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  • Chris Pullman on Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five viewsIn 2008, shortly after I ended my (extremely gratifying) 35-year stint at GBH I was actually pondering this very question: why has WGBH hs had such an impact? So I sat down and made a list, and here are a...
  • Carole I Ashcraft on Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five viewsTwo more words: Michael Ambrosino.
  • Carole on An Early “Discovery” – Nature in a Live TV StudioTo Michael and Ben and all who were involved in our original NOVA "family", thanks for sharing your remembrances - they warm my heart. Carole Ashcraft, Production Secretary "NOVA"
  • Susan Schneider on Jack CaldwellJack Caldwell - what I remember best was going to your apartment(?) in the 'if you lived here you'd be home now' complex to watch the moon landing. It was such an awesome moment in history! Hope you are well...
  • Bob Manosky on An Early “Discovery” – Nature in a Live TV StudioI agree with all of the above. One thing that I would add regarding our success in those golden days are the visits by Ralph Lowell to the studios on many occasions bringing with him many fine people from outside....
  • Jack Caldwell on An Early “Discovery” – Nature in a Live TV StudioWe who enjoyed and benefited from the privilege of ever having been on the WGBH team do often ponder our good fortune. Why were so many people so committed, so good at what they did, so willing to be a...
  • Ben Shedd on An Early “Discovery” – Nature in a Live TV StudioIndeed, Charlie brought nature filmmaking to NOVA with the first program I produced and directed for NOVA: WHY DO BIRDS SING? In NOVA Season 2. Charlie came with the story of bird’s singing to claim territory and using that knowledge...
  • Michael Ambrosino on An Early “Discovery” – Nature in a Live TV StudioSo good to hear from Charles. One of the spirited youngsters (we were all in our twenties) who just pushed ahead and found ways to make things happen.
  • Charles Walcott on An Early “Discovery” – Nature in a Live TV StudioThose early days at WGBH made a lasting impression. The staff were so unbelievably friendly and helpful and they allowed me to try my hand at camera work and boom microphone operations. When I wanted to do filming of duck...
  • Carol Obertubbesing on Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five viewsHi, I think I may have mentioned this before, but around 1983 I helped write a history of the station. We worked from an earlier history and the final version resided with David Ives. I know there have been a...
  • Charles Walcott on Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five viewsIn the Spring of 1955 I received a call from Mary-Lela Grimes. As the public relations person for Massachusetts Audubon she had been asked to produce a program on Natural History for the new public television station, WGBH. I had...
  • Leslie Warshaw on Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five viewsTwo words: David Ives.
  • fred barzyk on Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five viewsWonderful note Susheel. I could not agree more. Just look at the stories of the people who have made major contributions. My hope has always been to have a history of the station written. I have gotten close but never...
  • John Beck (1968-80) on Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five viewsMany wonderful thoughts and memories here, and of course "the people" is the biggest, best single answer about WGBH's success. I would just add a structural thought that allowed WGBH to go big. The station evolved out of the Lowell...
  • George Sullivan on Fred BarzykHi Fred, Remember me? George Sullivan who used to work at GBH in the mail room? After the fire it was all hands on deck. I worked on your Parlons Francais shows as a crew member and "casting director" at...
  • Susheel Bibbs on Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five viewsMY 2 cents on Fred's question on 'GBH's "impressive impact on media, culture, and innovation” : Great producers and staff at 'GBH, who continue to think deeply about our culture and society, have continued to create and develop impactful programming...
  • peter cece frame on Fred BarzykGreat to hear back from you Fred! Yes...the Bob and Ray Show was HBO's first step into co-productions with you and GBH....then came Pretzels, I think....helped us grow our eastern network before Satellite took us westward! Wow! what a great...
  • FRED BARZYK on Fred BarzykSO GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!! STILL HANGING IN, TRYING TO LAY OUT MY AND WGBH HISTORY FOR THE AGES. SET UP THIS ARCHIVE ON MY WEBSITE FOR RESEARCHERS 2100. OH, I REMEMBER THOSE GREAT DAYS PAST. WE WERE LUCKY...
  • Jane Alexander on Susan Dowling: Memories of WGBH (1979-1993)Susan, your body of work is extraordinary! You were a sublime dancer, then a pioneer n WGBH and a visionary co creator of ART 21. Brava! I’m so glad you wrote all this down for the WGBH archives.
  • Jack Gill on Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five viewsI have just read for the umphteen time all the materials on why WGBH became so great. Honest to gawd, it keeps bringing tears to my eyes. And I'm not ashamed to say so. I am so proud to be...
  • Peter Frame on Fred BarzykHi Fred.....we had some wonderful moments.....way back when ( you were the Director): >I rolled over a set piece being the second camera on a Live Folk Music USA, 1965.....I ( with my Masters done with "Vanished Fleets" hosted by...
  • Dan Beach on Is it Real or Is it a Set?I have to admit to a wave of nostalgia, even though this is a set. Some wonderful toys we had then. It will be interesting to see how this new series emulates real control room and floor action.
  • Jack Gill on Profiles: PI was searching for members of my class of '60 and I find that one of these was no where listed, and that is Al Potter. We talked by and forth a few times. My understanding is that he hung...
  • Paul Noble on The Make-Believe ClubhouseDon, thanks for reminding us of the early series of afternoon kid shows. In the days before Sesame Street they were a welcome daily edition. And an improvement on Friendly Giant, the ground breaking Midwest series we ran on kinescope...
  • Don Hallock on The Make-Believe ClubhouseHi Mark, The series was, indeed, not taped (or kinescoped). The first 2 inch Ampex video tape machine had just come out of Redwood City, and GBH had snagged it. We were just beginning to struggle with taming the beast....
  • Don Hallock on Is it Real or Is it a Set?Thanks for the compliment, Dan. You know the audio stuff better than I. If these are parts of a Julia Child set....good try, but no cigar. The pedestals are out of period with the cameras, just to mention one of...
  • Michael Ambrosino on Is it Real or Is it a Set?And my coffee cup and cigarette would be close by as I cued my Floor Manager, John Henning, to hand in the Jingling Johnny to Ed Gilday without making it "jingle". Everything was either live or "live on tape" which...
  • Bob Nesson on Is it Real or Is it a Set?Dan's right - the blue painter's tape is a giveaway. Ditto the stepladder These didn't exist "back then".
  • John Greenfield on Is it Real or Is it a Set?Got to be a set. No ashtrays.
  • Mark Faulkner on The Make-Believe ClubhouseMr. Hallock, do you recall approximately how many episodes were produced in a “season”. I’ve looked through old newspapers and determined that the series was running as late as May. If the season began in September or October the previous...
  • Carole Osterer on WGBH captioners featured in the GlobeIt was exciting to get the live captioned news on the air! We worked right up till airtime to get it right and sometimes the clunky first-generation computer let us down and we didn't get it right. But the tape...
