Tuesday, December 20, 2011




Hi Ted,


I've been reading all the memory mail recently and have become nostalgic about my own years at Grand Central (TVR 1949, Karl McIlwain, Milt Haas etc.).



Would it be possible to post the enclosed card and add a
Happy 2011 Holliday to all.







And a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.




Thank You,
John Wells
























Monday, December 19, 2011

To: Jay Chichon and Harold Deppe

Speaking of Don Hewitt. The George Keck crew were doing a news documentary in Grand Central Studio 42 (I was Audio). Freddy Stolmack and Don Hewitt were in charge. Freddy called for a slideto be put on line. Keck takes the slide and then says "Madagascar is not spelled that way". Hewitt has a mini fit. Near the end another slide is called. Keck takes it and then says "you don't spell Zanzibar that way either". Don Hewitt explodes and runs down the hall to kill Ned Steinberg.

Harold Schutzman

Friday, December 16, 2011

Jay Chichon,

That long hallway you mentioned in the studios of CBS Grand Central brought back many memories for me. At the end of that hallway was a washbasin and also the maintenance shop.

Memories of Ed Murrow sitting in a chair having makeup applied before his show in Studio 41. CBS electrician, Pete Epolito and I would talk to Ed while he was being made up. Do you remember the mannerisms of Don Hewitt in Studio 41?

The days of early television are gone but our memories are still with us. Hoping we hear from more retirees in the future.

Regards,
Harold

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hi Harold....I remember it well....my first day at CBS-TV in January of 1950. I worked on the "Studio One" show which originated from Studio 42 in Grand Central. Joe Calvanico was audio, Hal Classon and Bill Guyon on camera and I provided the recorded music. I even remember the name of the theme music. It was a 78 rpm record called "Prelude To The Stars". Frank Schafner was the director. In one scene on Studio One we actually used that long hallway that ran from the 15 Vanderbilt reception desk past Studios 42, 44, and 41 to Telecine. It was supposed to represent a prison hallway to the electric chair. It was very effective. I guess there are very few people who remember that era but I know you do. If there any others out there....it would be nice hearing from them.

Best regards....Jay Chichon
Ted, please post this, or if this goes back to Jay, please forward it to Ted, Tedpz@aol.com Dave

Friday, December 09, 2011

Jay,

Of course I remember you--do you remember me? Harold Deppe?
I'm 93 now.......I worked in Grand Central studio maintenance and you were in the studio crews.......
I've sent many posts...the last being October 28th regarding Grand Central studios----
if you scroll down from yours, you will see it..
Hope to hear from you again,

Best regards,
Harold Deppe
Vidicon@cox.net

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Greetings and Salutations to all who  remember me and my 38 years with CBS-TV.
Time marches on! I am now 89, I would enjoy hearing from anyone who remembers me.
Jay Chichon
w2ltu at rcn.com

Friday, November 04, 2011

Question from Adrian Ettlinger:

Do we have any contact information for Bill Connolly
or know if he's still around?

Dave

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Here are the days and times of the funeral arrangements for Paul Ducroiset:
The wake will be held on Wednesday November 2nd, 2011 and Thursday, November 3rd from 2 to 4 pm and from 7 to 9 pm at the Kearns Funeral home, 61-40 Woodhaven Blvd. Rego Park, NY 11374 Phone: 718-441-3300

On Friday November 4th a funeral mass will take place at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart Parish church, 83-17 78th Ave. Glendale, (Queens County) NY 11385.

Burial will be at St. Charles cemetery on Long Island.

Respectfully,
Bob Maickel

Monday, October 31, 2011

It is with deep regret that I advise of (K2VBS) Paul Ducroiset's passing. On October 5th Paul had open heart surgery at Mt. Sinai hospital in NY City. The 5 hour operation was successful, but problems developed during recovery and Paul went into a coma. He passed yesterday with all family members at his hospital bedside. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

Paul and I started working at WCBS Newsradio 880 as techs on the same day in 1967. We have been the best of friends for 44 years and my wife and I are God Parents to his daughter Rita. He was a regular member of our 2 meter CBS Retirees Net and served as Net Control when I traveled on vacation.I ask our CBS brothers to contact those who worked with and remember Paul from WCBS since I do not have e-mail addresses for everyone (Dwight Taylor and Willie Thrash in particular).
I notified K2ULR, W2IPX and W2LTU. Retirees web
Thanks.

Sadly,
Bob Maickel W2BOB

Friday, October 28, 2011

Hi Joe,
Yes, we had Studio 43. It was film camera control on the fourth floor, next to master control. On the third floor, next to Studio 41, was Telecine--it had 35 and 16MM film projectors and a Telop machine. The second floor was TVR. At that time the film cameras were RCA Iconoscopes, later to be replaced by Vidicons with camera controls on the second floor (Vidicon Valley).
Several floors above were the first Videotape machines, maintained by Joe Geiger and supervised by John Koushouris.
Do you remember Harry Charles, Hom Young, Charlie Bergen, Bruce Meyers, and Ed Benford?
Grand Central was more than a railroad station.

Best regards and keep well,
Harold Deppe

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dave

I don't know the answer to the L & M question
but we used to do The Mel Allan Show. They
dropped off a box of White Owls cigars.That is
when I started smoking cigars.

Harold Schutzman

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

This is for Harold Deppe

Hi Harold here's another fugitive from Grand Central Maintenance, Joe Janovsky by name, also known as W2ovf. Still here, but barely hanging on. 84 last August. I remember the days when Don Hastings was the boss--we called him 1066, though not to his face. Interesting guy--he was supposedly an authority on the color schemes and markings of World War I aircraft. Those were the old black and white days when the Cronkite news came out of studio 41, with Walter sitting on a platform before a rear screen which was fed from behind by an Eidophor, operated then by Sol Train. Walter would stop by the shop sometimes and we would talk about sailboats and sailing. Another one in our group then was Al Charters, I believe. We took care of all the studios on that floor--41,42,44, and maybe even 43--my memory gets hazy. Keep well, and keep in touch.
Here is a trivia question...

What shows were sponsored by  L & M and gave the crews
 cartons of cigarettes?


Friday, October 14, 2011

HAROLD IS STILL AT IT!

In the early 50's Tony Mattola was the opening music guitar player on the show
"Danger" originating from Studio 42. He came into the third floor maintenance
shop at the Grand Central Studios with his defective guitar amplifier. We took
the cover off and found all the components were painted over. We asked "where
did you get this amplifier?" He said a technician at NBC built it for him. We
checked and found a charred resistor caused by a shorted tube. The tube and
resistor were replaced ---Mattola was happy and the show went on.

P.S. Anyone around from Grand Central days??

Best regards,
Harold Deppe

Monday, October 10, 2011

By now, I'm sure you have noticed that I have "freshened" up our blog.
Please let me know if you find any errors or omissions.
Dave

Sunday, October 09, 2011

MBC

Grand Opening of the National Radio Hall of Fame
Gallery set for November 5, 2011. Museum of Broadcast
Communications on State Street, in Chicago.
Bruce DuMont
William G. (Bill) Martin passed away peacefully Sunday, June 19, 2011.
Bill was born March, 8 1921. He graduated from NYU and joined the service. During World War II he was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery for saving his platoon.
After the war he landed a job as a radio announcer in Springfield, Mass. Then later became a staff announcer for CBS. He worked there for 30 years in both Radio and T.V. working with Guy Lombardo, Lowell Thomas, Walter Cronkite and announced for many famous people . He also announced for the famous T.V. show “Dallas”.
Bill loved flying and swimming but most of all he loved his wife Leona and his three children Nancy, Michael and Stephen(Frances) . He also was a devoted grandfather to Charles (Anna) and Jared( Cait). Survived by his sister Joan. He was a chaplain for the Knights of Columbus, a member of the American Legion and read for the Xavier Society for the Blind for almost 30 years.
He worked with Guy Lombardo, Lowell Thomas, and announced for many famous people on the radio including Count Basie. He worked with Guy Lombardo, Lowell Thomas, and announced many famous people on the radio including Count Basie.
He and Leona recently moved to Delray Beach, Florida.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday June 22, 2011 at St. Thomas More Church. A burial will be held following the funeral mass at the South Florida National Cemetery.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The Passing Of Longtime CBS Staff Announcer Bill Martin

I am not sure what years he was an announcer on CBS. I know I have him on one
episode of "To Tell the Truth", circa 1961.
Maybe someone can find out so I can complete my file on him.
From: David Schwartz [mailto:djschwartz714@yahoo.com]

Thursday, September 22, 2011

OK, so lets go back 60 (or more ) years-------Let's look at it from the maintenance perspective -------
Setting the background -------
At 55 East 52nd Street ------
Henry Korkes --Audio Maint.Supv.
Mason Escher--EIC.
(General) Jack Norton in Radio Master Control

As I recall, the late night Music Show with Bob Hall was called "Music 'Til Dawn"----and at that time I would check with Fred Barbiere, who was doing the show at that time, to be sure all was well prior to my going home----
However, as I was about to leave for the day, the phone rang----It was Mason Escher telling me to get up to see Jack Norton in MC, because what was known as the "BNC KEY", had fallen apart ---- The "BNC KEY", for the Operations people who never worked in TR 11, was the way you broke away from the Network, inserted Commercials, promos, etc. and then switched back to the NET.------Rather important, Eh what-----

And with Mason Escher and Jack Norton looking over my shoulder, the KEY was replaced...

