Alumni reunion 2015 was a resounding success!
Below, you’ll find a selection of memories. Add your comments at the bottom!
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Art Henry: I greatly enjoyed our WGBH Alumni Reunion last Saturday! Thanks to all those on the committee for their work to make this event happen. Besides reconnecting with friends I knew during my time at ‘GBH (74-80), I had many interesting conversations with folks who were at the station either before or after I was there. What a great day! I didn’t want it to end!
Emily Lovering: Dear Fred and Mike and everyone! Simply GLORIOUS! It was all just the best possible fun. Wonderful legwork, Fred. It was an outrageous success, or so I kept hearing from lots of grateful participants. The gala really did have special spirit and jollity, and the only downer is the thought that you’d dare even THINK about not starting plans for the next gathering. Missing you all already.
Henry Becton: It seemed to be full of happy people having a great time, reminiscing and connecting with old friends. My hat’s off to you and the reunion committee for all you did to make it happen, get people there and organize the day.
Syrl Silberman: A very touching and gratifying day. A reaffirmation of 11 years of my life.
Russ Fortier: Anybody care to hazard a guess as to how many years of experience was in the room?
Dan Beach: So sorry to miss it. Why do Ambrosino, Barzyk and Emily never age?
Jane Arsham: I want to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for your efforts — thank you Fred and Michael as the driving forces that people know about — however I know how much each one of you added to the whole. It was a wonderful time for everyone. THANK YOU!
Chas Norton: Fred, You made it happen. Thank you!
David Atwood: Thank you Fred, for so ably driving the buss on all the reunions.
Brian O’Donovan: Well done to all who made it happen. It was a wonderful, buzzing gathering and such enthusiasm for reconnecting. Congrats, and a heartfelt thanks.
David Swens: This was my first reunion and it lived up to the hype! Great to see and speak to Bud Collins and Ron DellaChiesa, Dave Atwood, and several others from my time (’65-67). And I met older and newer peeps as well. The archive interviews in the Yawkey Theater were great…want to see more. Are they available online? Credits said there are 100 hours recorded.
Deborah Gillespie: LOVE seeing all these pictures… brings back all the memories of these incredibly talented and amazing group of people. Thanks for these great pictures, will look for more… and hopefully, another reunion sometime in the not-so-distant future. Really sorry that I couldn’t be there this year. Kudos to all those that put this grand event together…!
Dave Svens: I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the reunion yesterday. You and the others who organized it did a terrific job. Met some new friends and reconnected with some old ones. (Alas, Bill Cosel wasn’t there). It was a delight to see and talk to Bud Collins (we both started at GBH in 1965 … he did a little more with his career!). Thanks again, Dave
Dan Nelson shared his thoughts on Facebook
Thank you so much for the photos, Jay! I just have to commend each person in these photos.
Public media (television & radio) has been an integral part of my development. It brought much needed light and hope into my childhood . . . and it gave me a great sense to explore and grow. It also gave me hope in my future.
Growing up in one of the most rural towns in Hawai’i, I remember the stinger at the end of every WGBH-produced program. I thought WGBH was PBS for many, many years . . . because it seemed every show I enjoyed was tagged with that beautiful bright orange logo.
Because of every person in these photos, the greatest programs were not only available to me and my family — but to everyone who had (and has) a television set. WGBH introduced me to new concepts, music, science, theatre, history, food, cooking and so much more. Because of each of you, I have a deeper appreciation for everything wonderful — and that appreciation grows stronger with each passing day.
Just last night, I learned more about the history of our country’s military draft. A few weeks ago, I learned more about the tumultuous 60s . . . and a few months ago, I learned about the Vietnam War and the fall of Saigon. Because of each of you, I have a much deeper appreciation for and a better understanding of my Vietnam Veteran Uncle Tommy who still bears the invisible psychological scars of battle. And — of course — each of the past few weeks, I’ve been tuning in to learn more about Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall.
I am very thankful for my time at WGBH, and I could only hope that my contribution as a WGBH employee has made a difference in the lives of many others like me . . . like us . . . people wanting to learn more so they could be more.
It just seems appropriate that portions of former FCC Chair Newton Minnow’s Vast Wasteland speech is posted on the exterior of the new WGBH building — reminding us why public media is integral to our community . . . our nation . . . our world. We are hope.
Again, to each of you, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Don Hallock was inducted into the WGBH Alumni Hall of Fame.
Well Fred, I have to say that this news finds me somewhat speechless. It seems to me that there are so many others who deserve the honor at least as much as I. In fact I’d guess that pretty much everyone who has ever worked at GBH should be honored in some form for making the station the broadcasting paragon it is. I simply feel honored to have been part of that achievement.
Huge thanks are due to you for engineering these reunions. I’m sure they mean a lot to many, as they have to me (present in body or just in spirit).
Thank you, Fred, for all the love you have poured out to all of us over the years. Blessings, my friend. Yours, Don