Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The next Luncheon is coming up on Wednesday, October 11th at the Crowne Plaza in Englewood, NJ. The same place as last year.
In year 2007, reservation was made for Tuesday, May 15th. at the Swan Club in Glenwood Landing, NY.
The Luncheon Notice will be posted by the end of next week.

Tony Casola

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Stan Gould's daughter, Jacqueline, is requesting photographs from the pioneers of CBS and their families. Many of those pioneers have passed on, but the photos have been inherited by the children, just like the Gould family pictures. They included CBS shots. The original photos sent to the cbsretirees.com website, would be great. They will be rescanned, with higher dpi for printing. Any others you may have are welcome! They will be returned, or a cd would be perfect. Please call Jackie and she will give you her address where to send them. She lives in Tamarac, Florida. (561-762-0070) Her book, "FOCUSING FATHER", is about a common man in an uncommon profession. It is her legacy project honoring Stanley Gould and the rest of the other CBS pioneers. The time has come to get your due, your recognition, for the jobs you did when TV was honorable and pure, in its infancy. Your stories and photos are about to be told. Please make sure you are included!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

I wrote this poem the same night the tragedy happened. I just saw a promo of the movie about 9-1-1. I still get queasy. It makes it hard for me to keep Christian thoughts of, 'forgive-thine-enemy,' and not wish that a tragedy of the Hiroshima, Nagasaki magnitude be inflicted on the perpetrators of this calamity.
The only connection that rivets me to that tragic event is that two of my coworkers died in the transmitting towers of CBS, and that there were others of the television industry that were lost also. God, forgive me for my thoughts.

There was this Tower in Manhattan,
It was a foot short of touching heaven.
It was majestic, yet shamelessly plain, that was it's proud beauty.
The windows could look out, but not in.
That was because the spirit was on the inside, like you and me.
The strength was built into it's bones of steel.
Its façade was mostly glass, to reflect the sun on the adoring crowds.
The blood on the inside was the people that ran throughout, in organized chaos.
It had a twin, that kept an eye on the Lady in the Harbor,
and she showed her torch, that pointed to the them as a friend might do.
A while back, she had problem with a bomb,
but the doctors of construction made her whole again,
and now in this ignominious end, the tower and the twin lie in repose together,
for one could not exist without the other.
Now there is just a tower of rubble, and the Lady in the harbor Has a tear in her eye.
But her torch burns resolutely.

Tony Cucurullo.

Monday, August 21, 2006

From Howie Purnickto Tony Cucurullo

Dearest Old Friends,
Got your inquiring letter and thank
you for the interest and the good wishes. 4 Weeks ago Friday, I was in the
VA Hospital to give them blood to check on my liver functions. As is their
style they take all the vitals before they do anything. Lo and behold
while taking down the info they discovered that I was in the midst of a
Heart Attack!!! So they raced me up to the Intensive Care Unit and there I
stayed for the next week until all was stabilized and they felt I could
safely leave the hospital. Vida and I took the weekend off to rest and then
we went to see the cardiologist at Mayo Clinic. I took every test known to
man and last Tuesday he had all the results and the prognosis. I am happy
to report he considers me just about back to where I was before the episode
and feels things are great - considering. Some issues to resolve, such as
sleep apnea and acid reflux, but we are hot on the case and should have all
things as good as can be expected pretty soon. Now, if I can only get Vida
out of the Insurance guy's office!! She figures if I don't make it, she'll
be right there for him to cut the check! Anyway, things are going good and
I am happily back on my feet and returning to our standard sex 3 times a
day. (After meals). So, give my love to all and I thank them in advance
for any kind thoughts-- if they were saying "good, that'll teach the rat
bastard a lesson" tell them I'm still here just to spite them! Be kind to
each other, and remember me in your will
Howie the P
Greetings CBS Retirees:

FOCUSING FATHER is about Stan Gould and your legacy to the world: Television.
I need the following from you directly.:
CD's with original scans @ 300 dpi, for print. I received one with the tiny internet images and they can't be printed. Any of you who have those, please burn me a copy and mail it to JACQUELINE SACS, 4751 NW 49TH CT., TAMARAC, FLORIDA, 33192. Your personal stories working the shows that Stan also worked. NEW YORK SHOWS... They are YOUR stories, not his. Publishing them in a separate chapter is about YOUR LEGACY, not his, even though they are all connected! Either email Jackie Sacs at jackie@iSacsPhoto, or call 561-762-0070 in the evening. I will tape record your stories as you speak! Thank you for you wonderful cooperation.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Like Elvis, Bruno has left the hospital. Much to the chagrin of the nursing staff, Fucci has left his heart in a San Francisco with a series of doctors that found out that Bruno was the top overtime maven at CBS, causing all those doctors to tear-a-piece out of his wallet.

