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Chuck Nassoit:

  

Current Status:  

Found but has not contacted website

Tour of Duty:  

Mid 1960's

Designation:  

Army SP 4

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NAo

Biographic Details:  

Native of Brooklyn, NY

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

Believed to be currently living in South Bound Brook, NJ

Last known EM:  

NA

   

John O'Connor:  

  

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Jan 66 -  Jan 69

Designation:  

Army. TV NCOIC

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Retired from the Army working at the Television  Audio Support Activity in Sacramento and civilianized there.

Last known Location:  

Currently in Sacramento, CA

Last known EM:  

JohnOCaccessbeecom 

  

Dave Overton:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

64 - Nov 65

Designation:  

Army. Radio & TV Announcer

Duties:  

Arrived at SCN with Rich Storer (both straight from basic, but different training companies, at Fort Knox) shortly after the 1964 riots. 

He was at SCN until November of 1965. At one time or another, did a little bit of everything, including Dance Party after Lee Bailey left and producing (but usually not airing) the local news segment on the late afternoon television newscast. 

Did a late night music program and a news program on SCN TV named, Close Up, which was a compilation of the week's news. Steve Stalker described it as a poor mans version of Huntley-Brinkley. 

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

After returning to a radio station (WWCA) in Gary, Ind., Dave ended up working his way across northern Indiana, got out of the business a few years, got back in at WKAM in Goshen, Ind.

Most recent info:  

Went to work at The Truth newspaper in Elkhart, Ind., in 1974. Been there ever since.

Last known Location:  

Currently in Elhart, Indiana

Last known EM:  

trainmanbninnet 

  

Jim Owen:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's 

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

Radio 

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Mike Owens:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

late 1960's 

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Sp4 Gordon J Paffrath Jr:

 

 

Current Status:  

Found (has not yet contacted website)

Tour of Duty:  

68-69

Designation:  

Army
Duties:  

Film library, Video

Trivia:  

Also appeared on The Lilac children's show as "Packrat Paffrath"

Biographic Details:  

Native of Owatonna, MN. 1967 Graduate of Brown Institute of Broadcasting & Electronics. DINFOS. Planned to seek a career in Radio broadcasting after SCN.

Most recent info:  

Currently listed in white pages in Owatonna, MN

Last known Location:  

Owatonna, MN

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Sgt Buck Paris:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

USAF News

Duties:  

News

Trivia:  

NA 

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Capt Bruce Parish:

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1958 to 1962

Designation:  

OIC CFN Commander

Duties:  

Promoted to Major (before leaving CFN?)

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Was seen at Ft Meade, MD after leaving SCN.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

May have bought a motel in Clearwater, Florida

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Gary Parks:    

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Jan 9, 1968 to July 5, 1969

Designation:  

Radio Broadcaster

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

After discharge in 80, worked in Radio as a broadcaster/programmer until retiring  in 1991.

Began second career in 92 in Public Service with City of Columbus, OH as advisor to Mayor.

Most recent info:  

With change of administration Jan 2000, Gary joined Ohio Dept of Health as  Executive Asst to Director of Health in Columbus, OH where he currently works.

Last known Location:  

Columbus, OH

Last known EM:  

PARKSIGHTaolcom  

  

Jim Pattison:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1957 to 1964

Designation:  

Program Director 

Duties:  

He remained at CFN for several years. 

Trivia:  

He was knifed during the flag pole incident at Shaler Triangle in 1959 when the first dual flagpoles were dedicated there. He recovered from that injury. 

Biographic Details:  

Jim returned to the CZ in the early 70's and worked in the Panama Canal Graphics Branch. 

Most recent info:  

No details on his passing

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Ken Peterson:

 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

68 - 70

Designation:  

SCN News Staff

Duties:  

Weekend news duty pulling copy off of the wires.

Reassigned to the Information Office at Howard AFB on
another tour starting about 1974

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Since SCN completed degrees in English & Spanish at Florida State with a MA in Marketing communications with  post graduate work in Cross cultured communications

Worked 6 years in corporate PR prior to joining an international media mission organization where he served 6 years in Caracas and 7 in St Louis as World Director

Most recent info:  

Ken has been in Panama since 1995 as the Latin American Director and international producer  

Last known Location:  

Panama

Last known EM:  

kpetersoncptlnorg 

  

PVT Mark Peterson:

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

9/1965 - 1967 ?

Designation:  

Army. TV Audio Engineer

Duties:  

He arrived at SCN in September 1965 and began working as a TV audio engineer as well as the Weekend Potpourri announcer.

