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
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
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.