He required a replacement of the valves that were implanted there years ago. They found the previous valve to be made from a pig. They told him that this surgery has a warranty for at least 15 years. He doesn't expect to last the whole 15, so he had some of it transferred to his Sears account to cover his washing machine, and hairdryer.

He is now at home recuperating and is mindful of all the support he received from friends via their prayers and good wishes. So, if you don't plan on sending any cash, hold all your calls for a while, to allow his wife Gail to unpack her bags for the trip she planned to the Bahamas, as they had presented her with a dire outcome, but Bruno as usual beat the odds. So, Gail will just have to wait because the old-man won't quit

Bruno, for all the fun we had together starting in Grand Central Telecine and then to Vidicon Valley, to the field and a gazillion remotes. We broke our back, literally, but we meet the very best and the greatest, and they respected our efforts on their behalf. All-and all, Bruno, you remain the greatest character I have ever known. I love you, and Purnick, and I think of the two of you as one.

Stat buono, mia amici

Tony Cucurullo
Hi Dave ...

The problem is not that we hear about the death of one of our brothers,
it's that we don't hear about them when they are with us.
As PERRY COMO would say, send in your cards and letters.

Harold Deppe

Thursday, August 17, 2006

I just read your message on the website, and I thank you for your
Kindness. My sister used to work for the people who owned the Pentagon
Restaurant at our Grand Central studios and she and her husband Mike
who was a Golf nut knew many CBSers with the same love. Also a lot of
them went to Newtown High and did WWII together. My biggest problem was
trying to remember some of their real names not the nick names some used.
Thanks again,

Harry (aka Hank) Charles

(The late, murdered tech/Mgr) Leo Kuranoki and I became great
friends to the manager (Jimmy Stoller) of the Pentagon restaurant.

The three of us along with Gill Miller (TD) were horse players and we toured all the tracks even as far south as West Virginia. I loved these guys
they we like brothers to me. I think you remember the Studio 42 Switcher
group? We used to do Audio/Switching. It was a great learning area. Many
stories abound in my reverie.

Tony C.

I think you mean studio 43 in Grand Central. I spent 7 years there,
Max Stream did audio and I switched. Leo and I went down to his mothers place in Florida and built a gigantic swing set for his nephew Jeff, Out of two inch pipe. and then put AC in the house. That was some vacation, I haven't thought about that in years......


Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Dear Harry, I am sorry to hear of the personal loss of your sibling Marion. What is nice about our association is the fact that we can unite in mourning for a member's family. It allows all of us to show the reverence we share in our Brother/Sisterhood alliance. I humbly thank you for sharing your most precious possession, your family love.

May you and your family find a peaceful surcease from this sadness.

Respectfully, your friend,

Tony Cucurullo
What a treasure trove of memorabilia that Gady Reinhold supplied us with. Two of the cameramen that I recognize are Patty McBride, and in the last frame Jim McCarthy. Thank you sir. I wish more of you can supply images before they wither in your closets.

And then too, Jim Herschel great engineer from that magical department that put CBS in the forefront to the burgeoning industry supplying us with the background to the Studio 50 embryonic stage. Great shows emanated from there. I worked on the Ernie Kovacks show, because I was the only operator of the mechanical zoom lens in CBS at that time, I came from NBC where I developed that skill.

Gosh, it is great to see that time frame again. Please keep them coming.

Tony C.
BRAVO Tony, I wish I possessed your eloquence. It couldn’t have been better said.

