The foundations of WGBH: 84 Mass. Ave.

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series The Don Hallock Collection

From Don Hallock: Many extraordinarily-gifted figures and luminaries of the day — in the arts, science, politics and education — found their ways into the halls and studios of the original WGBH-TV/FM studios at 84 Massachusetts Avenue.

Building a Network: EEN (1961-64)

This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series The Michael Ambrosino Collection

WGBH: The Early Years

Ed: This is the second of three excerpts from Michael Ambrosino’s autobiography. In the first part, [intlink id=”1055″ type=”post”]Skating Around the Rink[/intlink], he described the early years at WGBH, an era of live and live-on-tape TV productions at the 84 Massachusetts Avenue studio in Cambridge. Read more...

The Frank Lloyd Wright Lecture (1960)

From Don Hallock — 2000

In about 1960, world famous (and infamously irascible) architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, gave one of his rare lectures at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. The proceedings were televised live by WGBH and fed down the line to a national audience on NET as well.

Recently completed, the Kresge building, which had been designed by renowned Finnish architect, Eero Sarrinen, stood on a broad grassy field just behind the Channel 2 studio building. Inside, was a large, airy facility, ‘Scandanavian modern,’ with a warmly comfortable interior of natural woods, and all housed beneath the span of a graceful, low concrete dome. Read more...

The MIT Professors (late 1950s)

From Don Hallock — 2000

Though this story isn’t strictly about television, it was making the rounds of MIT during the late ’50s, and found its way into the studio at 84 Mass. Ave. where I heard it.

Our little tale concerns the devastatingly brilliant, and notoriously vague, Professor Norbert Wiener. Author of the landmark volume "Cybernetics: or, Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine," he was known as the "father of cybernetics." Read more...