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