Monday, October 30, 2006

I simply cannot fathom why there has not been an outpouring of messages to thank Tony for his yeoman work re: CBS RETIREES web page. He has put his heart and soul into the latest submission and deserves our prayers, support and praise for a job well done. Don't wait to see a name in the 'IN MEMORIAM" section to tell the person how much you respect him. Not too many Tony's have come into my life. His writings have made me a more introspective and thoughtful person. So, thank you Tony C. My prayers are with you and your family.

GOD bless,
Frank Novack

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Hello CBS retirees;

I am writing this on behalf of my dad, John Brennan who has been in the hospital with a broken hip. He's doing fine but is bored to tears. He is harassing the hospital staff with his quirky jokes humor. I though printing our some of your funny entries from this site would cheer him up. I printed also printed out some great photo's as well.
Since he has missed the 2006 luncheon due to being in the hospital, I though I might try and find out if the 2007 luncheon is in the planning stages yet. It's probably too soon but I thought I would inquire.
My dad often asks about Norman Ferro. I see that he has been to the last few luncheons. I printed out a picture that is sure to cheer him up.
If anyone has info on how to contact him , please advise.
I am working on getting my dad's photo collection together and I plan to scan them in for your albums.
Below is a picture of Johnny Brennan celebrating his 80th birthday with grandsons, Michael and Christopher.
He has since had another grandchild, Caitlyn Lauren, born 7/7/05.
I plan on providing him with more CBS updates as he is not computer savvy. (Don't tell him I said that)
When I try to tell him about computers , I tend to get a lecture like... I was a CBS cameraman for almost 40 years ,
etc.. etc... Gotta love him.
Thank you for your time and dedication to this wonderful website.
Fondly,
Lauren Stellwagen

Friday, October 27, 2006

My Dear friends,

I am informing you via this generic letter that I will not be able to communicate with you as I did I the past. I will try my best on those, good days that will be rare to me that I can use this computer.
For you see, Nature, Life, has played a hand to me that I must travel alone on. Last August 2005, (as most of you know) I had Colon Cancer. The doctors thought they got it all. They did their best, but my body didn't cooperate, and as a result I now have cancer in multiple places. The cancer is malignant, so the only course open for me is try to live with chemo. That is a debilitating process and as I don't know how I will react to it. I can assume based on case studies that I shall experience all the ups-and-downs associated with this treatment process.
I hope you will continue to send me your jokes and I will, if I can, try to respond to them.
Ted, Dave,... and there are others in our group that are carrying like-crosses yet they do it in silence and with great aplomb. I am writing because I feel this WEB PAGE, is my child, I nursed it, I argued for it, I contributed my little musings, in a way too share a life-times memories with you. I am asking now for the young members of CBS to please contribute any little TID BITS, which fill a void in the ever changing history; about the men and women that made an industry appear as magic before the worlds eyes. And too, this will add your contribution to that parchment of glorious times.
The memorial page listing those CBS people that served in the military that I offered twice a year. On Memorial Day in May, and Armistice Day in November. It now needs someone to keep it up to date by adding the names of all employees that are presently serving, and too the men of the ENG (Electronic News Gathering) all over the world that are CBS staff. They should be included along with an addition to the list adding the names of the industries employees that perished in the WTC tower. We are expanding, but we are history, and that should be all inclusive.
I see the day when the TALENT will be sharing their vast memoirs with us.
So for now my friends, I shall sit back and read about all of you that filled my life with memories that still titillate my friends, family and neighbors. All it takes is a little digging back into the recesses of those Little grey-cells, and then adding a little pepper-and-salt to embellish a little, and you have a CBS employee, or one of Mr. Paley's boys, that seems to capture an audience.
Thank you, Major Bowes, U. S. Navy, Dick Stewart, Tommy Thompson, Bob Hammer, Jim Sermons, Mike DeIeso, Studio show Crews, Field Operations, ENG, all the Technicians, and talent that entertained me, And mostly
, Ted Perzeszty, whose brain and heart is filled with compassion for all, and has taught me so much.
Keep in touch, Please.
Tony Cucurullo

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Just a suggestion from those of us who are not CBS retirees but are frequent visitors who enjoy your site.The listing of New York television facilities past and present is very interesting.How about a listing of retirees with the programs they worked on and the facilities they worked in? Mini-bios on each retiree would be extremely interesting as well.You guys are true pioneers. Let's not forget the members and their contributions to the television industry.