Of course the big thing now was,-------would the Key work when it came time to switch back to the NET.---We all (at least I did) held our breath when Jack threw the Key----
By Golly it worked-----Big Smile on everyone's face-----
Left for home at 3:30 am----

Submitted by - Gene Pasculli
The current Newsletter is finally online!
It can be accessed from the Home Page.

I hope to see you all at the upcoming luncheon.

Dave

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

To all members,

Our next Fall luncheon will take place on Tuesday October 4, 2011 at the SWAN CLUB-GLENWOOD LANDING, Long Island, NY in the Afterdeck Room. Enter the front door, walk to the right into the large Bar room and continue walking into the afterdeck room.

We have 3 choices of Entrees: Filet Mignon, Chicken Francaise, Broiled Sole.

Plese send all Address changes and inquires to:
Ted Perzeszty 211 Ocean Ave. Patchogue, NY 11772 (631) 475-5195, tedpz@aol.com
Tony Casola 127 Rhode Island Ave. Massapequa, NY 11758 (516) 541-2263, tcasola1 @optonlne.net

Retirees CBS WEBSITE: www.cbsretirees.com


THE 2011 OCTOBER "GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON".

WHEN: TUESDAY OCTOBER 4, 2011
COCKTAILS 11:30 am
LUNCH 12:30pm

WHERE: SWAN CLUB
GLENWOOD LANDING
PHONE (516) 621-7600

COST: $18.00 per PERSON
CASH BAR FOR COCKTAILS

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOUR CHECKS REACH US NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH.

Tony Casola

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Blog Away!

I now have the capability of instantly updating our blog by use of my Smartphone. This allows me to add items while attending retiree luncheons, etc.

Dave

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sat Aug 20 14:17:38 2011
Subject: CBS NEWS EXEC LANE VENARDOS DIES

FORMER CBS NEWS VICE PRESIDENT LANE VENARDOS,
AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER OF MAJOR NEWS EVENTS
AND DOCUMENTARIES, DIES AT 67

Lane Venardos, an award-winning producer of live news, special events and documentaries over a 30 year career with CBS News, has died at the age of 67. Venardos suffered a heart attack in his home in Maui, HI., last evening (19) where he retired several years ago.

“Lane was a wonderful and talented man who had a great gift: he had the ability to make everyone around him smile and laugh no matter what the circumstances,” said Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman and the executive producer of 60 MINUTES. “So many of us at CBS News loved him and we will miss him very much.”

Venardos played an integral, behind-the-scenes role in CBS News coverage of major events and breaking news beginning in 1986, when he was named executive producer of Special Events, eventually becoming the unit’s deputy director, director, and ultimately, vice president, Hard News and Special Events. The job took him across the globe and once into the living rooms of millions of Americans. During special coverage of the events in China’s Tiananmen Square in May 1989 -- broadcast live during an interruption of the CBS hit “Dallas,” -- millions watched the large, bespectacled Venardos arguing with Chinese officials who were trying to shut down his satellite news operation.

He produced most of CBS News’ live coverage of the Persian Gulf War, including “America Tonight,” a weeknight news program he created to maximize coverage of the war broadcast at 11:30 P.M. and anchored by Charles Kuralt and Lesley Stahl. Venardos also supervised coverage of world summits in Moscow, Malta, Iceland, London, Bonn, Rome, Paris, Tokyo and Beijing, in addition to Hirohito’s funeral in Japan in 1989, and the historic meeting between the leaders of China and the Soviet Union that same year in Beijing. He was the executive producer of CBS News coverage of the political campaigns of 1986, ’88, ’90, ’92 and ’98.

Venardos’ documentary work included two highly acclaimed programs. He produced the CBS News special celebrating the life of Lucille Ball, “Lucy,” which was produced and broadcast on the day of the star’s death, April 26, 1989. He won an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University award for the seminal documentary “48 HOURS on Crack Street,” the two-hour look at the life of crack cocaine addicts during the drug epidemic of the mid-Eighties. The program was the precursor of the current CBS News magazine “48 HOURS MYSTERY.”

Venardos’ work earned him 13 Emmy awards.

Before joining special events, Venardos spent a dozen years on the CBS EVENING NEWS, where he rose to be its New-York based executive producer in 1984. He previously served in the CBS News Washington Bureau, building his solid news reputation as a senior producer and producer in the nation’s capital during the 1970s, including traveling the world as a CBS News White House producer.

Venardos’ path to the powerhouse CBS News Washington Bureau began at WBBM Radio in Chicago in 1968, where he was managing editor for two years. After a brief stint as an editor for NBC, he came to New York as a producer of special events for CBS Radio News in 1971. He moved to Washington D.C. the next year to become senior producer for CBS Radio News. He then returned to Chicago to become the assistant news director for the CBS Television affiliate WBBM-TV, where he became the acting news director. He came back to Washington in September 1974 to become a producer for the “CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite.”

Venardos retired in January of 2000 but remained a consultant to CBS News through election night that year. Directly following his retirement, he returned to New York periodically in a new role: using his considerable special event talents to produce several of the SURVIVOR live final episodes for the CBS Television Network. He also worked on other reality television programs, including projects for the reality TV producer Mark Burnett.

Venardos was born June 20, 1944 in Alton, Ill., and was graduated from Southern Illinois State University in 1966 with a B.A. degree in business administration.

He is survived by his wife, Karen (nee Keegan), a brother, John, and four children: Kevin, Kimberly, Kelly Venardos-Ward and Kasey Venardos-Gilhuly.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hi Members,
We are having a mini-lunch next Thursday, August 18, 2011 at the East Bay Diner in Seaford, NY. The address is 3360 Merrick Rd., phone number is 516 781-5300. The time is 12 noon. Perhaps we can discuss our future Get-Togethers. I have made contact with Swan Club for October luncheon. They will except less than 40 people in their restaurant area. Luncheons in NJ has been difficult, as they have a minimum 0f 50-70 people.
East Bay Diner is approx. 6 blks east of Wantagh Parkway, and 7 blks west of Hwy 135 on Merrick Rd.

Tony Casola
516 541-2263

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Happy 93rd Birthday to "HAROLD DEPPE"

Best wishes from all of us old timers.

and the young and medium timers,as well!



Friday, July 29, 2011

Urgent request for information on Harold Deppe for Paramount Studios feature film‏

Urgent request for information on Harold Deppe for Paramount Studios feature film‏

7/28/11
Reply ▼
Suzanne Shelton
To webmaster@cbsretirees.com, Roxanne Mayweather

Dear Sir:
I'm contacting you from SearchWorks, an entertainment research, rights and clearance company located in Los Angeles. I am currently working on a project for Parmount Pictures. The producers of the film are interested in using an old EBS (CBS) announcement in the film. The movie is written, directed and produced by David Chase ("The Sopranos", "Northern Exposure", "The Rockford Files", etc.). He would like to use various audio clips from early TV and radio to help set the time and place for the film--specifically, New York and New Jersey in the 60's. While searching online, I came across the name of Harold R. Deppe and I notice you reference him on your website. I'm hoping Mr. Deppe, Sr. or Mr. Deppe, Jr. might be able to assist me in identifying the announcer's voice on the clip production has chosen. CBS seems to be at a loss as to who the announcer might be.

Although I have tried in every way I know, I have been unable to contact Mr. Deppe, Sr. or Mr. Deppe, Jr.

This is where you come in...I hope.

If you have any way to contact either of these two gentlemen, I'd greatly appreciate your passing this request forward on my behalf.

