Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Attached is the announcers voice from a 1950 episode of the Vaughn Monroe Show as broadcast from CBS Studio 58 in New York, but he never identified who he is. Does anybody recognize the voice? Feel free to pass it along to others who may help solve the mystery. More mysteries coming soon!
For those who can't seem to open the video or audio, you are probably
missing the Apple quick Time player. It can be downloaded (for free) from:
Roy widen for the shot but the know-it-all Director told him he wanted a tight shot & not to move until he told him to do so.
Roy complied and held that tight shot all the way from the top to the bottom
and CBS was the only station in the world on which no-one saw the ball drop...........................
Question: What year was that?
I worked with your Dad during the '50s. He was one of three cameramen on Bob Daileys crew and was one of Bob's best people. He was low key and professional. Flamboyant he was not. Good he was! This crew worked the ED SULLIVAN show at the height of its popularity. Try GOOGLE box on first page of this website. Enter BOB DAILEY for info on the kind of people your dad worked with.
You would be proud of your Dad.
To those who knew Walter, please help this lad out.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Does anybody recognize the voice?
Feel free to pass it along to others who may help solve the mystery.
More mysteries coming soon!
Another "what is it and who invented it?"from Harold Deppe...
I remember something like that in Red Steiger's film record area. I was told that is was a dryer for the B&W film recorder
designed so that you could examine the film as it went through the loops after coming out of the developer.
As I recall Stan Greene gave the system away, much to Red's chagrine, since he was still using it for special projects
Although I worked at the Broadcast Center in NYC from 1970-2001, I did not know
your father, however, I have posted your request on the website, so keep your eyes
open and check it from time to time to see if there are any replies.
when he passed away just before filming the 1975 Thanksgiving football game in St. Louis.
I was only 14 at the time.
I would like to find out any information on how I can research about my father's career with CBS.
From my perspective, they are very stoic, quiet and unafraid of humans. Occasionally, if you hear one "honk", it is very loud. If you approach them, they slowly walk away keeping their distance unless you have some bread to offer.
They are something to see in flight with their large wingspan.
One thing about feeding these birds. It's best not to do it. If you choose to feed them, rest assured they will return the next day looking for you and another handout. If you continue feeding on a regular basis then quit. Don't be surprised if your patio screen is torn to shreds as they try to seek you out.
This is a photo of my son Scott feeding a couple of them for one day only. They did return the next day but we ignored them in order to stay out of trouble.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
He and Bern Bennett shared a common enthusiasm; it wasn't boats.
Bern's boat was named LICKITY SPLIT....
Dennis and Bern Bennett left CBS and went to Hollywood.
Some years later I was with a bunch down in Houston for yet another shoot.
A group got together to see a movie and guess what? A loud cheer went up when Dennis Maitland's audio credit came up on the crawl.
Since then I have noticed the name on a few shows with credit as audio. Dennis must have established a dynasty.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
I was in a game where I could do nothing wrong, until this one hand
when I was delt four kings. Dennis Maitland (remember him?) had four spades.
I raised and advised him not to call because the odds he could beat me were very great.
He called and drew a belly card for a straight flush.
That was my last card game at CBS.
I had quintuple bypass surgery 5 years ago and still feel good enough to keep up with contributions on this website,
however my denture maker says I have the bones of a 79 year old man.
Best wishes and regards,
Find that 79 year old man and give him back his bones...
Monday, December 24, 2007
This was the project that I worked on back in the mid to late '60s at CBS Labs in Stamford, CT.
If you look closely, you will see the "Ground Fault" indicators in the van and on the external connector panel.
I designed these long before the current (no pun intended) solid-state versions were designed.
I was also responsible for the load balancing, intercom and RF remote head designs.
This was my first real "engineering" job, and I was very happy with the outcome!
Click on the arrow to start.
Give it a chance to get past the golf in the beginning, or move the slider!
Gary Friedman: where is He now? Still towing banners?
Lloyd Blackledge who did his famous 'scare the passenger stall' over the Verazzano Narrows bridge.
Good grief Deppe: look what you started NOW !!!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
He had a movie theater in his house and we saw a movie... 16 MM.
Remember ... Bob Wilson, Orvil Sather, Jim Tonn, Bruce Meyers, Fred Reinhart,
Jim Fowler, Ernie Lowe, Eric Harris... where are they..????
Above is an embedded audio player.
to listen, click on the right-facing triangle. Click on the loudspeaker
to access the volume slider. Play with the other controls
to familiarize yourself, as we will be having more audio
to listen to in the future! Dave
Best Regards.... And Happy Hollidays.
