Tuesday, March 3, 2009

What a memorable night

Just back from a memorable event- it was a gathering of Caldecott Hill Old Timers. Lucy the mamasan of Caldecott Hill organised a dinner to welcome Mr and Mrs George Favacho and Mr and Mrs David Lowe who are back for holiday from Perth. George was TV producer in the 70s well known for EnglishVariety and Sports productions . Maureen joined in the 50s and retired in 1987 after spending many illustrious years on Caldecott Hill. She rose to the rank of Director of TV and was responsible for such megashows like Miss Universe Pageant, Hello 85, Singapore 25th Anniversary Gala etc. I was then a young engineer supporting them in their endeavours. Who else was at the gathering ?..,at the Acacia Bishan Park. The grandfather of Caldecott Hill..Vernon Palmer who spoke about his wonderful years there. George stood up in the middle of the dinner and in his usual humourous way said I have bad news and good news . The bad news is you will have to pay for the dinner! The good news is.... Ee Boon Lee chipped in and said ..the end of the News. Yes he was there . Boon Lee was Senior Controller of News in the 70/80s and left to join the Singapore Monitor. George said the good news is the dinner only costs $17..and Miss Yam will made sure you pay up. Yes Miss Yam the accountant at Caldecott Hill was there..all recalled every cent spent was accounted for during her time. Then George got everyone there to say something..
Horace Wee - the guitarist of the Orchestra. George said he remembered him for spotting long hair!
Lim Heng Tow - a tall figure in the HR department during the 80s. He spoke about some ofthe dark secrets on the Hill..for the audience there only
Norman Lim - the radio and TV announcer who rose to Controller Radio. Besides enjoying his retirement he teaches Better English Pronounciationfor corporate and community clubs.
Fong Hoe Beng - our long-time sports commentator..welcome to the National Stadium n all that.
S C Leong - Head of Programme Supplies. He left us in 1989 to join Turner Broadcasting as General Manager..and introduced one of the CNN channels to cable.
Lucy Leong - famous Radio Dejay and Controller (Radio) .She made tonight gathering possible. Many Thanks.
Cecilia Tan (Popular Radio Dejay and Producer),Pauline from Make-up, Ling from MDA, Kok Ying Poh (Chinese Variety Producer and Controller) , Lee Beng Hoon ( Producer and Controller),
JOAN CHEE (Well known Radio Personality in the 60's and then joined CPU (Central Productions Unit) as a Producer. She married well-known Radio DJ - TAN HOCK LYE / "Baby" Belinda Yeo - a colourful Radio personality in the late 70's and enjoyed doing a variety of programmes from Request to Documentary Programmes / BANU VELLU - was a TV Script Assistant and worked in English and Indian television productions. George remembers her as a "Feisty" but hardworking SA, never a Dull moment when she did productions. Currently still involved in Media work in Singapore.
Jeffrey Goh -Sports Producer and Controller, Ow Kee Hong , and Michael Loke who was the Director of HR during the hey-days of Chinese Drama Production....
And of course me who had been there 42 years - one job one department -Engineering.Glad to see they are in the best of health and enjoying their hard-earned retirement.
When I rose to speak I said please contribute your memories to this blog. They sure have memories -the combined age of this group about 2000years!
One parting cackle from George Favacho - we should get all those old timers to form a COT- CaldcottHill Old Timers Club!
email: tay.philip@gmail.com


Anonymous said...

Dear Philip

Thank you for putting up this blog for us old-timers to log into for sweet memories.

Also, many thanks for bringing along your camera to take photos of the gang.

It was really fun to catch up and hear those familiar guffaws and cackles.

Just one small thing, you should amend that bit on "Mr & Mrs Maureen Liew" to "Mr & Mrs David Lowe" (the former Maureen Liew and her husband).

Also, it would be nice if you could start a Hall of Fame or a Memories page on your blog so that we can then post anecdotes on our colleagues who are no longer with us but who are still fondly remembered and live on forever in our hearts.

Cecilia Tan

Anonymous said...

Back in time - Singapore in 1938

Enjoy this video on Youttube


sakamotoraj said...

Chanced upon this blog while searching the web. Maureen is my auntie and your blog brought back memories of the stories she shared with the family when I was a young boy. Interestingly, I have very vivid memories of an auntie that my late mum (her elder sister) spoke highly of.

Maurice Chia