Messages from retirees
This page is an "archive" into which the message pages from December, 2001 have been moved. It is intended to serve the purpose of filling in for those who may be off line for a period and want to review what they've missed, and also as a place to look up past correspondence. The arrangement is from top to bottom earliest to the latest, for the easiest day-to-day perusal.

Dec. 2-3, 2001
Dec. 4-7, 2001
Dec. 8-14, 2001
Dec. 15-19, 2001
Dec. 20-30, 2001

Received Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2001

From Howard Purnick

Sometimes you need only one line

Subject: Assorted Sayings
The closest I ever got to a 4.0 in college was my blood alcohol content.

I live in my own little world, but it's ok, everyone knows me here.

I saw a rather large woman wearing a sweatshirt with 'Guess' on it.  I said, "Thyroid problem?"
I don't do drugs anymore 'cause I find I get the same effect just by standing up really fast.

Sign In Chinese Pet Store: "Buy one dog, get one flea..."

Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

I got a sweater for Christmas... I really wanted a screamer or a moaner.

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the "terminal"?

I don't approve of political jokes...I've seen too many of them get elected.

There are two sides to every divorce: Yours and shithead's.

If life deals you lemons, make lemonade; if it deals you tomatoes, make Bloody Marys.

I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

Shopping tip: You can get shoes for 85 cents at bowling alleys.

I am a nobody, nobody is perfect, and therefore I am perfect.

Everyday I beat my own previous record for number of consecutive days I've stayed alive.

No one ever says "It's only a game!" when their team is winning.

How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on.

Why is it that most nudists are people you don't want to see naked?

Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled.

Every time I walk into a singles bar I can hear Mom's wise words: "Don't pick that up, you don't know where it's been."

[Les] here is the missing page below that somehow was lost in cyberspace.

November 25, 2001

From Tony Cucurullo

Subject: worth Reading

A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, who would like this $20 bill?

    Hands started going up. He said, I am going to give this to one of you, but first, let me do this. He proceeded to crumple the bill up. He then asked, who still wants it? Still the hands were up in the air. Well, he replied, what if I do this?

    He dropped it on the ground, and started to grind it into the floor  with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and  dirty. Now, who still wants it?
Still hands went into the air.

    My friends, you all have learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it, because, it did not decrease in value. It was still worth 20 dollars.

    Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that comes our way. We feel that we are worthless. But, no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do, or who we know, but, by who we are. You  are special.

    Don't ever forget it!

From Tony Cucurullo

Many people walk through life, leaving their footprints, for all to see.  thers just quietly saunter, and impress by their quietude.  Frank Fosso, left his skill, and you may have observed his talent without knowing it.
He was a very good video man. His pictures, emblazened the TV world, on par with the very best. He was acceptable by all the great Directors. And the cameramen appreciated his persistent perfection, in getting the best, and clearest pictures for the audience to enjoy .

Personally, he was a friendly and affable guy. I hope his retirement from life was pain-free.  He now resides in the ready-room, where all technicians go to await their next assignment. Frank, give regards, to all our faithfully departed friends that left before you.

May GOD soften the sorrow that your family feels. May they experience our joy, that came from being his friend.

Tony C.

From Tony Cucurullo

This is a time for giving thanks, so:
Thanks for the Magna Carter
The Gutenberg Bible
The Vikings for exploration
The Pilgrims
The Indians
Thanks too, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin
And Alexander Hamilton for pushing Cities as a concept
President Monroe's Doctrine, which the Taliban didn't read
President Lincoln, if he was a catholic, he would up for canonization
My four grandparents for escaping the poverty of Italy
My Parents for having me and my siblings.
My hero's, Joe Louis, Joe DiMaggio, Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, 1941
Brooklyn Dodgers.
Father Joseph Chechio, who set my mind at ease after the war.
Thanks Lord for my Pauline, and our children
And thanks for the biggest turkey of all CBS, I ate from it for 35 years
And a special thanks, Lord, for all my friends and family that have filled my
life's bag with cherished memories.
That includes you.

Received Dec. 2-3, 2001:

From Tony Cucurullo

To the very generous and patriotic CBS people that have contributed to date.  I feel you should know that we are in a holding pattern because of the 'Good Fight "that Fred Schutz is putting up with his illness. So be patient and I am sure you will see the results of your generosity soon.   Tony Cucurullo

*TONY   CASOLA      *
*YOUNG      CHOI            *
*BOB    DAILEY      *
*JOE    DUENAS      *
*BARRY      FOLLETT     *
*BRUNO      FUCCI           *
*ELLIOT     GORDEN      *
*PHYLLIS    HOLST           *
*DAVID      KAPLAN      *
*NORM       LEVINE      *
*LEE    LEVY            *
*ERNIE      LOWE            *
*CAL    MAROTTA     *
*DON    MCGRAW      *
*ART    MURPHY      *
*TOM    NADIG           *
*EMILY      PAULSON     *
*FRED   SCHUTZ      *
*GEORGE     SMITH           *
*IRWIN      SOLOW       *
*JOE    STRANO      *
*JOHN   WELLS           *
*MEL    WIENGES     *

 To date we are at $4200. This is not accurate because Fred knows the true amount.
Tony C

From Les Burkhardt

I received the following email from a David Schwartz:  If you are able to assist this gentleman please contact him directly..........I am also including the 3 attached files that he sent.

I am writing to you at the suggestion of Jim Hergenrather of CBS here in Los Angeles in the hope you and your group can help me in a research project I am working on.

I am the TV historian and co-author of "The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows" (published by Facts on File).  I am currently updating my book for its fourth edition.  In my book we list the studio (theater) locations for as many of the shows as we can find (old TV tickets and memories are the main source) but some shows have eluded me.  I have also being trying to determine who the announcers were on some of these shows too.  Being a TV historian, my list has kind of expanded to include daytime shows and some primetime shows.

Can you suggest anyone who can help me in my research?

Enclosed are the lists of "Missing Studio Originations for CBS New York based shows", "Missing Announcers" and my file on what I have been able to research on the CBS shows.

My e-mail address is

Telephone:   310-244-8692

Thank you for your time and help.


CBS TV New York Shows & Their Studios

The $10,000 Pyramid (1973-74) Studio 50

The $64,000 Challenge (1956-58) Studio 52

The $64,000 Question (1955-58) Studio 52

48 Hours

54th Street Revue Studio 52

6 rms rear vu (2/16/1974) Studio 50

60 Minutes Studio 33, Broadcast Center

Ad Libbers (1951) 

Alumni Fun (1964-66) Studio 52

American Scene Magazine with Jackie Gleason (1963) Studio 50

Anyone Can Win w/Al Capp

Appointment with Adventure Studio 57 (Peace)

Arthur Godfrey & Friends Studio 51 (1949)
Studio 50

Arthur Godfrey daytime show Studio 22

Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts studio 50 (1954)

As the World Turns Studio 61 (Monroe) 1956
Studio 63 (DuMont studio) late 50's
Studio 42 (Grand Central) early 60's
Studio 51 (Hi Brown studios) 1965
Studio 42 (Broadcast Center) 1968
(when the show went to an hour, it also used studio 43)
Studio 52 (76th St) around 1978
Studio 42 (Broadcast Center) in the 1980's
Studio 41 & 42 (Broadcast Center) in the 90's
1268 East 14th Street, Brooklyn (old NBC studio home of Another World)

