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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 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


"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


[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].

"Phil, I think for me, especially getting my own show, yes, was a great kick."
- 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


"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



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Testimonial Letters, Correspondence,
E-mails, Faxes, & Phone Calls

(Sorted from oldest to most recent)

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*** Year 1994 ***


JOE FRANKLIN

 

March 25, 1994

Dear Phil,

"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."

Always,

Joe Franklin

 


 

CLASSIC IMAGES

 

"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

 


 

BOB WILSON

 

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."

Bob Wilson

AUDIENCE
Vol. 180
December 1994 - January 1995

 


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*** Year 1995 ***


PAUL HOLBROOK

 

THE BIG REEL - AS SEEN ON TV
by Paul Holbrook

UNIQUE COMPANY SELLS AUDIO
TAPES OF TV SHOWS

"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

 


 

DIANE ALBERT

 

"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


 

DAVID BAKISH

 

Feb. 13, 1995

Phil Gries
41 Argyle Road
Albertson, New York 11507

Dear Phil,

"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."

Best Wishes,

David Bakish
Author: "Jimmy Durante: His Show Business Career"

 


 

CHRIS COSTELLO

 

THE ABBOTT & COSTELLO FAN CLUB
March 31, 1995

Dear Phil,

"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."

Respectfully,

Annette M. D’Agostino
author "Harold Lloyd: A Bio-Bibliography”

 


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*** Year 1996 ***


JOAN BAXTER

 

January 11, 1996

"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."

Sincerely,

Joan Baxter
author of "Television Musicals: Plots Critiques, Casts and Credits for 222 Shows Written for and Presented on Television, 1944-1996”


 

SARA KARLOFF

 

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."

Sincerely,

 

Sara Karloff

 


 

STEPHEN M. CLOFFI

 

2/28/1996

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!"

Yours truly,

Stephen M. Cloffi
Sherman Oaks, CA

 


 

NANCY THOMPSON

 

June 24, 1996

Dear Sir,

"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

 


 

STEVE GELFAND

 

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

Dear Phil,

"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."

 


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*** Year 1997 ***


 

DON E. CARLETON

 

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.


Sincerely,

Don E. Carleton
Director

 


 

ROBERT DUTTON

 

3/5/1997

"Continued good fortune with your Archives. They obviously are of great importance to the history of television."

Robert Dutton
Editor/Publisher
CLASSIC TV

 


 

NANCY WARDELL

 

"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."

Yours Sincerely,

 

Nancy Wardell

 


 

BOB MURPHY

 

3/26/97

Dear Phil,

"The Audio Tapes would be much appreciated. Thanks for the offer."

Sincerely,

 

 

Bob Murphy
Announcer for the New York Mets

 


 

ALEX COLETTI

 

MTV MUSIC TELEVISION
4/23/97

Dear Phil,

     "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,

 

Alex Coletti

 


 

JOHN McCABE

 

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

 


 

DAN EINSTEIN

 

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."

Sincerely,

Dan Einstein
Television Archivist
cc: Robert Rosen, Director

 


 

JILL EVANS

 

7/26/1997

 

     "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!"

 

Sincerely,

 

Jill Evans

 


 

PHILIP VAN PRAAG

 

Waukesha WI 53188-9725
7/29/97

Phil Gries
81 Wheatley Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568

Dear Phil,

"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."

Best Regards,

Phil Van Praag
author: "Evolution of the Audio Recorder: The Vintage Years - late '40s - early '70s"

 


 

HELEN SANDERS

 

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.”

Sincerely,

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

Dear Phil:

"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

 


 

VIN SCULLY

 

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."

Sincerely,

 

 

Vin Scully

 


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*** Year 1998 ***


 

DAVE GOLDIN

 

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

 


 

PAUL HOLBROOK

 

Stoutsville, Ohio 43154
October 7, 1998

Dear Phil,

"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."

Sincerely,

 

Paul Holbrook

 


 

BOB WILSON

 

AUDIENCE MAGAZINE

P.O Box 215
Simi Valley, CA 93065
December 1, 1998

Dear Phil,

"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!”

As ever with all good thoughts,

Bob Wilson
Editor / Audience Magazine

 


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*** Year 1999 ***


DAVID BERGMAN

 

January 19, 1999

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."

 

David Bergman

 


JOEL ISNER

 

Editor - RERUN MAGAZINE

9281 Shore Road
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11209

May 2, 1999

Dear Phil,

"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).