Yes. Harold, Paul is Fred's son! I still remember Fred, as well.
I enjoyed your recent contribution re: John Halpin and the early T.D.'S. John and I worked video together on "STRIKE IT RICH and the "BIG PAYOFF." He had just started to delve into hypnosis and we were his subjects. He even hypnotized me through that great notice " checks are here!" then brought me out of that sleepy state. Some might say I still have not come out of it. I believe John put up a shingle as a practicing hypnotist.
Some other Technical Directors I have not seen mentioned but whose crews worked big shows:
Charlie Lyons (Godfrey)
Al DiCaprio (Fred Waring)
"Everything's covered, can I go home now?" usually addressed to Frances Nakamura at scheduling by techs with crossed fingers assigned to lounge.
Small buckets with ice hooked underneath RCA TK-30 CAMERA HEAD
fans when studio conditions got too hot.
I am being confronted with a very difficult decision that I am sure some of you must have already faced. Last Friday, I was in Englewood Hospital for an Angiogram. They found that I have 3 arteries that are considerably blocked and a damaged mitral valve.Within the next few weeks, I will need to decide if I should go ahead with a triple bypass and valve repair or do nothing. By doing nothing, I will be severely limiting my scope of activities. On the other hand, there is some risk with an operation of this type.Except for my heart, I am in very good health. Several months ago, I went for a root canal where the dentist told me that I have the bones of a twenty-year old. MEANWHILE Holiday Greetings from the Cafieros.
All I can tell you is that my Father-in-law was in a similar situation about two years ago.
He was 90 years old at the time, and being healthy, he opted for a triple bypass and a valve replacement at St. Francis Hospital here on Long Island.
Happy to say all went well, and he is now having the time of his life at an assisted living establishment, where he is dancing, shooting pool and being "pampered" by all the
widows! If you decide to have the surgery, we will all be "pulling" for you!
Please supply missing names, wherever possible. Thanks!
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Saturday, December 22, 2007
B L A C K S A M.
I had, and still have, the greatest respect and regard for my good buddy SAM LEVIN. For those of you who remember him, sing out a yarn or two about him, as there are many, and pay a little tribute to him. (The first on the list to respond should be another classic Pioneer, who kind of invented Sam, and that was the incomparable BOB WILSON)
Friday, December 21, 2007
The control rooms were split with video and production on one side and audio on the other. Later, they modified it and put the control room in back of the studio. The audience was fascinated with the camera movements, and production felt it was a distraction, so they put walls around all the cameras with a hole in front so the lens could stick out. Still later they built a runway from the control room to the stage to accomodate a Houston dolly.
The video racks were downstairs and the remote controls were at the main control room so one videoman stayed downstairs (me) and Paul Lannini did the actual video upstairs.
It was my job to color match all the studio monitors as best as I could. They all hung from the ceiling so I had to climb a ladder for each one. the floor sloped toward the stage so I fell a few times.
Charlie Grenier was our TD and he was some piece of work. He would come out to the runway during set up and I could imagine him thinking "Who is the weak link and how can I get rid of him"
I hope my rambling has enlightened you a bit. All the old guys know all about what I have said and could probably correct me on a few things.
Playhouse 3- studio 50 - the Ed Sullivan theatre - was opened in the early 30`s.
A Carl Prince ( and me) story:
It was a Thursday morning. Remember we used to get our paychecks on Thursdays.
The Field Crew was assigned to go out to a Race Track to remove cables except me.
I was assigned to do a show at BC. Carl Prince asked me to get his check and cash
it for him at the storefront extension of the bank around the corner. They knew us there. Carl went in and told them I would do it. I got his cashed in PENNIES. I put this large heavy,envelope on Bob Wilson's desk. When the crew returned that afternoon
Carl picked up the package. He never said a word. I knew he was working on a plan.
Several weeks later The crew was assigned to an Arther Godfrey Remote in Lake
Placid. Carl placed an ad somewhere That I was interested in buying skis, but call me
after 12:00 midnight. I MUST HAVE GOTTEN AT LEAST 10 CALLS IN THOSE FEW WEEKS. After midnight.
Gosh, I sure miss those great Christmas specials the networks used to do. All we are left with these days that's worth watching is the 1965 Charlie Brown Christmas!
On another note, I was watching a David Letterman re-run last night...and they are digging deep these days with the writer's strike--and it reminded me that there have been several requests on this Web site for stories, memories and photos from any of you who worked in Studio 50 aka The Ed Sullivan Theatre. I got to thinking last night as I watched Dave and Oprah walk through the lobby of the theatre that perhaps 50 is one of the oldest continuously operating broadcast studios in the US--is it not? Perhaps it shares the honor with Studio 8-H over at NBC. I am sure someone out there can say for sure.
