Friday, January 30, 2009

Hi Dave,

On the pix of St 50, that's stage right. The cameraman is George Moses on camera 1.
I have a story of going to the remote in Andover, Maine for the 1st Telstar broadcast.
As soon as I gather my thoughts, I'll send it. It includes George Moses.


Thursday, January 29, 2009


Regarding Image # 11 of The Page 12 Collection. The Boom Man's face is too dark for me to I.D.
but the Camerman is George Moses on the stage right apron of Studio 50.
This is where Sullivan introduced a lot of the acts.

Jay Chichon
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Dave Schwartz
Dear Dave,

There are several things I would like to research and need your help.
I have a Houston Fearless/RCA PD 1 camera pedestal that says CBS TV 8 on it. This is a 60 year old pedestal and I suspect that it was used in CBS studio 8. I have heard there were CBS TV facilities in Grand Central in the late 40s/early 50s and wonder if you know anyone who can knows if there was a Studio 8 anywhere? It may be that it was just pedestal 8 at one of the CBS studios, but dont know. All I am aware of are Studios 51-54 and others with I think higher numbers but dont know and would love to have a list of the old CBS studio names and numbers. I have a Norelco PC60 used in Studio 51. Ive heard that 51 was mostly soap operas, but does anyone know what shows may have come out of 51 when the Norelcos were in use there?
Studio 50 was of course the Ed Sullivan Theatre. I have the backstage announce mic from there and wonder if you know of anyone that worked there in the 1950s or earlier? From what I know so far, its a Shure model 51 Sonodyne mic and the story of how it left the theatre is attached below. If anyone worked there in the Sullivan days, and could provide any information I would be grateful.
People can contact me either at
tobeorellerbee at or though my website

Bobby Ellerbee 678-963-0869

I was shooting an industrial video for US Air in 1981 at the Ed Sullivan Theatre, which was then being used by Reeves Teletape. We were doing stand ups featuring US Air executives and senior pilots. The shoot had to be done over three days because of crew scheduling by the airlines. This was my first time ever actually using a TK-44. The best part of shooting at The Ed was having the ability to poke around the theatre and the rest of the building during breaks. I was a microphone collector at the time and was always keeping an eye out for interesting old pieces. We used to use the West 53rd Street entrance to the theatre to come and go--that entrance is on the side of the theatre where Paul and the CBS Orchestra play now. I kept noticing an old Shure mic and stand in the theatre wings. It was pushed into a corner behind a stack of counter weights. I finally asked one of the stage hands about it. He said it had been there forever and was used as a house announce microphone. Based on it's vintage and the fact that the theatre had been vacant up until the time that Reeves began using the facility, I can only assume it had been there through most of the Sullivan years. I cornered the facilities manager at one point on the last day we were shooting and asked him about it. He confirmed that it was a house announce mic used back when the facility was home to the Sullivan show and several game shows. He told me that house announce was moved to the sound booth, the mic was a derelict and if I wanted it to go ahead and take it. I did.

John R. Smith

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A New picture has been added to the Page 12 album,
courtesy of Time/Life via Neal Kassner. Click Here --> Page 12
Hello Cindy,

In 1950, I too was a technician at CBS. My first assignment was to pull the camera cables out of the way so that no shots were missed. I was the new kid on the block so cam 3, Bob Heller, drew the short straw, er, cable. Things must have gone pretty well as I was back the following weeks eventually making the crew, where as a video engineer, I worked primarily with cameramen. I'm sure Bob had some input that helped me.
Well, Bob, you in a hospice in Key West, me in a hospice in Springfield, VA - to compare notes, my medical passports are angioplasty, emergency quadruple by-pass surgery, prostate cancer, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, slipped disk, rheumatoid arthritis... and so on, and so on !!
Oh, by the way, did I mention I also have my wife, my children, my friends, my church, my computer, and my dog. So keep the faith, Bob, I remember thee well.

