Sunday, December 28, 2008

In my last message I mentioned the Eidophor projector.
Well, this brought to mind two great names at CBS.
I remember well when Joe Geiger and Tommy Thompson left us to go
over to SKF (Smith, Kline & French) to work on the Eidophor project.
What a big loss for us.

Sol T

Saturday, December 27, 2008

I have been looking at archives again and came across the name Dennis Maitland.
I thank Dennis for teaching me how to operate a boom.
Dennis never went to Hollywood. He stayed in NY and made quite a name for himself.
He has been followed in the film business by his two sons and daughter.
A third son on his way into the business died in a tragic accident.
I know all of this as I have had much contact with Dennis over the years and at times
hired his sons and daughter to work for me.
Dennis was a part of the "horshot" triumvurate thar ruled CBS for while.
Jay Fairman, Bob Miller and Dennis..He is still alive!
My best to all,

SolTabachnick

Friday, December 26, 2008

A VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!
SOL TABACHNICK
Frank,

I never fully escaped video (of sorts). I and John McCloskey (sound effects man) ran the Eidophor projector for the Morning Show
in Studio 41 in Grand Central when Barbara Walters was a writer for the show.

Sol Tabachnick

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I want to know how to install a kill switch on a Microphone that would
cut out background music when a stadium announcer wants to speak to the fans in a ball park.
The current booth announcer is talking over the music and no one can hear him or understands
what he is saying. I know that kill switches are used but not quite how they work other than they
kill the music output when the microphone is turned on. I would like your input, this is for a local
ball park with problems. I would appreciate any help you can give me....
Details or sources for parts and info.......whatever.

Have a happy holiday and I wish you a Healthy Happy New Year

Lee Levy

Monday, December 22, 2008

I have corrected a small error in the posting regarding the
Digital Television Tech Notes. Clicking on "Tech Notes" will
now take you directly to the PDF document in question.

Dave
A WONDERFUL AND HEALTHY YEAR TO ALL
MERRY NEW YEAR AND A HAPPY CHRISTMAS
PEACE AND LOVE,
THE NOVACK FAMILY

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Hi, Dave.

My name is James Roy and we corresponded sometime back when
I was working on a page about CBS Studio 50 and you folks helped a lot.
I'm wondering if anyone you know may be able to tell me where they auditioned
people for the Arthur Godfrey Talent show that was shot at Studio 50?
Was it at 501 Madison or 485 Madison? Where would this attached photo have been taken?
Ted Healy (rear, L) and Bessie Mack (rear, R) listening to man auditioning for the
"Talent Scouts" radio program.

Thanks,
Jim
scottymoore.net

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Howie & Vida asked me to put up a copy of their
card that they just sent to me ...


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hi all:

The latest edition of Tech-Notes is now published on our website in PDF format. Go to: Tech Notes
to down load it. This edition should be of special interest to all broadcast engineers as it is a complete reference guide to the transition to digital television very much on our horizon. Feel free to share it with all your engineering friends. And my special thanks to Gary Sgrignoli for his input and permission to pass on his information.Thanks for your continued support.

-- Larry Bloomfield, KA6UTC


This is the most complete description of the new digital
standards you'll find anywhere! It will answer any question
you have about the new standards. It is lengthy, but has
to be in order to cover all contingencies!

Dave

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Musical variety shows from the early years of television will be the focus this week on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Tuesday, Dec. 16 beginning at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org. Join Frankie Montiforte as I welcome Andrew Lee Fielding, author of The Lucky Strike Papers, a history of such early network TV variety programs as Your Hit Parade, The Freddy Martin Show and Kay Kyser's College of Musical Knowledge. Andrew's mother was Sue Bennett, a featured singer on these and other network shows of that era. His book not only tells her story, but takes readers behind the scenes of the early days of television, including interviews with such TV luminaries as Snooky Lanson, Kay Kyser, Dorothy Collins, Buzz Kulik, Bob Quigley, Merwyn Bogue (aka Ish Kabibble), Morey Amsterdam and Merv Griffin. Join us for a lively trip down memory lane this Tuesday, Dec. 16 beginning at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on KSAV.org.

You can also check this website: Lucky Stripe Papers

Dave Schwartz

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Dave,

Bob Paine's comments brought back memories of the events of the Kennedy assassination. I was on vacation. It was Friday early afternoon. My younger son, Harvey, was being Bar Mitzvah. My wife was out of the house. My son and I were decorating the basement because he was having a party for his friends that night. The TV was (and still is) on in the kitchen. I heard something that sounded different from the TV. I saw Cronkite putting on his jacket while talking. I stood there dumbfounded. That was the end of decorating. Not knowing what to do, I turned to the Ham Radio. 10 meters was absolutely dead. Suddenly, a voice came on calling CQ. I answered. He said he was at home overlooking Deeley Plaza and started to tell me what he saw. I asked if he was willing to go on the air and I would phone patch him to CBS Radio. He would, so I called the CBS News Desk. The voice at the CBS end Said "Yea we know all about it" and hung up.
A few weeks later I was doing Audio at Yankee Stadium for a Giants football game. Bill Leonard, CBS News Pres. was there. I told him the story. He was furious and wanted to know if I knew the name of the voice that blew an on site viewer.
There is sort of a funny part to this story. Later that Friday evening I thought that CBS might get dispensation from the union and call me in to work even though I'm on vacation. Around midnight the phone rings. Sched wants me to go to DC next morning, Saturday. I try to explain about the Bar Mitzvah. He is not taking no for an answer. He puts on Dom Annicarico. I tell him the situation and also does he know I am on vacation. OOPS I thought that was the end. On Thursday I see on my paycheck I was paid overtime for the Washington trip I never took. I called payroll. I explained and they will deduct $10.00 a week. The next paycheck showed $10.00 added. I called them again. The next pay check again showed $10.00 added. On the 3rd call they said they are having a problem and "lets forget about it."

Harold Schutzman

Friday, December 12, 2008

Dave,

Walter Sidas passed away unexpectedly earlier this week.
We have contacted everyone we can think of who might want to know this information,
but I am sure that there is someone I might have missed. Can you please post this information.

Lisa Kehrle

********************************************************************************
********************************************************************************
The wake will be on Sunday, December 14, 2008 from 2PM to 5PM and also from 7P to 9PM.
The afternoon wake will be primarily for those who speak English. The evening wake,
which includes a Rosary at 7PM and Lithuanian Farewell Ceremony at 7:15PM for those who speak Lithuanian.

The wake will be held at:
The Hillebrand Funeral Home 63-17 Woodhaven Blvd. Rego Park, NY 11374 (718) 639-5511
The funeral mass will be Monday, December 15th at 10AM at the following location:
Annunciation Church 259 North Fifth Street Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 384-0223
www.annunciation-ny.com
The burial will be private Flowers are permissible; however, the family would prefer that
donations be made in Walters memory to:
Annunciation Church Building Maintenance Fund
Annunciation Church 259 North Fifth Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-0223
Happy Holiday to all ...
It may not be like the one we knew in the past..but life goes on.
Its like Analog to Digital...
CHANGE...
Regards,

Harold Deppe

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hi Dave,

I've been going through the messages and saw a comment by Harold Deppe in the September 2008 archive, in reply to my comments about the iconoscope camera photo with Burgess Meredith and Dorothy McGuire. No, I never was a cameraman with CBS. In fact, I never worked for the network. My only camera experiences were in cable TV. One was doing it COLD during a telethon for MD or MS or CP or Easter Seals...one of them. I asked if I could try it (I was running audio for them), they said sure and I received some very basic instruction. How to do head shots, panning, close-ups and the most important - always keep the subject's head a little below the top of the picture. Next experience was when I took a course at a CATV studio so I could volunteer there. Ran us through EVERYTHING. I decided it was in my best interest to stick to radio . I do have a connection of sorts with CBS - as a listener/viewer. The most memorable was in 7th grade, hearing Allan Jackson saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States is dead" on Nov. 22, 1963. For years I could not listen to a recording of it without experiencing cold chills and getting tears in my eyes. I'm curious about that day, regarding CBS Radio, and am researching the timeline of the bulletins, etc., that went over the air. Esp. curious to know if Cronkite on TV or Jackson on radio got it on the air first. By listening to the recordings from WCBS and backtiming from the 2 PM network tone, I've figured WCBS-AM had a local bulletin at about 1:40:04 PM. This whole thing came about because I wasn't sure if one of the first wire service reports did indeed indicate that there were no injuries reported. Had to do a lot of research and got interested in what was reported and when and by which organization. I would guess that CBS Radio was still using Studio 9 at 485 Madison Ave. at that time and that Jackson and Dallas Townsend operated from there that day. A couple things and I end this long-winded blurb. If you are interested, but haven't yet read it, Dan Rather's book, The Camera Never Blinks, has a great narration of what went on in Dallas that day. He thought he was talking to Eddie Barker (he was with him on one phone, network in New York on the other) about what information they had that JFK had expired. He didn't realize that the NY desk had asked something and he replied that it was his information that the president was dead. Next thing he heard was Jackson making the announcement, followed soon after by the national anthem. Item 2: did you see the 1977-ish TVfilm, The Night That Panicked America? It aired on ABC and did a great job telling the War of the Worlds broadcast. The studio and control room sets were excellent. I don't know how close the original these were, but they were period authentic. They also had several night shots of the building at 485. These, too, looked authentic - down to the CBS letters on the building. Sorry for the lengthy letter.
Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.

Bob Paine, KA3ZCI

Friday, December 05, 2008

Frank,

Thanks for the thoughts. I have to apologize. I left out a very good name.
TD Carl Shutzman. He was a great guy and we did some outside sound
installation work together. I also have to mention John Pumo.
A great guy and video man. He also gave me one of my claims to fame.
We did the first Godfrey show in color in studio 72. John became my
boom pusher, since b/w video people weren't assigned to do color video yet.
The studio was very crowded with sets and commercial areas. Godfreys specialty.
We were on air live and I had a 180 degree swing from a number to the Godfrey
commercial area, Bud Hlavaty the other boom man was locked in a corner too far
away to swing to the commercial area, so John and I devised a cue to make the move.
At the end of the number, time to make the move, somehow our signal got screwed up
and John made the move a half second too fast (and I mean fast).
Well, we had the old Mole Richardson booms. Small plarform, etc.
The next thing I know, I am swinging thru the air hanging onto the boom arm.
Next thing... clunk, Godfrey in the head. Platform is under me and Godfrey looks up
and says, "you all right lad?" Embarrassing moments for a boom man.
A story about the great Chico another time.

