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  • 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,...
  • 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.
  • 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!