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      In Memory of and Designed by Bill Clede


Jim MacDonald: When I started working there for the weather service headed by Dr. Tom Malone in 1956 we were in the Central Row building along with WTIC.
   Television began downstairs (on the 4th floor, I believe). Then when Broadcast House was completed we moved to the top (19th) floor of #1 Constitution Plaza where we had a great view for a short time before winding up on the north end of the Plaza where we had almost no view of the sky. A question of saving $$$$$. That was the time during which the Travelers Research Center flourished. I'm not sure if they were part of Broadcast Plaza Inc. but I know that the Weather Service was. When the Research Center was scuttled, The Weather Service, as part of Broadcast Plaza, stayed on the Plaza for a while but was also shut down in 1984. Charlie Bagley, Bruce DePrest and I then went to work for CH3 directly and moved into Broadcast House joining forces with Hilton Kaderli and Dave Nemeth on the weather staff.
  As a side note, the environmental section of the Research Center continued on and became known as TRC Inc. (stock symbol TRR) and moved to the Windsor Office Park where they are a thriving company today. One of the other Meteorologists at the old Research Center, John Russo, bought a restaurant at the Windsor Office Park which he named "Jonathan's on the Lake" It was sold and is now known as Cheffries.

Nancy Wallace Martens: I'm 81 now [April, 2008]... I was Nancy Wallace when I worked for WTIC, and Continuity  Director. I left in 1960 to move to England where I was a TV writer/producer,and commercial radio consultant.  After two years, family illness necessitated return to states.  Went to work at Connecticut General in the advertising & sales promotion dept, where I worked for ten years. Married in '67 to the love of my life, Ed Martens.  We lived in Avon until '81 when we sold our house and took our boat to FL via the intercoastal and settled in Punta Gorda - the city no one ever heard of until Hurricane Charlie. Spent almost 8  years there, then sold the boat and settled on Cape Cod - Orleans - where I now live alone.  I lost Ed in October of '06.  I still miss him - I always will.

I have many happy memories of my TIC days. The teasing I took from the "boys" in the booth! Writing commercials for Bob Steele, and taking some interesting sponsor meetings with him.  I remember getting stuck in the elevator at Royal McBee with him and I think Ernie Peterson or maybe Bob Tyrol. Bob S. kind of panicked and hollered "GET US OUT OF HERE!!!!" 

Then we had fun with the sponsor who owned the imported sports car showroom - his name and that of the business escape memory, but whenever he got in a new special car, like the gullwing Mercedes or the Silver Cloud Rolls Royce, we, B.S.,B.T. and yours truly would take it out for a test drive. Now I had never learned to drive  with the clutch - I had a bad knee so only drove automatic.  Those devils took the  Cloud out - me sitting in the back seat like a queen,  and when they got to a good place to stop, informed me it was time I learned the clutch!  I was terrified!  I'm behind the wheel of a $20,000, Rolls and every time I tried to go forward, we'd lurch like mad.  Those fools were laughing themselves silly until I put my foot down -  on dry ground and got into the back seat where I belonged!  Working at TIC was like working with a bunch of big brothers!  But we had loads of fun.

We had many good times and now all those memories to keep us laughing. Has anyone ever mentioned the then-famous Flood Bank we ran when the remnants of Hurricane Diane dumped a few feet of rain on Connecticut in '55.  My biggest memory of that occasion was when the Berkowitz brothers at Conn. Packing sent over a complete buffet -  roast beef, turkey, hams, salads, rolls, cole slaw and all kinds of cakes,etc. Bob Tyrol & then-Gov. Abe-Ribbicoff  had just walked in from a flyover to view the flood damage. I was on my way back to the switchboard with a plate of food, and when I saw Abe's face, I just handed him my plate and said, "Governor, you need this more than I do."  I shoved him at a chair and left him eating.  Later he confided that it was the first time he'd eaten ham.  I said, "Governor, that ham came from the Berkowitz Brothers, so it's a good Jewish ham!"  He never forgot.  Years later, when I was at CG, he was there for some symposium, and he gave me a big hug and reminded me of the time I fed him some good Jewish ham!

Among the many friends I rmember fondly is one person I still keep in touch with - Katie Mahoney.  She was the center of our lives at TIC.  That's where we all gathered when some new gossip came to lilght, or someone had a new joke.  All of us gals had to learn how to operate that antique switchboard, and be available when Katie was away from her desk or on vacation.  Trying to fill her shoes was a real challenge and all the (male) callers would ask anxiously if "Kay" was okay.  Her beautiful voice sounds just as young and vibrant as it did 50 plus years ago.

I have rambled on far too long - it's easy when the subject is TIC. Please give my warmest greetings to everyone at the reunion.  I wish I could be there - I will be in spirit.

All the best...Nancy


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