Thursday, December 31, 2009
He is correct about the Studio 53 or "Swing Control Room" in BC.
The east side studio definitely was the old Monroe Theater on 1st Ave and 76th St. I agree that it was a hard place to get to from PABT. Lucky for me in that CBS paid my cab fares. I also remember all the good restaurants in the area.
For some reason, even though I worked on that Project for about a year, the Studio # does not register in my old brain but I will accept the St 52 designation.
I'm pretty sure that ATWT was the only tenant of that Studio. When I first saw the Monroe Theater it still was configured as a Theater with a stage, an orchestra and a rising mezzanine seating area. As I previosly said, I was the Project Manager for the Electronics design and Installation. Facilities Engineering was involved in the extensive building renovations. The Stage and Orchestra areas were made into one level to provide a level Studio Floor area. The rising Mezzanine area was converted into an open two level control room. The lower level contained the monitor wall and the upper level level the Production Console.. The Audio Control Room used one of the old Audio Consoles that was formerly in one of the BC Studios. The Production Area was equiped with a new video switcher (cannot remember the manufacturer but I know it was a Canadian Company). The video area was similar to the BC video areas but as I recall all of the video equipment was housed in a row of equipment racks directly behind the video operators position. A new lighting console was also installed to the right of the Video area.
It sure gets tough remembering all these details from the past.
Dressing rooms and offices were costructed in the prior entry area.
Regarding Ray's thoughts,he is correct about the area of 76th Street and First Ave.
but as i recall it the studio was Studio 61 not 62. i was on Bill Guyon's crew and we
did "Edge of Night" and then go down to Grand Central Studio 41 to do The Kronkite News.
I have been noting with some interest the "studio numbers history." I have two comments,the studio on the east side at 76th street was once known as 61. I worked there when"Studio One" was broadcast from there as well as" US Steel", also "Mama." The other comment I have is the studio just around the corner from studio 50, or as it is now known as the Ed Sullivan theater, was known as studio 52 when I worked in it doing Perry Como and game shows. It later became the disco haven known as STUDIO 54! any comments? Happy New Year.
My ears are still ringing from spending an evening at Studio 54!
This is in response to the posting by Jim Herschel, asking about a
studio on the east side.
Over the years, it appears that CBS "recycled" studio numbers, so
some studios of the same number could have been in different
locations at various times.
My understanding about that east side studio used by ATWT is this:
It was called Studio 52 during the time that show was there. Prior
to ATWT, it was the site for "The Edge of Night". When Edge was
using that studio, World Turns was in the BC, using Studios 41 and
42. After Edge left CBS to go to ABC, the east side location was
renovated, and ATWT went to that location.
The studio was once a theater, the Monroe Theater. Located on First
Avenue, at the corner of 76th Street. And it was a very nice east
side neighborhood. Nice restaurants nearby for meal breaks, and a
pleasant area to stroll or go for a walk. That is, once you were
there! It took a bit of subway navigation to get over there from the
PABT or the BC. Or some bus rides.
In January of 1997, ATWT vacated CBS's facilities and went to the
former NBC Brooklyn Studio, which was purchased by some former NBC
employees and re-worked to accommodate ATWT.
There was a Studio 53, or rather CR 53 back at the BC. It was the
"swing" control room, which was squeezed in between 41 and 42 at the
BC, and used as a temporary control room for each control room that
was being updated with new facilities.
Studios 51 and 54 during that era, were those at 26th Street, between
7th and 8th Avenues. Guiding Light used 51, and eventually 54 (the
73 de Ray
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
CBS Studio 51 was another theatre, the Maxine Elliott, on West 39th St. Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town" came from there as well as lots of game shows. It was demolished in 1960.
I'm not aware of any CBS Studio 53 in NY.
Did any other shows originate from that studio 54?
I know back in the 50’s, studio 54 was one of the studios in Liederkranz Hall, home of many soaps.
So, in 1969, CBS had studio 50 (Sullivan Theater), studio 52 and studio 54. Was there also a studio 51 and 53, or did they skip those numbers?
The Broadcast Center was studios 41-46
Who knows what will turn up in 2010?
Monday, November 30, 2009
I now live near Rochester, NY.
----- Original Message -----
From: brugail at att.net
To: GFREED at ROCHESTER.RR.COM
Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2009 1:52 AM
Subject: OLD TIMES
Saw your E- mail on website. How how are. God it has been such a long time. Do you think anyone who has a '65 seniority list may still be alive? Ifmemory serves me , I dont believe the list could have been that long. Any particular reason you need that list? Anyway I've been living in California since 1986 and have enjoyed every minute of it. Where are you loctaed ? Still on east coast ? A lot of people we have known and worked with are long gone. I think of some of them from time to time. I rather enjoy remembering how we pioneered some of the TV technology advances. We were the computers of yesterday and our minds functioned much he same as todays computers . I'm glad I was a part of it.
stay in touch......Bruno
Friday, November 27, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
It was decided to end the annual luncheon of the WCAU Prime Time Club
effective with the last luncheon in September. We have also taken down our
The attendance did not justify the amount of work required to continue. It
had a good long run of about thirty (30) years. I will continue as a
clearing house for those having e-mail whenever I receive information that
everyone would like to know.
So, I guess there is only your organization still active as I do not
there is one on the West Coast any longer?
Rather than spend postage if you wish you can add my name to your e-mail
list so that I can keep abreast of things in New York but then there is
your great web site.
Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I want to thank you for spreading the word about my father's passing. I have
gotten a few very nice notes from folks he worked with. I'm back in NJ again
starting the process of cleaning out the house, getting it ready for sale, etc.
Where you ever able to get a hold of Bob Muller(sp)?
Hope all is well.
bernie364 at earthlink.net
Friday, November 06, 2009
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Sunday, November 01, 2009
I see you are interested in the History of Television in New York. As one who was with C.B.S.Television in the early days of Television you might be interested to know that C.B.S. had Television studios In Grand Central Station in the years of 1940 & 1950.. Thanks for your interest in our Web Site.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
I am not a CBS engineer and never was, but I find the CBS retirees site extremely interesting, as I am fascinated by the history of television in New York City.
It is a snapshot taken by my father, Merwin Dembling, in December of 1959. It shows the old CBS Studio 60 on the west side of Broadway at 65th St. My father was a magazine editor who worked in the neighborhood at 33 W 60th St, and was walking home up Broadway towards where we lived at 88th St.
The view is looking northwest from across Broadway. The site of Studio 60 is now occupied by the Juilliard School of Music. In fact none of the buildings visible going up Broadway towards 72nd street have survived to the present.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I spoke to Tad's YL and she advised that he had extremely severe back pains
and loss of mobility a while back (I didn't press for when) which put him back in White Plains
Hospital on IV antibiotics. She gave me his direct phone and his cell phone. He answered the
latter and apart from being glad that we were all thinking of him, expressed the hope that he
would be released to go back home in a few days.
He is isolated to prevent contagion so visitations are out at this time , therefore his expectations
of release might be a bit optimistic at this time.
It is with deep regret that I inform you of my dad's passing. He died on Oct 2, 2009.
He was not in pain and went quietly in his sleep. Again, I'm sorry to tell you this,
but I saw your email address on his computer and thought I would let you know.
Please let the other CBS retirees know.
