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  • 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?
  • Bennett on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI had a big crush on Tommy.. the sparkly eyes and cute nose, ha ha. Nina was so cool; I admired her greatly even as a kid. The imagination was delightful, not at all pedantic.
  • Jay Collier on WGBH at the EmmysI've updated the 1981 Emmy ceremony photo with information received to date. Still a few more names to fill in.
  • Syrl Silberman on Kathy Smith, 70, Studio TechnicianKathy was more than amazing. Having her work on a show was like a gift. She always knew where you were and knew, often even before you did,where you were going . As I recollect, she saved a lot of...
  • Deborah Dorsey on WGBH at the EmmysI should have been in this picture as I won for Emmy for editing “Sail on Sorlandet.” I knew I wasn’t going to win as the competition was tough - I mean John Baynard was nominated - no way was...
  • Bill Charette on WGBH at the EmmysI have a copy of this photo. One of my favorites. Noted on the back, "Emmy's Dec. 1981" Looks like John Cini from High Output between Greg Harney and Chuck Esty.
  • Wendy on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionUbby Dubby! I wrote to the show and they sent me a postcard how to speak it. I can still speak it today!!
  • John Madden on WGBH at the EmmysI would suggest that the person to the left of Greg MacDonald is Janice Gomes, to the right is Anne Damon.
  • Margo Garrison on WGBH at the EmmysI think the woman in front of Frank Lane might be Susan Brennan. She had amazing hair!
  • Susan Presson on Kathy Smith, 70, Studio TechnicianI am very sorry to hear of Kathy's death. She was one of the kindest and most supportive people at WGBH. Whether I was working in the Newsroom or at Pops, or even the dreaded auction, Kathy's talent, dedication and...
  • Julie Piens Moore on WGBH at the EmmysI believe the woman sitting next to Bunny Olenick (camera left) is named Ann. Last name starts with an H, I think. Heche?
  • Jill Philipson on WGBH at the EmmysHi Marcus! TOCN had the best interns!!
  • Paul Solman on Kathy Smith, 70, Studio TechnicianI never got to watch her switch, but Kathy was an ebullient presence on and around the scene dock — for decades. A lovely person. Paul Solman
  • Ralph Schuetz on Kathy Smith, 70, Studio TechnicianKathy was, indeed, the WGBH switcher of choice for all major productions during my short tenure on the studio crew in the late 60's, and deservedly so. I rarely had the opportunity to work with her because I was often...
  • Dave Svens on Kathy Smith, 70, Studio TechnicianSo sorry to hear this. Kathy was a classmate at Northeast Broadcasting School and came over to WGBH as an intern about the same time I did (late 1965). She found her niche as a switcher and got so good...
  • Dighton Spooner on WGBH at the EmmysIs the Black woman in the second row between Chas and Greg, Janice Gomes?
  • Janet Krause Jones on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsFred, you absolutely made my day with your remembrance of "Tender Places" & the Peabody it won -- thanks in no small part to your directorial finesse. I hope life has treated you well.
  • Steve Olenick on WGBH at the EmmysI played in the band in the balcony for that I think. My recollection was Chet and Natalie being hosts as well? I also think Big Bird was there. Unless there were two broadcast Regional Emmy's. It was on WGBX,...
  • Jay Collier on WGBH at the EmmysThank you, Marcus!
  • Marcus Jones on WGBH at the EmmysThis looks like the year WGBH ran the New England/NATAS Emmy Award show production at the Sheraton Boston Hotel on Dalton Street. I believe it was held in January 1982. Actor McLean Stevenson (from MASH) was the host. WGBH rented...
  • Jay Collier on WGBH at the EmmysThank you, Steve. Yes, I remember her! I've updated the list.
  • Steve Olenick on WGBH at the EmmysSecond row on the right laughing is my mother. Bernice Olenick
  • Jay Collier on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsHi, Gail. It's so nice to hear from you! The next reunion will be on October 20 in Boston, so I hope you can be there. Here are the details: https://wgbhalumni.org/reunions/reunion-2018/
  • Bob Nesson on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsI'd love to screen a minute or two from old programs we worked on, including some of Fred Barzyk's "Great American Disasters" series [Cocoanut Grove]; the fantastic "Soundings" series [Bunny Olenick]; and even some one-time beauties like Elaine Koury's "Zappening"...