Balance Your Budget/Bert Parks

Ball Four Studio 41 (Broadcast Center)

Bank on the Stars/Jack Paar

Barbra Streisand Specials Studio 41 (Broadcast Center)

Battle of the Ages/Morey Amsterdam (1952)

Beacon Hill Studio 41 (Broadcast Center)

Beat the Clock/Bud Collyer Studio 52 (1951) (1955) Studio 51 (Maxine Elliot)

Bert Parks Show Studio 61

Betty Crocker Liederkranz Hall

Bid n' Buy/Bert Parks (1958) Studio 52

The Big Payoff/Randy Merriman Studio 62

Bil Baird Studio 54 (Liederkranz Hall)

Bill Cullen Show Grand Central

Break the Bank/Bert Parks

Bride and Groom Studio 53 (Liederkranz Hall)

The Brighter Day Liederkranz Hall
Studio 42 (Grand Central)

Broadway Tonight studio 52 (7/20/64)

Burns & Allen Studio 59 (Mansfield Theater) first 6 TV shows
in 1950-51 season

By Popular Demand Studio 50

Calendar Grand Central

Calucci's Department Studio 41, Broadcast Center (1973)

Camera 3 Liederkranz Hall
Grand Central Studios

Candid Camera Studio 50 (1963, 1974)

Captain Kangaroo Studio 53, Liederkranz Hall
Studio 45, Broadcast Center

CBS Evening News Studio 33, Broadcast Center
(Walter Cronkite) Graybar Building
(Dan Rather) Studio 47, Broadcast Center

CBS Morning News (1999) Studio 44, Broadcast Center

CBS Morning Show (1950's) Studio 41, Grand Central

CBS News/Douglas Edwards Studio 41, Grand Central

CBS Sunday Morning Studio 42, Broadcast Center

CBS Television Quiz (1941-42) Grand Central

CBS This Morning Studio 42, Broadcast Center

Celebrity Time/Conrad Nagel

Chronoscope Liederkranz Hall

Cindrella (1957 special) Studio 72

Computer Game (pilot) Ed Sullivan Theater (11/11/73)

Danger Studio 41, Grand Central

Dotto (1958) Studio 62

Double or Nothing/Bert Parks Studio 60 (6/17/53)

Down You Go/Dr. Bergen Evans

Draw to Win/Henry Morgan

Early Show (1999) Studio 58 

Ed Sullivan Show Studio 50
(Studio 41, Broadcast Center when studio 50 was converted to color)

Eddie Albert Show (1953 daytime)

The Edge of Night Studio 61 (Monroe)
Studio 64 (DuMont Studio)
Studio 61 (Monroe) 1961-1970
Studio 53 (New York Prod. Center/44th St)
EUE Screen Gems Studio 1975-1980

The Egg and I Studio 57 (Peace)

The Entertainers studio 50 (1964)

Ernie Kovacs Studio 53, Liederkranz

Everywhere I Go/Dan Seymour Studio 61

The Face is Familiar/Jack Whitaker Studio 41, Broadcast Center (1966)

Fanfare Broadcast Center (7/28/65)

Fashion Magic with Ilka Chase (1950 daytime)

The First Hundred Years (1950-52) Studio 56, Liederkranz 

For Love or Money (1958) Studio 52

Frank Sinatra Show (1950) Studio 50
(moved to Hollywood in fall of 1951 & originated from Studio A at Columbia Square)

Freedom Rings/John Beal (1953)

G.E. College Bowl Studio 59
Studio 52

G.E. Guest House

Garry Moore Show (daytime) Studio 51 (8/14/51, 10/25/51)
Studio 59 (2/13/52, 8/7/52, 7/1/55)
(nighttime) Studio 50

Giant Step

Give & Take/John Reed King (daytime 1952)

Glenn Miller Time (1961)

Go Lucky/Jan Murray

The Goldbergs Grand Central

Guess Again

The Guiding Light Studio 56, Liederkranz
Studio 41 (Grand Central) late 50's
Studio 45 (Broadcast Center) 1965
Studio 52 or 53, Hi Brown Studios around 1968
EUE studio A & B
Studio 51, NY Production Center

High Finance Studio 51 (Maxine Elliott)

Hold It Please Grand Central

Homemaker's Exchange

Honeymooners Adelphi Theater

Hotel Cosmopolitan (1957-58) Studio 57 (Peace Theater)

How Do You Rate?/Tom Reddy Studio 52

I'll Buy That/Mike Wallace Studio 60 (12/1/53)

Information Please Studio 50 (8/17/52)

Inner Flame same as Portia Faces Life

It Pays to be Ignorant Studio 50

It's A Gift (1946)

It's Fun to Know

It's Magic with Paul Tripp Studio 60

It's News to Me/John Daly Studio 59

I've Got A Secret Studio 59
Studio 52
Studio 50 (1976)

Jack Paar Morning Show studio 41, Grand Central

Jack Paar Show (1953 daytime) studio 62 (Biltmore)

(1954 nighttime) studio 52

Jackie Gleason Show studio 50

Jane Froman Show studio 50 (10/7/54)

Jimmy Dean Show (1958-59) studio 51 (Maxine Elliott)

Johnny Johnston (1951)

Journey thru Life (1953-54)

Julius La Rosa Show studio 52 (9/5/55)

Kate & Allie studio 50 (Ed Sullivan)

Keep Talking (1958) studio 51 (Maxine Elliott)
Studio 62 (July 1959)
King's Party Line (1946)

Ladies Day with Warren Hull studio 51

Lamp unto my Feet (1948-79) Liederkranz Hall

Late Show with David Letterman studio 50 (Ed Sullivan)

Live Like a Millionaire

Look Up & Live Liederkranz 

Look Your Best (1950)

Love is a Many Splendored Thing studio 41 (Broadcast Center)

Love of Life (1951-1980) studio 54 (Liederkranz)
studio 56 (Liederkranz)
? (1964 to 70's)
studio 52 (1970's to 1975)
studio 52 or 53 (Hi Brown Studios)

Love Sidney studio 41 (Broadcast Center)
studio 72

Love Story (1955-56 daytime) studio 60

Made in America/Hans Conreid (1964) studio 61 (Monroe)

Mama Grand Central
Liederkranz Hall
studio 58 (town)
Hi Brown Studios

Man Against Crime studio 42 (Grand Central)

Margaret Arlen studio 55 (Liederkranz Hall)

Masquerade Party studio 59 (Mansfield) (1959)
Studio 51 (1958)

Meet Betty Furness

Meet Your Cover Girl 

Mel Torme Show studio 61 (Monroe)

Messing Prize Party studio 51

Mike and Buff studio 57 (Peace)
Liederkranz Hall

Morey Amsterdam (1948-49) studio 51

Mr. I. Magination studio 56, Liederkranz Hall

Musical Chairs studio 50 (Ed Sullivan)

Name that Tune studio 52 (1954)
Studio 59 (1959)

NFL Today studio 43 (Broadcast Center)

Of All Things (1956) studio 59

Omnibus studio 41 (Grand Central)

On Broadway Tonight (studio 50??)

