Eric W Bray

Profile Updated: May 2, 2019
Residing In: Philadelphia, PA USA
Spouse/Partner: Deborah Wilson Bray
Homepage: http://drbray.blogspot.com/
Occupation: Active-Retired Physician
Children: Khalid (258), born 1980; Sharif (261), born 1983
Military Service: U.S. Army  
Post secondary school education

Oglethorpe University - B.S. (eric-bray@alumni.oglethorpe.edu)
U.S. Army Flight School - Commercial Helicopter Pilot License
Temple University Medical School - MD.
Hahnemann Hospital - Internship, Residency, & Chief Resident <> Family Medicine

What's happened since leaving Central

1. Went to college
2. Served in U.S. Army (Vietnam-Helicopter Pilot)
3. Went to Medical School
4. Went into private practice after residency

School Story:

We were sitting in 11th grade history class, David A. Bechtel {who for some reason loved clowning around in that class} walked into the classroom wearing a very large 'Spy vs. Spy' hat and pretending to be smoking a cigarette from a very long cigarette holder. The entire class just broke out in a dozen healthy belly laughs! Of course the history teacher tried his best not to smile, however we all could see that he was losing his self control, before he dismissed David A. Bechtel from this class and telling him to never come back!!

Central's influence in my life

My experiences (both Good & Bad) at Central taught me that if you want anything in life you had to take charge of your own destiny and not just let things happen to you without your own input.

I definitely think the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Experience is a hard teacher... .. . She gives the examination first & she teaches the lesson afterwards!"; is something I learned early in life at Central and tried to avoid having that being the way of "hard knocks" that affected the rest of my life.

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Posted on: Mar 23, 2019 at 10:19 AM

I remember when my Alma Mater held the first Oglethorpe Fine Arts Festival in the Spring of 1967 and one our professors, Dr. Fusillo, showed classic movies like "Casablanca", "Citizen Kane", "The Maltese Falcon", along with some others? Then we would hold discussions about some of the symbolism and etc. that was found in those cinema classics. [e.g. In "The Maltese Falcon" the final scenes when the cage to the elevator closes in front of Mary Astor (who is going off to jail) like prison bars, and then the elevator door shuts {prison door?}; finally the elevator leaves the floor and starts going down {Is she destined to go to hell?}!]

The cinema feature "Citizen Kane" is considered by a great many movie critics as the "best" American film that was ever created!

Well, I found some of the classics on The Internet Archive that are available for download.

I thought you might want to download a few of them and put them of a Flash Drive and have copies for yourselves so that you may have copies of some of America's great cinema classics! Forget about having to pay any monies to own them.

1.) https://archive.org/details/Casablanca1942720p

2.) https://archive.org/details/Popcornarchive-citizenKane1941_zp8w7

3.) https://archive.org/details/Popcornarchive-theMalteseFalcon1941

My cable service, Comcast, has a streaming service that has those classics available for viewing, however they charge the viewer $3.99 to view it and $12.99 to record it on your DVR.

I wonder how many people know they are available for viewing and/or downloading on the Internet Archive?

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Posted on: Mar 14, 2019 at 9:36 AM

Hey Morton A. Klein & David Rogovitz;

What were you, my CHS Classmates, saying about Athletic Scholarships being based on "talent" and not "race"?

https://www.npr.org/2019/03/13/702973336/does-it-matter-where-you-go-to-college-some-context-for-the-admissions-scandal

https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-spt-college-admission-bribery-scandal-felicity-huffman-20190313-story.html

I don't think many "MINORITY" families can and/or could afford these astronomical sums ($500,000.00 and up [later to be deducted from their income taxes as a charitable donation]) to produce a bogus sports profile for their children to then have that child receive an Athletic Scholarship to certain colleges!

However, rich & powerful Caucasian families seemed to have an inside track towards abusing the "system" to have the tracks greased for their children. Just this one person "Mr. William Singer" admits to 'aiding' 750 Families with such schemes. I bet you donuts to dollar$ that there weren't any minority families in his "helped" group.