  • Gail Harris on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsHi Jay, Gail Harris here, co-anchor of TOCN with Chris Lydon, 1983-1988 and host of many 'GBH-produced national specials for PBS (one of which won a National Emmy). Living in CA for the past 15 years but in Maine now...
  • Fred Barzyk on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsIn reply to: Janet Krause Jones. So good to know where you are. Thanks again for getting me the directing job at WBZ for "Tender Places." It is my only connection to the Peabody awards. It was a good show...
  • Susan Kubany on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsWell, Jay, if I'd only known it was *Just You* I most certainly would have made allowances for your old lady moderation. ....smile... 'GBH was powerful and formative in my life. My stories are remembered. Perhaps I will write some....
  • Monia B Joblin on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsHey Janet -- I live in Marina del Rey, at least part of the time. Caregiving in Sarasota FL for a lot of years, but visit regularly and will settle back on the beach eventually. I plan to go to...
  • Jay Collier on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsHi, Susan. The moderation committee is, actually, just me :) As a volunteer, it usually takes me a few days to get to the queue, or longer if I am swamped with other details of daily life. However, take heart....
  • Susan Kubany on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsI am amused. My comment, suggesting that 'GBH make an effort to get Alan Dershowitz to the party is still "awaiting moderation." How terrifying! ....smile... Worse, an earlier comment, recounting my experience during auction week, years ago, when Tip O'Neill...
  • Bryant Rollins on Multimedia: Remembering the James Brown concert that calmed BostonBob Seay has it all wrong. I can go into details in length at another point. For now, this: What kept people off the streets of Roxbury the night of April, 4th was scores of black activist/leaders from local organizations...
  • Janet Krause Jones on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsHi! It's the allegedly "lost" Janet Krause Jones ("Zoom" & much, much more) who's now "found" in Manhattan Beach, California which has been my home for 30 dreamy years. I have ridiculously happy memories of WGBH...even though I ultimately left...
  • PEDRO GUITARD on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionHey James, I was a huge Zoomer during the first 3 or 4 seasons. I am also a fan of your work on Zoom. What memories can you share regarding the production of the shows. How much input did the...
  • Larry LeCain on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionLiving on Nantucket. Local theater and some video L.LeCain@ Gmail
  • Susan Kubany on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsI hope you make a concerted effort to seduce Alan Dershowitz (the "liberal" Advocate) into attending the party. His schedule's tight, but....
  • Julie Piens Moore on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsHi, Steve, Julie Piens here. I worked with your mother for years and would love to see you at the reunion.
  • James Field on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionJust fine. I spend a lot of time in Europe. Still playing bluegrass. How's by you?
  • Jennifer Troyer on Bill CavnessI remember so vividly our family listening to "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase". What other titles do you remember? I wish I could play them for my kids.
  • Bob Manosky on Multimedia: Remembering the James Brown concert that calmed BostonOn the day of the James Brown concert, I was busy putting together, along with the rest of the TV crew, the equipment that the remote needed to achieve airing the program. When the remote crew had departed, I was...
  • Larry LeCain on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionHey James! How goes it with you?
  • Virginia Kassel on Multimedia: Remembering the James Brown concert that calmed BostonImportant to have this account. WGBH was/is in the forefront. Many thanks.
  • Jay Collier on Multimedia: Remembering the James Brown concert that calmed BostonThanks to everyone who contributed to Bob Seay's story on the James Brown concert. He has another request: "WGBH produced a debate about the Vietnam War in 1968 that, I believe, was shared with some other public TV stations across...
  • Bill Lefeber on David SilverHi David, Saw that you were mentioned in a book about Van Morrison, Astral Weeks and the period Van spent in Boston. I remember your show What's Happening Mr. Silver. In fact some friends and I were interviewed by you...
  • James Field on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionOh, but some did. Tommy, David, and Maura all had great Boston accents, and Nancy had a bit of one. (I directed the first three seasons.)
  • Virginia Kassel on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsWill be great to have two venues to recreate!! Thank you for writing.
  • Alison Bassett on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsVirginia! Alison Bassett here from CBS Cable days - I forget you were at 'GBH - I came here after NYC. Hope to see you at the reunion.
  • Lee Smith on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionMany years ago, while shopping at the Burlington Mall, a woman approached me and said that she remembered me from WGBH. That woman turned out to be Edith from Zoom. As best that I can remember, she was happy and...
