Eric W Bray

Profile Updated: July 17, 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. 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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Posted on: Jul 17, 2019 at 10:09 AM

Post from David Herman:

Eric, There was a guy who claimed to have known one of Trump's professors at Wharton, who said, Donald Trump was the most goddamned student I ever had. Not surprising.

There's a video of Trump giving video taped testimony (attached). He's asked presumably by an attorney if he could read a contract he had signed with a client/customer. Trump could not read it. He said that the print was too small. So the questioner said that they could enlarge the type. Trump then said, I left my glasses at home. Got up and walked out.

Also, he has refused daily security briefings; he said he did to hear the same words repeated to him daily for the next 8 years. That means that he is only capable of understanding individual words and brief phrases. But unable to construct context and narrative in his mind. Meaning that his memory, language and executive functions are severely impaired.

I think a better fit for a diagnosis is Antisocial Personality Disorder, the difference being the Trump's involvement with the legal system for alleged crimes. He has been involved in 4,050 lawsuits, some of which must allege that he violated laws, whether civil or criminal.

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Posted on: Jul 16, 2019 at 9:02 PM

Cold Reality Sets In :-)

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Posted on: Jul 16, 2019 at 3:51 PM

Certain peoples have tried for years & years to SCARE Americans into believing that this society DOES NOT live in a country that doesn't depend of some form of "socialism" to keep its culture and mores stabilized to keep the country running smoothly.

In fact they try of equate "socialism" with a notch above the tyranny of communism!

In the attached photograph, you will see certain governmental departments underlined in RED; these activities were ONCE all administered by private endeavors, the results of which were so devastatingly terrible American society was forced to handle those services in another manner. Guess what that manner turned out to be?

There are certain functions in America's 21st Century society that must be handled in a collective manner that a capitalistic system could not and should not even try to administer. Other parts of an American 21st Century society should definitely NOT be left to the "collective"; the task is to find a wholesome BALANCE between the two (2) methods of meeting America's 21st Century needs and not to the exclusion of either method!

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Jul 16, 2019 at 9:07 AM

Little is said about it, however there is a "genetics" war being waged in the U.S.A.! It is a proven genetic fact that 'genes of color' are dominant over 'genes of non-color' {Mendel's: the law of dominance}, eventually this fact will come to be reflected in the population. Those in control now are trying their best to prevent this tide of genetic change from happening. They saw this tide manifested by having an African-American as the President of the U.S.A. [really a mixed race person of equal Caucasoid & equal Negroid genetics] and the influx of Latino-Americans (another mixture of Caucasoid, Negroid, & Mongoloid genetics) from below the southern border.

Question: Why were Cubans of Spanish [European] descent allowed to seek political asylum from a brutal dictator but the Haitians of African descent not allowed to seek political asylum from a brutal dictator? Answer: genetics {read - RACISM}

It is all about the Caucasian male politicians who recognize that the U. S. Caucasian birthrate is ONLY 1.87 children per fertile Caucasian female {a rate that DOES NOT replace the Caucasian population}.

CDC announces that the 2018 birth rate in this country was the LOWEST in 32 years. CDC also announces for the 5th year in a row the number of Caucasian deaths in the U. S. was "higher" than the number of Caucasian births. The Caucasian birth rate in the U. S. is 1.87 live births per fertile Caucasian female; NOT enough to sustain the current Caucasian population in the long run!!

It is a documented fact that 75% of ALL "termination of pregnancy" operations are obtained by Caucasian women in the U. S., these ‘older’ Caucasian male legislators think that they can force a regrowth in the Caucasian population by making the operation illegal; little do they know that once the birth rate falls BELOW 2.0 live births per fertile female - it is "impossible" to regenerate a population!!!! There just isn't enough people to keep the numbers up!

Since 75% of ALL "termination of pregnancy" operations in the U. S. are performed on Caucasian females; this is the ‘older’ Caucasian male politicians trying to reverse these mathematical realities that the Caucasian race in the U. S. has already lost the "genetics" war and in 26 years or so will become an ethnic minority in the U. S.!

Once any ethnic group's birth rate drops below 2.0 children per fertile female, it is impossible for that group to maintain its population percentage OR increase its population percentage!!

With the percentage of inter-racial marriages [including ALL ethnic groups] rising from 15.1% in 2010 and 18% in 2018, this has further eroded the percentage of the "pure" Caucasian offspring being born in the U. S., thus even fueling more pressure by ‘older’ Caucasian male politicians to limit the number of Caucasian females that may be seeking "termination of pregnancy" operations in the U. S.!

