From DJ to Dentist
Memories From My First Job
Labor Day is a chance to celebrate the hard work of everyone in the country, especially the work of those whose efforts often go unseen. For me, the holiday has extra resonance because my very first paying gig for my first real job happened over Labor Day weekend. I began my life as a working “adult” (I use the quotes because I’m not sure a college student qualifies as an adult) as a DJ. As much as I’d love to tell you that I was a cutting- edge DJ who filled clubs and introduced people to sounds they’d never heard before, my role was decidedly more workmanlike. I was employed by a company who did events, mostly weddings with the occasional anniversary and birthday party mixed in. It may not have been the DJ-as-the-main-attraction style developing at clubs during that era, but it was an awesome job, and one I still recall fondly. This was long before the days of Apple Music and Spotify. We didn’t have an uncountable number of songs just a few clicks and keystrokes away. What we had were vinyl records. And as a wedding DJ, I needed a lot of them. Thankfully, Philly had a robust record store culture at the time, with shops in every neighborhood catering to every kind of music listener. I still remember the specialty store that sold records primarily intended for the dance floor. Most of their stock was 12-inch singles, a relatively new invention at the time, and it consisted primarily of unofficial releases, AKA bootlegs. Back then, intrepid record- makers would create discs that had songs or versions of songs never released by the artists or the labels affiliated with them. I remember one such record, a 12- inch where one side was a mix of The Jackson 5 tunes, absolutely crushing it at parties.
amount of the money I made went into buying new records. Even though it wasn’t a viable long-term career option for me, I loved the time I spent doing it. In fact, I still have all my records, and it’s fun to see the format coming back into vogue again. While the convenience of streaming is wonderful, there’s some indefinable quality that makes vinyl feel special. That quality is probably why I’ve held onto them for all these years, and I have no intention of seeing them go anywhere. Believe it or not, there are a fewways in which being a dentist isn’t so different from being a wedding DJ. They both require good dexterity and a knack for organization. They’re both jobs where every moment matters. Most of all, though, they are jobs revolving around putting others first. Awedding DJ can’t go on some intrepid journey into the deepest obscurities of their collection because the gig is about making people feel good and giving them a great time. Similarly, dentistry is about focusing on patients’ needs and providing each of them with an experience tailored to them. If you’ve ever been to a wedding where the DJ is an egomaniac or to a dentist who treats you as an anonymous set of teeth, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. No matter what job you do, I want to thank you for it. Whether you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or a stay-at-home mom or dad, we all work hard in life. “I still have all my records, and it’s fun to see the format coming back into vogue again. While the convenience of streaming is wonderful, there’s some indefinable quality that makes vinyl feel special.” 1 Published by The Newsletter Pro | www.TheNewsletterPro.com -Dr. Mark Fabey
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Eventually, though, I did the numbers and realized being a wedding DJ wasn’t all that profitable. A good
With Oktoberfest right around the corner, you may start hearing some of these fun sayings: “I don’t give a Schnitzel,” “Keep calm, and Prost on,” or “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy beer.” But what exactly is Oktoberfest, and why do so many people celebrate it? Here are some fun facts about it. ROYAL BEGINNINGS Oktoberfest is deeply rooted in Munich culture. It all started with the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen on Oct. 12, 1810, and the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the celebration just outside the gates of the city. The celebration’s main attraction was horse racing, which was also a staple event for the next year but has since been removed from the current celebrations. In 1811, a large agricultural fair was mixed into the event, and in 1817, beer pubs and performers were added. Perhaps one of the most famous events during Oktoberfest is the costume parade, where men and women alike dress in old-fashioned garb and march through the streets in honor of Ludwig and Therese’s marriage. The rest you could say is history, or geschichte ! OKTOBERFEST IN … CANADA? While Oktoberfest in Munich traditionally starts on Sept. 22, the Canadians celebrate during the week of Oct. 6–14. The twin cities Kitchener-Waterloo host the largest Oktoberfest outside of Munich, boasting more than 700,000 people in attendance each year. The event has a musical concert dubbed “Rocktober” and a dog parade known as “Dogtober.” Even though the Ontario area is becoming more and more popular, you can still enjoy Oktoberfest on a budget. You can find hotels in the area and surrounding cities for well under $100 per night. Not everyone can make their way to Munich or even Canada to celebrate the fantastical event, but most areas will have something going on. If you love German culture, do a little bit of digging, and you’re sure to find an Oktoberfest event near you!
Oktoberfest Outside Munich Roots of Oktoberfest
A Brief History of Dental Hygiene My, How Far We’ve Come
We’ve been taught the basic fundamentals of dental care — brushing and flossing — for as long as we’ve been alive, so it’s easy to assume this conventional wisdom has been in place from time immemorial. Though the fundamentals of self-care have remained much the same, the science of dentistry, like any other, is one that’s constantly advancing. Oral hygiene dates back to some of the earliest days of human civilization, but it doesn’t resemble the dentistry of today at all. The most basic of dental needs, the ability to remove food from between your teeth, was probably the necessity that mothered the invention of the first toothbrush. Our earliest records of objects designed for “brushing” teeth date back to ancient Egypt around 3,000 B.C. and were fashioned from twigs. Some people even frayed one end of the twig to create strands akin to bristles. The modern toothbrush was a European invention, dating from 18th century England, but it was based on observing other cultures whose populace had healthy teeth until old age. The device was fashioned by convict William Addis, who decided to use boar hair bristles on a handle made from sheep bone. While the toothbrush is the most iconic tool associated with dentistry, it’s far from the only one. In 1746, a French dentist became the first to suggest enamel as a material for tooth crowns. Less than 50 years later, a patient received the
first set of porcelain teeth. Here in America, Charles Goodyear invented vulcanized rubber in 1832. While most people think of Goodyear as a tire manufacturer, the innovation found its way into all sorts of applications, including bonding for crowns. But enough about the past. Dentistry is still in the process of advancing. Today’s latest discoveries center around high-tech imaging, patient comfort, and the treatment of oral conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and sleep apnea. We’re just beginning to understand all the ways the health of the mouth affects the rest of the body, so don’t expect the world of dentistry to grow smaller anytime soon. If you want to experience the present and future of dentistry, call Fabey Dental and schedule an appointment today.