  • David Atwood on WGBH-TV Master ControlA temple of technology to us studio production types.
  • Greg McAvoy-Jensen on WGBH-TV Master ControlHas anyone got access to the WGBH station promo clip from about 1997 or 1998 which included a pan of master control? Manny and I were in it. It used to be on the website.
  • bigbasher22 on Channel 2 AuctionYeah, I remember you guys doing the Channel 2 Auction! I was impressed with the final night's action, especially.
  • Paul Noble on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsAnd with my cataracts gone, I will be sure to recognize you!
  • Steve Olenick on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsAlthough only a vendor and freelancer I'd love to come and will represent my mom Bunny who worked at 'GBH for many years!
  • Cindy Neumann on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionYES! Loved it as well! There was a little blonde girl named Edith in Season 3, I believe....I wonder where she is now......I wish there were more shows like this for kids today!
  • Virginia Kassel on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsPaul -- Well you and I will recognize each other.
  • Hadley Fisk on Reunion 2015 Guestbook (alphabetical)Hello...I hope to be there as well. I was in programming with Michael Rice, Mary Benjamin and Mike Ambrosino... Those were great years. for GBH.....birthing many great programs. Hadley Taylor Fisk
  • Bob Nesson on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsThe sheer volume and enthusiasm of these responses give great incentive to attend and reconnect with the folks who made 'GBH what it is today. I'm so excited to be part of this community. BTW still working after all these...
  • David Silver on Boston’s most radical TV show: What’s Happening Mr. Silver?Hi Bill. My best to you...been a long time...fond memories.
  • Larry LeCain on Greg MacDonald – in memoryGreg was shooting for Antiques Roadshow in College Park Maryland
  • peter frame on Boston’s most radical TV show: What’s Happening Mr. Silver?Hey Bill. Frame here! Loved your shot sheets at BSO and MFA! Hope to catch you at event in October!.....peter
  • Jack Comeau on Reunion 2015 Guestbook (alphabetical)Though I live in LA now, my heart will forever be back there. My novel, Distress Signal is set at my most favorirte place, off season Nantucket.
  • Jack Comeau on Reunion 2015 Guestbook (alphabetical)I hope I can make it!
  • Peter Frame on Reunion 2015 Guestbook (alphabetical)Bill Lenz clued me in to this wonderful gathering. Spent my early days there with Al Potter et al. Did my Masters project there with John Henning. Then brought Jane Curtin there for HBO on "Pretzels" 1974, with Fred Barzyk...
  • Gordon Mehlman on Help us catalog WGBH “firsts” in national public mediaThe PCP 90 that Bill Charette spoke about actually had a storied history in that it was first purchased for use on the Jean Shepard’s America series and was used for shoots from Hawaii to Alaska on that outstanding series....
  • Larry LeCain on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsHope to see you there Syrl!
  • Bob Manosky on Boston’s most radical TV show: What’s Happening Mr. Silver?I was very honored when Fred asked me to be the Art Director of the show. I designed the Logo and the button. I'm still honored to have been a part of TV history.
  • Bryant Rollins on Help us catalog WGBH “firsts” in national public mediaIn 1967 or 1968 WGBH TV became the first in the nation to produce a news and feature program focused on African American communities, issues and news presented by African American reporters. The weekly program was “Say, Brother” and it...
  • Steven Douglass on Greg MacDonald – in memoryFWIW At the time of his death he was out of town shooting for a national program, but cannot say specifically which project he was working on
  • Bill Cosel on Boston’s most radical TV show: What’s Happening Mr. Silver?Olivia and Fred....a happening no matter what. Olivia the sweetest and most playful person I met during my early WGBH years. Mr. Silver shook the firmament with results and courage. Thank god. Fred? Well, he was always Freddie Berzerk to...
  • Margaret Reeves on Boston’s most radical TV show: What’s Happening Mr. Silver?I was friends with Olivia Tappan -- we called her Wink -- in college in the early 1960's. She was very lovely, a free spirit and fine guitarist and singer. Glad to see her name mentioned in some of the...
  • David Silver on Boston’s most radical TV show: What’s Happening Mr. Silver?I am grateful STILL to Hartford Gunn and Mike Rice (neither of whom were exactly revolutionaries) and of course Fred and Dave and Olivia for letting me loose in the best station on Earth. I remain totally honored that I'm...
