"Welcome to the very select band of Guinness World Record Holders!" (Archive Record Holder Claim ID #5364)
- GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS
"...the collection of early television, at least the sound of early television, is considered one of the most extensive in the country." - THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Your work preserves and disseminates important television programming in many cases otherwise lost." - THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS "...lifelong dedication to the practice of recording and preserving television audio tracks... the audio rendition offers the scholar many clues into the production of the program, while preserving many voices and sounds that were thought to be lost." - THE MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO "Impressive quality... a valued addition to my collection... preserving valuable material for future listeners." - MILTON BERLE "I'm astonished... the most extraordinary collection." - MIKE WALLACE "Archiving television... networks erased." - NEWSDAY "I would like to convey my deepest thanks to you for contributing your time and personal recollections through our virtual oral history interview with Stephen Fagin, Curator, of The Sixth Floor Museum At Dealey Plaza, on August 24, 2021. Thank you for sharing your memories of recording the only known sound recordings of the first NBC TV announcements by Don Pardo regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This oral history has been added to the Museum's vibrant and ongoing Oral History Project. We are truly honored to include your memories and insights in this rapidly growing permanent archive chronicling the life, death and legacy of President Kennedy. "
"I shall be ever so grateful for believing that a recording of those first two bulletins (NBC-TV's breaking news of President John F. Kennedy Assassination) ever existed... thanks to you." - DON PARDO
"I wanted to thank you again for providing audio recordings of the November 22, 1963 NBC News bulletins of the Kennedy assassination voiced by Don Pardo. Your recordings are an important part of the historical record, and we are grateful to you for preserving them all these years, and sharing them with us." - NBC NIGHTLY NEWS "Overwhelmed by the listings. Talk about a time machine." - LEONARD MALTIN "I just wanted you to know how much I appreciated each and every one." - JOEY BISHOP "Lots of early TV programs that otherwise might've been lost have been saved - at least on audiotape." - THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS "Wonderful additions to our television collection." - UCLA FILM AND TELEVISION ARCHIVE "Wonderful donations... very rare, very valuable, very special David Susskind programs representing the earliest David Susskind ("Open End") material that we have. Obviously, these recordings are important to me as a TV historian but they have even greater value to the Susskind family in that they truly are their father's legacy." - THE MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS "Your website is most interesting and your collection unique." - WISCONSIN CENTER FOR FILM AND THEATRE RESEARCH "Someone should do a story on you rather than the other way around. It is amazing what you have done in tape research... fun and nostalgic." - WOODY ALLEN "Oh, Phil...
This (CBS television appearance "HIGH THOR" telecast March 10, 1956) brings back so many memories! I was so young (Crosby thought I was older!), but it was a thrill to work with him. He asked me if I'd like to join him, and his family, at a football game - great tickets - and I was so shy...I declined (I was also dumb!!).
Thanks for my copy of this." - JULIE ANDREWS "YIKES!" (Commenting on her appearance on the NBC TV SPECIAL "Hedda Hopper's Hollywood" broadcast January 10, 1960) - LIZA MINNELLI "Thanks so much for being so thoughtful and sending me the cassette of my first appearance on the Johnny Carson Show February 3, 1965. Certainly brought back great memories. It was a real treat to listen to it." - DON RICKLES "My Thanks and Best." (referring to her appearance with her husband, Humphrey Bogart, in the live NBC TV adaptation of The Petrified Forest, broadcast on March 25, 1955). - LAUREN BACALL "Phil, I think for me, especially getting my own show, yes, was a great kick."
*A phone call received from Jonathan Winters, September 4, 2008, requesting from ATA's collection an audio air check copy of the premiere broadcast of "AND HERE'S THE SHOW," telecast July 9, 1955...very first Jonathan Winters starring role in a Network Television Series." - JONATHAN WINTERS "Archivists, collectors and especially fans appreciate your effort." - JOE GARAGIOLA "Unique!... Shows that have gone into outer space somewhere." - BOB WOLFF "Old-time television on audio, not video, including my first TV program (10/1/62) on WOR CH. 9. A first!" - JOE FRANKLIN "Really in debt to you for what you have saved!" - JOHN ZACHERLEY "...played the August 6th, 1962 tape ("CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite: Death of Marilyn Monroe") to Walter Cronkite. He was delighted to know that it will be added to his historical archive." - THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN "...To Phil With Appreciation"
*Received from Walter Cronkite in recognition of the seven years of contributing ATA audio to NPR Radio Series "All Things Considered" Cronkite Retrospectives in News History (2001-2007). - WALTER CRONKITE "I thank you for both audio air checks. They will be stored and protected in my archives. ...enjoyed traveling back to March 22, 1964 and listening to the Open End with David Susskind tape." - BILL COSBY "If only we had known of you when we produced our Jonathan Winters Biography for A&E. I hope we can utilize some of your archive in future productions!" - JOHN GRIFFIN "What would drive a young man to record virtually everything he heard on TV for more than 20 years?" - THE NEW YORK POST "Thanks again for all your masterful work." - JACK CARTER "I will send Jack's (TV audio air check) interview with Judy Garland ("HERE'S HOLLYWOOD" - January 23, 1962) up to him in Northern California. HE WILL LOVE IT!" - ART LINKLETTER "Many stars like Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald had their every move recorded and well documented, with CDs and DVDs as a living legacy. But that's the exception. Some of the 20th century's best entertainers most memorable work was on network TV, and is often presumed to be lost forever. With the help of ATA, collectors like myself can enjoy these unique and magical moments forever. In my case, the ability to hear Bobby Darin's last performances just 6 months before his death is the most amazing part of my extensive multimedia collection." - MICHAEL CEMBALEST "Regarding 5 items from your archive... we are intrigued and look forward to finally hearing this great stuff ("Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush")!" - HBO SPORTS "We would like to use your audio as part of future Mets productions, as we would any archival material from Mets broadcasts that we have now. Few shows from the early days were saved... "Kiner's Korner" shows with picture and sound, but we're always interested in adding to our archive." - NEW YORK METS "This programming and services agreement ("Agreement") is entered into this __day of June, 2000, by and between XM SATELLITE RADIO, INC., a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware, and having its principal place of business at 1250 23rd Street, NW 57, Washington, D.C., ("XM") and PHIL GRIES (ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC.), having its principal place of business at (41 Argyle Road, Albertson, N.Y. 11507), hereinafter referred to as ("Programmer").
During the term of this Agreement, Programmer shall provide certain content based on Programmer's collection of audio ("Content"), and such other appropriately related services as are mutually agreed upon by XM and Programmer..." - XM SATELLITE RADIO, INC. (Programming and Services Agreement) "It is so good speaking with you, and I want to thank you very, very much for what you sent me (ABC's VOICES IN THE HEADLINES air check which aired on Feb. 2, 1964-Fred Foy announcing the end of THE LONE RANGER series, which he announced for so many years, and which had been broadcast on ABC Radio for the past 21 consecutive years). It is something I never had a copy of. I didn't even remember doing that at the time, and I enjoyed listening to it with my wife and daughter so much." - FRED FOY "Phil-- I just picked up your magnificent gift of a CD on the glory years of TV. I should think a lecture tour on this subject would be successful, not only to people over 45, but many who were children in the late 70's would love it.
Molto Grazie. (I'll be playing this more than once!)" - HUGH DOWNS "It is hard to realize so many years have gone by but the tapes will continue to keep the memories fresh." - VIN SCULLY "I want to thank you for your continuing support of the Paley Center of Media. It has been a pleasure to get to know you and your work. I am always amazed at the rarities in your archival collection.
There are many television shows that we have not been able to locate and we are fortunate that you have preserved at least an audio recording of these broadcasts." - RON SIMON (Curator, Television at Paley Center of Media) "I cannot thank you enough for your help with our documentary on Marlon Brando for Turner Classic Movies. From your prescience and enthusiasm in initially contacting us, to your delivery of exceptional materials, your Archival Television Audio has been a great boon for us.
It is unfortunate that Archival Television Audio is a testament to how poor and pitiful television archiving has been." - DARROCH GREER Phil Gries' Archival Television Audio has provided us invaluable material for our film, "Jackie Robinson." His unique collection is full of surprises and treasures not found elsewhere." - STEPHANIE JENKINS (Co-Producer, Florentine Films)"Phil Gries and his Archival Television Audio archive has been a peerless dedicated, unrelenting and incalculable resource. We who have been the broadcast medium's humble researchers must honor you, for you have through your ongoing conscientious efforts already, collectively, honored the rest of us. You are a cultivated genius for your passion to preserve an entire era of innumerable "flash bulb memories.''
-LARRY JAMES GIANAKOS (Television Drama Series Programing: A Comprehensive Chronicle - 1947-1986)
"Your archive is an amazing treasure. Thanks so much for the timely response. We'll stay in touch."
-DAVE GAYSUNAS (Operations Manager, Carson Entertainment Group)
"I just listened to The David Frost Show episode with Sammy Davis Jnr on 8 November 1971 that you shared with me. FABULOUS. Thank you. They were such good friends. Dad's interviews with him are so, so good. I am very pleased you have saved these treasures. As you said, just appalling that Westinghouse/CBS allowed so many of the masters to be wiped." - WILFRED FROST (Managing Director, Paradine Productions, & Anchor, CNBC'sCLOSING BELL)
"If I had a trade mark, it was CALL THE PLAY AND THEN SHUT UP. Thank you Phil for digging out my broadcast call of Jackie Roinson stealing home in the 1955 World Series and sending it to me (the last time such a feat was accomplished in a World Series).
- VIN SCULLY (in a phone conversation with Phil Gries October 19, 2021)
Testimonial Letters, Correspondence,
Emails, Faxes, & Phone Calls (Sorted from oldest to most recent)
"You can never know how much your care package meant to me. I am constantly meeting doctors, lawyers, business tycoons, etc., telling me they learned 'American Culture' from early Joe Franklin TV shows; but- never did I get a SOUND TRACK. If you can ever organize any extension of any J.F. audio yesteryear, I'd be beyond grateful.
Am getting so sentimental about my pioneering period, and saved virtually nothing."
"As an archival resource company, Collector's Choice Archival Television Audio, Inc. is unique. As far as is known, no other organization or individual offers these professionally recorded 'lost' or unobtainable television programs."
Classic Images November 1994
SOUND FROM LOST TV SHOWS "Cinematographer, Phil Gries responded to the lure of television by professionally recording (direct line phone jack at the time of transmission) the audio portions of variety and talk shows, specials, sports programs, interviews, documentaries and news broadcasts.
In an unfortunate similarity with cinema's early days, television producers of the '50s and '60s had virtually no interest in preservation. For all intents and purposes, therefore, the video portions of many of these telecasts can be considered lost forever. Gries is understandably proud of his assemblage of "otherwise unobtainable" programs from "the silver age of television."
"Years before VCRs came along, I got some early experience recording television programs on tape.
AUDIO TAPE. The results were what could be expected from dangling a mic in front of the television speaker, but it was the only way I had to save a telecast. Just listening to television wasn't as much fun as watching it, but at least I could tote that little recorder everywhere I went and enjoy what I had recorded. I sometimes think of those days when I use my VCR. If only I had had one back then. What a collection I could have built!
Ironically, to get some of those same telecasts today, I'm back to audio tape.
There's only one source for them. Collector's Choice Archival Television Audio Inc. (P.O. Box 88, Albertson, NY 11507) is a unique company that has been shaking up the video collector market with its release of hundreds of "lost" telecasts."
THE BIG REEL January 1995
"There are numerous TV shows so rare that they might remain unviewable for eternity.
Collector's Choice Archival Television Audio, Inc. has partially remedied that situation. And rarely have we seen the kind of painstaking work that has gone into this archive.
The sound quality is excellent beyond our wildest expectations. And contrary to what we expected, having just the audio isn't so bad! ...we guarantee you'll be itching for more!"
TV COLLECTOR Diane Albert Jan. - Feb. 1995 Volume No. 76
Feb. 13, 1995
Phil Gries 41 Argyle Road Albertson, New York 11507
"Your catalogue is astoundingly wonderful; more people should know about the work you've done in preserving an important part of our popular culture heritage on tape and the cataloguing of it."
David Bakish Author: "Jimmy Durante: His Show Business Career"
THE ABBOTT & COSTELLO FAN CLUB March 31, 1995
"Thank you for the audio cassette tapes. WHAT A TREAT!"
Thanks again, Phil
Chris Costello daughter of Lou Costello Toluca Lake, California 91610
ANNETTE M. D'AGOSTINO
June 30, 1995
Phil Gries Collector's Choice Archival Television Audio, Inc.
"How can I begin to say "Thank You"? I've been working on my book all day, and as you can imagine I ran to the tape player to hear the tape marked "Lloyd Interview."
I look forward to speaking with you soon, and I wish you continued success with your most worthy endeavor."
"You have done a great job and you are to be congratulated. I am currently working on a book about original musicals for television, and I am most interested in #740 'The Young Man From Boston.' Up to now I could find nothing to prove the show even existed except for a piece of sheet music."
Joan Baxter author of "Television Musicals: Plots Critiques, Casts and Credits for 222 Shows Written for and Presented on Television, 1944-1996"
KARLOFF ENTERPRISES Rancho Mirage, California 92270
Collector's Choice Archival Television Audio, Inc. Mr. Phil Gries P.O. Box 88 Albertson, NY 11507
January 29, 1996
Dear Mr. Gries,
"I thoroughly enjoyed the audio cassettes of some of my father, Boris Karloff's Television work. Without your recordings there would be no record of that portion of his work. Not only am I delighted to hear his voice so clearly recorded, but some of the information on these tapes was completely new to me. I am so pleased to add them to my collection."
STEPHEN M. CLOFFI
To my friends at Collectors' Choice: Archival Television Audio-
"I'm really enjoying these tapes. I can't get enough of 'em. I listen to them in my car. I listen to 'em in the bathtub. I listen to them in my sleep.
Thank you for making these tapes available to the public!"
Stephen M. Cloffi Sherman Oaks, CA
June 24, 1996
"Please send me your catalog on Archival Television Audio. I heard about you when listening on WGBB radio station that aired some of your tapes last night. Thank you."
Nancy Thompson Albrightsville, PA 18210
TELEVISION MUSIC ARCHIVES P.O. Box 334 Glenn Oaks, NY 11004 (718) 882 - 5989
President Steve Gelfand author, Television Theme Recordings: An Illustrated Discography 1951-1994
Board of Advisors: Alex McNeil author, Total Television
July 2, 1996
"The Catalog is fabulous, by the way. I especially like the TV Guide and Variety reviews. I'm also really enjoying the sample cassette - especially as you have wisely included a lot of theme music on it."
The Center For American History THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
SRH 2.101- Austin, Texas 78712 - (512) 495-4542
March 3, 1997
Mr. Phil Gries Collector's Choice Archival Television Audio, Inc. P.O. Box 88 Albertson, NY 11507
Dear Mr. Gries:
I want to thank you for the generous donation of two audio tapes of early CBS Evening News broadcasts.
I played the August 6, 1962 tape to Walter Cronkite who was in Austin for a special public program. He enjoyed hearing it again and was delighted to know that it will be added to his historical archive here at The University of Texas at Austin.
We would also like to have the other tapes you listed in your letter. Your help and cooperation in our effort to preserve this material for scholarly research is deeply appreciated.
Don E. Carleton Director
"Continued good fortune with your Archives. They obviously are of great importance to the history of television."
Robert Dutton Editor/Publisher CLASSIC TV
"Ulverston" Dewsbury, Wl Yorks WF127NJ 18 March 1997
Dear Mr. Gries,
"Thank you for the tape "Salute to Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy" (3/28/65-TV-WPIX Ch.11). It is very nice to have and I salute you too for rescuing it.
I am Stan Laurel's cousin, once removed. Of course Stan loved to talk about old times with his family, and when he was with them he was just one of the family. He was a lovely man and we all loved him.
I do thank you and I am pleased to possess the tape."
"The Audio Tapes would be much appreciated. Thanks for the offer."
Bob Murphy Announcer for the New York Mets
MTV MUSIC TELEVISION 4/23/97
"I can't thank you enough for the tape you put together for Les (Crane) and his daughter (Cheryl). She was thrilled."
All the Best,
SONS OF THE DESERT May 7, 1997
Dear Mr. Gries,
"Thanks so much for the TELL US MORE tape which I find fascinating (John McCabe gives commentary supplementing a live TV biography on the lives of Laurel & Hardy) All those years come back in a rush, and I'm left stunned by the realization it took place all these many years ago. Alas, I wish I could remember details of the broadcast but at that time in 1964, foolishly, I wasn't keeping a diary. I do recall that "Connie" Negel was the ultimate pro-suave, and very gentlemanly. It was my first appearance on New York Television. Your tape is very well done, indeed.
Good luck in your very worthy endeavors."
John McCabe author of "Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy
JOHN MILEY JR.
May 7, 1997
"Your archive is unbelievable. My goodness!"
John Miley Jr. The Miley Collection
UCLA FILM AND TELEVISION ARCHIVE June 24, 1997
Dear Mr. Gries,
"Your donations (television audio air checks of lost telecasts) are wonderful additions to our television collection. The Rod Serling interview for Here's Hollywood (NBC-7/24/61)...most enjoyable. The audio quality was very good too."
Again many thanks for these cassettes. Your concern for the history and preservation of television is certainly appreciated here at the Archive."
Dan Einstein Television Archivist cc: Robert Rosen, Director
"This letter is to express my gratitude to Archival Television Audio for its invaluable assistance and uncompromising service in providing me with a rare television news broadcast.
As you are aware, I am in the process of researching and writing a novel. In the course of my research, it was imperative that I obtained the 1968 television newscast reporting the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Since news of the assassination provides the backdrop for a major scene in my book, accuracy is of paramount importance. The search for this broadcast has been the source of many months of frustration.
In the course of trying to obtain it, I have contacted several sources, including the Museum of Radio and Television Broadcasting, the three major networks and several transcription services including Burrell's. While sympathetic, both Burrell's and the Museum of Radio and Television Broadcasting did not have the specific information I required.
Two of the three major networks indicated that they could provide me with the news telecast, but I would have to pay a substantial fee (In some cases, $250 for five minutes of tape) even though I was using the information for research purposes only. I turned to the Internet and local libraries for information with no success. Not only couldn't I locate an audio or video of the news broadcast, I wasn't even able to find it in written or abbreviated form. All of this research cost me both time and money and consumed months of effort.
I was at the point of giving up entirely when I, by chance, found out about your service. With one phone call, I discovered that not only did you have a quality audio broadcast of that particular news piece, but you were able to provide me with supplemental broadcasts.
As a published author, I find your service to be an invaluable tool for any serious researcher or writer. Anyone who values the accuracy of their information should have your number highlighted in their Rolodex. Further, anyone interested in television history or nostalgia either on a professional level or as a hobby should be in possession of your catalog. Your service provides a cornucopia of valuable information for writing professionals or those just interested in re-living pleasant memories.
Again, I wish to thank you for your service and I look forward to your next catalog. Thanks for all the great help!"
PHILIP VAN PRAAG
Waukesha WI 53188-9725 7/29/97
Phil Gries 81 Wheatley Road Old Westbury, NY 11568
"I too was interested in audio recording 'way back,' but unfortunately was not able to record so many early broadcasts as you. Also, a number of the recordings I made back then were with a microphone - which, of course, greatly limited the quality of the results. You should be extremely proud of your accomplishments...the fruits of countless hours and effort over many, many years."
Phil Van Praag author: "Evolution of the Audio Recorder: The Vintage Years - late '40s - early '70s"
CARSON PRODUCTIONS GROUP 3110 Main Street - suite 200 Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-314-8784
August 29, 1997
Mr. Phil Gries 81 Wheatley Road Old Westbury, N.Y. 11568
Dear Mr. Gries,
"Mr. Carson appreciated the tapes you recorded for him very much and wanted me to express his thanks. Your collection sounds like it is very extensive and must have taken a great deal of work and dedication. While Mr. Carson has no interest at this time in obtaining any more audio tapes, he appreciates your thinking of him and sends his best wishes."
Helen Sanders Assistant to Mr. Johnny Carson
BRIAN GARI & JANET CANTOR GARI
TENACITY PRODUCTIONS 650 West End Avenue - Suite 78 New York 10025 Tel. & Fax: (212) 799-2592
Nov. 2, 1997
"Your archival tape of my grandfather's (and my father's) appearance on HY GARDNER (1957) is priceless; we were amazed at the quality and so happy that it was saved.
We have never seen it pop up anywhere! We were particularly proud of how he answered Hy's question about his reaction to Steve Allen's "attack" on him. It was a rare moment to hear Eddie Cantor defend himself (and so eloquently).
We thank you again for saving this piece of television history."
Sincerely, Brian Gari & Janet Cantor Gari
1000 Elysian Park Avenue Los Angeles, California 90012 (213) 224-1545 1997
"Many thanks for the audio tapes of the '59 & '63 World Series. I am greatly appreciative of your kindness and thoughtfulness in sending them to me. The '59 Series proved good pitching can dominate as was shown by a 1-0 game at the Coliseum and answered the critics who felt the Coliseum would make a joke of the game.
Mel Allen was a good friend of mine, and it really broke my heart to have to relieve him at the time in the booth (a "hoarse" Mel Allen began to do play by play announcing in the top of the 9th inning but could not continue... the very last TV World Series that Mel Allen ever did). I have always thought - there best for the grace of God go I."
"Thanks again for the swell tapes and lovely letter.
A great TV show for you to find for your archive is my first Paar appearance (Jack Paar Tonight Show - June 19, 1961). It was not only my very first TV Shot, but he got angry at me and made some disparaging remarks.
Those days are all so hazy to me. A medley of TV shows and clubs.
Stay in touch. I'll write when possible."
July 2, 1998
To Phil Gries
"Wow! What Can I say (Now! Please send me one of everything!).
Seriously, a first rate drop-dead production. I wish you success and profit...to a fellow archivist and good guy."
With Respect, Dave Goldin
Stoutsville, Ohio 43154 October 7, 1998
"If a TV collector reads this column (BIG REEL) and doesn't at least want to get your catalog, then he or she isn't a TV collector! Whenever I write about your archive, I can never help marveling at what wonderful moments it has! Who knows? Someday you may get the thanks and recognition you deserve from the TV industry for the work you've done to preserve so much of its historic programming."
P.O Box 215 Simi Valley, CA 93065 December 1, 1998
"The 2nd edition of your catalogue just arrived, and without an atom of reservation or qualification I have to say that it's a glorious job!"
Phil Gries Archival Television Audio, Inc. P.O Box 88 Albertson, NY 11507
Dear Mr. Gries,
"Thank you for forwarding me the audio tape from the day of the Kennedy assassination which was a type of journalism - man in the street interviews - I had never seen him (my father, Jules Bergman) do. Since his normal beat was science, ABC must have pressed everyone into service for that tragedy.
Thank you again, and the best of luck."
Editor - RERUN MAGAZINE
9281 Shore Road Brooklyn, N.Y. 11209
May 2, 1999
"As much as I like to feature articles, I always found interviews to be the most interesting part of any TV magazine. I think the ATA lost interviews, in your archive, would be a welcome addition to RERUN.
I look forward to receiving the interview tapes, discussed." (Gene Autry interview on Person to Person with Charles Collingwood -July 8, 1960...published in Winter 2002 edition of RERUN MAGAZINE)."
Peter Jones Productions June 2, 1999
Phil Gries Archival TV Audio, Inc. P.O. Box 88 Albertson, NY 11507
"I am especially thankful to David Bakish for putting you in touch with us. Your archive is phenomenal! I am currently reading Don DeLillo's Underworld, in which one of the characters is the one who audiotaped radio coverage of Bobby Thompson's historic 1951 homer. The book follows the fictionalized ownership of the ball that won the game. Your archive reminds me of this sort of (albeit fictionalized) historic preservation."
John Griffin Writer/Director Peter Jones Productions
P.S. Peter Jones, who runs our company and produces some of the documentaries himself, is the grandson of Conrad Nagel, whose show ("Tell Us More" - WNBC television - 1962/1963) you have episodes of on tape!
XM SATELLITE RADIO
Lee Abrams Senior Vice President Content and Programming Phone: 202 969 7214 E-MAIL: LEEABRAMS@XMRADIO.COM
October 27, 1999
Mr. Phil Gries Archival Television Audio P.O. Box 88 Albertson, N.Y. 11507
"I reviewed the materials you sent to Hugh Panero. Great job! The demo tape was riveting, and your efforts are applauded.
We would envision using your sound for a dedicated program, or across several channels as "spice."
We hope to hear back from you."
cc: Hugh Panero Dave Logan
JEFFREY J. LEBRUN
November 22, 1999
Phil Gries 81 Wheatley Road Old Westbury, N.Y. 11568
"Your catalogue alone is an adventure in memoryland. So many interesting items to choose from. Even without seeing what is going on, what you hear plants many clues in a fertile imagination to put it all in a familiar or challenging perspective
I wondered if anyone did anything like this when audio recording was new on the consumer market. Little did I realize...but with a much stronger drive and ambition than could be imagined.
"I enjoyed hearing from you, catching up on your archive, and being reminded of our camaraderie (DP on 'WORLD OF IDEAS WITH BILL MOYERS' - PBS series 1988 - '89). It was always a pleasure to work with you."
Voice Library Michigan State University 100 Library East Lansing, Michigan 48824
Phil Gries 81 Wheatley Road Old Westbury, N.Y. 11568-1210
January 5, 2000
"That's an absolutely wonderful tape! (NPR profile of Phil Gries' archive Archival Television Audio - November 19, 1999). Thank you for sharing it with the patrons of the Voice Library, along with the shorter version, which I took from the ALL THINGS CONSIDERED broadcast.
Let's keep in touch."
Maury Crane Director - VOICE LIBRARY
AMERICAN MASTERS THIRTEEN / WNET New York 450 West 33rd Street New York, N.Y. 10001
February 11, 2000
Phil Gries Archival Television Audio, Inc. 81 Wheatley Road Old Westbury, N.Y. 11568
"Thanks so much for the Lucille Ball tape (TONIGHT SHOW - NBC TV Dec. 29, 1960). She sounds great and her stories about working on WILDCAT are interesting. We look forward to working with you and your archive.
