Lee Schaeffer
Videographer -- Media Specialist


Viewing my third total Eclipse
Maryville, Tennessee 2017
Virginia Beach - 1970 
 Prince Edward Island 1972

Our Adventures
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Wilkins Twp. - Allegheny Co.
Pittsburgh - Pennsylvania

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2017  WHHS Football Season

 

Lee Schaeffer
1948 DuMont TV Camera with GE Logo

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2016 Glacier National Park
via Amtrak - Stayed at historic Park Lodge.


Headwaters of the Mississippi
2015 Adventure

Our Adventures

"I Touched the Future: I Taught." 
1992 Fellow of the
 Christa McAuliffe Institute

National Foundation for the Improvement of Education

Woodland Hills School District
Formerly known as
Churchill Area High School
New site with historic recordings and pictures

  CAHS Facebook page
Football and Performing Arts Videographer

Beulah Presbyterian Church
History & Cemetery

Blairsville - My Home Town

"Subvert   the  dominant   paradigm"
Each word above is a link to a Web dictionary.

AZD Sorority

 

CURIOSITY Rover
Mars Rover Mission  -  Phoenix Mars Lander
Reconnaissance Orbiter   - Daily Images
Saturn - Shuttle MissionsSightings
Hubble - Space Travel

New Stats since September 2016

View My Stats

First used NCSA Mosaic Browser at Stanford in 1992 
                        On-line since 1993 starting at 300 BAUD 

1995  56K
 
November 2006 - DSL 
April 2011 - FiOS

Original Web Site 1998 when I retired archived at Wayback Machine 

 

Schaeffer's Laws
#1
"People will congregate and talk in the most congested passageway."
i.e. Church doors, bottom of escalators, theater isles. 
#2  "The hardness of the butter is
inversely proportional to the hardness of the roll"
"The softer the roll, the harder the butter."

My Words of Wisdom   - -   DESIDERATA

Camp Michaux
My tribute to a forgotten place. 
  
View Visitors
My pictures of the camp are in the book
"SECRET WAR AT HOME"
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Jackson Falls
One of my favorite places near Apollo, PA
-  Pictures & Video
Book features the falls! Which has my picture!
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National Museum of Broadcasting
Dedicated to Preserve the Birthplace of the Broadcasting Industry
We can use all the help we can get!  Donate your old radios.


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Ku Band, FTA and HDTV antennas     C-Band Dish
Latest Additions to the Antenna Farm 


My photograph of R. Buckminster Fuller 
  I spent three days as his host at Monmouth College in 1965

 See me for your   Personal History Videos
Ideal for: Family History - Anniversaries - Weddings - Graduations - Birthdays

Latest Adventures!
States Visited
States Visited: Travel - Extended Stays

I once read that "You should go everywhere when you are young just to see what's there.
 Then go to the same places in middle age when you can understand what you are seeing. 
 And go again in your old age when you can appreciate those places."

It’s not the destination, its the Journey


1953 - 1962 BSA Camp Seph Mack as camper and then staff. 

1955 - 1965 Vacationed in Canada - Belvedere Lodge on Balsam Lake north of Rosedale and
                   Fenelon Falls on the Trent Canal system.

1957  National Boy Scout Jamboree in at Valley Forge via bus.

1959-60-61 Camp Michaux Leadership training.

1960  National Boy Scout Jamboree in Colorado Springs.
          First train trip across the country via old wicker seated rail cars and picnic tables in a mail car.

1961-1964 Monmouth College  Senior year for student teaching I had a Ford Victoria with a 386 engine. 

1963   Israel to work on Ashdod Archeological dig.  
           Then flew to Italy and drove a VW bug from Rome to Paris  via  Switzerland - Germany - France. 
           You only do this when you are young and foolish and don't understand what you are seeing!    

