Both Robin and I were born in New Rochelle NY, well,
kinda...... New Rochelle didn't have a hospital at the time, or at least one
close, so technically, we were born in Bronxville NY, a neighboring city
(albeit a really small one ! :-) Her day
of happiness was on June 13th, 1954.
During the early years, because our father
was an advertising manager and changed jobs frequently, we moved from New
Rochelle to Tyler TX in 1959, to Batavia NY in 1964, back to New Rochelle
for nine months in 1965, and then finally to Towson MD in 1966 and Ruxton in 1967.
attended Dumbarton Junior High School, Towson High School, and UMBC.
Her best friends from those days at Dumbarton are Beth Fryer and Karyn
Thompson. She was truly a flower child of the 60's and was very experienced
:-) As usual, we had our differences and our disagreements, but we generally got along pretty well.
If I was around, I would always be protective of her. There was one
instance at our high school bus stop where this local "head" Jeff was trying
to get her started on drugs. I picked him up by the collar of his army
jacket and told him to "leave her alone, when she's ready, she will come to
you", and threw him down on the ground (I was 6 ft tall, Jeff was
barely over five and a half - the tiny little worm)---he never bothered her
again (or anyone else at the bus stop for that matter).
loved animals, but had a special place in her heart for cats. Our
first one in Tyler was a small alley cat that got run over by a car, and she
dragged the thing home to have our parents recuperate the poor little thing.
His name was Squeaky, and he survived and lived a full life until we moved
Robin is survived by her latest two, Freddy and Betty.
Robin and Greg got married at the Little Church of the West Wedding Chapel
in Las Vegas, at 11pm. The wedding cost $129.04! Robin and Greg
met while on staff at Entertainment Tonight,
and when they first met, were slightly at odds with each other because of
first impressions, plus, they were also involved with other people.
Once those two relationships broke up, they decided to have coffee one
evening, and after that, it was only a matter of a few months before they
flew to Las Vegas and became married.
were Robert A. and Gloria Sestero, both born in New York City back in the
mid 1920's. Mom's grandparents came from the Reading PA area: Paul and
Susanne Scheck, and we considered them Pennsylvania Dutch, with a little mix
of Hungarian on our grandmothers side. On my fathers side, both of his
parents came over on the boat from Italy, but interestingly enough, even tho
they only lived about 75 miles apart in Italy (Savona and Bergamo), they did
not meet till they were here in this country. Our mother did not have
any brothers or sisters, and our father had one older sister Amalia.
Amalia was married to actor
passed away on Friday, September 4th, 2015, after a long bout with illness.
She is survived by myself, my wife Dianne, her nieces Tina (and her husband
Rob) and Jennifer, great nieces Elena & Sophia, Aunt Amalia, and ex-husband
Greg Czech. RIP my dear sister, we really rocked the pillars of Hell
when we were young!
As a most interesting side note, on the morning
we got the called that Robin had passed away, when my wife and I got into
the car to go over to Stella Maris, the radio station HAD JUST started
playing Led Zepplin's (anyone want to take a guess?)
Stairway to Heaven.
Likewise, a few miles away, when my daughter Tina got into her car to come
over, Queen's (maybe NOT so appropriate)
Another One Bites The Dust was playing. On the day of
Robin's viewing, my wife and daughter had to dash out to get flowers to
replace an arrangement that FTD could not deliver until Monday (would that
be OK, they asked.... WTF?), and when they got into my car, George
Thoroughgood's I Drink Alone was
on, and on the way back, they were next to a Thunderbird of the same (or
very close) year to Robin's at a traffic light...... to many coincidences
One of the best pictures of Robin we have from the early days, courtesy
Bruce Dunlop, her boyfriend at the time
This was taken out in the driveway of our house at 7521 L'Hirondelle
Club Rd in Ruxton MD
(and I still have that stupid statue in my yard :-)
Robin was a car
junkie, and ever since she was a kid always wanted a Thunderbird, so in
2002 she went out and bought herself baby blue one (ok, it's really aqua), which she still has
today and recently had a complete makeover done on it. Other cars she
has owned: a silver 2010 Chevy Camaro, a black 2015 Kia Soul, a white 2011
Scion, a white Volvo station wagon, an Acura, a brown 1977? Honda Civic, and
a yellow 1971 Fiat 124.