  • Dave Svens on Is it Real or Is it a Set?Hmmm...RCA TK-45 was a color camera. When I came to 125 Western Ave. in 1965 all the cameras (studio and remote) were RCA TK-60s which were B&W. The film chain and VTRs were color-capable but not cameras. When I left...
  • Dan Beach on Is it Real or Is it a Set?Set for sure. Pretty accurate reproduction, including the uncomfortable stool for the audio guy who is curiously running an RCA board with a portable Collins mixer as well. The ladder, masks, and painter's tape as mentioned before are the present-time...
  • Jeff Hutchins on WGBH captioners featured in the GlobeWhat a great recounting, Gordon. Thanks for writing it. I was there as one of the first three employees of The Caption Center. The first broadcast of "The Captioned ABC News" occurred on December 3, 1973. In a matter of...
  • Jay Collier on WGBH captioners featured in the GlobeThank you for sharing that memory, Gordon. I remember working as switcher for that live captioned ABC news broadcast at 11 p.m. for several years in the '80s. It was a really great group of people and it felt like...
  • Gordon Mehlman on WGBH captioners featured in the GlobeAnybody that watches TV programs on CBS will notice that many of those shows have a WGBH Media Access Group credit for the captions at the end of the program. Here is a little information about one of the earliest...
  • Dave Svens on HBO orders full season of new series: “Julia”Unfortunately, no. But Arte Johnson has graciously agreed to step in.
  • Russ Fortier on Is it Real or Is it a Set?The photographs in the upper left of this picture are probably set designer / scenic department / prop person reference photos... so the set can be believably dressed.
  • Arnie Reisman on HBO orders full season of new series: “Julia”Is HBO MAX separate from HBO and requires another payment and download?
  • Charlie Walcott on Is it Real or Is it a Set?The cameras are not the ones in use when I was around WGBH in 1955-56, nor did the control room look like that as I remember. I vote for a set!
  • Alex Pirie on HBO orders full season of new series: “Julia”and spliced it with chewing gum and a rolling pin! Mark Stevens and I wrote, produced and directed this as a moral builder at Hartford's behest - we had him up in a tree singing a Russian army song (Soviet...
  • Bob Nesson on HBO orders full season of new series: “Julia”I hope it will include the memorable scene where Julia, demonstrating her cooking technique in a party at 125 to celebrate some event, laid a 2-inch video tape across her cutting board and proceeded to show us all her method...
  • Carl Piermarini on HBO orders full season of new series: “Julia”Does that include you Dave? Yes...419 Western was quite the outpost.
  • Larry LeCain on Is it Real or Is it a Set?Could these be production stills of HBO's 'Julia' ?
  • John Kerr on Is it Real or Is it a Set?If these pictures had been taken at WGBH before it burned down in 1960-61 when I worked there as a BU crew member, John LaBounty, Bob Moscone, Al Potter, or Greg Harney would have been seen in one of the...
  • Milan Merhar on Is it Real or Is it a Set?A period-accurate VTR like an Ampex 1000 would be hammertone gray rather than beige (which was more recent vintage) and would NOT be in the control room. Too noisy! And, if truly 'GBH, there should be a scattering of paper...
  • Benny Krol on Is it Real or Is it a Set?I believe those are from a set as well. When I started at WGBH in 1968 the black and white cameras were I believe RCA TK -45 and the colored cameras were English Marconi's mark 7. That was a long...
  • Don Hallock on Is it Real or Is it a Set?This would appear to be either a functioning reconstruction of a 1950s/60s TV studio (perhaps in a museum), or possibly one still surviving at a college broadcast/teaching facility. These are quite definitely not photos from a former WGBH studio. They...
  • louise weber on Is it Real or Is it a Set?I think it's a set based on the blue painters tape. I don't remember that from back in the day.
  • Louise Knapp Page on Is it Real or Is it a Set?Covid era photos of a set! On first picture, top right through the window, there's a man with a black facemask.
  • Dave DeBarger on Is it Real or Is it a Set?My money is that it's a set. The lighting instruments aren't pointed at the talent positions; camera controls look suspicious; and, as Bill said, there is that ladder . . .
  • Louise Knapp Page on Is it Real or Is it a Set?Covid era photos! On first picture, top right through the window, there's a man with a black facemask.
  • David Atwood on Is it Real or Is it a Set?The gear looks real. I ran cameras like those when I first started inn TV 1962. My guess is that its a set. That beige thing on the right of the frame could be a 2" VTR
  • Milan Merhar on Is it Real or Is it a Set?Different images on the camera monitors, but the same waveform on all the scopes. And a disturbingly-clean bit of beige gear off to the right of the camera control consoles.
  • Bill Charette on Is it Real or Is it a Set?I'm guessing it's a set. Orange fiberglass ladder in the studio shot would be of recent vintage. Wondering about the taped up widows and cameras.
  • Lauraine Hutchinson on Is it Real or Is it a Set?They look like historical photos. I assume GBH has more advanced technological camera's and sets.
  • Dave Svens on HBO orders full season of new series: “Julia”All will be played by Dana Carvey.
  • Michael Esty on HBO orders full season of new series: “Julia”I watched over Julia at 419 Western Avenue when the show was moved from Studio A. I have some wonderful funny stories. Whatever was needed on the set, I took care of for Julia. If a piece of the scenery...
  • Charles Kelley on HBO orders full season of new series: “Julia”A drama series? Should we be expecting episode titles like.... -Scandal on the Scene Dock -Salmonella Strikes Studio A -It's "Lights Out" for Norton -Chaos in the Control Room -Who Killed the Capon? But it sounds like great fun and...
  • Jay Collier on HBO orders full season of new series: “Julia”Yes! This is almost enough for me to get a HBO Max for one month to binge the series when it comes out :-)
  • Bill Charette on HBO orders full season of new series: “Julia”“The series draws inspiration from Child’s television series, “The French Chef,’’ which paved the way for modern cooking television.” I wonder who will play Ruth Lockwood, Russ Morash, Fran Mahard, Chas Norton, Greg MacDonald, etc.
  • Rich "Dick" Wood on William (Bill) PierceI came to WGBH from WJIB to work mornings on FM in the late 60s. I hoped to escape the crass world of commercial radio to bask in the purity of "Educational Radio." I worked with Bill Cavness on Morning...
  • Eireen on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI remember one episode early on where one of them went out into the woods and made a tea out of leaves they picked (sassafras, perhaps?). The autumn scenery was gorgeous and they had the most beautiful guitar and violin...
  • Eireen on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionShe was my favourite too. https://www.bernadetteyao.com/
  • Sharon Pucker Rivo - public affairs producer November 1963 to June 1967 on William (Bill) PierceWhen I was hired at WGBH (the week of JFK assassination - November 22, 1963) the offices were located at the Museum of Science. One of my first jobs was to prepare the news for a new program: News at...
