Thursday, December 31, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Swan Club Luncheon - 10-22-2015

We just concluded another successful luncheon at the Swan Club.
We had around 40 attendees, including some new faces!
If you have any photos that you want to put on the website, please e-mail them to me at Webmaster at www.cbsretirees.com. By now, you should know to change the "at" to a "@"!
If you don't know, this is done to prevent "address-scrapers" from  grabbing addresses from websites, to use in spamming operations.

You might be lucky and get a shot at the Orionids meteor shower!

David

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Obit for Elliot Gordon

We regret the passing of Elliot Gordon.
Elliot was an Audio Engineer at CBS for 35 years.

Here is a link to his obituary in the New York Times:

legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=176092783

David Minott & Gady Reinhold

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Swan Club luncheon Notice - October 22, 2015

Our next main luncheon will be on October 22nd, 2015, at the Swan Club.

Set that date aside! More complete information will follow, shortly.

Mini-Lunch on 9-29-2015

The next mini-lunch date is Tuesday, September 29th. at 12:00 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!

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Obit for Al Charters

Obituary for Al Charters

Albert E Charters, Jr. 88, of Port Charlotte passed away September 3, 2015. He was the son of Albert Charters, Sr. and Bessie (Black) Charters, born May 13, 1927 in Mamaroneck, NY. Albert moved to this area in 1986 from Valhalla, NY. He retired from CBS Television where he was a broadcast engineer for 34 years. He was a proud US Navy veteran, and a member of Elks Club #2153.

Albert will be greatly missed by his wife of 62 years, Frances; children, Dawne Charters Nelson of Martha's Vineyard, MA, Doreen Charters of Punta Gorda, and Douglas Charters of Bronxville, NY; and granddaughters, Elin and Niole Nelson.

The service in celebration of Albert's life will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the Town Hall at South Port Square. Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent DePaul, 25200 Airport Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. To express condolences to the family, please sign the online guest book. Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.

http://www.ltaylorfuneral.com/obituary/Albert-E-Charters-Jr/Port-Charlotte-FL/1541675

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Hello Retired CBS Engineers Association,
I found your website while doing research for our Walter Cronkite Memorial
here at Missouri Western State University.  I am sure your members have
many fond and interesting memories of Walter.  I have been researching the
CBS studios for quite some time now.  We are currently building a replica
of the 1968 television studio for people to enjoy.  They will be able to
sit at the desk and hear the sounds of a television studio.  We were able
to obtain two of the original CBS PC-70 cameras that were from an adjacent
studio in the building.  They are amazing.  The pedestals are not the
correct model but are correct for the time and all I could come up with.  I
have attached a photo of camera we are working on right now.
 I was wondering if your members would be willing to share any photo's they
had of Walter in action or of equipment and sets that he worked on.  If
they had memorabilia from the time that they would like to donate or loan
we would love to discuss that as well.
I work in technology so am just amazed at the ingenuity that members of
your organization have and what they were able to do with the cutting edge
technology they had.  It is truly amazing.
I can be reached via this email address or at the contact info below.
Thank you for your time.

Background:
The Walter Cronkite Memorial was dedicated on Missouri Western State
Universities campus on November, 4th 2103.
Several new displays have been added since then and can be seen listed at
https://www.missouriwestern.edu/wcm/memorial.html
The family continues to be involved with the work done in the memorial and
is very excited to see the new developments.
Our president, Dr. Robert Vartabedian, has written two plays portraying
Walter Cronkite.  The first, titled "Cronkite: A Live Multimedia
Performance",  has been well received and was an official entrant for a
special Pulitzer Prize in drama see more info at http://www.cronkitelive.com/
The second play, titled "Harry & Walter: Missouri's Sons", is still in
the editing phase and is expected to be performed in November.
We anticipate having as our special guests U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and CBS
President, Les Moonves for our yearly celebration which will be on November
9th this year.  The event is scheduled to include:  A performance of Cronkite: A Live Multimedia Performanc, a ceremony unveiling the "Set of
the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" (Phase 3 of the Cronkite
Memorial), and the Premiere public performance of "Harry & Walter:
Missouri's Native Sons".
We are already working on potential events and displays for 2016 in which
we will be celebrating 100 year birthday of Walter.


Thank you,  Cori Criger
Cori Criger

Instructional Technology Director
Instructional Media Center

Walter Cronkite Memorial Curator
http://www.waltercronkitememorial.org

Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Drive
Hearnes Center, Room 149
St. Joseph, Missouri  64507
Phone 816-271-5661   CRIGER@MISSOURIWESTERN.EDU

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

REMINDER!

 

You most likely have a life insurance policy with CBS.

Be sure to check that it is still current and available.

You may need to update survivor information.

