"The Best Years of Our Lives"

Uptown doorway.

Jay Bernunzio and Dad circa 1976

Sam Bernunzio on the left circa 1944


Good morning,

 Yesterday our family had a double holiday. It was Veteran’s Day and of course our thoughts go out to those who gave so much for our country. It was also the birthday of my oldest son Jay Andrew Bernunzio, a young man who makes me very proud.  Now around Veterans Day I have a compulsion to watch the 1946 movie, "The Best Years of Our Lives“. This William Wyler film tells the struggles of returning veterans after World War II, those often referred to as "the greatest generation". My father was from that generation. He returned from the service, married and had a large family  and worked unquestionably hard his entire life.  In the evenings he would get his harmonica, often playing the old tunes like "On Top of Old Smokey" and "Red River Valley". Growing up,  I often wondered why this Sicilian immigrant, growing up in the center city, could develop a love for American folk music. I can only deduce that is was from what he heard on the radio and a strong desire to be an “American" kid. 

My son Jay  has been operating the Tint Shop here in Rochester for over 20 years. He does graphic design  and window treatments as well as window tint and paint protection on automobiles. Three years ago he immortalized many of the Rochester musicians and his father with great graphics on the windows of Uptown Music. 

 Lots of great events and sales are coming up at the store in the next few weeks. Keep your eyes posted to our website and our Facebook page as we will have deals popping up. We are expecting a shipment of 30 to 40 guitars, banjos and mandolins within the next few weeks. Stay tuned we are still very active.

Best regards,

John Bernunzio