My best,
Sol T.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

In the center of the page, are some 51 samples from tv shows (audio).
Do you recognize any of the voices on the show opens (Kovacs, Calendar, Douglas Edwards with the News are all show opens).
Feel free to pass the link around.
There is another spot on the page you can click on for more shows.

Click here --> ATVAUDIO


Dave Schwartz

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I received a note on Skype from Ray Sills when I asked how come he doesn't contribute.
Knowing he has some great stories, it reads as follows:
"Hi Goody: Thanks for the wishes. And, I check the CBS Retirees page now and then,
but I haven't quite discovered how to post an item..
I have emailed Dave Minott now and then.
I make a lot of contributions to some email lists and Yahoo groups,
but I haven't found a link on the CBS page to make a contribution.
I guess I'll have to go back and check more carefully!!!"

Maybe there are others that are confused also. I never had a problem.

For those who haven't figured out how to supply input here, it is very easy!
Just send your thoughts, pictures, etc. in an e-mail to me at:
Webmaster at cbsretirees.com. Replace the "at" with the at sign, please!
This is to prevent "harvesting" of e-mail addresses by spammers...

Dave

SOL,

BE NOT DISMAYED, I WORKED FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD DELI IN SUNNYSIDE
QUEENS (DEVILS ISLAND DELI ) AS A CLERK AND DELIVERY BOY.
WHILE WORKING EARLY HOURS AT CBS JOE, MY FAVORITE ITALIAN MAN
FERRETED OUT THIS INFORMATION AND KEPT ASKING WHETHER "FRANK
HAD A LIST TO PORT DUE TO THE TIP CHANGE IN MY POCKETS." HE WAS
AN AVID COIN COLLECTOR AND I DON'T REMEMBER IF IF I EVER EXCEEDED
BASE PAY CHANGING COINS WITH HIM. HE WOULD LITERALLY PANT WITH
JOY WHEN I ARRIVED. WELCOME BACK TO SOME OF THE NAMES THAT CAN
NOT BE FORGOTTEN! RELIEF MEN, VACATION RELIEF, SICK RELIEF, ETC.ETC.
WE SURE GOT TO KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE AS EVIDENCED BY THIS SITE.
P.S. HOW DID A A NON-ITALIAN ESCAPE VIDEDOM.
PROBABLY HAD A HOME RADIO AND ELECTRICITY.

REGARDS,
FRANK NOVACK

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Golden Age Of Television...
Now as we have some aboard That have worked with the old ( TUBE STUFF )
Why not tell this Generation your memory of the first encounter with ...
The Iconoscope Camera
The Old color system
Film Recording
T.V.R.
Image Orthicon Camera
Vidicon camera.
Quad Tape
E.T.C.
P.S.There could be someone interested in the Days of early Television.

Regards,
Harold Deppe
Hello everyone and thank you for the welcome.
I started at CBS in the E&D department in 1973 and left to go to HBO in 1980.
Jim is correct. We did share an office in Black Rock and a few laughs for part
of that time. I am currently retired and living in Westchester County in New York.
My last job was with Viacom. After Viacom acquired CBS I spent a little time working
with CBS people. It was nice to return to Broadcast Center after so many years.

Paul Heimbach

Thursday, November 27, 2008

I would like this posted on the website.
Thanks very much. Sol Tabachnick
Hi all,
I came to CBS in 1952 with Fred Schutz and Paul Layden. We came over from the UN. I went into studio operations and spent most of my time there except fot 6 months, courtesy Stan Green, I spent it in VTR Grand Central with Art Buckner and Matty Matwichuk. I worked every crew except four. Vern Gamble. Charlie Grenier, Bob Dailey ( I replaced Ed Wolf on the PA console but never worked the crew) and Ted Miller ( I sat behind Dennis Maitland in studio 58 for many months spinning music cues for Studio One. But never on the crew).
I worked with Frank Bellcastro, Ted Healy, Jay Jack Howerton, Frank Protzman, Buddy Gagnon, Dwight Temple, Bob Heuberger, Ben Russ, Lou Tedesco, Sid Kaufman, Charlie Lyons (my longest and most enjoyable) Joe Calvanico. Now here is a strange coincidence. I used to deliver orders as a kid to a women named Calvanico at 3228 Decatur Avenue in the Bronx. One day I met her son and he introduced me to Ham radio. His call was W2 Oboe Queen Ocean. How could I forget. I had no problem with the technical part of the test but I could not do the code. (in rhose days it was code or no license) I guess I wasn't that bad as I did get a first class license. Imagine my surprise when one day I walked into studio 41 and there is Joe sitting in the TD seat. I had no isea he worked at CBS. In my travels through CBS, I ran into Al Cohen. He was the chief engineer at a small 250 watter in upstate NY who gave me my second job in the business. I ran into Hal Michaels who I knew from WFUV-FM. I ran into George Grey and Harry Peterson who I knew from WATV channel 13 and then I ran into Harold Bailey who I knew from the unemployment line after he was laid from WFDR-FM after the station closed down. Harold was at my wedding. I spent many days in all the CBS that they Had. Studios 41, 42 44. In Grand Central. Studios 61, 72. 58, and of course 53, 54, 55. 56 (all Leiderkranz hall) the studio on upper 5th avenue, the studio that was a movie theater on 66th street and Broadway. And Finally BC. Studios 41 to 46. We had a studio that we used at Dumont studios on east 67th street. I remember it well because we did a Camera 11I from there one Sunday live and the Audioman was Sam Laine. The review in the NY Times the next day praised the audio and called him Sam Kane. We couldn't stop Sam from bitching about the mistake for weeks. I must say it was a great jazz show with great bands and Billie Holiday. Over the years I met many great people on staff and still have fond memories of my 16 years with CBS. I never retired. I left in May of 1968, yes 40 years ago. I saw the writing on the wall and decided to try my luck at free lancing which was just coming into vogue. I must say though. It was 16 years of great experiences and friendships and I still cherish them and relive them. I still remember once being in the Field Shop and Sam Levin telling me to go with Bob Oswald up to the Chrysler tower and give him a hand. When we got there I couldnt believe what he was doing juggling that dish out one of the doors. I have to tell you, I was very unhappy being there. Oh yes. John Khousouris (please forgive the spelling), I met for the first time at studio 72 when we were doing the Merry Widow. I saw John several other times and then ran into him again in Grand Central VTR where he was the boss and I was being trained. Great person. The audiomen I did boom for were: Al Bressan Fred Cusack. A story about Fred. We were going to do the summer replacement for Godfrey. The Russ Morgan and Helen O'Connell show. Bud Hlavaty and Fred and I were sitting in the audio booth of studio 50 after we had set up. The band started coming in and there was Russ Morgan and the director Seymour Burns on stage. Fred said, come on guys I want to show you something. We walked on stage and Russ Morgan looked our way and burst. "What the hell are you doing here, addressing Fred. "I fired you over 40 years ago." Yep, I looked it up in a jazz disco book and sure enough he was listed as tenor sax on many of the bands records. Pete Reed, Sam Lane, Jay Chicon, Bill Gage, Jack Katz, Fred Lopez, Ken Noonan, sorry Im slipping. Cant remember too many names any more.
Any way fellows, I thank those of you who may remember me for all those wonderful years at CBS. We did live in the GOLDEN AGE of TELEVISION.
I would like to commend and remember the maintenance staff at Leiderkranz Hall. Howard Porter, Bert Littlefield, Harry Krim and one other person whose name escapes me. They kept the old place running like clockwork. And that was no small job.
So, to those of you who remember. Thank you and my best to you all,

Sol Tabachnick

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

> Rita Sands collected several albums of photos containing pix of those
> of us on duty at WCBS Radio 88 in 1980. Sorry to find I was not in there.
In 1980 I would have been the afternoon drive board op for Pat Parson (nee Tuminaro)
and Ben Farnsworth, who were pictured. WCBS had a staff of 42 techs back
> then, now there is just one.The one is, or was, Barry Siegfried, K2MF ?
42 techs was the high water mark, reached in maybe 1968 or 1969.
The all news format began in Sept 1967, the morning after a twin engine plane knocked
down the tower, leaving 2 fatalities. What an inauspicious beginning to the new format.
With every new IBEW contract, the head count got smaller.
In 1980 I'd estimate the tech head count in the mid-20's.
In Feb 1982 I was moved over to Network Radio and left Black Rock behind.
The cc: list left out my call, K2EUH. And Dave Minott is WA2EXP.
It was great to see all the old pictures.
Imagine - No PC's then. I know Warren Elly (also on the To: list) through the Tampa ARC.

