Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Just received news of the passing of 2 CBS retirees:

Palmer Buono on January 2012


Rudy Pausche on July 2012

Friday, November 09, 2012


Just received this from Gayle De Poli:

I found out Thursday morning via a Facebook post from Rupert's son, Rob Bruce that Rupert has passed away. The list of shows that Rupert stage managed at CBS read like the history of the network. The only details I know are from his postings with some photos. I'll include them here. Can you pass post on the website?

Good night sweet Prince, it was a hell of a ride. R.I.P

My Dad circa 1947 with Carl Reiner in Call Me Mister. The ride begins...

This was a show with Lucille Ball and Shirley McClain. The production number was " Its not how you start, Its How you Finish"

Part of a tough stage managers job in 1985

Gayle P. De Poli

1-646-354-1705 USA Mobile
1-877-840-2030 USA e-fax
1-203-724-2007 International e-fax
gayle.depoli Skype

Thursday, November 08, 2012

I hope you are all safe and sound. We have been without power, heat and regular telephone service since Oct. 29th at 3:15 PM.
Our house is now down to 48 degrees and we have relocated nearby to a friend's house with power.
We cannot get any information from LIPA (our local power authority) as to when power will be restored.
We do have a neighbor who is watching our house and feeding our kittykat.

Fortunately, the only damage (so far) is we lost two large trees in front of our house, but they missed the house and the cars!

We lost around $200 worth of food from the fridge and freezer. To add insult to insult, we also just got hit by a Nor'easter. It took me 4 hours to travel 12 miles!

Now using friend's computer, so will be brief.

Our hearts go out to all our retirees that were impacted by these disasters.


Monday, October 29, 2012


Just finished reading your last post. Very interesting to hear they are rebuilding the Broadcast Center. I left in 1973 when there was tape and film. What are they installing now? Your pictures will be most welcome.

Best regards,

Harold Deppe


Just finished reading your last post. Very interesting to hear they are rebuilding the Broadcast Center. I left in 1973 when there was tape and film. What are they installing now? Your pictures will be most welcome.

Best regards,

Harold Deppe

Friday, October 26, 2012

While still working it's a bit hard to get to the luncheons but I will make a special effort for the next one as I live close by in Jersey.
I don't know how close you keep up to what's going on in the BC.
Right now they have almost demolished the entire BOC area and soon it will be clean and empty waiting for the new TX, Air Control and Satellite areas.
I will be taking pictures as it moves along. I have some of the demolition. I also have pictures of the building up of the MDC.
It's amazing how complex MDC is. It makes everything else look like toys. However, I think we had the most fun in the old PC rooms.
I still have the ON-AIR light from the outside of the PC rooms and it's connected to a light switch in my house.
I am in touch with Dave Kaplan, who is doing pretty well and enjoying his retirement.

All the best.


Friday, October 12, 2012

An interesting tour of CBS Television City when it was new,
narrated by Edward R. Murrow:



Submitted by Dave Schwartz

Thursday, October 11, 2012

ATTENTION ALL CBSers that worked at GCT!


I hope you don’t mind my emailing several of you associated with the CBS Retirees website. I’m hoping to get more information about the sign in the attached photo. Metro-North and the Transit Museum recovered this sign in the space that was occupied by CBS when renovation to the tennis courts at GCT was underway. It measures 5 ½ ft. x 17 in. and appears to be hand-painted lettering on steel. The photo may make it appear a bit warped or curved, but it is flat and straight. If you know where this sign was actually placed, have a photo of it in place or just have a best guess of where it went, we’d be most grateful. The NY Transit Museum is staging an exhibit for Grand Central’s Centennial next February and we think this artifact would help to tell CBS’ part of the GCT story. It says more about the object and the studios if we know where it belonged.

If you expect to see others at your fall luncheon, perhaps sharing this photo with other retirees would help as well.

Kind regards,

Brett Dion

New York Transit Museum
130 Livingston St., 10th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
phone: 718-694-1715

Friday, October 05, 2012

We have approximately a week left to our CBS luncheon on Tuesday, October 16, if you are coming, start mailing in your checks.
You have until Saturday, October 13th.