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Posted on: Jul 15, 2019 at 9:23 AM

Did Donald John Trump's grandfather's history of being expelled from Germany is one of the reason(s) why the 45th POTUS has such a sore point about immigration?

Royal decree ordered Friedrich Trump, the grandfather, to leave Bavaria and never come back after he failed to do military service. A historian has discovered a royal decree issued to Donald Trump’s grandfather ordering him to leave Germany and never come back.

Friedrich Trump, a German, was issued with the document in February 1905, and ordered to leave the kingdom of Bavaria within eight weeks as punishment for having failed to do mandatory military service and failing to give authorities notice of his departure to the US when he first emigrated in 1885.

{So, let us understand that his grandfather was a DRAFT DODGER, his father never served [but was arrested in 1927 wearing a KKK robe], and Donald J. Trump was also a DRAFT DODGER}

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/02/28/in-1927-donald-trumps-father-was-arrested-after-a-klan-riot-in-queens/?utm_term=.ef2214252a81

Roland Paul, a historian from Rhineland-Palatinate who found the document in local archives, told the tabloid Bild: “Friedrich Trump emigrated from Germany to the USA in 1885. However, he failed to de-register from his homeland and had not carried out his military service, which is why the authorities rejected his attempt at repatriation.”

The decree orders the “American citizen and pensioner Friedrich Trump” to leave the area “at the very latest on 1 May ... or else expect to be deported”. Bild called the archive find an “unspectacular piece of paper”, that had nevertheless “changed world history”.

Trump was born in Kallstadt, now in the state of RhinelandPalatinate, in 1869. He emigrated to the US aged 16 initially to escape poverty, attracted by the gold rush.

He quickly turned his attention to catering for the masses of other gold hunters in Alaska, later allegedly running a brothel for them, and there made his fortune. He habitually sent the gold nuggets with which his customers regularly paid for their food to his sisters who had already emigrated to New York and had started trading in property.

Returning on a visit to Kallstadt in 1901, Trump fell in love with Elisabeth Christ, whom he married a year later, returning with her to the US. But when she became homesick and wanted to return to Germany, the authorities blocked his attempts to settle there.

In an effort to overturn the royal decree dated 27 February 1905, Trump wrote an obsequious letter appealing to Prince Regent Luitpold, addressing him as “the much-loved, noble, wise and righteous sovereign and sublime ruler”.

But the prince rejected the appeal and the Trumps left Germany for New York with their daughter on the Hapag steamship Pennsylvania on 1 July 1905. Elisabeth was three months pregnant with Donald Trump’s father, Fred. {Now Donald J. Trump tells the BOLDFACED lie that his father was "born" in Germany; instead of the truth that his father was just conceived in Germany}

Residents of Kallstadt, a small wine-growing town of about 1,200 people in south-west Germany, joke that the blame for Trump becoming U. S. President lies with the German authorities who threw his grandfather out. They have so far shown little enthusiasm for claiming the businessman turned politician as their own.

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Posted on: Jul 14, 2019 at 7:14 PM

Teri Carter's Library

The sentence I hear most from well-meaning, conservative friends since President Trump’s election is this: “We suffered 8 years under Barack Obama.”

Fair enough. Let’s take a look.

The day Obama took office, the Dow closed at 7,949 points. Eight years later, the Dow had almost tripled.

General Motors and Chrysler were on the brink of bankruptcy, with Ford not far behind, and their failure, along with their supply chains, would have meant the loss of millions of jobs. Obama pushed through a controversial, $8o billion bailout to save the car industry. The U.S. car industry survived, started making money again, and the entire $80 billion was paid back, with interest.

While we remain vulnerable to lone-wolf attacks, no foreign terrorist organization has successfully executed a mass attack here since 9/11.

Obama ordered the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.

He drew down the number of troops from 180,000 in Iraq and Afghanistan to just 15,000, and increased funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

He launched a program called Opening Doors which, since 2010, has led to a 47 percent decline in the number of homeless veterans.

He set a record 73 straight months of private-sector job growth.

Due to Obama’s regulatory policies, greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 12%, production of renewable energy more than doubled, and our dependence on foreign oil was cut in half.

He signed The Lilly Ledbetter Act, making it easier for women to sue employers for unequal pay.

His Omnibus Public Lands Management Act designated more than 2 million acres as wilderness, creating thousands of miles of trails and protecting over 1,000 miles of rivers.

He reduced the federal deficit from 9.8 percent of GDP in 2009 to 3.2 percent in 2016.

