Tag: Asbury Park history

Episode 81: Henry Vaccaro

This week Amy & Joe welcome Henry Vaccaro, a fixture here in Asbury Park. We talk to Henry about growing up in and around Asbury Park and the many careers he has had in life, first as a builder, then the unlikely owner of the world-famous Kramer guitar company and then how he became close friends with Bob Wootton and Johnny Cash and restored the Berkeley Carteret Hotel.
A new guitar that Vaccaro just got a patent on. His plan is to restart his guitar company in Asbury Park.

Episode 79: Tommy DeSeno

This week, with the help of Ming Chen of A Shared Universe PodcaStudio, we talk to Tommy Deseno, Asbury Park historian who was born and raised in Asbury Park. We learn that Asbury Park was the training center for World Heavyweight Champions, that there was an Opera House(???), and that Stephen Crane liked to tweak James Bradley’s nose in print. Welcome Tommy!

Episode 74: Activist Jan Moore

Welcome to Asbury Pod and our first in-person recording since March of 2020. In keeping with our observance of Pride month, this week we welcome LGBTQ icon Jan Moore, whose 52 year relationship with her wife Emily Sonnessa was the subject of Robin Kampf’s award winning documentary Love Wins back in 2018. This was a fun conversation and we covered too many things to list here so give it a listen.

Episode 73: Jersey Pride President Laura Pople

It’s Pride month here in Asbury Park and to celebrate Amy & Joe welcome our first ever guest Laura Pople, back the the podcast, to discuss the the 30th Anniversary of Asbury Pride and its return to in-person events after a two year Covid hiatus with the help of Ming Chen of A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. That’s it! That’s the tweet! Welcome Laura!

Episode 72: Legendary Councilwoman Eileen Chapman

This week with the help of Ming Chen of A Shared Universe PodcaStudio, Amy & Joe welcome Eileen Chapman, Asbury Park City Councilperson, Director of the Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music for Monmouth University, Board Member of the Asbury Park Music Foundation—and member of a long list of other Asbury-centric organizations.
We talk to Eileen about the upcoming Summer Concert Series, Music Mondays at Springwood Park,and along the way hear what it was like to work at and manage the legendary Mrs. J’s, the legendary Stone Pony and the legendary Fast Lane and other equally boring and uninteresting places.