Thanks so much for your help. If you ever get your hands on Lucy's other TONIGHT SHOW appearances, do let me know. Thanks again."
Dina Hossain Associate Producer (212) 560-2827
Dear Phil Gries,
"Thanks for the Audio Cassette (WNBC TV "BIRTHDAY HOUSE" - April 2, 1963). It's fans like you that make it all worthwhile for people like me."
"Just a note to let you know I got your great audio catalog. A lot of work and a lot of love, also, I bet. I can't imagine how you found the time to tape all those shows."
ROY A. SOMLYO
AMERICAN THEATRE WING, INC. 250 West 57th Street, New York, New York 10107 Telephone (212) 765-0606 - Fax (212) 307-1910
April 26, 2001
Mr. Phil Gries Archival Television Audio, Inc. 81 Wheatley Road Old Westbury, N.Y. 11568
"It was a pleasure speaking with you last week and learning about your collection and what you have been doing with it over the years. It was kind of Jane Klain at the Museum of Broadcasting to put us in touch with you.
Regrettably, The American Theatre Wing has a limited amount of archival material devoted to its glorious past. Apparently, some years ago a fire destroyed much of what had been accumulated and there has been little success in locating duplicates. Whenever I learn of someone possessing any kind of documentation of Wing Activities, I do make an effort to have it donated to the Wing's collection.
Therefore, in the event at any time you wish to make a charitable contribution to the Wing in the form of audio tapes of the Tony Award broadcasts that you own, we would be most grateful to be able to add those wonderful records of our past activities to our archives.
Please let me hear from you - hopefully with a positive response to our request."
Roy A. Somlyo President
[Letter in response to receiving a requested audio air check by Jinx Falkenburg ("Tex & Jinx" live radio broadcast) with guests Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando and Sid Caesar]
"Thank you again for the cassette. As I mentioned on the phone, my mother, Jinx (Falkenburg), has always said that that interview with Marilyn (Monroe) - Dec. 10, 1955 - was her most difficult interview ever."
"I WOULD LOVE A DUB OF THE SUSSKIND SHOW (Dec. 24, 1961). I remember I had a near fight with Woody Allen on that one!
Thanks again for ALL YOUR MASTERFUL WORK AND KEEP IN TOUCH."
Summit, N.J. 07901-4720
October 19, 2001
"You are indeed one of a kind. When you began recording, you must've thought to yourself that you were preserving history. It's odd that of all the networks, not one sought to save a lot."
Shorty Caruso TV Archivist / Collector
GAME SHOW NETWORK 10202 West Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232-3195
December 11, 2001
Phil Gries 81 Wheatley Road Old Westbury, N.Y. 11568
"Your tape arrived in the mail and I listened to it on my way over to the TV Museum. It sounded like a special episode of TAKE TWO.
Thanks again for the many tapes you have sent me."
PHILLIP M. RUNKEL
MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY 27 December 2001
Phil Gries Archival Television Audio, Inc. P.O. Box 88 Albertson, NY 11507
Dear Mr. Gries,
"I am writing to gratefully acknowledge your kind donation of the audio air check excerpt from the Take Two program of 23 June 1963, marking Don McNeill's thirtieth anniversary as host of The Breakfast Club. It is a very welcome addition to our Don McNeill Collection."
THE ROGERS & HAMMERSTEIN ORGANIZATION 1065 Avenue of the Americas Suite 2400 New York, N.Y. 10018 www.rnh.com
January 2, 2002
"I am determined to get your Ethel Merman audio track (ANNIE GET YOUR GUN - NBC TV 3/19/67) circulated somehow. I am frustrated in my lack of ability to get it rolling. Now that Bill Rosenfield has left RCA / Victor, they may be more amenable to discussing the possibility since they have the cast rights for that production."
Ted S. Chapin President & Executive Director
SECOND ACT PRODUCTIONS, INC. Rick McKay
TO: Phil Gries Archival TV Audio, Inc. PO Box 88 Albertson, NY 11507 516-626-7731 (phone/fax) FROM: Nicole London, SECOND ACT PRODUCTIONS DATE: August 23, 2002 RE: Master Reference Catalog Guide
Dear Mr. Gries:
"Per our conversation I am faxing over a request for your Master Reference Catalog Guide. Some producers with BIOGRAPHY loaned us a copy, but we will need to return it. But since this catalog is such a valuable resource we decided to locate you and obtain a copy for ourselves.
For right now we would just like an additional copy of your catalog. We are in post-production for "BROADWAY, THE GOLDEN AGE: BY THE LEGENDS WHO WERE THERE," and are tracking down any available archival print, film, video and audio materials in completing research for the film.
Please let us know if there is a cost for the catalog.
Please feel free to check out our website at http://www.broadwaythemovie.com
New York, New York 10024 www.broadwaythemovie.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"A few months ago, I purchased copies of the old Macy parade soundtracks from you. -loving listening to the old telecasts. It's like taking a trip in a time machine! I love it. They sound so great it is as if they were aired yesterday!"
"Just a note to express my thanks for your help in solving a decades old predicament.
Back in 1966 my brother discovered Ludwig van Beethoven and at once became a dedicated lifelong enthusiast. To his great joy, a television broadcast documentary was aired that year, profiling the life and struggles of this great composer. It was entitled "Saga of Western Man: Beethoven: Ordeal and Triumph." My brother Joe carefully recorded this program on a 1/4" reel-to-reel tape, carefully editing out the commercials, keeping the occupants of the living room hushed, and for his first (and only) attempt at TV recording, did a rather nice job of it. He listened to that reproduction endlessly and was apparently secure in the knowledge that he would have this prized soundtrack forever.
Enter little sister (me). 13 years old and wanting to use the recorder to do a homework assignment, oblivious of the damage I was about to impose, I recorded over a good portion of the cherished documentary with my own voice recording of the "Periodic Table of the Elements" for science class.
Imagine his surprise when he lay contentedly listening once again to his treasured recording, when suddenly he hears my voice on the tape, breaking in loudly listing the known earth elements. He was fuming, helpless, horrified and profoundly disappointed. He told my parents what I'd done, but they were little impressed, saying that the tape recorder belong to us both equally. He was resigned, but I knew that I had thoughtlessly destroyed something very dear to him and I was stunned by my own insensitivity. It was too late to fix it. It was gone forever. Only occasionally in these 38 years since that sad day has he ever mentioned it, but he still does. Every now and again, he pointed out how much he loved that show and what an ass I was to destroy it. All in good humor, of course.
To restore my honor, I have tried for years to find a reproduction of the tape. I tried several avenues before I tried the Internet and I searched the web for 3 years (on and off) for information, to no avail. I knew only a few things about the program: that it had been narrated by David McCallum and that it was something like "Tragedy and Triumph" or something like that. And I searched, and I found nothing.
Two evenings ago, I was lucky enough to find your website and I typed in just what little I knew, and there it was - #990. I had found it; my search was over! I called you and now it is on its way to me in the mail, so that this Christmas I can finally make up for almost 40 years of "that look" he gives me whenever the subject comes up. I tell you, this will be proof to my dear brother that I really do love him very much and that I'm sorry about being a selfish ass 38 years ago. You have helped me to restore my reputation in the eyes of the best, most thoughtful brother the world has ever known, and for that I can never thank you enough. This is the story of my own personal "Ordeal and Triumph," which without you (the Triumph) would not have been possible."
"We are requesting audio footage for reference material to be used on our feature film "Cinderella Man." This material will be used for dialogue reference ONLY for our dialect coach.
The Material needed is as follows: 1962 - Braddock Interview with Howard Cosell 1963 - Joe Louis Interview Please use this as a letter of reference for our request."
Stacia Peters CINDERELLA MAN 629 Eastern Avenue Building B, Suite 203 Toronto, Ontario M4M 1E4
Original Archival TV Audio Air check audio cassette dubbed from original 1/4'' reel to reel analog master tape released to Stacia Peters.
1 - Excerpt of James Braddock interview, with Howard Cosell, from the live ABC Radio Broadcast of the Floyd Patterson vs. Sonny Liston World Heavyweight Championship fight, September 25, 1962.
2 - Excerpt of James Braddock interview from the WNEW Channel 5 New York broadcast: IN THIS CORNER-JOE LOUIS, telecast July 21, 1963.
Cinderella Man. Starring Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger and Craig Bierko, directed by Ron Howard. In the Depression era, Crowe is boxer Jimmy Braddock, who, after a roller-coaster career, gets his title shot against Max Baer (Bierko), the heavyweight champion of the world renowned for having killed two men in the ring. Film premiere: June 3, 2005
Van Ness Films March 10, 2004
Phil Gries Archival Television Audio, Inc. P.O. Box 88 Albertson, NY 11507
Dear Mr. Gries,
"I just wanted to thank you for the invaluable archive audio you supplied us with for the Steve McQueen A&E Biography. None of our researchers were able to find any television interviews of Steve McQueen. Finally we found a rare interview that Steve McQueen did on "The Here's Hollywood" show back in 1962 which we got from the UCLA archives, but it didn't have any audio.
Luckily we came into contact with you and found out that you had actually recorded the interview yourself and had it in your archives. We matched the two elements recorded together and now it is one of the only TV interviews of Steve McQueen that is out there! It was a great addition to our show.
So thank you so much, it is greatly appreciated."
Jordan Ehrlich Associate Producer Van Ness Films
From: "D"Agostino, Dennis" Date: 11/10/2004 11:06:03 pm To: "email@example.com" Subject: RE: Customer Order Inquiry ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC.
"Received my Kiner's Korner tapes today . . . They are amazing. Terrific stuff that I thought was lost forever!! ... Thanks for the quick reply and great service."
From: "Don Charles" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Date: 11/18/2004 1:05:34pm To: email@example.com Subject: Re: my collection of TV audio recordings
"Thank you for responding to my inquiry.
I came across your website quite accidentally when I "Googled" the name Dayton Allen, the comedian and voice-over artist who passed away recently. I had no idea an organization such as yours existed and am pleased to know that someone is trying to make sure that additional unique recordings aren't lost forever.
It will take me quite a bit of time to make a full inventory of my collection. As I believe you know, during the time period I was audio recording TV (1957-1980) network audio heard outside of New York City and Los Angeles was provided over AT&T land-line facilities and was generally limited to 5-kHz of bandwidth. Not until I became an AT&T employee in 1965 did I learn that 15-kHz program channels were available, but the networks chose not to use them because of the cost.
Thank you again for your interest."
Edward (Don) Charles
"Thank-you SO very much for your kindness in sending me the audio cassette of Liza Minnelli and Bert Lahr on "The Wizard of Oz" telecast from 1956.
Even with everything I know about Liza, I had never heard or knew this even still existed in any form. It was so incredibly exciting for me to hear this. Thank Goodness for your incredible archives. Even though I only concentrate on Liza and her mother Judy Garland, I can certainly appreciate all the hard work and time over many years that have created your vast archives. Keep up the great work. Thanks again."
Best and Warmest, Scott Schechter Noted Judy Garland / Liza Minnelli authority Author of the books "The Liza Minnelli Scrapbook," and "Judy Garland: The Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Legend." www.hometown.aol.com/garlands63. E-mail: Garlands63@aol.com
22 December 2004
"For years I have searched and searched, attempting to find someone - anyone - who could help me locate a TV Special from nearly forty years ago. It was February of 1965, and as a teenager back then I had the honor of appearing on the Danny Thomas Special which aired on the 14th of February that year.
I was a member of a Folk singing Trio, Lowland Three, from Chicago, Illinois, and we were the Grand Prize winners in the WLS (radio) Talented Teen Contest. After being told that we had won the first prize, we were then told that we would be appearing on the Danny Thomas Special in Hollywood.
We did indeed, appear on the show, and ever since then I have been attempting to locate a copy of this program. No one, and I mean No one, until you Mr. Gries was able to assist me in any way. Somehow, you were able to reach into the depths of Showbiz Past and retrieve that program for me. "Amazing" doesn't even begin to tell you how this makes me feel after all these years.
Thanks to you I will now be able to play this program for my Children, as well as for my Grandchildren. Not one of them has ever heard this performance. But now they will. I am excited beyond words, and forever grateful to you Mr. Gries.
Thank you for your relentless efforts in making this dream a reality."
From: Kevin Segura (firstname.lastname@example.org) Date: 1/10/2005 To: email@example.com Subject: DATABASE & ADDITIONS TO ARCHIVAL TV AUDIO
"You have an **amazing** resource there--there really is no other word for it--and I'm happy to do what I can to help you make it a little more manageable.
I hold you in high reverence for your efforts in this area since doing this sort of highly advanced audio taping from about 1959 through the early 70s, and you have personally archived THOUSANDS of lost broadcasts. Anyone visiting your website (www.atvaudio.com) should be prepared to be astounded."
Kevin Segura Kinescope Restoration by RERUNMEDIA firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: June 6, 2005 From: John Dickerson (email@example.com)
"Yes, I am related to Nancy Dickerson (first female TV reporter to cover a political convention for CBS in 1960). She was my mother and I'm writing a book about her life. Thank you very much for dubbing ATA program #866 (1960 Democratic Convention broadcast on CBS television). I'll send the check.
Is there any other material that might have Nancy Henschman or Nancy Dickerson on it? I checked your index online but wondered if their might be anything available I couldn't search online. Many thanks."
John Dickerson Chief Political Correspondent Slate Magazine (202) 261-1350
STEPHEN D. YOUNGKIN
From: "stephen youngkin" firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2005 3:25 PM Subject: Peter Lorre testimonial
"Those old enough to remember the Golden Age of Television owe Phil Gries and Archival Television Audio a debt of gratitude for preserving that which is worth saving. When you listen to his television soundtracks, you hear not only a lost broadcast but a lifetime of professional expertise brought to bear on the recording process.
Collectors, researchers, writers and those who simply wish to turn the clock back, applaud the presence of mind to capture the past and the willingness to make it available to the public.
Thanks to Archival Television Audio, I was able to hear Lorre himself tell stories and anecdotes ("Here's Hollywood" - 7/21/61; "Tonight Show Starring Jack Paar, The" - 2/23/62; "Merv Griffin Show, The" - 3/4/63) previously available only in secondhand versions. These oral histories have put me that much closer to the man."
Stephen D. Youngkin, "The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre" (The University Press of Kentucky, 2005).
From: TallGuyinc@aol.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 Subject: Johnny Carson Book for Random House
"I've found you thru Paul Doherty, a great LA collector-fan of yours and talent agent, who's been helping in the land of archival comedy research. My name is BILL ZHEME, and I'm the Esquire writer to whom the late-great Johnny Carson submitted for my 2002 profile of him (10 years after leaving the Tonight Show), called "The Man Who Retired", which caused quite a stir when published (ala Garbo Talks!)...(Here's the link in case you missed it...) http://www.esquire.com/features/articles/2005/050124mfe012405mfecarson1.html
I'm now working on a celebratory book about his professional genius for Random House--called "Carson the Magnificent"--for which I've gotten great cooperation from those nearest to him, including his production company boss/nephew Jeff Sotzing. Paul not only directed me to your amazing website, which bursts with fine Carsonian audio gems (a handful of which I'd love to hear!), but indicated--on the QT--that you might privately possess the audio of his very first Tonight Show, which would be like finding the Dead Sea Scrolls for this project!"
From: "Kate Ryan" To: Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2006 8:59 PM Subject: NBC Coverage Bill Ryan
Dear Mr. Gries:
"I stumbled across your web site and saw that you have some rare audio recordings from NBC that feature my late father, Bill Ryan.
I'd be VERY interested in learning more about them. As you point out, the networks failed to archive so very much of the early broadcasts and my family has some scattered things here and there.
I'd appreciate any information you can give me. Clearly I am most interested in the Kennedy coverage, but I am also interested in the 1960 Election coverage as well."
Thank you, Kate Ryan WTOP RADIO 202.895.5060 Newsroom
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 7:32 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Roger Maris Tapes
Hi Mr. Gries,
"Just received my Roger Maris tapes - Roger Maris Home Run King and the TV audio call by Red Barber of Roger Maris' 61st HR. First of all, I want to thank you for the tapes. Second, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for having the foresight to tape them both back in 1961.
I was introduced to professional baseball in the summer of 1961 by an uncle of mine with whom I watched baseball games for almost 25 years. That golden summer I became a Yankee fan watching the games on WPIX Channel 11 (I live in Connecticut), listening to Mel Allen, Red Barber, and Phil Rizzuto call Yankee home run after Yankee home run as the Yankees set the major league record that year for most home runs by a team (240).
The Yankees were not only my favorite team. Like many young boys growing up in the 1960s, I idolized Mickey Mantle, but my all-time favorite ballplayer was Roger Maris. Maybe it was because of everything he had to endure that season, but as the epitaph on his gravestone states, "Against All Odds." I ate, drank, and slept Yankee baseball that season, even thought about it all day at school. Couldn't wait to get out of school to get ready for the Yankee game that night. And I was by the TV every weekend, especially as August turned into September.
As Roger Maris inched closer to the Babe, I saw all those home runs on WPIX and experienced the increasing excitement with my uncle. Interestingly enough, there are some original broadcast clips of home runs 52-60: 1) in an old video which I think was called The Yankees: The First 100 Years (long out-of-print); 2) in an old video called Pinstripe Power- The History of the 1961 New York Yankees; and 3) just aired recently Yankeeography- Roger Maris on the YES Network. But there was always something missing which resulted in something I forgot with the passing of time. Who called Roger Maris' 61st HR on TV? (I know Phil Rizzuto did the radio call). For years, I thought for sure it was Mel Allen. But when I came across your web site and saw it was Red Barber and that you had actually taped it, I knew I had to have it because it not only represented a joyous part of my childhood, but also was one of my most precious memories that I spent with my uncle.
When I heard it again after all these years, I literally got goose bumps. I remember running upstairs after the end of the 4th inning and almost yelling at the top of my lungs to my mother who was ironing at the time, "He did it! He did it!" I also didn't know that Mel Allen was doing the color commentary on TV with Red at the time of Roger's 61st. Red's call as well as his conversation with Mel immediately after Roger's HR, describing the crowd reaction is priceless to me.
I saw it on TV as it happened and I vaguely remember the video portion of it. But how appropriate that Red Barber called Maris' 61st on TV. Red called some of the greatest moments in baseball history - Ted Williams game winning HR in the 1941 All Star Game, many of Jackie Robinson's great moments with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Cookie Lavagetto breaking up Bill Bevens' no-hit bid in Game 4 of the 1947 World Series, and Al Gionfriddo's game-saving catch off Joe Di Maggio in Game 6 of the '47 Series. Add to that calling Maris' 61st on TV. Some resume! Then to top it all off, hearing the theme song to the Red Barber Show which I haven't heard in over 40 years. I believe that theme song was used for both Red's Pre and Post Game Shows.
Speaking of themes, I'm still looking for the old Baseball and Ballantine opening to the Yankee games during the early '60s. Wonder if that exists somewhere. Anyway, I apologize for the length of this e-mail. Once again, thank you for preserving so much television history that the local TV stations and networks apparently thought didn't have any value (Shame on them!) And thank you for taping both Maris programs which at least for a few minutes once again helped me feel the joy that I experienced with my uncle 45 years ago. As one broadcast collector told me recently, don't dwell on what has been lost. Be happy for what does exist. If it wasn't for individuals like yourself who decided to tape record all these shows and programs, much more would have been lost!"
Best and continued success with your website.
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND PHILIP MERRILL COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM
August 16, 2006 Phil Gries Archival TV Audio P.O. Box 88 Albertson, NY 11507
"I enjoyed our conversation this afternoon, and I appreciate the chance you gave me to pick your brain about sources of material dealing with the early history of computer forecasting in election-night broadcasts... the three tape segments (about 30 minutes) of television audio that you have from Election Night 1956, along with the liner notes to help me decipher the audio and any additional information to be included in citing this material (such as information about its provenance).
I look forward to listening to the audio, and based on your description, it sounds like it will enrich my knowledge and understanding of the subject I'm researching.
Again, thanks so much for all of your help, and congratulations on your good work in preserving this ephemeral materials for history."
ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC. Regarding "lost" television broadcasts of "HOT LINE" (WPIX Ch. 11 New York)
"Thank you, Archival Television Audio, for your treasure of the audio from "Hot Line." It was one of the very first controversial TV talk shows, and it was one of the very first TV talk shows to amplify viewer phone calls on the air. (The other was "The Les Crane Show.")
"Hot Line" is a TV program that retains a lot of its value without any pictures. Even if a viewer's "picture tube" malfunctioned in 1964 and 1965, he or she still could hear David Susskind, Gore Vidal, Dorothy Kilgallen and others discuss many hot topics.
Thanks to Archival Television Audio, you can hear the discussions forty-plus years later. The hot topics include - present tense - the murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, new books that smear Barry Goldwater and President Lyndon Johnson (Somebody refers to LBJ's "Box 13 scandal"), the new Warren Commission Report, Bobby Kennedy's allegiance to Joe McCarthy, the afterlife, and much more.
You can hear baseball legend Jackie Robinson say he supports the Warren Report. If you want entertainment reviews - entertainment that never got on television - listen to Susskind, Vidal, Kilgallen and a now-forgotten Republican opponent of the IRS named Vivien Kellems debate the censorship of Ralph Ginzburg's sexually graphic magazine "Eros." (Mr. Ginzburg eventually served jail time for distributing it.)
In another "entertainment review," Kilgallen and Susskind ask Salvador Dali questions. Some absorbing comedies and dramas did get on the air in 1964, of course. You can hear David Susskind praise "Bewitched" and Dorothy Kilgallen praise "The Rogues." Almost everyone who participated in "Hot Line" has # 1 left this Earth # 2 left behind newspaper obituaries that omit "Hot Line."
When the TV series was still fresh in the minds of New Yorkers, some may have wanted it to go away. I will explain. The first to die was Dorothy Kilgallen nine months after her conversation with Mr. Dali. Her obit in the New York Daily News, which owned the sole TV station that broadcast "Hot Line," leaves it out. So does every other obituary of her. When Gore Vidal turned 70, he came out with the autobiography " ;Palimpsest" containing two short paragraphs about "Hot Line." He clumsily attempts to recreate it, which suggests that he doesn't know any recordings exist.
Struggling with decades-old water under the bridge, he says wrongly that it aired six nights a week. It actually was broadcast twice a week for two months and then, after Mr. Vidal's resignation, in approximately eight more weekly installments. In "Palimpsest" he adds that he resigned from the TV series after a literary friend criticized him for sitting down with Kilgallen and Ed Sullivan on one episode.
So many historians and Hollywood people want something from Mr. Vidal that we are not likely to get anything more out of him. The other "Hot Line" survivor, however, has expressed the same ignorance of Archival Television Audio as Mr. Vidal. The crew member who screened the viewer phone calls, Joyce Davidson, lives today in her native Canada. She told me in 1997 that she believes all recordings are gone. I was compelled to agree with her at the time.
Malcolm X appeared on "Hot Line" on February 2, 1965, just 19 days before his murder. Joyce Davidson told me how she had recruited Malcolm to do the show by attending his lecture at New York's Town Hall at the behest of her boss, David Susskind. She tried to recall some of his words but could not, of course, at a distance of thirty-plus years.
Even on the day of Malcolm's murder Joyce and her boss wanted to recreate what the civil rights leader had told them, but they couldn't. They were totally at a loss because executives at WPIX Channel 11 had burned the videotape just minutes after Malcolm X had left their studio. (It was inside the Daily News building on East 42nd Street, since torn down.)
"Hot Line" shares its historical firsts of controversy and the ten-second broadcast delay with "The Les Crane Show." Archival Television Audio has episodes of both shows. The realities of desegregating the Deep South, what happens after death, abstract art, and Lee Oswald's one and only taxicab ride comprise the stuff that made Bob Dylan and other poets look at the soul of the United States. These realities were high watermarks of the 1960s.
Thanks to Archival Television Audio, you can hear very intelligent people confront them when they are new. These people are not hippies. The post-9/11 era has moved Deep South racism, Oswald, and the Pearly Gates a few inches away from the front burner on the American stove. But historians of politics and culture are remiss unless they hear "the times they are a-changin'" while worldly people live through them. Cold War historians must understand that Jim Anderson, June Cleaver, President Kennedy and the questions come from within, and an audio track is all you need to hear Malcolm X or Dorothy Kilgallen voice something that lies within.
Thank you, Archival Television Audio. May you get more requests to enter the eye of the 1960s hurricane, painful as it may be. Feel the pain. Here is a 1989 quote from Howard Nemerov, who earned his keep as a poet during the 1960s. "The reason people don't learn from history is that they aren't the people who learned last time.""
November 3, 2006
Mr. Phil Gries Archival Television Audio, Inc. P.O. Box 88 Albertson, New York 11507
Dear Mr. Gries:
"Thank you so much for the audio cassette you sent to the Club, with the complete original introduction by Bert Lahr and Liza Minnelli of the first television airing of the movie "The Wizard of Oz" (November 3, 1956).
I just listened to it and the quality is excellent. I must have seen this show as a child but I don't remember it, and people who are younger than I am (most of the world) will, of course, not have seen it. It's fun to hear Liza Minnelli sounding so young. I can't even recognize her voice.
We will add this tape to the Club archive."
Ozzy best wishes,
Angelica Carpenter, President The International Wizard of Oz Club P.O. Box 26249 San Francisco, California 94126-6249
"The Archival Television Audio collection is unique and extraordinary. I could not have made my documentary feature film, "SPUTNIK MANIA," without it.
The standard archival libraries have newsreels. Phil Gries has television and radio programming that would have been lost in history were it not for his passion for collecting it. Thank you Phil."
David Hoffman Executive Producer / Director Varied Directions, Inc. Boony Doon, California
From: Scott Vincent [firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Saturday, November 25, 2006 10:23 AM To: griesatvaudio.com Subject: Feedback for Website
"Thank you for the outstanding audio air checks of my father's early announcing work for ABC and NBC. It was wonderful to hear my father's golden voice again for the first time in ages.
Without your library, his work would have been lost. Your collection deserves the recognition and esteem for those who appreciate the value of early broadcasting. I appreciate your courtesy and professionalism throughout the process."
"Thank you for having such a fascinating website."