  • Amy Meyers on Helen O’Malley, Computing PioneerComforted to see remembrances from others who were fortunate enough to work with Helen as she introduced us to computers. How quickly we overcame our awe and intimidation to inundate her with a barrage of requests to expand the capabilities...
  • Fews Barzyk on William (Bill) PierceSorry, I have not pursued. My wife has ended up in a nursing home and I have had to deal with that. Things are finally settling down. Let me pursue with Jay in March. Keep checking in. Stay well. Much...
  • Paul Gay on Helen O’Malley, Computing PioneerHelen was an irrepressible person and spirit. Always able to do the next impossible seeming task - converting to the new IBM 360 - hours upon thousands of cards; adding features like project management for shows and departments not just...
  • Skip Mueller on Helen O’Malley, Computing PioneerI owe my entire career in IT to Helen. Lo Hartnett has already written an excellent primer on data processing in the early 70’s, so I won’t even try to say more about it, but working in the business office...
  • Jack Gill on William (Bill) PierceAre we getting anywhere with this. Can I help?
  • Karen Johnson on Helen O’Malley, Computing PioneerI remember Helen with great admiration and fondness. Always ready with a smile and a way to make us laugh. She was the first computer person I ever knew! I remember her explaining to me how it worked, and finally...
  • Elise Katz on We Remembersad, but moving. lovely.
  • Bill Charette on We RememberNicely done.
  • Joel Olicker on Susan Dowling: Memories of WGBH (1979-1993)Susan, I did some editing for you on the Bruce Springsteen dance piece. It was always a delight to work with you. So many of the artists - Bill Viola, Dan Reeves, Tony Oursler, etc, were brilliant makers who extended...
  • Lyman Phillips on Bill CavnessI remember him reading A wrinkle In Time as well. On KUT in Austin Texas back in the late 60s early 70s. I got to meet Mr. Cavness when i was an adult and was able to tell him how...
  • Ernest J. Aubert on Bill CavnessBill Cavness's reading of Scaramouche (on Reading Aloud) was absolutely splendid, and I'd love to be able to listen to it again, streamed or on CD.
  • Steve Olenick on Greg Harney – in memoryWhen I was 30 years old and writing music for some 'GBH shows like Rebop and Tennis for the Future, I met with Greg, my mother's boss, to ask about getting a job in TV as a PA or something....
  • Alex Pirie on William (Bill) PierceNo doubts at all! I was there in the audience - spectacular evening. It was a peak moment for my going on four year old, me too, catching up with crew and Paul. I have a tape as well, although,...
  • Jack Gill on William (Bill) PierceAny progress?
  • Bob Nesson on Stephen Lyons, 65, Writer/Producer/DirectorLike Peter and James, I worked down the hall from Steve and Aida. Steve, always quiet and polite and sweet — but behind the thin wall separating their space from my edit room, I could hear them arguing over Steve’s...
  • Paul Binder on William (Bill) PierceBill Pierce was the smoothest, the greatest voice I ever worked with. Along with several others, I floor managed Julia's show. My greatest memory of Bill was his announcing for the Boston Pops the evening that The Big Apple Circus...
  • Bob Genest on William (Bill) PierceBill Pierce was my Broadcast Speech instructor at Emerson College years before we met up again at WGBH-TV. He was a great mentor during my days of TV booth announce on weekends from 1962 through 1976. While attending BU, I...
  • Judith Vecchione on Stephen Lyons, 65, Writer/Producer/DirectorSo sorry to hear this. I knew Steve through GBH and Filmmakers Collaborative, always admired his intelligence, his ability to make difficult subjects sing in words and on film, his commitment to sharing and knowledge. Aida, my thoughts are with...
  • Lucinda Winslow on Nina Saltus, 76, Production SecretaryNina was a guiding light, yes, steadying for all of us charging at the news every evening, managing the different shifts, and inevitable dramas. A lovely smile, with lovely sisters whom I knew in high school. Self-contained, Nina would open...
  • Deborah Gillespie on Nina Saltus, 76, Production SecretaryOh Nina, how I remember you so....! Nina was already in her place on the so-called "strip" when I arrived as Mark Stevens' secretary in the early 1970's. Her desk was right behind mine, and she was the epitome of...
  • Jay Anania on Susan Dowling: Memories of WGBH (1979-1993)Susan Being across the hall from you in the modular annex in the parking lot was a perfect view into all the wonderful things NTW was doing...best table in the restaurant. And that is an extraordinary list of artists, good...
  • Peter Frumkin on Stephen Lyons, 65, Writer/Producer/DirectorI also had the pleasure of working down the hall from Steve for several years. It was always a treat to cross paths with him. He was knowledgeable and passionate about the things that mattered to him and ever-willing to...
  • Greg Fitzgerald on Stephen Lyons, 65, Writer/Producer/DirectorThe Macy Fellowship brought in some amazing and talented journalists. I was leading the radio instruction part of the program and recall Steve being really excited about the prospect of applying his writing skills to broadcast. He's left a great...
  • Karen Johnson on Susan Dowling: Memories of WGBH (1979-1993)Beautiful, Susan. Brought back many memories. I was never part of the NTW but I loved watching results on TV, and hearing about and running into productions and their participants as they were in the works. Amazing stuff! It was...
  • Joel Olicker on Stephen Lyons, 65, Writer/Producer/DirectorI first worked with Steve during his Macy Fellowship in 1986, editing a number of his stories for the "New England Science Journal" (I think that was the name) — the excellent GBH science magazine series produced by the fellows....
  • Hilary Finkel Buxton on Stephen Lyons, 65, Writer/Producer/DirectorI was so fortunate to work with Steve on his recent release, ACROSS THE PACIFIC. Such a loss. I have a tremendous amount of respect for his dedication to his work and his passion for filmmaking. Sending condolences and comfort...
  • Hillary Kimmel on Nina Saltus, 76, Production SecretaryI'm shocked and saddened to learn of Nina's passing. Nina was the epitome of class and efficiency in all the ways that she supported us young captioners. She was utterly authentic with her take charge, cool manner, her smile, laugh,...
  • Jeff Hutchins on Nina Saltus, 76, Production SecretaryI'm saddened to receive this news. Nina was an integral part of the origination of The Caption Center at WGBH, which was formed in 1972. She was Phil Collyer's assistant, and I'm sure Phil would say that Nina was essential...
  • Bill Charette on Susan Dowling: Memories of WGBH (1979-1993)Susan, Great recollection. I had no idea how prolific you were. So glad to be reminded of Secrets of the Waterfall, one of my favorite experiences working with you and the amazing Douglas Dunn. Such a great time. One of...
