Reunion 2015 Guestbook (alphabetical)

RSVPs received as of April 30 — In alphabetical order

Your first nameYour last nameYears at WGBHWill you attend?Your commentsDepartments/shows/roles
ChipAdams1977-1981(WGBY)1981-1994(Webb staff and freelance)YesMaintenance Engineer
Mobile Unit engineer
Field Video & Audio engineer- This Old House, The Victory Garden, The New Yankee Workshop
MariaAgui Carter1989-2000MaybeLa Plaza- numerous years as staff, a few as contract producer for specific shows
Producer’s Hub (limited Series Series A.P. then Producer)
MichaelAmbrosino1956 to 1976YesIt is always a good time to visit with friends and colleagues you have known for many years.Manager of School Television
Executive Director, Eastern Educational Network
Assistant Director of Programming
Associate Director of Programming
Executive Producer, NOVA
CaroleAshcraft1972-1974NoI have nothing less then 100% gratitude for Michael who changed my life due to our NOVA experience together.
His unselfish manner and trust in letting me take my talent and skill – most even unknown to myself at the time – and run with it for better or worse without fear, kept my feet firmly planted on the ground making each step better then the last. Did I fail at times? You bet but Michael’s support and belief never waivered. Nor did his project perseverance… at times in great odds with management over financial concerns. Also, his conviction of purpose and never-ending trust in his staff never lost its pace. We even had some hard-earned laughter burst through during times of complete exhaustion which made us even more ‘family’, added more treasured memories and increased our pride.
The effort he invested in all of us those many years ago became for me a life-long support tool that no one ever matched or even came close to throughout my media career. I was blessed to be lucky enough to have had a small part in this larger-than-life play called NOVA and for the privilege of having shared Michael’s vision with so many others along the way.
I’m honored. Thank you Michael and Lillian.
Carole Ashcraft, Production Secretary
Production Secretary to Michael J. Ambrosino (mja/cia) original series start-up team – NOVA.
DavidAtwoodnumerousYesCameraman, Director
AliceAustin1997-2003MaybeThe Caption Center, Descriptive Video Service
EdyeBaker1971 – 1999Yes1971 – 1981 Auction Major Volunteer
1981 – 1999 Auction Manager
FredBarzyk1958 – 2002YesCan’t wait!!!!!!Producer/Director
SteveBass1992-1998NoSorry I can’t be there! I value the opportunity to be part of the WGBH family. I guess I still am as I’m serving on the board of PRI. I also work with Christoper Sarson’s daughter and Michael Ambrosino’s daughter-in-law, Katrina Sarson. Have a blast at the reunion!VP/GM — WGBY/Springfield
VP/Manager of Television Stations
AlisonBassettfreelance 1988-1994; staff 1995-2012YesThank you for organizing this. I hope to get there earlier than the last one! I didn’t put my years at WGBY as that would really date me!! :>0AD – Boston Pops
Post Production Supervisor – PR; American Experience
Producer – Children’s; Educational Productions
Compliance Manager – Archives & Media Center
EdBaumeister1971-1982YesNews and current affairs — the Reporers, the Eveneing Compass, the Ten O’Clock News.
DanBeach1960-67 ++NoI look forward.Camerman
Traffic Department Manager
Film Department Manager
Production Coordinator on many Barzyk shows in later years
JohnBeck1968-1980YesFront desk, business office, Radio Manager
Discovering Women
Culture Shock
National Programming
Antiques Roadshow
SusheelBibbs1973-77, 1978-80YesLooking forward to seeing everyone.GBH radio
Spiders Web, Performance, A Batin Rompu, Rose Hill, Music Program Director
1975 CPB Best Program Awards
ZOOM talent coordinator
ZOOM Executive Producer
Arts Ed Project Producer
JoanBlackett1962-1964YesSecretary to Hartford Gunn
RonBlau1963-1964 + freelance and project contractYesIt’s always a pleasure to get together with ‘GBHers!Miscellaneous shows and roles from “Polaris University” to “Fragile Egos” and “Multiply and Subdue the Earth” … ZOOM to NOVA. Producer trainee, then producer, film/Avid editor.
BruceBordett1971-1980YesLooking forward to seeing everyone.Mail room, crew
AndrewBradley1992-2006YesWGBH Auction
ChristineBradley (Carney)1992-1999NoCorporate Development
DougBriscoe1977-2005MaybeDo I know any of these people?Radio announcer/producer
CynthiaBroner1984-presentYesSee you there!Director of Constituent Communications (formerly Editorial Resources)
NancyBrown LaBrie1979-1983MaybeDevelopment/Fundraising
MichaelBurton1987-2002YesLocal underwriting and then national underwriting
DarrellByers1991-2000YesLooking forward to seeing my friends and former colleagues.Development and local underwriting
JackCaldwell1966-1971*YesYes, we “old-timers” will enjoy sharing “what we did,” but those that followed will benefit from knowing “what we did.” I encourage a forum for the younger staff and current staff to have access to some stories of the heritage that created the “platform” they now enjoy. History counts. Passion counts. The absence of a fear to fail “counts.” Really, we never imagined that we would fail. I owe so much to those who preceded me…and ever so much to the encouragement and vision of Hartford Gunn, Bob Larsen, David Ives and the incredibly capable and adventuresome staff at WGBH and WGBY. Can’t wait to meet in May!1966 — From VP of Distribution for NET in Ann Arbor, recruited by Hartford Gunn to work with Ted Conant and Jim Kelly to create and run WGBX.1967 — Assigned as temporary Director of Operations while Dave Davis was in Israel consulting on their television development.

1968 — Dave chose not to return to WGBH and my position was no longer temporary.

1969 — Given additional assignment to bring the Springfield public television license into the WGBH “network of stations.”

1969+/- Major involvement in the evolution of bringing stereo sound to TV, the simulcasting of stereo sound, and the emergence of portable video production.

1971 — With license in hand, moved to Amherst where the station was presumably to be located.