Curtis White Sr. Programmer/Analyst Vertrue, Inc. 9500 West Dodge Road Omaha, NE 68114
"I cannot thank you enough for your help with our documentary on Marlon Brando for Turner Classic Movies. From your prescience and enthusiasm in initially contacting us, to your delivery of exceptional materials, your Archival Television Audio has been a great boon for us.
One would think that a subject as contemporary as Marlon Brando would have enough visual material to cover an in-depth film biography. There is plenty of material, of course, but I was struck by how invaluable your audio recordings from the mid-'fifties - even the early 'sixties! - were to our project. Some of the gems you captured of Marlon Brando, from both TV and radio, made for key segments and transitions in the documentary. It was also fun being able to match photographic documents to your recordings while on the phone with you.
It is unfortunate that Archival Television Audio is a testament to how poor and pitiful television archiving has been. I'm sure there are many filmmakers, such as myself, who are not fully aware how lacking we are in materials from our televised historical, cultural and entertainment past.
Another aspect I hadn't thought of in relation to our documentary (which is something that Ken Burns understands very well) is how powerful sound can be with the simple suggestion of a photograph. There is also the aspect that people are sometimes more free when only their voice is being recorded and not their image. I'm thinking, of course, of the Brando/Marilyn Monroe recording.
Anyway, you showed great foresight in recording the things that caught your fancy all those years ago, Phil. Congratulations for preserving an excellent archive, and thank you again for your help with our show."
Darroch Greer Associate Producer - "Brando" A Day With, Inc./The Greif Company 9233 West Pico Boulevard, Suite 218 Los Angeles, California 90035 (310) 385-1200 ext. 112 Fax: (310) 385-1207 email@example.com
Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2007 10:33 PM To: ARCHIVAL@ATVAUDIO.com Subject: Re: "Manhattan Transfer"
"I have played the 3 "Manhattan Transfer" shows once. The quality is superb. It is a shame you didn't have the second episode, but the best ones were definitely 3 and 4. Lots of unreleased material and the harmonies were spine tingling.
You should be justifiably proud of your service and the high quality product you supply. Many thanks!"
Tod Rosenstock Newtown Square, PA 19073
MT&R The Museum of Television & Radio 25 West 52nd Street New York, N.Y. 10019
February 21, 2007
"You have always been a generous supporter of the Museum, but this last donation you have outdone yourself. We appreciate these very rare air chicks documenting the early space flights of the United States and Russia. We have many space enthusiasts who visit the Museum and am sure that they will be thrilled by this discovery. I will make sure to incorporate these clips in our next space seminar.
Once again, we are grateful to one of the Museum's most ardent supporters We always appreciate your donations that are invaluable additions to our permanent collection."
Ron Simon Curator, Television The Museum of Television & Radio
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 To: Phil Gries From: Brad Johnson Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: (Fwd: Phil Gries)
"Just got word from our mutual friend, Phil Van Praag (see his email below), concerning a desire to credit you and ATA in an upcoming cable television documentary.
Some sound recordings you were kind enough to send me for purposes of my RFK project (that is, the audio material featuring the NBC TV broadcast from the night of June 4-5, 1968) proved useful to Phil Van Praag in his analysis work for this upcoming documentary (proving two gunman theory correct).
Would you mind supplying him with all of your current contact information?"
Brad Johnson CNN Journalist email@example.com
HBO FAX COVER DATE: March 29, 2007 TO: Phil Gries / Archival Television Audio, Inc. FROM: Caroline Waterlow RE: Requests for HBO Brooklyn Dodgers Project
"Please find attached the email I sent last week requesting 5 items from your archive. We are keen to get copies. I have spoken with our editor and our tech person and they think, in fact, audio cassette would be the best transfer to send.
Thank you, and I look forward to finally hearing this stuff!"
Caroline Caroline Waterlow Associate Producer "BROOKLYN DODGERS: THE GHOSTS OF FLATBUSH" 1100 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. 10036
From: Diane Werts (firstname.lastname@example.org) Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 6:42 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Interest in your Archive
Hello, Mr. Gries --
"So sorry I haven't been able to get back to you until now.
I'm definitely interested in Archival Television Audio.
I may have some time this Thursday afternoon (June 28) or Friday afternoon (June 29) to stop by and interview you. A Newsday photographer would arrive later to take pictures. Would this timing work for you?
I'm exploring the web site now, and should have some questions once I've done that."
Thank you. D Diane Werts Newsday TV writer firstname.lastname@example.org www.newsday.com/tv www.newsday.com/diane
From: Tim Gunkel (email@example.com) Sent: Wed. June 27, 2007 12:02PM To: Phil Gries Subject: Kiner's Korner Requests
"Thank you again for the quick response and for making the original recordings! Your proposal looks good to me. I can certainly confirm that we would like to proceed with the purchase of these copies from you (ten KINER'S KORNER TV audio air checks circa 1963 & 1964).
As you know, few shows from the early days were saved as kinescopes or on Quad tape. And, WOR was not particularly interested in the cost of saving shows.
Our game on July 14 is "Ralph Kiner Night." Ralph will be honored in a pre-game ceremony that will be carried live on CW 11 TV. We will save the recording of that, by the way (grin).
We want to be able to use these audio elements as part of the Ralph Kiner tribute, and to present Ralph with a keepsake copy of programming we produce which would contain excerpts from the audio you supply.
We would also like to use the audio as part of future METS productions. Assuming that things work out, the thank you notes from Ralph Kiner and me are no problem. Mine will be a "big" thank you."
Tim Gunkel Sr. Director, Marketing Production NEW YORK METS Shea Stadium 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue Flushing, NY 11368 Phn (718) 565-4301 Fax (718) 507-6395 Email: TGunkel@nymets.com
PR1MA Music, L.L.C. 4141 Indian Bayou No Destin, FL 32541 850-837-9105 Fax 850-837-9145 www.LouisPrima.com
Dear Mr. Gries,
"On behalf of the Louis Prima family and Prima Music LLC, I would like to thank you, for enabling us to obtain audios of some of the lost TV performances of my husband. Your archival services are invaluable.
Again, thank you."
Gia Prima (Mrs. Louis Prima)
From: Lynn East [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: 2007-10-29 12:53 To: email@example.com - Archival Television Audio, Inc. Subject: RE: "Annie Get Your Gun 1967" Tape
Hi Phil -
"I received the "Annie Get Your Gun" tape (March 19, 1967), and the extra material you so thoughtfully included. It was wonderful to hear the TV version once again, even though it reminded me of the fact that 2 out of the 4 numbers I was a part of were cut out to make the show fit the 90-minute format!
Thank you for giving me back a memory I thought had been completely lost. Your Archival Television Audio website is wonderful!"
From: jeff shucard Sent: 2007-11-23 11:54 To: PHIL GRIES Subject: RE: Archival Television Audio, Inc. Reply to Inquiries of Jimmy Durante
Dear Mr. Gries,
"I thank you for taking the time and trouble to assist me in choosing which tapes would best serve my research in Durante's early career in ragtime/jazz. I would love to purchase all of your JD material...
In your previous letter, you say that in the Ben Hecht shows (January 19-20, 1959), JD plays some examples of music from his earliest period. Is he playing examples of ragtime music or just his own unique songs? From 1910-1923, JD played only the popular music of the day.
I thank you for your time and effort in this regard."
National Public Radio
Chicago Bureau 65 East Wacer Place Suite 1401 Chicago, Illinois 60601
December 3, 2007
"Walter (Cronkite) sent this for me to pass on to you. You'll want to clear some wall space for this (8&1/2 x11 color portrait of himself with hand written inscription "To Phil, With Appreciation"...referring to the scores of Archival Television Audio, Inc. air checks relevant to Cronkite television broadcasts from the 1950s and 1960s, used in the NPR series of historic broadcast retrospectives hosted by Walter Cronkite from 2002 thru 2006). Cheers."
"I think it's great what you are doing to help preserve the rare and memorable TV shows.
Now that my health limits my mobility and activity, it's even greater to know that I can still hear these historic shows."
Will Jordan 12/3/07
STEPHON J. LITWINCZUK
From: Stephon Litwinczuk [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: 2007-12-27 13:34 To: PHIL GRIES Subject: Civil Rights Movement Audio - Hollywood celebs, March On Washington
We received the Civil Rights Movement audio and it's amazing! The fact that this is preserved makes me want to congratulate you on your arduous journey of allowing those who lived history to have their voices heard, as opposed to commentators subjectifying their opinions.
It was a pleasure working with you."
Stephon J. Litwinczuk Associate Producer Behind the Masks: the Story of the Screen Actors Guild 2341 Walnut Ave. Venice, CA 90291
Phil Gries Archival Television Audio, Inc. 209 Sea Cliff Avenue Sea Cliff, NY 11579
"My apologies for the long delay in responding to your kindness in sending me the exciting television audio air check of "Reading Out Loud" the TV program where Jack read the Gettysburg Address (WNTA - May 1, 1960). The Jackie Robinson Foundation has moved and we are still locating material sent to us as we reorganize the archives.
I listened to the tape with absolute amazement and delight. Sharon and I remember vividly the family trip to Washington, and we have one photo taken on that occasion. Unfortunately, I do not have any memory of the recording session.
It is thrilling for us to hear Jack's reading of this profound speech, and we shall cherish and preserve it in our archives. Most importantly, we will share it with our visitors to the Jackie Robinson Museum now being designed.
Phil, I am deeply grateful to you for this historic gift, and we will appropriately attribute its preservation to you."
cc: Della Britton Baeza Len Coleman
DAVID VON PEIN
Subject: RE: Don Pardo NBC - TV BULLETIN
In a message dated 9/3/2008 12:54:43 PM Eastern Daylight Time, email@example.com writes:
(I am receptive to giving you permission to play the first Don Pardo NBC TV bulletin excerpt, ONLY, on your YouTube site on condition you credit the source where it came from...yours truly, original peerless recording by Phil Gries).
"Thanks very much for your e-mail today.
I will certainly place the proper credit for the Don Pardo clip on my YouTube page immediately (www.youtube.com). Plus, I added a link to your website at www.atvaudio.com, in addition to placing a separate link directly to your "JFK Assassination" page.
Here is a direct link to my YouTube (Pardo) page, with the revisions that I made in the description area for the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdM7ravJn3c
I'm amazed at how perfectly CLEAR and pristine the recording sounds (especially so many years after it was recorded on degradable TAPE). That's remarkable.
The Don Pardo audio clip that you managed to record and save on November 22, 1963 ranks as ONE OF THE GREATEST "LOST TREASURES" related to the JFK assassination as far as TV and radio coverage is concerned. I SALUTE YOU."
David Von Pein THE ASSASSINATION OF JOHN F. KENNEDY - A LONE-GUNMAN VIEWPOINT www.DavidVonPein.blogspot.com
Oct 25, 2008 (Lunching with Chuck McCann, attending The Friends of Old Time Radio Convention)
"So very much indebted for your most wonderful gift of soundtracks representing lost television programs which I hosted on WPIX Channel 11 in New York. Phil, you recorded and saved the only broadcast record in existence of "Laurel & Hardy & Chuck" (Oct. 20, 1962) and "Salute to Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy" (March 28, 1965)."
PATTI ALHONA (LORI RHODES)
December 6, 2008
"I cannot express in words how thrilled I am to receive a copy of "Arthur Godfrey in Hollywood."
Having performed on the show, the experience has always been a highlight in my life but one only committed to memory. To find that you have saved the audio portion of this show, which was broadcast in 1962 is beyond what I could ever have hoped or imagined. This is such a gift and I am so very grateful for your work and the history you have preserved.
I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have found your website, you have truly given me a glimpse back into my past and I am very grateful."
Gratefully, Patti Alhona (Lori Rhodes)
Sent: 2008-12-11 17:28 To: PHIL GRIES Subject: Re: Research regarding Edward Kennedy Documentary ("TEDDY IN HIS OWN WORDS" - Broadcast on HBO, July 13, 2009)
"Thanks so much for responding to my email. I think we'd like to order the following:
September 2, 1962 - SPECIAL NEWS REPORT ON Ted Kennedy and Edward McCormack.
September 18, 1962 - CBS NEWS WITH DOUGLAS EDWARDS.
November 7, 1962 - EDWARD KENNEDY WINS SENATE SEAT IN MA.
June 19, 1964 - BARRY GRAY SHOW (Kennedy air crash discussion) and ABC News Bulletin regarding crash.
June 20, 1964 - NEWS - More on Senator Kennedy's air crash.
"So much time has elapsed since you kindly sent me those archival tapes (included The Jack Paar Show, telecast Dec. 29, 1960 ...Hugh Downs substitute hosting and interviewing Lucille Ball and her children, Lucie Arnaz, age 9 1/2, and Desi Arnaz Jr., age 8). I'll enjoy listening, I'm sure."
"Thank you for that long letter and the audiotape. THE 61ST HOME RUN OF ROGER MARIS 10/1/61 - WPIX Ch.11 Bob Sheppard's poem about Maris and his record-breaking 61 home runs, read by Mel Allen- on TV right after Roger Maris, hits home run number 61.
I have never heard the poem read before by anyone.
Your letter was done so well! I was honored... Please keep me in your prayers, as you will be in mine."
February 21, 2009
Regarding short audio excerpt of Evelyn Rudie's interview on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, NBC-TV, December 2, 1959.
TO PHIL GRIES AND ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC.:
"I just listened to it. What fun! What a great little clip.
And yes - here's the whole story.
When I was about seven years old (this part is on the tape), I made a short film for the U.S. Treasury to sell Savings Bonds in the schools. The film co-starred Jack Webb. As a "reward" (since the government didn't pay - probably still doesn't - for public service work) they invited me to Washington. They flew me to D.C., where I met Mamie Eisenhower (that's a story in itself - she took my parents and me on a personal tour of the White House; she had with her a little silver flask - the Secret Service agents who accompanied us explained to me that Mamie had a cold and that she needed her "cough medicine"). After the tour, I was introduced to then Vice-President Richard Nixon (you've probably seen the photos). We were in his office - lots of Secret Service again, plus photographers, etc. While there, the Secret Service gave me an official gold key to the city and made me an honorary member of the Secret Service (I think I still have the card somewhere - wonder if it's expired yet).
I felt really bad that I didn't have anything to give back, so I told Mr. Nixon that I brought some perfume for his wife (my dad had just that morning bought my mom a small bottle of Arpege - her favorite - and I knew it was in her purse). I asked my mother to give me the bottle and offered it to Nixon. I still remember being absolutely positive that he would not take it. Guess what - he took it. :)
We spent a week in Washington, staying at the home of one of the Treasury Department PR people (Jacob Mogelever, the man who had made the arrangements for the short film). At the end of the week, we went home. End of story, part one.
I continued working, doing about five or six guest spots per year. I remember being upset though because several of my friends (Beaver, Dennis the Menace, etc.) each had a series, and I didn't.
I told my parents that I wanted a series, and asked them how to go about it. I recall my dad saying that I should think about who I knew that was important or influential and approach those people. I'm sure he meant people in the industry. Well, I took him at his word. Who was the most important person I knew? Vice President Richard Nixon.
I asked my dad, "Do you think Vice President Nixon could get me a series?"
My dad said, "Well, maybe. I guess the only thing to do is ask him."
We played out the scenario - a game for my parents, a plan for me. I asked where to get a ticket, asked if they thought I should order a taxi (they said sure, that would be one way to get to the airport), and if they thought I should contact Jacob Mogelever when I arrived, since he had arranged my meeting with Nixon the time before. They said sure, Mr. Mogelever was probably the way to go.
We often played this sort of pretend game - (for example, I'd say, "What if I was going to host a big dinner party - what would the menu be? which market would I go to? could I carry all my purchases on the bus? would I cook it all by myself? who would sit where at the table" - to me, those were really fun games, only in this case, I decided to turn the game into reality.)
I had some money saved up - every time I did a show, I was given $5.00 to do with as I pleased (in those days $5.00 was a lot of money for a nine-year-old). I never spent any of it, saving it for a "rainy day."
So I took my money (about $125, I think) and decided to buy a plane ticket to Washington. There was an American Airlines office in the Roosevelt Hotel (walking distance from my house), so one afternoon when my mom and I were shopping on Hollywood Boulevard, I just went to the Roosevelt and bought myself a ticket.
In those days the law was that if someone had cash, they could purchase a plane ticket, no matter what their age (how times have changed.) (And actually, they changed the law almost immediately after my flight to D.C.).
So - I had my ticket, I packed a little suitcase, I wrote my parents a note saying that they shouldn't worry about me, that I'd gone to Washington D.C. to ask Mr. Nixon to get me a series. I called a taxi, the taxi came (it was in the evening, and my parents were already asleep) and off I went to the airport.
I had no trouble checking in at the airport (I can't remember now, but I guess in those days they either didn't have any regulations about kids flying by themselves, or else they weren't as strict as they are nowadays). I do remember meeting a very nice gentleman and getting into a conversation with him, walking together onto the plane, so maybe they thought he was my dad. Who knows?
So we board the plane, the plane takes off, I'm so excited! I'm going to get a series!
About halfway through the flight (a ten to eleven hour cross-country flight in those days) I open my purse and lo and behold! there's the note that I had written to my parents!
I immediately called the stewardess (in those days we still called them stewardesses, not flight attendants) and told her. "You got to let my parents know!" I begged her. "They will be so worried! They won't know where I am."
"Sorry," she said. "We can't let passengers do personal business that way."
I tried to explain to her what had happened, who I was, what was going on, but she said not to worry, that she was sure everything would be all right once we had landed in D.C.
Hah! My parents woke up, couldn't find me, and of course, major panic! That was right around the time that several children had been kidnapped, and my parents were absolutely frantic! They called everyone they could think of, and when they couldn't find me anywhere, they naturally called the police, and the search was on!
I don't remember now how they ended up locating me - perhaps the stewardess finally asked the pilot to contact someone, perhaps when the headlines hit, someone at the airline recognized my name from the flight list - in any case, when we landed in D.C., there were about a gazillion reporters, photographers, the police - boy oh boy, it was crazy!
So that's the story I told on the Tonight Show.
Footnote: Needless to say, I never did get to see Mr. Nixon on that trip, and I never did get my series (and I think, considering how some of my young colleagues turned out, that it was for the best).
I was called in to the police station for questioning, though. Several times. I was even personally interrogated by then Police Chief Parker, who, as I was leaving, whispered in my ear, "You're on our list, little girl. We'll be watching you. For the rest of your life."
End of story.
Please tell the archive people that I'm delighted with that little snippet of a memory!
All the best with your wonderful project - keeping the history alive is so very, very important. How can we know where we're going, if we don't know from where we came?"
Evelyn Rudie Co-Artistic Director Santa Monica Playhouse Santa Monica, California 90401 theatre@SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: 2009-02-27 12:38 Subject: AUDIO FOR PBS DOCUMENTARY ON "FREEDOM RIDERS."
"I Hope all is well. Firelight Media is producing a two-hour documentary on the "Freedom Riders." The program will be broadcast nationally on the premier PBS series, American Experience.
I looked over your website and I am very interested in obtaining some of your archival audio of broadcasts pertaining to the freedom riders and other civil rights events in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Look forward to talking to you. Best."
Carol Bash Researcher Firelight Media 324 Convent Avenue New York, NY 10031
From: "Mitzi Gaynor Management" (email@example.com) To: (firstname.lastname@example.org) Sent: 2009-03-05 Subject: Mitzi Gaynor and King Family inquiry
Dear Mr. Gries,
"We manage the entertainer Mitzi Gaynor and also work with the famed King Family. We are delighted to have come across your website and explore your incredible archive of television history.
There are several programs that our friends/clients do not have in their personal archives and we're sure they would be overjoyed at this chance to add these missing pieces.
Thank you for your time."
All the best,
Shane Rosamonda Office of Miss Mitzi Gaynor Rene Reyes & Shane Rosamonda 12659 Moorpark Street Suite 15
From: Paul Doherty To: Phil Gries Sent: 2009-03-25 20:40 Subject: Bravo!
"Thanks so much, Boss, for the Mel Allen reading (Oct. 1, 1961 Mel Allen reading on WPIX TV after Roger Maris hit his record breaking 61st home run of Bob Sheppard's poem, ROGER MARIS SAYS HIS PRAYERS).
It was just splendid and its unique items like this that makes my collection the all-time Bob Sheppard collection. Your phone call with him recently was well handled too. You reminded of the man who did those wonderful interviews in the 1960's with the early 20th century baseball stars for the book THE GLORY OF THEIR TIMES: THE STORY OF BASEBALL TOLD BY THE MEN WHO PLAYED IT.
Well-done all around and congrats! Thanks again for this goodie. It's much appreciated and I'm very grateful."
Paul Doherty cesd Talent Agency email@example.com
April 9, 2009
"I want to thank you for your continuing support of the Paley Center of Media. It has been a pleasure to get to know you and your work. I am always amazed at the rarities in your archival collection.
We are grateful for your most recent donation in December 2008. We will be making copies of the Danny Kaye biography ("DANNY KAYE in NOBODY'S FOOL - 1994) which you were the Director of Photography, shot for the BBC's South Bank Show, in the mid-nineties. Kaye was a remarkable personality and our patrons will enjoy this new perspective.
I also want to acknowledge the donation of a 1953 Steve Allen Show (WNBT Ch. 4 New York City local 40 minute "TONIGHT SHOW" format - 9/3/53). Steverino was one of the legends of fifties television, and we welcome another one of his early talk shows.
Once again, we are grateful to one of the Museum's valued donors. We always appreciate your donations and thoughts about our events. I look forward to seeing you again and blogging about your extraordinary career."
Ron Simon Curator, Television The Paley Center For Media 25 West 52nd Street New York, NY 10019 firstname.lastname@example.org 212-621-6680 (phone) 212-621-6642 (fax)
From: Ed Randall To: Phil Gries Sent: 2009-06-05 09:17 Subject: Jackie Robinson tape
"Finally got to it (audio dub of TV audio air check READING OUT LOUD WITH JACKIE ROBINSON - WNTA television Ch. 13 - May 1, 1960), after finishing writing my book the day before yesterday.
WAS SO IMPRESSED, I LISTENED TO IT THREE CONSECUTIVE TIMES."
Ed Randall "Talking Baseball" WFAN 660 AM
August 14th 2009
"Thank you so much for the cassette of my grandfather's one-man show (Festival of Performing Arts: An Evening with Robert Morley - Feb. 19, 1963 - WNEW-TV). So wonderful sitting here in Florida and hearing him tell stories again!
I was very lucky to not only be his grandson but to spend the first 25 years of my life in very close proximity to him and he was as you can imagine the most loving, amusing and generous of people.
On the tape he refers to his little house in the garden. This was the colt house and is very well described in the performance. He would spend a lot of time there writing, reading, snoozing & smoking his cigars (my grandmother wouldn't let him smoke in the house). Years after he died the wonderful cigar smell still lingered amongst the bookshelves.
Thank you again very much for the tape. I will lend it to my uncle who I'm sure will also greatly enjoy it."
Sent: 2009-08-18 12:51 Subject: Customer Order Inquiry Customer Name: Amy Richardson-Arvay Customer E-Mail: email@example.com Catalog Record #: 666 Customer Order Note: #666: PROJECT 20: THE RED WHITE AND BLUE 1964-06-09, WNBC 46 min. "My grandmother still has a printed slip mailed to her by the Marine Corps, stating that my uncle Bobby (Robert Richardson), who was killed in Vietnam was in this film. I don't know if my uncle speaks in the film, or was just photographed, but it would mean the world to my grandmother to hear the broadcast. My grandmother is 93 years old and still lives on her own in the house she raised my father and uncles in. Thank you so much for your time."
"Hello, My named is George Walker. I worked with Lou Rawls as a guitarist from 1971 through 1973. I did several TV shows with him. I would like to know if I can get a copy of those shows. He featured me playing guitar solos. Thank you."
George Walker www.georgewalkermusic.com
From: Debbie Nathan To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: 2009-11-09 11:59 Subject: #240: A 1960's RADIO BROADCAST ADDITION: FAME IS FICKLE: AN NBC RADIO SPECIAL REPORT ON THE DEATH OF MARILYN MONROE - 1962-08-08, NBC 51 Minutes
"I am interested in hearing the broadcast listed above. I do not wish to rebroadcast it but merely to listen. I am a writer, doing a book for the publisher Free Press about one of them who speaks in the broadcast - Cornelia B. Wilber (author of "SYBIL"). I would like to hear what she has to say, for contextual research and for possible quoting in my book."
Thank You! Debbie Nathan
"I edit a newsletter (TUNE INTO YESTERDAY) here in the UK about archive recordings. We have about 200 readers. Would it be possible for us to reprint your article called "WHY COLLECT?", as I feel it would be of great interest to our readers. We would of course quote www.atvaudio.com as a source.
I look forward to hearing from you."
Graeme Stevenson 11 The Charrier Menstrie - FK11 7BU Scotland, UK
Dear Mr. Gries, "I am a recent graduate and research scholar out of Cornell University, from Westchester County, NY. Having visited your Archival TV Audio website off and on over the past three years, I feel compelled to write to you and say that your collection is one of the most amazing I have ever encountered. As a history buff and aficionado of classic TV from the 1950s, '60s and '70s, it is quite fascinating to browse through your listings and to listen to the occasional audio excerpts." Kindest Regards,
Vikash Khanna Cornell University 2009 Policy Analysis & Management Hunter R. Rawlings 3 Presidential Research Scholar
From: "PHIL GRIES" To: Sent: 2009-12-16 01:46 Subject: Re: Fw: Tom Jones Special, Movin Up River Catalog # 4866
Glad to know that delivery of your order TOM JONES SPECIAL: MOVIN UP RIVER (04-26-1971) was received by you in Heidelberg, Germany. I know you will enjoy listening, over and over again for many years to come, to the audio track of this marvelous TV broadcast not circulated elsewhere in any form at this time.
Thank you for your comments which I would like to include, with your permission, on our ATA website TESTIMONIAL link."
Phil Gries ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC.
- --- Original Message ----- From: "Jose" To: "PHIL GRIES" Sent: 2009-12-15 14:05 Subject: Re: Fw: Tom Jones Special, Movin Up River Catalog # 4866
"Just wanted to thank you all for your prompt and fantastic service. The tape arrived today, and I am very happy with the quality, your professional service and communication.