1965  Was hired at Churchill High School sight unseen two days before school started 

1967  Started Masters degree at Syracuse and lived in my VW Camper and rode bicycle to classes. 

1968 Honeymooned at Syracuse and toured the Finger Lakes region.

1969 First Road Trip with Judy
          

           VW Camper (color it red but no hippy flower stickers) that we took to Yellowstone in 1969.  
           Broke down in Iowa so we had to stop and watch the Moon Landing at a state park.
           If we had not been delayed, we would have been out of range of a TV station!
        
   Places we have visited "Out West"  on several trips.

1990   England - Scotland - Wales - Ireland
                   Our Trip To England 
         
 
                 With links to all the places we visited  

1996  Successful back surgery for a herniated disk

1999   November Road Trip to the Carolinas - Biltmore Estate

2000   First Retirement Road Trip  in October to NE Pennsylvania to See the Leaves
           August  Road Trip to Illinois
           Williamsburg - Our first "retirement" adventure - nice to be there when there were no kids!

2000/1   Band Trip to Peach Bowl in Atlanta - Clocks on video monitors displayed 1900 at midnight! 

2001   Our Hot Air Balloon Ride!    August 14      

2002        Tenn in the Fall   Visit to The Log House on Pine Ridge
            Our friends moved to Pigeon Forge,TN. We  Stayed at Eagles Ridge Resort but visited 
            The Calico Inn  the #1 Bed & Breakfast in the country and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,
            Dollywood® - The Entertainment Capital of the Smokey Mountains
            Kentucky Mountain Bible College

2002-2003 -Chemotherapy at Hillman Cancer Center.

Chemo18 chemotherapy treatments as a follow up to my "colon tuck" at UPMC.  
Not as much fun as my successful back surgery for a herniated disk in 1996.
In good hands! Graphic Description!   
Colonoscopy exam!  If your over 50, have it done!
Watching Lord of the Rings DVD on my ald Dell laptop

 

2003 Rhine River Cruse - Europe!  Great Time!   First all Digital Video and Photography on this Trip.  
          Switzerland - Germany - Holland - Belgium - France

2004   Niagara-on-the-Lake - Winter vacation 2004 at Center House B&B 
         Who else goes to Canada in the winter!
     Niagara Falls

2004    Train and Bus Tour of the Canadian Rockies

2005 wpe3E.jpg (5724 bytes) Surgery to remove Benign Facial Tumor at UPMC Montefiore 

2005  Jefferson National Expansion Memorial - St. Louis Gateway Arch - Summer
               Saint Louis Zoo - Home page    St. Louis Science Center 
          on our way to Monmouth College for WFS / Alumni Reunion Weekend June 9-12
          My History of WFS - Monmouth College Radio Station.

2005    Machinac Island - Grand Hotel - The Island House Hotel - Island Camera - Fall

2005/6 Grand Canyon and the Fiesta Bowl with the WHHS Band - New Years 

2006 "Appreciation Tour" of the Western Parks

2008  Seattle via Amtrak! -  Our first rail trip across the country with rain delay in WS.   
          Visited Cicely - Roslyn, WA the home of Northern Exposure. Cicel

        

2008 To Dallas - 2460 miles via high school band bus to play North West at Texas Stadium!

2009 Branson, MO - Sat through time share sales pitch for free motel stay and show tickets.

2010 Tucson - via Amtrak  Raining when we arrived!  Three weeks in the sun (some of the time.)

2012 Colorado by Train - (Not exact trip)  Bus trip around state to ride on scenic steam trains. 

2014 - 7 Day Royal Caribbean Cruse on "Grandeur of the Seas" from Baltimore to Nassau 
         
         
Baltimore-based cruise ship departs despite viral outbreak - Judy caught it!

2015 - Drove to "The Villages" in to Florida & Camp Canaveral's Jetty Park  
            Missed a SpaceX rocket launch to get home in time for WHHS spring musical!

                
       
Oinc's Barbeque - Ocracoke, NC   

2015 - Drove to Monmouth. IL for 50th class reunion and then on to 
          
Itasca State Park - Minnesota's oldest state park at the headwaters of the Mississippi.

