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Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is with deep sorrow that I inform you of the passing of Brother Elliot Greenblatt. Elliot passed away April 19, 2019 at the age of 89. His career In broadcasting spanned more than half a century, during which time he served both the IBEW and CBS with honor and integrity.
Throughout his 52 year tenure at CBS, he worked on numerous award winning shows for news, sports and entertainment. He was a stalwart support of Local 1212, serving on the Executive Board, as a Shop Steward and on negotiating committees.
I am thankful to have known him and for his dedication to Local 1212. I will miss his friendship and his guidance.
Elliot is survived by his wife Lilly, his son Gregg, daughter Mara and four grandchildren.
May God bless Elliot Greenblatt. He will be truly missed.
Ralph AviglianoBusiness Manager
**For those looking to pay respects to Elliott and his family. Information is provided below.
Tuesday April 23rd, 2019
Beth David Cemetery 300 Elmont RoadElmont, NY 11003
**Please arrive at the Cemetary Office at 10:30 am.
**Shiva will follow the service at the home of Gregg Greenblatt49 Hollywood Dr. Plainview, N.Y. 11803
Tuesday until 9pm
Wednesday 1-5p, 7-9p
Thursday 2-5p, 7-9p
Beatrice Doyle – Mother to Executive Board Member and Shop Steward Philip Doyle and Grandmother to Brother Peter Doyle passed away at the age of 87. Please join us in paying respects.
For those wishing to attend the family’s arrangements for Beatrice. See below.
Viewing: Wednesday 12/19 at Castle Hill Funeral home, 1528 Castle Hill Ave, Bronx, NY 10461 from 3 pm – 5 pm and 7 pm- 9 pm.
Mass is scheduled for the next day at Holy Family Church, 2158 Watson Ave, Bronx, NY 10472.
Rest In Peace Sister Doyle.
Brothers and Sisters,
It is with sadness that I report the news of the untimely passing of one of our Brothers- David Zarkower.
David was born Dec. 29, 1961 in Norwalk, C.T. to Bruno and Harriet Zarkower. David’s work spanned four decades in our business. He started out in 1985 with Madison Square Garden working NBA and NHL games. He was an EVS Operator working for CBS Sports since the mid 1990’s assisting on the NFL, NCAA and the US Open Tennis as well.
David was also self-employed earning a degree from NY Institute of Technology. Many members have already reached out showing support to David’s family. If you or anyone else wish to pay respects to David; the following services are set for tomorrow and through the weekend.
Funeral is Friday – September 28th, 2018.
Yorktown Funeral Home
Shiva is Saturday – September 29th & Sunday – September 30th, 2018
9/29: 6:00 – 8:30PM
9/30: 11:00AM – 2:00PM and 4:00PM – 7:00PM
If you would like to share memories of David, please visit:
David is survived by his wife Lisa, two sons Brenden and Alec, his father Bruno, sister Lori Seuch and brother Johnathon Zarkower. Rest in peace, my Brother.
IBEW Local 1212
On August 7, 2018 the television industry saw the passing of a true technology icon, Dr. Joseph A. Flaherty. Television viewers around the globe are still benefiting from the technology innovations of Joe Flaherty.
Dr. Flaherty received his degree in Physics from Rockhurst College, Kansas, City, Missouri, in 1952. During 1953-1954, he served with the U.S. Army Signal Corps, and in 1955 joined NBC in New York City as a Television Engineer.
In 1957, he joined CBS as a Television Design Engineer. In 1959, he became the Network’s Director of Technical Facilities Planning, and in 1967, he was promoted to General Manager, and subsequently appointed Vice President and General Manager of the Engineering and Development Department, a position he held for 23 years, and then CBS Senior Vice President of Technology.
In the 1970’s, Joe revolutionized the television news industry by changing the process by which news stories were captured. His foresight led to the replacement of 16 mm film to gather news, supplanting it with Electronic News Gathering (ENG), thereby eliminating the painstaking and time-consuming process of exposing the film negative, transporting the film to the station, developing the film and transferring the film to television. The development of ENG enabled TV viewers to experience the world’s events in real-time, rather than watching history unfold, thus eliminating the catch phrase, “film at 11 PM”.
In the early 1980’s, Joe began developing High Definition Television (HDTV). On February 7th, 1981, he demonstrated “Hi-Vision” or HDTV to the Hollywood production community at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineer’s (SMPTE) annual technical conference.
This led to Joe’s appointment as the Chairman of the Planning Committee for the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service, which produced the United States present day Digital High Definition System. His efforts made the United States the first country in the world to convert to a digital HDTV system. Not satisfied with revolutionizing the television system in America, Joe became a Television Technology Ambassador to the world. Joe’s push for a worldwide HDTV program exchange standard at the United Nation’s technical arm, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), led to the rapid deployment of HDTV on a worldwide basis.
Joe also challenged and successfully convinced the Hollywood production community to replace 16 / 35 mm film, used for prime time television production, with HDTV electronic acquisition and postproduction. Today, all prime time television dramas and comedies are electronically captured and edited in HDTV.
Joe was an active author and lecturer, presenting over 188 published papers and lectures during his career. Joe’s technology leadership was not only acknowledged in America, but throughout the world by the presentation of numerous major Broadcasting awards and honors including:
Honorary Member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE’s – highest award), and the SMPTE Progress Medal Award, David Sarnoff Gold Medal.
Four Technical Emmy Awards – the development of Electronic Newsgathering (ENG), development and installation of the first Digital Computer Automation System, Electronic Editing System of Film Capture, Vidifont electronic character generator.