364 Whitaker Ave S
Powell, OH 43065
bernie364 at earthlink.net
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I was saddened to hear about all those old friends from CBS that passed away. I guess time marches on. It will be 4 years on October 31st since my wife Marge and I retired and it seems like it was yesterday. We have been spending some time here in Florida in a place called "The Villages" for the past few weeks and really enjoying it. It is like a Disneyworld for those over 55. If we can ever get our house cleaned out (all that accumulated STUFF) in New York and put it up for sale, the plan is to relocated here. Retirement is good and everyone told me how busy I would be, but not this busy..... busy is good!
Bob Myers (K2TV)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I am sorry to report that George Klimcsak's wife, Irene passed away on October 21st.
I have no other details. I know that she passed after a long battle with cancer.
Monday, October 12, 2009
I just received the following two postings:
From: STANLEY MITCHELL firstname.lastname@example.org
I just finnished looking at CBS web page! The ghost of CHRISMAS PAST is here! I found
in two places that I was dead. In two places -----One on a report from Joe Jenovsky and the other was on the memorial page with Walter Cronkite and others.-----
I was listed as dying in 2006----Could you take care of this matter.
I had a stroke in 2004 but am very much alive now!
From: Renata Cafiero email@example.com
Re: Al Cafiero
I've tried to send the Retired CBS group e-mail notification of Al's passing on 23 August of this year, but it never went through. Perhaps you can pass the message along that Al, who was so looking forward to the next Retirees luncheon, never succeeded in making it, unfortunately.
I greatly appreciate any help you can give me in this area.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
brothers. It's hard to believe how many old friends have left us. I noticed many
names I did not know about. May they all rest in peace.
Regards to all,
David S. Fruitman
Calhoun Satellite Communications
305 655 2629
305 655 3023 fax
305 213 4300 cell
Thursday, October 01, 2009
The following members have passed away.
Ralph Green 5/16/09
Bill Lyons 8/29/09
Ronnie Giordano, Nick's wife 9/29/09
We have until October 11th to receive your checks for our FALL LUNCHEON. The luncheon will take place at the Land & Sea Diner in Fairlawn, NJ, Thursday, October 15th.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I have integrated it into the "In Memoriam" page as a link.
Since there are over 300 names, many dates are missing, as well as other
names not known. Fo corrections and additions, please e-mail me at:
webmaster at cbsretirees.com. Replace the "at" with the "@" symbol.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I'm receiving responses from the luncheon notices mailed out. The following members have passed away.
Bill Reil - March 2007
Richard Kent - September 2009
Joe Panico - July 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Of course I remember Jay although I believe he was a TD last time I saw him..
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Just came across this postcard pix I brought back from Andover,Maine
when we covered the first Telstar broadcast It goes along with the pix of
the crew you have on file on the website.
Comsat operated the site,but one of the buildings is AT&T that fed the
input & output feeds.
Here is another link for Richard:
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
25013 S. Center Road
Frankfort, Illinois 60423
ma.carey at comcast.net
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I believe Al last e-mailed you re: "need reception antenna info" back on
June 23. Since then, Al has taken ill again and was hospitalized with
high fever and, what was thought to be, "the flu". He was discharged
and sent to a nursing home and discharged from there to the
home--misdiagnosed and discharged much too early. This resulted in a
re-admission on Saturday, 8 August with extreme shortness of breath, a
terrible cough and diagnosis of "pneumonia" which has worsened even now.
Al is in Englewood Hospital--for the duration--and would be very
heartened to hear from, or see, any of his CBS friends. I would be
happy to answer any questions that may arise. My e-mail is
"wantsrail at verizon.net", telephone no. 201.871.1218 and address: 27 West
Clinton Avenue, Unit 1-P, Tenafly NJ 07670.
Thank you for your interest.
Friday, August 07, 2009
He is still in the hospital due to fact that in addition to the Shingles, he came down with a Staph infection. When docs determine that Staph is gone Tad will be released to Burke Rehab Center.
He does not always answer the hospital room land line because there is no bell, just a flashing light, but he can be reached on his cell phone at: 914-275-5322.
This update was supplied this morning by KC2EMG on the 2 meter net.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Aside from that it was a pretty good day. (kind of like, “Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?”)
I am OK. I will miss the Fox family and their families that I know. There are some nice people there. I don’t take it personally. My day was a little screwed up, but it happens. It’s not the worst thing to happen to me – no one died today. It’s always a good day for me when no one from my family dies. That’s my daily measurement for a good day. I plan to goof off a little and then pick away at the things on my long “to do“ list. We might get in a vacation before Chris has school start up again.
That’s the news for today. I have to twitter Michael Jackson now. I have a message for him from Walter Cronkite. I hear that they are meeting up this week to sing some tunes together.
25013 S. Center Road
Frankfort, Illinois 60423
ma.carey at comcast.net
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Tad was hospitalized over a week ago, due to problems that developed from an
arm injury he suffered. A lot of tests are being scheduled to narrow the
situation. Unfortunately, he has also come down with Shingles and is
suffering quite badly from the effects. He is in White Plains, NY Hospital,
room 504 (No visitors due to the contagious disease situation) but he is
able to take phone calls at: 1-914-681-1663. In spite of his suffering, Tad
is in fairly good spirits and appreciated my call. We miss talking with him
on the CBS Retirees 2 meter net and hope he returns home soon.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Joseph W. Borelli, 85, died June 20, 2009.
Born and raised in New York, he resided in Long Island before moving to Fair Lawn more than 30 years ago. A graduate of Stuyvesent High School in New York, he earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from New York City College. He served with the Merchant Marines during WWII. He was also a member of the Ham Radio Operators Association.
Prior to retiring in 1988, he was an electrical engineer with CBS Television in New York City for 25 years. Surviving are his children, Anthony and Janet Borelli; his brothers, Vincent and George Borelli; many nieces and nephews; and his former spouse, Joyce Borelli. His wife Marjorie Borelli; a daughter, Christina Borelli; a sister, Marie DiPietro; and his brothers, Frank, Anthony, and John Borelli are deceased.
Funeral was June 27 with internment at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. Vander Plaat Colonial Home, Inc. Fair Lawn handled the arrangements. Donations to the Central Asia Institute, Bozeman, Montana, would be appreciated.
Submitted by Harold Schutzman
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Carolina on Saturday, May 30, 2009.
Ralph was at the time of his retirement from CBS
Vice President of Engineering and Financial Planning.
He was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the US Army Signal Corps.
He was a member of the NAB and served on the Advisory Board of the FCC
Consulting Engineers and also was a Life Member of the Knights of Columbus.
He was an Amateur Radio operator as well, whose call letters were W2BLG.
He is survived by his wife, Marie (Molly), a daughter Mary Frances
Green-Sassano and her husband Paul of Suwanee, Ga. and two grandchildren
John and Abigail Sassano.
Ralph was born and grew up in West Chester, Pa. and was a graduate of
Villanova University. A funeral Mass was held at St. Agnes Church in West
Chester, Pa., on Sat., June 6th with burial in St. Agnes Cemetery the site
of his parents burial as well..
Submitted by Charles A. Higgins
Retired Technician, WCAU-TV, Phila., Pa.