73,
Bob Foxworth
Passing of Tommy Richards - Head at Ed Sullivan Theatre

Tommy was far to young to be leaving us. He was the son of Jerry Richards who was the Head in Studio 44 for many years.
Below is a copy of the official notice that was sent to the staff of the David Letterman Show:
As many of you already know, the Late Show lost one of our family members this weekend. Tommy Richards, coworker, friend, father and Head of our Electrical Department suffered a fatal heart attack on Saturday while visiting family in Florida. Those of you who were lucky enough to work and know Tommy will understand how much he will be missed. His smile is something many of us relied upon when things got crazy down on the stage.
Below I have listed information about viewing and memorial services and donations in memory of Tommy.
VIEWING
Tuesday, November 25th 6 8PM

T. M. Ralph Funeral Home
http://www.tmralph.com/address.htm
7001 NW 4th St.
Plantation, FL 33317
954-587-6888
(Family requests no flowers but donations to Broadway Cares be given in memory of Tommy)

DONATION INFORMATION
Broadway Cares
165 W. 46th St. Attn: Care Cards
New York, NY 10036

http://www.broadwaycares.org/donations/index.cfm
Checks can be mailed to the above address or you can visit the website (and click on Care Cards) either way, in order to make a donation in Tommys name and generate a card to his children you will have to include their information:
Chris and Celeste Richards
PO Box 302
Wakefield, RI 02880
MEMORIAL SERVICE
THE ED SULLIVAN THEATER
Wednesday, December 10th
11A 12P
All are welcome

Gayle P. De Poli1-646-354-1705 US mobilegayle.depoli
Skype1-877-840-2030 e-fax domestic 1-203-724-2007
e-fax international
AOL.com
Lara Parker-Watt,

At the epening of the website, there is a Google box.
Please type in June Taylor dancers.
You will receive a whole page of sources to that great group plus
2 retirees listings, one by Gayle Depoli, PHONE #203-637- 0788
The whole page is covered with other sources.
Best wishes and good hunting,

Frank Novack

PS, I WORKED THE GLEASON AND SULLIVAN SHOWS IN THE LATE '50'S

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dear Sir,

I am looking for a picture of my grandmother. She is 69 years old and not doing well.
I would love to surprise her with a picture of her dancing with the June Taylor Dancers.
It would have been in the early to mid fifties. I don't know where to look or start my search.
She always talks about how proud she is of my daughter,
who is 5 and in her third year of dance, and that my daughter has the same passion she did.
I think that she would love to see a picture of her dancing.
Please help me if you can or direct me where else you think I should go.
Thank you so much. I really appreciate it.
(My grandmother's maiden name is Patricia Louise Harris)

Warmly,
Larisa Parker-Watt
queenbusybof3@aol.com
Dave,

That's Herbert (Chico) Claudio on the boom.
Don't know the other people.

Ted P.
Hi all:

Rita Sands collected several albums of photos containing pix of those of us on duty at WCBS Radio 88 in 1980.
Rita had an illustrious on-air career in New York City having worked as an anchor person and reporter at WNEW,
WCBS, WQXR, WCBS TV, and ABC TV Network. She is a lovely lady with a terrific on-air voice and a great personality.
I had the pleasure of being assigned, along with Paul, K2VBS as the Studio B control room tech for Rita's air shifts
with co-anchors Gary Maurer, Gil Gross and Harvey Hauptman. My image appears about half way thru the album
when I was on the Studio A, Master Control assignment. The racks were loaded with STL and transmitter monitoring
gear as well as Xmtr remote control via Telco lines to High Island, where the rig was located in Long Island Sound.
The reel to reel machine was the Revox audio logger. We also had 5 or 6 Ampex 350's which are not pictured.
WCBS had a staff of 42 techs back then, now there is just one.
Here is the link: Slide Show

73,
Bob
Can anyone identify these people (aside from Ed Sullivan!)?

Gady

I have just created a new photo album with pictures
courtesy of Jim Hergenrather. These photos are c.1940
and since the description for each picture is lengthy, I have
placed all the descriptions in a separate document, which you
can access from the Album itself. There is a rare photo of
Charlie Chaplin and Dr. Peter Goldmark, as well!
Enjoy! Click here --> Jim Hergenrather Collection

Monday, November 24, 2008

It seems there are some of us that don't remember
Grand Central Studios. There were St 41..42 .43..44..... St 43 was Film Control.
Late Show ..E.T.C.S.T. 44 was a small Studio.. Too small for large Productions.
A . Master Control ...T.V.R.. Telecine.. and Video Tape..
I will let the production People tell you of the great shows that came from these Studios.
P.S. I forgot Vidicon Valley..

Regards,
Harold Deppe

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Jay Chichon,

I remember that day I was there at Grand Central ..
( Maint.)..Looking back it was a great time to be at C.B.S.
The start of a great time in Television.
We can't go back but its great to reminisce.
To all of you who like to reminisce..

Regards,
Harold Deppe
Was that an old 41, not in BC?
Were there any other techs working that show?
It must have been exciting being in on the beginning of a new day/era.

Goody

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Nov. 18th, 2008 marked the 57th anniversary of the first
live simultaneous TV transmission from the East Coast (New York Harbor)
and the West Coast (San Francisco Bay), as reporters on both sides of the
North American continent gave live reports to Ed Murrow on the first episode
of the "See It Now" program. Ed Murrow was seated in the back of control room
of Studio 41 in front of a mock conrol panel.
Fred Friendly was the producer and Don Hewitt the director.
I was the audio man.

Jay Chichon

Friday, November 21, 2008

Jim..

I have had a High Definition Receiver for a few years, its great....
I had the average home viewer in mind ..
who in my estimation will perceive Color befor Resolution,
Thanks for your comment..

Regards,
Harold Deppe
A new addition has been made to our "Page 12" collection.
Click here --> Page 12
Harold,

I think Dave Minott has presented a very good case for our vote for analog to digital technology.
I would like to add that Digital Technology has also made us change the Broadcast Spectrum
that we use for Broadcasting. While I primarily built my career on the change to color,
that change pales in comparison to the quality of a HDTV picture.
There still are a lot of viewers that prefer the old black and white programming.
My wife is one. She still enjoys her B&W movies on our 61 inch HDTV set!
I rest my case.

Jim Herschel

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Dave and Jim Herschel..

Why do you think Digital Technology has had the most significant impact on Television ?
I say Color Television.. this is the way we see in our every day life..
Retirees let us know what you think is the most significant impact on Television.
This could turn out to be an interesting Topic for us all......

Regards,
Harold Deppe


Digital technology has had the greatest impact on our lives!
Digital technology in Television has increased resolution, decreased
physical equipment size, allowed for more complex effects.
It has almost totally supplanted videotape and allowed for direct
transmission of program information (as well as commercials) via
satellite from worldwide suppliers to broadcasters.

There are many more reasons, but I don't want to spoil the fun
of others!

Dave
In a career that spanned 3 years at Dumont Labs,
3 years at North American Phillips and 29 years at CBS Engineering,
I had exposure to all the areas suggested by Harold Deppe.
I would vote Analog to Digital as the most important advance in Television Electronics.
I retired from CBS in 1995 just as the Analog to Digital revolution was beginning but
I definitely think the Digital Technology has had the most significant impact.
I would also like to welcome Paul Heimbach aboard.
As I recall, Paul shared an office with me at Black Rock during his tenure at CBS
before he left to go to HBO..

Jim Herschel

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Paul Heimbach,

Glad to see you aboard..where are you located now.?
We hope to have some interesting Dialogue between us all.
1973 was the Year I left C.B.S.

Best Regards,
Harold Deppe
Hello,

My name is Paul Heimbach.
I was employed by the CBS Network Engineering Department
from 1973 until 1980. Am I eligible to participate in this group
or does one really need to have retired (in the official sense)
from CBS?

Thank you,
Paul A. Heimbach


Welcome to the group!
Dave

Monday, November 17, 2008

Monochrome to color :

They bumped all of the color blind guys up to supervisory or management positions.

goody

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Retirees...

If you were asked these Questions how would you answer?
The one you think was the one ( most) outstanding...

1. The Iconoscope to Image Orthicon.
2. Monochrome to Color.
3. T.V.R. to Video Tape.
4. Anolog to Digital.
5. Cathode ray Tube to L.C.P.S.

We know they are all great but there must be one that stands out..
for you...My choice would be # 2 Color.

Best Regards,
Harold Deppe


My choice would be Analog to Digital!
Dave
I got this information on the internet.
The show is available through Blockbuster and other sites.
Thanks for your story. I, for one, would love to hear many more of them.
I think so many stories are lost to history. These are stories which we might
think are not important but later generations will.
24 Hours in a Woman's Life (1961) Ingrid Bergman, John Williams, Rip Torn,
Jerry Orbach, Lili Darvas. Years after the death of her husband,
a middle-aged woman endeavors to overcome unrelenting grief by traveling
to Monte Carlo where she becomes romantically involved with a depressed gambler.
This made-for-TV movie with original Revlon commercials is based on
Stefan Zweig's novel. Rip Torn, whom she co-starred with, said Ingrid was a
warm woman, a lot of fun. We were always laughing together. I told her a lot of jokes.
I thought the producer would look at us in a funny way, like maybe we were laughing
too much and having too good a time. He said he dressed down and looked slovenly
during production because he lived in Hells Kitchen and didn't want to stand out.
When he made an entrance in costume he saw Ingrid look at him and she said
"What happened to my old bum?" By the way, I still have two Garry Moore
nighttime scripts. One is for the Look Awards. It would be great to hear stories of
working with Garry and Joe Hamilton.
What was it like working in Studio 50.
Talk about Grenier as a TD.

Gady

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I worked on a show with Julio De Bennetto.
I don`t remember the title. It had the word Woman in it.
It starred Ingrid Bergman. A young Rip Torn was her co-star
and he went into a snit one day and threw his script on the floor.
Ms. Bergman got on her knees and picked it up.
We never heard another wimper from mister Torn for the rest of the show.
We worked three days and nights in three different studios.
It was the first time I worked with real movie sets -
(the buildings and streets looked real.) I have a picture of the crew with
Miss Bergman. I'll dig it out and send it as soon as I find it.
The next time I saw Julio De Bennetto was when I did the Gary Moore show.
He comes from Canada and I understand he was one of their best directors.
He treated the crew very well and was well liked.

Cal Marotta
Here is some very early information (c.1931), courtesy of Dave Schwartz:


Hi Frank,

I did not know that Yul Brynner had directed Studio One at one time.
It must have been before January 15, 1950, since I worked on Studio One for all of 1950.
Frank Schaffner and Paul Nickel are the only directors I remember for that time period.

Jay Chichon

Friday, November 14, 2008

HELLO JAY,

I BELIEVE MR. BRYNNER ALSO DIRECTED STUDIO ONE BEFORE HE EMBARKED ON HIS NIGHT JOB.
MR. CLASSON WOULD HAVE THE ANSWER AND THE EXPERIENCE OF WORKING WITH HIM.

