Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Soon you can show your love of Jude and sheep by putting stickers all over your car, your neighbor's truck, your mom's van and grandpa's scooter, hooray!


Monday, February 27, 2012

15 Years Ago

15 year ago I was the assistant to the Production Manager for the Academy Awards.  Billy Crystal hosted then just like last night.  I'm sure he misses me.

Monday, February 20, 2012

My Friend Tam

Orland N. Tamburri April 1, 1921 - February 10, 2012

Mr. Orland N. Tamburri, a native of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at his home in V i s t a, California, just north of San Diego, w h e r e he retired following a long a n d illustrious career in the t e l e v i s i o n industry during the 'Golden Age of TV'. He was 90 years old.
The son of Luigi and Maddalena Vitti Tamburri, he was a graduate of Uniontown's South Union High, Class of 1939.
Following high school, he worked at several local Pittsburgh area radio stations before enlisting in the Navy Air Corps during World War II, where he served in the Pacific theater guiding radio controlled aircraft over enemy targets, the precursors of today's modern drone technology.
It was also while in the service that he met the love and inspiration of his life, Dorothy Caldroney, a Navy Nurse. They were happily married from 1947 until Dorothy's sudden death on December 19, 2002.
He and Dorothy had two sons, Ken Tamburri and Don Tamburri. Sadly, both are deceased.
Driven by a keen technical mind, a desire to succeed and a strong work ethic inherited from his Italian immigrant parents, he was encouraged by his mentors in the radio business after the War to travel to New York City to pursue his dreams.
It was in New York where Orland began a distinguished career as a Technical Director for the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). His career with NBC took him around the globe. He was the recipient of three Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards and also 24 Nominations for his work as Technical Director on shows ranging from major sporting events, sitcoms and space launches, to popular game shows, political conventions and the highly acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame series.
His many TV credits include such popular hit shows as The Golden Girls, Sanford and Son and The Johnny Carson Show. His name can still be seen in the credits of many of the re-runs of these popular shows, listed as 'Technical Director: O. Tamburri'.
He is survived by his sister, Edie Tamburri Paul of Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
He will be fondly remembered as a true gentleman considerate, selfless, generous, accomplished, genuine and humble. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
May he rest in peace in the comforting and waiting arms of his beloved wife, Dorothy, and sons, Ken and Don. We love you and we miss you!

Tam's Filmography

The Golden Girls (TV series) (technical director - 123 episodes, 1985-1990) (technical manager - 1 episode, 1989)
1988 Empty Nest (TV series) (technical director - 1 episode)
Pilot (1988) (technical director)
1985 Santa Barbara (TV series) (technical director - 2 episodes)
Episode #1.209 (1985) (technical director)
Episode #1.208 (1985) (technical director)
1984-1985 Punky Brewster (TV series) (technical director - 3 episodes)
My Aged Valentine (1985) (technical director)
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1984) (technical director)
Punky Finds a Home: Part 1 (1984) (technical director)
1983-1984 Jennifer Slept Here (TV series) (technical director - 12 episodes)
Take, Jennifer Please (1984) (technical director)
The Tutor Who Came to Dinner (1984) (technical director)
Life with Grandfather (1984) (technical director)
Do You Take This Ghost? (1984) (technical director)
Risky Weekend (1984) (technical director)
1982 Ain't Misbehavin' (TV movie) (technical director)
1982 The Sound of Murder (technical director)
1981 The People vs. Jean Harris (TV movie) (technical director)
1980 Blockbusters (TV series) (technical director)
1980 The Hollywood Squares (TV series) (technical director - 1 episode)
Episode dated 20 June 1980 (1980) (technical director)
1980 Solid Gold (TV series) (technical director - 1 episode)
Pilot #1 (1980) (technical director)
1979 Skinflint: A Country Christmas Carol (TV movie) (technical director)
1979 All Star Secrets (TV series) (technical director - 1 episode)
Episode dated 9 April 1979 (1979) (technical director)
1979 Password Plus (TV series) (technical director)
1978-1981 Card Sharks (TV series) (technical director)
1976-1977 C.P.O. Sharkey (TV series) (technical director - 3 episodes)
Natalie's Ultimatum (1977) (technical director)
Operation: Frisco (1977) (technical director)
Oh Captain! My Captain (1976) (technical director)
1977 Our Town (TV movie) (technical director)
1972-1977 Sanford and Son (TV series) (technical director - 23 episodes)
School Daze (1977) (technical director)
The Lucky Streak (1977) (technical director)
When John Comes Marching Home (1977) (technical director)
Aunt Esther Meets Her Son (1976) (technical director)
The Hawaiian Connection: Part 2 (1976) (technical director)
1975 Grady (TV series) (technical director - 2 episodes)
The Driving Force (1975) (technical director)
Be It Ever So Humble (1975) (technical director)
1975 Welcome Back, Kotter (TV series) (technical director - 1 episode)
Whodunit? (1975) (technical director)
1973 Tomorrow Coast to Coast (TV series) (technical director)
1973 Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - Rehearsal Concert (TV movie) (technical director)
1973 Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii (TV special documentary) (technical director)
1973 Mitzi... The First Time (TV movie) (technical director)
1968 Flesh and Blood (TV movie) (technical director)
1966 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House (TV documentary) (technical director)
1964 The Fantasticks (TV movie) (technical director)
1962 Arsenic & Old Lace (TV movie) (technical director)
1951-1954 Martin Kane (TV series) (technical director - 15 episodes)
The Milk Bottle Burglar (1954) (technical director)
The Shoeshine Murder (1954) (technical director)
Trip to Bermuda (1953) (technical director)
The Comic Strip Killer (1953) (technical director)
Black Pearls (1952) (technical director)
1952 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV series) (technical director - 1 episode)
The Last Hour (1952) (technical director)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


