Paul Roales provided this update:
Back in 2003 I emailed your web site about my TDY duty at the APC seeking some information on the training films I starred in. Since then I have received copies of my files from the Army and have a little more information I can provide.
I determined that it was in August 1964 (not 65) that I was sent TDY to the Army Pictorial Center in Astoria, Long Island City, Queens, New York, for 3 weeks to star in a training film on how to install charts, change ink cartridges, pens etc. on the Minneapolis-Honeywell electronic recorders we used in the Micro-meteorology phase of the Meteorology course which I was teaching at Ft. Monmouth, NJ. I was a PFC (not SP-4) at the time. The training films were released in June 1965 and were called: "Meteorological Instruments, PT I--Potentiometer Type Recorders: TF 11-3533" and "Meteorological Instruments, PT II--Calibration Check of Potentiometer Type Recorders: TF 11-3534". The Army declared them obsolete in May 1993 after using them for 28 years.
I tried to track down copies of the training films, but had no luck.
Paul had previously written:
I was an Army Instructor of Meteorology at Ft. Monmouth, NJ and in 1965(?). I was sent TDY to the Army Pictorial Center in New York to star in a training film on how to install charts, change ink cartridges, pens etc. on the Minneapolis-Honeywell electronic recorders we used in the Micro-meteorology phase of the course.
The Army Pictorial Center was moved in 1970 to Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. The old building in New York is still a studio and Sesame Street has been filmed there for the past seven seasons.
I never saw the finished training film, but the experience stuck with me. I had to put on make-up every morning for filming and follow direction very carefully in the repeated "takes".
I also remember meeting Garry Moore (a TV show host from the 50's to the 70's) who was filming something for the Army while I was there.
Although I was a SP-4 at that time (I think) I wore an officers shirt and was only filmed from the waist up. I got chewed out by an over-zealous officer in the cafateria one day for wearing the mixed uniform to lunch.
Is there anyway that I could
track down that training film? I do not know its title. Is there a record of
training films somewhere? Or does anybody remember when Gary Moore was there so
I can pin down my TDY?
Updated June 18, 2006