Month: December 2013

Speaker — January 15, 2014
Ron Kahan on Medicare

Unfortunately, Mike Baker, the speaker originally scheduled for January 15, 2014, was forced by an unforeseen emergency to cancel his appearance at our meeting.

Instead, Ron Kahan, a DMA member, has very graciously agreed to speak to us tomorrow. Ron talked to us February 6, 2013 on the complexities of Medicare and was very well received. After his talk, there was a very lively Q&A session. Unfortunately, the Q&A ended when a member fell and was injured and Ron ably stepped in as the doctor in the house.

For the meeting on January 14, Ron will resume the Q&A from last February, and will answer the questions on Medicare that you were unable to ask then.

Ron’s presentation can be viewed on the following URL links:

See a slide show of Ron’s presentation. Download a PDF file of Ron’s presentation.

Speaker — January 8, 2014
Joseph Gianquinto

Joseph Gianquinto is a 38 year veteran of the television industry.

Mr. Gianquinto’s passion for broadcasting began at Seton Hall University in the late 1950’s as a Communication Arts major with exposure to a superior faculty and a vibrant WSOU radio station. He graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

In the 1960’s and 1970’s, after two active duty tours in the US Army, Gianquinto worked for five years in the Commercial Production Department of the William Esty Ad Agency as an assistant and later as a producer. After leaving William Esty, Gianquinto began a television network broadcasting career at ABC and NBC as a Unit Production Manager. He worked on a variety of programs such as the 1968 Winter and Summer Olympics; the 1969 and 1970 World Series; A Harry Belafonte and Lena Horne Special; The Orange Bowl Parade; Apollos14, 15 and 17; the 1972 Democratic and Republican National Conventions and NBC Nightly News. In 1977 he became Director of Budgets and Planning for NBC’s News, Sports and East Coast Entertainment Programs.

Mr Gianquinto left NBC to help launch sports network ESPN in 1979 becoming its Vice President of Operations and Engineering in 1980. In 1982 he began a sixteen year career at Westinghouse Broadcasting as Vice President of Broadcast Operations and Technical Services for the Television Group and after two years in retirement, worked as a consultant for American Catholic, securing production and office facilities for a would be 24 hour cable network.

Arranged by Bob Smith.

Remembering Lou Pernicka

Member Louis J. Pernicka passed away on August 31, 2013, aged 89.

Lou was born in Chicago, Illinois. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army Air Force, and served in WW II as a member of the 57th Fighter Group, 66th Fighter Squadron.

Later, Lou was instrumental in the design and set-up of the P47 Exhibit at the New England Air Museum, where he was also a active volunteer.

He was a retired vice president at American Can Company in the Industrial Engineering Division. Lou was a Life-time Learner at Norwalk Community College and a long time member of the Darien Men’s Club. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 54 years, Violet M. Pernicka, and a daughter Gayle Ann Gabrielli.
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