Best wishes,

Frank Novack

Sunday, January 25, 2009

For those of you who remember Robert Hupka, here is a
YouTube link which shows him narrating his exhibition of
the Pieta pictures... Click Here --> Hupka's Pieta pictures

He is also mentioned in a Wikipedia article that can be found here --> Wiki Article

I have added a few images to our Page 2 collection.
Take a look... Click here --> Page #2

Saturday, January 24, 2009

While rummaging through my collection, I came across some
slides I though might be interesting to add to our collection!
These are mainly from Campaign '78 (gosh - 30 years ago!!!)
and a few I took while in Europe. Enjoy! Click here --> Reminiscences

Maybe this will induce our members to go digging, themselves!!!


I think the cameraman on the left (Fearless Dolly) is a very "young"
Gentleman named John Lincoln...
Bill Kuhar collection photo#1 (14) also the other cameraman is Bill Bell.
I couldn't think of his name when I started this note.....

Healthy New year to all!

Harry Charles




Friday, January 23, 2009


The past two weeks bring back a host of memories.
First, the brilliant water landing on the Hudson of an airbus,
many questioned why he did not land at Teterboro---an easy answer to that,
the nearest runway for him to try would have been 24--I am very familiar with 24
since I had an aircraft based just off the end of 24--made many many landings there
and many flights down the Hudson to the Verrazano very often I thought about ditching--
not a good option with a fixed gear plane. The really serious disadvantage he had was the
absence of thrust reversers since he had NO thrust.
His choice of ditching was truly the only choice!
As long as I am rambling on I should mention that my first field assignment in CBS was the
civil rights march on Washington--very memorable. We were in a mobile unit behind the
Lincoln memorial with a huge CBS eye on the side.
The producer elected to cover - remove it, don't remember...
There were many threats circulating. It was among the most unforgettable days of my life.
My next ramble---Jan 1985 I was in Washington for Reagan's second innauguration.
It turned out to be frigid, resulting in the ceremony being moved inside to the rotunda,
Joe Tier made it a great experience!

Bob Vernum
Hi Retirees...

I cant believe that we have so little to write in about..
to this Website about our past days at CBS.
Best Regards,
Harold Deppe

Sunday, January 18, 2009

What were the numbers for the following studios?
I can't remember them.
1. The Maxine Elliot Theater on 39th Street where,
Toast of The Town and Dennis James and his Dancing Old Gold Cigarette Pack came from.
2.The studio on upper 5th Avenue.
3.The old movie theater on 66th Street and Broadway.

Sol Tabatchnick

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Hello from the Florida Keys!

I am a volunteer with Hospice of the Upper Keys and do weekly visits
at the Plantation Key Convalescent Center where I met a wonderful
gentleman named Bob Heller. He mentioned he use to be a cameraman for CBS.
I found his name mentioned on this website and printed some pages to read to him
on my last visit. He was thrilled to hear some familiar names from a time he enjoyed so immensely!
Bob asked me to send an email out to you all requesting correspondance of any kind that I could
read to him on my visits. Any messages, greetings or info sent to this email I will make sure to take
right to Bob. I know he would greatly appreciate hearing from his old friends and co-workers!

Thank you so much-

Cindy King


Sunday, January 11, 2009

We have another new album to view! This one is courtesy of
Bill Kuhar, and it is images of Studio 1. There are no names
yet, but I'm sure that our "Eagle-Eyed" users will supply us
with some names. Click here for this album --> Studio 1
We have a new album, courtesy of Steve Wexler.
It is the "Eddie Brinkmann Album" located here --> Eddie Brinkmann Album

Saturday, January 10, 2009

If my memory serves me,
Ira Shackman was Frances's boss at that time.

Sol T

I can't believe Ann and I were at a Port Jervis Humane Society benefit
last night across the river in Pa. and there he was, Al Consiglio, bigger than life.
Ann also.Turns out he and Ann are living in Dingman's Pa. which is
just down stream from Port Jervis. He is looking good, he must be
doing OK as he ventured out in all that snow and ice we have up here.
Al's e-mail address is alconni at, Tel: 570 828 4313.
The Port Jervis Humane Society is the big thing here, they always
have a big turnout, lots of donations and the big dinners are attended
by the upper crust, the politicians aristocrats and other people with teeth.
I guess everyone loves doggies (some like cats).

