Eric W Bray

Profile Updated: December 7, 2019
Residing In: Philadelphia, PA USA
Spouse/Partner: Deborah Wilson Bray
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. in Biology
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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Dec 08, 2019 at 12:20 PM

Posted on: Dec 07, 2019 at 1:43 PM

I see a use for this with every HIGH SCHOOL & Middle School student in the U. S.! Scan ALL your text books at home the first week of school. Then take them back and keep them in your locker at school. Now you have an actual set at school and a virtual set at home!


The student ALSO can keep their virtual books to use as a "review" resource during the summer!


Dec 04, 2019 at 3:09 PM
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Dec 12, 2019 at 9:14 AM

Posted on: Dec 02, 2019 at 11:57 AM

Can you BELIEVE it has been THIRTY-SEVEN (37) years since we all first saw and was fascinated by this cinema masterpiece?

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Dec 01, 2019 at 4:25 PM

If National Geographic's research is correct - A great many people are NOT going to like it's conclusions!

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Dec 02, 2019 at 10:06 PM

Posted on: Dec 01, 2019 at 3:32 PM

So touch screen dialing along with SKYPE services was predicted, even with the universal translator-all in a smart phone in 1953. Kudos to Mr. Mark R. Sullivan!

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Nov 24, 2019 at 1:33 PM

Posted on: Nov 23, 2019 at 2:17 PM

Here is a "blast" from the past! :-)

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Nov 23, 2019 at 11:37 AM
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Nov 18, 2019 at 1:12 PM

Twelve young African-American students walked into history in Clinton, Tennessee, in 1956. They were the first students to desegregate a state-supported high school in the south. Every school day morning, the “Clinton 12” met at Green McAdoo school and walked together down Broad Street from Foley Hill to Clinton High School.

CONVERSELY, our alma mater (The Central High School of Philadelphia) had an African-American graduate in Class 107 (1902), John Baxter Taylor, Jr., also graduated from University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine in 1908, that was the first African-American to win an Olympic gold medal in 1908.

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Nov 08, 2019 at 12:20 PM

Posted on: Nov 05, 2019 at 10:44 AM

Winky Dink and You, with Jack Barry!

How many of us remember this television show that was the FIRST interactive video presentation long before there were any such thing as personal computers!

TV’s perennial disclaimer – “Don’t try this at home!” – did not apply to this innovative animated show for kids. Home participation was the point. With a clear plastic cover for the TV screen and special crayons, young viewers could connect dots and draw lines to help complete adventures involving tousled-haired Winky and his dog, Woofer, and to decode secret messages. For its time, it was cooler than Kool Aid. None other than Bill Gates has called it “the first interactive TV program.” (Author’s note: If you couldn’t afford a Winky Dink kit, a sheet of waxed paper and a couple of Crayolas would suffice.)

The reason WHY the show didn't last was BECAUSE $5.00 was a great deal of money in the mid 1950s & the show kept urging you to get your parents to send the $5.00 in to 'purchase' the custom "Kit". Not many viewers "knew" about substituting the sheets of waxed paper and using a couple of Crayolas; so the kids thought they had to have the custom "Kit" and if they didn't, they just STOPPED watching it every Saturday morning at 10:30AM.

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Nov 05, 2019 at 9:36 AM

Posted on: Nov 04, 2019 at 8:23 PM

Is the download link

The Silent Caper-77 Sunset Strip.mp4 (1960-Even before we were freshmen at CHS)
1.36 GB

Here is the unique episode that was an award winner! It was a television episode that told its complete story without a single word of dialogoe being spoken by any of the characters in the entire feature.

THE PLOT:---> Driving home after a hot date in the middle of a Saturday night, Jeff spots in a second floor window of an apartment building what he believes is some sort of altercation. Unable to gain entry to the building right then and there, Jeff discovers when he awakens the next morning that who he saw being accosted was probably a burlesque queen named Jingle Bells who is supposed to testify against mob boss Louis Andano in being an eyewitness to him committing murder. Ditching his Sunday morning date with Roscoe to go to the race track, Jeff decides to go back to the apartment building to investigate, he further believing that she has been kidnapped to prevent her from testifying. He follows the clues to try and save Jingle Bells, he putting his life at risk in not knowing what or who to expect in following those clues.

Although we hear plenty of sounds in this episode, like a dog barking and ragtime music played on a radio, not a word of dialogue is spoken in this innovative and unique episode, hence the title "The Silent Caper".

You have just one (1) week to download it before it is DELETED from the server!

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Nov 13, 2019 at 1:57 AM

Posted on: Oct 31, 2019 at 8:58 AM

Washington’s last World Series team was not the Senators. It was a Negro League dynasty.

"The Grays, who called both Western Pennsylvania and the District home, won nine straight Negro National League pennants from 1937 to 1945 and 10 pennants in 12 seasons from 1937 to 1948, considered a greater feat than winning a World Series because the championship matchups were not always an annual event. The 1948 series was the last one played, and while the circuit was waning, the talent remained imposing. The Grays started Hall of Famer Buck Leonard at first base. The Barons started a 17-year-old **WILLIE MAYS** in center field."

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Oct 21, 2019 at 11:50 AM

Posted on: Oct 20, 2019 at 9:49 PM

If you have "On Demand" with your cable television subscription, PLEASE try to watch the following program on CNN.

CNN Special Reports: Scheme and Scandal

Inside the College Admissions Scandal

It does a decent job of analyzing the recent college admissions scandal and a great deal of the "schemes" that has been devised to keep the rich, elite, and privileged to take up about 50% of all the admission places in most of the so called top colleges and universities in the U. S.

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Oct 22, 2019 at 11:02 AM

Posted on: Oct 20, 2019 at 8:14 PM

Another GREAT visual joke - that gets at the irony & stupidity of mankind's shortcomings!!

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Oct 20, 2019 at 12:22 PM

Posted on: Oct 19, 2019 at 8:55 AM

A Great Halloween House Decoration Display!

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Oct 17, 2019 at 7:39 PM
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Oct 18, 2019 at 12:17 PM

Posted on: Oct 17, 2019 at 1:39 PM

Hi Greg! I added your yearbook photograph, so everybody can try to remember how you appeared 54 years ago! :-)

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Posted: Apr 19, 2015 at 2:08 PM
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! :-)
Posted: Jun 07, 2015 at 2:44 PM
Earliest photograph that I have of myself!
Posted: Jun 13, 2015 at 8:33 AM
I am the only male that made it to CHS; a couple of the females made it to GHS
Posted: Mar 22, 2015 at 7:06 PM
9th Grade Homeroom Classmates
Posted: Apr 06, 2015 at 10:17 AM
June 1965 - 50 Year Old Polaroid of Graduation Ceremony #1
Posted: Apr 06, 2015 at 10:18 AM
June 1965 - 50 Year Old Polaroid of Graduation Ceremony #2
Posted: Feb 27, 2015 at 12:41 PM
June 1965 - Myself, Father (154), and Sister at graduation
Posted: Mar 02, 2015 at 9:53 PM
College Year Book Photograph - Me as my College [Oglethorpe Univ.] Student Newspaper's Photography Editor
Posted: Mar 11, 2015 at 7:14 AM
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.
Posted: Feb 27, 2015 at 12:45 PM
U.S. Army - Primary Helicopter Flight School Class
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Posted: Sep 16, 2016 at 7:01 PM

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.
Posted: May 15, 2015 at 2:39 PM

Core Curriculum @ Oglethorpe

You can read my personal thoughts on the "core" by downloading the file:
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 --**

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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
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.