Tony Casola

Monday, October 01, 2012


My name is Kathleen Francis and I am Walter Lupinski's daughter. I just opened your letter about your fall get together and realized that I hadn't contacted you. My father passed away on June 23, 2012. He had taken a fall in the beginning of May and broken his hip. It was a downward spiral from there.

I know that he visited your website often and was very interested in the lives of his fellow retirees.

Please remember him to anyone who might have known him.

Thank you.
Kathleen Francis
106 Norton Dr.
East Northport, NY. 11731

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

From Les...

I just got off the phone with Les Burkhardt, who sends along his greetings to all.

Les tells me that he is getting good help from the Veteran's Administration, regarding his loss of eyesight. Although he is legally blind, he and Jackie have an active social life.
He does have technology that allows him to read and write.

He gets together with Cliff Rice on occasion, but they can't seem to get any activity going with the other Florida CBS retirees.

We spent close to an hour reminiscing and discussing his  art collection and the various cruises we have both ( seperately) taken. He and Jackie are planning another cruise in the near future.

Why not give him a call, or send him an e-mail?

His fone number is 239-997-5450 and his e-mail address is:

elburkey at embarqmail dot com.

9-11 Remembrance

 From our archives, on the day of: 

From Les Burkhardt

I just got off the phone with Joe Duenas of CBS TX and Lisa Shah of WCBS Master Control. WCBS was the only local NY TV station on the air for 3 days...They had an automatic switchover to the transmitter at the Empire State Building. NBC local is on the air as of this day but per Joe their signal is very weak.

The sad news is that 2 IBEW people were working at the WTC on the Tragic day.
Joe and Lisa gave me the name off the two.

Isais Rivera who joined WCBS during 1985

Bob Pattison who came from Boston and joined WCBS as a 4-03 tech about 1 and 1/2 year ago.

They are among the missing, but to the best of my knowledge they were working on the roof of the WTC.

I did not know either of these 2 individuals but our prayers go out to them and their families.
 Let us all say a prayer for our deceased fellow workers and
all those who perished on that fateful day.
Remember to fly your flag in remembrance

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Sad News

I just received a note from Bob Wilson, that Jay Chicon crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on August 21st. as told
to him by Jay's friend, Donna Scott.

Saturday, September 01, 2012


Lionel Rose passed away on August 8, 2012

John Lennon passed away on August 27, 2012

Saturday, July 28, 2012

We now have over 2000 posts in our collection!

Strike it Rich

I went thru the many scans of tickets I have for Strike it Rich (CBS 1951-58) and have come up with this studio info:
The daytime version premiered in May 1951 and seems to have originated most of the time from studio 60 (Lincoln Square). I do have one ticket for a Friday May 18th, 1951 show from studio 59.
By the summer of 1952, Strike it Rich had moved to studio 51, where it stayed until 1954
By the summer of 1956, the show was now originating from studio 62 (The Big Payoff came from studio 62 in the afternoon from 1953 to 1959). Strike it Rich remained there until it was replaced by Dotto in January 1958.
I only had two tickets to the nighttime version, which aired on CBS from 1951 to 1955. Both of my tickets are from the summer of 1951, with the originating from studio 60.

David Schwartz
dschwartz at

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Just wanted to let you know that George E. Miller, production supervisor, etc. crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on May 15th, 2012, after a ten month battle with lung cancer. He always enjoyed getting together with all the retired CBS engineers and others.

Sylvia Miller (George's wife)
98 Foxwood Road
West Nyack, NY 10994
845 358-1680.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012



Received the following from Bill Naeder yesterday, who received it from Charlie Wyker

Dear Bill,  
Frank Trizano passed away last Tuesday. We had a wake for him at the funeral home Wednesday evening which was attended by Ralph Ciurleo, Bruce from Sports and the Boss, Ken Aagard (after our time).

