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Jim Anderson:

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1955 - Aug 1956

Designation:  

CFN staff announcer and sportscaster on both radio and TV 

Duties:  

Kid's show: "Uncle Jim and Tinker: (radio only, late '55) with Gary Hannes as "Uncle Gary"

Trivia:  

Jim was "Jack-of-all-trades" having had radio and TV experience before entering the Army. He was instrumental in getting TV off the ground. He put in a lot of time and effort during the OAS Conference (July 17-24, '56) working related events in the CZ Nearly all of the pictures from the 1955-'56 time frame were furnished by Jim before he passed-on. 

Biographic Details:  

Jim was from Springfield, Mass.  He married his childhood sweetheart, Carol, within days of being discharged. They had three children. He went back into radio/TV work after service in the Boston-Springfield area. Jim was well-liked by the CFN audience and received many letters of praise from all quarters upon leaving CFN.

Most recent info:  

deceased, 2011

Last known Location:  

Springfield, MA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Jack Boggs:

 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

55-56

Designation:  

NA 

Duties:  

Radio announcer 

Trivia:  

Gary Hannes remembers:

Jack Boggs, another hand-me-down from HOG and an eyewitness to the assassination of the Panamanian president (boy, did he have some scary stories!)

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Davis Thomas Boreanaz (aka: Dave Roberts):

 

Current Status:  

Found but has not contacted website

Tour of Duty:  

1958 - 1961

Designation:  

News Director
Duties:   CFN News Director
Trivia:   Graduated from Syracuse University and was a very professional newsman.
Biographic Details:  

Born in Buffalo, NY. Went to work for WAER FM in Syracuse, NY in 1954, then Wolf AM. Then WBUF in 1956. In 1961 went to WKBW as the weatherman plus hosted childrens show "Rocketship 7" and "Dialing for Dollars." Used stage name "Dave Thomas." 

 

Joined WPVI in 1978 as the morning show "AM Philadelphia" co-host and changed name to Dave Roberts to avoid confusion with another anchor named Thomas. When the weatherman died in 1983, he took over that position which he still holds today.

He is also the father of actor David Boreanaz. 

He has also been inducted into the Philadelphia broadcasters hall of fame, selected Person of the year by the same and received an NWA weathercasters seal of approval in 2000. In 2009, he was inducted into the Buffalo NY broadcasters hall of fame.

 

He is also a member of the SAG and has had roles on several TV series. 

Most recent info:  

Has been the weatherman for Philadelphia channel WPVI since 1983. It is said that he will be retiring on Dec 11, 2009.

Last known Location:  

Philadelphia, PA

Last known EM:  

NA

has his own Wikipedia page
Robert A. Botzenmayer:

2005

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Early 50's to early 70's

Designation:  

Civilian. Chief Engineer
Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Prior to SCN, he was an engineer with Pan American World Airways in Balboa.

Robert had retired to Bradenton, FL.

Most recent info:  

Robert Botzenmayer passed away on July 24, 2005.  His daughter Lynne Botzenmayer Armfield had moved him up near her home in South Carolina from Bradenton, FL in 2003  where he lived in an independent facility at first and later moved to assisted living.  He fell and broke a hip and never recovered.  Roberts wife had preceded him in death on June 2001. Robert had celebrated his 89th birthday just over 4 months earlier.

If you would like to contact Lynne she can be reached at 

Last known Location:   South Carolina
Last known EM:   { tinywabbitroadrunnercom }
   
SSGT John Burke:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1959 - 1963 &  1965 - 5/1966

Designation:  

Army. NCOIC Radio & TV
Duties:  

NCOIC over Radio & TV, HQ 5th Army between 1959 and 1963.

Held 4th on SCN's "Dawnbusters" every morning from 5 - 6AM.

After arriving at CFN in 1963, he returned to the US after 8 months

In 1965, he returned to SCN to finish out his 20 years and retired May 1966.

Trivia:   NA
Biographic Details:  

Originally joined the army in 1946. Spent the first 17 of his 20 years with the Army, in the MP's.

Joined AFRTS in 1959 at AFKN-PUSAN.

In 1963 after 8 months at CFN, he returned to the US where he became a PM investigator & Publicity NCO at the Recruiting Main station in Chicago until returning to SCN in 1965  to finish out his 20 years.