On Your Account/Dennis James (1954-56) studio 51 (10/8/54)
Studio 60 (8/18/55)

Our Private World studio 41 (Broadcast Center)

Pantomime Quiz/Mike Stokey studio 50 (1956)

Pass the Buck/Bill Cullen (1978) studio 50 (Ed Sullivan)

Password/Allen Ludden (1961-67) studio 52

Perry Como Show studio 52 (6/11/52; 2/20/53, 12/25/53)
Chesterfield show studio 60 

Person to Person studio 41 (Grand Central)

Phil Silvers Show (You'll Never Get Rich) 
studio 5 (DuMont studios)
Hi Brown studios

Picture This/Jerry Van Dyke (1963) studio 52

Places Please/Barry Wood studio 51

Play Your Hunch/Merv Griffin (1958) studio 59

Playhouse 90 Grand Central
studio 58 (Town)

Politically Incorrect Broadcast Center (1995)

Portia Faces Life ?studio 53 (Liederkranz)

Public Eye/Bryant Gumbel studio 45 (Broadcast Center)

Quiz Kids/Joe Kelly

Riddle Me This (1948)

Road of Life

Robert Q. Lewis Show (1954-56) studio 59 (5/3/54, 6/23/54)
studio 60 (Lincoln Sq) (8/6/54, 10/8/54)

Robert Q's Matinee (1950-51) studio 60 (Lincoln Square)

Rod Brown & His Rocket Rangers (1953) studio 57 (Peace Theater)

Russ Morgan Show studio 59 (8/11/56)

Sam Levenson Show (1958-59) studio 21

Search for Tomorrow (1951- studio 55 (Liederkranz Hall)
studio 43 (Broadcast Center)

The Secret Storm (1954-1974) studio 54 (Liederkranz Hall)
?studio 46 (Broadcast Center)

See It Now studio 41 (Grand Central)

The Seeking Heart

The Show Goes On (1950) studio 50 (7/13/50)

Sing It Again studio 50

Smart Money (pilot) studio 41, Broadcast Center (10/23/75)

Songs for Sale studio 50

Stage Show/Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey studio 50

Stand Up and Be Counted/Bob Russell studio 51 (Maxine Elliott)

Steve Allen Show (1950-52) studio 51 (Maxine Elliott) 10/24/51

Steve Lawrence Show (1965) studio 41 (Broadcast Center)

Strike it Rich/Warren Hull (1951-58) studio 51 (8/7/51, 4/23/54, 8/6/54, 11/9/54)
studio 60 (10/11/51, 10/25/51, 3/17/52, 6/12/52)
studio 62 (8/24/56) 

Studio One Grand Central

Suspense Grand Central

Take A Guess/John KM McCaffery (1953)

Talent Scouts with Merv Griffin (1963)
Jim Backus (1962) studio 52 (9/2/63)

Talent Scouts (Sam Levenson/Jim Backus) studio 52 (1960-62)

Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour
studio 59 (7/3/59)
studio 52 (8/18/61)
studio 50

There's One In Every Family/John Reed King & Mike Wallace (1952-53)

This is Show Business studio 50 (3/18/51)
Studio 51 (1/26/54, 1953)

This is the Missus' (1948) studio 51

To Tell the Truth (1956-68) studio 52 (1956-57)
studio 62 (1957-58) 8/5/58
studio 59
studio 52
studio 50 (1967-68)

Toast of the Town studio 51 (1948-1951)
studio 50

Top Dollar studio 52 (July 1959)
studio 62

TV's Top tunes studio 52

Two for the Money studio 62

Two in Love/Bert Parks (1954)

U.S. Steel Hour studio 41 (Grand Central)

Valiant Lady (1953-57) studio 57 (Peace)

Vanity Fair Liederkranz

Verdict is Yours studio 42 (Grand Central)
studio 72

Video Village studio 52

We Take Your Word studio 41 (Grand Central)

We the People studio 51

The Web studio 41 (Grand Central)

Welcome Travelers (moved from Chicago to New York in 1955)/Jack Smith
Studio 60

What's in a Word

What's My Line?/John Daly studio 41 (Grand Central) (1950)
studio 51 (Maxine Elliott)
studio 59
studio 52
studio 50 (1966-67) color shows

Wheel of Fortune/Todd Russell (1952-53) studio 50 (1952 daytime)
studio 51 (nighttime shows)
studio 61 (1953 daytime)

Where the Heart Is studio 44 (Broadcast Center)

Who's There

Who's Whose/Phil Baker (6/25/51)

Wingo/Bob Kennedy (1958) studio 51 (Maxine Elliott)

Winky Dink & You (1955-59) Liederkranz Hall

Winner Take All/Bud Collyer (1948-50) studio 51 (Maxine Elliott)

Woman with a Past (1954) studio 42 (Grand Central)

The World is Yours studio 57 (Peace Theater)

You Are There studio 41 (Grand Central)

Your Hit Parade studio 50

Your Lucky Clue studio 51 (Maxine Elliott)

Your Surprise Store/Lew Parker & Jacqueline Susann (1952 daytime)

You're in the Picture/Jackie Gleason (1961) studio 52

You're On Your Own/Steve Dunne (1956-57) studio 59 (Mansfield)

CBS News:

Douglas Edwards (1948-62) studio 42 (Grand Central)
Local channel 2 studio 41 (Grand Central)
midday 5 minute reports studio 43

CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite Graybar Building
studio 33

CBS Evening News with Dan Rather studio 47 (Broadcast Center)
CBS Sunday Morning (1990's) studio 42 (Broadcast Center)


the following were game shows

The Ad-Libbers (host: Peter Donald....1951)
Hold It Please (host: Gil Fates...1949)
Information Please
Take A Guess (host: John KM McCaffery...1953)
Two in Love (host: Bert Parks....1954)
Who's Whose (host: Phil Baker...6/25/51 one broadcast)

the following were daytime shows (mostly from the 1950's)

Look Your Best
Homemaker's Exchange
Meet Your Cover Girl with Robin Chandler
Fashion Magic with Ilka Chase (1950-1951)
Betty Crocker (1950-1951)
All Around the Town with Mike Wallace
The World is Yours
Modern Homemaking
Two Sleepy People with Mike Wallace & Buff Cobb
Mike & Buff (1951-1952)
Mel Torme Show (1951-1952)
Everywhere I Go with Dan Seymour
Meet Betty Furness
Eddie Albert Show (1953)
Woman with a Past (1954 soap with Constance Ford & Jean Stapleton)
Hotel Cosmopolitan (1957 soap with Donald Woods)

Primetime shows:

The Entertainers (1964-1965 with Carol Burnett, Bob Newhart)
Talent Scouts with Jim Backus (1962)
Talent Scouts with Merv Griffin (1963)
Glenn Miller Time (1961)


Ad Libbers/Peter Donald seen in August 1951, Fridays at 8pm

Anyone Can Win/Al Capp 
July 1953-Sept 1953, Tuesdays at 9pm

Balance Your Budget/Bert Parks 
Oct 1952-May 1953 Saturdays at 10pm

Bank on the Stars with Jack Paar 
June 1953-Aug 1953 Saturdays 9pm

Battle of the Ages/Morey Amsterdam 
Sept 1952-Nov 1952 Saturdays 10:30 pm

Betty Crocker Show 1950-1951 Weekdays 3:30pm (Liederkranz Hall?)

