Oral History Information
Bob Hale had a long and successful career as an engineer and was able to devote his retirement time to his passion for music as a docent at the NAMM Foundation’s Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA. Bob soon became the museum expert on the electronic music displays and began training new volunteers on his vast understanding of the subject. He soon helped design the educational component of the volunteer meetings to enhance the docent’s knowledge of the museum’s artifacts as well as special exhibits. With then curator Dan Del Fiorentino, Bob established the successful Tours@2 each Saturday, which often provided special guest tour guides such as guitarist Skunk Baxter and Leo Fender’s widow Phyllis Fender. Bob has also interviewed several industry veterans for NAMM’S Oral History program including Jerry Ash, Martin Denny and bandleader Del Courtney.