FrankCapria1981-2000YesLooking forward to it!The Ten O’Clock News (editor), American Experience (post production director)
KarenCariani1984-2014YesLooking forward to it.American Playhouse: Concealed Enemies
Crisis in Central America
South Africa Under the Gun
Producer’s Hub
War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
Korea: The Unknown War
American Experience: Nixon
Resource Center (American Experience:The Kennedys, Rock and Roll, American Experience: MacArthur)
Evolution Digital Library
Teacher’s Domain
Media Library
Media Library and Archives
BillCharette1970-1980YesLook forward to seeing old friends and colleagues. Thanks for making it possible.Studio/ENG. Zoom I, French Chef, Masterpiece with Alistair Cooke, Louis Lyons News, The Reporters, 10 O’Clock News, Queen of Spades Opera, Eliot Norton Reviews, Boston Pop’s/Symphony, Victory Garden, Catch 44, various Fred Barzyk epics, etc.
BasilChigas73-78NoSad to say my yes has changed to a no. I will be traveling in Cuba instead. I will miss seeing old friends . Next time !mail room-crew
ArtCohen1976 – 1984?YesReporter, Ten O’Clock News
Producer – Documentary Unit
LoriCohen1984-1998Yes10 o’clock news as an editor
harvard business review as editor, ap and producer
national productions The Newshour-editor and producer
JayCollier1980-86YesLooking forward to seeing everyone!Assistant Director/Editor, Studio (and Location) Crew
BudCollins1963-88YesHad I not run into Ron Della Chiesa recently, Bud would have been overlooked. Somebody called us awhile back, but then we never heard another word. I looked at your list of alumni and could find almost nothing on Bud, even though in his day, he was quite a WGBH star…. Julia Child said to him once, in her high voice: “You, know Bud, you and I made Channel Two.” Anyway, I would like there to be more information on him and can gladly provide his bio. HE WORKED AT WGBH BETWEEN 1963-88.Began the broadcasting of tennis on TV with Longwood tournaments. He then went on to CBS, NBC (for 35 years) and on to many other channels as well. Under the direction of Greg Harney, those early broadcasts of tennis were legendary and helped to popularize tennis in the US. The first “truck” they worked with was an old donated school bus parked at the Museum of Science. Bud has many stories about those old days.
He is currently suffering from Parkinson’s and some dementia…… we are still in the area, living in Brookline.
JackComeau1979 – 1989 (Freelance)MaybeI have very fond memories of my Boston years, WGBH and all the folks I met there. I love going back. I’ve posted a bit of my history here in case you want to read it. Maybe you don’t?In 1989 I moved to NY to take a full time gig as Head Lighting Director at WWOR-TV, where I won an Emmy and was twice nominated.

In 1994 I moved to LA and back to freelancing. I ended up as lighting director for KCAL News on the Paramount lot every night, three consecutive one hour shows as well as doing various other shoots during the day, was nominated for another Emmy.

In 2007 I retired from lighting. My wife and I moved up the coast a bit to Ventura. We’ve got a huge deck overlooking the Pacific. Life is good. I’m writing full time. I’ve written six screenplays. One has Vilmos Zsigmond attached to direct. One has Haskell Wexler attached to direct. I seem to have a knack for attracting aging, iconic DP’s. It’s been great hanging out with those guys.

My first novel, DISTRESS SIGNAL is set on Nantucket. If I can schedule getting back there for the reunion, I might try to set up a few area book signings while I’m there.

Grip; Gaffer; Lighting DirectorAs grip: Alistair Cook intro to MASTERPIECE THEATER; Vincent Price intros to Mystery.

As grip, then gaffer, then lighting dir. : THE VICTORY GARDEN; THIS OLD HOUSE; THE LAST CHANCE GARAGE and many other one time productions