JR Smith
Scottsdale, AZ
jsmith@proadsinc.com

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Meyers, Sigmund T. MEYERS, SIGMUND T., 83, of North Miami, passed away October 11, 2006. He is survived by his beloved wife, Elisabeth; devoted children. Barbara, Carole & Peter; stepchildren, Betty Jo, Linda & Ruth; cherished grandchildren, Sofie, Elisabeth, Stephanie, Timothy, Steven, Andrew & Michael; and dear sister, Fran Metzger. Mr. Meyers was an Army Major in WWII. During his photographic career he wasa cameraman for the CBS television network. In lieu of flowers contributions maybe made to: the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Chapel services 2:00PM Monday. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. ETERNAL LIGHT Funeral Chapel 17250 W. Dixie Hwy. NMB (305)948-9900 To visit this Guest Book Online, go to www.MiamiHerald.com/obituaries.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

I just got a phone call from friends, who live in North Miami Beach, who were friendly with Sig Meyers. I was informed that he passed away two weeks ago. He had been in and out of the hospital fighting to stay alive. He will be missed... His art and photography were his life and CBS was lucky to have had him on their staff for so many years. G-d rest his soul...

Lee Levy

Friday, October 20, 2006

It was 1965, and I was employed by CBS as a Video Tape Tech. Marty Cohen, who was the supervisor, told me to familiarize myself with the area. I was to clean up, put tape reels away, put out tissue & fill the bottles with Freon. That evening they expected a lot of dignitaries because the first color tape was to go out on the flat bed Ampex 1000 tape machine. When I got back in the area of that machine, I noticed a large ball of dust lying on the floor at the bottom of a rack, so I proceeded to pick it up to toss it out in the trash. Suddenly, I was surrounded by a bunch of screaming people all in a state of great panic. It seems that the ball of heavy dust was covering the electronic circuit that was tacked together by, I seem to recall a "John Hewing" I'm not sure of the name, but see him in my mind as clear as day. It was not breadboarded as is usual, but a soccer-sized ball of twisted, tacked together parts, that was the color circuit, mind you, the only color circuit they had for that Ampex 1000 machine. Fortunately I hadn't put my hands together and they were able to gently return the ball to its spot on the rack floor. That was my introduction to the Video Tape Department & Color Broadcast Television at CBS. I spent five years among the madmen & things did get better.

Goody Freed
A Stan Gould Reminiscence


I NEVER WORKED MUCH WITH STAN, SO I DIDN'T KNOW YOU LIKE SOME OF THE OTHERS, BUT THE ONE OCCASION THAT WE DID COME TOGETHER WAS WHEN THE BOSSES, WHO KNEW ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT TELEVISION OR PEOPLE , DECIDED ON A MAKEWORK PROJECT FOR THE TECHS SITTING IN THE LOUNGE. WHOMEVER WAS IN CHARGE (SO UNIMPORTANT, I DON'T REMEMBER HIS NAME) SENT US ALL TO STUDIO 41 TO CLEAN UP... NO PROBLEM, IT WAS PART OF THE JOB.
STAN WAS TOLD TO CLEAN A CAMERA. WELL, YOU FIELD GUYS PROBABLY KNOW WHERE THIS IS GOING BUT FOR THE NOVICES, HE PROCEEDED TO TAKE THE CAMERA COMPLETELY APART, THE MAN SAID "CLEAN IT", I MEAN STAN COMPLETELY FIELD STRIPPED IT. NAMELESS WENT BERSERK, AND THAT WAS MY INTRODUCTION TO ONE OF THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE & HARDEST WORKERS AT CBS. THE PLEASURE WAS ALL MINE.
THANK YOU.

