he placed the divot while watering it for the next day we were to return to New York.
That morning the crew was packed and headed for the
airport. Harvey, along with everyone else, cased all the celebrity players as they entered the terminal when out of nowhere Hogan appeared turning our buddy rigid with surprise.
Suddenly Frank grabbed the cardboard box and scurried over towards Mr. Hogan who he stopped in his tracks while he made a presentation of the divot to him on behalf of the crew as CBS's favorite player.
Hogan, who always seemed serious and stern in public and not very outgoing suddenly broke into the grandest smile and laugh that anyone had ever seen. He really appreciated the gesture.
The crew, who had gathered around the presentation, had just witnessed one of their best memories on the road as they smiled broadly at Ben Hogan entering the plane with the cardboard box under his arm.
C'est fini -- with a big thanks to one of the best.

John Koushouris.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

What a pleasure to read today's Retirees page. John Koushouris, gave us all a chance to see a special window looking through the television looking glass. Certainly all that talent belongs in the Pantheon of CBS greats, along with you, John.

I am thrilled that I participated in a small way in one of your productions; I think it was Noel Cowards first appearance in Color television in the converted theatre on ( I believe 72nd St). Lou Tedesco, was the TD. He was straight laced as I recall, and on one day in particular he had the crew in the control room, and, as he was giving instructions for all of us to be on our special behavior; because of the renowned special guest actor Noel Coward would be gracing the television boards for the first time in his illustrious career.

Well, that would apply to almost all of us except for three of CBS'ers clown technicians, Al Diamond and Al Kozsak and Frank Harvey. Al Diamond, walked into the control room as Lou was talking, and Kozsak and Frank Harvey, unobtrusively reached into Al Diamond's jacket (side note: in those days we, all the crews wore jackets, shirts and ties, no exceptions') and pulled onto his shirt and ripped off his shirt and tie in one-continuous pull; much as a studio-prop-shirt would do. We. broke-up in roaring laughter and Lou, SCREAMED to stop, and ordered Al Diamond, Al Koszak, Frank Harvey off the show and back to the Schedule Desk. I think it was you John that saved their careers?

My apologies if some parts of the story are embellished some, but the incident is correct, it did indeed happen. Thanks John for the memory!


And as another note to Harry Charles, thanks for the literary treat. You grace our reverie with Dickensonian/Dr. Seuss type characters. And fills our knowledge base with the desire to research for this literature. I bow to our WEBMASTER Dave Minott or his wife Holly who posses between them several thesauruses, encyclopedias to come up with the author.

John Koushouris, Harry Charles thanks for filling another day for an aging technician, who enjoys this page immensely.

ED NOTE: To John Koushouris

You mention Adrian Ettlinger, did you know that he along with another great Tech/Mgr; Les Burkhardt were the first team stage rocket that got this WEB Page off the ground. And of course it is flying along nicely with the help of Ted Perzeszty. ( who is working without overtime pay, how nice.)


Tony Cucurullo

Friday, July 21, 2006

Dave,
There's been mentions of "Rainbow Bridge" lately. This is for those not familiar with it. It happens to be a favorite of my daughter.
Harry Charles

