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Tower Records

Tower Records filed for bankruptcy last week marking the end of an era. In today’s New York Times, Verlyn Klinkenborg shares his memories of that first Tower Records store he visited back in the mid-60’s.

For me, that first Tower store was the one in San Francisco’s North Beach, on the corner of Columbus and Bay. What a place — a big box retailer before we even knew what they were. As Klinkenborg says, “once upon a time Tower Records seemed like the last word in consumer gratification.”