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Thursday, December 20, 2007
Merry Christmas! I hope you are well. Do you think I can get in on this
latest nostalgia kick? I remember walking on those glass catwalks in Grand
Central at daybreak, and seeing rats bigger than cats crawling all over the
loading platforms. As for names--who can ever forget the "colonel", Fred
Hough, in Telecine Maintenance? Johnny Halpin and his many conquests;
Perry Bromfield prophesizing Kennedy's death in office even before he was
nominated; Jay Jack Howerton touting Halliburton stock (I lost money on that
one); Bert Grady, Phil Goetz, Jack Hagarty, Al Sabin, Bob Heuberger, George
Keck, Tiny Servoss, etc., etc.
I started at CBS toward the end of 1953, and they had me going around to the
various shows, observing. One of the shows I observed was "I Remember Mama"
out of the old 42. It so happened that the air-conditioning failed and the
studio became unbearable until some enterprising individual(s) came up with
a bunch of galvanized laundry tubs filled with ice, and an appropiate number
of electric fans to blow the air over the ice onto the set. Now that has
got to be an outstanding example of "the show must go on".
For Harold Deppe: I spent 2 1/2 years at the Empire transmitter, what would
you like to know? That's a great building, the Empire State.
Regards to all, Joe Janovsky.
I could not get to the party this year. Ruth just had some knee surgery but is doing well. I have been keeping up with the site and think it's great. As I have told you before, when I was a kid I ran around all the studios in town and though I have only worked at the BC I am familiar with all the old locations. I have lots of old scripts and op sheets in my collection as well as old operations and cost manuals going back to the 50's. I will send 4 sample pages from an op sheet of June 3, 1959. I hope they will be of interest to the group and bring back some stories. I also have letter from John Wray who was the first director of Sullivan. He invited me to a rehearsal of Sullivan in 1959. He was a very gracious man. I spent time in the control room and met Marlo Lewis and Charlie Grenier. I also remember going to The Garry Moore Show on Tuesday night. What fun. I remember the director was Julio DiBeneditto. I never heard of him again. If anyone has stories about working of Sullivan or Garry Moore or any stories about Studio 50 I would love to hear them. Although I have been at CBS for almost 42 years I am very jealous of those who came before me because they were there for the great live shows.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Yes, Ben called Master Control At Grand Central One Night ..
and said on his scope He sees a glitch in the waveform.
He was told no one was watching this program on a scope.
Now, it seems, no one cares; Is that good or bad ?
P.S. Cal, Did You ever work at the transmitter at the Empire State Bldg?
Monday, December 17, 2007
It must have been in 1985 after I had retired when I convinced myself that I wanted a bike so dutifully took the 'how to survive on your new bike' course and with my HONDA 450 ventured forth.
It was great fun; a ride to Alaska with bunch of Germans was the tops. A couple transcontinental trips; very nice even with sunburned hands?
Then a flat tire at night, in the rain in a not so great part of PATERSON N,J. on Route 80 sort of twisted my thinking a bit. Suddenly air conditioning and windshield wipers become my new standard. Now at age 80 I remember but don't want to go back...
Sunday, December 16, 2007
And let's not forget Tony Alred (Control Maint.) who bought a shiny new cycle,
built homemade saddlebags out of Plexiglas! and on his second trip to the B.C., he hit a bump and the Plexiglas all came apart and he lost everything he had in the saddlebags! He kept on riding, though... until he got tired of it, then bought a brand new shiny YELLOW Cadillac!
I do not remember any G.E. Color Cameras at CBS Studios.
The G. E. Cameras I worked with were; Film Chains at 57st...4 Vidicon..
Sorry don't remember the Maint. Men..... never worked at the Remote Studios.
P.S. CBS is a BIG Network... are we the only few of the Old Gang left that send this stuff in ? If so, pretty soon we will Fade To Black...
How much can we remember ? There was... Jim Tonn, Eric Harris, E. Lowe...
Saturday, December 15, 2007
On Nov.11, 1951, my first day at CBS, I was sent up to 109th. & 5th. to
play record on "The Egg and I" and after lunch to do the same on "Mike and Buff".
For Cal Marotta;
I believe that they were GE cameras. I'm trying to remember the names of the two maintenance men. I think one was Chedester & the was Carr. Harold Deppe will remind me. There were two crews alternating the weeks' shows. One was Dick Crane and the other was Bob Hart who left CBS. Pappy Treat took his place.
