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  • Jay Collier on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerJean Liroff sent photos of David and some of the dogs he loved. https://www.wgbhalumni.org/2022/05/16/david-liroff/
  • Mike Enwright on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerDavid was one of the smartest people I have ever met. With all his technical abilities he was a man of the people. He and I shared many conversations over the years and I always valued his input. But most...
  • Chas Norton on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerAfter reading the comments about David, I realize that his ability to span boundaries and maintain a humane presence in the midst of so much de-humanizing technology is my take away. May we all emulate him - in our own...
  • Mary Kate Shea on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerRushing down a GBH hallway with that joyous lilt to his gait, David always had time for a quick chat. From my initial engineering job in 1983 to Ed Programming in 2006 there was one person from the strip who...
  • Julie Harrower Diaz on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerGreat memories John. What a special guy - sorry to hear of his passing.
  • Rusa Harju on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerSo sorry to hear of David Liroff's passing. I cannot begin to articulate what a wonderful man he was and how much I admired him.
  • John Kerr on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerOnce long ago Liroff beckoned to me to come in as I passed his office. "What is it?" I asked, staring at the large gizmo on his desk. It was the first MAC I'd ever seen. Liroff's delight at what...
  • Jim Lewis on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerEverything everyone has said about David is true. I want to add one more note, a humorous one. David knew jargon and latched onto quips faster than anyone I know. One of my favorites was "a blinding flash of the...
  • Sam Tyler on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerUpon meeting David Liroff for the second time, one's first impression was validated: This fellow is for real. What set him apart was the humor and the innate kindness with which he graced the organization. He was consistently optimistic, loyal,...
  • Jay Collier on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerEli Ingraham has shared several of her photos with David and they're posted here: https://www.wgbhalumni.org/2022/05/16/david-liroff/ If you have photos of David to share, send them to
  • Jay Collier on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerCurrent article: https://current.org/2022/05/david-liroff-former-vp-and-cto-for-gbh-dies-at-77/
  • Deborah Gibbs on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerFor some reason David started calling me Gibbs one day and I answered back Liroff. That continued for many years whenever we saw each other until one day I was in the elevator in 114 traveling between floors when the...
  • Larry Goldberg on David LiroffAll my memories of David are warm, friendly, full of energy and compassion. He was a great supporter of GBH's pioneering work in media accessibility, of course, because he cared about ... everyone. And such an inquisitive mind - I...
  • Ed Chuk on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerSo sad to hear of this news. David was an amazing man, not only brilliant in the world of broadcasting and media but could talk about anything from baseball to fixing brakes on cars. In the old 125 Western Avenue...
  • David G. Kanzeg on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerI worked with David at WOUB. He was always easy to talk to and fun to be with. Condolences to Jean.
  • Bob Nesson on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerDavid's passing, and all these poignant notes about his wonderful role as mentor and inspirer-in-chief at WGBH over the years bring tears to my eyes. I miss his smile and encouraging ways. David was non-judgmental and open to new and...
  • Robin Landerman Zucker on David LiroffDavid was a real champion of newbies (as I was in 1981). He was a caring, honest and positive mentor and executive. My sincere condolences to his family.
  • Jane Pikor on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerI am so very sorry to hear of David's passing. He truly was a gentleman and a scholar. For many years, he was my boss and my mentor at 'GBH, and he always had time and a kind word for...
  • Cynthia Broner (formerly Alperowicz) on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerSo many fond memories of "DBL," and a funny one: I always relied on David to decipher complex tech matters for any speech, script, or publication I was working on. One time, in the very early days of desktop computers,...
  • Gail Martin on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerSo sad to hear this news. I had the privilege to report to David for many years and loved working with him. He was brilliant, curious about everything, and so knowledgeable about PBS - knowledge which he shared generously. He...
  • Beth Godlin Lillis on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerI am saddened to hear this news. David was kind, supportive and always available to chat. Sending my heartfelt condolences to his family.
  • Judith Vecchione on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerThis is such sad news – Dave was an inspiration, a leader, and a visionary. I remember him saying to an early Producers Workshop class, “Have you ever heard of GOOGLE?” It was so early that only a few of...
  • Judith Vecchione on David LiroffThis is such sad news - Dave was an inspiration, a leader, and a visionary. I remember him saying to an early Producers Workshop class, "Have you ever heard of GOOGLE?" It was so early that only a few of...
  • Bill Pimentel on David LiroffA giant of a man, who never felt it beneath him to kneel down to listen to the concerns of his foot soldiers. RIP, “DBL”
  • Jane on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerWhen I read the news I immediately thought of you and how sad you must be. He was a lovely man and I have such wonderful memories of him. Hugs to you.
  • Elaine Coolbrith on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerDavid was a kind and generous with his breath of knowledge as a leader at WGBH. I will look back at our talks with great fondness and miss that mischievous smile. Wish you well on your journey David. My deep...
  • Sam Farrell on David LiroffDavid was an intellectual spark, an empathetic leader, and a man of drive and enthusiasm — he was well known for writing emails at 4 in the morning. He always wore the same blue shirt and red tie, a uniform...
  • Aimee Sands on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerI just want to thank David for his kindness over the years. That's what I remember best about him. My deep condolences to his family. Aimée Sands
  • Audrey Paek on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerMy thoughts are with you, Susan. Only the best of times with David Liroff! Heavy hearts…Audrey
  • John Carver on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerIf ever there was a true fountain of intelligence, wit and wisdom it was David. In my rookie year, 1976, I soon realized that David was the one person that I could go to with a fist-full of questions and...
  • Elizabeth (Cote) Rossi on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerI am so very sad to hear this news. While I didn’t directly get to work with David, he was nonetheless one of my favorite people at the station. In large all-staff meetings, in the hallways, cafeteria, David was so...
  • Susan Siegel on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerI was hoping to never see this news on the alumni site. So when I opened the email today and saw that David passed, it shook me to my core. I was David’s executive assistant for over 20 years. He...
  • James on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerDavid was a friend and mentor to me. He had a knack for cutting to the chase with a few words. He saw the future with clarity. We have lost a rare treasure
  • Mark Duffield on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerMy first day/night at WGBH was early 1988. It was my first night in telemarketing. I was going to work two nights a week for a while then return to Nantucket as a commercial fisherman. I had failed at everything...
