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Here are the past 200 comments on the WGBH Alumni website!

  • Bob Nesson on Russ Connor: A Last Hurrah for a FriendOh, Fred: you have nailed it as always. Russ Baker, and you, and a few other pioneers created the immense platform that PBS is built on. I'll never forget the early days, and your recollections here brought them back to...
  • Bob Nesson on Janet Weaver (Eltinge), 73, ZOOM ProducerI'm so saddened by the passing of Janet Weaver. I accompanied her during production of the Zoom DO segments. We'd travel around the country making short docs about kids and their work or play. I started as an AC but...
  • Cynthia McKeown on Russ Connor: A Last Hurrah for a FriendFred, Thank you for the lovely homage and history lesson, told in the most engaging way. I did not know Russ, but now I can’t wait to learn more about him and his work.
  • Tony Padron on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionIn 72, I remember an episode where they took a penny, some vinegar and salt, and made the penny look new. And another when they took a string, put it on top of an ice cube, added salt, and made...
  • Tony Padron on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI remember that, I got to look it up and show my little girl.
  • Tony Padron on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI was 9 years old in 72 and was madly in love with Nancy and Tracy, especially Nancy. I miss being a little kid, best time of my life.
  • Henry on Russ Connor: A Last Hurrah for a FriendFred, I only overlapped with Russ a little bit but this is a great evocation of him. Many thanks.
  • Matthew K Morgan on Tony SaletanFirst song I learned on guitar was "Michael". But it was your son Jesse who changed my whole perspective and opened doors I never knew existed. He is an incredible talent and I imagine a great deal of that the...
  • Victoria Lynn Martins on Torrey Reade, 66So sorry to hear of Torrey's passing. What a joy it was being her mail lady for many years. I also enjoyed chatting with Dick. Vikki Lee Martins Pennsville NJ 856 655 8883
  • Michael Ambrosino on WGBH – Steve GilfordThe creative act of approaching and swinging an axe at a well known religious symbol, cutting away an instant before the strike has stayed with me all these years. The mind creates the sound of the axe bite even as...
  • Janet L Glazier on Anne Adams, producer and innovatorMy love and caring thoughts go out to my friends Tom (her brother) and Betsy, here in Maine. So sorry for your loss!
  • Lisa R Trahan on Bill CavnessI would buy them all. Great revenue stream possibility here. (Hint, hint!!)
  • Austin Hoyt on WGBH – Steve GilfordSteve, I have fond memories of you approaching the alter of that church in Newton with an axe. Multiply and Subde aired 50 years ago and I think helped launch the first Earth Day in 1970. Hope all is well,...
  • Hilary Finkel Buxton on Anne Adams, producer and innovatorI'll always remember Anne as a whip-smart, effective, creative and respected producer and colleague... and I know she'll be incredibly missed by many. Sending deepest condolences.
  • Judith Baer on Barbara Gullahorn Holecek, 74, Nova ProducerI’m sorry, Gordy. Holden Greeners rule! Judy
  • Sarah Soule on Anne Adams, producer and innovatorAnne is my cousin (I still find it hard to speak of her in the past tense) and the loss my family and I feel is immense. Our hearts are literally shattered as we contemplate our lives without her. Anne...
  • William powell on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionWhen i was a kid i loved watching Zoom....i fell in love with Nancy and all my life i wonder were she was...until i Google her and it was good to see her agin.
  • Peter Hoving on Russell Connor, 89, TV HostThanks David, a great talent, never at a loss for words...
  • Angela Lifsey on Anne Adams, producer and innovatorI am so sorry to hear this news. My office was right down the hall from hers when I was the HR Business Partner for National Productions. She was great to work with over the years. Even after I left...
  • Dianne Horgan on Anne Adams, producer and innovatorDear Jon and the WGBH Community, I had the opportunity to work with Anne, and Laurie, during the production of “Mindfulness Goes Mainstream.” Anne was attentive, responsive, competent and engaging. I have a sense of your loss and send caring...
  • David A on Russell Connor, 89, TV HostBeautiful film Peter. You captured him and his work perfectly.
  • Peter Hoving on Russell Connor, 89, TV HostWorked with Russell Connor on Museum Open House in 1962, 1963 as a cameraman. Later on, in 2007 made a video (13 1/2 minutes) about his art, called the "Haunted Studio" now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbKBOCwoaW0 All right, old friend, I...
  • Karen Lynch on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionBernadette???She did that funny thing with her arms in the intro? I do know that as a young adult she worked at 'GBH! I met her! Lovely young woman :)
  • Bill Lenz on Russell Connor, 89, TV HostFor us BU Crew newbies, Alex was not only a great colleague but also privy to the best lunch break sausage and pepper subs ever. A 55-year coast-to-coast search odyssey for a comp has proven futile. Very best to you...
  • bill cosel on Russell Connor, 89, TV HostAlex Pirie and Paul Binder reporting for duty at Museum of Fine Arts on a Monday...Museum Open House with Russell Connor. Two snappy guys from Dartmouth...what are they doing here pulling cables says I the stage manager for the shoot....