John Wells



Monday, August 14, 2006


This may not be appropriate, But my sister Marion Passed away last Friday. She and her Husband Mike knew many CBS golf types like Bill Kenny, Fred Lopez and many others gone and maybe others still here. If there are any old timers still around here is the Wake news. From NY Sunday News Paper! GRADY, Marion (nee Charles) on 08-11-06 in No. Carolina. Beloved wife of the late Michael. Dear sister of Hank Charles. Also survived by numerous nieces & nephews. Family will receive friends at:

61-40 Woodhaven Blvd
Rego Park, Queens, NY
Tues., 7-9 P.M.
Funeral Wednesday 10:30 A.M.
Interment St. John cemetery.


very well said! I was about to enter the fray of EGO"S and pioneerism but I thought my intentions would be misunderstood. Please keep the membership informed as to the passing of our brothers and sisters. The web site provides a valuable service to ALL of us, not just self appointed "pioneers". Keep up the great work... I love your writings in spite of the necessity of keeping the dictionary close at hand.
Bob Vernum - 1954-1988.
From Tony Cucurullo

Having exercised my right of literary license to post all the messages of our association in a compiled mélange of reminiscences at the very conception of this wonderful and heartening digest, somehow I don't remember this WEB site becoming anyone’s personal" WEB Page of esoteric dalliances.

Or for that matter belonging to anyone or any particular subject other than what ever occurs to the myriad minds of the cognoscenti of CBS years past and present.

We are happy to post any message even sophomoric conversation with each other, because that gives the PAGE an air of informality, and supplies an occasional jocular reprise from the sad remembrances that tug at our hearts of the PIONEERS that constituted the makeup of this company of artisans and craftsmen, and yes, even super egos.

This page will continue to HONOR all those that pass over the Rainbow Bridge on their way to the CBS Pantheon.

Please feel free to continue to contribute your wealth of knowledge about the era in which you dominated, it is illuminating and very readable,

I might add too, the Webmaster Dave Minott has contributed his vast knowledge and artistic talents to this page while fighting life's battles in silence in hope that all would enjoy his efforts, and he hopes you graciouly accept the inconvenience of having to read about the immortals of CBS, and not the particular esoteric glories that do not require headline posturing.

Tony Cucurullo

Sunday, August 13, 2006

I have added a new photo collection, courtesy of Gady Reinhold.
This one is his Studio 50 remembrances. Click here ___>Gady's Studio 50 remembrances
Here's my Studio 50 Story. At the time, the rear wall of the Studio 50 stage was adjacent to a NYC Subway DC Generating Station. This DC power created high magnetic fields throughout the Studio which played havoc with monitors and cameras. Back in the early 1960s CBS was purchasing the Norelco PC 70 Cameras for colorization of all its studios. CBS asked Norelco to provide PC 70 Cameras that would operate in the magnetic field environment of Studio 50. I was an Engineer with Norelco at the time and was given this project. What made this project high profile was the fact that the Ed Sullivan Show was temporarily being produced in Miami and Mr. Sullivan wanted to return to New York City. The project timeline was very short and every move I made was under heavy scrutiny by both Norelco and CBS management. My testing of the original PC 60 Camera showed that the Dutch Engineers used a Mu-metal shield cover on the optical prism assembly and also on the cap of the Plumbicon coil assembly. Rather than providing magnetic field protection the small air gap between the two shields actually increased the field intensity which was in close proximity to the face of the Plumbicon tube. Not good for registration! I modified the PC 70 design by replacing these two Mu metal covers with aluminum covers. I also provided a 3 layer Mu metal shield to the doors of the camera thereby creating a magnetic shielded housing around all the camera's components. The result was the PC 71 camera. Studio 50 was the only Studio that ever required this specialized camera. It should also be noted that the Subway System eventually ceased to use the DC power so the same magnetic field problems no longer exist in Studio 50. Shortly after the successful installation of the PC 71 camera, CBS Engineering & Development offered me a position as a Project Engineer. This resulted in a very interesting 29 year career with CBS where I retired in 1995 as Director of Field Audio Video Engineering.
Thanks you Studio 50.