PS: How could I have forgotten good old staid TED MILLER in the previous TD list.
I and Joe Geiger went every Morning across from Grand Central..
To Chock Full Of Nuts for coffee. The Girl would ask what will you have..
It had been Summer Time... Ben would say... we just came in to keep Cool
He also would draw Circuits on napkins.. are there any more like Him Today??
P.S. Chock Full Of Nuts did not have Table Cloths so it was napkins..
There are many more stories about all of us and CBS. Lets Hear Them.
Boy who can forget Ben Ackerman ..not even.. Dave Minott.
I worked with him at the Grand Central Studios....He was something else..
But knew his Electronics; came to work with his motorcycle...
Put it in the Elevator and brought it up to the 3rd floor Shop......
Then there was Jerry Martin.. Al Sabin ..Art Tinn ..
Who remembers that old saying at CBS ...Every things covered...
.... can I go Home now,,
Regards till Memory comes back..
When I worked at the labs, I would occasionally go out to lunch with
Harvie Schwartz and Ben Ackerman. Ben would start scribbling schematics
on the table cloth, and when we were ready to leave, he would take the tablecloth with him!
I remember (Mama):
"Mr. I-magination, the man with the magic reputation."
Friday, December 14, 2007
Harold Deppe & et al
Herb Donnelley's outrageous doings. He would corner someone in the shop
and tell them to "Quick jump into the hamper", Some did and he would
lock them in.
The Al Diamond & Jim Murphy team's antics on a soap.
Apollo Telaporus's run-in with Dr. Goldmark over camera shading with
the field sequential system.
Ben Ackerman's work on the corner wipe.
Al Charters & Stan Mitchell.
Howard Porter holding court in basement maint. shop in Liederkranz.
I remember Hugo Ripp during a b&w show out of Father Divines (109 st. & 5th,ave). One of the terrible cameras, whose make I can't remember, broke down. Hugo tried to fix it but couldn't. At the time.He became so frustrated he kicked it and it worked again.Many years later at one of the retirement lunches, which he almost never came to, he reminded me of the incident and I told him the camera worked because it didn't want to be kicked again. He said he wished he knew he had that talent because there were several people he wanted to kick over the years.
I remember most of that, although I only started at the B.C. in 1970.
I can add a few... How about VideoScene?, 7' tall Frame Sync - now shrunk to less than one rack unit! Conrac monitors, Control Room faders that were servo driven, Bunker Ramo Drum memory computers, P.C. room Klaxons, Frezzi packs that weighed a ton, etc.
Before This Website goes to sleep again ..lets talk about some of the old equipment.
Remember when a Video Tape Head had to be sent with the show from Hollywood.?
The Iconoscope Film Cameras could not go to Black
Pulse Lights in 35 mm Film Projectors... and Their problems.
When Rain Effect was made with Sand Paper in the Telop ..Who remembers the Telop ? The Giant R.C.A. T.K.41 Color Camera
Vidicon Valley....Flying Spot Scanners. Racks of Equipment for One Video Tape
Recoder.. Thats the early Days of Television . . Today its a Computer..
Now I know how Mr. Kalmus would feel had He been alive when Eastman Color Film
was Developed Mr. Kalmus... Inventor of Technicolor Film Process..
Best Regards and Merry..... I guess its Happy Hollidays now.. to All
Prior to assignment to help build CBS/W, I worked with Hugo and Adrian Ettlinger installing the PC control rooms at the Broadcast Center. They were the geniuses that solved the problems. I went along for the ride. I could make them both laugh in imitation of Hugo encountering a problem with his own inimitable " vat da hell is going on, hyar." Change the HELL to HEAVEN. That's where you will find Hugo now.
I was with the Labs from 1965-1975 and at High Ridge Rd, Brown House Rd and also at High Ridge Park. I worked for Jim Rosecranz and then, Bob Webster later.
It is good to have some one and some place to recognize people who gave so much to the industry that is now taken for granted as a commodity.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Yes I remember Carol Reed ..She did the Weather with a Black Board and Chalk.
Today its all Computers ,,,After She did the Weather She passed the maint.Shop.
And said to us as She left....Have A Happy.. It made our night....
She was a nice person .Its nice to remember the past times.. lets keep it going..
I remember at Color St.72 Hugo Ripp replacing a Tube circuit in an Encoder
with a Transistor ..Remember a Transistor was somthing new..
I Wonder how many People remember Hugo..