RussellConnor1963-1967Yes(talent, not staff) Writer/Host of Museum Open House
from the Museum of FineArtsWriter/Host of Artist’s Showcase
ElaineCoolbrith1992-2008YesLooking forward to seeing everyone.The Health Quarterly
Business and Legal Affairs
SharonCorey Sleicher1990-2005NoSorry I can’t make it but it’s so nice to see all the names of the very special people of WGBH!Local Development
CandaceCutler1974-1983YesLooking forward to seeing old friends!Assistant to President, David O Ives
SteveDamasYesI registered previously, but did not see my name of the list that accompanied today’s email so I am registering again.
SusanDangel1974-2005YesCan’t wait to see everyone. It’s wonderful just to see everyone’s names.Producer, EVENING AT POPS
Producer of many specials
WendyDavidson1972-1982YesLooking forward to seeing the new WGBH building and all those whom I worked with that I have fond memories of.Mail Clerk
Shipping Room Supervisor
Club 44 – Bartender
Food Stylist- Julia Child & Company
Craft Service- The Scarlet Letter
The Great American Fourth Of July And Other Disasters & The Star Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski-Talent Coordinator
ScottDavis1961 – 1979YesWell this should really be something! Can’t wait to see everyone attending. And will Fred have the tape of us dropping the chandelier from the grid in Studio B 1000 times during the auction?Crew/Operations
DaveDeBarger1966 – 1978NoSorry to miss it! Urgent business has come up that prevents my attendance. Looking forward to the NEXT reunion!Production
RonDella Chiesa1967 to PresentYesLooking forward to this Swingin” affair!WGBH and WCRB Radio
LeoDemersYesI was both surprised and delighted to receive this invitation. I am looking forward to seeing many friends and former colleagues. Looking forward it!Director of Engineering & videotape production editing
KathrynDietz1976-1986YesI always look forward to seeing old and new WGBH colleagues!Preproduction Screener at ZOOM
Production Secretary, WORLD
Production Assistant, WORLD
Associate Producer, Local Programming (documentaries)
Associate Producer, FRONTLINE
Associate Producer, VIETNAM: A Television HistoryThen formed my own company, Ambrica Productions, and produced films for FRONTLINE and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.
LauraDiMeo1982 -2004NoNot sure if freelancers were being considered, ( even ones that workded regularly for decades) but sent my RSVP anyway. Can’t make it, due to my teaching duties in Texas – but hugs and kisses to all. My favorite memory is being approached by David M one shoot day for Masterpeice when he introduced himself and asked if I was new – Chas N kindly pointed out that I had been working monthly at GBH for about 30 years.Freelance studio crew (lighting,) Masterpiece, & Mystery. Scenic and lighting crew on Boston Pops.
Tote board re-conditioner maven, lighting, scenic and teleprompter operator on countless Auctions.
Web Digital Phtographer Antiques Road Show ( 3 seasons)
FrankDolan1960’s-1990’sYesActor, voice talent
JamesDonahue1982-1974YesJob “eliminated” due to outsourcing and new management.
Bitter memories of the layoff, but many fond memories of the earlier years. Look forward to seeing everyone!
WGBH FM Engineer
Worked in both radio and television.
Everything from Aerosmith to Opera, Kermit the Frog and Julia Child.
Boston Symphony 1991-2014
Lee AnnDonnerYesLooking forward to it!
DebbieDorsey1976-2003YesNew Television WorkshopEditor for Programs:
La Plaza: Sail on Sorlandet – Emmy 1982
Frontline: 8 programs
NOVA: 13 programs
WGBH local programming and Specials
PBS Specials
HectorDorta1977-79YesVery excited to see my fellow Zoomers and the staff at WGBH, they made a POSITVE influance in my life. I owe them all a great deal of graditude.ZOOM 3rd season
SusanDowling Griffiths1979 – 1993MaybeMay is a long way off, but it would/will be great to see you all!! SusanNew TV Workshop
MarkDuffield1987-2000YesLooking forward to a wonderful gathering of talented, committed professionals at all levels of the organization who dedicated themselves to the mission of Public Broadcasting to educate, inform and entertain. A thousand employees working together sharing information, offering help to other departments beyond their station and produced dramatic results and managed to have a lot of fun along the way which is why as alumni so many have stayed so close for so long beyond our working days. Mark DuffieldDirector of Business Development-Local Corporate Development
Role- Local Sponsor Underwriting and Capital Campaign
JeffreyDunn1978-1981-1981-present- freelanceYesLooking forward to seeing everyone!!!Still photographer on many shows and projects
SharonEarley1973-1979YesThe Caption Center
RebeccaEaton1971 –YesWGBH Radio
Catch 44
Independent film: Hot Nights; Cold Nights
At Home With…
American Playhouse: The Little Sister
DavidElinoff1975-1981 Freelance 1992-2005YesEngineering, News crew for 10 O’clock News
Freelance Engineer on Zoom
SixtoEscobar1976-1980YesLooking forward to enjoy the company of some good friends.Producer/host WGBH Radio
Community Affairs Director WGBH Radio
Production Assistant The New Voice
Production Assistant/Associate Producer La Plaza
Host Say Brother
Producer/Host WGBH Radio
BoydEstus1967-1980-ish. BU Scholar before thatYesFilm Department
Shot the first NOVA and many, many other programs and series (Zoom, Religious America, Vietnam: A Television History, Between Time and Timbuktu, In Search of the Real America, America Inc., What’s Happening Mr. Silver, Arthur Fiedler: Just Call Me Maestro, etc., etc.).Freelance since leaving WGBH staff.
MichaelEsty1975 – 1982YesI really dont know if I’ll be remembered. But it sounds like a great time. I know they would remember my brother Chuck. He’s out in New Mexico and I’ll make sure he knows about this nice event.
Security / Reception Operator Front Lobby Building 125 Western Ave
Buildings & Grounds under Jack O’brien / Lew LLoyd
Driver of 2 Mobile for Parades ( Aurther Fiedler )
Carpenter for Julia Child at Building 419 Western AveWorked for GBH with Secret Service. Presidential Debates Independent Party.
MaureenFaheyYesLooking forward to it.Editor/Post Production Supervisor
LynnFarnell1975-1995YesProduction Services
Film Department
RobertFerrante1970-1980 + 2000-2012YesTELEVISION NEWS AT ITS BEST TIME.TV News Director and Ex Producer 1970-1980.
The Reporters, The Compass, The Ten O’Clock News nd News Specials.MIA2000-2012 THE WORLD
GerryField1971 & 1991-2006YesIntern, “The Reporters”
Operations Manager, Descriptive Video Service
Project Director, NCAM
JamesField1967 – 1976NoGee, I wish one of these reunions could be scheduled some time other than May — I’m never in the States then. Party on, y’all.Cameraman
Consultant (many departments)
GregFitzgerald1972-1988 & 2007-2008YesLook forward to seeing you all!Radio Public Affairs producer
Radio Reporter
Radio Host
Ten O’clock News Reporter/writer
JennaFord2001-2004YesFRONTLINE promotion assistant, associate publicist
SandyForman1983-1988YesDirector of Distribution
RussellFortier1965-1983YesIt’s hard to believe that 1965 was about 50 years ago, the time has passed so quickly. As the song goes:”For all we know, we may never meet again” so let’s make the most of this opportunity and enjoy each other’s company. As we have helped make the station what it has become, it has helped make us what we have become, and that is worth celebrating.1965-1970 Television Cameraman and 1970 – 1983 Television Director: The French Chef with Julia Child, The Advocates, Evening at Symphony, Pops, Tennis, The Photo Show, Changing Music with Gunther Schuller, Drum Corps International, Evening With Champions, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn at Harvard, The Ten O’clock News, The Club, Brandeis Television Recollections: Averell Harriman and Earl Warren, What’s The Big Idea, The Feast of Language, Greek Island Cooking, and many other national and local productions.