I think Frank died of a massive heart attack after being diabetic since age 23. We had a very fine Catholic ceremony for him in a wonderful church and he was well spoken for by both his friends and members of the church, even I made a Eulogy. I was one of 6 pall bearers and we put him in the hearse at the end and off he went for cremation (his choice). It was a most sorrowful day, honest. The entire group came to my house to celebrate his life and times and he was remembered well and often. So, say goodbye to another one of us but stay well and happy yourself. I think of you very often and you and Lucy have my love and best wishes.
And please follow my advice---KEEP BREATHING!

All my love,
Howie Purnick

Saturday, June 09, 2012

BOC is demolished. Long live MDC !!!
Does anyone know if Vern Gamble, Ted Miller or any of the older,
retired TD's are still around?

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

How fast can you read?
More reminiscences from Mark Robbins:

I used to visit my father at work ever few years. I was fascinated with the technical aspect and less so with the Show Business part.
I remember going to Grand Central late at night with my mother. She really hated to walk on the glass walkways high above the main floor. When we got to CBS she asked a man "Where is Telecine" He asked "Who's that". We explained it's a what not a who. We found it. It's amazing that anyone could walk into CBS unchallenged. Different times. We sat in the studio and watch the 11 o'clock news with Douglas Edwards and Jean Parr filling in for Robert Trout and Carol Reed. Jean Parr liked my red hair. It's hard to believe that people like Douglas Edwards and Robert Trout did the local news. Today it's all gossip and giggles. On another trip to GCT I watch my father put on headphones and operate the Tel-op machine live on-air. They had famous people already made up on tel-ops with their picture and birth/death dates just in case.

I remember the CBS cafeteria and sitting next to an obnoxious talent agent (With a loud suit and horn rim glasses of course) promoting his blonde client's telents. "She can sing, She can dance). On another trip we watch them put voice tags at the end of a 30 second "Sun International Pictures" commercial. Before the movie opened that had commercials made up for "opening soon" "opens Wednesday" "last day" "held over by popular demand" So phoney.

One last memory, In 1968 during Apollo 8 I saw the studio set that Cronkite used. We were admiring Walter's chair and desk when a man say "excuse me" and took some papers from the desk. My father whispered, "That was Arthur C. Clarke". So close to fame!

In the 80's I was finally able to repay my father, in part. I had a service call at C.N.N. to work on the I.F.B. system. Took dad to the studios. He wasn't overly impressed with their relatively small operation.
BTW......My first Shortwave Receiver came from Carl Paulson - W2ULL. Matty Camillo - W2WB gave me the Novice test. Both were CBS veterans.

If I remember any more I'll send it along.
Mark Robbins
Reminiscences from Nat Robbins son:
My father worked in Rockleigh on the EVR project also. He preferred Manhattan to bucolic Rockleigh. I remember a "flash" photo lab on the 56th street side by the loading dock/garage. Film crews would bring in raw 16 mm b/w film and have it quickly developed and sent to Telecine. There was a film chain was set up to run negative film (electronically reveresed it) for air if there wasn't time to print the film. Long before E.N.G.!

He told me that he and his brother built a shortwave receiver when they were kids and each had an earpiece in bed listen to foreign broadcast stations. The radio sat on a table between the two beds. My grandmother used to get angry when he would spill battery acid on the carpet while dragging in batteries to power the family radio. No A/C powered home radios yet.

I put a CB radio in his car when that was a fad in the late 70's. "His handle" was "Grandpa" - actual callsign was KAZW2734. Never got his ham ticket though.

I'll try to dredge up more memories.

Mark Robbins
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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Hi Mark Robbins,

Sorry to hear about that Steve. You may care to have this photo of your dad taken in the maintenance shop at the CBS Broadcast Center in the 1960's. I worked with Nat for many years.

Best regards,

Harold Deppe

This is Mark Robbins (W2MR). My dad (Nat Robbins) worked for CBS at GCT
and the Broadcast Center from 1951-1985.

