Memories of the Phonograph




A variety of recollections, short stories and memories of the Phonograph by Friends of the Phonograph


Axel Boilesen - 1930's

The Edison Amberola - The Jolly Coppersmith, Cotesfield, NE


Betty Ann Barr - 1931


Playing School - My first memory of the Phonograph, Elba, NE


Hawthorne School - 1998


Second graders learn about the Phonograph, Hawthorne Elementary School, Lincoln, NE


Doug Boilesen - 2004


The "Our Song" Phenomenon - Red River Rock, Lincoln NE


Douglas Keister - 2007


A Field Report on Obsessive Phonograph Collecting Disorder Submitted by Douglas Keister HSD AAC


Andy Orlando - 2009


Our phonograph in Dos Palos, California, and other memories


Peter Buffett - 2010


Excerpt from his book, Life Is What You Make It, about music and technology (and an early repair he made on the family phonograph).


Fionn Regan - 2007


An Irish singer-songwriter recalls growing up with record sleeves but no record player, Dublin, Ireland


Tom Rivett - 2013


A boy's voice from 1954 lost and found, Lincoln, NE by Cindy Lange-Kubick, The Lincoln Journal-Star


Judy Steffes - 2015


Memories of growing up in West Bend, WI, with the family phonograph in the dining room.



Garrison Keillor - 2017


Memories of bringing my LP to our youth church group so that they could listen to Handel's Messiah.



In Memory of a Friend of the Phonograph

Betty Ann Barr Boilesen - 2000

Axel Christian Boilesen - 2013

Bob Gross - 2003

Lawrence Brown - 2006

Carie 2009


Every man's memory is his private literature. - Aldous Huxley

It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time. - Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

The past is never dead, it is not even past. - William Faulkner

The death of an old person is like the burning of a library - Alex Haley

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.- From the television show The Wonder Years

We do not remember days; we remember moments. - Cesare Pavese, The Burning Brand

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters; it is what lies within us that is important. -- Oliver Wendel Holmes

To speak the name of the dead is to make them live again - Ancient Egyptian Belief

WIthin our hearts, the ones we love are never really gone - In spirit and in memory, their legacy lives on. - Hallmark

All those moments will be lost in tears in rain. - The Blade Runner

...She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss, For ever wilt thou love and she be fair! - John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn

"You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead" - Lennon/McCartney, Two of Us, 1969

A story is what holds us together, and what is left when we leave - Marshall Dodge, The New Yorker, Oct 22, 1979


There is fiction in the space between

The lines on your page of memories

Write it down but it doesn't mean

You're not just telling stories

- Tracy Chapman, Telling Stories, 2000