Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Hi Dave:

CBS retiree Harold Schutzman (W2RII) is in re-hab and is responding well to the care he is receiving. He celebrated his 88 birthday on December 17,2013.

Get-well and or Birthday cards can be sent to Harold at:

Harold Schutzman  Room 40
Care One at Ridgewood Ave.
W 90 Ridgewood Ave.
Paramus, NJ 07652

Haroldcan respond to brief telephone calls via the Care One switchboard at: 1-201-652-1950. Be sure to request Room 40 -Window

Sincerely,

Bob Maickel
(W2BOB) CBS Retiree

Friday, December 13, 2013

Howie Passing

Howie Purnick


It is with great sorrow in my heart to let you know that Howie passed away
on Thanksgiving Day.  He left us on a day that we give thanks for the
blessings that we receive in our lives, and Howie was truly one of them.  I
am doing this by E-mail, as I find that I really cannot talk about it yet
without getting choked up.  It is true that we had not lived  together for
over a year, but that did not mean that we still didn't love one another and
care about one another.  Being with and taking care of someone for over 25
years means that they are forever etched in your heart.  I try to think of
all the good days and good times and smile when I remember his last words to
me.  So may you rest in peace Howie, you really put up a great fight and
lived as well as you could for as long as you could.   I know that one day
we will meet again. but for now, thanks for the ride honey, it was truly a
memorable one.  You knew you had my love forever, Vida

Monday, December 02, 2013

WML camera men

Dave,
 
This a video found on You Tube.
The "Mystery guests" were three "What's my line" CBS TV cameramen.
The What's My Line Cameramen were mystery guests on the 07 July 1957 episode of WML.
Perhaps someone will recognize or possibly be one of these men.
 
Mark Robbins
 

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Howie Purnick passed away on Thanksgiving Day in Scottsdale, Arizona.  He had been in poor health of late.

Relayed by Gayle Depoli

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

On November 17th CBS retiree Harold Schutzman (W2RII) was admitted to
Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ after suffering a mild heart attack.
He also experienced kidney failure and was put on Dialysis. He is
responding well to treatment, but will undergo a pacemaker implant
today Nov. 27th. Family members report that Harold might be released
from the hospital within a week, but will then have to go to re-hab.

Get-well cards can be sent to Harold at:

Valley Hospital
223 N. Van Dien Ave
Harold Schutzman B4, Room 213
Ridgewood, NJ  07450
Hospital phone # is: 1-201-447-8000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-201-447-8000

From Bob Maickel FREE 

From Bob Maickel

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

From Harold Deppe

From Harold Deppe In answer to Ted Langdell: Yes I was at CBS that day, but not at the Grand Central studios. At that time I was assigned to maintainence at color Studio 72 and not involved with news coverage in any way. Perhaps others on the list might have been more directly involved and would care to comment. Best regards, Harold Deppe P.S. Very sorry to hear of the passing of John Koushouris who was the Engineer In Charge at Studio 72.

Monday, November 25, 2013

 

JFK Fifty Years Later--Were any QuadList members working in TV that day?--Have you handled any materials from then?

It seems hard to believe that the television coverage that had many of us riveted to the screen happened 50 years ago.

Some folks on the list could have been working in network or local broadcast settings on that day, and it would be great to learn more about what they did—and thought—as they were doing their jobs.

I know that QuadList member, Harold Deppe, Sr. was at CBS in NYC at the time.  

Although not in Videotape, Harold Sr. would have had a unique view of how the network handled the day and those that followed.  (I think this would have been from the Grand Central Station facilities, since the Broadcast Center on W. 57th St. had a 1964 debut.  Clarifications about what happened from where would be good.)

Perhaps there are others that you know of who are still able to recall details?

If you've handled JFK materials, it would be interesting to know what you observed as you played them, such as technical considerations and logistics of the times.

If any of the materials you've transferred are airing in productions to be seen over the next few days, or are available on-line, please include links.

Thanks,

Ted Langdell

JFK Fifty Years Later--Were any QuadList members working in TV that day?--Have you handled any materials from then?
It seems hard to believe that the television coverage that had many of us riveted to the screen happened 50 years ago tomorrow.

Some folks on the list could have been working in network or local broadcast settings on that day, and it would be great to learn more about what they did—and thought—as they were doing their jobs.

I know that QuadList member Harold Deppe, Sr. was at CBS in NYC at the time.  

Although not in Videotape, Harold Sr. would have had a unique view of how the network handled the day and those that followed.  (I think this would have been from the Grand Central Station facilities, since the Broadcast Center on W. 57th St. had a 1964 debut.  Clarifications about what happened from where would be good.)

Perhaps there are others that you know of who are still able to recall details?

If you've handled JFK materials, it would be interesting to know what you observed as you played them, such as technical considerations and logistics of the times.

