First, tell us, in your own words, a little about you.
I am 60 years old, legally blind, with a bachelor’s degree in finance and associates degree in business administration. I have held several jobs in various fields, such as customer service, receptionist, freelance writing, health benefits counseling, and telemarketing. Currently, I am a licensed amateur radio operator. I entertain senior citizens once a week by hosting trivia at a day program. I also run a bowling league for persons with physical and cognitive disabilities, am chairman of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Regional Advisory Council, member of the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority’s advisory council, member of a visually impaired persons support group, host of a Sunday night Perkins telephone chat on a conference line with former students of Perkins School for the Blind, host of trivia on that same line, host of a weekly free conference call on Monday nights where inspirational speakers talk to my participants, and co-host of a weekly half-hour podcast called, In Perspective.
WOW! Robert, that is awesome! Tell us, where do you live?
I live in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Who are the special people in your life?
The special people in my life are my family, my friends, and my fiancée, Amy.
Do you have any pets?
What are your likes, and dislikes?
I like communicating, dining out, getting involved with community projects, writing, trivia, and other related forms of enjoyment. I do not like the constant conflict going on in this country, and the way some people disrespect American philosophy. As the saying goes, and not literally. There are too many Indians and not enough chiefs.
I completely agree with what you say about too many chiefs.
So, while we’re learning all about you, tell us more, like, what are your hobbies?
Writing, playing trivia, my newsletter, making my own podcasts, bowling, socializing with my friends, etc.
What keeps you going?
I try to keep as busy as possible, with many different projects. I think if we all do that, we have a much better chance of remaining healthy for a longer period of time.
What is your favorite song?
I have no favorite song, but I like songs with very powerful and positive messages, as well as those with great melodies and clean lyrics. I enjoy listening to classic rock, oldies from several decades, love ballads, and a bit of country music.
What is your favorite movie?
I would really have to think about it, but at the moment I will say, The Wizard of Oz. With that said, I like love stories, light drama, and family topics. I do not like horror movies at all.
Oh! I love the Wizard of Oz. How cool!
What is your favorite book?
One of my all-time favorite books is Great Expectations.
Who is your favorite author?
Among my favorites are Agatha Christie and Jack London.
What is your favorite food?
I love chicken, beef, cake, and some light healthy snacks.
What is your favorite quote?
We do our best, and God does the rest.
What is your favorite affirmation?
A lot of faith and hope for the future.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
What do you think your best strengths are?
Compassion, kindness, Verbal communication, writing, and assertiveness
How do they help you in your work?
Without them, I don’t feel I would be as productive in life as I’ve been.
What are your weaknesses, and, how are you working on making them stronger?
Confronting major issues. I try to learn from others who are successful at it.
What is your dream for the future?
Getting married and working as much as I can. I would also like to see total peace on Earth. There is no need for conflict. We are all from the human race.
How, does that relate to your work, as a writer?
It reinforces it.
What is your preferred way of communicating?
In person or on the telephone.
How, can someone reach you if they’re interested in buying from you, or working with you, in some way?
Email, email@example.com, or phone, 508-994-4972.
WOW! Robert, you’re a very well rounded, and quite amazing person. Is there anything about you that you’d like to share that I’ve not covered here?
ABOUT BOB BRANCO
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Robert T. Branco is the author of three books:
As I See It: From a Blind Man’s Perspective (C 2013)
My Home Away from Home: Life at Perkins School for the Blind (C 2013)
Weighing Things Up: Essays on Trends, Technology, and Present-Day Society (C 2014)
All three books are available in e-book and print formats on Amazon.com and several other online buying sites. Full details about the books, plus text previews, are on Bob’s website, listed above. He also compiled a cookbook, What We Love to Eat. All the recipes were submitted by blind contributors.
Bob is also the publisher of a monthly online newsletter, The Consumer Vision. A typical issue would print out to about 30 pages. He has several regular contributors, but is always looking for new ones. He accepts essays, short stories, poems, ads, and much more. Contact him for more information.
Bob also hosts a weekly telephone conference program, Branco Broadcast, which began in 2014. His guests, many of whom are blind, most often speak about their jobs or their books. Contact him to learn about how the program works and how to become a guest.