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Here are the past 200 comments on the WGBH Alumni website!

  • Teresa Ewing on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionLoved zoom!
  • Virginia (Kassel) on Celebration for NOVA Pioneer Michael AmbrosinoMIchael -- -- Thank you for the memories. Hope to see you at the next gathering.
  • Susan Cook on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionZoom was so great for me when I was a kid growing up in a small, homogeneous town in Missouri. I remember telling my mom that when I got older, I wanted to look exactly like Bernadette. She had to...
  • Jay Collier on Tour Boston neighborhoods of 50 years ago at October 8 screeningThanks, Leah and colleagues! Here are the links directly to the show: http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog?f%5Baccess%5D%5B%5D=All+Records&f%5Bseries_title%5D%5B%5D=Michael+Ambrosino%E2%80%99s+Show https://americanarchive.org/catalog?q=ambrosino&utf8=%E2%9C%93&f[access_types][]=online
  • Leah Weisse on Tour Boston neighborhoods of 50 years ago at October 8 screeningThanks to quick work by a bunch of people in the MLA, the digitized episodes of Michael Ambrosino's Show are now available on Open Vault and in the AAPB Online Reading Room! Links below: http://openvault.wgbh.org/ https://americanarchive.org/
  • Jay Collier on Moses Shumow, 42, Associate ProducerFrom WGBH Quick Nooz: A memorial service and reception for Moses Shumow, former Production Assistant for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and Associate Producer for our Lifestyle Unit, will take place this Sun, 10/27, 2pm, at The First Baptist Church, in Beverly, MA...
  • Simon Campbell-Jones on Celebration for NOVA Pioneer Michael AmbrosinoI might have hopped over the pond, had I realised! Wonderful pictures of only slightly older good friends. Forty seven years? Naaah! Can't be. Congrats again Michael. Much love to all.
  • Hilary Finkel Buxton on Moses Shumow, 42, Associate ProducerSo very, very tragic. I worked with him briefly in the Lifestyle Unit and am so sorry to hear about his untimely passing. Awful. Deepest condolences to his friends, family, and colleagues.
  • Michael M. Ambrosino on From Julia Child to The Victory Garden: How My Grandparents Changed the World of Cooking and TelevisionThanks Madeline. That is a lovely story, and a tribute to two delightful and accomplished folks.ou could have full confidence that things would get done, and get done well and with style. It has been a pleasure to know them...
  • Andrea Sodano on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardAnd then there was the time that the Auction crew put his motorcycle up for auction while he was running lights......a very surprised and nonplussed Chas. Andrea (Chas' very proud wife).
  • Tonia on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardMom and I are sitting here very proud of you and remembering all the wonderful creations that we had the pleasure of collaborating with you on during the years. We love you and you deserve all of this and more!...
  • Annie Valva on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardWell done Chas! You have always been a wonderful mentor and great friend. Your talents are far reaching, and I especially appreciate how you have helped many women navigate the business. I love you brother! ❤️
  • Michael Lutch on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardCongratulations and Thank you Chas for always making sure the lighting was what I needed to get the still photo to accompany the project I was documenting for WGBH.
  • Gordon Mehlman on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardCongratulations Chas, It was a privilege and a pleasure to have worked with a master of his craft and a friend for more than fifty years. Every production that you were a part of from the how to's, NET operas,...
  • Austin Hoyt on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardChas, It was an honor to work with a real pro for many years. You deserve the best.
  • Merrylyn A Sawyer on Robert J. LurtsemaMay I ask if you know what recording Robert J. used when he played Bach's Brandenburg Concerto? I am pretty sure it was Sir Neville Marriner of the Academy of St. Martin in-the-fields. Usually there was a recording company listed...
  • Syrl Silberman on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardHi Chas, So well deserved. I send congratulations echoing down the years. Warmly (many foot candles worth) Syrl
  • Raquel Ortiz on Celebration for NOVA Pioneer Michael AmbrosinoHola Michael, I’m so sorry I didn’t know about this celebration of your work and accomplishments. Well deserved of course. Looks like it was a grand event. The photos are great. Wishing you continued health and joy and fun. Hope...
  • Sixto Escobar on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardChas a well deserve honor. You contribute a lot to the success of WGBH. I appreciate specially the work and contribution you made to LA Plaza. Felicidades
  • Christine Lear on Celebration for NOVA Pioneer Michael AmbrosinoCongratulations Michael! Well deserved!
  • Susan Peters on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardCongratulations Chas! You have been a mentor and a leader to so many. So happy that this honor is coming your way!!! Susan
  • Roger Lyons on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardHub-i, Chub-az. I spent my formative years in television working on such WGBH programs as The Ten O'Clock News, The Advocates, various how-tos, and Elliot Norton Reviews. Yet my one year on ZOOM gave me a front-row seat to learning...
  • Don Hallock on Celebration for NOVA Pioneer Michael AmbrosinoA fine reminder of how much you are deservingly loved, respected and admired, Michael. Proud to be to be a friend, Don
  • Allan Muir on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardCongratulations, Chas, you are the BEST. I have awesome memories of our collaborations on The Advocates, Infinity Factory, and The Cars breakout video. Just being around you was a treat!!!
