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Monmouth College Reunion Flicker Pictures
Twp. - Allegheny Co.
"I Touched the
Future: I Taught."
Blairsville - My Home Town
Judy's AZD Sorority
I first used Beta Test NCSA Mosaic Browser
at Stanford in 1992 before it was released
nb.net Web Site 1998 when I retired archived at Wayback Machine
My First WHSD Site 1996 using ALOPress
Gators Productions - YouTube
Resources for Video Teachers
The History Blog -- History Today
Space.com - SpaceX - Launch Schedule - NASA Launch Dates
Comics: Political Peanuts - C&H - Bloom County - Bizarro - Nonsequitur
Video: WIPM - YouTube -
TED Radio Hour
Jigsaw Puzzles - USA Today Puzzles
American - Air & Space
Dr. William Orr was one of my father's favorite teachers at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a generation later the favorite teacher of Fred Rogers. Fred asked Dr. Orr, ‘What is that one little word that will fell the prince of darkness, the word that will strike down evil?’ After a few quiet seconds, Dr. Orr replied: ‘One little word: forgive - Father forgive them for they know not what they do.’ He went on, "You know, Fred, there is only one thing evil cannot stand, and that is forgiveness."
My uncle, Rev. G. Mason Cochran, was Mr. Rodgers homiletics professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. One day he called Fred into his office and told him, "Fred, no Presbyterian congregation will ever give you a call to be their pastor!" He convinced Fred that his ordination should be to minister to children through the medium of television.
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States Visited: Travel - Extended Stays
Countries: Canada, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, England - Scotland - Whales - Ireland, Bahamas
Travels & Milestones
I once read that "You should go everywhere
when you are young just to see what's there.
not the destination, it's the journey."
|Traveled to Tel Ashdod Israel to
work on a Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Archeological dig because I was short a religion credit at
On the way home I drove a VW bug from Rome to Paris via Switzerland and Heidelberg Germany.
Learned how to shift gears going around the Coliseum during morning rush hour!
You only do this when you are young and foolish and don't understand what you are seeing! That why you have to go back in old age when you can appreciate the sites.
1964 - Summer School at IUP in Chemistry even though Monmouth
was famous for its Chemistry Department
I was also told that I did not have a "science elective" so I had to take Freshman Geology.
1965 - I was hired sight unseen to teach Physics at Churchill High School
days before school started.
Ford Victoria died so I bought 57 Chevy from my father - it died - bought very used VW Camper.
Learned not to buy a car from your father or Ted McWilliams
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...
Built first Vidicon TV camera. Stage Manager and Forensics Coach and started AV work...
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, Television Production & Programmed Instruction.
Built CAHS sage lighting system with experimental Silicon Controlled Rectifiers from Westinghouse Research.
1968 - Married Judy Maxwell : Honeymooned at
Live Camera - 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 Cine-100 & zoom lens from art 1966 art project.
Began developing the film myself with high speed reversal chemicals so coaches had the films before they went home.
Obtained second hand non-EIAJ Video Tape Recorder for school and began taping sports events.
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
first Solar eclipse - March 7, 1970 at Virginia Beach took
several students and camped on beach
School district had leftover money they needed to spend. I was able to purchase 3 Sony 3200 cameras,
Sony-SEG1 switcher, EIAJ recorders and monitors. Started building first TV system.
With help from student, Mark Rozner, designed computerized film ordering
system using "mark sense cards"
That was later adopted by the county film library.
1971 - Obtained storeroom to make a TV studio - Bruce Graham &
Mike Karaman built mobile console.
Rolled it to stadium, auditorium and gym and eventually ran cables to the studio.
When we did a studio show, the console was rolled into the hall. Film chain with two Carousel projectors.
Obtained Sony B&W PortaPack camera and recorder.
Linda Linchner - ?? - Bruce Graham - Mike Karaman
Built a "TV Typewriter" from Don Lancasters book for TV graphics.
Kept adding features till I had a small computer. Later used Ohio Scientific C1P programmed in BASIC
1972 - My
second Solar eclipse on July 10, 1972 - Prince Edwards Island -
of Green Gables house.