Thanks so much. You've made me very happy!"
Jose Seguin Heidelberg, Germany
BENJAMIN M. HAN
To Whom It May Concern,
"Hello. My name is Ben Han and I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. I'm currently writing a dissertation about variety shows and came across your website. I wanted to ask you if it would be possible to purchase three variety shows that are available in your collection.
Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you."
Sincerely, Benjamin M. Han Ph.D. Candidate Cinema Studies Tisch School of the Arts New York University
LINDA CROWLEY ----- Original Message ----- From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: 2009-12-24
"I think this tape is just a treasure! (Chuck Connors & Family interviewed on Person to Person by Charles Collingwood - July 14, 1961)
Have a very Happy New Year!"
Linda Crowley East Northport, New York
From: "PHIL GRIES" To: Sent: 2009-12-25 Subject: Re: Problem with tape no longer
"Linda, Glad to know that you are pleased with having what I agree is a very special retrospective of "light" into the private world of Chuck Connors, almost a half century ago. Wishing you also a very meaningful and healthy New Year."
PETER STARK Library OF Congress Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate U.S. / Anglo Division 101 INDEPENDENCE AVENUE, S.E. WASHINGTON, D.C. 20540-4270 Dear Mr. Gries:
"The Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, recently signed the Gift Agreement establishing at the Library of Congress in its Recorded Sound Section, your gift of off-the-air recordings of portions of two historic 1950s television broadcasts. Therefore, I am pleased to enclosed one of the fully executed original signature copies of the Gift Agreement for your files. We are incorporating the other signature copy into the records of the Library and shall be governed by it in administering your important and valuable gift.
I join Dr. Billington in enthusiastically welcoming this important collection to the library. If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me."
With best wishes, Sincerely,
Peter Stark Gifts Coordinator
From: Beverly Records Subject: Re: WINTER CARNIVAL AT SUN VALLEY 2-23-62 CATALOG # 171 To: "Editor Publisher" Date: Monday, March 8, 2010, 7:39 PM
"I looked at your internet listing and found the info of what is on the tape. My friend, Woody Lusk, of Louisville KY will be sending you a check this week."
Thanks, Jack BEVERLY RECORDS - Chicago's Vinyl Source since 1967 (Rare Recordings) 11612 S. WESTERN AVE. CHICAGO, IL 60643 773-779-0066 www.beverlyrecords.com
JOHN C. CANNON April 16, 2010
Dear Phil -
"Enclosed is a check to obtain a cassette tape of the Perry Como Easter Show that was telecast on April 18, 1962.
Phil, I am so indebted to you for all you did "above and beyond" to enable me, after 48 years, to recapture what was the highlight of my eight years as a young priest in new York who organized the St. Monica's Children's Choir with 100 kids from the east side tenements before it became an upscale part of Manhattan.
It will be a moving experience to listen to the choir once again. I never dreamed that it would be possible!
An anecdote showing the kind of person Perry Como was: three weeks after we taped the show in June of 1961 (can you believe - ten months earlier!), I received a 27-inch RCA color television set from him, as a gift. And this at a time when there were less than one million color sets in existence!
All blessings to you, Phil, for making all of this possible."
John C. Cannon
June 9, 2010
Dear Phil -
"The tape has arrived! After listening to it only once, I was transported back across forty-eight years in an instant, for a profound emotional experience that I was not expecting. The entire ambiance of my life at that moment enveloped me. I was back in New York, at the NBC diorama studio in Brooklyn, talking with the producer, the director, Ray Charles (of the Ray Charles Singers, not the R & B guy) about possibly doing an orchestration, Peter Gennaro about the choreography, and some very special moments with Perry himself, just chatting back and forth. We had already done the rehearsal. Someone approached Perry and was praising the choir, to which Perry said, "They sing like angels."
It was such a memorable day for me. I am so grateful to you for your dogged pursuit of the elusive tape. You have given me such a gift; I pray that God will bless you richly for going the extra mile, thereby bringing great joy to my life. You have to have made so many troupers of yesteryear enjoy a trip back to their glory days by making available to them the actual audio of performances they thought long lost down the roads of history!
Thanks again for bringing this old, inactive priest such a tremendous experience in his sunset years.
All blessings to you and your loved ones."
With heartfelt gratitude,
John C. Cannon
FRANK JASON RHODEN
May 21, 2010
Archival Television Audio, Inc. P. O. Box 88 Albertson, NY. 11507
Archival Television Audio,
"Catalog #2534 FANFARE WITH AL HIRT 8-07-65 featuring Chad & Jeremy Catalog #4289 RED SKELTON HOUR 2-14-67 featuring Chad & Jeremy
Thank you for offering this material, which was said in my email to your company includes an appearance we were not even aware existed in any form whatsoever, and another we have been unable to obtain at this time.
I should note that this is for Chad & Jeremy's private archive. We've never been able to locate video copies of either of these performances in years of searching."
Frank Jason Rhoden 13513 GREENTREE DR TAMPA, FL 33613
From: Jim biographer To: PHIL GRIES Sent: 2010-05-19 20:31 Subject: Blog Reference Tomorrow
"Will be running this in tomorrow's blog (http://shirleybooth.info):
I met up with Phil Gries, from Archival Television Audio. He gave me an amazingly rare item - in fact non-existent anywhere: Shirley Booth being interviewed on the March 15, 1963 broadcast of The Merv Griffin Show. We both loved the interview - wished there was more of it."
Jim Manago Author of "Love is the Reason for it All: The Shirley Booth Story" - published by BearManor Media
Dear Phil Gries,
"Well, I finally had a chance to listen to the audio samples that you generously donated months ago, and they definitely lived up to expectations. The Alan Freed clips were fascinating-even singers like Edie Adams and Andy Williams were doing rock and roll at that point. The coverage of the Khrushchev-Nixon debate was almost dizzying, with all of the translators' voices going at the same time. Quite a moment in history.
I'm sorry to take so long with this-it wasn't for lack of interest.
I leave today for ARSC in New Orleans. I hope we can connect there."
All the best,
Matthew Barton Curator, Recorded Sound Library of Congress, National Audio Visual Conservation Center 19053 Mount Pony Road Culpeper, VA 22701-7551 (202) 707-5508
On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 5:23 AM, Scott Saul wrote:
Dear Archival Television Audio,
"I've just sent you an email via your 'order' portal, but thought I would send another email from my home account, just to be sure that you received it.
I'm a professor who's doing work on the early comedy of Richard Pryor, and was happy to see that you have audio for several programs that Pryor worked on. I would be interested in the audio of selected episodes of the Kraft Summer Music Hall, The Roger Miller Show, Operation Entertainment, The New Bill Cosby Show, and perhaps some episodes of the Ed Sullivan Show (I'd have to crosscheck with my notes on those I've already been able to locate).
For me, I believe that the audio cassette may be preferable because I will be transcribing some of Pryor's performances for my book and it will be much more difficult to do so with a VHS tape.
1. #3276 (Kraft Summer Music Hall, 6/6/66) 2. #3277 (Kraft Summer Music Hall, 6/13/66) 3. #3289 (Kraft Summer Music Hall, 8/8/66) 4. #4377 (Roger Miller Show, 11/1/66) 5. #4121 (Operation Entertainment, 1/19/68) 6. #3595 (Kraft Summer Music Hall, 7/3/68) 7. #2321 (Ed Sullivan Show, 10/13/68) 8. #4121 (Operation Entertainment, 11/8/68) 9. #4141 (Operation Entertainment, 12/20/68) 10. #4564 (Smothers Brothers Summer Show, 9/2/70) 11. #2394 (Ed Sullivan Show, 11/1/70) 12. #4116 (The New Bill Cosby Show, 11/13/72) 13. #2150 (Dinah and Her New Best Friends, 7/17/76)
Thanks so much for your help."
All the best,
Scott Saul Associate Professor of American Studies and English UC-Berkeley http://www.google.com/profiles/scottsaul
To: email@example.com Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 5:46 PM
"I am interested in purchasing the FULL RADIO BROADCAST of the 5/25/1965 Sonny Liston vs. Muhammad Ali rematch fight.
In addition please send the five different audio air checks, discussed, pertaining to the Watts Los Angeles riots (August 1965)
Please send the tapes back to us as soon as possible as we are trying to get this audio ASAP!
Again, I appreciate you helping me organize the deliveries of these materials. Please feel free to call with any questions!!"
Thanks, Claire Newman "MAD MEN" Post Production Coordinator 1201 W 5th ST STE M230 Los Angeles, CA 90017
----- Original Message ----- From: "Mara McSweeny" To: Sent: 2010-06-30 11:36 Subject: Seeking Quote for the NBC Audio Material Related to JFK's Assassination
Hello Mr. Gries,
"It was delightful speaking with you yesterday. As I mentioned, we are currently in production of an 8-hour television series called The Kennedys, for the History Channel. It will be their first scripted series, and follows the life of the famous American family.
I am handling research and clearance for the production and I'm very interested in the audio material that you have of the NBC broadcast on Nov. 22, 1963. What a fascinating piece of history that you captured! I would love to get a copy of the audio material for review, and if we find it suitable (and if we can get authorization from NBC to include a brief clip in our production) we may be interested in using some of the audio in dramatic scenes in which we are staging several people in various locations learning the news of the shooting in Dallas. We would accomplish this by including the material as playback within our scenes (i.e. a tv is playing in the background, or in a portion of the screen and we see visuals/hear audio).
Thanks in advance for your kind consideration of this request, and again it was great to make your acquaintance over the phone."
Mara McSweeny Clearances Kennedys Productions (Ontario) Inc. 20 Butterick Road, Toronto, ON M8W 3Z8
January 27, 2010
Phil Gries Collector's Choice Archival Television Audio, Inc. P.O. Box 88 Albertson, New York 11507
Dear Mr. Gries,
"I was very interested to learn about the collection of Television Audio soundtracks you have available. Part of the work I do involves preserving the legacy of Perry Como. There are some particular titles within the Archival Television Audio collection that I would be very interested to obtain copies of."
Matthew Long 62 Stroud Road, Shirley Solhull West Midlands, B90 2JT United Kingdom
From: Peggy Sutton Subject: REQUEST FOR THE SONNY LISTON VS. CASSIUS CLAY FIRST FIGHT Date: Monday, May 24, 2010, 5:58 AM
"I'm a radio producer and I'm enquiring about the archive for a documentary I'm making for BBC Radio 4."
Peggy Sutton Producer, Somethin' Else 20-26 Brunswick Place London, N16DZ
Hi Mr. Gries
"I would like to order the following two programs.
#4596: SING ALONG WITH MITCH 1964-02-03 #4592: SING ALONG WITH MITCH 1964-03-16
I'm tracing the history of sing-alongs, from the days of making your own music at home, to the mid-twentieth century when they're recorded or televised nostalgia for older audiences, to later decades when they're activities for children.
I'm working on a scholarly journal article that I can later expand into a book-length study of new audiences for old music. And would you believe that it is easier and cheaper to access 17th century European manuscripts than it is to find information on 20th century music? Libraries don't collect popular music (or TV, as you know), and scholars don't study or catalog it, so the only way I've ever been able to find any information is by buying what I find and building my own collection. The twentieth-century is a preservation disaster. I'm so glad you have this archive!"
From: Jnipo@cs.com Subject: "The Lost JFK NBC Bulletin" special ATA compilation tape. To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Monday, May 31, 2010, 1:40 PM
"I ran across the site and was fascinated, to say the least, by the "lost" NBC bulletins that you recorded. You mention a special ten-minute compilation tape that includes some comments by Don Pardo. How much would that be on cassette?"
John Ippolito Lindenhurst, New York
From: Klain, Jane To: PHIL GRIES Sent: 2010-06-24 17:57 Subject: "MUSICAL COMEDY TIME"
"Good chatting with you.
Just wanted to remind you about "HIT THE DECK" (NBC TV Dec. 11, 1950) on which my friend Iva Withers performed. She's turning 93 on July 7th and I'd love to give her an audio copy of the show."
Jane Klain Manager, Research Services The Paley Center for Media 25 West 52nd Street New York, NY 10019
From: Wesley Hyatt To: Phil Gries Sent: 2010-09-05 22:20 Subject: Re: Customer Order Inquiry: Carol and Company (02-24-1963)
"Thank you for your nice note about the Encyclopedia of Daytime Television. Glad to hear someone of your stature has a copy of the book. I'm working now on the 100 highest-rated individual TV shows of all time, and believe it or not, this Carol Burnett Special is the one that made my list, so I look forward to hearing it. I appreciate your help on this item. Thanks again, and have a great Labor Day!"
"I just wanted to thank you for the tape of the ABC Stage 67 special "I'm Getting Married" (March 16, 1967).
I've listened to it several times now. The audio quality is excellent, and the show, while obviously dated, was well written and performed. Thank you again. I'll be sure and recommend you to others."
Best wishes, Dave Rodgers
"Phil Gries was able to provide me with an old television broadcast that journalists from two different countries weren't able to find. Not just something close enough, but the perfect recording from the exact date I was looking for. Thanks to him, my film will deliver a much deeper, stronger message that's also truer to the historical facts."
Iker Maidagan Animation Filmmaker November 14, 2010
To: "Phil Gries" email@example.com Sent: 2011-01-11 22:12 Subject: From Robert Weide / re: Woody Allen
"This is Robert Weide. I'm producing/directing an authorized documentary ("SERIOUSLY FUNNY-THE COMIC ART OF WOODY ALLEN") on Woody Allen for PBS' AMERICAN MASTERS." Woody suggested I contact you to see if you have any material that may be useful to the project. I already have access to videotape of many of his early TV appearances and from what I can tell, most of your collection is comprised of audio recordings. But, please feel free to contact me if you'd like, and we can discuss what you have."
All best, Bob Weide Whyaduck Productions, Inc. 818-980-5355 www.duckprods.com
From: "Marni Fields" firstname.lastname@example.org To: Sent: 2011-01-13 14:08 Subject: "Love, Life, Liberty And Lunch" (5/18/1976)
"I have not forgotten my promise to you to post a testimonial on your website regarding my chance to win $4,000 if I could find a copy of the tape, "Love, Life, Liberty And Lunch."
I am a massage therapist. I had financial problems last year and one of my clients loaned me $4,000. One thing led to another and after he and I had several talks we came to realize there was a show from his childhood that he loved but he could not remember the name of the show or when it aired. Only that, Peter Ustinov was in it and so was Zero Mostel.
For the next few months, I proceeded to do some research and found the name of the television special was called, "Love, Life, Liberty And Lunch." My client was so excited I found out the name of the show that he challenged me to find him a copy that he could take home and watch. After many months of searching to my great delight I came across your Archival Television Audio, Inc. website, Phil, and there is where I found information about the show and your contact information.
After a lengthy telephone call with you, you saved the day! You found where a copy of "Love, Life, Liberty And Lunch" could be viewed, since you only had the audio. For this information, my client offered that he would take away $2,000 of the $4,000 I owed him. He only would absolve the entire $4,000 if I could produce a copy of the tape for him to take home. Unfortunately, getting him a physical copy from The Paley Center For Media was impossible so I only had the chance for the $2,000.
Because of you Phil, I won $2,000 during a time in my life when I was struggling with financial hardship. Additionally, my client was able to view a copy of the show that he loved from his childhood so he was very happy.
Thank you so much for helping me through a dark and scary place. I am happy to tell you things have improved, my health is 100% and my debt to my client is paid in full!
May you always have your health. You're the best!! Thank you for everything!"
From: Michele Monro Date: 2011-01-29 17:46 To: PHIL GRIES Subject: Archival Television Testimonial
"I have now had time to listen to the two television audio air checks featuring my father, Matt Monro, as guest on American television ("HERE COME THE STARS" - 4/20/1969 & "THE RED SKELTON HOUR" - 4/25/1967), and what a joy it was. These early shows of when he first went to the States are very precious to me and although I haven't managed to find the visuals yet, hearing the audio was a joy. Thank you for making it happen. The quality is wonderful and I only wish you had more hidden up your sleeve."
MICHELE Middlesex, ENGLAND
Michele Monro, author of biography "THE SINGER'S SINGER - THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF MATT MONRO" published by Titan Publishing 2010
From: Brenda Price email@example.com To: "PHIL GRIES" firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Special Bulletin Cancelled
"Thank you for your time. One good thing was to come across your web page. How cool. To know that documentation of events are available, such as what you offer, is a wonderful resource for the public."
From: "William Reynolds" email@example.com To: "PHIL GRIES firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: 2011-01-30 13:06 Subject: Re: NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS on Joey Bishop Show
"Hi again, Phil-first, many thanks for your research. It doesn't surprise me to learn that many of the Bishop shows were erased or destroyed. And, the deal with the CHRISTYS is that a single group was only around for about a year before they were changed out for new members. (You can only do 'This Land is Your Land' with a smile on your face for so long before it has to be surgically implanted there.) So, the existing tapes (ATA audio) containing NEW CHRISTY MINSTREL performances would all be other members, as the Joey Bishop appearance was the lone American TV show on which our particular gang appeared. That's the reason I was so interested when I encountered your site. Thought I might get a peek at the then 'us' from four decades prior.
So, again-thanks, Phil. Keep up all the good work."
Best, Bill Reynolds
From: "Brian Tessier" To: email@example.com Sent: 2011-02-09 20:20 Subject: Audio of Johnny Carson re: MLK Assassination & Tonight Show Premiere Show
"We are producing a two-hour documentary on Johnny Carson for the American Masters series on PBS. I am interested in listening to the segment of the Civil Rights Movement tape you have of Johnny addressing the Martin Luther King assassination in his monologue on the 4/5/68 episode of The Tonight Show for possible inclusion in the documentary. We want to go ahead and also order the debut Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (10/1/62). I will keep you posted on how our Carson doc goes. As it stands now it will not air until 2012, which will be the fiftieth anniversary since Johnny took over the helm of The Tonight Show, and the twentieth since he retired from television. Thank you again for your help. We shall definitely be in touch as we move forward."
Best Regards, Brian
Brian Tessier Supervising Producer 310-826-8264 PETER JONES PRODUCTIONS, INC. 11520 San Vicente Boulevard, Suite 207 Los Angeles, California 90049
From: "David Creelman" firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Sent: 2011-04-20 19:08 Subject: General Inquiry
"I JUST FOUND YOUR WEBSITE AND SEARCHING YOUR ONLINE CATALOGUE IS KIND OF LIKE THE FEELING ONE GETS OPENING GIFTS ON CHRISTMAS MORNING AROUND HERE! SO MUCH STUFF TO LOOK THROUGH, AND POSSIBLY ORDER. THANKS FOR YOUR GREAT WORK. Looking forward to beginning my first 'shopping' trip at your website."
David C. CANADA
From: "Susan Mizruchi" firstname.lastname@example.org To: "PHIL GRIES" email@example.com Sent: 2011-05-02 12:36 Subject: Re: "BRANDO'S SMILE: CULTURE AND CELEBRITY IN THE WORK AND LIFE"
"All your tapes arrived! I have been listening and enjoying, immensely! I am delighted that my request had the result of your richer appreciation of Brando. I am hoping with my book to bring this about for many more people, and you have played a huge role in that effort. I will be happy to acknowledge your help in my book.
I am in LA now, spending the days in the great Academy of Motion Pictures Archive and the evenings interviewing some of the lingering Brando aficionados. I look forward to listening to more of your tapes.
Again, my deep gratitude to you."
Susan Mizruchi Professor of English Boston University 236 Bay State Road Boston, MA 02215 617-358-2529
From: "Doc Kane" firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Sent: 2011-06-10 13:37 Subject: Re: History Channel six part series VIETNAM IN HD. Request LISTING OF ATA AUDIO AIR CHECKS (1961-1965)
"This is genius! So many great things in here that I've been searching for since January. I LOVE the Radio Moscow bombing announcement. Not one single radio or television network, or affiliate I have called had mention of that very pivotal event. I can't wait to hear these elements! I just forwarded these items to our producer and director, and we can't wait to see what else exists-particularly between 1965 and August 1968. After August 1968, the general availability of coverage increases. It's that early stuff that has been a pain in the rear to dig up."
Thanks tons, Doc
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2011 EMAIL SENT TO JOE FRANKLIN
"Joe-yesterday I completed another coast to coast 75 minute phone interview with TV CONFIDENTIAL's Ed Robertson, related to my retrospective PROFILE OF JOE FRANKLIN's 43 YEARS ON TELEVISION (1952-1994). Robertson will use a number of sound clips I have sent him from my archive, Archival Television Audio, which when edited within our discussion will be radio broadcast in two parts beginning November 23rd. These broadcasts are later available to stream on TV CONFIDENTIAL's website (www.tvconfidential.net). TV CONFIDENTIAL is heard each week (2 hour broadcast) on many radio stations across the country and on the internet. This year I have done 17 profile segments on this series related to television's golden and silver age-retrospectives on Jackie Gleason, the lost 1967 Ethel Merman NBC TV adaptation of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, a revealing conversation with Jonathan Winters I had when he phoned me a few years ago, the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris' record breaking 61st home-run (Red Barber's call on WPIX TV), two part programs on Johnny Carson, Woody Allen, etc.
Joe, I trust you received the Joe Franklin Memory Lane 19 minute audio montage I mailed to you this past week-replacing the one you misplaced. Those guest you had!...those interviews! and all of them LOST!!"
With Appreciation and Respect,
From: Eddie Cantor firstname.lastname@example.org To: Phil Gries email@example.com Subject: Joe Franklin memo (43 year TV profile by Phil Gries on TV CONFIDENTIAL) Sent: Nov 8, 2011 3:35PM
"Received audio montage of my pioneering days. I gave it to my archivist - the man you met with me at the Friends of Old Time Radio convention, Rick Russo, and asked him to arrange a dinner date for all three of us. I appreciate your work and look forward to anything we can all do together to resource the more than ten hours of audio in your archive representing lost JOE FRANKLIN MEMORY LANE shows going back half a century."
From: Geo Geek (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2011 9:43 To: Phil Subject: Re: Walter Cronkite CBS EVENING NEWS, Dec. 1967
"I'll also check the other archives you suggested. How strange that the networks didn't keep the tapes of those broadcasts, and what a waste.
Whether I find the segment I'm seeking or not, your project is a gift to generations who don't have these things in their collective memory.
Thanks for preserving the past. And for your help!"
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2011 EMAIL SENT TO KELLIE FLANAGAN
From: Phil [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Monday, December 12, 2011 1:37 PM To: 'Kellie Flanagan' Subject: Re: Thank you from Kellie Flanagan - Testimonial Link letter
December 12, 2011
"Wow! What a great anecdotal retrospective from you. It will be added to the Testimonial link on the Archival Television Audio, Inc. website along with past appreciative comments from others-recipients of ATA audio air checks, including Woody Allen, Mike Wallace, Joey Bishop, Julie Andrews, and Evelyn Rudie, (about your age when she recounts an appearance with Jack Paar).
I can visualize you and your whole family listening to the sound track of ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL (43 years to the day since this Burl Ives Thanksgiving Day TV Special was broadcast) after a fulfilling and appreciative Thanksgiving Day dinner. Moments and circumstances such as these add frosting on the ATA archive cake which has nurtured me for many past decades and hopefully for many decades to come. Bringing back long ago memories via a little audio tape-enabling you to share such special experience and memory with your family and loved ones, only increases my personal passion and joy for having created and preserved such broadcast history.
Thank you for taking the time to share such appreciation.
Warmest Regards-Happy Holidays!"
Phil Phil Gries Archival Television Audio, Inc.
From: Kellie Flanagan [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Monday, December 12, 2011 12:24 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Thank you from Kellie Flanagan
"After searching for All Things Bright and Beautiful for many years, we had actually given up -- until my sister Jill sent me the link to your site, Archival Television Audio. When the show was produced in 1968, I was just 9 years old and Burl Ives was already the wandering troubadour, famous for so many songs and roles. With very specific memories of the show and Burl, it was my dream to recapture the program for my own daughter and finally with your help, we were able to do so.
Our family gathered this Thanksgiving and after dinner retired to the living room and loaded the cassette tape. The family ranges in age from 4 to 76, so I'd say it was a pretty good sample audience. My two little great-nephews and my own teen daughter were down on the floor with their ears to the cassette player and we all got chills listening to the program.
It was pretty magical to be taken back in time to the few days we spent filming this TV special. When we got to a short duet with Burl and I, no one could hold back the tears -- to hear my little voice and his famous one, together, after all these years -- was truly surreal.
Not only was this Thanksgiving the anniversary of the show airing, it was also the anniversary of our car ride from Santa Monica to the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, after Burl called our house and invited us over to watch it with him, in 1968. I still have a Polaroid pic of Burl Ives, me and my nephew (the dad of my great nephews!) on the floor on a polar bear rug, in Burl's suite at the Chateau Marmont.
Here we are all those years later, grown up, watching our children enjoy the moments again. It's the definition of timeless.
Thanks, Phil, for making such a dear dream come true."
ATA Acknowledgement (Page 437) in Biography, "HOWARD COSELL: THE MAN, the MYTH, and the TRANSFORMATION of AMERICAN SPORTS"
"Because reclaiming an important life from the scrap heap of history requires aid, assistance, and guidance, I am grateful to the gang in the wondrous Microforms Room of the New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Nancy Cricco at the NYU Archives Department, the staff at the Paley Center for Media, andPhil Gries of Archival Television Audio, Inc."
Mark Ribowsky Author of "Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports
"Thanks Phil-I have appreciated your communications! As a friend, and fan, of Kay Starr, I usually know what numbers Kay has performed on various shows which I have located and collected over the decades. But in the case of my three requests, "JIM NABORS HOUR" (12/25/1969), "JIM NABORS HOUR" (11/12/1970), & "DANNY THOMAS GOES COUNTRY & WESTERN" (3/13/1966)-it had been so many years now, and I seemed to have had amnesia about these TV broadcasts. It is so sad that so many of her works have been lost or erased, so I really looked forward to hearing the above TV audio air checks. What a pleasure it has been to be able to go back in time and hear my favorite entertainer!"