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How to Keep Your Family Close in a Busy World
We are always grateful when a patient refers their friends and family to our practice. To say thanks, we’re offering you the chance to win a prize pack including: • Dooney & Bourke purse • Two bottles of wine • Spa day valued at $250 • $50 gift card to local restaurants For every new patient you refer to Fabey Dental between now and Sept. 30, you’ll receive one entry into our drawing. As a special thanks to our readers, we’ll double each entry if the new patient brings in any issue of this newsletter.
If you feel like you’ve hardly seen your kids since the school year started, you’re not alone. Americans are way too busy — from childhood onward, we’re always running hither and thither, packing in as many after-school activities, work-related meetings, and social engagements as possible. It’s a problem so pervasive that it has a name: time scarcity. Families feel time scarcity keenly after school starts in September, when children’s schedules explode with engagements. But all hope for close ties isn’t lost; there are ways to stay connected with your spouse and kids, even in an increasingly busy world. Here are some ideas from counselors, teachers, and psychologists who claim to have mastered the art. REMEMBER YOUR RITUALS Rituals make up the backbone of individual families and society at large. Most people wouldn’t dream of abandoning their holiday traditions, so why forgo the smaller rituals that bring families together? Whether it’s eating dinner at the same table each evening, watching a movie together every Thursday night, or going on a monthly getaway, make sure these traditions aren’t canceled. If your family doesn’t have many rituals, a great way to connect is to start some. MAKE EVERYMOMENT COUNT As cliche as it sounds, when you don’t have much time together, it’s crucial to be present for every minute of it. If you have a rare half hour at home with one of your kids, make a point to spend it in the same room and try to start a conversation. If you squeeze in a romantic dinner with your spouse, turn off your phones before the food comes. Listening to each other without distractions will strengthen your relationship. HUG IT OUT Physical contact is vital for closeness. When you get the chance, hug your kids, hold hands with your spouse, and do physical activities as a family, like hiking, biking, or even playing group sports. It’s been scientifically proven that physical closeness leads to emotional closeness, so if you’re low on time, take advantage of that shortcut!
Basil Berry Sorbet
Inspired by Good Housekeeping
1 cup sugar
6 cups frozen mixed berries
1 cup fresh basil leaves
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1. In a saucepan over high heat, combine sugar with 1 cup of water, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves, creating a syrup-like consistency. 2. Remove syrup from heat, add basil, cover, and let stand for 15 minutes. Strain syrup into bowl and refrigerate until cold. 3. In a blender, combine syrup with frozen berries and lemon juice. Purée until smooth. 4. Transfer to a square baking pan, cover in plastic wrap, and freeze until set, about 2 hours. 5. Scoop and serve.
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What’s Inside? Dr. Fabey’s Funky First Job Origins of Oktoberfest and Popular Events The Past, Present, and Future of Dental Hygiene How to Keep Your Family Close in a BusyWorld Philly onWax
The Past and Present of a Renowned Music City Great Philadelphia Albums
In honor of this month’s cover article, in which Dr. Fabey regales us with stories from his early working days as a DJ on the Philadelphia-area wedding circuit, we want to pay tribute to some of the greatest albums from our favorite party-rocker’s hometown.
1970s, taking the torch from places like Motown and Stax. The label is most known for vocal soul with lush arrangement and gorgeous harmonies. While the likes of Billy Paul, MFSB, and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes all put out stunners for the imprint, it’s The O’Jays masterpiece that stands as the label’s zenith. Come for the title track and “Love Train,” stay for some of the smoothest tunes ever laid to wax.
‘THE REAL MCCOY’ BYMCCOY TYNER (BLUE NOTE; 1967)
The greatest jazz figure with ties to Philadelphia is John Coltrane, but since everyone knows Trane is the real deal and that he was born in North Carolina, let’s shine some light on his longtime piano player instead. Born and raised in Philly, McCoy Tyner played on some of Coltrane’s most famous albums, including the titanic “A Love Supreme.” Tyner was no slouch as a bandleader, either. Throughout the ‘70s, he put out classic albums like “Extensions” and “Sahara,” but “The Real McCoy” is probably his finest hour. The 1967 session swings and sizzles, making a great entry point for those who are skeptical of jazz’s more abstract leanings.
See also: “La La Means I Love You” by The Delfonics, “The Stylistics” by The Stylistics
‘LOST IN THE DREAM’ BY THEWAR ON DRUGS (SECRETLY CANADIAN; 2014)
In recent years, Philly has become a hotbed of indie rock, housing vibrant venues and serving as the home base for up-and-coming bands. None among this cadre has garnered quite so much attention as The War on Drugs, who update classic influences like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen for the 21st century. If you wonder where all the great rock music went, look no further than the City of Brotherly Love.
See also: “Ballads” by John Coltrane, “Lanquidity” by Sun Ra
‘BACK STABBERS’ BY THE O’JAYS (PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL; 1972)
See also: “Soft Sounds FromAnother Planet” by Japanese Breakfast, “Rocket” by Sandy (Alex G)
Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff’s Philadelphia International Records is arguably the most important soul label of the
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