  • Derek Hunt on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardCongratulations, Chas, a wonderful honor to a most deserving designer. From an old friend and admirer. Derek Hunt
  • Hope Green on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardYour insistence on getting it right when we overlapped at WGBH set my standard for lighting directors ever after. So glad to see your work recognized with this award. Congratulations.
  • Raquel Ortiz on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardWhat marvelous well deserved honor. I was thrilled when you received an Emmy for Lighting the first “La Plaza” set. It was always a delight working with you. I respect and admire your talent and skills and your big heart....
  • Mark Helman on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardCongrats, Chas! I learned a lot from you, and had a lot of laughs along the way. Keep it up!
  • Fred Lindauer on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardWay to go Chas. Lots of memories of working with you in New Haven so many years ago. Congratulations.
  • Marc Tucker on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardDelighted to see that you are getting this award, a fitting capstone to an impressive career. From your long-time friend and admirer... — Marc Tucker
  • Dick Heller on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardChas, a well deserved honor for a consummate craftsman, teacher, and colleague. From crew days to directing, it was always great to know you were on the team, giving your all. Keep the beautiful photos coming, too!!
  • Henry Becton on Julia Child & Godzilla the Lobster: Early Memories in Studio AThat's a great recollection, Bill, well told! I arrived at WGBH at about the same time hired as one of the two last producer trainees. (The other was Kathy Kinderman, Arthur Schlesinger's daughter.) I was assigned to work on the...
  • Charles Kelley on Julia Child & Godzilla the Lobster: Early Memories in Studio AGreat story, Bill. I was fortunate enough to work as a summer replacement studio technician with you and that wonderful crew you were a part of for a couple of years in the early 1970's while just starting college Brought...
  • Bill Charette on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardChas, There’s an army of people who learned lightning at your knee. As I mentioned to you at the last reunion, you were a major influence in my career for which I am forever grateful. Congratulations
  • Don Hallock on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardCongratulations, Chas. 50 years! Wow! Still see you in the background of 'Roadshow' from time to time. You just never stop. Anyway, no one deserves the award more than you. Proud to know you. Don
  • Bob Manosky on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardCongratulations. Well Done Chas.
  • Tom Malkin on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardCongratulations Chas on this great honor and achievement. Enjoyed working with you for 8 years and learning so much at GBH from you on these for mentioned shows. It's been a long time, glad to see you are well and...
  • Richard McGonagle on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardCongratulations Chas! As many have already said it is well deserved. When I first went to WGBH in 1968 on their apprentice program I was fortunate enough to be snapped up by Chas for the lighting department. He spent a...
  • Larry LeCain on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardAlways an inspiration to work with you Chas! Your patience, kindness, and intelligence set a very high standard for us to follow. You are worthy of the Golden Circle award and my undying gratitude.
  • Charles Kelley on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardI was a fresh-out-of-high-school summer replacement studio technician during my initial college years in the early 1970s. I hung a lot of lights for Chas during those summers, and I was scared to death of him because he was so...
  • Susan on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardChas - I can only echo Boyd Estus..."Richly deserved." You are one of the incredibly talented... and KIND...people WGBH has been lucky enough to have over the years. Whenever John and I would see an especially beautiful sky, we would...
  • Geoffrey Miller on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardChas Norton was always a beacon of mentorship for me both before I joined WGBH and throughout my 12 years. Congratulations to a great man.
  • Carol Jeffery-WGBH Scholar 1968 on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardMuch deserved. Thanks for being a mentor and teacher. Sometimes I hear your voice as I look at errant boom mic shadows or talking heads whose shoulders cannot be distinguished from the set. Such things would never have appeared on...
  • Jack Caldwell on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardChas, Congratulations for receiving recognition for your five decades+ of lighting skills, quality judgment, team building, and caring for your team, staff, directors, producers, actors and on and on. We met and worked together back in the late '60s when...
  • Lee Smith on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardHi Chas! When I started working at WGBH in 1971, you were the first lighting director that I was assigned to work as gaffer for. I recall it was on the Julia Child French Chef cooking show. You were always...
  • Benny Krol on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardChas, congratulations on your well-deserved award. I can't believe 54 years have gone by us. It's been a pleasure working with you on many of those productions. A Lot of good memories were shared on that pathway. Here's to you...
  • Michael Esty on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardCongratulations, Chas. I remember your work on projects at 125 and 419, always pushing for perfection. I also remember you working with others your Junior and bringing them along, one being my brother Charles Esty. Again, congratulations. Nicely done.
  • Carl Piermarini on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardChas...you are simply...the best. Congrats and thank you for you many years of hard work, dedication and commitment to quality television production.
  • Boyd Estus on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardChas, Congratulations! Richly deserved.
  • Margo Garrison on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardCongratulations Chas! Well deserved! So creative, kind, dedicated, and willing to share your knowledge with others, all while chewing on a piece of electrical tape, as I recall.
  • Monia Joblin on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardChas, it was always a relief knowing you were with us in the studio because you always brought artistic creativity and ingenious problem-solving to every production day. Congratulations on this award. You so richly deserve this and more!
  • Chas Norton on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardAs much as this is a great honor for me, I have to mention that an individual achievement is always part of a team achievement. Hats off to all the women and men who worked with me over the years...