  • Jaime Velez on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionLoved the show, great memories. Why is it that they just don't make kids like us 70's kids anymore (including mine). My favorite episode was when they featured kids making a tree house. That summer my friends and I gathered...
  • Alex Pirie on Russell Connor, 89, TV HostRelaxed, funny, wry, knowledgeable, he brought art home to a lot of us. My first job at GBH was signing up with Paul Binder to pull camera cable at the MFA on what became one of many delightful Russel Connor...
  • bill cosel on Russell Connor, 89, TV HostStage managed and became close friend with this free spirited, talented artist with the best sense of humor. Smart man. Loving man. He gave us and a large TV audience so much to think about. We took it all and...
  • Dan Beach on Russell Connor, 89, TV HostRussell was a treasured friend for over 50 years. From the MFA/WGBH Museum Open House days, to sharing a backyard in Cambridge, to putting a website together, Russell was always a delight to be around. His wry observations not only...
  • Deedee Morss Decker on Russell Connor, 89, TV HostIn 1965, my very first assignment as a PA at GBH was sitting in the bus with a stopwatch and make Russell's program Museum Open House come out at 27:58... It was terrifying. Over many years Russell and I kept...
  • Karen Johnson on Bill CavnessHi Karen, A project after my own heart! In the, maybe, '80's?, we did manage to clear, package and sell one Reading Aloud story--Bill's inimitable "A Christmas Carole," as a cassette tape, and there may be a precedent there for...
  • Mark Duffield on Bill CavnessThat would be wonderful to have CD's available of his broadcasts. A very nice gentleman that matched his unique voice.
  • Susan Presson on Bill CavnessMy aunt, who lived in Essex, Mass., was a huge fan of of WGBH radio. When I was working there, every spring...early spring...she would cut enormous bouquets of pussy willow branches for me to bring to Robert J. Lurtsema and...
  • Francis P. O'Neill on Bill CavnessI listened to "Reading Aloud" at lunchtime every day when I was in college in Washington, D.C. 1971-1975, but the only novel I still remember clearly was 'Nicholas Nickelby'. Is there any chance someone could compile and publish a list...
  • Carole Ashcraft on WGBH – Steve GilfordThat describes you too Michael... and change the PBS world you did through the creation of "NOVA". I should know as I was honored to be your Production Secretary at it's birth.
  • stephen frederick on WGBH Timeline (1946-1978)I was 8 or 9 years old and remember recording a couple of episodes of Spider's web on the soundstage in Boston. Indelible memories.. I saw Big Bird walking down the hall when I was buying a pack of starbursts...
  • Michael Ambrosino on WGBH – Steve GilfordGenerous, competent people help others to change the world.
  • John B. Gray on WGBH – Steve GilfordAhoy Steve, This is pretty much a thank you note and a few rambling from this aging but still agile mind of 80 years. Fond memories and thanks for your kind emotional support when I left GBH to get Nosotros...
  • Steve Gilford on WGBH – Steve GilfordHow odd! I was thinking of you the other day when I heard an NPR interview with Fay Wray's daughter and remembered our meeting her along with the son of President Cleveland at The Barnstormer Theater in Tamworth, NH.
  • Susan Garfield on WGBH – Steve GilfordTo Steve Gilford: Out of one's aging mind float the ghosts from the past. It causes me to wonder where the many roads that life has taken us did those individuals eventually travel.
  • Jeff Hutchins on Bill LenzBill, my wife and I live very near you, and would enjoy meeting you. We are in Black Mountain in a "right-sized" house. I worked at WGBH from 1972-1980, first in the mail room, then coordinating Zoom mail, and mostly...
  • Judy Salsich on Russell Baker, 93, Masterpiece Theater hostBeautiful, thank you for this. I still think of "Growing Up" as a perfect gift.
  • Bill Lenz on Bill LenzFrom Bill Lenz So sorry I couldn’t make the Reunion. My two years at WGBH were a highlight of my life, and I haven’t been back to beloved Boston since. My wife and I live in Asheville, NC and have...
  • Christopher Lydon on Russell Baker, 93, Masterpiece Theater hostRussell Baker We loved that man, on top of worshipping his cool, insightful, hilarious Times column. Newspaper guys didn’t say this sort of thing, but Russ Baker made your heart flutter. Lunch or even a few words with the great...
  • Robert L Moore on Bob Walker, 77, former news directorA very good job of reporting. Even 55 years ago, he was awsome.
  • Jim Ambrose on Anne Slack – in memoryAny luck finding out about “How can I tell you?” I have had that theme song in my head for almost 50 years! Not much info out there on the web. Any scoop you have would be greatly appreciated!
  • Missy Moore on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI was nine years old when season one was on the air in Chicago. I had such a crush on Tommy. I even named my second kitty cat after him. So nice to see this reunion picture of them as...
  • Tony Kahn on Tony SaletanTony, I'll be forever grateful to you for leading me to Dan Watt. The story he told me about discovering the true story of his mother and the songs of the Spanish Civil War you sang to enrich it for...
  • Bob Nesson on A Boy from MilwaukeeFRED!! I'm so grateful for this beautiful recollection of your early days on the piano, gracefully leading to your attempt to find new visual ways of presenting music. In particular I remember the sequence on Michael Colgrass!! In archives I...