2016 Glacier National Park  via Amtrak roomette with two day stay in Chicago
           We stayed at the historic Park Lodge.  The train was delayed by high winds so Amtrak gave us
           a night stay at a hotel and we had another day in Chicago.
             

                
Going to the Sun Road at Glacier

2017 Alaska? Air, Boat & Trains

 

Garmin GPS V Waterproof Hiking GPS (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
1999 - Garmin III - My first GPS was a great Christmas gift from my son.


                      Odds & Ends

Flight 93 National Memorial

"Noah" Sight & Sound® offers inspirational live stage productions in Lancaster County

Steamtown - National Historic Site - Scranton, PA
    

Camp Michaux - My tribute to a forgotten place

One of My Favorite Places - Jacksons Falls near Apollo, PA   New book features the falls!

Lake Wallenpaupack  - My Pictures - Live Web Cam

Ford Museum & Greenfield Village

Have you been to Kennywood yet?

Bedford Village - Covered Bridges in Bedford County

2001  Christmas Letter - With links to more information.
2012  Christmas Letter

 

Odds & Ends

New Video Editing Computer from - Computer Connections 2005 - Died 2015!

Lee & Debbie

August 14, 2001  Our Hot Air Balloon Ride!    

Amanda Kathleen Spiaggi & Michael Glenn Conn Wedding Web page.

Forth of July at Pittsburgh's Point - With my first digital camera - pictures and fireworks links

My web page for our college classmate's daughter's wedding

 

The Schaeffer Family
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Lee and Debbie

Renee NicoleRenee Nicole Schaeffer
7 lb  1 oz.  Thursday at 9:11 PM

Magee-Womens Hospital

Pictures Renee & Emily

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6 lb. 13 oz. Thursday at 5:20 PM

Patches the Electric Cat
                        Patches -1984-2001

Schaeffer Geology on Roots Web - By another Schaeffer

JUDY'S PAGE - Her Genealogy Page
Judy, Lee III, Cat & Family Pictures

2000 Christmas Letter With Links

 

Family History
History of the Family of Anthony Schaeffer 1744-1999
Henry Alvindore Schaeffer - How G.Grandfather won the Civil War!
Rev. Lee Schaeffer My fathers ministry
   Chartiers Hill Presbyterian Church - Where my father started his ministry
   Blairsville Presbyterian Church where I grew up

     My father became the pastor of Blairsville Presbyterian Church in December of 1950.  Thus began many years of shoveling walks, cutting grass, keeping the lights lit on the Christmas trees, running the PA system and all the other responsibilities and duties of the "The Preachers Kid." 

  One of the church Elders, Attorney Samuel Miller who lived above the old Blairsville Library, had one of the first 7" Hallicrafter televisions in town.  When he was on the committee to call my father to the Blairsville church, he told me that I could come over and watch it anytime I wanted.  I coveted that set and now have two of them  in my collection of antique television equipment.  He also told me that if I persuaded my to come to Blairsville, I would have a free pass to the local movie theater.

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Hallicrafter 505 circa 1949
with Channels #1-12

  About 1952 Attorney Miller purchased one of every known piece of audiovisual equipment as a gift for the church.  
As a 10-year-old, I was delegated the assignment of figuring out all of this state-of-the-art technology! 

The recording  the Christmas Service for the "shut-ins" was  father's first idea for the Ampro Tape Recorder 751a. tape recorder that used a flickering neon light to set the record levels.  

Listen to my father's 1959 Christmas Message

"The Tin Cup"  His favorite Story Recorder 1978

 I could not understand why all the people decorating the church were so interested in hearing their voices recorded and played back while I set up the machine.  Not until years later when I became interested in the history of communications that I found that this was one of the first non-commercial recorders available.   While it was new to me, I did not realize that it was also new to all the adults as well.  

These audio visual experiences eventually lead to a degree in The Physics at Monmouth College
Masters degree in Educational Communications at Syracuse  
A 32-year career as the technology coordinator for the Churchill/Woodland Hills Schools.

