Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Digging back through our archives, I extracted this item for your perusal!

Sunday, September 22, 2002

I thought the following article would be of interest to most CBSers
                What was the first high fidelity recording?
One might guess it was the invention of the 33 and 1/3 LP record by
Peter Goldmark at CBS Labs in the late 40s. That was certainly a big
leap forward in audio recording. It was also about the time that the
word hi-fi replaced the name record player or Victrola.
But that is not it. The player piano has to take that title. The
player piano had a roll of paper punched with holes that recorded the
key stokes on a piano. Compressed air was blown through the holes as
the paper scrolled by and a mechanism played the piano in the same
way that the holes were punched by the original artist. The system
became so sophisticated that extra tracks of holes were placed along
the edge of the scroll to provide such nuances as tempo and the
positions of the foot pedals. Since the piano was actually used to
recreate the original music from the piano roll (software!), it was
truly hi-fi!

The player piano (Pianola) was invented in 1896 and originally had
mechanical fingers to play the keys.
Other inventions in recording included the tape recorder, which
appeared in the USA right after the war. Captured German machines
were brought back in 1946 and they used metalized paper and plastic
tape. Bing Crosby helped fund the further development of the tape
recorder, which laid the foundation for the Ampex Company. Bing
wanted to be able to make recordings away from the record studios so
he could easily pursue his pastime of golf.

The Germans made tape recordings of propaganda radio broadcasts so
that they would sound "live". BTW The German engineers had a jump on
a source of plastic tape. The Germans produced a cigarette with a
fake tip on it made out of metalized plastic film. The tip looked
like our modern filter but it was only intended to give the
impression of being a cigarette holder. This happened around 1932
by the company we know as BASF.
There were some earlier U.S. & German recorders that used tungsten
wire, but they were not as good as tape.

Submitted by Ted Perzeszty
posted by Ted at 9/22/2002 02:45:00 PM

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Lets hear from you..The Question is... The many ways Television has


should the word Television be changed to Computervision ??

Best Regards,

Harold Deppe

Monday, August 23, 2010

Here is a quote from Harold Deppe, extracted from our 2006 archive:
"In those days the camera was bigger than the lens--today the lens is bigger than the camera."
This is truer today than it was "back then!" A studio quality HD camera can now fit in the palm of your hand.
For those with time to kill, why not peruse the archives and relive some of the "good old days!"


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Harold Dow, Veteran CBS News Correspondent, Dies

Five-Time Emmy Award Winner Worked on "48 Hours" Since 1988 Premiere, Interviewed Patricia Hearst, O.J. Simpson

Longtime CBS News Correspondent Harold Dow died suddenly Saturday morning.

Dow has been a correspondent for "48 Hours" since 1990 after serving as a contributor to the broadcast since its premiere Jan. 19, 1988. Dow was also a contributor to the critically acclaimed 1986 documentary "48 Hours on Crack Street," which led to creation of the single-topic weekly news magazine.

"CBS News is deeply saddened by this sudden loss," said Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports. "The CBS News family has lost one of its oldest and most talented members, whose absence will be felt by many and whose on-air presence and reporting skills touched nearly all of our broadcasts. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Kathy and their children Joelle, Danica and David."

Over the course of his distinguished career at the network, Dow served as a correspondent for the CBS News magazine "Street Stories" (1992-93) and reported for the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather," "Sunday Morning" and the CBS News legal series, "Verdict." He served as co-anchor on "CBS News Nightwatch" (1982-83), prior to which he had been a correspondent (1977-82) and reporter (1973-77) at the CBS News Los Angeles bureau.

He has covered many of the most important stories of our times, including 9/11, where he barely escaped one of the falling Twin Towers; the return of POW's from Vietnam; the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst, with whom he had an exclusive interview in December 1976; the movement of American troops into Bosnia and the Pan Am Flight 103 disaster. He also conducted the first network interview with O. J. Simpson following the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

"Harold Dow was a reporter for the ages. Insatiably curious, he was happiest when he was on the road deep into a story. He took pride in every story he did," said "48 Hours Mystery" Executive Producer Susan Zirinsky. "It was his humanity, which was felt by everyone he encountered, even in his toughest interviews, that truly defined the greatness of his work. He was the most selfless man I have known. It is a tremendous loss for '48 Hours,' CBS News and the world of journalism. I deeply miss him already."

