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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #660
                  Wednesday, November 24, 2004
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               Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Publisher
                       < rgonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2004, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  MIKE TAKACS PASSES AWAY - SERVICES FRIDAY
  A Valuable Asset to the Broadcast Industry has been lost.
Mike Takacs passed away of unknown causes at his home this past
weekend.  His service will be as follows:
  11:30 AM
  Friday, November 26, 2004
  Forest Lawn - Covina Hills
  In the Church of our Heritage
  21300 East Via Verde Dr.
  Covina, CA 91724
  Background:
  Mike started his career as Director of Television for
Fontana Unified School District in the early 60s after gradating
from school.  There, he built and maintained the in-house system
with playback facilities.  He then moved to the Pasadena Unified
School District through the late 60s where he built an ITFS
designed by his good friend Bob Bullock.
  His next challenge was to come up with a distribution
system for the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1973.
He successfully campaigned for them to move from an ITFS concept
to a full power UHF station (KLCS today).  He also convinced the
school board to equip the station with cameras and editing
facilities instead of the helical tape playback-only model some
had contemplated.  As such, KLCS produced many award-winning
educational productions and inspired many live broadcasts.
  During this time, Mike was also consulting for the Catholic
Arch Diocese, Z-channel, and built transmitters for KSCI and KCET.
He helped put Harris on the map as a provider to broadcasters and
got Andrew involved in making broadcast antennas for VHF and UHF.
  Mike became involved with Galavision and SIN (Univision) as
a consultant, and then moved on to become Corporate Director of
Engineering for Univision in the mid 80s.  He sustained a serious
head injury on a waveguide feed line in Florida in the early 90s,
collapsed into a coma just a week later and lay in the hospital
for three months.
  The prognosis for recovery was not good, but Mike beat the
odds and recovered.  The resulting medical problems brought an
early end to his vibrant career in broadcasting.  He took a
medical retirement and lived by himself in his Upland home until
this weekend.  He was sixty two years old when he passed away.
His many friends will miss him.
  John Russell, Engineering Manager
  KTLA-TV 5/31
  Office 323 460-3917
  Cell 323 828-1434
  jarussell@tribune.com
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