Re: Re: [Gene_Londons_Cartoon_Corners] Re: Spaceship
- John,SOOOOO happy to see some new Gene content on the site.I sincerely hope that your daughter gets well soon. Best wishes for the new year.Warm regards,CarlFrom: "bakerjohnp1958@..." <bakerjohnp1958@...>----- Forwarded Message -----
Sent: Saturday, January 19, 2013 6:44 PM
Subject: Re: Re: [Gene_Londons_Cartoon_Corners] Re: Spaceship
----- Forwarded Message -----I Meant he was advised it was there and he could come get it.
Gene himself was advised about 2006 that a lot of his material was there, but circumstances beyond his control kept him from doing so. When he did get the chance sometime later it was gone. While I'm not at liberty to disclose how much. enough for several disc's worth. Granted There were over 700 eps. and wcau clearly had no where near that many..Any would be a valuable addition to what Gene already has. urgent Commitments else where the last few years have made the transfer, editing and remastering process extremely slow going. Age and condition of materials are also a factor. Genes brief historical series was carted off to the NBC Vaults for all time and to what purpose? who knows?
Hi Everyone...I was at WCAU-TV as a page during the Gene London years. Jimmy Hirschfeld directed the show and the Cartoon Corners General Store set, along with the Tottle puppet show set was in Studio One... just off the lobby. That studio had audience seating. One of my Page assignments was to help "load the audience" from the Lobby . That's when WCAU-TV had a lobby... and the ramp up from the parking lot. All great fun.But for all of us looking for tapes from that era, not sure many exist. I was there when CBS installed two Ampex 1000 Video tape machines in the early sixties. It changed television production at WCAU-TV. We could now tape those shows.However... at that time at WCAU-TV in the Video Tape Library, there were only about 500 rolls of 2" videotape... and, for all of us who worked on shows like "Rep Workshop," "The Gene London Show," and Jerry Blavat's "Discophonic Scene" and many others, those 500 tapes got recycled over and over again. The original material was never archived because of the cost of 2" videotape in those days.Also, home formats like VHS etc weren't invented yet. So, the chance of finding original material from that era is really small.Suggest all of us here access the "Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia" website. They have an archive of early Philadelphia television.Actually, we went to their dinner honoring Dick Clark in December.... I ran into crew members i had worked with both at WCAU-TV and KWY-TV. Also ran into Jane Norman... who was Pixanne at WCAU-TV while Gene London was on the air... All great fun...It's so nice to remember...--- In Gene_Londons_Cartoon_Corners@yahoogroups.com, bakerjohnp1958@... wrote: > > I loved that storyline to and the evil professor trying to steal it's secrets. We're still in search of video. Gene has some in his personal collection. currently trying to contact other Pa affiliates who may have aired WCAU programming over the years. often a filmed copy of programming was made in the 60s and early 70s to air at a later slot at another affiliate. One Summer the show was aired nationally to selected affiliates as early as the mid 60s industrial video recorders were in use. Some schools even had them and recorded off air. We are still trying to find tapes that went missing from the Wcau archives. They had quite a few up until the Philly Kid's show host 'special' and the Wcau Iinside the vault web material was put on the site. The Flashback series had Gene London footage, but not from Cartoon Corner's Wcau also aired Station Anniversary specials with GL footage. The tapes seemed to have gone missing sometime between 2,006 and 2,008 about the time we started the site. > > > I know a few years ago I requested some video or photo info on the Spaceship series.I remember quite well in my mind Gene accessing the spaceship through a pay telephone booth,floor,that led through a tunnel to the ship.Once inside,the ship appeared to have sustained alot of damage from the crash.Man,I would love to see that again,from an adult set of eyes! >
- Thanks, Carl. She was born with a hip displacement. Her mom's mom died in Sept. 09, Her mom's dad died in Oct. 2010 and her mom died in Dec. 2010. We had her very late I was nearly 40. She's only 7 now and is rehabing after her 2nd operation. Both my parents are gone so it's all on dad. And the emotional toll and financial burdon. It's been a rough two years.