Friends and former colleagues of Beth Deare gathered at WGBH over the weekend to celebrate the life of the award-winning producer who died in a fire at her home in Newton in February.
A Celebration of Life in memory of Aloyce Beth DuVal Deare will be hosted by Beth’s family on Sat, 3/26, at 6pm in Calderwood Studio (1 South).
From the WGBH employee newsletter: The WGBH community mourns the loss of A. Beth DuVal Deare, the former producer of Say Brother (now Basic Black) and several award-winning documentaries, who died Mon, 2/21, in a fire at her home in Newton.
From the Boston Globe: Folk luminaries from Tom Rush to Lori McKenna celebrated radio host Dick Pleasants' 40 years on the local airwaves.
Fred wrote, directed, and produced “The Journey” to see if it was possible to make a full length television drama at a public access station with an all volunteer cast and crew.
From Fred Barzyk: I remember Nam June Paik telling me to stand back since TV sets sometime exploded when he did this. I backed off. The TV did not explode but gave forth a dazzling array of colors, buzzed and slowly died, never to live again.
From Fred Barzyk: Peter Hoving and I travelled to New York for a shoot. We were shocked to be free and alone in a gallery with some of the worlds most noted modern masterpieces.
In 1955, when WGBH-TV, Boston went on air, Ted Sherburne was program manager, framing the first schedule for the station, and influencing national standards of educational TV.
Many actors and playwrights who started in Boston’s theater community in the 1980s and ’90s shared June Judson as a mentor. She was a gifted nurturer of new talent and theatrical works, most notably through Theatre-in-Process, a laboratory- workshop she founded in the early 1980s.
From David Atwood
Needing a job fresh out of college in the fall of 1965 I made an alphabetical list of Boston’s TV stations. The first was WBZ. I set out from Woburn, found WBZ and went in looking for work. They said they might start me in the mail room. I was devastated. I had four years of TV production experience at two commercial stations, one educational station, and one closed circuit facility in Maine.
I wanted to go home and sulk but next on the list was WGBH which was close by on Western Avenue, Allston. The operator in the lobby asked me to wait then Al Potter appeared. We interviewed in his office near the studio and he must have given me a tour. They had, as I remember, ten black and white cameras distributed among the three studios and mobile unit. In Maine TV I had never seen more than two studio cameras in one station. Impressive and scary.