Should you or they have any questions, I can be reached by phone or email and I'm happy to answer any queries. Because we are now in post production, things are on a very tight schedule. Any assistance you can provide is greatly appreciated.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Shelton
SEARCHWORKS
323-469-3783
www.searchworks.com

I have already supplied her with Harold's contact information.
Dave

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Here are several videos showing the "greening" of CBS.
TV City has over 1700 solar panels installed on the studio roofs.
Black Rock and the Broadcast Center are also shown with high efficiency lighting and the "Green Roof" which is 8000 square feet of planting which cuts down heat load and has other advantages, as well. It is the largest green roof in Manhattan!

http://www.smartplanet.com/video/eco-heroes-solar-stars-at-cbs-television-city/6261779?tag=mantle_skin;content

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Radio Studio1-TV Studio 71‏

Radio Studio 1-TV Studio 71‏

A quick update on my wife's condition. Ann had surgery Monday for stomach cancer and came through VERY well. Thanks for the prayers and good wishes. The lower part of her stomach was removed and the surgeon is very optimistic at her prognosis. No necessity for chemo. She may be home in the next three or four days. Then, this former EMT plays nurse. (People are trusting, aren't they?)

I was looking for information on The War of The Worlds broadcast and came across the statement that the program came from Radio Studio 1 on the 20th floor at 485 Madison. An answer to an earlier question I posted said - IF I remember correctly - that Studio 1 became TV Studio 71? When did that happen and is there any information as to how extensively it would have been renovated? If anyone saw the ABC movie "The Night That Panicked America", can you comment on how authentic Studio 1 was recreated for the film?

If my earlier message didn't make it,Wikipedia posted that Lee Vines, who announced, "What's My Line?" and other programs, died at age 92 on July 9th. He passed from complications of pneumonia and a fall he suffered at a convalescent facility in North Hollywood, Los Angeles. Born in Brantford, Ontario on April 11, 1919, he immigrated to the U.S. In 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the E.T.O.

He announced, "The Name's The Same", ""Password All-Stars" and "Hallmark Hall of Fame". He also acted on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and VO'd the animated series "Hong Kong Phooey". He is survived by his wife, Catherine, son Jim, daughter Carol and a granddaughter. (Info courtesy of Wikipedia.)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

SAD NEWS

I've just been informed that Joe Cavallone passed away July 2010.

Bob Brugo's wife, Annette, passed away March 2010.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

For Bob Wilson:

Thanks for the answer to the question of recording 35MM TVR versus 16MM for better resolution on the Gleason show. Do you have any memories that you can share with us of the days before the Image Orthicon camera, when the Iconoscope camera was in use at CBS?

Regards,
Harold

Sunday, July 17, 2011

FOR HAROLD DEPPE

IN COMMENT ON YOUR POSTING CONCERNING THE GLEASON SHOW:
IT WAS PROBABLY RECORDED ON 35MM TVR AT 15 VAN. THERE WAS
A PUSH JUST BEFORE THE ADVENT OF VIDEO TAPE TO INCREASE THE QUALITY
OF RECORDINGS AND I REMEMBER ONE REMOTE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE FED TO
35MM TVR FOR QUALITY PURPOSES. VIDEO TAPE OF COURSE KILLED KINES.

BEST REGARDS

BOB WILSON
To: Jay Chichon---
A while back you said a Jackie Gleason show was recorded on 35MM film at Studio 72. That's very interesting. The only Jackie Gleason shows I remember on 35MM film were "The Honeymooners", filmed on the Dumont Electronicam System----but not at Studio 72.

Regards,
Harold Deppe

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Check out this official CBS site:
http://www.cbstelevisioncity.com/shows#


you can look up any year back to 1953 and see what shows taped/broadcast from CBS TV City and from what stage they originated.

We need someone to do the same for the CBS New York studios from beginning of TV to present.
There must be files someplace….maybe a studio scheduling dept?

Dave Schwartz

Monday, July 04, 2011

Ted,

Please post to website--thanks...............



I am sure all of us retiree's who worked with Stan Mitchell are very sorry to
hear of his passing. My condolences go out to his family.

Harold Deppe
A happy 4th of July to all our users. Please be safe and use a designated driver , if you need one!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Here is a table which shows what percentage of browsers are being used to access the web
for a particular time period:

4. Operating Systems



% Visits from OS11/1/09 - 2/1/1011/1/10 - 2/1/11Difference
Windows89.9%84.8%-5.1%
Macintosh4.5%5.2%+0.7%
Linux0.6%0.7%+0.1%
Other5%9.3%+4.3%

Dave

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

SAD NEWS

I just received this from Stan Mitchell's daughter.

Ted,
This is Stan's daughter. I would like to let you know that my father passed away during the night. Would you please post his passing on the CBS board that he enjoyed so much.

Thank you,
Kathleen Morsy

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Hi Dave:
 
I'm now into my fifth year of retirement and I've fully adjusted to the new lifestyle. :)
I have four grandkids, with one more on the way. Lots of fun being a grandpa!
 I'm not too active with ham radio these days, but I do occasionally
get on the air with QRP gear. Because of condo living, I don't have a permanent antenna, so that's a factor.
I am pleased to report that the "rumor" of Jay Chichon's passing was greatly exaggerated. While he was MIA for a while, and he did have serious medical issues, he's back home now and back in good health.
Had a nice 2 way Skype QSO with him just the other day. I'm glad my worry there was not realized.

73 de Ray
K2ULR
Hi;

I have a CBS story for the site.

It must have been in 1967 or 1968. I was working in the Videotape Library. Frank Somers was the boss and Bob Ruggerio was the manager.
We were piling up small boxes of commercials (2 inch VT) all over the floor in the library. There was no more room for anything.
I spoke to Frank and he told me to work on clearing things out. Being a 23 year old kid and not really thinking things out I decided to throw out any tape that had not aired in the past 3 months. I opened each box and took out all the playback sheets to determine the last time a spot had aired.
I had been doing this for a number of weeks and was very proud of myself. One rainy Sunday I got a call from one of my supervisors (it may have been Vinnie Verrico).
He told me that a certain Geritol spot could not be found. In those days I had a great memory and recalled the commercial code and realized I had tossed it into a dumpster some time back.
The spot was scheduled to air live on Sullivan that night. I went into panic mode for a moment and then realized that this was a piggyback spot.
30 seconds was on film and 30 seconds was on tape. I also remembered it was produced at Reeves.
I also remembered that one of our former librarians (Dick Cooper) was working there. I got his number, called him and begged him to help me.
I drove to Harlem, picked him up and went down to Reeves on 44th St. on the east side.
His boss ( Dick Smith) also a former CBS guy gave him permission to let me have the master film and tape of the commercial.
We went back to CBS and I begged someone to transfer the film to tape through CC.
Then I begged someone to find an editec pair of 2" Hiband machines and begged once more for someone to edit the spots together.
Somehow it got done and we delivered the spot to to the playback technician with 1/2 hour to go before the live show. Needless to say I NEVER threw out another spot.

Let's hear some more stories.

Gady
I marvel at Stan's (last name escapes me) phenomenal memory having read two of his pieces recently on the CBS Website. I say that because I am the one and only individual, still alive and sassy, at 91 on 6/24/11, who ran the production team and facility of my studio St.72 who is in a position to accurately judge his claims. His recall is fine tuned to a fault.
As a matter of fact I was the single one engineer representing Television Technical Operations (TVTO) and General Engineering in the overall design and construction of my passion, ST.72 working in liason between the two departmemnts involved.
It was my job initially to act as the clearing house for General Engineering's Dick Obrien, Blair Benson and ultimately Howard Chinn for design approval forthcoming from CBS's Operations group. What General Engineering proposed had to be accepted as workable and practcal for use in broacast operations.
In preparations for this job I spent 5 years working under the genius,Dr. Peter Goldmark in the development of the very first practical and workable color television system.
No one was ever better prepared to run this operation than was "Kusuris and he did run it always at peak performance usually beating out, with glee,  his arch enemy, NBC-TV.  
To this very day, no Television Operations unit has ever surpassed the excellence and performance of this group and that was why we were always able to produce the impossible results that people remember and are able today to relate as Stan has just proven.
I did have an uncanny ability to select the very best and finest personnel from the whole lot, which is why every single individual on my team was the absolute tops in his assigned job.
  Personal to Stan: I would not have felt as I do had you chose simply to forget my name but you didn't and that's my reason for responding.
I will never ever accept the notion that you did not recall how to spell my name not when you, in you forceful manner, displayed a mind boggling ability to relate names, factions and events with total and minute accurracy from some 50 years ago. Truly a remarkable phenomenon.
One regret Stan, old by, I really am disappointed that you apparently never made the effort to check on my name when everything else in your writings simply reek of research accurracy.
When a fact is important to an idividual make every effort to guarntee accuract in your reporting.
 Side note: I know of what I speak as of this week I completed my third book in 10 years covering my life and efforts while making sure that my 4 grandchildren will gain.

