We enjoyed reading your memories of your first days at WGBH in our June update. We hope you’ll contribute again this month. This time, the theme is:

  • “Tell us about someone from WGBH who was influential in your life”

Please post your recollections in the comments below.

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Let the storytelling continue!

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Ok I’m jumping in, one day before the reunion! So my first contact with WGBH was around 1967 or so after I won some kind of award at Boston University’s film department, which I paid for with money from my military service. Roy Brubaker, who ran the film department (anyone remember him?) called and asked if I could go to the Soviet Union to film the celebrations of the Russian Revolution’s 50th anniversary. I immediately declined, saying I didn’t feel at all qualified to do so. Peter Hoving, I believe, took the job. But that opened the door to some… Read more »

When I first went to WGBH to run the auditions for ZOOM, I met Kate Taylor… after auditioning thousands of kids, Kate not only offered me a job, but she offered me a place to live in her lovely home in Newton Highlands! I not only moved in, but my boyfriend at the time joined me. So Kate, her husband, Ben, and their dog, Sam, suddenly had a houseful. We all became great friends and have remained so over the years, sharing stages of life as we each make our way through the passages of life. Kate has not only… Read more »

When I first went to WGBH to run the auditions for ZOOM, I met Kate Taylor… after auditioning thousands of kids, Kate not only offered me a job, but she offered me a place to live in her lovely home in Newton Highlands! I not only moved in, but my boyfriend at the time joined me. So Kate, her husband, Ben, and their dog, Sam, suddenly had a houseful. We all became great friends and have remained so over the years, sharing stages of life as we each make our way through the passages of life. Kate has not only… Read more »

Carol Obertubbesing

Hi, I am looking forward to the Reunion on Saturday. Re: influential WGBH colleagues, Virginia Bartlett is first in my mind. In 1984 when I was trying to decide whether to accompany my husband on a business trip to Japan, Virginia told me that the only things she regretted were the things she had not done, so I must go. I did and being on my own while my husband worked in a country where I only understood basic words taught me I could not only do it but enjoy it. I have now been to 50 states, 42 countries,… Read more »

Michael Ambrosino

Hartord Gunn was the most far-seeking fellow I ever met. My first task at WGBH was to design a TV Station to fit into a long narrow space, an unlikely configuration for real efficiency. He wanted to take my blue prints to the President of the University of New Hampshire, to pursuade him to excavate the basement of the new UNH student union, then under construction. He told the President that some years in the future, the two of them might be testifying before the New Hampshire Legislature for funds for a New Hampshire public television network, and the President… Read more »