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2020 brought the arrival of COVID-19. Fortunately, WPC was ready to continue our worship service due to the forethought of Barry Brown, the person behind the conversion to streaming our worship service over four years ago. When asked how this happened, Barry isn’t sure but assumes it must have been some kind of divine intervention. However, the fact that we have an older congregation (many of whom aren’t able to attend church services regularly) was one factor that motivated Barry to prepare a proposal for Session. Also, he may have had some inquiries about what could be done in this regard. Barry said he’s a bit hazy on how it all got started. Nevertheless, we at WPC are glad it all happened and were so prepared when COVID hit.
What brought you to this area?
Sandy and I enjoyed coming to this area for vacations plus it is less expensive and warmer compared to living in Connecticut.
When did you become part of WPC?
Late 1995. Jim Weaver and the choir were the attraction. Turned out that Jim and I had something in common. We both attended the Fred Waring Youth Choral Workshop at Shawnee on the Delaware, PA. However, we never met because we were two decades apart.
How did you become interested in working on the tech and streaming at WPC?
It was an extension of my career.
What has been the most challenging part of this endeavor?
Dealing with the different technical gremlins that seem to pop up each week.
What did you do for work (what you did prior to retirement)?
Worked for GTE (now Verizon) for 34 years, my entire professional career. Had many interesting experiences during this period:
What is a book you have read in the past year that you’d recommend and why?
Chris Wallace’s Countdown 1945. Although I was just a young boy at the time it describes, it is a real page-turner, digging into the planning, testing, and human anguish about carrying out the plan that ended World War II.
What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
I’m a bit of an introvert.
Where did you grow up? What places have you lived?
Native of Bethlehem, PA. Lived in Batavia, NY, Bedford, MA, Old Saybrook and Fairfield, CT.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Christmas in Bethlehem, PA
If you were to be or do something different in your life, what would that be?
So far, it’s been a good life. I’ve had many interesting experiences and associations. My avocation has been singing in various choirs and being a soloist for some. I would have enjoyed singing Bach’s “Mass in B-minor” with the Bethlehem Bach Choir but never got the chance. My father, uncle, and aunt all sung in this choir. I’ve been told my first exposure to this work was in a baby carriage outside of the church on the Lehigh University campus, listening through the open windows of the edifice. I’ve returned to their annual spring concert to sit through this immense work, and get goose bumps every time I hear its haunting passages.
What is a major event that changed your life?
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