Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Sunday, September 22, 2002
I thought the following article would be of interest to most CBSers
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
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
Monday, August 23, 2010
"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
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
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The luncheon attendees at the Swan Club, L.I.NY on April 15th,
2000. First-time attendees **
Actual attended 125
Bert & Alma Amian**
Charles & Ann Arcieri
Sid & Judith Bean **
Al & Renata Cafiero
Charlie & Terry Carambelas
Herb & Betty Claudio
Mike De Ieso
Steve De Ieso
Charlie & Isabel D’Onofrio
Paul & Jovanna Ducroiset
Nick & Ronnie Giordano
George & Carol Gray
Henry & Grace Guarini
Fred & Babette Kiesel
Bert & Shirley Knight**
Henry & Fran Menusan
George & Sylvia Miller
Art & Lona Murphy
Bill & Lucille Murtough
Bill & Joan Naeder
Joe & Terry Panico
Gene & Andrean Pasculli
Tony & Vicky Pizzarello
Ed & Doris Reardon
Charlie & June Rennert
Kevin & Helen Slattery
Danny & Gladys Stevens
John & Anna Taddei
Jimmy & Dolly Wall
Bob & Camille Wilson
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Friday, August 13, 2010
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?