  • James Rutenbeck on Stephen Lyons, 65, Writer/Producer/DirectorSteve and Aida had an office next door to mine for several years, and though I never worked with him, I was always cheered when we bumped into each other in the hallway or kitchen. Steve was passionate and deeply...
  • Lo Hartnett on Late WGBH photographer honored by Cambridge with dedication ceremonyIn my early years at GBH, "Bobby" coached me to do onair talent. He calmed you with words and confidence and direction. Over the years, I watched him do the same for others. He was a dear man and a...
  • Patricia Garcia-Rios on Stephen Lyons, 65, Writer/Producer/DirectorI only worked with Steve once (on the research for the remarkable "Percy Julian" documentary) but kept running into him after that, and considered him one of the most knowledgeable, committed, and truly generous writers and producers I have ever...
  • Larry LeCain on Late WGBH photographer honored by Cambridge with dedication ceremonyBob was a sweet hearted man and a pleasure to work alongside. His patient thoughtful approach was inspirational I am not surprised Cambridge recognized his influence and contribution
  • John Beck on Anne Slack – in memory“She also hosted weekly French radio broadcasts in Boston.” Yes, for the record, in the 70s, on WGBH-FM. I was new in GBH-FM90 in 1971 and had studied enough French to know I should speak English in France, but someone...
  • Lucinda Winslow on Claire Mallardi, 91, Dance Workshop ChoreographerAh, Nancy, I remember that duet. It still rides celestial in my imagination. I, too, took classes from Claire while at Harvard, and somehow it was a different realm, magic, another level of time and space than classes, dorms, college...
  • Edie Kolt on Anne Slack – in memoryI am a 57-year-old Canadian (Calgary, AB), and will never forget Madame Slack, Patapouf, and Cliquot!! She was such an elegant lady who introduced us all to the French language. Rest In Peace, Madame... ♥️
  • Leah Weisse on Claire Mallardi, 91, Dance Workshop ChoreographerI looked, too, for a clip of Claire on Frames of Reference. I think the only digitized clip is of Glow Worm. The tape has been reformatted and is scheduled for future digitization in full. Thanks for all the memories...
  • Marcia Hulley on Claire Mallardi, 91, Dance Workshop ChoreographerI was fortunate enough to have danced with Claire Mallardi in that remarkable Radcliffe gym when I was a student at Harvard. Claire was a force of nature and an important mentor in my life. She Inspired all her students...
  • Chas Norton on Claire Mallardi, 91, Dance Workshop ChoreographerYes. I found only “Glow Worm”. The duet Nancy referred to plus more of the series seems to be behind a firewall of some kind. Would love to be able to see more, but am not aware of the rules...
  • Jay Collier on Claire Mallardi, 91, Dance Workshop ChoreographerIs this what you're looking for? This is the only clip Open Vault seems to have from that film. http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7837C5501CF6492C898E9246E69C061A
  • Chas Norton on Claire Mallardi, 91, Dance Workshop ChoreographerNancy, Great suggestion but I could not find it. CS you provide URL ? Thanks. Chas
  • Nancy Mason Hauser on Claire Mallardi, 91, Dance Workshop ChoreographerClaire was an old friend and great admirer of choreographer/dancer Remy Charlip, and when I commissioned him, through the WGBH New Television Workshop, to create an original dance program for us in 1978, he included a special duet for Claire...
  • Chas Norton on Claire Mallardi, 91, Dance Workshop ChoreographerA shout out to Jay for helping to expand the recognition of the universe of creative forces that have been around us, and - hopefully - will continue to surround all our endeavors.
  • Stephen D Sullivan on Tony SaletanJust this morning, I was walking around the house singing a song I learned from Tony on Sing, Children, Sing nearly 55 years ago, I think. Thank you, Tony and WGBH for that and many other moments, and for the...
  • Jay Collier on Why We Turned to PBS: WGBH Programs and CaptioningThanks, again, John. I've added Race to Save the Planet to this post, above, and to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoppZoKm9YU
  • Jay Collier on Why We Turned to PBS: WGBH Programs and CaptioningOh, yes! Thank you, John. I'll add it right away.
  • John Angier on Why We Turned to PBS: WGBH Programs and CaptioningYou missed one, number 43 in the Times list -- Race to Save the Planet, produced by the WGBH Science Unit.
  • John Rogers on Why We Turned to PBS: WGBH Programs and CaptioningCaptioning, especially closed captioning, has become so commonplace the we forget what a monumental achievement it was.
  • John Angier on From 1976: What Makes WGBH Crackle With Creativity?Yes, in "The Plutonium Connection" John Holecek, who was not a professional actor, did a great job playing the part of the MIT student whom we had asked to design an atomic bomb. The actual student became concerned, reasonably enough,...
  • Steve Olenick on From 1976: What Makes WGBH Crackle With Creativity?Fun read. I did the music for Romaglioni’s Table and Rebop. So long ago.
  • Kathryn (Pierce) Dietz on From 1976: What Makes WGBH Crackle With Creativity?I so enjoyed this! I started at WGBH as an intern for Crockett’s Victory Garden when I was still in college. Also worked at Zoom (mail room) and The Scarlet Letter (typed scripts so long into the night that I...
  • Bill Lenz on Meeting the original Rocky, 1964Steve, If you'll shoot me an email to , I'll send back the photo. It's a production still from Western Avenue that Russ used on Julia's 80th birthday telecast. Rolando, the Cuban expat, is handing up a plate below the...
  • Steve Gilford on Meeting the original Rocky, 1964Bill, Really good to hear from you. You bring back memories of when we were an exhibit in the basement of the Boston Museum of Science and then our transition to 125 Western Avenue. I'm curious about the photo of...
  • Stephen Damas on John Kerr: Shifting (video)John, I want to do that too!
  • John Rogers on John Kerr: Shifting (video)I found John’s shirt bear safety talk on the Yellowstone website. Same golden tones
  • Julie Harrower Diaz on John Kerr: Shifting (video)It's always great to see John Kerr - what a force he was for GBH and all of us who were lucky enough to work alongside him. wonderful words of inspiration!
  • Basil Chigas on John Kerr: Shifting (video)BRAVO John !!
  • Darrell Byers on Vladimir Stefanovic, 55, Development, Archives, InteractiveVlad was one of the first staff members I met at WGBH and he helped me navigate my way in my first couple of months. But that was Vlad, always there as a friend, willing to lend a helping hand....
  • John Rogers on John Kerr: Shifting (video)John was and is a great guy We were blessed to have him And now he talks for the animals ......how wonderful
  • Dan Beach on John Kerr: Shifting (video)What an inspiration. Always a delight within WGBH, it's wonderful to see John doing what he loves.
  • Michael Ambrosino on John Kerr: Shifting (video)How nice to see John in his new life enjoying himself and leading others into life’s next challenge.