  • Audrey H. Paek on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerI am deeply saddened to hear this news. Grateful for David’s leadership at GBH, his guidance, and support. I will always remember him for his kindness, integrity, curiosity, and wit. Sending my heartfelt condolences to his family.
  • Susan Galler on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerHe was smart, funny, and warm. Taught me a few absolutely critical things that I have used always. He sat right next to me as we wrote one of WGBH’s early NEH grants together. He knew I was overwhelmed &...
  • Geoffrey P Miller on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerI spent 12 years at GBH, the majority of which was with the Interactive Group. As a fellow big 10 vet, David and I became good friends and I treasured his mentorship and guidance. Following his retirement, we communicated regularly...
  • Carl Piermarini on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerSo sad to hear about David. He was a true technological visionary. A man of true passion and understanding who always took the time to listened to the “ranks.” I will miss him.
  • Thea Chalow on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerSo sorry to learn of his passing. David was one of the REALLY good ones.
  • Bill Charette on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerSad news. In my few interactions with David I recall a thoughtful and kind man, always smiling and engaged when we spoke. My sympathy to his family and friends.
  • Robin Landerman Zucker on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerI remember David fondly.
  • Greg Fitzgerald on David LiroffSo sad to learn of David's death. I remember always looking forward to his technology updates at PBS and APT meetings. He was a true visionary and such a great voice for public broadcasting excellence.
  • Christine Lear on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerSo sad to read this. He was a loving and gentle person with huge impact on so many of us in public broadcasting and beyond. His talent and kindness will be missed.
  • Nora Sinclair on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerOh, this makes me so very sad. A wonderful mentor, an expert in his field, a teacher…the list goes on. He was warm, caring and very very funny. I have lost count of how many times I have quoted “create...
  • Gill Pearson on Anne Slack – in memoryI have fond memories of watching Madame Slack, Patapouf and Gleeko? (excuse the spelling) We were in primary 6 at at Shawlands Primary School in Glasgow UK and it was the 1960s. It was very exciting and modern to get...
  • Saul Davis on Anne Slack, 94, TV teaching pioneer of ‘Parlons Français’Paul and Julia Child were also friends with my father's cousin in the OSS years, which contributed to Paul's retirement.
  • Saul Davis on Anne Slack, 94, TV teaching pioneer of ‘Parlons Français’I still have and treasure the book from this series. It was the ultimate in educational formats, not only for children. I particularly loved the folk songs, and the characters in the films, Cilestin, right? It should all be re-issued,...
  • Frederick f. Barzyk on Who is “Daphne”?That marvelous moment when Mr. Rogers visited WGBH was directed by me. There is only one small video left of that event. If you wish to see it go to fredbarzyk.com Chapter 1, Video 6. It is in at 11:58...
  • Findlay Muir on In MemoriamBill Stark was the first professional cameraman I met as a 18 year old trying to make a break into TV production. He made a huge impact. Due to Bill's efforts in teaching me, I went on the spend much...
  • Debbie Charren on Who is “Daphne”?Wonderful story! I have never forgotten standing in that LONG line with my mother, Peggy Charren, and younger sister. Eventually, we were able to meet Mr. Rogers. He was as kind and wonderful in person as he seemed on the...
  • Michael Ambrosino (1956 to 1976) on Who is “Daphne”?Jack, I remember WGBH having a "Meet Mr. Rogers Day." The line of Mommies and Kiddies extended out of Studio A, down the stairs, out the door, to North Beacon Street, along North Beacon all the way to the Charles...
  • Frederick F. Barzyk on Remembering Rick HauserThanks Anne for some wonderful memories. These are stories that make WGBH magical at its best, and frustrating at its worth. But with people like Rick and Nancy, the station thrived and grew. You were part of that growth, done...
  • Chris Gilbert on Remembering Rick HauserThank you Anne for sharing your wonderful recollection. Not only does it enrich my own memories of Rick in those days, but it resurfaced so many other encounters with the creative people at the station who came to the peanut...
  • Jack Caldwell on Who is “Daphne”?When Bob Kennedy was shot, we were in the middle of the Auction. I think it was a Tuesday night. I shared an apartment with Joe McMahon who was a special assistant for Edwin Brooks, Mass Attorney general, later a...
  • Sheila (Smith) Simollardes on Who is “Daphne”?Great ideas, Chas! While I worked that Auction, I have no recollection of seeing MisterRogers in GBH studios, so I have no idea who “Daphne” might have been. Any chance the child is somehow related to Fred’s family? Worth asking...
  • Chas Norton on Who is “Daphne”?First was it shot in Boston? During the actual auction ? Was it shot during a non auction visit by Fred prior to the auction? Check in with WQED. Try making it into an on air search by creating a...
  • Doug Gortner on Debra Thorburn Ashton, Planned Giving PioneerI was just getting ready to ask Debra to collaborate with me on "brushing up" my CASE book on Deferred Giving for Independant Schools when I stumbled on this article. Back in the eighties, when I was starting Deerfield Academy's...
  • Jay Collier on Rick Hauser, Producer, Director, WriterFrom Rabbi Esther Adler: Rick embodied each of his many roles fully and with panache, which is remarkable because some of the roles were quite the opposite of one another. While he was the epitome of the gentleman scholar, an...
  • Chris Gilbert on Rick Hauser, Producer, Director, WriterRick's passing is very sad news. Eye-To-Eye, the ten part series on the arts co-produced with the Museum of Fine Arts, was my first job at WGBH. I was completing graduate school at BU. Rick and Joan (Wilson) Sullivan, his...
  • Austin Hoyt on Rick Hauser, Producer, Director, WriterRick and Nancy's temple in St. Paul did a long article on Rick's life. I never knew he had such a variety of interests and talents. Here is the link https://mzion.org/homz-blog/rick/
  • Paula Apsell on Rick Hauser, Producer, Director, WriterI was Rick’s PA for some of Nine Heroes and other shows. He gave me a chance to learn about TV production and he taught me a great deal. He was a talented, vibrant, and very kind man.
  • Bob Nesson on Rick Hauser, Producer, Director, WriterRick was a warm and embracing presence and an encouraging supporter of my own efforts. He was open to ideas and willing to engage, for a minute or an hour. His passing reminds me of the rich creative environment of...