The hypocrisy of your argument(s) SMELLS even worse {stinks} after these revelations have come to light!!!!!

Eric

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Posted on: Mar 12, 2019 at 12:12 PM

This BREAKING NEWS* story (see below) reminds me of another Medical School admissions scam that took place in Philadelphia.

The SCAM here in Philadelphia was kind-of-brilliant [even though no students were admitted to medical schools that didn't earn their admission]!

As you know there were once six (6) medical schools here in the city (MCP, Jefferson, Hahnmann, Temple, U of P, & PCOM) there was this "administrator" posing as an 'admissions agent' that said he had 'connections' to every medical school in the city [he actually had no affiliation to any of the city's medical schools {it was all a lie}] and if the applicant would apply to each one of those six (6) and they paid him $10,000.00 he would GUARANTEE that he would get them admitted and if they weren't then he would return the $10,000.00 "fee".

The only thing is that he would prey on over anxious students that had a good chance of being admitted on their own volition. When they were admitted they thought that their $10,000.00 had gotten them over the hump; if they weren't admitted to one of the Philadelphia schools and/or admitted to a medical school somewhere else, he quietly returned their $10,000.00 but after it had sat in short run high interest accounts earning interest that he pocketed off their monies. It is estimated that he ran the SCAM for more than a decade.

The way that he was caught was because one of the "students" that was not accepted and $10,000.00 was returned thought he had stiffed their admissions chances [that student had ONLY applied to medical schools in just the City of Philadelphia and nowhere else] and reported him to the authorities!

*The Justice Department on Tuesday, 03/12/2019, charged more than 30 people — including two television stars — with being part of a long-running scheme to bribe and cheat to get their kids into big-name colleges and universities.

The alleged crimes, according to officials, involved cheating on entrance exams, as well as bribing college officials to say certain students were coming to compete on athletic teams when those students were not in fact athletes.

Among those charged are actresses Felicity Huffman, best known for her role on the television show “Desperate Housewives,” and Lori Loughlin, who appeared on “Full House,” according to court documents.

Authorities said the crimes date back to 2011, and the defendants used “bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children’s admission” to numerous college and universities, including Georgetown, Yale University, Stanford University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California, and the University of California Los Angeles, among others.

Some of the 32 defendants are accused of bribing administrators to facilitate cheating on college-entrance exams — by having a smarter student take the test, providing students with answers to exams or correcting their answers after they had completed the exams, according to the criminal complaint filed in federal court.

Others allegedly bribed university athletic coaches and administrators to designate applicants as “purported athletic recruits — regardless of their athletic abilities, and in some cases, even though they did not play the sport they were purportedly recruited to play — thereby facilitating their admission to universities in place of more qualified applicants,” the complaint charges.

Huffman is accused of paying $15,000 — disguised as a charitable donation — to the Key Worldwide Foundation so her oldest daughter could participate in the scam. A confidential informant told investigators that he told Huffman he could arrange for a third party to correct her daughter’s answers on the SAT after she took it. She ended up scoring a 1420 — 400 points higher than she had gotten on a PSAT taken a year earlier, according to court documents.

Huffman also contemplated running a similar scam to help her younger daughter, but ultimately did not pursue it, the complaint alleges.

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Posted on: Mar 06, 2019 at 10:00 PM

If it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, and looks like a duck; then it is a DUCK!

It is quite obvious that this series a checks is a payoff for something, and I believe -- Michael Cohen -- when he says they were for the reimbursement of the monies that were funneled to Adult Firm Star **Stormy Daniels** (Stephanie Clifford) to cover up Donald J. Trump's extra-marital sexual affair with her!

ALL OF THESE PAYMENTS WERE MADE AFTER Donald J. Trump HAD BECOME THE 45TH POTUS, SO THAT MADE THEM ALL EVIDENCE OF FELONY MONEY TRANSACTIONS!