For all the inadequacies of the Affordable Care Act, we seem to have forgotten that, before the ACA, you could be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition and kids could not stay on their parents’ policies up to age 26.

Obama approved a $14.5 billion system to rebuild the levees in New Orleans.

All this, even as our own Mitch McConnell famously asserted that his singular mission would be to block anything President Obama tried to do.

While Obama failed on his campaign pledge to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, that prison’s population decreased from 242 to around 50.

He expanded funding for embryonic stem cell research, supporting groundbreaking advancement in areas like spinal injury treatment and cancer.

Credit card companies can no longer charge hidden fees or raise interest rates without advance notice.

Most years, Obama threw a 4th of July party for military families. He held babies, played games with children, served barbecue, and led the singing of “Happy Birthday” to his daughter Malia, who was born on July 4.

Welfare spending is down: for every 100 poor families, just 24 receive cash assistance, compared with 64 in 1996.

Obama comforted families and communities following more than a dozen mass shootings. After Sandy Hook, he said, “The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old.”

Yet, he never took away anyone’s guns.

He sang Amazing Grace, spontaneously, at the altar.

He was the first president since Eisenhower to serve two terms without personal or political scandal.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

President Obama was not perfect, as no man and no president is, and you can certainly disagree with his political ideologies. But to say we suffered? If that’s the argument, if this is how we suffered for 8 years under Barack Obama, I have one wish: may we be so fortunate as to suffer 8 more.

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Jul 15, 2019 at 4:26 PM

Posted on: Jul 14, 2019 at 10:47 AM

PRIMATE WISDOM

(See Attached Photograph)

My handling of the situation--->>> Don't argue; just go about doing WHAT you know is the "correct" solution to the problem AND then NEVER mention it again in your lifetime!!!! Works 99.99% of the time!?? :-)

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Posted on: Jul 09, 2019 at 9:44 AM

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1430912810380278

The above video is a very thought provoking interview with the Hollywood actress Kristin Davis that opened up her eyes and emotions about how she didn't know how much her "white privilege" affected her life until she adopted her children of African-American descent!

She 'immediately' was confronted with subtle incidents that suddenly enraged her which she had ignored for most of her life because those things were always invisible to her.

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Posted on: Jul 03, 2019 at 2:15 PM

This is an interesting premise that a great many of us from CHS should fit; however I don't think that the premise is a correct one and think that is just an amusing exercise in silly fantasy!

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Posted on: Jul 02, 2019 at 11:29 AM

The separation of children from their parents have been just one arrow in America's quiver for years.

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.”

But we forget about the forced separation of the children of SLAVES was a daily occurrence for 450+ years here in America!!

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Posted on: Jun 30, 2019 at 2:15 PM

You probably no longer appear this youthful either!

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Posted on: Jun 28, 2019 at 10:59 AM

Exactly 175 years ago on 6/28/1844 after slavery was technically outlawed in Oregon, that racist territory passed Black Codes legislation to ban people of African-American descent from living there.

The punishment for residing in that jurisdiction was to be severely whipped up to “39 times.” The law was later amended to substitute whippings with “hard labor“ and imprisonment, thereby beginning mass incarceration in Oregon.

There were various forms of Black Codes in 36 states, including Pennsylvania. {Levittown, PA}

Black Codes weren’t abolished in America until 1964 {our Junior Year in high school - with the 1964 Civil Rights Act - 07/02/1964}.

That was only 55 years ago. Think about that for a minute.

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Posted on: Jun 26, 2019 at 8:12 PM

DEATH AT THE RIVER'S EDGE!

In 1972 Donald J. Trump was sued by the U.S. Justice Dept. on behalf of a Latina woman for $3,000,000.00 {$18,692,846.72 in 2019 money} for failure to lease her an apartment and he settled for that full amount "out-of-court" with a Consent Decree!

In 1980 Donald J. Trump was AGAIN sued by the U. S. Justice Dept. on behalf of an African-American woman for $8,000,000.00 (2½ times the amount of the 1st suite [terms of Consent Decree]) {$26,333,367.61 in 2019 money} for failure to lease her an apartment and AGAIN he settled for that full amount "out-of-court" with a Consent Decree!

Ever since that time, he has had a TORRID dislike of people of Hispanic descent & African-American descent culminating as the 45th POTUS with his irrational attacks upon "people-of-color".

WHY, because they cost him a great deal of money!!!

Seeing the dead father and daughter drowned in that river, in his warped mind, is just the right payback for all the monies that "minorities" have cost him since 1972. He is a REVENGE obsessed person!!!!

The lost of a single human life by benign neglect, does no man honor! :-(

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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
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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.