The Day and the Details (Final Updates)

12. The party begins.

Here are the final details.

  • Saturday, October 20, 2018, 12:30-5:30
  • WGBH Studios, One Guest Street, Brighton, MA

The party will start around 12:30 p.m. (after lunch) and end by 5:30. Light refreshments will be provided in the afternoon.

Current and past staff and volunteers are all welcome!

October 16: 4 Days to the reunion

Here’s the final update before the 2018 reunion!

  • IMPORTANT: This is the Head of the Charles Regatta weekend. If you’re coming from out of town, or even across town, avoid Memorial Drive and Sorrow Drive due to road closures and traffic congestion. If you need to cross over, try Watertown/Newton or further west. More details here.
  • We decided to make one last update to the guest list so that those who registered after October 1 know we’ve added them to the check-in list at the door.  We’ve also created a list of the regrets we’ve received. We’ll miss you.
  • Bring business cards. Bring more than you think you need. Bring cash for drinks: $5 per wine or beer.
  • Charge your cameras and make room for new photos!
  • If you can’t be there in person, join us for a live stream from 1:20-2:30 on Facebook Live.
See you Saturday!

October 9: Less than 2 weeks to the reunion

  • We’ve updated the guest lists to October 9. This is the final version. If you responded after October 1, we’ll have your name at the welcome desk, but you won’t have a printed name badge.

October 4: About 2 weeks to the reunion

  • We’ve updated the guest lists to October 1 and submitted our final numbers for food and beverages.
  • If you’re still seeking lodging, John Rogers notes there are still rooms at “Quality Inn in Middleboro.”
  • Note: We’ve added a list of optional activities, including the just-announced premiere of an archival video installation, produced in collaboration with Olin College.
  • We’ll be dependent on your for photography. (See photos from the last reunion.) Charge your phones and make sure you have space to take lots of pictures of your colleagues. After the reunion, send an email to Jay Collier to let him know you have photos available.
  • Tickets for the beer and wine cash bar will be $5 (no credit cards), so bring cash.
  • Be sure to sign up to receive comments on Fridays or come back here for updates.

October 1

  • The current guest list is here. If you haven’t already submitted your RSVP — even if you said you were attending on the Facebook event — please do so on this form by October 1. We need to have a good attendance list for security.
  • If you have already sent your RSVP but cannot attend, please check the guest list to verify, and then send an update to jay (dot) collier (at) thecompass (dot) com by October 1.

September 23: It’s less than 4 weeks to the reunion! Read on …

Spread the Word

Please check in with your ‘GBH co-workers and colleagues (current and former) to make sure they know about the reunion. Check the guest list. Is there someone you know who hasn’t responded? If so, please send them a link to this page and this link to sign up for email updates.

Accommodations

  • Due to the Head of the Charles Regatta the same weekend, nearby lodging is expensive and difficult to find. If you are coming from out of town, get reservations as soon as you can.

Directions and Parking

  • Written directions are on the WGBH website here. You can also get directions via Google Maps.
  • Directions to the Visitor’s Parking Lot are at the bottom of the same page. The lot will be open all day and will not need any access information. Signs will be in front.

Watch online

  • We are working with WGBH Director of Social Media, Tory Starr, and the technical crew to stream the event live on Facebook from 1:15 to 2:30. More details here are plans are finalized. (Note: the stream will be public, so everyone can see comments.)

Agenda

  • 12:30 – 1:20 p.m. Gathering – Front desk and Atrium
  • 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Welcome – Theater
  • 2:00 – 5:30 p.m – Socializing – Atrium
  • Optional afternoon activities
    • Social media insights
    • Virtual & Augmented Reality demo
    • Story Booth
    • Station Tours
  • 5:30 – Goodbyes! Until next time …

Optional activities: Bring a friend

    • 2:00 – 2:25 p.m. – Digital and Social Media Insights – Theater. WGBH productions now have to think about audiences on their websites and social media fans, in addition to their broadcast audiences. How are we storytelling on these new platforms? In this special session, you can learn how WGBH is reaching new, younger, and more diverse audiences through digital and social media efforts.
    • 2:00 – 5:30 p.m – Virtual & Augmented Reality. Fraser Performance Studio – VR and AR are transforming the ways WGBH presents content, especially at Frontline and NOVA. Come try it out yourself! Gear will be available for 15-minute demos for up to 20 participants throughout the afternoon.
    • 2:30 – 4:30 p.m – Story Booth. Fraser Performance Studio – We would love to hear your anecdotes about your years at  WGBH. Please come to the Story Booth and record it on audio or video – and help us create memories for posterity! Remember what you say may be public!
    • 2:30 – 4:30 p.m – Station Tours. Would you like to see the production facilities where many WGBH radio and television programs are produced and finished? Join us for a station tour.
    • 2:30 – 4:30 p.m – JUST ANNOUNCED: Explore Vintage TV on Vintage Sets. Atrium – WGBH in collaboration with Olin College has created a interactive archives media installation to exhibit historic WGBH programming. See a portable, low-power, multi-channel television installation, authentically delivering the original tactile appeal of analog televisions.

Before and after the reunion

For those who would like to make plans to get together for food before or after the reunion, here are several options:

More

  • Please read our previous updates and reminiscences to get up to speed.
  • If you weren’t at the 2015 reunion, take a look at the wonderful photos from the event.
  • Our special thanks to WGBH management for their support and for hosting and subsidizing the reunion at the station!

Reunion planning team

Fred Barzyk (1958–forever), Michael Ambrosino (1956–76), David Atwood (1965–80, contractor to 2005), Jay Collier (1979–86), Anne Damon (1973-2009),  Sue DeMarco (1979–97), Kathryn Dietz (1976-1985), Christine Lear (1994-2003), Ros Minassian (1984–98), Sheila Simollardes (1965-72), Olivia Tappan (1960s-94).

