Post subject: Re: CBS Sunday Morning
I really like the old RCA cameras you show. I remember when they tried not to let one be seen on most programs, (live back then) so it was a treat to actually see one, especially when it was on a large hydralic boom.
Funny story about those cameras. At Emerson College back in the early '70s we had a prof named Dan Lounsberry who had produced The Bell Telephone Hour and before that, Your Hit Parade (YHP) in the very early days of network TV. Dan told about a problem that came up on YHP when using those cameras (RCA TK10s, I think - which we still had at school then) with their turret (not zoom) lenses.
Since YHP had regular cast members perform the week's hot hits, and since sometimes a record became a hit out of nowehere, there would be lyrics to memorize and not enough time for everyone in the cast to commit them to memory. And Dan said that more than once, singer Snookie Lanson asked to have the lyrics written in chalk on the studio floor. Usually everything was fine. But Dan also said that sometimes the director would call for a close-up of Snookie and so the camera operator would truck (roll) the camera close-in, since he had no zoom capability. More than once that meant the camera rolled right over the lyrics on the floor! Now you'll know what happened if you ever see an old kinescope of YHP and Snookie starts to hum a song, rather than continue singing the words!