San Francisco
Roy Trumbull - Editor
Bill Dempster - Artist
Advertisers for this month's newsletter are:

Projection Systems Inc. - Marci Mearns - (510) 259-2469
Santucci Video Systems - Sandra Santucci - (818) 704-6324
Belden - Steve Lampen - (415) 440-8393
Orban - - (510) 351-3500
MARCOM - Martin Jackson - (408) 768-8668
William F. Ruck, Jr. Broadcast Engineer - (415) 564-1450
Ross Marketing Associates - Kevin Frost - (408) 988-8111
Kathrein (Scala Division) - Michael Wm. Bach - (541) 779-6500
Hammett & Edison, Inc. - Dane E. Ericksen, P.E. - (707) 996-5200
LeBLANC - David A. Hill - (650) 574-4600
Econco - George Badger - 650-327-7599
Improbable Missions Fource - Mike Schweizer - (888) 4-ISDN4U
Digi-Gear/Cancomm - Eric B. Lane - (818) 980-9188
RF Specialties of California - Bill Newbrough - (888) 737-7321
Pacific Radio Electronics - Sam Mao - (510) 636-0308
West Penn Wire/CDT - Michael J. La Porte - (650) 652-9080
Axcera - Russ Erickson - (877) 440-7877
Microwave Radio Communications - Clark W. Rhoads - (909) 246-1602

Babes/SBE Luncheon on Wednesday Oct 30th

This month we'll hear from Jim Hoffman, Manager of New Products, from Switchcraft who will give a presentation on their new broadcast products. Included in the presentation will be their new EZ Norm audio patchbay, with programmable norms, their new MVP Series of high def video patchbays and new audio and video patchcords to complement, their new AAA Series XLR Series with no screws, as well as other new audio connectors, jacks, plugs, and adapters.

As usual, our luncheon will be at Sinbad's just south of the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero near the foot of Mission St. We meet at 11:30 and are seated at 12:30. To make reservations call Paul Black at 925-827-9511 and leave a message on his machine.

Scott Beeler Dead
Bill Newbrough passed along to us the news that Scott Beeler, who was Director of Sales at ERI, and formerly Director of Sales at Harris Broadcast, was killed in a car accident a couple of nights ago. He leaves behind a pregnant wife and 5 kids.

Philo T. - Nov 14th
Philo T. Farnsworth
The topic with be Philo T. Farnsworth on Nov 14th, 7:30 PM, at USF in the University Faculty Lounge. The program is sponsored by SMPTE and hosted by SBE member Steve Runyon. The speaker will be Donald G. Godfrey, Ph.D. of Arizona State University. He is the author of Philo T. Farnsworth - The Father of Television. SMPTE, SBE and SCTE members are invited to attend. For details, in November, check:

What's Good About TV?
Having slammed the tired TV news format last month, I thought I'd say something nice. In my view, the only really good thing about TV is its ability to show you something as it actually happens. The opposite is to show you replays that beat a story to death with a stick. One of my favorite Saturday Night Live sketches was the "death of Buckwheat". Joe Piscapo did a dead-on Ted Kople impression as the same footage was shown about 6 or 7 times. Satirizing the repeats and anchors verbally tap dancing to fill time, showed television at its worst. Whenever the network got into that mode I'd feel like hiding under my desk out of shame.

In 1989 when we were covering the Loma Prieta earthquake, we had power for the tech areas and the newsroom. The HVAC was down for the duration. Everyone worked long hours and it was a struggle. When we finally got back to regular programming, it was a real letdown. For some 3 or 4 days we had been doing what we were meant to do and now we were back to the game show buzzers and gongs, the interview shows featuring the perverse habits of the trailer park set, and the soap operas with their glacial plots. It was fodder for mental ward rec rooms and airport passenger lounges. (Programming for dumbographics rather than demographics.) In master control it was only noticed if it stopped.

Ch 40 Bylaws
Having operated with little more than the implication that we observe SBE's model bylaws, we are finally going to adopt our own version. Printed copies will be available at the next meeting. The text is also on the web site.

Text of Proposed Bylaws
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