Break the Bank/Bert Parks 
Jan 1952-Feb 1953 Sundays 9:30 pm

Celebrity Time/Conrad Nagel 
Jan 1949-Sept 1952 Sundays at 8:30pm, then moved to 10pm

Down You Go/Dr. Bergen Evans 
June 1955-Sept 1955 Saturdays 9:30 pm

Draw to Win/Henry Morgan & Art Hannes 
April 1952-June 1952 Tuesdays 8:30pm

Eddie Albert Show March 1953-May 1953 Mon-Fri daytime at 3:30pm

The Egg & I 1951 soap Weekdays

Fashion Magic with Ilka Chase 
Nov 1950-Sept 1951, seen Mondays and Fridays at 3:30pm (Betty Crocker was seen in the same time slot on Thursdays)

Freedom Rings/John Beal 
March 1953-Aug 1953, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 2pm

G.E. Guest House/Oscar Levant & Durward Kirby
July 1951-Aug 1951 Sundays 9pm

Giant Step with Bert Parks
Nov 1956-May 1957 Wednesdays 7:30pm

Give & Take with John Reed King (TV version of popular radio show) 1952

Glenn Miller Time with Johnny Desond 

Go Lucky/Jan Murray
July 1951-Sept 1951 Sundays 7:30pm

Guess Again/Mike Wallace
June 1951, ran only two weeks Thursday 8:30pm

Homemaker's Exchange with Louise Leslie
Oct 1949-Jan 1952 weekdays at 4pm

It's Fun to Know with Dorothy Clark
April 1951-June 1951 weekdays at 4:30pm

Johnny Johnston Show (replaced Robert Q's Matinee so it may have come from the same theater...Lincoln Square)
Jan 1951-Feb 1951 weekdays at 2:45pm

Live Like a Millionaire/Jack McCoy
Jan 1951-Mar 1952 Fridays 9:30 pm

Look your best with Richard Willis
Sept 1950-Nov 1950 Mondays & Fridays at 3:30pm

Meet Betty Furness (once a week 15 minute variety show)
Jan 1953-June 1953 Fridays at 10:45 am

Meet Your Cover Girl with Robin Chandler
Oct 1950-Nov 1951 Tuesdays & Thursdays at 3:30 pm

On Broadway Tonight with Rudy Vallee

Quiz Kids with Joe Kelly
June 1953-Sept 1956 Saturdays at 10pm, then moved to 

Road of Life (soap opera with Don McLaughlin and Virginia Dwyer)
Dec 1954-July 1955 weekdays at 1:15pm 
???Studio 42, Grand Central)

The Seeking Heart (soap opera with Scott Forbes & Dorothy Lovett)
July 1954-Dec 1954 weekdays at 1:15pm)
??? Studio 42, Grand Central)

Take A Guess with John KM McCaffery
June 1953-Sept 1953 Thursdays 8pm

Two in Love with Bert Parks
June 1954-Sept 1954 Saturdays at 10:30pm

What's in a Word with Clifton Fadiman
July 1954-Sept 1954 Thursdays at 8pm

ho's There with Arlene Francis
July 1952-Sept 1952 Mondays at 9:30pm

Who's Whose with Phil Baker
June 25,1951 Monday at 9:30 pm, cancelled after one broadcast and replaced by It's News to Me.

Your Surprise Store (game show with Lew Parker, Jacqueline Susann & Bern 
Bennett. Seen in May & June of 1952 weekday mornings at 10:30am)

Received Dec. 4-7, 2001:

From Tony Cucurullo

Pearl Harbor, and Icon of the mind. A memory that is embedded by different degrees of emotion according to the generations separating one from the event.

September 11th, will be the image deJur' for this mind set, and for generations to come.

The dastardly deeds that were performed by the Japanese, and now the TERRORIST, are the spikes in our hearts that repel all forgiveness. But, as in the case of Japan, we accept them now because we see them in a different light. Not, as the RAPIST OF NANKING, or the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, or the violators of the moral conventions of military warfare, Vis-vis Bataan, Wake Island.
But, as the purveyors of commerce, that in it's own way is an industrial invasion.

How will we place the World Trade bombers, in context in a few generations? When we let the Bin Laden family conduct their business that now flourishes here in the US. Will it be, "MONEY forgives all," as it usually does?  Will, Osama bin Laden be a footnote to history, as Tojo is now.

Seven scores plus, has taught me to accept the things that I can't change, and blend the hate in my heart, with tolerance. But, the devil in me can't forgive, it needs to be sated by revenge.
I buy, Japans products but, I hate the idea that the moguls of American Industry forced then into prominence, and also caused much financial grief for those Americans that couldn't mark time with the greedy cadence of the profit.

Today, though we should remember the dead. Not just their names, but, with the finality of their demise. That lives were snuffed out in a blink of the eye. Consider too, how lucky you were to escape that fate, then, and now. Especially, the Tower victims, and the Americans that are wasted in that forsaken barren land of terrorism.

American blood flows freely in the cause of Democracy, but, it doesn't come cheaply.


From Harry Charles

For the words about Frank Fosso, and especially the Thanksgiving message and the 35 year Turkey, I spent 21 years at that "Bird" and still  have fond memories about a lot of people.....Harry Charles

PS George Gray steered me to the Retcbs web site and I enjoy looking at the pictures, how did all those guys get so old all of a sudden????

From Karen Meyer


- Throw out non-essential numbers:  age, weight, height.
- Keep only cheerful friends.  The grouches pull you down.
- Keep learning:  computer, crafts, gardening, whatever.   Just never let the brain idle.
- Enjoy the simple things.  When the children are young, that's all you can afford.  When they're in college, that's all you can afford.  When you're retired, that's all you can afford!
- Laugh often, long and loud.  Laugh until you gasp for breath.  Laugh so much you can be tracked in the store by your     distinctive laughter.
- Tears happen.  Endure, grieve, move on. The only person with you for your entire life is yourself.
- Surround yourself with what you love:  family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies.  Your home is your refuge.
- Cherish your health.  If it's good, preserve it. If it's not, improve it.  If it's beyond what you can improve, pray.
- Don't take guilt trips.  Go to the mall, the next county, a foreign country, but not guilt.
- At every opportunity, tell the people you love that you love them.
- Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

From Tony Cucurullo

Keeping the Holidays Safe From Hidden Poisons
Parties and Decorations Can Be Dangerous for Children

By Jim Morelli
WebMD Medical News

 By Jim Morelli
WebMD Medical News

Its color may scream "danger," but the poinsettia plant is the least of a parent's worries this holiday season when it comes to household items that could be poisonous.

"They are not the deadly plants many people assume they are," says Rose Ann Soloway, associate director of the American Association of Poison Control Centers in Washington, D.C. But she says that the sap from the poinsettia is irritating and may cause vomiting if swallowed.

The holly plant, on the other hand, can be much more dangerous. "The entire plant is toxic," Soloway says. "Although because they have sharp points, children don't chew on the leaves." The berries are another matter. If ingested, they could cause severe stomach problems.

