Friday, June 29, 2007


Received news of John Hartnett's passing per the below.

Wanted to let you know so it oculd be posted on the site.



From: Cioffari, Don
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2007 4:21 PM
To: Kehrle, Lisa N
Subject: FW: Sad News


I'm sorry to send this to you like this, but could you please pass this
on within the department..



From: Alan Godber []
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2007 3:10 PM
To: Hodgson Alan
Cc: Alan Godber
Subject: Fwd: Sad News

Hi Alan,

Just received this from Sy Yusem.

Regards, Alan.

Begin forwarded message:

From: sy yusem
Date: June 28, 2007 2:06:46 PM EDT
To: Alan Godber
Subject: Sad News

Alan, I have some sad news to tell you. Our friend, John
Hartnett, passed away about 10 days ago. I received the news from his
ex-wife Laura. Dobie Borovecki, Celina and I attended an afternoon get
together with his son Jay, daughter Alex and other friends at his New
York apartment just this past Sunday.

Some friends wondered if Alan Hodgson knew of his passing. So
Alan, if you are in touch with him could you please notify him of the
sad news.

Sorry to bring you this news in this manner. Hoping all is well.

Hi Dave,

Just a personal note to you about WJSV.

Lee Shepard has a web page

He worked at WTOP some years ago. On his web page you can listen
to that WJSV broadcast of 9/21/1939. Go to the site and on the right side under Labels you will find the WJSV broadcast listed.

I enjoy the website and it helps me keep up with what some old friends are doing.


Thursday, June 28, 2007

I've added two new pictures to the Photo Reminiscences page.
One, courtesy of Harold Schutzman, and the other courtesy of
my collection of CBS ephemera! Enjoy!

Click here -->
Re: the post on your website seeking info on CBS announcer Joe King, he worked at WJSV, now WTOP, Washington. I don't know the dates but he was there on September 21, 1939, when the entire broadcast day was recorded. He identified himself on air, perhaps on a newscast. Too bad Granville "Granny" Klink isn't with us anymore; if anyone knew it was he.

Robert Paine
Richland WA

Monday, June 25, 2007


I just received this from Al Cafiero and posting it for those of you who knew him.

TOP ON STAGE: Paul Shiers dies at age 90 CBS Unit Manager

Thursday, June 21, 2007 (Excerpt from "The Record")


Paul Shiers, who studied voice in the 1930s at Park Ridge High School, was singing in Radio City Music Hall's Glee Club when he landed his first Broadway role -- in the original "Oklahoma!"

Mr. Shiers joined CBS in 1952 as a television production executive. His efforts included soap operas, newscasts, rocket launches and Barbra Streisand specials. After retiring in 1982, he returned to stage managing on a freelance basis.
Mr. Shiers and his wife, a former member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo who gave up dancing to raise a family, lived for decades in New York City.

Diana Shiers, who lives in Woodcliff Lake, said of her parents:
She described her father as "a Renaissance man" who loved all things Italian -- the food, the language, the country -- and enjoyed the serenity of the family's summer home in the Adirondacks.
In addition to his wife of 67 years and daughter Diana, Mr. Shiers is survived by another daughter, Linda Shiers of Cliffside Park; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.

The visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and Friday at Becker Funeral Home in Westwood. A final visitation, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, will precede the 4 p.m. service at Pascack Reformed Church of Park Ridge.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Another successful mini-lunch in Bellmore, NY!
From left to right:
Pearl & Irwin Solow, Joe Strano, Everett Schuval, Tony & Flo Casola, Ted Perzeszty & Dave Minott behind the camera.

We are trying to find a new diner (centrally located), so if there are any
suggestions, please let us know.
Here's an interesting question for the techies out there:

Older broadcast band radios used a 365 pF (mickey mikes for you real oldies)
tuning capacitor. Why not 364 or 366?

No guesses! Actual proof of answer???

P.S. Darned if I know...