  • Ginny Hamilton on John Kerr: Shifting (video)John still has the touch-so inspiring. Great to see and hear him again.
  • Jay Collier on Sylvia Davis, 93, Emmy-Award Winning Producer, Creative Director, LeaderFrom the WGBH Alumni Facebook group: Ralph Schuetz - Sylvia was a talented, creative strength to be sure. My condolences to the family, son Scott in particular who I remember well. Denis O'Neill - Sylvia was a force, an energy...
  • Fred Barzyk on Meeting the original Rocky, 1964Oh the glorious vision of Steve riding up to Anthony's Pier 4 on a motorbike. I remember one time being refused entrance to the famed restaurant because I wasn't wearing a tie. Steve, tremendous story, well told and filled with...
  • Deedee Morss Decker on Meeting the original Rocky, 1964I love Steve’s story but I especially like seeing comments here from names I remember so well. I loved my 2 years at GBH, 65-67. Deedee Morss Decker
  • Olivia Tappan on Meeting the original Rocky, 1964A classic WGBH story! Thanks for remembering and retelling it.
  • John Nadeau (Classes of 1955, 56, and 57) on Meeting the original Rocky, 1964Frankie Fontaine was from Lowell, very close to Haverhill, where I grew up. He had a night club routine in which he was the surprise winner of the Irish Lottery. In the routine, when a reporter asked him what he...
  • Bill Charette on Meeting the original Rocky, 1964Loved the story. Well told.
  • Michael Ambrosino on Meeting the original Rocky, 1964Great story Steve. Thank you. Those early days you never knew who you would run into at the station.
  • Jack Caldwell on Meeting the original Rocky, 1964"One of those special moments" Steve Gilford made note (above) of Seiji Ozawa. This incredibly gifted musician entered my life when I was a cameraman at Michigan State University in the late 1950's and he was a featured "young" performer...
  • Bill Lenz on Meeting the original Rocky, 1964Wonderful story, Steve. I was there then but never heard this one. You (and your motorcycle) remain one of my most vivid memories of station staff (I believe it's you in the FG of the Julia Child production still). Hope...
  • Cberyl Susheel Bibbs on Sylvia Davis, 93, Emmy-Award Winning Producer, Creative Director, LeaderI remember Sylvia. May she pass on to a place of peace. As Exec of Zoom I worked with Sylvia many times. She was always pleasant, forthright, energetic, and incredibly competent. I truly appreciated her talents. Thank to Sylvia
  • Don Hallock on Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five viewsA word as grand as grace. Impact is most often gauged by standards such as skill and daring, creativity, expertise and polish, erudition and vision. But when the day of praise is done, in quiet moments of reflection, one quality...
  • Jack Caldwell on Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five viewsThe above writing by such gifted people speaks for itself. They and others are the reason WGBH is WGBH. Yes, an incubator where ideas and dreams get transfered into words and pictures and delivred meaningfully to millions of people. A...
  • Sarah Bailey Kelley on Dame Diana Rigg, 82, Mystery! hostIt was the early 90’s and an event was held for the opening of the WGBH Learningsmith store, perhaps at the Chestnut Hill Mall. There in the very crowded store was a familiar face. With shock and almost horror, I...
  • Helen Andrews on Dame Diana Rigg, 82, Mystery! hostI was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to escort a celebrity at the Masterpiece 15th anniversary gala (Frank Middlemass - what an elegant gentleman). When the paying guests left, the celebrities kicked off their shoes and sat down....
  • Carol Obertubbesing on Dame Diana Rigg, 82, Mystery! hostIn (I believe) April, 1986, WGBH hosted a 15th Anniversary Party for Masterpiece Theatre. I was invited to be an escort for one of the stars (I think there were 15) and I was assigned to Diana Rigg. For weeks...
  • Lo Hartnett on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”Has always been 'GBH...in my mind and out of my mouth since day1. ...Finally
  • Laurie Everett on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”Yes, and if only there hadn't been the fire, perhaps GBH would have retained its science, engineering, and technology emphasis, being influenced by its proximity to the MIT campus (as in across the street from the main Building 7 entrance...
  • Fred Barzyk on Sylvia Davis, 93, Emmy-Award Winning Producer, Creative Director, LeaderAnd then there were three. First, the quiet but professional Station Manager, Dave Davis. I remember this moment so well... David Ives had heard from the musicians union that Folk Music USA was using talent as promos for the coffee...
  • Russ Fortier on Sylvia Davis, 93, Emmy-Award Winning Producer, Creative Director, LeaderI worked with Sylvia on several occasions, mostly directing the last seasons of The Club and as it transitioned from Channel 44 (WGBX) to Channel 2 (WGBH). To me, The Club was pretty much a reflection of Sylvia herself: a...
  • Deborah J. Gillespie on Sylvia Davis, 93, Emmy-Award Winning Producer, Creative Director, LeaderWorking for Mark Stevens "on the strip," I certainly remember Sylvia with greast fondness. She never "walked" anywhere, she dashed from pillar to post. 'GBH's own Auntie Mame !! Brilliance must have been her middle name. My most favorite memory...
  • Karen Johnson on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”Ha! Grt, sus. Grvs bdly hrm/gd bls hvd be dmd!
  • Susan Dangel on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”I actually think many organizations should lose their "w's", Just think: Hole Foods; Alt Disney; Almart. And we could have totally done without the President who had a W in the middle.
  • Dan Beach on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”Perfect Susan. Makes me recall something from the '70s' sung to the tune of The Mickey Mouse Club: "M.I.T., G.B.H., L.I.C.B.C."
  • Jane Arsham on Sylvia Davis, 93, Emmy-Award Winning Producer, Creative Director, LeaderI really appreciate your comments about the WGBH Family, Bill-- sadly we'll be reading more and more like this. And each one touches someplace in my heart that I'd totally forgotten. Sylvia Davis was a dynamic force-- unforgettable- as are...
  • Susan Presson on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”'GBH? WTF? OMG! BTW. LOL. Oly 3 ltr per wrd. And the pple? pls. lok lke a est egg gne bad.
  • Susan Kubany on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”I was near bottom when I met Sylvia Davis: the cat and I were sharing a half can of veggies or whatever for dinner. I met and began dating Ray Welch, one of the greats of Boston advertising and he...
  • Deb Gibbs on Sylvia Davis, 93, Emmy-Award Winning Producer, Creative Director, LeaderMy almost 40 year tenure at GBH began on November 10, 1975 working for Sylvia Davis and Chris Pullman as Confidential Secretary on “the Strip”. Those were the “good old days” when everyone pretty much knew everyone. Sylvia was a...
  • Jack Gill on Diana Michaelis – in memoryDuring my year at GBH ('59-'60) we all went to Brandeis U. to tape "Prospects of Mankind." Following one program, as we we starting to pack up, Henry Morgenthau walks into the studio with a large cake. Be darned if...
