Frank Vozak VOZAK

Profile Updated: July 15, 2021
Frank Vozak
Residing In: Oak Park, IL USA
Spouse/Partner: Terrie A. Rymer
Occupation: Retired licensed clinical social worker; Retired Army MAJ
Children: None
Military Service: Army-Retired from Army Reserve as MAJOR  
Yes! Attending Reunion
Comments:

Since graduation I completed my Masters in Social Work at Saint Louis University
I served as a Social Work Officer in the US Army for 20 years: 2 Active and 18
Reserve retiring in 1994 at the Rank of MAJOR. I worker for 44 years as a Clinical Social Worker at Hines VA Hospital, outside of Chicago. I worked as a medical social worker then as the Social Worker then as a Psychiatric/Substance Abuse Social Worker then as an AIDS /HIV Social Worker and ended by career as a Geriatric Social Worker retiring in 2017. I worked a second part time career as an Emergency Room Social Worker at Loyola University Medical Center and retired from there after 25 years in 2015. I am highly credentialed with a State of Illinois and National Board Certified in Clinical Social Work and recently retired Certifications in Substance Abuse Counselling and Gender Therapy. My big passion is model railroading and I am the long time President of the Oak Park Society of Model Engineers and I have three layouts in my base. After not playing the bass guitar for 45 years I started again and play weekly with the Oak Park Farmer's Band-----an interesting group of musicians/singers in which during the summer any interested musician can walk in and join the circle playing bluegrass/roots/country/folk music. It is really amazing how much you can learn from quality fellow musicians

School Story:

I sincerely appreciate the high quality education that I received at Alton High. I worked really hard in high school which prepared me so well that honestly high school and grad school was easy. I graduated from Saint Louis University with a 3.74/4.o average. Mr Bruno, Mr Wools and Mr Conrady continue to remain in my mind today because I still use lessons learned from each of them. The one not so good thing about high school is that I had a back injury playing football in my sophomore year and it got better only to come back ion my late 50's. I have a whole volume of memories from high school in my head, both serious and funny
I happily attended Mc Kinley-Delmar School always hoping that I would get to go to Delmar since my grandparents' farm literally backed up to the Delmar playground in Godfrey but this never happened and then in fifth grade I got "promoted" to Mrs Burt's class which was not fun since she was so demanding but I have to admit that Mrs Burt's emphasis on penmanship incredibly improved my cursive,. And alas I I never never escaped from accelerated classes for the rest of my time in Alton Public Schools. I attended West Junior and got my chance to be an athlete starting at center in football and throwing shotput and running 440 relay in track. Unfortunately everybody who went out for AHS football grew and I didn't so I quit football and wrestling afterf my sophomore year. All the more time to study!

Frank's Latest Interactions

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Sep 13, 2021 at 1:46 PM

It is very interesting to me to see another musician in our high school class that I did not know. Impressive--drums 6 string , 12 string, Telecaster, `keyboards and vocals . You could be your own band. I thought I knew all the musicians in our class. I played bass in high school and college, both rock bands and bass guitar for one concert each with the Band and the Orchestra. I played violin for 11 years and viola for 2 years, playing the fiddle at west Jr and Alton High and viola at Alton High. I college I played bass for the Saint Louis Univ Basketball and Hockey Team Pep Band for two years. After I got my msw I went into the Army and took my Gibson EB-O to Alaska and then to Kentucky but could never get anyone to ,make music with so I went from listening/playing to just listening to music. I learned about the Grateful from my first guitarist in a band and I became a Dead Head for life. Unfortunately I never found anybody who liked to play Dead music until I took up the acoustic bass at retirement in 2018 and started playing with the jam band that plays for our village's farmer's market in the summer--The Oak Park Farmer's Market Band---and before COVID at several different sites in the village during the winter, all for the love of music an occasional cup of coffee and freshly made donut. hen I look at music in my life, bass guitar has been the instrument that I actually enjoy playing. hen I was young parents bought me a Fender Mustang Bass and then a Gibson EB-O (my parents bought me a Kay 6 string electric first but there were just too many strings--I seem to do best with four strings and single notes not 6 string and chords. I enjoyed rock , blues, folk, and folk music and I could read music so my playing experience was different than now. I played with a foam pick that I have finally discovered that at 69 these picks were originally used by Uke players and bass players started using them. I went into the Army and never found any other officers who like playing music and then at ets moved to Chicago and again never found anybody to make music with so sold my gear. Kept listening to music and broadened my tastes to add country (especially Bakersfield sound, Outlaw Country and willie Nelson and Steve Earle), Irish folk music, roots music, some R & B, and bluegrass. I would read books about bass but that was it until retired at 67 in 2018 and decided I wanted to play again. The only basses I really knew anything about were Fenders so bought a starter set with a small amp and a Squier Precision PJ Bass. Then I replaced it with A SHORT SCALE Squier Jaguar and advanced a Fender CB-16 Acoustic Bass to play with the farmers market band. I added a full scale Glarry precision clone. Decided to try a Kala U-Bass but one of my basses had to go so the Jaguar got sold. I don't know your experience but mine has been that I am much more involved with the bass guitar than when I was younger. I play with the Farmer's Market Band every Saturday morning and spent alot of time actively studying bass theory and technique. I asked a really good guitar player in Key west, Fla how to get back into music and he said Join a band" He was totally right---I have learned so much from my band mates in the two bands that I have played with, things like how to lay down a groove and fills on the fly and how to use the Nashville Numbering System. I receive Bass Player Magazine, an on line magazine for bassists and Fenders graduated lessons on the internet. I google different bass players and have learning technique by watching their You Tubes. I have really spent time understanding the theory of bass playing. I have gone on to only finger pick with my middle three right hand fingers and have had to learn hand exercises to keep the sharp round wound bass strings from making my fingers too sore to play and exercises to keep my carpal tunnel, arthritis and right ring finger fracture in the past from getting in the way of playing. I am curious about your music experiences----FRVozak52@gmail.com