  • Dave DeBarger on Rick Hauser, Producer, Director, WriterI had the very great pleasure of working with Rick on Making Things Grow, Maggie and the Beautiful Machine, Walsh's Animals and others. When I left WGBH we were collaborating on the WGBH Quiz Show Unit. He was a special...
  • Harriet Reisen on Rick Hauser, Producer, Director, WriterRick was a dear and demanding colleague (especially of himself) and I enjoyed his company immensely. When I suggested the talented and lovely Nancy Mason for his PA I had an inkling they’d fall in love. If you go to...
  • Chas Norton on Rick Hauser, Producer, Director, WriterThe phrases ‘Renaissance Man’ and ‘boundary spanner’ jump out at me immediately. I found him always the best and the brightest. He was a wonderful colleague and friend. Hopefully some of his works can be re-aired to remind all of...
  • Harriet Reisen on Dali Cahill, 51, Associate ProducerI met Dali in the mail room at gbh when I first came to Boston. She showed me the city…Quincy Market before it was fancy Quincy Market, etc. When I got work on Walsh’s Animals, she was a natural recruit,...
  • Details, details | Charlotte was Both on WGBH Timeline (1946-1978)[…] Well..turns out that in the fall of 1961, a fire destroyed the WGBH offices and studios, and for sev… […]
  • J Otsego on Robert J. LurtsemaThanks for the links! BTW-the second one is to wamc dot net--a lapsed critical observer of WAMC Albany (where I believe RJL finished his weekend programs)--which is WAMC dot org.
  • J Otsego on Robert J. LurtsemaI first learned about Mr. Lurtsema in the 1960s... I believe he was Sing Out! magazine's "answer man": Bob Lurtsema. About a month ago (Feb 2022) I was going through some old tape cassettes, and found one labelled "How The...
  • Kate Bernhardt on Dali Cahill, 51, Associate ProducerNot to mention one of the funniest people I've ever known.
  • Marcia Hulley on Dali Cahill, 51, Associate ProducerI do too
  • Beverly Shaffer on Dali Cahill, 51, Associate ProducerI worked with Dali on WALSH’S ANIMALS. She loved animals and she loved people - all kinds of people. She was a good person.
  • Nathan Hasson on Dali Cahill, 51, Associate ProducerIndeed, Dali was a life force.
  • Syrl Silberman on Dali Cahill, 51, Associate ProducerI agree, Dali was pretty wonderful.
  • John Kronenberger on Dali Cahill, 51, Associate ProducerSmartest, funniest…and nicest. Shared a small office with Dali for two years and, between laughs, was struck by her ability to get along with just about anybody, including people who were not nearly as nice as she was. Continue to...
  • Susan Presson on Dali Cahill, 51, Associate ProducerDali was my mentor and my friend for all my time at W...yes...W!...GBH. And kind of a life mentor as well. One of the smartest, funniest people I ever met. In honor of Lent, I pass on her comments when...
  • Kurt Blumenau on WGBH Timeline (1946-1978)From Kurt Blumenau Good evening, While reading the WGBH Timeline (1946-1978), I decided to crosscheck the items that are marked "this item begs for clarification" against the Boston Globe archives on Newspapers.com in hopes of providing said clarification. (Presumably no...
  • Anne Ulmer on Bill CavnessWhen we lived in Middletown Connecticut, we would dash home at noon to hear Bill Cavness reading The Once and Future King (T.H.White) -- amazing characterizations, often hilarious. I'd love to hear that again, if it were available. I don't...
  • Alex Pirie on ‘Julia’ Trailer: Sarah Lancashire Embodies Cooking Icon Behind ‘The French Chef’Hey, don't forget "Julia" the documentary - special appearances by Russ Morash and, full disclosure - me, Alex Pirie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEHT8gwgaJA
  • George Coburn on William (Bill) PierceGuess who is coming for lunch? … if it’s a Friday, Bill Pierce would arrive at 11:30. My mother, Rachel Pierce Coburn would be preparing one of their family favorites - fish cakes. I always remember these days because Uncle...
  • Carol Obertubbesing on Bill CavnessEven the animals loved Bill Cavness Reading Aloud. A friend’s cat used to jump up on the radio when the program started and back down at the end.
  • Leah Weisse on Bill CavnessYou can go to this link at WGBH Open Vault to see a list of what we have in the Archives: https://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog?f%5Baccess%5D%5B%5D=All+Records&f%5Bseries_title%5D%5B%5D=Reading+Aloud We are digitizing many and would love to make them available, but, as usual, there are issues regarding...
  • Kevin Lucas on Bill CavnessI think it might have been Bill Cavness Reading Aloud where I heard Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré as the musical introduction and epilog (maybe there's a better word for that) for each segment of The Secret Garden, by...
  • Michael Jansen on Debra Thorburn Ashton, Planned Giving PioneerDeb represented the best of gift planning. She was my inspiration since I bought her first book all those years ago.., and then her second. Last visited with her at a program in San Antonio. Now in this work 40...
  • Laurie LaMothe on Debra Thorburn Ashton, Planned Giving PioneerSadly, I just opened my Planned Giving Today Newsletter and read the In Memoriam for Deb Ashton. We were recruited to Boston University in 1991. What great days those were for bringing together major and planned giving. Her sparkle was...
  • Jay Collier on David Mugar, 82, PhilanthropistThanks, Bob! A very nice interview with David. I've added it to the main story.
  • Dr joe on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionThank you! I’m Joe!
  • Bob Seay on David Mugar, 82, PhilanthropistMy interview with David 10 years ago for GBH radio on the evolution of the July 4th Esplanade extravaganza https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YJlw2WH_8azVaUa9s0ztbX-QNj9gh6MM/view
  • PEDRO D. GUITARD III on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionMuch appreciated, Jay! Thank you very much for posting! Viewing ZOOM was a huge part of my childhood, representing the best times of my life.
  • Stephanie Brown on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionHi Jay! Thank you so much for this updated information. Such wonderful nostalgic memories…Love!
