Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Just received this from Gayle DePoli:

I had the privilege of posting Ned Steinberg's retirement Good-bye e-mail not that long ago. I saw him a few weeks after that post in the Broadcast Center finishing up his paperwork to finalize his retirement. He looked wonderful and was thankful for posting his note on the website as he was able to receive so many wonderful e-mails from the people that read www.cbsretirees.com . But after only a few short weeks of retirement, Ned passed away in his sleep last night. He wasn't ill to anyone's knowledge. He just didn't wake up today. When I find out any arrangements, I will pass them on.

I've attached the e-mail sent out to CBS News today by Sean McManus. He used a lot of quotes from Ned's wonderful good-bye e-mail.


From: McManus, SeanSent: Tue 7/31/2007 1:37 PMTo: @CND NewsSubject: A Message From Sean McManus
I am very sad to tell you that Ned Steinberg passed away last night. He was a 45-year veteran of CBS News.

Ned joined CBS News in 1962, initially as a per-diem vacation replacement. He was instrumental in building the CBS News graphics department throughout his tenure. Ned’s time at CBS News spanned so many big news events, from the last two Mercury missions, election nights, John F. Kennedy’s campaign for re-election and the "Four Dark Days" of the President’s assassination and funeral when the News Division’s programming took over the Network.

As Ned wrote in his good-bye note, “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.”

Ned was soon made the Graphic Arts Director for CBS News, and his resume includes all of the major events of the years between then and last May, when he retired: Vietnam; the “new” 30-minute CBS EVENING NEWS, first in black-and-white, and then in color; the civil rights movement; the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy; space exploration; political primaries, conventions, election nights, inaugurations and State of the Union addresses; Watergate; “CBS Reports” and special reports; the start of CBS News’ morning broadcast; and work on virtually every broadcast and unit in the Division.

As Ned also said in his note, “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.” The people who received those cards know how special they were because Ned took the time and put in the effort to make them so. It said a lot about how he saw himself and CBS News.

Please join me in extending our deep condolences to Ned’s family and friends. More information will be forthcoming as we know it.

Gayle P. De Poli
1-877-840-2030 e-fax

Monday, July 30, 2007

I just noticed the 7 second time delay.

I don't remember that version, but I do remember all too well the version of rollers that sat between the tape machines on the 1st floor of the Broadcast Center in New York.

We would switch a show on the line to a particular tape machine. The tape from that machine would then go through the rollers over to the next for playback. The playback tape machine would be routed to the Mon 3 bus and out to air. We would "normal" during a commercial break. I would do large portions of "Nightwatch" that way from Studio 44 whenever we had a live guest or took live phone calls from viewers. That was the first of the overnight news and went on the air at 2am - 6am weekdays.

Gayle P. De Poli Depolig@aol.com


1-877-840-2030 e-fax

Friday, July 27, 2007

The answer to Harold Deppe's question about the contraption pictured. Here is a photo taken at the "Museum of the Moving Image"(located in Astoria, Queens). The quality of the photo is very poor.
The text reads as follows:
Edison, Dickson, and the Mutoscope
The Mutoscope applies the principle of the flipbook to the presentation of moving pictures.
A sequence of film stills is attached to a large wheel. When the Mutoscope is cranked, the still images flip past and create the appearance of movement.

By the time the Mutoscope was invented, the motion picture camera was already existed in primitive form. W.K.I Dickson, the engineer who originated the camera in Thomas Edison's laboratory, left Edison in 1895 to form a competing motion picture company. To circumvent Edison's patents, he came up with the Mutoscope.

The are 2 working models on exhibit in the museum. The photo shows a detailed drawing of the Mutoscope.

You can also Google "Mutoscope" to find more information or go to the following website:


Submitted by Ted Perzeszty: tedpz@aol.com

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Retiree Life Insurance Information

I just received a letter from Prudential, advising me that my Basic Life Insurance is reduced back to the minimum, since I am retired.

They give me the option of keeping the full amount, but the premium is quite high. This has NO bearing on the GUL (Group Universal Life) policy, which I also have through Prudential. For those who have recently retired, it might be wise to get financial advice on how to handle this situation. Since there would be no medical checkup to increase your coverage, this may outweigh the higher premium cost. Prudential will allow you to take the increase, and not bill you for around 30 days, after which you can decline the increase without incurring any penalty.


Monday, July 23, 2007


Sad news from John Taddei that Charlie Carambelas, W2TVY, passed away
over the weekend. He had been in Sloan Kettering for several months
undergoing treatment. Charlie was a great CBS maintenance man and one
of the nicest guys to work with and a pleasure to know. Always a smile
and a jovial outlook. He was a big help to me when I was attempting to
build up my CW speed for the Extra class exam. Charlie lent me his CW
generator when we worked on The Guiding Light and encouraged me to
stick with it. It was always a pleasure to see him each year at the
Swan Club luncheons.

May he rest in peace.


Bob Maickel

I'm sorry to inform you that Charles Carambelas passed away on July 22, 2007.