This message is about Steve Mendelsohn (W2ML) who worked at CBS in the
70's and 80's. I received this from Pete Adley (W2HP) about Steve's

He is in Hospice at home. Very weak and needs help sitting up. We were
over to visit. So sad! He is the communications man for NY Jets. Friday
Rex Ryan and 4 other Jets came to see him at his home.

Skin and bone. maybe less than 100 lbs. I call and talk regularly. Years
ago we were good friends. I gravitated away as Steve, like me, is strong
willed, but when I heard 1 1/2 years ago about his cancer, we met and hugged.
Very emotional for me and him. His wife Heidi and Kathy are good friends

He maybe has 4 to 6 weeks at best.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

I am Neal Curtis’s oldest daughter, Nancy. I just spent the last 5 days upstate with dad who is living close to my younger sister (dad’s youngest child) Kathy in Penfield, NY a suburb of Rochester, NY. He’s doing okay with a few needed adjustments. He just had cataract surgery (pic attached) on his left eye and all went well. We have lots of fun sitting around talking about the old days when he was at CBS on 57th St. and I worked on 44th St. We’d meet for lunch at the Carnegie Tavern once a month. What fun we had!
Every once in a while when I visit we will call Cliff Rice in Florida and it’s so much fun for me seeing dad smile when they talk about the good old days. If anyone attends the next Retired CBS Engineers luncheon that worked or knows my dad please let them know he is alive and kicking at:
Atria of Penfield
2006 Five Mile Line Rd
Penfield, NY 14526
WWII and CBS were a large part of his happy life! He still speaks highly of both!
And thank you for this wonderful newsletter. I’m sure it entails lots of work but brings much joy.
Nancy Curtis Galyon

From Jay Chichon

Hi Harry Charles....of course I remember you!
I am not sure of the name of Ed Murrow's make-up artist.
Does Francis ring a bell?
Speaking about Ed Murrow....By chance I did audio on the first "See It Now broadcast" (a historic event).
Its first episode, on November 18, 1951, opened with the first live simultaneous coast-to-coast TV transmission from both the East Coast (the Brooklyn Bridge and New York Harbor) and the West Coast (the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and San Francisco Bay), as reporters on both sides of the North American continent gave live reports to Murrow, who was sitting in the control room on CBS' Studio 41 with director Don Hewitt.

Best regards to all.....Jay Chichon
This is directly from a friend or relative of George Gray, whose wife has just crossed the Rainbow Bridge...
"Carol died at 4 or 4:30 this a.m. Services will be at Hellman's on State St. in Spring Valley at 1 pm. Burial will be in the Pyth cemetery nearby.
George will be sitting shiva at their home on Crystal Street. in Spring Valley.
If you use the NY Thruway, exit 14, you would go approximately 2-3 miles to Route 45 (past the new Walgreens) and turn right.Go approximately 3-4 miles to Eckerson Rd., then make a right and then a left onto State Street. I am not good with mileage but it is close enough to guide you.
You can also use the Palisades Pkwy to the New Hempstead exit, make a left and another left to Rt. 45 - I don't use the Palisades Parkway very often ."
Holly and I offer our deepest condolences to George and his family, as well as those of all our retirees.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

I was just informed that Gil Miller past away on Saturday, April 28, 2012.  I have no other details.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

and catch up on all the goings on.
This issue is in PDF format.
If you do not have a reader, the latest, free reader is available here:
Please come to our CBS Retirees Luncheon on THURSDAY MAY 14, 2013, at :
The cost is $30 per person.