  • Bob Nesson on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardCHAS!!! You've always been a master to look to for ideas about lighting. For as long as we've known each other - especially in the "early days" -- you've shown a seriousness of purpose and deep understanding of what's needed...
  • Dave DeBarger on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardCongratulations, Chas! Well-deserved. Thanks for the memories, and for teaching me how important lighting is to a production; AND how to do it!
  • Steve Damas on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardChas, congratulations! You deserve it. You have been an inspiration to me and always a pleasure to work with. Will we every get to do that again? I would look forward to it.
  • Susan Bluttman on Chas Norton receives New England NATAS Gold Circle AwardCongratulations, Chas! It was great to work with you on the Ten O'Clock News way back when!
  • Harriet Reisen on Celebration for NOVA Pioneer Michael AmbrosinoSo sorry Tony (Kahn) and I couldn't come, but we enjoyed the many wonderful pictures. We could almost feel the warmth in the room. Harriet Reisen
  • Carole I Ashcraft on Celebration for NOVA Pioneer Michael AmbrosinoWell earned and well deserved. Congratulations dear friend. You look great!
  • Michael Ambrosino on Celebration for NOVA Pioneer Michael AmbrosinoHow sweet it is when your friends and colleagues send you off with so much love and so many grand stories. Thanks to all who planned and attended. See you at the next Reunion! Michael
  • Dan Beach on From Julia Child to The Victory Garden: How My Grandparents Changed the World of Cooking and TelevisionHow delightful, Madeline, for you to explore Russ and Marian's amazing contributions to television. What a treasure of programming in the 'GBH and PBS vaults from those two. Thanks for the memories. I, too, was cast in that Shakespearian Imagination...
  • Chuck Schuerhoff on From Julia Child to The Victory Garden: How My Grandparents Changed the World of Cooking and TelevisionI really enjoyed this, Madeline, especially the pictures. I worked on the studio crew when Russ directed "The Advocates" (a co-pro with KCET that won a Peabody Award in 1970), and I was still hanging around WGBH when Crockett's Victory...
  • Jack Caldwell on From Julia Child to The Victory Garden: How My Grandparents Changed the World of Cooking and TelevisionIt was a privilege to be among the many staffers at WGBH back in the 60's. "Can't" was not a part of our lexicon. "Why not" was the standard. So much of what we take for granted as a television...
  • Susan Galler on From Julia Child to The Victory Garden: How My Grandparents Changed the World of Cooking and TelevisionMadeline, I worked @ WGBH in 80s. Your grandparents started the how to gardening & cooking show movement. One of my best memories was the small gathering that my team arranged to honor Julia Child when a conference room was...
  • Deborah J. Gillespie on From Julia Child to The Victory Garden: How My Grandparents Changed the World of Cooking and TelevisionDear Madeline, your story about your grandparents brought back a lot of memories for me. I was the first production assistant for Crockett's Victory Garden featuring the esteemed Jim Crockett. Crockett's Victory Garden, as you probably know, was the predecessor...
  • Ralph E Schuetz on From Julia Child to The Victory Garden: How My Grandparents Changed the World of Cooking and TelevisionWhat a beautiful story, and such a lovely photo of your grandparents, too! My days on the crew at WGBH were brief...before I became Traffic Manager there and later left for a career PBS. I never had the pleasure of...
  • Susan Bluttman on From Julia Child to The Victory Garden: How My Grandparents Changed the World of Cooking and TelevisionWhen I was a freshman fledgling actress at BU Theatre School, I was cast by your father, Russell Morash, in two TV productions he directed for the series, The Shakespearean Imagination. I played Juliet and Perdita, and I remember that...
  • Jim Lewis on From Julia Child to The Victory Garden: How My Grandparents Changed the World of Cooking and TelevisionMadeline, thank you for sharing such an inspiring story. Russ and Marian truly are two-of-a-kind. It was great to read this intimate portrait of them.
  • Greg Fitzgerald on From Julia Child to The Victory Garden: How My Grandparents Changed the World of Cooking and TelevisionGreat story, Madeline. I worked at 'GBH in the '70s and '80s and found it amazing what the early episodes of the Victory Garden could produce in such a tiny garden.
  • Sarah Hoag on Tom Dunn, 72, writer-announcerFrom Tom’s sister! I just came across this posting (almost five months after Tom’s death) and it was just lovely to read all your kind and joyful memories of my brother. He was, as you have noted, one of a...
  • Dan Truman on Robert J. LurtsemaThank you Scott. I'd been missing them. And good news Michael. Dan
  • Jeffrey Hutchins on Lew Barlow, 80, producer, professor, mentorWas Lew related to Iran Berlow, one of my TV-production professors at BU in the '60s?
  • Robert Temple on Lew Barlow, 80, producer, professor, mentorLew was a wonderful friend with a heart made of gold, kind, generous, and beneficent. You couldn't find 'a nicer guy'. He always wanted to help everybody and he had almost no ego. What a loss when such a man...
  • Jay Collier on Tour Boston neighborhoods of 50 years ago at October 8 screeningHi, Barbara. I just went to the RSVP link at https://coolidge.org/events/wgbh-neighborhood and saw this: "Please note that while all tickets have been claimed for this free event, there will be a rush line which we will release any empty seats...