Yours truly,

 

Joel Eisner

 


 

JOHN GRIFFIN

 

Peter Jones Productions
June 2, 1999

Phil Gries
Archival TV Audio, Inc.
P.O. Box 88
Albertson, NY 11507

Dear Phil:

"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."

 

Sincerely,

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!

 


 

LEE ABRAMS

 

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

Dear Phil,

"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."

Sincerely,


Lee Abrams

cc: Hugh Panero
     Dave Logan

 


 

JEFFREY J. LEBRUN

 

November 22, 1999

 

Phil Gries

81 Wheatley Road

Old Westbury, N.Y. 11568

 

Dear Phil,

 

"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.

 

Thank you for bringing it all back."

 

Sincerely,

 

Jeff Lebrun

 


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*** Year 2000 ***


BILL MOYERS

 

Public Affairs Television, Inc.

450 West 33rd Street
New York, N.Y. 10001

January 4, 2000

Dear Phil,

"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."

Warmest regards,

BILL MOYERS

 


 

MAURY CRANE

 

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

Dear Phil,

"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.

Best wishes,

Maury Crane
Director - VOICE LIBRARY

 


 

DINA HOSSAIN

 

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

Dear Phil,

"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."

Regards,

Dina Hossain
Associate Producer
(212) 560-2827

 


 

PAUL TRIPP

 

2/28/2000

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."

Best Wishes,

 

 

Paul Tripp

 


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*** Year 2001 ***


GEORGE REED

 

Lancaster PA 17603

Jan. 10, 2001

Hi Phil,

“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.”

Sincerely,

 

George Reed

 


 

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

Dear Phil:

"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."

Sincerely,

 

Roy A. Somlyo
President

 


 

JOHN McCRARY

 

9/10/2001

Dear Phil,

[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."

Sincerely,

 

John McCrary

 


 

JACK CARTER

 

9/21/2001

Hi Phil,

     "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."

Best Always,

 

Jack Carter

 


 

SHORTY CARUSO

 

Summit, N.J. 07901-4720

October 19, 2001

Dear Phil

"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

 


 

DAVID SCHWARTZ

 

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

Dear Phil,

"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."

David Schwartz

 


 

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 aircheck 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."

Best wishes
Peace,

 

Phillip M. Runkel
Assistant Archivist

 


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*** Year 2002 ***


TED S. CHAPIN

 

THE ROGERS & HAMMERSTEIN ORGANIZATION

1065 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 2400
New York, N.Y. 10018
www.rnh.com

January 2, 2002

Dear Phil,

"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."

Sincerely,

Ted S. Chapin
President & Executive Director

 


 

NICOLE LONDON

 

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

Thanks!

Nicole London

New York, New York 10024
www.broadwaythemovie.com
email: rckmck@aol.com

 


 

LORI LIDDIC

 

Hi –

 

"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!"

Best –
Lori Liddic
Pennsylvania

 


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*** Year 2004 ***


BARBARA NOVAK-LEWIS

 

12/9/2003


     "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."

Warm Regards,

 

 

Barbara Novak-Lewis

 


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*** Year 2004 ***


STACIA PETERS

 

Subject: Braddock Footage
From: Stacia55@aol.com
To: gries@atvaudio.com
Date: 01/06/04 12:07 pm

Phil,

"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 Aircheck 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, Renée 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

 


 

JORDAN EHRLICH

 

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

 


 

DENNIS D”AGOSTINO

 

From        "D"Agostino, Dennis"
Date        11/10/2004 11:06:03 pm
To            "griestvaudio@joimail.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."

 

Dennis D”Agostino

 


 

DON CHARLES

 

From: "Don Charles" (doncharles@comcast.net)
Date: 11/18/2004 1:05:34pm
To: griestvaudio@joimail.com
Subject: Re: my collection of TV audio recordings

Dear Phil,

"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

 


 

SCOTT SCHECHTER

 

11-23-2004

Dear Phil,

"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

 


 

R.E. RANKIN

 

22 December 2004

Mr. Gries,

"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."

With My Sincere Thanks,

 

R.E. Rankin
Houston, Texas

 


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*** Year 2005 ***


KEVIN SEGURA

 

From: Kevin Segura (k.segura@comcast.net)
Date: 1/10/2005
To:griestvaudio@joimail.com
Subject: DATABASE & ADDITIONS TO ARCHIVAL TV AUDIO

Phil:

"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."