He retired on May 1966 and returned to his native Illinois where he & his wife were living and working with the Chicago Police K-9 section of the Interstate canine patrol out of Chicago.

Most recent info:  

NA
Last known Location:   Last known to be living in Chicago, IL
Last known EM:   NA
  
A.J. Carothers:

Current Status:   

Deceased

Tour of Duty:   

Early 1955 to Sept. 22, 1956

Designation:   

CFN Announcer

Duties:   

He was radio & TV announcer (he had a combination British/Texan accent). Also was one of the first news anchors to grace CFN-TV.

Biographic Details:   

Born in River Oaks section of Houston, 1933. Became a famed screenwriter and playwright for Walt Disney Studios.

 

In 1957 A.J. was hired by Walt Disney Studios as a writer. His first film was "Miracle of the Stallions", followed by "Emil and The  Detectives," "The Secret of My Success" and several more motion pictures. He created TV series "Nancy and the Professor" and "Goodnight, Beantown" among others and wrote the stage play "Brusker Alley."  

 

Wikipedia has a more detailed history of his personal and professional life as well as several photos. 

Most recent info:   

died in L.A. (cancer) on April 9, 2007

    

Joe Ciokon:

 

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

1959 - 1964 and 1974 - 1977

Designation:  

Navy JO1 (later JOC). TV News anchor

Duties:  

Worked at both CFN and SCN.

Along with MSG Bob Foster and USAF Sergeant Ed Johnson were part the only four person news team. They all wore their respective uniforms on air and the navy white, army green and air force blue gave the engineers fits trying to chromakey. The other part of that news crew was Mrs. Silvia Thomas, volunteer that did the local weather and women's news.

Trivia:  

A black belt in judo. 

Biographic Details:  

NA

Most recent info:  

He retired as a Navy Master Chief in 2003 and is a civilian employee in the Public Affairs Office of the Pacific Air Command in San Diego.

Last known Location:  

San Diego, CA

Last known EM:  

{ joejtsucoxnet }

  

Timothy Coombs:

 

No photo available

 

 

 

Current Status:   

Missing

Tour of Duty:   

1955 - 1956

Designation:   

Announcer

Duties:   

Radio announcer

Biographic Details:   

He was an untrained announcer that Al Lohman took under his wing, who was there in '55 and a bit of '56.

Most recent info:   

 

NA

  

John Crowl:

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 50's to Early 60's

Designation:  

NA 

Duties:  

Navy Seaman 

Trivia:  

NA 

Biographic Details:  

Married to Lucy 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Joe Daley:

 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 50's to Early 60's

Designation:  

NA 

Duties:  

NA 

Trivia:  

NA 

Biographic Details:  

Was in Chicago doing news for the NBC affiliate 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Jim Duex:

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1955 - 1957?

Designation:  

TV Director 

Duties:  

TV Direction, control room.

Trivia:  

NA 

Biographic Details:  

NA 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

John Eaton:

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1955 - 1957 ?

Designation:  

TV News Anchor 

Duties:  

TV anchor on Panorama

Trivia:  

NA 

Biographic Details:  

NA 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

MSG Erwin:
 

No photo available

 

Current Status:   

Missing

Tour of Duty:   

1954 - 1956?

Designation:   

NA

Duties:   

Left before TV was added to CFN

Trivia:    

Had a band called Bluegrass Jamboree which played on CFN radio. After he left, Clint Holcomb became lead of the band which also appeared on CFN TV.

Most recent info:   

NA

Biographic Details:   

NA 

Last known Location:    

NA

Last known EM:    

NA

Jack Essex:

   

  

Current Status:   

Deceased

Tour of Duty:   

1956 - 1957

Designation:   

Radio & TV Announcer

Duties:   

Part time announcer with Radio Station HOG, an English language station in Panama City in 1955 - 56. 

Was an announcer at CFN 1956 - 1957. 

Biographic Details:   

Joined municipal law enforcement in California in 1959, worked ten years at the Westminster Police Dept. and moved upward to the Livermore Police Dept in 1969. 

He retired as a Police Captain in 1985 after serving a one-year interim period as Chief of Police. 

