MAN IN MOTION10/02/2006 2:45 PM Eastern
In the mid-'60s, engineer Fred Catero was living a comfortable life at CBS/Columbia in New York. He had just built his “round” dream house in Long Island and had lived there two months when his colleague at CBS, Roy Halee, called from San Francisco and asked him to come take a look at what they were setting up there. Fred headed West and never looked back, walking right into the heart of the San Francisco sound, 1960s-style. Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Phoebe Snow, Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, the Pointer Sisters — and he mentored a legion of engineers at the Automatt, who have all gone on to remarkable careers. He has no cellphone, no Internet service, but today, Fred is busy cleaning up his massive personal collection of radio programs in Pro Tools, using the Waves Restoration bundle and playing back from an iPod. We salute Fred — there at the birth of modern recording and still learning today.