John Koushouris

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Does anyone remember the Jackie Gleason musical show that never got on the air? It was recorded on 35mm film from Studio 72. I believe it was called something like "Carousel". Paul Whiteman was the conductor. After the show was recorded Gleason invited cast and crew to Toots Shor to view it. It looked like a Hollywood film.

Jay Chichon

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Stan Mitchell answers Steve Thomas about the show (Cinderella) 1957

First, may I introduce my self! My name is STAN MITCHELL, I was a Maintenance man along with Harold . in Studio 72. The original (Color Television Studio). I worked a little more than 40 years in Television and then went on to work as a , consultant for many more years for independent Producers. But somehow I never forgot my days at Studio 72. You'll have to bear with me to tell you story of "Cinderella". You must know that Studio 72 was run by maintenance men. At the time I was there, I counted 10 in all. A normal theater had 2. They were Joe Tier, Bill Mayer, Bob Chin, John Lennon, Hugo Ripp, John Ewing, John Lense, Harold Deppe, and me. Each man had his "PET' project. It was the early days of NTSC Color. These men brought you living Color, as we know it today. It was Supervised, again by a maintenance man. Joe Gieger and the head of the whole thing by John Kosuras (the Engineer in Charge). The Studio had a couple of Video men nearly full time. They were Art Tinn and Frank Florio. There was a telecine operator named Milt Greenwald and he operated 4 transfer equipment, along with Harold Deppe who ran Video and maintained the equipment. We had no means to RECORD the Shows. That was done somewhere else. When a show was scheduled, any Crew was placed in the house. They did any floor work that was necessary. In other words ---Operations. To answer one of your questions--There were 5 RCA TK42 used on that show. There were 5 Video men who worked the Color Cameras, they were Frank Florio, Art Tinn, Joe Ponterno, George Zervalas, Dan Acker. All have worked with the color cameras before. Each TK42 video counsel had it's own 17 inch "Conrac" color Monitor. It was the responsible of another maintenance man, Walter Lupinsky to keep the monitors "matched", during the show, along with the "AIR" monitor and the two on the floor.(roll a rounds). The monitors drifted during the show. There was another maintenances man, Harvey Schwartz, who was in charge of the Color Encoders and adjusted the Balanced Modulators during the show. They drifted also. Now to answer another one of your questions "Where was the Orchestra located?" That is a good question. I vaguely remember an Orchestra being there the first day of rehearsals. Anyway, we did not have a special room to house an Orchestra. If we had room for an Orchestra it would have to be placed on the Studio Floor at the far corner in front of the Black and White Control room at the rear of Studio Deck as it was done other times. I lost track of this one. After the first day of "Cinderella" the Orchestra, I believe was taken Down Town to a Sound Stage probably at COLUMBIA Records. There, they made an ordinary Vinyl Record, 33 1/3 LP was made of the tracks of the music. Later they tried to "SELL" it to us for a small fee. We had already been exposed to the music for one long week and heard it in or sleep. Remember the Control Room was full of VIPS standing in the back of the Control Room through out the Production, Putting their TWO CENTS in. After all, this was Rogers and Hammerstien who wrote the original music and composed it for this show. There was thought to dump the orchestra. We did other shows later with the orchestras on the stage in front of the Black and White Control room. The show was put on by Lou Tedesco and his Crew doing the operating. The audio man was Bob Miller and he is the only one to how the audio was AIRED. The Director was Ralph Nelson and Lance Barrow who the assistant Director, but he was equally as good. They made a good pair. I use to stand by the Directors Counsel just to listen to them. It was a very fast show. Now for the fun part that might answer some of your questions-----I was doing some thing around Lou Tedesco. Lou had a small stool, cut down wooden stool. I asked why he used the stool? He was in a half standing position so he could move his right leg to the rhythm of the music. (he was music oriented) He said "he was switching the show to the beat of the music". He was not listening to Ralph Nelson very closely. I accepted that since it was the first I had heard of that.-----Along about 2 days in the rehearsal, there appeared a young man standing in the video pit and in front of Lou Tedesco and Ralph Nelson--and of course Bobby Miller the Audio man. He was in my way when I attended video to problems in the pit I'm sure I told him a couple of times to get out of my way. It turns out to be that he was the Musical Director. He would hold the sheet music in one hand and sing or hum with the music, while waving madly at Lou, saying "Take One and Take two etc.). We began to tolerate him. He appeared out of nowhere. He began singing out the camera cuts as he chanted and waved. Towards the end of the week he wrote down the CUTS on his sheet music. If you asked me. (how the show was switched, I would have to say, "by the written musical note) As would happen, the Director lost his place on AIR and Lou just simply listened to the Music Director and saved the show. The Music Director went on his merry way singing and calling out the camera cuts. I believed that Bob Miller AIRED the record---As far as the Lip Syncing, there didn't seem to be any problem. Julie Andrews seem to be so good there wasn't much time lost to any stoppages. Bobby Miller fed two roll around floor speakers. I believe, that Bobby Miller fed them at a low level and had the speakers manned.----Another funny happening was that Julie Andrews had to make 2 quick changes on the studio floor. From her Cinder costume to the Ball costume. There were no dressing rooms and she had little time for the change. So----! She did the next thing and striped right on the stage. She had some dialog to do while she was changing. She had a boom mike while changing. Soon word got out about what was going on. So--Bob Chin and I grabbed our cameras and got on our way. We went up to balcony, above the lighting grid to take some pictures. While I was there, I took some pictures (wide shots) of the sets. To answer your question was the floor crowded. It was very crowed with cameras and camera cables, sets, and people. I had taken many shots with 35 mm camera of the sets and complex set up on the floor. In those days every crew member carried a camera. There were the cameras, 2 mike booms, one of the cameras (sometimes there were 2 men on a camera cable). There was on a Houston Crane, mostly for the ball shots. All cameras were on special pedestals, large and heavy. As I mentioned before it took to carry them and three men to put them on their "rocker" pan heads. There was a problem with some sets in that ,some cameras needed extra large lights with reflectors Hand held by electricians. A union problem occurred. If they were attached to the cameras it would be in the area of the technicians union . Harry Abbot, the head electrician confided to me that he couldn't find enough electricians if he had to man for the lights. He was using everybody around. As it was they had an electrician walk beside some cameras adding more cables to the floor.----I was in the maintenance shop when Joe Tier came in "lets go, there is trouble with one of the cameras" Joe was one of the more excitable ones so off I crashed through the maintenance door. To my surprise I almost fell into Julie Andrews lap, She was making another quick change from the Ball dress to the Cinder dress. I was embarrassed! Joe had set me up. In all it was a good place to work.---If I get my pictures back I'll send them out to you. Right now they are held up in a family dispute. I hope you find some of the information usefull.


Stan Mitchell
stan511mitchell@verizon.net

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Hi Dave,

I am hoping you might be able to help me find any relatives of former CBS
news editor George Hartman.

George had been a mentor to a friend of mine in the video industry, who
recently passed away. In his storeroom we found a box of family photos and
films that had belonged to George. I would love to return them to some
member of his family. No money is requested!

I can be reached at fedora4a at aol.com.
I have his name and phone number if someone needs it.
Dave

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hi Dave,
Ann goes to Seattle June 9 for a more sensitive ultra-sound and consultation. She retired May 6 and is glad to be home. She's tired a lot but swam yesterday at the racquet club. She doesn't want to do much until the surgery question is resolved and (hopefully) out of the way.
 
