Full text from interview with Reisa Bunick in 2011. Highlighted section are included in audio presentation. Audio requires QuickTime player (free download from Apple) or equivalent MP3 player installed with your browser.
Reisa Bunick grew up in Chelsea, where she was born, in 1945, the third child of Reuben and Florence Bunick. Her family rented a flat in a three story home where there was never enough heat or enough room, but there was much love and security. Eager to be on her own, she went to Smith College on scholarship (with a junior year at the University of Toronto). Upon graduating, Reisa moved to New York and after two years came back to the Boston area, where she remains.
She worked mainly in software design and development and her last job in the field was using artificial intelligence techniques to construct a financial planner. This experience was useful when her mother’s Alzheimer’s progressed, and she stopped working to be her caregiver. Her father waited until after Florence died seven years later, and then he exhibited Alzheimer symptoms. Although he was in an assisted living and a nursing home, he occupied all her attention for several more years. Reisa is now a retired person with lots of interesting and enjoyable volunteer jobs. For example, anyone who calls a certain non-profit on Tuesdays may talk to her and anyone who likes theater matinees may be seated by her.
Part 1 – European Ancestors and Early Life in Boston – Approx. 4 minutes.