Sunday, November 28, 2010


No, that is not me. I just read the message. Sounds like a nice person, but is not me. I can't write to the CBS web, so will you answer Tim Wray for me.


Sid Kaufman

Saturday, November 27, 2010


I am just wondering if the Sid Kaufman listed as a CBS employee who had served in the military (1942-46) US Signals Corps (42nd Rainbow Infantry Division) might have been the same Sid Kaufman who was billeted with my Grandparents Bill and Mollie Wray in Branston village near Lincoln in England during the 1940s.

Technical Sergeant Sid Kaufman worked at the highly secret Wireless Station (part of the Royal Air Force Y Service - which provided data for the Enigma Codebreaking effort at Bletchley Park) at Branston Mere, near RAF Waddington. Could the CBS and secret Wireless Station person be the same man?

Many thanks in advance

Best Regards
Tim Wray
Shepton Mallet

rachel.wray at

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I've added a new Computer Tip for all you Windows 7 users.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Hi David:
I need some archive help for...
what CBS TV shows used cigarettes as sponsors between 1949 and 1984?
i'm sure, in the beginning anyway, that the sponsors gave out free cigarettes to the crew.
esp. need Lucky Strike, chesterfield (perry como?)-- gary moore-- hit pararde-- arthur godfrey-- robert q lewis-- steve allen -- streisand and garland specials-- jimmy durante--jackie gleason-- jack benny --colgate comedy hour-- ed sullivan-- THE CAVALCADE OF STARS (1951--milton berle--)and on and on.
red skelton--beat the clock--dennis day--ed wynn--hit parade--doris day--martha ray--george gobel--timex

I had heard about someone suing CBS for being forced to retire at 65. do you know who that is? I could use this contact info.
thanks in advance for any help you can muster up, or places to network me to.

Jacquie Sacs
isacsphoto at

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sad news in the CBS Family. One of the pioneers of our culture, Jimmy Wahl has gone home. He laid the road for the rest of us. I love you man. Jim was one of the 1st black folks on TV. He was on the original Captain Kangaroo Show. He was the main stage manager of the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. He also did CBS soaps and for many years staged the US Open Tennis tournaments. I am grateful to have known him.

Michael Bruce
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DE Jay Chichon W2LTU

Tuesday, November 09, 2010


Where are all the CBS Hams? Care to chat? Join us every Monday-Wednesday & Friday at 10:00 A.M. (EST) On EchoLink. Connect to W2LTU CBS Retirees.

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010


Ted, could you please post this on the web site?
Marty Solomon

October 28, 2010


James (Jimmy) Wall, Captain Kangaroo’s knowledgeable neighbor “Mr. Baxter” on the children’s show during the 1960s and 70s and a beloved character around the studios of CBS Broadcast Center in Manhattan, where he worked as a stage manager for nearly 50 years, has died at the age of 92. He lived in Manhattan and died in his sleep last night (27) after a short illness.

Wall had been the stage manager for the Captain Kangaroo show since 1962, when he joined CBS, before persuading the show’s producers to create its first black character. Wall, a talented former vaudevillian with a wonderful voice and kindly demeanor got the regular role of Mr. Baxter in 1968. He played Baxter and another recurring role on the show until 1978.

At the same time, Wall was the stage manager for many CBS, CBS News and CBS Sports broadcasts, including THE CBS EVENING NEWS, FACE THE NATION, 60 MINUTES, NFL TODAY and in 2008, he was recognized on the air for his 41st consecutive year as stage manager of the U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS. He also stage managed coverage of political conventions, presidential inaugurations, election coverage and space launches of the 1960s.

The stage manager’s role is to be the director’s eyes and ears on the set in addition to other tasks, most prominent of which was the countdown to air for a live broadcast.

In a rich baritone that could call a busy newsroom to attention, Wall counted the time to air for the likes of Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather as stage manager for THE CBS EVENING NEWS from the 1960s through the 1980s. “TWO MINUTES TO AIR” began his count and eventually, “IN FIVE,” he would intone, and count down until a flip of his hand indicated the anchor was on live television.

Wall semi-retired in 1988 at the age of 71, but continued to work regularly as a fill-in stage manager for THE CBS EVENING NEWS and 60 MINUTES showing up – always on time – as often as several times a week right up until last year, when he was 91. In one of Mike Wallace’s last tapings, the 60 MINUTES correspondent made reference to his own advanced age and that he was the senior person on set. Wallace’s old friend Jimmy had to correct him, reminding him that he had him by five months.

Known by thousands of CBS employees through the years, Wall was a person whose eclectic life and fascinating career made for a never-ending string of stories. Wall went to sea as 15 yr-old, had delivered sugar for New York bootlegger’s stills during Prohibition, and became a singer and dancer in a series of Vaudeville acts that took him around the country and put him on Broadway stages before he was drafted by the Army. He went to Europe, where he became a master sergeant involved in USO shows that he staged throughout the continent.

He was a card player, a pool shark and an avid golfer who boasted he could shoot his age and did, still hitting the links after his 90th birthday.

Walls attended college on the G.I. Bill when he left the Army and continued his love affair with the theater through the 1950s. He played various roles in New York stage productions, often stage managing and performing in the same show, before joining CBS to become the second black stage manager hired by the Network.

The Director’s Guild of America gave Wall its Franklin J. Schaffner achievement Award in 1994.

James Earl Wall was born Dec. 12, 1917 in Wilmington, NC. He lived there until he was 9 years old, when his father, a barber, moved the family to New York City. Young “JE,” as his mother sometimes called him, attended public schools in Brooklyn, including a commercial high school where he took vocational art courses.

He is survived by his wife, VT (Dolly) Wall, whom he married in 1942.

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