Make check payable to: Retired CBS Engineers Association
Send check to: Retired CBS Engineers Association
127 Rhode Island Ave.
Massapequa, NY 11758
Bring family members and friends.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Dear CBS Retirees,
As a huge fan of the Golden Age, and as a Television Historian, it does my heart good to read your messages posted here and the many detailed reminiscences of your time at a great network.
I’m writing to ask for your help in preserving this glorious past in three ways. First, I would love to have any pictures you are willing to share that were taken in the studios or on location that show the cameras and equipment in use so I can share them on my website, You can send photo files via email, or if you have snapshots, by regular mail and I’ll scan them and send them back.
Second, I am quite interested in adding to a new Oral History project I’ve started to preserve the experiences of those that were that were there on the ground floor of an industry that changed the world. The first audio interviews can be heard here in the First Person story. Even if you are not interested in being recorded, it would still be an honor to speak with you and I hope you will call just to chat.
Third, I would like to do a detailed story on the CBS Broadcast Center and on Studio 50, The Ed Sullivan Theatre. I want to visit both places and take a lot of photos, but unfortunately, I don’t have the kind of friends at CBS that I do at NBC and ABC…the kind that will give you a REAL tour and show you everything. Any of you that can help with an introduction to current CBS employees with a love of history, please let me know.
I think that Dave has done a great job with this new blog, and I would like to let him, and all of you, know that in the past year, I have also added a major blog extension to the main Eyes Of A Generation website. I’ve added hundreds of new items to the new Facebook page at To see this, just click the link…you do not have to be a Facebook member or sign up to see what’s here, so please visit and enjoy!
Many thanks to each and all of you for your efforts in making broadcast television what it is today…it was all built on your accomplishments in the rich fabric of a time that has past, but has not been forgotten!
Bobby Ellerbee 678-963-0869
p.s. I’m quite anxious to make contact with Harold Deppe and Gady Reinhold.
Dear Dave,
I need help in trying to finally get a name or model number for the old silver sided RCA Iconoscope cameras used by CBS and NBC in the late 30s to early 40s. These were the 220 line scanning camera that preceded the 441 line RCA 500A model.
I would appreciate it if you could post this link to my ‘Eyes Of A Generation’ Facebook page where there is a 4 picture album and more specific information. You do not have to sign up or have a membership to see this.
Many Thanks!
Bobby Ellerbee 678-963-0869

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sad to report

I just learned of the passing of Irwin and Pearl Solow's younger daughter, Susan.
Susan was just 49 years old and appeared to be in good health, never having been sick a day in her life. It appears to have been a rare genetic liver defect.

The funeral is being held Sunday, March 11, at 10:00 A.M. at the Parkside/ Gutterman funeral home, 2576 Flatbush Ave,. Brooklyn, NY., near Avenue U.
Tel # (718) 284-1500.



Sunday, March 04, 2012

Collins Tribute

Here is a tribute to Mike Collins:

Mike Collins (far right), pictured here with (left to right) Dan Acker, Milton Jackson, Gary Graffeo, was a beloved member of the CBS Sports engineering team for the better part of three decades.

Submitted by Gayle DePoli

Thursday, March 01, 2012

From Bill Naeder:

Manny, thank you for your condolences today. Michael's funeral will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at 10:30 am at St. Francis Catholic Church, 45 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926. Please help us inform the men and women Michael worked with over the years by forwarding to them a copy of this email. To those who wish to join us, please let us know if you will be attending the services and our luncheon immediately following the service at Michael's home, 78 Wedgefield Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 by responding to this email or by calling 843-689-2939.
The Family of Michael J.Collins

Are there any retirees that can identify the CBS area and person in this picture?

Harold Deppe
I have just been informed that Mike Collins died this morning of cancer. He was 60 years old. He was one of my best friends and although we lived far apart we kept in touch and shared many memories. I will miss him.
Cal Marotta

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Domingo Gutierrez, 87, of Ellenton, FL. died January 11, 2012 at Manatee Memorial Hospital. He was born, August 18, 1924 in Guatemala to Domingo and Anita Garbin Gutierrez. Dom was a WWII Army Air Corp Veteran, a retired member of CBS New York's Engineering Construction shop and former volunteer fireman of Paramus, N.J. Survivors include, a son, Victor, (Mary McNally), Altadena, California; a daughter, Lillian King, (Kenneth), Saint Petersburg, FL; a brother, Enrique and family, Mexico; six grandchildren.