  • Jay Collier on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionHi, all! We’ve posted the two sessions of the ZOOM 50th reunion here: https://www.wgbhalumni.org/2022/01/08/zoom-at-50/ -Jay
  • Jay Collier on Celebrating ZOOM’s 50th AnniversaryHi, all! We’ve posted the two Zoom video sessions of the ZOOM 50th reunion here: https://www.wgbhalumni.org/2022/01/08/zoom-at-50/ -Jay
  • Gordon Mehlman on David Mugar, 82, PhilanthropistI also worked on the WGBH-TV program What's the Big Idea and both of the Boston Pops Fourth of July Esplanade concerts that were produced by and aired on WGBH. What's The Big Idea was shot on the oceanfront lawn...
  • Lo Hartnett on David Mugar, 82, PhilanthropistThe Mugars were also generous major donors to GBH's Major Donor Annual Fund ....above and beyond. Sure wish I had Marilyn's 3x5 cards so I could share just how generous he was to GBH. A model philanthropist. .
  • Jon Abbott on David Mugar, 82, PhilanthropistDavid was a stalwart and remarkable supporter of GBH throughout his life. In the early 1970s, excited about the possibilities of television, and a fan of Channel 2, he worked at WGBH — for a dollar a year — donating...
  • Russ Fortier on David Mugar, 82, PhilanthropistI first worked with David when WGBH produced a series on Cape Cod called What’s The Big Idea hosted by Doris Kearns Goodwin which I directed. The programs were shot on the beach in Falmouth at Mugar’s Red Jacket Inn...
  • Olivia Tappan on David Mugar, 82, PhilanthropistRIP David. Thanks for all the meaningful things you did with your life. My most favorite memory is of being on a Boston rooftop with you and other WGBH colleagues watching the bicentennial fireworks over the Esplanade. Oh what a...
  • Lo Hartnett on Lo HartnettNo. Although over the decades consulting to stations, guess you could say I’ve trained or taught many budding fundraisers. So rewarding. Thanks for asking. Lo.
  • Anita l murphy on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionNeed a broadcast reunion. Man I'd give anything for a zoom card from back in the day. Love from middle Tennessee. You made a crappy childhood bearable.
  • Lo Hartnett on Debra Thorburn Ashton, Planned Giving PioneerI am so sorry to hear of Debra's passing. We worked in that office for years. After Kerr and Sam left, Deb joined my department. She and I embarked on a quest to educate execs about the need for ongoing...
  • Kathryn sanfilippo on Debra Thorburn Ashton, Planned Giving PioneerI never saw Deb without a smile. Kathryn
  • John Kerr on Debra Thorburn Ashton, Planned Giving PioneerHere's how Debra Thorburn Ashton came to 'GBH: Sitting in John Brown's planned giving seminars in Harvard Yard in the 1970's, Sam Tyler and I realized right away that Debra was by far the brightest light in the class. I...
  • Karin Smith on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI'm from the first generation of Zoom fans, (1972) and remember watching that first episode and being in wonder of all the amazing things the Zoomers did. My friends and I were enthusiastic letter writers, and collected the Zoom cards...
  • Watts on Celebrating ZOOM’s 50th AnniversaryMy favorite 70’s Zoomers: 1. Donna Moore 2. Lori Boskin 3. Edith Mooers 4. Bernadette Yao 5. Shawn Miranda Reed 6. Nancy Tates 7. Neal Johnson 8. Maura Mullaney 9. Carmen Hernandez 10. Jay Schertzer Honorable Mentions: 1. Cate Wadsworth...
  • Paul Guyer on Celebrating ZOOM’s 50th AnniversaryThe lack of any current shows like this speaks volumes about how TV, even PBS, has lost its way. What little kids' programming that remains on broadcast TV these days talks down to kids, while stuff on cable just insults...
  • Ellis McCauley on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionMe too-serious crush on Tracy! (female here). She was so cool.
  • Sharyn on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI was 12 when Zoom premiered. I grew up in Randolph and had a crush on you. So great to see you all
  • Helen Andrews (former Auction staff and volunteer) on Celebrating ZOOM’s 50th AnniversaryI still have a couple of "ZOOM Cards" with directions for stained glass cookies and making a kite. Oh, the good old days when sitting and watching "zoom" had an entirely different meaning! Thanks for the experience.
  • Beth Young Torcivia GLS '73 on Debra Thorburn Ashton, Planned Giving PioneerDeb and I graduated from GLS in 1973, so we have known each other since we started in 1967. We reconnected during reunions, and when I moved to the Cape in 2018, we decided to make an effort to spend...
  • Stephanie Brown on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionThank you, Jay…This is an amazing article and wonderful pictures. So many warm and heart-touching memories.
  • Jay Collier on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionDon't miss the great article in the Boston Globe celebrating ZOOM's 50th anniversary! https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/01/06/magazine/50-years-ago-zoom-took-over-tv-with-ubbi-dubbi-that-zip-code-song-10000-letters-week/
  • John Carver on Debra Thorburn Ashton, Planned Giving PioneerI have just now learned of Debbie's death and I am greatly saddened at the loss of my pal. We all must have our memories of her because she touched us in a way that went far beyond mere friendship....
  • Christine (Cavicchi) Adams on Debra Thorburn Ashton, Planned Giving PioneerDeb hired me (christine Cavicchi, now Adams) in 1982. I think I replaced Cornelia Fortier in the development department working with Deb and the campaign team. She and I have remained life-long friends. There are so many WGBH stories to...
  • Laurie Everett on Debra Thorburn Ashton, Planned Giving PioneerI never met anyone who had her energy--just amazing. My most vivid memory of her is one year when she was training for the Boston Marathon. I think both she and John Carver (someone will correct me here if I'm...
  • Marsha Salamoff Green on Debra Thorburn Ashton, Planned Giving PioneerSo sorry to hear this news. Deb was one of the first people I met after being hired by Jeanne Brodeur in the Fundraisng Department in 1981. She was always cheerful, bright, and smiling. I was fortunate to reconnect with...
  • Nancy Brown LaBrie on Debra Thorburn Ashton, Planned Giving PioneerI am so sorry to hear of her passing. We connected after my days at GBH when she was working at Wheaton, my alma mater. She was one of the most upbeat people I ever knew. So very sad.
  • Susan Galler on Debra Thorburn Ashton, Planned Giving PioneerVery sad. Deb was also a competitive ballroom dancer.
