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Perry Rosen is one of America’s few remaining jukebox technicians. Rosen, whose Sheepshead Bay home is lined with a half-dozen Wurlitzers and Rock-Olas, says that he can repair any variety of jukebox “from the 1930s right up to the year 2000.”
As the jukebox fades from American culture, though, Rosen still sees purpose and merit in his work. His clientele is mostly Baby Boomers, who collect jukeboxes for their nostalgic value. “It feels good to be in a business that makes people happy, that gives people joy,” he said.
The latest edition of our monthly TV news magazine tackles challenges faced by subway dancers and stargazers.
Our reporters also visit a jukebox hero, a friend to frogs, a music class with a beat all its own and a gathering of Britney Spears fans who see her as a feminist icon worthy of semi-serious study.
If a friend told you that they were spending the night stargazing in New York City, you might well assume they were on the lookout for Woody Allen or Scarlett Johansson. But for many amateur astronomers, they are more interested in the stars and planets above.