FRANK NOVACK
It's great to see so many new responses to the site.
Keep it up. Does anyone know who mixed the audio on Sullivan when the Beatles appeared?
Was it Art Shine? Also I'd like to know if anyone has pictures of the old St.43 at 15 Van as well as
any other photos from there. Does anyone have any stories about John Wray who directed Sullivan
before Tim Kiley? Does anyone have any stories about the Garry Moore Tue. night show and
specifically Julio DiBenedetto who directed?

Gady

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Here is a snippet from a NY Times article regarding retiree health benefits.
Link to the article follows the snippet.

Last week, for example, CBS Inc. said it would offer early retirement to 2,000 of its 30,000 employees. Nearly 3,000 CBS retirees currently receive pensions, most of them with full health-care benefits.

Click here --> NY Times article
Exactly Harold!

The Kotex was used to clean the "Piece Of Glass",
it wouldn't scratch and was very reasonably priced,
not like lens tissue... Yes! we are all getting older,
but the 6BQ6 came way after the 5U4....

Regards,
Harry Charles

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Does anyone remember Yul Brenner when he was a Director for CBS-TV?
He directed the "Snarky Parker" puppet show while lying on a couch in back of conrol room 41.
Bill and Cora Baird were the puppeteers.
Jay Chichon


Hi Jay,

I believe this anecdote is somewhere in our archives,
but it's worth re-iterating!

Dave
Harry Charles,

Do you mean in relation to this piece of glass.??
Please remind me..
I used only 5U4s and once in a while a 6BQ6..
and adjusted the edge and back Lights...
Boy are we getting old....

Harold..
Harold,

Do you remember what the stockpile of "Kotex" in telecine was used for?

Harry Charles
Old Timers...

Did any of you work with... or remember this wonderful piece of glass..??
If you have, it would be nice to hear about it.
P.S. it would also be nice to hear from Bob Wilson.
How about it Bob ?

Best Regards,
Harold Deppe


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hi Dave,

I just looked at the collection on the Retirees website and the iconoscope camera grabbed my attention.
The people in the photo are Burgess Meredith and - I believe - Dorothy Maguire (orMcGuire).
I saw that shot somewhere else but can't recall where. The date might be sometime from about1936
to 1946, judging from the age they appear to be and from the camera. Do you or anyone in the group
know anything about CBS Radio facilities at Steinway Hall, 17th floor, ca.1927, or the studio and control
room arrangement at 485 Madison? I understand an early CBS-TV Studio One presentation,
"The Night America Panicked" (not the same title as the ABC movie, "The Night That Panicked America")
originated in part from an actual radio studio and control room at 485 Madison.
I should clarify and say that the re-creation of the radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds" was done live
from the studio/control room. I've seen it; it's great.

Bob Paine KA3ZCI
ka3zci@yahoo.com
Richland WA
For some strange reason, our archives stopped updating in May
of this year. I found the problem, and corrected it.
You can now look back in our archives from the present to the
murky past.

Dave
Our "Page 12" pictures have been updated. Take a peek here --> Page 12

Monday, November 10, 2008

Aloha Im trying to locate Warren Moran the former CBS radio and TV news anchor.
He once worked as a news anchor in Honolulu at our local ABC affiliate,
KITV during the 1970s and I wanted to locate him as I write a column on past anchors and reporters
for the Honolulu Star Bulletin and am working on a book on the subject as well.

Mahalo,

Aj McWhorter

ajm@hawaii.rr.com
CBS Retirees,

Please check out the latest additions to the Eyes of a Generation Web site!

www.eyesofageneration.com
New photos and videos! PLUS--a new forum page. We'd love to hear from all of you with your stories, memories and especially photos!
J.R. Smith

John Smith
ProAds, Inc.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

It appears that several of our members took offense at Bob Vernum's comment.
While some may find certain subjects boring, I can only suggest that they
try and supply us with anecdotes and topics that they enjoy.
That way, we will all be satisfied!

Let's all "lighten up" and try to come up with interesting, on-topic, subjects
to discuss...

Dave

DAVE!
I have been trying to get a message to you ---but unfortunately i get chopped off.
I would very much like to contribute a few comments regarding my years in studio 43.
just recently the Ken Burns baseball series was run on PBS.
My lunch hours frequently consisted of going to 'CHOCK FULL O NUTS" on Lex and 44th.
On one occasion, I realized the man serving me my coffee and sandwich was none other than
the great Jackie Robinson. He was the Vice President of Chock Full, located just above the
restaurant in their Exec offices. Needless to say, I frequented Chock!
I will have much more to say both tech and non tech, just thought this would take the focus off
"old timers"...it gets boring! If we are going to get into more ego claims I will be happy to join-----
Joe Tier was without a doubt my favorite EIC and a real friend!
We had many crab dinners in Obrickis, also we walked the roof of the capitol on that freezing
inauguration in 1984, but with him it was a pleasure.
Wish I could see him again. Fraternally,

Bob Vernum

Friday, November 07, 2008

Bruno...

Do you remember the ( Telecine Co-Ordinator) Howie Purnick?
Many stories about him, If he is still floating around lets pull him aboard..

Harold Deppe .
Prior to my stint in Telecine I was assigned to show crews. My fondest memories were doing Playhouse 90, Studio one, Crime Syndicated, and of course Arthur Godfrey shows, Talent Scouts and his Wednesday night show. Lou Scanna and myself worked the boom mikes. I was the first Assistant Tech to go on a remote during Godfrey's simulcast from Miami. What fun!!!! I remember during his radiocast following the Tv show he wanted to mike the surf. I volunteered I grabbed a lounge chair, walked into the ocean just where the surf broke had a mike in one hand and a tom collins in the other. we mounted a camera on the roof of the hotel and had only one problem. During the installation everyone kept wondering why the elevator kept getting stuck between floors. Each time the doors opened the only two people in the elevator was myself and the operator...
She was gorgeous.

Bruno
I hate to tell you this but it was my input to Art Korff, the 1212 business manager at that time.
He asked me how many jobs it entailed and I told him, "right now just one job but I feel it will eventually be
the mainstay of all shows" ... and I was right. it was worth the strike...

Bruno

Thursday, November 06, 2008

HELLO HAROLD SHUTZMAN,

JOE TIER INFORMED ME THAT I WAS ASSIGNED AS CBS POOL TD IN MIAMI. DAVE ZAP, A BEST BUDDY FROM THE BRONX LEARNED IN CBS/W RADIO THAT 1212 HAD GONE ON STRIKE OVER VIDEOGRAPH JURISDICTION. THE SAME STAN MITCHELL AWAITED AS THE ARRIVALS TROOPED INTO THE HOTEL. WITH PLACARDS AND ASSIGNMENTS FOR STRIKE DUTY. POOLSIDE DRINKS AND SUN TAN OIL WOULD HAVE TO WAIT! AFTER A COUPLEOF DAYS OF TRUDGING, BILL LEONARD HEAD OF NEWS DROVE BY, WAVED WITHOUT MALICE, AND INFORMED US THAT THESTRIKE HAD BEEN SETTLED. WE RECEIVED NO PAY DURING THE STRIKE PERIOD,
PERIOD! NO CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ANY SOURCE PERIOD. THE IRONY WAS THAT WHEN WOR/TV TECHS , LOCAL 1212 AT THE TIME, HAD GONE ON STRIKE IN THE 50'S WE CBS 1212ERS CONTRIBUTED 5%OF OUR PAY. MORE TECHS X BASE PLUS OVERTIME
X 5%=CLOSE TO THEIR REGULAR PAY CHECK. WITHIN A MONTH OF THEIR STRIKE SETTLEMENT, THE WOR 1212 BROTHERS VOTED TO BE REPRESENTED BY IATSE.
BUT I RENEWED SOME OLD FRIENDSHIPS (HERMAN LANGE, ED MALCOLM, TONY FILIPPI, JOE DIGIAVANNA). SOME NEW FRIENDS ABC TECHS TRYING TO GET
ONE CAR PER TECH, HAZARD PAY FOR BASKET CAMERAS UNLESS RIGGED FOR SAFETY LIKE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS. I KID YOU NOT!!. LITTLE DID THEY KNOW THAT I HAD WORKED WITH JOE AT CBS FOR MANY YEARS. LITTLE DID THEY KNOW THAT A REASONABLE DEMAND WOULD BE MET WITH A REASONABLE.DIGIOVANNI SOLUTION E.G.
BASTA ! PASS THE PARMESAN CHEESE, PLEASE.
ALL IN ALL, A MOST CHALLENGING EXPERIENCE.
WALTER WAS A GOOD FRIEND AND, YOU HAL, I CONSIDER A GOOD FRIEND.
STAY WELL,

FRANK NOVACK
Hi Bruno;

Remember the 1968 Convention in Miami.
I travelled with Walter Pile & 2 others to Miami.
Pile gave me a ride to the motel. As I was checking in, I saw Stan Mitchel sitting in the lobby.
After I checked in Mitchel called me over and gave me my strike assignment.
LU 1212 was on strike ONLY in Miami because of who operates the Videograph.
Walter never said a word to me on the plane that day.
I don't think anyone in NY even knew about the strike.

Harold Schutzman
Hi Dave..

It's sad Retirees dont remember the ( Real Golden Age of Television ) The Equipment,.Cameras..E.T.C.....
That made it all possible.
I hope we hear from Bob Wilson, He would remember..
What is your opinion.?

Best Regards,

Harold Deppe


Hi Harold,

When I get the time, I will prepare a reminiscence of my own.
Although I only started getting involved in the late '60's,
I did see a tremendous revolution in equipment sophistication.
Unfortunately, it seems that as the quality of the equipment
went up, the quality of the networks was going down.
We went from a time where our Technicians supplied the
innovation, to a point where there is very little innovation,
and that is supplied by external companies...
Everything now appears to be centered on the "bottom line."
The "powers that be" seem to be afraid to innovate, assuming
the worst -- loss of revenue, rather than reaching for a star...

