Monday, May 26, 2008

'Tis a bad season for former Control Maintenance Techs. Stu Meyer was also a tech in the group, making the transition after his time as a field maintenance tech...I was the supervisor of the group at the time of his being assigned to Control Maintenance. Stu was well known for his acumen maintaining the slo-mo in the field. There was an article in one of the Roto-Gravure sections of an Island newspaper wherein Stu was the interviewee...and claimed that you needed the hands of a surgeon to accomplish the maintenance needs on the slo-mo. I found Stu to be a very competent tech with a voracious appetite to learn more.
Rest in Peace Stu

Les Burkhardt
Just read the sad news about the passing of Joe Strano. Joe was a technician in the Control Maintenance group and distinguished himself as one of the finest CBS technicians. He was not really known by a whole host of persons but the results of his efforts were known. He was the type of person who always had that little extra bit of knowledge to put things over the top. Joe had a great dislike for paper work though, maybe I'm being overly kind to say disliked, he hated paperwork. He was one of the first persons in our maintenance groups to change from the standard medical coverage to HMO....Need I say more, again a huge decrease in paperwork to file a claim. He has crossed over to join the real love of his life, Audrey, who passed before him.
Rest in Peace Joe.

Les Burkhardt

Sunday, May 25, 2008

I was just informed that Joe Strano passed away today, May 25.

Wake will be at Kearns Funeral Home in East Meadow on Tuesday May 27.

Kearns Funeral Home
445 East Meadow Avenue, East Meadow, N.Y. 11554
(516) 794-0500
From 2-4 and 7-9 on Tuesday May 27

Funeral mass will be 9:45am Wednesday, but it is unconfirmed till Tuesday - at St Raphael at:
Parish of St. Raphael, 600 Newbridge Road, East Meadow, NY 11554

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Thanks for posting the photo contest. The deadline for voting was extended. That's why I reached out to a bigger group. There were only two people with more votes. And they had almost 3,000 each. So obviously bloggers know how to use temporary e-mail addresses. We picked up 300 votes in 2 days the good old fashioned way......FRIENDS.
Have a good weekend,

Gayle P. De Poli

Thursday, May 22, 2008

My favorite student from Miami, Maxeme Tuchman is now all grown up and working in NYC. She entered a photo contest for Crest and is a finalist. The photo is of her Grandmother who is an amazing woman. She hasn't been to NYC since she did one semester at NYU. And that was while she was still living in Cuba in the 40's. What a great tribute from her Granddaughter to want to win this trip for her. But she needs more people to vote. I would like to reach out to the CBS Retirees, current staff and friends. The contest will only count ONE vote for ONE e-mail address. Of course if there anyone has multiple e-mail addresses, it's perfectly legal to vote once with each of them. Lord knows every online contest is won by someone that has a blog. Maxeme doesn't have a blog, but her supporters are helping her with "blasts".
See note from Maxeme below:
So, as cheesy as this is (pun totally intended), my image of my grandmother has been selected as one of 25 finalists
for the "My Life in Smiles" competition. If I win, I get to bring my grandmother up to NYC for the Gala event on June 12th which will be a pretty amazing 80th birthday present for her! So, please vote at My Life in Smiles . Click on the 5th star, so that all 5 stars are highlighted, and then enter your email to vote.
Please feel free to pass on to everyone you know!

Thanks!-- Maxeme

Gayle P. De Poli
Hi all,

We are having a mini-lunch on Wednesday, June 4th, at the new East Bay Diner in Seaford, Long Island.
The address is 3360 Merrick Rd., phone number is 516 781-5300.
Driving East, take So. State Parkway to Wantagh Parkway South to Merrick Rd. Drive East about 6 blocks, the Diner is on your right.
Driving West, take So. State Parkway to Expressway 135 South to Merrick Rd. Drive West about 6 long blocks, the Diner is on your left.
Our guest will be Robert Baratta, whose back in NY.
If you can, let me know if you are coming.
Tony Casola
Stu Meyer was a very smart man. He left us a short while ago exactly as he feared he always would. He always said that his father died at 56 (massive heart attack) and he always feared that would be his fate too. But, like the rest of us, Stu quietly suppressed his fears and frights and progressed through life doing the best he could. And his best was pretty good.
What could be said about Stu was that he always kept moving forward. From maintenance technician to Engineer-in-Charge he always felt the need to progress. Even in his retirement Stu kept moving forward. He went back to College for his 3rdgraduate degree and successfully achieved it mere weeks before his death. As expected, he graduated in the top of his class, postponing a needed operation to achieve that goal. Possibly thats a good way to sum up our friend and colleague he always achieved his goals. And maybe, just maybe Stu achieved the greatest goal anyone can ever achieve he lived as well as he could for as long as he could.

So, along with his wonderful wife Marlene, his children, his relatives and his many, many friends and colleagues we join together
in mourning Stu and remembering a very smart guy.

