Monday, April 30, 2007


Thanks to Bob Wilson for posting. How time flies when one is having fun!

I too, recall my visit to the 1939 World's Fair and the RCA pavilion. A walk through allowed the visitors to see themselves on some TV monitors. The sets on display (that I remember) were mounted vertically and viewed via a 45 degree flip top mirror.

My first day at CBS was on that June day in 1951 when the first commercial program was broadcast in color, the field sequential system. A number of manufacturers had set up their receivers in Studio 21 in the studio building on 52nd street. Beautiful pictures. The only sponsor recalled was Longines with Frank Knight at the spokesperson.

And yes, the V and H parab and sawtooth shading controls along with gain and blanking on the iconoscope cameras... I know them well from my experience at WATV (now WNET) channel 13 on your dial. We had two such film cameras, multiplexed slide and 16mm projectors, along with a complement of IO live cameras all this in the MOSQUE theater building, long gone, on Sound Broad Street in Newark, NJ. Good grief, a lifetime ago !!!!!!
Harry Peterson, aka N2CJM

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Hi Dave,

Hope all is well with you. Tell me, who is it that is telling the story about building iconoscope preamps in May of 1941 at 15 Van?

Joe Janovsky

Hi Joe,

Ooops! I accidently left Bob Wilson's name off that post!
Mea Culpa


Saturday, April 28, 2007

For Hal Deppe:

The picture is of an early model RCA Iconoscope camera manufactured in the late 1930's. Two of these cameras were installed by RCA in the CBS 15 Van Studio in 1939. They were used there until 1947 when the studio was closed for rebuilding. As a matter of fact the same model camera is shown in the CBS retiree website photo gallery as Image 21 , page 8, This is a 1946 photo of the John Reed King "missus goes a'shopping" show, the camera still being used until the studio was closed down for eventual rebuilding. I also heard a story that Russia had purchased a TV studio system from RCA including this model camera but could never confirm.In May of 1941, I was sent down to 15 Van. to construct new pre-amps designed by Dr. Larry Jaffe for these cameras.. Jaffe had also modified the one sync generator from 441 lines to 525. This was all in preparation to commence commercial television July one, 1941. I did a lot of Iconoscope testing and replacement with these cameras in the ensuing months. The viewfinders were optical and I can’t recall whether they included image reversal or whether the image appeared in reverse. How well I remember edge lighting and masking.It would be interesting to discern the logo on the camera side. I don't recall any of the CBS cameramen wearing a cap and suspenders. Cameraman was a high prestige job is those days and they dressed well.The cameramen at CBS in 1941 were members of the production staff. They alternated between camera and directing the back to back productions of those days and all had creative backgrounds. One wound up in Hollywood after WWII as a writer and later, Producer-Director.And speaking of the old days, there are pictures of the first CBS television studio back in 1931, when almost fifty hours of programing was telecast weekly, at the web site below. I assume this studio was at 485 Madison Ave.

It was a long time ago...

Bob Wilson

Thursday, April 26, 2007

John smith is probably correct. I was at the '39 fair and I remember with great fascination the new adventure called television.

Bob Vernum
We have 15 days left, before our Spring Luncheon takes place. The date is TUESDAY May 15th, 2007, at the Swan Club, on Long Island, NY. If you are planning to come, send in your checks, don't wait. The deadline is May 11th.

Tony Casola
Another note...
The camera pictured is the same model used at the 1939 World's Fair.
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My guess for Harold Deppe's picture is it's a film camera from the 20's that was sound proofed in the early days of Sound.
Harry Charles

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Harold Deppe would like any information about this "Oldie but Goodie."

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Sad news -

I was just informed that Jack Brown passed away on February 14, 2006.

I don't know why it took so long for us to get this notice.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

For those of you who care, I've changed my service to:


and my new address is:

John L. Koushouris /with REGARDS!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

This just came in from Nancy Erhorn:

Dear Gentlemen, Phil Erhorn passed away on December 29, 2006 while residing at an assisted living facility near our home. He had been there since July.
I was just browsing through parts of your web site. I was sorry to see that Dwight Temple has also gone on. He truly was a gentleman.

Phil was part of the group with Dwight and others that founded your group. Phil and I went to the Swan Club one spring day to see if it would be a good spot for the luncheons. Obviously, it has been a good spot.
Phil and I enjoyed the lunches there for some time before moving to Phoenix in 1997. He was able to get the ham call W2PCE which he was happy to have. For quite awhile, he was in a scheduled talk with Dick O'Brien, Jack Fackler, Al Goldberg and others.
An open house was held in our home January 14 in his memory with about 50 attending.
He had many fond memories of his days at CBS and the fine people he worked with.

Nancy Plotner Erhorn

April 12, 2007
Gentlemen: I originally sent this to you in January. My invite to the luncheon arrived today and Phil was not listed "In Memoriam." I hope this email reaches you, if the other did not.
I see William Murtough listed. I remember Phil mentioning his name.
Have a nice lunch at the Swan Club. Enjoy the flowers.

Nancy Erhorn

Friday, April 13, 2007

This is to inform you that Walter Kryshak passed away on March 6, 2007 at the age of 76.

His daughter,
Grace Nagle

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Bill Bladel
More sad news:
I just received this -
My mother (Joan Bladel) asked me to let you know that my father (William Francis Bladel) passed away on March 25th, 2007. He was a retiree from CBS after 42 years of service.

Ellen Bladel Lewis
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