12 YEAR OLD CAPTURES HUGE SHARK
WHICH ESCAPED WEEK BEFORE
Some days ago, Val Shively, 12 year old
boy vacationing at Cape May, N.J. hooked
a huge shark which broke loose from the
line after a hard battle, Val, determined
to get him and after a week again hooked
him, this time successfully landing him.
Photo shows the 200 pound man-eater
with his captor Val Shively, on right,
Philip Barnet, who aided in the final
capture, and Chas. H. Smith, Cape May
municipal pier master (left)
This was my father (same name Val Shively Sr.) I was Jr.
His whole life was fishing!
This photo and caption came from a newspaper in Cape May in 1926.
My friend Willie Shields found this online.
PS: he wasn't vacationing - he cut school to fish!
My mother and my brother George never knew about this - my dad died in 1974.
This happened when he was 12. No wonder he was into fishing the way he was!
I got into buying records when I was 12 and it's been my life -
I guess I got his genes!
My mother Margaret when she was young
My brother George & I, me on the left
Early me - I look like the white version of Curtis Mayfield (same front teeth)
That's me on the right
The song that changed my life
My first car - 57 Ford. Actually my brother George
had it first. . .It was a hand me down!
High School graduation photo.
That little smile = It's almost over.
I hated High School.
Only good memory of High School.
I had such a crush on her even though we never spoke.
Fast forward 40 years. . .
Early Blavet publicity shot
Val's very first lists after hearing Jerry Blavet in 1962
Times Square Records. This is what it looked like
when Bob Campbell and I went there Sepember 1962.
This store is where I went crazy!!
Slim. . .resting, Times Square Records, early '60s
Harold Ginsberg, who worked for Irving "Slim" Rose
at Times Square Records
Times Square Record Wall, early '60s
Times Square Records, early 1963
Bob Campbell on right
Kids at Times - 42nd Street and 6th Avenue, 1964
Slim and I at Times Square REcords. Like my derby?
Leave me alone. . .I'm trying to find something good
that I can afford!
Slim & Charlie Chance at Times
Me behind the counter at Slim's 2nd store.
Bob Campbell at Times Square Records
Jack and Tank robbing Slim, "nothing like stealing garbage."
The good stuff was behind the counter.
Me eating between record shops on 42nd Street, circa '64 OR '65
Val's next lists influenced byhis visits to "Times".
My group collection in 1963 (probably half white then).
"I've Searched" By The Heartspinners, on Xtra
is sitting on the top.
Bob Campbell and his collection, early '60s
From Billboard Magazine '63/'64
John Lamonte, my boss at Coast to Coast Records, 1963
The Kaptions on Ham-Mil. Jack Strong, lead singer, on the left.
In my bedroom, 1963
Frank Torpey - Lytations, Contenders (early '60s)
These were the friends I grew up with -
this is what THEY were doing
while I was buying records.
My mother with my friends before I moved to Kentucky
My family in Kentucky: brother George, Mom & Dad
Who said dogs and cats don't get along?
I took this photo when I lived in Kentucky
My Mother - not so young
Randy's Record Shop (1952- )
A goldmine in the South!!!
Me. . .looking for work
My first "big" purchase "Miss You" by The Crows on Rama,
red plastic, $30 from mike Adler, 1964
This is what HEAVEN looks like to a record collector
Where I started R&B Records.
The back room of a record one-stop, 1966 through 1972.
My inventory in the late '60s
Signs in the warehouse
I was too busy to keep the place clean!
Note the three-legged chair. Bob Hite of Canned Heat
sat on it and broke one of the legs off.
Nice rug - all the comforts of home.
We had a pipe like Slim!
Lenny Goldberg (left) publisher of the first group record fanzine
in the early '60s,
KBBA (Keep the Big Beat Alive). . .I think it was 25¢. It was sold at
Times, Arcade & other similar type record stores (if there were any. . . )
Louie Tavani of the Contenders. These were the records I played
in the car - I had a record player installed under the dash.
I used it to sell records to my friends & to hear the mucic,
not the garbage that was on the radio.
Louie "Chance" in this picture
Celebrating a new release. . . by the Contenders. Afterwards two things happened
1. I got sick as a dog smoking that cigar & threw up
2. Took a bath on that record, never sold any. . .so I junked it to John LaMonte
for 5 cents each. Now it's a northern soul record that goes for 100 quid
unfortunately I never kept any!
Leaving Kentucky for Philadelphia - after visiting.
The last time I washed my car (that includes car washes)
Baby it's cold outside! Mid '60s when snow was snowW
(not nose candy)
Louie & I in Kentucky
Some of the people I worked with at the one-stop.
Norman Cooper is on the left. . .that's me on the right (front)
with the wall paper shirt and mustache.
Norman in the prison suit with some of the workers.
Postcard I sent out to my customers around 1970
Left to right: Louie Silvani, Sonny Til and Val, 1970
at a concert in the middle of a snowstorm
in Philly. MAYBE 10 people showed up
Pookie Hudson, Louie Silvani, Bobby Thomas
Left to right: Walt Ritter, John LaMonte & Val
in Puerto Rico, late 60's
My first store, 146 Garrett Road, 1972
My first employee Bonnie Gusten, circa 1974 at 146 Garrett Road.
A love affair cut short - Rich Rosen & Bonnie.
Unfortunately Sunny got wind of it.
Robbie Romesburg (left) & Val
Bob Campbell, around 1974
Early '70s in my store. Goldilocks on the left is me.
Jeff Wood on the right taking in my prices.
The ceiling in the store, mid '70s
Nice huh? Who wouldn't want to come in this place!!
Store minus the records - neighborhood kids broke them off.
Bleeker Bob Plotnick
Chuck Dabagian: my Manager - without him forget it - I give up!
Late '70s. He started in 1975. Still here.
Chuck sorting records
The following 7 pictures are courtesy of Dennis West
Circa mid '70's
The old store
Mike Rascio "King of the Boots". . . And we're not talking about footwear!
Patty & TheE U-Hauls featuring Val, Lou Haggis & Dennis West
Val & Patty
From left: Frank Sweeney, me and Chuck.
Sometime in the 1980's.
I spent half the day on the phone.
Cramped quarters, late 70"s
Gallery 4: Patty's Journey
Gallery 5: Allentown Record Show; Tiffany's Diner Pics
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