If there was one man who brought people joy in Toledo, it was Pat O'Connor. Many of you knew him as the friendly owner of Boogie Records and later, Culture Clash Records, but he was so much more than a neighborhood business owner. He was a devoted husband and animal lover. He was the type of friend who would call you on the phone when it was your birthday (who does that?). He was a musical genius who knew how to fix almost any broken record player and choose the most perfect album that you didn’t know you needed in your life.
The store was and is a mainstay of the city's music scene and beyond. (For one major example, Pat and Boogie Records are a cited influence for Jon Poneman, owner of Sub Pop Records.) No matter what mood you were in or what you liked, Pat was always there, handing you your new favorite record through the ebb and flow of the past few decades. The impact he had on Toledo is immeasurable, but we're gonna try, anyway.
Khroma is asking loved ones, friends, community members, patrons, and employees to send in their memories of Pat for a special issue. This is a call for entries, but more than that, it's a call for memories. To those who knew Pat, worked with Pat, even if you just knew him from a distance, we want to hear (and publish) your story for our next special issue, due out on Record Store Day, April 22, 2017. They can be in any form: photos, illustrations, poetry, short stories, letters, etc. Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the form below, by Monday, April 3. If you would like to accompany your submission with photos, please send them via email with instructions or captions. The zines will be available online through pre-order soon.