George Keller

Friday, January 09, 2009

Re: Frances Nakamrura

It is nice to see her name on the CBS Retiree site and it provokes me to make further comment.
Frances was a delight. She was hired by Orville Sather in the early fifties and assigned as a secretary
to the old Field department on East 54
th St.
I was in charge of Field at that time. Frances was the child of a Japanese family, naturalized I believe,
who been interned in one of the interment camps set up on the west coast for persons of Japanese ancestry.
So Frances had spent several of her growing up years in the camp. Her father went into the import business
after the war. Frances proved to be very good with a great attitude. Never had a bad word for anyone
and was a pleasure to work with. It was not long before Orville promoted her to Tech ops scheduling which,
if I recall correctly, had just moved into the Sheffield building. I have tried to recall who was in charge of
scheduling at that time and the names Dick Butterfield, Ira Schackman and Jack Kleckner come to mind but
memory fails. Frances was a great gal and as noted on the page, techs loved her.
I believe she left CBS to be married.

Bob Wilson

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Recently I sent some info about me and the crews I worked on. I regret that I left out three very great TD's I worked for.
George Keck, Pappy Treat and Dan Parmalee. Dan's crew was the first one I encountered after I was hired. The only names that remain with me from then are; Harry Schlessinger, Bill Gage, Lenny Peck. Sorry anyone, the mind is slipping.

Sol T.

Who could ever forget Frances. She was the whole department and then some.

Sol T.

I remember Frances fondly. She treated all techs with the same respect as we did with her.
I was a new Tech in 1954, hired August 31st. Frances called me to ask
"When do you want your vacation?" I was flabergasted! I wasn't aware that I was so entitled,
(had Art Schoenfuss waited one more day to hire me I would not have been entitled.)
She said, "How about Christmas?" -- it was a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
None of my neighbors could believe that I would be on vacation four months after being hired!
Those were the truly GREAT days of CBS.

Bob Vernum

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Attached is a photo that Jim Hergenrather,
legendary West Coast CBS historian, sent me that was taken
by Ray Angona quite some time ago.
Can you help identify any of the people in this picture?

Dave Schwartz

Tuesday, January 06, 2009


You may not remember Francis Nocamura.
She was the entire Tech schedule desk in the 1950s.
The TV studios were scattered all over the city then...
Francis knew where every tech was. She would get in
a cab on Thursdays with the payroll checks for the Techs
and distribute the weekly payroll.

Harold Schutzman

That was 15-20 years before my time!
I do remember Charlotte, however...


Monday, January 05, 2009


How many of us left remember FRANCIS NOCAMURA?

Harold Schutzman

Sunday, January 04, 2009


By way of introduction I am an engineer for ABC O&O WPVI in PHL.
I have amassed an assortment of CBS "Golden Age" flotsam of which I am willing to share pics/copies:
A tech maint manual for Studios 53-56,63 & 64.
A CBS book with many behind the scenes pics of "Studio One, The Glass Key".
A TK30 from sdo 55 which I am restoring to early 50s appearance.
Pic of Ivan Sanderson & Patty Painter.
A rack mount color wheel monitor (incomplete, but what the heck).
Instruction books for RCA and Dumont cam chains, etc.
I enjoy surfing your forum, now I can put names to the mugs in the "Studio One" book!
I'm looking for any information about studios 54, 55, 56, official or behind the scenes,
as to what passed through these RCA and Dumont cams and any tech details.
I'm also looking to buy lenses and parts for orth cams (surprise, surprise).

Bill Kuhar

Friday, January 02, 2009


I'm back with two questions.

1. Does anyone remember when the FCC required the networks to divest themselves of their production companies?
2. Does anyone remember the three production people at Leiderkranz Hall?

CBS did and sold off VIACOM.

Ed Reardon, Sy Gross and Phil Cuaco (spelling)

Sol Tabachnick