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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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


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

New Stats since September 2016

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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
"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
Jackson Falls
One of my favorite places near Apollo, PA
-  Pictures & Video
Book features the falls! Which has my picture!
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 back yard 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

Travels & Milestones

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
"He who travels has stores to tell."

1940s - Vacationed at Geneva on the Lake and later Conneaut Lake.  Trips around PA

1951 - 1959 Camp Pine Springs: Novice camper to Councilor. 

1953 - Bought first Raytheon CK-722 Transistor for $7.50 - Later 2N107 & 2N170  See also.
            Had a TV before my parents.  GE fringe area set that could get Miami and Carson City, NV

1954 - 1960 BSA Camp Seph Mack as camper. 
            1961 - Seph Mack staff was my first paid job - $75 for 6 weeks!:  
            Taught Pioneering, Map reading, Canoeing.             

1955 - 1961 Family vacationed in Canada - Belvedere Lodge north of Rosedale and Fenelon Falls.
           We bought a 7.5 hp Evenrude outboard motor to use on their boat. 
              Spent many hours fishing with dad on Balsam Lake.

1957 - National Boy Scout Jamboree in at Valley Forge via bus.
            One week in Washington DC organized by Scout Master Dick Boon - 
            We saw everything including from the basement to the dome of the capital.

1959-60-61 Camp Michaux Westminster Fellowship Leadership Training Conferences.

1960 - National Boy Scout 50th Anniversary Jamboree in Colorado Springs.
            First train trip across the country on old wicker seated rail cars and dinned on picnic tables in an old mail car
            Great way to see the size and scope of this great land.

1961-1964 Monmouth College - Major in The Physics worked as photographer and lab assistant.
            Helped build Radio station.  My history and pictures of the station.
            First airplane rides in Ford Tri-motor which is still flying!   
            Flew home for Christmas on DC-3 and 707 after that the trip was made by train and bus.
            Senior year I had a decrepit Ford Victoria with a 386 engine for student teaching. 

1962 - Worked summer at Blairsville Machine Products  I made more than my parents combined.
            10 ton hydraulic broach and center-less grinder operator. 

1963 - Traveled to Ashdod  Israel to work on Archeological dig because I was short a religion credit at Monmouth.  
           On the way home I 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!   See Above. 

1965 - I was hired to teach Physics at Churchill High School sight unseen two days before school started. 
            Ford Victoria died so I bought 57 Chevy from my father - it died - bought very used VW Camper.

1966 - Did cinematography for summer film program at Churchill while taking Slide & Filmstrip Production
            course at CMU.   Decided that everything I liked about Physics was related to communications...  

1967 - ...started Masters degree at Syracuse and lived in VW Camper and rode my 10 speed bicycle to classes. 
            Put almost 1000 miles touring the country side for 8 weeks.   
            Best SU Classes:  Film, Photography, Statistics & TV

1968 - Married Judy Maxwell : Honeymooned at Lake Wallenpaupack.
            My Pictures on early Casio digital camera
            We then went up to Syracuse and toured the Finger Lakes region on weekends.
            That fall, I began shooting football games on film with Kodak Cini-100 & zoom lens from art project.

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!
             The engine exploded the day after we got home!
      Places we have visited "Out West"  on several trips.
            Jackson Hole live Web camera.   -  All area cameras

1970 - My first Solar eclipse - March 7, 1970 at Virginia Beach
            School district had leftover budget money to purchase first Sony 3200 cameras, switcher and EIAJ recorders.

1972 - Our second Solar eclipse of July 10, 1972 - Prince Edwards Island - Visited Ann of Green Gables house.

1973 - Son Lee III born.
         - Built switcher/special effects generator - First return access tests with Adelphia Cable.

1981 - Churchill School District ordered to merge to form Woodland Hills.

1983 - Won state grant for Radio Shack Color Computer system for teaching Physics.
            I had to cross teacher's picket lines to get superintendent to sign the application.

1985 - Family tent camping trip to New England.  Cold and 4" of rain on Cape Cod!  

1988 - Took Lee III on a camping trip out west following basically same route we did in 1969.  By accident we saw 
            Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin studio.  Judy flew to California and we met up in Denver.  
            Our Oldsmobile station wagon broke down in Des Moines and it took a week to get new computer.   

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


1992 - Fellow of the  Christa McAuliffe Institute National Foundation for the Improvement of Education
              Institute was at Stanford University 
              First time to use the Internet. NEA could not get an Internet connection on campus - used phone  MODEM to Chicago.
              We went out a week early and stayed with friends at Livermore and toured San Francisco and the

1993 - Followed up for CMI with a week in Washington D.C. on "expense account."
           My 8mm video of the CMI was shown as part of the program.

1996 -  Successful back surgery for a herniated disk.  Was up and walking the same day!

1998 - Retired from teaching but continued working on AV, computer and videography for school district.
             Built their current TV studio which was hardly ever used.

1999 -  November Road Trip to the Carolinas - Biltmore Estate
Garmin GPS V Waterproof Hiking GPS (Discontinued by Manufacturer) Garmin - GPS III
                My first GPS was a great Christmas gift from my son.

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 with no kids to chaperone!

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

2001 -  Our Hot Air Balloon Ride with Keiko!  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.
Chemo 18 weekly 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 old 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 January!
               Niagara Falls My picture of the falls.

2004 - Tour of the Canadian Rockies 
            Train from Vancouver to Jasper, bus to Lake Louise, Bamff and Calgory. 

2005 - Granddaughter Renee Born

           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 

2005/6 Grand Canyon and the Fiesta Bowl as videographer for the WHHS Band - New Years 

2006 - "Appreciation Tour" of the Western Parks  
000 miles by bus from Las Vegas to Little Big Horn and back via Denver.

2007 - Granddaughter Emily Born

2008 - Seattle via Amtrak! -  Our first rail trip across the country.  
   Chicago - Denver - Sacramento - Seattle - Chicago.
              B&B at Cicely - Roslyn, WA the home of Northern Exposure
              Rain delay and flooding in Wisconsin got us a free hotel and an extra day in Chicago 

2008 - Dallas, TX via Band Bus - 2460 miles to do video of WHHS playing North West H.S. at Texas Stadium!

2009 - Branson, MO - Sat through time-share sales pitch to get a three day free motel stay and show tickets.
           - We saw Peter Pan, Titanic Museum and historic
The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama.

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

2012 - Colorado by Train -   Bus trip around state to ride on historic steam trains. 

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

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

              Visited Outer Banks, Kitty Hawk,  Wright Brothers National MemorialCape Hatteras Lighthouse

             Oinc's Barbeque - Ocracoke, NC   

2015 - Drove to Monmouth. IL for 50th class reunion and then followed the river north 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
               another night's stay at a hotel and another day in Chicago.

Going to the Sun Road at Glacier

2017 - Third Solar Eclipse Aug. 21 We made it to Tennessee to see the Great American Eclipse 

In the works:
2018 - Alaska? Planes, Trains & Cruse - Amtrak Empire Builder home from Portland

Long range trips in the works:
2024 - Forth Solar eclipse - Monday April 8, West of Columbus, OH - Right in our own back yard!


                      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 Recorded in 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
and a 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.

    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.

    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



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.




         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"


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
  Northern Exposure - Episode Guide

  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








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.

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!

The Weather Channel
Interactive Radar Map

Local Dopler Radar
- NE Radar   GOES   Forcast


Unisys Weather - Really detailed

Intillicast Weather - Forecasts

Weather Cameras


    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



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



 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


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