Dave

I was made aware tonight about the passing of one time game show host Bob Kennedy back in June.According to what little I could find, he was born January 23,1922 and died June 26,2008 in Englewood Cliffs, NJIn the 1940's he appeared on Broadway in Oklahoma and made several soundies (copies exist in the UCLA film and TV archive)He was the featured singer on Name that Tune prior to George DeWitt taking over.Bob hosted not one, but two of TV's shortest run game shows, "Wingo" in 1958 (5 weeks in CBS primetime) and "Window Shopping" in 1962 (13 weeks on ABC daytime). I have one copy of Wingo, but still have never found any copies of Window Shopping. Window Shopping was the last game show produced by Wolf Productions and Wingo was produced by Jan Murray.In the 60's, he filled in as announcer on Password, mostly when Jack Clark subbed as host.In the 50's, he also hosted several local shows in the New York area including a dance show on channel 13 (before it went non-commercial)Later on, I believe, he ran an industrial films company in New Jersey.Maybe someone has other info to add to this.

Dave Schwartz

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

John;


I retired in Dec '86 and moved to California in Feb '87. Greatest move I ever made.
Living in Hayward which is 10 miles south of Oakland coliseum.
Great weather, seasons but no snow. While in telecine I happened upon a graphic machine
that had been laying around for months. It was called videograph. I mastered it on my own
and soon was operating it at the political conventions. Videograph led to Chyron which I soon
pushed on news and sports also some game shows. I introduced it to Basketball and the next
thing I know I did all the NBA games. Then onto football and eventually golf.
After one golf show I never left golf again. Actually, between shows I remained a Telecine supervisor.
I eventually had credits, Bruno Fucci, MF........Master Fontologist
Approved by Bob Hammer himself during one of the conventions.

more at another time

and the poor maint. techs had to clean up the keyboards
after Bruno's jelly rolls...
Dave

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

BRUNO:

So that's where you disappeared to.
Telecine was not as interesting as Studios but when you're offered a promotion
and more bucks you do it without complaining.
Did you move to California when you retired or were you working for CBS out there.
When I first was running color as I said I spent half my time on the coast and grew to really like it.
I always felt that L.A. was more Tv's home than was N.Y..
Any one else out there from the old group. And also where do you live in CA?
Talk later -- give someone else a crack at it.
Meanwhile Best wishes and regards ---

John K.
Sure glad you remember me, John.
I did move on from color to almost all phases of tv broadcasting.
I went on to do film shading, then audio and switching in the old studio 43 in Grand Central.
Bob Hammer moved me down to Telecine as a supervisor.
I had no idea how to thread a projector but I learned fast.
It seems Hammer needed me more for my gruff ways than my talents.
At that time Telecine was the hell hole of CBS and a lot of shirkers were sent there.
It was up to me to get a days work out of them.
I had no problems as I treated everyone fairly and they respected me.
More stuff another time...

Bruno







GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A JOE SOKOTA TALE

JOE WAS A CAMERA PERSON WHOSE CREW WAS ASSIGNED TO FEED LIVE
COMMERCIALS INTO THE UNITED STATES STEEL HOUR..
ONE OF THE SPOTS WAS TO BE SEEN FOR THE FIRST TIME AND WAS DEEMED OF PRIME IMPORTANCE
TO PRESENT THE PRODUCT WITH TECHNICAL QUALITY SUPERIOR TO FILM WITH COPY TO MATCH.
THE SPONSOR WAS MARLBORO CIGARETTES. AFTER NUMEROUS REHEARSALS,
THE TEAM REACTED LIKE CLOCKWORK AND DRESS REHEARSAL ENSUED.
JOE'S FINAL SHOT WAS AN EXTREME CLOSEUP OF THE ACTORS HAND HOLDING THE MARLBOROS.
THE TD (LOU TEDESCO) SWITCHED TO JOE'S CAMERA.AND WATCHED IN HORROR AS THE HAND
CRUSHED THE CIGARETTE PACKAGE. AGENCY REPS FAINTED. LOU WAS IRATE.
CBS WOULD GO DOWN A FEW NOTCHES IN SPONSORSHIP REVENUE. FOR, YOU SEE THIS WAS TO BE
THE INTRODUCTION OF THE "CRUSHPROOF BOX" . THE TECHS STIFLED THEIR MIRTH.
PRODUCTION PEOPLE DRIED THEIR TEARY EYES. AGENCY PEOPLE FILLED OUT NEW RESUMES.
THE AIR SHOW WENT FINE. JOE, DID I MENTION WAS OVER SIX FT TALL AND BUILT LIKE OUR PRESENT
DAY LINEBACKERS. ALL WERE FEARFUL TO ACCOST JOE .
HE WENT TO BECOME A RESPECTED CAMERA PERSON BUT HIS APPEARANCE ON THE
ED SULLIVAN SHOW WAS CANCELLED.

SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDAE!

FRANK NOVACK
My first assignment at CBS was to leave the lounge in Grand Central
and report to Ray Satter on the Microwave site in the " Tippy Top" of the Chrysler building.
I took the elevator to the 86th floor and climbed the ladder to the Microwave site which is just
under the Spire of the building. There are 4 ft doors on each side of the building facing N.S.E.& W.
Ray had one door open and was pushing a dish out on a track to aim it....I asked him
"What the hell am I doing here" He said " If I fall out, you Call somebody"

Harry Charles

Monday, November 03, 2008

Hi Tony Casola;

I started working in the film dept., was transferred to telecine, then video tape. Spent some time in BOC, then
transferred to film recording with Red Stieger after Freddy Deganhart retired. I retired on march 27,1998 after
34 years with CBS. Met a lot of nice people, yourself included.
I have been reading the notices on the web site and it is sad to see so many of the people i worked with
over the years are gone but I am glad to see so many of us still around.
I hope to make the next luncheon.

Thanks to every one for the web site.
Pat Murtha

my address is P.O. Box 364
Pocono Lake PA 18347
570 646 7747
My first day at CBS I reported at Father Divines which is at 109th. st. and Fifth Ave.
The TD was a guy named John Koushouris. I started on a Wednesday and to my surprise on payday I received a check for a full weeks pay.
This was the time of CBS color. We did two shows a day but I doubt if anybody could see them because the frequency was not compatable to normal receivers.
Mike and Buff was one show hosted by Mike Wallace of 60 min. fame and his (then) wife, Buff Cobb.
The other show was hosted by Ivan Sanderson, who was an explorer and did a show with exotic animals.
One day he brought in some African killer bees. They were the size of quarters.
Some of them got loose and we had to empty the studio.
Another time a monkey got away and Jack Lemmon who was a guest of Mike and Buff tried to catch him up in the grid.
I remember the audio man ,he was an old timer from radio, his name was Hal. He taught me Morse code so I could pass my test
and was issued the license, K2QGB, which he promptly called me Two Quarts Good Booze.
Sol Train ,Frank McCormack, Frank Florio, are gone. Sol Train was first Trombone in Tommy Dorsey`s
band before he changed his life and became a cameraman.
Frank Florio taught me most of what I needed to know about the broadcast business.
Being retired gives me a lot of time to think about what could have been If I was more confident and aggressive,
but all in all I`m happy with what I accomplished.
...but I miss the action and the guys.

Cal Marotta
I was looking for additional photo's of Bob when I stumbled upon your website.
Thought you might want to let others know of Bob Seiderman's nomination.
Here is the Inductee list for 2008
http://www.sportsvideo.org/portal/hof/

Thank you.--
Carrie Bowden
SVGm.917.446.4412w.212.481.8140
carrie@sportsvideo.org
Retirees...

Your response to this Website is GREAT keep it going.... one of you guys ..must remember....
the Show ( I REMEMBER MAMA ) St 41..REMEMBER ....
a CBS Director that had sneakers on while directing a show.?? Now in Hollywood........
Lucky Pup....St 44... Danger St 42..The Great White Father ( Vern Gamble), Nat DeGutz,
Man Against Crime St.42 Ralph Bellamy.. Now tell us who the Video Men were ......
P.S Do you remember ( Crime Photographer) St 41??
Pappy Treat....Keep this ship going dont let it sink...
Bet You dont remember Me..

Best Regards,

Harold Deppe
John Koushouris:

Speaking about Field Sequential Color, I was at 485 Madison Ave unpacking the first
Production C.B.S. Field Sequential Receivers and checking them out...
when the receiver was set for Monochrome the color wheel motor reversed and the
Color wheel filter segments folded away from the 10 inch monochrome Picture Tube.
When the color wheel was completely folded away from the tube a micro switch shut
the Power to the wheel off ...the micro switch hung up somtimes and did not stop the motor
and the motor went up in smoke.....one of the problems with the C.B.S.Sequential Color receivers..
P.S. Remember Mike and Buff..?
for Telecine Walter Grunwald and Lew Dennis...
Regards To all who were around to see all of this it was a great Time... Harold Deppe


and let's not forget Dick Locke and Stan Winiarski, as well!
Dave
LONG TIME AGO;

It was daytime and that day in June 1951 that the first broadcast of a commercially sponsored COLOR show using the CBS system;
Longines Wittnauer the sponsor.
That day I was hired into CBS RADIO and in the process of having a tour of the studio facilities we happened upon STUDIO 21 where some several manufacturers had set up their wares for display to the press. My tour guide could have been Jack Mason? The pictures were spectacular !!!!

Harry Peterson
This is response to all the pleas to contribute memories of the old days of CBS-TV.
I hope you will not be bored with the details.
I Remember It Well! My very first day of work with CBS-TV on Jan. 15th, 1950, Studio 41 Grand Central Building.
I had worked in all technical phases of Radio Broadcasting for about 8 years, so no training or
break-in period was required. I was assigned to provide the recorded music cues for the "Studio One"
weekly drama program. We rehearsed Sunday and Monday and aired live Monday evening at 10 P.M.
The Producer was Worthington Miner, Directors Frank Schaffner and Paul Nickel, AD Lila Swift.
Tech crew was T.D. George Gould, Audio Joe Calvanico, Cameras Harold Classon & Bill Guyon, Boom Mic Dick Douglas,
Video Lou Tedesco.
Sunday morning Lila Swift would hand me a large stack of 78 & 33 rpm records with grease pencil marks on them.
They marked musical phrases from classical recordings that I had to accurately cue up and play on cue without
"WOWING" them. I must say that it was one of the most creative things I did at CBS. I did this using 2 variable speed
RCA turntables. At the very opening of the program I had to play 3 music cues in succession from 3 records using
only 2 turntables. In those days there were no "zoom" lenses on the old RCA cameras. If you wanted to zoom into a
subject the camera man had to "dolly in" or move the camera closer to the subject while maintaining focus. How they
did this without going out of focus was amazing. As has been mentioned before....those were the Golden Years of
Televison. Unfortunately things have changed and in my opinion TV has become a "great waste land".
Best regards to all who remember me.