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... Author unknown...
Here's to some of the heralded "maintenance men" of the Ice Age , that being the Techs of ERD, Dr. Goldmark's famous, really world famous, C B S L A B S from 1945 thru the 50's, when we invented Color TV, the LP record, Reading for the Blind, teaching surgery with the CBS Surgical color system and more, with some lost to memory.
Some members of this very special group were Bob Castrignano, Al Goldberg, Harvey Schwarz, Bert Littlfield, Howard Porter, Chet Shelp, Byron Paul (now the movie Director), John Devlin, John Lentz, Chuck Bodien, Adrian Ettlinger, (I must include him even though he was a member of the esteemed General Engineering Department, really, a great buddy to the Operations Group.) There were many more but I'm running out of "memory".
Then there were the unsung heros of my two color groups, the first one in 1950 at the 23rd floor of 485 and the Peace house at 109th Street and the second group during the mid 50's at Studio 72.
Here we could boast of Hugo Ripp, Apollo Taleporos, George Zavales and Joe Geiger.
When you mention Geiger, you just have to mention his alter egos, Ben Ackerman, John Leay, Frank Florio, Hal Warner, Stanley Greene, Artie Tinn (Artie had the friendliest, smiling face sitting on top of the best personality one could ever imagine --- I could never get angry with Artie, one of my favorite guys, in spite of the fact that they were all my favorites and very special.)
Included, as well, was my great Gumbah, Lou Tedesco, probably the best T.D. I ever knew, and later a really gifted Director. I should make the point now, because I am running dry on names, that most, nearly all, of the Technical people who comprised my groups could OPERATE as well as MAINTAIN their gear. Really, they were very, very special people.
And that's an enormous statement because they worked with me in Color Operations (the beginning) , The Perry Como Show, on the first four of The Masters Golf, the very beginning of Video Tape at Grand Central starting in 1957 and operational in 1958, five of my 31 years In Packaging and Producing "The Miss America Pageant", many Special Sports Remotes for Bob Wilson (who has his very own Special Category in Early TV 'cause there was only one of him, never to be repeated!), on 6 months of color test surgical operations at The Pennsylvania University Hospital in Philadelphia ---- there's lots more but I'll hold off for some future date when I see the same e-mails on screen for what seems like weeks.
I must say, in ending, that my happiest 15 years of working in Television were the ones spent at CBS, from January 5, 1945 till the first week in 1960, when I returned to CBS Laboratories, heading up Military & Industrial Research Sales. But, as you might suspect, I was spoiled, having come from CBS TV Operations, and 18 months later I decided to form my own Production Company In New York & Connecticut.
There were many exciting projects and events that filled my next 35 years but as good as they were, CBS crosses the finish line first.
R E G A R D S,
John Koushouris

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Frank, that was a classic novella of your encounter with Stan Gould. It is my hope that more writers would submit their remembrances of their fellow workers. It would open the doors of the wonderful era of live television and bring back some of those glorious times we shared together.
"Many of us have crossed over what pet lovers call the RAINBOW BRIDGE. Many of us are close to it. " What a sentence, I may steal the, 'rainbow bridge' for it softens the thought of the demise.
Well done Frank.
Tony c.

Monday, July 17, 2006

I have updated the "In Memoriam" page with some text and a nice picture, supplied by Jay Judell, of Irv in Studio 47's Control Room. Click here ___>In Memoriam
For Jackie Sacs:

Bless the children who are interested in the career of their fathers. We spent much time away from our families but loved our families more for allowing us to do a job we so loved. We never had to grow old. Many of us have crossed over what pet lovers call the RAINBOW BRIDGE. Many of us are close to it.
I worked with your dad in 1951 as an assistant technician on the Studio One crew. How I remember that great smile of his as I was introduced to him, the same smile depicted on this website. He was a boom operator. I was a boom pusher. His job was to cover sets audiowise as predetermined in rehearsals. My job was to get him there. I really wanted to earn his approval. He gave me a feeling that he appreciated my work ethic (a blue collar Polish kid)) and I found out later that he would request to have me as his boom pusher. That was how new people gained a reputation and eventually led to promotion. In your dads case it was to cameraman. In my case it was to video engineer. I felt that he set me on the path.
I learned at the time that his brother was Morton Gould . WOW, a celebrated musical conductor. Over the years my view is that Morton Gould's brother is Stan Gould, a quiet gentleman and superb cameraman.
Stan probably doesn't remember me but I remember him well.
Keep the faith,
Frank Novack

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Hi Gang...
This is to let you know my new email address.
All other information correct,
jayjudell@gmail.comThanks,
Jay Judell K2DXU
Bob Rooney passed this memo on to me this evening.