I remember Hugo very well. I worked with him quite often, and found him to be a very level-headed and dedicated Engineer. I also worked with Henry Korkus at that time, and was one of the only ones that could communicate with him near the end. Before his tragic death, he could basically only communicate with the computers... sad story.
I don't know if you are aware, but Tom Acito died last week. I believe he was at a Veteran's Hospital. You can get more information by calling his widow, Marge at 718-549-1768.
I was with CBS Labs for 10 years as Director, Facilities Operations, and worked with Tom on many projects. He was a consummate perfectionist and did an outstanding job on anything he turned his mind too especially a/c systems and their controls.
Please follow up and get the information for the web site.
Frank Camps-Campins, Surf City, NC
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The Scenery Moved from the Trucks to the Third Floor Studios
at Grand Central..it.Was Block and Tackle lifted up ..
Elevator not Big enough,,Where are you People that were there ???
Do you remember the Kodak Display at the main floor??
The Name of the Weather Person..?
Frank Fink.. Bruce Meyers..
And most of all the good old days of working for C.B.S.Lets hear it.....
P.S. The PC-70 wiring was basically all the same color... what a pain in the *** to troubleshoot!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
The Marconi Cameras I was working with were not color ..
They were at the Production Center 57 St ...
They had a 4 inch Image Orthicon and the electronics were part transistor
I also remember working on the first PC 70 Color Cameras at 57 St..
Console... had a Wood Frame ...Sy Usem would remember.
We had two of them. They were not production models.. 3 Plumbicons.
I Wish Frank Florio was still with us. He was one of the best...
Monday, December 10, 2007
I remember the Marconi cameras very well. We used them on the Ed Sullivan show and two other game shows. I think they were the finest cameras around at the time .
The four channels (red ,blue ,green and b&w) allowed you to balance the colors to an infinite level by way of a level cancellation system which used micrometer adjustments
They were the only cameras that could be balanced without the encoders in the system. The encoders were balanced separately also to an infinite degree.
They were the finest cameras I ever worked on.The pictures had the quality of 35mm film.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
There is a tunnel way down below..maybe 4 floors below the basement
and a platform, similar to a railroad platform. CBS installed a generator
(maybe 15KW) for emergency power operated from TX.
During the time we were building BC engineering took Herb Gardener &
me down to show us the other end of the start-up switches.
I don't know how far it goes.We didn't see the either end.
Note: There IS a subway platform behind that huge sliding door where the matrons (and male equivalents?) have their vacuum cleaners and floor polishers stored.
I was down there in the early 70's and peeked behind the door with a flashlight. I could see tracks, and what appeared to be an old subway stop with the curved white tile walls and a tile station name, which I could not make out. I was told that the building was used to manufacture auto transmissions BEFORE it was Sheffield Farms. Perhaps they had raw goods and/or finished products shipped out directly using those tracks??
This looks like a good subject for a deep investigation!
The Scenery I had in mind was at Grand Central Studios not 57st..
And more Names... Ben Ackerman.. Ed .Benford. .Herb Zvorist
The Broadcast Center was the ( Utter Place)..
P.S. Does anyone remember the Marconi Studio Cameras.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Royce Fish has just submitted some interesting pictures of the Northern Lights. You can view them here:
The broadcast center building used to be owned by Sheffield Milk Co.
They drove the big milk trucks up to the third floor for loading.. CBS
did the same thing for scenery.
P.S. I heard that it was originally used by the horse-drawn milk carts!
I also heard that when CBS demolished a wall they found a large stainless steel tank which was used for Pasteurizing!
You can still (occasionally) hear the forlorn mooing of a cow (as long as someone has carried the torch for Bob Myers...)
Yes I remember The glass.. it also let us look at the Hotel but that's another story...
I remember Pappy Treat In ST 44.. Nat Degutz;.V.Gamble( The Great White Father} Director.. Don Hewett.... The Show .."I remember Mamma" in ST.41 also "Danger" in ST.42 and "Man Against Crime".. Ralph Bellamy ..all live Television St..ONE..etc..
Then we move to 57th St. That becomes Chapter 2 when my Memory comes back.
Correction ...T.V.R. was on the 2nd Floor. Do you Remember how the Scenery came up to the Third Floor Studios?? Lets see how many do..
Video Tape and John Koushouris later was on an upper floor..at Grand Central..
I saw many kinescopes tossed into the dumpster.
That was back in the early 70's to the late 80's.
I salvaged four or five myself, but they were only old
news broadcasts. I mailed them to a guy on the West Coast
who transferred them to DVDs and mailed me a set,
I think he was going to use them for a documentary.
Too bad I didn't grab them all...
