Thursday, November 30, 2006

Welcome back website..............Really missed you.

So sorry to hear about Bob Dailey. I Called Hal Classon for details...harrowing experience. In mid Atlantic had to lower him in a dinghy and his wife and daughter had to climb down a rope ladder to get him to a Navy hospital in the Azores.

Bob and I go back a long way. He was a great TD and I was his Audio--we did many of the big live shows--to test your memories: Ed Sullivan, Ken Murray, Red Buttons, Steve Allen and many more...What a crew... George Moses, Walt Denear, Lee Rothberg, Tom Delilah, Casey Coy, Chico Claudio, Al Diamond and the list goes on and on.

We worked hard but had many laughs.

Sid Kaufman
I regret to inform you of the passing away of our friend, former neighbor and former co-worker in Engineering, Bob Moore. We were informed two days ago. He is survived by his wife Michele Landon. Her address is 49422 Via Siena, Murrieta, CA 92562.
Bob lived for a few years here in Sun City, Hilton Head. We used to get together once in a while. We even had a few socials with other CBS retirees in the area. He was very active in boating; he took Coast Guard training to be in the Auxiliary. He became ill here and his wife, being realistic, decided to move closer to her family in California a few months ago for help and support. We'll all miss him.
Jorge Moran
It is good to see the Page up and running again. We have to thank the Webmaster Dave Minott for his persistence in keeping after the Blogger (That mysterious entity.) Except for all the good news about the wine production and it's idiosycrancies, there always seems to be a plethora of heart rending news. The loss of Pierce Evans, and the sad news that one of the Stellar points of light in the CBS spectrum was seriously hurt in an unusual accident while on vacation. Bob Dailey, is easily one of the proud names of CBS, for he excelled as a technician, as TD his shows were sought after by other techs, and his graceful slide across the art form into directing place him in a class with the likes of Hal Classon, Sid Kaufamn. He handled his career without the blustery and buffoonery of some of his contemporaries in sports. I do so sincerely hope that his injuries are repairable and not permanatley lasting.

Tony Cucurullo

“The Shroud,” by Pierce Evans, a book from the fertile mind of a gentile man. I am pleased that he asked me to be the imprimatur of that book. For that set the stage for a play on friendships that was not very long in time, for I never met the man, yet we worked in the same company for many years.

Telephone calls, and emails brought much joy into my heart for the man could laugh basso profundo’. We didn’t discuss CBS for he was in a department where the technical level was so high they even said, “Good morning” in algebra.

Ted Perzeszty worked with Pierce many times, and through him we became friends. I enjoyed Pierce’s discussing his area of retirement, for he and ‘His Sally’ made that a home. Their minds and hearts were filled with flowers and good books, walks on the beach, his word descriptions of the many Cape Canaveral rocket shots were surreal mental Picasso’s.

I will miss Pierce Evans, soldier, writer, engineer and another great addition to the CBS pantheon of those that helped birth the advent of the Television art form. A truly great man.

Tony Cucurullo

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

For those of you who are wine buffs, I thought the following might be amusing to you. In 1961 I made a special trip to the famous wine region of Burgundy, France, to visit their vineyards. When I returned, I decided to try my hand at making wine. In those days, California used to ship wine grapes to NYC for those who wished to make their own wine. I crushed the grapes in a plastic garbage can that was placed in our apartment bath tub. To make a long story short, after a year in the bottle, the wine was quite drinkable. On Christmas day I received one of the best gifts I have ever received from my dear wife Bette. It was a wine label for my bottles of wine. The label was made by a graphic artist at CBS-TV and hand colored by my wife. The print in French on the bathtub reads "BOTTLED AT THE ESTATE WITH THE HELP OF HIS WIFE"

Jay Chichon

Sent: Sunday, November 26, 2006 10:55 AM
Subject: Back from the Cruise

We just returned from our transatlantic cruise.....only it didn't quite go as planned. As we were entering the "transatlantic" portion, Bob took a fall down stairs when the ship lurched. He flew up in the air and fell backwards breaking his wrist and receiving a compound fracture of the humorous (arm bone.) After being rescued by the US Navy ( luckily the USS WASP was in the area) they transported us to their vessel and then to the nearest equipped hospital for an operation which happened to be in the town of Ponta Delgada in the Azores. Due to the shock and complications, he was kept in ICU for several weeks. We were able to secure an ambulance air transport and returned to Florida yesterday. He is being looked after by his friend and doctor now at Holy Cross Hospital. We look forward to having him home soon.

Will be back in touch when things calm down.

Geri and Tara

If you have received this news via another path please forgive the intrusion. If not, I am sure you would want to know that Pierce Evans passed away Saturday morning. I received the below email from his daughter this morning. Pierce and his wife Sally retired to St Augustine, Florida after he retired from CBS.

