February 2012 Meeting Report

March 11, 2012
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SBE Chapter 48/SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section Annual Banquet

Date: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM No Host Cash Bar, 7:00 PM Dinner, Reservations RequiredCost is $35 per person
Location: Lakewood Country Club, 6800 West 10th Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80214
Honorees: Denver Office of the Federal Communications Commission

At this year’s award dinner we recognized the staff of the local FCC office for their technical competence and professionalism and their recent collaborations with the Front Range broadcast community during such events as the 2008 DNC and the 2010 analog TV shutdown.  For all their efforts, we thank them.


Speaker:
Our special guest and speaker for this evening was former NBC cameraman Jeff Scarborough who was on duty in New York City on September 11, 2001. He related a very moving story of his participation in the coverage of the horrendous events of that day.  Jeff first described having been on the scene of the earlier bombing in the garage of the World Trade center 8 years previously and having witnessed the damage from that.  Then he went on to tell the story of being one of the first TV Cameramen on the scene after the first plane had struck the tower, the horrors that ensued and how close a call it was getting through the ordeal.  Jeff was brought to us by Rome Chelsi who had noted this extraordinary story in a local Evergreen magazine – you can download the pdf and read the full story in the original article here.

 

An additional announcement was made at this event, the retirement of our long standing colleague Dave Layne.  Dave’s impressive list of accomplishments and long tenure as Channel 4’s chief engineer were noted and he said a few words to the room, mentioning that he will be moving on to participate in his church full time.

 

Dinner:
This year our venue changed to Lakewood Country Club from Green Gables Country Club where we had been holding this annual event for quite some time due to it having been sold for development.  The new location worked as well or better and we were treated to a choice of entrée: Chicken Oscar, Macadamia Salmon or London Broil. All entrées included salad, Chef’s choice of potatoes, pasta or rice, fresh market vegetables, petit pans, rustic bread and butter, and fresh brewed coffee, decaffeinated coffee, or tea.  The dessert of New York Cheesecake with fresh strawberries was highly praised; the comment “as good as Lindy’s” was overheard.

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