  • kathryn bornhauser on Tony SaletanSo happy to find you, Tony. Have tears in my eyes. Thank you for all that you brought to me and my children, especially I Have a Little House. You taught me that I can make up new verses and...
  • Gale Perkins on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionGreat to hear!
  • fred barzyk on A Boy from MilwaukeeHey Paul... great to hear from you. Actually it was early in the day so we had Mai Tai instead. I can give you a link to one of the Shep shows. Just email me. Fred
  • Rich Chodes on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI agree totally! Why are they not releasing the complete episodes? Its probably either for legal reasons, or god forbid, they recorded over the original video tapes (they used to do that back then to save money). Bring back Zoom!...
  • Paul Gay, The fincancial guy on A Boy from MilwaukeeHi Jack! (that’s a greeting NSA) Can anyone remember why “Jean Shepherd’s America” isn’t reshown? Or available on tape disc or archives? I think there is a shoreline view from the water ( from Hawaii?) that is part of Thanksgiving...
  • Cynthia Broner on Susan Kaplan, 80, development stafferSharing your sadness, Ros. Here's to good friends...and good health.
  • Rosalyn Minassian on Susan Kaplan, 80, development stafferHi Cynthia, Although you kindly prepared me when we met at the Alumni reunion, it was still devastating to hear of Susan's passing. We worked together for years, I remain in denial of her passing ..... countless beautiful memories.
  • Jon Miskowski on A Boy from MilwaukeeYour story reminded me of an interview with Dorothy Zmuda who was also in Milwaukee on VJ or VE Day. You find her story about VJ Day (I think) at 50:52 in the linked video. I first heard Dorothy when...
  • Jack Caldwell on A Boy from MilwaukeeThe maiden voyage of that tape recorder was Jean Shepard's trip via a domed dining car from chicago to LA. We recorded all programs on that machine, shipped them to the then National Educational Television duplication center in Ann Arbor...
  • Fred Barzyk on A Boy from MilwaukeeHey Gordon not only the tape machine but the pcp 90. We took the machines back to the motel, washed the camera in the shower, while Dave wiped down all parts of the tape machine. We put it on the...
  • Cynthia Broner on Susan Kaplan, 80, development stafferWhen Edye Baker told me she had posted a new position for the Auction team, I said look no further: my longtime friend (and former Action for Children's Television colleague) Susan Kaplan is the perfect match. And she was, not...
  • Mark Duffield on Susan Kaplan, 80, development stafferSusan was one of the nicest people I came across during my years at WGBH. Her smile and laughter were memorable. When I would see her in the hallways coming my way, I instantly began to smile because no matter...
  • Jim Lewis on A Boy from MilwaukeeWas this not the first national program to be produced on tape entirely in the field?
  • Lauraine Hutchinson on Susan Kaplan, 80, development stafferI knew Susan at Membership Outreach Development for 7 years or so, and she was wonderful, always informative, helpful and professional. She will be missed. Love, Laurie Feuer Hutchinson
  • gordon mehlman on A Boy from MilwaukeeReply to Paul Gay Dave Hutton was operating the Ampex VR3000 two inch video tape machine in the Pacific ocean (I believe in Hawaii) and was knocked over by a wave on one of the Jean Shepards America shoots and...
  • Josie Patterson on Diana Michaelis – in memoryJust a comment that in 1975, a woman in the Poughkeepsie housing office (where as an intern I accompanied a man who had to tell people their homes were going to be razed for ‘urban renewal’ ) whispered to me...
  • Shawn Malone on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI remember Zoom from the 1972-73 season. It used to come on KCET Channel 28, Los Angeles. Ubbi dubbi. Come on and Zoom, Zoom, Zoom! I still remember a cartoon sketch when kids went Trick Or Treating. They knocked on...
  • Susan Stamberg on Diana Michaelis – in memoryDear David... I knew your wonderful mother in Cambridge during her WGBH years. I was in my early 20s, working (typing) at DAEDALUS, the AAAS scholarly journal. A fellow secretary was a friend of your mother's — Kay Strelsky (name...
  • Marilynn and Sheila on Sheila and Marilyn Brass launch new seriesDear Friends, Thank you for your kind comments about THE FOOD FLIRTS! We enjoyed making it. We were thrilled to celebrate the multi-ethnic diversity of the cultures and cuisines of America! Marilynn and Sheila aka The Food Flirts
  • Paul Gay, The business guy. on A Boy from MilwaukeeHello there Fred Barzyk: With your life experiences, how could you not connect with Jean Shepherd? Missed you at the reunion this year, but talked to Al and Gordon to confirm my memory that the pcp portable swam in the...
  • Jean Lorrey on Sheila and Marilyn Brass launch new seriesMy husband and I (mid 70s) love their show. These women are funny, competent and creative cooks, and have great personalities. Mazel tov to both Marilyn and Sheila, and thank you to PBS for including their show in the wonderful...
  • Scott D. Briggs on Jack D. Summerfield, 79, WGBH ManagerTook me a long time to find this page, just searched for more info. on Jack Summerfield, one of my absolute favorite and cherished professors when I attended NYIT Old Westbury in L.I. and graduated with a B.F.A. in Communication...
