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                                              NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2019.                                                 
 Compiled by Ken Gibson for November 1st
with technical assistance from Bill Morris.


IN THIS EDITION: (click on the title)
ALL IN A DAY'S WORK by Chris Paton
I'M INDUCTED WHERE I WAS BANNED FOR LIFE by Jeff Groberman
CBC VANCOUVER NEWCOMERS & PROMOTIONS 1962
CHURCH LADIES WITH TYPEWRITERS from Ron Devion 2014
TELEVISION GOSSIP FILES excerpts from Stationbreak 1996
CHRISTMAS TRIVIA QUIZ 2009
THE QUEEN'S FAVOURITE CAKE RECIPE FOR PEGGY OLDFIELD
ANAGRAMS: SOMEONE OUT THERE MUST BE DEADLY AT SCRABBLE from Jerry Williamson
ANSWERS TO CHRISTMAS TRIVIA QUIZ.



                                                    ALL IN A DAY'S WORK
by Chris Paton

A friend and colleague recently posed a question to me. She said "do you remember when we didn't have to buy tickets to see celebrities or famous people? All we had to do was come to work every day and sooner or later almost everyone we wanted to see would end up coming through the front door of the CBC studios."

That observation got me thinking about those days - a time before the instant mobility of ENG - electronic news gathering cameras - and the death of in-house arts and entertainment programming. These were the years when many a CBCer had only to pass by the reception desk to see, and sometimes even meet, world famous individuals coming into the studios to be interviewed, or to perform in musical or dramatic productions. Long before the advent of the internet, the daily lineup of celebrities was largely fueled by the publicity needs of organizations that regularly sponsored visits of world renowned speakers and lecturers. It was also due to the existence of two legendary Vancouver night spots - the Cave and Isy's - both popular supper clubs that for decades brought in a steady stream of big name entertainers. The fact that the CBC studios were conveniently located in the core of the downtown area didn't hurt either.

Between 1957 and 1968 the CBC had a large and dedicated audience for a nightly half-hour current affairs program titled "The 7 O'Clock Show. 

                             

The program, with host Bob Quintrell and interviewer Doug Collins, obliged community needs doing studio interviews with both famous visiting speakers and celebrity entertainers.

In 1968 local current affairs programming and the nightly news amalgamated inside a supper hour program titled Hourglass. In well over 25 years of information programming, a parade of VIP guests offered up hundreds of CBC hallway star gazing opportunities. Days of reading through old program synopses and archive files brought back a flood of behind the scenes memories. I share some of them here with colleagues who just might, as my friend once said to me, remember those days when all we had to do was come to work  .....

One of the earliest encounters I remember took place in the mid 60s in the main floor corridor of the old CBC
building at Georgia and Bute. It happened when I swung around a very tight corner into the hallway and found myself face to face with comedian Bob Newhart. At the time Newhart was the feature standup comedy act at the Cave Supper club. That day he was in the building to record a 7 O'Clock Show interview and had just stepped out of the makeup room and directly into my path. Startled, we both stopped for a second and just looked at each other. Then I stepped aside, he stepped aside, I stepped aside again, he stepped aside again at which point he reached out and took hold of both my shoulders. Looking me in the eyes, and in that famous deadpan slightly stammering style, he quoted a line from one of Oscar Hammerstein's most famous song lyrics. "I won't dance, don't ask me." To this day the Newhart near collision of 1965 still makes me smile.

Another fun memory took place in 1971 when the late Broadway star Carol Channing was in town on tour at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and starring in her Broadway smash hit musical Hello Dolly. As a studio director, I was thrilled to usher Miss  Channing from the makeup room up the stairs to the old studio 42 news and current affairs set. Entering the studio Miss Channing abruptly came to a full stop in front of Bob Fortune's big green weather forecast chalkboard. Then to the amazement of all of us on the studio floor, she opened her mouth and belted out a short but fantastic a cappella chorus from her show-stopping hit song, Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend. When she stopped, everyone on the studio floor broke into applause. I explained to her that it was wonderful, but we hadn't managed to record her performance so would she please sing it one more time? She smiled and said in that unmistakable raspy, deep crackling drawl, "That's sweet dear, but it was only a little something I do to loosen up my vocal cords. I'm so happy you all enjoyed it."

In June of 1966, the famous Cabaret style singer Eartha Kitt was booked into Isy's. Eartha was reputed to have had a long running affair with Orson WellesHe was later famously quoted as calling  her "the most exciting woman in the world." The Welles quote gave Eartha a preeminence and new popularity. Cast as Cat Woman on the 1960's TV series Batman, the skintight costume and her trademark "growl" went a long way to perpetuate the sultry image - as did her hit songs, - I Want to Be Evil and the seductive Santa Baby. Eartha was invited to appear on the 7 O'Clock Show, but couldn't make it for the  afternoon pre-taping session, so it was arranged that she would appear live on the program that night. We were all relieved when she arrived for the interview on time and was seated on the show set across from interviewer/host Bob Quintrell.