I read Stan Mitchell's post with great interest. What a career and what a collection of experiences. I remember the Statue's 100th and likely saw the shots he did from the blimp. My favorite night to work was election night. Small towns/cities races were great because I got to see a lot and was in the field and at the station during the evening.
If you haven't been to the site, the Library of American Broadcasting at the University of Maryland has a photo archive with many CBS photos. Some of the earliest are the 1932 election night coverage shots. There are a number of 1948 election night, many with the late Helen Siousant - not sure of the spelling of her name. A truly lovely lady. I think Douglas Edwards anchored that one on the TV side. I don't recall if radio and TV were sharing the studio.
I have some information on CBS Radio's D-Day coverage if you would be interested. There is one photo of Paul White and another - including, I think, Bob Trout - in Studio 9. Quality is not great but it's historic.
About election night broadcasts - I assume that in later years, radio and TV were separate operations in different locations. I'd enjoy hearing anything anyone has to say about those nights. I'd PAY to work, just to be there.
Take care and will keep you updated on Ann.
Bob Paine

Monday, May 30, 2011

I have always been interested in researching the historical broadcasts, such as "Cinderella" from March 31, 1957. I contacted Harold Deppe recently to ask about Studio 72 and the production of the musical, but he explained that he only worked in maintenance and suggested I post a message here to find someone who could elaborate on the production process for that show. I have seen the kinescope of the live broadcast that was transferred to DVD and know about the two earlier rehearsal kinescopes that are referred to as "out of town tryouts". Does anyone remember how all of the sets were laid out in the studio? How many cameras were used?

I assume the orchestra played live in another room and their audio was sent to the studio by speakers. Where was the orchestra placed? Was it difficult for the singers to hear the orchestra and keep in sync with them. Was there a video monitor on the floor so that they could see the conductor? I was especially impressed with the quick cuts during the song when various groups of people are preparing for the ball. How were they able to get so many different people and locations into such a short time? What other technical problems had to be solved that anyone can remember?
 
Thanks,

Steve Thomas
SENIOR EDITOR and TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
phone: 248.351.7905

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sad News

Ted:

Please post on the web site. Mary Lou Martin, who was the secretary in the Field shop for many years when I was tech manager in field died in her sleep last night. She was only 47 years old. I don't have any other details. Her husband called and asked that we let her friends know the sad news.

Bill Naeder
Kevin's home address is 9 Randy Lane , Pleasantville New York 10570 should someone want to send a Mass Card.

Best,
Jim
 

Hi Ted,
I just got a phone call from Art Murphy.
He told me Kevin's wife Helen called him and said Kevin passed away Sunday.
There will not be a wake, but a MASS.
Helen's phone number is 914-769-5849 and they live in Pleasantville NY
Please post this info.
Thanks,
 Jim Rose
 
In case the brothers and sisters haven't received the news yet.
I'm forwarding the e-mail I just received from Jim Rose.
------Original Message------
From: jmrose1at roadrunner.com
To: Al Norwood
To: David Dorsett
To: Gayle DePoli
To: JayJudell: vzw.blackberry.net
Subject: Kevin Slattery
Sent: May 24, 2011 3:05 PM

I just received a phone call from Art Murphy. Kevins's wife Helen called to tell him Kevin passed away Sunday. There will not be a wake just a Mass. Helen's address is 9 Randy Lane , Pleasantville NY 10570
Phone number 914-769-5849
Best,
Jim

Gayle P. De Poli
1-646-354-1705 Cell
1-877-840-2030 Fax

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

SAD NEWS
I just received a phone call from Art Murphy. Kevins Slattery's wife, Helen called to tell him Kevin passed away Sunday. There will not be a wake, just a Mass. Helen's address is:

9 Randy Lane
Pleasantville NY 10570
Phone number 914-769-5849

Submitted byJim Rose

Sunday, May 22, 2011

 I ENJOYED STAN MITCHELL'S BIO VERY MUCH. IT BROUGHT BACK SOME GREAT MEMORIES OF OUR EARLY DAYS AT THE BIG EYE. MORE AS WE All AREW GROWING OLDER.


SORRY I DIDN'T HAVE STAN AT CBS WASHINGTON WHEN WE BUILT IT FROM SCRATCH, AT THE ARMY TIMES BUILDING - EVERYBODY IN NEW YORK WAS BUSY WITH THE MOVE AND UPDDATE AT THE BROADCAST CENTER IN NEW YORK, WHICH WAS A BLESSING--WE BUILT IT FROM A THREE FLOOR EMPTY LOFT AND STAFFED WITH ALL NEW TECHNICIANS, MANY FROM WTOP TV.  MY KEY AIDE WAS JOE TIER. THE DC PROJECT OPENED ON TIME AND AS BUDGETED.
WHEN I WAS VP OF OPERATIONS OF THE FIRST ILL-FATED CBS CABLE CHANNEL, WHICH WAS NEW, I HAD DON MC GRAW AND MARTY MURPHY WITH ME --TIER MC GRAW AND MURPHY WHAT A GREAT TRIO- STAN, I KNEW TALENT WHEN I SAW IT! THE CABLE CHANNEL WAS BUILT WITH ALL THE REQUIRED FACILITIES, SATELLITE UPLINK, CONTROL ROOM AT BC WTH TAPE MACHINES ETC, TECHNICALLY PERFECT.
WE OPERATED ABOUT A YEAR WITH A FORMAT AS DICTATED BY MR. PALEY, WHICH WAS MUSIC, DANCE AND OPERA, VERY MUCH LIKE PBS.
THIS WAS BEFORE THE INFLUX OF ALL THE CABLE CHANNELS. IF WE HAD GONE TO OUR STRENGTH, WHICH WAS NEWS AND SPORTS, WE WOULD HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL RIGHT FROM THE START. WE HAD ACCESS TO LONG TERM AGREEMENTS ON SPORTS EVENTS AND AND IN NEWS WE HAD BUREAUS AND STRINGERS ALL OVER THE WORLD, ALL SET UP, WHERE ESPN AND CNN HAD TO START FROM SCRATCH.
WELL ITS ALL HISTORY NOW.  I THINK MR. PALEY COULD HAVE BEEN INFLUENCED BY HIS CIRCLE OF HIGH LEVEL SOCIETY FRIENDS, THE WHITNEYS, ETC. I HAVE A COPY OF A LETTER FROM MR. PALEY AFTER AN OPENNG OF THE CHANNEL. HE THOUGHT THE FORMAT WAS GREAT AND JUST WHAT WAS NEEDED. GREAT MINDS DO MAKE MISTAKES.
THIS CAN BE MY BIOGRAPHY, BUT REMEMBER, MY BEST DAYS AS A TECHNICIAN WERE AUDIO ON BOB DAILEYS CREW,TD, UNIT MANAGER, DIRECTOR OPERATIONS AT CBS NEWS AND SPORTS, CBS WASHINGTON --BUT THE BEST FRIENDS I HAVE, AND HAVE HAD, ARE FROM MY EARLIEST TECHNICIAN DAYS.
SID KAUFMAN

Saturday, May 21, 2011

 ENJOYED STAN MITCHELLS BIO VERY MUCH BROUHT BACK SOME GREAT MEMORIES OF OUR EARLY DAYS AT THE BIG EYE MORE AS WE All GROWING OLDER


SORRY DIDN'T HAVE STAN A T CBS WASHINGTON WHEN WE BUILT IF FROM SCRATCH AT THE ARMY TIMES BUILDING-EVERYBODY IN NEWYORK WAS BUSY WITH THE MOVE AND UPDDATE AT OF THE BROADCAST CENTER IN NEW YORK.

WHICH WAS A BLESSING--WE BUILT IT FROM A THREE FLOOR EMPTY LOFT AND STAFFED WITH ALL NEW TECHNICIANS,MANY FROM WTOP TV., MY KEY AIDE WAS JOE TIER.THE DC PROJECT OPENED ON TIME AND AS BUDGETED.


WHEN I WAS VP OF OPERATIONS OF THE FIRST ILLFATED CBS CABLE CHANNEL WHICH WAS NEW I HAD DON MC GRAW AND MARTY MURPHY WITH ME --TIER MC GRAW AND MURPHY WHAT A GREAT TRIO- STAN I KNEW TALENT WHEN I SAW IT.

THE CABLE CHANNEL WAS BUILT WITH ALL THE REQUIRED FACILITIES

SATELLITE UPLINK,CONTROL ROOM AT BC WTH TAPE MACHINES ETC,

TECHNICALLY PERFECT,WE OPERATED ABOUT A YEAR WITH A FORMAT AS DICTATED BY MR PALEY WHICH WAS MUSIC,DANCE OPERA VERY MUCH LIKE PBS.