Once upon a time, while Robin and Greg lived
in Los Angeles, Robin got a hankering for a PT Cruiser. Well, way up
in Traverse City where our aunt spends her summers, one of her friends is a
used car dealer. On one of her trips to TC, she casually mentioned
this to the guy, and he offered her a Cruiser at a good price. So
without checking things, she bought it and had it shipped to California.
Only one problem with the car tho - it didn't have the California emissions
control on the car, so she could not get it registered. OUCH!
So, for the year or so that Robin had the car, she kept getting the dealer
guy in Traverse City to keep re-issuing the temporary registration, with a
new temp tag to go along with it until she finally sold it off out of state.
She quietly referred to it as the "criminal car".
I taught Robin how to drive
in our family's 1967 Karmann Ghia, and someone still owes me interest on that
one! :-) We banged into a few trashcans and the
parents got pissed with us, oh well.
Back in 1991, I got laid off
from my job, and had plenty of time to do nothing. So Robin asked if I
could come out to L.A. and help remodel her kitchen. One night during
the tear-it-apart phase, we wanted to make room for more tear-outs, so we
loaded up the pick-up truck they had rented. Then, the three of us
went out around 10pm and drove around till we could find a place to dump the
stuff. We found a vacant lot on one of those typical steep L.A.
hillsides, and rushed like mad to get rid of the stuff. It took us an
hour for our heart rates to go down! :-)
When we were living in
Tyler, and I was about 12, me and a friend decided to take our parents 1963
Grand Prix out for a drive. We lived on a "U" shaped street, with a
creek running down the middle. I backed the car out of the driveway,
and went around to the far side, turned around and came back.
Somewhere in there, I threw it into neutral and revved up the engine, I
guess I thought it was cool. Robin finked on me and I got into trouble
big time over that one!
Fast forward to high school. Robin and
Beth took the Karman Ghia out for a ride, TO SOUTH CAROLINA while our
parents were away for the weekend. Too bad I didn't know about it, I
would have paid her back.... nah, not really.....
Robin and her new
1978 Civic at our house on Gibbons Blvd in Timonium, ~1979
The church where
Robin and Greg were married
Her Volvo sitting in
front of 5210 Tampa Ave in Tarzana
Robin always had a creative streak in her as long as I
can remember. Back in high school she excelled in art classes and anything
else remotely creative. Next stop was four years at a local college, UMBC:
University of Maryland - Baltimore County. I even signed up to take a class
with her that involved flying and the images you could create as you flew around
in the heavens - the class included one flying lesson to boot! Those of you
who have had the privilege to work with Robin also know she was an effective at
delegating work assignments, and as such, often coerced me into doing art
assignments for her, for that is one of the few areas I was better at.
After graduating from UMBC, her first employment was with WMPT Channel 67, based
in Owings Mills MD. This was maybe around 1976. She was a production assistant, and helped with
anything they needed. She was even able to get my daughter, her niece,
Tina into one of the commercials for the station.
From there, she hopped
over to WJZ Channel 13 in Baltimore on top of TV Hill, and was a production
assistant there also, eventually becoming a segment producer for
Evening Magazine. While at
Channel 13, she met one of her best and long time friends, Becky Girvan.
Next stop was
going down to Washington DC - Channel 9, a Group W affiliate, and did segment
producing for PM Magazine. The
five or so Group W stations got to call their shows Evening Magazine, while the affiliates were allowed to use
PM Magazine. During her tenure
at channel 9, she and her camera crew were the first on the scene for the
horrific crash of Air Florida flight #90 that crashed into the 14th Street Bridge and
the Potomac River back on January 13th, 1982.
From DC to Indianapolis....