Jim Herschel
Send hats to :
Bruno Fucci

28223 Wren Ct

Hayward, CA 94545

Tel. # (510) 782-1941

Thanks Tony C.
Tony I'm writing you because Bruno has had open heart surgery, doing OK, but I need some help. Where can I order CBS sports hats from? He's promised his surgeon and others a hat. I don't know where to get them please help.
The above message is a HELP call from Gayle, Bruno's wife. If anyone can help please email her or me at,
brugail@att.net, or tonycucu2@cox.net. Thanks, let's try for a good guy.
Tony cucurullo

Thursday, August 10, 2006

I've had some communication with J Smith re: my experiences as a video engineer in STUDIO 50 or as he delightfully calls it "The ED". I would refer GADY REINHOLD to his E-Mail address
jsmith@proadsinc.com to share their information on this venerable CBS building. Some would say that it shares this honor with THE CHINA SONG a BAR and restaurant next door which served as the CBS techs "CHEERS". One of his contributions to the website can be found in the Sept 2005 archives. We ought to help both these lads. As a start:
Does anyone remember the control room in the old sponsors booth?
Does anyone remember the control room at the back of the orchestra section?
Does any one remember the video room down one flight?
Does anyone remember LON the bartender at the China Song ?
If you can answer ONE QUESTION you should be able to answer the questions they would pose to you.
If I remember my fellow workers, help is on the way,

Frank Novack

We just ain't going to agree however, I do appreciate your response.
Regards, with more to come. Primarily from the 1945 to 1955 decade which I consider the most exciting and productive of the television age. Anything after that , at least by us pioneers, is considered modern, today type dreck and schlock. With tape, which I headed up in 56,57 & 58 , came the downfall of the purist TV Producer/Director, honestly. And I should know, because I was one of them.
John K.
I too would love to see some stories, photos, etc. about The Ed Sullivan Theater (Studio 50). What a historical building and one of the few, I think, former Broadway theaters that are still in use as a television studio. Someone with current connections to CBS might suggest a special. What an incredible retrospective that would be! Hasn't it been a broadcasting studio since the 1930's?

JR Smith
Scottsdale, AZ
John SmithProAds, Inc.
Phone: (480) 459-5699
Fax: (480) 668-3122
The retirees site is getting more interesting as more memories come to the surface. I'd like to know if anyone has stories about studio 50 during the Gleason, Sullivan, Moore years. Before I started at CBS, while I was still in junior high, I called John Wray who was directing Sullivan and asked if I could visit the studio to observe the production with him. He sent me a beautiful letter which I still have. I was able to go to the studio and watch the Dress from the control room. Charlie Grenier was the TD and Marlo Lewis was the Producer. It was a great day and I still have the script from that show along with notes of what occured. It would be great to hear about these people; their backgrounds, personalities, stories and what they might have done after CBS. I have lots of other questions based on my studio visits in those days, but let's see where this one goes.

Gady Reinhold

----- Original Message -----
To: Dave@Domino-Biz.com
Sent: Friday, August 04, 2006 2:18 PM

I'm sorry but I do not agree with you. I've only been aware of the website for a month or two but I find the "Messages " column saturated in Obituary news . It seems as though the website is dedicated to that one subject with the same information being posted for weeks. The preponderance of information deals with "death issues" so put it where it belongs, in the OBITUARY COLUMN.
I started out with great enthusiasm to check the site daily, but now it's become one big bore. For one, a death is important news that's why it has it's own separate column and Messages should cover all our other activities, just like the daily newspapers. CAPISH?
GOOD NIGHT & GOOD LUCK, (From one who used to do his shows -- an alumnus of Jan. 6th, 1945!)
John Louis Koushouris

Hi John,
Sorry for the late reply, but we've been on vacation.
The reason the death notices are in the "Current Messages" section is that some of our users were upset when they were only posted in the "In Memoriam" column, as they hardly ever look there, unless there is a mention in the "Current Messages" section. They were upset because they weren't "timely informed" of wakes, funerals, etc., and had missed some that they should have attended.
As for how long they are posted, the software we are using only moves current messages to the archives monthly.
Since the messages are entered in latest date first, it is not necessary to read more than the first few, unless there is exceptional activity.
As for the daily newspapers, it was my impression that if someone of importance passed on, they usually made it to the front page, or at least, the next few, as well as the obit section. As for us, all our members are of equal importance!
We are looking forward to more of your reminiscences, so that we may post them for others to enjoy, and possibly be less bored!
Thanks for your input,
Dave Minott

33 1/3 years @ CBS - 4 years retired
I just heard from Charlie Denofrio that Bruno is in the hospital. He had open heart surgery. He had a bad time of it and almost didn't make it.
He hopes to be home in about a week, God willing.

