Eric W Bray

Profile Updated: May 19, 2020
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. 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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May 26, 2020 at 11:38 AM

LIFE imitating Art?

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May 27, 2020 at 1:06 PM

Posted on: May 26, 2020 at 11:11 AM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuskegee_syphilis_experiment

From 1932 until it was "exposed" in 1972 - Forty (40) Years

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May 27, 2020 at 4:50 PM

Posted on: May 25, 2020 at 10:02 AM

Remembering the members of my flight school class that gave the Ultimate Sacrifice on this Memorial Day - Please stop for a moment of silence at 3:00PM this afternoon!

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May 25, 2020 at 8:54 AM

I remember that in our 1st course in medical school that our anatomy professors would stress to us that by learning to watch your patients' gait & posture that it can often help you diagnose their condition(s) without you having to do a history & physical. Your history, physical, & laboratory work will just CONFIRM the diagnosis that you have made from simple observation!

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May 22, 2020 at 8:59 AM

https://www.dropbox.com/s/i8a4bhfrek53727/MarilynMonroe.pdf?dl=0

**Marilyn Monroe**

Back in her "day" just from her perceived behavior in these photographs, we can understand WHY she contracted PID which led to her fallopian tubes being blocked due to scar tissue and thus her sterility! I bet if there was "in-vitro" fertilization back then and she could have taken advantage of it; she probably wouldn't have been so suicidal!!!!!

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May 21, 2020 at 7:01 PM
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May 21, 2020 at 6:40 PM

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May 21, 2020 at 6:34 PM

Posted on: May 21, 2020 at 5:19 PM

Who the heck in Carolyn Abney? I spoke to Donald Abney last year and he was still living in Philadelphia, PA. Is this his widow?

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May 22, 2020 at 9:30 AM

Posted on: May 20, 2020 at 2:03 PM

This check is a PERFECT example of symptom #1!!!!!

His name had to be on it, even though it was the congress that came up with the concept!

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May 22, 2020 at 7:33 PM

Posted on: May 19, 2020 at 3:53 PM

Finally a Fox News Commentator with some "Intestinal Fortitude"!!!!!!! (GUTS!!!)

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May 18, 2020 at 11:26 AM

Very "American" behavior!?

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May 20, 2020 at 6:26 PM

Posted on: May 17, 2020 at 12:10 PM

This is WHY the 45th POTUS dislikes Jeff Bezos so much! The people at "AMAZON" figured out that it was CHEAPER to use the USPS than FedEx and/or UPS to ship its packages; therefore increasing its "profits". Now Bezos is one of the richest people in the world and able to purchase entities like "The Washington Post" to criticize him!

QUESTIONS:

1.) How were Jeff Bezos' cell phone conversations intercepted that led to his divorce? (NSA?)
2.) WHO "leaked" those recording to "The National Enquirer"? (Donald J. Trump?)

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May 22, 2020 at 12:41 AM

Posted on: May 17, 2020 at 11:08 AM

Observation of the Day!

Judge a LEADER by the "Content of his Character"!?

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May 16, 2020 at 5:33 PM

Posted on: May 15, 2020 at 9:22 PM

2nd JOKE of the Day!

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May 15, 2020 at 4:07 PM

Joke of the Day

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May 19, 2020 at 11:59 PM

Posted on: May 15, 2020 at 10:28 AM

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/judge-reinstates-charges-in-deadly-philadelphia-amtrak-crash/2397098/

QUESTION: Why are some organizations so "penny wise & pound foolish"?
AMTRAK didn't want to spend $110,000,000.00 to install positive train control technology on its Boston-to-Washington tracks that can automatically slow or stop a speeding train.

YET, after the 2015 speeding train accident here in Philadelphia, PA the AMTRAK organization has spent $265,000,000.00 paying off the claims of the eight (8) dead and hundreds of permanently injured passengers.

Wouldn't it had made MORE sense just to spend the monies outright (it was a federally mandated improvement) than to keep on delaying the eventual upgrade? {Murphy's Law came right into play!}

+$265,000,000.00
-$110,000,000.00
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+$155,000,000.00 could have been saved for OTHER useful spending

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May 13, 2020 at 7:58 PM

JOKE of the Day!

My buddy Dave was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business.

He knew that he would inherit a fortune once his sickly father died.

Dave wanted two things:

• to learn how to invest his inheritance and,

• to find a wife to share his fortune.

One evening at an investment meeting, he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.

Her natural beauty took his breath away!!

"I may look like just an ordinary man," he said to her, "but in just a few years, my father will die, and I'll inherit 20 million dollars."

Impressed, the woman obtained his business card.

Two weeks later, she became his stepmother.

Women are so much better at estate planning than men.

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May 12, 2020 at 1:45 PM

JOKE of the Day!

An 80-year-old man went to the doctor, who was amazed at what good shape the guy was in. The doctor asked, "To what do you attribute your good health?"

The old timer said, "I'm a turkey hunter and that's why I'm in such good shape. I'm up before daylight and out chasing turkeys."

The doctor said, "Well, I'm sure that helps, but there has got to be more to it. How old was your dad when he died?"

The old timer said, "Who said my dad's dead?"

The doctor said, "You mean you're 80 years old and your dad's still alive? How old is he?"

The old timer said, "He's 100 years old and he hunted turkey with me this morning, and that's why he's still alive...he's a turkey hunter."

The doctor said, "Well, that's great, but I'm sure there's more to it. How about your dad's dad? How old was he when he died?"

The old timer said, "Who said my grandpa's dead?"

The doctor said, "You mean you're 80 years old and your grandfather's still living! How old is he?"

The old timer said, "He's 118 years old."

The doctor was getting frustrated at this point and said, "I guess he went turkey hunting with you this morning too?"

The old timer said, "No, Grandpa couldn't go this morning because he got married."

The Doctor said in amazement, "Got married!! Why would a 118-year-old guy want to get married?"

The old timer said, "Who said he wanted to?"

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May 11, 2020 at 8:01 PM

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Posted on: May 10, 2020 at 7:51 PM

Modern Slam Poetry

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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.

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.