From:
Governale, Frank M.
Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 4:48 PM
To: @CND News
Subject: Irv Elias


It is with sadness that I inform everyone that Irv Elias passed away today. Irv was a highly respected professional with a great ear for sound mixing and someone who displayed grace under fire during breaking news broadcasts. He will be greatly missed by me and all his many friends and colleagues.
Irv was born July 4, 1945 and was a graduate of Hunter College. He served in the U.S. Army, in Korea and at the White Sands Missile Range. He joined CBS in November of 1967 and worked at WCBS radio. He then made the jump to CBS Television where he mixed numerous CBS Sports, News and Entertainment broadcasts. Some of his most memorable assignments were the Olympics in Albertville, Lillehammer and Nagano; CBS Evening News; Special Events; Political Conventions and Election Night coverage.
He is survived by two sisters, Linda and Barbara.

Funeral Arrangements;
Sunday, July 16th.
12:00 PM
Plaza Jewish Community Chapel
630 Amsterdam Avenue
at 91st St.New York, N.Y.(212) 769-4400
Gayle P. DePoli
1-646-354-1705
1-877-840-2030 e-fax

Hi Guys:
I received an email from Gary Kiffel today to tell me that Irv Elias passed away today. So sad to lose another brother. May he rest in peace.
73 de Ray Sills

To all:

Irv Elias was an integral part of the technical staff at WCBS Newsradio 88 (1967-?). Due to staff reductions, Irv transferred to CBS-TV Studio Show Crews and was assigned the audio duties for WCBS-TV news broadcasts. He later went on to be the audio 1 technician for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather as well as being audio assist for CBS Sports Broadcasts. Irv had the nicest collection of Ampex 350 audio tape machines that anyone could possibly desire. As far as we, who knew him, were concerned he was always a very nice guy, and a dedicated technician. I certainly trust that the CBS Retirees web site will convey more compassion to Irv's passing than was given to Julius McLaughlin when he passed. Julius was a great tech at WCBS radio and later at WCBS-TV. He devoted his entire being to the art of good broadcast technique.
Hey!!! This is the "younger generation" that are passing on, we weren't at CBS when the "Tiffany Network Years" were in their prime. Most of us were hired by CBS in 1967...39 years ago.
Sincerely,
Bob Maickel W2BOB
Hi Dave,

Please post on retirees website. Just received word that Irv Elias passed away. Audio man extraordinaire at CBS for about 40 years. Funeral arrangements are this Sunday, July 16th at 12 noon at:

Plaza Jewish Community Chapel
630 Amsterdam Avenue at 91st Street
NY,NY
212-769-4400

Thanks Dave,
Joe Duenas
SAD NEWS

It is with sadness that I inform everyone that Irv Elias passed away today. Irv was a highly respected professional with a great ear for sound mixing and someone who displayed grace under fire during breaking news broadcasts. He will be greatly missed by me and all his many friends and colleagues.


Irv was born July 4, 1945 and was a graduate of Hunter College. He served in the U.S. Army, in Korea and at the White Sands Missile Range. He joined CBS in November of 1967 and worked at WCBS radio. He then made the jump to CBS Television where he mixed numerous CBS Sports, News and Entertainment broadcasts. Some of his most memorable assignments were the Olympics in Albertville, Lillehammer and Nagano; CBS Evening News; Special Events; Political Conventions and Election Night coverage.


He is survived by two sisters, Linda and Barbara


Funeral Arrangements;
Sunday, July 16th.
12:00 PM
Plaza Jewish Community Chapel
630 Amsterdam Avenue at 91st St.
New York, N.Y.
(212) 769-4400


Submitted by Gayle DePoli

Thursday, July 13, 2006

It's about time I responded to Stan's difficulty. I only knew Stan from various assignments he had with me. He never looked down on me as being the "NEW TD" (as did others) and he always treated an assignment whether with me or the more recognizable TD's as a true adventure in live television. My admiration for him is known to all... just to have breakfast with him was a great beginning to the day whether it was early--early at Boston Garden, or at a playoff game.
I sometimes find it difficult to communicate with friends in his situation. I have been in touch with Bruno both while I lived in California and now while I am here in Seattle. Two years ago I had a relatively close brush with mortality due to malignant melanoma - which happily, I seem to have survived.
I will call Stan when I can swallow the lump... he's a great guy, don't forget him.

