THE SPOKE
 
ROTARY'S MOST WIDELY READ NEWSLETTER
(This Edition For 6/6/13)
 
Present: Ross, Bill, Chuck, Rich, Maury, Dolly, Herb, Dennis, Don, Donna, Jerry, John, Ange, Robyn
 
Visiting Rotarians: Jim Isaac, Debi Halcro (Honolulu), Greg Concilla (Honolulu)
 
Guests: Lou Kresge (Mesa, AZ.), Brian Winslow, Amy Winslow, Shirley Isaac, Norrie Willink, Henry Kujawa, Karen Collins, Lil Campisi
 
Flag: Greg Concilla           Prayer: Ross             Menu: John
 
Know how President Chuck ends the meeting with: “Ladies and Gentlemen, we have had a meeting!”  Well, this meeting was really one to remember.  First of all, it took place on the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944, the greatest assault landing, of all time, on an enemy's shore.  This momentous event began the final countdown to the Nazi defeat in World War II; this, we must remember, for the meaning of the huge loss of military personnel fighting each other.  Our national cemeteries are filled with the dead who died that day and countless other days; they died, serving the call of their country, this we must always remember.  President Chuck must have been in his glory today as even before the meeting started we had another meeting.  The following 7 Rotarians (Ange, Bill, Chuck, Dennis, Herb, Maury, Rich) and 3 guests (Lil, Karen, Lou Kresge) made a visit to Television's Channel 8 located at 201 Humboldt Street in Rochester.  Glad to get out of the rain, we were warmly greeted by an engaging young man named, Steve Dodd.  Standing in a futuristic looking foyer (actually it was a retro look which could pass for something in the future, a la Twilight Zone), Steve served up a bit of history stew, informing us that the building was built in 1949, broadcasting began on June 11, 1949 as WHAM-TV, and was originally owned by Stromberg-Carlson, a telephone equipment manufacturer, along with WHAM AM 1180.  Speaking of AM (radio), this fascinating building had its beginnings in radio, consequently the title, 'Rochester Radio City',  was attributed to it, sort of a junior Radio City Music Hall, world renowned New York City landmark.  Radio, in Rochester, coincidentally, had its roots tied to the Kodak tree of life which gave impetus to so many neophyte commercial enterprises.  Kodak founder, George Eastman, had a hand in the implementation of the first radio station in Rochester (it was not WHAM) which originated at the University of Rochester; Eastman, however, is credited with coming up with the call letters (WHAM) as he suggested they would garner attention and it was through him that the first radio stations in Rochester operated out of the Eastman Theatre, originally built to house a movie house for silent pictures (it had all the bells and whistles to make things happen).
I have to apologize to my readers at this point as many of you are not native to Rochester, NY, in fact, most of you were not born when radio was in its infancy here, so, with a little leeway permit me to digress as I wish to insert the following list of names associated with WHAM and its prominent competitor for many years, WHEC; I am sure these names will stir the well of memory: Gunnar Wiig, Al Sigl, Homer Bliss, Al Sisson, Mort Nusbaum, Warren Doremus, Lowell MacMillan, Eddie Meath (Eddie Meath Penny Fund - “O.K. Kids, line up at the door, make sure you have your hat and mittens on, did you brush your teeth, say goodbye to your Mom!”), Nick Nickson, Bob Trebor (Robert spelled backward, bob = bob; old joke from his Little Brown Studio), Jack Slattery (world's tallest midget).
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 After several changes in ownership, the current call letters, WROC-TV replaced the original WHAM-TV in 1961. More changes in ownership have taken place since then, currently the station is owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.  It was pointed out that the walls are finished with mahogany wood, the staircases are marble, and the basement remains unfinished as it was originally built to house a bomb shelter.  We ventured down a hall with movie posters lining the walls and when a thick door was opened it was pointed out that the doors were built like this to insure the rooms would be soundproof.  We viewed the working rooms throughout the building and were told that  the station not only employed reporters, other people you see on TV, but many people behind the scenes such as editors (twenty minutes of movie footage will equal about thirty seconds on TV), engineers (one was sitting at a console which could easily have been used by HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey – wild!), accountants, photographers, salespeople, office workers, all working to put it together for the viewer.  In one editing room, which resembled a toy shop or a kid's playroom, we chanced to talk with a pleasant young man who described his job as 'creative'; he could look at a video and take out people or insert people (one example) – the toys, his toys, he collects them and a few came from vendors like the McDonald give aways.  As we entered the broadcast room, yes, the actual room you see on TV when the news comes your way, we marveled at the size (big) of it.  There was the familiar backdrop for WROC-TV evening news, and there was Kevin Doran and Maureen McGuire, both coming over to greet us as we sat in the original (1949) seats where audiences once upon a time sat and watched the live broadcasts.  The 5 o'clock news was about to begin, so we were invited to sit and watch it, and lo and behold there he was, in real life, zipping around with enough energy to fuel an aircraft carrier, the incomparable Scott Hetsko.  If there ever is a contest for Mr. Personality, Scott should be nominated; he is pleasant, affable, and engaging.  We watched as he stood before his green wall (plain green, no clouds, rain, data – all of that is put on the screen via tricks with a camera; he is the Fred Astaire of weatherforecasting as he has to do his routine in reverse of what you see on your TV set (never mind, it's too complicated, but we did see it happen).  There are cameras everywhere and people onstage are quiet, until an ad or news story comes on, then they talk with each other, even came over to talk with us.  We heard Kevin Doran and Maureen McGuire report on different segments, then a girl named Ali Touhey reported on the Megan Merkel story of the day and a girl named Caroline Tucker reported on a U.S. Marine receiving the Bronze Star Medal.  Sadly, the experience was drawing to a close and another pleasant young man named, Don Killion, escorted us back to that futuristic foyer where, once upon a time, Tom Decker, Bob Mills, Anne Keefe and a host of others entered, went to their stations and regaled fascinated audiences in the emerging newly found dreamworld of television.
Thanks to all those wonderful people at WROC-TV (8) for the warmth, hospitality, grace, and the ease with which they furnished us with so much information about the inner workings of their TV broadcasting world.  This was truly a meeting worth having.  Thank you, Maury.
 