NicholasFrench1967-1972NoAs many old friends as I would like to see again, time and distance prevent my presence in Boston. I wish all of you a wonderful time.1967-1969 Producer, Public Affairs1969- 1972 Laborer in the vineyard, The Advocates
KaiFujita1983-1999Noso sorry I can’t come!
my best to all, kai
Admin Director, FRONTLINE 1983-1996
Special Projects Dir, Admin 1997-1999
CherylGall1984-1997MaybeCommercial Marketing, Armenian Journey, Science Odyssey
PaulGay1970-1974YesOld-Timers ? – whoops that would be us.
Think the snow will be gone ?
JudyGerstel1965-68YesLooking forward to this!FM..continuity director, on-air commentator, producer
DeborahGibbs1975-2015YesJust retired from WGBH yesterday 4/1/15…1975 – 1990 – too many to remember!
1990 – 2015 – Masterpiece
ChristopherGilbert1970-1989YesVery much looking forward to catching up with old friends and colleagues. Missed the first one. Will not miss this one.EYE-TO-EYE, Production Assistant; BROADCAST OPERATIONS, Day-of-Air Supervisor; ELLIOT NORTON REVIEWS, Production Assistant/Director; REBOP, Post-Production Supervisor; Unit-Production Manager; THE VICTORY GARDEN/THIS OLD HOUSE, Unit Manager/Associate Producer. HOW-TO PROGRAMMING, Executive Producer/Director, LAST CHANCE GARAGE, CATS & DOGS, THE GREAT OUTDOORS, THANKSGIVING WITH MARTHA STEWART, BODYWATCH.
FrancisGladstone1973-1985YesDelighted this is happening. I doubt there are contacts I have which you do not have as I was in frequent touch with Michael Ambrosino regarding the 2014 gathering for NOVA which I could not attend. My co-producer colleague on several of the NOVA films, Patrick Griffin, died in 2013. Jo Gladstone (alias Jo Elwyn Jones) my wife and partner on some productions will not be able to attend/ lives in the UK but is prevented from traveling for health reasons. Only person I might be in touch with and you are not is Bill Cran. He should be on Frontline lists.Writer/ director NOVA in the early years/ Strange Sleep, War From the Air, Hitler’s Secret Weapon, Road to Happiness, Woman Rebel, Across the Silence Barrier, What Price Coal? etc… Director of Ephraim McDowell’s Kentucky Ride… Director of series made with National Theater of Deaf called “Festival of Hands”.
JonathanGoell1978YesLooking forward to seeing old friends and co-workers.The Photo Show, co-writer and host.
SheldonGoldberg???YesMy Wife will be wirh me, sorry do not remember the years I was there. I think it was for 17 years..
home phone is 9782440417
Engineering Started in Needham at TV transmitter, but went to Blue hill to check FM Trans also each day. Then was master control Engr Also did news field pick ups. Do not remember time frame, old studios.
Good news is on this Dec 8 had 85 birth day,
MikeGoldberg???YesLooking forward to this event. Now 85, do not remember when I retired. Worked at transmitter and master control, and news. See you there.Transmitter Engineer for TV and FM then Master Control, and News Engineer
Don’t remember the years
BobGore1976-1980YesThis is a wonderful idea. I eagerly look forward to this reunion. Bob GoreFM Acting manager
FM Admin manager
TV Unit Manager
Unit Manager for Administration
Director of Major Gifts
MarilynGreenstein1973-1982 and then someYesCannot wait for May 2.Worked with Fred Barzyk on his projects…practically the entire time..American Playhouse,Jean Shepherd films, and local programs.
LisaGregory1993-1997YesThanks for organizingLooking forward,
OutreachOutreach Project Director, Africans in America
KatherineGriffin1997-2012YesThe World – Office Manager/Production Coordinator
SonyaHamlin1965-68YesWGBH was still my favorite place to work, although I went on to commercial television for many years. I still remember all the folks I worked with and admired there..MEET THE ARTS –creator/host of 15 part series.
Producer- Chris Sarson
Director- Bill Cosel
Assistant– Sirl Silberman
EricHandley1971 -2000YesEditor, Nova, Frontline, Zoom as an independent contractor.
LindaHarrarYesLooking forward to seeing many friends and colleagues.The Caption Center
NOVA AP, Producer
Foundation Development
Coordinator, Green Media Innovation IdeaLab
LoHartnettlots, and still there.YesWhat is it about WGBH that gets into our blood stream and makes us so passionate about our craft and our industry? Whether it’s audio, accounting, editing, IT, filming or fundraising, we share the same quest… excellence in all we do. And we do it so well.WGBH Development Dir – 1972-1986
WGBY Development Dir – 1994-1999
WGBH Development Consultant 2009 –
GeorgeHauenstein1984-2007YesDevelopment; Membership; radio funraising
DickHeller1968-70,72-81YesDirector, BSO, Pops, ZOOM, Ballroom, many more
ArthurHenry1974-1980YesI am looking forward to seeing everyone! Thanks to all who are organizing and working to bring us together again!Broadcast Engineer: Master Control Operator, Videotape Recorder & Editor. Unit Manager: ZOOM (seasons 5 & 6), NOVA (season 6)
NormHolland1957-1959,1962-63NoI had a long academic career teaching psychological approaches to literature. Now, in my retirement, I’m back to reviewing movies. Take a look at remember my time doing shows at WGBH as one of the happiest of my life. I’m sorry it had to come to an end.Talent, so-called. I reviewed movies in a 15-min show once a week for two years, produeced at first by Ted Steinke, later by Russ Morash (I think). Then I came back to do a show for Harvard Extension, THE SHAKESPEAREAN IMAGINATION, produced by Russ Morash. That later became a book of the same title in 1964 (Willie’s 400th birthday).
JulieHolley1994-1994YesWhile my tenure was brief, it was quite impactful. I look forward to being among so many great folks.Legal:
Procured Insurance for multiple Crews/Productions.Safeguarded Intellectual Property rights for in-place and new shows.Supported Business Unit Managers re: Law-related inquiries.
EileenHughes1996-2006NoLooking forward to catching up with the smartest, most creative people I’ve ever worked with! [I’m afraid I will not be attending afterall. ]Outreach Coordinator, Arthur, Between the Lions, Postcards from Buster.
Volunteer Manager, Auction
MarciaHulley1979-2013YesCreative services. Promos and marketing reels and image campaigns for everything!
LauraineHutchinson1994-2005YesLove WGBH and have worked doing Business Development for Auction regarding businesses development for Travel Packages and cars etc… I also volunteered for a few seasons for the Fine Arts Section of the Auction under Vanya Trulenko (sp)?WGBH/ MOR Dept Fundraising
BruceIrving1988-2000YesProducer, This Old House
CarolJeffery1968-1969YesI look forward to renewing old ties and seeing the new facility.WGBH-TV/Boston University Scholar
TonyKahn01971-2004 (on and offYesWriter, ZOOM; principal, Mother’s Little Network, narratorv of about 13 NOVAS (including Why Birds Sing and First Signs of Washoe), countless voice-overs for promotion, credit beds, etc., Principal, Hub City Hotshots, writer, “Where to Get Off in Boston,” features reporter, 10 o”clock News, “On the Money,” collaborator with Ron Hayes on several experimental video productions, Host of The PRI’s The World, producer and creator of Morning Storiesd, pub rfadio’s first podcast . . . .
DanKain1966 -68YesCan I bring anything?BU/GBH scholar…. Lowly crew.
LailaKain1967-68YesSo looking forward to this gathering & catching up with my 1st & most amazing “boss” Michael Ambrosino. (This was my 1st job out of college.)Can’t wait to see Sheila Smith who trained me (as Laila Fangel) & Hadley Taylor, (working for Michael Rice), my office mate & source of great conversations & enduring encouragement.

