A Hot Time in the Old Town (1961)


From Dan Beach – Studio 8H Website Design

Eighty-four Massachusetts Avenue on the fateful morning of October 14, 1961 when "it all changed."

Studio A. Ed Salners and Dan Beach — performing maintenance on camera 2?

Early that day, most of us were deputized to paw through the acrid wreckage in search of anything valuable. There was very little.

At the time, the fire was reported to have started in the scene dock directly behind studio B — later, studio A was identified as its place of origin.

Inside the studios, the heat was so intense that most of the equipment made of aluminum (such as microphone booms) virtually evaporated. The control room windows had simply melted, leaving glass in hardened streams "dripping" down the charred walls, and in lumpy pools on the floors.

The blaze brought an abrupt conclusion to a place and time that is still remembered by many as a watershed experience.

Dan Beach and Michele Colbert wed


The wedding was wonderful. Held in a beautiful downtown facility on the edge of Lake Eola, our Boston Public Garden, complete with swan boats. It was amazingly mellow and fun. I was even enticed to sing a couple of songs to my bride (cliché, I know, but “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face…” leaves ’em in tears!).

With the 91 year old Mom and the 2 year old great-granddaughter, it was truly a family affair.

She was Michele Colbert, I am Dan Beach, and we’re extremely giddy about it all.

Michele … is in charge of web-development for Orange County (FL), is a Licensed Contractor – and has great power tools! That, in addition to being absolutely lovely. So we hit on many, many levels. And our charts are pretty mind-blowing (I’m told).