"Bah Nah Sto Bargee"

Sunday, February 12, 2012

I received an email from a fellow retiree which said "it looks like you and I are the only one's keeping the website active". This has been a problem for a long time. It would be nice if others would contribute and keep the website interesting.

Some have asked about the new CBS show "Person to Person". It was on last Wednesday night, but is apparently not a weekly show. It is said to be an occasional prime time special.

Regarding the picture of my last post, it is indeed an IVC 9000. I hope sending the picture will get others to contribute and challenge the group.

Best regards,
Harold Deppe
The minute I saw it I said IVC 9000, as I used to edit on them. But to make sure, I dropped IVC 9000 into Google and I came up with this:

They were GREAT machines, far superior to a QUAD. We used them in two post production houses in Minneapolis until the 1 inch type C machines of Ampex and Sony came out.

Rodger Hough K1HH

Submitted by: Harold Schutzman

Friday, February 10, 2012

Can anyone identify the machine in the attached photo? Also, I was watching the new version of "Person to Person" on CBS last night----In my opinion it doesn't compare to the original with Ed Murrow from Grand Central Sudio 41, in the good old days of live television.

Does anyone who worked on the original show have an opinion?


Harold Deppe

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

With some reluctance, I am posting a private letter which I received from Tony Alred in December of 1992. I have omitted certain private references, however, I feel that it should be known. Here is the letter:

Hi Dave,
I'm having to do my Christmas cards  early this year before I completely lose the strength to do it. I am fast coming down with cancer - lung, throat and brain. This is the large cell, fast growing type that is in my bloodstream. I have completed the treatment for the brain and will start the chemotherapy treatments for lung and throat next week,
provided I feel like it. At present, I have no hair, my ears and forehead are burned to a crisp and I feel terrible. I am sorry to give you this unwanted information, but you may want to pass the word to the rest of my friends up there.

Dave, having known you over the last number of years has been a real pleasure.
I hope I can be focused in your mind from time to time.
Best ever,

Tony crossed the Rainbow Bridge soon after writing this.
And, yes, I do think of him from time to time.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Did anyone build their first B&W TV Set?

I did, sometime in the mid 1940's, while I was still working
for WMCA Radio.
It was a 10 Inch Round CRT Transvision Kit that I bought from Perry Brumfield of CBS.
It had a 13 channel Turret Tuner and came with a wooden cabinet.
It was patterned after the old RCA 630. It worked fine without any alignment.
I sold it when I graduated to a 17 Inch Zenith.

Jay Chichon

Sunday, January 15, 2012

It is with sadness that I must report the passing of Harvie Schwartz, Jr., W2NUD.
I only found out about this from the "Silent Key" listing in the current issue of "QST."
I bought my first color TV from Harvie in 1971. Harvie had a massive collection of TVs on his front porch! Later on, I was contacted, (indirectly), by Dr. Peter Goldmark, to see if I would donate that set to the Smithsonian, as it was one of the last sets using the round color tube. I made a deal where they would buy me a replacement TV and I would donate the set. I did, and somewhere in the bowels of the Smithsonian, resides that tube!

I was hired in August 1951 by Orville Sather and worked at Studio 57 from Aug. until October. We did a science show by Ivan Sanderson in the morning and later in the morning did the Mike and Buff show. All done in the CBS color system.Then went downtown and worked a 15 minute soap called The Guiding Light.
Uptown, my first TD was John Kousouris. The best one I ever had. I needed training and he knew how to do it.
Cal Marotta

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I’m not sure who to contact, but my grandfather worked for CBS as a CBS Lab technician for many years. His name was Robert A Zuffi and he passed away in October 2000. I’m writing to you in hope that maybe you can point me in the right direction or if someone can help me. I’m trying to find information on my grandfather. I believe, in 1965, he and Hank Mahler created and built an FM antenna that they installed on the Empire State Building (I believe they installed it inside the antenna that was there). (I’m getting different stories and I was wondering if you could help me out. ). I remember them telling stories about it. All I have is a picture of them and the FM antenna. If you have the time, I would appreciate it.
Thank you.
Christine Zuffi

Studio 57 was called Peace "House" and was located just off 5th Ave. on 109th Street. It was only used for a short time.