Technological History of Churchill/Woodland Hills High Schools

Computers I Have Used

    Friden Model STW-10 Electro-Mechanical Calculator - Monmouth College 1960

    IBM 1130 Computing System using 1967 FORTRAN -  Churchill High School 1966
         
    IBM 029 Card Punch
         IBM Card Reader/Punch for the 1130
         IBM 557 Alphabetic Interpreter
         IBM Card Sorter - The "Thunder Banger"
         IBM 514 Reproducing Punch

    With the help of Mark Rosner and the student assistants in the data center, I developed a mark sense card system for ordering films from the Allegheny County Intermediate Unit Film Library.   This system was eventually adopted by the Film Library for all the schools in the county. 

    General Automation SPC series

    PRIME Computer 
    Got a deal on Radio Shack terminals and printers.  Designed the hardware to connect the main frame at the CAHS District office to the high School over 1000' of data cable using optical isolators.   The PRIME generated a Carriage Return (CR) and a Line Feed (LF) command which caused the printers to double space everything.  I had to mass produce a circuit board to connect between the terminal amd the printer to block the LF command.

    Radio Shack Model I - Model III

    TV-Typewrite Cookbook - By Don Lancaster 1973-1975. I bought bare boards and scrounged ICs.
        I kept designing add-on boards to create a TV character generator for Churchill TV.   With the hardware I designed to automate the system, I had actually created a computer.

    OSI Complete system  boardOhio Scientific  1981 for $600 
    OSI Web  -   Old Computers Net
    6502 CPU
     BASIC-in-ROM, 4K RAM,
    Our first Home Computer  Used a cassette recorder tape for storage
    I added a floppy drive Nov. 1981 for $311 / Powers Supply $45 / Fan $27 and I made the case.

    The floppy expansion board with 24K of memory which would have cost $1000 but a former student was able to purloin a box of Signetics  "operable rejects from the MIT computer lab.

     

    Radio Shack CoCo - Old Computers.Com  
       I wrote and received a state grant for first CoCo I computer system at Churchill High School
       Pluss the parts to build an optical timing system for teaching the Physics of motion
       Installed 4 computer labs of CoCos at Churchill High School with networked printers.
       I taught a generation of English teachers how to use the Elite Word Processor.
       Programmed "Stock Market" simulation for Social Studies Economics Course. 
       Began development of my all inclusive Grade Book Program 
       The Rainbow (magazine) - I have almost a complete set if any one wants them.
    MC-10 micro version for my son.
    History

    TRS-80 Model 100  -  First laptop computer - Would run for weeks on 4 AA batteries.

    RS Model 100/102

    Commodore Amiga 500 - For TV Studio Graphics 

    Radio Shack Model 1000 RL - 1984 Almost a PC!

    1987 Converted Stock Market and Grade Book Programs to PC using Borland Turbo Structured Basic.

    2005 First video editing computer: Pentium-4  3GHz  for editing MiniDV GL1Tape  - It died in 2015 

    Dell Laptop Win 98 - Bought for $200 at a computer fair and is still running.

    Currently:
    2013 Dell  8200   i7 for video editing
    2014 ASUS i5 with Solid State C:/ for every day use and e-mail 
    2017 OneBook 801 Win10 for $80

  

EDUCATION

Author of the famous Woodland Hills GRADE BOOK!
It did everything!  Grades - Statistics - Seating Charts - Cooperative Learning Groups etc.
Unfortunately, I don't have enough years left to rewrite from Borland BASIC to Windows.

MY EDUCATION - SCHOOLS

 

 

         Published Letters to the Editor

"Bly was from Armstrong"  - Published in the Post-Gazette - Correction
"Army-Navy Football"         - Published in the January 2000 issue of Smithsonian - First use of video replay.

