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!