  • Angela Lifsey on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”LOL. Karen, I remember that image vividly. What's old is new again. It was always 'GBH. - Angela
  • Marilyn Greenstein on Sylvia Davis, 93, Emmy-Award Winning Producer, Creative Director, LeaderI worked for Sylvia Davis during my 9-year stay at GBH and stayed in touch with her after she left. She was home until a few years ago. Scott, who I saw at a reunion, told me she had gone...
  • David Atwood on Sylvia Davis, 93, Emmy-Award Winning Producer, Creative Director, LeaderSylvia was a constant bundle of energy and fountain of ideas. I worked with her as the TV director on Club 44, later to be The Club, which was a nightly half hour variety show taped live-on-tape all in a...
  • Bill Cosel - on Sylvia Davis, 93, Emmy-Award Winning Producer, Creative Director, LeaderIt's very sad when a death is reported that has special resonance because it's one of the WGBH family. My sympathy is extended to Scott and Mathew. Sylvia was a big chapter in WGBH history. Sylvia replaced Mrs. Peters, then...
  • Chris Pullman on Sylvia Davis, 93, Emmy-Award Winning Producer, Creative Director, LeaderA dynamo, indeed. I got to work with her right off the bat when I arrived at GBH in 73. I laughed at her jokes and she laughed at mine.Lucky for me. Her enthusiasm for wacko ideas was a an...
  • Bill Charette on Sylvia Davis, 93, Emmy-Award Winning Producer, Creative Director, LeaderRemembering what a dynamo Sylvia was during my time at the station. I have an image of her rushing through the studio during a production, always with a smile and/or a hearty laugh leading the troops though what can look...
  • Jon M on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”Heard a rumor that H turned on W. So much for thinking that that H was silent.
  • John Beck on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”@ChristopherSarson While the transmitter location was important, and the old general manager shouldn't be forgotten, the cabalistic meaning God Bless Harvard lingers on...
  • John Beck on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”Not many digital tuners then!
  • Karen Johnson on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”I remember the meeting in Studio A when DavidIves, Michael Rice and Chris Pullman introduced the new chunky shadowed logo, to cheers. I don’t think anybody missed the old Swishy “2”. This change looks good to me. And we’ve been...
  • Jon M on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”Seems that that W was really holding the organization back. If I were G, I'd be very very afraid.
  • Kathryn Dietz on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”And Grievous Bodily Harm! I find this an insubstantial change, but hope for the best for my favorite station.
  • Greg Fitzgerald on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”I don't think the FCC was pleased with the rounding error. ;)
  • Greg Fitzgerald on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”Deja Vu all over again? GBH was launched for radio back in the 70's. We were GBH FM90. It didn't keep for long, though.
  • Jack Gill on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”We SHALL CONTINUE as WGBH Alumni. Some good things will not change. (May I not have cause to eat these words in the future!)
  • Lance Ozier on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”I get (and don't mind) losing the W, but I am sad that "digital" dictates the loss of the original font for GBH. Call me "Old School."
  • Charles Kelley on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”Feels a bit like a loss in the family, frankly. But, consoled by Chris Sarson's reminder that the Great Blue Hill lives on!
  • Christopher Sarson on WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”I’m glad we’ve not lost the association with Great Blue Hill and God Bless Hartford!!
  • Andy Griffiths on Marcia Storkerson, Wearer of Many HatsI am saddened to hear of Marcia's death. As a newcomer to WGBH in 1980, I learned a lot from her and in my role as the CFO, I depended greatly on her knowledge of seemingly everything at WGBH. I...
  • Chris Pullman on Marcia Storkerson, Wearer of Many HatsThose of you who can remember back to the days when NOOZ was typewritten on newsprint, it reflects yet another of Marcia Storkerson’s skills to add to other tributes: typesetter. When I got to GBH In the Fall of 1973...
  • Melanie Wallace on Marcia Storkerson, Wearer of Many HatsMaria, What a lovely tribute. Thank you for sharing this story.
  • Maria Agui Carter on Marcia Storkerson, Wearer of Many HatsMarcia was a very special woman, brilliant yet no-nonsense and unassuming, she kept things running smoothly and had the ear of many at WGBH. I got to know her through our mutual love of story and reading. She loved travel...
  • Elizabeth (Coté) Rossi on Marcia Storkerson, Wearer of Many HatsI remember Marcia very fondly and I am sorry to hear of her passing. I didn’t have the pleasure of working very closely with her but enjoyed every interaction we had very much, even if was just while passing each...
  • Bob Nesson on Marcia Storkerson, Wearer of Many HatsOhh, so sorry to learn of Marcia's passing. I remember her friendly, non-judgmental presence and the generous offers of help and advice. We were never close, but always fun and respectful. This news about Marcia is another reminder of those...
  • fred Barzyk on Marcia Storkerson, Wearer of Many HatsGod bless you Marcia. Your magic with budgets somehow made my drama budgets with the Jean Shepherd drama's doable. Your strength to talk truth to power was amazing. Thank you and may you rest in peace. Fred Barzyk
  • Steve Bass on Marcia Storkerson, Wearer of Many HatsMarcia was a fellow "Strip" resident in the mid to late 1990's. As Angela said, she was quirky, creative and fun to talk to. She kept the trains running in Peter McGhee's national production shop that had a lot going...
  • Skip Mueller on Marcia Storkerson, Wearer of Many HatsAs another former employee who started as an auction volunteer in the 70’s I have fond, if distant, memories of Marcia, and am saddened to learn of her passing.
  • Stephen Sweigart on Marcia Storkerson, Wearer of Many HatsMarcia Marcia Marcia. The hair. The signature scent. She was a tremendous support to me during my early years at WGBH. I hope you had a great time in Maine because I’m having a great time in Maine. ❤️
  • Angela Lifsey on Marcia Storkerson, Wearer of Many HatsSo sorry to hear this news. I remember her as being quirky, creative, and fun to talk with about a variety of topics. Rest in peace.
  • Bill Lenz on William (Bill) PierceSo many WGBH alums whom I admire have given testament to the one I admired most (perhaps Bill Pierce shares that spot with Greg Harney). Today, Don Hallock, leading with the 84 Mass announce booth, finally prompted me to chime...
  • Don Hallock on William (Bill) PierceThe announce booth at 84 Mass: What an awful, cramped place for an elegant human being to be cooped up in for so many years! But Bill was never one to complain....ever. With a voice like no other, he literally...
  • fred Barzyk on William (Bill) PierceHey Jack... WGBH ARchives Leah Weisse has some scans. We are trying to put together a punch of old timers to reflect on the fire via Zoom. WGBH is interested. So, Jay who is running the website, will see if...