Cal Marotta

Monday, August 07, 2006

Life is a soap opera only with real players. The news that comes to me and Ted and Dave is of such a variety that it keeps me and them interested, perplexed, sad, delighted and alive. Earlier today George Klimsack called to tell me that he hasn't heard from Bruno Fucci in a week, and too, the Andy Rooney look-a-like, Charlie D'Onfrio has been attempting to locate him also. Bruno, although he is fighting Cancer gallantly will not just sit at home and wilt-away. He often goes on mini-vacations, to the casinos. But, I too worry about that guy that resembles the front bumper of a 125th. street bus.
Page two. I know it is dinner time and Pauline is probably yelling, "come to the table, your spaghetti is getting cold." That's the opening sentence from a tech that I haven't heard from in at least fifteen years because I heard he was still working in Florida and making enough money to support the Israeli war effort. None other than Art Shine. He has moved to Maryland because he in now involved with a Government job. So he says, and will add more when he returns next week. Art, was younger than most of us, although he made the first page of the seniority list, (which was the most important document in our industry, more important than the Magna Carter, and the Racing Form.) Art, was a prime player on most remotes quite talented as a Audio-Mixer-Engineer. And a flair for promoting himself as a producer to many of the talents that plied their trade on CBs shows. It'll be interesting to hear of his latest exploits. He did remember the time that we were on the plane about to land at Newark airport and the pilot informed us that the landing gear was not in position and he felt secure in trying for a landing, Art who was sitting across the aisle from me asked to start using my Rosary and pray for all of us.
We made it with much fear and trepidation in our hearts.

Tony Cucurullo
To Fred Harman
Dear Fred,

I am sorry to hear about your troubles. I know how you feel, I am sure there are many of us that have Vertical beam problems, and I have never been able to get up to 20 meters, but for an Italian I imagine I satisfied my transmitting using a smaller pole.

Fred, there was an amusing incident that I hope you might remember, it had to do with an itinerant technician that imbibed a bit on occasion. You had reached your point-of-no-return with him and called him to you office, as he stood before you weaving to hold his balance, you informed him that you would dock him a days pay . He smiled at you reached into his wallet and put $40 dollars on your desk and walked out saying, "I'm need another day off, thanks." First name was Frank, now gone.

Side note, while this is an amusing story, Frank, suffered a lot from memories incurred from heavy action in France during WW2. When sober, (which was most of the time) he was a good tech. I just thought you might like that humor.

Tony Cucurullo

Sunday, August 06, 2006

I sure enjoy the CBS page. Brings back a lot of great memories. The CBS web page looks great and I know the work that it takes to keep it going. I'm working on a new Church page and a local Ham page out here in Pagosa Springs in what was supposed to be my spare time. Besides the museum that I run, I've been with the County Sheriff's department since 1986 and hope to retire from it in January. While working for the department, I upgraded the "Dispatch Center" in 1995, got E-911 up and running and organized a "Search & Rescue" group. Built a mountain top solar VHF repeater for our department and the Ute Indian tribe. I've now have cut back on most of those activities but still involved with the State on Homeland Security issues. I want to get back to Ham radio. I was checking in at times on 20 meters with Harold Suchutzman but I had a major wind storm take down my beam. My vertical is not good enough for getting into the east coast. I'll say 73's as a lightning storm is coming in and my lights are flickering. Best to all of you.

Fred Harman

Saturday, August 05, 2006

I marvel at the depth of the technical recollections from a man in his eighties. Harold Deppe, more than anyone has contributed the technical background to an era, (being the Grand Central Station, and the outside studios). He can recall in detail the guts of a piece of equipment. Yet my memory of him is a quite and unassuming worker, but a man that can come up with a quick quip and has subtle humor.

Thanks Harold, for gracing our page with your prodigious memory for technical detail. Keep it coming.

Tony Cucurullo
Jame McCarthy
Today, my heart hurts. I just learned that James (Jim) McCarthy passed on. I have delved into my reverie in the past to laud over the different fine CBS people that have passed through this mortal coil. They all deserved the reflections I conjured of their past efforts in the raising of the art of television. But, every once in a while someone walks to the edge of the Rainbow Bridge and deserves a long look into his past.

Jimmy McCarthy was every mans man. He would be my point man in any act. During WW 2 he was an artillery man, as a result he had a slight hearing problem.