Bob Robison Corona Del-Mar, California
From: Anthony Bonet Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2012 12:26 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Audio for Use in Community/College Radio
Dear Sir or Madam -
"I am a student at UC Berkeley and I also work at its radio station (KALX Radio - kalx.berkeley.edu)
I am putting together some programs for Black History Month and someone recommended I check out your site.
I'd be very interested in purchasing some or all of the audio you have pertaining to the Civil Rights Movement. I do thank you for your time and congratulate you for the impressive work you've done."
Thanks very much for your time,
KAREN ELLIOTT GREISDORF
From: Karen@kegphotography.com Sent: Monday, January 30, 2012 12:53 AM To: email@example.com Subject: Re: Civil Rights Movement audio per phone call
"The audio sounds great and truly enhances the production (civil rights news reports 1963-1968). At the moment I am still knee deep in editing with gratitude. Many thanks for your great service & gracious spirit!"
"P.S. Thanks for all your great effort. I can't wait to hear everything. And it's just a good thing I'm not closer to you or I'd find a way to digest the whole civil rights collection out of pure interest.
Karen Elliott Greisdorf 4417 Chestnut Street Bethesda, MD 20814
To be continued!"
Mr. Phil Gries 209 Sea Cliff Avenue Sea Cliff, N.Y. 11579
Saturday 4th February 2012.
"I am writing to you from Galway, Ireland as I am currently embarking on a 15 minute documentary on the Historical St. Clerans Manor House located in Craughwell, Co. Galway, Ireland.
John Huston the Irish Film Director formally owned the House and indeed most recently the late Merv Griffin.
I had the pleasure of not alone meeting Merv Griffin but working for him as General Manager of St. Clerans Manor House from 2005, up the sad passing away of Mr. Griffin.
I am currently doing a diploma in Radio Media Technology and as part of my course I am required to do a short documentary. So I have chosen this wonderful historical property St. Clerans.
I was always aware that at some stage Merv had interviewed John Huston for his renowned TV chat show.] Whilst in the course of my research on the Internet I struggled to find any record of this interview. Thankfully I came across your web site: Archival Television Audio, Inc to discover with sheer delight the code and link I required.
#5350 MERV GRIFFIN'S ST. PATRICK'S DAY SPECIAL with John Huston.
Hence my request for a clip of the audio interview from Merv Griffin with John Huston as part of my academic studies and being a vital integral part of this documentary. The final draft of this documentary will be available on my web site www.kenbergin.wordpress.com within a couple of weeks and will advise accordingly.
Phil, I am deeply indebted to you and Archival Television Audio, Inc for your generosity, and time in assisting me with this project which I am so very proud of."
Kindest Regards and best wishes,
Ken Bergin Caheraloggy West Ardrahan Co. Galway Ireland Tel: 000353 91 776698 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com Web: www.kenbergin.wordpress.com
From: To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Monday, February 6, 2012 8:51 PM Subject: re: NBC/assassination coverage
"I would like to purchase the NBC clips at the beginning of the JFK assassination coverage. I was home sick that day and was the first member of my family to hear the news. I was 6 years old and told my mother "President Kennedy was shot." She didn't believe me, but found that it was true shortly thereafter.
As I said, I told my mother what I had just heard Pardo report. Back in those days I can imagine that this kind of information was impossible to believe, let alone hearing it from a six year old child. I also recall sitting there on our couch watching the NBC coverage. After seeing the replay of the NBC coverage on the A&E special recalling the 25th anniversary of the assassination, I found that I could recall the paneling of the NBC 'flash studio.' When I saw that replayed in 1988, those memories came flooding back. I cannot remember precisely what my mother or other family members older than myself felt about the event. It must've been very traumatic, because the events of that weekend stayed with me all these years. I knew that something important had occurred, but my six year old mind could not process the true importance of it all. I did know that it was concerning the assassination.
The Pardo announcement just started a fire in that six year old's evolving mind. Your recording and kind offer will help me tap into that reservoir and will bring back memories that are still there but clouded by such a long stretch of time and by the holes from my very young memory."
Yours truly, Curt Whiteley
From: Phil To: email@example.com Sent: Tue, Feb 7, 2012 18:22:50 EST Subject: FW: NBC/JFK assassination coverage
February 7, 2012,
Good evening Curt,
"As founder and owner of ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC. I was made aware of your request below. I am ALWAYS interested in obtaining personal anecdotes regarding activities of people as they become aware of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. You can read where I was and how I came to audio record NBC TV coverage of the assassination on the ATA website.
Your story was special because of your age (six years old), at the time when you experienced this tragic news, and in retrospect it is interesting that you were the first member of your, possibly entire family, who first learned of that horrific event, 48 years ago!
My personal memories, when I was six years old, are hazy. However, there was one particular event which I will always remember-the same way you will always remember watching TV coverage, with your mother on November 22, 1963. In September of 1949 I first watched television in my OWN living room with my mother and father, and brother on our very first TV set-an Andrea 16 & 1/2 console, with built in FM and AM radio. Over 1000 of the audio air checks in the ATA collection were recorded watching programs on that set.
I would very much like to add your anecdote, and any other memories regarding that November 22nd day to our ATA TESTIMONIALS LINK (right column-scroll down). And, if you decide to purchase either one of the JFK 11/22/63 audio air check archived tapes for sale,- information emailed to your today I will personally give you a 25% discount off the price quoted."
Phil Gries Archival Television Audio, Inc. (www.atvaudio.com) P.O. Box 88 - Albertson, N.Y. 11507 516-656-5677 firstname.lastname@example.org
From: Phil Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2012 12:00 AM To: 'email@example.com' Subject: Audio recording-saving history (Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game), and things we share in common (Jim & Phil)
March 3, 2012
Jim Trelease Enfield, Connecticut
"I am the founder and owner of ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, Inc. (www.atvaudio.com) which is an archive comprised of tens of thousands of television and radio audio air checks representing the ONLY BROADCAST RECORD known to survive.
On this 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game, and your audio tape recorded peerless fourth quarter of that game, I have learned facts about you and the circumstances surrounding your taping of that momentous event that I had never known before. Fascinating story of how you slept during the 4th quarter while listening to the game live, and then recorded the repeat of the game at 3am that morning-preserving the tape and finally decades later bringing it to light-and eventually to the NBA archives.
I realize there are many parallels we share, beside the fact that we were the only individuals in the country to audio record a forever historic broadcast event, and preserve such efforts for others to share, scores of years later.
You recorded the Chamberlain 4th quarter 100-point historic broadcast. I recorded the lost first NBC bulletins, voiced by Don Pardo, and the first minutes of NBC television coverage, also never recorded by NBC or anyone else, of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas Texas, November 22, 1963.
Other similar parallels I realize between us-you were still shy of your 21st birthday when you made your recording. I was still shy of my 21st birthday when I made my recording (My birth date, Feb. 2, 1943). You recorded on a Webcor tape recorder. I recorded on a Webcor tape recorder.
Jim, I am curious if you ever audio recorded other radio and/or television broadcasts, or was this the unique aberration pearl which will forever be associated with your legacy as AUDIO TAPER?
I am also reminded of the effort by Lawrence Goldberg who requested that his mother tape record, on his WEBCOR tape recorder, the last half of the ninth inning, game 3 of the Brooklyn Dodger vs. New York Giants Playoffs (Oct. 3, 1951). WMCA radio station never recorded it-NBC never recorded it-Nobody recorded the hysteric call by Russ Hodges when Bobby Thompson hit THE SHOT HEARD ROUND THE WORLD-his game winning Home Run, except Lawrence's mom.
My JFK NEWS broadcast television audio air checks will forever be sandwiched in between TWO SPOTS iconic broadcast lost moments, all preserved, fortuitously, by three "preservationists" on a Webcor audio tape recorder.
And that is some tale of the tape!"
Phil Gries 209 Sea Cliff Avenue Sea Cliff, New York 11579 firstname.lastname@example.org 516-656-5677 Cell - 516-317-8957
From: James Trelease Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 8:24 PM To: Phil Subject: from Jim Trelease -- Chamberlain
"Thanks for the email about the Wilt Chamberlain tape. No, I never recorded anything else of value. I do use a couple of old air checks from WNEW that play every other hour on my laptop and desktop computers, along with William B. Williams' old morning greeting "Hello, world. This is William B." He was my all-time favorite radio personality. I wish I had a tape of Bill Mazer giving the time or something on the old WNBC when he first became a presence in NYC, the glory years before AM radio became hate-radio.
I had some wonderful old Marty Glickman New York Giant football games on tape but the tapes disintegrated over time. So I'm grateful the Wilt tape lasted as long as it did."
Phil Gries Archival TV Audio, Inc. 209 Sea Cliff Ave.
PETER JONES PRODUCTIONS, INC. 11777 San Vicente Boulevard, Suite 670 Los Angeles, California 90049
Dated: April 9, 2012
"This letter will reiterate our discussion about using the following audio in our documentary on the life and career of Johnny Carson, titled "American Masters: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night" (the "Program"):
Sixty (60) seconds of audio of the 10/1/62 premiere episode of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (the "Audio").
Thank you for your help and cooperation on this project."
Brian Tessier Supervising Producer Peter Jones Productions
VINCENT T. SMITH, JR.
April 24, 2012
Mr. Phil Gries Director Archival Television Audio, Inc. 209 Sea Cliff Avenue, Sea Cliff, New York 11579
"I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to you for your willingness to work with me in acquiring some valuable material for my research project. I want to thank you for your very considerate patience.
On both a personal and professional level, I appreciated the time we spent on the phone working out the details of my inquiry. I certainly learned a lot about the archive, and will definitely purchase more material from your Civil Rights Movement collection. I was able to access the collection from online research. The material will help me tremendously with my research project on a forgotten civil rights movement leader. Additionally, this great material is rare since it cannot be accessed anywhere else in the country.
I am a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University. As we discussed a few moments ago, I am working on a project called "The Man Behind King" which is on Wyatt Tee Walker. After reviewing your civil rights movement recordings list, I would like to purchase the May 9, 1963 clip of Walker who discusses the racial crisis in Birmingham, Alabama on the Barry Gray Show (WMCA Radio). I look forward to your response and negotiating a reasonable price for the audio file.
Again, thanks so much for your kindness and your help. I have no doubt that the Archival Television Audio archive has had great success because of you. You certainly are applauded because to keep rare material such as this is a blessing.
Please keep in touch, and I look forward to continuing our relationship because history is very important."
Vincent T. Smith, Jr. M. A. History-Graduate Student Virginia Commonwealth University
From: Deb Ricketts [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Friday, May 25, 2012 2:18 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MUHAMMAD ALI'S GREATEST FIGHT
"It was a pleasure speaking with you. As discussed, I would like to order #32 in your catalog, (radio broadcast of the first Clay/Liston fight) and the radio broadcast of the first Ali/Frazier fight from March 8, 1971. Probably best would be to send the audio cassettes to our New York production office, where they can convert digital files for the editorial dept based in London.
Here is the address for the New York production office:
First Street Productions, LLC 11 Broadway, Suite 360 New York, NY 10004 646 335-0600 Attn: Maggie Englehardt FedEx #3204-2255-8
Just let me know the cost"
Deb Ricketts 310 586-6880 (tel) email@example.com
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight(2012) Drama
Ali's biggest match, his fight with the US government. A film about the politics and hubris surrounding the Vietnam War and the revenge exacted on America's greatest sportsman of the 20th century because he refused to fight in that war.
Director: Stephen Frears Writer: Shawn Slovo Stars: Christopher Plummer, Benjamin Walker and Danny Glover
From: Jordan Fields Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2012 11:51 AM To: Phil Subject: RE: update - THE HISTORY OF MEL BROOKS, PART 1
"Fascinating. Yes, I'm very interested in the Tonight Show material (which I'd have to license from Carson Productions) and would appreciate a dub to assess its audio quality. I just spent last Friday with Carl and Mel, and they are as funny together as ever. Given the reduction in running time on the Open End piece, this material could be most helpful!
The release is still scheduled for November, and its working title is now "The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy.""
All the best, Jordan
"P.S. I will add the additional Les Crane broadcast 8/5/1964 with Mel doing the critique related to the debate between Marguerite Oswald and Melvin Belli. I actually asked him about your request on Monday, and he said he doesn't remember ever appearing on the Les Crane Show. Granted, he's 85 and he's done a lot in his career. When I mentioned the show with Oswald's mother, Mel was absolutely fascinated but still had no memory of it. Perhaps hearing it will jog his memory."
From: Rick Dailey Sent: Sunday, May 06, 2012 3:10 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Hy Gardner / George Maharis #461
"I just became aware of your website by listening to the George Maharis interview on TV Confidential and wanted to introduce myself. I operate a website (www.ohio66.com) that documents filming locations of Route 66 and I am currently working on a large-scale project investigating the circumstances surrounding the departure of George Maharis from the show. I have examined documents in the collection of Herbert B. Leonard (executive producer) at UCLA and also in Leonard's legal action against Maharis: Lancer v. Maharis in courts. My research has dug up extensive details that have never been brought to light before. I have also had many long conversations with George about these documents and plan to present all of it soon. George actually mentioned me on the TV Confidential program, not by name, but as a friend of Jim Rosin's who is working to present the real facts about his departure.
In Bert Leonard's legal action, he quotes from an interview of Maharis conducted by Hy Gardner and I see that this entire interview is available from Archival Television Audio. I just submitted an order inquiry on the program but also wanted to present a proposal. It would be great if I could use a few excerpts from that interview on my site in connection with the article I am about to publish. I understand that the interview is about 45 minutes long but I am mainly interested in George's comments about Bert Leonard and Route 66. In return, I would be glad to add credits and links to Archival Television Audio."
Rick Dailey www.ohio66.com
From: Eric Williams Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2012 10:51 PM To: PHIL GRIES Cc: Brad Williams; Greg Williams Subject: "Unforgettable" - Phil Gries, Archival Television Audio - YouTube
"Friday marks the fourth anniversary of the day Brad and I invaded your home and sampled a bit of your vast archives. I was always sad that nothing from that day really fit into the flow of the finished documentary, so I've cut together a brief segment that I've posted on YouTube:
I caught the Carson documentary on PBS the other night. Glad people are still getting such great use of your materials.
Thanks again for your hospitality back in '08. Keep your verve!"
All the best, Eric
What if you could remember every day of your life? UNFORGETTABLE the real-life adventures of "the Human Google" www.unforgettabledoc.com
THOMAS F. JACKSON
From: Thomas Jackson Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 11:01 AM To: email@example.com Subject: 1963 Civil Rights audio TV
Dear Mr. Gries
"First of all, let me express how thrilled I am to discover your archives. And thank you for having the vision to preserve the history as it unfolded.
I am a scholar of civil rights and mass communications, and my next book is on African American protest, media, and civil rights reform in 1963-1964.
I would like to listen to up to a dozen of the nightly news broadcasts and at least 4 of the full length radio and television documentaries. Many thanks for your help in this regard. This is truly exciting as I have literally thousands of print articles from white and black print media, but precious little from the Paley Center and National Archives."
Yours truly, Tom Jackson
Thomas F. Jackson, Associate Professor Twentieth Century U.S. History Department of History University of North Carolina Greensboro 2141 MHRA Greensboro, NC 27402-6170 Author: From Civil Rights to Human Rights (2007): http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/14280.html
May 5, 2012
Mr. Phil Gries 209 Sea Cliff Ave. Sea Cliff, NY 11579
"This may be the tardiest acknowledgment you have ever received, and my apology for a five month delay in thanking you for sending me that marvelous tape of the Jack Paar TONIGHT Show of the night he walked off (Feb. 11, 1960). I have now copied the tape onto a CD, and, inasmuch as the tape may be unique, I will return it to you if you wish.
Knowing that most of the recordings (audio and video) of that era were destroyed by a young vice president of NBC on grounds that the warehouse in which they were stored charged a rental fee for the space, it seems the only fragments that survived were those Paar himself selected to copy and keep-not a lot-and your rescue of the sounds of that unbelievable evening.
Have any of the Museums of Broadcasting (NY and Chicago notable) sought to accept and archive your audio collection? I know a lot of your stuff outdates Museums of this sort. I do remember, since we had started taping the show (8:15 to 10:00) a meeting I was in on, when there was debate among the NBC Brass about whether or not to air the tape. (Shelley Berman had said to me right after we shut down at 10:00 "Nobody will ever see this. They're not going to air it.") I think in the meeting I threatened to kill myself at NBC's entrance if I went through that and they didn't air it. Something like that. Of course they decided to run it (to a very high rating as Paar had said in an afternoon news conference that he was going to do something drastic on the show that night. (Bad blood over a bleeping of a word of his the night before.)
You mention a tape of a half century ago you recorded of a night I substituted for Jack. (Dec. 29, 1960). If you had a copy of that it would be a blast for me to relive that night. (I remember Lucille Ball and Lucie, but the rest is hazy in what I laughingly call my 'mind.')
Anyway, my inexpressible apology and grief for the humungous delay is exceeded only by my sense of sincere gratitude to you for this slice of history."
All the best,
From: Peter Jones Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 8:22 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Thank You, Phil
"I'm currently listening to one of the tapes you have kindly sent - my grandfather, Conrad Nagel, doing bios of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland on his NY program. Wow. To hear that voice that I knew so well talking about someone I later interviewed and someone I made a documentary about - there are no words to express what it means to me. I also want you to know how much I appreciate your assistance on our Johnny Carson film, "American Master: Johnny Carson, King of Late Night.""
PETER JONES PRODUCTIONS, INC. 11520 San Vicente Boulevard, Suite 207 Los Angeles, California 90049
June 24, 2012
Mr. Phil Gries 209 Sea Cliff Ave. Sea Cliff, NY 11579
"This note is to send you thanks for the great archive material you have sent me. I am going to carve out some time to run through it all with careful attention, as it provides some valuable links to the past for me that would not otherwise be at all available.
The value lies in the triple way memories are altered: First, they are subject to change through editing and lacunae, lost bits of detail and probably, seriously, some quantum effects in neuron firing during recall. Second, the environment of that universe back then itself changes and no longer meshes with the world of "then." And Third, without hard evidence such as you have sent, what proof could there be that any of this really happened?-that maybe it was all imagined.
When I remember things like the interview with Lucille Ball, (but the fine details of the actual sounds of our voices and all the words would not be in my brain's computer banks) I am brought to the horizon of a cherished moment in my broadcast life that I class with a few others-physicist Stephen Hawking during three evening in his home in Cambridge, and Ann Richards when she was governor of Texas-I substituted for Larry King and spent the whole hour on her-I could count gems like these on one hand, and the only hard proof I have that any of them really happened is the one you sent me.
What a treasure these 22 clips are! They are priceless and believe me they are appreciated.
Trust all is well with you in today's fascinating chapter of the Human Comedy. We are both victims of the old Chinese curse "May you be born in interesting times." And I am loving it." -Best,
From: Arild Nedregotten [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 2:59 PM To: Phil Subject: RE: Audio from Maureen O'Hara tv appearance (HIGH BUTTON SHOES - 11/20/1966)
"Great news - and that on Maureen's 92nd birthday!
I asked Andrew to try to get her make a personal note with something about the show and special thanks, but so far that has not been done.
You will be getting though - a hand signed 10X8 photo of her with "For Phil Gries Best Wishes Maureen O'Hara." And that IS amazing - cause Maureen has totally quit signing anything - in the last 1/2 year there has been no more signings, just a lucky few who have met her at appearances around April. But that, according to Andrew, was her last major appearance. She is more fragile than before, and I see it's getting more difficult for her to write, but hopefully she'll be making appearances in the future, at least when the legal trouble in Ireland is over.
I look forward to hearing from you, and getting these shows. Will let you know what Maureen says when she hears them too!"
Hope to hear from you soon,
All the best, Arild Nedregotten Lovika 72 N-6013 AALESUND NORWAY
From: Clay Haskell Sent: Wed, 03 Oct 2012 15:49:54 -0700 (PDT) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Testimonial
"I can't say enough great things about Archival Television Audio. I am directing a documentary about a historic figure, James Meredith, who was dramatically attacked one day nearly fifty years ago. TVs and radios quickly spread the word that he'd been killed. As it happened, he survived, and by the time the newspapers came out the next day, he was recovering in the hospital.
The headlines about his recovery are dramatic, sure, but having somebody mistakenly declare him dead is even more dramatic.
I looked everywhere for these news flashes. I spent years looking. Could not find them anywhere. They were lost to history.
And then you found them (ABC Radio, CBS Evening News with Roger Mudd, NBC Radio News, CBS News with Harry Reasoner). Somewhere. Somehow. You resurrected this broadcast history which aired on June 6, 1966. You resurrected my main character.
Thank you, Phil for the great work you do!!"
CHRIS MATTHEW SCIABARRA
From: Chris Matthew Sciabarra [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Friday, October 12, 2012 12:07 PM To: Phil Subject: Re: Archival TV Audio, Inc. Order
"So sorry for taking so long to get back to you to thank you for having sent me the tapes of the Sarah Vaughan/Buddy Rich "Wolf Trap" performance and the Stan Kenton "Soundstage" - Quite wonderful; I had the Sassy/Rich tape, but this quality is better, and even though the Kenton is not complete, it's more than what I had, which was nothing!
Thanks again; I sure will be coming back when I take the time to go through your remarkable archives."
All the very best, Chris
October 7, 2012
To: Queen Margaret University Craighall Campus Musselburgh East Lothian, E226UU Scotland.
From: Archival Television Audio, Inc. 209 Sea Cliff Avenue Sea Cliff New York 11579 firstname.lastname@example.org 516-656-5677
"Sold - ATA Catalogue #556 (Peerless NBC's First Bulletins (Don Pardo), and live NBC Network coverage (total 123 minutes) of President John F. Kennedy's assassination on two audio cassette tapes containing pristine direct line audio quality. Audio excerpts to be used as background audio in a short film. No further fees are to be transacted. Fee made out to ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC. and in the form of a money order in US dollars, mailed to Phil Gries - Archival Television Audio, Inc. 209 Sea Cliff Avenue Sea Cliff, New York 11579.
Upon receipt of money order tape will be immediately shipped to Irvine Allan at the above invoiced address."
From: Allan, Irvine [mailto:IAllan@gmu.ac.uk] Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 11:50 AM To: Phil Subject: RE: JFK Audio
"I thought you might find the script interesting. I have attached that for you.
Thanks for your help, good to talk to you yesterday."
From: Phil Gries Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 4:11 PM To: 'Allan,Irvine' Subject: RE: JFK Audio
November 7. 2012
"Thank you Irvine for sharing your script, "WAYWARD WIND."
Surrealistic tale of reverting back in time. I now am aware of your objective use of the JFK news bulletins-beginning and end of your short docudrama. I wish you success and fulfillment with the production and when it is complete and ready for release I would love to purchase a copy-would enjoy viewing it."
Best Wishes, Phil
Phil Gries Gries Cinema Productions (www.philgries.com) - 516-656(FILM)3456 Archival Television Audio, Inc. (www.atvaudio.com) - 516-656-5677 209 Sea Cliff Avenue Sea Cliff, N.Y. 11579 email@example.com cell - 516-317-8957
November 11, 2012
Hi Mr. Gries,
"You can't know how happy I am that you took on this labor of love.
Fifty years ago, my three small children and I sat excitedly waiting for your program to begin. Now, fifty years later, THEIR children will be sitting and listening to that program!!! I have been looking for a copy of it for all that time.
We are just happy that we can once again listen to "America: Portrait In Verses" aired in August, 1962 (August 16 1962 - CBS TV)."
Thank you, Marley Dow Rochester Hills, Michigan 48306
From: Scott Vincent Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 7:21 PM To: Phil Subject: Re: additional Scott Vincent air checks Attachments: IMG_0002.JPG; Untitled attachment 00330.htm
"Optimism is welcome with me. I hope you may find something as you catalog your holdings. Unlike "Eyewitness News" which my dad Scott Vincent announced, he performed on-camera for "Report to New York" from 1959 through 1966. I am attaching a print ad from IMDB. Report to New York aired at 6p & 11p, followed by "Shock Theater."
I have found it easier to get my father's legacy on paper rather than on disk. I have been able to recover a number of early videos -- so the archeological dig hasn't been without some welcome surprises -- including the materials you have kindly located for me."
Have a great night,
From: Jordan Fields Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 2:26 PM To: Phil Subject: RE: MEL BROOKS CD BONUS audio air checks included to 5 DVD release ("The Incredible Mel Brooks")
"Hi Phil, thank you for the nice note, and here's hoping sales follow the reviews, which so far have been uniformly positive. I was certainly planning to send you a set. I have so many licensors and people who helped me on this project, that it's been a task in itself to get the complimentary sets out. Plus, I was holding off until the last clearances were completed. I will get yours out today and I thank you again for all the wonderful content you provided."
All the best, Jordan
From: Scott O'Brien [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 12:22 PM To: 'Phil' Subject: RE: #413
"The quality of Memoirs of the Movies (1959-63) was excellent and provided rare interviews with Adolph Zukor, Broncho Billy Anderson, Janet Gaynor, Zachary Scott, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Jack Lemmon etc., with an excellent narrative by Ruth Chatterton. Thanks so much for archiving this rare material.
Scott O'Brien (author: Kay Francis - I Can't Wait to be Forgotten: Ruth Chatterton - Actress, Aviator, Author)
Thanks for your help, good to talk to you yesterday."
From: Phil Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 3:14 PM To: 'Scott O'Brien' Subject: RE: #413
"Thank you Scott for your complimentary feedback. I wish you much success with your biography on Ms. Ruth Chatterton. Please let me know when it is published and available for purchase."
From: Christine Fall Date: Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM Subject: Radio order for possible use in documentary for Firelight films To: email@example.com
"I believe you've worked with Firelight media before on some of our other projects. We're currently making a documentary about the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964 ("Freedom Summer") to air on PBS' American Experience. I'm interested in finding out about the items below -- can I get copy to listen to for research and to decide if useful in our documentary?"
To: Phil Subject: RE: May 2, 1963 CBS television news broadcast (Douglas Edwards reports on the arrest that day of more than 450 protesting children in Birmingham Alabama)
"I hope all is going well!
You and I talked last November about some material from your archives for a radio documentary Alabama Public Radio is doing on the civil rights movement.
I'd like to move forward on this, by inviting a colleague into our conversation. Amy Eifler is a TV producer for the University of Alabama, and we're working together on civil rights coverage this year. She also has a budget for the acquisition of stock sound and film footage.