Amateur Call W3CAU
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Harry Haigood, 84, of Sun City Palm Desert, Calif. passed away on July 2, 2009 at Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was born on Aug. 30, 1924 to Samuel and Martha Haigood in Ridgeville, SC. He married Janet Cunningham Bishop on May 29, 1982 in E. Brunswick, NJ. He was employed at CBS Television Network in New York and Washington, DC for twenty-four years. He was awarded an Emmy for outstanding individual achievement for his camera work on the 13th hole (Amen corner) at The Masters Golf Tournament. He served in the US Army for twenty years and was stationed in the USA, Germany, Holland, England, France, Korea, Iran, and Japan. He retired as Master Sergeant in 1964 with many medals and awards. He is survived by his wife, Janet Haigood; his three children from a previous marriage to Amanda Wagenhauser Haigood, Matricia H. Haigood of Fairplay, Calif., Harry M. Haigood (Kathleen) of San Francisco, Calif., and Joanna S. Haigood (Wayne Campbell) of Bolinas, Calif.; and Janet's three children, Mark D. Bishop of Columbus, Ohio, Kelene L. Core (Patrick) of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Jay A. Bishop (Rachel) of Grove City, Ohio; fifteen grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, George Haigood and Samuel Haigood; and sisters, Louise Brown, Helen Bradley, and Florence Haigood. A Celebration of his Life will be held from 1:00-4:00 PM, Mon., July 13, 2009 at Forest Lawn Mortuary, 69855 East Ramon Road, Cathedral City, CA with inturnment on Wed., Aug. 19, 2009 at 3:00 PM at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to one of the following; Odyssey Healthcare (Hospice), 71777 San Jacinto Drive, Suite 102, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270; Center for Spiritual Living Palm Desert, 45630 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260; or St. Jude's Children Hospital, Memphis, TN 38118.
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Came across this on the NY Times Obits. at: http://www.legacy.com/nytimes/DeathNotices.asp It looked familiar so checked at: http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/license.jsp?licKey=789047 and the name and town match up and I remember Joe's ticket expiring some time ago.
I worked with Joe at Empire when I first started at CBS 42 years ago along with "Ace" and Bob Strutzel and Frank Beatty and a few others. Later he was in Video Tape while I was in VT Maint.
Prior to CBS Joe was the Radio Officer on the "Savannah", the first and only U.S. Nuclear Powered US Merchant Marine Vessel. (http://www.nssavannah.net/) On a number of occasions she was in Bremerhaven Germany while I was stationed there, and the word around my Navy group was that "They Were Giving Tours of Her", but for some reason every time I was either at work or doing something which prevented me from taking one of the tours of the "Savannah". Turns out that Joe was the guy giving the tours. He told me it was because he was a big good-looking Italian guy with great personality.
Needless to say Joe was one of the best on CW.
Also, FYI we had two other ex WWII Merchant Marine Radio Officers at Empire at that time, W2BOG (Bill Kortlang)and W2BCU (Bill Lewis). Bill Lewis also worked at the CBS VOA Transmitter in Lincoln Park earlier. He was torpedoed twice in the North Atlantic and pulled out of the water. He said he survived by floating in the ship's fuel oil to keep warm.
Joe in 1965, courtesy of W2DM
BORELLI Joseph W., 85, of Fair Lawn, NJ on Saturday, June 20, 2009. Born and raised in New York, he resided in Long Island before moving to Fair Lawn over 30 years ago. A graduate of Stuyvesant High School in NY, he earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from New York City College. Mr. Borelli proudly served with the Merchant Marines during World War II. He was also a member of the Ham Radio Operators Association.Prior to retiring in 1988, he was an electrical engineer with CBS Television in New York City for twenty five years.Beloved husband of the late Marjorie (O'Donovan) Borelli and former spouse of Joyce (Zelmanis) Borelli. Loving and devoted father of Anthony and Janet Borelli and the late Christina Borelli. Dear brother of Vincent and George Borelli and the late Marie DiPietro and Frank, Anthony and John Borelli. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.The family will receive relatives and friends Saturday, June 27, 2009, 9-11 AM at Vander Plaat Colonial Home, Inc., 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ, 201-797-3500. A funeral service is planned for 11 AM at the funeral home with interment to follow at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus. Flowers or donations to the Central Asia Institute, P.O. Box 7209, Bozeman, Montana 59771 would be appreciated. For additional information, please visit www.vpfairlawn .com.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The Membership card pictured below is a cherished momento of days gone by and a very elite club, limited to a very select group. As a member of Fucci's MF's we were entitled to the abuse, slings and arrows of any producer, director and production assistant. As an insider to this select group who could complain we were Master Fontologists and we all loved every minute of it. I am sitting here in my home, retired, smiling and wondering how I am able to recall so many events, both good and bad and those who we worked with and shared in the CBS Glory days. It was indeed good fortune, to work and play with the likes of a Bruno Fucci, Howie Purnick, Joe Panico, Vince Menci, and a host of others.....
After retiring some 25 years ago my knowledge of technical info began
to fade. Help me please.
I live in a 4 story, 60 apartments building. in Tenafly NJ.
having a common 10 year old antenna which needs replacement.
Can anyone tell me which are the best and strongest roof antennas for
us that are listed in Radio Shack?
We used to get good reception from the NY City stations but none from NJ
network's Channel 50 which is located about 90 degrees to the right.
Can anything be done that include reception from Channel 50?
About myself, In January 2008, I had surgery, a double by-pass and
mitral heart valve replaced.
It turned out very well and now I am back fighting the politicians to
get rail service back for Eastern Bergen County.
Albert (I outgrew the Crib) Cafiero
I remember the time when IBM attempted to hook up our graphic machine to their computer. After much arguing, I told them it was okay but that Carlucci and I had to operate. They declined. But they continued to use their computer although it did not air. Charlie and I were at least three minutes faster than their top speed computer. For many years Carlucci and I fought off all these speed graphics and no one could even come close to what we were able to do. people still think that Charlie is my illigitimate son.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Now you all know who to blame. I hope you & yours are as well as can be expected & that you'll keep writing.
It would be nice to get some fresh insight into the old CBS. We keep hearing from the same old, same old.
No offense guys but you must agree new eyes would be welcome. Thanks again.
When I started at CBS in 1980, Bruno was one of the first people I worked with on remotes. The first time I walked into the graphics trailer, there was Bruno with one hand on the keyboard and the other hand on the production coordinator. He greeted me with a grunt, a couple of expletives and for the next 9 years we worked together having good times both in and out of the graphics truck. Whenever a new font machine came out, it was Bruno who sat and figured out how to make it work on golf. After many hours and a couple of blown-up machines, he made it work. He mastered the art of professionalism and also the art of taking a nap on the floor of many house trailers we used. There are many things missing in today's world of sports television and one of them is a character named Bruno Fucci.
Feel good Pops,
Charlie Carlucci (the other member of the "FUCCI BROTHERS" fontology experts)
Friday, June 19, 2009
Yesterday I was thrilled when the US Mail brought a mysterious anonymous missal which certainly had been sent by some one old CBS tech ops buddy, and one who had passed TV101 even if he couldn't spell the vertical interval correctly. PLEASE someone help with identification, so we can carry on reminiscing about the good ol' days at CBS.
Also, now lets add my e-mail address to your files: SchoenfussArtKay@aol.com.
