Dave Davis – in memory

Years at WGBH: 1956-67 Position(s): Producer, director, manager From the University of Maryland Libraries David MacFarland Davis was born on March 23, 1926 in St. Charles, Illinois to Harrold Henry Davis and Bernice (MacFarland) Goodstein. He received his bachelor’s degree in musical education from Northwestern University in 1947, and a MS degree from the University…

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Dave Davis, 81, WGBH Producer, Director, Manager

From Fred Barzyk At the age of 81 Dave passed away on May 23, 2007, in the kitchen of his home in Guyana. He and his wife Joyce had been retired and playing Jazz around the islands since 1993. From WGBH QuickNooz (by permission) — 8/20/2007 Sad news from the Caribbean: Former WGBH Station Manager…

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A tribute to Dave Davis

From Don Hallock As I remember, a 30 year old Dave Davis came to us at WGBH-TV from the University of North Carolina campus TV in 1957. That was the same year I, at 19, began in the scene shop as assistant to Peter Prodan. Dave was a musician and veteran television Producer-Director. He succeeded…

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Dave Davis’ “Creativity” Memo (1958)

From the collection of Dave Nohling Click on the images to see the original memo. Read the text, below. Memorandum July 23, 1958 To: TV producer-directors From: David M. Davis Subject: Creativity I have a great concern that we are not all utilizing the creative imagination that we have to make our programs interesting, stimulating,…

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Claire Mallardi, 91, Dance Workshop Choreographer

During some four decades of teaching at Harvard, Ms. Mallardi helped pioneer the recognition of dance as an academic discipline at universities nationally, where before the pursuit had been almost solely the province of conservatories and schools for the performing arts.

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Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five views

Fred Barzyk: “I have asked several long time producers at WGBH to take a crack at the question of ‘Why does WGBH, a local public TV station in Boston, have such an impressive impact on media, culture and innovation?’ What follows are several responses to the question.”

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Sheila Simollardes

I joined the WGBH Educational Foundation as secretary to Michael Ambrosino in the Program Department (1965-67); then served as administrative assistant to Jack Caldwell in the Production Department (1967-68). In the course of these 3 years, I also worked in various capacities for Bob Larsen, Dave Davis, and Greg Harney. When an opportunity arose to…

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Reunion 2015 Guestbook (alphabetical)

Please let us know if you’re planning on attending by sending an RSVP! Want to see the newest RSVPs? Check out our list sorted by submission date RSVPs received as of April 30 — In alphabetical order Your first name Your last name Years at WGBH Will you attend? Your comments Departments/shows/roles Chip Adams 1977-1981(WGBY)1981-1994(Webb staff and…

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Reunion 2015 Guestbook (by date)

Please let us know if you’re planning on attending by sending an RSVP! Want to see if a colleague has sent an RSVP? Check out our list in alphabetical order RSVPs received as of April 30, 2015 – In order of receipt Most recent RSVPs are at the bottom, just before the comments. Timestamp Your first name Your…

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Alex Pirie

1963-5: Cable puller, Asst. Lighting Director, Floor Manager, Mobil Unit Driver and Crew Chief (the mobile unit handled most of the larger productions before 125 was completed): MIT Science Reporter, French Chef, Tanglewood, College Sport of the Week, etcetera, etcetera. Moonlighted wiring the camera connections in Master Control at the 125 Western Avenue, built out…

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In Memoriam

As of September 20, 2018 Fran Abramowicz John Ackles Lillian Akel Ambrosino Ken Anderson Sharon Angert James Armsey Bill Aucoin Rose Baboulian Dasal Banks Bob Baram Lew Barlow Pat Barnard Virginia Bartlett Jean Becton Leonard Bernstein Virginia Biggy Kate Billings Walter Bischoff Al Boyns Beatrice Braude Jeanne Brodeur Howard Brown Leigh Brown Kirk Browning Werner…

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The foundations of WGBH: 84 Mass. Ave.

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.

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A stranger in a strange land

From Fred Barzyk: Bill insisted I try to get into the scholarship program. You studied for your graduate degree at Boston University and worked three days a week at the Educational Television station. Free tuition and you got $600 to live a year in Boston!

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Remembering the original WGBH

From Art Singer: Fifty one years ago this past September, on several late afternoons a week, I would take the twenty minute walk from BU across the Charles to the station’s studios on the MIT campus for a night’s work.

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