Sic transit gloria (1959)

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From Vic Washkevich WGBH was to launch a new (live, of course) science show, and was looking for an opening that was a bit more dramatic than a 35mm slide of Madame Curie. It was decided that we would place a globe over a pan of water (you can’t make this stuff up, folks) and…

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PrimeTime 25th Anniversary (1980)

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On the 25th Anniversary of the station, PrimeTime, the WGBH house organ, presented a Special Collector’s Issue in May 1980. Download: Prime-Time (2 MB PDF document)

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WGBH Timeline (1946-1978)

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From “The first 24 years: A somewhat random compendium of milestones along the way” 1836 John Lowell Jr., leaves a bequest creating free “public lectures for the benefit of the citizens of Boston.” 1946 The Lowell Institute forms a cooperative venture with six Boston colleges (spearheaded by Ralph Lowell) to broadcast educational programs on commercial…

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On-Air (1979)

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From Don Hallock Ever wondered what it takes to put on a public television or radio production? Well, here’s a glance behind the scenes (as if you needed one). It was originally prepared as a 1979 issue of the WGBH publication ON AIR. In this context, the entire tract functions, as well, as an attractive…

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Crew Training Tape – Transcript (1962)

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From Don Hallock This tape was shot in the temporary studio at the Boston Museum of Science. It was intended as an in-house training tool, primarily for new BU student interns. It puroprted to be a catalog of many of the most frequently perpetrated production errors portrayed in comic relief. Response at the April reunion…

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Classic Theatre (1975)

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From David Atwood Here’s a great shot taken in the Temple Church Courtyard in London, 1975. The shoot was for Classic Theatre and the actor we were going to interview was Ian McKellan. Characters in the shot left to right, John MacKnight (lighting), Karl Lorencic (video), Nat Johnson (audio), Greg Macdonald (camera), and John McKnight…

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Class of ’58 (circa 1985)

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From Vic Washkevich Here’s a shot of the entire BU class of 58 (those who completed the year, there were a couple who didn’t) at our next to last reunion, back about 15 years ago. Back – Left to Right: Bob Moscone, Bill Heitz, Don Mallinson and Bob Hall (guest visitor). Front – Left to…

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Studio A (1967)

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From David Atwood David Atwood (camera) and Steve Potter (dolly) shooting a 1967 production starring Lotte Lenya (Dave Davis directing). The monstrously unwieldy and notoriously unstable TK-60 camera, sporting a turret of four fixed lenses, is the last black and white model that RCA ever made. These guys are operating the equally unwieldy (though beloved)…

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Development Memories (1970s-80s)

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From Lo Hartnett This is the Development Department in the spring of 1979 taken in the palacial offices of the 110 Western Avenue garage. The mad money-raisers are: Standing – Susan Ballough, Nancy England, Katie (Murphy) Fisher, Jo Madden, John D. Carver, Debby (Thorburn) Ashton, Sam Tyler, Michael Newton. On the desk – Lo Hartnett,…

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A Hot Time in the Old Town (1961)

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From Dan Beach – Studio 8H Website Design Eighty-four Massachusetts Avenue on the fateful morning of October 14, 1961 when "it all changed." Studio A. Ed Salners and Dan Beach — performing maintenance on camera 2? Early that day, most of us were deputized to paw through the acrid wreckage in search of anything valuable.…

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Prospects of Mankind (1959–61)

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From Paul Noble Preparing for a taping of “Prospects of Mankind.” Left to right, Bob Moscone, Dave Davis, Virginia Kassel (behind Dave), Paul Noble, and Eleanor Roosevelt, at Slosberg Music Center, Brandeis University, fall 1959. Mrs. Roosevelt and her staff. Henry Morgenthau, Eleanor Roosevelt, Paul Noble, and Diana Tead Michaelis, fall 1959. Edward R. Murrow,…

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Portraits from the ’60s

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From Don Hallock Here’s a collection of images rediscovered by Steve Gilford in May, 2002. The captions are largely in his own words. Photos credited, where available. From Steve Gilford As for the Conference Room, when we moved into 125 Western, I was so struck by the size of the conference room table, I took…

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Photos from Al Hinderstein — 1961-64

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Text from Don Hallock The inimitable Hindy lensing a camera at Brandeis University for Prospects of Mankind. (June 1961) Hindy as the acting film manager, timing tapes in the tape room down in the basement of the Catholic Television Center. (August 10, 1962) Al says: “This is MIT Science Reporter at the Cambridge Accelerator Lab.…

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Bud Collins and Longwood

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From Dan Beach Bud Collins prepares for a tennis shoot. Shot in the my Traffic/Film department office at 125 Western. The first or second year of Longwood Tennis. Read an in-depth biography of Bud Collins.

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Sing, Children, Sing (March 1956)

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From Peter and Lilly Hollander WGBH-TV’s second Art Director, Lilly Hollander, appearing on the Tony Saletan show Sing, Children, Sing, the first locally-produced program series to originate in the WGBH studios. Lilly is adding necessary sound effects to the picture she has just drawn. Tony was busy playing the banjo.

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The 21″ Classroom (1959)

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From Al Boyns Here is a photo of two of the [intlink id=”1250″ type=”post”]1959 BU crew[/intlink] in action on 21 Inch Classroom (from studio B). Stage managing is Mel Bernstein, and the cameraman to his right is Brooks Leffler. The second cameraman is probably Bob Valtz.

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Christmas Shows (1957-58)

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From Vic Washkevich Each year, the entire station crew taped a Christmas Show sending up anything and everything, anyone and everyone. The tapes were shown at the WGBH Christmas parties. This shot of Frank Vento was taken when our class had to put on a Christmas show in 1957. With Frank is someone named Jerry…

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