  • Milan Merhar on William (Bill) PierceOne more Bill Pierce story.... This was around 1977, evening air shift. I was in VTR, I think Dennis Correia was in Master Control, and Bill was announcing. Maggie Bordett came in from Ops with a fresh batch of air...
  • Alexandra on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionHi Joe, As probably read in my previous posts, I was a big fan of Zoom back in the day. I am now a psychotherapist, and so you can imagine my delight when I discovered that the book on my...
  • Alex Pirie on John (Jack) Keanlol, still remember Al Potter opening up the back of a video rack of somekind and finding one of your cigar stubs! Huge guffaws! "I know who did this repair!" said Al. Also remember a serious discussion on employment and...
  • Alex Pirie on Alex PirieMartin Bloch: An odd memory of a GBH'er on occasion, Martin Bloch (sp?) just popped up and he deserves a place here. Martin was a master scene painter, trained before the war (the #2 war) in Germany. Fran Mahard brought...
  • Dr. Joe on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionThat’s what zoom is for! We can zoom a ZOOM reunion. Hmmmm. BTW I have visited our Zoompapa in New Zealand. An incredible country enhanced even more by an incredible man. I’m Joe!
  • Dr. Joe on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI’m Joe! Thanks for remembering ZOOM as we approach our FIFTIETH anniversary !!!
  • Anita l murphy on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI AM 60 YEARS OLD AND WOULD LOVE LOVE LOVE A ZOOM REUNION - why doesn't WGBH or PBS do a box set - those childhood memories are awesome - love you Zoomers and Zoom fans :)
  • Ashley on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionLoved Zoom as a kid, and I still mystify my (now teenaged) kids with Bernadette's arm swing trick! Also remember loving the videos sent in by kids - especially remember the one where a kid used sheets of styrofoam and...
  • Rebekah Giarrusso on Joan Wilson bids for masterpiecesI still fondly think of our WGBH family.
  • Robin Landerman Zucker on The Money Room: So What?John Carver was a master deal sealer!
  • Carol Obertubbesing on The Money Room: So What?Hi to John Kerr, Sent note about how much I enjoyed reading about your career change to NPS but didn't know if you received it. Hope you are still enjoying the important work you do. Carol Obertubbesing
  • Nathan Hasson on Joan Wilson bids for masterpiecesThank you for posting this piece. Working with Joan was like having a new and exciting adventure every day. She was a whirlwind of energy, had a vigorous imagination and sparkling taste. Our office was often the scene of much...
  • Kim on The 1961 WGBH FireIs this the station where Julia Child's recorded in 1961?
  • Nathaniel Johnson on Joan Wilson bids for masterpiecesThe "audio man' Joan speaks of is me!
  • Leah Weisse on The Money Room: Fundraising Goes NationalHappy Thanksgiving, everyone! I was about to give up on the Kerr's Nog search when this morning I received a scan of the recipe, in the old Nooz/QuickNooz, from Dick Holden. Not sure how to post it, here, but thanks...
  • John S Roderick on Robert B. Peirce, 72, EEN Director of EngineeringHello. My memory of Bob Pierce was at SportsChanel in 1983. He became the second Chief Engineer in company history when Joe Schabhetl left to build TV 50 in Derry NH. Bob always had a good word and smile on...
  • Jack Caldwell on The Money Room: Auction Plays CupidIsn't this just a wonderful story? Yes! And there are so many more. Some we know but "only the shadow knows" them all.
  • Michael Ambrosino on Anne Slack – in memorySpread “from” the USA is more like it. Anne was a teacher in the Schenectady Public Schools in upper New York State when chosen to appear on the new public television station in the 1950s. We brought her to Boston...
  • Dermot Walsh on Anne Slack – in memoryHappy memories of her French lessons in my Glasgow UK primary school. I’m afraid I ended up being not too proficient at French in senior school but I still remember the lessons fondly. I was unaware her influence spread to...
  • Lew Lloyd on The Money Room: Fundraising Goes NationalIf nobody else comes up with it I do have the recipe I'll post it here for all to see if requested
  • Susan Presson on The Money Room: Fundraising Goes NationalHey Mssrs. Holden and Kerr and Miz Leah...I bit tangential, but I believe for most of its existence, NOOZ was edited by Dali Cahill. A foodie before such things were common. She once told me that her first words we,...
  • George on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionAs an afterthought, do you know what some of these kids are up to now? I especially loved Danny, Mike, Tom Schultz and Arcadio so I definitely hope they're doing well, and it's always fascinating to see childhood heroes all...
  • George on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionA trip down memory lane! I watched the show from beginning to end, and in a sense Zoom was ahead of its time. There was a sense of authenticity in the show that got us ordinary kids hooked that really...
  • Dick Holden on The Money Room: Fundraising Goes NationalHello, Leah I was “in house” from May ‘73-‘80. Think the newsletter was called Nooz, but can’t pin down the date more exactly. Why don’t you email me (assume you can see address), I’ll send pic of recipe? Dick Well,...
  • Harriet Reisen on ‘Says You!’ panelist Arnie Reisman, a Boston media mainstay, dies at 79Dear Fred, You brought me and Tony together on the first portable video show, “Where to Get Off in Boston,” and soon after Arnie came in to do some segments. He was our best man, and Tony was his in...
  • Tony Kahn on ‘Says You!’ panelist Arnie Reisman, a Boston media mainstay, dies at 79To know Arnie, as I did, as a colleague and friend for fifty years, was to know wit and humor that at first would crack you up and then linger in your mind as an experience so delightful you had...
  • Andy Griffiths on The Money Room: How This Old House Was BuiltI just read John Carver's very interesting piece about This Old House in 1979. When I started as the GBH CFO in September 1980, we had financial problems, reeling with the aftermath of the Scarlet Letter production. Banks were unwilling...
  • Fred Barzyk on ‘Says You!’ panelist Arnie Reisman, a Boston media mainstay, dies at 79With deep sorrow I read that one of the most intriguing , clever, and funny colleagues had passed away. Dear Arnie... how many joyous laughs we had putting together the team that created Mother's Little Network. Arnie first came to...
  • chip on Tony SaletanI certainly remember Sing Children Sing in the early 1960's. Yes, from that Brokkline car museum...also remember the 21 inch classroom... And then the Beatles hit....