Sep 13, 2021 at 1:09 PM

Are you still a Cards fan or just the Angels. It gets very lonely in Chicago being a Cards fan in a sea of Cubs blue and white Sox Black. Since the Rams left St.Louis, I can be a football BEARS fan

Sep 13, 2021 at 1:05 PM

Happy birthday and play great music

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Sep 09, 2021 at 9:44 PM
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Sep 07, 2021 at 12:37 PM

Happy birthday John. we need many more people like you who hold up the fast lane. Too many of us move too fast through life or are thinking of what's next rather than enjoying and learning from today's experiences Far too often after we look into the rear view mirror of life, we discover that we moved through the best days of our lives far too quickly

Sep 07, 2021 at 12:34 PM

Happy birthday to you. I fondly remember how wonderful of a classmate you were when we were at McKinley School. I hope you hacve many more healthy and happy birthdays because you have earned them by being the wonderful perfson that you are

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Sep 06, 2021 at 2:50 PM

hqappy birthday

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Sep 02, 2021 at 2:18 AM

Happy birthday Chris State happy and satisfied with life

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Aug 25, 2021 at 3:55 PM

Happy birthday and happy good life

Aug
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Aug 21, 2021 at 10:33 PM

Happy birthday to one of my most amazing west Jr and AHS classmates

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Aug 19, 2021 at 1:19 PM

Happy birthday

Aug 19, 2021 at 1:19 PM

where were you stationed inn Germany? I was there in Geisen FRG during Reforger 85

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Aug 16, 2021 at 4:44 PM

Dee, you have managed to do something that most of us can't, never have a letter to your spouse or to you misaddressed.

Aug
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Aug 13, 2021 at 5:22 PM

Happy birthday social work colleague

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Aug 12, 2021 at 4:28 PM

Happy birthday to the most innovative potter I know and one of the people who grew so much after leaving high school. After all these years I still have the sponge holder 1I bought at Mississippi Mud. I have never seen a similar way to keep my sponge fresh and at hand in the kitchen.

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Aug 10, 2021 at 10:30 AM

HGppy birthday

Aug 10, 2021 at 10:29 AM

You look so natural and relaxed in your son's wedding picture, truly where you belonged to be in all ways

Aug 10, 2021 at 10:27 AM

Living in Alton must have driven you nuts, limited hunting opportunities and rarely enough snow to cross country ski. I am glad that college led to living up north where your past times were literally outside the door. when I was stationed in the Army in
Fairbanks , AK, your two hobbies were the big interests up there. One of my fellow officers kept extending to stay in Alaska for the 10 years after he served in Vietnam until they pushed him to accept another assignment or leave the Army so he got stationed in Seattle, only a short plan flight from Alaska so he could hunt and cross country ski. His quarters in Seattle was almost like a museum with the pelts of all the animals that he had hunted and eaten.

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Aug 09, 2021 at 10:24 AM

Happy birthday

Aug 09, 2021 at 10:23 AM

Happy Birthday. Believe it or not, your husband Bob would be a superstar in the the model railroad crowd that I hang out with here in Oak Park ---we would all love to here his stories of railroad derailments that he investigated.





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