Rich reported on The Troops: They are in need of bug repellant, liquid or salve type (no aerosol!)
 
Weekly 50/50: Herb Gauch (no Ace)
 
INDUCTION OF  NEW MEMBER:  DR. BRIAN WINSLOW
                       Brian Winslow was born in Maine, grew up in Webster, graduated 1974 R.L Thomas High School; graduate of SUNY Geneseo (BA 1978), U. of Buffalo (DDS 1982) and Children's Hospital of Pittsburg (Pediatric Dentistry (1984); opened own office in Pediatric Dentistry, 1986 and that same year became an Assistant Professor at URMC Eastman Institute of Oral Health.  Dr. Winslow is married to Amy Willink and they have four children (Teddy, Emily, Andy & Tim).                        PAGE 3
His volunteer activities include coaching soccer, basketball and lacrosse.  He has been involved in the Boy Scouts Of America and has been a high school lacrosse official for the last eight years.
Dr. Winslow had his Rotary pin applied by Herb Gauch and Ross Willink, who should be writing this as Brian is his son-in-law, presented him with a Certificate of Membership, Object of Rotary, and The Four Way Test.
 
$HAPPY: Dennis, for the Channel 8 Tour (now referred to as: The Tour); Debi Halcro (visiting from Hawaii), glad to be here; Greg Concilla (visiting from Hawaii), also happy to be here and with that he presented a Rotary Banner from his club in Honolulu to President Chuck; John, welcome to our guests and for Roger; Donna, happy to be here; Maury, for our new member; Robyn, coming home, new member, for raising $48,000 for Relay For Life (Amazing!); Ange, for new member, and for seeing Don Pegelow on TV at the LPGA; Karen Collins, many reasons; Rich, for guests and Brian; Jerry, for Rich going to Jerry's home town in Missouri; Ross, new member (much laughter); Brian, 'for this group', glad to be here; Herb, Brian, guests, and daughter; Dolly, Brian, guests, being here, and for Robyn to  have a successful golf outing; Bill, for Brian, guests, and for today being D-Day (much to be thankful for).
 
John: An update on Roger Tellier: Freida called, Rog went to see the surgeon yesterday (6/5), will visit the oncologist tomorrow (6/7), chemo may start soon, will see what happens.  Thank you to everyone for cards, sympathies, kindness.  Tellier address is 982 Danby Drive, Webster, NY   14580.
 
The rest of the meeting was devoted to remarks concerning the Charities Dinner:
Herb: As part of the committee he saw things first hand, K of C had a commendable bar this year with added bartenders, food was good, suggested that next year we 'beef up' (little play on words there, Herb) the 50/50 raffle at the dinner as many people like to play the numbers.
Dennis: The names in the program (advertisers) was an outstanding idea, all advertisers should receive a copy of the program.  The Chinese auction, good idea, should be repeated.
Don: Had a good time, it was well done.
Dolly: We should do a better job on the desserts next year.
Donna:  Agree with Dolly.
Maury: Great improvement on the bar over previous years.
Jim Isaac: Steak knives should be used instead of table knives for prime rib, ask Irondequoit Rotary for their vendor.
Rich: Potatoes were soft, should be looked into. Karen: No beef, another choice please.
Ange: All went well.
Ross: Overall no complaints, we should go there not for the food but for the charities.
Jerry: $300 over last year, bar area better, ticket sales great.
Robyn: First experience on her part, thought it was fun, hectic on her part, more people to sell 50/50.
President Chuck: Kudo's to those who made it happen, wonderful job.
Thought/WK: 'Don't exchange for what you want most – for what you want at the moment'.
 
President Chuck presented Webster Rotary mugs to visiting Rotarians Debi Halcro and Greg Concilla.
 
Visitor Lou Kresge is the brother-in-law of Chuck Mertz.  He is a twenty (plus) year veteran of the U.S. Army, lives in Mesa, Arizona, and is a most interesting person to chat with.  Nice meeting you, Lou.
Ladies and Gentlemen, with that, we have had a meeting!                                                                      Yours, in Rotary, Bill Ruoff                                                                                                                     PAGE 4