Sunday, September 23, 2007

Stan Seiller

This communication is from Suzy Spause who has a good heart and soul and has helped Stan during this difficult time in his life............

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 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


Bob Wilson:

In my memory box, a true Pioneer of the Television business. Read your e-mail to Sal and had to add my two cents.

First, Kudos to Mr. Sal for being senior to me, now still at a feisty 87 but still causing a ruckus when it comes to spouting off about the -40's, 50's and 60's as being the very best

 years for programming, technical firsts (color , video tape, LP, miniaturization, satellite trans- mission and my Perry Como Show, one of the bests in my memory !. There, now I said it with lots of passion.

Re: the Field Shop on east 54th, didn't Al Siegler precede you there as I remember reporting to him in the '49/'50 years. Happy, happy memories with Al after I left the incomparable genius, Dr. Peter Goldmark for dear old Orville Sather another of my very favorite uplifting flash-backs  who added his bit of nostalgia during  the best years of Television! However, Kudos to you Bob Wilson, man with a friendly smile and an even nicer disposition.

john koushouris 

Friday, September 21, 2007

Lou Dennis

Sad News!

Have been notified by his sister that Lou Dennis passed away July 25, 2007. Lou worked in telecine area for many years.

Tony Casola

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

For Judy Donnelly

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.

Bob Wilson

Monday, September 17, 2007

Sal Anzalone

Just received this today:


I came across your website and wanted to give you the current address of my grandfather Sal Anzalone. Sal currently lives in Rio Grande, NJ

his address is:

11 Hemlock Dr.

Rio Grande, NJ 08242-1711.

He would be delighted to know about this group. His memories of working at CBS are fond. He does not use email, but feel free to email us with any information.

Suzanne Skees

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Taddei's Wife

Dear Guys:

Here are the details for the wake and funeral of John Taddei (N1XUG's) beloved wife, Anna, who passed away yesterday at 9am. 

Anna Taddei will be reposing at the McMahon Funeral home in White Plains, NY starting Thursday evening (9/13). The address is 491 Mamaroneck Avenue and their phone is 914-949-7777. Their web site is:

The visitation schedule is as follows:

Thursday viewing: 7-9 pm

Friday viewing: 2-4 & 7-9 PM

On Saturday morning at 10 am, the funeral mass will be at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 920 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10605. Tel: 914-946-7332. 

The Taddei residence phone number is 914-946-0856.

The address is:  John V. Taddei

                        103 Beverly Road

                        White Plains, NY 10605


I figured that by having this info in writing, you may be able to forward it to other net members, old friends and CBS retirees. I know that everyone who can make it will be warmly received by Tad. My latest information is that his children are now with him and that is a blessing. No one should be alone at a time like this.

Vy 73,

George K2BIE

Sal Anzalone's 95th Birthday


Do you remember Sal Anzalone?

He is my Grandpa and he worked at CBS doing sound and  audio. He worked probably from about 1954 until 1975 or something like that.

He just turned 95 today!  I can give you History on him and talk to someone if you'd like!  He loved CBS television and he is so proud of his career with CBS!!! 

Please let me know!

Thank you, Judy Donnelly (Hackettstown, NJ)

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Check out Borders

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   (

Same time, Same Station (creating American Television 1948-61) by James Baughman -  John Hopkins Univ Press (

When Television Was Young by Ed McMahon and David Fisher   (

Live from Cape Canaveral by Jay Barberie  (I ran out of money by the time I saw this book)

Dave Schwartz

Crunchtime appeal

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you.
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.

Tony Casola


I just received this email from Ray Satter's son.

Dear Mr. Perzeszty:
My wife came across the CBS Retired Engineers Website and saw my father’s name and showed it to me.

My father, Ray Satter, always had fond memories and great stories of his years with CBS as a technical supervisor with the CBS Evening News (Walter Cronkite’s era).
I guess he had a few assignments before joining the news crew – he had gone to Hawaii with “The Arthur Godfrey Show” and used to do “Person To Person” with Edward R. Murrow before ending up with the news department. When I was young, almost every Christmas Eve he was on a remote broadcasting the Midnight Christmas Mass from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. – Boy how my mother worked on those nights getting ready for the family gatherings on Christmas Day and getting our presents from Santa Claus wrapped and ready. Sometimes he would cover a Yankee or Dodger game and once brought back a ball hit in his direction. I was a teenager playing in a garage band when he came home one evening and told me how he had to sneak “some group” into the Ed Sullivan Show. The “some group” turned out to be “The Rolling Stones” – and he DIDN’T EVEN GET THEIR AUTOGRAPHS !!

Dad passed away in late December, 2005, and my mom joined him just 7 days later – they never went anywhere without each other. As I was going through their things, I found some “souvenirs” from his “Person to Person” days – an autographed picture from Carol Baker, an autographed album from Farrante & Teicher, and probably his prized trophy – a personal letter from Red Buttons for being attentive and funny and fixing his wife’s telephone. (Pop was a Western Electric Alumni prior to signing on with CBS).

I know he was one of the guys who created the first “Crash Unit” using a Chrysler Newport Station Wagon, mounting a camera and sound equipment on the roof to cover aviation mishaps, parades, and the Cape Canaveral Space launches. What a “boat” that Chrysler was – he liked it so much, we ended up with the same year and model as the family car. He took us and my grandparents on a trip to Vero Beach, Florida one Christmas. Before we left, he took off the back floor hatch that covered the spare tire and moved the spare and made a bench seat all the way in the back of the car for my sister and I to sit on - with pillows of course. We were not quite teenagers then and new enough about the opposite sex to know we hated each other. He piled the spare tire, tools, and all the luggage between us and the back seat where my grand parents sat. My sister and I had a two day ride in which we darn near killed each other and my parents never heard a sound. This was one time were his “tinkering” paid off.

Anyway, sorry for getting a bit carried away. I just thought I’d let you know of his passing and that he really loved working with you all. Dad always seemed to be lucky in the things that mattered in life. I know he would want me to tell you all hello for him.


Jack Satter

PS I remember him telling us how he got a call from the personnel department one afternoon asking if he had a Secksour in his department. He told them “Sex Hour, we don’t even get a coffee break!” That was Dad always the comedian. Maybe some of you remember him.