Wednesday, December 31, 2014

D'Onofrio Obit

Here is another obit for Charlie...

CBS Sports Legendary Tech D’Onofrio Dead at 92; Helped Define Golf Coverage
Monday, December 29, 2014 - 11:22 am
Charles D’Onofrio, who began his career at CBS in 1949 and became one of the industry’s top technical managers during a career that spanned 39 years, passed away late last week at the age of 92. Visiting hours will be Tuesday, Dec. 30 from 4-8 p.m. at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, 16 Shea Pl, New Rochelle, NY, and a funeral Mass is scheduled for Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., at Blessed Sacrament Church in New Rochelle. 
After serving in the military during World War II, D’Onofrio began his TV career with a short stint at WPIX in New York. In 1949, he was hired by CBS and he remained with the company for 39 years. During his tenure, he handled equipment and video maintenance, as well as camera, audio, and video operation. Among his diverse remote broadcast experiences, D’Onofrio’s sports resume includes 11 Super Bowls, 20 US Open Tennis tournaments, 39 Masters tournaments, and numerous Kentucky Derbys. He also worked on numerous iconic early television programs, including The Ed Sullivan Show, Captain Kangaroo, and The Evening News with Walter Cronkite. He won multiple Emmy awards and was inducted into the Broadcast Museum.
CBS Director of Golf Operations Steve Gorsuch says that D’Onofrio was able to get the most out of everyone during an era when the technical directors were also the crew leaders. “He was the finest person that I have ever known at CBS,” he says. “When we were the ‘young’ cameramen, he taught us how to work with people and perform at the highest level.”
Davey Finch, CBS Sports cameraman, started working with D’Onofrio in 1975 when he led the CBS golf technical crew under legendary producer Frank Chirkinian. “He was a true leader in every sense of the word and helped structure the original system that is now the present-day golf technical team at CBS Sports,” he explains. “With Charlie’s personality, he would welcome the neophytes — young guys like me — and build a crew that would walk on water for him. He always said, ‘Know your people’ — the women and men that would help set up and tear down the remote with energy and timeless spirit.”
Lance Barrow, CBS Sports coordinating producer, has created an annual award for the technical crew that honors D’Onofrio, as it is a Waterford crystal vase with the letter D on it. It is presented to the crew member that best exemplifies the best qualities of leadership, integrity, hard work, and overall excellence. It is still presented at the end of each season.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Larry Aurebach Obit
 
He passed on December 20th. If you survived the Larry Auerbach school of Soap Operas as a camera person, you were a great camera person!
 
Gayle P. De Poli

Charles J. D’Onofrio

Charles D’Onofrio, a former resident of New Rochelle and a longtime Armonk resident, passed away peacefully in his home on December 27, 2014. He was 92.
Charles was born on September 2, 1922 in New Rochelle to the late Matteo and Maria (Colombo) D’Onofrio. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII and was a Technical Director for CBS TV for over 40 years. He won multiple Emmys, awards and was inducted into the Broadcast Museum.
Beloved by all his family, he is survived by his wife Isabel of 66 years; his daughter Isa , his son James M.; his granddaughter Ariana and his sister Teresa. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew and loved this kind and generous man.
Visiting will be Tuesday 4-8pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, 16 Shea Pl, New Rochelle. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Wednesday 10:30am at Blessed Sacrament Church. Interment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local Alzheimer’s Association.

Courtesy of Gayle DePoli and Milt Jackson

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Hi Dave,

I would like you to post the church mass which I attended for Jerry Stahler. I met his wife and family. Jerry was cremated and his ashes were scattered by a tree in back of the church. Two sailors were there, one had the U.S. flag, and the other played taps with the bugle. I wore a CBS badge and hugged his wife and daughter. They were glad to see me. There will be no marker for Jerry.

Peter Albis

Friday, November 14, 2014



Hello Ted,

 Sorry to bring bad news but Jerry Stahler passed away 10/20/2014.  Rosalie Stahler asked me to let the CBS Retirees know.    A photo and obit are attached. 


He was a World War II veteran, serving with the United States Navy and a participant of the Invasions of Normandy and Anzio. He served as a member of the honor guard of President Roosevelt at the Yalta Conference in Russia. Jerry began his career with CBS Television in Philadelphia, PA and later in New York City where he retired as Vice President of Operations.