I bet CBS still has Love of Life as they OWNED that show. What the soap companies did with their archives is another story. I can't believe they would destroy them prior to 1980. The library of Congress or Smithsonian's TV museum would have kept some episodes, at least.
Let me go snooping.
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Harold and Jay,
I remember it, but the details are dimmed. It was June,1951,
my first day at work for CBS ..... RADIO. That was the day of the first sponsored COLOR television show using the CBS field sequential system. The sponsor was LONGINES WITTNAUER and the announcer was Frank Knight.
Some manufacturers had produced sets for display and they had set these up in the Radio Studio Building, studio 21, right around the corner from 485 Madison Avenue. An incredible sight; a dozen sets, or more, all producing spectacular COLOR TV pictures.
In this studio ARTHUR GODFREY would later hold court with his simulcast morning show using the NTSC system.
Radio was in the process of being downsized and in the late 50's I joined a group that was transferred to TV. Most found ourselves in videotape.
I also remember the glass walkways above the main area of Grand Central. If you opened a door behind the racks in Video Tape, on the 7th floor, you could see the light bulbs which were the stars of the constellations seen on the roof of the main room down below. Time sure does fly when one is having fun !
I guess Frank Novak & Harold Deppe lit a fuse.
I forgot what I had for dinner yesterday but I remember some of the
broadcasts I was connected with. I use the term Broadcast instead
of Show to keep with Company Policy. Some may remember
Fred Friendly, after watching in his office, storming into studio 33
and announcing "The Ed Sullivan Show is a show, News is a Broadcast".
Doug Edwards and the News Grand Central St. 41
After that Walter Cronkite and the News Control room in 41 and the Cronkite
studio in the Graybar Building on Lexington Ave. When The broadcast went to a
half hour, all in studio 41. ( I may be wrong about the timing of the switchover)
The 6:00PM and 11:00PM local news also in studio 41 until Broadcast Center
and then to new studio 46. Way back in the 1950s local news came out of
studio 55 Lederkrantz Hall.
How about Technical Directors
Charley Grenier,Vernon Gamble, George Keck, Frank Belcastro, Dick Crane,
Bill Guyon Harold Clason, Gill Miller, Charley Lyons, Joe Calvanico, Lou Tedesco,
Dwight Temple, Bob Hart (spelling?).
In Field Sam Levin, Vernon Cheesman, Sandy Bell.
I'm sure I left out some more.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
The Year was 1949 Grand Central Studios New York..
Third Floor.... Telecine... Iconoscope Film Chains..Later Vidicon Chains
Shows were Lucky Pup.. Man Against Crime ..
4th Floor Master Control ..Power Supply's for Studios. and Film Control
3rd Floor Television Recording 16 MM ( No Tape Yet )
I also remember Fred Reinhart,,,,Gus Klein... Joe Geiger...
Ed.. Ring .. Harry Charles..
P.S I am 89 yrs old and my Memory takes time out.... when it comes back ......
I hope to have more...( Not in Code )
Another satisfying Mini-Luncheon was had by all (13 attendees)!
We have moved our venue slightly eastward to the NEW East Bay Diner in Wantagh, NY. Unusual decor, good food and good company!
You can see the pictures here: http://www.cbsretirees.com/2007-12-05-mini-lunch/page1.html
Click on the "Archives" button in the upper left, next to the "Home" button, then select the timeframe you wish to review.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Harold was instrumental in trying to keep this site alive long before me. I just felt that people like yourself were out there with stories still to be submitted. People like you and GAYLE and KLIMMY have done your share but it sure would be a shame to call up this web site and there was "nobody home." To others, do it for TONY. PLEASE!
With kindest regards,
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Surely you must have had some interesting encounters you can offer to keep this site going . The earlier ARCHIVES indicated that all CBS retirees (fondly designated the CUCU CUTTERS) are welcome!
What stories LIGHTING DIRECTORS and MAKE-UP artists could relate..
Do it for TONY
He went Nowhere...........Somewhere...........Finish line............. please check
Monday, November 19, 2007
Hi: A former director for WCBS radio, I got a lead from Lou Tedesco that led to three years -- 1955, 56, 57 -- working with the field-sequential color TV system maintained by Smith, Kline & French Laboratories in Philadelphia. (Now GlaxoSmithKline).
I created a page to document what I recall, including some rather rare photos, at: http://www.thewritingworks.com/nostalgia.html
John K. Mackenzie
Sunday, November 18, 2007
PAUL LAYDEN JR., 84, WOODBRIDGE
Home News Tribune Online 11/17/07
Paul W. Layden Jr., 84, of Woodbridge died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, at Raritan Bay Medical Center.