GOODY FREED

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Some major changes have been made to the John Taddei Collection.
If you see any errors, please let me know. Some of the captions are superimposed on the images, so look closely at the larger sized pictures.
Click here___>The John Taddei Collection
Dear Dave;

The letter below was sent to me by Jerry Colet who used to be a PC AD in the old rooms and then became a VT tech. He sent it last year and I have done some editing to it so it works for the retirees site. I thought it might be interesting to the group. I think the site keeps getting better and better. The pictures and stories are a real treasure. I will write another letter to try to get people to talk about specific situations that came up at work. Hope this finds you and your family in good health. All is well here.

Gady


As I said in my letter to the East Newsletter, I wondered if anyone really remembered me. It has been 30 years (almost impossible to imagine). I thought I had finally arrived when I got to assist Danny Stevens on the Sullivan Show and then the show only lasted for a year before it was cancelled. Even the move to Los Angeles was a bit late for all the big ones. Danny Kaye, Jack Benny, The Smothers Brothers, Judy Garland; all were gone by the time I got out here. Sonny and Cher had broken up but there was the Cher Show, Tony Orlando and Dawn, and Dinah Shore. Carol Burnett was going strong, but with a regular established crew. Of course there were the soap operas and a few game shows. I did get to work on the Mike Douglas Show and the John Davidson Show (both were for syndication). Anyway, life out here is worth the whole thing anyway. I shall never miss New York and only regret that I did not get to California earlier. I came from the northeast; Detroit and New York, so California weather was a most pleasant surprise. I shall always remember visiting the house I bought in North Hollywood on Christmas Eve and found the previous owners outside watering the lawn. I lived there for 15 years and by some fantastic stroke of luck moved south to Northern San Diego County when I retired. I still regard the climate here to be the best in the country. No. we don't have earthquakes here and although fire threatened about 7 years ago, it is no longer a problem due to development of the land.I really do miss a lot of the people I used to know in New York. Many were the film editors because I spent many years in the WCBS-TV film operation. So many have passed away and others seem to have settled in Florida. Well, I guess the same applies to the technicians and management people. It's good to know that there are still a few around. I remember Beverly Morgan when she was a Flexotypist for the Translators in Hal Meiers' Net Operations office. I guess that for many years she had been a right hand assistant to Don Hewitt. Good for her, a capable lady. A tragedy to have lost Barry Kahn, so young. My friend and one-time supervisor, Pat Franklin, died out here in California after he left CBS. Did you know Raili Syreeni in VT? A pretty little lady from Finland. She moved here a short time before I transferred. She was here in tape and subsequently married one of the tape supervisors. She died suddenly about 7 years ago and her husband, who was a close friend, passed away a year ago. Before her death, Raili had left CBS and became an successful attorney forCalTrans. A very bright lady.You mentioned Joel Aronowitz. Yes I spoke with him a year or so ago. I never knew anyone who didn't regard him as the most decent guy and a joy to work with. I was envious of one of Joel's daughters, She is, I understand, a commercial airline pilot. I learned to fly privately, when I was in the army and would love to have pursued that skill occupation more seriously, but I couldn't shake my major interest in broadcasting, which started seriously in 1944 and I really wanted to become a radio actor. So where would I be now?Yes, I remember the CBS Studios scattered all over the city. I was there on the first night that Channel 2 aired their first color movie. It was "Destination Moon". We had a 35mm print and the company had to open Studio 72 up on Broadway (The Color Studio) to air it. It was a huge operation now it seems like nothing at all.Congratulations on your 38 years. You have me beaten by two years already and I spent two of my 36 years in the army (but, at least, producing, writing and directing TV for the Signal Corps at the Army Ballistic Missile Agency in Huntsville, Alabama and at Cape Canaveral).As you must know, there are major change occurring out in Los Angeles too. CBS has merged with another local station and their old radio and KNXT building is being given up. The old Film Facility (Studio Center) in Studio City will become the major production facility and is growing by leaps and bounds. A young man has just been promoted to take over the whole West Coast facility and production management (Michael Klausman). When I first came out here in 1975, Mike had just left his job as VT Librarian and moved into Scheduling. A remarkable young guy and he's doing a great job now. So things can and do happen.Please remember me to the old veterans and let them know that retirement can be nice too. I sincerely hope that everyone has taken advantage of the benefits that the company always offered to the old timers. Really! They have been extremely generous.Again, my best to you and your wife and thanks for making my day.

