Ed "Doc" Pollak's Bluegrass & Personal Website
Edward I. Pollak, Ph.D.
Biological Psychologist & Bluegrass Fiddler
S.U.N.Y. at Binghamton B.A. (1968) Psychology
University of Connecticut M.A. (1972) Experimental Psychology
University of Connecticut Ph.D. (1974) Experimental Psychology
S.U.N.Y. Binghamton NIH Postdoctoral Fellow (1974-'76) Dept. of Biological Sciences
West Chester University of Pennsylvania Professor of Psychology & Department Chairperson (1976-2011)
West Chester University of Pennsylvania Professor Emeritus (2011- )
Although not a professional musician, I've played music all my life. I play trumpet, bass fiddle, fiddle, and 5-string banjo. Although the fiddle is the last instrument I learned to play (I started at age 40) it is also my favorite. Although I'm now largely retired from playing anything more than the ocassional gig, I have played fiddle in various bluegrass and country bands including Prairie Dawg, Mill Creek, the Mill Creek Boys, Raven Hill, and the Dave Miller Band. I won the Delaware State Fiddle Championship in 2008 & 2009. (This was in the first few years of the competition when there weren't many contestants so it sounds more impressive than it actually is.) For some videos of my playing see
I attend 4-6 jam sessions each week as well as many bluegrass festivals. To help make sure that there would enough players at my various jam sessions, I started a weekly Bluegrass Newsletter. To that I added a web site with pages listing festivals & jam sessions in a wide geographic area. To those pages I've added lists of local teachers of bluegrass instruments, luthiers (for stringed instrument repair, local bluegrass music associations, and a page on proper jam etiquette for the newer jam participants. Links to those pages are in the navigation pane at the top of each of my web site's pages.
Beginning with our family fishing trips to Rice Lake, Ontario and Back Lake, New Hampshire, I have been an avid freshwater fisherman. For the past 20 years our family has enjoyed fishing in the magnificent 1,000 Islands on the New York-Ontario border. More recently my wife and I have enjoyed saltwater angling for tarpon, bonefish, permit and barracuda in the Florida Keys and in other areas of Florida for largemouth bass, redfish, speckled trout, gar and peacock bass.
Tarpon with Karen Pollak & Capt. Chris Morrison, Marathon, FL.
A peacock bass from the Miami, FL. canals.