Jay Chichon

Sunday, November 02, 2008

HI BRUNO,
DOES THE NAME
PATTY PAINTER RING A BELL????
NOVACK
Bruno Fucci ! Can't believe it . If you are, you were working at CBS Labs, known as ERD,
Engineering, Research and Development you during the 1940's. For the Great Dr. Peter C. Goldmark.
At any rate I remember what you refer to as if it were yersterday and to prove it the young
blonde's name was Patty Painter and she was our color Test Pattern.
All kidding aside Bruno when I think of you a smile comes over me because we sure did a lot of
kidding and laughing. And, you couldn't have retired in a better place, California.
While I was working in color I spent half my time in L.A., TV CITY as the Technical Production
head of Color in Operations trying to coordinate the two coasts so that they were adhering to identical standards.

Stay in touch Bruno -- you've got a lot of stories to tell.

John l. Koushouris
I clearly remember working at 485 Madison when color was still in the experimental stages.
THIS WAS THE COLOR WHEEL..God what a monster that was.
John Koushouris was in charge and the video man , of course, was Frank Florio.
I was an AT then and I could only move cable and monitors and operate the boom.
I think we did a 5 minute show with goldfish.
I don't remember who the girl was but I beleive her name was Patty.
JK would remember, I'm sure....

Bruno

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Lest we forget:

JACK LANGE

RIP, good FRIEND

Frank Novack.
Dave,

Add Red Steiger to the telecine list. Dick Van Dyke was mentioned......maybe it was a hundred years ago (seems like it)
CBS used to do Saturday Baseball. As I recall Dizzy Dean and Bob Neal were the anouncers and Byron Paul was the Director..
I was on the old field crew which consisted of Vern Cheesman, Sandy Bell, Carl Prince, Marty Tuck, John McMammus, Tom Delilla,
Lou Scanna, and me. WE arrived at Ebbets Field one Saturday morning to broadcast a Dodgers baseball game.
Waiting at the gate was Byron with a friend whom he introduced to us as Dick. Turns out he was Dick Van Dyke,
a rather young fellow who later went out for coffee for the crew.

Harold Schutzman
Dave,

this is for those who haven't seen it...

Harry Charles



Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... Author unknown...
A few of the others that worked in telecine:

Bobby Langer, Lou Dennis, Ike Cohen, Charles Kurz, Lou Siegel, Nat Wernick,
Buddy Morgan (original writer of "Beverly Hillbillies) He sued cbs and won millions,
Howie Purnick, Romeo Quaranta, Vince Menci, Harry Krampel, Lee Levy, Ben Colon,
Tony Landry, Sam Lawrence, and others whom I can't recall at this time...

Bruno Fucci

and then there were:
Jerry Jeromack, Angelo Gaudino, Frank Pollack (sp?) and the other maintenance
people of the "Ristorante Telecine" era, for those who remember...

Dave
JOHN K.,

...AND PERRY BEGAT MERV GRIFFIN AND BETTY ANN GROVE AND THEY BEGAT RAY ANTHONY AND HE BEGAT JIMMY DEAN WHO BEGAT JULIUS LA ROSA (SUMMER REPLACEMENTS).
..........JANE FROMAN , TUES AND THURS, WAS DIRECTED BY BYRON PAUL WHO SET UP AUDIENCE WARMUP FOR HIS RUBBER FACED, SKINNY ARMY BUDDY NAMED VAN DYKE DICK, ER
DYKE, ER, OH YOU KNOW WHO I MEAN. THEY LANDED OUT IN HOLLYWOOD , DICK AS TALENT AND BYRON AS HIS AGENT. SO BE CAREFUL IF YOU DISS SOMEONE, IT COULD COME BACK AND BITE YOU. LOU TEDESCO, BLESS HIS SOUL, USED A YOUNG ASST P.A. TO TAP THE MUSIC BEATS
ON HIS SHOULDER DURING RAY ANTHONY SHOW, THE BETTER TO SWITCH CAMERAS.THE PA BECAME A BIG DOG OUT IN HOLLYWOOD. HIS NAME WAS NICK VANOFF. IB MELCHIOR, THE DIRECTOR, BROKE OUT IN HIVES DUE TO NERVES AT START OF SHOWS. LATER I FOUND OUT HE SERVED IN OSS THE CIA PREDECESSOR DURING THE BIG ONE
WW2. GO FIGURE!
E-MAILS, WE GET E-MAILS, WE GET LOTS AND LOTS OF EMAILS.......
MMM...MM, FUNNY IT JUST DOESN'T HAVE THE SAME RING TO IT................letters, letters, letters, letters,letters.............?????
WELL, JOHN, I TURNED 80 YEARS OLD THIS MONTH AND FEEL I COULD STILL PUSH A BOOM OR PULL A CABLE OR SHINE SOME SHOES.
MY 3 SONS TELLME THAT IF THEY APPLIED FOR A JOB REQUIRING PARENTS MEDICAL HISTORY THEY WOULD HAVE TO STATE:
HAVE ALL OF THESE PLUS OTHERS:

HEART BY-PASS.......................YES
PROSTATE CANCER..................YES
HEARING AIDS........................YES
DENTURES..................... ........YES
BACK DISC PROBLEMS.............YES

WAITING TO "SHUFFLE OFF THIS MORTAL COIL" AND CROSS OVER-
WHAT BECAME ONE OF TONY CUCURILLO'S FAVORITES THE
"RAINBOW BRIDGE"
I HOPE I GET ON HIS CREW.
KEEP THIS SITE ALIVE,
BEST OF EVERYTHING,

FRANK NOVACK

Friday, October 31, 2008

Bruno Fucci..

You say you are climbing on board to share Memories..let's Reminisce...
Before this Ship sinks do you remember your Days in Telecine at Grand Central with ...
Norm Reich.. Dick Locke.. Fred Huff ..Please name the rest..

Regards,
Harold Deppe

P.S.Do you ever get to C.B.S Hollywood Studios.??

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Passing of Stan Seiller

I am writing to let you all know that on Tuesday, October 28th Stan Seiller passed away.As you are probably aware, Stan was afflicted with a very rare form of Alzheimer's called "Pick's Disease." He moved to NYC in September of 2007 and after 4 months in an assisted living facility was transferred to a nursing home first in Manhattan and finally to Flushing, Queens were he spent the last 2 months. I say spent, because this was not what anyone would call "living." Stan gradually became unable to feed, bathe or dress himself, and his sons and I realize what a blessing it is that he was probably unaware of his rapidly deteriorating condition.I have been a nurse for 36 years now, and I have never been more proud of my profession....I can only say that the nurses, social workers and physicians who cared for him were truly amazing...always available to talk...responding with genuine kindness, and helping us to realize that no amount of intervention was going to improve his quality of life.The parting phrase from his nurses was always "call anytime"....I cannot tell you what a comfort it was to know that I could do so.Stan was an extremely private individual and altho he often entertained friends with his incredible knack for telling a joke he never, ever wanted to be the center of attention. Out of respect for his desire for privacy his sons and I have decided to forgo the usual funeral type services. We have made arrangements for a private cremation and have planned a memorial service to be held at the Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 Amsterdam Ave at 76th Street on Monday, November 3rd at 11:30 AM with a luncheon to follow at the Dublin House on west 79th Street. Good wine and food were two of Stan's many passions. I would like to invite you to join us, to bring your anecdotes and to have a drink in his memory..Fondly, Susie Spause219 w 81 Street #9DNYC, NY 10024212-799-3967 (home)212-300-5725 (cell)


Forwarded by Lee Levy and others
Frank:

Boy oh boy you do have an incredible memory ---
Crew 16, Perry Como, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:45 P.M. 'til 8 :P.M. for Chesterfield Cigarettes.
And, The Stork Club with Sherman Billingsley, 7:45 to 8:00 Various sponsors.
And you are so right, Absolutely no JEANS ----- dress pants, shirts and ties unless it was a sport shirt,
Dress jacket and SHINED SHOES. If they were not shined they'be sent outside on 50th street to a bootblack
and have them shined at their expense. But it did earn us a"bootleg" contest of Best Crew in Television --
still have a picture of the plaque. More later if you want it.

John L. Koushouris.
(P.S. -- yes I admit to being a BB.
In fact I along with the crew chiefs all wore Business Suits.)
Hi everyone.

Bruno Fucci here climbing on board to share memories.
I am alive and well living in California.
I hope I can add to the many memories that I keep reading about from all the Techs I knew and worked with.
My E-mail address is
brugail@att.net just in case someone wants to reminisce.
John K .;

I received, read and enjoyed your book and mailed it to Cal Marotta.
Cal indicates that Bud Hlaverty had it last (turn off your spell check for that one)
as indicated in the archive. It truly was a GOLDEN AGE.

Best wishes,
Frank Novack
JOHN,

THIS WAS AN ANSWER TO FRANK HARVEY'S DAUGHTER SEEKING REFERENCES TO HER DAD, 1/28/2008.
HE AND AL DIAMOND AND I STARTED ABOUT THE SAME TIME.
I GOT A KICK OUT OF YOUR CREW HAVING TO SHINE THEIR SHOES.

OUR CREW (GRENIER) DIDN'T HAVE SHOES!!!
BOOK TRACE: TONY CUCURILLO >FRANK NOVACK >CAL MAROTTA > BUD HLAVERTY > ?????

