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Jukebox repair man of West Pico Boulevard

junebox-repairman.jpgMagdi Hanna runs one of the few workshops dedicated to saving jukeboxes. Photo: Saul Gonzalez

BBC World Service picks up a piece by Saul Gonzalez on a Pico Boulevard shop dedicated to the repair and restoration of jukeboxes. "That's American history. Jukebox," says Magdi Hanna never saw a jukebox growing up in Alexandria, Egypt. He has been repairing the relics of 20th century America since 1980, and now he is one of the last doing so.

Says Gonzalez, whose day job is reporter for KCRW: "They were icons of American life. Right up there with Marilyn Monroe, the Corvette and [Elvis Presley.]"

Give a listen. J & K Services is at 2978 W. Pico just east of Western Avenue.


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