To explain Laila Kain: Dan Kain (WGBH & WGBY) & I married in 1968, after he graduated from BU & we started the rest of our lives.

We’ll both be there!

Programming/secretary to the amazing Michael Ambrosino; in those days we were called secretaries ;)
VirginiaKassel1959-1963NoI look forward to old memories and new happenings.PR
A Time to Dance – PA
The Fuller World – Producer
Numerous convocations- Producer
Prospects of Mankind- PA
Deadline 10:45 – Producer
Elliot Norton Reviews[4/20: Sadly I cannot come to the reunion; a conflict has spring up. Much as I would prefer to be with you all, I must be in NYC.]
JoanKelleher Casey1982-1984YesDevelopment
TomKeller1961-1980YesDirector of Engieerig
HillaryKimmel1974-1981YesI’m looking forward to attending. The Caption Center had a reunion 8 years ago and it was a blast reconnecting with folks. I’ve been self employed for the past 23 years operating a drapery workroom to the trade. And guess what, I just did the drapes for the current This Old House project in Lexington.The Caption Center: First as a caption writer, then as an associate producer and unit manager.
DanielleKlainberg2002-2006MaybeFoundation Development
SharonKramer Loew1972-1979MaybeThanks ‘GBH for all the opportunities, all the fun, and all the learning!Design Department
Designed for Nova, Advocates, nooz, News, Romagnioli’s Table, Say Brother, station breaks—more!
BennyKrol1968-2007YesI can’t wait to see my friends and colleaguesDept: Engineering under first, Tom Keller
Shows: Everything from Julia Childs,Pops,and Tennis to
Antiques Roadshow
Roles: Maintenance, operational engineering and EIC
of various mobile Units,EIC Maintenance shop,
EFP and small format maintenance to Antiques
Roadshow Tech. Manager
JudyLarsen Mehring1954-58YesThanks for putting this together. I was associated with ‘GBH until 1973 through my husband Bob Larsen who was Program Manager and then General Manager in charge of Production until his passing in 1973. Ours was the first WGBH marriage, April 2,1955…the first day that WGBH-TV went on the air!WGBH Radio at Symphony Hall…production dept.53-55
WGBH-TV, Mass ave, Cambridge, Continuity Mgr., Production asst, 55-58
Christine (Simpson)Lear1995-2003YesThanks for putting this together! I can finally attend! Please let me know if I can help in any way!Started in Member Outreach, worked in and then managed Audience Services, spent the last few years producing for pledge. Still happy to volunteer for pledge.
MaggieLettvin196? -198?YesRick Hauser, Charlotte Michaelson and lots of great staff and volunteers were responsible for all my wonderful life at
WGBH. Very aware I couldn’t have done it without you!
Maggie and The Beautiful Machine
BarbaraLevitov1972-1976 and moreYesCaption news, pr, development special levents
NinaLillie1971-1972YesLooking forward to it!ZOOM
LewLloyd1975-1981YesIs the list of names of alums available?Admin. Mgr.,Exec In Charge of Production “The Scarlet Letter”, Exec. Producer “The Stravinsky Series” this last never produced at WGBH-it was moved to WNET.
KarlLorencic1965-1995YesEngineering/Maintenance/VideoName any show Studio or Remote and I worked on it
Howard, SandyLowe1971-1975YesSandy: Human Resources specialistHoward: Worked in Programming and News; directed Evening Compass, 10 O’clock News; Catch 44; Romagnoli’s Table, Masterpiece Cooke segments, various specials. AD for Pops, Symphony, Tennis.
KeithLuf1998-presentYesWGBH Archives
MichaelLutch1977-2010YesFreelance photographer
Evening at Pops,masterpiece,Mystery,
Frontline,Julia Child,This Old House,victory Garden
ChristopherLydon1977-1991YesWho’s compiling the general memoir of WGBH then and now? I’d happily contribute.Hosted The Ten O’Clock News those years from ’77 to ’91.But had volunteered on air first from 1964 in a show called “This week at the State House,” with by Globe colleague Bryant Rollins, produced by Caroline Isber. I hope the Alumni are in touch with those two WGBH stalwarts!
RogerLyons1972-1983, 1988-1994YesI wouldn’t miss this reunion for (almost) anything. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with former colleagues and sharing memories (however many we can recall).Business Office-data entry, accounts payable, supplies
Productions Assistant-Catch 44, Elliot Norton Reviews,
The Ten O’Clock News, ZOOM, Various other programs
Creative Services-Promotion Producer
Creative Marketing-Executive Producer for Promotion and Marketing
Creative Services-Director of Local Advertising and On-Air Promotion
Hollis AKA HollyMacArthur1992-2003YesThis is a great idea! I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of friends I haven’t seen in a long time!!Member Services – fundraising
Events – fundraising
Development – fundraising
Channel 2 Auction – Acquisitions Manager
Audience Services – fundraising
Archives – Acquisition
RogerMacie1976- 1980YesHope this event works with a freelance EIC job with America’s Test Kitchen. I now live in Florida.Ten O”Clock News, field tech / video operator.
ENG/EFP maintenance engineer.
MerryMaisel1962-63NoHave a great time, everyone! I live in San Diego, must go to this or WHRB reunion in Oct., guess it has to be the latter, since I spent my entire college career at WHRB…..but so did some of you who are there now, so ‘lo to y’all.
volunteer, part-time secy. to Henry Morgenthau, typed scripts for early Julia Child shows in 1/2-in high type, fell from lighting scaffold into bouilliabaisse, turned pages of music in control room for David Sloss, etc., etc.
NedMcGonagle1982-2012YesMobile unit driver. Master control
CynthiaMcKeown1999 – 2009YesEducational Productions (Producer and Web Producer)
Business Office/Accounting
Scarlet Letter
Unit Manager – ‘A’ Division
IT Director
GordonMehlman1968-2007YesGreat to have been part of an engineering team that led the way with so many firsts in television history. Multi-track audio recording, stereo recording and broadcasting for TV, closed captioning, etc.Engineering/production services.
Maintenance engineer, engineer in charge remote facilities.
Worked on most of the large truck remote productions, pops, tennis, the advocates, antiques road show, etc. produced by WGBH for almost forty years.
Hal (Gordon Harold)Mehlman1981-1984MaybeTraffic
MarilynMellowes1976-2010YesProducer/writer public affairs programming.
MilanMerhar1976-2000YesEngineering/Videotape/EditingJulia Child & Company
Victory Garden
Evening at Pops/Evening at Symphony
The Scarlet Letter
AmyMeyers1973-1978YesDon’t be shy. Come as you are!Started as a volunteer answering Zoom mail and working in the volunteer office. Even put in some time answering pledge calls and volunteering on the auction. Quickly became a part of the development team after Nixon vetoed federal funding. From there to PBS and on and on…
MarshaMontoriapprox 1976 to 1981YesHere’s hoping for some significant WGBY attendance. Looking forward to seeing everyone.WGBY marketing; WGBY 10 o’clock news
JulieMoore1969-1983ishYesPA, AD, “The Advocates”AD, AP, the “Sports” unit, mainly professional tennis

AD, AP “Vic Braden’s Tennis for the Future”

Producer “Under Sail”