During a golf match Jim was doing camera on a boom covering the fairway. I was operating the arm for him. This boom had a truck platform and people would like to climb on it and get a better view of the golf shot. It was OK with Jim if he wasn’t covering, but when he was on air he would ask them politely to please get off as they could shake the camera head. Well, as it happened we had a couple of wise guys, I could handle them my self and they did indeed leave but to add to the drama when the shot was over for Jim I asked him to throw his wallet down to me. When he did I removed the picture he had of himself with Lucky Luciano, the head of the Murder-in-corporate during the 1920’s and 30’s, when Jim was a young man and looked the part with his broad brimmed fedora walking arm-in-arm with Lucky. Needless to say, the camera was steady for the rest of the afternoon.

Jim was one of the nicest and gentlest of men to work with. He cried his eyes out when he learned that his dog died, he couldn’t continue on camera that sad day.

A tribute to his talent came from Jackie Gleason when he invited Jim and his family to take a leave-of-absence from CBS and join Gleason in Florida for about 6 years. Jim raised his son and daughter there and later his son Tom became a great cameraman and a field supervisor for CBS.

I received a call at home one day from the union office telling me that Jim was in a head-on-accident in the parking lot of the Meadowlands Stadium. I lived nearby, and I rushed to the hospital. I actually got there before Jim arrived. I spent the next three hours in the operating room assisting a surgeon save Jim face. The left side of his cheek from his eyeball to his mouth was separated. The surgeon had me put my finger in the opening on his forehead to keep the skin from closing while he did the face. I actually soaked up enough blood to flood three face towels. All this time Jim was awake, he had minimal sedation. He never complained once about all the stitching to his face, but, he was saying, Tony, check my leg the pain is severe. Well, as you know he survived that ordeal.

We must all someday go with Jim and Stan, and the other brothers and sisters, but it hurts when it comes to such a dear friend. My wife Paula knew Jim and Grace, for we shared many a wonderful meal on Sundays. Grace was a great cook. Her Sunday gravy, (I know for you non-Italians, sauce) was mouth wateringly great. Right Tommy?

Gosh, this one really is sad. God Bless, to all the McCarthy’s.


Tony Cucurullo

Friday, August 04, 2006

Dear Dave,
My memories of Studio 72:

Regarding the early NTSC color equipment at Studio 72, I remember coming in at 6 A.M. to turn on the cameras to ensure registration stability in time for dress rehearsal. In those days all of the terminal equipment required its' own power supply which was located in the power supply room upstairs. Commercial vectorscopes did not exist. An old Dumont waveform scope was converted for this purpose.Nixie tube frequency counters were used for sync generator setup. Compared to the handheld camcorders of today, the TK-41 required racks of equipment to make up one camera chain. Does anyone remember Hugo Ripp replacing a tube circuit in the TK-41 encoder with transistors? Flying spot scanners were the first, but rarely used, film pickup devices. Compared to today's integrated beam splitters the early 3V film chains used Dichroic front surface mirrors which required delicate cleaning to prevent scratching. The TK-26 3V chains were used for 35mm, 16mm and slides. These were later brought to the Broadcast Center when Studio 72 was shut down (later to be replaced by GE 4V chains).Can anyone remember the Masking Amplifier to correct for different color films such as Technicolor, Cinecolor, Kodachrome? The earliest camera color monitors were 15" RCA later replaced by Conrac 21". As crude as the equipment was it worked remarkably well as a testament to the talented people who operated and maintained it at Studio 72.Each live production was like an opening night on Broadway. These included Cinderella, Godfrey Show, Big Record, etc.

Best regards,
Harold Deppe
P.S. In those days the camera was bigger than the lens--today the lens is bigger than the camera.

I just got word that Jim McCarthy passed away yesterday.
The wake will be on sunday, Aug. 6th.

Wesch Funeral Home
495 Main Street
Center Moriches, N.Y

Monday Aug. 7
St. John`s Church
Main street and Ocean ave.
Center Moriches, N.Y
Mass at 10:45 am.

Cal Marotta

I am including all correspondence to clarify our position.
The correspondence is in reverse order, with the original email at the end.