A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Church of the Cross, 110 Calhoun Street, Bluffton, SC 29910 with a reception in the Church Parish Hall immediately following.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
To Whom it May Concern:
My name is Celia Aniskovich and I'm the Assistant Post Coordinator for the FX cable series "The Americans."
A current CBS employee directed me to your website because he thought you might be able to help us with a question we have for our show. We're currently preparing to film a scene that will take place, in part, in a news station control room. Because our show takes place in 1982, we're trying to get an idea of what this might look like? Specifically, if all of the monitors would have been in color or if some were still black and white? If you have any memory of this - or a photo for reference - I'd love to speak to you about this further. 
Thank you in advance for your time. 
Celia--
Celia Aniskovich
Asst. Post-Production Coordinator
 
o: (718) 650-6423(718) 650-6423
c: (203) 889-6309(203) 889-6309

Monday, November 10, 2014

Jerry Stahler Passing

Jerry has crossed the Rainbow Bridge

Jeremiah D. "Jerry" Stahler, 90, of Bluffton, SC and formerly of New York and Lake Ariel, PA died Monday, October 20, 2014 at Hilton Head Hospital. In addition to his loving wife, Rosalie Stahler; he is survived by daughters, Nancy Levering (Jim) of Reynoldsburg, OH and Susan Welsh (Rick) of North Tustin, CA; brother, Vincent Stahler (Betty Jane) of Ocean City, NJ; grandchildren, Amanda Bruce (Joe), Sarah Morris (Kevin), and Matthew Levering (Allison); great-grandchildren, Samantha, Sydney, Madison, Jackson, Charlotte, and Annie; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was the world's best husband, father, and PopPop. He will be very missed by family and his numerous friends. Mr. Stahler was born in Fleetwood, PA on September 6, 1924, the son of the late Paul Stahler and Helen Foose Stahler. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe, Rob, and Richard Stahler and his sisters, Carlen Bowen and Ruth Pashley.He was a World War II veteran, serving with the United States Navy and a participant of the Invasions of Normandy and Anzio. He served as a member of the honor guard of President Roosevelt at the Yalta Conference in Russia. Mr. Stahler earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Chicago and then began his engineering career with CBS Television in Philadelphia, PA and later in New York City where he retired as Vice President of Operations. He was a Mason and a member of the Sun City Veterans Club. Throughout his lifetime he was an avid boater and golfer. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Church of the Cross, 110 Calhoun Street, Bluffton, SC 29910 with a reception in the Church Parish Hall immediately following. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Jerry Stahler


Hello Ted,

 Sorry to bring bad news but Jerry Stahler passed away 10/20/2014.  

He was a World War II veteran, serving with the United States Navy and a participant of the Invasions of Normandy and Anzio. He served as a member of the honor guard of President Roosevelt at the Yalta Conference in Russia. Jerry began his career with CBS Television in Philadelphia, PA and later in New York City where he retired as Vice President of Operations. J


A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Church of the Cross, 110 Calhoun Street, Bluffton, SC 29910 with a reception in the Church Parish Hall immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Dave Horowitz

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

When I first started at the B.C. in 1970, I was in the construction shop and one of the older guys, ("rubber hose" - Frank Galucci?) took me around the B.C. and introduced me to dozens of workers. Everyone should have an experience like that!
 
Another interesting pair was Hugo Ripp and Henry Korkus. I worked with both of them on several projects. Towards the end of his life, Korkus was really able to only communicate with Hugo, me and the equipment! Don't know if you heard the story, but Henry got more and more introverted and more and more depressed. He was a survivor of one of the Nazi death camps. They had gassed him and he almost lost his voice. Management gave him a leave of absence and he went over to Black Rock, took an elevator to a high floor and dropped down the elevator shaft. They said it was an accident, but I don't think so.
Hugo was an interesting guy. He designed much of the electronics, especially the computerization, for the B.C. and, I will close with Harvie Schwartz, Jr!

Harvie was a manager in Video Tape, at one point. That was pretty funny, because he was totally color blind! He also was involved in an accident many years before CBS where a TV picture tube imploded on his head, causing a concussion. From that time on, he would doze off while talking to you and awaken 5-6 minutes later, carrying on the conversation just where he left off! 
If any of you have similar recollections, please forward them for publishing here!

David

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

October Luncheon

Our current newsletter is now online.
You can access it from our Home Page.
 
Please find all information regarding our upcoming October 7th. Swan Club luncheon and the submission form, within.
If you will be attending, please send the form and your check to the included address as soon as you are able.
If you know of anyone else that might be interested in attending, please pass the information along!
 
Also, if you can carpool, or help another person to attend, please make arrangements!

NOTE!

There will be a total lunar eclipse that day, however, it will occur in the early afternoon, so it may not be visible!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

We now have reservations for our luncheon on Tuesday, October 7th., 2014
at the Swan Club in Glenwood Landing, L.I. Our latest newsletter will be online shortly,
with more complete information.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sad News...

Bill Cote passed away on August 2nd. We will report any updates as we receive them.


The next mini-lunch date is Thursday, August 28th. 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!

Dave

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pete Albis

And now for some good news!

