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Fall 2019

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80 F A L L 2 0 1 9 C A S Q U A R T E R L Y This past August, the sound community lost one of our most prolific production mixers, James R. Alexander. James' first major film was as cable person on the 1956 George Stevens' film Giant. He had been encouraged by his father, Gerard W. Alexander, himself a valued member of the Warner Bros. Sound Department, to follow him into the family business. From the '50s to the '90s, James worked with some of the greatest filmmakers of our times. From Clint Eastwood to John Hughes, his work was widely recognized and rewarded with multiple nominations. More importantly, his legacy remains and his commitment to his craft is recognized within our industry. He touched many with his kindness and lent support to those building their own careers. The CAS offers its profound condolences at this time to his family. I N R E M E M B R A N C E James R. Alexander PRODUCTION SOUND MIXER Shortly before going to press, the Quarterly received the bad news that Alex Allred, the main engineer for the Aston Stealth mic test session covered in this issue, had passed away on September 24, 2019, at his home in Lakewood, Colorado. Alex was born in Utah and served in the Air Force for eight years. During that time, he had the privilege of serving and traveling throughout the world with "Tops in Blue," the prestigious Air Force touring performance ensemble. The love of Alex's life was music. He was an accomplished violinist and pianist and enjoyed composing and recording. He performed locally with groups, as well as touring with a well-known artist in Canada. He was always interested in finding new ways of interpreting and producing sound. Associate professor David Bondelevitch CAS MPSE stated, "Alex was one of the few graduate students in our Alexander Allred RECORDING ARTS GRADUATE STUDENT new curriculum. He was an outstanding student with dreams of a big future ahead of him. In addition, he was a warm and gregarious person who will be terribly missed in our department by students, faculty, and staff." The CAS sends its condolences to his family and friends. I N R E M E M B R A N C E

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