He was also host of the radio show "Night Flight" on weeknights at 10PM.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Originally from Lake Park, MN.

After graduating HS in 1960, Mark attended the Brown Institute of broadcasting and Electronics.

He was hired by KABR radio in Aberdeen, SD as an engineer-announcer.

Three and a half years later, he was inducted into the Army and trained in Ft Leonard Wood, MO.

Mark planned to return to the Dakotas or MN after his discharge from the Army.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Charlie Pickard:

 

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

February 22, 1964 to November 15, 1965

Designation:  

Army. Nicky the Crew Chief TV Host & Radio announcer

Duties:  

Charlie entertained Canal Zone children on the Afternoon Show as "Nicky the Crew Chief."

Steve Veenker allowed himself to be transferred to Ft Amador so Charlie could return and begin the Afternoon children's show on SCN TV.

Charlie was considered a valuable asset to SCN with amazing versatility, creativity and natural broadcasting quality with a bright future.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Originally from Columbus, OH

While attending the Ohio State University, Charlie worked as a camera and audio man for WOSU TV.

After earning an AB degree in Radio and TV, he continued to advance as Sports Director of WOSU Radio.

After returning to the US, Charlie became the program director for  WNCI, at the time a part of Nationwide Communications, Inc. (now defunct). 

After ten years with them as DJ and Program Director, he was caught up in massive job cuts  in September of 1975, and has been free-lancing ever since. 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

Currently living in Columbus, Ohio.  

Last known EM:  

chascharliepickardcom

 

Bill Pierce:
 

 No photo available

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1962 - 1964

Designation:  

Army

Duties:  

Engineer. When Jack Mulvain was assigned to do "Bunkhouse Roundup" as Willie Bill with Ken Harrelson as Counsin Cy. Mulvain enlisted Bill to do the show with him to add some down home authenticity.

Trivia:  

Had pet monkeys in their apartment in Panama

He was 6'5" and a big Teddy Bear. 

Biographic Details:  

Originally from Tennessee and played football at Auburn. Bill Pierce and family were good friends with the Mulvain's. They lived in town and had a monkey.  They lived in Florida, then went to California and Bill took a job with IBM. They then were transferred to Myrtle Beach where they remained until Bill's death. When Bill left the Army he worked for GE on the space program in Cape Canaveral. Wife Sally and Bill had 6 children

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

Myrtle Beach, SC

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Carlos Pineda:
 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1964 - 1966

Designation:  

Army. E-3 or Sp4.

Duties:  

Art Director, DJ & TV News Anchor

Originally from AZ. Very talented Artist. His drawings, were used by the television side to illustrate any number of local PSAs and show promotions. Also did the sets for "Dance Party" and "Nicky the crew chief"

Did play-by-play sports remotes on both radio and TV. 

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Became a major market TV news director.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Reinald Pope:

 

Current Status:  

Found (has not yet contacted our website)

Tour of Duty:  

Approx 1964

Designation:  

TV cameraman

Duties:  

A very good cameraman according to coworkers, when he decided he wanted to be Special Forces. 

Trivia:  

After about six months at SCN, he took a transfer to a Special Forces Unit, went through the Jungle Warfare School and, presumably, went to Vietnam. 

Before his combat assignment, he came back to SCN after completing his training, sporting a beret and several other medals and ribbons on his chest. Many admired his courage even though his choice in assignments was decidedly hazardous.

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Ron Queen (aka: Ron King):

Current Status:  

Found (has not contacted this website yet)

Tour of Duty:  

1960's

Designation:  

announcer

Duties:  

Announcer

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Worked over 30 years for 101.5 LITE FM in Miami, FL. Retired in 2002.

Most recent info:  

(webowner's note: I copied Ron's farewell from the radio station website because of my concerns it could eventually be lost to a future website upgrade. So I hope they will both forgive me for snatching this farewell and his photos. I will include the original link below.)

On Friday, September 27, 2002, 101.5 LITE FM & LiteMiami.com evening host Ron King 'hung up the headphones' and retired after more than 30 years of service to the station and South Florida. He wanted to share his thoughts on a broadcast career that's spanned nearly five decades. Who were we to tell him 'no'?

'It was a dark and stormy night.'

Wait -- that's Snoopy's opening line for the book he never finished. I need an opening for a 'Goodbye to South Florida.' I know, I'll steal from Lincoln. (The President, not the car.)

'Thirty years, seven months and two weeks ago, LITE FM brought forth a new voice and its name was Ron King.' Nah, that's too corny, isn't it?

