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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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