Peter Hirsch wrote:
That really blows my mind. My memory of Radio City was of a few bins tucked in a tiny shop in close proximity to the bus terminal, which, in Hempstead was just about the only center of activity most of the time. Of course, I should have also mentioned the Salvation Army's excellent arena for (mostly 78) rummaging, though I imagine the one in my neck of the woods was not atypical for that era.
I am glad to hear an all too rare bit of record collector chatter on this list for a change since I have next to no knowledge to the technical side of recording and one could get the impression from reading the postings on most days that the list of the Association of Recorded Sound Collections has no interest how people actually come to have these collections or find themselves charged with their care. I have found much of the technical discussion and debates on issues, particularly copyright, informative at times, but I have a much more emotional attachment to the content and have a lot more to say about it than I do regarding bitrates, fair-use clauses and the like.
Not really a carp or criticism, just an encouragement to kindred souls to post more.
Of course we have 78-L for civilized discussions related to record collecting (as Mr. Chichester does a spit take and sprays tea all over the computer), but attend any ARSC conference and you'll find quite a few members whose first task is to find the local used record stores and Sally Ann locations.
In a message dated 12/8/2005 12:10:47 AM Eastern Standard Time, punto@xxxxxxxx writes:
Even the little village of Hempstead where I graduated from HS in 68 had its Radio City Records, presided over by "Swede" and I still have some of the (mostly mono - we only owned one speaker and my parents remained skeptical on the stereo issue well into the 80s and beyond) albums bearing its rubber-stamped name, address and phone number on them.
I worked in that store in the mid-'50s! That was Swede Olsen, whose wife Karen worked there, too. Swede and I did some community theatre with Lantern Theatre on LI for several years, until I graduated from Hofstra. They live in retirement in Florida. It was ar the Hempstead Salvation Army that I met Bob Colton who introduced me to 'Record Research'; they were on issue no. 2!