 

Obit for Peter Albis

Obituary for Peter Albis

Peter Albis, 78, of Hilton Head Island, SC passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in Charleston.
Peter was the son of Catherine Bruno Albis and Dominick Albis of Tuckahoe, NY. He was born in Yonkers, NY. He and his deceased wife Peggy moved to Hilton Head in 2000.
Peter is survived by his loving wife Jean Woods, sons James, Peter and John Albis, and daughter Katherine Masci, brother Dominick, sister Sarah Del Biondo and 13 grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 28 at The Island Funeral Home from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church at 2:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Hilton Head Humane Association, P.O. Box 21790 Hilton Head Island, SC 29925
The Island Funeral Home and Crematory. theislandfuneralhome.com 

Please go to the website and sign the guest book!
David

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mini-Luncheon

Our latest min-luncheon was a success, as usual!
 
In attendance were Marty Solomon, Lou Wiggan, Ted and Pat Perzeszty, Bob and Marge Myers and David and Holly Minott. Unfortunately, Tony Casola and Flo had some family business to attend to, Milt Jackson had some home repairs to do and Irwin Solow had a doctor's appointment. Our next mini-luncheon will be held sometime near the end of August.

As soon as we post the date, mark your calendars!
 



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Obit for Sid Kaufman

Sidney Kaufman passed away Thursday, June 4th at the age of 90 in Boca Raton, Fla. He was married to the late Selma Scheck Kaufman for 50 years. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Audrey Eisenstat Kaufman.

Sidney was a pioneer in television, working at CBS TV for 37 years. Throughout his career, he worked as an audio engineer, technical director and director of operations at both CBS News and CBS Sports. He was an Emmy award winning producer for his work on NFL Today and CBS Sports and had received honorable mentions for his coverage of the space program and other special events. He was also integral in the set- up of the news operation at CBS Washington. He retired in 1987 as vice president of CBS Cable.

In addition to his wife, Audrey, he is survived by two daughters, Barbie Boroff and husband, Randy; and Debra Maher and husband, Rick Ketterer.

The funeral was held Monday at 2:00 p.m. in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, PA.
Contributions in Sidney's memory may be made to the Bruce Eisenstat Camp Fund, c/o the Scranton Jewish Community Center, 601 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, 18510; or to the donor's favorite charity.
To offer the family a condolence or for further information, please visit www.ScrantonJewishFunerals.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thetimes-tribune/obituary.aspx?pid=175026943#sthash.iH98k5Hi.dpuf

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Mini-Lunch

The next mini-lunch date is Tuesday, June 23rd. at 12:00 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!

Monday, June 01, 2015

Obit for Dick O'Brien

We must sadly report the passing of Richard "Dick" O'Brien on March 26, 2015.

Dick was a great asset to the Engineering department at the Broadcast Center.

As we get further information, it will be posted here.

 







Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Obit for Bob Wilson and Paul Saccone

It is with great sadness that we must report the passing of Bob Wilson, in April of 2015 and the passing of Paul Saccone, in May of 2015 (as reported by Josephine Kavanagh).

Today's luncheon was a success! Not only was the food and service excellent, but we had a very respectable turnout, with about 35 people attending. We will be setting up a mini-luncheon for a Tuesday or Thursday, at our usual diner in Valley Stream, within the next week or so.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Newsletter Error

Please Note! 

There was an error in the current newsletter.

All checks for the luncheon must be sent by May 9th, the latest!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The current Newsletter is now online!


You can reach it, either from the Home Page, or by clicking this link:


http://www.cbsretirees.com/Newsletter%20Related/2015-05.pdf




If you are planning on attending the next luncheon, in New Jersey, please fill out the form,
located at the end of the newsletter, and mail it to Tony with your check.




David



Sunday, April 19, 2015

Obit for Paul Degenhardt

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of
Paul Degenhardt on April 16, 2015.
Paul was a longtime sufferer of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), known as Lou Gehrig's disease. There will be a private service and if there is any further information, it will be posted here.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Obit for Tony Tobia


Sad News


Tony Tobia passed away on Thursday March 12.  Please notify CBS retirees.
 
George Gray

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Extra Plastic

A notice about those extra CVS Caremark cards!

We just called CVS Caremark and they were basically clueless!
To date, we have received at least 16 identical prescription cards.
They said that they would put something on our account to block
any further card mailings.

Jorge Moran has also received as many, and I am sure that all enrollees have received them, as well!

Can you just imagine how many extra cards have been mailed?
It's got to be in the thousands, or maybe even the tens of thousands!





Tony Tobia



Unhappy tidings.  Tony Tobia's daughter called me yesterday, he is in a hospice facility in Saddle River, NJ.  Went to see him today, he is loaded with tubes, dosed with morphine.  Did not open his eyes the entire time I was there.  Appears to have only days left.
 
George Gray

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Harry Charles' daughter, Tracy, asks:

Can you ask for any stories about my Dad. I feel like that I lost a lot of his stories when he passed. The ones that he told me were so interesting and fun. Plus, it would be fun to know my Dad through his friends’ eyes.

David

Obit for Harry Charles


I LIKED HARRY;
HE WAS A GOOD GUY, I REMEMBER HIM VERY WELL.
BYE HARRY.
 