Jerry Colet

jfcolet@adelphia.net

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Back in 1978, I received my private pilots license,and at the same time we purchased a 1977 Piper Archer and based it at Teterboro airport, New Jersey. One of my very favorite things to do was to simply go for a short flight down the Hudson and back, and I repeated this flight many, many times over the ensuing nine years frequently taking CBS'ers along for the ride.
It never occured to me to return via the East River and a very low percentage turn, to overfly Manhattan, and then up the Hudson to the GW bridge, and then on into Teterboro. The East River route was somewhat hazardous due to the heavy helicopter and intermixed general aviation traffic.
It is possible that the flight instructor and Mr. Lidle were taken by suprise that they would be entering La Guardia's restricted airspace if they proceeded any further up river! This could have necessitated a maneuver that could have been a 180 or a 90 across Manhattan.
It should be noted that the instructor was from California and most all of Llidle's hours were also built on the West Coast. I feel confident that the NTSB and the FAA will be looking into the wisdom of an instructor from the West Coast, and a low-time pilot, flying in such a busy airspace.
I can only hope that he was not receiving instrument instruction when this accident took place, as this type of instruction is very demanding. Almost all of my instrument and private training took place originating at Teterboro, but my river flying was always VFR. It saddens me to realize that two lives were lost needlesly. Since the accident, the FAA has modified the rules for flying in that environment... constant communication must be maintained.
I don't have airline Captain hours, but just enough to feel qualified to participate in conjecture. May they rest in peace.

Bob Vernum.
I also remember "Peace House", the CBS-TV studio at 109th Street just off 5th Avenue. In those days it was considered a somewhat dangerous neighborhood and to travel there we were allowed to take a taxi from the nearest subway station. I remember two specific programs that I worked on from that studio circa 1951. They were "Rod Brown and The Rocket Rangers" and "Mr. I Imagination".
For a crew photo, click here___> Crew Photo
Jay Chichon

Ed note: "Mr. I-magination, the man with the magic reputation!"

Saturday, October 14, 2006

I was hired on august of 1951 and was assigned to "Father Divine's Studio" which was on 109th. st. and 5th. ave. John Koshouris was my TD.
We broadcast two shows a day both in the morning. It was broadcast in field sequential so the people at home could not see them unless they had a color sequential receiver, all they saw was hash.
One show was with a man called Ivan Sanderson and he did a show with exotic animals.
The second show was an interview show called Mike and Buff. Mike was Mike Wallace and his then wife Buff Cobb.
At that time CBS color was superior to NBC, which was grainy and, if the subject moved too quickly, the color bled.
CBS color was quiet and the color was excellent. Unfortunately it needed a mechanical wheel to work.
One day, in another studio, I saw a contraption with three tubes - red green and blue .They were converged into what looked like a mirror. I think I was looking at the begining of rear projection TV.
When NBC won the FCC approval over CBS, all work stopped, and I was assigned to studios where I eventually became a videoman.