If any of the materials you've transferred are airing in productions to be seen over the next few days, or are available on-line, please include links.

Thanks,

Ted

Ted Langdell
ted@quadvideotapegroup.com

Secretary for the  QuadVideotapeGroup.com
Preserving Tape, Equipment and the Knowledge to use them, in conjunction with the Library of Congress








 




 
 
 
 
 
 








 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






 


 



 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

I want to let CBS Retirees know of my Dad's passing on November 17, 2013.
Sincerely,
Jeannie Koushouris
5 Pinewood Road
Wellesley MA 02482
339-225-2222
Pumo-2.jpg  (65.5 Kb)
John is second from the right.



 
Obituary:
John L. Koushouris, 93, died peacefully at home in Stratford, CT on November 17, 2013. He was also a long time resident of Stamford and Boca Raton, FL. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Barbara (Giegerich), sons John, Paul (Marianne), daughter Jeannie, grandchildren Nicholas, Louis, Alexander and Lara. A highly respected pioneer in broadcast television and “first” in many endeavors, John always aspired to be a television producer. That career spanned over half a century. Beginning at CBS in the late 40’s he worked as an electrical engineer on the first color TV system and first LP record. In the 50’s he was technical director for Perry Como’s Chesterfield Show, Stork Club and Arthur Godfrey Shows. He headed CBS Color Television Network Operations producing the MASTERS Golf Tournament for many years but for the first time in 1956. He was also involved in the final development of videotape, first with the Bing Crosby operation. In 1961 he left CBS to form a production company, VHF, Inc. which he sold four years later to become vice president and station manager of New York City’s Channel 9 WOR-TV, building sports programming with Knicks, Rangers, Mets, Jets at Madison Square Garden. He produced a variety of shows with notables as Murray the “K” at Shea and James Brown. He ventured to Europe initiating discussions with the Greek government, sponsored by Aristotle Onassis, to bring national television service to the country. In 1968, after Howard Hughes bought out Sports Network, Inc., Koushouris became the first employee of the new Hughes Network to head programming and production efforts. He produced PGA, LPGA, heavyweight boxing (Ali/Frazier 1973, “Thrilla from Manila” 1976), French and Italian OPENS. He traveled to Moscow to broadcast Olympics (1979 SPARTACADE) to the U.S. He was free to pursue his favorite freelance effort, The Miss America Pageant which he produced for 32 years beginning 1961. In 1982, John Koushouris Enterprises, Inc. (JKE, Inc.) continued broadcasting specials and sports events. In later years, he authored 3 books. John enjoyed biking, fishing, boating, camping and world travels with family and friends. A man of strong convictions, monumental wisdom, sense of humor and zest for life will be sorely missed by all who knew him. A man of monumental wisdom, work ethic, family values, dry wit, counsel, friend to many, zest for life will be sorely missed by all who knew him. His major presence will remain. Contributions can be made to his alma mater Wagner College, One Campus Road, Development Office, Staten Island, NY 10301. In the memo portion of the check, please write “In memory of John L. Koushouris”. A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 8:30 am – 10:00 am at the Pistey Funeral Home, 2155 Main Street, Stratford, CT followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am at St. James Church, 2110 Main Street, Stratford.
 
Cemetery:Interment will be private

Thursday, November 21, 2013

November mini-luncheon

We have just concluded another successful mini-luncheon!

Those in attendance were:

Holly & David Minott
Tony & Flo Casola
Irwin Solow & Joan
Lou Wiggan
Ted Perzeszty
Bob & Marge Myers

Everyone enjoyed the food, the company, the jokes and the reminiscences.
We have tentatively set the date for the next mini-luncheon to January 23rd. at 1 P.M.
at our regular spot, the Valbrook diner.
Pass the word around and see if you can offer to pick someone up who may have a transportation problem.



The mini-luncheon starts in about 1/2 hour! Hope to see you there.

The next mini-lunch date is Thursday, November 21st. at 1:00 P.M. which will be held at the Valbrook Diner in Valley Stream. The Valbrook is located at 160 East Merrick Road. You can take Merrick Road or Sunrise Highway to get there. Their phone number is 516-872-0465. If you are heading East on Merrick Rd, it will be on your right-hand side. If you pass Addison Place, the Two Guys auto shop, or the railroad trestle, you've gone too far! Heading West on Merrick Rd., when you see the railroad trestle, it will be coming up quickly on your left. There is metered parking in front and free parking in the lot behind the diner. If you are using Sunrise Highway heading East, make a left turn on Horton Ave and then another left on Merrick Rd. Heading West, turn right on Horton Ave., then left at the next traffic light, onto Merrick Rd. and continue, just past the trestle. All retirees and future retirees (and their spouses) are welcome to join us!