Married a Panamanian girl , Olga Berrocal Essex, in 1955. Olga authored "Delia's Way" a novel set in Panama in the 1950s and is currently published by Arte Publico Press of the University of Houston 

Most recent info:   

Jack had four children and four grandsons. He was retired and living in Paso Robles, CA when he lost  a long battle with cancer on Feb 24, 2002. 

His appearance on the final SCN program was an honor that brought great happiness to his life amidst his struggle with multiple myeloma. Jack spent the last few years of his life enjoying e-mail group chats and stories with his old and new friends from CFN and SCN.

Last known EM:   

NA

      

Don Findley:

 

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 50's to Early 60's

Designation:  

NA 

Duties:  

NA 

Trivia:  

Don said his main ambition in life was to become a character actor. The perfect age for a character he insisted was 35, so he planned to return to the West Coast and be a beach bum until he reached that age. 

Biographic Details:  

Was from Portland, Oregon 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Jim Giampaoli:

Current Status:   

Found

Tour of Duty:   

Jan 1956 - June 1959

Designation:   

CFN Artist

Duties:   

CFN's first staff artist when TV was added to CFN

Trivia:    

From Ike Selig:

When he was on call he had to sleep in the receptionist area on a cot in case there was an emergency during the night.  You had to keep a log or incident report of any and all activity.  Jim never wrote anything down, but put his entire report in cartoon form. 

One night he heard something at the front door, he went to the door and opened it to look around and a porcupine walked in.  Well,  he found a cardboard box and placed it over the porcupine and the next morning Swede called over to the Atlantic side to Ft Sherman.   JWTC.  (jungle warfare training center)  and they sent a truck to pick up the porcupine.  They added it to their informal ZOO.

Biographic Details:   

A successful artist residing in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

 

His bio below was Copied from one of his Art Exhibits:

Art Professor: University of Maryland, The Corcoran School of Art, The Maryland Institute College of Art, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes - San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) and Instituto Allende - San Miguel de Allende (Mexico)

After leaving high school in 1955, Jim Giampaoli enlisted in the Army and served in the Panama Canal Zone at The Caribbean Forces Network. He worked as the artist for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Net Work (AFRTS). His tour of duty was for three and a half years from Jan. 1956 to June 1959.

He attended the University of Maryland from September 1959 to January 1963 and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Art. After graduating, he studied fresco painting at San Carlos in Mexico City. He did his under graduate studies in three and a half years.

In March of 1963, he met two guys who were planning a trip to Machu Picchu and the Amazon River where he also went. Returned back to the U.S.at the end of August, 1963. Then he enrolled, once again in the University of Maryland in order to receive his Masters Degree where he was given a Fellowship and later Student Teaching Assistantships. He graduated with a Masters degree in Art in June of 1966. In September, he left for Morocco. He was given, by the Moroccan government, an award that allowed him to stay for three months at the King's Palace in Marrakesh. He later taught at the Corcoran School of Art from 1967 through 1969. 

He then got married in 1969 and now resides since then in San Miguel de Allende which is his wife's hometown. 

Most recent info:    

He has also taught in San Miguel de Allende in the “Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes” and “Instituto Allende”. He no longer teaches but is a very active artist. 

Last known Location:   

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Last known EM:    

bjgiampaoligmailcom

http://www.jimgiampaoli.com/

Bruce Glenn:

Current Status:   

Missing

Tour of Duty:   

1955 - 1959?

Designation:   

CFN Cameraman and production

Duties:   

TV Camera & production

Biographic Details:   

NA 

Last known Location:    

NA

Last known EM:    

NA

Channing Grigsby:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:   

1956 - 1957

Designation:   

Army. CFN News Anchor, Radio & TV

Duties:   

Did much of the news casting at CFN in the 1950's. Joined CFN staff, January 1956. 

Had worked at HOG, civilian English language station in Panama, (like Jack Essex) until his I&E Center CO in Fort Kobbe heard him and made him quit -- no job moonlighting in those days. 

Initially in radio at CFN. In March, 1956, became news anchor for three daily newscasts: at sign-on at 3 PM for 15, at 6 PM for 15 and 11PM for 15 minutes. 