Mistletoe may be romantic, but poison control experts assume it's toxic based on a single case report of a woman who suffered liver injury after drinking mistletoe tea. While no other human exposure data exists, Soloway's advises parents not to take any chances. "We don't recommend live mistletoe," she says. "Especially not live mistletoe berries."

Christmas trees are at least one plant that parents generally don't have to worry about. "There should be no problem associated with nibbling on evergreen trees," Soloway says. "In the first place, it's hard to do," because the needles can be sharp.

While plants may be an obvious source of holiday poisonings, there is one potentially deadly substance sometimes overlooked: alcohol. While inebriation is the cardinal sign of alcohol toxicity in adults, the consequences in children are much worse. "It is potentially a very serious poison," says Soloway. "It doesn't take much alcohol to poison a child." Not only will alcohol make children sleepy, it also causes blood sugar levels to drop significantly.

Soloway has some advice for parents giving parties: Clean up before going to bed. One hidden source of alcohol poisoning is post-party residues left in glasses and ingested the next morning by early-waking children.

From John Wells

This may take a bit to download, but I think this is one of the best shots I've seen.
John Wells

Received Dec. 8-14, 2001:

From Tony Ancona

les ;

   thanks for the info on freddie

  cheers   tony Ancona 

From Gayle DePoli

Geesh....and the last time I read an e-mail Fred was said to just have kidney stones.  This is terrible.  He must have been in the hospital for a month.  Being on dyalisis permanently is so serious.

Thanks for sharing this news. Fred needs all of our prayers now.


[Les]  I'm sure that Fred and Agnes thank you for your kindness in thinking of them.  At this point I must apologize for the somewhat late posting of these messages...I am in phase 873of my running battle with the SPRINTLET Communication Co. Like an owlet and piglet maybe with time they will grow up.

From Howie Purnick

This is a must  read! Hope I'm that smart when I get old!

A little old lady went into the Bank of Canada one day, carrying a bag of money. She insisted that she must speak with the president of the bank to open a savings account because, "It's a lot of money!"  After much hemming and hawing, the bank staff finally ushered her into the president's office (the customer is  always right)! The  bank president then  asked her how much she would  like to deposit.  She replied, "$165,000!" and dumped the  cash out of  her bag onto  his desk.  The president was of course curious as to how she came by all this cash, so he asked her, "Ma'am, I'm surprised you're carrying so much cash around. Where did you get this money?"  The old lady replied, "I make bets." The president then asked, "Bets?  What  kind of bets?"  The old woman said,  "Well, for example, I'll bet you $25,000 that  your balls are square." "Ha!" laughed the president, "That's a stupid bet.  You can never win that kind of  bet!"  The old lady challenged, "So, would you like to take my bet?"  "Sure," said the  president, "I'll bet $25,000 that my balls are not square!" The little old lady than said, "Okay, but since there is a lot of money involved, may I bring my lawyer with me tomorrow at 10:00  A.M. as a witness?" "Sure!" replied the confident president.

That night, the  president got very nervous about the bet and spent a long ime in  front of a mirror checking his  balls, turning from  side to side, again and again. He thoroughly checked them out until he was sure that there was absolutely no way his balls were square and that he would win the bet.

The next morning, at precisely 10:00  A.M., the little old lady appeared with her lawyer at the president's office. She introduced the lawyer to the president and repeated the  bet $25,000 says the president's balls are square!"  The president agreed with the bet again and the old lady asked him to drop his pants so they could all see.  The president complied. The little old lady peered closely at his balls and  then asked if  she could feel them.  "Well, okay,"  said the president, "$25,000 is a lot of money, so I guess you should be absolutely sure."

Just then, he noticed that the lawyer was quietly banging his head against the wall.    The president asked the old lady, "What the hell's the matter with your lawyer?" She replied, "Nothing, except I bet him  $100,000 that at 10:00 A.M. today, I'd have the Bank of Canada's president's balls in my hand."

The origination of this letter is unknown, but it brings good luck to everyone who  passes it on.  The one who breaks the chain will have bad luck.

Do not keep this letter. Do not send money.

Just forward it to five of your friends to whom you wish good luck.  You will see that something good happens to you four days from now if the chain is not broken.  You will receive good luck in four days.

From Tony Cucurullo


  Some of these are pretty funny. Kinda pathetic though.

  Recently, when I went to McDonald's I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets.  I asked for a half dozen nuggets.    "We don't have half dozen nuggets", said the teenager at the counter.    "You don't?" I replied.    "We only have six, nine, or twelve," was the reply.    "So I can't order a half-dozen nuggets, but I can order six?"    "That's right."   So I shook my head and ordered six McNuggets.
  The paragraph above doesn't amaze me because of what happened a couple of months ago.  I was checking out at the local Foodland with just a few items and the lady behind me put her things on the belt close to mine.  I picked up one of those "Dividers" that they keep by the cash register and placed it between our things so they wouldn't get mixed. After the girl had scanned all of my items, she picked up the "Divider" looking it all over for the bar code so she could scan it.  Not finding the bar code she said to me "Do you know how much this is?" and I said to her "I've changed my mind, I don't think I'll   buy that today".   She said "OK" and I paid her for the things and left.   She had no clue to what had just happened.....

  A lady at work was seen putting a credit card into  her floppy drive and pulling it out very quickly. When inquired as to what she was doing, she said she was shopping on the Internet and they kept asking for a credit card number, so she was using the ATM "thingy".
  I recently saw a distraught young lady weeping beside her car. Do you need some help?" I asked.  She replied, "I knew I should have replaced the battery to this remote door unlocker.  Now I can't get into my car.  Do you think they (pointing to a distant convenient store) would have a battery to fit this?"   "Hmmm, I dunno.  Do you have an alarm too?" I  asked.   "No, just this remote thingy," she answered, handing it and the car keys to me.    As I took the key and manually unlocked the door, I replied, "Why don't you
drive over   there and check about the batteries.  It's a long walk.
  Several years ago, we had an Intern who was none too swift.  One day she was typing and turned to a secretary and said, "I'm almost out of typing paper.  What do I do?"   "Just use copier machine paper," the secretary told her.  With that, the intern took her last remaining blank piece of paper, put it on the photocopier and proceeded to make five "blank" copies.
  I was in a car dealership a while ago, when a large motor home was towed into the garage.  The front of the vehicle was in dire need of repair and the whole thing generally looked like an extra in "Twister".  I asked the manager what had happened. He told me that the driver had set the "cruise control" and then went in the back to make a sandwich.
  IDIOTS AT WORK...  Sign in a gas station:   Coke -- 49 cents.  Two for a dollar.
  My neighbor works in the operations department in the central office of a large bank.  Employees in the field call him when they have problems with their computers.  One night he got a call from a woman in one of the branch banks who had this question: "I've got smoke coming from the back of my terminal.  Do you guys have a fire downtown?"
  I was sitting in my science class, when the teacher commented that the next day would   be the shortest day of the year.  My lab partner became visibly excited, cheering and clapping.  I explained to her that the amount of daylight changes, not the actual amount of time. Needless to say, she was very disappointed.
  Police in Radnor, Pennsylvania, interrogated a suspect by placing a metal colander on his   head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy machine. The message "He's
lying" was placed in the copier, and police pressed the copy button each time they thought the   suspect wasn't telling the truth.  Believing the "lie detector" was working,
  the suspect confessed. 
[Les] Me thinks. perhaps that all of the above persons have been recently employed by the Sprintlet communication co.