BEST OF HEALTH,

FRANK NOVACK

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hal Deppe:

We all know it's a foregone fact that The CBS Website would have died eons ago if it wasn't for you in tireless fashion, reminding us to support our CBS CHRONICLE IN THE ONE WAY THAT WE ARE ABLE TO.....COMMUNICATE .
This then is my attempt to start what Hal has been asking us to do and that is to write about those of us who spent time in our SHANGRILA, THE GOLDEN AGE.
My first suggestion is to revive what I started about two years ago with good buddy Tony Cucurulla. I've written two books and am now starting my third one but talk now about the first book, "THE GOLDEN AGE" "been there ---- done that".
I gave Tony a copy of it about two years ago to to circulate to the members who wanted to read it. Someone absent mindedly dropped the baton by not returning it to Tony. Hopefully this will jog his memory because it is the one and only book available to the website.
You'll find lots of stories in it especially from Jan.6th, 1945
until 1950 and beyond about the first work done working for Dr. Peter C. Goldmark in developing a color receiver producing a picture as good as today's quality but........ in a 10 inch tube. and lots more, the LP record development, Books for the Blind, teaching surgery with the CBS Sequential Color System. and more, and more AND MORE. Go get em!

John L. Koushouris

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Harold:

Honestly, it's really, really nice to be remembered by a guy who keeps things moving and alive.
KUDOS and then some with much appreciation. I'm sure Bob Wilson echos the same sentiments
cause they don't come any better than him. He taught us all and with the best of attitudes.
Frankly, I think I'm having problems with my computering.
I receive only one or two pieces of mail every two weeks so I'm glad I was lucky enough to receive yours.
Taking you at your word I will do an occasional mailing which may nudge others to do the same
That's the least we might do to show our appreciation to you, old boy, cause as they say you're right on!

With thanks,
John Koushouris

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Harry Charles...

Your are correct it was him ..
It is nice to hear from a Retiree who remembers .. ( The Golden Days)..
Lets hope more Retirees remember them ..Yes the Pictures were fine..
but some of us cant get to the Dinners ...so try to write in ..
The Golden Days were the start of ...Color Television....The Vidicon ..
The Plumbicon.. Video Tape..and some of you who made it all possible...
Lets hear from you..

Best Regards,
Harold Deppe

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

In answer to Harold Deppe!

The person who slept the most at the Studio 43 Console was....Marty Polk,
He used to stay up nights building Williamson Amplifiers.
There was another guy that did a fair share of snoozing on the morning Shader Shift.
Can any one name him?
Real nice Luncheon pictures............

Harry Charles

Monday, October 20, 2008

The October 15th NJ Luncheon album is now online!
Be sure to view BOTH pages of images!
Click here --> 10-15-2008 NJ Luncheon
There are a few of us still around from "The Golden Days Of Television"...
You know who you are... I sure remember you..
John Koushouris... Bob Wilson... and many more who never write in so I don't know if you are still around!
The Question is would you like to recall something of the "Golden Days" ??
All we hear is bad news. We need somthing to cheer us up...
Anyone remember the Tech. who went to sleep at the Console in St 43
Grand Central Studios New York.???
Bet Harry Charles does...

Best Regards,
Harold Deppe.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Ted;

Thank you, Tony Casola and Dave Minott for your arranging this past luncheon...
The new Restaurant worked out fine.
I had a wonderful time and am sure all others from the amount of laughter etc.
going on made it a perfect day for us all.

Sincerely;
George Klimcsak

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Jack Narz, emcee of eight game shows and a hump pilot during World War II, died this morning at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills. He was 85.
Narz was arguably one of the two most popular game show hosts of the late 1950s and early 1960s. He soared to prominence with "Dotto" in 1958 in
both daytime and prime time editions.
In the 1960s, he was seen consistently with "
Video Village," "Seven Keys," "I'll Bet" and a revival of "Beat the Clock."
In the following decade, Narz emceed "Now You See It" on CBS, a game still seen in repeats on GSN in the overnight hours.
From 1973-78, he hosted a syndicated remake of "Concentration," which was his longest-running game.
During the 1950s, he was one of the pioneer television broadcasters as a regular member of the cast of ABC's "Space Patrol" and as an announcer for
Betty White,
Gisele MacKenzie, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Bob Crosby.
In 1951, he narrated the two-part opening episodes of "Superman." The story, "Superman on Earth," outlined how the character became Clark Kent
and, ultimately, the Man of Steel.
Narz died from complications of two massive strokes in the last three weeks and kidney failure.
He is being remembered today by close friends and colleagues as one of the class personalities in television history.
He was awarded the Bill Cullen Career Achievement Award, along with his brother Jim (Tom Kennedy) Narz, by Game Show Congress in 2005.
A special obituary tribute will be offered later today by THE DAILY GAME SHOW FIX, as well as a multi-page special edition of
TVGAMESHOWS.NET.
Links will be provided through The Daily Game Show Fix.
No memorial services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Narz to The American Cancer Society.


Dave Schwartz

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Where are you Retirees?
Please write in Time is running out ...
We would like to hear from you...
I know I would...

Best Regards,
Harold Deppe

Saturday, October 11, 2008

For those members who use hearing aids, or may need to do so in the future,
consider supporting this legislation: Hearing Aid Tax Credit

Dave

Sunday, October 05, 2008

The deadline for our Fall luncheon is next coming Saturday, October 11th. Don't wait send in your checks.

Tony Casola

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Hello my fellow and gal retirees.
I am currently writing to you from the West Palm Beach Medical Center Blind Rehab Program.
Entered the facility on Sept. 15th and expect to be released sometime later this month.
If you are a veteran with vision problems, please get yourself to the nearest veterans clinic
and inquire about this re-hab program. If your income is too large for being accepted into the
VA you can get in as a Category 4 if you are legally blind. You will just have to make a copayment.
Here they teach you manual, mobility, and life skills. The instructors are all well trained to guide you
through an unlighted lifestyle. They also have a computer usage program where they have software
wherein you will have the computer talk back with each key stroke. You will rarely use the mouse.
I am in the dual program and taking both of the offered courses.
If anyone would like more information about the program get my phone number from the CBS Retiree list,
or look it up on line somewhere. I know Jim Martens is in a similar or worse condition with his lack of
eyesight and I intend to phone him after my return to the west coast of Florida.

Les Burkhardt

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Time is getting short for RSVPing for the next luncheon!
For those who haven't sent in their checks, here is the information you need.
Print and clip, if you like:



Dave

Monday, September 22, 2008

Hi Dave:

Thanks for the reply. Glad to see this system still works! Have recently purchased a MAC and still getting used to it. I had so many problems with the pc/AOL, etc., that I finally went out and bought this. I still use the pc but no longer on line. It works just fine as a stand alone system. As I said, it's just so sad to see how many of our fellow "brothers" have passed away. I was such a good friend of Tony Cucu and Tony Ancona having worked with them for so many years before coming to CBS. Had things worked out, I would have loved to have Irv Elias take my place at 60 Minutes. I was shocked when I heard how sick he was and had passed away. What a shame as he was so good at what he did. At any rate, I could go on and on regarding the subject. Just to say, how fast the years flew by! It seems like yesterday that I started at CBS which was way back in 1967. The best thing I could have done was to have retired early. So, here I am on Megquier Island with the trees turning all around me and the lake sparkling in the sunshine. We love it here even though we have our problems especially when it comes to property evaluations and taxes. It's a long story and I won't go in to it. I play around with video and have been doing some work for a local funeral home providing them with DVDs of their "clients" for showing during viewing hours and at the memorial service. The business has quieted down due to the economy so families are not spending as much when it comes to funerals for the time being. I also produced a music video called "Reflections of Maine" which is sold in upscale shops around the state. It's been out now for almost three years but no great sales took place. I use two meters here now and then and recently purchased a new vertical antenna. I took down an eleven element beam as it just did not perform well amongst all the trees we have here on the property. I also get on the low bands (3.940) and chat with a local group of guys here in Maine. But 2 meters is where I'm at and listen to the police frequencies quite a bit. Given the remote nature of where we live (only two families here year round on this island), it's good to know what's going on locally with the police. I've heard some very interesting reports and keep my eye out for cars they're looking for or anything else that might look strange. Needless to say, I keep their phone number very close at hand. So, for starters, that's about it for now. How are things with you on Long Island? I assume you're still living there? Also, have you retired or are you still with CBS? Please give my best to Ted and Bob Myers and everyone else. Thanks for getting back to me.

Joel Dulberg
Hi John..

We did not hear from You in a long time..how are You.??
But that is a good Question..keep in touch..
Best Regards,

Harold Deppe
Is there anyone at the site, probably Tony, who might tell me if anyone from the 40's, 50's or 60's
who might attend so that I would not be alone.
Tnx.
john koushouris

Friday, September 19, 2008

I am sorry to have to advise you that Carlos Girod (cgirod@smpte.org ) passed away in December 2007.

Peter Symes

Director, Standards & Engineering
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
3 Barker Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
Ph: +1 (914) 761-1100 extn. 4961
Fax: +1 (914) 761-3115
Cell: +1 (530) 263-0437

psymes@smpte.org

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The October 2008 Newsletter is now on line.
It was a bit of a "rush job", so it's not as "neat"
as I would have liked it, but I wanted to get it
online quickly...
Click here --> October 2008 Newsletter

Monday, September 15, 2008

We are having our FALL-GET TOGETHER luncheon on Wednesday October 15, 2008 at the LAND & SEA DINER - 20-12 Fair Lawn Ave., Fairlawn, NJ. By the end of this week it should be posted. There is usually a good turn out in NJ. Send in your checks as time moves fast. Looking forward in seeing you.

Tony Casola

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hello Dave:

I am Jimmy's Daughter Jamie Vigliotti (Ognibene). I stumbled on your web site accidentally while "googling" my Dad's name. I'm glad I did. As you know, my father passed away on February 7th of this year. I would like to thank you for posting his funeral arrangements and for remembering him. Everyone who worked closely with him came to the service. I saw all the pictures posted on the web site of Dad. Although, he never wore his emotions on his sleeve and he rarely smiled, he really was happy working there for over 35 years. I am personally compiling as many pictures as I can of my father, so if you know of any others that exist or if anyone he worked with wants to send me any, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you again.
Jamie

cashmire12@aol.com
Hi .Dave.Paine..

