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VIP, August 1996

Ted H. Schwartzenfeld

A friend of H.E.A.R. and musicians everywhere, Ted H. Schwartzenfeld, D.O. is our August V.I.P. of the Month and we couldn't be happier! Referred to as Doctor Rock in his home of Kansas City, Missouri, Ted is always ready to help musicians and music fans with good advise on hearing health. For more than 15 years, Ted's provided medical care for musicians appearing at The Palace and Pine Knob, and his tireless efforts in his radio and press interviews, his work with local high schools, and his presence at concerts spreading the word on the dangers of hearing loss and tinnitus are reflections of a man and a fan with his priorities in good order. Ted's work also includes active participation H.E.A.R. and H.I.P. (Hearing is Priceless).

An ear, nose, and throat specialist, Ted enjoys the variety of his field, and connecting with the patients he meets in his office and in the field. A doctor in the best tradition of service and care, Ted serves as a H.E.A.R. partner referral on HEARNET, and is the type of friend who makes our work at H.E.A.R. little bit easier and more effective.

We're very proud to call Ted a friend, to recognize his tireless efforts on behalf of hearing health and music, and to honor his as our August V.I.P. of the Month.

Joel's most recent book is THE MUSICAL HISTORY TOUR: A Guide to Over 200 of the Bay Area's Most Memorable Music Sites. Quick-paced and anecdotal, the book is a colorful blast-back to the days of the Barbary Coast, the beat generation, acid rock, and blues. Selvin shares riotous stories of people that took risks, defied the ordinary, and made history: The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, The Kingston Trio, Carol Doda, and yes, even Enrico Caruso. There are the stories, legends, and secrets behind the clubs, recording studios, famous homes, and final resting places of dozens of music greats from Charlie Parker to Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix to Linda Ronstadt, and the Beau Brummels to Journey.

Joel 's also been active in the classroom, teaching classes at San Francisco State University, lecturing at the U.C. Berkeley Journalism Colloquium, Mills College, and The Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco.

Joel and his talented musician wife, Keta Bill, are also active with ThunderRoads, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center for youth. And last, but not least, Joel's a founding member of the infamous literary rock band "The Rock Bottom Remainders" with Amy Tan, Steven King and Matt Groening.

Music informs the life of H.E.A.R. We're enriched by the music scene in the Bay Area and supported by community members like Joel Selvin. We're glad Joel is our friend and comrade in arms and we're thrilled to honor him as our V.I.P.


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