Howie Purnick

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I just got this e-Mail from Mike Singer. I have spoken with Howie Purnick who was close with Stu and His wife Marlene. Stu had a heart attack and died after undergoing stomach surgery in Texas a few days before. I worked with him on remotes when he was working slo mo out of the field shop. G-d rest his soul...........
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 8:57 AM
Subject: STU MEYER
found out yesterday that Stu Meyer passed away.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Received a phone call from a family member that Tony Joseponis passed away this weekend. No further information at this time.

Tony Casola

Sunday, May 18, 2008

We now have a (nearly complete set of pictures from the May 14, 2008 Swan Club
Luncheon. There are TWO pages, so be sure to click the NEXT button for the 2nd. page!
If there are any corrections, additions or deletions, please let us know!
click here to see the album --> Swan Club Luncheon - May 14, 2008

Friday, May 16, 2008

Our latest Photo Album of the May 14, 2008 Swan Club Luncheon is now online!
There will be some additions to this album in the next week or so, depending
upon how many pictures we receive from attendees!
Click here -->Swan Club Luncheon - May 14, 2008

Thursday, May 15, 2008


It is difficult today, with hundreds of television channels, high-definition equipment and video streaming over the Internet, to imagine a world before TV. Even those of us in our 40s and 50s remember when there were just three television networks, snowy black and white pictures that required Dads constant fiddling with rabbit ears or everyones favorite fix for a bad TV picturebanging on the side of the set. We remember sitting on the floor of our living rooms on Sunday nights to watch Walt Disneys Wonderful World of Color, even though most of us saw those first broadcasts on black and white sets.
Our generation watched as the networks covered the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, the first Apollo moon landing and the Vietnam War. We grew up to the sounds of Captain Kangaroos jingling keys on CBS, and watched The Beatles perform for the first time in the United States on The Ed Sullivan Show. Some of us are old enough to remember that there have been four different hosts of The Tonight ShowSteve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. We remember television stations signing off with The Star-Spangled Banner, black and white sitcoms where fathers always wore shirts and ties and mothers served dinner donning dresses and pearls. As kids, WE were the remote controls, with our parents asking us to get up and change the channel or turn up the volume. And, all of us seem to remember that remarkable day when the old black and white set was replaced by a color one and we saw, for the very first time, that famous peacock unfurl its plumes to the sound of The following program is brought to you in living color on NBC!
As hardware evolved on the receiving end of television, so did the equipment used to create those memorable pictures. Similar to the first television sets, which were big, bulky and full of vacuum tubes, the earliest television cameras were finicky monsters that required an army of technicians to keep them operating properly.
American camera manufacturers dominated the market in the early days of televisionRCA and GE mostly. The Marconi Company, a UK company, had a presence in America in large part because CBS tried not to buy cameras from its rival RCA. As broadcasting technology evolved, cameras, switchers, and other processing and recording equipment quickly became outdated and obsolete. As newer transistorized and then microprocessor controlled equipment became available, the older equipment was sold off or, in some cases, literally carried out to dumpsters and lost forever.
A new Web site called "Eyes of a Generation" is about to launch! Devoted to the collection, restoration and preservation of vintage television cameras, which really have been the eyes of a generation. It serves to offer a unique backstage look at the technology and the people who helped bring news, sports and entertainment into the homes of Americans since those first fuzzy black and white images were broadcast over 85 years ago.
Through kind submissions of photographs and written memories from collectors, broadcast professionals and others with fond memories about the way television once was, this Web site will provide an artful and thoughtful view of televisions not-so-distant past as seen through the eyes of a generation.
Your CBS Retirees Web site has been fascinating for those of us who have the opportunity to page through the posts and look at the collection of photos. We would welcome and very much appreciate the opportunity to include photos, images and stories on our site, of course giving careful credit to both your site and the members who submit.
Questions, comments and hopefully...submissions, can be directed to either one of the devoted and some might say "crazy" camera collectors below:

