I. Bruce Levine
Bruce Levine grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the High School of Music and Art, in New York City, from 1963 to 1966, majoring in music as a tuba player. After attending court-reporting school in New York City, he moved to Connecticut in 1969 to begin his career in the court system as a court stenographer. His career in the court system spanned nearly 35-years when he retired in 2003.
After retiring, Bruce embarked on a travel adventure tracing the journey John Steinbeck wrote of in his book Travels with Charley in Search of America. Bruce had read the book many years prior to his retirement, loved the book, and vowed to himself that he would one day undertake Steinbeck’s adventure. Bruce traveled for nearly two-and-a-half months, circumnavigating the contiguous lower 48 states. He departed on his journey on September 1, 2003, returning to his home, in Columbia, Connecticut, on November 13, 2003.
While traveling, Bruce kept a journal in which he recorded the happenings of each day’s travels. Prior to leaving on his journey, Bruce was in touch with a reporter at The Chronicle, the daily newspaper in the Columbia/Willimantic area. He told the reporter of his planned journey, that he was going to keep a journal, and asked if the reporter was interested in receiving a copy of the journal, via email, as he traveled. The reporter liked the idea. As a result, Bruce sent a copy of his journal, as he compiled it every two weeks, to The Chronicle, where it was published in serial form.
Prior to his retirement from the Connecticut court system, Bruce began to volunteer in the planetarium at Mystic Seaport. Astronomy was Bruce’s hobby when he was a boy, and it was a joy for him to reconnect in retirement with a hobby that brought him such delight in his youth. At the planetarium, Don Treworgy, who taught him how to convey to an audience the wonders of the night sky, mentored Bruce. Don passed away in 2009, and the planetarium now bears his name: The Treworgy Planetarium. Bruce’s volunteer position at The Treworgy Planetarium eventually became a part-time staff position, where he is still employed today.
Photography is Bruce’s other hobby, and he feels fortunate and grateful for the opportunity to be able to photograph events, both on- and off-island, for St. Edmund’s Retreat at Enders Island, as the island’s volunteer photographer. He began photographing events for Enders Island in November of 2010. You can view the albums he has compiled since then at the Enders Island page on Flickr, a photo-sharing Website. You can view these photo albums by clicking on the link above or navigating to: https://www.flickr.com/photos/endersisland/albums/. Click on any album to view the photos it contains. Click on the little TV icon in the upper right-hand corner to view the photos as a slideshow.