You are correct the People in the Photo are Burgess Meredith..and Dorothy McGuire The Year was 1938 the Station was W2XBS New York.
Were you ever a Camera Man at C.B.S. Television.?

Best Regards.
Harold Deppe.
Hi Dave,

I just looked at the collection on the Retirees website and the iconoscope camera grabbed my attention. The people in the photo are Burgess Meredith and - I believe - Dorothy Maguire (orMcGuire). I saw that shot somewhere else but can't recall where. The date might be sometime from about 1936 to 1946, judging from the age they appear to be and from the camera. Do you or anyone in the group know anything about CBS Radio facilities at Steinway Hall, 17th floor, ca.1927, or the studio and control room arrangement at 485 Madison? I understand an early CBS-TV Studio One presentation, The Night America Panicked (not the same title as the ABC movie, The Night That Panicked America) originated in part from an actual radio studio and control room at 485 Madison. I should clarify and say that the recreation of the radio broadcast of War of the Worlds was done live from the studio/control room. I've seen it; it's great.

Bob Paine KA3ZCI
Richland WA

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Hello Folks,

Just wanted to let you know that on a recent update to page 12 there is a photo on the bottom row of an Ampex VTR. It is labeled "TR" and that of course was an RCA ID. Ampex machines were "VR".
As Always,

Dale Walsh
ABC Retired

DaleBad@aol.com

Monday, August 25, 2008

Page 12 has been updated with new information from Harry Charles
and a new (old) picture from Harold Deppe. Click here --> Page 12

Friday, August 22, 2008

Dave..

Thanks to the Gang at WWW.cbs Retirees.Com. If 90 is Middle Age Then U-Matic Tape is a New Standard.
Best Regards To All.
Harold Deppe
P.S. Wish all of us could have made 90....But if you are still around keep in touch.
We like to read...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

WBEZ (NPR in Chicago) is doing a piece on former CBS engineer Fred Turner,
who retired in the 70's or early 80s. Can anyone provide the years of his death, presumably in the 1990s.
I'm John McDonough and have written and produced many pieces for NPR's All Things Considered
with Robert Trout and Walter Cronkite.
Thanks for any help.

Cheers...
John McDonough
Johnmcd7@aol.com
Hi.

I have no connection with CBS or Lee Jordan, but I am familiar with his distinct announcing style and saw his name on the credits of one of the Thanksgiving Day parades some years ago. I have to come across your website and I noticed than an engineer a few months ago was interested in getting touch with Mr. Jordan. Well, I found the WSB radio history website and learned that Mr. Jordan passed away in 2005. It makes me sad that a number of staff announcers from the golden age of radio and television are no longer with us. I was saddened also to learn to Bill Gilliand's recent passing. They were two of the best announcers, among many others, including Hal Simms, Wally King and Alan Berns, that helped make CBS the Tiffany Network.

Best wishes,

Myron King
Retired CBS Engineer Harold Deppe, Sr., just turned 90 in Tucson, AZ.
He retired from CBS NYC's engineering department, where he worked Videotape among other areas.
He's and seen in a number of pictures on the CBS Engineering Retirees website, particularly on this page:

http://www.cbsretirees.com/rem-images/page_7/page1.html
Watch for the picture of Harold and an old friend.
His son Harold, Jr. was in touch this morning and is heading over to a celebration.
Harold Jr. is in engineering maintenance at the ABC affiliate in Tucson, and has Quad experience.
We asked him to tell his father "Hello" from other Quad users.
Hope to see posts from both on the list in the future.

Ted Langdell
Ted Langdell Creative Broadcast Services
209 East 12th Street
Marysville, CA 95901
Main: (530) 741-1212
Cell: (530) 301-2931
Secretary for the
QuadVideotapeGroup.com:
Preserving Tape, Equipment and the Knowledge to use them, in conjunction with the Library of Congress
ted@quadvideotapegroup.com
HELLO........................
HELLO.......................
IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE????????????????????
LET THE
HAROLD ANGELS SING
ON SCHUTZMAN, ON DEPPE
WILL BRING TO THIS WEBSITE
MORE STORIES WITH
ZING!!!!!!
FRANK NOVACK
FAQ's Why is the top of the hour time tone off by 8 seconds?

WCBS now broadcasts in high definition. It takes 8 seconds for HD to encode and then decode at a HD receiver. Consequently, the regular analog signal must be delayed 8 seconds in order for the broadcasts to synch. Also, it is not as simple as starting the time tone 8 seconds earlier to make it hit the airwave "on time." The issue is much more complex. However, WCBS is working to find a solution as HD radio becomes more mainstream. For more information on HD radio, visit www.hdradio.com .

Harold Schutzman

Monday, August 18, 2008

HOW TO HELP OLD BUDDY ROYCE FISH WITH EARLY QUAD MACHINE INFO
MRLYBNE writes:

Let's see now: ATTENDED AMPEX SCHOOL 1959, REDWOOD CITY, CA. MGM TELESTUDIOS HAD PURCHASED EARLY MACHINES. JOHN KRAUST AND SAL LETTIERI (EX CBS) WERE EARLY TAPE TECHS AND EDITORS. I SPENT A YEAR IN TAPE THEN RETURNED TO STUDIOS. MACHINES WERE 1000 A AND MY GRAD CERTIFICATE IS AROUND HERE SOMEWHERE. PLEASE TEAR THIS E-MAIL RAGGEDLY, APPLY FERROUS OXIDE, SCOPE THE CONTROL TRACK, STROP YOUR FAVORITE RAZOR BLADE , ETC., ETC. I BELIEVE THIS WOULD BE THE FIRST IRON DUSTED, SHAVED, EDITED E-MAIL.

FRANK NOVACK

Saturday, July 26, 2008

David,

I received this from Alan McConnell. He worked at CBS-W at one time.
He now is at the Library Of Congress at their new Packard Campus in Culpeper, VA.
Maybe Harold Deppe would be interested in this.


Here is a link you might find interesting. Since we are just getting it up and started,
I hope you'll share it with other video engineers of the bygone era.
We need their input and interest in maintaining the old 2" quad history.
quadvideotapegroup

Royce Fish

Friday, July 25, 2008

Hi Dave,

The daytime Emmy awards rotates among the three networks and I am trying to determine who was the announcers on the show.
The first year was broadcast on NBC and Bill Wendell was the announcer; the second year on ABC and Fred Foy was the announcer.
The third year it was on CBS (1976), but who was the show announcer?

For your files, here is a photo of the CBS Morning Show from the 1950s that I found at landov.com. (see Page 12)
They license a lot of old CBS photos. How morning show sets have changed.

Dave Schwartz

Hi Dave..

This is an early Photo of the first Ampex Television Recorder (see Page 12)
and the Engineers that made it possible..can anyone name them ???

Regards,

Harold Deppe
I have started a new Photo Album (Page 12) with some more "oldies."
Click here --> Page 12
Certainly appreciate Harold Deppe's nice comment about our Eyes of A Generation Web site. We have received some very interesting photo submissions from some of the NBC folks and there will be some great studio and facilities shots of 30 Rock and Burbank up soon, as well as some pretty fascinating videos. Most of this stuff has never been seen before.
Okay, it's time for CBS to check in! We would love your photos, stories...anything from your scrapbooks! Although the site is primarily about classic cameras and equipment, we'll be adding PEOPLE and PIONEERS soon. We've received some stuff from former NBC Pages who went on to work in production. But the real treasures I think will ultimately come from those of you who worked in New York--where it all began.
If you haven't visited us, please grab a cup of coffee and do so. Your comments are welcome.

eyesofageneration
Thanks!
JR Smith
Scottsdale, AZ

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Published in todays Long Island Newsday Obituaries is that of Thomas DeLilia who passed away in West Palm Beach on June 30th . This is our (CBS) Tommy DeLilia who was a popular and colorful figure in Technical operations, especially in the Field area. Tommy's CBS career started in 1950 and he participated in the coverage of many major events which were part of Televisions Golden Age. His passing revives a lot of memories. Tommy was a WWII Marine veteran and will be buried July 22nd with military honors in the Calverton National Cemetery on Long Island.

Bob Wilson


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Hi Dave..

The John Smith Website is very interesting.
Hope all of us Retirees can contribute..

Regards,

Harold Deppe
Maybe the time tone is ten seconds delayed because they need the ten seconds to bleep naughty language......
Long time no see Hal!
Harry Charles

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Hi Dave,

I wonder if anyone can explain why the hourly time tone on WCBS-AM is 10 seconds late...always?

Harold Schutzman

Monday, July 14, 2008

Eyes of A Generation Web Site Goes Live!
A new Web site, devoted to vintage television cameras and equipment has been updated with it's first phase of content.
There are several photos from the CBS Retirees included on the site and we would love more photos, stories and memories from your group.
Please visit the site. Your comments are welcome.

eyesofageneration

John Smith


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Dave..

Oh for the good old days when we knew why the the Lip- Sync was out....
Check the loop over the Sound Drum..
Now it could be Video Compression in the Encoder / Decoder at the T.V. Station.

Best Regards,
Harold Deppe
P.S. Where are the Photos of the B.C. New York.????


Hi Harold,

As soon as someone sends me pictures, I "albumize" them!

Dave

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Anyone having this information, please contact George directly.
Thanks,
Dave

Dave,
I went to college (at the University of Texas) with and worked my first TV job with Anita O'Mara.
We are planning a reunion at KLRN/KRLU-TV in Austin this fall.
Can you forward this to her or provide her email address?
I found your email address on the CBS retired engineers site. Thanks!


George Zimmermann
Vice President
Travel Michigan
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
517.335.1879 517.373.0059 (fax)
zimmermanng@michigan.org
300 N. Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48913

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Hi Dave,

I hope you are well. Here's one for the hdtv gurus:
I was watching the channel 2 news the other night, which has the CBS hdtv logo in the lower right corner,
so I think it's coming from the new studio, n'est-ce pas? Remember, I am on Time Warner cable, in Shokan, NY,
on the north shore of the Ashokan reservoir. The feed is analog, my set is analog.
Watching the live anchors, I noticed there was no lip-sync.
Can anyone tell me why this should be?

Regards,
Joe Janovsky