Magazine article IAJRC Journal

PAUL DEMANE, Jr. A Personal Reminiscence

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

PAUL DEMANE, Jr. A Personal Reminiscence

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Paul DeMane, Jr, member of the IAJRC since 1978, passed away at the age of 89, on October 1, 2012, in a nursing home in Dunkirk, New York. He had broken his hip several years ago and found it nearly impossible to continue his auctions. He donated his LPs to SUNY Cortland and sold the remainder of his 78 rpm collection to Jim Prohaska. Last Spring Helen, his daughter, moved him from Cortland to be near her in Dunkirk. A faithful member of the IAJRC, he continued his membership to the end. Because of failing eyesight, Helen read articles to him from the Journal.

Assuredly, most members never met Paul. He never attended a convention, and the information he provided in the directory was only his home address. In later years, it changed to the email address of his daughter. Nevertheless, Paul received many phone calls. It was all due to his 78 and/or LP auctions in the VJM Journal and Needle Time. He never missed an issue, until it became impossible for him to physically handle the work.

Paul was born in Syracuse, New York, my home town. His family moved to Cortland, but Paul continued to travel back home or around the territory to find records in shops such as the Salvation Army. There was also a very lucrative spot in Ithaca and several other good contacts. During those days, Paul was able to drive despite having a deteriorating eyesight.

He was on one of his junking trips to Syracuse in 1959, when we ran into each other at the Salvation Army on S. State Street. I had found some Lu Watters records. My reply was "yes" when he asked if I wanted to keep them. At the time, I was a sophomore at Syracuse University. Paul invited me to Cortland to see his collection.

The fact that this was my first contact with a major record collector, I was totally excited and confused the date of our meeting, and drove down to his house a week earlier. He wasn't home. Being frustrated, I walked to the side of the house to try to see through the basement window where his collection was located. Luckily, no one called the cops.

Paul was the second collector I met. The first was Hank O'Neal, later the producer of Chiaroscuro Records. I knew Hank as a teenager and we attended the same high school in Syracuse. For both of us, Paul seemed to be a collectors Holy Grail. We would sometimes travel together to visit him in Cortland.

Paul was something else. As his eyesight deteriorated, he made up for it with an uncanny ability to remember discographical details, background information of bands and singers, catalogue numbers, and anything else worth knowing about collecting records. …

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