MarianMorash1979 – 2002YesChef on The Victory Garden
GeorgeMorency1974-1980YesI look forward to coming back to Boston and WGBH and catching up with friends and colleagues.WGBH Radio – The Spider’s Web, Music 200, Rose Hill, Storytelling in America, Voices from the Thirties, The Scarlett Letter Radio Series, Virgil Bliss’ Daily Radio Almanac –
Producer, Director, Executive Producer
Armstrong Award, Ohio State Award, International Reading Asssociation Award, Golden “Mike” Award, Action for Children’s Television Award
AidaMoreno1977 – 2000YesLooking forward to it.Department – National ProductionsSome Executive Producer / Producer titles:
•Antiques Roadshow
•Antiques Roadshow Junior
•America’s Ballroom Challenge & Championship Ballroom Dancing & Ballroom Dancing BasicsSome Producer titles
•Candidates 88 hosted by Marvin Kalb
•Big Band Ballroom Bash with Bobby Short and Juliet Prowse
•Let the Good Times Roll with BB King
•Condition Critical: The American Health Care Forum with Phil Donahue
•The Issue is Race with Phil Donahue
•The Jewel in the Crown Salute with Susan Stamberg and the Jewel cast
•Masterpiece Theatre’s 10th, Anniversary Special with Alistair CookeSampling of other shows with various titles –
•Julia Child and Company & Julia Child and More Company
•Evening at Symphony with Seiji Ozawa
•Evening at Pops with Arthur Fiedler and John Williams
•Boston Marathon with Bud Collins
•Crockett’s Victory Garden with Jim Crockett
•Drum and Bugle Corps competitions
DeannaMorse1972-1974MaybeThanks for organizing this. I hope I can attend!Assistant editor on ZOOM, NOVA, Religious America, and several auctions.
After I left Boston, worked as artist in the schools, university professor, and continued making art animations, including work for Sesame Street.
Wilford J.& Elaine S. Darr-MortonMorton1958-1983YesAudio Engineer WGBH Radio, TV, Film/shows Julia Child, Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, This Old House, Crockett’s Victory Garden, Nova and many more too numerous to mention.
BobNesson1971-1996YesI’m excited to continue the tradition!! Still making films!!Freelance camera dept — AC, camera
Editor, freelance
Producer, many one-off locals: Waterworks, Building Boston, Central Artery, Etc etc
Many of Fred Barzyk’s wildly wacky creative programs-ideas
Nova, including early ones like Where –Colorado River?
Wgbh news – covered busing among others
And on and on!
MarianneNeuman1985-1998YesPublishing and Products, Commercial Marketing
SteveNevas1976 – 1978MaybeLooking forward to seeing old friends.Anchor/Reporter, The Ten O’Clock News
PaulNoble1957-1961YesOur Scholars ’58 group was instrumental in starting up the reunions, as well as publishing the first in-house (unofficial) house organ “Ille Nove”. (Our history is in Mary Ide’s files.). My wife Paulette and I look forward to seeing old and new faces!BU intern, 1957-58
Producer-director, 19581961
Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt: Prospects of Mankind,
Invitation to Art with Brian O’Doherty
Elliot Norton Reviews
Louis Lyons & the News, Backgrounds
BrianO’Donovan1985-YesLooking forward to it. A lot of work went into this. Thanks to the committee for getting it done.Producer/Host, A Celtic Sojourn
Business Development
International Tours
CarolObertubbesing1980-1990YesI am looking forward to it! I enjoyed a reunion with folks I worked with in the PBS Educational Services Department in November and hope to see many of you in May. If anyone comes through Chicago, I would be happy to see you here and show you some favorite places in my adopted city.
Carol Obertubbesing
Director of Outreach; Assistant Director of Community Relations; Cable Consultant
RaquelOrtiz1978-1990YesLooking forward to it.Founding Producer/Host of “LA PLAZA”
E.P. Community Programming
Various national specials
AudreyPaek1999-2005NoSorry to miss this one. I will be in Korea during this reunion. Please extend my warmest wishes to colleagues (past and present). I plan to attend the auction reunion in June. WGBH will always have a special place in my heart!Trustee and Overseer Relations
President’s Office (Diversity Initiatives Manager and
Assistant to President Henry Becton, Jr.)Auction Volunteer
DVS Intern
AnnPeck1978-2010YesLooking forward!! Thanks to the committee for organizing another reunion.Writer/Producer
Wrote the first Producer’s Handbook (1978). Wrote proposals for Peter McGhee and for Educational Productions. Developed, directed, produced “On Second Thought,” philosophy pilots with Robert Nozick. Produced math, history, and science programs for Educational Productions.
JillPhilipson1980-1999NoI’m so sorry I can’t make it!Assistant director/editor, Evening at Pops, Local Programming
Director, Ten O’clock News, Science Gazette
KathrynPierce Dietz1976-1986, 1987-2009YesCan’t wait to see everyone!CROCKETT’S VICTORY GARDEN: Intern
ZOOM: Pre-production screener (mail room!)
WORLD: production secretary, production assistant, associate producer
LOCAL PROGRAMMING: associate producer, producer
LA PLAZA: Producer
FRONTLINE: associate producer
FRONTLINE: associate producer, producer (as independent contractor)
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: producer (as independent contractor)
CarlPiermarini1978 – 2000MaybeHope to catch up with some old friends.Film Department – Camera TechnicianWGBH Archives Dept. – Archivist / Supervisor
BillPimentel1988-PresentMaybeLooking forward to seeing many old friends!Local Development & Marketing
Audience & Member Services
Staff & manager
AlexPirie1963-1971-2ishYesLooking forward to it! Please, no Koch brothers in attendance.Asst. Lighting Director/Asst. Floor Manager
…all studio shows at the MOS studio
Floor Manager Studio and Mobile Unit
Mobile Unit Driver/Crew Chief
Wiring Asst. Master Control (almost electrocuted Jack Kane!)
Ran the electrical cables above Studio A at 125 (still removing fiberglass fragments from my back)
Producer/Writer – New Studio Xmas Party (Julia editing video tape and many etceteras!)
Producer Trainee
NET National Conference – Asst. to General Manager
Producer: Eliot Norton Reviews, Soviet Press This Week, Ideologies and World Affairs, Fortran 1
Producer, 21″Classroom
A Woman’s Place
Fortran 2
Head Scenic Carpenter: Julia’s color series, Maggie Letvin, Thalassa Cruso, NET Black Drama Series, NET Opera Series, and too much else!
Organizing Committee, first try at a union, WGBH Employees Association.
NancyPorter1971-81; 1985-91Yesproducer, zoom, nova, american experience among others
AnnettePosell1979-2009YesWill be accompanied by Kathy Staples who served as my sign language interpreter at GBH for more than 20 yearsCaption Center?Media Access Group
Sponsorship Group for Public Television
AlanPotter1956 – 1985NoAs I said when I first heard this news: I will walk in my old LLBean snow boots to any event at which I can see Ginny Kassel and Linda Tucker. I can’t wait! See you asll on May 2nd.Best regards to all;