Keivn Segura
Kinescope Restoration by RERUNMEDIA

rerunmedia@mail.com

 


 

JOHN DICKERSON

 

Sent: June 6, 2005
From: John Dickerson (jdickerson@tmo.blackberry.net)

"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" sdyoungkin@yahoo.com
To:            griestvaudio@verizon.net
Sent:         Wednesday, June 22, 2005 3:25 PM
Subject:    Peter Lorre testimonial

Dear Phil,

"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).

 


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*** Year 2006 ***


BILL ZHEME

 

From: TallGuyinc@aol.com
To: gries@atvaudio.com
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Subject: Johnny Carson Book for Random House

Hello, Phil...

"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!"

all best,

 

Bill Zheme

 


 

KATE RYAN

 

From: "Kate Ryan" <kryan@wtopnews.com>

To: <gries@atvaudio.com>

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

 


 

PAUL LEPRI

 

Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 7:32 PM

To: gries@atvaudio.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.

 

Paul Lepri

 


 

PAUL

 

Sent:           Monday, July 17, 2006 07:12 AM

To:              griestvaudio@verizon.net

Subject:      Re: Kennedy Tape

 

Hi Phil,

 

      "Received the Kennedy tape on Saturday. That's some complication. The two NBC bulletins voiced by Don Pardo and the initial 3:53 of broadcast coverage are truly historic archives.

 

      I can imagine how frantic NBC must have been in getting all the circuits together to begin videotaping their coverage. You were obviously in the right place at the right time. Sounds like you just barely caught the first bulletin, but the important thing is you got it!

 

      I always remember Don Pardo as the jovial, happy-sounding commentator on some of the NBC game shows. You could hear the shock in his voice as he announced those two NBC bulletins. You get the same sense in the voices of the three NBC newsmen as they begin the coverage of the assassination. Goosebumps all around!

 

      Thanks again for the tape and best of continued success with your website."

 

Best,

 

Paul

 


 

IRA CHINOY

 

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
PHILIP MERRILL COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM

 

August 16, 2006

Phil Gries
Archival TV Audio
P.O. Box 88
Albertson, NY  11507


Dear Phil:

      "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."

 

Sincerely,

 

Ira Chinoy

 


 

JERRY ROSE

 

10/24/2006

 

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.” ”

 

Cordially,

Jerry Rose

 


 

ANGELICA CARPENTER

 

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

 


 

DAVID HOFFMAN

 

11/20/2006

 

“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

 


 

SCOTT VINCENT

 

From:      Scott Vincent [scott_vincent@fcc.net]

Sent:       Saturday, November 25, 2006 10:23 AM

To:          griesatvaudio.com

Subject:  Feedback for Website

 

Dear Phil:

 

"Thank you for the outstanding audio airchecks 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."

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Scott Vincent

 


 

CURTIS WHITE

 

“Thank you for having such a fascinating website.”


Curtis White
Sr. Programmer/Analyst
Vertrue, Inc.
9500 West Dodge Road
Omaha, NE 68114

 


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*** Year 2007 ***


DARROCK GREER

 

January 16, 2007

Dear Phil,

    "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."

Best, Darroch

*****
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
darroch@greifcompany.com

 


 

TOD ROSENSTOCK

 

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

 


 

RON SIMON

 

MT&R
The Museum of Television & Radio
25 West 52nd Street
New York, N.Y. 10019

February 21, 2007

Dear Phil:

"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."

Best wishes,

Ron Simon
Curator, Television
The Museum of Television & Radio

 


 

BRAD JOHNSON

 

Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2007
To: Phil Gries <griestvaudio@verizon.net>

From: Brad Johnson
cc: record1234@wbhsi.net
Subject: (Fwd: Phil Gries)

Hi Phil,

"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

brad.johnson@turner.com

 


 

CAROLINE WATERLOW

 

HBO


FAX COVER
DATE: March 29, 2007
TO: Phil Gries / Archival Television Audio, Inc.
FROM: Caroline Waterlow
RE: Requests for HBO Brooklyn Dodgers Project

NOTES:

Hi Phil,

“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!”

Best,

Caroline
Caroline Waterlow
Associate Producer
"BROOKLYN DODGERS: THE GHOSTS OF FLATBUSH"

1100 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. 10036

 


 

DIANE WERTS

 

From: Diane Werts (diane.werts@newsday.com)
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 6:42 PM
To: griestvaudio@verizon.net
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

diane.werts@newsday.com
www.newsday.com/tv
www.newsday.com/diane

 


 

TIM GUNKEL

 

From: Tim Gunkel (tgunkel@nymets.com)
Sent: Wed. June 27, 2007 12:02PM
To: Phil Gries
Subject: Kiner's Korner Requests

Dear Phil,

"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."