Regards and fond memories to all,
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
It does my heart so much good to hear from people that I worked and practically lived with for the 35 years that I was at CBS. Many thanks for keeping me in your hearts. I'll fight until I can't withstand the discomfort and pain and then I will join our other brothers who have since departed. In the meantime my best wishes and good luck to all of you who are pulling for me.
I wonder if you remember a couple of incidents.
We were covering an NFL game in Cincinnati. You and I went to to dinner at a buffet
restaurant in town. I think the name was The New Orleans Restaurant. I don't think
you uttered one word. We sat and ate for about three hours when they asked us to leave.
Another was at the Kansas city National Convention you borrowed my rental car. The next morning I found a note... Car parked 3rd from the left.
This was a 4 floor parking garage at our hotel.
My passengers and I were a little late getting to work.
We are all pulling for you, Bruno.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
With much respect love and affection...
Your old pal, Lee Levy
Friday, June 05, 2009
after meeting him we became friends again---meeting for lunch on many occasions attending his 80th surprise birthday party visiting him in the hospital spending many hours on the phone. He was a joy to work with on nfl, nba and numerous other sports events.
this past week i called him at home and we had a good conversation. i explained my thoughts on the value of life, since i had similar events occur to me.
I will be checking in with him.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
You, Bruno, bring back some of my happiest remembrances. With you on the scene it was always laugh time --- your "funnies" never seemed to run out and that's what makes remembering you so special.
Thanks for the memories Bruno. As you would have said to me 50 years ago, hey John, that's o.k., I can do it. AND, YOU STILL CAN.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Monday, June 01, 2009
The discomfort is not worth the extra years of life, but I have always been a fighter and will not go down easily. if anything further develops it will be the last. All these years I have been reflecting on my life and the thing that stands out the most is my many memories of friendships with all of CBS. Thanks to all of you for helping me have a good life. Good luck and good health to everyone.......Bruno Fucci
Thursday, May 28, 2009
New address change.
Retired CBS Engineers Association.
PO Box 45
Massapequa Park, NY 11762
which we had for over 30 years has been changed to my address.
The new address is,
Retired CBS Engineers Association
127 Rhode Island Ave.
Massapequa, NY 11758
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Now, we can possibly answer that question for ourselves.
A friend has forward an amazing website in which you can flashback
to the era of 1930 through 1960 and look at radio station listings in
several major newspapers, including the New York Times. First, click
on a year, then the month and scroll to a specific date, and the schedule
for that day appears. You can also zoom-in on a given page for easy
reading. It's a fascinating visit to memory lane and sent to you with
the hope that you might enjoy it as well!
Click here --> Old Radio Logs
Monday, May 18, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday, May 09, 2009
This is the largest album we've posted, so far!
The firat two pages are people pictures, and the next six pages are from the amazing gardens of the Swan Club. All pictures are courtesy of Ted Perzesty, Irwin Solow and Holly & Dave Minott. There may be some duplicates, since we were all taking pictures independently. If there are any corrections needed, please let us know.
Click here for the album --> Swan Club Luncheon
This is the largest lbum in our collection (so far!)
There are eight pages of photographs! The firast two pages Are people pictures, and the rest are some amazing pictures of the Swan Club gardens.
All photos are courtesy of Ted Perzes
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Lou worked in the Engineering Construction area.
White Funeral Home
Wake 2-5 & 7-9:30 Sunday
Mass at Our Lady of Mercy at 10:30 am
500 South Oyster Bay Rd.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I was just informed that Mike DeIeso passed away this morning.
Here are the particulars:
Dalton Funeral Home
29 Atlantice Ave. (near Floral Park RR station)
Floral Park, NY
Wake 2-5 and 7-9:30 Thursday and Friday
Mass at St. Boniface Church at 11 am
631 Elmont Rd. (corner of Elmont Rd. and Dutch Broadway)
Internment at Pinelawn Cemetery
Monday, April 20, 2009
A chronology from 3500 BCE to June 12, 2009!
Electronic Video Recording, or EVR, was a film-based video recording format developed in the 1960's by CBS Laboratories.
CBS announced EVR in October 1967. The 750-foot film was stored on a seven-inch diameter spool in a plastic cartridge. It used a twin-track 8.75mm film onto which video signals were transferred by electron beam recording, one monochrome track in each direction of travel.
Some EVR films had a separate chroma track in place of the opposite-direction monochrome track for color EVR films. The images stored on an EVR film were visible frames much like motion picture film, and were read by a flying spot scanner inside an EVR player to be converted to a video signal to be sent to a television set. EVR was also released by CBS as a professional version for television broadcasting, called BEVR (Broadcast EVR). As a professional medium, the format offered extremely high quality. It was, however, quickly superseded by professional and consumer magnetic tape formats.
* [http://www.terramedia.co.uk/video/evr.htm The quest for home video: EVR]
* [http://www.labguysworld.com/Motorola_EVR.htm LabGuy's World page on EVR]
* [http://www.cbsretirees.com/cbs-evr/page1.html Photos of EVR]
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I received a call today from Pat Kenny's mother saying that Pat passed away this morning, April 18th. Services will be at McLaughlin Funeral Home, 9620 Third Avenue, Brooklyn on Monday and Tuesday with a funeral on Wednesday.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
eternal life on April 1, 2009. Visiting is in the Farmer Funeral Home, 45
Roseland Ave. (at Eagle Rock Avenue), Roseland, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9
p.m. A Mass will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Blessed
Sacrament Church, Roseland. Interment is in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East
Hanover. Mr. McDonough was born in East Orange and lived in Essex Fells before
moving to Roseland. He graduated from West Essex High School, North
Caldwell, and received a BA in 1968 from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.
Johnny was the director of sports for CBS, ABC, NBC and most recently ESPN
Network. He received four Emmy Awards between 1981 and 1992: Outstanding
Live Sports Series NFL for CBS, NCAA Basketball for CBS, and Games of the XXV
(25th) Olympiad for NBC. He directed the Masters Golf Tournament at
Augusta, Ga., for many years. He also directed Winter and Summer Olympics and the
Super Bowl for numerous years. He received many awards for swimming and
participated in the Swimming Junior Olympics. Johnny was a member of the Essex
Fells Country Club and Montclair YMCA. He was the father of Delaney Lima
(her husband Giovanni Lima Jr.) and Jake McDonough; son of John and Peggy
McDonough; grandfather of Eliza Margaret, and brother of Tim, Kevin and the
late Mary Beth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Melmark Home,
2600 Wayland Road, Berwyn, Pa. 19312.
David S. Fruitman
Calhoun Satellite Communications
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
We have two weeks left to receive your luncheon checks, deadline is April 25th. The response has been slow. If you plan to attend, please mail in your checks. Look forward to seeing you.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
I received an email from Joel Silverman to see if could help put him in contact with his cousin Larry Schneider. I was able to obtain his phone number and called Larry's wife, Audrey. She sent an email to me explaining Larry's situation (see attachment below).
I visited Larry at the Gurwin Rehab Center in Commack today. He was very glad to have contact with a former colleague although he is unable to talk because of the ventilator. He is in good spirits in spite of his ordeal.
I'm sure many of you remember Larry and would like to be in contact with him. Please do so according to his wife's instructions.