Engineering, Production, Management
HelenPowell1986-1990YesDevelopment: Business Partners
TomPugh1981-presentYesNever forget the true GBHEngineering
ChrisPullman35YesMost exhilarating assignment: figuring out what the new building and the digital mural should be all about.
Most engaged with production: designer for Vietnam
Most dangerous: driving the 2-mobile.
Most weird: trudging through mammoth Gift Shows to stock up Signals catalog (remember that??).
Most fattening: test tasting the recipes for the Victory Garden Cookbook
VP of Design and Branding, 1973-2008
Additional responsibility for Publishing and Products late 70’s-mid 80’s
Served as design client for the new building, 2001-2007
KennRabin1979-1985MaybeWill try my best to make it — so many people I want to see! I’ll update as soon as I know more.VIETNAM: A TELEVISION HISTORY (archivist, film researcher); FRONTLINE: CENTRAL AMERICA (archivist, film researcher); The VIETNAM Archive (in charge of organizing for donation to University of MA); member of The Resource Center through a Rockefeller Foundation grant; misc. episodes of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, AMERICAN MASTERS, POV, INDEPENDENT LENS.
ElsaRassbach1973-1977 and 1980-1982MaybeI have some very fond memories of WGBH. I’m presently in Berlin, Germany and planning a trip to USA in May for a 50th (!) college reunion. If I can get to MA early enough, I’d love to come on the 2nd. The NOVA gathering last spring was a pleasure. (Thanks so much, Michael A., for organizing that and for your work on this one as well!)1973-1975 Associate Producer, NOVA, on Strange Sleep, War From the Air, Woman Rebel, etc.
1975-1977 Producer & 1980-1982 Executive Producer/Story Writer for NEH-funded development of drama series Made in U.S.A. on American labor history.
(Series pilot The Killing Floor premiered on PBS’ American Playhouse in 1984.)
ArnieReisman1969-1996 off&onYesA nice kind of reunion, but I’m hoping it won’t look like a picnic at an assisted living facility. And if it does, who cares?In-house gadfly, that’s what Lurtsema called me. I worked as producer, writer and performer. Under Rockefeller and Ford grants. With Fred Barzyk, Olivia Tappen, David Silver, Tony Kahn, Dick Bartlett, Rick Hauser, Judy Stoia, Mickey Lemle, Paul Solman. Sure I’m leaving someone out. News, comedies, docs, PSAs, you name it. Specials such as Mother’s Little Network, The Other Side of the Moon, The Powder & the Glory. Still heard weekly on WGBH radio, doing 19 years with Says You!, comedy quiz show.
GeorgeRivera1977-81YesLook forward to seeing all. (I just saw the news of Bobby Wilson and very saddened.)RePop, Say Brother, Victory Garden, This Old House, BSO, you name it. I came up the ranks from PA to Producer – Director.
Sharon PuckerRivo1963-1967YesI will attend for a while but cannot stay long because I will be involved with our annual spring film festival JEWISHFILM.2015.
I have a short clip reel of the first auction where I am hosting a table with Julia Childs.
Looking forward to seeing friends and colleagues
Public Affairs Producer
Produced first News at 10
Louis Lyons
Bob Baram – New England News
Collette Schulman – Russian News
Documentaries including award winning “KIDS CRAYONS AND VOLKSWAGONS” about busing and NET special on The John Birch Society (expose on Robert Welch).
SteveRogers1964-1973YesAir tickets purchased, hotel reservations made, Sara and I
will be there! What fun, can’t wait!…
Video engineer-Videotape editing-Most major shows; Evening at Pops, Julia Child, Advocates, Zoom, Catch 44,
MIT Science Reporter (remember that one?) Longwood Tennis, etc, etc
JohnRogers1985-2013YesEng/Production Services
JudithRosenbaum1991-2003MaybeWGBH Interactive
TonySaletan1955 – on & off for many yearsYesFor the last decade I’ve been living in the state of Washington, so I’ll fly across the country to be at WGBH for this event. Plans are solidifying around it, e.g. I’ll likely warm up by singing, playing, and leading dances at the New England Folk Festival, which will take place in Mansfield on the previous weekend.
I look forward to hugging old friends at WGBH, and suggest that, to make that process smoother, we all wear name tags!
My first show & role: host on WGBH-TV’s first show & series, “Come and See,” from 5;30 pm to 6 pm, 3 or 4 days a week for the first year (May 2, 1955 – ?).
Since then I have been sporadically on air as host, interviewer, singer, musician on various programs and series, including, but not limited to, many in-school series.
EdwardSalners1960-61YesAfter attending the affair for the closing of the Western Ave studio, I can’t wait to see the Brighton facilities. I have many memories of my time at WGBH, the October fire included. Always get a warm feeling when I see the WGBH logo on a program, knowing I was part of the station in its (black and white) infancy. Do get nostalgic for the old family ideograph logo, though. As a resident of Easthampton MA, I get my PBS signal from the Great Blue Yonder (WGBY) rather than directly from Great Blue Hill!WGBH/BU Scholar–cameraman/crew
MIT Science Reporter – technical director
Boston Symphony at Sanders Theatre – lighting crew (I was the monkey in the rafters for setup, but I got to sit in the audience for performances.)
Salvage crew on the day after the fire at the studio on Mass Ave.
JudySalsich1995-2013YesMembership Fundraising
NinaSaltus1970-1983YesLooking forward to seeing some “old” friends!Secretary to V.P./Gen.Mgr.
Secretary to Director of Education Division
Secretary to Director of The Caption Center
Production Secretary/Art Auction Preview Shows
Table Captain for several Auctions
Production Secretary for a few tennis coverages (with Phil Collyer and Bud Collins).
AimeeSands1976-89, 1996-98YesI will be glad to see old friends.Reporter/Producer/Host ‘GBH Journal
Freelance reporter TheTen O’Clock News
Documentary producer for Local programming (under Raquel Ortiz in the mid-80’s)
Associate Producer Africans in America
Consulting Producer La Plaza
SariSapir1974?-1982NoI live in Israel, and had I known about the reunion in time I would surely have come. Unfortunately, I will miss it by 2 weeks, having bought a non-refundable ticket long ago. At least I got to enjoy “visiting” the many folks I knew via the Guestbook. I send fond regards to all, and hope that some of you will come to Israel and look me up.PA/AP/Producer for NOVA; later independent producer Sapphire Productions in co-production with WGBH for series OTHER VOICES, OTHER SONGS (thanks Raquel Ortiz)
ChristopherSarson1963-74YesCan’t wait.Producer, 21″ Classroom; Creator and Executive Producer, ZOOM; First Executive Producer, Masterpiece Theatre
JimScherer1976 – 1982YesStill photographer for “Julia Child & Company” shows and accompanying books, two seasons. Freelance.
ChuckSchuerhoff13 + 3YesI am looking forward to seeing all my former colleagues now sporting various shades of grey and white hair (goes well with fashionable black outfits) and learning how they plan to deal, are dealing or have dealt with all the free time that comes with retirement.TV studio crew; scheduling dept.; (1st president of AEEF); TV studio manager; Director of TV Operations; Director of Distribution Dept.; (26-year hiatus to work for myself); Director of Acquisitions for WGBH International.
RalphSchuetz1968-1972YesSome folks my age don’t even buy green bananas, but it’s certainly our intent to come back for the reunion so I’ll say “yes”. Looking forward to seeing the familiar faces, though over 40 years have passed since my limited time actually at WGBH (vs. at PBS) so “familiar” may be somewhat of an overstatement. Thanks Michael, Fred, Olivia, Janie, and all the others on the Reunion Committee. Short as my WGBH tenure was, those years are still well and fondly remembered.1968 Supv. of Scheduling and Facilities. Started work the same day WGBH’s first two color VTRs arrived.
1968-1970 Studio Crew. First job, dismantling Julia’s B&W kitchen set. Most memorable jobs: Longwood tennis remotes videographer (precursor to Chyron) and occasional SloMo operator; Richard Nixon Inaugural Concert, videographer.
1970-1972 Traffic Manager. Replaced three-by-five cards by writing the first computer software and keypunching the cards used to track thousands of tapes in the library using the Business Office’s computer every Friday night.
1972-2004 Left WGBH (so maybe this doesn’t count?) to take a position with the nascent PBS “network” in Washington (actually first with their tape library in Indiana before it was moved to DC), serving in a variety of roles in Operations and Engineering roles.
CharlesScott1974-1980, 1991-1994, 1996-1997, 1999-2003YesCan’t waitFilm and Video editing
JosephShrand1972 – 1978Yes1972 was a long time ago! WGBH was like my second home. If interested, please check out what I am up to now at www.drshrand.comSee you in MayI’m Joe. Zoom
Spider’s Web Radio: various productions with my mother Frances Shrand, including Wind of the Willows which won an Armstrong
SyrlSilberman1966-1977YesI am such an old timer that I hope I’m still around. I’m about to turn 70, and that seems pretty weird.production: pa; producer; writer
A zillion different things
DavidSilver1968-69YesLooking forward to it!Talent/writer What’s Happening Mr Silver?
Sheila (Smith)Simollardes1965 – 1972YesI’m looking forward to Reunion 2015 with bated breath! Hope to meet up with many people from “days of yore,” and devoutly wish to recognize each and every one of them — should memory serve.Programming: secretary to Michael J. Ambrosino (1965-1967)
Operations: Administrative Asst. to Jack Caldwell (1967-1968)
Production: “Artists in Television” w/ Rick Hauser; “Zoom” pilots
w/ Chris Sarson; “BSO” w/ Bill Cosel; “Reporters” w/ Bob Ferrante; and WGBH-KCET co-production, “The Advocates,” w/ Russ Morash
DanieleSkopek1983-2009YesDesign and Visual Communications
Publishing and Products
DavidSloss1962-1967YesThank you for organizing this! It gives me a wonderful excuse to visit Boston for the first time in almost 50 years. I’m delighted to be able to attend, and eager to see all of you again!
A Roomful of Music
Folk Music USA
Open Rehearsal
Boston Arts Festival
Music in the 20’s
DouglasSmith1965-1881YesLooking forward to seeing old friends and meeting folks who came after I left.French Chef, Museum Open House, ZOOM, Making Things Grow, NOVA, NET Opera Theater, Music in the Twentieth Century, various news and public affairs shows,Office of Radio & Television for Learning.
AnneSpeakman1978-1982; 1991-92MaybeI hope to be there.director, local promotion
director, national promotion
project director, In Critical Condition
DaveSt.Onge1966-2009YesLooking forward to itEngineering Chief Engineer
MarkSteele1986-2010YesI’m very much looking forward to seeing my old friends from WGBH.
It’s been a long time.
Online Editor:
JoanSummerfield-Gray1966-68MaybeI loved my time at ‘gbh and have wonderful memories of being and working with such amazing people.Art Department, graphic designer
DaveSvens1965-1967YesLooking forward to it! This is the first reunion I’ve heard about BEFORE it occurred!Production-studio and mobile unit
“Jazz” “Yes is for a Very Young Man” The first “Auction”
“Museum Open House” “Evening at Symphony” Several of the Navy educational shows
Camera, Assistant lighting, Floor Director…the usual stuff.
OliviaTappan1964-1997YesLooking forward to this great celebration!Traffic – Secretary
Production – Production Assistant; Associate Producer; Producer
The French Chef, Navy shows; Jean Shepherd’s America, French in Action; Destinos; Connect with English; WGBH New TV Workshop; 4 Jean Shepherd Movies; America, Inc; Between Time and Timbuktu (Kurt Vonnegut); What’s Happening Mr. Silver … and so on.
KateTaylor1972 – 2015 (more or less)YesMail Room
Local Programing
DebraThorburn Ashton1978-1985YesLooking forward to seeing my old friends from the Development Office!Development Office/Planned Giving
MaryToropov1984-2011YesThanks for organizing the gathering!Development
LindaTucker1963-1966NoThe 50 years since leaving WGBH seem to have passed too quickly, but oh, the changes they have wrought. Can’t wait to see old friends and to celebrate wonderful GBH times not to mention springtime in New England.Department?/French Chef, BSO, BMFA, Russ Morash’s science shows/lighting volunteer, then assistant, then director. Mostly mobile unit.Department?/foreign affairs & regional theater documentaries, Julia Child vs Henry Haller @ White House State Dinner (not the show’s name)/lighting design and film editing.