  • Jay Collier on Help us catalog WGBH “firsts” in national public mediaFrom Jack Caldwell: That PCP 90 was serial no 2 – I believe. It was the camera that went into the Winebago for “Gene Shepard’s America” – produced by Fred Barzyk. The camera was tethered to a 2 INCH tape...
  • Basil Chigas on Basil ChigasAlthough my career at 'GBH was short lived, I will always have great memories of my time there. I have to thank Bruce Bordett who I found in the Boston Phoenix who turned me on to the mailroom job as...
  • Josie Patterson on Ron Della ChiesaHappy Birthday to the BEST and MOST TALENTED Person I've had the good fortune to work with. I wish you many great years ahead of sharing beautiful music with us all.
  • Martin Hurwitz on The Almost-Forgotten Shows and People of WGBHHow on earth, Austin, did you remember Rose Babullion and her superb baklava? The two things I remember about that one-time program was the broomstick, yes broomstick, that Rose used in place of a standard rolling pin in preparing her...
  • Austin Hoyt on The Almost-Forgotten Shows and People of WGBHHow about Martin Hurwitz's "Rose Babullion's Golden Star Baklava"?
  • Jonathan Goell on The Almost-Forgotten Shows and People of WGBHHi Folks, I fondly recall some of the "forgotten" shows you described. I hosted such a show myself in 1978, "The Photo Show". It ran nationally for several years. Michael Rice was the producer, Bonnie Hammer was the associate producer,...
  • Susheel BIbbs on Ron Della ChiesaI loved working with you Ronnie. You contributed so much to make WGBH Radio wonderful. I am so happy that we have gotten a chance to reconnect. I hope you had a wonderful Birthday Love Susheel (Cheryl Susheel Bibbs)
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  • Aimée Sands on Ron Della ChiesaDear Ron, Happy Birthday. You cannot possibly be 80. Congratulations on such a long and distinguished career. And hello to everyone from Radio in the 70's and 80's. I think of you with much affection. Aimée
  • Arnie Reisman on Ron Della ChiesaOk, ok, so news comes late to my home here on Martha's Vineyard. Happy Birthday, Ron! In five years I'll be catching up to you.
  • Brad Spear on Ron Della ChiesaHappy belated birthday, Ron! Didn't realize there was a celebration, otherwise Ellen and I would have come up from the Cape for the celebration. And about to mark your 25th year in the BSO broadcast booth? Your enthusiasm for the...
  • Basil Chigas on Ron Della ChiesaHappy BDAY Ron ! Don't let anyone get your age wrong . You are celebrating the 20th anniversary of your 60th bday. Right ? That's what I remember. Don't forget to collect SS while there is still SS.
  • Aimee Sands on Ron Della ChiesaRon Della Chiesa, you look exactly the same! Happy birthday, and congratulations on your long career in Radio. I send warm greetings to everyone from Radio and local TV in the 70's and 80's. Aimée Sands
  • Jo Ann Mathieu on Ron Della ChiesaHappy Birthday Ron, If I was back in Massachusetts, I would have made it to the party. I'm sure it was great fun loaded with memories and many faces from the past. I'm in Miami now, as a Snowbird these...
  • George Morency on Ron Della ChiesaHappy Birthday, Ron! Boston radio is still the best radio market in the country. In large part because of your talents and many contributions over the years. Wish I could have been there to help you celebrate! Let's talk soon...
  • Austin Hoyt on Ron Della ChiesaCongratulations, Ron. Join the club. All best, Austin
  • Raquel Ortiz on Ron Della ChiesaHola Ron, How fabulous 80th Birthday Celebration at WGBH Studios. Sorry I did't know about it, I would have been there for you. In any case CONGRATULATIONS/FELICIDADES!!! May you enjoy many more in good health and great joy! And may...
  • Beverly Shaffer on Ron Della ChiesaDear Ron. Happy Birthday! I hope this year and the following years will provide you with many opportunities to enjoy the good things that life has to offer.
  • James Donahue on Ron Della ChiesaHappy 80th, Ron! What wonderful memories remain of all our grand adventures, and you continue to sound grand!
  • John S Kerr II on Ron Della ChiesaRonaldo -- Just remember that 80 is only 26.7 Celsius. I should know. Happy Birthday -- and onward! -John Kerr
  • John Beck on Ron Della ChiesaRon, hi - congratulations on your wonderful work. I must say that Bob Gore showed me your book not long ago, and I want to clear up a 45-year-old misunderstanding. When I asked you to take on "MusicAmerica" in the...