  • Leah Weisse on Tour Boston neighborhoods of 50 years ago at October 8 screeningStay tuned! The entire Michael Ambrosino's Show series is under review for possible streaming on one of these websites: (Open Vault) http://openvault.wgbh.org/ or (AAPB) https://americanarchive.org/. Thanks for your interest, it helps us to convince others of the value of what...
  • Barbara Levitov on Tour Boston neighborhoods of 50 years ago at October 8 screeningTried to register for movie. Signed up for Coolidge. Still no luck. I’ll see you there.
  • Michele Gokey on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionThe best memory for me was the day they tie dyed cloth napkins. I remember going around the house and tie dying the curtains, tablecloths, and more.
  • Don Hallock on The Make-Believe ClubhouseThanks, Bob. Great fun to resuscitate the memory of the Clubhouse - even if only this much. Don Hallock
  • Don Hallock on The Make-Believe ClubhouseThanks, Fred, for the very nice review. It was a pleasure to write, as you can imagine; and all due to Patrick Dilley's initiative. The book is a great idea. WGBH and it's hugely talented, past and present staff richly...
  • Don Hallock on The Make-Believe ClubhouseHi Michael. I can really say I knew you 'when'....I was 22 and you were 7. And now I'm 82 and you're about 60 I'd guess. Well, it's great to make an entirely unlikely re-connection. But for Patrick, this would...
  • Alex Pirie on Tour Boston neighborhoods of 50 years ago at October 8 screeningAn archeaologist? 1968 doesn't seem all that long ago! ;-) Ditto on Dan Beach - out of towner's and previous commitmenters unite, you have nothing to lose but your Ambrosinos!
  • Dan Beach on Tour Boston neighborhoods of 50 years ago at October 8 screeningDare I hope that out-of-owners might be able to access this online somewhere. Michael’s shows will be a delight to re-see, 50 years later.
  • Michael Valvo on The Make-Believe ClubhouseDon, thank you for your charming recollection of the clubhouse. My memories are clear about Roland, Stuart and Miss Beverlee. I am the boy on the left with the dark hair, the other was Carl Ameno. We were nominated by...
  • Cheryl Susheel Bibbs on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionLoved doing the show, first as talent coordinator (circa 73-74) under Chris and Bruce and then as Exec in ‘76 It was a wonderful show and an honor to have been a part of it. Glad to hear about the...
  • Fred Barzyk on The Make-Believe ClubhouseA another important historical moment caught before it fades from memory. Don, what a spectacular job. I remember it well. This fleshes out the story of the early days. Someday, I will get WGBH to fund a book on the...
  • John Beck on Tom Dunn, 72, writer-announcerGlad to hear about Bob's later adventures; I succeeded him as radio manager in a funding crunch just before a contested licence renewal for gbh-fm. My only experience seeing double came when driving Bob back from a visit to Bill...
  • Bob Manosky on The Make-Believe ClubhouseDear Don, This is a really great presentation of a wonderful story. Thank you for all of the work you must have done. Bob Manosky
  • David Clark on Tom Dunn, 72, writer-announcerSo sad to read this. I worked at WGBH about the same time hosting various music shows including an all night Saturday stint and Prelude early on weekday mornings as well as some TV booth announcing. Those were the days....
  • Susan Miles on Anne Slack – in memoryI loved watching the program when I was in primary 2 or 3. Gave me my love of the language. Remember the massive bar of chocolate that the puppets fought over...happy days!
  • Dan Beach on Director’s Note from Fred BarzykWell remembered.
  • Susan Z on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI agree Thomas! That was the best yrs of zoom and I remember I used to get a little scared when they did the skit “the Cat Came Back”.. does anyone remember that?
  • Bradford Whipple Sugar Hill, NH on Tom Dunn, 72, writer-announcerI posted about Robert Carey who left WGBH to run an Inn and Restaurant in Franconia, NH He and wife Sybil ran Horse and Hound for several years while Bob continued on as a Private Investigator. We worked together in...
  • BradFord Whipple on Father Norman J. O’Connor – in memoryIf anyone on WGBH staff remembers Robert "Bob" Carey and would like to hear some adventures that he participated in once he moved to Franconia, NH and boght the Horse and Hound Inn there. Th "behind the scenes" adventures as...
  • BradFord Whipple on Father Norman J. O’Connor – in memoryWhen I was a student at Boston English High School- 1952-1956 (a recent transfer from Boston Latin where I had failed to "make the grade") I was mysteriously invited to attend monthly session of the Boston Teenage Jazz Club which...
  • Doug Wallace on ZOOM’s 40th Reunion..I had a "Schoolboy Crush" on Nancy
  • Michael Franklyn on Ray Smith, 87, 30-year voice of Jazz DecadesI listen to Ray on my internet radio. He was a wonderful`host to great music
  • Yvette Kay on Jordan M. Whitelaw — 1920–1982Is there a way I could learn more about Jordan Whitelaw?
  • Chuck Schuerhoff on Advocating for The Advocates … and moreI heartily agree about the outstanding doc, "Dying," by Michael Roemer being the best doc I've ever seen - and I've seen a few thousand docs by now. It does not get the credit it deserves.
