Between 1992 and 2013, Fred Barzyk, Joe Anderson, Henry Becton, and Michael Ambrosino conducted over 100 hours of interviews with dozens of former WGBH-TV and FM staffers.

For the 2015 reunion, Fred and David Atwood compiled a highlights reel from those interviews with:

  • David Atwood
  • Bob Carey
  • Phil Collyer
  • Bill Cosel
  • Ron Della Chiesa
  • Anne Damon
  • Bob Ferrante
  • Helen Fox
  • Greg Harney
  • Jack Hurley
  • David Fanning
  • David Ives
  • Benny Krol
  • John LaBounty
  • Frank Lane
  • Karl Lorensic
  • Emily Lovering
  • Robert J. Lurtsema
  • Gordon Mehlman
  • Russ Morash
  • Henry Morgenthau
  • Chas Norton
  • Chris Pullman

Also included are classic clips with Tony Randall, Julia Child, and Hartford Gunn. Enjoy!

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Nancy Lane

Wonderful! Frank would have loved to see this, but he passed away a few weeks after last year’s reunion. I have saved the link and will watch it again many times. I shared in over 40 years of ‘GBH stories and memories with him. I wish I could get the tape from the ’76 auction when we did a table together and especially tapes of “Word Workers” which he co-hosted with Lorraine McNamara!

Nancy Lane

I loved watching this and have saved the link. My husband, Frank Lane, missed last year’s reunion because of poor health. He passed away a few weeks after the reunion. He’d have loved to see this tape!

Vic Washkevich

Too bad they missed out on the folks who were there when WGBH-TV first opened its doors back in the late 1950s. Those were the real stories, and you had to be there because there was no video tape available.

– Vic Washkevich, WGBH-TV Scholar Class of 1958

Vic Washkevich

The gathering should also know that WGBH-TV was once located directly over a luncheonette in an abandoned roller skating rink. That the image orth tubes in the cameras were filched out of the WBZ-TV dumpster to save some money. That TV was BACK-TO-BACK LIVE at one time, and produced by a bunch of kids fresh out of college who approached each project like Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland — Let’s Put On A Show. Ah, those were the days when we ran from being a cameraman on one to shot floor manger on the next then on to the boom… Read more »

Virginia Kassel

Yes, 64 Massachusetts Avenue. “A Time to Dance,” “Eleanor Roosevelt: Prospects of Mankind” (from Brandeis University), “Max Lerner: The Age of Overkill,” “Louis Lyons and the News,” remotes from Sturbridge Village and Mystic Seaport. And the BSO. Not a dull time nor place — the late ’50’s and early ’60’s and offices over the Tech Drugstore.

David

That show was a collaboration that Bill Cosell, Susie Dangel and I cooked up. Greatest moments in television. What a time!

Love the interviews, having worked at WGBH-TV with several of the interviewees, Bill Cosel, Chas Norton, Greg Harney, Russ Morash (maybe others) and a great group of other young people out of the basement of the Museum of Science. The pay? $55per week PLUS OVERTIME. I wrote about those days in my memoir: Never Quote the Weather to a Sea Lion and other uncommon tales from the founder of the Big Apple Circus. The critics loved the chapter, I loved working at GBH.

Just bought the book. Thanks Paul. “Pops Joins the Circus” 1985 is one of my two favorite shows in 50 years in the biz.

Bill Cosel

I remember the day Paul arrived. I was assigned Stage Manager at the Museum of Fine Arts Open House. At the loading dock were two recent Dartmouth grads reporting for work per Bob Moscone: Paul Binder and Alex Pierie, one very tall the other a short red head. Alex stayed on, but Paul went on the road to Europe with his juggling act which was fantastic. They redid it when The Big Apple Circus played with the POPS behind WGBH in the lacrosse field by the Business School years later … with elephants grazing and pooping on those hallowed playing… Read more »

Oh Bill!!

Your recall of those days is better than mine and I’m still grateful for the enormous work that you did in order to get POPS JOINS THE CIRCUS.

Also, I’m emailing you a version of my first day as floor manager for “The French Chef.” What a time!

Jay Collier
Virginia Kassel

Wonderful collection.