My partner in news was Stanley Siegel who went from us to New York City later on to have a top rated radio talk show.
Stanley was a great guy but a total klutz. I remember Stanley being sent by our Assignment Editor, Bruce Hall (who would eventually become CBS News’ space reporter and be there on the day of the explosion of The Challenger), to the changing of the command of Mayport Naval Base, which was a big story.
Stanley was all excited and rushed out the door camera in hand (we did our own shooting and editing) to go to Mayport. Normally I would have gone with Stanley but Bruce had another assignment for me that day.
Later Stanley came back all excited that he had got really great shots of the ceremony. He was told to get the film upstairs right a way so they could develop it. He went into the darkroom and made a horrible discovery – there was NO film in the camera!
I very seldom saw Bruce, who was an easy going Assignment Editor, ever lose his cool. He almost did that day with Stanley. Instead he must have counted to 10 and then just sent Stanley HOME!
Stanley did have one music related coup when he informed us that he was personal friends with JANIS JOPLIN. She along with other greats were performing at the Atlanta Pop Festival. Stanley was from California before arriving at JXT so it was just possible he was not BSing.
Grove liked Stanley so he decided to send him and a film crew to Atlanta. Stanley true to his word found Janis and got an awesome interview from his friend. I was not there but I think poor Stanley impressed the heck out of his cohorts and even Bruce!
Sadly we lost one of the great America’s Music legends too soon.