4/22: Due to a baby shower for a close family member, I’ll be unable to attend our May 2 reunion. This intervening event amounts to a command performance that cannot be missed. I love babies and look forward to celebrating his/her arrival on the planet, BUT seriously regret missing a glorious chance to see old friends.

Best wishes to all who planned the reunion and to all those who will be there. HOORAY for all WGBH alums.

Sandra ScottTylerlate ’70’sYesDevelopment
SamTyler1976 – 1982YesDevelopment
JoeVitagliano1971-1974YesNews, film: Reporters, Zoom, Nova,
CharlesWalcott1954-56; 1960-61YesIt has been many years, but I am still involved making short films of faculty research and serving on the board of our local public broadcaster, WSKG. In my spare time, I am an emeritus Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell.Discovery, Ass’t Producer; Exploring Nature, producer
VictorWashkevich1957-1958NoMy year at WGBH-TV was one of the mos memorable and enjoyable of my life. My seven classmates remained friends through many glorious reunions.As a WGBH Scholar, I pulled cable, operated camera, worked boom mike, floor managed and directed a show on etymology called WORDS. Ten full scholarships were awarded each year back then and in our class eight completed the program. We were t he arms and legs of WGBH back when it was a struggling TV stations located in what was once a roller skating rink located directly above a luncheioette across the street from MIT.
PennyWatson1968-1978YesDay of Air Supervisor
Traffic Supervisor
NeilWeisbrod1972-1978YesSorry for the late RSVP. Looking forward to the event.Assistant Director, Post Production Supervisor, Director
LeahWeisse1997-PresentYesMedia Library and Archives
MaryjoWheatley1970s to late 1980sYesWell, this should be interesting! It’s been decades since I have been at ‘GBH.
Looking forward to seeing everyone.
Film Department
TommyWhite1971-1972YesZOOM On-Air Talent
LizWilson1986-98YesI’m looking forward to this opportunity to re-connect with a such a group of spirited, talented and dedicated professionals!Director, WGBH Fellowships in Public Affairs Program Production; Recruiter, “The World;” Interactive (Prodigy); Proposal writer, Educational Outreach; Member Outreach Representative, Annual Fund
LucindaWinslow1974-1980MaybeLooking forward!The Caption Center
RichWood1969-1972NoPrevious commitmentMorning Pro Musica with Bill Canvess/News
TV Booth sub for Bill Pierce
Radio Continuity Director
Producer/Announcer Concerts from the New England Conservatory
Producer/Announcer Ford Hall Forum
BernadetteYao1972-73, 1984-88, 2009-14YesMy husband and I are both looking forward to attending this year’s reunion at WGBH!ZOOM, Development Dept.,(Pledge/Auction), Frontline, Holiday Entertaining with Martha Stewart, Bodywatch, Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman, TV Pledge Host
VeronicaYoung1976-1979Maybe“World” precursor to Frontline: Associate Producer (staff)
NOVA Producer/Director/Writer (staff)
NOVA Freelance Episode Producer
“Americas” Episode Producer
“Race To Save The Planet” Episode Producer
“Rx For Survival: A Global Health Challenge” Episode Consulting Producer


  1. Hadley Fisk on March 17, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Hello…I hope to be there as well. I was in programming with Michael Rice, Mary Benjamin and Mike Ambrosino…
    Those were great years. for GBH…..birthing many great programs. Hadley Taylor Fisk

  2. Peter Frame on March 12, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Bill Lenz clued me in to this wonderful gathering. Spent my early days there with Al Potter et al. Did my Masters project there with John Henning. Then brought Jane Curtin there for HBO on “Pretzels” 1974, with Fred Barzyk directing. Look forward to coming “home”. Now in Mass from NYC 10 years ago…. Peter Frame

    • Jack Comeau on March 13, 2018 at 7:47 am

      I hope I can make it!

    • Jack Comeau on March 13, 2018 at 7:52 am

      Though I live in LA now, my heart will forever be back there. My novel, Distress Signal is set at my most favorirte place, off season Nantucket.

  3. Louis Wiley on May 1, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Always thought the mother ship was a great place to be as we sailed towards the future. I salute all my fellow crew members, past and present, and wish you well. Regret that I cannot join you tomorrow to do so in person. Live long and prosper! Louis

  4. Barbara Costa on May 1, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Sorry to miss seeing everyone but I have to be out of town. Hello to Francis Gladstone (regards to Jo!) as yours was the first production I ever worked on (Ephraim MacDowell), really wonderful. I believe I was WGBH’s first intern (1980?)! Then at NOVA from 1981 for about 10 years, then in Interactive Department for a while, occasionally freelanced in other departments. Good memories!

  5. Jack Comeau on April 30, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    So sorry that I can’t be there for the ‘GBH reunion. I’m writing a screenplay on dead line that’s keeping me on the west coast right now. In addition, my wife’s health makes her not able to make the trip and I don’t want to leave her. My novel, Distress Signal is set on Nantucket. There is a book festival happening there in June and I’ve been invited to do book signing events but it doesn’t look like I’ll make it to that either. Hi to all you ‘GBH’ers I wish I could see you all.


    Jack Comeau

  6. Ron Della Chiesa on April 19, 2015 at 8:48 am

    My book “Radio My Way” was published in 2012 by Pearson Inc. It’s all about my love affair with radio, and includes interviews with over 40 personalities from the world of Opera, Jazz, the American Songbook, Actors, and Comics.
    Still active in broadcasting after 50 years, hosting the live Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts from Symphony Hall and Tanglewood on WCRB. It’s the best job on Radio and it all started at WGBH!
    Stay tuned: “The Best is Yet to Come.”

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