Fredricks Funeral Home

192-15 Northern Blvd

Flushing, NY 11358

(718) 357-6100

Mon, Tue Viewing 2-4 & 7-9

Wednesday Services at: (call for time)

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

196-10 Northern Blvd

Flushing, NY 11358
(718) 357-4200

Sunday, July 22, 2007

The history of the CBS "eye":





 I haven't the faintest idea why I still have Crew lists of the
remotes I did during my time at CBS. but I sent the "Ice Bowl" one to
Mark McCarter.  At least he could credit the Guys that froze  their
"buns" off that New Year's Eve in '67. "Packratitus"???
Another thing! Image 39 in the 2007-05-15-Swan_Club get together, the
question mark belongs to Artie Tinn.. .who could forget that smile!
Regards to you and Holly,

Harry Charles

Friday, July 20, 2007

I think I may have contacted you about this b...

I think I may have contacted you about this before.  I believe that I found this photo (in color) on your website at one time.  Does this look familiar?  I've shown it to Lou Wiggan and he seems to think it was taken at CBS NY.  Any of your members recognize it?Also, I have some great photos of CBS Radio NY taken about 1940 for a publicity booklet sent to affiliates.  There are too many to e-mail, but I'd be happy to send them to you on a disc.  If you would like to post them, send me a mailing address.  Sample attached.

Jim Hergenrather

Television City



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Hi guys,

Everything is OK down yonder. Just wanted to know if you will put out a new list of retirees and their addresses and emails. I have one that is about 5 years old and I've got a couple of rejects already. Also, there is not too much to read on the website, are our numbers dwindling that much? When do you have the regular lunches on Long Island, if you can put me in the mailing list for them, I could try to make one of them. Have a great Summer.

Jorge Moran

wondering if anybody out there has a Grand Central Studio shot that I could use for Gil LeVeque's retirement reel ("airing" at the party on Saturday night...) sorry this is so late, didn't find you until today. Kindest Regards to all my NYC buddies from  1980s

Susan Ottalini, editor CBS LA...323-575-7426

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Harold's Guess

Hi Dave.

For Harold Deppe:

The item submitted by Harold Deppe  is an old viewer of a drum of individual pix. you look into the funnel- like part (upper right), drop a coin into the slot below and rotate the drum with a crank on the other side.. First moving pictures.

Harold Schutzman

Cal's Guess

That is an old Kaleidoscope(spelling?) You crank the handle and look through the eyepiece. a series of cards of still pictures became animated when you cranked the handle. It was the beginning of motion pictures.An antique store near me used to have one and I used it once.

Cal Marotta

Harry's Guess

My guess for Harold Deppe"s Mystery Device is, It's an early movie
device that you look into and turn the crank and look at the" lovely
lady" wiggle! Many more Birthdays Harold......
Harry Charles

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

What is it?

There must be a person that can tell me what this.is .  .Please don't give up..
I am 89 years old and don't want to leave before I know .....
Check your Attic your Basement and whatever it takes, but don't let me down.
I know you Old Timers won't let me down...
Best Regards,
Harold Deppe

I was so saddened to hear of the passing of our brother

I was so saddened to hear of the passing of our brother, Tony Cucurullo. As like with Stan Gould and Jimmy McCarthy, I considered Tony more than a co-worker. He was a true and dear friend. Someone who I looked up to as we traveled the road together for many years at CBS Sports. Even after his retirement we spoke, mostly around the holidays, which incidentally was the last time I spoke with him last Christmas. I am proud to say that I was one of the "new guys" that Tony called "son", along with Neal McCaffrey, Tommy McCarthy, Fred Shimizu and George Graffeo. Tony took us under his wing and treated us all like family as he watched over us like a father. The likes of Tony will never be seen at CBS again. I hope we can all live up to his legacy for both the Company and the Unions sake. Rest In Peace my friend.

 Respectfully and sincerely submitted,

Jeffrey M. Pollack

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


I'm researching a book on the '67 Ice Bowl between Green Bay and Dallas. After interviewing Pat Summerall, he mentioned a couple of key names -- Bob Dailey and Herman Lang. Both, as I searched for them, are deceased. I'd love to chat with somebody -- Tony Cucurullo's name keeps popping up in notes and tributes to them on your site -- about them.

Can you please help/

Mark McCarter
Sports Journalist
Here is an oldie from Harold Deppe:

Dave , I'd like to extend my condolences to John Hartnett's family. He
and I worked together many times in the old CTN engineering Lab on
different projects. He was one of the "Good Guys"
Regards, Harry Charles
Farewell and Godspeed Tony. You made our world a better place.
Frank Novack

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Here are the arrangements for Anthony Cucurullo-
Viewing at: Vander Plaat Funeral Home
113 S. Fairview Ave.
Paramus, NJ
Friday July 13th 7 - 9 pm

Mass at: Holy Trinity Church
17 Clinton Place
Hackensack, NJ
Saturday July 14th at 10am

Burial: George Washington Cemetary
234 Paramus Rd.
Paramus, NJ
Following the Mass

It is with deepest regrets that I inform you of the passing of Anthony Cucurullo. He left us on July 9, 2007. There will be a viewing in New Jersey. I will post the particulars when they are available.