Right on cue the interview began and progressed as expected until Bob asked a question that, for reasons known only to Eartha prompted her to smile mysteriously, rise up from her chair and launch herself toward Bob - or as one crew member later commented, "she kind of came at him in sections." Being seated in a chair atop a 16 inch high studio riser didn't allow Bob any latitude to escape the looming Eartha. She stood over Bob for what felt like an eternity,
while in the control room jaws hung open in anticipation of what might come next.

What did come next was that Eartha dropped into Bob's lap and put both arms around his neck. She then did one of her cat woman growls into the boom mike and began to croon her song "Santa Baby" into the ear of the surprised, but unruffled Bob Quintrell. As I recall there was some press coverage the next day which went a long way to solving the question of Eartha's primary motivation for the move to Bob's lap. 
This year, while doing research to find photos for this article, it turned out that during that same visit to Vancouver, Eartha had found Beachcomber's star Bruno Gerussi similarly irresistible. The only record of Eartha on Bob's lap was thanks to the quick thinking of the VTR operator, who rolled tape on the live show, allowing the performance to be replayed as part of that year's Christmas show.

There is one last celebrity remembrance to write about in this article. It was an incident that happened outside the CBC building, but it's noteworthy just the same. It involves Johnny Carson who was in Vancouver October 24,1969, to open one of a chain of his new Here's Johnny Restaurants. The restaurant closed before it even opened, but Carson's visit remains a fun memory. It all took place at the Bayshore Hotel where Carson held a press conference. Jack Wasserman, cameraman Peter Allies and I were hoping to get an interview with Johnny, but couldn't get a confirmation.

                                       

So with only a hope that he would agree, we got a room at the Bayshore and in readiness, Peter set up his lights and camera. Jack and I went to the press conference during which Carson sat at a table. I was sitting directly in front of him, about 3 feet away. At some point during the announcement he pulled out a cigarette and began anxiously fumbling for a lighter. As a smoker in those days, I reached over and handed him my Bic lighter. He took it, lit his cigarette and mumbled "thanks, I owe you one." At the end of the conference, I approached him and asked him if he'd do an interview for us. He said he really didn't want to do any interviews. Then he said "that was you with the lighter wasn't it?" I said "yes and I'd be happy if you keep it if you'll just do this interview." He agreed and we ended up in the room where Peter was ready to roll film.

As a newly minted studio director my function that day was to hold the slate to camera and do the standard audio readout of the ID. I readied the slate.

                                 

Then I put it in front of Johnny's face and dutifully read aloud the ID info. "Johnny Carson Interview, Scene one Take one."

                                   

Then I nervously slapped the bars of the slate together and moved it away from Johnny's face." I noticed that Wasserman was laughing and Johnny had quickly leaned forward in his chair. On his face he had that "I just dodged a bullet" expression that was so well known to millions of the viewers of his late night show. I suddenly realized I'd almost managed to separate his nose from his face.
                                 
                                   

When we finished up I apologized and told Johnny the truth. I was new at this job and I wasn't wearing my glasses. He said, "well in that case I'm glad I wasn't sitting in that chair looking for a shave." Later that day when the film came back from the lab, Peter put the 20 second ID slate fiasco on a separate film core and, as a memento of the day, he gave it to me. For 50 years that film core has been sitting in a box in my file cabinet with never a thought about putting it to videotape or disc. But in writing this piece I thought it might be time to get it transferred and finally see how close I came to amputating the nose of America's most famous Late Night TV host. That can be checked out on the link posted here.
 
                                                           

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO CLIP OF JOHNNY CARSON


I'M INDUCTED INTO A PLACE WHERE I WAS BANNED FOR LIFE!
by Jeff Groberman
LINK. Click here:  
http://www.grobetrotting.com/2019/10/im-inducted-into-place-where-i-was.html


From STATION BREAK  
November/December 1962

Vancouver Newcomers
Grace Sigmund   Senior Secretary, Regional Director's Office.
Bernice Bouman  Clerk Music Library
Patrick Timmins   Assistant TV Technical

Vancouver Transfers and Promotions
Gordon Hunt from office junior to chauffeur, transportation
Kenneth Gibson from stagehand to propsman specialist
Bill Hadgkiss from vacation relief operator to TV technician
Wendy Campbell from accounting to radio program, steno
Flora Fraser from personnel to TV program, steno.

Transfers to Other Locations
Charles Davis from Vancouver to Prince Rupert announcer - operator.

November Anniversaries 1962
The CBC was 26 years old on November 2
Radio-TV, formerly Radio, is 18 years old.