Best regards,

 

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

 


 

GIA PRIMA

 

PR1MA Music, L.L.C.
4141 Indian Bayou No
Destin, FL  32541
850-837-9105          Fax 850-837-9145
www.LouisPrima.com

10-1-07

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)

 


 

LYNN EAST

 

From:    Lynn East [mailto:mail@traveltravelbylynn.com]
Sent:     2007-10-29 12:53
To:       griestvaudio@verizon.net - 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!"

Best regards,

 

 

Lynn East

 


 

JEFF SHUCARD

 

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."

Sincerely,

 

Jeff Shucard

 


 

JOHN McDONOUGH

 

National Public Radio

 

Chicago Bureau
65 East Wacer Place
Suite 1401
Chicago, Illinois 60601

 

December 3, 2007

 

Dear Phil,

"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."

John McDonough

 


 

WILL JORDAN

 

Dear Phil,

 

"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:sagdocfilm@yahoo.com]
Sent:      2007-12-27 13:34
To:          PHIL GRIES
Subject: Civil Rights Movement Audio
               - Hollywood celebs, March On Washington

 

Hi Phil:

 

Happy Holidays!

 

"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."

 

Kind regards,

 

Stephon

 

Stephon J. Litwinczuk

Associate Producer

Behind the Masks: the Story of the Screen Actors Guild

2341 Walnut Ave.

Venice, CA 90291

 


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*** Year 2008 ***


RACHEL ROBINSON

 

The Jackie Robinson Foundation
February 26, 2008

Phil Gries
Archival Television Audio, Inc.
209 Sea Cliff Avenue
Sea Cliff, NY  11579

 

Dear Phil,

 

"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."

 

Sincerely,

Rachel Robinson

cc:  Della Britton Baeza
      Len Coleman

 


 

DAVID VON PEIN

 

9/18/2008

Subject: RE: Don Pardo NBC - TV BULLETIN

In a message dated 9/3/2008 12:54:43 PM Eastern Daylight Time, griestvaudio@verizon.net 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).

Hi Phil,

"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."

Best Regards,

David Von Pein
THE ASSASSINATION OF JOHN F. KENNEDY – A LONE-GUNMAN VIEWPOINT
www.DavidVonPein.blogspot.com

 


 

CHUCK McCANN

 

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)."

Chuck McCann

 


 

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)

 


 

JILL COWAN

 

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)

Hi Phil,

“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.

June 22, 1964 - NBC HUNTLEY BRINKLEY REPORT

Many thanks for your help.”

 

Best Regards,

Jill Cowan
Senior Researcher
Kunhardt Productions

48 Wheeler Avenue
Pleasantville, N.Y. 10570

 


 

LUCIE ARNAZ

 

12/27/2008

Dear Phil,

"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."

Love & Thanks,

Lucie Arnaz

 


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*** Year 2009 ***


BOB SHEPPARD

 

February 19, 2009

Dear Phil,

"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."

 

Sincerely,

 

Bob Sheppard

 


 

EVELYN RUDIE

 

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?"

Love,

 

Evelyn

Evelyn Rudie
Co-Artistic Director
Santa Monica Playhouse
Santa Monica, California 90401
theatre@SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com

 


 

CAROL BASH

 

To: gries@atvaudio.com
Sent: 2009-02-27 12:38
Subject: AUDIO FOR PBS DOCUMENTARY ON "FREEDOM RIDERS."

Hi Phil,

“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

Carol Bash
Researcher
Firelight Media

324 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

 


 

SHANE ROSAMONDA

 

From:    "Mitzi Gaynor Management" (inquiry@missmitzigaynor.com)
To:       (gries@atvaudio.com)
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

 


 

PAUL DOHERTY

 

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
pdoherty@cesdtalent.com

 


 

RON SIMON

 

April 9, 2009

Dear Phil,

"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."

Best Wishes,

Ron Simon
Curator, Television
The Paley Center For Media

25 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
rsimon@paleycenter.com
212-621-6680 (phone)
212-621-6642 (fax)

 


 

ED RANDALL

 

From: Ed Randall
To: Phil Gries
Sent: 2009-06-05 09:17
Subject: Jackie Robinson tape

Phil:

"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."

Best Wishes,

Ed Randall
"Talking Baseball"
WFAN 660 AM

 


 

HUGO MORLEY

 

August 14th 2009

Dear Phil,

“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.”

