Bernice “Bunny” Olenick, 87, executive producer

From Cynthia Broner

WGBH notes the passing of lifelong activist and former ’GBHer Bernice “Bunny” Olenick on 12/22. Bunny joined the sports and specials unit at WGBH in 1976 as an assistant working on tennis programming.

(Historical note: In 1963, WGBH introduced tennis to American TV, with sportscaster Bud Collins and the National Doubles from Longwood Cricket Club.)

Moving to unit manager and eventually becoming an executive producer, she created cultural programming including ice ballets featuring Olympic skaters, musicals on political themes, and the series Soundings, noted for making contemporary music more accessible to general audiences.

She won both a Regional Emmy and an International Monitor Award for her work.

“Bunny had a real passion for creating more arts programming on WGBH and combined it with a can-do attitude that made the most of her opportunities,” says former WGBH President Henry Becton. “She was a wonderful person and will be sorely missed.”

A memorial service was held in Brookline.

Tour of New Studios Scheduled for September

Save the date! Former ’GBHers are invited to an open house at WGBH’s new Brighton studios!

Circle the date: Sunday, September 9. Meet up with old friends and current employees, and tour the all-digital facility that will be home to the next generation of ’GBH programs, services, and staff.

Watch this space for details; for now visit the ‘GBH Web site for a taste of the excitement as WGBH completes its relocation from Western Ave.

WGBH Stalwarts Honored

These long time members of the WGBH family will be honored at this year’s Human Resources Service Awards ceremony, Thurs, 2/2 in Studio A. Those WGBH and WGBY employees who have passed the 10, 15-, 20-, 25-, 30-, 35- and 40-year employment milestones will be honored. Human Resources used the dates 1/1/04 – 12/31/05 to determine eligibility, so if you believe your name should be listed, and isn’t, please contact Dee Savage at WGBH Human Resources.

The extensiveness of this list would seem to indicate something very positive about WGBH as a meaningful and rewarding place to work.

40 years

  • Chas Norton

35 years

  • Henry Becton
  • Jack Foley

30 years

  • Anne Damon
  • Bill Fairweather
  • Joe Pugliesi
  • Doug Scott
  • Judith Vecchione

25 years

  • Barbara Cecchini
  • Diane Carasik Dion
  • Zvi Dor-Ner
  • David Fanning
  • Cyn Goodenough
  • Randy Gray
  • Marcia Hulley
  • Jim Kaup
  • Angela Lifsey
  • David Liroff
  • John Madden
  • Robin Parmelee
  • Annette Posell
  • Paul Solman

20 years

  • Cynthia Broner
  • Ron Bachman
  • Kristina Bracciale
  • Sheila Brass
  • Karen Cariani
  • Cate Conklin
  • Dave Cushing
  • Jim Donahue
  • Laurie Donnelly
  • Geoff Freed
  • Larry Goldberg
  • John Jenkins
  • Richard Knisely
  • Bob Lyons
  • Dave MacCarn
  • Roberta MacCarthy
  • Liz Miller
  • Lisa Mirowitz
  • Daphne Noyes
  • Dennis O’Reilly
  • Debby Paddock
  • John Rogers
  • Steve Schwartz
  • Jon Solins
  • Mary Toropov
  • Melanie Wallace

15 years

  • Steve Baracsi
  • Brad Botkin
  • Tonia Collins
  • Diana Carla Martel
  • Tom Collins
  • Teri Davidson
  • Linda Del Monte
  • Erin Delaney
  • Tracy Deschenes
  • Jim Dunford
  • Dan Durkin
  • Stephanie Elkort
  • Nancy Farrell
  • Judy Fitzpatrick
  • Janice Flood
  • Barbara Fountain
  • Renee Franklin
  • Germaine Frechette
  • Ron Gill
  • Valerie Gunderson
  • Brad Hawes
  • Larry Heileman
  • Carol Hills
  • Jeanne Hopkins
  • Joyce Humsey
  • Matt Jansky
  • Tom Koch
  • Ann Lammers
  • Lenore Lanier Gibson
  • Lisa Lavina
  • Susan Lewis
  • Patricia Londoño
  • Jim Madigan
  • Joe Mazzaferro
  • Joe McMaster
  • Gentry Menzel
  • Ron Milton
  • Jeffrey Nelson
  • Lance Ozier
  • Ray Perez
  • Patrick Phair
  • Jane Pipik
  • Kate Pullano
  • Dean Raymond
  • Barbara Reilly
  • Bill Rhodes
  • Kathy Rose
  • Manny Santos
  • Cathleen Schaad
  • Alison Smith
  • Leslie Spears
  • Jack Spellman
  • Joanne Stevens
  • Judy Stoia
  • Donna Streubel
  • Michelle Sweet
  • Amy Tonkonogy
  • Mary Watkins
  • Dan Watson
  • Daren Winckel
  • Marisa Wolsky
  • Loo Wong
  • Margie Yamamoto

10 years

  • Patricia Alvarado
  • Steven Ashley
  • Tammy Atwood
  • Steve Baker
  • Julie Benyo
  • Jessica Bewsee
  • Dan Bunker
  • Lisa Cerqueira
  • Elizabeth Cote
  • Andrea Cross
  • Phyllis DeSantis
  • Lee Ann Donner
  • Sam Farrell
  • Jay Fialkov
  • Hilary Finkel
  • Mary Foppiani
  • Paula Fuoco
  • Walter Gadecki
  • Lauraine Hutchinson
  • Susan Kaplan
  • Candace Key
  • Raymond LaFerriere
  • Anna Lowi
  • Tim Mangini
  • Tracy McDermott
  • Robert O’Connell Antonio Oliart
  • Kimberly Perez
  • Ralph Perlovsky
  • Quang Pho
  • Arlyce Porcher
  • Julie Reber
  • Jennifer Sagalyn
  • Judy Salsich
  • Nancy Samuels
  • Alice Schofield
  • Roy Scott
  • Susan Shishko
  • Miles Smith
  • Stephen Snyder
  • Stephanie Stewart
  • Eric Taub
  • Dan Toner
  • Joseph Tovares
  • Vanya Tulenko
  • Dave Varon
  • Louise Weber
  • Marco Werman
  • Terrie White

Notes on the Passing of Animator Derek Lamb

From Cynthia Broner — 11/14/2005

Sad news: Animator Derek Lamb, who adapted Edward Gorey’s art for the Mystery! opening credits and stage sets, passed away last Saturday [11/12/05].

“Derek was a delight to work with and a beloved member of the WGBH family,” says Mystery! ’s executive producer Rebecca Eaton. “Thanks to his inspired animation of Edward Gorey’s charmingly macabre illustrations, the Mystery! open is still a classic of television art.”

Lamb played a large part in Henry Becton’s coming to WGBH. “Somewhere during my second year at Harvard Law I became pretty sure I didn’t want to be a lawyer,” Henry recalls. “We were allowed to cross-register for courses at Harvard College. I wanted to take photography, but I was told only undergraduates could take that course. The photography professor suggested I go see the guy who was teaching an animation workshop. I didn’t know if I was interested in animation,” he recalls.

“But I went down the hall and met this professor, whose name was Derek Lamb. In that course was Christopher Sarson, a producer at WGBH who was continuing his education. I made several short, pixilated-animation films.

Henry Morgenthau, also a WGBH producer, visited our class. He had a weekly series called Flick Out that was a showcase for independent film. He included some of the films from our class — mine among them — in the series. After law school,” Henry adds, “I taught school for a year. Then I decided filmmaking was kind of fun. And so, in 1970, I actually got a paying job at WGBH!”