She then took the opportunity to take a step up the corporate ladder by
accepting a position with a TV station in Indy producing the show
Indianapolis AM. She was in
Indianapolis for a year before moving west and making L.A. her home for 20
During her stay in L.A., she worked on a host of productions for a
myriad of production companies. Among them are ET, American Chronicles,
Jones and Jury, and
Robin finally decided to
move back east to be closer to her family, and in 2002, moved to New York City
and worked for Court TV (now TruTV).
After one year there, she jumped ship for an opportunity to work for
Communications in Bethesda MD. At Discovery, she was probably responsible
for some of the more memorable shows of her career, including:
Hoarding: Buried Alive and the Puppy
Bowl, an alternative to those who got tired of watching the
One of the highlights of her career was in 2007, winning a
sports Emmy (at top of page) for the production of 2006's
a documentary of finding a new lead rider on the Discovery Racing Team.
FOR SOME REASON, I was not aware that she even had one! It was not on
display at any of her residence's - she never talked about it. In talking
to Greg, he said that hardly anyone in the business puts theirs on display.
Can I be honest here?..... I work on radar systems for a living, and we would
never ever get an Emmy for that (hell, we hardly ever get a thank you), even tho
they save lives!. So take them out of hiding and be proud of the fact that
you have one!!! Show it off! Sheesh! :-) :-)
After leaving Discovery in 2011, she concentrated on her
passions: houses and staging. Again, those of you who know Robin, you know that
she could never just buy a house and live in it, that was way too mundane and
boring - so every house she ever lived in became a project!
Please check back often, as this page will
updated quite often for the near future!
Robin and Karyn back in the ole high school days.... those crazy Goofballs! :-)
From around 1957 or 1958 in Central Park, New York City.
Robin in her bedroom at 7521 Club Rd, maybe around 1970?
Robin during her ET days
Robin with Greg Czech and Rod Klein at ET somewhere between 1982 and 1990
Robin, our father, and a blurry little Tina at one of her apartments in Cockeysville, ~1979
A picture from around 1995, maybe, on one of my trips to L.A. LtoR, Todd Sestero, Robin and husband Greg Czech.
Following are pictures from a Welcoming Party Robin had back in September of 2011 at her new house in Roland Park....
(L) Robin and my wife Dianne, (R) Robin before the party
(L) Robin with Beth Fryer, (R) Robin and myself with a couple of her former co-workers
Robin with Shannon Paciorik and Mike Kane
Robin with Shannon Paciorik, Mike Kane, and Christo Doyle
The above two photos were found on Google Images, and are by Marc Bryan-Brown-2007. They are from the 28th Annual Sports Emmy Awards for winning Outstanding Broadband-Coverage
Robin on "moving in day" to her new house in Bethesa
The following six pictures were sent to me by Elli Swink, who was Robin's administrative assistant at Discovery. She took the pictures in April of 2010.
In the first picture, we have Robin with Holly Stein and Lori Butterfield, two of Robin's department directors. To the right of that were a couple of
Apple posters which Robin loved (she was a big, BIG Apple fan).
Below is a gathering of the Hoarding Buried Alive
staff being addressed by Discovery president David Zaslav for the immense
success of the show. On the right is Robin with Superman (real identity
unknown, for obvious reasons) and Senior Vice President Diane Tryneski.
On the left is Robin in a dance line at a Discovery
Christmas party (yeah, I know it's not PC to say that anymore :-), And on the
right is Robin at her desk under the watchful eye of posters promoting her Puppybowl series.....
The Puppybowl was a success story if there ever was one. All you have to
do is wander through Google Images, and you will find a treasure trove of
pictures depicting clones and copies, from Hallmark's Kittenbowl to oodles of
locally run Puppybowl's around the country. The premise couldn't be easier
either: build a tiny football field and let the puppies have fun! They
eventually allowed cats in, but I'm sure the players union wasn't happy about
Who let the
cats in? - this one takes after me, always wanting to check out the
behind-the-scenes tech! :-)