J.R. Smith
Bobby Ellerbee

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Dear Dave,

I am not sure you will remember me from 1976, (and sorry I am not attaching a picture here) but could you pass along a message to the retirees at the lunch tomorrow, if you think they might be interested, that this is a hello to anyone at the luncheon who might remember me (Nancy Roberts as I was then) - I was a secretary to Fred Schutz and Leo Kuranuki from 1976-8. When I came to CBS I had a choice I seem to recall, of a job with 60 Minutes and one with Fred and Leo, and I must have thought the 60 Minutes producers would eat me alive - I was quite an innocent child from what you might call upstate New York (Buffalo). This may have changed the course of my life - not working for 60 Minutes, but also changed it in another way as I had a fabulous experience working with staff in the Technical Maintenance Department.Some of you will remember Patti Williamson who worked for Ed Benford and Leo Kuranuki just before I came in. Patti and I were sharing an apartment on the upper West Side and when she moved to her last non-tech job working for a producer, she gave me a nod to try to get her old job. (She later became a technician herself.) I was not exactly an expert typist and when the typing test was administered to me by a very nice lady in Personnel, she looked at my score and said 'why don't you try again honey' (she thought I was just nervous but actually I did not type much at the time!). I certainly improved my typing speed with the many requisitions for parts to keep the maintenance work going. When I arrived at the office in August 1976 the '76 convention coverage was winding down and Fred Schutz returned to his post from election duties. Fred and Leo were wonderful people to work for, and Leo used to give me a lift uptown on his way home many a time. I don't need to repeat the qualities that made Fred such a memorable person. I did stay in touch with Fred for a few years, while I still lived in New York. I wonder if Agnes is still living as I notice the photos on the Fred Schutz Collection are 'courtesy of Agnes Schutz'. I've read quite a lot of your pages and stories about the technicians at the Broadcast Center and remember so many of the names and faces. It's great you have so much history documented on your webpages and that you share it with each other. There is one story Freddie used to tell about a mummy case with a technician inside that was accidentally revealed on live television. I know Fred and Leo liked to pass along the funny parts about the earlier days. The various groups and their teams and team leaders...the shop, Video maintenance, Audio maintenance, Control, ... I hope I am not forgetting anyone! I remember the many interesting devices located in 'Telecine' and that times were changing fast in the late 1970's - Digital Equipment sent what must have been a prototype video editing machine and I recall Freddie reporting on the testing that the guys were doing with that. There was the new Chyron digital type machine and it's dreamy inventor named Rosen? I remember Dan Rather walking along the hallway with what must have been a kind of tap in the toe of his shoe as you could always hear him coming, but he was so polite and always said 'hello' unlike many news presenters. I recall so many of your group, and especially Al Consiglio, Paul Buda, Neil Curtis, Ernie Lowe, Bob Mueller, Ted Perzetsky, of course Dave Minott (yourself as this email is addressed to you). I remember that in the blackout of '77 Al Consiglio was extremely pleased that he got the power back on in 58 seconds (or was it 56?) and it was a long way down the hallway and then the long flight of stairs to the switch for the backup generator too! I had a wonderful time working at the Broadcast Center and have enjoyed looking at the photo albums on your site. I only regret not writing in earlier before Freddie passed away. What happened to me ? Since leaving CBS as a 22 year old in l978 (whoops) I re-entered university and got a degree in Philosophy at Columbia School of General Studies. While studying in New York I worked at Blackrock for the CBS Television Reading Program director Jack Blessington, who I believe later became a VP for Religious Programming. In 1983 I moved to Cambridge Massachusetts and worked for MIT Press in publishing for awhile, and there got married and had two children. In 1993 we moved to Oxford UK, where I still live with my four children (twins arrived in 1994, and husband departed in 1997!). My eldest is a son of 18 and just finishing high school, the next is a daughter of 16, and then the twins are a boy and girl just turning 14 next week. I work for the University of Oxford as an administrator and live in a village called Old Marston, which is incorporated into the city of Oxford so it has a great combination of country and city. I still miss New York after all these years. I really really miss the men behind the New York deli's who know how to make a sandwich - believe me they are very stingy with the fillings over here!! My son Joseph who is the younger one is very interested in aviation and spends a lot of time showing me various airplanes on the internet - he has done some flying himself with the Air Training Corps here which is like a very junior version of the RAF. Because of this I was very interested to see the list posted on one of the retirees pages about the members of CBS technical staff who had served in the US Army, Navy and Air Force along with their assignments, and something I just read last night on Tony Cucurrulo having been a Navy Seal at Iwo Jima. I was very impressed as I remembered many of the gentlemen on the list had been on staff even in '76 when I was there. I would like to send my best regards to all of you and hope you are all enjoying retirement. Those of you who do the organizing for the CBS retirees deserve a huge thank you for your efforts. One day I hope to re-visit the Broadcast Centre although I can't imagine how I might get in at this point! Yours, Nancy Roberts Higginbotham Old Marston, Oxford, UK

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Lucille Rich was not an engineer. In trying to find her through Google I found a mention of her in your web site.
Can you or anyone tell me how I might find her? She's an old friend I haven't seen in twenty five years.

Arnold Mercado

Thursday, May 08, 2008

For those who are using Windows XP, Service Pack #3 is now available
for download from Microsoft. Run Windows Update and let XP install it.
Might be a good idea to backup your system first, however.


Thursday, May 01, 2008

Received sad news,
Peter Locascio passed away this past Saturday, April 26, 2008.
A memorial service will be held at 12 noon this coming Saturday, May 3rd, at

St. Vincent DePaul Church
249 Bebout Ave.
Stirling, NJ