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

By popular request, we are having our next Mini-lunch at noon on Wednesday, June 20th, at the East Bay Diner. The address is 2405 Merrick Rd., Bellmore, NY, a half block West of Newbridge Rd. Hope to see you there.

Tony Casola
Due to the many requests we have received for a copy of Ted Perzezty's wonderful DVD compilation covering many years of CBS gatherings (which was shown at the last luncheon), we are making copies available to those who would make a small donation to our organization. The monies collected will be used to defray some of the costs of running the website. If you are interested, please contact Ted at

Monday, June 04, 2007

I have finally posted all 100+ pictures from our latest luncheon at the Swan Club, on Long Island. There are THREE pages of photos, with the "people pictures" on page one, and the flower pictures on the following two pages. Be sure to click "NEXT" at the bottom of each page, unless you would rather skip the beautiful flowers!
There are some names missing, so if you can identify the "?" names, please let us know.
Here is the link: Swan Club Luncheon.
Earl Ubell, Who Enlightened Public on Science, Dies at 80
Published: May 31, 2007

Earl Ubell, a science reporter and editor familiar to generations of New Yorkers for his wide-ranging reports in newspapers and on television, died on Tuesday in a nursing home in Englewood, N.J. He was 80 and had lived in Hackensack, N.J.

Earl Ubell covered science for newspapers and for WCBS-TV.
The cause was Parkinson’s disease, his wife, Shirley, said yesterday.
Starting in the mid-1950s, when his columns began appearing in The New York Herald Tribune, through 1995, when he retired from WCBS-TV after more than 25 years on the air, Mr. Ubell was a fixture in New York. He brought readers and viewers the latest news about science, medicine and health.
Mr. Ubell had a background in science, with a bachelor’s degree in physics from the City College of New York. He educated himself on many topics, developing a particular interest in X-ray crystallography, a method of determining the structure of molecules. He worked in laboratories each summer for a number of years to gain experience in the technique.
His independent study led to a solid understanding of varied fields, which helped him gain the trust of scientists and doctors and served him well in his reporting. He was noted for making complex issues understandable to readers and viewers.
One of his most prized possessions was a letter he received from Albert Einstein in 1953 congratulating him on an article he had written based on their interview.
Earl Ubell was born in Brooklyn on June 21, 1926, and served in the Navy during World War II. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Lori Ubell, of Portland, Ore., and Michael, of Oakland, Calif.; his brothers, Seymour, of Manhattan; Alvin, of Brooklyn; and Robert, of Manhattan; his stepsisters, Annie Leiner and Estelle Silverman, both of Manhattan, and Evelyn Bravo, who lives in Cuba; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Ubell won numerous awards. In 1958, he received a Lasker Award for outstanding reporting on medical research and public health, given to him for a Herald Tribune series on heart attacks as well as for his day-to-day medical reporting. He also was honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for a 1960 article on the steady-state theory of the universe developed by the astrophysicist Thomas Gold. He was president of the National Association of Science Writers in 1960 and ’61.
Mr. Ubell also wrote for other publications. In 1972, he did a yearlong series of columns on medicine and health in The New York Times.
He joined WCBS in 1966 after The Herald Tribune folded, becoming one of the first science and medicine reporters on television. He worked at the station until 1972, then rejoined it in 1978.
Mr. Ubell’s hiatus from WCBS, Channel 2, was spent at a rival station, WNBC, Channel 4. Hired there as news director at a time when its evening newscast was struggling in the ratings, he helped reformat the program. In the process, he added more awards to his trophy case: two New York Emmys for best local broadcast.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Forwarded by Gayle DePoli:

From: Steinberg, Ned
Sent: Tue 5/29/2007 10:32 AM
Subject: How do you say Goodbye?

How do you say Goodbye?

This is probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do.

If there is an easy part, It’s making sure I extended my thanks and appreciation to all the many talented people I've worked with over the years.