  • Leah Weisse on The Money Room: Fundraising Goes NationalDick, If you can tell me the name of the newsletter and year, I will try to find a copy in the GBH Archives to scan. Might make a nice little addition to everyone's Holiday menu! Thanks! Leah Weisse GBH...
  • Dick Holden on The Money Room: Fundraising Goes NationalWell, well, well…I’ve spent the last 20 (30?) Decembers trying to track down John Kerr. That’s the month we dig out our yellow and tattered copy of “Kerr’s Nog”, originally published in the ‘GBH newsletter of the day. Not only...
  • Kim Sanchez on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI'm 57, and I can still do that arm trick!! I remember her showing everyone how she did it!! Bless you and I hope you've had a great life!!
  • Ceecee Caine on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionLoved Zoom so much!! I was 7 years old in '72 and still have vivid memories from the show... Ubbi Dubbi, Fanny Dooly, SASEs, ZoomDo's. And the videos that people sent in! The teenage boy who slept in his treehouse...
  • Els on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionWhat a great story Jessica. I too remember watching on my B&W TV as a curious and shy 7 year old and loved all of the different kids on the show and even asked my Mom if I could tryout...
  • Cynthia McKeown on The Money Room: “Pledging” Begins at WGBHAwesome, videos, Fred, thanks!!! I think I was at that Dead concert...
  • Fred Barzyk on The Money Room: “Pledging” Begins at WGBHSo many wonderful stories of how WGBH found ways to raise money. What a great bunch of people we were so lucky to know. So what were the viewers seeing? It would probably shock the fund raisers of today with...
  • Stephanie Brown on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionHi Joe! I’m Stephanie! I am a Talent Development Specialist. If you and Michael could convince Zoompapa to return to Boston, that would be awesome! I wish you the best!
  • Dr. Joe on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionMichael, I am convinced we can bring our Zoompapa back to Boston. Half a century later we are still in touch, and half a century later continue to feel like family. To all the Zoom fans, you are family as...
  • Maynard Orme on The Money Room: “Pledging” Begins at WGBHWhat a good story! Thanks for sharing.
  • Stephanie Brown on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI concur. That would be wonderful!
  • Stephanie Brown on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionA 50th anniversary celebration would be amazing! I hope you are successful with this endeavor.
  • Anita l murphy on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionSure would love an updated book/video of where the zoomers are today.
  • Stephanie Brown on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionA 50th anniversary celebration would be amazing!
  • christopher Sarson on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionIn reply to Paul Gay's Comment on ZOOM's 40th Reunion, the idea of Joe imitating Alistair Cooke's intros to Masterpiece Theatre wasn't brilliant, but thanks for the compliment; it was low-hanging fruit in the first cast of ZOOM in 1972....
  • George Hauenstein on The Money Room: Singing for His SupperHi John - I enjoyed reading your post. It was always fun working with you and watching you and learning from you. I'm still in pub media and still pitching periodically. I've stolen so much from you that I still...
  • Michael Ambrosino on The Money Room: Singing for His SupperJohn. Thanks for those wonderful memories. I can faintly hear the voice of David Ives singing a jingle or two in a shameless bid for cash. We all have great memories. Mine go from 1956 to 1976, several buildings, many...
  • Paul Gay on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionHello Michael & other commenters: Does any one recollect whose brilliant idea it was to have Allistair Cookie as a host for MonsterPiece Theatre, home of classy British drama?
  • Stephanie Brown on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionYour story is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
  • Nomi McQuade on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionWhen I was little, my brother had the ZOOM activity book. I read it over and over, and I always wanted to watch the TV show. It was before cable, and we lived in Germany anyway, so ZOOM was always...
  • Anne Williams Sweeney on The Money Room: Singing for His SupperAgreed! Working with John Kerr on Pledge breaks was always fun and often a great adventure. I remember one location shoot when we recorded breaks at Franklin Park Zoo. John and I were to deliver our spiels in front of...
  • Charles Kelley on The Money Room: Singing for His SupperDavid Ives was not the only one who did silly things to raise money. When working on the studio crew as a "summer replacement" during my college years, I recall John Kerr's shameless willingness to do bizarre attention-getting things during...
  • Harriet Reisen on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionHey, James, good to see your name. I live in NYC now. Watching ZOOM when I lived in Palo Alto, I knew I was moving to Boston and decided I had to work at WGBH when I got there… where...
  • James Field on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionThere was a cast member named Edith.
  • Michael Ambrosino on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionIt woud be a big hit but you would have to bring Christopher back from New Zealand where he has been living for several years.
  • Cheryl Susheel Bibbs on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionDavid O'Brien His wife on this thread wrote, "David is married and lives in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is a pastor at Blue Ridge Community Church (www.blue-ridge.org) and ministry leader of Celebrate Recovery. We have 4 children & 5 grandchildren. He...
  • Cheryl Susheel Bibbs on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionShe has a Facebook presence
  • Cheryl Susheel Bibbs on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionHi Tom! I chose Tommy, David, and Maura partially because they were really Boston kids. Remember you well Best, Susheel
  • Tommy White on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionNo, but Fannee Doolee drives a Flivver that ZOOMs on Ethyl
  • Tommy White on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionWhat a Wonderful Wish!
  • Bob Nesson on The Money Room: The Ask That Wasn’tI take Fred's comment to Sam, "...you were one of the best..." and say: back at you Fred. Your friendship, support and mentoring were critically important to those of us who aspired to make meaningful contributions through our work at...
  • William Rowland, composer, ASCAP on Julia Child – in memoryOh thank you very much for the name. Morris was a professional film composer with such credits as BLAZING SATTLES among many other films. Julia was his first venture into television
  • William Rowland on Julia Child – in memoryI forgot to mention last time I was at BSO; I asked about the early show theme but no one could tell me the composer's name or title of music but this was long after Fiddler had past
  • William Rowland on Julia Child – in memoryIf Author Fiddler were still living he could tell us. He recorded the early show theme with the BDO Pops and featured in one of the BSO Shows. If I'm not mistaken Julia appeared in one of these shows.
  • William Rowland ,composer,ASCAP on Julia Child – in memoryOk we know that noted film composer wrote some of the opening theme music to Julia's Show. This was his first venture into television after writing the music for such films as BLAZING SATTLES . The is not clear which...
