Another great radio show is NPRs Story Corps. Listening to Donald Weiss interview Ralph Tremonte in the StoryCorps booth at Grand Central Terminal about their life together growing up as children in the children's unit at Rockland Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg, NY reminded me of all the colorful characters I met when I worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker at Kings Park Psychiatric Center on Long Island, and at Rochester Psychiatric Center in Rochester, NY from 1968 to 1976. Those were the days of deinstitutionalization when psychiatric patients were being discharged into the community. I have my professional stories to tell, but I think Donald and Ralph's is more interesting. It is well worth the 4 minutes or so to listen to it. Click on the link below to go to the NPR Story Corps web site where you can listen.
Ralph Tremonte and Donald Weiss grew up together at the Rockland Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg, N.Y., where they'd been committed as children.
After not seeing one another for some 40 years -- they were each released from the hospital as teenagers -- the pair was recently reunited at the StoryCorps booth in New York's Grand Central Terminal.