Also did some location work -- special events like retirements and parades and Rio Hato maneuvers, and special events like interview of film star Jimmy Stewart in a Panama hotel when he was passing through. (Jimmy Stewart was an AF reserve general, so very cooperative with military. Channing heard he was in town and called the hotel and was astonished that he got an appointment for an interview. With Gerry Sturges as sound man on the recorder, they met Stewart in the lobby of the Panama Hilton and talked for over an hour. Jimmy Stewart was pleasant, affable and friendly -- a very nice guy. They got a good interview that was broadcast that night after a quick edit job in the second control room. 

Biographic Details:   

Channing left Panama with wife, Nora and child Darcy, in August, 1957 on an early release for college to go to Penn State. During college to make the GI Bill go a little farther, Channing worked as DJ in radio station WMAJ in State College, Pa. Graduated, got a fellowship for grad school and went to Berkeley, thanks to Gerry Sturges, who lived in El Cerrito and urged him to go Cal. 

Got a degree in English and has taught college- level, off and on, since. 

Most recent info:    

Currently lives in Middletown, CA and teaches part-time at Yuba College in Clear Lake. He has two children, four grand-children and a stepson working in special effects in Hollywood.  

Last known email:    

{ cgrigsbygetnewvisionscom }

Channing has a website at New Consciousness Catalog  

?? Haas:

 

No photo available

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1957 - 1958?

Designation:  

NA 

Duties:  

TV 

Trivia:  

NA 

Biographic Details:  

NA 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Gary Hannes:

 

Current Status:  

Found 

Tour of Duty:  

March 1955 to Sept 21, 1956

Designation:  

Chief announcer, CFN Radio

Duties:  

Radio: Assign announcers to shifts, morning show host, newswriter, kid's show character, etc. 

TV: newscaster, writer, director

Trivia:  

I came across a letter I had sent to Jim Anderson on August 30th, 1956, about 3 weeks after he had mustered out and returned to the Boston area. These bits from the letter show what was happening at CFN-TV at that time:

"Tom and Jerry have their kiddies' show on the road and after only one show received 20 letters, and they were not solicited." (Tom Sherman & Gerry Sturges)

"Get this: Terry Moore has consented, first of all,  to appear on TV Monday in a special 45 minute extravaganza that I'm directing. If that works out well, we're asking her to appear  as Scarlet in our next "Studio" presentation of "Gone With The Wind." (This might have been a bit of humor rather than fact???)

"This week on "The Studio" we're doing (at last!) "John Brown's Body". Jim Duex is directing and I'm running audio."

"I got the worst sunburn in my life a week ago today at the El Panama pool, but it was well worth it, watching Miss Moore prance around in brief clothing - Arf!"

"Last night Tom (Sherman) and I were invited to the El Rancho for dinner and drinks by the manager to watch his talent for a possible TV date. Oh, what a life!"

"Big Jim (Pattison) got a uniform today and will start attending reserve meetings. Some Gung Ho guy!"

Biographic Details:  
  • Born 1933, Amsterdam, N.Y.

  • First radio job 1950-51, WCSS, Amsterdam. 

  • 1951-'52 Valparaiso Tech. Institute, Valparaiso, Indiana plus moonlighting at WIMS, Michigan City, Ind.

  • 1953 - Technician at G.E., Utica, N.Y. while moonlighting as booth anchor at WKTV. 

  • 1954 -  Mexico City College.  

  • Nov. '54-Sept. '56 - Service in U.S. Army.  

  • Married Karen Olsen,1956.

  • 1957-59, WIMS, Michigan City. 

  • 1959 to 1963 - Associate producer of Spanish version of "To Tell The Truth".

  • 1963 to 1965 TelePrompter concession for Mexican TV.

  • 1965-1971 International Radio Network (daily programs in English in major cit‪ies from Mexico to Chile. Also broadcasting 24 hours in English on XEHL, Guadalajara, Mexico. 

  • 1971 to 1974, owned restaurant in Guanajuato, MX.

  • 1974-1979 Program Manager/P.D. at KSEK/KMRJ, Pittsburg. Kansas. At same time started "Waxworks" syndicated oldies ('20's to the '50's) show which was eventually heard on 320 stations. Quit KSEK in 1979 and stayed with syndicated show until I retired in 1993. Show is still on the air (new host/new name) as of 2015. I lived in Mexico but commuted to Kansas City and Houston to record programs. 

  • Divorced Karen 1965 (3 children) 

  • married Barbara  Hughes in 1969 (4 children). 

  • Since 1993, owned another restaurant and a school to teach English.

