Centenary Syd Peter Besas The oldest desk jockey BUT LET’S START AT THE BEGINNING . . . Giving it up for the Orators The unforgotten heroines Joan Silverman Syd and Elizabeth Guider Syd The irrespressible Scherers. Accounting department’s Sandy Campomanes. Jay Stuart and Ralph Tyler. Peter signing copies of his book. David Stratton Lee Perchick. Marge Prezioso, Larry Michie. Mugs for the muggs. Stacks of Souvenir Albums and copies of “Inside Variety” for free! The LA contingent. Caesar salads Valley Stream Doug Galloway Joan Silverman Syd at the podium. Syd is pleased by it all. Jay Stuart, Ralph Tyler. Jeremy Finch Vito Seminara, John Willis. Norman Scherer, Arlene Rosenstein. Production maven Nick Shteinfas and Mort Bryer. Peter Besas speaking to Sardi’s maitre d’. THEY TALKED BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE Lyle Stuart. Peter Besas, Marion Marks Ann Ausubel Deborah Young Muriel Pagan Mike Silverman and Syd’s former gal Friday Norma Nannini’s “brief encounter”. Eyeing Mark Silverman’s audiovisual presentation, a montage of 400 stills, were, left to right: Lyle Stuart and guest, Ralph Tyler, Frank and Mikki Meyer. TV editor Les Brown deep in conversation. Former mugg Richard Gold flashing a big smile as he salutes Mark (or is it Mike?) Silverman. Gold still lives in Gotham and works in the television sector. Lotsa people signed the bulletin board that was placed on one side of the dining room. “We had a great family and friends at Variety”, wrote Peggy Michitsch. Jack Zink, Miami stringer who’s now working for the Miami Sun-Sentinel, endorsed the sentiment. Vito Seminara, who was brought into the old Variety, to streamline operations, and Syd. Former managing editor Frank Meyer and his wife Mikki chatting with George Gilbert. Mary Jane Howard and Marge Prezioso formerly of Balan Graphics, chatting with Lee Perchick who used to handle the statistics on 46th Street. Former ad manager Mort Bryer and copy editor and reporter Ralph Tyler. Former Paris-based reporter Bruce Alderman, who now lives in New York. The two “Dales”, Olson and Pollock, smiling for the camera. Olson, a former staffer who then became a film publicist, still lives in LA. Pollock is now dean at the North Carolina School of the Arts of the University of North Carolina. Peter Besas, Joan Silverman and former switchboard operator at the Weekly, Peggy Michitsch, upon the latter’s arrival. Her cohort at the switchboard, Joan Crowley, passed away a number of years ago. Mort Bryer and Syd. A sample centrepiece, with a front page of the Daily at Tabnle 16. There were 16 tables in all, with about 150 guests showing up at the affair. Mike and mike.