Harry Peterson

Monday, February 02, 2015

Harry Charles Obit

Online Obituary:
http://www.angelvalleyfuneralhome.com/m/?p=memorial&id=1513841

 

Harry Noel Charles


 Born September 23, 1929, passed peacefully February 1, 2015 surrounded by his children, Noel and Tracy Charles.
Harry was a WWII Veteran who served in the US Army Air Corps and was stationed primarily in Pearl Harbor/Hickam Field in Oahu, Hawaii, from 1946 -1953. After his military service, Harry had a long career in TV and radio broadcasting. He began with CBS in New York in July of 1953 during the Golden Age of Television. While at CBS, he helped broadcast many events in American history, such as the Apollo 11 Moon Landing; the first Super Bowl; the aborted Gemini 6 capsule recovery, and the Memphis Freedom Marches. He also helped bring classic television shows such as the Ed Sullivan Show and Captain Kangaroo to the air. He retired in 1992 as the Chief Engineer at KGUN-TV, Channel 9 in Tucson. Highly respected for his technical abilities, intelligence, humor, and sharp wit, he leaves his two children, grandchildren, Alex and Samantha, and close friends, Mike and Rusty to mourn his passing. Preceded in death by his brother Robert, and sister Marion, he's now joining them and many friends to lead the parties and limbo contests.
Noel and Tracy would like to extend special gratitude to the wonderful nurses Gaye and Teri from Family Hospice Care, as well as Maria, Josie and the staff at Infinity Assisted Living who lovingly cared for Dad during his final days.
A Memorial Service with military honors will be held:
Wednesday, February 4th
2:30pm
Angel Valley Funeral Home & Old Pueblo Crematory
2545 N Tucson Blvd

Super Bowl Ad Costs

Regarding Super Bowl advertisement costs for 2015:

$4.5 Million for the spot.
About another $4.5 million for the production costs.

I wonder what new medications could be developed for $9 million?

Harry Charles Passing

Message from Harry Charles's daughter, Tracy:

Dad passed peacefully yesterday morning at 9:42am. My brother and I were with him.
Please let the Retirees know.
Thank you.
 
Harry has now crossed that Rainbow Bridge and joined  the cadre of
CBS retirees that have pre-deceased him.
 
David

Friday, January 30, 2015

First Super Bowl Telecast


There were dual telecasts for the first Super Bowl on January 15, 1967 because CBS was the network of the National Football League and NBC was the network of the American Football League. Both networks used CBS' camera feed, but they used their own announcers. After that, the Super Bowl games were rotated among networks, a practice that continues today.

In 1995 the cost of a 30-second TV commercial during the Super Bowl leaped across the million-dollar line, from $900,000 in 1994 to $1,150,000. Ironically, that was the last Super Bowl the San Francisco 49ers played in. This year a 30-second spot is costing advertisers about $3.8 million — and that doesn’t count production costs and endorsement fees.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

From Les Burkhardt:

Now that the latest  Super Bowl is upon us, I told friends about the preparation for the first SB. I think that the revenue for a 30 second spot was something like $25,000.  Worked our tails off on Saturday preparing the PC room for the next day.  Can't remember if it was PC 31 or 32 nor if a co-ord studio or remote feed was used, does anyone recall?  Both CBS and NBC telecast the game, second SB was telecast by CBS and different networks each year thereafter.  I think the fee for commercial at 30 seconds was $35,000.

Don't know the truth of this info..But here goes.
During the early days of TV,  stations were required to broadcast a certain amount of time to Public Service spots, however, the  product advertisers wanted  all of the commercial time available.  This left no time for the public service spots which led to the birth of the late show.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CBS Retirees Ramblings

CBS Retirees Ramblings



From the "good old days".

Plea

ATTENTION!

We really need an infusion of good news! PLEASE try and contact some of our more youthful members for some uplifting thought!
 
Our Humor column is in a sad state of updates, for instance.
 
Surely, we still have some members left, with a sense of humor???
 
How about reminiscing?
 
I know that there are untold stories, just waiting to be uploaded!
 
Let's go!!
 
David

Harry Charles

RE: Harry Charles

Harry is NOT in good shape and would appreciate any comments you would like to send.
 
His daughter, Tracy, will be watching here and will relay anything to/from Harry.
 
Here is an excerpt from her latest e-mail to us:
 
Dad is still with us, although we don’t know for how much longer. He’s very thin, and very weak and is completely bedridden. He’s been in the hospital and a skilled nursing home since he collapsed at home on November 23rd. He was diagnosed with Stage III colon and refused all treatment. Now, we are just doing our best to keep him comfortable. He’s been his usual humorous, feisty self, but  that has been fading over the last couple of weeks.
 
I am sure that anything you might send would be gratefully appreciated!
 
David
 
Tracy Charles
Doctoral Programs Coordinator | Graduate & Professional Programs
USC Viterbi School of Engineering
t: 213.740.0114213.740.0114 | f: 213.821.0851 | e: tcharles@usc.edu | w: http://viterbi.usc.edu/gapp