I sent a similar email to a few at CBS, I am sure they have a much more efficient way of distributing this news than me guessing who is still there and extrapolating email addresses. I also blind CC'd Dick O'Brien and Donn Weirick on that email. This email is blind CC'd to Chuck Dages, Ralph Green, Bill Nicholls and the Retired CBS Engineers Association.

David Horowitz

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of my father Anderson Pierce Evans. As you may know he had suffered a broken leg and was recovering nicely at a nursing care center. He spent a wonderful Thanksgiving at home with us and was scheduled to come home for good next week. Early Saturday morning we received a call that he had died in his sleep. It was totally unexpected and we are all in a state of shock. To his friends from CBS and those from the 103d Infantry Division I thank you for touching his life. You meant so much to him. I know you will mourn his passing.

Pam Kelber

Sunday, November 26, 2006


My name is Sherry Cener and I am still working at CBS going on over 38 years now.
I just found this website and was so upset to learn IRV ELIAS passed away. I used to work with IRV when he was at NewsRadio 88 (1969-1973) and then at the Broadcast Center when I worked in Operations from 1973-1978.
He was such a great guy and had that contagious smile.
The website is really great.
Sherry Cener
CBS Daytime Sales Coordination
(212) 975-4582
fax (212) 975-8087

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Sunday, November 12, 2006

John was one of the first guys I met at CBS, along with Pat Finn, Art Murphy and Norm Ferro,
in Jan. 1970 on Love Of Life, my very first show in studio 52. I have a lot of memories from those years.
Please tell Johnny I wish him the best.

Jim Rose

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Veterans Day November 2006

The list is Royal
The names American
Their deeds Honorable
The sunset is nearer, than far
The sky is less blue
The mailbox is a trek
The cadence is not military anymore
Yet the heart beats pure
Red white and Blue
Here marches the CBS Honor Roll :

Isaias Rivera
Robert Pattison

CBS's Lord, let us never forget the tragic events that led to the death of two of CBSs finest employees. May their families find the peace in their hearts that strengthens their resolve? We ask Lord, that this treachery never again befalls anyone, anywhere that freedom lives. The six men killed on Sept 11 were:

WCBS/Ch.2 Isaias Rivera and Bob Pattison
WNBC/Ch.4 William Steckman
WABC/Ch.7 Donald Franco
WPIX/Ch.11 Steven Jacobson
WNET/Ch. 13 Gerard (Rod) Coppola

CBS HONOR ROLL (in alphabetical order):

John Baranello, WW2
Vincent Bartilucci, Radio Op, B17 Memphis Belle Sqd. Dsc/Air Medal/Bronze Star
Rich Brender, Viet Nam
Paul Buda, WW2 (deceased)
Vinnie Castrataro, Korea, WW2
Harry Charles, WW2
Anthony H Cipolla, WW2
Chico Claudio, WW2, Combat Photographer (deceased)
David A. Cohn, WW 2 (deceased)
Al Consiglio
Colonel Dom Corrado
Walter Cronkite, WW2
Tony Cucurullo, WW2, Korea, UDT/Seals Assn
Bob Dailey, Combat Photographer 163rd Sig Photo Co., WW2
Mike DeIeso, WW2, Philippines
Tom Delila, Guadalcanal
Dick Douglas
Scott Eithier, Marines (deceased)
Pierce Evans WW2, (Battle of the Bulge)
Al Fabricatore, WW2
Royce Fish, WWII
Capt. Frank Florio, Bombardier, Pacific
Bruno Fucci, US Navy 1942-1946 WW2
Goody Freed, Korea
Lt. Elliot Gordon
Major Milt Greenwald
Angelo 'Chic' Gulino, WW2, Marines- Pacific
Capt. Harry Haigood, WW2
James Herschel, U.S. Army, post Korea
Jack Katz, WW 2, AAF, Tech.Sgt., Air Medal, 45 missions over Europe.(deceased)
Sgt. Mike Kaufman, (Video Tape) Air Force, Korea, 1952
Sid Kaufman,1942-1946 U.S Signal Corps -42nd Rainbow Infantry Divison.
George Klimcsak Navy LCI Landing Craft Infantry...Okinawa...
Sgt. Bob Keeshan, (Capt. Kangaroo) Marines WW 2, Iwo Jima, Navy Cross
Art Korff, Lt. Col, Air Force (still active…Langley, VA.)
Al Kozak Navy (deceased)
Capt. Herman Lang, WW 2, Gen. Patton's 3rd Army
John Lincoln, WW2, Combat Photographer (deceased)
George Magee, USN WW2, -- Korea (deceased)
Cal Marotta, Marines, WW2, Bikini, Guam
Frank Marth Navy
Lou Mascek, WW2, USAF -Bougainville (deceased)
Dennis "Patty" McBride, WW 2,Combal Photographer (deceased)
Neil McCaffery SGT. Viet Nam
Jim McCarthy, WW2, Europe (deceased)
Jim McQuiston, Navy, WW2 (deceased)
Lt. Col. Sig Meyers. WW2, Combat Photographer, Phillipines
Bill Naeder, 2nd.Inf. Div., Korea (14 months)
George Naeder, Battleship New Jersey, WW2 (deceased)
Jim Ognibene, Viet Nam
Capt. Dave Paine, Fighter Pilot WW2
Colonel William S. Paley, WW2, Office of Strategic Services
Dan Parmelee, M/Sgt, WW2, Grp. Com. Chief, 366th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force.
Gene Pasculli, WW2
Ted Perzeszty, Korea
Phil Polanski, WW2 Silver Star
Larry Quinlan, 1 Marines Corp -S Solomons, & New Georgia, 3 MA Corp
Major Jesse Rineer
Andy Rooney, LT. WW2
Jim Rose, Vietnam
Harold Schutzman, WWII, Battle Of The Bulge... Patton's 3rd Army
George Smith, WW2,
Joe Sokota
Marty Solomon
Sy "Red" Steiger, OSS, WW2
Joe Strano, Korea
Vernon Surphlis, China Burma, WW2
Bernie Sweeney, 2nd Cav, Vietnam
Bob Thomas, Telecine, Viet Nam (Agent Orange deceased)