  • Colleen -Cheney-Trawinski on A Boy from MilwaukeeHello, Loved reading about the history of your south side neighborhood. I am the Executive Director of the St. Josaphat Basilica Foundation. Would love to hear more about your stories connected to the Basilica. Please contact me. Thanks! Colleen
  • fred barzyk on Gilded Folk and Motorcycles (1960s)The Lily brothers performed on a WGBH show called FolkMusic USA. The unions did allow us to keep copies of their performances. There is a historian writing about our TV show. Maybe he can help you find other places for...
  • David Atwood on Gilded Folk and Motorcycles (1960s)Hi Mike, I still have some recordings made years ago but they will be going to Everett (Allen) Lilly who remains in touch. Check with him. If you don't have his address email me directly at david (at) pinetreeproductions (dot) com David
  • Mike Toney on Gilded Folk and Motorcycles (1960s)I am a nephew of the Lilly Brothers and helping family members gather recordings of their music - audio or video. Would any such recordings of the Lilly Brothers be available. If so, what would we need to do to...
  • Leah Weisse on Watch and Transcribe Classic WGBH ProgramsBob, Here is the link to Fixit+: http://fixitplus.americanarchive.org/?collection_id=38 Once you select a program, the entire transcript appears. Scroll down and you will see instructions that include a tutorial or a button that says "Get Started". I'd recommend the Tutorial. Fixit+...
  • Earl on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionIt's so great to see a picture of the ZOOM cast! As a young child growing African American in Chicago it was great to see a show with kids of all kinds just being kids. It was wonderful all the...
  • Bob manosky on Watch and Transcribe Classic WGBH ProgramsI still haven't found what I need to get started. I guess one needs also to be smart to do this. Bob M.
  • Regina Daley on Watch and Transcribe Classic WGBH ProgramsIt’s fun...and addicting! : )
  • Jay Collier on Watch and Transcribe Classic WGBH ProgramsYes, and you can do it online. (Actually, you would be watching and correcting automated transcripts, line by line). Follow the links in the story to sign up!
  • Jay Collier on Watch and Transcribe Classic WGBH ProgramsYes, the entire process is online. Follow the links in the story to sign up.
  • Bob Manosky on Watch and Transcribe Classic WGBH ProgramsSo. are you looking for individuals to transcribe past WGBH programs by viewing the old programs and writing down what is said? I was in the studio with Louis Lyons every day. as cameraman and stage manager and often directing...
  • Susan Peters on Watch and Transcribe Classic WGBH ProgramsHi Leah, I was an intern at WGBH for several summers and had the privilege of assisting with Louis Lyons and Say Brother. I would be happy to help out but I am in NYC. Is this something I can...
  • Sari Sapir on Watch and Transcribe Classic WGBH ProgramsHi, Leah This is a great project! Glad to have met you at the reunion. I was a member of the founding crew of Israeli television in 1968, and I knew Zvi Dor-Ner from there. I'd be happy to transcribe...
  • Margaret reeves on Thank You!Hi to Olivia from old college friend!
  • Leah Weisse on Thank You!And thank you to the planning committee for putting together such a nice event! As a follow up, the WGBH Archives would like to put a call out to some very generous "anonymous" donors. We received a Morning Pro Musica...
  • Sharon Pucker Rivo on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHIn the fall of 1963, I was a grad. student in Political Science at U.C. Berkeley. I was not happy in grad. school and was en route to Washington D.C. for an interview at U.S.I.A. where Edward R. Murrow, under...
  • Marita Rivero on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)I’m unable to attend after all. I forgot about a board meeting in Rhode Island. Will miss you all. Next year! Marita
  • John B. Gray on Bliss Bruen – PhotographerSteve, Thank you so much for this. Blessings and Balance, John
  • Bob Nesson on Getting to Know You (Again) – Influential WGBH colleaguesOk I'm jumping in, one day before the reunion! So my first contact with WGBH was around 1967 or so after I won some kind of award at Boston University's film department, which I paid for with money from my...
  • Jay Collier on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)You're on the list, too, Bob. See you tomorrow.
  • Jay Collier on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)You're on the list. See you tomorrow!
  • Peter F Miller on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)Hi, in the rush of time over the last few years I'd forgotten that Henry Becton encouraged me to join wgbhalumi.org when I left WGBH in 2014. I ran into David Atwood this afternoon, and he mentioned the reunion tomorrow,...
  • JACK CALDWELL on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)Regards to all. The passing of a friend and neighbor necessitates our changing travel plans from Boston to Florida. Will miss seeing you. WGBH reunions are very special. Jack
  • Deedee Morss Decker on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHI have been looking forward to this reunion since last winter, but I now must decline getting to Boston from Colorado this weekend. I have unexpected family travel next week which has to come first. I know I have written...
  • Joanne Grady Huskey on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHAnother great memory was after Austin Hoyt became my boss, he tried to get me interested in white water kayaking. Since I had never done that, he decided to teach me how to flip the kayak and get used to...