Born September 26, 1923, in Perth Amboy, he resided in Woodbridge since 1959.
Paul was an electrical engineer with CBS in New York. He graduated from Perth Amboy High School, class of 1940. Paul was also a member of Model A Ford Club. He served in the Navy during both WWII and Korean War.
He was predeceased by his sister, Margaret Mundy.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Jane (Oleary) Layden of Woodbridge and nieces and a nephew.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Monday, at the Flynn and Son Funeral Home, 23 Ford Ave., Fords, followed by an entombment at Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Colonia. Visitation is 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Deborah Foundation c/o Flynn Charities Program.
For directions, to send condolence messages, or visit Flynn's Web site, go to www.flynnfuneral.com.
I echo Mr. Novak's thoughts. I am not part of the CBS family, but visit your site regularly. It is a wonderful resource for those of us interested in the history of television and more importantly, the talented people behind the cameras that made it all possible. In this day of Blackberrys and I-Phones, HDTV and IPTV, digital this and digital that, it can easily slip from memory that it wasn't that long ago that television was live, black and white, and powered by vacuum tubes.
It seems like just yesterday that I can remember programs starting with..."The following is a CBS Color Presentation." Or dare I mention the competition..."The following program is brought to you in living color on NBC!"
When newscasts made a big deal of "Live Via Satellite!"
Or how about when you had to actually get up, walk across the room and change the channels by hand, fiddle with the rabbit ears, or even have to let the set "warm up."
You can "Google" Mr. Paley and Mr. Sarnoff. Find tribute pages to Gleason, Garroway, Paar, Desi and Lucy. We will always remember Ed Sullivan, Steve Allen, Jack Benny, Huntley and Brinkley, Allen Funt and Johnny Carson. There's even a Website devoted to the long dark DuMont Network.
But it is here, on this site, that those of us that grew up at the very end of the Golden Age, and watched television blossom with color and fancy graphics and grow into hundreds of channels, can truly appreciate the efforts of all of the talented people who made it all possible.
Share your memories. Continue to let us peek behind the cameras, into the control rooms, and back stage. We share in your losses. Let us share your memories as well.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Our dear friend and colleague, cameraman Kevin Patterson passed away last week after a long battle with Cancer. I have known Kevin for 31 years and as we all know he was a very colorful person at times. He was one of the many characters that have been part of the CBS Technical family over the years. But if you knew him like I did, he was also one of the most giving, caring people here at CBS, especially in Studio 47 for the “CBS Evening News”. Kevin was always there to help another person learn the routine and trade. And if you were lucky enough, you heard one of his stories that made you laugh, or sometimes cringe.
In the past few weeks I was with Kevin a lot and he expressed to me that donations be made to North Shore Animal League upon his passing. You can go to: www.nsalamerica.org and then click on “donate”. The next step would be “in memory of”. We all knew Kevin’s love for animals, so I think it is appropriate for donations be made to this cause if you wish.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Responses to Jorge Moran's "pets"
From Tony Casola, Long Island
I'm sure glad they are your pets.
Jorge.- You don't know what you are missing.
Jeanette Murphy, Long Island
Bernie Wolf, New Jersey
Thanks, this was a great picture. Be sure they are not hungry when you're working out there!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
I just received an e-mail from Leon Wecker , W2FZR, whom some older radio people (like Moi) may remember.
He is 90 and quite alive and well in Laguna Beach , California and sends a recently published link to his career.
http://www.ocregister.com and search RADIO'S INVISIBLE MAN. My my how time flies when one is having fun.
picture courtesy of the Orange County Register
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Our programming dept has scheduled an April 1951 CBS episode of Winner Take All, hosted by Barry Gray and directed by Frances Buss on Sunday night December 2nd.
Frances was the first woman director in TV history, having joined CBS in 1941. Frances lives in Hendersonville, NC
Game Show Network
Monday, October 29, 2007
Al Loreto & Others
I didn't know him very well but I liked him. Some guys affectionately called him Tiny Tears, he was like a big Teddy Bear. A gentle giant. I'll miss him.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Please check out the latest addition to our albums.
October 11, 2007 NJ Luncheon.Click here: -->http://www.cbsretirees.com/2007-10-11-Luncheon/page1.html
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I understand that Dave Schwartz is looking for me. Please let him know that I'm still alive and very well thank you. I live in Phoenix AZ. If you know the whereabouts of Lee Jordan I'd like to know. My address is 3425 E. Chandler Blvd. #240, Phoenix AZ 85048. Thanks.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
OK, all you "Dapper Snappers" -- send in your photos from the last luncheon so I can publish them for all to see!