  • Ron Della Chiesa on William (Bill) PierceI've often said following Bill Pearce in the broadcast booth at Symphony Hall was like following Enrico Caruso at the Metropolitan Opera! He was quite simply the best and what he did. During my early days at WGBH I never...
  • Susan Presson on William (Bill) PierceLike everyone in the Boston area, I knew Bill by his voice. Didn't he also do the intro/outro for the BSO on radio? As well as his WGBH work. I first got to know him when I worked with Peggy...
  • Benny Krol on William (Bill) PierceI first met Bill when I joined the ranks of the TV engineering maintenance department in 1968 under John Labounty. Bill was a super guy, low keyed with a great voice and wonderful personality. His booth was right around the...
  • Fred Barzyk on William (Bill) PierceDear Bill: I loved him. When I arrived at WGBH in the summer of 1958 I and Tom McGrath went over to the studio to see the end of the day's broadcast. There was Bill, being teased by the BU...
  • Jack Gill on William (Bill) PierceI was a 60's scholar and I never heard, before or since any voice like Bill's. Pure velvet gold. Jack Gill
  • Stevan Vigneaux on William (Bill) PierceI met Bill just as Steve Colby and I were finishing up the late 1977 rebuild of the Symphony Hall WGBH-FM control room. He was a kind gentleman in the very best old school sense of that term - absolutely...
  • John Kerr on William (Bill) PierceI met Bill Pierce first as a WGBH Scholar in 1960-61 and then worked with him again when I was back at the Foundation a few years later as its Development Manager. Fresh from college as a young crew member,...
  • Greg Fitzgerald on William (Bill) PierceMy first exposure to Bill was when I was in high school and listened to the BSO broadcasts on Friday afternoons. I was amazed to hear those honey-coated tones announce "... and now it's intermission time here at Symphony Hall"....
  • Michael Ambrosino on William (Bill) PierceAs well as top professional, Bill was simply an all around fine fellow. He was a delight to work with and gave excellent readings to anything you wrote.
  • Richard Hiner on William (Bill) PierceI was a WGBH/BU scholar in 1961-1962 and then became TV Master Control Operator full time. Bill Pierce was the booth announcer for WGBH-TV along with his many Symphony duties. I would see how many announcements I could cram into...
  • Ray Fallon on Do You Remember This?As John Voci wrote, it was Bill Cavness who had the program before Robert J. Bill told me that he was the one who came up with the name of "Morning Pro Musica." Bill also said that he had a...
  • Doug Briscoe on Robert J. LurtsemaThank you, sir.
  • Doug Briscoe on Robert J. LurtsemaThe "Reading Aloud" man was Bill Cavness (perhaps RJL made some contributions from time to time, but I doubt it).
  • Doug Briscoe on Robert J. LurtsemaIf I remember rightly, both Bill Cavness and Nat Johnson preceded RJL as the host of MPM, a title, by the way, that he disliked.
  • Robin Landerman Zucker on Do You Remember This?I worked on the Tom Cottle Show. I seem to remember it just brought the lights up from black onto a studio "interview" set. Very simple show, but we addressed some sensitive topics.
  • Leslie Warshaw on Robert J. LurtsemaThank you John Beck for your sensitive comments about Robert J. I have a collection of lovely frogs—ceramic, glass, sketches on paper—that he gave me as personalized tokens of thanks for being there during twenty-five years. Maybe my favorite memory...
  • John Voci on Do You Remember This?I believe that Bill Cavness hosted the morning classical show before RJL.
  • Jay Collier on Do You Remember This?From Judith Gerstel: Does anyone remember the name of the original host of MPM? I worked on that program when it started ....a Hungarian name, I think
  • John Beck on Robert J. LurtsemaMy college roommate Alex Swistel began sharing the nine night and weekend switchboard-security-PR shifts with me early in 1968, and at that time at 125 Western I was the first to sometimes turn down Channel 2 audio and play the...
  • Bill Charette on Do You Remember This?I was the DP on the T Berry Brazelton What Every Baby Knows series for several years. It aired on Lifetime cable. Loved working with Brazelton.
  • Lo Hartnett on Do You Remember This?TOM COTTLE That's who came to mind reading this request. Can see him still - polyester bell bottom pants, bright printed shirt w/top buttons undone, big huge natural afro, big smile. SOAPBOX believe he did a talking head fundraising spot...
  • John Kronenberger on Robert J. LurtsemaWell, yes, but: I remember hearing “Bob Lurtsema” (as he was then) on Folksingers ‘Round Harvard Square on WCRB in the mid-60s, before I left for New York. When I returned to Boston in the early 70s, he had taken...
  • Cindy Seneca on Do You Remember This?T. Berry Brazelton was my beloved pediatrician from birth to 13 years old. I didn't know he had a show! I would LOVE to see his show, if Channel 2 ever plays it again. Or if there is some other...
  • Jay Collier on Do You Remember This?More leads via the WGBH Alumni Facebook group: Jon Solins: Sounds like the Tom Cottle Show. Nancy Linde: I thought of Cottle too. The show was called Soapbox, I think. But I don’t remember that opening. Lisa Oteri: Sounds familiar!...
  • Russ Fortier on Do You Remember This?I wrote this on the alumni Facebook pages, so please excuse duplication: I believe the station did a program or perhaps a series with T. Berry Brazelton of Harvard, a noted pediatrician who explored child development and mental health.
  • Thomas White on We Were the TV GenerationNo kidding! I found this article buried in some obscure file on the computer during lockdown. Jay Collier added some links and Voila! BTW - If you were once known as Charley Kelley on Camera we should chat sometime -...
  • David H. Lyman on Robert J. LurtsemaRobert J Remembered The winter of 1963 I was managing The Unicorn Coffee House, a popular folk music venue in Boston’s Back Bay. It was on Boylston Street, across from the Prudential Center, down stairs, under a furniture store, now...
  • Mike Esty on Robert J. LurtsemaWhen I first started working at WHBH it was my first year at College. I worked from 3pm to 11pm at the switchboard. ( Security ) Believe me when I tell you it was a 1920 switchboard. Connect one cable...
  • Susheel Bibbs on Robert J. LurtsemaI loved Bob and working with him when I was Music Program Director at GBH Radio before moving on to TV. I awoke to that wonderful, soothing, gravelly voice each morning, and we could count on the periods of music...
  • Marcia Hulley on Do You Remember This?Nope. The tom cottle show was a talk show. I was on one of them. It didn’t have an animated open.
  • C Wagner on Robert J. LurtsemaDoes Anyone have full shows?
  • Nancy Linde on Do You Remember This?I thought of Cottle too. The show was called Soapbox, I think. But I don't remember that opening.
  • Jon Solins on Do You Remember This?Sounds like the Tom Cottle Show.
  • Amy Meyers on Marilyn Bernardo, Fundraising “Den Mother”It’s been days since this was posted and I’m drawn back to it for many reasons. We’re really talking about the olden days here and from a different perspective from those who were unaware of or unfamiliar with the “back...
