Sunday, March 29, 2009

Good Evening Mr.Casola,

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 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,
Nancy Boxman

re:Mort Goldberg

Hello Dave.
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

Friday, March 27, 2009

From Sol re: Maitland

Just received from Sol Tabatchnik:
Sid. (Kaufman)
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

Sol Tabachnick

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

RE: Frank Novack

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
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.

Patti Lake

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!

Dave Zap

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...
Screw you.
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,

Joe Novack

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Frank Novack was one of the number of technicians
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.

Sid Kaufman
CTN Operations
RE: Frank Novack


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.

Patti Lake
The current Newsletter is now available for viewing.
Click here --> Newsletter
I just read the notice that Frank Novack passed away.
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.
Cal Marotta

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.
Chris Novack
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.

I just read on your message board that Frank Novack has passed away? My sympathies to his family. Frank and I e-mailed back and forth for some time. He always took time to answer my questions and share interesting and sometimes funny stories about his days at CBS. He was a kind and thoughtful man and his posts here will be missed.
J.R. Smith

Monday, March 23, 2009

I just heard from Royce Fish that Frank Novack passed away
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"...
Anyone know why these Ampex tape machines were mounted vertically?

My guess is either to save space, or to emulate the older
RCA TR-22 machines...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Searching for info

Dear Ted Perzeszty:
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.

David Geliebter
561-775-1558 or

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Dear Mr. Minott:

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

I usually decline to post pleas for charity, since everyone seems to have a favorite charity
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:
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.
Mail to:
St. Baldricks Foundation
1443 E. Washington Boulevard, #650
Pasadena, CA 91104-2650
888-899-BALD (2253)
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

OK guys...the Facebook group WCBS Employees past and present is just too much fun. I reconnected with people that I haven't seen in over 20 years. I now have an incentive to digitize my Rather Christmas cards...because this one is just too much. tried to hide behind Mike Carlucci...but not that well. Lyn....I'm showing all the boys!!! I'm sending this to post on the CBS Retiree website. So many of the old timers...and the young whipper snappers that are now officially old timers. Good stuff

Gayle P. De Poli
Doug Towey Obit. He was such a nice man. Also did you see the two years of Channel Two Christmas cards?,0,4239306.story
Gayle P. De Poli
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A note was posted in videotape:
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.

Gady Reinhold

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Our company, AMS Planning & Research, is planning a 1960
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 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.

Arthur Greenberg
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

Lots of cigarette commercials and you recognize any of the voices?

Cigarette Ads

Dave Schwartz

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

Some captions have been updated in our Page 12 album thanks to
Goody Freed and Jay Chichon. Click here --> Page 12

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Hi Dave,

Here is a website that graphically shows how many basic circuits work.
This may interest people who might want to brush-up their aging memories.

Regards to all,
Harry Charles
OH MY GOD!!!!!! Tony Landry!!!!!!
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.
Bruno Fucci
I remember working with Tony Landry at C.B.S. Liederkranz Hall Telecine.
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..

Best Regards,
Harold Deppe

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 our archives... March 2001

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: (my daughter will monitor)

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

When I was perhaps eight or nine years old, my dad brought home a
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.

Jim Gillivan
Walnut Creek CA
Hi, Members of The Golden Age Of Television.
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 )

Best Regards,
Harold Deppe