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  1. Bob Nesson on December 24, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I love Fred Barzyk!!!! His bottomless well of humor, creativity, and connectivity continues to amaze me — it’s only been about 50 years!!! Bob Nesson

  2. Jack Gill on December 20, 2019 at 11:15 pm


    Jack Gill here. Let me tell you a story. You were, I believe, a member of the class of ’58-’59. I came along the next year. One evening, which will live in infamy, I came into studio A. It was to be a live production of a pianist from the New England what-cha-ma-call-it. Don Hallock was on camera and I assumed I would be #2. You had set up a window with water running down it, as part of one of the pieces. You came up to me, gave me a brief description of the program to be (why me, Lord?), then said I was the director. Then you walked out of the studio, 15 minutes to air time.

    I clutched, I panicked, all I could say was “Holy s__t!!!” I then did a magnificent job of crucifying the program. I remember saying to Don “Do your thing.” which he did with his usual aplomb.

    I have agonized over that evening ever since, year after year after year, after . . . . It dawned on me a few years later that this was perhaps an audition, since Greg Harney, I learned, was watching. Was it? As an afterthought I should have declined, or at least asked for a second chance. Ah, what might have been.

    • fred barzyk on December 22, 2019 at 11:30 am

      First, so glad to hear from you. It must have been something like that. I never walk out so it had to be Greg seeing what you could do. Hey, we both had Hallock to save our asses. Hope all is well with you. Merry, Merry. Fred

  3. Mike Nagle on January 6, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Fred, and all: Thank you very much for all what you have done for me. The Last of the Morro Castle was just what I was looking for. Nice to see a young John Goodman.

  4. Steven on February 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Hello Fred,

    I was wondering if it would be possible to get an educational copy of your Collisions piece?



  5. Joseph Shapiro on July 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm


    I understand that you were involved with “Frames of Reference”—“Lulu Smith: The First Interactive TV Drama” in the early ’80s. I am a patent attorney researching interactive TV technologies. Would really appreciate an opportunity to talk to you for a minute regarding “Lulu Smith”: 801-533-9800.


    Joseph Shapiro

    • Fred Barzyk on February 19, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Sorry I have n’t got back to you sooner. Have been neglectful of my emails. I will give you a call later this week. (Feb. 19, 2013.)

  6. Victoria on May 23, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I understand that you directed the tv series/documentary “The Mystery of Morro Castle” in 1980. I am trying to find a copy as I am friendly with one of the survivors who is now 97 years old and living in Wrentham. He had seen it years back and wanted to view it again. Have searched all over to no avail. Was hoping you might be able to help. Thank you!

    • Fred Barzyk on May 24, 2012 at 9:32 am

      This was done for HBO in a series called “Flashback” I can make a DVD (which legally I didn’t make) but it would cost $15. I have to buy the blank DVD and rent the equipment to transfer. I am very busy right now and could not complete before July 1. Let me know if you want me to go ahead. Fred

      • Victoria on May 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        Yes! I would be forever grateful if you could do this at any time convenient for you. Thank you!

      • Bob Nesson on May 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

        Fred, re making a dvd of Morro Castle: it’s easy for us here if you would like me to help. I assume you do NOT have it in a digital format, but on a tape of some kind. I’d have to digitize it and then making the dvd is the piece of cake. I’m happy to just support your efforts. bob

        • Victoria on August 7, 2012 at 10:05 am

          hi all – i would still like to secure a copy of this program. let me know how to proceed. thanks!

    • Fred Barzyk on August 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Please send me your address. Mail the check for $15 to Fred Barzyk, 12 Brook Street, Chelmsford MA 01824. I hope to have the DVD available sometime next week. Fred

      • Victoria on August 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm

        excellent! thank you fred!

  7. Don Foresta on January 16, 2012 at 6:44 am

    I’m going to be in Boston in April and would love to catch up with you. I don’t have current contact information for you and thought I’d try through this. I’m going to be staying at Anne Marie Stein’s place.
    Best, Don

  8. ruth abraham fisher on February 9, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Hello Fred, Peter… I hope you were able to go to the VanDerBeek opening at MIT.

    Amazing to suddenly see all this interest in Nam June (show in Liverpool, UK) and Stan (at MIT etc.). I hope to be able to catch it on my annual visit, alas it might have to be in Houston.

    Peter H… I don’t know if you remember, but you were a great help, support when I had a problem in the Art Dept. I have never forgotten your kindness. Thank you.

    Ruth in London.

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