  • Since 2001, Barbara & I have lived on a ranch in rural Guanajuato.

Most recent info:  

Just enjoying our many pets, playing with the computer, and loving the fantastic Mexican weather and wonderful people  (plus relishing memories of CFN and a few other events).

Last known Location:  

Guanajuato, Mexico (2015)

Last known EM:  

{ garyhannesyahoocom }

(and I'd enjoy hearing from anyone!!)

Ron Harper:

 

Current Status:  

Found but has not contacted website

Tour of Duty:   

1950's

Designation:   

USN. CFN Writer, director, producer

Duties:   

A writer for CFN TV in the 1950's. Wrote directed and produced "The Studio" for 18 months.

Biographic Details:   

Born 1-12-1936 in Turtle Creek, PA. After the Navy, Ron was later seen in numerous television roles. 

TV Series starred in include:

  • Generations (1989-1991)

  • Loving (1983)

  • Capitol (1982)

  • Land of the Lost (1974)

  • Planet of the Apes (1974)

  • Garrison's Gorillas (1967)

  • Another World (1964)

  • Cold Case (2008)

Most recent info:   

 

 

 

 

Recently completed a docudrama for BBC and a 2005 production, "Touched". He can still be seen acting in guest roles on many different productions. Ron Harper is currently living in California.  

Additional can be found at  Wikipedia

Richard Hehmeyer:

 

No photo available

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1953 - 1955

Designation:  

Announcer 

Duties:  

Radio announcer late night jazz DJ, radio only.

Trivia:  

He married an officer's daughter and was gone before TV arrived.

Biographic Details:  

NA 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Bill Hodgeson:

  

No photo available

 

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

May 1959 - late 62

Designation:  

OIC & MSGT

Duties:  

When Bill first arrived at CFN, he had such a terrible Texas drawl, CFN wouldn't let him on the air except to do "Bunkhouse Round-up" from 11 to noon each weekday and "Western Swing Party" on Saturday mornings. 

They assigned Bill as the record librarian but he also did some TV production; camera, audio, directing, etc.

Later learned to talk "Mid-American" and did a little bit of everything - even did "Symphony Hall" a few times.

Dee Traynor and Bill (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:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

After leaving CFN, Bill was assigned to First Army Recruiting District Headquarters at Ft. Meade, Md. They produced public service announcements and programs for area radio stations. Bill was assigned to produce a C&W program but before they could get it off the ground a Maj. Malone (WAC) walked into the studio one morning and saw Bill reading a copy of "Billboard." She decided that if he had nothing better to do than "sit around and read magazines," they must not need him much. He spent the rest of his time there in the message center.

Bill put on his civvies and worked for several radio stations in West and North Texas, got married, and re-enlisted after a couple of years. Served as Press Chief with the Air Defense Command Information Office at Ft. Bliss, Tx. Took an early out and re-upped again so he could attend the Defense Language Institute to learn Vietnamese. Had a car wreck en route to Ft. Meyer and missed the class. 

Spent a while at Ft. Carson, Colo., first with the Public Information Office and then as Battalion clerk with an Infantry unit preparing for Vietnam. Before they were sent to 'Nam, he received orders to Alaska with the Fort Richardson Information Office. They were overstaffed
and he managed to get transferred to Alaskan Forces Radio Network at Elmendorf AFB. He was assigned to the news department and later became news director.

When it became apparent that the war in Vietnam was being run by politicians instead of the military, he took an early out and attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage for a year, then worked for several radio midnight-to-six DJ shift and did some news reporting and production. 

He was also news director at KJZZ-FM for awhile. After spending a few months on the North Slope while they were preparing to build the Alaska pipeline, he went to work selling advertising for the Anchorage Times and Daily News.

Returned to Texas in 1975 and worked in various capacities - reporter, editor, sales, production, managing editor, etc. - with small-market newspapers where he  met his second wife.

Most recent info:  

Bill is now semi-retired and living in Weatherford, Texas, just west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex - not far from where he was "born and reared"   

Last known Location:  

Weatherford, Texas

Last known EM:  

{ texwordhotmailcom }

 

Kathy Holcomb:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1956 - 1971

Designation:  

ASPCA  representative

Duties:  

Kathy (O'Connor) Holcomb was the ASPCA representative who brought dozens of homeless pets to the SCN afternoon show for adoption. 