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Posted on: Feb 26, 2019 at 3:37 PM

Another Black History month posting:

Even though the LEGAL importation of Slaves was ceased in the U.S. on January 1, 1808; there are many well documented examples of the ILLEGAL smuggling of Slaves from Africa into the U. S. after that "official" cessation date:

https://notevenpast.org/the-illegal-slave-trade-in-texas-1808-1865/

http://www.processhistory.org/john-harris-on-the-illegal-trans-atlantic-slave-trade/

The schooner Clotilda (often misspelled Clotilde) was the last known U.S. slave ship to bring captives from Africa to the United States, arriving at Mobile Bay in autumn 1859 or July 9, 1860, with 110-160 slaves. The ship was a two-masted schooner, 86 feet (26 m) long with a beam of 23 ft (7.0 m). The vessel was burned and scuttled soon after at Mobile Bay. The sponsors had arranged to buy slaves in Whydah, Dahomey, on May 15, 1859. Descendants of Cudjo Kazoola Lewis, the last survivor of Clotilda and perhaps the oldest slave on the ship, still reside in Africatown, the community they formed on the north side of Mobile, Alabama. After World War II, the neighborhood was integrated into the city.

Captain Foster was working for Timothy Meaher, a wealthy Mobile shipyard owner and steamboat captain, who had built Clotilda in 1856 for the lumber trade. Meaher was said to have wagered some "Northern gentlemen" from New England, who likely provided the financing for the illegal venture, that he could successfully smuggle slaves into the US despite the 1807 Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves. Rather than let his ship be captured the Captain Foster set it ablaze and scuttled it in the middle of Mobile Bay!

The federal government prosecuted Meaher and Foster in 1861 for violation of the act prohibiting the slave trade, but did not gain a conviction. They had no evidence from the ship nor its manifest. The men were tried in a federal court in Mobile, and the case was dismissed for lack of evidence. Historians believe the case was dropped by the federal government in part because of the outbreak of the American Civil War.

Attached is a typical poster of the sale of Human Beings as property!

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Posted on: Feb 24, 2019 at 9:17 AM

Have you noticed how America's gastronomical tastes have changed over the years?

1.) It used to be that the now highly prized 'Maine Lobster' was one of the foods that was served mainly to the prison populations of the New England states because originally the lobsters didn't transport well. Since they didn't transport well it was generally a food stable that was very inexpensive and thus fit into the budget of institutions such as the vast prison populations.

Then came the steam locomotive and the ability to transport the live 'Maine Lobsters' hundreds of miles in less than 24 hours, so the 'Maine Lobster' slowly became a regional delicacy and its prices soared out of the reach of the budgets of the prisons.

Then with the advent of overnight air freight shipping, it became a national delicacy where it prices now reached the heights of gourmet food that on most restaurant menus it is a premium priced item.

Now to prevent the overfishing and extinction of the species, there are restrictions on the size of any lobster bought up in the traps and the number of lobsters that can be harvested at one time.

2.) I remember when my wife and I were just "poor' medical students and we use to shop at the kosher butcher shop located near Broad St. & Olney Ave. which was near our apartments, that we would consistently just buy chicken wings because that seemed to be the 'left over' part of the chicken that most consumers didn't highly seek out and thus were the least expensive chicken parts that you could purchase and get enough chicken parts to match our meager food budgets.

Then a cook by the name of Teressa Bellissimo who had labored in a restaurant in Buffulo, NY for years came up with the recipe --> an unbreaded chicken wing section that is generally deep-fried then coated or dipped in a sauce consisting of a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce and melted butter prior to serving <-- that slowly overtook the entire nation and became almost must have part of the chicken to serve at informal gatherings where food is present.

That took the lowly very inexpensive chicken wing from the least expensive part of the chicken to purchase to now in most retail outlets to one of the more expensive parts of the chicken for the consumer to purchase. {a classic example of capitalism's supply and demand in action}

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Posted on: Feb 11, 2019 at 2:38 PM

In honor of Black History Month, I'm about to blow your mind by telling you about the most badass historical figure you never learned about in school. If you have heard of him, then you probably already know who I'm about to say. If you haven't, you're not going to believe that nobody ever told you about this guy. I'm talking about Robert Smalls.