December Anniversaries
CBC Vancouver celebrates its ninth anniversary



CHURCH LADIES WITH TYPEWRITERS
from Ron Devion 2014

They're Back!  Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services::


The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
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The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'
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Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
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Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
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Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
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For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
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Next Thursday there will be try-outs for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
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Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
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A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall.  Music will follow..
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At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?'  Come early and listen to our choir practice.
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Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
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Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
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Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered..
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The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
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Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.
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The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
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This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
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The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
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Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM . Please use the back door.
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The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM .. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
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Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
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The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.

                  
                           THE TELEVISION GOSSIP FILES 
Excerpts from December 1996.

It seemed like old home week at the QET in October. Ron Petrescue as Technical Producer led a crew including Bruce McDonald, Roger Packer, Ralph Wiens, Hugh Henderson, Monica Huppert, Terry Abrey, Jono Edwards, Ellen Tahatakis. Paul Trudell, Mark Benoit, Ray Fitzwalter, etc for the Vancouver location of the six one hour "du Maurier Concert Stage" series which could end up on CBC Network. Production team included A.D. Heather Hawthorn-Doyle, director Michael Watt and producer Ken Gibson.  Sticking with music and specifically specials for the holiday, Gordon Gill is directing and Toronto's Hope Seely is producing "A Christmas Choral Special." Head of planning Dieter Nachtigall reports that Leo Foucault is on location in churches with "A West Coast Choral Christmas."  And producer Herb Baring is again involved with Bob Robertson and Linda Cullen's "A New Year's Eve Special."  The Kinsmen Youth Awards has a taping date on January 15th. Host is Kevin Evans and producer Gordon Gill. Gary Campbell has been chosen as TP for the Olympics Hockey in Japan in '97. The Grey Cup Pool winners were Tony Wade and Derek Gardner, each with $25, Linda Calocero with $50 and Gordon Gill with $200. Now I wonder what Patsy will want for Christmas?  Thanks to Kimberley Dutchak for her work on the Pool. VTR's Brad Coates is now occasionally directing the Weekend news ... which has been cancelled as from next April. Congrats to new mums Gillian Dusting who had a boy, Benjamin, in October, and Michelle Gibson who had a girl on November 22.  Deb Wainwright is producing 6 items for "Sesame Park."
Thanks to Ron Taylor and Maureen Palmer we have a number of items from the News area. There have been several moves from Radio News to TV.  Sarah Darling is now a current affairs researcher. Former CTV producer Matt Cowan and CBLT national writer/reporter Rian Maelzer are now reporters. Producer Paisley Woodward moves from CBC radio to the I (Investigative) Team joining producers Margo Harper and Wayne Williams. Ever wondered whose voice it is at the end of Broadcast 1?  Wonder no more. Producer John Gibbs provides both the humourous lines and the voice. News gets its own AVID system in January.with Lois Cartwright, Rod Mundy and Michael Taylor-Noonan being trained at present. Ron Taylor is writer, producer, director and camera for Newsbreaks. Brian Keating is production and script assistant and he is editing sports. Alan Waterman is a video journalist, reporter, editor and of course does camera. John Baxter tells us that Mike Richardson is now Carpentry crewleader ... but without a crew!  Following the departure of Beverly Takeuchi, Rose Chung is senior make-up artist.  Taking the package before year's end are Ron Petrescue and TV lighting tech Roman Fister. And that's it for this year!  Happy holidays and we'll talk again in the New Year. TTFN. . 

CHRISTMAS TRIVIA QUIZ  Winter edition Stationbreak 2009.
1. What was the name of the first ghost that visited Scrooge in A Christmas Carol?
2   Tom Smith invented which popular item in 1847?
3.  If you were born on Christmas day, what would your star sign be?
4.  What work, associated with UK Christmasses,comes from the Greek word "we can act anything?"
5.  What is the number of gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas?"
6.  True or False: Captain James Cook discovered Christmas Island7
7.  In 1898 the first Christmas postage stamp was issued by what country?
8.  What Christmas parade was first held in 1886?
9.  Where did Santa Claus land his sleigh in "The Night Before Christmas?"
10, What country started the tradition of exchanging gifts?
Answers after ANAGRAMS - two items down.

              
                      THE
QUEEN'S FAVOURITE CAKE RECIPE FOR PEGGY OLDFIELD.

It's the surprising snack the Queen NEVER travels without. The cake is regularly made at Buckingham Palace, and Her Majesty enjoys a piece every day, according to the chef. 'She'll take a small slice every day until eventually there is only one tiny piece, but you have to send that up, She wants to finish the whole of that cake.' Prince William chose to have chocolate biscuit cake at his wedding for the groom's cake. That cake was designed, made and gifted to Prince William by McVitie's biscuit manufacturers and is said to have been made from 1,700 biscuits and 17 kg of chocolate! This recipe is very simple and children always enjoy crushing and crumbling the biscuits. For children, I leave out the pistachios and soft figs included here and replace them with the same weight in biscuits. You can also replace the pistachios with pecans, toasted almonds or macadamia nuts, and the figs with raisins, sultanas or dried cherries.