  • Joanne Grady Huskey on Getting to Know You (Again) – Influential WGBH colleaguesWhen I first went to WGBH to run the auditions for ZOOM, I met Kate Taylor... after auditioning thousands of kids, Kate not only offered me a job, but she offered me a place to live in her lovely home...
  • Joanne Huskey on Getting to Know You (Again) – Influential WGBH colleaguesWhen I first went to WGBH to run the auditions for ZOOM, I met Kate Taylor... after auditioning thousands of kids, Kate not only offered me a job, but she offered me a place to live in her lovely home...
  • Carol Obertubbesing on Getting to Know You (Again) – Influential WGBH colleaguesHi, I am looking forward to the Reunion on Saturday. Re: influential WGBH colleagues, Virginia Bartlett is first in my mind. In 1984 when I was trying to decide whether to accompany my husband on a business trip to Japan,...
  • Jay Collier on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)Here’s the final update before the 2018 reunion! • We decided to make one last update to the guest list so that those who registered after October 1 know I’ve added them to the check-in list at the door: https://wgbhalumni.org/reunions/reunion-2018/guestbook....
  • Margo Garrison on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)Okay, Stevan, I will! What has it been, at least 35 years? And Mary-Kate, thanks for last minute decision.
  • Deanna Morse on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)I am sorry to miss the reunion. I worked at WGBH from 1972-74, as a freelancer, in the post production department, when we still cut everything on film. On the Steenbeck, and with rewinds. I worked on NOVA, ZOOM, Religious...
  • Angela Lifsey on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)So sorry to miss what promises to be a wonderful event. I'll be out of town. Have a great time everyone and hopefully will see you the next time!
  • Margot Childs Cheel on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)Jay Thank you for the personal invite. Sorry not to make it. I went to a reunion (maybe the first?) some 20 yrs ago. Don’t think I was yet Into my WGBH related field - Photography (mainly aerial). Maybe next...
  • Neil Weisbrod on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)Monia, It is wonderful to hear from you. It would have been so great to see you as well. I suggest that we not wait another forty years. That would be a bit risky.
  • Monia B Joblin on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)Hey Neil! So sorry you're missing this one. It's my first and would have been so great to see you. Maybe another time! Love your story, just like a real life rom-com.
  • Stevan Vigneaux on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)Come Margo! Stevan
  • Neil Weisbrod on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)I am very sorry that I will not be at this years reunion. I did make the last one and hope to be at the next. I just wanted to say that my years at WGBH laid the foundation for...
  • Simon Campbell-Jones on Science journalist Paula Apsell honored with Lifetime Achievement EmmyWell done, Paula! NOVA still constantly tops its London progenitor. I feel very smug to have been on Michael’s ‘Team 1’ with Ben, Terry, Boyd et al. Thanks so much for building it into the best Science tv programme in...
  • Jay Collier on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)Hi, Margo! To get e-mail updates, you need to sign-up here: http://eepurl.com/h4NQk (also in the right column of the website). However, I've added you to the master list! There will be food ... but you'll have to make your own...
  • Margo Garrison on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)Hey Jay, I never received notices from this group that I somehow thought was part of being in it! Forgot to check on the site to make a reservation. Anyway, I am hoping to attend (may chicken out at the...
  • Jay Collier on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)Thanks! I’ve included both of you on the next list!
  • Raquel Ortiz on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)Hola, I too too signed up, but don't see my name. I also don't see where to sign up now so --- I request that you please add me to the list.
  • Bob Nesson on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)I thought I’d signed up but alas don’t see my name. Is it too late?
  • Kai Fujita on ReunionsWon’t be able to attend reunion after all. Have fun, best to all!
  • Joanne Grady Huskey on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionHow incredibly fun to see this! I was the Contributions Editor (selected all the segments to do on the air from our thousands of letters from kids). I loved working with the Zoom kids in the studio to do these...
  • Dan on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionDefinitely had a crush on Tracy, but Ann wasn't far behind. The slightly dark studio and the kids in socks were surreal but it all somehow worked. Other children's shows had perfect looking kids and bright lights, the zoomers were...
  • Jay Collier on The Day and the Details (Final Updates)It's October 4: About 2 weeks to the reunion. Please visit this page for details and updates: https://wgbhalumni.org/reunions/reunion-2018/day-details/ • We've updated the guest lists to October 1 and submitted our final numbers for food and beverages. https://wgbhalumni.org/reunions/reunion-2018/guestbook/ • We’ve added...
  • JME on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionThis was my favorite show, growing up in Brooklyn NY. The kids were great/relatable, the songs, videos, activities, etc. I loved it all. (Getting mail back from the show when you wrote was also amazing.)
  • Barbara Levitov on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHHaving graduated in special education for the deaf in 1969 I set out West from New Jersey to teach at the California School for the Deaf in Riverside. A wonderful beginning to my career teaching deaf kids (method of communication...
  • Ralph Schuetz on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHWhat a great read, Chris. Thanks for your wonderful recollections of "the old days". My only regret about my time at WGBH is that "the old days" didn't last longer! I moved so quickly from Scheduling to the studio crew...
  • Bill Charette on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHGreat story Larry and a nice nod to the amazingly talented team that ran the studios back then.