Bob Vernum
Does anyone know what Bob Hickson is doing? Bob and I were roomates in College (Graham Junior College in Boston). I have seen bobs' name on the credits for CBS Sports Programs in particular the Superbowl Games. He may not remember me but I remember being up late at night yelling out our 6th floor window trying to stop a car theft.
Frank McDonald
54 Crane Avenue
Dalton, MA 01226
fmcdon4664@aol.com

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

There seems to be enough technicians who recall the pioneer days. Are there anyone who remembers the SPECIALs in the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Streisand, Garland, Sinatra & etc? Remotes like the Olympics in Osaka, or the Democratic Convention in Chicago?
Search for Tomorrow?
Jackie Saks is looking for STORIES that include her Dad, STAN GOULD. If you recall any please send them in.

Tony Casola

Monday, July 10, 2006



Let me start by correcting a message about Stan Gould the telephone number to speak to Stan is:
(954) 971-4531.
I did just that; I spoke to Stan. His spirits are just, O.K. He remembered the good times we had together.
He along with Bruno Fucci and other cancer fighters have such heroism about the cross they carry.
But, mostly the images they conjure about our times together in making an infant industry into a way-of-life.
When you mention the likes of Stan Gould you are talking about an artist with a TV camera.
As I have said before there are plenty of camera-pointers, then there are the CAMERAMEN,
that see the picture as a continuation of the story that the director wishes to portray.
The likes of Lincoln, McBride, Classon, Paoli, Weldon, Sokota, Husni, these men and Stan
set the standards by which the rest of the industry followed.
Stan Gould, is one class act as a gentleman and great friend to have. Give him a call.
Tony Cucurullo

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Hello:

When I lived in San Diego, I met a retired CBS Cameraman, Tom C. Payne. The last I heard he was at the V.A. Hospital in La Jolla. T.C. used to tell us wonderful stories about his days as a cameraman with CBS. He knew Red Skelton and the Smothers Brothers. T.C. nearly lost his arm in WWII, but never complained. He was always such a gentleman, but had a fabulous sense of humor. T.C. once showed us a memory book of CBS that was a good collection of CBS history, so I know he belonged to some CBS retirement association.
Does anyone here know anything about T.C?
Thank you.
Gail Harmening
Yucaipa, California

gailquilts@verizon.net
Just thought I'd drop a line to let people know what's going on at CBS right now. First of all, ST47 is torn apart and being rewired waiting for the new set for Katy Couric. I hear a new control room and graphics area are in the works but that's just a rumor. ST43 is now being converted to HI-DEF and the floor is waiting for a new set for the NFL this fall. There is a new HI-DEF co-ord room in place for the NFL and is awaiting a HI-DEF server for commercial playback. There is a new network starting this fall, made up of the old UPN and WB networks. It is a co-venture between CBS and Warner Bros. The network will originate at the Broadcast Center in the BOC area. There have been a bunch of new 403G hires created for this work. It is 120 hours a week of feeds. Viacom Video Services has become CBS Video Services and keeps on expanding with duplication and color correction facilities. A new Media Distribution Center will start construction very soon and will replace the BOC control rooms with 5 rooms, all server based and HI-DEF. TX will also move into the old BOC area. ST42/45 have Guiding Light, ST44 has Sunday Morning and Inside Edition and ST41 has BET. The place is full. WCBS radio88 is on the 8th floor of the News Building. From a facility that looked like it was dying some years back this is a great recovery. Of course it's not as exciting as it was in the live days of the 50's and the big tape days of the '60's and '70's, but I'm sure the young people today will remember these days as the good old days.The site is great and I will be posting some specific questions in the near future hoping to draw out some memories from the great retirees who made CBS what is was and is!!
Gady Reinhold
Mr. Deppe echoed my sentiments exactly! I produce television commercials now for a living. While sitting in the digital editing suite one day, while a 26 year old editor effortlessly assembled my spot on his computer controlled, linear digital editing thing-a-ma- jig, I asked him if he realized that at one time, television commercials were done LIVE. He turned to me with a puzzled look and said "How the heck did they do THAT?" Those of you who worked in television's early days must not slip away without giving the rest of us the opportunity to learn what it was like when the equipment was heavy, crude and full of vacuum tubes. Compared to today's auto set- up, HDTV, small and light, digital this and that, the early equipment was truly like stone knives and bear skins. But you made television! And some of the best television ever produced!I did my television internship behind a vintage RCA TK-44 studio camera. State of the art for the 1970s, yet truly a monster by today's standards. Today's generation of technical people, while very talented, need to have the opportunity to see what it was like for the people who paved the way. A look back, before video tape, before zoom lenses, before color. To the days when it took two men and a horse just to dolly a studio camera around the floor.The Golden Age of Television wouldn't have been possible without all of you. We can see the shows...a few kinescopes still exist. But the images and stories of what went on behind the cameras shouldn't fade to black.
John Smith
ProAds, Inc.
Phone: (480) 459-5699
Fax: (480) 668-3122
jsmith@proadsinc.com