  • Deb Dargatz on Marilyn Bernardo, Fundraising “Den Mother”My mother Elizabeth Sexton Davidson was Auntie's older sister. Wendy Davidson is my older sister.I feel I could write a book on how amazing Auntie was to me and my family (husband Jeff Dargatz, our 5 children: Josh, Mark, Michael,...
  • Mark Sexton on Marilyn Bernardo, Fundraising “Den Mother”My father John Sexton was Marilyn's brother. Aunt Marilyn was my mentor, friend and inspiration setting me on the right track many times in my life when I had strayed. She had a heart of gold and would do anything...
  • Eileen Kelly on Marilyn Bernardo, Fundraising “Den Mother”Eileen Kelly met Marilyn and her husband, Tony Bernardo, in 1998 on the golf course in Estero, Fl. They became instant friends. In 2002 Tony went into a nursing home. Eileen and Marilyn moved in together.Marilyn often spoke fondly about...
  • Charles Kelley on We Were the TV GenerationGreat reminiscence, Tom. Enjoyed reading it. By strange coincidence....Amazing the things that turned up this month during a social isolation deep-cleaning!
  • Thomas White on We Were the TV GenerationCould have been a ZOOMdo, hopefully not Cafe ZOOM
  • Bob Nesson on We Were the TV GenerationI love these recollections. In the early years there were mini-docs — ["Zoom Guests"] some produced by Janet Weaver. On one, a rodeo shot in Nebraska, I put my Spectra light meter on the ground while lining up a shot....
  • Larry LeCain on We Were the TV GenerationGood recall Bill! ...Sounds a bit like Fran Mahard?
  • Steve Gilford on We Were the TV GenerationI particularly enjoyed seeing the opening of Zoom here. Bliss Bruen took the portraits of the kids for several seasons. She later told me it was one of her favorite assignments.
  • Elizabeth C Burton on A visit to Mount Auburn CemeteryOnly worked there three years - 1963-1966. Best job I have ever had - Aaron Copeland series, Lotta Lenya, Joan Sutherland, etc. Dave Davis was super as well of everyone else from the secretaries, Greg Harney, Fred B. the two...
  • Bill Charette on We Were the TV GenerationWhenever the mention of Zoom comes up I recall the page broadcast over the GBH PA system during a break in taping. "Would whoever is in charge of the Zoom kids please come to the cafeteria? They're putting flies in...
  • Jay Collier on We Were the TV GenerationThe New Yorker posted an in-depth story about the original Zoom yesterday! https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/come-on-and-zoom-zoom
  • Charles Walcott on A visit to Mount Auburn CemeteryHi Michael, You've got me beat by 5 years but I think I was at WGBH even before you were! I started in 1955 with Mary Lela Grimes helping with Discovery. It was a wonderful experience and we had many...
  • Lo Hartnett on A visit to Mount Auburn CemeteryMichael, you managed to capture that gleeful feeling of knowing you were doing something important, fun, innovative - learning every step of the way. And the opportunity was presented to you, encouraged you to grow, experiment, achieve. And we sure...
  • Anita Ruthling Klaussen on A visit to Mount Auburn CemeteryBud Collins (d March 6, 2016) is at Mount Auburn, overlooking WILLOW POND, under a lovely tree... check him out... Quote from the Owl and the Pussycat: "And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by...
  • Don Hallock on A visit to Mount Auburn CemeteryAn admirable and touching pilgrimage, Michael; reminds me of a letter I had been intending to send in for some time. Didn't have so many words to share, but this thought: Yes, we didn't see ourselves so much as blazing...
  • Sheila Smith Simollardes on A visit to Mount Auburn CemeteryYou've always had a delightful way with words, Michael, and I've tried to emulate your style when communicating with friends or co-workers. Just last week during our (virtual) staff meeting at Fruitlands Museum I told a WGBH story, after which...
  • Steven Douglass on Dave Coveney, EngineerJeff, I was so sorry to hear about your overwhelming loss. I hope & trust Dave had a soft landing on the parallel plane, so that he can continue his angelic works.
  • Jack Gill on Greg Harney – in memoryI was one of the 1959-1960 GBH scholars. I came from Iowa State U. at Ames Iowa. It was the home of WOI-TV, who had an illustrious history, thanks to the Ford Foundation. Lighting? Oh, yes. First you lined up...
  • Dighton Spooner on A visit to Mount Auburn CemeteryOne of my most memorable interactions with David Ives was my first. It was 1974 and I’d just graduated from college. It was my first day on the job as a writer/researcher on Say Brother. I was coming down the...
  • Michael Ambrosino on A visit to Mount Auburn CemeteryThe joy of approaching 90 in a few days is to greet the day, converse with my wife, kiddies, grand kiddies and have some life to which to look forward. The saddness is to know that so many of those...
  • Ron Della Chiesa on Dave Coveney, EngineerSad news! Dave left us all to soon. A sweet gentle spirit. His smile says it all. RIP
  • Harriet Reisen on A visit to Mount Auburn CemeteryMy first assignment at WGBH was to associate produce a segment on poultry for Rick Hauser's "Walsh's Animals. Franco Romangnoli was photographing chickens for us down in Taunton, and I rode down with him. Not knowing at all who he...
  • Helen Andrews on A visit to Mount Auburn CemeteryThank you for this message. DOI was so inspiring, and never too 'important' to be part of the fun in fundraising. When I put him down as a reference for a job, he wrote about how funny I was at...
  • Wendy Davidson on Dave Coveney, EngineerMy heartfelt condolences to you and your family. This horrible Plague has taken away so many precious loved ones. Wendy Davidson
  • Mary Helen Doyle on Dave Coveney, EngineerI really enjoyed working with Dave, 1981-1986. He was always so positive and helpful to me and all engineers in the tape room and edit suites. Such a kind and fun guy. It was so nice to see him at...
  • Mary Kate Shea on Dave Coveney, EngineerDave was a great guy. I was one of the “babies” who worked in engineering in the early 80’s. He was kind and generous with his knowledge and friendly personality. I have fond memories of Dave. I am sorry for...
  • Peter Swanson on We Were the TV GenerationAs a fellow Emersonian, I especially loved reading your story. My first paying job in Broadcasting was for Rex Trailer. Boomtown's "Production Co-ordinators" began their tenures cleaning up after Goldrush. Glad you didn't have to do too much 'shoveling' as...
  • Margo Garrison on Dave Coveney, EngineerDave was so great! A character. He always had some funny story to share and always made the listener feel special. He was kind and genuine. When I became an audio engineer he always helped me when I didn’t know...
  • Raquel Ortiz on Dave Coveney, EngineerHe was humble and helpful and fun to work with. RIP Dave.