Pete Albis is getting re-married!
Both he and his bride-to-be have both lost their spouses.
They are both "Senior Citizens", but feel like teen-agers!
The simple ceremony will take place on August 8th.
Let us all wish Peter and Jean a happy life together!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jim Whittier

Dave:
Thank you very much. Jim Whittier worked at WCBS-FM in NYC for nearly 15 years. After CBS-FM eliminated most of their technicians he moved over to the Broadcast Center joining the staff of "Search For Tomorrow", which I believe was aired on channel 4 but filmed at CBS. He retired around 1996 or 7 and I lost touch. I recently attended a WCBS Newsradio 88 reunion and somebody there told me he had passed away.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
 
John Landers
Brooklyn, New York

George Pataki

Hello Dave,

I just read in the August 2014 edition of QST magazine that George Pataki WB2AQC passed away.  He worked as a technician in Audio Maintenance and at the WCBS-TV transmitter.  I don't have any more information other than the listing in the QST Magazine "silent key" column.  George was an avid Ham Radio Operator who emigrated from Romania years ago and started work with CBS-TV.  He attained DXCC Honor Roll #1 after working all the countries of the World.

Bob Myers

As an aside, George worked with Steve Mendelsohn in radio, where they were known as "George of the Jungle" and "Super Chicken" from a, then current, TV cartoon show.

                     George of the Jungle Theme   Super Chicken Theme

                      To hear a theme, click on one of the links and then
                           click on "Open"  at the bottom of your page

Jim Whittier was a retired CBS tech and an old friend.  I heard recently that he passed away but I can find no mention on your website concerning his alleged passing. Can you please write back to me and let me know if Jimmy did in fact pass away.

Thank you,

John Landers
islandersb at aol.com

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Museum of Television Production Music

Hi Dave,
Great site! Could you possibly help us find Mike Constintine who was
the director of music for the network****
And Leo Guiliano who was a graphic artist he used to do a lot of the
campaigns there the only people that might remember who did the 1973 spots.

We also need your help in tracking down information regarding the ad agency
and jingle house that did these CBS promos in 1973. It is called CBS Is
Easy On The Eyes. CBS no longer has documents to reference that far back or
employees that were around in 1973.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSbZCdxuidU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8JVUhCi2s4


We are also always on the lookout for CBS television music and video of any
kind. Would you mind asking your members if anyone saved this type of thing?

Thank you very much for the help.

I sincerely appreciate it.

Regards,

Terry Wilkie
Museum of Television Production Music

TVPMM (tvmusicmuseum at gmail.com)                                                    

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cunningham


Did you know Steve Cunningham?
A CBS Hollywood guy.
I just heard he passed away and funeral will be June 28th.

Milt Jackson
 
If we get further information, I will post it here.
Dave

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Post Mini-Lunch

Although the turnout was small, we did have an enjoyable lunch and good conversations!
Those attending were David & Holly Minott, Irwin Solow & Joan and Tony & Flo Casola.
The diner was very accommodating with the joining of two long tables, since we were being optimistic in our estimate of attendees!
We will most likely have our next mini-luncheon sometime on a Tuesday or Thursday in July, most likely on the 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 29th or 31st . If you plan on attending and have previous commitments for any of these dates, please let us know so that we may schedule around those dates.

David

Financial Calculators

For those of us who must take an MRD (Minimum Required Distribution), or need the use of financial calculators, one of the best websites is www.dinkytown.net!
Another good website is www.retirementthink.com.

David

For those of us who must take an MRD (Minimum Required Distribution)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014



The next mini-lunch date is Tuesday, June 17th. 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

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Charles Bonnet

Sad but True!


There is no treatment of proven effectiveness for CBS. Some people experience CBS for anywhere from a few days up to many years, and these hallucinations can last only a few seconds or continue for most of the day. For those experiencing CBS, knowing that they are suffering from this syndrome and not a mental illness seems to be the best treatment so far, as it improves their ability to cope with the hallucinations. Most people with CBS meet their hallucinations with indifference, but they can still be disturbing because they may interfere with daily life. It seems that there are a few activities that can make the hallucinations stop although many people are not aware of these. Interrupting vision for a short time by closing the eyes or blinking is sometimes helpful.

This refers to a medical disorder called Charles Bonnet syndrome, hence, the "CBS".

Here is a link to a Wikipedia article about the syndrome:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bonnet_syndrome

Saturday, May 10, 2014


I just spoke with Walter Freedman's wife and she informed me that
Walter passed away on March 12 this year. He had been ill for a
short time with a liver disease. We had a nice talk and she spoke to
me about how he came out of the military, worked for the Signal Corps in New Jersey
and after 11 months was hired by Bob Salmon as a technician for CBS in 1950.
Walter worked on the Sullivan show among others. He spent many years in the PC rooms.
She also told me to keep the e-mails coming, she enjoys them very much.
He leaves behind a son daughter and grandchildren.

