Frank Senior

Interviewed By Joel Fram

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Frank Senior (00:04)
Harlem (00:40)
blind from birth (00:43)
parents (00:57)
135th Street (01:16)
Lincoln projects (01:20)
115th Street (01:25)
Spanish Harlem Taft projects (01:29)
Bronx (01:34)
Co-op city (01:37)
family (01:40)
grandson Jahson (01:48)
wife Milagros (02:57)
daughter Lisa Renee (03:07)
musician (03:14)
singing (03:20)
parents (03:30)
music (03:33)
brother Leonard (03:42)
jazz (03:51)
rock and roll (03:53)
instruments (04:25)
Detroit (04:37)
great grandmother (04:38)
discovering music (04:58)
piano (05:10)
guitar (05:19)
church (05:41)
Catholic (05:49)
music, my parets and the project is the key to who I am today (06:13)
jazz soul (06:22)
New York (06:41)
James Brown (07:24)
Sly Stone (07:26)
Nat King Cole (07:28)
Ray Charles (07:29)
Lou Rawls (07:30)
Ella Fitzgerald (07:31)
Sarah Vaughan (07:33)
performance (07:47)
website www.franksenior.com (07:53)
CD (08:18)
CD titles (08:40)
sighted brother (09:07)
premature (09:14)
oxygen optic nerve (09:19)
chosen (10:17)
I'm blind, I'm proud of who I am that's just how I live (10:30)
Dialogue in the Dark (11:09)
Central Park (11:36)
Supermarket (11:37)
subway (11:39)
treatment (12:12)
turn on the other senses (13:04)
Dialogue in the Dark (13:06)
Germany (13:11)
Israel (13:14)
senses (13:30)
Israel (14:11)
Jewish Guild for the Blind (15:25)
looked out for me (16:16)
baseball (16:17)
wrestling (16:45)
brother looked out for me (17:09)
race skin color (17:34)
camp (19:43)
care package (20:29)
Larry Moskowitz (20:39)
fight (21:21)
parents (22:32)
Catholic nursery school (22:51)
parents gave me enought space to learn but also structure (23:41)
sight conservation (24:31)
classrooms (24:37)
P.S. 6 (25:16)
father (25:46)
West Indies (26:42)
the South (26:45)
family disabilities (26:48)
graduation (27:50)
86th Street (27:53)
P.S. 104 (28:08)
Lavelle School for the Blind (28:28)
playing (29:03)
popularity (29:34)
blind community (29:45)
Lavelle School for the Blind (30:12)
nuns (30:15)
teasing (31:25)
childhood friends (32:46)
school clothing (33:11)
Lavelle School for the Blind (33:37)
sports field (33:44)
221st Street Bronx (34:06)
Lavelle School for the Blind (34:07)
dating (34:48)
wife (34:49)
Lavelle School for the Blind (34:51)
Music and Art High School (35:37)
Tyrone Jackson (35:53)
Mel Eisenbach (36:25)
Board of Education (36:26)
Sister Mariana (37:18)
graduation (37:50)
professional singer (38:26)
friends' deaths (38:42)
car accident (38:52)
best friend Tyrone (40:19)
subway death (41:12)
Grand Central (41:20)
Industrial Home for the Blind (41:32)
Industrial Home for the Blind (41:35)
New York University (NYU) (41:43)
recreational therapy (41:46)
mainstreaming (42:52)
getting around (44:33)
New York City (44:35)
subway (44:47)
best friend Tyrone (45:03)
cane (45:41)
The Lighthouse (45:54)
seeing-eye dog (46:07)
Monty Ublansky (46:40)
sense of smell (47:11)
guide dog (48:35)
German Shepherd (49:22)
Shepherd dogs (49:47)
dog training (50:20)
Central Park (51:42)
Connecticut (51:54)
Pound Ridge, NY (51:56)
Tom Dunn (52:00)
walking with guide dog (52:09)
dog Q (53:11)
Access-A-Ride (54:01)
New York University (NYU) (55:07)
blind recreation space (56:01)
1980s (56:33)
Barry Harris (56:40)
Jazz Cultural Theater (57:00)
28th Street (57:02)
1983 (57:25)
Jewish Guild for the Blind (57:30)
1970s (57:39)
42nd Street and 5th Avenue (57:56)
newsstand (58:13)
working (58:31)
Jazz Cultural Theater (59:46)
1986 (59:54)
National Education Association (01:00:05)
father's heart attack (01:00:19)
cancer (01:01:55)
Joseph Love (01:02:17)
mother (01:02:55)
Spanish Harlem (01:03:43)
stepfather (01:04:37)
trust (01:05:20)
iPhone (01:07:22)
assistive technology (01:08:07)
iPhone (01:09:15)
apps (01:09:43)
Voiceover app (01:10:04)
apps for blind people (01:10:36)
Derek Jeter (01:11:17)
reel-to-reel (01:11:29)
technology (01:13:00)
American Council of the Blind (01:13:16)
recording app (01:14:21)
meeting wife (01:16:04)