Let me start with my fellow Graphic Designers. To each and every one who passed through, and to the ones who are here presently. Thank you for your friendship, your talent, your input and your dedication. Whatever credit I got personally and the awards I've won through the years, I owe to all of you!

It's really all about teamwork, and this has been a great team to play on, since day one for me in 1962, when I interviewed with Ben Blank for a vacation replacement position at CBS News Headquarters (hidden away on the 20th floor of the Graybar Building, on 42nd and Lexington Ave). He hired me on the spot as a per-diem and that's when and where it all began.

Who could have imagined at that time what was in store for me...I would be at the pulse of, and working on, every major news event that would happen for the next 45 years.

Starting with the last two Mercury Missions, and then the first of many, many Election Nights to come, leading up to the Kennedy campaign for re-election and then the "FOUR DARK DAYS," when we, the News Division, were the only broadcasts on the air for CBS, and the focus of the whole world was on us, reporting the JFK Assassination and Funeral.

I was hooked. It was the most creative, challenging and rewarding work I ever experienced up to that point in my life.

TV news was in Black and White and still basically in its infancy, and we were all the new pioneers, the innovators, learning new ways to improve the visual content of each broadcast as the need arose.

The public was demanding more and longer news programming and our department was growing to meet those demands.

After Ben Blank opted to leave CBS News to start up the new ABC News Graphics department, CBS News hired me on staff.

Not much later, I was appointed the Graphic Arts Director for CBS News.

I had an opportunity to work closely with the best of the best and be a part of the behind the scene support. Walter Cronkite led the very impressive list of CBS News Correspondents, and then there were the Executive Producers, the Producers, Writers, Directors, AD’s & PA’s, Scenic, Designers, Artists, Carpenters and Electricians, The Researchers, The Cameramen, Traffic, Editors, Engineers and all the Technicians, each and every one was part of the team that made CBS the Tiffany Network!

Top management in news gave us a lot of support and the encouragement to do more. It entitled me to hire on more staff, and I brought on the best crew ever. I assigned them to different broadcasts. When local news (which was included in our coverage) decided to form its own group, we had more time to concentrate on the new Network broadcasts and future projects already in the works. We smoked the competition!... From A to Z, thank you all!

Here is where my life started to move into warp speed. Looking back it's all a big blur....

Vietnam was a constant, the Evening News went to a half hour, then it went to color, Civil Rights, Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy, Apollo 11, Space Launches and Recoveries, In The News (a news broadcast for children), Primaries and Conventions, where we took our graphics show on the road, Elections, Inaugurations, State of the Union Addresses, we had Religion, Look up and Live & Lamp Unto My Feet, there were Nixon and Watergate and Face the Nation and CBS Reports, and so many Specials and Special Reports, The Morning News was born, The Weekend News, Weddings, Funerals, Press Conferences, 60 Minutes, Late Sunday Night and Sunday Morning, 48 Hours, Newspath, News Productions and many more that remains in that blur...

CBS News was on the move and I was enjoying every moment of it.


...There were always going to be new stories, and new broadcasts to cover, and Graphics needed to go with them, and within our department there's an abundance of talent that made it easy for me to always choose the right person for each of these challenges.

Watching over the years I still see the Gung-Ho attitude and the highest level of professionalism in newsgathering that was there when I first started in 1962.

It seems the name of the game remains the same only the participants change!

Lastly, one of the greatest pleasures for me was when I was called on to create farewell cards for people that were moving on. I tried to make each card reflect the importance of the person leaving CBS and how he or she had a part in making CBS the great company it is.

A smaller copy of my first card of Richard S. Salant still hangs in my office.

Well now it's my turn to move on...thanks for the memories....

I wish all of you as many wonderful memories as I’ve had, as you keep up the great tradition of CBS News.

Art Director
CBS News Graphics
524 West 57th Street
New York, New York 10019
(212) 975-6466