THIS WAS BEFORE THE THE INFLUX OF ALLTHE CABLE CHANNELS IF WE HAD GONE TO OUR STRENGTH WHICH WAS NEWS AND SPORTS WE HAD ACCESS LONG TERM AGREEMENTS ON SPORT EVENTS AND AND IN NEWS WE HAD BUREAUS AND STRINGERS ALL OVER THE WORLD ALL SET UP WHERE ESPN AND CNN HAD TO START FROM SCRATCH.

WELL ITS ALL HISTORY NOW I THINK MR. PALEY COULD HAVE BEEN INFLUENCED BY HIS CIRCLE OF HIGH LEVEL SOCIETY FRIENDS WHITNEYS,ETC I HAVE A COPY OF A LETTER FROM MR PALELY AFTER AN OPENNG OF THE CHANNEL HE THOUGT THE FORMAT WAS GREAT ANDJ UST WHAT WAS NEEDED.

THEGREAT MINDS DO MAKE MISTAKES.

THIS CAN BE MY BIOGRAPHY BUT REMEMBER MY BEST DAYS AS A TECHNICIAN, AUDIO ON BOB DAILEYS CREW,TD,UNIT MANAGER DIRECTOR OPERATIONS AT CBS NEWS AND SPORTS,... CBS WASHINTON --BUT THE BEST FRIENDS I HAVE AND HAVE HAD ARE FROM MY EARLIEST TECHNICIAN DAYS.

SID KAUFMAN

5/21/2011
I was happy to see the post by Stan. He certainly has a great recollection of all the events he was associated with. I spent my CBS career with Engineering and on several occasions I had the pleasant opportunity to work with Stan on several projects in New York, Washington and the Remote Trucks. I wish I had Stan's remarkable memory so I could recall the specifics of all these projects. I always felt that Stan had one of the great minds in our TV Industry and I certainly learned a lot from him. Stan's mention of Hy Badler struck a favorable chord with me since I have many pleasant memories of working with Hy on several CBS Washington projects as well as the 1988 Political Conventions.
Like Stan, I also appreciate the wonderful opportunities CBS afforded to me in seeing a great deal of the U.S., Europe and Japan through my many projects. I know we have a lot of retirees who had similar experiences so why not post them.

I'm glad to hear that Stan was able to do all those exciting things in his retirement. Like Stan, I also was able to do a lot of things on my "Bucket List" during my retirement. I ran a Charter Fishing Business here in Florida for four years, became a decent golfer (had one hole-in-one) and became a good Photographer. My wife and I have visited over fifty countries since retiring. However, health issues are starting to slow us down a little but we're still pretty active.
    Stan, I'm looking forward to possibly seeing some of your videos and stills. Keep posting your endeavours on the Website.
Jim Herschel

Friday, May 20, 2011

 
Glad to hear from Stan Mitchell.....I also remember working with George Zavalas,
Jim Paterson, Frank Florio at the early days of Studio 72 when we had shows like Cinderella, Aladdin, (Wizard of Oz on 35mm film). The cameras were larger than the lenses not like today when the lenses are larger than the cameras. Telecine and Quad tape instead of servers. Reading your posting, you remember quite a bit about the old days---do you remember me? Stan, sorry about your stroke, hope you are feeling well. Glad to hear from you about the old days (Golden Days of TV).
Hope to hear from John K. also.

Regards,
Harold Deppe
Dave,
 
My email address has changed to Vidicon at cox.net
 

Regards,
Harold Deppe

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Stan Mitchell Remrmbers
( CBS Remotes and Vacations )
After working 7 years for RCA and an Educational Station.-----------
I started working with CBS at the age of 30. I started in maintenance . I then became an ass’t Supervisor in Special Electronics Effects with Frank Florio. I worked in Studio 72 (early days Color in the experimental Studio), CBS News with Walter Conkite , Captain Kangaroo, Various Soap Operas, (in fact I did a show for them in the Bahamas), 60 Minutes, You Are There, Election Night (many years) , Evening Local and Network News, Ed Sullivan Sunday Night Theater (many years), Jackie Gleason Show of Shows (New York and Florida), Cinderella, Aladdin, (The first 2 shows of 90 minutes in experimental Color) and various other shows. I was made a full Supervisor in charge of Studio Crews (7 Studios and 3 Theaters). I did 20 years of NFL (football), Super Bowls (all that CBS did), NHL (hockey), Many Golf tournement including “The Masters”(many times), Ski Championships, and Ice Skating Shows, Skiing Championships at Stowe Vt and at Great Gorge, The World of Tennis, The Space Shots at Cape Kennedy (Cape Canaveral Florida) and Moon landing With Walter Cronkite News Specials. I was Remote Truck Supervisor for about 8 years. It was the first Plumb icon remote Color truck. I traveled all over the US--including Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands. I went to China with Nixon in 1972, (6 Weeks) I went to Japan to cover the Worlds Fair. I believe I was one of first ones to put a Camera in a Goodyear Blimp and did the Blimp on many remotes for football and golf. like the Kentucky Derby (many times)..The Preakness and Belmont Triple Crown many times. I did The Statue of Liberty (100th Anniversary) in the Blimp and from Governors Island (a second time) for CBS News. I spent, in all, 20 years doing NFL Football as a Supervisor on Remotes.
After 20 years in CBS NEW YORK, I went to Washington DC for a position as an EIC (Engineer in Charge) to work for Hy Badler in Washington DC's News Bureau. Under Hy Badler, (VP), as an EIC in charge of maintenance, microwave (a daily occurrence in Washington) and all Remotes. It was quite a job. I did most of the political jobs in Washington but I still did NFL Games and the Redskins and the Bullets games for CBS Sports NY, especially when they won the championships. I did White House Press Conferences in the Oval Office and I knew four Presidents.  I did most Press Conferences in the East Room.

White House Press Room Conferences around town, Christmas Tree lighting., etc. I did 2 President Inaugural parades, the President’s State of the Union Address’s from the Capital for 3 years. Many other political events. At the same time, Hy Badler let me do my own thing. That is WORK for CBS Sports and News in New York. I continued to do NFL Sports and News for NEW YORK under the graces of Art Jensen and Jim Paterson. I retired after 10 years from CBS. I also did a remote, thanks to George Zavalas. CBS New York in Austria at Gras--Zeltweg (spell?) to do a Grand Prix auto race, and traveled throughout Austria. We had a private helicopter to take us to the race site and back. It was nice to fly over the Austrian Alps each morning and night when we were done. From there we took a week vacation and traveled through Germany, Switzerland, France and visited such places as Nice, Monaco, Cannes and Aux en Provence on the way to do another remote in Viareggio Italy, a Light Heavy Weight Boxing Match, then on to Rome. I did a remote for CBS News in Normandy, France. It was the 50th anniversary of “D” Day Landings. It was at the Cemetery in Normandy and another one was at Point Du OC. We took off after this one and traveled all over Normandy and Brittany mostly along the coast to all the small villages on the Atlantic. Mostly in Normandy and Brittany and then down to the South of France. I once did a remote in Bethlehem, Israel teaching (Class room style) Television and how to do Remotes to the Israelis. It was 1967 and just as the 6 day war was ending it was for propaganda purposes. CBS had a “Lend Lease” contract with the Israelis. (6 Weeks) My wife would join me on most remotes in Europe when she could.
I retired from CBS Washington after 10 years, making it 30 years with CBS with much sorrow.
I was home two days and a NEWS Producer in Washington called. He asked me if I wanted to do THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES for him. I accepted his offer and was off again. The debates consisted of surveying various colleges to find a spot for the DEBATES. I did this for two Presidential elections. This consisted of four or five remotes each and the shows all over the country. I did this for two election years. This started me thinking! I started a company called MEGA TECH. I was now an independent contractor or a consultant. I worked out of my home--- something I always wanted to do. I began working for CBS NEWS, CBS SPORTS, and NBC and ABC in the POOL . I worked in SPORTS and NEWS all over the world. I did Super Bowls for CBS News. NFL championship games, Final Fours in various cities around the US. I worked mostly for Jim Paterson and Art Jensen., George Zavalas. I traveled in most parts of the US, and abroad. I did many football games in Minnesota for Art Jensen because my mother lived  in Wisconsin. I traveled up from there to see her. I did many jobs for Jim Paterson all over the world. I traveled to the Island of Malta. I was there on two occasions for two weeks. We did a press conference for Bush and Gorbachev. I also traveled to Sicily during this remote. I was head of the POOL there and did three remotes including the RF (Microwave) for the POOL. One good thing about these jobs is I didn‘t have to be at CBS after each remote the next morning. I did an interview with Hillary Clinton at the Washington Press Club. I worked at Comsat doing a Stock Owners meeting and put the finishes on a Satellite truck I then went to Korea to do the President landing and Press conference there. I took time off after the Show to go to JAPAN (Kyoto) and the Hawaiian Islands for a vacation. I did a parade in PARIS for Jim Paterson and then took a tour twenty miles around Paris in the suburbs to enjoy another week.. 