  • Amy MacDonald on Robert J. LurtsemaAll are available on Youtube if you search Lurtsema and Scott MacKay. My son made them into an alarm app for me! Lurtz’s Monday through Friday opening themes: Monday: Gabrieli – Canzon Septimi Toni #2 – the brass of the...
  • Karen Johnson on Jane Doerfer, 78, producer and authorSo good to hear your 'voice,' Austin and see your comment here about Jane Doerfer's first WGBH stint. I first knew her as Marion Morash's co-writer of the Victory Garden Cookbook, one of my first book projects for WGBH. She...
  • Tuggelin Yourgrau on Jena Perrone, 42, Rights CoordinatorI never met Jena but she sounds like a wonderful person. My deepest condolences to her family, friends and colleagues
  • Austin Hoyt on Jane Doerfer, 78, producer and authorI was sad to learn that Jane Doerfer had died. We worked together on The News at Ten, WGBH's first local news program from the spring of 1966 to the spring of 1967. Jane covered city hall at a turbulent...
  • Frank Capria on Tom Dunn, 72, writer-announcerWhat a joy working in the room adjoining the B+ suite, listening in, and often joining in on Tom's and your banter.
  • Richard McGonagle on Channel 2 AuctionAs a part of the crew for a few years from 1968 to 1969 and then freelancing off and on after that I very fondly remember Frank and Greg. We spent a lot of time together and there was always...
  • Leslie on Tom Dunn, 72, writer-announcerIt was great while it lasted, Peter, and Tom was certainly special when egos began to run rampant.
  • Larry LeCain on Channel 2 AuctionLovable, loyal,enjoyable teammates. If they were in your corner, you odds improved immensely. You could learn a lot and laugh along the way with Greg and Frank at your side.
  • Peter Swanson on Tom Dunn, 72, writer-announcerThanks for that, Leslie. Tom was a rare bird in the public radio firmament. Big hearted, and at least outwardly, without an out-sized ego. Those were the glory years of concertcasting at WGBH-FM
  • Geoffrey Miller on Channel 2 AuctionI always loved to be on the quickie board. All my friends and family would over bid just to make me look good !!!
  • Alex Pirie on Channel 2 AuctionAnd then there was Al Capp, guest auctioneer (maybe host, it was a long time ago and far away on Western Avenue) intoning "Welcome to Channel 2's festival of avarice!"
  • Don Hallock on The 1961 WGBH FireI, and a couple of extant friends, 'survived' the fire. Glad to help with inquires.
  • Marci Donovan on “The Negro and The American Promise” (1963)Wow. What a stirring, thought-provoking and difficult read. When I arrived at this, "It felt really unreal. I felt like a stranger in my own country," it hit home. I have felt this too. Thank you for offering your memories...
  • Susan Presson on Channel 2 AuctionThank you thank you for the pictures of Greg and Frank. Such talented camera men and such wonderful people. I worked many an auction....working auction shifts was NOT optional for employees. Too many stories/too little space. But one of the...
  • Leslie Warshaw on Tom Dunn, 72, writer-announcerA unique memory of Tom at 'GBHfm. In the wonderful, sociable old radio office at 125, I had bemoaned that I had never had a birthday party at school or work because of my January 1 birthday. That year Tom...
  • Laurie Everett on The 1961 WGBH FireHi Bill, In addition to Jay's helpful suggestion, you might contact Bob Simha. I believe he was at MIT then. I had a brief conversation with him once about the fire, and he may be a source of more information....
  • Doug Thayer on The 1961 WGBH FireInterview with Lowell and Hartford was conducted by WBZ's Arch MacDonald.
  • Jeromea M. on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI absolutely loved Zoom! The show was such a delight with a sparkling cast of highly talented children. I used to get so excited when the Zoom kids would sing, "Let's roll out the barrel and find out what's inside...
  • Jeff Blank on Channel 2 AuctionI used to volunteer each year, spending nearly my entire day helping out wherever needed, usually on the phones or at "Pick up & pay." Loved all of it and miss it a lot!
  • Peter Swanson on Tom Dunn, 72, writer-announcerTom's passing is sad news, indeed. He was an unflappable host of the New Year's Day from Vienna radio broadcasts back in the day when music still mattered on 'GBH. I still remember coming in for NYD with barely 2...
  • Nancy Mason Hauser on Tom Dunn, 72, writer-announcerOMG! How wonderful to see your name again, and to know that your experience with me was “transformational”! I have some sense of what that was like, because that’s what happened for me when I was mentored by the person...
  • Leda Zimmerman on Tom Dunn, 72, writer-announcerTom was responsible for my very first job at WGBH: an internship the summer of my sophomore year at Amherst College. A generous Amherst alum, he put me in touch with Nancy Mason Hauser who was creating dance videos for...
  • Bill Pimentel on Tom Dunn, 72, writer-announcerI knew Tom all the way back to the mid-80s, when he came in with a 'GBH gaggle (Bill Cavness and few other icons of 'GBH radio & TV) to a club in which I worked as a bartender. I...
  • Dan Jones on Tom Dunn, 72, writer-announcerTom had a wry sense of humor, a quick wit, and was great fun to work with.
  • Paul Solman on Tom Dunn, 72, writer-announcerTom was a lovely guy -- warm, engaging and ever so civil.