Dow's reports have garnered him numerous awards. He has been honored with a George Foster Peabody Award for his "48 Hours" report on runaways and a Robert F. Kennedy Award for a report on public housing. He has received five Emmy Awards, including one for a story on the American troops' movement into Bosnia (1996) and one for "distinguished reporting" for his coverage of the Pan Am Flight 103 disaster (1989). He won an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award, an Operation Push Excellence in Journalism Award and, for a "48 Hours" profile of Patti LaBelle. He also was recently recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists for his report about Medgar Evers, which was featured in the CBS News special "Change and Challenge: The Inauguration of Barack Obama."

Dow began his career at CBS News in 1972 as a broadcast associate. Before joining CBS News, Dow, who has been based in New York since 1982, had been an anchor at Theta Cable TV in Santa Monica, Calif. He was also a freelance reporter for KCOP-TV Los Angeles and a news anchor for WPAT Radio in Paterson, N.J. Dow became the first African American television reporter in Omaha, Neb., where he served as co-anchor and talk-show host for KETV Omaha.

Dow was born in Hackensack, N.J., and attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

I have just modified the Archives selection to display as a drop down box. This will make it easier to select a particular range.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

For a bit of nostalgia, here is the roster of luncheon attendees from ten years ago!

The luncheon attendees at the Swan Club, L.I.NY on April 15th,
2000. First-time attendees **

Actual attended 125

Peter Albis**
Bert & Alma Amian**
Tony Ancona
Charles & Ann Arcieri
Sid & Judith Bean **
Barbara Begelfer
Ann Brown**
Bob Brown
Jack Brown
Murray Brown
Gerald Bunting
Al & Renata Cafiero
Charlie & Terry Carambelas
Tony Casola
Vini Castrataro
Warran Chang
Herb & Betty Claudio
Peter Constantine
Bernardo Cosachov
Al Cosentino**
Bill Cote
Mike De Ieso
Steve De Ieso
Ann Deller
Peter Deller
Joe Digiovanna
Charlie & Isabel D’Onofrio
Morris Drucker
Paul & Jovanna Ducroiset
Adele Ellis
Adrian Ettlinger
Al Fabricatore
Edith Feinmel
Russ Gainor
Herb Gardener
Nick & Ronnie Giordano
Murray Goldstein
George & Carol Gray
Lou Griffo
Henry & Grace Guarini
Jerry Jeromack
Tony Joseponis
Manny Kaufman
Josephine Kavanagh
Fred & Babette Kiesel
Bert & Shirley Knight**
Herman Lang
Peter Locascio
Tom Lorenzen
Al Loreto
Joe Manzo**
Cal Marotta
Jim Martens
Frank Marth
Ron McGowan
Henry & Fran Menusan
George & Sylvia Miller
Dave Minott
Art & Lona Murphy
Bill & Lucille Murtough
Bill & Joan Naeder
Dick O'Brien
Joe & Terry Panico
Gene & Andrean Pasculli
Ted Perzeszty
Tony & Vicky Pizzarello
Ed & Doris Reardon
Charlie & June Rennert
Ricky Riccardi
Chuck Riker
Mike Salgo
Lou Scanna
Fred Schutz
Everett Schuval
Bob Shoppe
Kevin & Helen Slattery
Joe Spieler
Danny & Gladys Stevens
Jerry Sullivan
John & Anna Taddei
Ben Taussig
Dwight Temple
Artie Tinn
Phil Valastro
Arthur Voldstad
Jimmy & Dolly Wall
Ray Walsh
Bob & Camille Wilson
Charlie Wyker
Sy Yusem

After several days of downtime, we are finally back up and running again.
Our service provider has restored our data to the point before their crash
and if you find anything that looks like it is missing, or out of date, please
let me know at:
webmaster at cbsretirees.com


Friday, August 13, 2010

Fellow retirees:

I just finished watching a commercially produced DVD of the original
"Cinderella" broadcast live, in color, from Studio 72 on March 31, 1957.
Apparently the only surviving copy of the show, it was a poor quality 16mm kinescope.
There was a huge investment of money ($375,000) and PR leading up to the
broadcast, and it commanded the largest audience (115 million) up to that
time. Four months earlier saw the first use of videotape with the November 30,
1956 broadcast of "Douglas Edwards with the News" from TV City. Would it be
a leap to imagine that a (B&W) tape copy of Cinderella was made on either
the east or west coast? Would anyone have some insight or thoughts on this?

Harold Deppe