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At last Thursday’s Television Recording Christmas Lunch I was given a document that may well be of interest to many of you – especially those of a ‘certain age. It’s the December 1961 Staff List.
1961 Staff List
This should have been posted yesterday, but the latest Windows 10 upgrade has created havoc here, and I’m only just able to handle graphics etc!!!
PS This will also go in the 1961 section on the main menu.
PPS. Pictures from the Christmas Lunch online by Monday.
Apologies for the absence of updates, but Mrs C J and I have just finished writing a book about the Great War which went to the printers yesterday afternoon. A 2½ year project it has taken up a lot of my time – I’m publishing it – but now I can return to the Oldboys website once more.
Nick Martin has just sent me the details of the Surbiton Christmas Lunch; Thursday December 4th is the date for your diaries, and you will find full details, and, in due course, a Menu at http://www.40sand50sreunion.co.uk.
Additionally, Richard Cox’s photographs of the last Oldboys Lunch at “The Black Horse” will be on the web in a couple of days.
Ian Norman sent me a video of a live transmission from VT on Saturday, March 14th 1981. He was the cameraman for Swap Shop (Ikegami HL79) – you can find the full version in The 1980s under Swap Shop and in Programmes under VT on TV.
Two instantly recognisable faces in the still above, Murray Needham & Mick Goodenough, but take a look at the still below.
The first still is of the hexaplexer desk, with Al Goddard driving VT10, but who is the editor on VT9 (updating Grandstand titles) and who is the Sports PA?
Yesterday’s Oldboys lunch was at a new venue, “The Black Horse” at Chorleywood Common. Chose by Howard Dell after a strenuous time spent trying different pubs in the area it proved to be a very good choice indeed. Pictures of the event are now in Past Events, Current Lunch.
The food was excellent and the portions so generous virtually everyone had the ‘small’ version! It was good to welcome Nick Pitt and Ian Howlett as well as Bernard Trim who will be unknown to many of you. His connection with VT machines was connected with their use as data recorders …… a subject still subject to the OSA!
Welcome to the new version of Happenings.
For quite a while I have been thinking about a better way of recording the events, information and disconnected things to do with the VT Oldboys. So, I have decided to attempt a Blog style for Happenings. This gives me the opportunity to categorise, back track and archive entries – it also gives you the opportunity to add your own comments (moderated, of course, to avoid the junk that clogs up the Guest Book).
I’ve copied across the majority of entries from the old version, only omitting time expired information.
Let me know what you think!
A Happy New Year to everybody – rather a significant year for the “Class of 63” as it will be 50 years since we joined (September 9th) and 20 years since we left (March 31st) – where did the time go?
A couple of pictures to start off 2013. The first is of a place you may recall – the Effects Workshop, with Robin Lobb (we believe) in the background.
And, a hang-over from last Autumn, taken on our way back from Telford – who nicked the gates to Wood Norton?
Last night was the final “Children in Need” transmission from Television Centre. Ten days earlier, Andy Barker marked the end of TV Centre by playing “The Last Post” on an old bugle. Here is a link to the Youtube version.
Phil Ashby has discovered a F.I.S. – Fortnightly Information Sheet – from September 1973 – which you can view here. Have a close look at the address sheet at the front – it should bring back quite a few memories, as will the description of the Hot Switch!
Pete Christy has just sent me his copy of this ‘document’ from the 1970s, which prompted Geoff Higgs to rescan the original – below.
While we’re at it, here is a little Christmas Quiz for you all to ponder over, supplied by Geoff Taylor:-
and the answers were:-
Martin Webster RIP
Martin Webster passed away in London on 27 March after a long battle with motor neuron disease. He was 56. I have added Stuart Storey’s obituary on the Sports Journalists Association website to Obituaries.