Retired WITN Chief Engineer Honored On Today Show

The retired chief engineer for WITN was honored today on the Today Show for turning 100 years old.

Harvey Mason, who now lives with his son in Greensboro, was chief engineer for Channel 7 for 21 years until he retired in 1976. He hired our current chief engineer, Donald Ipock, in 1975.

After retiring at the age of 65 from WITN, he began a 30-year educational career at Martin Community College and then Beaufort Community College, teaching electronics and physics. Mason moved from Washington to Greensboro in 2006.

Mason is still working. He's building a 43-foot long boat that he started two years ago and is now close to finishing.

Mason was honored on his 100th birthday by NBC's Willard Scott on the Today Show Wednesday morning.


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  • by Charlotte Mason Location: Washington NC on Jan 15, 2011 at 08:30 PM
    I love you and miss seeing you Uncle Harvey. Happy Birthday!!!!!
  • by claudia Location: swanquarter on Jan 15, 2011 at 11:15 AM
    Happy Birthday Uncle Harvey from all of the Cahoons. We all love you so much !!!!!!!!
  • by Janie Location: Greensboro NC on Jan 13, 2011 at 07:46 PM
    Harvey "Pops", I'm so glad our paths crossed. I only met you a year ago at the spry age of 99! You are the smartest, most gentlest man that I know. I treasure our time together and all your wonderful stories. You can't keep this great man down! Looking forward to launching your house boat soon! Love you, Janie
  • by Jack Location: Becknell on Jan 13, 2011 at 03:55 PM
    Congratulations Harvey. It is indeed a remarkable feat to survive all those years in TV, much less make it to 100. I hope years from now they say, "He really looks good for his age!" You were the best in the television business. Happy Birthday.
  • by Martha Credle Neal Location: Pantego on Jan 13, 2011 at 09:27 AM
    Happy Birthday Uncle Harvey. We love you and are so proud of you. I remember all the good times we had swimming & fishing when I was growing up.
  • by John Mason Location: Washington on Jan 13, 2011 at 07:11 AM
    Happy Birthday Uncle Harvey ! I have listened to, and learned many things from you and your Brother Marvin Mason ! I want a ride on your House Boat when you get it finished ! We love you !
  • by Becca Location: Pinetown on Jan 12, 2011 at 08:46 PM
    We love you Uncle Harvey!
  • by Carolyn Jordan Roper Location: Newport News/Smithfield Va. on Jan 12, 2011 at 08:32 PM
    An earned & well deserved achievement for such a gentle & gracious soul. We have all benefited by your years. Everyone that has been graced by your crossing their life's path over the years has been enriched somehow by your knowledge and foresight. I have always felt the world was a little sweeter with 'Aunt' Helen and you in it. My Dad and Mom, Ray and Lucille Jordan felt the same, and I know Daddy treasured his friendship with you all those years, more than you will ever know. I know they would be there celebrating right along with you if they could have!
  • by sue,james,dean cahoon Location: plymouth,n.c. on Jan 12, 2011 at 05:45 PM
    happy birthday to a very special uncle. we hope you have a hundred more. we love you. the cahoons
  • by Jan & Steve Location: Chocowinity on Jan 12, 2011 at 05:09 PM
    Happy birthday Harvey! We miss you! We hope that you have had a great day.
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