From Tony Cucurullo

Only In America...

Only in America...can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance...

Only in America...are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink...

Only in people order double cheese burgers, a large fry and a diet coke...

Only in banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters...

Only in we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and leave useless things and junk in boxes in the garage...

Only in we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call waiting so we won't miss a call from someone we didn't want to talk to in the first place...

Only in we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight...

Only in America...are the least useful professions (professional athletes, movie actors & entertainers) paid so disproportionally much compared to people with normal jobs...

Only in people buy domestic brand tires, because they want to "buy American," and install them on their imported cars...

Only in America...the budgets for advertising non-essential items, like soft drinks, exceed the economies of many third-world nations...

Only in we use the word politics to describe the process so well. Poli in latin meaning many and tics meaning blood sucking creatures

From Tony Cucurullo

December 12th, 2001
It is the birthday of the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra. gone but not forgotten. He was a young man when he tried out for the Major Bowes Amateur, Radio show, on CBS, Thursday nights. He appeared with a group of guys from Hoboken, NJ they won that night. Frank went on his way too fame as a single performer, and too as a married man to some great beauties. He was on a show that came out of the Sullivan Theater, then it was radio playhouse three. It was the "Hit Parade." It starred, along with Frank, Snooky Lansing, a nice guy. Mark Warnow, was the orchestra leader, and I used to sit and watch rehearsals.  One day, as Frank was trying to enter the door on 53rd Street, he was knocked to the ground by young girls that were trying to snatch some personal item from him. I picked him up, and escorted him safely into the studio. One on of the breaks he was seen in the basement by the  equipment lockers, boxing with some of the ushers that were on the Columbia College boxing team. He more than held his own, as  matter of fact he floored one of them, and
that was the end of the boxing sessions. What a life CBS offered. I call it, "Reflected Glory," because I can tell all these stories and I don't even have to embellish them to much. However, my wife is bored to death by my retelling of them, over, and over and over again.

From an anonymous submitter

Dear Santa,
I rarely ask for much. This year is no exception. I don't need diamond earrings, handy slicer-dicers or comfy slippers. I only want one little thing, and I want it deeply.  I want to slap Martha Stewart silly.
Now, hear me out, Santa. I won't scar her or draw blood or anything.  Just one good smack, right across her smug little cheek.  I get all cozy inside just thinking about it.  Don't grant this wish just for me. Do it for
thousands of women across the country.  Through sheer vicarious satisfaction, you'll be giving a gift to us all.  Those of us leading average, garden variety lives aren't concerned with gracious living. We feel pretty good about ourselves if our paper plates match when we stack them on the counter, buffet-style for dinner.  We're tired of Martha showing us how to make centerpieces from hollyhocks dipped in 18 carat gold. We're plumb out of liquid gold.  Unless it's of the furniture polish variety.  We can't whip up Martha's creamy holiday sauce, spiced with turmeric.  Most of us can't even say turmeric, let alone figure out what to do with it.
OK, Santa, maybe you think I'm being a little harsh. But I'll bet, with all the holiday rush, you didn't catch that interview with Martha in last week's USA Weekend. I'm surprised there was enough room on the page for her ego.  We discovered that not only does Martha avoid take-out pizza (she's only ordered it once), she refuses to eat it cold (cold pizza? Is Martha Stewart Living?) When it was pointed out that she could microwave it, she replied, "I don't have a microwave."    The reporter, Jeffrey Zaslow, noted that she said this "in a tone that suggests you shouldn't either,"  

Well lah-dee-dah.  Imagine that, Santa. That lovely microwave you brought me years ago, in which I've learned to make complicated dishes like popcorn and
hot chocolate, has been declared undesirable by Queen Martha.  What next?  The coffee maker? In the article, we learned that Martha has 40 sets of dishes adorning an entire wall in her home. Forty sets. Can you spell "overkill"?
And neatly put away, no less. If my dishes make it to the dishwasher, that qualifies as "put away" in my house.
Martha tells us she's already making homemade holiday gifts for friends. "Last year, I made amazing silk-lined scarves for everyone," she boasts.  Not just scarves, mind you. Amazing scarves. Martha's obviously not shy about giving herself a little pat on the back. In fact, she does so with such frequency that one has to wonder if her back is black and blue.
She goes on to tell us that "homemaking is glamour for the 90s" and says her most glamorous friends are  "interested in stain removal, how to iron a
monogram, how to fold a towel."  I have one piece of advice, Martha: get new friends. Glamorous friends fly to Paris on a whim.  They drift past the Greek Islands on yachts, sipping champagne from crystal goblets. They step out for the evening in shimmering satin gowns, whisked away by tuxedoed chauffeurs.  They do not spend their days pondering the finer art of toilet bowl  sanitation.
Zaslow notes that Martha was named one of America's 25 most influential people by Time magazine (nosing out Mother Theresa, Madeline Allbright and Maya Angelou, no doubt) The proof of Martha's influence: after she bought white-fleshed peaches in the supermarket, Martha says, "People saw me buy them. In an instant, they were all gone." I hope Martha never decides to jump off a bridge.
A guest in Martha's home told Zaslow how Martha gets up early to roller blade with her dogs to pick fresh wild blackberries for breakfast. This confirms what I've suspected about Martha all along: She's obviously got too much time on her hands.  Teaching the dogs to roller blade. What a show off!
If you think the dogs are spoiled, listen to how Martha treats her friends: She gave one friend all 272 books from the Knopf Everyman Library. It didn't cost much. Pocket change, really. Just $5,000. But what price friendship, right?
When asked if others should envy her, Martha replies, "Don't envy me.  I'm doing this because I'm a natural teacher. You shouldn't envy teachers.  You
should listen to them."  Zaslow must have slit a seam in Martha's ego at this point, because once the hot air came hissing out, it couldn't be held back.  "Being an overachiever is nothing despicable. It is only  admirable. Never lower your standards," says Martha.  And of her Web Page on the Internet, Martha declares herself an "important presence" as she graciously helps
people organize their sad, tacky little lives.
There you have it, Santa. If there was ever someone who deserved a good smack, it's Martha Stewart.  But I bet I won't get my gift this year. You probably want to smack her yourself.
Every American working woman

Received Dec. 15-19, 2001:

From Joe Zink

Les, Tony, et al, 

Thank you Tony for taking the time and effort to try to talk to the deaf ears at what is now CBS. I do have an interesting query. I am in the same situation as George Gray (we are cradle robbers). The message on page 10 of the booklet only states that CBS will no longer offer the “FEE FOR SERVICE OPTION” after 12/31/03 for Medicare eligible retirees. Nowhere does it say that it will not offer the POS plan to dependents who are NOT Medicare eligible. In fact, it does not even state that retirees cannot apply for the POS plan. Maybe someone there slipped up on there wording. Any thoughts? 

