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"
See: http://www.cbsretirees.com/pho41.htm

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