Dear Mr. Minott,

Thank you for your reply. The Standby Program has been in operation since 1983 as a 501(c)3 media arts service. The organization helps artists and independent producers to create and preserve their work (there is more information about the organization's history at http://standby.org/about.html). Let me know if you would like to see more documentation of Standby's non-profit status.We would provide some compensation for the consultant's time.Please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like further information.

Caroline Rubens

On Aug 1, 2006, at 3:16 PM, David Minott wrote:

Dear Ms. Rubens,

Before I post this request on our website, could you please clarify whether the person(s) youare seeking would be compensated, or not. We generally do not publish employment ads onour website, however, if you could provide us with more detailed information regarding The Standby Program's non-profit status, we would definitely consider posting this information.

Mr. David Minott

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

From: Caroline Rubens
To: Webmaster@cbsretirees.com
Sent: Monday, July 31, 2006 7:15 PM
Subject: Seeking a broadcast engineer for consultant work

Dear Mr. Minott,

I work with The Standby Program, a non-profit organization that helps independent producers and artists gain access to broadcast quality production facilities at affordable rates. We are developing a video restoration lab that specializes in transferring older analog videotape to more current and stable formats. Our goal is to make these services available to the arts community to assist them in preserving their archival work which is at risk.I am contacting you because we are currently looking for a New York-area based broadcast engineer who has experience with older analog equipment and formats, and who would have the time and interest to work for us as a consultant. We need someone to evaluate and troubleshootour set-up and equipment, and provide some training on broadcast standards. We are also looking for someone who can repair analog VTRs (Sony 1/2" open reel, Type C 1" open reel, U-Matic, etc,.) and provide training in this area as well.We would be grateful if you could recommend some possible candidates.Thank you for your time.

Caroline Rubens
Preservation Consultant
In the middle 50's, the Sullivan show was to come from the old Madison Garden (49th st?) featuring the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus. It would be a first for Ed. It also became a practical joke first for the crew. While pulling cables downstairs below the main floor, someone noticed that the elephants were in a line swaying from side to side in unison.In front of the pack was Dick Douglas who had the habit of swaying from side to side but denied ever having elephant training. He had to be put in his place.

He bragged about his lawn and landscaping to the point where another tech told him the best fertilizer in the world was elephant dung not easily available in New York City. Dick was told to ask the roustabouts if he could have some elephant dung by now readily available. He packed it carefully in a cardboard box which was placed in the trunk of his car for the trip home. Unfortunately, the trip home included crossing a bridge out of Manhattan. Some wag called the police department with a description and license plate number of Dick's car claiming he had a suspicious package in the trunk of his car. Well, Dick was pulled over and asked what he had in the trunk. Dick told them "ELEPHANT DUNG". New York police do not suffer perceived wise guys patiently. Again, they asked. Another ELEPHANT DUNG! As tempers heated up, Dick was ordered to open the trunk.and there it was in all its olfactory splendor having sat in a hot car all day.
It was reported that Dick received a landscaping award for the greenest lawn in his community.
Dick crossed over the RAINBOW BRIDGE some time ago and probably greeted his fellow cameraman Stan Gould.
Frank Novack
I see Joe Cabibbo's name mentioned and this story comes to mind.
What a great Union man this guy is. The scene: Shea Stadium, the reason, we were there because we was on strike at the time. Vinnie Bartilucci (Our erstwhile Business Manager) asked for a maximum effort to delay the NY Jets football game.

While there are many vignettes to this episode I will recant this one. Vinnie, was in handcuffs, and most of the strikers were rocking the control room truck. Off to the side Joe, myself, and a couple of others were trying to pass a line to get into the stadium when a police Lieutenant ordered us back, we kept up the banter just to make noise for no other reason, but to annoy, when the cop said, "One more word outta you, and I'll lock you up." That's when Joe uttered his famous line, "WHAT'S THE WORD?" And they did!!!!

That's my Joe Cabibbo story.

Tony Cucurullo

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Dear Dave,

I was referred to you by David Schwartz at the Game Show Network. I am currently researching a book on Bob and Ray and have recently interviewed Bob Elliott at his home in New York at length. In that connection I would very much like to make contact with the following former CBS employees who were involved with the team's daily series on CBS Radio in 1959 and '60: Kirby Ayres, Joe Alonzo, Tom Sheehy, Cyril Torchia and Joe Cabibbo. I realize decades have past and some sadly may no longer be with us. However any information would be most appreciated. Thanks very much for your assistance.