I'm leaving Washington D.C. after a performance for the United States

Catholic Conference of Bishops. The Vice President of China was at our hotel, I saw, lots of secret service, threw my back out in the shower and went into back spasm, I saw really important people, I knew they were important cause they had people with radios following them and I rode the metro and didn't get stabbed, watched the movie, The Artist, got a pedicure, ate crepes and made Bishops laugh. Thanks D.C. you are a gem and I'm glad I'm not in charge.

Thursday, February 09, 2012


They are not called "Indianers" but preferred to be called "Hoosiers". I don't claim to understand but I respect.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Sunday, February 05, 2012

God's Unconditional Love

What can we say about God's love? We can say that God's love is unconditional. God does not say, "I love you, if ..." There are no ifs in God's heart. God's love for us does not depend on what we do or say, on our looks or intelligence, on our success
or popularity. God's love for us existed before we were born and will exist after
we have died. God's love is from eternity to eternity and is not bound to any time-related events or circumstances. Does that mean that God does not care what we do or say?
No, because God's love wouldn't be real if God didn't care. To love without condition does not mean to love without concern. God desires to enter into relationship with us and wants us to love God in return.

Let's dare to enter into an intimate relationship with God without fear, trusting that we will receive love and always more love.

- Henri J. M. Nouwen

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The Catholic Virginian

January 23, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 6
Virginia Catholic Campus Ministry Summit set Feb. 3-4

by Michael School
special to The Catholic Virginian

A little known fact about the Diocese of Richmond is that within our geographic footprint there are over 68 institutions of higher education (colleges and universities).

Based on national statistics, the diocese estimates there are over 88,000 Catholic college students (or about 30 percent of the college population) within our diocesan boundaries.

In a bold new step, the Office for Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults is hosting its first-ever Virginia Catholic Campus Ministry Summit beginning the evening of Friday, February 3, through Saturday, February 4 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Charlottesville. It will gather young adults from across the diocese who attend our college campuses for a 24-hour opportunity to be with other young adults who are Catholic.

Often times, our college students have attended high school with students from other colleges and this will be a time for students to rekindle old friendships and make new friends.

Throughout the scriptures, God does big things at the tops of mountains. From Mt. Sinai where the Lord gives Moses the Ten Commandments, to Mt. Tabor where Christ is transfigured before the eyes of his Apostles, and everywhere in between, God seems to speak most clearly and profoundly to his people on summits.

The theme for this year’s Summit is “ARISE” based on the words of the prophet Isaiah (60:1). Weaving together the theme for the Summit is keynote presenter Ennie Hickman of ADORE Ministries.

Now, in his 12th year of evangelization work, Ennie and his family are full time Missionaries in Houston, TX. Through his personal testimony and unique way of relating to individuals, Ennie has helped God change lives. He has spoken at numerous large retreats and conferences throughout the country, Europe and Africa.

Another speaker will be Catholic comedian Judy McDonald who will share her story of growing up as a Catholic young adult.

The Summit will provide an opportunity to learn more about one’s individual and communal Catholic faith through talks, breakout sessions, and speakers. In addition, all participants of the Summit can participate in the Sacraments during the weekend.

Because of the generosity of the Diocesan Annual Appeal, the Summit will cost only $10 which includes lodging, bus transportation from each college campus, and meals. It is open to all students who attend any type of college or university in the state of Virginia.

For more information and to register, visit www.vaccmsummit.com.

The Joy of Being Like Others

At first sight, joy seems to be connected with being different. When you receive
a compliment or win an award, you experience the joy of not being the same as others.
You are faster, smarter, more beautiful, and it is that difference that brings you
joy. But such joy is very temporary. True joy is hidden where we are the same as
other people: fragile and mortal. It is the joy of belonging to the human race.
It is the joy of being with others as a friend, a companion, a fellow traveler.

This is the joy of Jesus, who is Emmanuel: God-with-us.

- Henri J. M. Nouwen