Alumni Life: Show Your Age

Show Your Age: Alumni proudly date themselves

What was the first album you ever purchased?


An LP recording by the Pro Musica Antiqua, later renamed the New York Pro Musica. I think it was called “Music for Ancient Instruments and Soprano Voice.” I bought the record in 1953 as soon as I bought a record player on the installment plan: two dollars a week out of my twelve-dollar weekly wages as a clerk in the record department of the old J.N. Adams department store. I was an 18-year-old sophomore at UB.

Riva Berleant, BA ’56
Castine, Maine

Despite growing up in the ’50s, my very first purchase of a record album was a 33 RPM of Beethoven’s work that I bought with money earned from babysitting. I did, and do, love the “Moonlight Sonata,” and even rock ‘n’ roll couldn’t dissuade me from this purchase!

June Crawford, EdM, BA, AA ’77
Grand Island, N.Y.

I remember buying “Tea for the Tillerman” by Cat Stevens. It was great to see him get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. And my most treasured was “Court and Spark” from Joni Mitchell. (Still love this one!)

Cindy Fofi, MSEd ’99
Albany, N.Y.

And more oldies but goodies…

“Beatles ’65,” the Beatles
Ronald Balter, BA ’80
Brooklyn, N.Y.

“Let’s Twist Again,”
Chubby Checker

Sally Cisek, MS ’08
Snyder, N.Y.

Bob Dylan’s “Greatest Hits”
and Ultimate Spinach
[their title album].

Clem Colucci, BA ’76
Bronx, N.Y.

The Kingston Trio
Ronald Zeck, BA ’70
New York, N.Y.

“Madman Across the Water,”
Elton John

Dan DiCenso, PharmD ’02, BS ’01
Buffalo, N.Y.