The Satellite Ladies will always celebrate Dick Tauber’s life along with SSPI Hall of Fame, (Society of Satellite Professionals) and Dick’s Harem, former ISOG (Inter-Union Satellite Operations Group), The World Broadcasting Union, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC satellite types and all the associated CNN Affiliates and satellite Telecoms. More broadcasters are listed at the end. This quick survey tells one how actively and accomplished Dick was in his professional life. But he was most invested in his children, Elizabeth and Ethan, who meant more to him than even being an early Ted Turner hire. Andrea Maleter says: ” Yes, we worked so closely together. Dick was really great guy and I will miss him very much." Andrea said, "I do remember sitting at a bar in a hotel someplace - no idea what city - and listening as Dick bragged on and on about Liz’s career. What a proud papa."

The Satellite Ladies include Mary Frost, Susan Irwin, Andrea Maleter, Andy Steinem, Betsy Kulick, Jacqualine Schenkel, Michele Lyle, Joan Mancuso and others who have crossed paths with Dick. After Mary Frost went to Price Waterhouse Coopers from ABC in 1993, Dick flawlessly took up the reins to works with world broadcasters to increase services, bring down prices and incorporate new technologies of satellite operators. Joan Mancuso said," I remember his huge presence at conferences. He was always ready to offer his support."
We independently have our special memories in Dick’s company including NAB Las Vegas and NAB NY where in later years Luann Linnabar created what Dick called his harem because Chris Ehrenbard from CBS, Susan Irwin, Mary Frost and sometimes others (strangely all women except for Dick)always went to dinner and a Broadway show or Vegas show. Dick never forgot his acting roots and loved Broadway and daughter Elizabeth’s acting, so she came by that naturally.

LuAnn who organized and bought tickets to a show in NYC but the afternoon of the show Dick went to the hospital. ...
see more The Satellite Ladies will always celebrate Dick Tauber’s life along with SSPI Hall of Fame, (Society of Satellite Professionals) and Dick’s Harem, former ISOG (Inter-Union Satellite Operations Group), The World Broadcasting Union, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC satellite types and all the associated CNN Affiliates and satellite Telecoms. More broadcasters are listed at the end. This quick survey tells one how actively and accomplished Dick was in his professional life. But he was most invested in his children, Elizabeth and Ethan, who meant more to him than even being an early Ted Turner hire. Andrea Maleter says: ” Yes, we worked so closely together. Dick was really great guy and I will miss him very much." Andrea said, "I do remember sitting at a bar in a hotel someplace - no idea what city - and listening as Dick bragged on and on about Liz’s career. What a proud papa."

The Satellite Ladies include Mary Frost, Susan Irwin, Andrea Maleter, Andy Steinem, Betsy Kulick, Jacqualine Schenkel, Michele Lyle, Joan Mancuso and others who have crossed paths with Dick. After Mary Frost went to Price Waterhouse Coopers from ABC in 1993, Dick flawlessly took up the reins to works with world broadcasters to increase services, bring down prices and incorporate new technologies of satellite operators. Joan Mancuso said," I remember his huge presence at conferences. He was always ready to offer his support."
We independently have our special memories in Dick’s company including NAB Las Vegas and NAB NY where in later years Luann Linnabar created what Dick called his harem because Chris Ehrenbard from CBS, Susan Irwin, Mary Frost and sometimes others (strangely all women except for Dick)always went to dinner and a Broadway show or Vegas show. Dick never forgot his acting roots and loved Broadway and daughter Elizabeth’s acting, so she came by that naturally.

LuAnn who organized and bought tickets to a show in NYC but the afternoon of the show Dick went to the hospital. The satellite women then spent the next 2-3 days taking turns keeping him company there. LuAnn spent time on the phone with his daughter Elizabeth, discussing whether or not she should fly to NY. Several of us delayed trips home or commuted back in to the city to pull shifts. Rich Wolf looked after Dick as well. The Wired Magazine made their Premiere Issue available on the iPad with the MagazineApp featuring Flyaways and Dick Tauber. Also, it starts with a history of how the magazine began and then has the full issue included with an option of annotation about each article and ad.

Per Susan Irwin, Dick loved hanging out with “the girls”. Yes, those evenings of dinner and shows in New York and Las Vegas were very, very special. Dick's commitment to broadcasting and to CNN was deep and loyal and he had a passion for the technology. And he was always so willing to share and to give credit to others. Dick was a generous and loving friend. As a SATCON Advisory Board Member for many years, Dick spent more time than anyone else on the board helping me design the conference program, finding speakers, calling on his endless numbers of contacts. He never let me down and always had time to help, to talk, to joke. I will never forget one morning in Amsterdam when we were attending IBC. Dick and I had a breakfast meeting downtown before heading to the RAI. My feet were aching from walking around the convention center in bad shoes the previous day. I told Dick I had to buy a new pair of shoes before I went to the conference. Dick offered to join me. We went from store to store on one of those shopping streets in Amsterdam before I found a pair of shoes that didn’t hurt. Dick was incredibly good natured about it, but he never let me forget that shopping trip and always asked me if he had to go shoe shopping with me again. I loved Dick and will miss him terribly.


CNN had to sue successfully to join the network pool, and Mary Frost and Rich Wolf, ABC, Chris Ehrenbard and Brian Knoblock (Foreign News Editor), Doug Nelson, NBC, worked with Dick, Arnie Christensen, Gene Eames, and Frank Barnett among many others. One quick war story: In 1989, the Tiananmen Square massacre killed 10,000 people and soldiers held guns to our camera photographers heads and ordered them to shut down which they did. This was for all the networks except CBS which was located elsewhere, CBS now had exclusive coverage and would not share as was the rule if there was only one way out. The next day, NBC blocked all paths and CNN and ABC joined the feed splitting the $30 per minute and when CBS rightfully demanded to join, we charged them $100 per minute as payback (Dick’s idea). We all were highly competitive, but friendly as we all depended on one another at some time or the other so we kept credits and debits on each other.

Another CNN idea was to provide the other network affiliates with free satellite time so they often scooped the networks from their own affiliates as affiliates didn’t want to pay for satellite time although the networks had already invested millions in Ku Satellite trucks. CNN’s innovation kept all of us on our toes as we each strived to be first on any story, domestic or foreign.

Dick Tauber was truly beloved by the industry, and by his CNN team. In Amsterdam, Mary Frost picked up Dick for dinner and was warned by his team not to keep him out late and watch carefully as his diabetes was unstable. We all watched out for Dick’s health and all of remember the blood test before meals. Dick fought as valiantly for his own health as he did for Turner/CNN and as constantly as he worried about his children’s happiness.

The most worried he appeared was when a hurricane was approaching Atlanta, and he was desperately trying to get a generator at home so his beloved wife, Marjorie, with Lou Gehrig’s disease could keep breathing. Dick faced many adversities, and demonstrated his resilience again and again. We choose to remember his full-throated laugh, his accomplishments, and delightful personality. We have lost a wonderful friend.

InterUnion Satellite Operations Group - Chair Dick Tauber

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