Yours Sincerely,

 

 

Hugo Morley

 


 

AMY RICHARDSON-ARVAY

 

Sent: 2009-08-18 12:51
Subject: Customer Order Inquiry

Customer Name: Amy Richardson-Arvay
Customer E-Mail: arvay123@sbcglobal.net
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.”

 


 

GEORGE WALKER

 

“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

 


 

DEBBIE NATHAN 

 

From: Debbie Nathan

To: griestvaudio@verizon.net

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

 

Dear Phil,

 

“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

 


 

GRAEME STEVENSON

 

Dear Phil,

 

“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.”

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Graeme Stevenson

11 The Charrier

Menstrie – FK11 7BU

Scotland, UK

 


 

VIKASH KHANNA

 

From: Vikash Khanna
To: gries@atvaudio.com
Sent: 2009-12-14 02:18
Subject: Comment & Question Regarding Archival Audio Collection

 

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

 


 

JOSE SEGUIN

 

From: “PHIL GRIES” <griestvaudio@verizon.net>
To: <gls1722@yahoo.com>
Sent: 2009-12-16 01:46
Subject: Re: Fw: Tom Jones Special, Movin Up River Catalog # 4866

"Dear Jose,

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.”

Cordially,

Phil Gries
ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC.

 


 

----- Original Message -----
From: “Jose” <gls1722@yahoo.com>
To: “PHIL GRIES” <griestvaudio@verizon.net>
Sent: 2009-12-15 14:05
Subject: Re: Fw: Tom Jones Special, Movin Up River Catalog # 4866

Good morning,

“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

 

From: “PHIL GRIES” <griestvaudio@verizon.net>
To: <bluebirdlmc@aol.com>
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.”

Phil Gries

----- Original Message -----
From: bluebirdlmc@aol.com
To: griestvaudio@verizon.net
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


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*** Year 2010 ***


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

 


 

JACK

 

From: Beverly Records <bevrecords@dls.net>

Subject: Re: WINTER CARNIVAL AT SUN VALLEY 2-23-62 CATALOG # 171

To: “Editor Publisher” <saarnl@yahoo.com>

Date: Monday, March 8, 2010, 7:39 PM

 

Phil

 

“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.”

 

All blessings.

 

Peace –

 

 

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.”

 

Regards,

 

 

Frank Jason Rhoden

 

13513 GREENTREE DR

TAMPA, FL

33613

 


 

JIM MANAGO

 

From: Jim biographer

To: PHIL GRIES

Sent: 2010-05-19 20:31

Subject: Blog Reference Tomorrow

 

Hi Phil,

 

“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.”

 

Best wishes,

 

 

Jim Manago

Author of “Love is the Reason for it All: The Shirley Booth Story” – published by BearManor Media

 


 

MATTHEW BARTON

 

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

 


 

SCOTT SAUL

 

On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 5:23 AM, Scott Saul <scottsaul@gmail.com> 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

 


 

CLAIRE NEWMAN

 

To: gries@atvaudio.com

Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 5:46 PM

 

Hello,

 

“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

 


 

MARA McSWEENY

 

 ----- Original Message -----
From: “Mara McSweeny” <marandrew@sympatico.ca>
To: <griestvaudio@verizon.net>
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

 


 

MATTHEW LONG

 

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

 


 

PEGGY SUTTON

 

From: Peggy Sutton <peggy.sutton@somethinelse.com

Subject: REQUEST FOR THE SONNY LISTON VS. CASSIUS CLAY FIRST FIGHT

Date: Monday, May 24, 2010, 5:58 AM

 

Hi there,

 

“I’m a radio producer and I’m enquiring about the archive for a documentary I’m making for BBC Radio 4.”

 

Many thanks,

 

Peggy Sutton

Producer, Somethin’ Else

20-26 Brunswick Place

London, N16DZ

 


 

KATHRYN

 

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!”

 

Best,

 

Kathryn   

 


 

JOHN IPPOLITO

 

From: Jnipo@cs.com

Subject: “The Lost JFK NBC Bulletin” special ATA compilation tape.

To: gries@atvaudio.com

Date: Monday, May 31, 2010, 1:40 PM

 

Hello,

 

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?

 

Best,

 

John Ippolito

Lindenhurst, New York

 


 

JANE KLAIN

 

From: Klain, Jane

To: PHIL GRIES

Sent: 2010-06-24 17:57

Subject: “MUSICAL COMEDY TIME”

 

Hi Phil,

 

“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.”

