Thursday, May 24, 2007

Joe King did both radio and TV announcing for CBS in the 1940’s and 50’s including the Vaughn Monroe radio show in the early 50’s. We are not sure if it is his voice on the TV version of Vaughn’s 1950-51 CBS show or not.

He was born September 20,1915 in Birmingham, AL but I have searched for any other information and came up empty.

Any thoughts????

Dave Schwartz

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Not quite "on topic", but we know how strongly
Al feels about rail transportation - Dave

May 20, 2007

To: Those in Eastern Bergen wanting GOOD & PRACTICAL Transportation
and Members of the Transit Committee of Bergen County and others.

This is our chance to convince NJ Transit that the best rail solution to
our congestion problem is a direct electric light rail extension to
Tenafly. We need a one seat connection to the ferries, Hoboken Terminal

Tell them that a Dinkey Diesel Shuttle to North Bergen is totally
inadequate to meet our needs.

Albert Cafiero

May 16, 2007

The need for transportation alternatives continues to demand attention
and remain a priority on the agenda to improve the quality of life in a
burgeoning region. The proposal to bring passenger rail service to the
northern branch corridor is a topic of important discussion as our state
and local officials carefully prepare to plan for a new era in commuter
options. We would like to continue to explore that discussion.

You, the residents of your community, and transportation advocates are
invited to join us at a “Northern Branch Passenger Rail Fact Finding
Forum” to be held on Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 8:00pm inside the Council
Chambers of the Tenafly Municipal Center at 100 Riveredge Road, Tenafly.
Officials with New Jersey Transit are also invited to participate.

We ask that you bring with you all of your questions, concerns and ideas
that relate to this issue. We are eager to receive your input and hope
to learn of your thoughts on the impact that passenger rail service may
bring to your municipality and the entire region.

There has been much debate on both the entire scope of this project and
the necessary details that will allow this concept to be brought from
plan to reality. The municipalities along the northern branch and the
people of the surrounding area deserve to be heard in an exhaustive and
comprehensive manner. We encourage you and others to help us further
that discussion on May 31st.


Loretta Weinberg Gordon M. Johnson m Valerie Vainieri Huttle
Senator, District 37 Assemblyman, District 37 Assemblywoman, District 37

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Here is Tony's letter, as forwarded by John Taddei:

February 21, 2006

Dear family & friends,

As most of you know, I will be 99 years of age on February 25th, and since the last time we communicated, several things have changed for me. On February 4th I took a very bad spill but no.. .nothing broke. I was trying to take my walker down two steps to go for a walk. I was so quiet Gayle did not even hear me go outside I went head over applecart so to speak and banged up my face and hands pretty good. My body got bruised and I'm a bit sore, but all in all I escaped any major problems. You know how I love hospitals and all in attendance that day were especially tickled by my age and the fact they could find nothing wrong with me. Good blood pressure and heart rate and they even did X-rays of every bone in my body .... no brittle bones in this body they kept asking what I eat…

My nose was so swollen for several days, and it was fairly big to begin with. I went head first into the blacktop and gravel on the edge of the driveway.

Anyway.. .1 was admitted for three days... .after which I went to the Fishkill Health Care facility for rehab. I've been pretty weak due to lack of movement I guess you know .... what you don't use you lose over time .... and with snow on the ground again, who could exercise? Oh how I hate New York!

I want you all to know that I'm not afraid to die and as I've expressed to most of you, nature is doing what it does best. Let's face it.... I'm at the end of my life. When it happens... .it happens

They work me pretty hard here, I exercise every day and I must admit I'm pooped when the day is done.... my upper body strength has not been good since 1992 when I had that other real bad spill.

The food is not bad, as they try to accommodate my eating habits. I just cannot get over how some of these other folks eat and then waste the food they order. I generally have vegetable and fruit plates, sometimes Walnut Acres Soups or an onion and Swiss cheese sandwich ... my favorite. They finally even figured out how to cook my favorite breakfast cereal.. .millet. . .you know's like bird seed. It supports that acid/alkaline balance you should all try to obtain... .They even give me maple syrup to put on top I think they're trying really hard to accommodate what I'll eat. I'll learn `em. I'm told I'm getting homemade carrot cake for my birthday I do love that! My favorite daughter in law is making it and I might even get to see some of my grandchildren and great grand children.

The staff here is extra careful to make sure that no one falls so we cannot get up without help. I think that's a good idea, unless if I have to go to the bathroom … when I've got to go...I've go to go, so I do. My determination has gotten me several stitches in my "cruller", as a result.