What's the next step in air checking the CBS report you found, so we can see if it's useful for our projects? After that, we can move onto compensating you for its use.
Many thanks for all your help up so far."
Pat Duggins News Director, Alabama Public Radio 1-205-348-5913
From: William Shaman [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2013 6:56 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Re: Susan Barrett request
"The tape arrived yesterday, for which many thanks. How it got here so quickly is extraordinary in itself. I can't thank you enough for the fine job you did of including all the announcements and miscellaneous chit-chat. I've done this kind of work professionally for several record labels and know the effort required.
The overall quality is good. Many sound like average air-checks, but are sensitive enough to simple EQ that they will clean up very nicely. A few (from memory, the Mel Torme SOMETHING SPECIAL, the Rickles OPERATION ENTERTAINMENT) are true line-check quality. There were only four titles in all these shows that Barrett recorded commercially (on her 1967 RCA-Victor LP), so the rest added considerably to a very fragile legacy. The one I had real doubts about-the 1969 SJAID KAHN SPECIAL-was in many respects the most remarkable of the lot: "Before the Parade Passes By" from HELLO DOLLY is the most stunning, typically Barrett-esque singing on the entire tape, and "[With] a Little Help From My Friends" is charming.
Finally hear her speak was a bit unnerving. A perfectly charming voice and delivery, cool and professional, but sincere. I noticed in the 'kissing test' bit with Dean Martin mention of "my husband," though this may have just been the usual scripted nonsense. But I do have to wonder: was she already married as early as 1968? I've seen one online claim that she was married at one time, not that this will be much help.
But for all that, thanks again. Terrific stuff. The studio recordings generally have an edge, but whether in the Controlled, studio-like environment of network shows like Dean Martin's, or in the genuine live material on the tape like OPERATION ENTERTAINMENT, she was fantastic. She sounded so good, obviously looked so good (judging from the whistling of male members of her audiences) - what the hell happened?
Her current whereabouts, if she's still alive (she'd probably be 72), are unknown--at least to me. If she's alive, she's chosen not to remain a public figure, so I'd be very reluctant to invade her privacy. I have been busily documenting her career (recordings, film, television), but have no plans to write a biography. I have to wonder if there will ever be a real story to tell.
Of course you'll have my reaction to the material you'll be sending: you'd have had it without asking! I have a feeling, given your reaction to what you've heard so far, that Barrett's television performances will be very good indeed."
All the best,
Bill Shaman Ztox3369@midco.net
From: Phil [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Monday, February 18, 2013 10:38 AM To: Moe Resner 'email@example.com' Subject: Emailing: amateur-film-shows-giants-final-game-polo-grounds ("END OF AN ERA")
"February 18, 2013-Good Monday Morning to you Moe. I wanted to share an exciting find regarding an audio air check I have discovered in a collection of original reel-to-reel audio tapes recorded by a New Jersey dentist (deceased) over 55 years ago. I now have added to my archive a pristine sound original television audio air check recording from WPIX Channel 11 beginning with Jim Woods on the air opening remarks as the last New York Giant game from the Polo Grounds was broadcast, September 29, 1957. He discusses Giant history and the sad fact that this will be the last New York Giant home game-gives the opening Giant starting line-up and mentions that manager Bill Rigney is putting as many of his 1954 World Championship team on the field. IN ADDITION, also recorded, is the COMPLETE last of the ninth inning which contains Willie Mays' last at-bat as a New York Giant. He gets a great reaction from the crowd and we hear banging on the dugout for a sustained time, and commentary by Bob Delaney-chilling! The play-by-play for this half inning is done by announcer Bob Delaney who calls the last out and gives parting thoughts after Russ Hodges' clubhouse interviews (TV went to Hodges 17 seconds earlier than the radio broadcast which you received from me and used as track in your 2011 documentary, END OF AN ERA). IN SUMMARY a legendary memorable television broadcast moment in time is now preserved giving us an additional and more complete nostalgic retrospective of how that game went on the air as presented on WPIX channel 11 by Knickerbocker beer and Pall Mall cigarettes-opening."
From: Bianca Cervantes Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:34 PM To: Phil Subject: RE: ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO Inc. #239 Attachments: ATV Audio_Here's Hollywood Order Form.pdf; Chad McQueen_Letter of Cooperation.pdf
"I made an enquiry about Here's Hollywood #239 back in January. We are now ready to order the audio. I've attached the order form.
We are requesting this audio for an authorized documentary about Steve McQueen tentatively titled Steve McQueen - King of Cool. We are working closely with Steve's son Chad McQueen on this project (see attached letter). I have been in contact with CBS about Here's Hollywood as they own the rights. They are not sure yet whether they have a screener they can send us. At this point we just want to watch or listen to the McQueen interview to see if we can use it in the film. The UCLA Film Archive apparently has the picture but no sound. And ATV Audio obviously has the sound and no picture. If we cannot obtain the interview from CBS we may need to end up using the audio (of course we would also license the interview through CBS).
We are operating on a very tight archival budget so any preview discounts you are able to offer would be greatly appreciated at this time."
Thanks so much for your help, Bianca
From: Bianca Cervantes Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 3:26 PM To: Phil Subject: RE: ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO Inc. #239 HERE'S HOLLYWOOD (Steve McQueen - Aug. 7, 1962)
"Sorry it's taken so long to provide you with a testimonial for your website.
I was finally able to listen to the Steve McQueen interview from Here's Hollywood today. It's Gold! This is a very hard interview to track down and the quality of the recording is excellent. Thanks for preserving this 50 year old rare recording."
Bianca Network Entertainment, Vancouver, Canada
To: Bianca Cervantes Subject: RE: ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO Inc. #239 HERE'S HOLLYWOOD (Steve McQueen - Aug. 7, 1962)
March 27, 2013
Good Afternoon, Bianca,
"Thank you for your comment. I have always considered the Steve McQueen interview he did on "Here's Hollywood" broadcast on NBC TV over half century ago, to be one of the pearls of the Archival Television Audio, Inc. archive.
I personally recorded this audio air check when I was a mere 20 years old-having watched, lovingly, his "Wanted Dead Or Alive" television series for two and a half years prior (1958-1961).
I wish you much success with your McQueen documentary, "I AM STEVE MCQUEEN," and would love to get a DVD copy when it is released.
Screen credit should be stated as ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC."
Best Wishes, Phil Archival Television Audio, Inc.
To: Phil Subject: Re: ARCHIVAL ORDER INQUIRY #5381
Good evening or morning Phil,
"Yes, I would like to purchase this program. This is the one with Constance Towers correct? My singing teacher and old friend was her pianist and coach and played that night and I would love to be able to give it to him.
What other information do you need?
Judith Angelson New York, NY 10024"
On Mar 8, 2013, at 10:02 AM, Phil wrote:
Good Morning, Judith,
"This particular New Year's Eve Guy Lombardo telecast (Dec. 31, 1970 - Jan. 1, 1971) is particularly interesting since it has a very rare television appearance (out of character) Pia Lindstrom reporting from Times Square as the ball drops closing out 1970 and welcoming in 1971. No broadcast record of this telecast is known to have been archived."
Have a good day. Phil Gries Archival Television Audio, Inc.
From: Judith [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Thursday, March 07, 2013 5:36 PM To: Phil Subject: Re: ARCHIVAL ORDER INQUIRY #5381
"Thank you very much. It is wonderful that people like you exist to preserve the wonderful past!
So I assume you know what this is for. Guy Lombardo, New Year's Eve, Constance Towers. #5381"
From: Scott Vincent Sent: Friday, March 22, 2013 4:50 PM To: Phil Subject: Re: Television Programs We're Looking For | The Paley Center for Media
"It was great speaking with you today. You can't beat a good old fashioned analog phone conversation in the digital age.
I am very happy to hear that you found the (2) Jimmy Deans with my father's show open (Nov. 19 & Dec. 3, 1964) and I genuinely appreciate your taking the time to explore other episodes. Please advise how much I owe you and I will get payment to you straight away.
My address is:
170 Soundview Avenue White Plains, NY 10606-3613
Regarding the possibility of finding one of my father's late 50s/early 60s newscasts for WABC, if you should ever locate a possible group of tapes, and if you should need help screening those tapes, I would be very pleased to meet with you and roll up my sleeves."
Hugh Downs 3157 East Sierra Vista Drive Phoenix, Arizona 85016
"It was my pleasure to be part of yesterday's 75 minute interview retrospective with you and with host of TV Confidential, Ed Robertson. You were great. I only wished that there was more time to delve into your non-television career and personal interests, in addition.
However, much WAS discussed about your eminent career in television and broadcasting and your anecdotal remembrances were very much appreciated.
All the TV audio air checks which I had sent to Ed from my Archival Television Audio, Inc. collection were not used during our session, and those that were used were shorter clips edited by Ed, than what I had dubbed.
Enclosed is that compilation in its entirety for you to enjoy, and file.
Hopefully, a follow-up session #2 will be forthcoming in the future.
Wishing you and yours the very best of continued good health & contentment."
With Respect and Admiration,
Phil Gries 209 Sea Cliff Avenue Sea Cliff, New York 11579 email@example.com 516-656-5677 Cell-516-317-8957
From: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Saturday, April 20, 2013 12:26 PM To: email@example.com Subject: incredible gift
"Phil-I just picked up your magnificent gift of a CD on the glory years of TV. I should think your lecture on this subject would be successful, not only to people over 45, but many who were children in the late 70's would love it.
Molto Grazie. (I'll be playing this more than once!)"
Hugh Downs Phoenix, Arizona 85016
"Thank you for describing the CD sound track sent to you as a "magnificent gift." In truth the adjective "magnificent" can only do justice describing your contribution to television broadcasting, beginning 1949, (64 years ago!!!).
Wishing you continued good health and fulfillment for many, many years to come."
With Admiration and Respect, Phil Phil Gries Archival Television Audio, Inc. 209 Sea Cliff Ave Sea Cliff, N.Y. 11579
From: "Nordmann, Paulette" Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:28:15 To: Phil Subject: RE: ARCHIVAL ORDER INQUIRY #2993 - Agnes Moorehead roast on "Here Come The Stars" (Feb. 2, 1969)
"Yes I would like the audio for this item. Thank you for this rare and privileged opportunity for me to own something I will cherish! Look forward to your confirm." Cheers!
From: chris soldo Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2013 3:57 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: DAVID JANSSEN audio
"I run the David Janssen website which I think Ed Robertson mentioned to you on your last taping with him. I have been trying to get information on the content of his complete body of work on a few of his shows for which seem to be gone in video form.
I would use for review purposes on this page:
Do you think you might provide these to me reasonably? Without too big a tale of woe this website is a labor of love and not a business (i.e. no revenue stream) so it is a bare bones operation.
Could I attribute your company on my website as the source of the information?"
Chris Soldo Santa Barbara, CA 93150
April 19, 2013
"Ed Robertson has mentioned to me your interest in acquiring audio air checks related to David Janssen, from the Archival Television Audio, Inc. collection (www.atvaudio.com)
I appreciate your passion and dedication regarding the definitive research you have diligently acquired and have posted on your website related to David Janssen.
I am receptive to donating to you (present time very busy) TWO DJ excerpts of your choice, gratis, which I can dub from the original 1/4" master reel-to-reel tapes to audio cassette (still all analog here at ATA).
Presently, there are a dozen related Janssen television audio air checks on the ATA website. Choose the specific two excerpts you desire and I will personally locate/transfer/EQ the audio to cassette.
I give you my permission to stream the audio, gratis, on your website with the provision that you mention the source, Archival Television Audio, Inc."
Phil Gries Archival Television Audio, Inc. (www.atvaudio.com) email@example.com 516-656-5677
From: Florian Kerz [mailto:Florian.Kerz@gmx.de] Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2013 6:59 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Sammy Davis jr. - your collection
Hi again Phil,
"I'm the guy who sent the order inquiry regarding the three Sammy Davis jr. shows.
I simply have to write you again, because I'm overwhelmed by your collection. You contributed so much in preserving all these cultural assets - thousands of them would have been completely lost without your recordings over the years.
I live in Germany and I'm 29 years old. For the last 15 years or so I have been collecting anything on Sammy Davis jr. My goal is preserving his musical legacy - as you might know, when he died in 1990 he was terribly in debt, so everything of his personal property was auctioned. This means that also master tapes, recordings etc. that only existed once were spread all over the world, or even lost and thrown away.
In your collection I found some of things I had been looking for years - can't tell you how happy I am.
I was just wondering, do you also have any recordings of his TV Show "Sammy & Company" which ran from 1975-77? It seems as the masters have been deleted and there are probably no further copies around.
From 2005-2007 I was working for Liza Minnelli and accompanied her on her concert tours. While being in Florida for a show, Altovise came to visit. I got to meet her and talked to her about a detailed discography on Sammy I was working on. We stayed in touch and I met her again several times.
Altovise was struggling very hard all these years - but she couldn't retain any of the sold items. Ironically she even sold further things.
Before the IRS started to auction she had some time getting quite a few things of value away, which were hidden in several storage rooms all over the U.S. These things primarily included jewelry, arts, furs, but also some master tapes.
But from what I know, 90% of Sammy's property on records, tapes and videos was sold.
Thanks again for everything you do and I'm looking very much forward to hearing from you!
April 26, 2013
Good afternoon in Germany, Florian,
"You have induced my motivation to research and get the record straight regarding the rare and long lost sought after, by you, Sammy Davis Jr. TV broadcast "THE MAGIC OF SAMMY DAVIS"-the one missing television broadcast representing a SPECIAL he made, performing in a Chicago nightclub-not easily accessible to document or able to easily track.
Florian, It is interesting that even IMDB which lists 199 SELF appearances by Sammy Davis Jr. omits this entry of Davis performing before a Chicago nightclub audience and televised twice in New York on WNBC TV ("SAMMY: THE MAGIC OF SAMMY DAVIS").
I have both TV audio air check broadcasts, on two separate reel-to-reel master tapes. The first airing appeared on October 7, 1972, and the repeat airing on April 28, 1974. Both telecasts were aired not in prime time and that is one reason why it escapes most research reports include VARIETY REVIEWS, and ROSS REPORTS TELEVISION INDEX which I have a very rare complete set from 1949 thru 1980. I have the TV Guide listing and promo for this special. I will send you a Xerox. The two separate airings of this special on hour program were telecast by WNBC on a weekend, the first airing on a late Saturday evening from 11:30pm to 12:30am and the repeat telecast on a late Sunday evening from 11:30pm to 12:30am. I suspect that the tape was wiped after the second airing, and completely lost to all even when trying to trace its broadcast history."
From: Florian Kerz [mailto:Florian.Kerz@gmx.de] Sent: Saturday, April 27, 2013 2:26 AM To: Phil Subject: Re: Sammy Davis jr. - LOST BROADCAST GEMS on surviving audio air checks
"And thank you so much for the info on "The Magic of Sammy Davis jr.". It's absolutely outstanding that you even have the TV guide listing for this special. Like mentioned before, I had failed to acquire any information. When I came across atvaudio on the net and when I saw the special listed there, I couldn't even believe it.
You're indeed right - the two shows "Sammy Davis Jr. in Europe" and "The Magic of Sammy Davis jr." are the ones I had been searching for unsuccessfully all these years. The master of the "In Europe" special is definitely deleted and though Sammy owned a copy of it, who knows if it still exists. I doubt it. "The Magic of Sammy Davis jr." I had only read about, was searching for it, but hadn't even found a hint that it really exists. If it's really that Chicago nightclub show, this one is certainly the rarest Sammy Davis jr. broadcast of all. You can't imagine how happy I am that I came across your site.
I'd be very honored to put a testimonial link on your page.
I'll be at the post office on Monday, sending you the money via Western Union, I'll send $10 additionally for fees that might be charged. I'll be using your home address as recipient for the Western Union, ok?
Thanks again for all your kindness and efforts and I hope you're going to have a wonderful day.
Monday, May 20, 2013
GOOD MORNING IN GERMANY, FLORIAN,
"The entire enigma surrounding THE MAGIC OF SAMMY DAVIS JR. TWO SEPARATE TELEVISION BROADCASTS HERE IN NEW YORK ON WNBC TV motivates me to quickly fast forward through the original October 7, 1972-comparing content related to the April 28, 1974 broadcast which I have already mastered and dubbed for you.
NEW REVELATION. These two broadcasts with the exact same title, "THE MAGIC OF SAMMY DAVIS JR." are two completely different taped live shows, originally performed at the Sherman House in Chicago.
They both have Lola Falana as a guest performer.
NO QUESTION, THE FIRST BROADCAST IS THE RARE GEM BECAUSE THIS WAS THE INITIAL RETURN OF SAMMY DAVIS Jr. to Chicago after a nine year absence. And, in this broadcast Sammy and Lola interchange with loving dialog, and sing a duet "I FEEL GOOD." Interesting that Altovise and Lola both who had intimate relations with Sammy in the 1960s are on this same show together and seemingly still close a little over a year since Altovise married Sammy. At one point during some loving dialog with Lola, Sammy calls out to Altovise, as he jokes about it.
None of the above material is present in the second broadcast which has different songs and different sequences, although it is apparent that Sammy must have joked about his fabulous belt and belt buckle in each of his shows, for this bit is included in both broadcasts but most definitely a variation in the way he relates to it and sets it up. Also, in the initial broadcast there is a lot of ingratiating dialog Sammy reflects upon and shares with his audience that is different than what is broadcast in the second air check."
From: Florian Kerz Sent: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:33 PM To: Phil Subject: Aw: RE: RE: THE MAGIC OF SAMMY (TWO VERSIONS DISCOVERED)
"We had a long holiday weekend over here in Germany and I had taken a few days off, so I am a little delayed with my response.
That all sounds really great and I appreciate it very much that you are enormously helpful.
I am pretty sure that Sammy had copies of these two shows from Chicago, as he would of almost everything ever recorded that had to do with him. In the 1991 Butterfield & Butterfield auctions, tons of stuff were sold, but Altovise had also hidden hundreds of boxes and put them somewhere in storage all over the states and even in Europe. Some of the things have appeared here and there over the years, but I never came across the two Chicago broadcasts. If they still exist, who knows who now owns them and where they are.
I am very much looking forward to listening to these terrific gems!"
From: Nina Krstic Sent: Monday, May 06, 2013 9:54 AM To: email@example.com Subject: Re: ARCHIVAL ORDER INQUIRY #5373
"Great - I'll Fedex a check today.
It's an American Experience documentary on the year 1964 hence the new year's radio."
Nina Krstic Insignia Films 23 E. 17th Street, 5th floor New York, NY 10003 p. 212.966.3636 f. 212.966.3637 www.insigniafilms.com
Broadcast on NBC RADIO, a swingin' cross country New Year's Eve "ALL STAR PARADE OF BANDS" broadcast live from the East Coast to the West Coast.
Ten of the nation's top dance bands swing the old year out and the new year in. The schedule for the festivities, begin Tuesday evening:
11:05 p.m., Peter Duchin Orchestra; 11:35 p.m., Count Basie Orchestra, Basin Street East, N.Y.; 11:45 p.m., Gene Krupa Quartet; 11:55 p.m. Ben Grauer reports from Times Square celebrating the ball drop and New Year 1964; 12:05 a.m., Count Basie Orchestra; 12:30 a.m., Maynard Ferguson Orchestra; 12:55 a.m., Xavier Cugat and Abbe Lane; 1:30 a.m., Harry James Orchestra; 2:05 a.m., Les Brown Orchestra, Newport Beach, California; 2:30 a.m., Woody Herman Orchestra, Castaways Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada; 2:55 a.m., Lawrence Welk Orchestra; 3:30 a.m., Lionel Hampton Orchestra.
This LOST NBC RADIO 5 hour New Years' Eve unprecedented live broadcast, airing almost 50 years ago, would be transferred from the original 1/4" reel-to-reel master tapes, originally recorded at 7.5ips speed, direct line (pristine sound), to ONE VHS HI-FI TRACK VHS TAPE-continuous recording of the original broadcast.
ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC. A Peerless Creative Resource Not Available Elsewhere in the Country
Title: NEW YEAR'S EVE 1963/1964: MUSIC ON THE RADIO ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
Running Time: 300 Minutes
Date: December 31, 1963 / January 1, 1964
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Monday, June 03, 2013 3:45 PM To: Phil Subject: Re: ARCHIVAL ORDER INQUIRY #6002 ("Hedda Hopper's Hollywood" - Jan. 10, 1960)
Hi Phil "Just wanted to tell you that DVD sound file and Yikes-Xeroxes arrives today. Thank you ever so much! The sound quality is really great and it was so nice of you to enclose three fine copies of that article/autograph.
It was fun and interesting to hear Liza sing Over the Rainbow. Oh, how she regrets having done that! But she was only 13, so it was only cute in a way.
If you come across any other really interesting and rare Liza Minnelli sound files, please tell me. There's a good chance that I am interested in buying a copy.
Thank you very much for everything you have done."
My very best, Elisabet
DK-7400 Herning DENMARK
From: Phil Sent: 6/5/2013 11:32:39 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: RE: ARCHIVAL ORDER INQUIRY #4852
June 5, 2013
Good Wednesday, Elisabeth,
"I have decided to share one of the pearls in the ATA archive with you, if you are interested. It is a 2:14 TV audio air check opening segment with 10 year old Liza Minnelli and Bert Lahr discussing and introducing the television premiere of THE WIZARD OF OZ on November 3, 1956 (FORD STAR JUBILEE - CBS TV).
This peerless clip, not existing in The Library of Congress, Paley Center for Media, UCLA Film & Television Archive-or any known resource, has been released in the past by yours truly only once, in 2006, to Angelica Carpenter, President of The International Wizard of Oz Club, located in San Francisco, California. She wrote back to me on Wizard of Oz Club stationery with caricature of the Tin Man and Scarecrow at the top-letter dated, November 3, 2006 (50 years to the day that the clip was broadcast!!)"
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Thursday, June 06, 2013 11:05 AM To: Phil Subject: Re: ARCHIVAL ORDER INQUIRY #4852
Good Thursday, Phil,
"You are a sweetheart! Of course I am interested! It's funny, though, I just read about that very audio check earlier today on your site. Scott Schecher thanks you for that audio that even he had never heard before."
From: Chris Connelly Sent: Monday, July 22, 2013 5:28 PM To: 'email@example.com' Subject: NPR query: Civil rights tape
"Chris here at NPR. I'm working on a story, and looking for more info on pricing for a piece of tape it seems you've got. I found it on this page of your website: http://www.atvaudio.com/ata_civilrights.php. The piece I'm interested in is this entry: March 31, 1963 - VOICES IN THE HEADLINES - Racial violence in Greenwood, Mississippi as Negroes try to register. Sen. Ellender says Negroes need Whites to govern them both in Africa and the United States.
Please give me a call when you get a chance. 202-513-2836"
Thanks Chris Connelly
Christopher Connelly | National Desk | NPR News | 202-513-2836 | firstname.lastname@example.org
July 23, 2013
To: Chris Connelly NPR National Desk - 3535d 1111 North Capital Street NE Washington, DC 20002
"Sold: One audio air check delivered on one audio cassette dubbed from original 1/4" Reel-to-Reel Master Tape.
VOICES IN THE HEADLINES narrated by Fred Foy ABC Radio - March 31, 1963 broadcast. Racial strife in Greenwood, Mississippi 6 minutes 50 seconds.
One copy of completed program to be delivered by Phil Gries, Archival Television Audio, Inc. after airing."
Phil Gries Archival Television Audio, Inc. 209 Sea Cliff Avenue Sea Cliff, New York 11579 516-656-5677 Cell - 516-317-8957 email@example.com
From: Scott Vincent [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Tuesday, July 02, 2013 8:36 AM To: Phil Gries Subject: 100 Grand
"You very kindly sold me my father's intro to "100 Grand" from September of '63. Do you have the whole air check -- or just the intro? If you have the whole air check, would you consider selling me a dub? This would be for my private use and not for resale, uploading etc."
On Jul 11, 2013, at 9:51 AM, Phil wrote:
July 11, 2013
Good Morning Scott,
"Sorry for the delay getting back to you.
Regarding the return to big money quiz shows represented by ABC's "100 GRAND" with your dad announcing, I am the only confirmed resource that has any broadcast moments recorded of this series. The show, as you know, lasted three weeks before being cancelled.
Jack Clark was host. Producer, John B. Green, Directors, Bill Foster and Jerome Shaw, Musical Director, Milton DeLugg, Executive Producer, Robert Stivers. Packager was Larry Thomas Productions in association with ABC Television.
Origination of broadcasts were from Studio A (ABC TV 66th Street Studio, NYC).
Scott, I will dub everything I have related to the above on one tape. Sound is excellent
September 15, 1963 Premiere Broadcast of "100 GRAND" (complete broadcast audio air check - 26 minutes)
September 28, 1963 ABC TV promo plug for "100 GRAND"
September 29, 1963 Final Broadcast of "100 GRAND" (excerpt broadcast audio air check - 6 minutes)
If you are amenable, you can send check made out to ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC and mail to my studio address."
Archival Television Audio, Inc.
August 7, 2013
"Thanks for making the tape of the David Frost/RFK interview ("Memory of A Man: A Tribute to Robert F. Kennedy"), broadcast June 8, 1969. Great if you could mail it to me at the address below.
Look forward to listening to it as I push ahead with research for the Robert Kennedy bio I am writing for Random House."
Cheers, Larry Tye
"These early TV performances by Liza Minnelli, some of them only performed once, to the best of my knowledge, will be a stellar addition to your already major collection representing Minnelli's career.
Have a good day."
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Monday, August 26, 2013 10:02 AM To: Phil Subject: Re: Liza Minnelli additional TV audio air checks accommodation
"Just came home from work!
Checking in your cast ATA collection for Liza appearances was very, very nice of you. So is your offer to send me a composite audio CD.
Of course I am interested. I would be a fool to say No!
I will send you the money tomorrow, Western Union.
My address is - as usual."
Elisabet Petersen Soenderagervej 34, 02, 005 Herning, DENMARK
From: email@example.com Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2013 1:49 PM To: Phil Subject: RE: Liza Air Checks
Good Sunday to you too, Phil,
"If you ever get to Denmark I will be disappointed if you don't come visit, because I will love to meet you too. Apart from my Liza collection there are plenty of things to see around here. Please know that there will always be a spare guest room waiting for you in Herning.
