Fred retired from IBM after 31 years, then ran a small Internet-based business from home from 2003-2015: Bracksco Wine Nook, featuring VintageView Wine Racks and Personalized Wine Accessories. He closed the business July 1, 2015, but he now offers his services as a Professional VoiceOver Artist.
In February 2011, Kathy, along with her Seeing Eye dog Wilda, retired from her job as Director of the Client Assistance Program for the State of NC. Her former Seeing Eye dog Rozen had retired the previous year and lived with us until June 2014. Son Dan is a pharmaceutical rep in Raleigh for Novo Nordisk and married (nurse) Reneé Denbow in March 2014. They gave us an early Christmas present in November 2015: our first grandchild, Blakely (photo mid 2017). Another grandchild, Hayden (photo mid 2017), was born Christmas Eve 2016. Daughter Michelle is a nurse in the (cardiac) Cath Lab at Rex hospital, following five years at Durham Regional Hospital. Both Michelle and Dan bought their own homes early in 2011.
Fred maintains websites for The Audio Description Project (for which he received an award in July 2016); the Needham High School Class of 1964; and for members of Brown University's WBRU in the 1960s. He continues in his role as an audio describer (since 1999) for Arts Access, and he records a weekly program for the Triangle Radio Reading Service (since 1999), where he also consults on the website. He was previously on the board of both organizations.
We moved into our custom designed new home in 2001. In 2007, Fred added a long-awaited Network Music Player (SqueezeBox), which allows him to play all his now-digitized CDs and new online music purchases over the whole house audio system. We also own a condo on the Intracoastal Waterway in Belhaven, NC.
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I worked in software development and human resources for IBM for nearly 31 years, but I retired in 1999. I took time off to whittle away at my home project list and to "smell the roses" before deciding what to do next. From the Fall of 2000 to the end of 2006 I worked part-time from home for IBM Human Resources at RTP to help maintain the Lotus Notes databases I left behind when I retired.
When I retired, I was a Senior HR Professional, and my core HR responsibilities were primarily executive and technical resource development. However, during the last three years there I spent over half my time developing applications using Lotus Notes for use by my IBM HR teammates and internal customers, mostly software development managers, a position I held prior to joining HR.
||In the summer of 2003, I started my own small business as a distributor for a unique line of wine racks called VintageView® (sample pictured left). I named the business BRACKSCO and named the website Bracksco Wine Nook (www.bracksco.com, now closed except for my article on how to build a wine room). I really enjoyed helping people design wine rooms, and I also sold personalized wine accessories, which required learning some new skills. I closed the business and retired in July 2015.|
||In June of 2014, I began work (part-time) as a professional voice-over artist. My voice profile can be viewed and listened to at www.bracksco.com/voiceover (additional recordings at www.voices.com/people/fbrack).|
|I am also a web page designer and webmaster. I have designed and maintained eight websites. My primary responsibility which keeps me busy every week is the Audio Description Project's website.|
|Kathy and I love wine, and we built a
wine storage room in
our new house. We are life members of the
Society and are active in the
Other interests include computers, boating, music, photography, amateur radio (I'm N4ECU, though inactive), tandem bike riding with my wife, walking, nature, fine dining, and occasional skydiving (well, I skydived once...).
My family consists of:
We have lived in Raleigh, North Carolina since 1981. Previously, we lived in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and the suburbs of Boston, where Kathy and I grew up (in Melrose and Needham, respectively). In the past, we used to go back to visit Cape Cod every couple of years, and we spent many vacations at Emerald Isle, NC; but now we spend our weekends at our condo in Belhaven. My work in building a high school reunion website and college radio station memories website has renewed some old acquaintances, which I find most delightful. If you know me from "those days," send me an email to say hello!
I am a graduate of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island; and Kathy is a graduate of Boston College and Emmanuel. I also attended IBM's System Research Institute back in the early 70s.