  • Olivia Tappan on Ron Della ChiesaBelated Happy Birthday Ron!
  • Lo Hartnett on Ron Della ChiesaRonnie, I had no idea about your 80th Birthday Celebration and would have been there for you. Please accept my heartfelt congratulations. It is no surprise you were honored for all your years of service. You deserve it and more....
  • Steve Olenick on Ron Della ChiesaRon, what you did for Arnold will never be forgotten by my brother and I. He may not have been published, but having his music featured on your radio show was a high point in all of our lives. You...
  • Syrl Silberman on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsI will certainly come. Syrl Silberman
  • Ron Della Chiesa on Ron Della ChiesaThanks to all my wonderful friends who showed up for my 80th birthday celebration at the WGBH studios yesterday. It was a day I will never forget sharing so many memories with you! For the past 26 years, I’ve been...
  • Jay Collier on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsThanks, Lesley! I'll be reaching out to new volunteers in the coming week.
  • Lesley Norman on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsI'm not sure I saw a survey, but I'd love to come, help, whatever!
  • JACK CALDWELL on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsAbsent the presence and wisdom of Hartford Gunn, WGBH would likely have been just a major market educational television station. What did he do? He was a leader with incredible vision: creation of CPB - Corporation for Public Broadcasting; first...
  • Scott MacKay on Robert J. LurtsemaWGBH Folks: I was recently going through a collection of my old cassette tapes to transfer some of them to MP3 and came across a tape I did in September 1980 of each one of Robert J.'s morning birds and...
  • Charlie Walcott on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsWGBH gave me a start in TV and film making back in 1955. Although I have been and am still a university professor, that early experience in "Exploring Nature" with Mary-Lela Grimes, has colored my life ever since. I still...
  • Paul Noble on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsSo glad to see so much support for a reunion. I’m one of the earliest proponents of WGBH reunions, and while I know very few names on the list, I know we share the same excitement and experiences whatever the...
  • Mark Duffield on Next Reunion: Survey ResultsI agree that life after WGBH would be an interesting topic. We learned many valuable things during our working years at the station that we later used to expand on those experiences into other projects. In my case, I wrote...
  • Syrl Silberman on Help us catalog WGBH “firsts” in national public mediaRuss Fortier and I did (directed and produced) a single camera, handheld video camera documentary, The 27th Lancers. I think it was the early 70s. I believe it was the first use of handheld for a non-news show at WGBH....
  • Susheel Bibbs on Two Susheel Bibbs’ Documentaries Available to Stations This FallHi My update is that my new film, Voices for Freedom, The Hyers Sisters' Legacy, is on DVD now on Amazon and on 26% of all PBS stations 2 months after it's debut broadcast. Important, hidden history, it has, to...
  • Alison Bassett on Help us catalog WGBH “firsts” in national public mediaFrom Alison Bassett: I'm watching the Olympics and just read about the early use of video cameras by Bill Charrette. My fellow alum from WGBY, Chip Adams, is VP of engineering for NBC's Olympic coverage and it takes me back...
  • Sharon on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI grew up loving this show! I'm 54 now and still remember "Write Zoom, z dobule o m box 350, Boston, Mass 02134! Send it to Zoom!" Also, learned what a SASE was (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) and collected my...
  • Lee Smith on Help us catalog WGBH “firsts” in national public mediaI remember so well being out in the field shooting news with the PCP 90....wasn't easy on the back! Larry LeCain was the first ENG cameraman at WGBH, followed by me, Bill Charette, Bob Wilson, Frank Lane and others as...
  • Charles Kelley on Help us catalog WGBH “firsts” in national public media... and the GBH management support of and respect for the studio crew's decision not to break WBZ film crew's strike, even though WBZ was providing WGBH with significant material support at the time.
  • Alex Pirie on Help us catalog WGBH “firsts” in national public mediaNot sure, but I think it was a first, maybe one of several all at once - Stan Vanderbeek's Violence Sonata, the first telecast "happening" and first black and white bedroom scene broadcast nationally (OK, southern stations were alerted and...
  • Charles Kelley on Help us catalog WGBH “firsts” in national public mediaI was a summer replacement studio technician replacement in the 1972-74 period when the PCP 90 was the new, next and rare technology. And it was a game changer, pioneered at WGBH with Bill Charette carrying all that equipment on...