Friday, July 07, 2006

J.R. Smith Is right;
It's about time we mention that the T.V. hardware was crude in the early days of Television, and not everyone who worked at Grand Central Station was an Engineer on a Train. We do not hear enough about the people who heard the cry, "MAINTENANCE!", and what it was like in the early days of T.V.
Regards..
Harold Deppe

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

As a frequent visitor to your website, I am touched and saddened to read of the passing of so many talented technical artists. It would be an interesting addition to the site, if there were biographies posted of those in the current ranks, and those who's signals are now silent.I am not a CBS retiree, but have learned so much from your site. As a person who grew up during television's "Golden Age", it is fascinating to meet, even just through the web site, the people who worked behind the scenes on so many historical broadcasts. I know that the original intention of your site was to create a way for the retirees to keep in touch. However, for those of us who have discovered it through Google or some other search engine, it has become a treasure chest of information for those of us interested in the history of television and the talented people behind the cameras who made it happen.A special "thank you" to Frank Novack who very graciously answered my e-mail regarding questions about The Ed Sullivan Theatre. Not only did he take the time to answer my questions about The Ed, he also took the time to answer several more about the various New York production facilities and other technical questions. Thank you again Frank!Please consider a "Meet Our Members" or other biographical section as an addition to the site. It would be interesting to read the biographies, including the facilities they worked in and the shows they worked on.Thanks again for a wonderful site and a unique opportunity for us to take a peek behind the scenes.

JR Smith
Scottsdale, Arizona
John SmithProAds, Inc.Phone: (480) 459-5699Fax: (480) 668-3122
jsmith@proadsinc.com
My name is George Rothweiler. I came to CBS in July of 1975 as a 21 year old kid with only 2 years of camera experience. Now entering my 32nd year I can now share so many good stories about the veteran Studio and Field guys I"ve had the "Honor" to work with and learn from...
Stan Gould was one of them. I was looking through the Dictionary the other day when I saw the word
"CLASS" believe it or not Stan's picture was beside it...No other words were needed just his picture...
He was a man who treated all the new kids with respect and that same respect was given back to him... I worked many Football/ Basketball games and Golf Tournaments with him. He always did a class job. Very humble about his camera abilities, however we all new how good he was!
We worked a few Super Bowls together, but there was one evening in Studio 41 that he blew me and Barry Drago away. I believe the show was called Camera 3A.
The Director asked Stan to do a 360 degree move around a piano... Barry and I were his cable guy's that evening. We were still using the old Norelco cameras. Stan took the request, practice the move a few times like a true pro should. He nailed the move... Barry and I just shook our heads patted Stan on the back and moved on to the next shot.
I could see it in his eyes he new he nailed it! No
bragging just smiled to himself and we moved on...
"That's Stan Gould"
Regards,
George Rothweiler - "Class of 75"
To Keith Kulin (outstanding technician with '60 Minutes):
I am saddened by the loss of your father Joe Kulin. Joe was a fine technician in his own right. He carried forward the skills of the days in RADIO and applied them to the growing art of television. His wise council lead to the early advances of working conditions that the young television union (1212, I.B.E.W) was beginning to acquire. The technicians of CBS can thank him collectively for all of Joe's efforts on their behalf. From all of us that worked with Joe, I know they too feel a sense of loss of a fine man and good friend to labor. Peace be with you and your family. Tony Cucurullo