As most CBS Retirees know, Larry Schneider worked as an Audio Engineer at CBS-TV from November 1953-April 2005. He had "officially" retired in 1999 (to protect his pension) and was immediately rehired, per diem, to continue his work with the "60 Minutes" crew in Control Room 33. He probably would still be there today, were it not for a series of medical missteps that resulted in a MRSA staph infection from a pacemaker, which settled in his aortic valve, causing endocarditis and open-heartsurgery (to remove the "contaminated pacemaker" and to replace the mitral and aortic valves damaged by the infection). He was at home for weeks or months at a time, interrupted by several more pneumonias, hospitalizations and recoveries at Rehab facilities. He had a very good year at home, February 2007-February 2008, during which we visited the "60 Minutes" control room in May, for a festive and touching welcome, not only from the crew, but also from Mike Wallace and just about everyone in the building who had ever worked with Larry. From February 19, 2008 until now, Larry has not been at home. His hospitalizations and stays at Rehab centers have been more challenging and he cannot breathe without a ventilator. Still, he is cheerful, pleasant and accepting. His sense of humor and alertness are remarkable. His doctors and nurses consider his many recoveries "miraculous". He has a good appetite, good color, is everyone's "favorite patient", enjoys the CDs, newspapers and magazines I bring, as well as homemade treats, organic fruits and vegetables, to supplement the otherwise good food served at his current Rehab center, in Commack, NY, 31 miles from home. Having experienced 5 other Rehab Centers, this is by far the best and worth the long trip to know thathe is receiving the best possible care, under the circumstances. If anyone would like to visit, please call me first, so we can arrange a time that will be appropriate. (516-483-5633). Or you may send mail to him at:
Laurence A. Schneider
c/o Gurwin Jewish Center for Nursing
68 Hauppauge Road
Commack, New York 11725-4403
Click to see Schneider article
April 1, 2009
CBS's "GUIDING LIGHT" TO BROADCAST ITS FINAL EPISODE ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 18
CBS's daytime drama GUIDING LIGHT will broadcast its final episode on Friday, Sept. 18, 2009. At the time of its final broadcast, the series will have spanned 72 years and more than 15,700 episodes on television and radio. Created by Irna Phillips, the show debuted on NBC radio on January 25, 1937 as the 15-minute radio serial "The Guiding Light." It made the switch to 15-minute episodes on CBS Television on June 30, 1952, although it continued to air concurrently on radio with the actors playing parts on both shows until 1956, when the radio show ended. In 1967, the series first started being broadcast in color, and a year later, the show expanded from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. In November 1977, the show expanded to a full hour. The series is credited by The Guinness Book of World Records as "The Longest-Running Television Drama.""GUIDING LIGHT has achieved a piece of television history that will never be matched; it has crossed mediums, adapted its stories to decades of social change and woven its way through generations of audiences like no other," said Nancy Tellem, President, CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group. "This daytime icon will always be an indelible part of CBS's history, with a legacy of innovation and reputation for quality and excellence at every step of the way. While its presence will be missed, its contributions will always be celebrated and never be forgotten.""No show in daytime or prime time, or anytime, has touched so many millions of viewers across so many years as GUIDING LIGHT," said Barbara Bloom, Senior Vice President, Daytime Programs, CBS. "We thank the cast, crew and producers past and present who delivered this entertainment institution, the beloved characters and the time-honored stories to our audience every day for seven decades. It's been a privilege to work with such an extraordinarily talented group of people."The radio show's original storyline centered on a minister named Rev. John Ruthledge, and all the people of a fictional suburb in Chicago called Five Points. Today's show takes place in the fictional town of Springfield, and revolves around the Spaulding, Lewis and Cooper families. Throughout its historic tenure on the Network, GUIDING LIGHT has been the recipient of 69 Daytime Emmy Awards, including three for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series. The show has broken ground with stories such as cancer, teen pregnancy, sexual harassment, alcoholism, abuse, AIDS and post-partum depression and, in 2008, premiered a brand-new daytime production model, featuring permanent sets inside its New York City studio and approximately 20% of the production shot in exterior scenes in the town of Peapack, N.J. In addition, directing and editing were changed to be done digitally and almost simultaneously, giving the sets a more realistic feeling and eliminating the need for production suites.GUIDING LIGHT is broadcast weekdays (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network. Ellen Wheeler is the Executive Producer and the Head Writers are David Kreizman, Christopher Dunn, Lloyd "Lucky" Gold and Jill Lorie Hurst.The show stars Grant Aleksander, Murray Bartlett, Jeff Branson, Robert Bogue, E.J. Bonilla, Mandy Bruno, Orlagh Cassidy, Beth Chamberlin, Crystal Chappell, Jordan Clarke, Bradley Cole, Zack Conroy, Daniel Cosgrove, Justin Deas, Bonnie Dennison, Frank Dicopoulos, Marj Dusay, Elizabeth Keifer, Maeve Kinkead, Jessica Leccia, Kane Manera, Kurt McKinney, Karla Mosley, Robert Newman, Michael O'Leary, Ron Raines, Marcy Rylan, Tina Sloan, Lawrence Saint-Victor, Gina Tognoni, Caitlin VanZandt, Yvonna Kopacz-Wright and Kim Zimmer.http://www.cbs.com/daytime/guiding_light/ (NOTE TO EDITORS: To download photographic images from GUIDING LIGHT, please visit www.cbspressexpress.com).
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Sunday, March 29, 2009
My name is Nancy Brinkmann Boxman, Eddie Brinkmann's niece. I thought that I had sent an email to you on Friday but when I checked my "sent mail box" it did not show up as having been sent. If it was, please forgive me for bothering you again.
I became aware of the CBS Retirees website through a search on my uncle's name. I have been trying to put together our family tree through information that I have been able to find online and pieces of conversations that I remember from my childhood. My father Guido was Eddie's brother. I have vague memories of my uncle Eddie that go back to when I was no more than three or four years old. He must have been very important to me back then for me to remember anything that long ago. He and my father lost contact. My mother had told me that Eddie thought that my father was upset with him when he and his first wife divorced. I don't think that this was the case but it kept me from knowing my uncle, something that I have regreted to this day. Both my parents are deceased and I have been trying to find out as much of my family background on my own to pass on to my daughters and grandchildren before I am gone. It is a shame that when you are young you don't thin to ask the questions about your family that become so important when you have children of your own.
I'm sorry for rambling on so. I recently did another search on my uncle's name and found the pictures that Steve Wexler had posted to your website along with an article that was written about Eddie. I can't tell you how thrilled I was to find this. There was information about Eddie and my grandparents that I did no know before. Steve had contacted your website a couple of years ago offering to exchange information and pictures with anyone who was interested. Eddie was his grandfather which makes us cousins. I was unsuccessful in getting in contact with your webmaster at that time. I would love to be able to combine the information that we have and share our pictures.
I live just outside of Philadelphia although my sister, brothers and one daughter live on Long Island. My address is 2178 Joshua Road, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444. My home email is roses3of4 at aol.com. My home phone number is 610-941-9670. I work full time, Monday thru Friday but generally I am home on the weekends and any evening after 7:00 PM.
If you would forward this email to the person who would have Steve's contact information or to Steve himself, I would be very grateful.
Thank you for taking the time to read this email.
Very truly yours,
Perusing the latest NEWSLETTER I noted in the IN MEMORIAM box a mention of the demise of MORT GOLDBERG in April 2008. I have an interest in this and failed to find anything pertinent in that archive (April 2008). Can you fill me in with any details of Mort's death? I worked with him for many years long ago in 485 etc... OR is there more than one Mort Goldberg in CBS?