  • Jay Anania on Help us catalog WGBH “firsts” in national public mediaYes, on the Avid. It was offered to any project, and our small unit (called The Magellan Unit, for esoteric reasons) said, yes, please. We were doing various educational pieces under Brigid Sullivan, and things for NTW under Susan Dowling....
  • beth chiron on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI remember Zoom from my childhood and looking it up now to show my 14 yr old son. I was surprised to see it look so different from what I remembered (which was all-black leotards).
  • Bill Charette on Help us catalog WGBH “firsts” in national public mediaThe PCP 90 was the beginning of "portable" video for 'GBH, and it was followed by the earliest ENG cameras and recorders during the mid to late 70's. Up until then, The Reporters, the local Channel 2 nightly news show,...
  • Bob Manosky on Remembering the James Brown Concert in 1968A little reported sidebar. After the mayor's appearance at the garden he came to Studio C and went live all night. I was the only one in the studio with him. If you remember only one person was needed to...
  • Jill Philipson and Charlie Bennett on John Kerr: From TV Producer to Yellowstone RangerCoincidentally our son, Drew Bennett, ran into John during a wolf-focused visit to Yellowstone a few years ago and somehow connected the WGBH dots!
  • Betsy Anderson on Barbara Gullahorn Holecek, 74, Nova ProducerThere are three B&W photos from Papua New Guinea hanging in my powder room. There is a family with young children, an old man weaving a very large basket, and a grinning Barbara surrounded by a group of women. I...
  • Jay Collier on A Celtic Sojourn in Memory of Valerie GundersonUpdate on the special event for Valerie Gunderson from Regina Daley at WGBH. On Sat, 10/28, in WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio, friends of our late WGBH Director of Budget Operations Valerie Gunderson and fans of A CELTIC SOJOURN are invited...
  • Fred Barzyk on John Kerr: From TV Producer to Yellowstone RangerKerr was head of fund raising for years at WGBH. This is what happens to you when you retire.
  • John Angier on Barbara Gullahorn Holecek, 74, Nova ProducerThere will be a reception in memory of Barbara Holecek on Tuesday, November 28, 3.00 - 5.30 pm at WGBH, One Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135. Please RSVP to Linda Harrar: linda_harrar@wgbh.org.
  • Jack Caldwell on ‘Nova’ has its tightest deadline ever with Aug. 21 eclipseAnother proud hire – Paula Apsell – late 60’s. She managed our “facilities scheduling board.” Look at her now! Footnote: Hire smart people and give them that entry access to sort out what they want to do, can do, dream...
  • John Kerr on Former Executive Producer Henry Morgenthau Releases New BookFrom John Kerr: I remember those days of PROSPECTS OF MANKIND so well, and of the parade of amazing people that Henry and Diana brought into the studio to be interviewed by Mrs. Roosevelt: JFK, Kissinger, so many others —...
  • Jay Collier on Media Outlets Feature Retired Executive Producer Henry Morgenthau IIII have added more media sightings to our post about Henry Morgenthau's book, Sunday in Purgatory: his selection for The Atlantic's Poem of the Month in August and a link to the audio from Scott Simon's interview in January. https://wgbhalumni.org/2017/02/20/washington-post-morgenthau/...
  • Jay Collier on Sheila and Marilyn Brass launch new seriesI added excerpts of a Boston Globe article about Sheila and Marilyn Brass and their new series, Food Flirts here: https://wgbhalumni.org/2017/07/12/sheila-and-marilyn-brass/
  • Jay Collier on Zvi Richard Dor-Ner, 75, Executive ProducerI have added excerpts from stories about Zvi Dor-Ner in the Boston Globe and Nieman Foundation to our memorial on the WGBH Alumni website.
  • Jay Collier on Media Outlets Feature Retired Executive Producer Henry Morgenthau IIII've added two of the poems from Henry's book to the website, courtesy Fred Barzyk. Stunning, as are the reviews at his Amazon page.
  • Brooks Leffler on Dave Nohling to the RescueAs it happened, Dave didn’t room with Tom and Fred after all. Right after meeting for the first time, he and I saw a listing in the window at Sigmad Realty for a 3rd floor walkup at 31 Mass Ave....
  • Bob Frischmann on Parker Wheatley – in memoryFrom Bob Frischmann: I worked with Parker at KMOX-TV in the early 1980's. He was a consummate professional, meticulous in every detail of what he did. Parker and I talked often — he was fascinating to converse with and at...
