You may be planning right now for a get-together of sorts with family and friends tomorrow, celebrating Thanksgiving. There is much to be thankful for within our Optometric family, and even though our formal get-togethers are infrequent, a note recently received from Jim Bosse reminded me to give thanks for special people.
Jim retired from Optometry about ten years ago, so if you’re relatively new to our field you may not have had the pleasure of encountering him. A 1975 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Dr. James Bosse successfully practiced in Colorado and was the second editor of the Journal of Optometric Vision Development following the lead of Dr. Martin Kane. Jim was my editor during a sequence of years in the mid 1980s when I did an Annual Topical Review of the Literature for the journal, leading to an abiding friendship for which I remain thankful.
For a number of years, one of the pleasures of serving on the COVD Board was a private concert that Jim put together with another very special colleague, Dr. Lynn Hellerstein. Yet another reason to be envious of our many gifted colleagues in Colorado is that Jim and Lynn still perform their duet interlude at optometric therapy meetings in the state.
Before clicking on the link, see if you can figure out the celebrity biography from which this passage comes:
“Jim was in the final year of undergrad school as a bio major when Billy came by and sat at a piano in Jim’s apartment that would become cuts on the Cold Spring Harbor album. As Bosse recollects, “I was saying, ‘Wow, this is great stuff’.’ ‘Jim’, he said, ‘I want you to come to the studio and play the guitar parts on it’”. Bosse hadn’t played guitar in a year and was a week from his final exams. “I said, ‘Billy, I can’t. Number one, I’m really rusty. Secondly, if I go into the studio and miss my final, I waste a semester.’ So I passed. One of the major regrets of my life.”
That’s right, front row on your left is a young Billy Joel, and top row center is his bandmate, a young Jim Bosse. In tribute to Billy, Jim composed a number of his songs as solo arrangements for classical guitar. Here is one of my favorites, a performance of The Downeaster ‘Alexa’ that was part of a Rock and Roll Tendencies Concert at the Saint Andrew’s Recital Series in Manitou Springs, Colorado on March 8, 2017.