Joseph Gianqinto will address the Senior Men's Club of New Canaan in Morrill Hall at St. Mark's Church on Friday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. about the early days of television.

Gianquinto is a 38-year veteran of the television industry whose passion for broadcasting began as a communication arts major at Seton Hall University, from which he graduated in 1960. In the 1960s and 1970s, after two active duty tours in the U.S. Army, he worked for five years in the commercial production department of the William Esty Ad Agency as an assistant and later as a producer.

After leaving William Esty, he began a television network broadcasting career at ABC and NBC as a unit production manager. He worked on a variety of programs such as the 1968 Winter and Summer Olympics; the 1969 and 1970 World Series; a Harry Belefonte and Lena Horne Special; the Orange Bowl Parade; Apollos 14, 15 and 17; the 1972 Democratic and Republican National Conventions; and NBC Nightly News. In 1977, he became director of budgets and planning for NBC's news, sports and East Coast entertainment programs.

He left NBC to help launch sports network ESPN in 1979 becoming its vice president of operations and engineering in 1980. In 1982, he began a 16-year career at Westinghouse Broadcasting as vice president of broadcast operations and technical services for the television group and after two years in retirement, worked as a consultant for American Catholic, securing production and office facilities for a would be 24-hour cable network.

The Senior Men's Club of New Canaan is open for new members. Applicants are welcome to attend the meeting or visit www.smcnc.org for information or call Membership Chairman Jerry Transue at 203-966-6050.

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