Wednesday, April 28, 2010


For years CBS technicians wintered in Miami Beach working on the Jackie Gleason show. The beautiful theatre which took on the name Jackie Gleason theatre has been violated badly in the last few years. First it was taken over by a concert promoter. All of the seats taken out to turn it into a "GA" house. No seats, standing room only. The Gleason Theatre was Miami's version of Radio City Music Hall. Now in an effort to redevelop the Miami Beach Convention Center, they want to tear the Jackie Gleason Theatre down. I'm attaching the link to the Miami Herald article.

The Fillmore Miami Beach may become extinct in one convention center proposal - Miami Beach -

Gayle DePoli

Monday, April 26, 2010

The process of moving all our blogs is now complete.
Hopefully, there has been no loss of data and our postings can resume, normally.
This was due to Blogger/Google changing their policy and removing the ability to post via FTP. A bit technical, but thought you might want to know what was going on!
There is still a problem accessing the archives, but this should be straightened out by next week...


Wednesday, April 21, 2010


I just received this from Stan Mitchell

hi! Ted,
Just learned that Jim Paterson died this morning in Florida , 4/21/10.
He died of Pancreatic cancer.

Stan Mitchell

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Here is the answer to my second trivia question:

The "Glockenspiel" was manufactured by Rohde & Schwarz.
I believe it was a TV signal analyzer/spectrum analyzer,
but the memory is fading...
(Their website doesn't mention any "nicknames.")


Monday, April 12, 2010

Mr. Schutzman -

Hello. Bob Sammon, Jr. here. I've been monitoring Dad's email account
for the past week in the event that he received mail from someone we
haven't contacted directly.

I have the sad duty to report that Dad passed away quite suddenly the
Saturday before Easter. My daughters and I were in town visiting with
him and we had a great time on Thursday and Friday. Dad was in great
shape and in great spirits. On Saturday morning he awoke with a severe
headache and within minutes we were unable to help him and called the
paramedics. He died quickly and peacefully with my family at his side
and his other children coming to be with him.

We held the wake on Monday after Easter and buried him on Tuesday next
to my Mother. He will be missed by all who knew him if the testaments to
his life are any indication of the way he was loved and respected.

I am sorry to have to share this news in this fashion but I felt you'd
like to know what happened. If there is anything else you need I can be
contacted at bob at

We have less than 2 weeks for the CBS Luncheon deadline date(Saturday, April 24th). The response has been slow, so please start sending in your checks.

Tony Casola

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

When I first started working at the B.C. in the early '70s, our shop was located on the South wall of the building. We had a large box of fuses mounted on the wall, and when it was very sunny, the fuses would get quite warm. Whenever someone came in and needed a fuse, they asked us how come they were warm, and we would tell them that we "pre-heat" them to make them work better...

Hi Dave

For Harold Depp:

The first time I saw a Frame Sync was at Forest Hills Tennis. One morning,
George Nader drove up to the mobile unit and picked up equipment and
left. he was going to do camera on the Goodyear blimp. Later that day we
started to see pictures of N.Y.Harbor. The next morning when we arrived,
there was George waiting to pick up some more equipment. He
drove off and we powered up the monitors. On the blimp monitor was a
picture of the Statue Of Liberty. I knew he just left so how did the picture
get there? It took an awful lot of educating to make me understand why!

Super wipe.
I'm sure you saw the 3D tree of resistors and capacitors Ben Ackerman was
working on in the Field Shop, but who hung extra resistors and caps on it
when Ben went out to lunch one day ?
I think it was first used in the 1968 Convention with Cronkite in the lower right
corner Later that year we were out in Cheyenne Wyoming with the Arthur
Godfrey Show. There was a reporter from the local TV station watching. He
was going to ask Bob Hammer to be intervewed on the 6 o'cock news, but
he saw there was going to be a problem. He came to me. Dumb me, I agreed.
I assumed he was going to talk about Audio. First question he asked was
"How does the pictuere of Walter Cronkite get in the corner of the screen?"
I sat there with my mouth open. They went to a commercial.

Harold Schutzman

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Monday, April 05, 2010

How many remember... Ben Ackerman and the "Super Wipe?"
Frank Florio and the first Color shows at ST.72?
Telecine at Grand Central with the Iconoscope Film Chains,then Vidicons.
The Marconi Cameras at the B.C.?
It has been a long time...

Harold Deppe
To Jay Chichon,

yes Jay, I remember gen lock very well! Gen lock made a multiple remote broadcast a nightmare! Trying to convince a director that you could not dissolve or do split screens instantly without first "gen locking" became a challenge until-------frame synchronizers or as we called them"frame syncs"came along.shows such as NFL TODAy with its many football remotes made it necessary to find another way,the frame sync solved the problem.