Harry Peterson AKA n2cjm at aol.com
Friday, March 27, 2009
I only knew you as an audio man and TD.
Glad to know you grew to such high positions. My belated congratulations.
Sorry I had to find out about it in such circumstances.
My very best to you. and my sincerest condolences to the Novack family
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Memorial Service to be held on Saturday April 18, 2009 at 11:00am.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
6509 Sydenstricker Rd.
Burke, VA 22015
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made in memorium to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997
or online www.tchospice.org/donations_online.php
or in memorium to St. Andrews Episcopal Church (address above)
Thank you so very much to all of you who have shared your wonderful memories of our Dad.
Thank you for indulging us our memories of a man so loved by all of his family.
There are many days that add up to my 75 years, but there are some days that are very special.
Like the day that I met Frank Novack. I was hired as a temp at CBS/New York,wiring up a remote
truck for the new bureau at CBS/Washington, going on air June 1, 1964. Sid Kaufman, who was
to be head of engineering, asked me if I would like to go to Washington as permanent staff.
(This was another special day, one that changed my life and got me and my family out of the Bronx.)
I met Frank on my first day in Washington. He took me under his wing, held my hand, and eased my
way into broadcasting. My family has been good friends with Frank and his loving wife Barbara for 45 years.
He will be missed by all who knew him. He was truly one of the good guys!
First of all I want to let you and other readers know that my Dad found so much pleasure reminiscing on your site.
Some of the things that I remember were:
My Dad being respected in the neighborhood not so much for being involved with TV (just a fad) but because he
brought home and gave away cartons of free cigs from the sponsors...
What an important man he must be to get free cigarettes...
He treasured his Christmas card from Ernie Kovacs that simply said...
Likewise his relationship with and mementos from other stars of the day... Perry Como, Red Buttons...I remember
visiting some various sets as a child and being so well-treated by everyone working there...
Looking back I can see that many were so happy because they were simply doing something that they loved dearly.
So it was with my Dad...
He loved his work and loved being a pioneer doing things weekly that had truly never been done before.
We watched a re-release DVD of Cinderella and he lit up explaining to me what a technical nightmare/miracle/triumph
it was putting a live musical play on the air from such a small studio.
He knew that he and his fellow technicians everywhere were indeed making history every day
Which brings me to my final thought...
To say that Dad cherished his friends and co-workers all through his working life is a gross understatement....
Dad so respected the business and all the people who made the miracles happen.
He was very proud to have walked among you.
All the best,
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I captured to take to CBS Washington for the opening M street, he was a low key
gentleman, fine technician and very considerate of others. He really liked the business
and the people he worked with.
Prepare the studio for the rest of us who will be coming.
You will be missed.
(WHO CAN TOP THAT?)
There's one thing my brother Chris failed to mention about Dad in his later years. He never lost his desire to "fix" electronic stuff. When he was much younger he loved to get an old TV from Goodwill and bring it back to life. I remember one year Dad brought home one of those cabinets that contained a TV, stereo and turntable. He had hit the mother lode. We enjoyed that unit for years.
In the last few years his goal in life was to figure out the workings of both his laptop and the family desktop computers. Dad would spend hours laboring over the freeware available to improve performance. It would happen from time to time that Chris would have to be dispatched to the family homestead to figure out what Dad had "tweaked".
Dad killed a couple of computers much to his frustration. Our most comforting thought is that Dad is up in that big master control booth in the sky with that crooked Novack grin turning dials and making adjustments with all his buddies.
I cannot express how badly I feel.Frank and I were classmates at RCA Inst.way back in 1950.We both earned the radio telephone first class licence and I was lucky enough to be hired by CBS. Frank went another way and eventually came to CBS also. We hardly ever worked alongside each other but I always was aware of his presence and he of mine.
He was an excellent tech and I will miss his not being around anymore.
My sympathy to his family and may he rest in peace.
My father passed peacefully on Saturday. He was near the ocean and under the warm sun where he wanted to be. Services in Northern Virginia are pending at this point. I inherited his love for the biz (along with his middle-age incontinence and his sense of humor) and reliving his many years in television from his posts on this site has brought a lot of smiles to our family as we got to understand his other family, the gang in TV, that he loved so well.
As a child the only time I recall he spoke reverently about the business (when he was actually home at what other people consider "dinnertime") was when he would tell us about his day and that special someone that every control room, every newsroom has: The "horse's ass", that vainglorious individual who could single-handedly bring a live broadcast to its knees 30 seconds away from air with a single touch of the "wrong" button, causing everyone within shouting distance and beyond to scramble for the next 25 seconds to make the world right again, as the global inventory of available antacids is depleted by a small yet measurable amount.
Dad used that phrase sparingly, like a connoisseur sipping a fine Pinot Noir, decanting it only for special occasions and certainly never wasting it on the less than worthy.
After he retired, Dad and I never talked much about TV, other than "So Chris, you just worked the conventions?", "Mmmmhmmm...Yep" and we would both nod slowly, knowingly....and smile.
Deputy Project Manager
Your father will be greatly missed. He was a regular contributor here on the website
and always had something interesting to add.
Please continue to check back here for other comments and add any other anecdotes
that might bring us a smile.
Monday, March 23, 2009
on Saturday March 21st, in Ft. Pierce, Fla.
The information was relayed to him by Dave Zap.
As more information comes in, we will post it here.
Another teardrop from the CBS eye as one of our members
crosses that "Rainbow Bridge"...
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I got your name from Charlie Higgins in Philadelphia. I'm writing a book and one of the people in the book is Alan Shalleck. Alan was with CBS in New York the 1950s and 1960s (and likely even the 1970s), first in New York, and then for a short time in Phili (where he worked on a show called Pixanne).
In New York, he worked on a number of children's shows, i.e., Winky Dink and Captain Kangaroo and other CBS shows like The Price is Right. He held various positions, i.e., assistant producer, producer, floor manager, i.e., all behind the camera. Alan was murdered in 2006. I'm trying to locate people that might remember him from his CBS days.
Charlie gave me your contact information. Is there any way for you to reach out to people in the Retired CBS Engineer's Association and see if people would remember Alan. I'm also looking to talk with people that remember the early days at CBS and what it was like.
I'm happy to speak with people on or off the record. Thanks in advance for your help.
561-775-1558 or email@example.com
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
David Schwartz suggested that I contact you about posting a question on the CBS retirees site.
I received an email query from the Municipal Art Society about CBSs broadcasting facilities at Grand Central Terminal. I am friends with Frances Buss Buch, who worked at CBS in Grand Central from 1941-53, and when the Paley Center honored her two years ago, she and I went over to Grand Central Terminal to actually look at the tennis courts where the CBS studios had been. She could remember where everyones office was and that the secretarial pool was on the floor below. She enchanted the tennis clubs staff.
The fact the Municipal Art Society wanted me to confirm was:
Before the third floor was converted into tennis courts in the mid-1960s, the space was used as the original set for CBS News, and Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite broadcast live from there, Martin said.
The first episodes of The Honeymooners were also broadcast from the space, but the show moved because the floor shook and the cameras vibrated when trains passed through the station. The trains can still be felt today, but Martin said the rumbling did not affect play.