Cal Marotta

Friday, October 13, 2006

Oops! I forgot to post these pictures! Here is the album for the June 14, 2006 Mini Luncheon on L.I.
Click Here ___>6-14-2006 L.I. Mini Lunch
If I were given the task of picking out one of the the most unforgettable characters I've met in my 34 years at CBS - Harry Remmers would be right near the top of the list. He had a talent for making NY techs feel comfortable in the CBS-W environment, he never made any of us feel like we were taking work away from the CBS-W techs. He also had a great sense of humor and a totally captivating smile. I think of him, Stan Mitchell and Joe Tier often -- they will not be forgotten. Rest easy Harry.

Bob Vernum
I believe if mr. Cox checks on my story he will find that the first scheduled colorcast was done by NBC, also at an uptown color studio -- the name of the studio was the Century. The cast was: HUME CRONYN AND JESSICA TANDY in a series called THE MARRIAGE.
The memory is sort of vivid because I was a vacation relief tech at NBC from March '54 into the summer of '54 and then onto CBS in august '54. I had attended the first resident color course at RCA Institutes and was the draftsman for their home study course. It was difficult keeping my distance in the NBC control room and all of that fascinating equipment.
Shortly after coming to CBS, I was assigned to the Colonial for the FCC tests of the NTSC system and the sequential CBS color wheel. Needless to say, the NTSC and NBC won.

Those are some very fond memories. It seems to me that the show was first done in spring-summer of '54.
Please correct me if my info is in error.

Bob Vernum
There has been a problem for the last month or so, with sending e-mail to the Webmaster address.
This was due to a change in a host system file, which (hopefully) has been corrected.
If you have had e-mail returned to you, please resend it, and I will respond!

Dave
Dear All,

Sadly I must relay the news of my Dads passing.
William L. Murtough passed away in Stuart Florida this September, 2006. My Dad began his career in his hometown of Chagrin Falls, Ohio when, at the age of 16, he installed the first P.A. system at Geauga Lake Park. His love of radio began when listening to his father's radio in the living room of his home. I recall the time Dad tried to increase the reception of the family radio by running wires around the front yard, only to trip up his father when he returned home from work. The rest, as they say is history! Please join me in remembering my father and his life as a radio man and pilot. Best wishes to those who grew up under the CBS roof.

contact should be made to 203.790.8219

kind regards,
William J. Murtough

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Here is an interesting podcast regarding TV items of interest.
This is audio only, in the MP3 format. Give it a minute to load, and have your volume up!
Click here ___>The Schubin Report

Monday, October 09, 2006

was looking at the CBS retiree web site and noticed the discussion of CBS Studio 72 is considered the first Commercial Color Television with scheduled programming broadcast in NTSC color.
Some people on the web site might like this news clipping concerning CBS Studio 72.
It is for "Toast of the Town" (a.k.a. Ed Sullivan) and indicates it was the debut of C.B.S. Studio 72 color (Broadway and 81st street). The picture shows Janis Paige and John Raitt. According to The Internet Movie Database, they only appeared as guest stars together on "Toast of the Town" twice - 6/13/1954 and 8/22/1954.
Given the story on the RCA TK40A camera being purchased for CBS via Philco and delivered the fall of 1954 - I would expect the Studio 72 NTSC color broadcast was "Toast of the Town" August 22, 1954 (Season 7, Episode 49) and not the summer 6/13/54. The camera in the clipping looks like the RCA TK40A pictures on Edwin Reitan's web site.
My mother (Anne Baldwin, far right) and her sister (Francesca Baldwin, middle) are two of the dancers. I was attempting to determine the date.
Charles Cox


Sunday, October 08, 2006

Retirees...
Our Webmaster, Dave Minott, has done a great Job as Webmaster... He has reported all the great moments we had with C.B.S. Is it not time we would like to hear about his time at C.B.S.?? Write in and ask.. if he would take us back to a Time Electronics has forgotten. I am sure He can.....The Days when it was one step above Radio. P.S... Lets put some Sunshine into this Webpage!
Regards,
Harold Deppe..

