Ruth Morgenthau; Refugee Became Presidential Adviser

From the Boston Globe (excerpts) — 11/9/2006 Ruth Morgenthau; Refugee Became Presidential Adviser Ruth Morgenthau planned a trip to Africa five years ago to give a speech about building peace on a continent she had studied, visited, helped, and loved for half a century. Because she was scheduled to depart the evening of Sept. 11,…

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Bill Fairweather Retires

From Fred Barzyk I went into the station on Monday for a meeting … and found that the station had closed because of the snow storm. I don’t ever remember when the station would shut itself down because of the weather … except for the big one in 1978. Anyway, talking to one of the…

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New Production Center Rises

From the Nooz Brighton Update: If you’ve been following the progress of the new WGBH HQ either in person or via the Webcam on Innertube and at campaign.wgbh.org (then select Webcam), you’ll notice that the trusses for the two-story beam are now in place. This allows for the pouring of the final piece of the…

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WGBH Stalwarts Honored

From WGBH These long time members of the WGBH family will be honored at this year’s Human Resources Service Awards ceremony, Thurs, 2/2 in Studio A. Those WGBH and WGBY employees who have passed the 10, 15-, 20-, 25-, 30-, 35- and 40-year employment milestones will be honored. Human Resources used the dates 1/1/04 –…

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Dr. Virginia Biggy Passes On

From Michael Ambrosino Dr. Virginia Biggy was a consultant to the 21″ Classroom, in-school programs broadcast to schools in Eastern Massachusetts in the 1950s and 1960s. She also was a staff member of the Eastern Educational Network for several years in the mid 60s as we created special school programming for the communities served by…

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On the Passing of Elizabeth Buxton

From Sheila Brass I heard last week from Judith Vecchione that Elizabeth Buxton, former Assistant Program Manager for National Programming for Peter McGhee passed away. Judith heard the news from Penny Lane. She had leukemia, but I don’t have any other info.

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Walter Bischoff Dies at 80

From the Boston Globe Walter Bischoff was a durable cameraman, TV producer and director whose career began in the early days of television and concluded last summer when he filmed State House events for WGBH-TV. “He loved being behind the camera,” Holly Lopez of Coral Gables, Fla., said of her father, who died of cancer…

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Notes on the Passing of Animator Derek Lamb

From Cynthia Broner — 11/14/2005 Sad news: Animator Derek Lamb, who adapted Edward Gorey’s art for the Mystery! opening credits and stage sets, passed away last Saturday [11/12/05]. “Derek was a delight to work with and a beloved member of the WGBH family,” says Mystery! ’s executive producer Rebecca Eaton. “Thanks to his inspired animation…

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Always Charitable, Nancy England Succumbs to Cancer at 57

From Doug Smith I want to let you know that a former ‘GBHer, Nancy England, who worked there in the ’70s in development with Sam Tyler, John Carver, and John Kerr, died last week of cancer. Nancy was close to Christy Moore Millet, Lisa Getman Ellis, Jo Madden, and several others from that period. Christy…

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Greg Harney Passes On at 78

From Olivia Tappan Bunny Olenick called me last night to say that Greg died yesterday. The following is in today’s Globe. There will be a gathering at the DeCordova Museum at a later date. Harney, Gregory G. Jr. – Age 78 of Lincoln, Aug. 9, 2005. Husband of Mimi Landis and the late Elizabeth (Newman)…

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Changes in Command

From Jon Abbott WGBH has an accomplished history serving our regional audiences through some of the finest radio and television stations in this country. We have been inNOVAtors for decades, fashioning new programs and setting a high standard for service to our community. Yet in looking ahead there is much we must do to shape…

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Bob Baram Departs at 86

From the Boston Globe (excerpts) — 4/20/2005 Robert Baram was a journalistic jack-of-all-trades who wrote of life in the South during the early days of the civil rights movement, penned a syndicated column in Bay state politics in the 1950s and ’60s, and offered political commentary on WGBH-TV for many years. “He was a giant,”…

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Remembering Culinary Legend Julia Child

From ABC News — 8/1/2004 Espionage to Escargot: Remembering Culinary Legend Julia Child Julia Child was irrepressible. Hers was the mother of all cooking shows — literally. The French Chef went on the air in 1963, and gave birth to a whole new genre, both in television and in the kitchen. With quotes such as…

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Trish Lawless Missed

From Brigid Sullivan “Vibrant,” “energetic,” “bubbling with life” — these are words that come to mind for all whose path Trish crossed. Dedication is another. Trish joined WGBH’s Production Services team in 1986. Five years later she moved to The Caption Center, becoming what her colleagues call “an anchor” of our Media Access Group. Presenting…

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Murray Yeager, 75, Boston University professor and mentor

Don Hallock: Yeager was an inspiring teacher and mentor for BU/WGBH scholars. From the Boston Globe Murray Yaeger, at 75; challenged students at BU When Dr. Murray Yaeger invited colleagues to speak to his famous introductory communication course at Boston University, he made them rehearse. ”Otto, I don’t just want you to lecture. I want…

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Life of Alastair Cooke Memorialized in Appropriate Style

From David Atwood – 10/18/2004 (This piece is presented as written by David, and presented on his Web site. It is used with permission) Just back from London and the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Times of Alistair Cooke last Friday. I don’t know why I went; there were few GBH types there…

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Class of ’58 Continues Their Reunion Tradition

From Vic Washkevich After 45 years, I wonder why we keep this up, but I wouldn’t miss it. Amazing how friendships that are not refreshed regularly keep renewing themselves. This could really be called Mooshine in Vermont. We had a great time at the Donlon’s. Ed actually owns this 1947 tractor and it works (unlike…

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