I cannot verify that The Honeymooners was ever broadcast from the CBS Grand Central studios. There is no information in the CBS archives and the several bios of Jackie Gleason I have checked make no reference to the Honeymooners having to change studios.
Would it be possible for you to post this query on the CBS retirees website. Thank you.
Jane KlainManager, Research Services
The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52nd Street New York, NY 10019
(212) 621-6631 (p)(212) 621-6646 (f)
Formerly The Museum of Television & Radio
Saturday, March 14, 2009
and that's not what this website is really about, however, I am making a special exception,
in this case seeing that Mark is doing something rather unusual!
A Special Request For My Friends, Enemies, Family, Or Work Colleagues:
I know the current economy is difficult and uncertain, but I hope that you will help. If you cant help now thats OK. I understand and I wont be checking a list to see who didn't donate. My spiel is about the same as last year. It worked. With help from my friends I raised $1,000. Our group at Fox Television in Chicago raised over $1.25 million. Over the years I have donated to fundraisers by people I know and don't know that were walking, running, jumping, eating, and sleeping to raise money for their worthy causes. Again this year Fox Television in Chicago is supporting St. Baldrick. Please take a minute to skim the information below about St. Baldrick. Then I'll tell you how I will be participating and what you can do to help me.
What is St. Baldrick's?
St. Baldrick's is the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising event for childhood cancer research. Thousands of volunteers shave their heads in solidarity of children with cancer, while requesting donations of support from friends and family.
What will I do for St. Baldrick's?
I will be shaving my head - possibly Friday, March 13 on the air on Fox32 between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM. It may also be on our web site: http://www.myfoxchicago.com/myfox.
I am only going to ask you for a dollar or two five if you have it or even ten bucks if you've had a good year or good Christmas. You'd be surprised at how much you could actually have to donate. Here are some suggestions:
· Putting your loose change in a jar for a month.
· Stealing your kid's lunch money a couple of days a week for a month. OK, that's not a good one, but maybe you can bring a bag lunch to work a couple of days a week for a month instead of eating out.
· Digging down between the cushions in chairs at your house or in doctor's and lawyer's waiting rooms.
· Buying the cheap coffee instead of the pricy special kind every other day. Put the cheap stuff in the name brand cup and youll still look good. Put the difference in the price in a jar each time and donate it all in a month.
· Skipping dinner out two times in a month and donating the savings.
Now in addition to going bald, I've put my money where my hair uh, mouth is and made the first $100. For those of you who have had me or someone else donate to your cause it is to be blunt your turn. To donate just go to my St. Baldrick's page:
The best way to donate is online. It goes right into the tally of funds raised. You can also donate on the phone or download a form for mailing in a donation at the wed site shown above.
You may write out a check payable to: St. Baldricks Foundation.
Please write my name & ID# S-337696 in memo line of check (see information at top of the form). Gifts made by check will be processed electronically by St. Baldrick's to reduce processing and bank fees. To opt out of this process, please contact them.
St. Baldricks Foundation
1443 E. Washington Boulevard, #650
Pasadena, CA 91104-2650
If it's a hassle then just give or mail the check to me and I'll get it to them. Be sure it is payable to St. Baldricks Foundation.
Thank you for your support.
Mark - Before Mark - After
Friday, March 13, 2009
Gayle P. De Poli
Gayle P. De Poli
1-646-354-1705 US mobilegayle.depoli
Skype1-877-840-2030 e-fax domestic1-203-724-2007
Bernie Jacobs passed away on Jan 19th in California.
He worked in VT starting in the early 60's.
A memorial will be held April 19th at 1:00pm at The Orangeburg Jewish Center.
Condolences may be paid to Simi Jacobs 845-354-5594 or 914-522-3449.
She would love to hear from any of Bernie's friends.
Also, Doug Towey, who was senior creative director for CBS Sports passed away yesterday,
March 10th, after a long bout with cancer.
CBS Sports will announce a memorial service TBD.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Olympic Museum in Squaw Valley, California, to coincide with the 50th Anniversary celebration
in January 2010. Along with IBM and Disney, CBS played a major role in the Winter games,
noted as being the first televised Olympics. According to the CBS Web site, Harry Reasoner,
Walter Cronkite, Dick Button, and Jim McKay were all featured as anchor/reporters.
We are working on a conceptual interpretive plan, and Ive been in contact with several television
and broadcast museums, and with CBS Sports and News, in a quest to identify and locate possible
objects, archives, and other materials that might be included in the museum.
I happened upon your web site from the eyesofageneration.com web site.
Specifically, is there anyone who can say what type of cameras would have been in use in
January 1960 (RCA TK40? TK41?) Are there any members of the CBS Retirees organization who
played a role in the engineering or broadcast of the 1960 Winter Games?
Please contact me for further information, or if you can weigh in on either of these questions.
Thanks very much.
AMS Planning & Research Corp.
8147 Delmar, Suite 218
St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone: (314) 727-2880
Fax: (314) 727-0348
Cell: (314) 406-2040
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
EVR was an interesting project. The big problem was a very high reject ratio for the cassettes.
I think it never got better than 86% reject ratio! The trick was to get the highest resolution out
of the film so that the Motorola players could be sloppy. The scariest part of working on that
system was that the electronics for the beam recorder were 5V logic, floated at 20,000V!
We also had a special safe where we kept the (close to)100% pure ethyl alcohol, which was
used for cleaning the optics. One Tech managed to get into the supply...
They had to take him away in an ambulance... he was totally dehydrated.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
The story you are about to read MAY be true...or not.
I was talking with someone about the history of Channel 18 in Hartford.
A lot of you may remember that CBS owned the station in the 50s, during the
ill-fated networks owning two UHF's experiment. CBS decided it was better to
have a VHF, even if the net didn't own the station, and so made arrangements
to go to WTIC-TV Ch.3. On the last night of Ch. 18's CBS affiliation, the story goes,
someone took the CBS "eye" slide and drew in a small tear at the corner.
If it isn't true, it makes a great urban legend.
WHCT/18 went to Zenith and the pay-TV experiments began.
I think it was at that time that CBS commentator Charles Osgood was the station manager.
BTW, the photo of CBS Studio 9 with Paul White and Elmer Davis is a better shot than any
I've seen to date. I finally see where White's office and the newsroom were located in
respect to the studio. I suppose Mr. Davis was facing the control room. One last item.
In a CBS book about the death of FDR, it states that John Daly ran into Studio 9 and gave
the engineer the "cut" signal. It goes on to say that it took a few moments for the engineer
to make the "complex" switches to cut into the full CBS net. Would it not have been more l
ikely that either the Studio 9 CR or Master Control could have done this with one switch or
button that would give the news studio instant access to the net,
instead of a lot of complicated switching?
Bob Paine KA3ZCI
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Saturday, March 07, 2009
I remember when he worked in telecine at the broadcast center and I was one of his supervisors.
A class gentleman at all times. I never had to worry about him doing his job.
Very quiet and unassuming but very reliable.
The Field Sequential Color Film Chain was in use at the time..its been a long time.ago.
I remember when a Pickup device was an Iconoscope - today it is known as a Frame Interline Transfer CCD.
It was great to have been around when it all began...
P.S. and still be around Today..
I remember our first Frame Synchronizers... they were FS1 and FS2, each in a 7' high
rack. Today they can do that in a single chip!