  • Jay Collier on Dave Nohling Passes OnThank you for the update, Fran.
  • George Allen on Robert J. LurtsemaThat was RLK [Dick Kaye] on WCRB on Sat. night after the BSO broadcast.
  • Fran Nohling on Dave Nohling Passes OnActually the DOD is Nov. 24, 2002
  • Alex Pirie on Director’s Note from Fred BarzykYes! Eliot Norton's guests were often a hand full. I remember being the producer trainee assigned to the show, I think Sharon Pucker might have been the producer/director. On one occasion my task was to find out what had happened...
  • Steve Gilford on Director’s Note from Fred BarzykI do understand what a pain Brendan Behan could be. Before we came to WGBH, Rosemary McDonald and I were at The Living Theatre in New York. A repertory company led by Judith Malina and Julian Beck, one of our...
  • thomas brown on ZOOM’s 40th Reunionhello my name is thomas brown and i am deaf use sign language i enjoyed watch i was 9 to 12 years old that was best year since 1972 to 1974 so, i got dvd with closed captioned but show...
  • Paul Noble on Director’s Note from Fred BarzykYes, Dave had his standards! I remember doing a half hour with Elliot Norton and the distinguished, brilliant, alcoholic and hilarious playwright Brendan Behan in 1960 or 61. There wasn’t room in the control room or green room for Behan’s...
  • Carole Ashcraft on Janet Weaver (Eltinge), 73, ZOOM ProducerJanet and I had lots of laughter together while we had our "buddy talks" regarding our adventures in production. She on "ZOOM", me on "NOVA". A good lady, I respected her in many ways. She left a good footprint on...
  • KUBANY on Director’s Note from Fred BarzykThis is a wonderful, funny remembrance. Me? At the bizarre suggestion of Michael Rice, *I* got Muhammad Ali, Joe Namath, and John Havlicek to do promos for The Advocates. (Howard Cosell wouldn't play.) Russ Morash did the scripts. It appears...
  • Jay Collier on Anne Adams, 55, producer and innovatorWe've posted an in-depth memorial to Anne Adams from the Boston Globe: Anne Adams, WGBH-TV producer who ‘truly had an impact,’ dies at 55. https://wgbhalumni.org/2019/04/11/anne-adams/
  • Jay Collier on Anne Adams, 55, producer and innovatorFrom WGBH: A celebration of WGBH Senior Series Producer Anne Adams’s life will take place Sat, 5/18 at 11am at the Parish of Epiphany in Winchester, Mass. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be directed to the...
  • Peter Panagopoulos on Anne Adams, 55, producer and innovatorAnne was a very talented, creative and empathetic colleague. Her love of her craft was admirable. My condolences to her family and may her memory be eternal.
  • Bob Nesson on Russ Connor: A Last Hurrah for a FriendOh, Fred: you have nailed it as always. Russ Baker, and you, and a few other pioneers created the immense platform that PBS is built on. I'll never forget the early days, and your recollections here brought them back to...
  • Bob Nesson on Janet Weaver (Eltinge), 73, ZOOM ProducerI'm so saddened by the passing of Janet Weaver. I accompanied her during production of the Zoom DO segments. We'd travel around the country making short docs about kids and their work or play. I started as an AC but...
  • Cynthia McKeown on Russ Connor: A Last Hurrah for a FriendFred, Thank you for the lovely homage and history lesson, told in the most engaging way. I did not know Russ, but now I can’t wait to learn more about him and his work.
  • Tony Padron on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionIn 72, I remember an episode where they took a penny, some vinegar and salt, and made the penny look new. And another when they took a string, put it on top of an ice cube, added salt, and made...
  • Tony Padron on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI remember that, I got to look it up and show my little girl.
  • Tony Padron on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI was 9 years old in 72 and was madly in love with Nancy and Tracy, especially Nancy. I miss being a little kid, best time of my life.
  • Henry on Russ Connor: A Last Hurrah for a FriendFred, I only overlapped with Russ a little bit but this is a great evocation of him. Many thanks.
  • Matthew K Morgan on Tony SaletanFirst song I learned on guitar was "Michael". But it was your son Jesse who changed my whole perspective and opened doors I never knew existed. He is an incredible talent and I imagine a great deal of that the...
  • Victoria Lynn Martins on Torrey Reade, 66So sorry to hear of Torrey's passing. What a joy it was being her mail lady for many years. I also enjoyed chatting with Dick. Vikki Lee Martins Pennsville NJ 856 655 8883
  • Michael Ambrosino on WGBH – Steve GilfordThe creative act of approaching and swinging an axe at a well known religious symbol, cutting away an instant before the strike has stayed with me all these years. The mind creates the sound of the axe bite even as...
  • Janet L Glazier on Anne Adams, 55, producer and innovatorMy love and caring thoughts go out to my friends Tom (her brother) and Betsy, here in Maine. So sorry for your loss!
  • Lisa R Trahan on Bill CavnessI would buy them all. Great revenue stream possibility here. (Hint, hint!!)
  • Austin Hoyt on WGBH – Steve GilfordSteve, I have fond memories of you approaching the alter of that church in Newton with an axe. Multiply and Subde aired 50 years ago and I think helped launch the first Earth Day in 1970. Hope all is well,...