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

(Neal is top left)

Each time I open this page I enjoy the messages that is supplied by all of you. Some is very informative, and others bring fond memories to my reverie. To read that Neal Curtis is now in an assisted living facility is somewhat saddening. I can only see Neal as the supervisor in one of the maintenance shops at CBS, 57th Street. Along with Joe Gomola, Walt Prince, Bill Black, Hal Foster, Hal Schutsman, and many others that made up one of the happiest places to work in. For to be with Neal meant there was always some kind of fun going on. If you couldnt get along with Neal then there had to be something wrong with your own personality. True there were a couple of crullers in the group (as there was percentage wise in any other group) but Neal made you feel welcomed.
There was many characters too, one comes to mind is a tech that had the biggest gastrointestinal problem at CBS, I wont mention his name (actually I cant come up with it at the moment, but I wouldnt mention it anyway) but, I have seen on occasion where he emptied out the shop, and Neal and the others would be doubled over with mirthful laughter.
Neal Curtis certainly belongs in anyones memory bank as a true and outstanding gentleman. As a neophyte maintenance man Neal realized I was really a studio tech and helped me so that I could carry on with all those queer-for-gear-types.
He was also very proud of his son (A Secret Service Agent) that won many a competition as a marksman. In life you meet many personalities and that variety makes for an enjoyable mix. When one stands out for so many good qualities then he becomes a friend that is never forgotten. Neal Curtis is a friend to so many people. I wish him the very best that life has to offer.
Tony Cucurullo
Received information that Joe Kulin passed away. He will be reposing on Thursday at Beaugard Funeral Home. 869 Kinderkamack Road, River Edge, NJ, 07661, 201-262-5050. Time wiil be at 2-4 P.M., and 7-9 P.M. Religious Service is on Friday at 10 A.M.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Received an e-mail from Jackie Sacs, the daughter of Stan Gould, who was a cameraman for Studio Show crews. Stan retired in 1984 after 34 years, moving to Margate, Florida. He is 84 years old, has lung and bone cancer and about 2 or 3 months to live.
Jackie is a photographer and graphic designer, and seeking any stories and information on her Dad. Below is a request from Jackie.

DOES ANYONE HAVE STORIES ABOUT MY DAD? I AM CREATING A LEGACY PROJECT WITH TEXT AND FAMILY PHOTOS, INCLUDING, OF COURSE, AND REVOLVING AROUND HIS CAREER WITH CBS AND THE BEHIND THE SCENES STORIES OF THOSE WHO WORKED WITH THE FAMOUS AND NOTORIOUS.

Thanks,
Jackie Sacs
jackie@iSacsPhoto.com
561-762-0070

Please no further calls to Stan. Forward your information to Jackie.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

FRANK NOVACK ---

Well, do I ever remember you, really, as if it was just yesterday. You were always one of the most willing Techs and, one of the most pleasant -- it's hard to believe that all those years have gone by and you're now a retired senior. And believe me, the longer we live the faster time goes by so you better help me get the crew together for some good, happy talk and maybe a brew or two.
By the way do you know of Artie Tinn's whereabouts, or George Zavales.
As an aside, you mentioned the Color Matching Operation -- If you don't know who the best at it was, I'll tell you, it was Apollo Taleporos, and Frank Florio was absolutely the very best at matching cameras. Wow, today guys in the pit catch up on their sleep because the computer is doing their job.
In case you don't know it, although I have been using my computer daily I am still illiterate in some areas such as, how do I fing your e-mail address so that I don't have to load up the website with my ramblings?.
Regards,
John Koushouris.