  • Mark Duffield on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHThanks, Susan! I forgot to mention Alice, Jennifer Reagan, Stan and probably others...but you surely had a knack for hiring wonderful people. Sorry, I'll miss at the Reunion. Hope your progress on your book is coming along. Mark
  • Mark Duffield on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHThanks, Andrea! Hope to see you at he reunion!
  • Larry LeCain on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHOne day in Sept '69 Business manager Jack Caldwell told secretary Marguerite Murphy she would have to interview candidates for a vacancy in the mailroom at WGBH. The guy who interviewed ahead of me had just been released from State...
  • Jacquie Calnan on Missing AlumniThe great populist newsman Joe Day reported for WCVB-TV and then WHDH-TV in Boston before moving to Santa Fe NM. He passed away in March 2015. His obituary may be found in the Boston Globe. To add to the sad...
  • Christopher Gilbert on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHIt was 1969. I was discharged from military service in Los Angeles and landed a job as an Assistant Account Executive on the Western Airlines TV Account for Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborne (BBD&O). At the time, it was the...
  • Lois Button on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionHubi, frubends. (Sorry, had to do it). Just wanted to say that this show was so important for me when I was a kid in the seventies. I grew up in a very small, very white, town in New Hampshire....
  • Gina on Joe ShrandDr. Joe You may be right, you were most definitely my first crush as I was only five years old and can remember watching your every move. In fact, I’m 54 now and you came to mind today so I...
  • Gina on Joe ShrandDr. Joe You may be right, you were most definitely my first crush as I was only five years old and can remember watching your every move. In fact, I’m 54 now and you came to mind today so I...
  • Raquel Ortiz on Mercedes Sabio, producerI met and worked with Mercedes on the Realidades series at WNET in NY. In 1978 when I was invited to join the WGBH family to develop and produce their first Hispanic/Latino themed series, I knew she needed to be...
  • Lo Hartnett on Mercedes Sabio, producerI am so sorry to hear this news. We never worked together per se, but had many chats and laughs in the halls of 125 Western, and st NHPTV. wonderful spirit, amazing woman. .
  • Jane Catherine Corbett on Lovell Dyett, 77, radio hostI came across your webpage today. William Dyett Ireland. Could you pass on my condolences please re Heather and John. I found out on the grapevine many years ago. I may have forwarded a condolence card but I did not...
  • Steve Olenick on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHI was never an employee of 'GBH, but composed music for a number of shows, including Sports Weekly with Bob Lobel and Upton Bell, Tennis For the Future, The Boston Marathon 1978 show (I think that was the year) Rebop,...
  • Harriet Reisen on Getting to Know You (Again) – Influential WGBH colleaguesFantastic, colorful stuff...thanks.
  • Susan Lewis Solomont on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHThanks Mark-- you are the best! Great memories, great times, shared purpose and passion for our work. Susan
  • Andrea Cross on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHMark! What a nice recap! I still keep learning more about you....
  • Fred Barzyk on Getting to Know You (Again) – Influential WGBH colleaguesI am afraid my irreverence knows no bounds. Hartford Gunn taught me that I could stand up to the status quo, even after he grabbed me by the tie and thrust me against the wall (1962). David Sloss and I...
  • Mark Duffield on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHI came to Boston at the age of 34 in 1983 after surviving a violent storm in the Gulf of Mexico where I made a living as a commercial fisherman. The previous 13 years I plied the same trade on...
  • Chuck Schuerhoff on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHLike Jane Arsham, my first job out of college (and my time at WGBH) began in 1967 when I got lost looking for the Mass Pike one day while going home from a job interview in Boston, spotted those blue...
  • Greg Fitzgerald on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHIn 1973, I joined 'GBH radio as a Northeastern co-op student and was so thankful that Judy Stoia took me under her wing and introduced me to public radio. ATC was in its infancy then with just a few dozen...
  • (Cheryl) Susheel Bibbs on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHYes. I came from an operatic career to train and pick the kids for Zoom, and I was at GBH-Radio in that mix ‘74-76-ish, spinning The Spider@s Web when Paula left, producing Performance, the Rose Hill drama, and other shows,...
  • John Beck on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHHartford was indeed the necessary vision guy to align all the other great talents.
  • John Beck on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHI do recall those logs! Essential reference for us at the switchboard.
  • Mary Kopp on Bill CavnessHi, My family lived on and listened in the '70s to The Spider's Web (with Livingston Taylor's theme) as well as many other shows mentioned here. I particularly remember a series called (I think?) Ear Play and it's dramas including...
  • Susan (Dowling-Griffiths) on Paul SouzaI remember Paul roller skating in studio A at one or more of our annual parties - a clown with grace. I also remember a beautiful painting by him. - large, mostly gray, a street and telephone wires - bought...
  • Jane Arsham on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHI came to Boston in 1967 jobless and confident that it would all be OK. After a few months of knocking on doors, I walked into WGBH and asked Rose Buresh (who, in my opinion, ran the entire operation from...
  • Jane Arsham on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHThose were the days....so nice to read, John-- thanks for sharing!