Robert Smalls was born into slavery on a South Carolina plantation. As a youth, he was permitted to go to Charleston and work, though he was forced to send most of his wages back to his master. He began taking jobs at the docks in Charleston Harbor, and later on some of the ships that came and went from the port. By the time the Civil War came around, Smalls had become an experienced seaman, so he was assigned to steer a Confederate Navy vessel called the Planter, based out of Charleston. The crew consisted of a few white officers and a number of slaves.

Smalls went to great lengths to show the Confederates that he was trustworthy and content; they never knew that he was hatching an elaborate plan to escape from slavery and deal a blow to the Confederacy, and that he had secretly recruited most of the enslaved crew in his plot. Then one night, when the Planter had docked in Charleston with a shipment of heavy guns aboard, Smalls put his plan into action. When the officers went ashore for the evening and left the ship in the care of the enslaved crew, Smalls led them in hijacking the vessel. They made one stop at another set of docks to pick up the families of Smalls and other crew members, who waited in hiding after having been notified of the scheme in advance.

They weren't in the clear yet, though, because they still had to sail past a number of Confederate checkpoints on their way to freedom. But Smalls had a plan for that, too: he had been watching the captain and learning the hand signals he used at the checkpoints. Donning the captain's uniform and trademark straw hat, he guided the Planter past five Confederate harbor forts by impersonating the captain and displaying the correct signals. By the time anyone realized the Planter had gone missing, it was too far gone to catch. He had his crew replace the Confederate flags aboard the ship with white ones, and they were intercepted by a Union vessel who saw the white flags just before they were about to fire. The Union sailors were perplexed by the sight of an all-black crew, until Robert Smalls came forward and shouted, "Good morning, sir! I've brought you some of the old United States guns, sir!" He then asked the Union sailors to give him a United States flag to raise on the Planter.

Robert Smalls' story would be amazing if it ended there, but it doesn't. After receiving a large sum of prize money for his delivery, he entered service in the Union Navy as a pilot on several vessels, including the repurposed Planter. In this role, he removed mines that he had helped lay as a slave, and participated in a number of sea battles. During one battle, the fighting grew so intense that the captain of the Planter hid in the interior of the ship and ordered the crew to surrender. Fearing that the black crewmen would be enslaved or killed if captured, Smalls refused to surrender; instead, he took command of the ship and navigated the Planter through the Confederate onslaught to safety. Because of his bravery, Smalls was promoted to captain himself, becoming one of the highest ranking and highest paid black officers in the Civil War.

Smalls leveraged his resulting fame into social activism, throwing his support into an initiative to educate former slaves, and becoming literate himself (in most Confederate states, it was illegal to teach a black person to read). While riding a streetcar in PHILADELPHIA, he was ordered to give up his seat to a white passenger; Smalls left the car, rather than suffer the indignity of being forced to ride on the overflow platform. When word got out that a decorated hero of the Civil War had been humiliated thusly, it prompted a backlash that led to the integration of public transportation in Pennsylvania.

But Robert Smalls STILL wasn't finished. He entered politics, serving in the South Carolina legislature before becoming one of the first black people elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1874. And he remained active in public life into the 20th century; in 1913, he prevented the lynching of two black men accused of murder in his town by warning the mayor that the local black population would burn the city to the ground if the mob was not stopped.

And the plantation where Smalls had grown up a slave? He purchased it after the war, and lived there until his death in 1915. The monument at his grave is inscribed with this quote: "My race needs no special defense, for the past history of them in this country proves them to be the equal of any people anywhere. All they need is an equal chance in the battle of life."

And that is the story of the great American hero Robert Smalls, known by too few people today. I hope this post inspires some folks to learn more about his impressive life.

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Posted on: Feb 05, 2019 at 9:21 AM

The 45th POTUS makes "ALL" the bullet points on the Canadian Police Screening Protocol for interviewees with "Low Literacy"!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXGuJlTVXfw&feature=youtu.be

Is this why the 45th POTUS doesn't go over the daily Intelligence Briefing 'unless' it is condensed to a single page?

Something is not particularly correct with this whole situation!