Lavelle School for the Blind (01:16:15)
Millie (01:17:00)
Pawling, NY (01:17:23)
Marist College (01:17:52)
Dutchess County, NY (01:17:56)
New York University (NYU) (01:18:00)
raising child (01:18:36)
grandson (01:20:29)
Braille (01:24:02)
P.S. 6 (01:24:03)
iPhone (01:24:29)
KNFB Reader (01:25:18)
National Federation for the Blind (NFB) (01:25:22)
subway platform (01:26:28)
American Council of the Blind (ACB) (01:27:09)
National Federation for the Blind (NFB) (01:27:35)
American Council of the Blind (ACB) (01:27:41)
bowling (01:27:54)
childhood friends (01:29:17)
Tennessee (01:29:26)
Facebook (01:29:31)
Kenny Reynolds (01:29:33)
Facebook (01:29:46)
Obama (01:30:22)
racism (01:30:38)
political views (01:30:58)
sports (01:31:28)
walking (01:32:15)
125th Street (01:32:18)
guide dog (01:32:44)
visual art (01:34:00)
perception (01:34:32)
blind artist (01:34:57)
blind from early childhood (01:35:15)
teenager blind since age 2 (01:35:29)
blind sensing sounds (01:35:35)
size perception (01:36:11)
elephant (01:36:32)
whale (01:37:05)
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum (01:37:27)
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum (01:37:47)
Shaquille O'Neal (01:38:03)
John F. Kennedy (01:38:09)
Michael Jackson (01:38:10)
Shaquille O'Neal (01:38:38)
dolphins (01:39:12)
England (01:39:41)
Florida (01:40:51)
Morocco (01:41:23)
traveling (01:41:30)
dream trip (01:41:44)
bucket list (01:42:10)
Japan (01:42:14)
National Federation for the Blind (NFB) (01:43:21)
acceptance work in progress (01:43:31)
documentary (01:43:35)
Dialogue in the Dark (01:43:53)
attitude (01:44:21)
listening (01:44:26)
store behaviors (01:44:52)
American Council of the Blind (ACB) (01:45:10)
cues for blind people (01:45:29)
deaf people (01:45:59)
play (01:46:02)
University of Arkansas (01:46:27)
questions about deaf people (01:47:36)
Braille writer (01:48:12)
making love (01:49:51)
magic of sight (01:51:40)
Marist College (01:52:35)
orchestra seats (01:52:51)
African American (01:53:32)
skiing (01:56:07)
Sports for Health (01:56:28)
Ski for Light (01:56:30)
United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) (01:56:34)
bar (01:57:19)
segregated bathrooms (01:58:26)
blind privilege (01:58:51)
operation (02:00:12)
robots (02:01:30)
modern assistive technology (02:02:05)
technology funding (02:03:01)
State Commission for the Blind (02:03:18)
Apple (02:03:42)
JAWS screen reader (02:03:51)
iPhone 5S (02:04:40)
music apps (02:09:10)
website applevis.com (02:10:35)
NFS Newsline (02:11:19)
Light Detector app (02:12:01)
loving New York (02:13:32)
New York City (02:13:56)
vocal camp (02:16:00)
iReal Pro app (02:18:08)
Frank sings "Paper Moon" (02:19:11)
sighted language (02:21:38)
dressing (02:22:30)
cooking (02:23:06)
music business (02:24:37)
blind friends' deaths (02:27:31)
socializing (02:29:04)
fear of blindness (02:30:18)
childhood toys (02:32:54)
wife (02:34:40)
grandson (02:35:21)

Interview Data

Date of Interview
November 13, 2014
Location of Interview
Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library
Place of birth
New York City
Occupations
Singer
Birth Year
1953
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Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience

Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience is an oral history project that works to both preserve and document a thematic history through personal recollections. This project will collect stories of people who are living with a disability and the Library will train community members to conduct these interviews. Interviews will be shared in a preservation archive at The Milstein Division and on the New York Public Library website.  Public programs will also connect neighborhood residents and project participants.

Visible Lives is a project of Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library in Manhattan.  A public archive will be kept at this local branch for future generations to listen to and research. 

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