How about I just start by saying, 'Hey South Florida, this gig has been a blast. But all fun things have to end, and this one is just about over.'

Friday, September 27th, is (or was, depending on when you read this) my last day on the air. It's time to 'Go West, Young Man' (or in my case, 'Upper-Middle-Aged Man.' Hey, ya gotta let me get away with something here; I think 'upper-middle-aged' is cool!)

When you say goodbye you're supposed to thank lots of people. If I mentioned everyone that deserves it, the boss would never let me publish this thing. So, let me just say I've worked with many, many people here and they have all been top-flight. (Well, almost all of them; the ones that weren't, didn't stay very long!)

There is no doubt in my mind that the staff of WLYF, 101.5 LITE FM, has always been -- and very much still is -- the very best in the business. Naturally I haven't worked with every staff in the business ... but believe me I know whereof I speak. Take my word for it, okay?

That logically brings me to the group that's the most important: the Listeners. During these years I've been blessed by meeting lots of really super people.

Paul -- who was 16 when I first played golf with him -- is now married with children and a law practice. (Aside: Why do lawyers call their life's work 'practice'?) Young Paul informed me that he listened to my station: 'It's great late at night when you're out, parked with a girl.' (Paul later dated my youngest daughter. Hmmmm...)

Then there was the gentleman who called late one evening to share with me the news that his wife had just delivered their first child, a daughter. He called back about 20 years later to say she was getting married the next day. (I still haven't heard from the daughter, but I'll bet she listens.)

It seems that everyone I meet in South Florida listens. And that's as it should be.

And you haven't really lived till you've sat in my favorite Chinese restaurant -- which always has LITE FM on -- and listened to the cooks sing along with James Taylor ... in Chinese!

As I depart LITE FM and head west, I wish for South Florida:

Unity No hurricanes (except the athletic kind from U.M.) Drivers who pay a lot more attention! Endless sunshine for those days at the beach! The continued love of a good partner. The knowledge of 'How to raise children', and the wisdom to always do what's right for them.

And so much more.

Most importantly for my friends here at LITE FM: I hope you all continue to hold an undying love for one of the world's truly great radio stations.

And, as I say at the end of each program, 'Hope you've enjoyed the music as much as I have.'

With love, Ron King

Copied from: http://www.litemiami.com/utility/ron-king-farewell.aspx

Last known Location:  

Miami, FL

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Frederick C. (Chuck) Renner:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1957 - April 1960

Designation:  

SSgt  TV broadcaster

Duties:  

While assigned to CFN, Chuck hosted Panorama and other programs. 

Daughter Suellen & son Rick appeared on children's TV show.

Trivia:  

Wife Jean, Daughter Suellen, son Rick and new baby daughter lived in Coco Solo housing until quarters were available.

Biographic Details:  

Chuck served as station manager of radio station, Gypsy, near the front lines of Korea in 1951, and in Frankfort am Main, Germany (at Hoechst, in the Castle) with AFN from 1953 to 1956. 

After CFN, they went to Ft. Bragg from there for two years and then to Tokyo because of the Olympics. Chuck was the News Director at FEN in South Camp Drake. 

In 1965 they went to DINFOS at Ft. Slocum, NY, closing this post under McNamara and transferring with the school to Indy, Ft. Ben Harrison. 

From there he went to Viet Nam for the entire year of '66, returning to Ft. Ben and DINFOS until his retirement 9/30/68. 

He went to work as News Director of the CBS radio station in Indy until his wife, Jean, was transferred to Cleveland OH. She had went to work when Chuck  was in Viet Nam and transferred to the VA with the start of the GI Bill. Jean accepted a GS12 in Cleveland and this loving man willingly followed her, as she had him, in her belated career. 

Most recent info:  

He did some free-lance writing for newspapers and magazines and happily cared for five acres and many dogs until his untimely death 10/7/91 of a cerebral hemorrhage. He is buried at Arlington Nat'l Cemetery. He was 63 years old 9/17/91, three weeks earlier. 

During his years with AFRTS he was honored to serve with many talented persons and frequently in more than one assignment. He was an inspiration to many who passed through CFN. 

Last known Location:  

Arlington Nat'l Cemetery

Last known EM:  

Friends of Chuck can contact his wife Jean  at

wyrnknologynet

 

Ron Rice:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

Radio Announcer

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Originally From Houston. 

After CFN, he worked for KBOX in Dallas  from 1964 to 1972.

He last worked at KRLD in Dallas at the time of his death. 