Gady

Thursday, May 01, 2014

NJ Luncheon Notice


Our New Jersey luncheon is being held on My 8th starting at 11:30 A.M. for cocktails and 12:30 P.M. for lunch at Regina's steakhouse & grill in Teaneck, NJ.

Come join us for good company and a great meal!

Here is a link to the newsletter, with full instructions and directions:


http://www.cbsretirees.com/Newsletter%20Related/2014-05-08-NJ.pdf

Friday, April 25, 2014

Greene

Sad News

I am sad to advise you that my father Stanley Jay Greene passed away on April 2, 2014 in Summit New Jersey. He was almost 93 years old. Peter Greene (his oldest son)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Taddei

It is coming up on the anniversary of John Taddei's passing and the funeral home sent me a link that when clicked, sends a remembrance.

Here is the link for those that might want to respond:

http://mcmahonfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/1564519/John-Taddei/index.php

Dave

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Harold

Sadly, CBS Retiree Harold Schutzman (W2RII) passed away on April 4th as the result of failing health. Harold's son Stu advised, via e-mail, that he sent to the Broadcasters 20 meter net, of which Harold was a longtime member and former net controller. It was always a pleasure to speak with Harold who always told us wonderful stories about his 40 years+ at the CBS Television Network as a Tech and Technical Manager. We will miss him and his wonderful sense of humor. May he rest in peace.

Bob Maickel (W2BOB)

Monday, April 07, 2014

2014-04-17 Mini-Lunch



The next mini-lunch date is Thursday, April 17th. 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

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Obit for Al Fabricatore

Sorry to inform you of the passing of Al Fabricatore on April 4, 2014.
I have no other information.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Consiglio



Here's the updated info on Al Consiglio:
 
AL & ANN CONSIGLIO
35C SURREY LANE
WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY  12590
 
Phone - 845-831-1417
 
 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Harold Schutzman


HI ALL
 
I HAD BEEN FALLING A LOT. GOT TO KNOW ALL THE COPS AND EMT
IN FAIR LAWN..ON NOV 17th I FELL. STU CALLED EMT.THEY FOUND
VERY LOW BLOOD PRESSURE. IT WAS  DETERMINED THAT I WAS
FAINTING AND  MY HEART WOULD STOP FOR ABOUT 3 OR 4 SEC.
GOT A PACEMACKER.. CORRECTED.THAT PROBLEM
AT THIS POINT I NO LONGER CAN STAND OR WALK....OFF TO CARE ONE,
A RE-HAB CENTER..WHILE AT RE-HAB MY BP WENT DOWN AGAIN..
 BACK TO HOSPITAL..THEN BACK TO CARE ONE..AFTER ABOUT A
WEEK OF NO RE-HAB RESULTS, MY SUGAR LEVEL DROPPED TO 40.
BACK TO THE HOSPITAL.
THERE WERE A COUPLE OF HOME STAYS IN BETWEEN.
 
 I AM NOW HOME AT STU'S HOUSE WITH 3 HOURS HELP IN THE A.M.
AND 3 IN THE P.M...STILL CAN'T HOLD THE PHONE. SKYPE AND E-MAIL
 WORK. BUT I NEED TO BE NEAR THE PC..
 
HAROLD SCHUTZMAN
.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Due to the inclement weather, we are cancelling tomorrow's mini-luncheon.

Keep a lookout for an announcement regarding the next mini and/or luncheon.

Possibly in March.

David

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Subject: Denise Grasso

It is with much sadness that I inform you that Gary Grasso’s wife Denise passed away yesterday evening due to complications from leukemia.
 
Following are the funeral arrangements:
 
Denise Grasso
Bryant Funeral Home:
411 Old Town Road
East Setauket, NY 11733
Phone (631) 473-0082
 
Visitation:
 
Saturday 1/25/14, 7pm – 9pm
Sunday 1/26/14, 2pm – 4pm and 7pm – 9pm
 
Service Monday 1/27/14 at 1045am:
 
St. James RC Church
429 Route 25A
Setauket, NY 11733
 
**In lieu of flowers please send donations to LLS.org

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

ALERT   ALERT   ALERT   ALERT


Due to the inclement weather, we have postponed the luncheon until 2/4/14

The next mini-lunch date is Tuesday, February 4th. 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! Dave

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

John Zavocki

John Zavocki  11/25/32-2/17/13 of Alachua, Florida. Retired Sept. 1994 worked in NYC
He is truly missed by his family.
Thank you.
His wife of 47 years, Mae