Obtained Dumont Image Orthicon TV camera from WQED and later an RCA TK-60
1973 - Son Lee III born.
Built full feature switcher/special effects generator - First cable TV return access tests with Adelphia Cable.
1978 - Bought Ohio
Scientific Super Board II computer for $300. Learned a lot of
Wrote my own word processor and interfaced it with an old IBM Selectric Typewriter.
1981 - Churchill Area School District ordered to merge to form
Certified as GOLF and TENNIS instructor with CCAC - Used Reel-to-Reel VCR for slow-mo analysis.
1983 - Won state grant for Radio Shack
Color Computer system for
I had to cross the teacher's picket line to get superintendent to sign the application.
1984 - Computer Science course at Pitt to teach College in High
Started first version of my GRADEBOOK program using Color Computer basic and later migrated to PC
and Borland Turbo Structured Basic. It went through many revisions with input for many teachers.
It could do anything that any teacher ever wanted! See MANUAL as WORD Document for it's extensive features.
1985 - Family tent camping trip to New England. Cold and 4" of rain on Cape Cod so we went to see Ghost Busters.
1986 - CTV went color with VHS PortaPack recorder and
Westinghouse donated a CIA color camera and Cross Point Latch switcher
1987 - Woodland Hills High School's first year.
Became first school in WPIAL to use VHS tape rather than film.
Coach Novac, "I like the color".
Incorporated color PortaPack as replay in our black and white TV productions for "Color Instant Replay"
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.
1989 - Computer Science Pascal course at Pitt to teach College in High School class
1990 - England - Scotland - Wales - Ireland Our Trip To England
1991- Installed a 10' satellite dish and first watched the
"topping out" of the National
Cathedral in D.C.
We also watched unedited network feeds from the Gulf War with novice reporter Wolf Blitzer.
Designated an official NASA downlink site for NASA for airing Space Shuttle missions on cable. 1992 - Fellow of the Christa McAuliffe Institute National Foundation for the Improvement of Education at Stanford University
Used the Internet for the first time . NEA could not get an Internet connection on campus! Had to use phone MODEM to Chicago.
We went out a week early and stayed with friends at Livermore and toured San Francisco and the area.
1992 - Purchased an Amega 600 for TV graphics
1993 - Follow up meeting for CMI with a week in Washington D.C. on
My High-8mm documentary CMI video was shown as part of the program.
Got my first e-mail address through Duquesne University:
Added a hard drive for the Amiga 600
1994 - Started using WordPress Web editor
1996 - Successful back surgery for a herniated disk.
Was up and walking the same day!
My First WHSD Web Site 1996 using ALOPress Web Editor Web master for many years.
1998 - Retired from teaching but continued working on
AV, computer and videography for school district.
Built their current TV studio which was seldom used. Removed the studio in 2020 - End of WHHS TV
1999 - November
Road Trip to the Carolinas - Biltmore
Garmin - GPS III
My first GPS was a great Christmas gift from my son.
2000 - First
Major Retirement Road Trip in October to NE Pennsylvania to See the
August Road Trip to Illinois for college reunion.
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
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 where Judy's relative teaches.
2002-2003 -Chemotherapy at Hillman
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! Last one in October 2018
Watching Lord of the Rings DVD on my old Dell laptop.
2003 - Rhine
River Cruise - Europe! Great
Time! First all Digital Video and Photography on this Trip.
Switzerland - Germany - Holland - Belgium - France
2004 - Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Mid-winter vacation 2004 at Center
Who else goes to Canada in January!
My panoramic 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
Surgery to remove Benign Facial Tumor at UPMC Montefiore
Expansion Memorial - St. Louis Gateway Arch (Built in
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.
Bus trip to Machinac Island
Hotel - stayed at The Island House Hotel
- Island Camera
First Video Editing Computer from - Computer Connections 2005 - Died 2015!
2005/6 Grand Canyon and the Fiesta Bowl as videographer for the WHHS Band - New Years
2006 - "Appreciation
Tour" of the Western Parks
4000 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 around 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 a time-share sales pitch to get a three day free motel stay and
- We saw Peter Pan, Titanic Museum and historic The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama.