Most recent info:  

Died from car Accident in Dallas in 1973

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

E5 Pete Richards:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1962 - 1963

Designation:  

CFN Radio Announcer

Duties:  

Pete was quite a colorful character during and after his CFN tour. 

He did the morning show on CFN radio from 1962 to mid 1963 when he was sent back to the states. He was quite good on radio....did no television.

Trivia:  

When Jack Mulvain married at Ft. Clayton, a military wedding, Pete, who was Jack's size and rank, loaned Jack his dress uniform for the wedding. Pete loaned Lee his Fiat Spyder the first week Lee's wife was there so he would have transportation to pick her up at the airport, find apartments, buy a car, etc. Pete was most generous. 

Had 2 honeybears (kinkajoos) he would bring to the station and they would ride round and round on turntables. 

Married to Jane...had two daughters. 

Biographic Details:  

From Columbus, Ohio.

In later years when Lee Bayley was either consulting stations or running several, Lee would have happily hired him to work for them. Pete was a high energy type A.... and Lee's unofficial guide to getting set up in Panama..

Pete and Jack Mulvain started in television together at WLW-C in Columbus in 1957. 

Pete became a career soldier. 

Most recent info:  

Died from car accident in Florida.

Last known Location:  

Florida

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Michael Russnow:    

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

1968 - 1971

Designation:  

Army. TV Production

Duties:  

Worked a variety of jobs in production and as a TV personality. 

A very talented addition to the SCN team, Michael Russnow's  innovative ideas were a showcase of his future potential in the industry. Some of his SCN productions include, "A Walk on Broadway" and "The World of Barbara Moeller," plus  interviews with Miss Universe and local celebrities.

Trivia:  

Many of his former coworkers at SCN remember his appearance as a contestant on the TV game show, "Split Second" where he successfully won a new car.

Biographic Details:  

After SCN, Michael moved back to the LA area where he has remained since 1971. 

Upon return to the US, Michael went to work for Senator Alan Cranston of California. 

Michael's post SCN achievements are a legacy of his quite impressive career as a talented writer for such well known series as Family Ties, Waltons, Emerald Point NAS, Knots Landing, Barney Miller, Dynasty, Alice, Santa Barbara and many others. 

He was on the WGA Board of Directors from 90-94 and successfully spearheaded special Oscar recognition for Myrna Loy and Deborah Kerr as well as Royal Honor for Deborah Kerr.

Most recent info:  

Michael is currently living in "trendy" West Hollywood, CA near the strip. A member of the Writers Guild of America and successful writer. Michael just recently completed his new book "Hollywood on the Danube" about doing a soap opera in Budapest, where he lived for several months while researching his latest Novel. 

Michael has also been a contributing columnist for "The Huffington Post" for the last 2 years.

Last known Location:  

West Hollywood, CA

Last known EM:  

{ MRussnowaolcom }

Also see a tribute to Russnow with links to his achievements, career, interviews, video & Photo galleries by clicking Russnow Tribute

 

www.ramproductionsinternational.com

Baudilio Sanchez:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

NA
Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

A Los Angeles businessman and one of the craziest, funniest and most brilliant men Jack Mulvain has ever known
Last known Location:   Currently in Southern California.
Last known EM:   Donbaudili0aolcom
   
Capt Newel E. Sawyer:
 

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Aug 1965 - 1967

Designation:  

USAF. SCN OIC
Duties:  

He arrived at SCN at the time the new radio antenna crashed to the ground.

Capt Sawyer reported to HQ Southern Command as the new OIC for SCN. 

Trivia:   Capt Sawyer was married to Kristin Hesser of Norman, OK who had remained behind in Lakewood, CA with their daughter who was 2 at the time.
Biographic Details:  

Native to Oklahoma, Newel attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M where he was assistant public relations director and editor of the college newspaper for 2 semesters.

In 1960, he received his bachelor's degree in journalism from OSU and was commissioned a LT in the USAF.

He was protocol and Public information Officer with NORAD and ADC division HQ in GA, OK and NY.

In 1963, he attended the USAF public relations school at Boston University and in 1964, he attended Squadron Officers School at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 
J02 Chuck Schroyer:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Mid 60's

Designation:  

News
Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 
Ssgt Patrick V Sennett:

 

 No photo available

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's

Designation:  

Army

Duties:  

SCN Newspaper Staff

Trivia:  

NA 

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

SP4 Ben Shapiro: 

 

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Summer of 1964 to 1966.

Designation:  

TV cameraman, director & Cosmo the Crew Chief TV host
Duties:  

Starred as "Cosmo the crew chief" on the SCN Afternoon Children's TV program.