We all had a great time, and it was really nice to see you all again.
We are thinking about having one of our own, get up and deliver a memorable speech at following luncheons, so if you have a humorous anecdote, or an interesting (short!) topic, let us know, and we will try to arrange for a "Guest Spot" at the podium.
Those who are interested can click on the "Friday Alert" link on
the left side and receive bulletins via email every Friday.
Here is the link:
Monday, October 08, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
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Sunday, September 23, 2007
First the good news....Stan Seiller is alive and well and living in New York City.
The bad news is that over the past 3 months Stans' neurological condition has deteriorated so much that after a one week stint at Mount Sinai Hospital his physician felt it unsafe to discharge him back to his apartment in New Jersey.
If you are reading this note, it is because your address was among the many pieces of paper which I have been wading thru as I empty out the apartment and because I either recognized a name, address or both.
Stan is now (happily, I think) residing at the Atria at 333 W 86th Street in NYC,. He has a large studio apartment (#706). The Atria is an assisted living facility that houses people from ages 53 to 97 (!) He can eat (if he choses) three gourmet meals daily, has many activities to choose from and walks regularly to visit me, his sons, Millie Petroski and other old friends here on the West Side.
I am relieved that he is near by, is no longer driving and can walk around the neighborhood that he has known for more than 30 years.
I cannot tell you what his prognosis is, because we just don't know how rapidly this will progress....for info, you can Google "Picks' Disease."
What we do know is that his isolation in New Jersey was not beneficial as he seldom saw people and spent most of his time watching old movies, he ate infrequently and began to have trouble operating the computer and even the remote control to the TV set....rather ironic for a man who was as technically savvy as he was.
He also has some speech difficulties, so that talking on the phone is arduous at best and often downright frustrating.
I know that he would welcome a visit from family & friends and would be happy to give you directions should you like to visit.
If you wish to call, the Atria # is 212-712-0200...they will connect you with his room....if he does not answer it's because he's out glavanting.
Please stay in touch...it seems that more and more old friends are leaving us more rapidly than I care to realize.
Fondest regards, Susie Spause
Also....if you think anyone else would like to read this, please forward it with a cc to me so that I, too, will have those e-mail addresses.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
In my memory box, a true Pioneer of the Television business. Read your e-mail to Sal and had to add my two cents.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
For Judy Donnelly
Please pass on my belated 95th birthday wishes to your grandpa, Sal Anzalone. He was one of the field maintenance group based on E. 54th street in the early 50’s of which I was in charge. Among Sal’s many assignments was handling the early model wireless microphone on the Ed Murrow ‘Person to Person’ show. There was a picture published in a TV magazine showing Sal Installing the transmitter under Gina Lollobrigida’ s skirt. I think the caption was “This is work?”. Your grandmother did not appreciate the picture.
It’s nice to hear of someone still going strong.- good news for a change. Thanks for the update and give Sal my best regards.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
The current newsletter is now online. Please read and clip & send coupon, if attending the next Retiree's luncheon in New Jersey.
Click here --> http://www.cbsretirees.com/newsletters/10-2007.htm
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Checking out Borders and Barnes & Noble and a local store in Southern California called Vromans, I picked up several new books over the past weekend on the subject of television….
NBC America’s Network by Michele Hilmes- Univ of California Press (www.ucpress.edu)
Same time, Same Station (creating American Television 1948-61) by James Baughman - John Hopkins Univ Press (www.press.jhu.edu)
When Television Was Young by Ed McMahon and David Fisher (www.thomasnelson.com)
Live from Cape Canaveral by Jay Barberie (I ran out of money by the time I saw this book)
Dave Minott's crunchtime appeal for help in paying our expenses, has been very good and members have been more than generous.
Sincere gratitude from Dave Minott, Ted Perzeszty and Tony Casola.
Some excerpts from letters received.
"Thank you for your work and effort, it is appreciated. CBS is still a part of my extended family."
"Keep up the good work."
"Thank you for all your efforts to give us a chance to remember our friends."
"Enclosed is my check to help ease the Association's "crunch" of administrative expenses. Please consider it as my way of saying "Thank You", to the entire staff, for their effort in adminstering the web site."
Our next luncheon wiil be on Thursday October 11, 2007, at the Crowne Plaza - Englewood, NJ. The cost will be maintained at $34.00 per person.
On Wednesday, May 14, 2008 the Spring Luncheon will be at the Swan Club in Glenwood Landing, Long Island, NY.