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 now offers his services as an Audio Describer and 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; and in January 2020 she received her eighth dog, KOINU (which means puppy in Japanese), a very small black lab who is doing great! Son Dan married (nurse practitioner) Reneé Denbow in March 2014. They "gave" us three grandchildren: Blakely (photo Oct 2018); Hayden (photo June 2019); and Ariella (photo Sep 2019). But at the start of 2019, Dan took a new job with Intuitive Surgical (who makes the da Vinci Surgical System) and now lives in the Atlanta area. Daughter Michelle is a nurse in the (cardiac) Cath Lab at Rex hospital, following five years at Durham Regional Hospital.
Fred maintains websites for The Audio Description Project (for which he received an award in July 2016); the Triangle Chapter of the American Wine Society, the Needham High School Class of 1964; and for members of Brown University's radio station 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 NC Reading Service (since 1999). He was previously on the board of both organizations plus the Wine Society.
We moved into our custom designed new home in 2001. We have also owned a condo on the Intracoastal Waterway in Belhaven, NC, since 2007; but it is now for sale, as we want to do more traveling elsewhere (like Atlanta!).
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Current: I'm retired, but active maintaining the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project website, doing audio description, and some voice-over work.
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
Wine 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:
Grandchildren Hayden, Ariella, and Blakely, December 2018
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!