Dave

Friday, November 01, 2013

I have just added Lloyd Blackledge's obituary.

You can find it here:

http://www.cbsretirees.com/memoriam.htm

Just above George Smith's image

Friday, October 25, 2013



I regret to inform you that my dear uncle, Lloyd Blackledge, passed away on October 10 at 92 years young.  He went peacefully in his sleep with no signs of distress the day before.  In fact, it seemed his favorite daily line was, "I'm just fine."  Every night he thanked me or his aide at the time for the wonderful job we did.  He was always pleasant even through the hardships of working with the results of a stroke.  He never lost hope, in fact, he reprimanded me for wasting money buying the one-year subscription for Popular Science instead of the cheaper three-year one.

We came to the last luncheon in the spring at a restaurant in Teaneck.  He had been embarrassed that he needed to come in a wheelchair, but I believe once he got to his seat he didn't think about it again.  Those at our table were so kind and so many others came over to talk with him.  Everyone made him feel so welcome and many asked him to come to the October luncheon.  That really made him feel wonderful, and he spoke about it for many days.

I would like to send the obituary to you via email when my scanner is up and working again.  I wanted to send it to his closest friends from CBS but I don't really know who they are.  I remember one fellow named Bob Perringer and his wife, Berta (I believe).  I have phoned and sent an e-mail but have received no response.  I'm thinking they may be south for the winter.

I know Lloyd was very proud to work at and retire from CBS and enjoyed working with such wonderful people.  Thank you for all you did to help put joy in his life.  I know he would want me to thank everyone.

Sincerely,

Jane

Friday, October 18, 2013


October15, 2013 Swan Club Luncheon Attendees
 
Betty                                                Bluethgen
Tony & Florence                      Casola
Stephen                                             DeIeso
Pete, family & guest                  Deller
Phil                                                     Gale
Al & Cheryl                                Golly
Henry & Grace                            Guarini
John & Carol                                Karpus
Josephine                                              Kavanagh
Jurgen                                                    Kirleis
Ben                                                         Link
Ernie & Joan & guests            Lowe
Dave & Holly                                  Minott
Ted & Pat                                        Perzeszty
Irwin & guest (Joan)                       Solow
Angelo                                                     Sticca
Jerry, Beatrice, & Dorothy              Sullivan
Ben & guest                                     Taussig
Lou                                                           Wiggan

 
The next mini-lunch date is Thursday, November 21st. at 1:00 P.M. which will be held at the Valbrook Diner in Valley Stream. The Valbrook is located at 160 East Merrick Road. You can take Merrick Road or Sunrise Highway to get there. Their phone number is 516-872-0465. If you are heading East on Merrick Rd, it will be on your right-hand side. If you pass Addison Place, the Two Guys auto shop, or the railroad trestle, you've gone too far! Heading West on Merrick Rd., when you see the railroad trestle, it will be coming up quickly on your left. There is metered parking in front and free parking in the lot behind the diner. If you are using Sunrise Highway heading East, make a left turn on Horton Ave and then another left on Merrick Rd. Heading West, turn right on Horton Ave., then left at the next traffic light, onto Merrick Rd. and continue, just past the trestle. All retirees and future retirees (and their spouses) are welcome to join us!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Our latest Newsletter is now online. For those who also get the printed version, the online version has my column included, which didn't make it in time for the print version! The Newsletter is in PDF format, which, by now, everyone should be able to access. Be patient, as it may take ten seconds or so for it to open, depending on the speed of your system and your internet download speed.
Latest Newsletter
Here is an anecdote from Mark Robbins, Nat Robbins son:

Now a funny story you might want to put on the Blog. During a rehearsal with Shari Lewis and her hand puppet "Lambchop" the boom microphone operator kept moving the microphone back and forth between Shari and Lambchop as each one would talk. Finally the director yelled over the public address system "THEY'RE BOTH HER!!". She must have been a great ventriloquist.
 

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Our mini-luncheon went well, although we were hoping for a bigger turnout. Our attendees were Irwin Solow and his companion, Joan, Tony and Flo Casola, David & Holly Minott and a surprise visit from Milt Jackson, whom we hope will become a regular. Unfortunately, Teddy & Pat Perzeszty were not able to make it due to some serious health issues in their family. Aside from the good food and the funny jokes, we enjoyed reminiscing about "the good old days".
We are looking forward to seeing all of you at the Swan Club!

David
P.S. We were so busy enjoying each other's company that no one thought of taking any pictures!