INGREDIENTS
340g (12oz) butter
240g (8oz) golden syrup
60g (2oz) unsweetened cocoa powder
120g (4oz) dark chocolate, chopped
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
60g (2oz) pistachios
100g (3½ oz) soft, plump dried figs, sliced or chopped
450g (1lb) digestive biscuits, crushed

TO DECORATE (optional)
300g (11oz) dark chocolate, chopped
50g (2oz) white chocolate, chopped
Selection of small chocolate sticks and dark and white Maltesers or Whoppers

INSTRUCTIONS
One 20cm (8in) round or square cake tin about 7cm (2¾ in) deep (or use a flan ring)
1. Melt the butter with the golden syrup in a heavy-based pan. Do not let it boil.
2. Remove from the heat and add the cocoa powder, dark chocolate and vanilla extract.
3. Stir until you have a very smooth, glossy mixture.
4. Add the pistachios, figs and crushed biscuits to the chocolate mixture and stir well.
5. Line the base and sides of the cake tin with baking parchment or plastic wrap.
6. Place the mixture in the tin and press it down. (If you are using a square tin, make sure you press it down well into the corners.)
7. Leave to cool at room temperature before covering and chilling in the fridge. It will take about 2 hours to set completely firm.
8. When set, remove from the tin and place on a cooling rack.
9. Melt the dark chocolate and white chocolate separately.
10. Spread the dark chocolate all over the cake.
11. Decorate with the Maltesers before the chocolate sets, so that they stick to the cake. Position chocolate sticks as desired and drizzle with the white chocolate (and a little extra dark, if wished).
12. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
13. Keeps for up to two weeks, although it seldom lasts that long, once people know that it is there!

I'm sure Master Chef Peggy will give eventually give us the Oldfield Seal of Approval for others to try out.


ANAGRAMS: Someone out there must be "deadly" at Scrabble from Jerry Williamson

PRESBYTERIAN:
When you rearrange the letters:
BEST IN PRAYER

ASTRONOMER:
When you rearrange the letters:
MOON STARER

DESPERATION:
When you rearrange the letters:
A ROPE ENDS IT

THE EYES:
When you rearrange the letters:
THEY SEE

GEORGE BUSH:
When you rearrange the letters:
HE BUGS GORE

THE MORSE CODE:
When you rearrange the letters:
HERE COME DOTS

DORMITORY:
When you rearrange the letters:
DIRTY ROOM

SLOT MACHINES:
When you rearrange the letters:
CASH LOST IN ME

ANIMOSITY:
When you rearrange the letters:
IS NO AMITY

ELECTION RESULTS:
When you rearrange the letters:
LIES - LET'S RECOUNT

SNOOZE ALARMS:
When you rearrange the letters:
ALAS! NO MORE Z 'S

A DECIMAL POINT:
When you rearrange the letters:
I'M A DOT IN PLACE

THE EARTHQUAKES:
When you rearrange the letters:
THAT QUEER SHAKE

ELEVEN PLUS TWO:
When you rearrange the letters:
TWELVE PLUS ONE

MOTHER-IN-LAW:
When you rearrange the letters:
WOMAN HITLER!


ANSWERS to CHRISTMAS TRIVIA  QUIZ 2009.
1.  Jacob Marley
2.  Christmas cracker
3.  Capricorn
4.  Pantomime
5.  78
6.  True. Cook discovered it on Christmas Eve in 1777.
7.  Canada
8.  Tournament of Roses
9.  Upon the roaf.
10. Italy (Romans)

REMEMBER WHEN?

It's PARTY TIME!
Les Jackson, TV administration, is taking bookings for the 20 Year Association Chistmas Party on Friday December 16th at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club on Point Grey Road . You can get nostalgic and have dinner with a lot of old friends including Juliette, Daryl Duke, Len Lauk, David Liddell, Lance Harrison, Phil Keatley, Bill Dobson, Thora Potts, Irene Coutts, Bob Service and others. Everyone is welcome, not just people with over 20 years service. Phone Les at 6409 for further details.

CBC ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER AND DANCE
Saturday December 17th at the GRANVILLE ISLAND HOTEL.
Live Band: JUNCTION  Lou Normandeau & his Band.
Semi-Formal (No jeans please)
Cocktails at 7:00 pm   Buffet Dinner at 8:00 pm.  
350 tickets at $25.00. 
Also 54 rooms at $65 per room. Baby sitting service is offered.
Don't miss out on a great evening of fun and prizes.
So ... on your mark ... get set ... go phone Lori Konorti at 6060 for bookings..

That was Christmas 1994.  Were you there?

                         
                          
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