In my retirement (?), I took up ROWING. I rowed seven days a week. ----a real nut case! I rowed with a club in town. I rowed singles and eights and was an ass’t coach at St. Johns College, here in town, for seven or eight  years. I repaired boats for them and the local club--for money. I have many medals in the sport . I rowed in Europe several times with FISA. My wife and I rowed a week at a time down the Po river from Spain to Portugal, then to the Atlantic. We rowed down the Themes River in England. We rowed from the Source to London. It took a whole week to do it We had another week to travel around different parts of England. We rowed down the whole river! We rowed down Levante (spell)? a river in France and a few canals . We rowed a good distance on the Biscayne bay in the Atlantic After we rowed in France we took a week and traveled south to the town of Bayonne by car, and than East along the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean. Then we took the train to Aux en Provence. We also rowed in Norway above the Arctic Circle on the Fiords there. We finished up, in Switzerland and rowed on Lake Genève. We always took a week after the rows to travel in the surrounding area.
My wife was a teacher and we could take a week off when she was on wanted. Most of my travels were in the Autumn while she was working. I became a Cooking nut too. I was a pretty good cook, so people say. I went to cooking classes two times in two different parts in Italy. I traveled two or three years “back packing” in Southern France and Italy. I might add we have a rowing friend in Switzerland, who has a summer home in Sothern France. I picked Olives for a week in Southern France and another week in Tuscany Italy to see which Olive Oil tasted best. The olives are the same and so is the olive oil. We also traveled vacations in Costa Rica, Martinique, Puerto Rico ,California, Northern France, Belgium, Holland ,Germany , East France, Ireland and England.
All together we traveled seven times in Italy, five times in France, twice in England, once in Ireland, twice in Germany. o ncein Norway, once in Austria, once in Belgium, once in Martinique, once in Costa Rica, once in Puerto Rico, once in China,twice in Japan,once in Korea, once in Guam, 1 time in Midway, 1 time in Alaska, 1 time in Majorca and the Bleric Island off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea.  I spent 1 time in Spain, all US States (many times) I have also spent 1 year in New Guinea, 1 year, in the Philippines, 2 times in the Hawaiian Islands, 2 weeks, separate times to the Cinque Terra, Italy (five lands) , 2 times in Mexico, 2 times in Canada and from there to Porta Fino. I made a home base in Vernazzo (Cinqua Terra) as I mentioned, and commuted around the Italian and French Rivera each day by train. So much that the people would say to me at night, “Hello Stan” when I got home. I “ Back packed”, having Baguette , Cheese , Grapes and wine for lunch and sleeping above Bars and Cafés.

About six years ago, I had a bad stroke. I was on vacation in California and was in an emergency hospital for a month and I was flown back to Annapolis, MD. with a nurse and then put in another hospital there. It has been about six years now. I started editing my Video Tapes on my computer. Now, I’m doing the same with my Still Photos. I now use a walker or a cane and now, my only big trips are to the store.
                                                                   
Stan Mitchell
5/7/11

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sal Anzalone can be reached at:
1503 Atlantic Avenue
N. Wildwood, NJ 08260
609-729-2134 tele

He would be happy to hear from anyone who wants to say ‘hello’. He lives alone in a guest cottage at his Daughter Barbara’s property. He gets along quite well, with the help of family.

Judy
Hello David,
I wanted to tell you all that Grandpa (Sal Anzalone) is doing well,
he is turning 99 this September!!

Judy

Monday, May 16, 2011

Hello Mr. Ted Perzeszty,

I am indebted to Lee Levy (good name!) for telling me how to reach you. I originally lived in Morristown NJ but now I'm in Vero Beach. Some years back I attended a number of the luncheons of the CBS Retired Engineers held around NYC, often in the company of Sal Angelone and his wife. Sal was the squire of the Buddleman systems which were used often by Arthur Godfrey. I am happy to say that Sal is still alive, but I know many of those who befriended me in those luncheons are not. I'm glad I caught them when I did.

For years, I've been amassing material for a book about Mr. Godfrey, his activities and associates. I was able to get many great stories and reminiscences about Mr. Godfrey and his shows and other activities. Unfortunately I had to turn my attention elsewhere (like to earn a living) and now I'm supposedly retired, living in Vero, and back to the Godfrey project. When I attended the Retired lunches it seemed that there was separation between the New York area group and that around Miami. I had a conversation today with Lee Levy, and I gather now there are no luncheons, and there is a web site and a kind of newsletter that goes out to retired CBS folk wherever they are.

I know a lot of years have gone by but I am hoping I may still find some folk who worked with the Godfrey shows or can share reminiscences connected with them. I'd like to get on the phone with anyone who can help, or communicate by mail or Email - whichever is more convenient.

Any help which you can offer or referrals to other folk you think could assist me, will be greatly appreciated. I have lots of great stories about Mr. Godfrey and the folk that surrounded him, and always eager to learn more.

Many thanks in advance for whatever you can offer to help in my project.

Gratefully,

Lee Munsick
1416 15th Ave
Vero Beach FL 32960
772 564-2911
verotas25@gmail.com
or
arthurgodfreyfdn@gmail.com

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Sad News
I'm sorry to inform you that Mary Tobia, wife of Tony Tobia, passed away on May 6th. I have no other details

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dave,
Thanks for prompt reply. I talked to Donna Scott who reports that Jay
has ben transferred to the Amsterdam Nursing facility for rehab. He
has had a tough struggle but is improving and may be up to being
released in the next several weeks. For those who remember Bette
Stein at CBS, Jay's late wife, Donna is Bette's cousin.

Bob Wilson

Friday, April 29, 2011


Dear Friends,
I am pleased to let you know that the fourth edition of Eyes Of A Generation has just been uploaded to the internet and you are invited to be among the first to see it.
Over 1100 new images have been added as well as 4 all new sections…Gallery, Archives, Library and About. It is massive and will literally take hours to see it all, but that’s what weekends are for right?
Enjoy and thank you all for your contributions whether large or small!
God Bless!
Bobby Ellerbee

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I just wanted to say hello to Harold . We worked together in the EC department for a couple of years. From there I went to studio show crews. Eventually became a TD. I ended up in TX and retired from that dept. It’s hard to believe that it is 17 years since I left there. My wife Kandy past away one year ago. I sure miss a lot of the guys I worked with. It would be nice to hear from any that read the information at this site.
I can be reached at:
paul778 at msn.com
Paul Herschander

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I know some of you dislike mass mailings but I hope you'll overlook this one. There are only so many times I can write this so please accept this one.
Ann has been diagnosed with an ulcer in the esophagus. She will be having a CAT scan and maybe other tests, and may have to go to a cancer facility in Seattle for more tests.
Ann is my soul mate. I was alone for twenty-eight years then she and I were brought together by heavenly decree. I firmly believe she is the only girl in the world who'd ever love me and I'd like to have her as long as possible.
If prayer is part of you life, will you pray for Ann? If you have other beliefs then will you send your hopes and thoughts for her well-being and to be found not to have a malignancy? She's not worried and feels very peaceful about the outcome. I trust Him as well but hope to keep her for several decades....OK, some few years will be wonderful.
Again, thanks very much for accepting this mass mailing. I'll keep you up to date on her condition.
Sincerely,
Bob Paine

Friday, April 15, 2011

Good News!

Here is some (relatively) good news!
Jay Chicon is still with us and is out of ICU and in a stepdown unit at NY Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. He is still in serious condition, however. I just had a telephone message from a relative, Donna Scott, who sent us the good news.
I have her telephone number, just in case, but I won't post it here.