  • Jay Collier on Media Outlets Feature Retired Executive Producer Henry Morgenthau IIIFrom John Kerr: "I remember those days of PROSPECTS OF MANKIND so well, and of the parade of amazing people that Henry and Diana brought into the studio to be interviewed by Mrs. Roosevelt: JFK, Kissinger, so many others —...
  • Jay Collier on Media Outlets Feature Retired Executive Producer Henry Morgenthau IIIFrom David Atwood: " My generation knew and worked with Henry at WGBH in the '60s and '70s." From John Kerr: "Henry was a key producer at WGBH. I remember when he brought Eleanor Roosevelt into the old studio at...
  • Paul Noble on Former Executive Producer Henry Morgenthau Releases New BookLast night in Washington DC, 35 relatives and friends came together to celebrate Henry’s 100th birthday. Henry read one of his poems, entertained with his usual wit.
  • Michael P. Krupa on Robert J. LurtsemaMay I add another note to recognize another way Robert J. Lurtsema, his associate producer and colleague Leslie Warshaw, and Morning Pro Musica continue to ding the universe? We are about to open a new hospital here in Massachusetts that...
  • Paul Birman on Remembering the BU ScholarsI ran the console for Father Norman J. O'Conner when 'GBH was on Mass Ave. right across from MIT, where I was a student in the 50s. Paul Birman.
  • John Kerr on Remembering the BU ScholarsBeing a WGBH BU Scholar as I was after college in 1960 was an experience that exposed us to Bob Moscone's pocket of index cards and good organization, let us get some of the world's smartest and most-interesting people onto...
  • Dick Hiner on October 14, 1961: That Fateful DayI was a BU Scholar (don't know why they called us that) running master control the evening of October 13, 1961. I signed off the station and went home to my bride (married only a month before). The next morning...
  • joan summerfield-gray on Former Executive Producer Henry Morgenthau Releases New BookJust want to congratulate Henry on his poetry collection. Where can I find it? I've also been working on a poetry collection, trying to get it published. I published a novella back in '97 called "The Francesca Diaries", which can...
  • joan summerfield-gray on Former Executive Producer Henry Morgenthau Releases New BookIt's amazing to read that Henry's writing poems in his '90's. I think it's wonderful. I, too am writing poems, although I've been writing them for far longer than he. I'm also working on getting them published, (hopefully), as I...
  • Darrell Byers on October 14, 1961: That Fateful DayThat fateful day in 1961 was also the day of my birth. When I heard that story during my first days at WGBH, I knew it was a perfect match.
  • Jay Collier on Remembering the BU ScholarsThank you, Michael. Updated.
  • Paul Noble on Remembering the BU ScholarsNext June will be our 60th anniversary together. I'm into celebrations.
  • Victor Washkevich on Remembering the BU ScholarsFour of us from the BU Scholars class of '58 — Ed Donon, Don Mallinson, Paul Noble and I — are still alive and kicking after all those years, and continue to stay in touch. I am told that the...
  • Michael Ambrosino on Remembering the BU ScholarsGrand story with one correction: Known as The Jazz Priest, Father Norman J. O'Connor hosted the weekly program.
  • Deborah O"Brien on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionDavid is married and lives in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is a pastor at Blue Ridge Community Church (www.blue-ridge.org) and ministry leader of Celebrate Recovery. We have 4 children & 5 grandchildren. He is an awesome husband & loves the Lord!...
  • Don on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionNina is still a beauty! One of my first crushes! :)
  • Paul on October 14, 1961: That Fateful DayOh, yes...but then we became cellar dwellers at the Museum. Paul Binder
  • Dave Usher on Tony SaletanTony did the best labor day tune ever at the Fox Hollow Festival in 1971. I recorded it on a little tape recorder. It is called "Friend to the Working Man", a motto song written in 1895 in Lawrence, MA....
  • Laura Town Beal on Stereo Television: OriginsHello! Very nice article....I am Howard Town's Daughter and would love any information regarding my fathers career. Thank you, Laura Town Beal
  • Paul on “You Can’t Sell an Ocelot on TV!”Did you spite your face?
  • Jane Moulding on Conrad “Connie” White, 80, Stage Manager, Colleague, FriendFrom Jane Moulding, head of school, The Cambridge School of Weston: For us here at school we have lost an iconic figure; a man who watched over us all and made sure we kept the values of CSW front and...