Hosted SCN's "Dance Party"

TV cameraman and Director.

Hosted Saturday Night Record hop on SCN Radio

Trivia:   NA
Biographic Details:  

Born in Chicago, IL. After HS, his family moved to St Petersburg, FL where he entered the St Petersburg Jr College to study Radio and TV. 

Attended University of FL in 1961 and received a BS degree in Broadcasting in 1963.

After SCN, Ben worked in TV production until '93.

Has been in Grand Rapids, MI since '66. 

Most recent info:  

Currently, Ben and his wife, Anne own a cruise travel agency in Grand Rapids, MI - GalaxSea Cruises.
Last known Location:   Grand Rapids, MI
Last known EM:   BenEdShapiroaolcom 
 
Rob Skinner: 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Sept 65 - Dec 67

Designation:  

TV Host, Production Director Radio
Duties:  

Hosted Dance Party, Armchair Theater Host, weekend feature film presentations. Production Director for Radio.

Trivia:   Rob's wife Kathy was the RN running the night shift in the ICU ward at Gorgas Hospital where there were some scary dictator types and marginal guys in for healthcare from some of the south American countries.
Biographic Details:   His wife was RN at Gorgas Hospital & they were married in the chapel on 11-26-1966

KWGS-FM Tulsa University 1962-3

KIST-AM, top 40 jock and news reporter 1964-1965 (left for US Army Sept)

AFRTS SCN 1965-1967 Armchair Theater Host, Dance Party TV Host, Production Director Radio

Jan 1968-Sept. 6th Army Headquarters Presidio of SF, 6th Information Office Radio Producer.

1968-2000 

Various Sales, Sales Management positions with KHJ Los Angeles;  KSAN, K101, KSJO, KOIT, KHQT, KOFY-TV, KICU-TV, all San Francisco

Owner General Manager KZEL/KBDF Eugene, OR. 1978-84

Most recent info:  

Currently doing narration & voice over from time to time.
Last known Location:   Pescadero, CA
Last known EM:   rob.skinnergmailcom 
 
Richard (Dick) Snow:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Mid 60's 

Designation:  

Radio Announcer. DJ for "Silver Dollar Survey" top 40s radio show. Also was the Puppeteer on Cosmo
Duties:   Ron was the puppeteer on Cosmo the Crew chief afternoon children's show. 
Trivia:  

Dick Snow did the puppets for Cosmo the Crew chief. Succeeded Bill Heitmann who was the puppeteer for Nicky the Crew chief.  Puppets were Christopher the Kitten, Columbus the Pup and the Grinlatz Quartet

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 
Steve Stalker:  

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

1963 - 12/1964

Designation:  

Army. Engineering, DJ, TV announcer
Duties:  

Since he had worked in commercial broadcasting for a few years prior to his stint in the military, he did engineering in the mornings and jocked the Pop Shop (rock) show in the afternoons on SCN. 

While preparing to depart the CZ, He was ably succeeded by Steve Glassman who he describes as "a real hoot on the air." Steve Stalker was also on the Friday afternoon Dance Party TV show, hosted by Lee Bailey, that featured CZ teens.

Steve also did a show with Dave Overton on SCN-TV called Close Up, which was a compilation of the week's news. Steve describes it as a poor mans version of Huntley-Brinkley.

Trivia:   Steve claims he was one of the characters that occupied the third floor during the mid 60's. 

Steve remembers the pies at the little lunch room just up the street... and not to forget the fried rice etc. they called in to the station. 

Biographic Details:   When Steve got out, he went to work for a rock station in St. Joseph, Missouri, then moved to a hard rocker in Kansas City. 

Most recent info:  

From there he worked for another rocker until moving to the duties of chief engineer and ultimately on to the computer work which he is doing now
Last known Location:   living in suburban Kansas City
Last known EM:   dldsrssunflowercom
 
Sid Stark:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

59-61

Designation:  

Announcer
Duties:   Great voice and on-air presence for both radio and TV. Anchor for Pop Shop following Ike Selig's departure. Pop Shop was then inherited by Gunnar Bennett upon Sid's departure.
Trivia:   NA
Biographic Details:  

Believed to be from Indiana. Graduate of Drake University.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 
Roland Stearns:  

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Late 60's - early 70's

Designation:  

USAF. TV Camera Technician
Duties:  

TV camera technician.

Very intelligent. Attended Canal Zone college classes during his tour.

Trivia:  

Nicknamed Rollie by the crew.

Biographic Details:  

Came from the Spokane Washington area.

Has a doctorate degree.