Look at today's High Def cameras... they can fit in the palm of your hand and can
be purchased for under $800! Now, when crews get attacked in the field, they can
throw the cameras at the attackers...
Friday, March 06, 2009
From Tony Landry
Working In the CBS Lab
A Project That Could Not Be Done
In redesigning and up-grading a new console for CBS's studio operations, H. A. Chinn was going to make sure that what had happened many years ago at radio station W.O.R. would never happen at CBS.
He insisted that all knobs would be so designed that they would light up the moment that they were turned on. I was given that project. The instructions were: the finished product had to be simple, and serviced only with a screwdriver or a pair of pliers. Because there would be quite a heat load in the console, the lighting was limited to two small flashlight bulbs for each knob.
The problem at that time was that all console knobs were made of black plastic material.
A large piece of clear plastic was obtained and by using a lathe an exact copy of the console knobs was made. It was drilled in the center so that a 1/4 inch plexi-glass rod could be fastened the other end would extend to the back and be fastened to a potentiometer. Fastened on the shaft was a small lever that actuated a micro-switch to light the small bulbs. The light would then travel through the shaft and light the knob; which it did, but the light from the source was not additive.
The trouble seemed to be in the back cover. The inside was covered with a sheet of tin foil--result--too many reflections. Then came the idea to paint the inside of the back cover with a flat white paint. That did it. After the project was finished I was informed that two people had worked on this project and had been assigned to another project.
The back covers could be removed or replaced without tools
What could be more simple than that?
This was the project some people said could not be done. Today this would be understood as fiber-optics.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
My daughter just found this website..I am Philip Polansky, Camerman (I will be 97 in Sept.) and remember the boys who have passed fondly. I was also at the first and many other luncheons and remember the great friendships that were shared. I would love to hear from some of the boys......I will try and upload some pics that I have from the Sullivan show, Cronkite and some of soaps I worked on...You can write to me at this address:
JET4747@optonline.net (my daughter will monitor)
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
book full of black and white photos about producing Studio One'sThe Glass Key.
I have absolutely no idea why that popped into my head tonight, but after a bit of
searching I saw some of the photoson your website. The book has been long gone,
but I remember those photos. And who knows - it may have led to my getting into
broadcasting, if briefly. I was probably one of the very few stockbrokers with a FIrst Phone.....
I'd love, of course, to find a copy of the book, if only to photocopy and store on my computer.
(non-commercial, of course). Would you possibly be able to steer me in the right direction,
either to Mr. Kuhar or to somebody else who might be of assistance?
Thank you for your time.
Walnut Creek CA
It has been a long time since we have heard from John Koushouris and Bob
Wilson. In fact, it's been a long time since we heard from many of you,
lets hear from you...It might make an Old Retiree happy...(like me )
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
p.s. There are numerous images of Bob scattered throughout the website.
You can use the Google search box on the Home Page to find them.
SPORTS BROADCASTING HALL OF FAME - 2008
Ten years after Bob Spider Seiderman lost a battle with cancer, his legacy lives on in the flying faders of sports-production audio-mixing rooms across the country.
TV sports fans can feel as though they are on the field of play, thanks to Seidermans dedication to audio perfection and numerous innovations. While at Fox Sports, he talked the NFL into allowing him to place a mic on umpires and talked MLB into letting him mike bases and outfield walls; at CBS Sports, he redefined Daytona 500 and racing coverage with mics placed on the retaining walls of the track.
He approached audio as if it was the primary function of televised sports instead of something on the back bench of a production truck, says Fred Aldous, Fox Sports senior audio mixer and Seidermans protégé.
Seiderman, born Oct. 19, 1947, in New York City, earned accolades as an audio assistant in Korea during the Vietnam War. When he returned from Vietnam, he followed his passion and joined CBS as an audio assistant and soon headed up audio for The Merv Griffin Show. When the show moved to Los Angeles, Seiderman, a New Yorker at heart, passed on the offer to go west and stayed behind to continue working on soap operas, live TV, and live music. He loved live TV, says Andrea Ganz-Seiderman, his widow. He called it crunch time and loved going to work and planning the events. That made his life.
Shifting to CBS Sports, Seiderman began to revolutionize sports-TV audio one event at a time. The Daytona 500 was his favorite event (a studio at the race track named in his honor indicates that the affection was mutual) as the two weeks of setup for each race gave him the opportunity to experiment with new techniques and equipment.
One year, he went out to the Radio Shack and purchased $19 microphones that could handle the sound pressure and put them on the walls of the track, says NBA VP of Engineering Mike Rokosa, who worked with Seiderman at CBS Sports. He didnt go for the expensive professional mics, just a $19 mic from Radio Shack.
CBS Sports audio didnt just evolve under Seiderman; it skipped complete evolutionary cycles in a single event. Super Bowl XXI in 1987 was not only the first sports event televised live in stereo but also the first to be done in surround sound.
One of Spiders strengths was his ability to inspire confidence from company higher-ups. For the Super Bowl, he not only sold management on the idea of taking a gamble with surround sound but got them to roll the dice during the biggest TV sports event of the year.
Bob began mixing in stereo months earlier on other events, even though the events were broadcast in mono, so it would be second nature to him by the time the broadcasts began, Rokosa explains.
When Fox Sports acquired NFL rights in 1994, Seiderman joined that network and, alongside Jerry Gepner, Fox Sports EVP, began a new chapter in sports audio. He was committed to the fact that the sights of TV do not have the same impact without the sounds, says Fox Sports director Artie Kempner. Bob was able to get the resources to go out and hire a submixer so the broadcast would have more layers of audio. Bob was our ears and innovator. Ken Kerschbaumer
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
holding CBS options which are due in a week, or so, are out of luck.
Since the current share price is under $5, you can say goodbye to your
options that will expire next week, and possible next year, if the economy
doesn't make a sharp turnaround.
Do not even bother to excercise these options through Smith Barney,
as it can't be done. Do not think that you can claim a tax loss, either.
Since you never owned the shares, there's no monetary loss.
For those of us who still hold options excercisable in 2010, 2011 and
possibly further out, do everything you can to stimulate the economy
and hope for the best.
Sorry or the "Black Cloud..."
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
First Telstar Broadcast.
Bob Heuberger,EIC, was already up in Andover,Maine with a setup crew.
Six of us were assigned to fly from La Guardia on a 2 engine Cessna. Five
of us arrived but not George Moses. I called him and woke him up. He
told me to go ahead. He will make his way by himself. We got on board.
Pilot and Frank Villot up front, Art Shine and me behind, Jim McCarthy and
I think Jim Murphy in the back. Moses would have be the 3rd in the back.
We flew just above the rain and clouds.Never saw the ground up to
Portland, Maine. At this point, the pilot asked the control tower for landing instuctions.
"Do they see us on radar?" The answer was "negative, we don't have radar. There is a
hole in the clouds over the airport." The pilot found a hole in the clouds, but not
the airport. He told us to look for a runway. I woke up Shine and told him to look.
He said "does 22 in somebody's driveway mean anything?" We landed and drove
some 80 miles to Andover,checked in to the motel and went for lunch. As we were
eating, in walked Moses with a rolled up bundle under his arm. His clothes for the week.
He flew to Boston, and hitched his way up to Andover (he said).
P.S. We have the attached pix in the archives in the Page 11 Album --> Page 11