2010 - Tucson -
Amtrak Cold and raining when we arrived!
Three weeks in the sun (some of the time.)
Visited Kit Peak Observatory and Titan Missile Museum - Pima Air & Space Museum
2012 - Colorado
by Train with AAA - Bus trip around state to
ride on historic trains.
Including the famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
2014 - 7 Day Royal Caribbean Cruise 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-night at Canaveral's
Missed a SpaceX rocket launch to get home in time for WHHS spring musical!
Visited Outer Banks, Kitty Hawk, Wright Brothers National Memorial & Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Oinc's Barbeque - Ocracoke, NC
2015 - We drove to Monmouth, IL for 50th class reunion and then followed the
Mississippi River north to Itasca State Park where we stayed overnight in the historic lodge.
Minnesota's oldest state park at the Headwaters of the Mississippi.
Headwaters of the Mississippi
Saw Babe the Blue Ox at Bemigji and the locks at Soo St Marie
2016 - Glacier National Park
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
our second free night's stay at a hotel in Chicago.
Going to the Sun Road at Glacier.
2017 - Third Solar Eclipse Aug. 21 to see The Great American Eclipse
Viewing my third total Eclipse at Maryville, TN
Previously: Virginia Beach - 1970 Prince Edward Island 1972
27 Day Trip to Celebrate 50th Anniversary
We picked the destinations and our friend Travel by Joyce made all the reservations.
- Lee took use to the airport hotel so we would not have to panic in the
Plane - UAL Pittsburgh to Chicago. Our next plane was delayed 2 hours while they changed a tire.
Plane - Chicago to Anchorage I upgraded us to 1st CLASS! Three night motel stay.
Trolley- Anchorage Trolley Tours "The Bridge" Restaurant - Met Chad Carpenter
Train - Alaska Railroad to Fairbanks for 4 nights
Bus - Local bus through city to see the University of Alaska Museum of the North
Boat - River Boat was first part of cruise package.
Bus - To Denali for two nights The bus broke down on the way!
Bus - Denali Park where we were one of the few to see "The Big One" Bus Driver/Tour guide.
Train - Stayed in the cruse hotel in Anchorage and had an evening on the town.
Bus - From the hotel to the historic Railway Station to catch the early morning train...
Train - Through the mountains to Seward to board the cruise ship
Ship - Holland America
Cruise Ship Westerdam from Seward to Glacier
Ferry - Fast Ferry from Haines to Skagway
Train - Historic White Pass Railroad at Skagway. Rain & fog gave it Alaskan ambiance.
Walked the streets of Juneau and toured the capital.
The stop in Katchikan was unusually warm and Sunny.
Cruse ended in Vancouver where we stayed for two nights to do laundry.
Cab - From Canada Place to motel on south side of town.
Bus - Toured the city: Gas Town / China Town / Science Center
Rail - Driverless Light Rail back from huge Metrotown Mall
Train - Amtrak Cascades at 5:30 AM from Vancouver to Portland for two nights.
Cab - Portland cab driver from hell could not find our hotel with GPS and we had to walk 5 blocks up steep steps.
Visited Wells Fargo Museum, Powell's Books and walked a lot.
Judy's niece gave us a car tour of the city.
Train - Amtrak Empire Builder from Portland to Spokane via the Columbia River Gorge at Sun set.
Then across the country to Chicago with only 10 minutes to catch...
Train - ...Amtrak Capital Limited from Chicago to Pittsburgh
2600 Miles at average of 50 mph . Great way to see the country.
Car - Son picked us up at the station early Sunday morning
Our trip to New Orleans via Amtrak was derailed by the virus.
We would have arrived during the hurricane!
Retired from doing coaches video for away games but got recalled!
Day trip to Horseshoe Curve to see the fall leaves.
Removed TV studio at WHHS after almost 50 years of service.
2022 - Teaching myself Micro Python on Raspberry PICO computer.
Trip to Monmouth College reunion -1200 miles in Judy's Honda Civic.
as official WHHS Football Videographer after 54 years!
(Still got called back to do scrimage and first game.)
