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