David Pollock
(310) 275-9876

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Hi Dave,

I entered Rainbow bridge into Google and got an even 15,000,000 entries back. After perusing some of them, I've come to the conclusion that a load of people are trying to sell something or other based on Rainbow bridge, but I haven't found an author as of yet. I leave it up to you and Holly to carry on with the other 14,999,950 entries as you guys are younger than I am...(Sorry Tony)

Hi Dave,

Some of the recent "Postings" mentioned Adrian Ettlinger. I was wondering if he remembers the time in Aug 1967 when he, John Ewing, Ellis Dahlin and myself met at a company in Palo Alto, CA called Mactronics, to build a color Slo-Mo machine for CBS, as ABC had an exclusive on the Ampex machine that year. We wound up with a double rack wide unit using parts and pieces from Ampex 2" tape machines, A Mactronics Disk drive, in 6 ft racks that weighed 600 pounds and CBS had to buy a seat for it to ship it on a plane....John and I traveled with it the first year, as operators. He on the southern NFL games, and I on the northern route, which explains why I wound up in Greenbay, WI on New Year's Eve.... However, I found out why there's a bar almost every other doorway there: 'cause that's as far as you can run at 20 degrees below zero...

Harry Charles
I remember 2 incidents regarding Stan:

1) 1976 Coverage of the events of the 200th Birthday of The United States,
Stan was a cameraman in Battery Park where Morton Gould led the orchestra...
someone may remember more about this since I was on the roof of The World Trade Center.

2) While we were both on the Edge Of Night, Stan had an accident where he cut off the tip of a finger in his home shop. He got rid of most of his tools. I bought his bench drill press which I still am using.

There isn't much info here but it might remind others.
Regards ...
Stan 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


Now sleep in peace

In the arms of


Tony Cucurullo
I had a bad experience with McAfee and would like to tell the rest of the group.
I purchased a new computer and this time it came a trial antivirus from McAfee. In my older computer, I had a trial of the Norton antivirus. After the trial period, I renewed several times, because I was happy with its performance and ease of operation. I decided to stay this time with McAfee, being that it was already in the computer and decided to renew.
First thing that happen, every other day it would prompt me to verify my subscription, so I had to click on it and go to the McAfee website to get a go ahead. This was a bit of a nuisance.
Then, I noticed that my credit card had been charged, not twice, but 3 times. I called in and the representative gave me a hard sell, saying that I could have a subscription for 3 years instead of one. But, that is not what I wanted. At much insistence, she gave me credit for the 2 extra charges.
The program suggested that I install the Privacy package. Well, it was included in the subscription, so I installed it. What a nightmare. It completely disrupted my email service. I ended up having to uninstall it.
Then my wife Linda notices that the antivirus scan was disabled. I told her I hadn't done it, so she enabled it. Next time I log on, I noticed that the antivirus scan feature was disabled again. I noticed that every time I logged on the same thing happened, again, another nuisance that I had to take care of. I had a chat with technical support at McAfee and explained the problem. I didn't think the guy was too competent. He gave me a website to go to and proceed with the solution. What a disaster!! My question was, why does the antivirus scan get disabled by itself all the time. The website solution said basically the antivirus gets disconnected once in a while and it showed me how to reset it manually. Damn it! I knew that, what I wanted to know is why it happens and how to fix it.
That did it! I went out and purchased a Norton antivirus program, uninstalled McAfee (and of course lost my yearly subscription). Now, we are very happy with Norton and haven't had a single problem. I suggest you make the membership aware of this so they don't fall in the same trap as we did.
Jorge Moran

Stan Gould's Passing

Dad passed away at 6:40 thursday. I was with him, by myself, to assist in his transition. it was quite exquisite, in his response to my permission to leave. he was totally non responsive on the physical side, but he sure did hear my silent request for him to give me one last gift: to be present when he passed. he not only granted that, but waited for me to give him permission to go. after i did, he was gone from my sight in 7 minutes.his passing was peaceful, as were his last days.dave, he knows you sent his regards anyway. consciousness does not stay in our own heads. it goes out into eternity.he was functioning on a much higher plane than us, and undoubtedly knew all the well wished he received.thank you for caring.and thank you for your cooperation with this book.