Film - Reel-to Reel EIAJ tape - VHS Tape - U-Matic tape - DVD - Digital with HUDL
Engineer and Camera Operator for Gateway Gators Productions
Built three digital SDI/HDMI portable production consoles and support equipment for them.
Based around Black Magic ATEM Mini Pro and Mini Extreme 4 input & 8 Input Switchers.
2023 - Still working for Gateway Gators Productions
Long range trips in the works:
2024 - Fourth Solar Eclipse - Monday April 8, West of Columbus, OH - Right in our own back yard!
Odds & Ends
"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
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
Free Energy for your Home!
Volant, PA and Grove City Factory Shops - A Christmas Shopping Adventure
McConnell's Mill State Park - Park Information
USAF Museum, Dayton, OH
Columbus, OH - The Ohio Theater and Der Dutchman Restaurant
Shadyside Hospital where I spent a few days Lumbar Spine Surgery
Visit my "home land" Great interactive information on South-Western Pennsylvania
Washington County Genealogy - Judy is contributing to the "Beers Project"
Rev. Lee Schaeffer My fathers
Stereo Passport Pictures! Can you see it in 3D by putting your nose to the screen?
The Schaeffer Family
Schaeffer Geology on Roots Web - By another Schaeffer
JUDY'S PAGE - Her
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.||
About 1952 Attorney Miller purchased one of every known piece of audiovisual equipment as a gift for the Blairsville Presbyterian Church. As a 10-year-old, I was delegated the assignment of figuring out this state-of-the-art technology! This launched my AV career.
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
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
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
Radio Shack Model I - Played with in the store. Model III
Cookbook - By Don Lancaster 1973-1975. I bought bare boards and
Scientific 1981 for $600
Radio Shack CoCo - Old
Computers.Com The little computer that would not die!
Author of the famous Woodland Hills
TRS-80 Model 100
- First laptop computer - Would run for weeks on 4 AA
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.
My Web Page Class - Community College of Allegheny County
Ask the Physics Teacher! - There is pleasure in knowing how things work.
The Stereopticon The first classroom AV device
EDUCATION - SCHOOLS
Pittsburgh City Schools - Lincoln Elementary K-3 (Things have changed!)
Blairsville third grade to High School
Church Camps: Pine Springs 51-59 - Camp Michaux 1959-61
Eagle Scout & God and Country Award Notable
Monmouth College -
Majored in The Physics Class of 65 reunion
Indian University of PA - Inorganic Chemistry
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
- Biblical Archaeology
- Zeitah Excavations 2001
Carnegie Mellon University
- First media course in Slide and Filmstrip Design
University - Masters of Science (Education) August, 1973
Rochester Institute of Technology: Kodak Photographic Workshops
University of Pittsburgh -
Computer Programming - Grant Writing
Stanford University - 1992
Fellow of the Christa McAuliffe Institute
High School Courses Taught:
College Courses Taught:
Early Instructional Technology Highlights at Churchill & Woodland Hills High School
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"
Resources for High
School Video Teachers
National Museum of Broadcasting - Pittsburgh
Pictures of the WHHS 2009 Radio-TV Crew
How I installed
a 10' Satellite Dish!
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
Very close to the first train I had.
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!
Unisys Weather - Really detailed
Weather - Forecasts
Interesting places to visit
Pittsburgh - City Directory
Allegheny County Port Authority Bus Schedules
Pittsburgh Drive Times
Live - New Service
Representative 18th District Michael F. Doyle - Jay Costa State Senator
What's playing at local
theaters - Yahoo
Movies - Destina
PA Weather Cameras
GEOGRAPHICAL RESOURCES - Map
and Driving Directions
JUST FOR FUN
MARS - JPL & NASA Space Mission
FoilSim II - Design your own airplane wing - NASA
Ground Hog Day - Visit Phil - He was right! I was his "keeper" in 1957
Smithsonian Magazine - My contribution!
Car Talk - Meet Click & Clack
Joe Slick - Former student who does football games and the sound for our school musicals
Hoaxes & Internet Tools
WHOIS the owner of an IP address
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 /
Other WEB Sites
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