Friday, October 06, 2006

THIS IS POSTED IN ITS ENTIRETY FROM TONY CUCURULLO

From: "VICKI GRENIER" To: Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2006 10:03 PM Subject: are you tony from CBS retirees website?
If you are, please reply to me and I'll give you more information about people who may be mutual friends/bosses. Vicki Grenier


From: "Tony Cucurullo" To: "VICKI GRENIER" Are you a relative of Charles Grenier? Tony C.


Yes. I am his niece. I was very interested to read what you had to say about him because you had described very well what I thought of him too. He died of emphysema; suffocated to death. I was interested in hearing more about what you thought of him. More importantly, I wondered if you knew my dad, Vic Grenier over at WPIX? He also died of emphysema in 1997. I recognized many names of your co-workers at that time. Dad talked about all his friends in the business like they were family. For a number of years in the 60's I'd be sure to watch the rolling credits to see if I recognized any names. (That's when they rolled the credits slowly so you could actually read the names.) Charles' other brother Ted Grenier was in the business also but think he was over at ABC. Their fourth brother is the only surviving sibling. He was a mathematics college professor.
I miss the years my dad spent televising sports and eventually working for Howard Hughes in the startup of Hughes Sports Network. His last year was spent working at Entertainment Tonight. He formed a WPIX retirees group like your CBS retirees group only they did everything by snail mail.

More later.

Vicki


Dear Vicki,
I worked with Charles on a soap opera . He would drive me to work each day by picking me up at my home where I lived in Teaneck, NJ. On one occasion as we exited the Lincoln Tunnel into Manhattan, we passed the huge post office building and had to make a right turn onto 9th Ave; there was a 16 wheeler truck also making that turn, the truck cut too sharp, and drove his rear wheels over the top of Charlie's Volkswagen (Beetle Bug) I was the passenger, as I rapidly exited from my seat, I grabbed Charlie's clothes and literally pulled him up-and-out of his seat, and over the gears, and clear of the car, just as those huge tires crushed his little car like a pancake. "Do you know what your uncle Charles Grenier said to me?" In typical New York style thinking, "Tony! Are you going to sue me?" That's when I let go of the hold I had on him and dropped him into the street. But, I loved the guy. He was a very classy person, but, he had these strange prejudices about ethnic people. He would comment about Italians or others and say that, "The distance from the equator determined the amount of passion one exhibits on subjects."
We would talk about the old radio days in CBS. He knew my favorite Audio Engineer, Dick Stewart as I always called him. I was only the office boy for Major Bowes,1941-1943. I used to hang out in the theatre (that is now known as the Sullivan Theater) I loved it.. Charles was a trumpet player, so was Dick Stewart, and I play a little myself, so we had that in common. Charles also told me that he was responsible for that most famous concert in Carnegie hall, with the, 'Benny Goodman Band', where on that night they played the, song written by Louis Prima, 'Sing-Sing-Sing'. Apparently he used to moonlight there and did many of those concerts.
Vicki, Charlie, will be regarded by most technicians of that ers, as one of the premier Technical Directors at CBS-TV. "I do also." Perhaps your uncles would care to add to our history of this industry. I am sure they would know quite a bit about many of the techs that came from WPIX and Hughes (Charlie D'Onofio, Tony Ancona and others) so, please ask them for some tid bits. On behalf of CBS Retirees I hope I have helped refresh some thought about your Uncle Charles Grenier.
"Thanks for the memories."

Tony Cucurullo
Does anybody have any info on CBS announcer Warren Moran? He filled in from time to time as announcer on To Tell the Truth in the 60s and I have come up almost empty in my search for info on him.
Obit finder does list a Warren Moran of Manatee, Florida with a birthdate of 10/14/1931 and a death date of 10/20/02 but no info as to whether this one was a CBS announcer or not.
I wonder how many CBS staff announcers are still around? (and how do I find them to interview them for my research project)

Many thanks,

Dave Schwartz
Game Show Network