From the Vault: Video interviews with WGBH pioneers

Between 1992 and 2013, Fred Barzyk, Joe Anderson, Henry Becton, and Michael Ambrosino conducted over 100 hours of interviews with dozens of former WGBH-TV and FM staffers.

For the 2015 reunion, Fred and David Atwood compiled a highlights reel from those interviews with:

  • David Atwood
  • Bob Carey
  • Phil Collyer
  • Bill Cosel
  • Ron Della Chiesa
  • Anne Damon
  • Bob Ferrante
  • Helen Fox
  • Greg Harney
  • Jack Hurley
  • David Fanning
  • David Ives
  • Benny Krol
  • John LaBounty
  • Frank Lane
  • Karl Lorensic
  • Emily Lovering
  • Robert J. Lurtsema
  • Gordon Mehlman
  • Russ Morash
  • Henry Morgenthau
  • Chas Norton
  • Chris Pullman

Also included are classic clips with Tony Randall, Julia Child, and Hartford Gunn. Enjoy!

Phil Collyer, 68, executive producer, Caption Center director

Phil Collyer

It is with tremendous sadness that I share with the WGBH family the news that our longtime friend Phil Collyer died yesterday of complications from leukemia. He was 68.

Phil’s career at WGBH stretches back nearly 50 years from his most recent role as the indomitable executive producer of the WGBH Auction and the Rare and Fine Wine Auction. Two among his many career highlights: working on our Oscar-winning profile of poet Robert Frost and helping to pioneer the development of captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences.

The Party VIII

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Julie Piens, Phil Collyer and Greg Harney.

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The back of Dan Beach, the front of Henry Becton and the back of Olivia Tappan.

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Ron Blau, Nancy Troland, Nancy Porter and Sharon Rivo with Syrl Silverman.

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Chris Pullman, Nora Sinclair and Paul Souza.

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Lo Hartnett, Moon Nimon, Nora Sinclair, Fred Barzyk, Jo Madden and Emily Lovering.

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Fred Barzyk, Emily Lovering and Nora Sinclair.

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John Walsh with Beverly Shaffer.

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Greg Harney with Fred Barzyk.

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Andy Griffiths.

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Helen Fox.

All photos this page: Jeffrey Dunn

The Party I

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Is this a man whose fondest dreams have come true — or whose worst nightmares have materialized?

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Probably the former. Fred and Ruth Barzyk celebrate at the immensely successful WGBH reunion.

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Vern Coleman, Benny Krol and Phil Collyer.

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Chris Pullman and Doug Scott.

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Paul Souza.

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Paul Souza and Moon Nimon.

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Jo Madden.

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Frank Lane, Hillary Kimmel and Rich Harrison.

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Fred Barzyk with Nancy Mason Hauser.

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Jack Celli and Carl Piermarini.

Photos: 71 Don Hallock; 72 – 81 Jeffrey Dunn