For WGBH: Jon Abbott, Henry Becton, Eric Taub. With assistance from many others, including: Ana Aceves, Carla Borras, Sandy Chin, Julia Cort, Casey Davis Kaufman, Margaret Heffernan, Annie Husted, Alison Kennedy, Heidi Lewis, Bill Miller, and Tory Starr

19 thoughts on “The Day and the Details (Final Updates)

  1. Hi, in the rush of time over the last few years I’d forgotten that Henry Becton encouraged me to join wgbhalumi.org when I left WGBH in 2014. I ran into David Atwood this afternoon, and he mentioned the reunion tomorrow, which I regrettably can’t attend.

    I started at WGBH in June of 1988 – working for “one day” to help strike auction. I never left. I worked in production for Coburn Bennett for about 11 years, then transitioned to IT until my departure four years ago. I have many happy memories of WGBH both at Western Ave and Brighton Landing. A “Morning Pro Musica” poster from 1984 (signed by Chris Pullman) hangs in my office to this day.

    Wishing everyone the best,

    Peter Miller

  2. Regards to all. The passing of a friend and neighbor necessitates our changing travel plans from Boston to Florida. Will miss seeing you. WGBH reunions are very special.

    Jack

  3. Here’s the final update before the 2018 reunion!

    • We decided to make one last update to the guest list so that those who registered after October 1 know I’ve added them to the check-in list at the door: https://wgbhalumni.org/reunions/reunion-2018/guestbook. There is now also a list of regrets for those who can’t join us.

    • This is the Head of the Charles Regatta weekend. If you’re coming from out of town, or even across town, avoid Memorial Drive and Sorrow Drive due to road closures and traffic congestion. If you need to cross over, try Watertown/Newton or further west. More details here: https://hocr.org.

    • Bring business cards. Bring more than you think you need. Bring cash for drinks: $5 per wine or beer.

    • Charge your cameras and make room for new photos!

    • If you can’t be there in person, join us for a live stream from 1:20-2:30 on Facebook Live at: https://facebook.com/groups/wgbhalumni/permalink/10157788152604128

    See you Saturday!

  4. I am sorry to miss the reunion. I worked at WGBH from 1972-74, as a freelancer, in the post production department, when we still cut everything on film. On the Steenbeck, and with rewinds. I worked on NOVA, ZOOM, Religious America, and on Auctions. Not sure if anyone would remember me, but I definitely remember this time in my life, a recent college graduate working as a small fish in the big WGBH pond. Hopefully will make the next reunion!

  5. So sorry to miss what promises to be a wonderful event. I’ll be out of town. Have a great time everyone and hopefully will see you the next time!

  6. I am very sorry that I will not be at this years reunion. I did make the last one and hope to be at the next. I just wanted to say that my years at WGBH laid the foundation for a wonderful career in Broadcasting and to the formation of my fantastic family. My wife was the roommate of Beverly Shaffer who also worked at the station. They were watching the Auction late one evening in 1975. I appeared on the screen to sell off a table and eventually was invited to dinner. I guess I was “bought” at the WGBH auction. Therefore my entire future was carved in stone that night. I owe WGBH everything…certainly a wonderful professional education, some great friends and a truly blessed life. Thank you WGBH.
    Neil Weisbrod

    • Hey Neil! So sorry you’re missing this one. It’s my first and would have been so great to see you. Maybe another time! Love your story, just like a real life rom-com.

      • Monia,
        It is wonderful to hear from you. It would have been so great to see you as well. I suggest that we not wait another forty years. That would be a bit risky.

  7. Hey Jay,
    I never received notices from this group that I somehow thought was part of being in it! Forgot to check on the site to make a reservation. Anyway, I am hoping to attend (may chicken out at the last minute) so will see you then. I don’t have to eat if you have already made the food orders. -Margo Garrison

    • Hi, Margo!

      To get e-mail updates, you need to sign-up here: http://eepurl.com/h4NQk (also in the right column of the website).

      However, I’ve added you to the master list! There will be food … but you’ll have to make your own name badge.

      I hope you join us. It’ll be a blast to see you.

      -Jay

      • Jay
        Thank you for the personal invite. Sorry not to make it. I went to a reunion (maybe the first?) some 20 yrs ago. Don’t think I was yet Into my WGBH related field – Photography (mainly aerial). Maybe next time. Say hello And have a blast!

  8. Hola, I too too signed up, but don’t see my name. I also don’t see where to sign up now so — I request that you please add me to the list.

  9. It’s October 4: About 2 weeks to the reunion. Please visit this page for details and updates: https://wgbhalumni.org/reunions/reunion-2018/day-details/

    • We’ve updated the guest lists to October 1 and submitted our final numbers for food and beverages. https://wgbhalumni.org/reunions/reunion-2018/guestbook/

    • We’ve added a list of optional activities to the webpage, including a just-announced premiere of an archival video installation, produced in collaboration with Olin College.

    • If you’re still seeking lodging, John Rogers notes there are still rooms at “Quality Inn in Middleboro.”

    • We’ll be dependent on your for photography. (See photos from the last reunion.) https://wgbhalumni.org/reunions/reunion-2015/ Charge your phones and make sure you have space to take lots of pictures of your colleagues. After the reunion, send an email to Jay Collier to let him know you have photos available. jay (dot) collier (at) thecompass (dot) com

    • Tickets for the beer and wine cash bar will be $5 per drink (no credit cards), so bring cash.

    • Be sure to sign up to receive comments on Fridays here http://eepurl.com/h4NQk or come back here for updates https://wgbhalumni.org/reunions/reunion-2018/day-details/

    • If you can’t attend, you can watch on our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/wgbhalumni/

    More soon.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.