  • Hilary Finkel Buxton on Anne Adams, 55, producer and innovatorI'll always remember Anne as a whip-smart, effective, creative and respected producer and colleague... and I know she'll be incredibly missed by many. Sending deepest condolences.
  • Judith Baer on Barbara Gullahorn Holecek, 74, Nova ProducerI’m sorry, Gordy. Holden Greeners rule! Judy
  • Sarah Soule on Anne Adams, 55, producer and innovatorAnne is my cousin (I still find it hard to speak of her in the past tense) and the loss my family and I feel is immense. Our hearts are literally shattered as we contemplate our lives without her. Anne...
  • William powell on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionWhen i was a kid i loved watching Zoom....i fell in love with Nancy and all my life i wonder were she was...until i Google her and it was good to see her agin.
  • Peter Hoving on Russell Connor, 89, TV HostThanks David, a great talent, never at a loss for words...
  • Angela Lifsey on Anne Adams, 55, producer and innovatorI am so sorry to hear this news. My office was right down the hall from hers when I was the HR Business Partner for National Productions. She was great to work with over the years. Even after I left...
  • Dianne Horgan on Anne Adams, 55, producer and innovatorDear Jon and the WGBH Community, I had the opportunity to work with Anne, and Laurie, during the production of “Mindfulness Goes Mainstream.” Anne was attentive, responsive, competent and engaging. I have a sense of your loss and send caring...
  • David A on Russell Connor, 89, TV HostBeautiful film Peter. You captured him and his work perfectly.
  • Peter Hoving on Russell Connor, 89, TV HostWorked with Russell Connor on Museum Open House in 1962, 1963 as a cameraman. Later on, in 2007 made a video (13 1/2 minutes) about his art, called the "Haunted Studio" now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbKBOCwoaW0 All right, old friend, I...
  • Karen Lynch on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionBernadette???She did that funny thing with her arms in the intro? I do know that as a young adult she worked at 'GBH! I met her! Lovely young woman :)
  • Bill Lenz on Russell Connor, 89, TV HostFor us BU Crew newbies, Alex was not only a great colleague but also privy to the best lunch break sausage and pepper subs ever. A 55-year coast-to-coast search odyssey for a comp has proven futile. Very best to you...
  • bill cosel on Russell Connor, 89, TV HostAlex Pirie and Paul Binder reporting for duty at Museum of Fine Arts on a Monday...Museum Open House with Russell Connor. Two snappy guys from Dartmouth...what are they doing here pulling cables says I the stage manager for the shoot....
  • Jaime Velez on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionLoved the show, great memories. Why is it that they just don't make kids like us 70's kids anymore (including mine). My favorite episode was when they featured kids making a tree house. That summer my friends and I gathered...
  • Alex Pirie on Russell Connor, 89, TV HostRelaxed, funny, wry, knowledgeable, he brought art home to a lot of us. My first job at GBH was signing up with Paul Binder to pull camera cable at the MFA on what became one of many delightful Russel Connor...
  • bill cosel on Russell Connor, 89, TV HostStage managed and became close friend with this free spirited, talented artist with the best sense of humor. Smart man. Loving man. He gave us and a large TV audience so much to think about. We took it all and...
  • Dan Beach on Russell Connor, 89, TV HostRussell was a treasured friend for over 50 years. From the MFA/WGBH Museum Open House days, to sharing a backyard in Cambridge, to putting a website together, Russell was always a delight to be around. His wry observations not only...
  • Deedee Morss Decker on Russell Connor, 89, TV HostIn 1965, my very first assignment as a PA at GBH was sitting in the bus with a stopwatch and make Russell's program Museum Open House come out at 27:58... It was terrifying. Over many years Russell and I kept...
  • Karen Johnson on Bill CavnessHi Karen, A project after my own heart! In the, maybe, '80's?, we did manage to clear, package and sell one Reading Aloud story--Bill's inimitable "A Christmas Carole," as a cassette tape, and there may be a precedent there for...
  • Mark Duffield on Bill CavnessThat would be wonderful to have CD's available of his broadcasts. A very nice gentleman that matched his unique voice.
  • Susan Presson on Bill CavnessMy aunt, who lived in Essex, Mass., was a huge fan of of WGBH radio. When I was working there, every spring...early spring...she would cut enormous bouquets of pussy willow branches for me to bring to Robert J. Lurtsema and...
  • Francis P. O'Neill on Bill CavnessI listened to "Reading Aloud" at lunchtime every day when I was in college in Washington, D.C. 1971-1975, but the only novel I still remember clearly was 'Nicholas Nickelby'. Is there any chance someone could compile and publish a list...
  • Carole Ashcraft on WGBH – Steve GilfordThat describes you too Michael... and change the PBS world you did through the creation of "NOVA". I should know as I was honored to be your Production Secretary at it's birth.
  • stephen frederick on WGBH Timeline (1946-1978)I was 8 or 9 years old and remember recording a couple of episodes of Spider's web on the soundstage in Boston. Indelible memories.. I saw Big Bird walking down the hall when I was buying a pack of starbursts...
  • Michael Ambrosino on WGBH – Steve GilfordGenerous, competent people help others to change the world.