Most recent info:  

Classical guitarist. Currently teaching guitar and Lute in Germany where he has been living since 1992. 
Last known Location:  

Currently living near Stuttgart, Germany

Last known EM:   RAHStearnsLiutot-onlinede
  
Gordon Stone:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

NA
Duties:   NA
Trivia:   "Stoney"
Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
PFC Rich Storer:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1964 - 1966? 

Designation:  

SCN Newswriter & newspaper
Duties:   At SCN, Rich produced and wrote the original program, "Close-Up" as well as its successor, "Chronicle." 
Trivia:   Rich was rumored to be part of the Storer Broadcasting family, although that was never confirmed. 
Biographic Details:  

From Cincinnati with a penchant for writing.

Before SCN, Rich had been a free lance writer. His articles were published in several national magazines and was under commission to Crosley Broadcasting Company where he had created a series of original Religious programs.

After leaving SCN, he was headed to his home in Cincinnati for 6 months prior to traveling to Europe for a year or more abroad where he would focus on his writing and perhaps some time for his second love, Painting. 

Most recent info:  

Died in January 2011

Last known Location:  

San Francisco Bay area

Last known EM:  

NA

  
PFC Bill Strong:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

64 - Aug 66

Designation:  

Radio & TV News Anchor. News Dept.
Duties:   While at SCN, in addition to Radio & TV news anchor, he was also a DJ, Sportscaster, cameraman and newsman. 
Trivia:   NA
Biographic Details:  

Born in Brooklyn, NY but called Norfolk, VA home.

Worked at Radio station "WITH" in Baltimore, MD before SCN, as well as WGH in Norfolk.

After SCN, he planned to return to commercial broadcasting and to finish his education at Old Dominion College in Norfolk.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Don Sullivan:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Mid 60's

Designation:  

TV Director
Duties:  

Capt Adventure on Nicky the Crew Chief; the Children's afternoon TV show for a short time.

Later moved into directing the program in preference to being on the air.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
SGM Sam Sumner:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

60's & 70's

Designation:  

Army. SGM of SCN
Duties:   NA
Trivia:   Known as "Super Sam the Exercise Man," when he was with AFRTS in Europe.
Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:   Has retired to Florida. 
Last known EM:   NA
  
Jim Suttles:

 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

60's

Designation:  

NA
Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:   Was from Ft Payne, Alabama

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Howard Tannenbaum:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

Radio Announcer

Duties:  

Classical Music show

Trivia:  

NA 

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Hal Tatel:

 

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1964 - 1965

Designation:  

Army NCOIC and morning newscaster on Radio. 

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

From the Altanta, GA area.

Joined the Army in the mid 1940's. First assigned to Tokyo in 1947 where he served as Assistant Program Director for Radio Tokyo, a key station for the Far east AFRS network.

Hal was then assigned to AFN Munich Germany and later as Program Director at AFN Bremerhaven Germany.

Hal also served 4 years in Hollywood with the Office Chief of Information, DA where he was Radio & TV NCO and technical advisor on network programs with an Army theme.

He then served a tour in Korea with AFKN where he was the network radio NCOIC.

Upon return to CONUS, he was named NCOIC Radio & TV Dept for the Army Information School at Ft Slocum, NY.

Hal called  Atlanta home and planned to retire there with his wife Rita and their son Gary.

Most recent info:  

Retired into several civilian radio jobs and was News Director at a Colorado Springs radio station at the time of his death in July 1987 at the age of 67. Hal (Harold) Tatel was married to a Canal Zone sweetheart, Rita who still lives in CO.

Last known Location:  

Colorado Springs, CO

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Pappy Taylor:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

Engineer

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA 

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

John Tedrick:

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

60's

Designation:  

USAF

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

Played "Uncle Frog" on The Lilac children's show 

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

W/O Harley Tollifson:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

OIC

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA 

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Ferris Top:

  

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

60's

Designation:  

Announcer

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

Ferris was best man to Rob Skinners marriage and his wife at the time Deanne was Rob's wife's (Kathy) maid of honor.  

Biographic Details:  

Last seen as a weather announcer on a Portland, Oregon station in the 70's.

Most recent info:  

possible that this is the same Ferris Top who owns Top Communications in Portland, Oregon

Last known Location:  

Portland, Oregon

Last known EM:  

ferristtopcommunicationscom

  

Dee Traynor:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1957 - 1961

Designation:  

Radio Announcer

Duties:  

Dee Traynor and Bill Hodgson (Bee and Dee) did a Saturday morning show called "Music Mania." It was a Bob and Ray type production with short skits mixed in with off-beat music. They may not have had a lot of listeners but they sure had a lot of fun and often recruited other staff members to help out.