 

Thanks,

 

JANI

 

Jane Klain

Manager, Research Services

The Paley Center for Media

25 West 52nd Street

New York, NY 10019

 


 

WESLEY HYATT

 

From: Wesley Hyatt

To: Phil Gries

Sent: 2010-09-05 22:20

Subject: Re: Customer Order Inquiry: Carol and Company (02-24-1963)

 

Phil:

 

"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!"

 

Wesley Hyatt

 


 

DAVE RODGERS

 

Hi Phil,

 

"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

 


 

IKER MAIDAGAN

 

"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

 


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*** Year 2011 ***


BOB WEIDE

 

To: “Phil Gries” gries@atvaudio.com

Sent: 2011-01-11 22:12

Subject: From Robert Weide / re: Woody Allen

 

Dear Phil,

 

"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

 


 

MARNI FIELDS

 

From: "Marni Fields" marnithemoon@msn.com

To: <gries@atvaudio.com>

Sent: 2011-01-13 14:08

Subject: "Love, Life, Liberty And Lunch" (5/18/1976)

 

Dear Phil,

 

"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!"

 

Marni Fields

 


 

MICHELE MONRO

 

From: Michele Monro

Date: 2011-01-29 17:46

To: PHIL GRIES

Subject: Archival Television Testimonial

 

Dear Phil,

 

"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."

 

Best,

 

MICHELE

Middlesex, ENGLAND

 

Michele Monro, author of biography "THE SINGER’S SINGER – THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF MATT MONRO" published by Titan Publishing 2010

 


 

BRENDA PRICE

 

From: Brenda Price brendapricedallas@yahoo.com

To: “PHIL GRIES” griestvaudio@verizon.net

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.”

 

Sincerely,

 

Brenda Price

 


 

WILLIAM REYNOLDS

 

From: “William Reynolds” wfr914@yahoo.com

To: “PHIL GRIES griestvaudio@verizon.net

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

 


 

BRIAN TESSIER

 

From: “Brian Tessier” brian.tessier@peterjonesproductions.com

To: gries@atvaudio.com

Sent: 2011-02-09 20:20

Subject: Audio of Johnny Carson re: MLK Assassination & Tonight Show Premiere Show

 

Hi,

 

“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

 


 

DAVID CREELMAN

 

From: “David Creelman” creelman.david1@gmail.com

To: gries@atvaudio.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

 


 

SUSAN MIZRUCHI

 

From: “Susan Mizruchi” mizruchi@bu.ed

To: “PHIL GRIES” griestvaudio@verizon.net

Sent: 2011-05-02 12:36

Subject: Re: “BRANDO’S SMILE: CULTURE AND CELEBRITY IN THE WORK AND LIFE”

 

Dear Phil,

 

"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."

 

Sincerely,

Susan

 

Susan Mizruchi

Professor of English

Boston University

236 Bay State Road

Boston, MA 02215

617-358-2529

 


 

DOC KANE

 

From: “Doc Kane” doc@roscommon.com

To: griestvaudio@verizon.net

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)

 

Phil,

 

“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

 


 

JOE FRANKLIN

 

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,

Phil

 


 

From: Eddie Cantor eddiecantor7@gmail.com
To:
Phil Gries griestvaudio@verizon.net
Subject:
Joe Franklin memo (43 year TV profile by Phil Gries on TV CONFIDENTIAL)
Sent:
Nov 8, 2011 3:35PM


Dear Phil,

 

“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.”

 

Best,

Joe Franklin

 


 

CASEY

 

From: Geo Geek (mailto:geog33k@gmail.com)

Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2011 9:43

To: Phil

Subject: Re: Walter Cronkite CBS EVENING NEWS, Dec. 1967

 

Hi Phil,

 

“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!”

 

Casey

 


 

KELLIE FLANAGAN

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2011
EMAIL SENT TO KELLIE FLANAGAN

From: Phil [mailto:griestvaudio@verizon.net]

Sent: Monday, December 12, 2011 1:37 PM

To: 'Kellie Flanagan'

Subject: Re: Thank you from Kellie Flanagan - Testimonial Link letter

 

December 12, 2011

 

Dear Kellie,

 

“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:kbriley07@sti.net]

Sent: Monday, December 12, 2011 12:24 PM

To: griestvaudio@verizon.net

Subject: Thank you from Kellie Flanagan

 

Dear Phil,

 

“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 troubador, 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.

 

Best regards,

 

Kellie F.

 


 

MARK RIBOWSKY

 

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, and Phil Gries of Archival Television Audio, Inc.

 

Mark Ribowsky

Author of "Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports"

 

 


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