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SBE 24 First Cert Photo

The Chapter's First Certification Recipients

Appearing in the photo from left to right:

(Back row) Gene Zastrow, Dennis Behr, Herb Jordan-WHA-TV, Paul Hendrickson-WHA-TV, Don Moran-WHA-TV, Don Borchert-WHA-TV, Jim Crooks-City of Madison, Elmer Weisensel-WMTV, Neal McLain-Complete Channel TV, Bob Zuelsdorf-WKOW-TV, Warren Sommerfield-City of Madison.

(Front row)Ken Dixon-WHA-TV, George Reynolds-WHA-TV, Paul Norton-ECB, Ron Bornstein-UW-Madison ,Bob Wickhem Sr.-WKOW-TV

The above photo was taken at a Chapter 24 meeting in early 1977. The occasion was the grant of the first round of certifications to engineers who had been in the broadcasting business for ten years. These were the original CSBE certifications, a category that no longer exists. They were awarded on the basis of experience, rather than tests. At the time tests were just being developed.

The meeting took place in the community room of the Hilldale branch of the bank formerly known as First Wisconsin Bank, at the corner of Midvale Blvd. and University Ave. Ken Dixon was chapter chair at the time.

photo and information provided by Neal McLain
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