Trivia:  

Dee was a devout Mormon who never uttered anything worse than "gosh" or "darn" - until he blew a 5-foot putt.

Biographic Details:  

After CFN, he returned to Utah and bought a radio station with his brother

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Anthony "Tony" Valentino:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

NCOIC

Duties:  

Could be very military when the situation called for it, but otherwise was very laid back and let his crew use whatever talents they had.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Believed to have been from the NYC area. 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Tom Valliere:

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

66 - 67

Designation:  

33C TV Equipment Repair Engineer

Duties:  

Worked for Sgt King who ran engineering for Robert Botzenmayer. Rapidly promoted from supply to Engineering.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Originally from Muskegon, Michigan. Joined the Army in June 64. Trained at Ft Leonard Wood. Sent to Ft Devens, Massachusetts for training as a terminal intercept equipment repairman.  Sent to Bankok, Thailand with the 5th radio research unit for 8 months. 

He went to Redstone Arsenal after Ft Clayton and worked in the TV studios for the missile and munitions school there.

After separation, Tom worked for Alabama ETV and then left broadcasting.

Tom retired from Compaq in Houston as an Engineering Manager in 2002.

Most recent info:  

Started a new company after retiring from Compaq.

Last known Location:  

Tom is currently retired & living in Galveston, Texas

Last known EM:  

tom77422gmailcom 

  

Wayne Vanevenhoven:   

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

69 - 71

Designation:  

Engineer

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

Nicknamed "Van"

Biographic Details:  

Redhead who came from Oshkosh, WI.

Most recent info:  

is the local Fire Chief

Last known Location:  

Currently living in Kaukauna, WI

Last known EM:  

waynevanexecpccom

 

Del Vaughn:

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

65 - Feb 1966

Designation:  

Navy Journalist, TV news & Radio 

Duties:  

At SCN, Del worked in the News department preparing world News, for broadcasts.

Appeared on the local news segment of "Dateline" every weekday evening.

Del also had his own radio show. "Music for an afternoon, which aired at 1PM daily during the week. 

"Interviewed Hugh Downs during his transit of the Canal on the way to Tahiti.

Trivia:  

Del's hobbies were water skiing and skin diving. During his tour at SCN, Del lived in Cocoli with his wife, Chris and his son Stephan.

Biographic Details:  

Prior to SCN, Del worked at several civilian radio and TV stations, from St Petersburg, FL WALT and WASA in Haver de Grace, Maryland, to WQAL in Philadelphia, PA. 

Del called St Petersburg, FL his hometown.

He attended the University of FL and the University of Chattanooga where he studied advertising.

Del returned to radio and TV as he planned after his separation from the service.

Most recent info:  

He became a CBS News correspondent and was killed in a helicopter crash covering the hurricane Agnes floods in Pennsylvania, June 1972 at the age of 29. Del was born Dec 9th, 1942 as Odell Vaughn in Florida.

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Steve Veenker:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

 Feb 64 thru August of 66

Designation:  

Army

Duties:  

Arrived at SCN in February '64, first wave of new replacements after the January Balboa flag demonstrations and disturbances.

Steve was 20 hours out of Basic Training in Ft Leonard Wood, and 5 hours later was treated to refreshments at the Tivoli Guest House by SCN old-timers Ralph Murphine and Bill Fleming. Next morning Lt Col Churchville addressed all hands to formalize the new reporting-to structure, to Quarry Heights PAO. 

Transferred over to Southern Command Information Office but quartered at & did duty at SCN for a while, then quartered at Ft Amador but worked...etc.

Because the Southern Command became a "hardship" tour following the demonstrations, Steve spent 30 months in the Zone.

Steve allowed himself to be traded to the Army PIO in Ft Amador to clear the way for Charlie Pickard to return to SCN and begin the Nicky the Crew Chief, Children's afternoon show.

Trivia:  

His last year-plus, Steve lived in Ft. Amador but visited SCN often.

Was on SCN just before that as a guest. (The Barry Sadler pics were taken that night, Steve was with him so they put Steve on for a short timer farewell chat.)

Biographic Details:  

With Chicago Magazine for a while after leaving the service. Was in Chicago ever since leaving the Zone, 42 years.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

Currently in Myrtle Beach, North Carolina

Last known EM:  

s.veenkeraolcom 

 

Ed Webb:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1964 - 67

Designation:  

USAF. NCOIC of Television

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Sgt Art Weiner:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1962 - 64

Designation:  

NCOIC TV

Duties:  

TV Direction. Control room direction & administrative duties.