  • Michael Ambrosino on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHI came to Harvard in 1956 to give a short speech about a Ford Foundation funded closed circuit TV experiment I was directing in a Schenectady High School. We transmitted from one classroom to a string of others wired for...
  • Michael Ambrosino on Getting to Know You (Again) – Influential WGBH colleaguesHartord Gunn was the most far-seeking fellow I ever met. My first task at WGBH was to design a TV Station to fit into a long narrow space, an unlikely configuration for real efficiency. He wanted to take my blue...
  • Ron Pogodzinski on A Boy from MilwaukeeYour story brings back fond memories, thanks for the refresh! Grew up on 9th and Lincoln, went to St. Josaphat, climbed the wood stairs to the Hinkey Dinkey, and did all the things we did back in the good old...
  • Chris Pullman on Paul SouzaPaul was indeed a principal advocate for for the shift from Digital Equipment word processors to Apple Macs. The design department was the early adopter and by the late 80’s (by Apple’s own account) WGBH had the highest per capita...
  • Susheel Bibbs on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI vaguely recall hearing long back that he returned home. He was Dominican.
  • Syrl Silberman on Elliott Rivo, doctor to WGBH staffersI wish Sharon and their childeren Lisa, Steven and Rebecca comfort in this difficult time. My heart goes out to you. Syrl
  • Alex Pirie on Elliott Rivo, doctor to WGBH staffersSo sorry to learn of this, he was one of the deep, all the way down, genuinely good people.
  • arnie reisman on Elliott Rivo, doctor to WGBH staffersMy condolences to the Rivo family.
  • Corinne L. Monjeau-Marz on Executive leaves public TV powerhouseDear Friends at WGBH, Please reconsider and return both Mercy Street and Homefires to PBS. Both of these series have lasting value and were produced with such care and accuracy - are substantial. With thanks and kindest regards,
  • Dave A on Bill CavnessThe Phantom Tollbooth. Bill's voices had us rolling on the floor.
  • steve moralez on ZOOM’s 40th Reunionany body know what happened to luiz?
  • Susan Presson on Paul SouzaPaul Souza - the real inventor of Trivial Pursuit!
  • SANDRA PARKER on Sheila and Marilyn Brass launch new seriesI am 68 years old and Food Flirts is the BEST EVER cooking show I have seen. Keep up the good shows.
  • Penelope Lane on Paul SouzaDear Paul Souza, I remember with glee that back in the fun days, you got around 125 Western Avenue on roller skates. Very skilled and very stylish!
  • Karen Cariani on Richard Clark Sterne, 91, host of Just PublishedWe are very sorry about the passing of Richard Clark Sterne. Here at the WGBH Media Library and Archives, we noticed that we have no copies of any of his work. Anyone out there have anything - old tapes, paper...
  • Tom Dunn on Paul SouzaHi Paul... I think I saw some of your animation tonight on a commercial for a bank. Or else it was by Tom Snyder with his wigglevision ?
  • Jay Collier on Henry Morgenthau III, 101, pioneering producerPassager captured Henry Morgenthau III talking about his poetry in 2017. We've added it to our memorial page. Here's a link to the original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT2pf5_rHF0
  • Paul Noble on Henry Morgenthau III, 101, pioneering producerHenry was a dear friend from his arrival at WGBH in 1957 until his final days at Ingleside. His contributions to public television, to support for Harvard Hillel, unfailing commitment to the Armenian community, growth as a poet, and, perhaps...
  • Virginia Kassel on Henry Morgenthau III, 101, pioneering producerTo have worked with Henry Morgenthau was a privilege and is a precious memory. He was generous and instructive and, when appropriate, witty. A living heir to decades of precious history, he drew on the past, examined the present, and...
  • Jay Collier on Henry Morgenthau III, 101, pioneering producerI've updated Henry Morgenthau's memorial page with articles from the Boston Globe and Current, and a reminiscence from WGBH. https://wgbhalumni.org/2018/07/15/henry-morgenthau-iii-101-pioneering-producer/
  • Sally Foskett on Henry Morgenthau III, 101, pioneering producerMemories of Henry Morgenthau emerging from his office at 125 Western Ave. have stayed in my mind. He would look so deeply absorbed, so thoughtful .... and he somehow made one conscious of generations of American and European history. A...
  • Syrl Silberman on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHHi Ralph! Hope to see you at the reunion. Best. Syrl
  • John Beck on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHIn fall ’67 I came “back East” from Wyoming to Harvard, and my freshman roommate Alex Swistel turned out to have a friend who worked nights and weekends at ‘GBH as guard/switchboard operator/PR report maker. This friend must have loved...
  • Alex Pirie on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHA random memory from ancient times - pulling up with our 1948 Greyhound, less than sumptuous, way overweight mobile unit at the nuclear reactor building at the Watertown Arsenal and the flummoxed security people when our international crew - Greg...
  • Ralph Schuetz on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHIn late 1967 I was serving in the Navy on the USS Wasp (CVS-18), homeported in Boston. My hitch was just about up and it was time to look for a job. I was hopeful that two summers I spent...
  • Lynn Scornavacca on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHGordie, Thanks for reminding me of all of the brilliant engineers that I had the pleasure of working along side. I hope that you are well.