1st View the video below and then view the video in the above link!!

Unfortunately I have in the past seen this with a few of my patients and you would be amazed at how SURPRISED & RELEAVED they have been when the truth comes out to me their physician; with them KNOWING that I can NEVER reveal their problem! THE first thing that I ALWAYS check them for is "dyslexia", which is a medical condition, and not a sign of "Low Literacy" - that has to be differentiated!

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Posted on: Feb 04, 2019 at 6:34 PM

'No system whatsoever' to reunite thousands of children with parents they were separated from under Trump policy!

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/trump-us-mexico-border-family-separations-hundreds-children-stranded-new-york-a8409231.html

The ONLY time the U. S. Government was worse was in 1879 when there was a policy to "domesticate" the Native-American children!

In 1879, U.S. cavalry captain Richard Henry Pratt opened a boarding school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. But it wasn’t the kind of boarding school that rich parents send their children to. Rather, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School was a government-backed institution that forcibly separated Native American children from their parents in order to, as Pratt put it, “kill the Indian in him, and save the man.”

YES, this is how the 45th POTUS wants to "Make America Great Again" [MAGA], by returning to the same failed policies of a shameful time in our country's collective history!!!!

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This is all the data that I have been able to research myself using simple internet searches. Without this genealogy existing I would NOT of been around to even have the privilege to attend CHS! :-)
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Earliest photograph that I have of myself!
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I am the only male that made it to CHS; a couple of the females made it to GHS
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9th Grade Homeroom Classmates
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June 1965 - 50 Year Old Polaroid of Graduation Ceremony #1
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June 1965 - 50 Year Old Polaroid of Graduation Ceremony #2
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June 1965 - Myself, Father (154), and Sister at graduation
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College Year Book Photograph - Me as my College [Oglethorpe Univ.] Student Newspaper's Photography Editor
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College Yearbook Photograph - Me as the Chairman of the college's [Oglethorpe University] Photography Committee, which was the combined newspaper and yearbook photography staffs which did all the semi-professional photography for the whole institution.
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U.S. Army - Primary Helicopter Flight School Class
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The Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself

This was the Number #1 song on the charts the day of the graduation ceremony - June 17, 1965
Posted: Jul 16, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Oglethorpe University Main Buildings

The physical campus of the main buildings of Oglethorpe University as was the case in the late 1960s.

http://www.100digitalcreativity.com/clients/OU/?s=pano21&h=-138.34&v=0.0000&f=90.0000
Posted: May 15, 2015 at 2:39 PM

Core Curriculum @ Oglethorpe

You can read my personal thoughts on the "core" by downloading the file: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10471230/Oglethorpe.pdf
Posted: May 15, 2015 at 2:50 PM

Year in Vietnam

After first going through primary & advanced flight training*, this video is a brief pictorial account of my year in South Vietnam from December 1969 to December 1970 which was served with the 162nd AHC; ......... The music for this video: James Pete Johnson's -- "My Fate Is In Your Hands" - (1944) -- 72236 -- DECCA 23594 from the site -- http://www.jazz-on-line.com/**
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* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wULbHHjJUjY
**It is not the intent of Jazz On Line to infringe any copyright; we believe the material offered on this website to be public domain. Please notify us via email with evidence you are the copyright holder to any of these recordings or compositions, and we will promptly remove those items.
Posted: Mar 11, 2015 at 7:11 AM

Creating a 3D anaglyph Image with GIMP

I became interested in photography while at CHS, but it really blossomed in college. A video tutorial on how to create a 3D Anaglyph Image using GIMP v 2.8.4 and a single image as your starting point. An article describing the history of the photograph first taken in 1967 is available at https://www.dropbox.com/s/that6dc0h967h11/1967%20Photograph.pdf
Posted: Jun 01, 2015 at 7:18 PM

Sharif Bray

Audio broadcast of my younger son, Sharif (261), scoring 17 straight points in a college basketball game.
Posted: Jan 06, 2019 at 8:10 PM

Granddaughter's Gymnastics

11 y.o. granddaughter Gold Medal performance on the floor exercise.