 

"By your links shall ye be known"

VIDEO & RADIO RESOURCES

National Museum of Broadcasting   - Pittsburgh

TV Listings
Comcast: Monroeville -   Excite
   WQED-TV : Schedules  -   KDKA : Schedules   -  WTAE : Schedules  -  WPXI : Schedules
   PBS-SD/DTV - PBS C-band  - PBS Satellite    --  DBS Satellites
    NASA Channel
-Launch Dates - Space Tracker - Space History
   PCNC
  Northern Exposure - Episode Guide

INTERNET RADIO
  KQV Radio / Listen  -  WQED-FM Listen   Concert Channel  WESA-FM : Listen / JAZZ Index / NPR News
  KDKA RadioListen   -   WCPE / Listen : Wake Forest, NC (DBS Satellite radio)
 
  WLFP - Listen (Woodland Hills Football games)  -  WMCR : Monmouth College
  Nation Station Listing

 
Baird Mechanical TV Camera I found in the window of the "Logie Baird's Bar" in Edinburgh, Scotland
He lived in the same housing block as A.G. Bell across the street from our hotel.

Resources for High School Video Teachers
      A list television and radio resources and the history of radio and TV

Pictures of the WHHS 2009 Radio-TV Crew

How I installed a 10' Satellite Dish!
LyngSat North American Satelites
Ricks Satellite

Xcam Videobotics system  I installed at WHSD board room.

 

 
Know Your TV Color Bars

White

Yellow

Cyan

Green

Magenta

Red

Blue

R + G +B W - Blue W - Red Primary W- Green Primary Primary

Internet Search Engines

 


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Very close to the first train I had.
Weather

Punxsutawney Phil
Groundhog Day  

Many years ago, groundhog pups were given to Indiana County Boy Scout troops to raise.  The most sociable one became "Phil" at Punxsutawney's next groundhog day.  I got to raise Phil one summer since our house was next to the Blairsville church where  Troop #4 met  (And where my father was the minister.)   The Indiana BSA Council took him with us to the 1957 Jamboree at Valley Forge, PA.  Since Phil has national fame, we were asked to bring him to the remote studio of the "TODAY SHOW with Dave Garoway"   We had to get up before daybreak and hike several miles to get there in time.  When we arrived, we were informed that a bread truck hit a telephone pole and knocked out the coaxial cable back to New York and so we lost our 15 minutes of fame!


Feeding Phil at Jamboree - 1957


Every RADAR view is different.
View them all and
make your own call!

AccuWeather
The Weather Channel
Interactive Radar Map

Local Dopler Radar
US
- NE Radar   GOES   Forcast

WTAE - WPXI

Unisys Weather - Really detailed

Intillicast Weather - Forecasts
   RadarNexrad

Weather Cameras

NEWS

    CNN News   - Google NewsABC  -  USA Today  -  Washington Post  -  New Your Times - US News & World Report

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Search) - Gateway Publications - Tribune Review -   KQV Radio (Listen)

    LiveLeak.com - Video clips   -   NPRWMCR

 

Interesting places to visit

PITTSBURGH

 

GEOGRAPHICAL RESOURCES - Map and Driving Directions
Each map display is best for different things.

 

JUST FOR FUN

 Hoaxes & Internet Tools 

Programs and resources for constructing your own web page

    Netscape                - Download latest version

    LView Pro              - Graphics file editor and image compression

    IrfanView               - Very nice image wiewer and editor.  Batch compression and resizing

    AOLPress              - Simple HTML Editor

    Web Page Design  - From the Digital Librarian

    FlamingText.Com  - Neat titles and graphics

    Old Web page 1994 - 2008 maintained by: LocalConnect / National Business
       3706 E. 5th Ave. North Versailles, PA 15137 The toll free Tech Support: 1-888-594-8324

    Verizon.Net 

Other WEB Sites     

    Camp Michaux

    Jackson Falls

    TVT     Television and Video Teachers of Western Pennsylvania

    Jan Newton  Librarian - St. Charles Public Library, Illinois 

    First Web Master for - Woodland Hills & Beulah Presbyterian Church

    Consultant LymeFight