Joe Zink

From Howard Purnick

Subject: Thoughts to ponder

1.    Light travels  faster than sound. That's why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. 

2.    He who laughs last, thinks slowest. 

3.    Everyone has a  photographic memory. Some don't have film. 

4.    A day without sunshine is  like, well, night. 

5.    On the other hand, you have different fingers. 

6.    Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine. 

7.    I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory. 

8.    When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty. 

9.    Seen it  all, done it all, can't remember most of it. 

10.   Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't. 

11.   Honk if you love peace and quiet. 

12.   Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool. 

13.   It is hard to understand how a cemetery raised its burial cost and blamed it on the  cost of living. 

14    The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong. 

15.    It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end to end, some one would be stupid enough to try and pass them. 

16.    You can't have everything. Where would you put it? 

17.    If the shoe fits, get another one just like it. 

18.    The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by those who got there first. 

19.    Give a man a fish and he will  eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat drinking beer all day. 

20.    Flashlight: A case for holding dead batteries. 

21.    A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well. 

22.    Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter, since nobody listens. 

23.    I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it. 

24.    When you go into court you are putting yourself in the hands of 12 people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.
From Peter Albis
Hi, Merry Christmas, have not received any e-mail, spoke to Jorge Moran, camera maint., he retired to Sun city, South Carolina; about 10 miles from me.
Pete Albis
From Tony Cucurullo
As we celebrate one more birthday of Jesus Christ. His message is very clear, but not universally accepted, yet.

This doesn't violate any of your precepts, but it is a beautiful sentiment for all people.  His only commandment...

"Love one another, as I love you"

Peace be with you and your family.
Paula, and Tony Cucurullo

   WTC Victums Memorial Fund

Mr. Fred Schutz President

90 Cabot Rd.
Massapequa, NY
(516) 799-9339

  December 19, 2001

Mr. & Mrs. James Pattison
11 Lakeview Terrace
Woburn, MA  01801

Mr. and Mrs. James Pattison,

It is with a saddened heart that I write this letter to you.  I wish to express the sadness that we as former employees of CBS felt when we learned of the tragic events that took the life of your young son Robert.  He will be remembered by this nation as a fallen hero  that was not spared the freedoms we the living  take for granted as a free and democratic society. We also realize that, no monument can take the place in your heart of this fine young man that you nurtured with love and understanding.

He had a nice future ahead for him in this great company that we called our home for many years.  He most certainly would have fit nicely into the growing legacy that CBS has generated in the past.  His place would have been etched by his contributions toward that end.

In a patriotic gesture and with the most reverend of intentions we offer this small token to you that perhaps you would create a memorial in his name that others might see and remember him for his fine character and his ability as an engineer at our fine company.

We also extend to you and your family our sincerest wishes for a relief  from the sadness and pain in heart.

We pray that his soul is at rest in a place that is a comfort to you also.

Peace be with you.

With the utmost respect, and love,

Fred Schutz, Tony Cucurullo, and the Retired CBS Engineers Association _________________________________________________________________________________

Note: A photo of Bob Pattison has now been added to the Photo Gallery under Photo #365, the Memorial Page.

Mr. Fred Schutz President

90 Cabot Rd.
Massapequa, NY
(516) 799-9339

Mrs. Nilsa Rivera
529 South Park Dr.
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Dear Mrs. Rivera,

It is with a saddened heart that I write this letter to you and your family. Your husband Isaias, was a member of the CBS family, and as such we feel the loss very deeply.  He suffered as a result of a cowardly act of terrorism against this country.  He will be immortalized in  the hearts and minds of this nation and it’s people as a fallen hero.  You and your children should remember him as an engineer In the employ of one of the greatest broadcast companies in the world.  He was enrtrusted with transmitting the final picture and sound to the general public because of his technical skill and artistry.

As former emplyees of CBS, we wish we could lesson your grief, and relieve you of your sadness.   We know the future holds many problems for you but, we hope through this small gesture that we  present to you, and the children, that you will come to know that there are some people in the CBS family that regard Isaias  as one of our own.

Please find enclosed a check in hopes that it can take care of at least one of the small aches in your heart, and replace it with the love for Isaias, “our fallen brother.”  With our hopes for your future, and those of your children, we wish you the strength to continue on the this path of a loving parent.

Prayers go out to you, that your memories of Isaias, be a comfort to you, as you  reflect on the life that you shared with him.

With utmost respect, and love,

Fred Schutz, Tony Cucurullo, and The Retired CBS Engineers Association ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________



















































                BRUCE COHEN

                ELLIOT COHEN

                JOHN COSTA

                BILL COLLIGNON

                JOE DUENAS

                PAUL MASINCUP

                JOE NESCI

                DAN ROWAN

                OWEN RODDA

                MARK RUCKHAUS

                DON RUTTER

                DAN SNYDER

                JOE SAPINSKI

Received Dec. 20-30, 2001:

[Les] Some of this mail is slightly dated but I have been occupied with other things.  Hope you all had a grand Christmas and have a healthy and happy new year.

From Tony Cucurullo

As we celebrate one more birthday of Jesus Christ. His message is very clear, but not universally accepted, yet.

This doesn't violate any of your precepts, but it is a beautiful sentiment for all people.
His only commandment...

"Love one another, as I love you"

Peace be with you and your family.
Paula, and Tony Cucurullo

From Tony Cucurullo

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
-- Thomas Paine

Bush comes back to return Marine's salute
Source: FOX NEWS CHANNEL Special Report Published: 11/30/01 Author: Norb

From: Wayne Morris []

Sent: Monday,December 03,2001 8:31 AM

Bush comes back to return Marine's salute

Source: FOX NEWS CHANNEL Special Report Published: 11/30/01 Author: Norb

On tonight's Special Report with Brit Hume, (hosted by Jim Angle this evening), at the close of the show when they normally have some funny video clip, they showed President Bush and the First Lady on their way to Marine One to leave for Camp David for the weekend. Jim said "You will see the

president notice something unusual on his way to Marine One".

As the video starts, the First Lady is leading the way into the helicopter with the spaniel dog on the leash, and the president is right behind her with the Scotty on the leash.

As the First Lady entered the chopper, the Marine at the gangway saluted and held his salute. The scottie the president was walking decided it wanted to squat right when he got to steps. The president pulled on its' leash, but the stubborn scottie persisted in squatting. The president bent down and scooped up the pooch and entered Marine One. After he entered the Marine cut his salute and returned to the position of attention.

Moments later the president reemerged from the helicopter and out onto the steps. The Marine was standing at attention, head and eyes straight ahead. The president leaned over and tapped him on the left arm. The startled Marine turned his body toward the president and received his returned salute!

I was so impressed by this true act of respect for our military people by our president! He really does get it. Most any other person of his staure would have just continued his journey, disregarding the neglected return salute. Not George W. Bush. He is earning the respect of the military community, not expecting it - as most would.

 From Tony Cucurullo

I want to thank those contributors to the WTC memorial Fund for their generosity. But, I must not fail to also recognize those that didn't give monetarily, but, gave spiritually. They offered their condolences and prayed in what ever fashion their discipline allows.  It is in the heart of a person that compassion resides. Some of the contributors were most effusive in their generosity with cash. Others gave whatever their budgets could handle.  Still others, do not believe in awarding some material gesture, because it is a failing of character, or the sin of excess, or gluttony. They harbor an innate monastic quality that forbids, the exuberance of pride. Whatever the circumstance I feel a kinship on your behalf, and hope that the
general feeling of camaraderie fills the hearts of the recipients.  You must feel a personal commitment in order to share your private thoughts of condolences towards the memory of the fallen brothers.

