Saturday, April 25, 2009

I have been informed that Lou Griffo passed away last night, April 24th.
Lou worked in the Engineering Construction area.

Deposing at
White Funeral Home
234 Broadway
Bethpage, NY
516 931-1454
Wake 2-5 & 7-9:30 Sunday

Mass at Our Lady of Mercy at 10:30 am
500 South Oyster Bay Rd.
Hicksville, NY
516 433-2544

Tony Casola

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sad news -
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)
Elmont, NY

Internment at Pinelawn Cemetery

Monday, April 20, 2009

A fascinating and in-depth look into communications in general and radio, television and motion pictures specifically.
A chronology from 3500 BCE to June 12, 2009!
Here is a snippet from a Russian website!

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 It was, however, quickly superseded by professional and consumer magnetic tape formats.

External links

* [ The quest for home video: EVR]
* [ LabGuy's World page on EVR]
* [ Photos of EVR]


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Pat Kenny was a delight, always happy, but tough with a smile for everyone & an even disposition. Even when I was upset about something I could not be upset around her. Yes, I remember Pat Kenny. And am most certainly regretful of her passing. My condolences to her family.
Goody Freed

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.

Betty Bluethgen

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

John C. McDonough Jr., 62, entered into
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

The Masters is over and 50 years ago I watched Frank Harvey scurrying around looking for a pail to bring his divot home.
It was an experience to watch him nurture that piece of grass like it was manna from heaven.
Sol T.

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.

Tony Casola

Thursday, April 02, 2009

To all members: FYI

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.

Ted Perzeszty

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
Attached is the press release announcing the end of the Guiding Light after 72 years on the air, including 57 on television.I think I have the original release that came out when it moved to television on June 30,1952. I know some of the early episodes have survived, as I have at least one from the first year on the air.Does anybody remember (other than me) what show Guiding Light replaced on CBS's daytime schedule?
Dave Schwartz

April 1, 2009


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. (NOTE TO EDITORS: To download photographic images from GUIDING LIGHT, please visit
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