There are so many people here a whole lot worse off than I, so I can't complain. There is even a library, but there aren't any books here that I'd care to read. I have my own reading materials and I still read a good portion of the day. Of course I snooze in between, because after all I do work hard with those young ladies in the gym. I do sleep very well at night also .... as long as I am warm and cozy in my bed.

I'd love to hear from you if you feel like writing to me. My address is shown below. Although I have a hearing aid, I really can't hear very well on the phone, so letters are always welcome.

I hope you are fine and doing well I think of you often.

Tony Landry

This letter was forwarded by John Taddei. It is a bit old, however, it is worth reading

December 29, 2006

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of my father, Anthony W. "Tony" Landry on Christmas morning. He had been a resident most recently of Holmes, New York, but his heart always remained in Bill's Creek, Lake Lure North Carolina; where he lived for over 40 years. Tony as everyone knew him, managed to stay alive and very healthy until the age of 99, (no meds) and was pushing for that centennial achievement of making it to 100 years of age on February 25th, 2007.

Dad as many of you know was a longtime vegetarian and a proponent of eating well. His avoidance of conventional western medicine's approach to "managed health care" through the use of drugs, sustained him well. He was a contrarian in the truest sense of the word, and practiced what he preached. Although he led his life in a manner that was foreign to most everyone, he never wavered in his beliefs. He was most proud when he achieved the distinction of Naturopathic Doctor (ND) after many years of study. Of course, his other most treasured possession was his FCC license, which was the highest level of licensing anyone can obtain. Many of you know that Dad was a Ham radio operator and trainer for over 70 years, and he was very passionate about it.

Dad was an avid reader and as he progressed into the latter stages of "seniority", it was a blessing that he could still enjoy reading; even if it was for shorter periods of time.

Tony loved North Carolina, and in particular his little piece of Bill's Creek. He loved the many friends he accumulated over the years. Bill's Creek Fire Department was especially dear to his heart and so too, were the dedicated folks who sustained its' existence.

Another of Tony's special memories included a feature article in the local newspaper, "The Breeze." He enjoyed sharing the experience of being interviewed by a very special friend. His stories were many, always fueled by a life bursting with great reference materials. His sharp memory did not dull, even in the most "senior" of times.

In closing I'd like to share what would have been Dad's letter to ya'll....except that I never seemed to collect myself enough to get it off to all of you it was just after the
February 44i° 2406 fall, that seemed in hindsight to be the beginning of the end.

Please know that I'm grateful for the friendships you gave Dad, the fond memories that sustained him, and all the niceties you shared with him throughout the years. I guess I always thought he'd live forever but instead I'm happy knowing that his imprint is indelible.. . .and that he had such wonderful friends.

Thank you all so very much!

P.S..... the calls, cards and letters were very special treats and much appreciated...

Gayle (Tony's Daughter)

Monday, May 14, 2007

Received a phone call from Mike Salgo's son, notifying us that his mother, Ruth Salgo passed away in August, 2006.

Tony Casola

Saturday, May 12, 2007

I think I've got it now!

It's a seven second film delay to prevent drunk actors from cursing on air...

Made expressly for W.C. Fields...


My entry for the Harold Deppe Award is, A film processor for news.
Make! maybe Kodak................ Harry Charles

Friday, May 11, 2007

Two wild guesses at Harold's "What is it?"

1. Old stock ticker
2. Firehouse alarm recorder

Inventor -- Rube Goldberg???!


Thursday, May 10, 2007

Today (05-10-07) I received a phone call from Lou Dennis who told me
that he has been in Calvary Hospital since last September.

Louis Dennis
Calvary Hospital-Room 348
1740 Eastchester Road
Bronx, NY 10461

Jay J. Chichon

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Another "what is it and who invented it?"from Harold Deppe...

In 1964 I met Irv Elias, William Craig, and LeRoy Cash and another 8-10 soldiers when transferred to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey for electronic training. Upon graduation from electronics training we transferred via train to El Paso, Texas or our way to White Sands Missile Range. Four of us young guys that met at Fort Monmouth ended up together for much of our military time together. Irv S Elias, William H Craig, and LeRoy C. Cash also then transferred to Seoul Korea being assigned with American Forces Korean Network and would be happy to contribute something about Irv.

Irv received a commendation from the Commanding General of 2nd Infantry Division for capturing a Korean national that was stealing copper and other electrical components from the power generation buildings at the AFKN site, I believe called Pajuri.

Roger Frackman
The deadline for CBS luncheon is this coming Friday May 11th. If you have delayed or forgot to mail in your checks, do it this week. Members have been preselecting their entree's. At the Swan Club, the entree's are selected on the same day of the luncheon.

Tony Casola

Wednesday, May 02, 2007


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