  • John B. Gray on WGBH – Steve GilfordAhoy Steve, This is pretty much a thank you note and a few rambling from this aging but still agile mind of 80 years. Fond memories and thanks for your kind emotional support when I left GBH to get Nosotros...
  • Steve Gilford on WGBH – Steve GilfordHow odd! I was thinking of you the other day when I heard an NPR interview with Fay Wray's daughter and remembered our meeting her along with the son of President Cleveland at The Barnstormer Theater in Tamworth, NH.
  • Susan Garfield on WGBH – Steve GilfordTo Steve Gilford: Out of one's aging mind float the ghosts from the past. It causes me to wonder where the many roads that life has taken us did those individuals eventually travel.
  • Jeff Hutchins on Bill LenzBill, my wife and I live very near you, and would enjoy meeting you. We are in Black Mountain in a "right-sized" house. I worked at WGBH from 1972-1980, first in the mail room, then coordinating Zoom mail, and mostly...
  • Judy Salsich on Russell Baker, 93, Masterpiece Theater hostBeautiful, thank you for this. I still think of "Growing Up" as a perfect gift.
  • Bill Lenz on Bill LenzFrom Bill Lenz So sorry I couldn’t make the Reunion. My two years at WGBH were a highlight of my life, and I haven’t been back to beloved Boston since. My wife and I live in Asheville, NC and have...
  • Christopher Lydon on Russell Baker, 93, Masterpiece Theater hostRussell Baker We loved that man, on top of worshipping his cool, insightful, hilarious Times column. Newspaper guys didn’t say this sort of thing, but Russ Baker made your heart flutter. Lunch or even a few words with the great...
  • Robert L Moore on Bob Walker, 77, former news directorA very good job of reporting. Even 55 years ago, he was awsome.
  • Jim Ambrose on Anne Slack – in memoryAny luck finding out about “How can I tell you?” I have had that theme song in my head for almost 50 years! Not much info out there on the web. Any scoop you have would be greatly appreciated!
  • Missy Moore on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI was nine years old when season one was on the air in Chicago. I had such a crush on Tommy. I even named my second kitty cat after him. So nice to see this reunion picture of them as...
  • Tony Kahn on Tony SaletanTony, I'll be forever grateful to you for leading me to Dan Watt. The story he told me about discovering the true story of his mother and the songs of the Spanish Civil War you sang to enrich it for...
  • Bob Nesson on A Boy from MilwaukeeFRED!! I'm so grateful for this beautiful recollection of your early days on the piano, gracefully leading to your attempt to find new visual ways of presenting music. In particular I remember the sequence on Michael Colgrass!! In archives I...
  • kathryn bornhauser on Tony SaletanSo happy to find you, Tony. Have tears in my eyes. Thank you for all that you brought to me and my children, especially I Have a Little House. You taught me that I can make up new verses and...
  • Gale Perkins on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionGreat to hear!
  • fred barzyk on A Boy from MilwaukeeHey Paul... great to hear from you. Actually it was early in the day so we had Mai Tai instead. I can give you a link to one of the Shep shows. Just email me. Fred
  • Rich Chodes on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI agree totally! Why are they not releasing the complete episodes? Its probably either for legal reasons, or god forbid, they recorded over the original video tapes (they used to do that back then to save money). Bring back Zoom!...
  • Paul Gay, The fincancial guy on A Boy from MilwaukeeHi Jack! (that’s a greeting NSA) Can anyone remember why “Jean Shepherd’s America” isn’t reshown? Or available on tape disc or archives? I think there is a shoreline view from the water ( from Hawaii?) that is part of Thanksgiving...
  • Cynthia Broner on Susan Kaplan, 80, development stafferSharing your sadness, Ros. Here's to good friends...and good health.
  • Rosalyn Minassian on Susan Kaplan, 80, development stafferHi Cynthia, Although you kindly prepared me when we met at the Alumni reunion, it was still devastating to hear of Susan's passing. We worked together for years, I remain in denial of her passing ..... countless beautiful memories.
  • Jon Miskowski on A Boy from MilwaukeeYour story reminded me of an interview with Dorothy Zmuda who was also in Milwaukee on VJ or VE Day. You find her story about VJ Day (I think) at 50:52 in the linked video. I first heard Dorothy when...
  • Jack Caldwell on A Boy from MilwaukeeThe maiden voyage of that tape recorder was Jean Shepard's trip via a domed dining car from chicago to LA. We recorded all programs on that machine, shipped them to the then National Educational Television duplication center in Ann Arbor...
  • Fred Barzyk on A Boy from MilwaukeeHey Gordon not only the tape machine but the pcp 90. We took the machines back to the motel, washed the camera in the shower, while Dave wiped down all parts of the tape machine. We put it on the...
  • Cynthia Broner on Susan Kaplan, 80, development stafferWhen Edye Baker told me she had posted a new position for the Auction team, I said look no further: my longtime friend (and former Action for Children's Television colleague) Susan Kaplan is the perfect match. And she was, not...
  • Mark Duffield on Susan Kaplan, 80, development stafferSusan was one of the nicest people I came across during my years at WGBH. Her smile and laughter were memorable. When I would see her in the hallways coming my way, I instantly began to smile because no matter...
  • Jim Lewis on A Boy from MilwaukeeWas this not the first national program to be produced on tape entirely in the field?