I am an optometrist, and live in Aurora, Ontario, Canada. Aurora is a small town of 41,000 people located about 30 km north of Toronto. I have been in private practice for 10 years. I practice at two locations. In addition, I am part-time clinical faculty at the School of Optometry, University of Waterloo where I supervise students in the clinic.
I was born in 1957 in Montreal, Quebec. Montreal is a beautiful city and a great one to grow up in. I studied at McGill University where I obtained my B.Sc.(Biochemistry) and M.Sc.(Chemistry) degrees. During graduate studies, I worked on creating potential anticancer and antiviral drugs. I taught chemistry courses at college.
I then decided to go West to see other parts of Canada, and studied chemistry at The University of Alberta in Edmonton. I then moved back east and obtained the Doctor of Optometry(O.D.) degree from the University of Waterloo. I am a fellow(F.A.A.O.) of the American Academy of Optometry.
I am an avid writer, and have published works in journals and magazines such as the Canadian Journal of Optometry, Optometry and Vision Science, Photographic Canadiana, and DX Ontario.
Outside of my professional life, I have many interests. I am an electronic experimenter, and a vacuum tube fan. This hobby stems from my childhood. I loved to build things, especially electronic. Now as an adult, I have a web site on vacuum tubes. I listen to shortwave radio, and like medium wave Dxing.
I love music and photography. I dabble in the piano, and collect vinyl records. I listen to lots of music ranging from rock ‘n roll to classical. I produce fine art black and white photographs.
I am a long distance runner, and a bicyclist (racing and mountain biking). I am busy with my girlfriend, Julie, and together we dine in restaurants, go to movies, and travel. < p align=left>I listen to music in both CDs and vinyl records. I have about 500 records, and that collection continues to grow! I can be found in the record stores in downtown Toronto looking for used records, and even finding still sealed ones that are 30 years old. There is nothing like opening up a brand new record that is sealed and playing it for the very first time 30 years later!
My stereo system is 100% vacuum tube. I do all my listening on it. When I compare other components, that is the system against which everything is measured. When I am home, my stereo system is always on and I am listening to something. I probably put about 1,000-1,500 hours per year use on those tubes.
I see my contribution to TNT Audio as a Canadian correspondent who will conduct reviews and tests on recordings, equipment, and report on Hi-Fi and music happenings here in Toronto.
This city has lots of musical talent, and many people interested in music, audio, and electronics. Toronto is a fantastic city with every amenity you could ask for.
Copyright 1998 Harvey A. Kader for TNT Audio.