More From Glenn Mack
Below is another photo from Glenn of NBC’s Studio 6B just after Johnny Carson had left for California. In the weeks ahead, there will be more but in the meantime, here is a little about Glenn and how these photos came to be in his own words.
I grew up on Long Island, just outside New York City. It was during the golden era of New York television production. I had taken the NBC studio tour more times than I can remember. I was always interested in what went on behind the scenes. While watching The Tonight Show, I’d watch for a glimpse of the normally unseen part of the studio. I guess I got it from my dad, who was able to get into some Hollywood movie studios in the 40’s and 50’s. My Godfather was Robert Pittack, Cinematographer. (To me, most famous for shooting some of the Twilight Zone TV series). In that sense, I was always aware of the business.
I was thrilled when a friend of the family, who worked for NBC, brought me in for a personal tour. This was in 1972. I was around 15 years old, and I was just starting my interest in photography. My dad, who was really the photographer in the family, wasn’t going to let an opportunity like this go by. So, he outfitted me with a 35mm Pentax, a 400 ASA color slide film, and I was on my way. Keep in mind, no photography was allowed on the regular tour, so I was in heaven.
About a month later, another family friend who worked for CBS in New York, took me on a personal tour of CBS studios. There were no public tours of CBS, so this was really a coup. Of course, I brought the camera once again.
Now, many years later, I didn’t know if there was any interest in what I had. Until I found eyesofageneration.com, and Bobby Ellerbee. For a while, I was happy just looking at some of the great pictures Bobby would post. Then I decided to email him and tell him about some photos I had, that were “pretty good”. Judging by his reaction, I guess they are “pretty good”.
The are INDEED “pretty good” Glen! Do you have photos like this? Please let me know if you do!