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Issue 15
issue pic Bambi Taskarelli, NBCU

"I'll empty ash trays," I said to Dave Anderson in Guest Relations during my interview for a summer job as an NBC Guidette. My Dad was conducting the orchestra across the street at Radio City Music Hall. His trumpet player's girlfriend was the assistant to the head of NBC Guest Relations - Peter Tintle. The words "You're hired!" were music to my ears.

June, 1965 - after one year of college in Ohio as a drama/speech major - there I was in my slightly shabby but very glamorous navy blue uniform, hem length and heel height just perfect, ready to give my first tour of the studios. "Hullabaloo" had premiered in 8H earlier that year, Johnny Carson was three years into his thirty-year reign, and a 1965 survey showed Chet and David were more popular than the Beatles! The studio tour went for $1.25; I was making $40.00 a week (cigarettes were 25 cents in the commissary machine). You got to see a lot for your ticket: after an explanation of how the "Emmy" got its name, you were shown studios with "live action". Tonight Show guests roamed the hallways and occasionally Johnny, Ed or Skitch would appear to the delight of the group. The sound effects booth was my favorite, but seeing yourself on TV was a close second.

Dad came over on a break between shows and inquired of the rather stern tour supervisor, "How's my baby doing?" Once she realized that I was the "baby", she greeted him warmly. He was so proud! It was an exhilarating first day. I had blisters on both heels, but a big smile on my face - I was an NBC Guidette! That summer went very quickly. I worked the late shift a lot and would take drunken sailors on tour at 9PM. But, on that shift I got to hang out in the Tonight Show make-up room and met many stars. I also met many good friends. It was a grand summer!

As the calendar pages flipped, I worked my way up in Guest Relations as cashier and eventually supervisor, while studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and getting my degree at NYU. I was "plucked out of the chorus line" in 1969 by Gloria Clyne to work as a "Gal Friday" in the Newsroom with Mac Johnson at the helm; we had typewriters, rotary phones and a pneumatic tube to send messages up to the telex room.

My year and a half on the Newsdesk was unforgettable, followed by nine years in Nightly News production (including a Fan Club in Iowa!), a decade as a Desk/Satellite Operations Manager and News Specials Projects Director and currently in Telecommunications as a Voice/Data Engineer, NBCU - forty years have flown by.

I often think back to that first day in June of 1965 when the world was a simpler place!


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Issue No. 15:
Women in Space

Spring 2009

General Editor Introduction

From the Guest Editor

Audrey Allison, Dir., Frequency Management Services, Boeing Shared Services Group

Anita Antenucci, Managing Dir. Houlihan Lokey's Aerospace-Defense-Government

Dr. Wanda M. Austin Pres. & CEO, The Aerospace Corporation

Julie Bannerman, Gen.Counsel, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Sharri Berg, Senior V.P., News Operations, Fox News

Leslie Blaker, DataPath, Inc.

Yvonne Brill, Consultant, Satellite Tech. & Space Propulsion Systems

Michelle Bryan, Senior V.P., Human Resources, Intelsat

Dr. Angie Bukley, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering

Catherine Chang, General Counsel & Asst. Company Secretary, AsiaSat

Sabrina Cubbon, Gen. Manager, Marketing, AsiaSat

Yvette Dominguez, Manager, Payload Design Engineering Section, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Chris Ehrenbard, Dir., Broadcast Distribution, CBS

Mary Ann Elliot, Chairman of the Board, Arrowhead Global Solutions, Inc.

Celeste Ford, Founder & CEO, Stellar Solutions, Inc.

Mary Frost, former CEO, GlobeCast America

Eilene Galloway, NASA Pioneer

Carmen González-Sanfeliu, V.P., Latin America & Caribbean, Intelsat

Dawn Harms, V.P., Marketing & Sales, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Ellen Hoff, Pres., W.L. Pritchard & Co., L.C.

Polly Rash Hollis, Satellite Industry Professional

Britt Horncastle, Satellite Consultant

Susan Irwin, Pres., Irwin Communications, Inc.

Barbara Jaffe, Senior V.P., Advanced Technology and Operations, HBO

Christine King, Deputy V.P., Technical Services & Engineering, Lockheed Martin

Betsy Kulick, Newsletter Editor & Corporate Secretary, Mobile Satellite Users Association

Penelope Longbottom, Founder & Pres., Longbottom Communications

Joanne Maguire, Exec. V.P., Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Andrea Maléter, Technical Dir., Futron Corporation

Joan T. Mancuso, Founder & Executive, Broadband International LLC

Dolores Martos, V.P., Sales for Latin America & Caribbean, SES Americom - SES New Skies

Brig. Gen. Susan K. Mashiko, Vice Commander, Space & Missile Systems Center, L.A. Air Force Base

Eileen McGowan, Corporate Strategy & Planning, Intelsat

Olwen Morgan, Development Engineer

Bridget Neville, V.P. & Gen. Manager, Satellite Engineering & Operations, Sirius XM Radio

Christine Paape, V.P., Space Explorers, Inc.

Rhonda Parson, Manager, Occasional-Use Sales & Traffic Division, EchoStar Satellite Services

Maj. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Deputy Dir., National Reconnaissance Office

Jane Petro, Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director

Dr. Nongluck Phinainitisart, D.Eng., Pres., Thaicom PLC

Mary Quagliotti, Retired Major General, Army

Radhika Ramachandran, Ph.D., Counsellor (SPACE) & Technical Liaison Officer

Veena Rawat, Pres., Communications Research Centre, Canada

Joslyn Read, V.P., Regulatory Affairs, SES Americom - SES New Skies

Walda Roseman, Founder & CEO, CompassRose International, Inc.

Farah Suhanah Ahmad Sarji, General Counsel, MEASAT

Jacqueline Schenkel, Founder, Schenkel & Associates, LLC

Kay Sears, Pres., Intelsat General

Gwynne Shotwell, Pres., SpaceX

Marcia Smith, Pres., Space Technology Policy Group, LLC

Pascale Sourisse, Gen. Manager, Land & Joint Systems Division, Thales

Andy Steinem, CEO, Dahl-Morrow International

Nicole P. Stott, Astronaut, NASA

Bambi Taskarelli, Voice/Data Engineer, NBCU

Leslie Taylor, Strategic Planning Division Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Synette Tom, Marketing Dir., Sales, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Marjorie Rhodes Townsend, Satellite Communications Consultant

Diane Tryneski, Senior V.P., Broadcast & Studio Operations, HBO

Diane VanBeber, V.P., Investor Relations, Corporate & Marketing Communications, Intelsat

Barbara Warren, Systems Analyst, International Telecommunication Union

Zhang Yan, Gen. Manager, CITICSat and Chief Rep., Asiasat

UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology: Astronomy Blog

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