Starting a stopped heart

Here is a YouTube video of Irwin Solow's grandson, David Wasserman, helping to save a professor's life!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Yje08QhZeY&list=WLBE0086B2339960F0

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

We have a date for our next major luncheon. It will be held at the Swan Club, Tuesday, October 15th in the Afterdeck room. Further information will be published in our next Newsletter. The next mini-lunch date is Thursday, September 19th. at 12:30 P.M. which will be held at the Valbrook Diner in Valley Stream. The Valbrook is located at 160 East Merrick Road. You can take Merrick Road or Sunrise Highway to get there. Their phone number is 516-872-0465. If you are heading East on Merrick Rd, it will be on your right-hand side. If you pass Addison Place, the Two Guys auto shop, or the railroad trestle, you've gone too far! Heading West on Merrick Rd., when you see the railroad trestle, it will be coming up quickly on your left. There is metered parking in front and free parking in the lot behind the diner. If you are using Sunrise Highway heading East, make a left turn on Horton Ave and then another left on Merrick Rd. Heading West, turn right on Horton Ave., then left at the next traffic light, onto Merrick Rd. and continue, just past the trestle. All retirees and future retirees (and their spouses) are welcome to join us!

Monday, September 02, 2013

Stay tuned for upcoming mini-luncheon and regular luncheon dates!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

2014 will mark the 60th anniversary of CBS launching their first morning show. I have not found any footage of Walter Cronkite doing the morning show, but here is the opening when Jack Paar was doing the show from CBS studio 41, with Hal Simms announcing. Show includes Betty Clooney (Rosemary's sister), Pupi Campo (her husband) and Jose Meles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2XSUbC1rIY

Dave Schwartz

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013

From Vince Torti:

Paul Masincup passed away last weekend. He an operation to remove a tumor in his colon, but his intestine ruptured and he developed septicemia.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Masincup Obituary



Paul Masincup obituary
 
 
Paul F. Jr. 65, of Bergenfield passed away on June 23, 2013.  Beloved husband of Linda Tett Masincup, his wife of 43 years.  Loving father to Sandra Ille and her husband Paul of West Milford, Brian Masincup of Fairlawn, and Courtney Masincup of Vernon.  Cherished grandfather to Jonathan Heims.  Also survived by his sister, Joanne Abdulla of New Milford, his aunt Ann and her husband, Bob Kilpatrick, his sisters-in-law, Sharon Tett and Kathleen Dellavia and his brother-in-law, Mark Tett and his wife Louisa, and his 14 nieces and nephews. 
 
Paul worked for CBS television as a technical supervisor in the transmission center for 42 years until his retirement in 2012.  He won a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Technical Team-Studio for Transmission of the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.   
 
He was an exempt member of Prospect Fire Company in Bergenfield.  Paul served in the U.S. Air Force as a communications specialist in Guam and Vietnam.   
 
Besides his love of family, Paul was a dreamer, a published author, an award winning photographer, and an avid gun enthusiast.  He and his wife Linda loved to travel, and recently fulfilled Paul’s dream of a Trans Atlantic cruise from England to New York.  He was his grandson’s #1 fan for all his baseball games.  
 
Add arrangements ….. 
 
Donations to the Bergenfield Fire Department would be greatly appreciated.   
 
      
 

Monday, June 24, 2013

From Gady:

Service information for Paul Masincup Jr.

Viewing
Riewerts Memorial Home
187 S. Washington Ave.
Bergenfield, NJ 07621

Wednesday June 26, 2013
2:00 - 4:00 PM
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Funeral
Riewerts Memorial Home
187 S. Washington Ave.
Bergenfield, NJ 07621

Thursday June 27, 2013
11:00 AM
bmasincup at yahoo.com

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Hal Simms


Making a rare on camera appearance, is CBS staff announcer Hal Simms.
 
the show is "Stand Up and Be Counted" from 1956.
 
Feel free to pass the picture around and let me know if you have any stories or trivia about Hal.
 
Hal was the announcer on, "What's My Line", from 1956 to 1961, and later on, "The Edge of Night".
 
Dave Schwartz

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Some big 65th anniversaries coming up

Network TV as we know it really got started in the spring of 1948, as all three networks (NBC, CBS, DuMont) began building their weeknight schedules to cover the entire week.  (ABC would join them as 1948 rolled along).
 
CBS had begun a regular newscast and would introduce a new variety show in June called “Toast of the Town”, while NBC was introducing their new variety series “Texaco Star Theater”.
 
In July CBS introduced a new primetime quiz program called “Winner Take All”, the first TV game show produced by a new production company called Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions.  It introduced the novel idea of having contestants compete against each other.
 
And a late afternoon show “Howdy Doody” (actually “Puppet Playhouse”….I am not sure when the name of the show was changed) was so popular that Howdy took a stab at running for President.
 
June 2013 almost marks an historic achievement….Don Pardo begins his 70th year in his association with NBC…(Don’s voice has been heard on NBC in parts of now 8 different decades)
 
Dave Schwartz