  • Jim Porubyanski on Julia Child – in memoryWas anyone ever able to locate that precious full length video with Julia editing and doing dissolves…? I saw a copy of it once many years ago on a one inch tape while I was working for Ampex. I would...
  • Stephanie B. on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionThey were great kids! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Christopher Sarson televised a ‘Zoom Reunion’ with all of the Zoomers?
  • Kate Bernhardt on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionYou can find her on Facebook at Bernadette Yao. She's a jeweler and sound therapist. I've bought her jewelry; you can find it on Etsy.
  • Kate Bernhardt on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionJames, hi!
  • Kate Bernhardt on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionI worked at GBH in the 80s and 90s and would also find myself singing the song (to myself) whenever I had to write a return address on an envelope or tell someone how to contact us. 02134. It was...
  • Linda Dunn on Bill CavnessWe listened to Reading Aloud all the time when I was growing up. The Perelandra trilogy was my favorite, and Day of the Triffids gave me tingles. Thanks for the adventures
  • Emma Gavazzi on ReunionsGalen Gering
  • Jessica on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionThank you for bringing back happy memories! I remember watching this show as a shy 7 year old in '72-'73. My family and I were first-time immigrants from Mexico and we were very poor, didn't speak English and knew no...
  • Prestone on The Money Room: A Life-changing AdventureEdit Suites were BIG believers in St. Claire. Especially with everyone getting used to the new 1" tape editing systems. Make a believer out of anyone.
  • Dick Hiner on Wil MortonHi Will. Dick Hiner here. Remembering all of the great times we had especially at your place on the lake. Cheryl and I living in a retirement community in Lynchburg, Va. Hope you are doing well. Will never forget the...
  • Karen Johnson on The Money Room: A Life-changing AdventureGreat memories, John. I recall the stories about the fire and that it was Catholic Television that so generously invited GBH to use its studios after the fire, where the tradition of St. Clare-- patron saint of television--posters began. In...
  • Leslie Warshaw on The Money Room: A Life-changing AdventureThanks so much for the call-out, John. I enjoy remembering MPM funny moments, like RJL's April 1 "interview" with Marcel Marceau. Robert asked questions and of course no one answered. I was amazed at how many listeners didn't catch on....
  • Rebecca Eaton on The Money Room: A Life-changing AdventureThank you for the mention John, but it was Chris Sarson and then Joan Sullivan who got the Masterpiece Theatre show on the road. I was at home watching it on TV. My turn as E.P. came in 1985/86 when...
  • Crystal Freeland on Sheila and Marilyn Brass launch new seriesJust found The Food Flirts on PBS. Where have I been?? Love this show, love you ladies and your humor!! Hubby and I laughed so hard at the two of you bantering! Mazel Tov, ladies!!
  • Susan C Peters on The Money Room: 1960s – ’80sThank you so much for these fond memories of my mother. Yes, I remember every event (except perhaps the Harvey's incident) and personal attribute that you described so well, including playing badminton! She loved every moment of her career at...
  • Karen Johnson on The Money Room: The Ask That Wasn’t...or was it John Carver, then Sam? Details are faded a bit but my memories of the excitement, rewarding work, fun and especially the amazing people are loud and clear.
  • FRED BARZYK on The Money Room: The Ask That Wasn’tAll these great stories warms my heart. These are the gems that will make the great history when it is finally written. It has been my contention that WGBH is /was the greatest TV station in the country... not only...
  • Karen Johnson on The Money Room: The Ask That Wasn’tGreat story, Sam. How well I remember those early days, when John hired you, then Carver--good times. All my best.
  • Carol Obertubbesing on The Money Room: The Ask That Wasn’tThanks to all of you who raised money so WGBH could be the great organization it was (and still is). Sam's recollection of David Ives provoked my thinking about him and here are a few thoughts. In the early 80s...
  • Susan Galler on The Money Room: The Ask That Wasn’tHi Sam. Love this story. I enjoyed going on calls with David too. But I found he was "off" (almost silent) until we got with the prospect and then he turned it (his charm) "on."
  • Mary Helen Doyle on Fred Barzyk’s Video ArchiveI’m very happy to see your archive post, Fred, there’s so much video innovation there for GBH alumni to re-visit, and viewers to discover. I had so much fun working on “Jean Shepard’s America” with you as one of the...
  • Elaine Coolbrith on The Money Room: How This Old House Was BuiltThank you so much for sharing. Fascinating story!
  • Josie Patterson on The Money Room: How This Old House Was BuiltI remember this house only because my now husband, and his friend Jay who was the son of Eleanor Casey, a long-time, and I’m sure long suffering secretary at GBH, painted part of that house. Oh the stories!
  • Susan Lewis Solomont on The Money Room: How This Old House Was BuiltJohn, you were the very best. And you taught many of us how to "sell". Thanks for your mentorship.
  • John Kerr on The Money Room: How This Old House Was BuiltYo Carver: you are one of a kind!
  • Larry LeCain on The Money Room: How This Old House Was BuiltWell done John Carver!
  • Russell Morash on The Money Room: How This Old House Was BuiltYou got the story right, John. I can’t count how many people have believed that far more WGBH treasure must have been needed. It wasn’t, thanks to John Carver and Bob Spiller, Herb Gray and our hard working TV team....
  • Virginia Kassel on Fred Barzyk’s Video ArchiveWonderful. Thank you for sharing and for being you.
  • Alison Bassett on Fred Barzyk’s Video ArchiveSo wonderful that you have done all this work Fred! You were there at the beginning - doing so many cutting edge things. I am forever grateful that I was able to participate in a small way - I think...
  • Susan Presson on The Money Room: How I Got ThereThere was money? Clearly, I was misinformed. -Prestone.
  • Susanna (Văn Cleef) Joannidis on The Money Room: How I Got ThereJohn, What a surprise to see my name after being transported into the past through your amazing list of the people who made the station work. (Don’t forget the fire. Without all those guys the station would have been off...
  • Fred Barzyk on The Money Room: How I Got ThereThanks John for the history. Someday all of this will find its way into a monumental book celebrating the story of this country's greatest TV station. And thanks for your friendship over the years. Fred
  • Steve Gilford on The Money Room: 1960s – ’80sSome of my most valued memories of WGBH involve Helen Peters. Her "shop" upstairs at 125 Western was vibrant with energy. Her staff loved working for her and she reciprocated their feelings. Respect, too, went both ways. Helen's offices were...