And I do hope that you will remember me if you ever get across a Liza item that I might not have -
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Not much is left of it here. (It's 7:45 pm)."
Best wishes, Elisabet
From: Michael Wilkins Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 8:09 AM To: Phil Subject: RE: query about audio from August 28, 1963
"Looks like we might get a little 11th-hour help from the NARA after all! Regardless, here's the link to what we'll be doing, though the stream will not be active until 8am on Wednesday morning (we'll have a one-hour retrospective prior to the original broadcast)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Subject: RE: query about audio from August 28, 1963 Sent: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:59:58 -0400
"Such 15-hour broadcast will be a special broadcast for the public to appreciate and to reflect.
Airing this Wednesday, August 28th and for one week, on terrestrial and internet outlets a Radio show, TV CONFIDENTIAL, which I have appeared on these past three years-integrating dozens of actuality air checks broadcast by varied television and radio stations that day, from my archive, will broadcast THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON: A RETROSPECTIVE. It runs as a one-hour segment (the weekly broadcast runs two-hour). The segment series I do is called "The Sounds of Lost Television."
Google TV CONFIDENTIAL for more details.
Wishing you success in your search. Thank you for sending me the link."
From: BurbellaRon@cs.com Sent: Friday, August 30, 2013 8:20 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: ARCHIVAL ORDER INQUIRY #951
Dear Gries Audio,
"Thank you for your quick response.
I want to send payment ASAP, but I want to be sure of what is available:
I would like BOTH (1) a CASSETTE and (2) a VHS-HiFi TRACK of the INTERNATIONAL HOUR: Music From Hollywood with Ray Milland, host (CBS TV - May 21, 1964).
This is a special present for Melody Doff, the daughter of Red Doff, who was the producer of the Concert. She was born on the night of that Hollywood Bowl Concert. The original concert was held Sept. 25, 1963 (it later aired May 21, 1964) and the 50th Anniversary of the concert is approaching fast.
So, I need to know if, (kind of like what we do with passport applications that we need done in a hurry), can you get me the Cassette and (hopefully) the VHS HiFi recordings ASAP, for an extra fee for expediting.
Let me know the "grand total" to send. It seems like you only use the U.S. Postal Service for sending payments, and that is OK with me. I'll send a money order for the full amount. If you can accept PayPal, I'll be glad to also include the PayPal fee in my payment this weekend."
Ron Burbella, MD
Sent: Monday, October 14, 2013 4:00 PM To: Phil Subject: RE: ATA invoice. Look forward to your feedback. Elaina. Best, Phil.
"Please let me know if this works fo r you:
The Mary Pickford Foundation and I are so grateful to you for donating to us the television audio air check you, Phil Gries, personally recorded, at the time of the original broadcast of Jack Linkletter's interview with Mary Pickford (NBC's "HERE'S HOLLYWOOD" (July 23, 1962). We are thrilled that you had the foresight to record this very candid discussion, which is considered a lost broadcast, and to preserve it for posterity in such excellent quality. We are happy to be able to share this interview with the public, as it offers such amazing insight into her personal opinion about her work, and also her charitable endeavors.
We are currently having the interview transcribed and prepared digitally for our site. I can't thank you enough for contacting me about this incredible rare find!"
All the Best,
Elaina Archer, Director/Archive & Legacy - Mary Pickford Foundation 310-339-3921 www.marypickford.org
Mary Pickford Jack Linkletter Interview
This interview with Mary Pickford was conducted by Art Linkletter's son Jack Linkletter at the world premiere of the John Wayne film Hatari! at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on June 19th, 1962. Here, Mary discussed a few of the money charities that were important to her, and reminisces about her early life and movie career. Special thanks to Phil Gries at Archival Television Audio, Inc. for this historical treasure.
From: Kate Newbold [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Monday, October 28, 2013 11:41 AM To: Phil Gries Subject: Interview
Hello Mr. Gries!
"My name is Kate Newbold, I am a PhD candidate at Northwestern University in Illinois. I'm currently writing a section of my dissertation that explores collecting and preservation practices for early television - I'm especially interested in interviewing those who collected or saved broadcasts from the first few decades of television. I've read your interviews and articles posted on Archival Television Audio, Inc. and perused through your collection, which is truly impressive in both scope and quality.
Could I trouble you for a phone interview as part of my dissertation research? I have several questions about how you began and maintained your collection in the early days of your practice, as well as how you transitioned your collection into a commercial library and your future plans for this archive. The interview would last anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes. If you are available, please let me know which days and times work best for you.
Thank you for your time, and I hope we can coordinate something soon!"
Kate Newbold Ph.D. Candidate Department of Radio/TV/Film School of Communications Northwestern University
On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM, Phil wrote:
Good Morning Kate,
"Below-consent on all accounts related to your interview of yours truly on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 11am to approximately 12:30pm."
DAVE VON PEIN
From: DaveVonPein@aol.com Sent: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 06:09:29 -0500 (EST) To: Subject: Question About Your Lost NBC TV Audio (President John F. Kennedy Assassination)
"It's been a long time since I talked with you, but as the 50th anniversary of that terrible day back in '63 draws ever so nearer, I wanted to touch base with you regarding something you wrote on the RadioDiscussions.com website on November 18th. You said this:
"All of the related NBC-TV President John F. Kennedy assassination footage that I recorded (a few moments have been omitted to prove I am the original taper) was donated a number of years ago to David Von Pein's incredible website channel and is currently accessible on its YouTube link."
The above comment made my mouth water a little bit, because I am always wanting to add more and more material to my JFK Channel (if possible). And rare stuff is even better.
I said my mouth was watering because I'm a bit lost when you say you've "donated" ALL (or most) of your lost footage to me for use on my YouTube channel. I certainly don't remember you doing that.
In fact, the only clip from your "lost" material that is currently on my sites or on my YouTube channels is the first Don Pardo bulletin from 1:45:03 PM. I haven't used the 3 minutes & 53 seconds of lost footage or the second Pardo clip at all on my sites. But I did get your permission to use the first Pardo clip (as long as a credit was provided whenever I utilized it--which I have always done).
So, since this offer of a "donation" of other NBC material has apparently been made by you, I'm wondering if you could possibly e-mail the other clips (not counting the first Pardo clip, which I do not need), so that I could add them to my channel in time for the 50th anniversary?
Those extra "lost" clips would, indeed, make a great addition to my JFK archive--and right in time for November 22.
If you agree, you could probably easily fit the files in an e-mail attachment (since the length is not substantial).
Thanks for considering this proposal, and if you send the clips, I will (of course) provide a source credit in the video description--plus a link to your site too."
Best regards, David Von Pein
ANDREW K. FRANKLIN
From: Phil [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 6:43 PM To: Franklin, Andy (NBCUniversal) Subject: RE: NBC News audio JFK "lost" NBC Television broadcast
November 20, 2013
Good Evening Andy,
"It is my pleasure to donate to NBC Television the very first two peerless Don Pardo NBC bulletins and first 3:53 minutes of initial coverage by Bill Ryan, Chet Huntley, and Frank McGee, related to President John F. Kennedy assassination LIVE coverage, on November 22, 1963, by NBC television-footage they DID NOT RECORD."
Phil Gries Archival Television Audio, Inc.
From: Franklin, Andy (NBCUniversal) [mailto:Andy.Franklin@nbcuni.com] Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:20 AM To: Phil Cc: Levy, Peter (NBCUniversal); Powell, Ken (NBCUniversal, MSNBC); Sternlicht, David (NBCUniversal); Lukasiewicz, Mark (NBCUniversal); Buchanan, Marisa (NBCUniversal) Subject: RE: NBC News audio JFK "lost" NBC Television broadcast
Dear Mr. Gries, "Thank you for agreeing to provide us with your audio recordings of NBC News initial bulletins reporting on the assassination of President Kennedy from November 22, 1963.
Thank you so much for your help with this - and for so carefully preserving this material all these years. It is much appreciated. We will make a good faith effort to credit you as requested."
Andy Franklin Senior Producer NBC Nightly News 212-664-5905
Don Pardo NBC TV Bulletin Opens Nov 22, 2013 Broadcast of "NBC NIGHTLY NEWS with Brian Williams" (50th Anniversary of Assassination of President John F. Kennedy).
From: Phil Sent: Sunday, December 15, 2013 4:47 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Document1 Attachments: Document1.docx
December 15, 2013
"HAPPY HOLIDAY TO YOU, JIM, AND YOUR WIFE. MUCH SUCCESS WITH YOUR HUNTZ HALL BIOGRAPHY "Behind Sach: The Huntz Hall Story." I LOOK FORWARD TO READING MY COPY WHEN IT IS PUBLISHED. I APPRECIATE A CREDIT IN THE BIOGRAPHY (Phil R. Gries - ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC.).
FOR YOUR FURTHER SCRUTINY AND SEARCHING-HUNTZ HALL APPEARED ON THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW WITH GABE DELL, JANUARY 31, 1968. I DO NOT HAVE IT.
I HAVE A COMPLETE RECORD LOG OF ALL TONIGHT SHOWS-GUESTS, ETC. FROM 1954 TO 1970 (LESS COMPLETE, AFTERWARDS). AND, THERE IS NO RECORD OF HUNTZ HALL APPEARING ON THE TONIGHT SHOW IN DECEMBER 1968, AS YOU INDICATED.
WISHING YOU GOOD HEALTH AND SUCCESS WITH ALL FUTURE VENTURES. HOPEFULLY, THE ENCLOSED TRANSCRIPT VIA ATTACHMENT OF HALL APPEARING WITH JOHNNY CARSON, FEBRUARY 5, 1963 WILL ADD AN EXCLUSIVE ADDITION THAT WILL HEIGHTEN PERSPECTIVE SALES."
Mr. Phil Gries Archival Television Audio 209 Sea Cliff Avenue Sea Cliff, New York 11579
January 10, 2014
"I wanted to thank you again for providing audio recordings of the November 22, 1963 NBC News bulletins of the Kennedy assassination. We are always happy to obtain material that fills gaps in our archives. Your recordings are an important part of the historical record, and we are grateful to you for preserving them all these years, and sharing them with us.
Keep up the good work, and best wishes for continued success."
Andrew K. Franklin Senior Producer NBC Nightly News 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10112
From: Allan Altman Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 10:31 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: ONE TOUCH OF VENUS - sample (Aug 27, 1955 NBC-TV)
"Thanks so much for sending the sample, which arrived yesterday. As I had mentioned, we expect to have access to an original kinescope. But in case that doesn't come through, we will keep your version in mind as a backup. Thanks so much for your assistance and I'm glad we are now aware of your amazing collection.
I believe I sent you off a catalog. Please let me know if you'd like something." Best regards,
Allan Altman Production Coordinator Video Artists International 109 Wheeler Ave. Pleasantville, NY 10570
---Original Message----- From: Rick Saphire [mailto:Rick@RickSaphire.com] Sent: Friday, January 17, 2014 5:41 PM To: Phil Subject: Re: Customer Order Inquiry - Rick Saphire on Tonight Show - July 6, 1962.
"You have certainly done your homework. Very good. I do have my appearance on an audio tape Jerry Lewis sent me in 1962, but I do not have any other parts of the show, and I would love to have it. Thank you. Jerry never did have a video recording of those two wonderful weeks he did in that period between Paar and Carson (June 25 - July 6, 1962). I will tell you a very interesting story about how I had a little bit to do with the debut of The Hollywood Palace. It's an enjoyable bit of a TV history. I'll write to you again tonight."
Rick Saphire AKA Rick Norman!
From: email@example.com Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2014 8:16 AM Cc: Phil Gries Subject: Sid Caesar Dead: Comedy Titan Was 91
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sid-caesar-dead-comedy-titan-679817 I never did get a response from Caesar, on three occasions writing to him and sending my 12/1955 gem broadcast audio air check of him talking show business with Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe-expressing his adulation of both. Nor did best friend of Sid Caesar, Jonathan Winters, succeed, as promised to me, to nudge him to communicate with me. My disappointment!, for he was the genius "engine" behind ALL observational sketch comedians who would follow him as television developed into the communication wonder of culture & society it has become.
Sid Caesar. He was the greatest.
From: John Howland Sent: Friday, February 14, 2014 3:36 AM To: Phil Subject: Re: ARCHIVAL ORDER INQUIRY #699
Hi again, Phil.
"The Tom Wolfe commentary is in his debut book, "The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby," form 1965. A reprint of his Spector chapter is here:
"If only David Susskind and William B. Williams could hear that. Susskind invited Phil Spector to the Open End television program one evening "to talk about the record business." Suddenly Susskind and "William B.," station WNEW's old-nostalgia disc jockey, were condemning Spector as some kind of sharpie poisoning American culture, rotting the minds of Youth and so forth. -Susskind and Williams kept throwing Spector's songs at him-"He's a Rebel," "Da Do Ron Ron," "Be My Baby," "Fine Fine Boy," "Breakin' Up"-as if he were astutely conning millions out of the cretins out there with this stuff. Spector didn't know exactly what to tell them."
I am a musicologist working on a project on Phil Spector. I'm interested in getting an audio copy of the following program listed on your website:
#699: OPEN END WITH DAVID SUSSKIND 1964-08-23, WNEW 85 min. David Susskind, William B. Williams, Leslie Gore, Bobby Vinton, Goldie Goldmark, Jack Keller, Phil Spector, Murray "The K" Kaufman
I'm interested as well in how Wolfe colors this, but to know that I need to hear/see the original. I'm working on a book project concerning the history of orchestral pop, so the sorts of musical class arguments that are apparently in this interview are of significant interest as I work with the actual music (audio, arrangements, marketing, etc.). The type of work I do can be seen in my 2009 book on Ellington: https://www.press.umich.edu/349615/ellington_uptown.
Thanks again for your time."
All the best, John
Prof. John Howland NTNU Department of Music Dragvoll Campus Norwegian University of Science and Technology N7491 Trondheim, Norway firstname.lastname@example.org John.email@example.com
---Original Message----- From: Dave Gaysunas [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 10:55 AM To: Phil Subject: JOHNNY CARSON ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (1962-1972)
"How are you?
Thank you so much for your amazing detailing of the first 10 years of the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson in the CEG Archive. It is a very well authored piece of work and I find it extremely interesting and helpful. I wanted to stay in touch with you as well as to check and see if you might have the complete audio for the following Tonight Show -
Please let me know. If you have a document of your audio only collections that you could send to me to keep on file that would be extremely helpful too. I really appreciate your thoughts and efforts on helping us preserve this wonderful piece of American History."
Thank you and Best Regards,
Dave Gaysunas | Operations Manager Carson Entertainment Group
---Original Message----- From: Mark Greenspan [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 11:24 PM To: Phil Subject: ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO Inc. #3, #137, #282, #710, #815, #824, #833, #6079
"Received the tapes (7 Major League Baseball post-season "lost" games from 1972) a couple of weeks ago. Great stuff! Thanks. It was great speaking with you."
Mark Greenspan 2429 New Market Square South, Bensalem PA 19020
From: Bianca Cervantes [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 5:24 PM To: email@example.com Cc: Kent Wingerak Subject: Re: Here's Hollywood Audio - Steve McQueen documentary (#239 - NBC TV - August 7, 1962)
"As you know, we are hoping to use your audio recording of the Here's Hollywood - Steve McQueen interview in our documentary, "I Am Steve McQueen," since it is superior quality to the audio accompanying the UCLA footage."
Thanks again for all your help, Bianca
Bianca Cervantes Network Entertainment Inc. | 1488 Frances Street | Vancouver | B.C. | V5L 1Y9 | Canada
N E T W O R K
"We are excited to be providing you with a copy of I Am Steve McQueen, of which you were an integral part (audio air check "HERE'S HOLLYWOOD" - Steve McQueen interview broadcast on August 7, 1962). Thank you so much for your contribution and support throughout this project and we hope you enjoy the finished product as much as we do."
All the Best,
Derik Murray Producer NETWORK ENTERTAINMENT INC. 1488 Frances Street | Vancouver | British Columbia | V5L 1Y9 | Canada Tel 604.739.8825 www.networkentertainment.ca
Gary Simson says:
"Thank you Don. I'm a first-gen American and my father is a Berliner so I've spent some time in Germany. Also, if you're interested, I did a one-hour documentary on Steve McQueen a while back (we scored some amazing material). I usually like to do docs on dead celebrities by using on-camera interviews over the course of the film to kind of bring them back to life. Well, Mr. McQueen was notorious for not doing any on-camera interviews except one with Jack Linkletter (Here's Hollywood - Aug 7, 1962 NBC TV) on the set of "The Great Escape." I tracked down the footage but the audio was missing. Then I tracked down a collector (Phil Gries) in Old Westbury, NY with the audio only on a cassette and my editor married the two and voila! we had the one and only interview with Steve McQueen. It has since been used in two other documentaries and the footage is at the UCLA Film Archives! It was quite a research coup at the time and I was almost reluctant to give UCLA the audio element since they hadn't bothered to look for it themselves. But in the interest of good karma, I sent the video and audio back to them. Oop. I just made it easier for you. Here's the YouTube link to the McQueen documentary ("Steve McQueen: Life In The Fast Lane") I wrote and produced for the A&E Biography network. Enjoy and let me know what you think!"
Gary (1.3.14) https://www.youtube.com/watch- (1min 47sec, 5.09, 7.07, 11.28, 13.16, 42.45)
From: Don Whistance Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2014 9:25 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: The Great Escape-
"Thank you for sending me the Steve McQueen interview audio tape which was recorded back in 1962 on the Bavarian Studio set of the iconic film, The Great Escape. I was only aware of the 17 seconds which was featured in a Steve McQueen documentary. The fact that you were a young 19 year old recording the future Hollywood star adds to the story which unfolds about The Great Escape film. More people should be made aware of the Archival Television Audio, Inc.
Don www.thegreatescapelocations.com (For your Testimonials page)
From: Julie Ecker Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:31 AM To: email@example.com Subject: WGBH News & Then link to Archival Television Audio, Inc.
Dear Phil Gries,
"On behalf of WGBH, I am delighted to share with you a link to News & Then:
I share this link with you since some material re-used from your organization, Archival Television Audio (as agreed per our July 2013 correspondence), was included in video(s) on the website.
News & Then is an interactive digital platform that brings video clips from American Experience, the very best of traditional media, together with social and new media content on an interactive digital platform. News & Then provides a snapshot of current events and conversations related to social justice and connects them to a larger story: the very American story of people and communities who, through organizing, activism, and simple survival, struggled to narrow the gap between our national ideals of equality and democracy and the realities of systemic inequality and oppression.
I hope you will take a look."
Julie Ecker WGBH - Produced in Boston, shared with the world
Julie Ecker Senior Researcher WGBH Media Library One Guest Street Boston, MA 02135 Phone: 617-300-4339 Fax: 617-300-1056 E-mail: Julie_Ecker@wgbh.org
One week of tv, 1957
One week of tv, 1957 (#p131926) Fri May 16, 2014 4:39 am
"I'm attending the Association of Recorded Sound Collections annual conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina this week.
One of the most interesting sessions so far was by Phil Gries of Archival Television Audio, Inc. He's been a collector of tv audio for many years, obtaining many recordings of "lost" tv broadcasts that were recorded by individuals in the 40s, 50s, and 60s.
His most recent significant find is a large collection of 130 eight inch Gray Audograph discs that somehow wound up in a Los Angeles record store that operated in the mid-1990s. The discs, thin flexible blue things, were used in dictation machines, and could hold a half hour of audio on each side.
The discs, showing only a small label with times of day and a date, contain one full week (Sept. 1-7) - from sign-on to sign-off - of Los Angeles CBS-TV affiliate KNXT from September 1957.
No other cache of similar recordings have ever been found and the experts he consulted have no idea why the recordings were made. Some radio stations in the 60s used "low-fi" tape equipment to make "logs" of their complete broadcast days in case there were questions about commercials that ran, but, so far, there's no indication this practice was used in tv.
It's an exciting and curious discovery. If you check the conference website, they should have video of his presentation online at some point. He played excerpts of the discs and talked about problems in finding a machine to play them on (they can't be played with a regular turntable.)" http://www.arsc-audio.org/conference/
Randy Riddle firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Source: http://www.nitrateville.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=17639
--- Original Message ----- From: Jill Cowan [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Friday, June 20, 2014 11:16 AM To: Phil Subject: RE: ARCHIVAL ORDER INQUIRY #769
"Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. I left for vacation shortly after you emailed me - and I had so much to do before I left I'm afraid your email fell through the cracks. I actually have a question for you - we're trying to find the best audio that will provide a kind of running commentary/description of MLK's funeral and I just wasn't sure which of your two options will be best for us. They both seem like amazing audio but in your opinion is there one that provides a description more than the other? My first impression was that the second option will best fill our needs. What do you think? As I said, I'm on vacation now but will ask our business manager to send a check on Monday.
Many thanks and again sorry for the delay in my response."
best regards, Jill
Kunhardt McGee Productions 48 Wheeler Avenue, FL3 Pleasantville, NY 10570 914.238.6800, ext. 115 tel 914.449.2392 fax
--- Original Message ----- From: Louis Jordan [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 3:40 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Tuesday Weld
Dear Mr. Gries,
"I was directed to your website by Jane Klain, Director of Library Services at the Paley Center for Media. I'm writing a biography on the actress Tuesday Weld, with Ms. Weld's cooperation and permission. There are many rare television appearances I'm looking for-especially several TV interviews. Jane told me you sometimes have material that is not listed on the website. Although I was not able to locate any Tuesday Weld material with a cursory search, I hoped you might have audio of these interviews, or might be able to direct me to someone who could help located them.
The episodes are:
1. Most importantly: an appearance on The Paul Coates Show that aired in July, August or early September of 1959. It's a famous interview-she appeared on the show barefoot. The show aired on KTTV in LA but was nationally syndicated.
2. The Tonight Show-Sept. 18th, 1962
3. The Tonight Show-March 14, 1963 (with William Saroyan, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Greco and Willard with Bobby Kole as the musical guest)
4. The Tonight Show-Nov. 28th, 1963
5. The Tonight Show-Oct 5th, 1971
Thank you very much, I'm so thrilled to find a resource like Archival TV Audio."
From: email@example.com Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 8:30 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Subject: Customer Order Inquiry
Customer Order Inquiry.
The following information was provided.
Name: Karla Galba Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Archival Reference Numbers: Titles & Air Dates:
Mr Citizen 7/21/1963 "Allyn Edwards was my father and I never knew I could access some of his shows!! Thanks so much for making this possible."
From: Wesley Hyatt Sent: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:19:39 -0700 To: email@example.com Subject: Re: Request for Audio Copies of Carol Burnett Shows
"Good to talk with you again. I'm contacting you for my next project, a history of the Carol Burnett Show. Although I have been able to find a great number of these, I could use your help in getting copies of the following that you have listed on your website. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- My apologies on being tardy in getting back to you. Here's where things stand with me on this project: I've watched 160 out of 280 shows, including all Carol has released to the public (she only owns the last 5 seasons outright and hasn't released all of them). I've got a source that will get me 20 more and can watch another 20-25 at UCLA's and the Paley Center. That leaves me with about 80 to track down.
The missing shows, like I noted earlier, are mostly between 1968 and 1975. If pushed, I'd do without shows from the fall of 1972, since that's when the half hour syndicated reruns began. That still leaves me with about 40 shows to request from you, obviously.
So, let me ask you this: what number of tapes can you make without me consuming too much of your time - 5, 10, something else? If I have a number, I will specify which ones to ask you to tape and compensate you accordingly. And, maybe hit you back a few months later for one more batch, if you are willing to do so.
Hit me back with your answers at your convenience. And again, I greatly appreciate all of your help on this matter. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- As for what I've seen 1967-1972, thanks to diligent work with UCLA and the Paley Center, plus the rare collectors who have the copies from these years, I have seen all but 6 shows from 1967-1968, 10 from 1968-1969, 10 from 1969-1970, 8 from 1970-1971 and 12 from 1971-1972. With your assistance, I will have watched and/or heard at least half of the shows from each of these seasons. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I know, this sounds like a lot missing, but I have talked with more than 40 people involved with the series, and they can fill in details for shows I haven't seen (for example, having a writer during that season talk about his experiences with the show). Like I said, I basically have had access to most shows from 1972-1978 (145 out of 168 from this period), so I'm pretty confident that I'm on my way here. Should be a great book - I'm really enjoying what I'm learning.
Look forward to receiving your materials in a month or so. Till then, safe travels!
As always I look forward to hearing from you. Take care."
Sincerely, Wesley Hyatt
From: Sarah Knight Date: August 19, 2014 at 3:16:42 PM EDT To: Isabel Lara Subject: RE: Urgent query regarding Source of archive used in "Loss of Spy Plane Sabotaged 1960 Summit" by Walter Cronkite, and transmitted on NPR May 16th 2005
"I tracked down the NPR producer who worked on this Walter Cronkite piece. According to him, NPR obtained the audio clips used in this segment from a man named Phil Gries. Gries is the owner of a website that archives television programs broadcast in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s: www.atvaudio.com. NPR paid a fee to use the archival news content in the Cronkite segment, Ms. Higgs may want to contact Mr. Gries for further information about the audio:
I think Mr. Gries may be the best source for identifying the exact audio used in this segment. His website includes a page on the Walter Cronkite series for NPR , but I'm not finding any records of the 1960 clip used in our 2005 piece."
From: Jane Higgs Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:37:54 +0000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Urgent query regarding Source of archive used in "Loss of Spy Plane Sabotaged 1960 Summit" by Walter Cronkite, and transmitted on NPR May 16th 2005
Dear Phil Gries,
"I hope you can help. I am working on a documentary for the Smithsonian Channel entitled "Planes that Changed the World" and as part of this we are telling the story of the design, development and production of the SR-7 blackbird.
I came across an NPR radio programme entitled "Loss of Spy Plane Sabotaged 1960 Summit" by Walter Cronkite, and transmitted on NPR May 16th 2005 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4653988 which featured some archive NPR sourced from your archive ATV audio in which State Department Spokesman Mr Lincoln White and an unidentified reporter said the following >
Unidentified Reporter #3: State Department spokesman Lincoln White issued this statement:
Mr. LINCOLN WHITE (State Department Spokesperson): It is entirely possible the plane continued on automatic pilot for a considerable distance and accidentally violated Soviet airspace.