  • Al Potter on Conrad “Connie” White, 80, Stage Manager, Colleague, FriendConnie was a GEM! He was one of those folks who come into your life only rarely, but make you better for having known him. Connie and I used to stay after the last shift in Studio A every night...
  • Jay Collier on Bud Collins, 86, tennis authority, broadcasterFrom September 2015: "The United States Tennis Association honored Collins, a busy man who has always had time for others... His commemorative plaque was already on the wall when the first balls of this year’s United States Open were struck...
  • Joe Vogesang on George BauerVilla and Joe Vogelsang thought of you this evening. We remain in your former New Hampshire home, some 18 years now. We have retired and expect to remain here. We hope you Susan and Lisa are well.
  • John A McCormick on Bill CavnessI recall working in Traffic when I recommended Way Station to Bill at WGBH. He borrowed my copy and read it to PBS listeners. Must have been about 1970 or so.
  • Maria Martin Martin on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI loved that show Zoom as kid. I knew one cast member, his nickname was Red, but his real name is name was David O'Brian. What he been up to since the show? You guys look great. Sincerely, Maria Saia...
  • Amy on Anne Slack – in memoryI remember that song so well! You counted down the number of "plumes" the bird lost. We watched it on TV in Berlin MD in 1966 - 6th grade for me. I loved TV French and was inspired to take...
  • PJ on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI lived for Zoom. It aired during a very different time, the early to mid 70s, when a cultural shift was taking place. Moms started to go back to work, families were splitting up, and the innocence of the 60s...
  • Dan Beach on Former Executive Producer Henry Morgenthau Releases New BookHow wonderful to have HM III's sights and insights. I look forward to reading the new book. Working with him was one of my best memories from my time running WGBH's early "Film Department." The logistics of getting crew, equipment...
  • Christopher Lydon on Former Executive Producer Henry Morgenthau Releases New BookDear Cyndi Chutter Kahn, Delighted to see your mention of Caroline Isber, with whom my Globe teammate Bryant Rollins and I did a old-time freebie weekly GBH Radio broadcast of "This Week at the Statehouse." Can you point me toward...
  • Cyndi Chutter Kahn on Former Executive Producer Henry Morgenthau Releases New BookAfter graduating from Smith College in 1961 and UCLA with an MA in African History in 1963, I began working for Henry's wife Ruth Morganthau when she was teaching at Brandeis. Not long after that, I started working for Henry...
  • Missing the Birds, the pauses and the news on Robert J. LurtsemaThe snip from Wikipedia seems rather small for such a large presence. Here are a couple of links with a bit more depth. http://www.csmonitor.com/1980/1016/101660.html http://www.wamc.net/lurtsema.html I've heard of off-air recordings of MPM; it would be nice if some were put...
  • Virginia Kassel on Former Executive Producer Henry Morgenthau Releases New BookDelighted to read the news of HM III new book. What an honor it was to work with him and what a precious memory. I look forward to reading his poetry.
  • Michael Esty on Frank Lane, 74, Cameraman and Studio EngineerFrank. Anyone who knew him smiled as soon as you mention his name. He had a signature smile. Which made part of Frank. Sense of humor that was always welcome. Looked forward to. Does the expression " my side are...
  • Valeri on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionWow! I loved ZOOM, the original cast was my age. It was a great break from daily afternoon sitcoms and reruns. It was creative and made me ponder things as I sat and polished off several bowls of cold cereal....
  • Steven Douglass on Frank Lane, 74, Cameraman and Studio EngineerAs I read these comments, I realized there is really not a lot else I could have added, that would have said it any better than everyone else already has in this forum. As an "on the road" partner of...
  • William P. Thurston on Bill CavnessI echo all the above comments! I listen(ed) on Maine Public Radio in those far off halcyon days. One day it was gone, replaced by "The Radio Reader." Fine program in it's own right, but simply not up to the...
  • Dee Ayrton on Joe ShrandJoe, I remember you from a production of OLIVER. I believe you were the Artful Dodger? I also saw you on Zoom as my kids were great fans. You are doing wonderful work! Dee
  • Ed Wade on William (Bill) PierceFor a student growing up in rural Alabama the introduction, by William Pierce, of a Boston Pops concert, Arthur Fiedler conducting, was always a great treat.