Trivia:  

Husband Clint also performed in the band "Bluegrass Jamboree" on CFN radio and later CFN TV with his 2 year old son Vince.

Biographic Details:  

Her husband Clint died in 1971. Kathy and her son Vince returned to the US shortly afterward. 

Most recent info:  

Kathy died in Oregon in Nov 1984 at the age of 60. Kathy opened her home to many SCN staff and crew while she was in the Canal Zone. She is fondly remembered by all who knew her.

She is survived by her son Vince (Holcomb) O'Connor who is currently living in southern California. Vince recently married to a Canal Zone sweetheart. Vince adopted his mothers maiden name in honor of her memory.

Last known Location:  

Oregon 

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Ted Isaacman:

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1955 - 1956 ?

Designation:  

NA 

Duties:  

TV 

Trivia:  

NA 

Biographic Details:  

NA 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Phil Jacobs:

 

Current Status:  

Found (but has not contacted this website)

Tour of Duty:  

1958 to 1962

Designation:  

Sports 

Duties:  

A real pro 

Trivia:  

Drove a vintage MG and had a sign on his desk which read in effect, "The military knows not what the military is doing. " Shades of Lonesome Dove," the sign was in Latin and apparently none of the brass ever bothered to translate it.

Biographic Details:  

NA 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

Currently living in Oakland, California

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Pauline Kael:

Current Status:   

Missing

Tour of Duty:   

1950's

Designation:   

Announcer

Duties:   

Appeared on "Panorama" movie review segment to provide coverage and promos of the base theaters.

Biographic Details:   

Unsure if she is the same Pauline Kael movie critic & author. 

Most recent info:   

NA

     

Richard Learman:

Current Status:   

Missing

Tour of Duty:   

1950's 

Designation:   

CFN actor. 

Duties:   

TV

Biographic Details:   

Last thought to have gone to Canada to get into theater and TV production there.

Most recent info:   

NA

  

Robert Loggia:

Current Status:  

Found but has not contacted website

Tour of Duty:   

1950's

Designation:   

CFN Announcer

Duties:   

An announcer at CFN in the 1950's. 

Biographic Details:   

Born 1-3-1930. Became a well known actor in such movies as "Big" with Tom Hanks and a TV miniseries "Joan of Arc" and "Ike." He starred in at least three TV series: "T.H.E. Cat" in 1966, "Emerald Point N.A.S." in 1983 and "Mancuso, FBI" in 1989. Here is a list of movies and TV appearances:.

  • Somebody Up There Likes Me  

  • The Garment Jungle

  • Cop Hater Detective

  • The Lost Missile

  • The Greatest Story Ever Told

  • The Three Sisters

  • Elfego Baca: Six Gun Law 

  • Che!

  • First Love

  • Speedtrap 

  • Turn the Other Cheek

  • Columbo

  • Revenge of the Pink Panther

  • The Ninth Configuration   

  • Flatfoot in Egypt 

  • S.O.B.

  • An Officer and a Gentleman

  • Trail of the Pink Panther

  • Psycho II

  • Curse of the Pink Panther 

  • Scarface

  • Prizzi's Honor

  • Jagged Edge

  • Armed and Dangerous

  • That's Life!

  • Over the Top 

  • Hot Pursuit

  • The Believers

  • Gaby: A True Story   

  • Amazon Women on the Moon

  • Big

  • Oliver and Company

  • Relentless

  • Triumph of the Spirit

  • Opportunity Knocks

  • The Marrying Man

  • Necessary Roughness

  • Gladiator

  • Spies Inc. 

  • Innocent Blood

  • Flight from Hell 

  • Bad Girls   

  • The Last Tattoo

  • I Love Trouble

  • Coldblooded

  • Man With a Gun

  • Independence Day

  • Lost Highway

  • Smilla's Sense of Snow

  • The Dog of Flanders

  • Holy Man

  • Joan Of Arc

  • Return to Me

  • Malcolm in the Middle

  • The Sopranos

  • Shrink   

  • Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie   

  • Apostle Peter and the Last Supper

Most recent info:   

More movie info can be found at Wikipedia

   

Al Lohman:

 

 

Current Status:   

Deceased

Tour of Duty:   

1954 - 1956

Designation:   

Radio announcer

Duties:   

CFN Early Morning DJ

Biographic Details:   

After his tour was over, Al went to radio broadcasting in the Los Angeles area, teaming with Roger Barkley for one of the top DJ teams on the west coast. Barkley has since passed away.