Bob Vernum

And I remember when we got the first two Frame Syncs into the B.C.
They were in 7' high racks! Now they are in one rack unit frames
or just a single chip!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Who remembers "Gen Lock"? In the early days of TV broadcasting each studio and remote originations had their own "Sync Generator". Thus you could not "dissolve" or cut to another video source without frame rolls etc. They developed "Gen Lock" to correct this problem but many times Directors did not consider this requirement and called for dissolves to remotes without warning the TD to Gen Lock to the remote.

Jay Chichon

Friday, April 02, 2010

Subject: Re: Large Machine

Part of the Enigma decoding system. Just after you posted this there was a whole story about it on the History channel.


Hi Goody,

It was called the "Bombe" and was developed here in the U.S. after the Bletchley gang, in England, gave up trying to decode the enigma stuff. It was only recently that our government acknowledged that it existed, and gave credit to the designers and all the women that did the soldering and "grunt" work.
supposedly, Alan Turing came over to inspect it and said that it would never work!

Here is an except from Wikipedia:

US Navy Bombe

US Navy bombe. It contained 16 four-rota Enigma-equivalents and was much faster than the British bombe.Funding for a full, $2 million, navy development effort was requested on 3 September 1942 and approved the following day. Commander Edward Travis, Deputy Director and Frank Birch, Head of the German Naval Section travelled from Bletchley Park to Washington in September 1942 to establish a relationship of "full collaboration" with OP-20-G.[25] An all electronic solution to the problem of a fast bombe was considered, but rejected for pragmatic reasons, and a contract was let with the National Cash Register Corporation (NCR) in Dayton, Ohio. This established the United States Naval Computing Machine Laboratory. Engineering development was led by NCR's Joseph Desch.

Alan Turing, who had written a memorandum to OP-20-G probably in 1941,[27] visited OP-20-G in December 1942, and went to NCR in Dayton on the 21st. He was able to show that it was not necessary to build 336 Bombes, one for each wheel order, by utilising techniques such as Banburismus. The initial order was scaled down to 96 machines.

The US Navy bombes used drums for the Enigma rotors in much the same way as the British bombes. They had eight Enigma-equivalents on the front and eight on the back of the machines. The fast drum, however, rotated at 1,725 rpm, 34 times the speed of the early British bombes. When a 'stop' was found, the machine over-ran as it slowed, reversed to the position found and printed it out before re-starting. The first Navy bombes became available in late May 1943. They were 10 feet (3.0 m) wide, 7 feet (2.1 m) high, 2 feet (0.61 m) deep and weighed 2½ tons.

Production was stopped in September 1944 after 121 had been made. The last-manufactured US Navy bombe is on display at the US National Cryptologic Museum. Jack Ingram, Curator of the museum, describes being told of the existence of a second bombe and searching for it but not finding it whole. Whether it remains in storage in pieces, waiting to be discovered, or no longer exists, is unknown.


Did it have anything to do with Film or Mail in WW 2..?
Harold Deppe.


There is a connection, however, to the British initials, "BP".
Not necessarily what you might think...
Looking back at the March 14th quiz that I posted, here is the answer to #1;

What piece (or pieces) of TV equipment had hidden "Easter Eggs"?
A clue is that with one, you could play a game of "The Towers of Hanoi."
Others played "Asteroids" and one displayed swimming fish?

What piece of test equipment was lovingly called "The Glockenspiel"?

Who was the manufacurer of, and what was a piece of test equipment whose initials
caused much smirking?

Here is the answer to question #1:

Tektronix 2232 Oscilloscope Easter Egg - The Wizard
1. turn the scope on
2. push the "ADV FUNCT" button once
3. push the "SAVE REF. 3" two times
5. move the "CURSOR"
6. now you have reached the so called "secret menu" here you can see a wizard on a skateboard or
the "TECTRONIX" logo or you can clear all memories..

Tektronix 601 Component SDI WFM/Vectorscope Easter Egg
Tektronix WFM601 Screensaver
1. Switch oscilloscope ON
2. Go to config menu
3. Select menu item REMOTE
4. Press bottom right option select switch which has the software version just below it on the screen.
5. You get a couple of the fish as seen on the 1751 but also greyscale waveforms and other stuff
floating around (confuses the heck out of operators if you leave it on the screen!)

Several oscilloscopes have contained Easter eggs. One example is the HP 54622D, known to have

an Asteroids clone (and even to save high scores in NV-RAM). Another is the Tektronix 1755A Vector and Waveform Monitor which displays swimming fish when Remote > Software version is selected on the CONFIG menu.