The only two shows I remember that originated from there were "Mister I Imagination" and "Rod Brown & His Rocket Rangers"

Jay Chichon

For Dave Schwartz

Studio 57 on 109th Street was originally The Peace House,Father Divine presiding.CBS bought it and built a TV studio.My first day with CBS-TV was Nov.11,1951. I arrived at Orvil Sather's office at 9:00AM and was told to take a cab to Studio 57. I played records on "The Egg And I" and "Mike And Buff" (Mike being Mike Wallace and Buffy Cobb, his wife).

Harold Schutzman

Monday, January 09, 2012

For your trivia buffs, CBS Studio 57 was the name used during the 1950’s by CBS for The Peace Theater, home of the original color broadcasts in 1951.
I know the broadcast center has studios 41 to 46, so I am not sure where this studio is in the building.
I wonder what is being done in the other studios these days.

Dave Schwartz

From Mark Ogden

Edward Murrow's make-up woman was the late, great Frances Arvold. In addition to her long years of service at CBS, she will be remembered for a moment of TV history: she was the make-up woman whose services Richard Nixon refused just prior to the Kennedy-Nixon WBBM debates in 1960. I'm sure all of you remember the rest of that story. Fran was just getting ready for retirement when I started in 1982, but I worked with her a few times and remember her as a very classy and gracious woman. There is a memorial plaque to her in the make-up room near the entrance to the Evening News studio.

Speaking of longevity in make-up women, you will all be happy to know that Jay Johnson's wife, the wonderful Florence "Rikki" Johnson, is still going strong nearing her sixtieth . . . that's right 6-0 . . . year of working at CBS. She is the make-up woman for "60 Minutes", "Sunday Morning" and occasionally the Evening News, and was the make-up woman on the Sullivan Show the night the Beatles appeared. I hope to have her stamina someday!

Mark Ogden

From Jay Chichon

Yes Harry, the China Song (next door to the main entrance of Studio 50) was very popular with CBS-TV people when many live shows originated there.

The other famous "watering hole"/restaurant was "The Slate" which was located at 56th St. & 10th Ave. (later moved to the Ford Building at 57th St. & 11th).
Jay Chichon

Sunday, January 08, 2012

From Jay Chichon

Harry, the young lady at schedule desk was Francis Nakamura. She used to be Bob Wilson's secretary.

Best Regards,
Jay Chichon

From Harry Charles

To Jay Chichon,

Jay, you won the prize, a round the world trip on a torpedo! Francis was the name of Murrow's make up artist but for the life of me I don't think I ever heard her last name..

What was the last name of the Francis in Tech scheduling ?

Did I get Pentagon and China Song right?

Regards to all, Harry Charles

Saturday, January 07, 2012

From Jay Chichon

Hi Harry Charles....of course I remember you!
I am not sure of the name of Ed Murrow's make-up artist.
Does Francis ring a bell?
Speaking about Ed Murrow....By chance I did audio on the first "See It Now broadcast" (a historic event).
Its first episode, on November 18, 1951, opened with the first live simultaneous coast-to-coast TV transmission from both the East Coast (the Brooklyn Bridge and New York Harbor) and the West Coast (the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and San Francisco Bay), as reporters on both sides of the North American continent gave live reports to Murrow, who was sitting in the control room on CBS' Studio 41 with director Don Hewitt.

Best regards to all.....Jay Chichon

Friday, January 06, 2012

From Harry Charles

As a graduate of Grand Central the Pentagon was on Vanderbilt Ave and the best place to eat. And if I remember right The China Song was the restaurant next to Studio 50.

Yes Jay I even remember you... Does anyone remember the name of the make-up woman who used to put the make-up on Ed Murrow????

Happy & Healthy New Year to all..........................Harry Charles

From Jay Chichon

Does anyone remember the "Pentagon" or "China Song"?

Jay Chichon