Born Alfred Ellery Lohman in Iowa. Started radio work in Omaha, continuing on to Wichita, Denver, Dallas and WABC-New York before moving on to numerous other stations in the LA area over the past 4 decades. 

The team of Lohman and Roger Barkley got together in 1963. Gary Owens introduced Lohman to Barkley who was a program director at the time. Al Lohman, teamed with Roger Barkley for over two decades,  The pair had the most successful morning partnership in the  L.A. radio arena.

Most recent info:   

Al Lohman died 10-15-2002 of stomach and bladder-related cancer. He was 69 and died  following seven surgeries in the past year. Prior to being diagnosed with cancer, Al had been working for KCMJ-Palm Springs.

   

Giancarlo Lui:

 

 

Current Status:   

Missing

Tour of Duty:   

1955 - 1957?

Designation:   

Air Force

Duties:   

Graphics Artist

Biographic Details:   

NA 

Most recent info:   

 

NA

  

Sgt Hap Millhouser:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 50's to Early 60's

Designation:  

Film Librarian 

Duties:  

Mail clerk, Film Librarian, Editor 

Trivia:  

NA 

Biographic Details:  

Married to Betty. 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Tom Moore:

 

No photo available

 

 

 

Current Status:   

Missing

Tour of Duty:   

1955 - 1956

Designation:   

Air Force. Creative Writer

Duties:   

Creative writer for radio

Biographic Details:   

He was there in 55 but was discharged early to take care of a sick relative in Memphis. 

Most recent info:   

 

Memphis, TN in 1956

  

Major John P. Morrissey:

 

No photo available

   

 

Current Status:   

Deceased

Tour of Duty:   

1955 - 1957?

Designation:   

CFN Commanding Officer

Duties:   

OIC CFN who's avid insistence brought TV to CFN

Trivia:    

Before he came to CFN he had been involved in producing Public service programs for the Army that were provided to all commercial stations in the USA. These were programs that utilized major talent to promote recruiting into the Army and/or public relations to convince the general public that the Army was saving the country from disaster.  He worked out of New York City and probably never wore a uniform. I'm not sure he even  remembered how to salute!  One night after Maj. Morrissey had left and Gary Hannes was rummaging around the office for something and came upon the Major's rolodex. Therein were the names of every major recording artist and film star in the country with home phone numbers for all. He could call Marilyn Monroe on a weekend and she would answer the phone. No agents or secretaries involved. 

His office (or desk, really) was located within the small office complex at CFN (later moved to the ground floor garage area when TV arrived). He was always present and available, non-critical and very supportive. Many were the times he would invite a bunch of the CFN crew to his house in Ft. Clayton for beer and BBQ. He and his wife had two young children. When Lt. Zachary arrived he got hot under the collar at a couple CFNers for not saluting him, Maj. Morrissey stepped in and informed the good lieutenant that they weren't the saluting kind and to lay off.  Never a problem after that. Even John Zachary loosened up a bit. 

Biographic Details:   

Transferred to Paris France where he died of a heart attack in 1963

Most recent info:   

Died in Paris

 

Ken Mullins:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 60's

Designation:  

News 

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

Was from Ohio; Believed to have been from Columbus.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 

Bruce Neale:

 

Current Status:  

Found (but has not contacted this website)

Tour of Duty:  

Late 50's to Early 60's

Designation:  

NA 

Duties:  

Radio & TV news, copy writer

Trivia:  

From Bruce:

The very first week at CFN, I was working the radio side and I accidentally put Radio Moscow on the air during the 9pm news from AFRS New York.  I still have a copy of an editorial run in the Panama American newspaper stating how un-professional the staff at CFN was, etc; I got a call from a General asking me if I knew what was on the air and I said "no sir, I was in the bathroom" and he told me to get that "commie shit" off the air and that was the first time in my life I smoked a cigarette....  I also wanted my mommy;
 
Swede Nordquist was the ranking NCO and he went to bat for me the next morning when the CO wanted to bring me up on charges of something or other.  In any event the editorial in the paper was the only result. 