  • Ralph Schuetz on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHBill, what a hoot! I had no memory of what you had to go through to land a job in the mail room! I'm not surprised to hear of your first round interview in HR but the story about your...
  • Ralph Schuetz on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHWhat a fun read, Gordon. I'm not sure we actually crossed paths at WGBH or if I'd left before you arrived and didn't make your acquaintance until I was at PBS. Whatever, all your recollections of the folks in the...
  • Charles Kelley on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHI'm sure you have no idea who I am. I was a super minor blip at WGBH. But in the spring of 1972 I was graduating from high school and volunteering for the auction. Because the auction warehouse took up...
  • Gordon Mehlman on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHMy path to work at WGBH My introduction to WGBH and some of its people started when I worked at WENH-TV channel 11 at the University of New Hampshire from 1964 to 1968. Twice during the four years that I...
  • Jack Comeau on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHFilm production in its many facets had been my passion since my early teens. In the late 1970s, I'd become a freelancer in Boston. I could light and but really didn't know it yet. I worked as a grip. I...
  • Bill Charette on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHI got a call from a friend alerting me to a WGBH-TV Help Wanted ad in the Boston Globe that read, Wanted - Mail Board. It was a typo that was meant to read Wanted - Mail Boy. This was...
  • Russell Connor on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHI was never WGBH staff, just "talent" as writer/host of Museum Open House, 1963-7, but I remember great times and great people, like Fred Barzyk, Mike Ambrosino, Dan Beach, Deedee Morss Decker, Bill Cosel. Deo Volente, I hope to see...
  • Harriet Reisen on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHMy first day on the job at Fred Barzyk, Henry Morgenthau, and Olivia Tappan’s pioneering 1973 portable video magazine show, WHERE TO GET OFF IN BOSTON, I reported way early to the new annex of WGBH, 125 Western Avenue. The...
  • Paul Noble on Getting to Know You (Again) – Remember When You Arrived at WGBHLike the other members of the Scholars '58 crew, I learned about WGBH from a Boston University poster on a bulletin board at my university (Cornell). Vic Washkevich drove me up in his convertible; the only songs on the car...
  • Austin Hoyt on Former Executive Producer Henry Morgenthau Releases New BookThe mention of Tom Bywaters made me jump. The name was so familiar. I Googled him only to learn he died in Dallas in 2016. Turns out we were in the class of 1959 together at Yale. Love to learn...
  • Bill Cosel on Kathy Smith, 70, Studio TechnicianWhile moonlighting to bolster my WGBH starter’s salary, I guided a weekly TV production workshop at the Victor Best Broadcasting School in Back Bay. It’s there I met the remarkable Kathy Smith. Her determination and focus bonded us immediately. Soon...
  • Harriet Reisen on Kathy Smith, 70, Studio TechnicianRick and Nancy: don't forget! I brought you two together
  • Henry Morgenthau on Former Executive Producer Henry Morgenthau Releases New BookMy poem, “A Sunday in Purgatory,” was just published in “The Way of Kindness, Readings for a Graceful Life” an anthology by Orbis Books. https://www.amazon.com/Way-Kindness-Readings-Graceful-Life/dp/1626982759
  • Rick HAUSER on Kathy Smith, 70, Studio TechnicianOh, Kathy. I guess I thought you would live forever. And you will, dear one, in our hearts.
  • Nancy Mason Hauser on Kathy Smith, 70, Studio TechnicianI knew how extraordinary and loved Kathy was, mainly from my husband, RIck Hauser who did a lot of his best work with her (and who will be writing something as soon as I tell him this sad news.) The...
  • Scott Davis on Kathy Smith, 70, Studio TechnicianKathy was amazing. She was the best at what she did and the most quiet about it. She will always be remembered.
  • Charles Kelley on Kathy Smith, 70, Studio TechnicianTwo things I remember most about Kathy. She worked on the editing of the Harvard Leonard Bernstein lectures of 1972, and always referred affectionately to her "Lenny" project. She was amazingly professional and exacting - but with no pretensions and...
  • Marcus Jones on WGBH at the EmmysBill has the month and the year right. I was a news assistant for "The Ten O'clock News" from January to December of 1981. Don't ask me why I debated whether this event occurred before or after I concluded my...
  • Susheel Bibbs on Two Susheel Bibbs’ Documentaries Available to Stations This FallI just wanted to let WGBH Alums know about new laurels for the film I last mentioned to you. Last week my half hour VOICES FOR FREEDOM - The Hyers Sisters' Legacy won a Telly Award (a premiere international media...
  • Susheel Bibbs on Kathy Smith, 70, Studio TechnicianI so remember Kathy and am proud to have worked with her. My sincere sympathies
  • Basil on WGBH at the EmmysNice story Bill
  • William Charette on WGBH at the EmmysThat was my first job as a freelancer and as Debby said, a great adventure never to be topped in the following thirty plus years of my shooting career. Absolutely amazing experience. Debby actually came to the rescue when we...
  • Anita Murphy on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionWe need a reunion and updates on all zoomers .I used to live for that show. Any zoomers out there in this group?