Portraits of Older Workers

Ashton Applewhite

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Eleanor Faye: Ophthalmologist

When I came out of the elevator at the Lighthouse, I wasn't expecting a giant sign over the reception area reading "Eleanor E. Faye Low Vision Service." I shouldn't have been surprised. Faye has worked there since 1956 and is a pioneer in the rehabilitation of people who are visually impaired.

Greeting me warmly in her small, cluttered office, Faye told me about growing up in Hawaii, where her father was a sugar broker. Mail arrived by ship only twice a week and there was no transatlantic phone, so the isolated child read every book she could get her hands on. "My uncles all married school teachers, so they had me in their clutches," Faye recalls, smiling at the memory.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Irving Fields: Pianist

Irving Fields got his first break at 16, singing on “Amateur Hour,” the national radio show.  He won first prize: $50 — a lot of money in 1932. “When I got back to our apartment in Brooklyn, my whole family was there, and I threw the money up in the air. Fifty one-dollar bills blowing in the air, a thrill for me,” he recalls.

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