Biographic Details:  

Had a Post Production company for many years

Most recent info:  

Currently retired. Works in his studio sculpting.

Last known Location:  

Lives near Denver. Possibly Arvada.

Last known EM:  

NA

  

MSG "Swede: Nordquist:

 

No photo available

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1956 - 1958?

Designation:  

Air Force NCOIC 

Duties:  

TV 

Trivia:  

Well liked by the crew. 

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

  

Jim Pattison:

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

early 1955 to 1964

Designation:  

Civilian 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

  

Sp3 Dave Platts:

 

No photo available

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1956? - 1958

Designation:  

NA 

Duties:  

TV 

Trivia:  

NA 

Biographic Details:  

Went into public broadcasting on the west coast 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

West Coast... California?

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 }

 

Gary Rodgers:

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1955 - 1957?

Designation:  

NA 

Duties:  

TV camera

Trivia:  

NA 

Biographic Details:  

NA 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

George Rossi:
 

 No photo available

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

Late 50's to Early 60's

Designation:  

NA 

Duties:  

NA 

Trivia:  

When George and Patti got married the priest came up to them after the ceremony and said.      I hope you have lots of children.   To which George replied.   "Father,  you put food in their mouths and shoes on their feet and we will have as many as you want."   Hence; NO CHILDREN.

Biographic Details:  

Married to Patti. No children. Enjoyed playing Santa Claus at Malls for many years.

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Bill Segal:

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

57 - 59

Designation:  

Copy editor 

Duties:  

TV. wrote copy for station breaks 

Trivia:  

While at a Chicago convention, he saw Joe Daley on the news and immediately went over to see him. 

Biographic Details:  

Married a local Panama girl, Raquel. Returned early to the US due to his father's fatal heart attack. Had 3 children. Lived in suburb of NY; Huntington. 

Most recent info:  

Worked in Advertising. Died about 6 months ago around July 2014.

Last known Location:  

Huntington, NY

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Isaac "Ike" Selig:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Aug 57 to Oct 59

Designation:  

Radio & TV production
Duties:   TV host for Ike Selig's Pop Shop. Radio DJ for a Pop Shop program. TV Camera operator.
Trivia:   He and Phil Jacobs were great buddies, and was the only one who was ever able to break Phil up while on the air.
Biographic Details:  

Married Sarita his sweetheart from Panama who passed away in 2013. They were married for 56 years.

Most recent info:  

Living in Florida near his grown children. Actively involved with the CFN group. Builds & restores classic vehicles with his son.

Last known Location:  

Tampa, Florida

Last known EM:  

{ iseligtampabayrrcom }

 
Tom Sherman:

  

 

Current Status:   

Missing

Tour of Duty:   

1955 - 1957?

Designation:   

CFN  Anchor

Duties:   

TV anchor. News. Had a radio children's show with Gerry Sturges called "Tom and Gerry's" which was heralded by local families. 

Biographic Details:   

NA 

Most recent info:   

NA

  

Gerry Sturges:

 

 

 

Current Status:   

Missing

Tour of Duty:   

1955 -1957

Designation:   

Army Announcer

Duties:   

An excellent TV announcer in the 1950's. Appeared on News program "Panorama" to announce the sports segment. He also did play by play of inter-service sporting events and Jack Essex provided the color commentary. Had a radio children's show with Tom Sherman called "Tom and Gerry's" which was heralded by local families. 

Biographic Details:   

NA 

Most recent info:   

NA

 

Fred Surhoff:

 

No photo available

  

 

 

Current Status:   

Missing

Tour of Duty:   

1950's

Designation:   

Army Announcer

Duties:   

Technician who aspired to be an announcer. He was able to do both at CFN in the 1950's.

Biographic Details:   

Became an announcer at a small station somewhere in Minnesota or Wisconsin.

Most recent info:   

NA

  

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

 

Michael Volkmann:

 

No photo available

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Late 1957 to 59?

Designation:  

NA 

Duties:  

Talented actor who arrived at CFN late in 1957 

Trivia:  

NA 

Biographic Details:  

NA 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

Lt John Zachary:

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1955 - 1957?

Designation:  

OIC TV

Duties:  

Executive CFN Commander 

Trivia:  

Became very perturbed when not saluted 

Biographic Details:  

NA 

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  

 

 

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