Two Personal Life Time Achievement Emmy Awards – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences “Lifetime Achievements in Contributions to the Development and Improvement of the Science and Technology of Television”, and the “Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award” from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Hollywood.
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Engineering Award.
NAB’s “Award of Honor” for “Introducing High Definition Television to the World”.
“Giants of Broadcasting” award from the Library of American Broadcasting.
Broadcasting & Cable Magazine “Hall of Fame” Inductee.
Consumer Electronics Association “Hall of Fame” Inductee.
Two French Legion of Honors – Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur by President Mitterand of the Republic of France and in l989 he was decorated as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and later promoted to the rank of Officer de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur by French President Jacques Chirac.
Swiss Montreux Achievement Gold Medal for Electronic News Gathering.
Fellow of the British Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE).
Fellow of the Royal Television Society of the United Kingdom.
Fellow of the Chinese Institute of Electronics.
Honorary Member of the German engineering society Fernseh-Kinotechnischen Gesellschaft (FKTG).
Honorary Members of the Institute of Television Engineers of Japan.
International Vladimir Zworykin award for Technical Achievements in the field of Television from the Russian National Association of Television and Radio Broadcasters.
Dr. Joseph Flaherty’s lifetime of television innovation is unmatched in the television industry. His efforts have brought real-time global events into our living rooms and through the clarity of HDTV made the viewer feel “as if they were there”. If anyone is to be credited with creating the “Television Global Village”, it’s Joe Flaherty. Thank you Joe, for being a Television Technology Ambassador to the world.
Joe is survived by his wife Jan Flaherty, his sons Patrick, Daniel, Michael, Timothy, daughter Margaret and eight grandchildren.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is no secret to anyone who works in broadcasting that the industry is rapidly changing. Often times these changes come at the expense of our membership, in the form of cutting back days or overtime hours. It may impact one crew or department at different times, but eventually everyone will feel it. The corporate culture is often unforgiving as to the real impact their decisions have on the livelihoods of their workers. We are working to address these concerns with CBS Sports management and let them know our IBEW members’ concerns.
The first step in dealing with management is to always remind them we are all united, in solidarity, as one voice. To do that, today at the PGA Championship, August 11th, our members are wearing a red shirt to work. The sight of the entire IBEW workforce in red will send a loud message to management that we are united in our support of each other, and that the cutbacks and reductions will not be accepted quietly.
Local 1212, IBEW
225 West 34th Street, Suite 1120
New York, NY 10122
Brothers and Sisters,
It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of Joseph A. Flaherty.
Joseph was more than an icon, he was a pioneer. Joseph revolutionized television into the medium we see today amongst many other achievements throughout his professional career.
On a personal note, it was my great privilege to know Dr. Joseph Flaherty, whom I will miss greatly. He has been both a mentor and a true inspiration in my life.
May God bless Joseph Flaherty and his family as we mourn his loss.
IBEW Local 1212
Earlier this week, IBEW Local 1212 relocated to a new space on the 11th floor of 225 West 34th Street. We are currently experiencing some technical issues with our phone system resulting in a delay with the phone ringing in our office. If you call the office, please allow the phone to ring several times.
We are also available via email. Feel free to email Business Representative Ryan O’Boyle @ email@example.com or the Office Manager Donna Seniscalchi @ firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. You can also contact me at the email address email@example.com
We are working to resolve this matter as soon as possible and apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused.
IBEW Local 1212
Fairchild Funeral Chapel
Wednesday August 1st
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday August 2nd
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
Bayside, New York
Friday August 3rd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is with sad news that I inform the membership that Terry Leitz at the age of 71 died peacefully of natural causes while recovering from pneumonia on July 7, 2018. Terry’s hire date as a member of IBEW Local 1212 was November 1985. His work spanned four decades at CBS while working in the maintenance shop.
Terry’s roots began in New Orleans before leaving for New York. He worked as a broadcast engineer at WWL New Orleans. There he also served the title of Business Manager of IBEW Local 1139. Terry also had stops at NBC Burbank, WOR-TV, Reeves Teletape; and eventually CBS.
For those who knew Terry; he was described as a nice but quiet guy who was very knowledgeable in the field of Broadcast. He worked overnights for many years at CBS but managed to service this local with designing the Union’s website in the early 2000’s before handing it off to one of our current administrators. It should also be recognized and noted that Terry was a member of the Marine Corp and served in the Vietnam War.
Terry was survived by his wife, Lucille O’Brien Leitz; sister, Mary Ann, his children, Barbara Leitz Barnes and Robert Terrence Leitz; grandchildren, Blake Harris Barnes, Madison Barnes, Cameron Barnes, Robert Terrence (Beaux) Leitz, Jr. Lacey Leitz, Meghan Leitz McLeod and great grandchildren, Ayden Leitz, Rylee Leitz, McKenzie Leigh Leitz; as well as many others that knew and loved him.
Terry’s services were last week with a viewing and a Mass service. He is already missed, and our condolences go out to his family at this time. Thank you for serving our country and thank you for your time as a member of this local Brother Leitz. Rest in peace.
Business Manager – IBEW Local 1212
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am pleased to announce that the 2018 Election has been tabulated. Please join me in congratulating the Executive Board and supporting them over the new term.
It is with my deepest gratitude that I thank previous Board Members for their involvement with the well-being of IBEW Local 1212. Your time, dedication and support are very much appreciated.
I would like to thank the entire membership for supporting me as Business Manager. I am proud and humbled to serve the membership of this great local.
Business Manager/Financial Secretary
President – Michael Naeder
Vice President – William Zizza
Recording Secretary – Perry Russell
Business Manager/Financial Secretary – Ralph Avigliano
Treasurer – Joseph Gerardi
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