(Soundbite of vintage report) Unidentified Reporter #4: Nikita Khrushchev identified the pilot of a US plane shot down over Russia as Francis G. Powers, civilian pilot employed by Lockheed and assigned to duty with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, our chief missile agency.
Both audio clips would be wonderful as so far I haven't come across any archive film footage of Lincoln White denying that the plane Gary Powers was show down in Soviet airspace was in fact a U2 spy plane, and claiming that it was a meteorological research plane that had gone off course."
September 17, 2014
From: Archival Television Audio, Inc. 209 Sea Cliff Avenue Sea Cliff, New York 11579 Telephone - 516-656-5677
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Sold: "One duplication TV audio air check transferred to CD, processed from a peerless Archival Television Audio, Inc. original master 1/4" reel-to-reel audio tape, recorded at the time of its broadcast-WCBS New York News broadcast with anchor Ron Cochran-his introduction related to a story recapping additional up-to-the-minute details of events happening on May 5, 1960, as related to a U2 news story. Segment runs a total of 1 minute & 49 seconds and includes NASA spokesman Lincoln White's complete broadcast commentary explanation and point of view and also included, Chief NASA spokesman, Walter Bonney broadcast statement directed at the Soviet Union."
Subject: NBC Nightly News Tonight 6:30 EST Phil Gries credit
August 19, 2014,
Tonight at 6:30pm NBC will play peerless Don Pardo bulletin I recorded off the air Nov. 22, 1963, related to the first NBC TV announcement on the air that President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas. Don Pardo, 96, passed away yesterday.
From: Simon, Ron Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 6:04 PM To: email@example.com Subject: RE: NBC Nightly News Tonight 6:30 EST Phil Gries credit
"That is great news about your credit on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. You deserve so much credit for everything you do. We should gather one day and I want to hear your stories about Robert Drew. You have been a great friend to the Paley Center. I hope that you are having a great summer."
Ron Simon Curator, Television Paley Center For Media 25 West 52nd Street New York, NY 10019 firstname.lastname@example.org
--- Original Message ----- From: Chris Johnson [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 4:14 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: ARCHIVAL ORDER #3063
"I'm a bit of a Jayne Meadows archivist. Have been in contact with her in the past. She is an absolute darling. Excited to be able to hear it. I've been able to obtain film transfers of her other 2 Hollywood Palace episodes but this one sadly seems to have fallen along the wayside. Will be great to hear it.
I'd like to order a copy of:
#3063: HOLLYWOOD PALACE, THE 1969-92-15, WABC 52 min. Steve Allen, Milton Berle, Mel Torme, Jayne Meadows, Leland Palmer, Dana Valery"
CLIENT: Chris Johnson EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com Title: THE HOLLYWOOD PALACE Running Time: 52 Minutes Broadcast Date: February 15, 1969 Station: ABC
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This is in reference to the material described below ("Materials"): Don Pardo announcement NBC Television 11-22-63. JFK Shot in Dallas, Texas.
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From: Amy Schewel Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2014 4:37 PM To: Phil Gries Cc: Wyatt Stone; Edward Kuspiel; Eugen Braeunig; Julie Schapiro Thorman Subject: Re: Customer Order Inquiry
"We just spoke on the phone and thank you for taking care of having a technician access the Phil Spector guest appearance (audio only, footage is missing) on the David Susskind program in question about rock and roll, to let us know what Phil Spector says during the discussion - and the transcriber will summarize discussion leading up to and after Phil Spector's verbatim transcribed comments/discussion.
#699: OPEN END WITH DAVID SUSSKIND 1964-08-23, WNEW 85 min. David Susskind, William B. Williams, Leslie Gore, Bobby Vinton, Goldie Goldmark, Jack Keller, Phil Spector, Murray "The K" Kaufman
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Phil, wanted to let you know how very pleased I am with the audio air checks I found through your studio, Archival Television Audio. I happened to find your website while browsing the Internet and I am so glad I did! Through your studio I found recordings of the Hudson Brothers Show, which was a summer series TV variety show that originally aired in 1974. These shows have been 'long lost' and are very rare. I was able to obtain the complete track audio recording of 4 episodes through your studio. The audio recordings are excellent - they are clear and great quality.
I literally have been trying to find these long lost programs for 40 years! To me at least having the audio recordings I almost like finding the holy grail! Very nostalgic as these recordings definitely took me back in time! These recordings are truly a 'lost treasure.' Again I am so pleased, and so grateful Phil for your help with these recordings, I can't begin to thank you enough! Thank you!!
From: jackie/frank gannucci Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 1:49 PM To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: THANK YOU Attachments: Scan_Doc0003.pdf
Dear Mr. Phil Gries, ATV AUDIO ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC.
"You have brought great joy to the entire Gannucci Family!!! Our 34 year old son, Frank, is a highly-functioning adult with autistic-like qualities. He is a BIG FAN of Jackie Gleason and The Honeymooners. Due to his ability to research and his unbelievable diligence and perseverance, he discovered that your company, ATV AUDIO, was the only source that would provide him with at least the audio version of episodes from The Honymooners. THANK YOU!!!
His research led him to telephone number and name of Jackie Gleason's daughter, Geraldine Chutuk. He knows fully well that these episodes/shows are lost. You were the only place he could find them.
I am attaching his Christmas List!!! He talks about ATA in that note."
Sincerely, The Gannucci Family Annie, Frank, Jackie and Michael
--- Original Message ----- From: jackie/frank gannucci Sent: Thursday, December 25, 2014 4:09 PM To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: This is Frank Gannucci.
Dear Mr. Gries:
"Thank you very, very, very much. I know that my family told you about the fact that I wanted those short color Honeymooners sketches. I have been searching for a long time for those sketches. I called Geraldine Chutuk, Marilyn Gleason etc. Geraldine is Jackie's daughter and she first said that she had them but all she said was that she was hoping to release them by 2019. When my sister called her, she then said that CBS had them and the chances of people getting them are slim. I tend to believe the latter story. I have been through at least two tape trades with people who claimed that they had them but burned me on the trade. I also contacted a guy on ioffer.com who also claimed that he had them but burned me as well. You are the only one that did not burn me. For that I thank you very, very, very much. I see you also gave me copies of papers from old editions of TV Guide from that week. I used to live in northern NJ for a long time so I know about the local channels up there. I also thank you very much for cutting and pasting, so to speak, just the sketches onto one tape and sending it by Christmas. That was really nice of you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year."
From: Phil Sent: Friday, December 26, 2014 5:07 PM To: 'jackie/frank gannucci' Subject: Re: UNOBTAINABLE CBS TV color HONEYMOONERS (1966-1970)
December 26, 2014
"Thank you Frank for your reply and input. I am so very pleased that you enjoyed the four rare 1969 TV "Honeymooners" audio air checks, sent to you (Jan. 4, Feb. 8, March 22, April 19, 1969)-representing non-released material at this time.
At one time I had seven additional JACKIE GLEASON SHOW audio air check episodes from this 1960's color series, some containing "Honeymooners" segments, but the tape oxide was corrupted and I could not save them. Currently, as you may know, there are 22 episodes representing the 1966-1970 Jackie Gleason Show in the Archival Television Audio, Inc. archive.
To the best of my research, between September 17, 1966 and February 28, 1970 there were a total of 49 "HONEYMOONERS" episodes aired-varied lengths-some short 14 minute segments and some many one-hour shows (many arranged as musical episodes, especially produced and broadcast during the 1966/1967 first season). Possibly one day the above Honeymooners episodes will be released by the Gleason Estate-CBS TV Broadcasting. Like you, I am a big fan, and personally watched Gleason in the 1950's when he originally broadcast his shows.
Only two people are aware of a truly esoteric "HONEYMOONERS" gem in the ATA collection which is an audio air check representing the first time the classic 39 "HONEYMOONERS" series re-ran on television. The series' FIRST re-run of these shows began on WRCA Channel 4 New York. The opening is what is so rare. The announcer was the late Don Pardo, and there is a variation in his opening introducing the show title and cast, counter to what the syndicated re-run package would play subsequently, and still being aired, with the opening voiced by a completely different announcer. 57 years later, The Honeymooners classic 39 continue to re-run on WPIX television here in New York and around the country.
The FIRST premiere re-run, as state above, aired on September 24, 1957. The time slot was every Tuesday evening from 7-7:30pm.
Of additional interest, the opening "HONEYMOONERS" RE-RUN air check described above (third broadcast - October 8, 1957) contains a lead-in prior to Don Pardo announcing "The Honeymooners"-signoff by Chet Huntley and David Brinkley of the THE HUNTLEY BRINKLEY REPORT.
If you ever uncover a resource for the Color 1966-1970 "The Honeymooners" episodes (audio or video), please let me know.
Wishing you, Frank, and your amazing loving family a healthy and fulfilling New Year."
Phil Gries Archival Television Audio, Inc. (www.atvaudio.com) email@example.com 516-656-5677
From: Rikki Mitchell To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Don Pardo audio announcing JFK assassination Sent: Feb. 20, 2015 1:07 AM
Hello Mr. Gries. Thanks for your time today and for giving us permission to use that audio (Don Pardo first NBC national bulletin announcing that President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas). Here is a testimonial for your website: "I found ATV Audio while searching for audio clips of Don Pardo, the voice of Saturday Night Live, and so thankful when I came across the only clip of Pardo's first announcement of Kennedy's assassination. I used the audio clip for a TV news story and I think it really added an extra element to the report. Rather than just talking about his role that day, I was able to use ATV Audio's clip to let the viewers experience it for themselves through Don Pardo's voice. "
Rikki Mitchell KGUN9 On Your Side Reporter 7280 E. Rosewood St. Tucson, Arizona 85710 Cell: 520-488-9708
A rare Interview with Johnny Carson. Thanks to Phil Gries! "Behind Sach: The Huntz Hall Story" includes a transcript of Huntz Hall speaking on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (February 4, 1963), originally recorded by Phil Gries. It is a peerless broadcast record, as this show no longer exists as a kinescope or video tape. Incorporated into my biography is the transcription of that appearance by Huntz Hall conversing with Johnny Carson. This is the first book ever done on Huntz Hall.
Jim Mango 102nd Street Richmond Hill, New York 11418.
From: Wendy Foy email@example.com Sent: Monday, April 13, 2015 1:58 PM To: Phil Subject: Re: Fed Foy's Website Published Today
Phil, thank you so very much for the audio tape. It arrived in today's mail and it is already up on the site. I enjoyed listening to it. Your phone conversation with dad was just a few months prior to his death and it's lovely to hear his voice. I appreciate it so much! Wendy
APRIL 14, 2015 Dear Wendy,
Again, I just viewed the www.fredfoy.com magnificent website tribute to your dad, you and your husband launched last week , after years of development.
There is so much streaming Fred Foy material included that you have gathered and uploaded. I am honored to be included on this site with my included two phone conversations I had with your dad (July 30, and August 7, 2010), less than five months before he passed away. I hope, in some part, Fred Foy's reminiscences and discussion with yours truly added to his anecdotal career retrospectives that were never written or recorded at any other time.
Phil Phil Gries
WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
April 20, 2015 Phil Gries Archival Television Audio, Inc. P.O Box 88 Albertson, NY 11507
Dear Mr. Gries
On behalf of the Wisconsin Historical Society's Library-Archives, allow me to acknowledge and thank you for your recent donation of an audio cassette containing the audio portion of the Camel News Caravan broadcast from May 6, 1954 featuring a segment on Senator Joseph McCarthy as reported by David Brinkley. We will be happy to preserve this historically significant recording, in the David Brinkley Papers in the Wisconsin Historical Society's Archives.
We are also pleased because this is the only audio recording in our collection from the Camel News Caravan, which was an important transitional program in the development of network television news, and was the direct predecessor to the more well-known Huntley-Brinkley Report. To my knowledge, it is also the earliest recording of David Brinkley that we have in the collection.
Thank you again for your donation to the Wisconsin Historical Society's Library- Archives and if in the future I can be of assistance regarding the Library-Archives or its collections, feel free to contact me.
Jonathan Nelson Collection Development Archivist Library-Archives Division 608-264-6447 Jonathanr.firstname.lastname@example.org
From: Art Silverman Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 10:17 AM To: 'email@example.com' Subject: Re: #737: A 1960'S RADIO BROADCAST ADDITION: THE MUHAMMAD ALI VS. SONNY LISTON HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH FIGHT
The NPR piece is about the people in Lewiston, Maine marking Monday's 50th anniversary of the Championship fight between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston in Lewiston, Maine. There is a film about it showing in that town on Monday.
We talked to the filmmaker, Charlie Hewitt. He regrets not finding your audio. He has no sound at all of the fight.
The NPR "All Things Considered" segment will be 8 minutes long and air at about 4:50 pm today, and highlights the rare audio from your archive of Robert Goulet singing the National Anthem, butchering the lyrics.
Thanks Phil. I can always count on you.
Art Silverman Senior Producer All Things Considered NPR News Washington, DC
June 29, 2015 Archival Television Audio, Inc. ATTN: Phil Gries P.O. Box 88 Albertson, NY 11507
I received the audi ocassette of "Switched on Symphony" originally broadcast March 14, 1970, on Monday, June 22, and it arrived in fine shape - wonderfully packaged, and with great sound quality. Although it was the first day of summer, it might have been Christmas morning, as far as I was concerned. This was the first time in 45 years that I was able to hear that amazing program in its entirety, and I can't begin to tell you what it meant to me to be able to recapture that magical moment in my life.
I know of no other television program, before or since, that so effectively combined the genres of classical music with rock music. Maestro Zubin Mehta was far ahead of his time with the "musical collage' concept of the show. Both classical and rock music had always been very important to me. But I had never dreamed of the possibilities that were presented that evening on network television, while I was sitting on the couch in my parent's living room. As an impressionable high school freshman, it showed me the absolute best of both worlds, and literally changed my life. I can point to that moment in time and say that it gave me a life-long love of classically-influenced rock music, the genre now referred to as "progressive" or "prog" music.
I waited for years to see if the program would be re-broadcast, and to my knowledge, it never was. Then, when VCR's came into use, and later DVD players, I searched high and low to see if a copy of the show was ever made available to the public. It still does not seem to be accessible, except for three short clips that appear on YouTube.
So, I have to give my most profound "thanks" to Archival Television Audio, for making this dream of mine come true. Without these historical archives, I don't know that I would have ever been able to hear the entire program again.
After 45 years, the program still astounds me. It contained the seeds of what was to follow, even to this day. There has never been anything like it before or since, and to me, it is a treasure worth more than gold!
Thank you so much for the work that you do.
Jan Robinson San Francisco, California 94109
A Quote, in a video to me, photographed December 1, 2015, by brother Jorge Feliciano, which can be seen on an Archival Television Audio website link.
"Professor (Phil Gries), it's a treasure." (Referring to the TV audio air check 'FANFARE starring Al Hirt, broadcast on July 17, 1965 - Jose's first TV Variety Show Appearance at 19 years of age, which he has just listened to.)
"I wish you good luck in finding some other hidden treasures that I have done which I have also forgotten about. Thank you. God bless you, and I hope I can meet you someday."
From: David Kaplin - firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Thursday, 20 Aug. 2015 12:17 PM To: Phil Subject: Re: Yogi Berra letter & audio tape
Hi Phil, Apologies for not replying sooner. I had an opportunity to listen to the numerous TV audio air checks you have donated, going back to 1956 and Don Larsen's World Series Perfect Game recap that night as broadcast by staff NBC sports reporter, Phil Rizzuto, on the NBC NEWS CARAVAN. It's absolutely terrific! We're still trying to figure a way to make it part of the exhibit experience for visitors, and I'll keep you posted on our progress.
Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity yet to present the tape to Mr. Berra (he's pretty frail these days and in an assisted living facility with limited resources) but I do plan on bringing in a recorder to play the tape for him. Again, I'll get back to you as soon as I do.
Much appreciation again, Phil, and will be in touch.
All best, Dave
David Kaplin Director - Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center Campus University of Montclair NJ. 973-655-6891
From: William Bickel - mailto:email@example.com Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 12:05 AM To: Phil Subject: Re: Al Hirt's FANFARE
I do not remember VCR's being around in 1965. However, I do remember some Akai (I think) reel to reel video tape recorders for home use as they were just hitting the market in Tokyo, Japan, where I was stationed at the time. They used a 1/2" or 1" wide tape and the reels were quite large in diameter, perhaps 12" or so.
So, unless the producers were making copies of the broadcast for the performers I can understand this material only being in the hands of (perhaps) very few people who had access to whatever recording equipment was available at the time. Your Letterman clip is why I say this.
Anyway, thanks to your service. I can hear the audio from the TOKYO HAPPY COATS, a Japanese girl group that I was friendly with until they left Tokyo for the US in late 1964.
Best Regards, William Bickel
On Jan. 16, 2015, at 11:58 AM Netzero - firstname.lastname@example.org wrote regarding my queries about the one rare exceptional NBC DAYTIME MERV GRIFFIN SHOW kinescope included in a recently released MERV GRIFFIN DVD compilation set to the public:
Hi Phil, I am guessing the NBC kinnie came from the Library of Congress. I don't know if other kinnies exist from the NBC period (Oct 1, 1962 - March 30, 1963). There are other collectors out there who have taped MG shows off the air (both in audio and early home video modes). However, you are the only person I know of who audio taped the NBC shows. As for the title of my book, I like "Inside the Merv Griffin Show" since it's an anecdotal account of what went on behind the scenes. If you have any ideas for other potential titles I'd love to hear them!
Best, Steve. Steve Randsi
From: Patricia Robinson - email@example.com Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:42 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Air Checks featuring Oliver
I wanted to write to let you know how much I enjoyed listening to the OLIVER air checks you sent to me. It was incredibly exciting to find these as previously I had little hope of obtaining copies of these programs in any format. I am a fan of the late singer Oliver. He wasn't an incredibly famous celebrity and is mostly forgotten nowadays, but I think he had a wonderful voice and deserved more recognition than he got.
Recently I began trying to find all the television appearances by him that I could. At first I couldn't figure out why barely anything was turning up when I searched websites like You Tube, but then it hit me that during the fairly brief time that Oliver was famous, home video recordings did not exist. I never dreamed I'd ever get the chance to experience these shows at all. It's wonderful that you have this archive and are preserving these rare pieces of television history.
A May 6, 2016 telephone voice message from Gabe Pressman, New York City. He is one of the country's first TV News reporters, journalists, and anchor men. Gabe Pressman has been in the broadcasting business for over 60 years, most of them have been employed at WNBT/WRCA/WNBC.
"I just screened your audio ("Shell Presents Gabe Pressman & the Local News - WNBC TV - October 4, 1957).
It really brought back some memories. Thank you again for sending it to me. I hope I'll talk to you in person."
From: Simon, Ron - Rsimon@paleycenter.org Sent: Friday, April 01, 2016 5:41 PM To: Gries, Phil - email@example.com Subject: Paley Center
It was a pleasure to see you today. I really enjoyed our conversation during lunch. We are both preserving history and culture in our own way.
We are grateful for the donation of the two CD's: The World Premiere Interview of FANTASIA in November 1940 and the October 1957 Newscasts of Gabe Pressman and Huntley-Brinkley. Both programs are rare, an invaluable addition to the archives.
We really appreciate this donation, which I am sure our members will view for enjoyment and illumination.
You are always invited to use our collection. I look forward to our next meeting. You are a great friend of the Paley Center.
Always, the best,
Ron Simon Curator, Television and Radio The Paley Center for Media 25 West 52 Street New York, NY 10019 www.paleycenter.org firstname.lastname@example.org 212-621-6680
The 50th Anniversary ARSC Conference will be held in Bloomington Indiana one month from now May 11-14, 2016. In commemoration of that first ARSC meeting I have a recording of the first Friends of Old Time Radio conference (65 people attended), held in New Haven Connecticut on December 4, 1971 - over 44 years ago. Having personally presented at five ARSC National conferences (2001, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014), and one New York City chapter ARSC local conference (2008), and appreciating memories, I offer an audio copy retrospect of that first FOTR session to anyone who contacts me.
Phil Gries Archival Television Audio, Inc. email@example.com
Back in the Day, if Jungle Jack Hanna, Burt Reynolds or Don Rickles appeared on THE TONIGHT SHOW with Johnny Carson, you knew you would get something special. We feel the same way about Phil R. Gries and WLIE 540 AM SPORTSTALKNY last night (June 26, 2016), when Phil, our guest, brought us 6 amazing rare audio clips of Jackie Robinson. These clips and our discussion about Robinson is another reason why listeners should give the podcast a listen if interested in the history of TV, a fan of baseball, a fan of Jackie Robinson. Trust me, you will enjoy it. It is what makes WLIE 540 AM SPORTS TALK different from other sports radio shows.
Mark Rosenman Co- Host SPORTS TALK WLIE 540 AM Radio
From: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 11:09 To: email@example.com Subject: Newsday
Got the Sunday June 26 NEWSDAY profile article on you and your archive. Thanks for taking the time to make a copy and sending it to me. It was well done. It was a terrific profile on you and your incredible sports TV Audio collection. Congratulations. I only wish there had been someone like you taping WNEW where I worked in the late 60's and early 70's. I have a few air checks of my own and some from other sources but not nearly enough. If you know of any please let me know. Best to you,
From: James Westcott - firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 11:47 AM To: email@example.com Subject: Walter Cronkite on CBS Evening News
I hope this message finds you well.
I'm a researcher working with the screenwriter Matt Charman, whose last film was Steven Spielberg's BRIDGE OF SPIES. Their new project together is based on Walter Cronkite and his two trips to Vietnam in 1965 and '68.
There are a number of CBS Evening News reports that I'm trying to track down as part of my research and I managed to find them listed on your Vietnam timeline page (http://www.atvaudio.con/ata_vietnamwar.php), but I could not find them in your actual catalogued data base.
I understand that in any case you only have audio. But, if you do have these reports in your archive I'd very much like to hear them. And, hear any advice you have about how to track down the video. I have contacted the CBS archive already and they pointed me to Wazee Digital, but they also don't have any of the regular editions of the CBS Evening News which is what we really need.
Many thanks for your help, and looking forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to give me a call on :44747022958.
Best, James Walcott
MARGARET & DARRYL THOMAS
From: Margaret & Darryl - firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2016 11:45:30 +1000 To: email@example.com Subject: Re: Arrival of Al Jolson & Frank Sinatra AUDIO
We received today the Jolson and Sinatra tapes and accompanying notes. We are very pleased with the packaging and presentation. Thanks again very much.
I want to thank you for your generous donations over the years. I just think of some of the performers who you were able to preserve and we too in our archive. I think of Woody Allen on OPEN END, Buster Keaton, Steve Allen and Huntley-Brinkley. I am sure that researchers will always enjoy listening to these rare treasures.
I am very impressed by your Jack Paar TONIGHT collection, the largest in the country. Jack was always a favorite, and I truly enjoyed working with him on several events here. Your preservation of his second anniversary show is really remarkable. That show captures so much of Paar's essence, along with such quintessential guests as Dody Goodman, Genevieve, and Hermione Gingold. I was very moved to hear Florence Henderson in her early incarnation. I hope that our patrons will sample this recording. It tells so much about where television was in the late fifties, a medium so different today.
I was very impressed by your SYMPHONY OF A CITY: LOS ANGELES 1966 documentary film. You really documented what Los Angeles felt like at that time. I want to hear more stories about your teacher Floyd Crosby. As you know, I have done events with his son David.
I truly wish you good health for the coming decades. We need preservationists like you around for a long time. You are doing a vital service in preserving our cultural memory. May you have an exceptional 2017 and beyond!
All the Best, Ron
Ron Simon - Curator, Television and Radio The Paley Center for Media 25 West 52 Street, New York, NY 10019 - paleycenter.org firstname.lastname@example.org T 212.621.6680 February 16, 2017
WILL JORDAN 435 West 57th Street - Suite 10f New York, New York 10019
Phil Gries Archival Television Audio, Inc. 209 Sea Cliff Avenue Sea Cliff, New York 11579
Besides being an impressionist and comedian, I love show business history. And, this particular 1963 television recording of Peter Lorre & Boris Karloff, appearing together on THE HY GARDNER SHOW, is not only extremely rare, but also extremely good.
There are no other known impromptu recordings that we know that are available of these two legends, together, relating personal and career anecdotes, on television, or anywhere else for that matter.
Anyone like you, Phil, who has that kind of information, I am interested in because right now I have become more of a collector of material than I am a performer.
Thanks for an audio air check copy of this March 3, 1963 broadcast.
225. Judy Stern
Monadnock Media, Inc.
59 North Street
Hatfield, MA 01038
SUBJECT: TV news audio for Mississippi Civil Rights Museum program.
Thank you again for your help in locating the June 1964 CBS News audio air check with Walter Cronkite for our program for the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson Mississippi. As that news broadcast video no longer seems to exist, the audio from your archive was a tremendous help to us in telling the story of the 1964 Klan murder of young civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman at the beginning of Freedom Summer in Mississippi. The National News coverage was really part of that story, and we so appreciated your preservation of this material and making it this material available to us. Thanks again and all best to you.
My serendipitous search of the internet led me to Archival
Television Audio, Inc., and the wonderful Mr. Phil Gries. My search began with
a photo taken at The Ohio State University in March 1961 which was labeled
"Peace Corps Huntley-Brinkley Interview for President
Kennedy." I was searching for documents to use in an event at Ohio
State to mark the 60th anniversary of Peace Corps. So I was thrilled when
I found the recording at ATA. Inc., which seemed to match the photo. I
then contacted Mr. Gries who guided me through the process of ordering the CD.
After I explained why I was so excited about finding the recording, he went
even further and listened to the CD himself to verify that it was the filming
done on the day the photo was taken. Now the recording, which is in excellent
condition, will be used at the event at Ohio State. It will be played as
a surprise for one of the students who appears in the 1961 photo. That
person, now in his 80s, will attend the Peace Corps event and will be presented
with the copy of the recording. So I can't thank Phil enough for his
thoughtfulness, his quick response to my request, and his generosity