Composed by
Tony Cucurullo

My name is Sherry Cener and I am still working at CBS going on over 38 years now.
I just found this website and was so upset to learn IRV ELIAS passed away. I used to work with IRV when he was at NewsRadio 88 (1969-1973) and then at the Broadcast Center when I worked in Operations from 1973-1978.
He was such a great guy and had that contagious smile.
The website is really great.
Sherry Cener
CBS Daytime Sales Coordination
(212) 975-4582
fax (212) 975-8087

Friday, November 10, 2006

"If I arrived at the Pearly Gates and St. Peter said, 'What have you done to deserve to get in here?', I'd say, 'Did you see my Lena Horne story?'"

Ed Bradley, CBS News Correspondent, deceased at age 65


Thursday, November 09, 2006

In keeping with the current thread...

Hi Cal:

Cal the question, "What wine goes well with franks and beans", was not meant to be a legitmate question or a joke. Forty years ago I was very interested in French wines and winemaking and had gone so far as making my own wine at home. Johnny knew this and so whenever we met he used to tease me and ask "what wine...etc, etc. Typical Johnny Brennan humor. I thought if his daughter asked him this question it would jog his memory. I have not received any word from his daughter yet.

Jay Chichon
Okay I`ll bite...

What wine does go with franks and beans?

Cal Marotta

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The next CBS retirees luncheon will take place on TUESDAY May 15, 2007 at the Swan Club. Located in Glenwood Landing, Long Island, NY.
I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner, but my computer was down for about two week.

Tony Casola

Sunday, November 05, 2006

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

Subject: CBS retirees-all divisions
I retired from Columbia House (Columbia Records) Div CBS 1994. Is there a web site or chat room for CBS retirees in addition to the engineers? Thanks,

Ed Utterback
3441 E Rosehill Ave.
Terre Haute, In 47805-1225

Hi Ed,

You are certainly welcome to join us at any time!
Our website is open to all, especially, CBS retirees from any branch or division.
I'm sure there are others who would be very interested in hearing your accounts
of the "doings" in Terre Haute.
Welcome to the group.


A great name and a great guy. A warm and friendly flashback for me!.
T H A N K S JAY, you made my day.

John Koushouris.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

For Johnny Brennan's daughter:

John Brennan and I used to be on the same CBS-TV crew some 40 or more years ago. I always enjoyed John's unique humor. Please give him my best wishes and ask him: "What Wine goes well with Franks and Beans?" I am sure he will remember.

Jay Chichon

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Bob Barker retiring after 50 years on TV
By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer

Bob Barker is heading toward his last showcase, his final "Come on down." The silver-haired daytime-TV icon is retiring in June, he told The Associated Press Tuesday. "I will be 83 years old on December 12," he said, "and I've decided to retire while I'm still young."He'll hang up his microphone after 35 years as the host of "The Price Is Right" and 50 years overall in television.Though he has been considering retirement for "at least 10 years," Barker said he has so much fun doing the show that he hasn't been able to leave."I've gone on and on and on to this ancient age because I've enjoyed it," he said. "I've thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm going to miss it."Reaching dual milestones, 50 years on television and 35 with "Price," made this an "appropriate" time to retire, Barker said. Besides, hosting the daily CBS program in which contestants chosen from the crowd "come on down" to compete for "showcases" that include trips, appliances and new cars is "demanding physically and mentally," he said.
Submitted by Dave Schwartz