Thanks to all, and I hope that this terrible conclusion of life does not fall on any more of the CBS family, or for that matter anyone else, anywhere.

Peace be with you, and let's hope for more CBS stories after the New Year.

From Tony Cucurullo

I predict for the year 2002:
(1)   Pierce Evans book will hit the stands a be a big seller.
(2)   Mary Durante will come busting out of hiding and grace the Retirees luncheons again with her smile, and her hugs.
(3)   Harold Deppe will come east and see the state of the company, and quickly return to his caves in Arizona. I hope he brings his pet Scorpion.
(4)   Howie Purnick will come to a luncheon with his holy wife Vida, and break bread, and tell us about the gold mine he and Don Stesson, and Mal Wienges, discovered. They will try to sell shares in it. I hope he takes back the bridge I bought from him last time.
(5)   That Chico Claudio will reveal to all that he is actually the voice of Elmo the grouch. And that his lovely wife Betty is Big Bird.
(6)    Ted Perzeszty will announce his conversion from atheism to Catholicism because they have all of  the holidays
(7)   Bob Daliey will tell us his secret that he and Hal Classon have for their youthful appearances. I believe they buy a potion from Bruno Fucci, who gets it from a Chirkinian goat, that's in heat.
(8)   Charlie D'Onfrio, will finally cut his eyebrows to revel he is really Anita O'Mara's clone failure.
(9)   Larry Tisch will take the proceeds from his new business manual, ("I up'd  my income, Now up yours") and donate it to his brother. Very generous man???
(10)  Last, I shall stay humble, modest, and silent as usual, and very handsome in a bald way.
These are my New Years predictions. What are yours?
Feleci Navidad
Tony C.

From Tony Cucurullo

Problem: You're worried about heart disease
Prescription: Drink a beer (but just one)
Beer may lower your risk of heart attack, according to a University College of London study. Researchers followed men in the Czech Republic and found that those who drank an average of one beer a day had the lowest risk of heart disease. But men who drank an average of two or more beers a day lost that extra protection. Doctors theorize that ethanol in the beer thins the blood and helps protect the heart.

Has this got your attention. then go to the site on,
AOL Health: Cupboard Cures (see)
Fix It With Food

Lots of interesting and helpful stuff.
Stau healthy,
Tony C.

From Tony Cucurullo

Subject: Too funny!

An Arab was walking through the Sahara Desert, desperate for water.  Then he saw something far off in the distance.  Hoping to  find water, he walked towards the image only to find a little old  Jewish man sitting at a card table with a bunch of neckties laid  out on it.

The Arab asked, "Please, I'm dying of thirst, can I have some  water?"

The man replied, "I don't have any water, but why don't you buy a  tie?  Here's one that goes with your robes."

The Arab shouted, "I don't want a tie, you idiot!  I need water."

"OK, don't buy a tie.  But to show you what a nice guy I am, I'll  tell you that over that hill there, about 5 miles, is a nice  restaurant my brother runs.  Walk that way.  They'll give you all  the water you want."

The Arab thanked him and walked away towards the hill and  eventually disappeared.  Three hours later the Arab came crawling  back to where the man was sitting behind the card table.

The man said,  "I told you, about 5 miles over that hill.  Couldn't you find it?"

The Arab rasped, "I found it all right.  They wouldn't let me in without a tie."

From Tony Cucurullo

2002, Like Haley's comet that comes around every seventy-five years, this will be my first time around, at this age. However, if I do make it again, (ridiculous thought, but....) I hope I still meet some of the nice people I met at CBS.
I have chronicled a lot of unabashed memories this past year, but, I wonder if I remembered two in particular.
As I mention their names I hope it opens a door of pleasantries in your reverie.
One could hear the sound, "Helloooo, Tooony" reverberating off the wall as you rounded the corner from the mail room on the lower level, and headed towards Lonnie's domain. His cheerie hello's were unique, because he was genuinely happy to see you, and share a moment of joy with you. Presidents and porters were his friends, and there wasn't any distinction between them as far as Lonnie was concerned. He was a diplomat, without portfolio. But, a warm hearted human being with an unlimited capacity to make people feel special, just knowing him.
Does anyone know where Lonnie is today, and is he still glowing for having met you?

Rocco's, on tenth avenue. I don't really need to say anything more. Just let the images roll off the memory glands of your palette. for a buck, you couldn't eat better than at Rocco's.
Standing in line at lunch time, was not a tedious wait, but, a glorious anticipation of the culinary treats you were about to devour.
I wonder how many remember that during the big strike, that Rococo let many of us eat on the arm (not pay, for those non-Soprano types) until we went back to work eight weeks later. And he never reminded anyone that owed him. I my heart I believe not one person stiffed him.
My mouth is watering thinking about his sandwich, "the Rocco,"It was a half a loaf of Italian bread with a liberal amount of grilled roast beef, with an abundance of sauteed onions, and a lite gravy pour over it. One had to eat that sandwich in a stall shower, for all tthe juice that splayed over one's outerwear. At least it always got me.
Rocco was an honorary CBS'er.

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From Tony Cucurullo

One Proud American Citizen

I, for one, am quite disturbed by actions of so-called American citizens; and I am tired of this nation worrying about whether or not we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Americans. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled in New York and Washington, DC when the "politically correct" crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others.

I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to America. In fact, our country's population is almost entirely composed of descendants of immigrants; however, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some native Americans, need to understand.

First of all, it is not our responsibility to continually try not to offend you in any way. This idea of America being a multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language, and our own lifestyle. This culture, called the "American Way" has been
developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom. Our forefathers fought, bled, and died at places such as Bunker Hill, Antietam, San Juan, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Korea, Vietnam.

We speak English, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society - learn our language!

"In God We Trust" is our national motto. This is not some off-the-wall, Christian, Right Wing, political slogan - it is our national motto. It is engraved in stone in the House of Representatives in our Capitol and it is printed on our currency. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation; and this is clearly documented throughout our history. If it is appropriate for our motto to be inscribed in the halls of our highest level of Government, then it is certainly appropriate to display it on
the walls of our schools.

God is in our pledge, our National Anthem, nearly every patriotic song, and in our founding documents. We honor His birth, death, and resurrection as holidays, and we turn to Him in prayer in times of crisis. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture and we are proud to have Him.

We are proud of our heritage and those who have so honorably defended ourfreedoms. We celebrate Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Flag Day. We have parades, picnics, and barbecues where we proudly wave our flag. As an American, I have the right to wave my flag, sing my national anthem, quote my national motto, and cite my pledge whenever and wherever I choose. If the Stars and Stripes offend you, or you don't like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of
this planet.

The American culture is our way of life, our heritage, and we are proud of it. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from. We are Americans, like it or not, this is our country, our land, and our lifestyle.
Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion about our government, culture, or society, and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great American freedom, the right to leave.

It is time to take a stand!!

God Bless America

Author; John Rozakis , Born in the U.S.A.

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