  • Susan Galler on The Money Room: How I Got ThereJohn, Enjoying these stories about the early days of WGBH! Thanks.
  • Gail O'Docherty on The Money Room: How I Got ThereI was in the 5th grade and we were so excited to watch TV in school. The program was the French class John mentioned with Madame Slack. We loved it!
  • James Lewis on The Money Room: How I Got ThereJohn, I’ll never forget the night you took the Turnpike west to light up the pledge studio at WGBY. You showed our folks how to do it, as you’d been doing for the entire system. You’ve had the most exciting...
  • Susan Peters on The Money Room: 1960s – ’80sI would like to add a comment on the role played by my mother, Helen Peters, who helped start the Misterrogers Days that astounded everyone because only a few families were expected and the lines ended up going around the...
  • Jack Caldwell on The Money Room: 1960s – ’80sFAILURE WAS NOT A CONCEPT WE EVER IMAGINED.
  • Howard Lowe on The Money Room: 1960s – ’80sSandy, my wife, and I certainly have romantic memories of our days at GBH, for two reasons: we met there, nearly 47 years ago; then, thirty years later, after Sandy and I had moved on, our daughter Jenna met her...
  • Michael Ambrosino on The Money Room: 1960s – ’80sWe have rather romantic memories or the “old days”. I think because we were a small band of men and women trying to advance public broadcasting while making sure the stations did not fail and go dark. We succeeded and...
  • Martha Raffae on David Nohling – in memoryWhile briefly meeting David and Fran Nohling, I was enthralled by their humor and dedication to using it to help others. If I remember correctly, they volunteered to teach stand up comedy at retirement homes. David asked me what kind...
  • Jay Collier on How much does PBS reflect the audiences it was intended to serve?Hi, Jack! The quote you asked about was an excerpt from Current on our webpage: https://www.wgbhalumni.org/2021/04/17/how-much-does-pbs-reflect-the-audiences-it-was-intended-to-serve/ The quote is linked to this passage from the House code website: https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title47/chapter5/subchapter3/part4/subpartd&edition=prelim Best, -Jay
  • Arnie Reisman on How much does PBS reflect the audiences it was intended to serve?Thanks, Harriet. This needed to be said. This Ken Burns thing is like a cottage industry marketing ploy. Guess it works in terms of bringing in donors. But experienced filmmakers like Lynn Novick deserve more credit & kudos than simply...
  • JACK CALDWELL on How much does PBS reflect the audiences it was intended to serve?Jay, The founding of CPB...it's charter mission. I'm trying to track down the quote you note: "...an industry founded to "address the needs of unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities."" I can't find it. I did find multiple...
  • Chuck Schuerhoff on How much does PBS reflect the audiences it was intended to serve?For what it's worth, I have known Ken Burns for almost 40+ years. He still lives in the small NH town he did when I met him in 1982. I consider beating him once at "Trivial Pursuit" one of my...
  • Don Hallock on How much does PBS reflect the audiences it was intended to serve?I know this may sound a bit conceited, and obliquely off-subject. The concern with diversity, in general, and more particularly in public media, is a ‘third rail’ concern these days, AS IT SHOULD BE. During the six years of my...
  • Harriet Reisen on How much does PBS reflect the audiences it was intended to serve?I have always wondered why so little attention is given to Ken Burns’ collaborators, Lynn Novick being the most frequent. The most recent article I could find about Novick was written in 2011: https://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/arts/television/lynn-novick-ken-burnss-partner-in-filmmaking.html Burns’ brother Ric Burns was also...
  • Alex Pirie on How much does PBS reflect the audiences it was intended to serve?Deja vu all over again - remembering the debacle at Elma Lewis' in Roxbury when Michael Rice and Stan Calderwood told an angry crowd that a recent survey had shown that most Black people did not support/like Say Brother (which...
  • Jay Collier on How much does PBS reflect the audiences it was intended to serve?Emily Rooney's dismissive eye-rolling — and her insistence that opposition to Ken Burns was about resentment that he is a white man, rather than the amount of air time he gets — was stunning. Her apology was insufficient. I hope...
  • Louise Rosen on How much does PBS reflect the audiences it was intended to serve?WNYC - The Takeaway: Documentary Filmmakers Push for PBS to Improve Commitment to Diversity Behind the Camera http://www.wnycstudios.org/story/filmmakers-call-out-pbs-its-historic-lack-diversity-behind-camera/
  • Jay Collier on How much does PBS reflect the audiences it was intended to serve?From Current: Public Media for All analysis highlights persistent gaps in pubmedia diversity In February, CPB released data that shows underwhelming BIPOC representation in all segments of our industry. Public Media for All has developed the following graphs to present...
  • Frank Capria on How much does PBS reflect the audiences it was intended to serve?Having worked for years on American Experience in the 90s, I was disappointed in PBS's Ken Burns addiction then. Now, 25+ years later, that addiction continues to stifle other voices. Ken Burns documentaries are what I call "happy white history."...
  • Don Hallock on We RememberLovely...... And well deserved remembrance of our family of good souls.....
  • Fred Barzyk on Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five viewsWhat a wonderful accounting of the WGBH that was/is in the forefront of innovation and experimentation. WGBH owes you a debt of gratitude to you for putting this together for others to read. I will continue to champion the need...
  • Susan Griffiths (Dowling) on Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five viewsI loved everyone’s comments. In a nutshell, it was all the things previously mentioned, like trust, experimentation, innovation, creative thinkers, many incredibly smart risk takers! People who made a difference, people who loved new ideas, people that shared so much...
  • Steve Gilford on Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five viewsVery well said. Thanks for taking the time to put your assessment together.
  • Karen Johnson on Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five viewsBest 'GBH round-up I've read. Fred Barzyk, you've found your author. Or find someone to work with Chris and weave all these comments, and more, especially like CP's or maybe through his filter and awesome take on stuff, into a...
  • Michael Ambrosino on Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five viewsAgreed. Hartford was the progressive idea man. It was his idea to have School Television, the Eastern Educational Network and satellite networking for PBS.
  • 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.