Dave

Friday, April 08, 2011

Hi Dave:
It appears that Jay has passed away. I say 'appears', because we have no official word, just some internet searching to inform us. Bob Wilson started scanning some obit sites, and found a listing for Jay Chichon, 88 of Manhattan, and then another with a listing of a Jay Chichon, W2L** as having died. So, in all likelihood, our Jay is no longer with us. He had been admitted to a hospital with the plan to insert a cardiac stent, but the procedure had been delayed due to Jay having contracted pneumonia. And, sadly, Jay had no family. No kids or siblings. His wife passed 20 years ago. Only a distant cousin, according to Bob. Outside of CBS and the CBS Retirees group, he didn't have many friends either. Jay's wife is buried near Danville, PA... somewhat in the center of the state, and I wonder if Jay will be buried there as well. No idea of who would be handling his affairs.
73 de RayK2ULR
Another one crosses the Rainbow Bridge

I just learned that Dennis Maitland passed away on April 1st.
May he rest in peace.
Sol Tabachnick

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mike McGrath was a pleasure to work with.
As unassigned TD,I did vacation relief on most all
the Soaps done in N.Y. On one Soap Mike McGrath was
Audio man. It was Thanksgiving Day theme. Of course
there was the dinner with a very large dinner table.
During rehearsal Mike was having a problem covering
the table with 2 booms.
He stands up and yells into the control room,
"COULDN'T THIS FAMILY GO AWAY FOR THANKSGIVING"

Harold Schutzman

Saturday, March 26, 2011

McGrath, Michael J.

Michael J. McGrath, of Tappan, died on March 24, 2011 at Good Samaritan Hospital at the age of 77. He was born on July 29, 1933 in the Bronx to Patrick and Ann McGrath. Michael resided in Tappan for 45 years and was previously from the Bronx. He graduated Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx and served in the US Army from 1958 to 1960. Before retiring in 1995, Michael was an audio man for CBS in New York City. During his 43 year career, he worked on 'Capt. Kangaroo', 'As the World Turns' , CBS Sports, the first lunar landing and news programs such as '60 Minutes' and the 'Evening News with Walter Cronkite'. Michael was a parishioner of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan and was a past board member of the Tappan Library.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dolores; his son Thomas and his wife Audra; his grandchildren, Erin, Ian and Natalie; his sister, Louise O'Leary; his brother Patrick McGrath; and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, 10am, at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan with burial to follow at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. Visiting hours will be Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9pm at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org or 800-242-8721).


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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dave,
I came home to find a message on my phone from Dolores McGrath that Mike had passed away today. I will foward any other info as soon as I get it.

Here is more info on Mike's passing. Wake will be held this coming Sunday for one day at the Moritz funeral home 98 route 303 South Tappan, NY 10983 845-359-0890. Dolores's phone #845 359 6388. Funeral will be at Rockland cemetery, Sparkill,NY, on Monday March 28th.
Bob Vernum

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Here is an article I came across that I thought would be of interest:

In the United States, broadcast stations have call signs between three and six characters in length, though the minimum length for new stations is four letters. An additional suffix may also be added, indicating a specific broadcast service type. Full-power stations receive four-letter call signs, while broadcast translator stations usually receive call signs with five or six characters, including two or three numbers. Generally, call signs begin with K west of the Mississippi River, and W to the east."

"New broadcasting stations are assigned call signs beginning with K, if they are west of the Mississippi River, and beginning with W if they are east of the river. Again, some early stations have been grandfathered, so there are four broadcasters with a K prefix east of the Mississippi, and a few dozen with a W on the west side. (There are more grandfathered W stations because the dividing line used to be two states farther west.) Some examples would be KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, KYW in Philadelphia, and WACO in Waco, Texas, which also has the distinction of being one of only three radio stations whose call sign is the same as its community of license.[6] Stations located near the Mississippi River may have either letter, depending on the precise location of their community of license and on historical contingencies. Minnesota and Louisiana are allowed to use both call letter prefixes since the Mississippi river flows through both states in addition to forming parts of their borders. Metro areas that straddle different states on both sides of the river, such as St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and the Quad Cities area of Iowa/Illinois, have stations with both call letter prefixes, due to the stations' communities of license being placed on either side of the river. [7]
The FCC allows derived call signs in the same market as a commonly-owned AM or FM without respect of the boundary, so stations may establish common branding across bands and services. One famous example was the case of the former KWK in St. Louis, which after several petitions was permitted to change the call sign of its sister FM station in Granite City, Illinois, then WWWK(FM), to KWK-FM. Later, the AM would change its call sign and the FM became KWK(FM), thereby becoming an exemplar of both categories of grandfathered stations.
The assignment of K and W prefixes applies only to stations in the broadcast radio and television services; it does not apply to weather radio, highway advisory radio, or time signal stations, even though these are all broadcasts in the usual sense of the word, nor does it apply to auxiliary licenses held by broadcast stations, such as studio-transmitter links and inter-city relay stations.
For example, the time signal stations WWV and WWVH are located in Colorado and Hawaii, respectively. (WWV originally began in Maryland and was later moved west. However, even ignoring that fact, U.S. government-owned stations are overseen by the NTIA and not the FCC, and are thus not subject to the FCC's rules on call signs; most do not have call signs at all.)
NOAA Weather Radio stations clustered between 162.4 and 162.55 MHz have call signs consisting of a K or W followed by letters, and two digits. The K and W prefixes are both used interchangeably on both sides of the Mississippi River (e.g., KHB36 in Washington, D.C. and WXK25 in El Paso, Texas).
Highway advisory radio stations scattered throughout the AM band use call signs consisting of K and W followed by two or three letters and three digits. As with weather radio, K and W calls are both used on both sides of the Mississippi River."
Source and further information:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_call_sign

Notice the policy was that calls for ocean-going ship stations started with a different letter than the land stations they communicated with: in the West ships received W-- calls and land stations were assigned K--, while the reverse was true in the East, with K-- ship calls and W-- land calls. (NOTE: The assignment of W and K to the United States appears to have been completely arbitrary--the letters have no particular significance. N, however, had been commonly used by the U.S. Navy since November, 1909).

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Here is a link to "The incomplete Idiot's guide to VTVMs.
For those who don't know, a VTVM is a Vacuum Tube Volt Meter.
http://tone-lizard.com/VTVM.htm

Forwarded by Ted Pz.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Bob Paine,

  The C.B.S. Television Show "See It Now ", with ED. Murrow, was
at C.B.S. St. 41 Grand Central Studios New York.... Glad to be of
help.
Regards,
Harold Deppe

The family of Hans Singer would appreciate your publishing the following obituary on your "In Memoriam" site.
Thanks,
Phyllis Holst

HANS SINGER:
FEBRUARY 27, 1926 - FEBRUARY 11, 2011

Hans Singer, 84, passed away on February 11, 2011 in Delray Beach, Florida. A
thirty-five year employee of CBS-TV, Hans came to the company by way of the
theater in New York, including work at
Circle In The Square.
Born in Vienna, Austria, Hans was sent to the United States by his parents at the age
of thirteen to escape the Holocaust. After graduating from James Monroe High
School in the Bronx, Hans enlisted in the United States Army, serving as a
Corporal in the Field Artillery in the Pacific Theater during World War Two.
Upon his discharge from the Service, he attended Fordham University, graduating
with a degree in communication arts, with a minor in philosophy.

1951 was a momentous year for Hans, as he married Saundra Bosses and he joined CBS in
New York as an assistant technician. Over the course of his career as a
technician/cameraman with CBS, Hans was present for some of the seminal events
of the twentieth century. He covered innumerable launches from Cape Kennedy,
including Apollo 11, the first moon landing and Apollo 13, the “glorious
failure.” Hans was in the White House for interviews with Presidents Kennedy and
Johnson, covered every national political convention from 1964 through 1984, the
gala reopening of Ford’s Theater, as well as covering numerous presidential
inaugurations. During his long career he worked on virtually every CBS show that
was broadcast from New York, including the Ed Sullivan Show, The Jackie Gleason
Show and others too numerous to mention. In the early 1970's, Hans was one of
the early participants in the advent of electronic journalism in New York City.


Hans also covered sports, including football, the US Open Tennis Tournament, ice
hockey, Superbowls, college and professional basketball and golf. He was a
fixture on camera at the awarding of the green jacket to the winner of the
Masters golf tournament and covered the Daytona Five Hundred auto race for many
years. During his career he was recognized with five Emmy awards, four for
various Daytona 500's and one for the Masters.


In 1985, Hans’ wife of thirty-four years, Saundra, passed away. The following year,
1986, Hans retired. However, he did return to work for the company at the Winter
Olympics in Albertville and again in Lillihamer, respectively.


Hans relocated to the East coast of Florida in 1992. It was there that he succumbed
to complications of heart disease at the age of 84. He is survived by his sons,
Marc Singer and Clifford Singer, as well as his four grandchildren.