Trivia:  

Is often mentioned as a nice person who was well liked by the CFN crew.

 

Jerry Alexander remembers Art greeting him upon arrival:

 

"He was at Howard AFB to meet me on my arrival in the Zone. I had no idea what the 703.10 MOS meant (NCOs at Ft. Leonard Wood were no help--clerk typist, maybe?) The orders received gave a MATS flight number, but no destination. It was not until we spotted a map on the wall of the Charleston AFB terminal that we figured where we were headed. On arrival, in dress greens of course, I heard my name being called and upon meeting Sgt. Weiner he welcomed me to Panama and asked if I had any questions. I asked what I was going to be doing. He said that I was with SCN. This meant nothing, so I had to make another inquiry. After finding out these little matters Sgt. Weiner transported me to the Tivoli Guest House where I indulged in my first Planter's Punch and Club Sandwich. This the first of many later visits to the bar and to the Thursday and Sunday buffets.  I have not had a Planter's Punch since. This is ironic as I live in the city that originated the concoction at the Planters Hotel. 

He was not at SCN for much longer."

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Ann West:

 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

71 - 72 or 73

Designation:  

SCN Newspaper volunteer 

Duties:  

Worked on the newspaper staff putting the two people and places pages together.

Trivia:  

Wife of a military husband (non-SCN)

Best known (on the newspaper staff) for her love of morning roach coach spicy sausage (half smokes).  They learned not to light cigarettes, smoke, or have any open flame within 25 feet of her after her roach coach purchases

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

A1C Jim Westensee:

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1963 - 1967

Designation:  

USAF. Engineer

Duties:  

Jim quickly became an outstanding member of the SCN engineering staff.

Trivia:  

At the time Jim was in the CZ, he was married to Janice and had one son named Troy.

Biographic Details:  

Joined the USAF in 1963. Attended Technical training at Keesler AFB in MS and was later assigned to Lowry AFB in CO where he worked with closed circuit educational TV for 2 years.

After 2 years in the Canal Zone, Jim planned to stay in the USAF for another 16 1/2 years to complete a 20 year career. 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Bill Whitehead:

 

 No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

Film librarian

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

The CFN crew used to all go down and watch Rawhide, Perry Mason and a few other favorites as soon as they came in. (Star Trek, too in later years)

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Dennis Williams:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Mid 60's

Designation:  

Photographer

Duties:  

Photographer from Corozal

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Gary Williams:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

69 - 72

Designation:  

Engineer 

Duties:  

Worked in Master control. 

Trivia:  

A car racing enthusiast from Michigan. 

Drove a Ford Cortina.

Biographic Details:  

Worked for WDIV TV in Detroit until about 15 years ago.

Worked for a Video Production company in Detroit until early 2002 when he moved to Lansing.

Most recent info:  

Currently Chief engineer for WSYM TV in Lansing, MI. working at a video production company in Detroit, MI where he has been for 15 years. Has one son. 

Last known Location:  

Lansing, MI

Last known EM:  

willgarbignetnet 

 

Chuck Wilson:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Mid 60's

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

Known for his great singing voice

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

John Wilson:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

64 - 65

Designation:  

Army. TV news anchor

Duties:  

Succeeded Chris Kelley as the News anchor.

Trivia:  

Also sang in several CZ theater productions. 

Biographic Details:  

Originally from Virginia. 

After SCN, he became a TV news anchor working in Virginia and Florida. 

Most recent info:  

Currently, John is a news director at Fox 13 (WTVT-TV) in Tampa, Fla. His son, Mark, is a reporter and part-time anchor there as well. His other son is an established professional on the Broadway stage. John and his wife, Mary, are deeply involved in the community. They are both accomplished singers and give many benefit performances around the Tampa Bay area. John has been in the area for many years, having first worked at Channel 10, a former ABC affiliate.

Last known Location:  

Tampa, FL

Last known EM:  

NA

   

Mike Wilson:

 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1960's

Designation:  

USAF TV director

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Yogi Youngquist:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1964 - 1966

Designation:  

Army Sp4. Cameraman, TV Sports Announcer

Duties:  

Cameraman and TV sports announcer. Also some radio as well.

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

In the mid-80's, he was located in the central valley of California in or near Bakersfield and married.

Most recent info:  

Living and retired in Meridian Ohio in 2007

Last known Location:  

Meridian, OH

Last known EM:  

dadyogimsncom

  

     

 

 

 

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