(ParamountsHome.Org co-founders Patrick Mack, Alex van der Tuuk,
and Angela Mack standing together at the site of the Paramount Pressing Plant 9-22-2006)
ParamountsHome was founded by author of "Paramount's Rise and Fall", Alex van der Tuuk, and Grafton residents Pat and Angela Mack in the beginning of 2005. After realizing that such an archive has not been available on Paramount-related topics, we saw the need to educate.
Our mission as an educational online archive is to provide our worldwide audience with a wealth of information on the New York Recording Laboratories and its subsidiaries, the Wisconsin Chair Factory, the recording artists, and the employees who were there to name a few. Our site contains contributions from educators/researchers around the world including Dr. David Evans, Michael "Hawkeye" Herman, Guido van Rijn, Bob West, Allan Sutton, Paul Swinton, James VanDrisse, Kurt Nauck, John Tefteller, Steve Ostermann, Norrie Cox, and Alex van der Tuuk. We have an extensive collection of photographs, articles, and a forum section for you to post your Paramount questions and comments.
We are basically a "digital Paramount library" of sorts. If you have educational material that would "shed light" on this important part of music history, please contact
| || ALEX VAN DER TUUK, a native of the Netherlands, is gaining an international reputation as a researcher of Paramount and other early blues recordings. He has contributed widely to such magazines as Doctor Jazz, Blues and Rhythm, Vintage Jazz Mart, and 78 Quarterly. His first book, Paramount’s Rise and Fall, was published by Mainspring Press in 2003. A native of the Netherlands and frequent visitor to the U.S., he is currently researching Midwestern jazz and dance bands that recorded for Paramount. (from: www.mainspringpress.com) Alex has provided the bulk of material for this website. He is soon to release his book about Wisconsin Dance Bands called "Out of the Anonymity" |
| ||ANGELA MACK has worked 4 years as a K-8 music teacher, NSAA Jr. Stagekids musical producer/director, NSAA Stagekids vocal director www.nsaatv.org , and a Pre-K music/drama teacher for BestSource, Inc. She is a composer who values the art of improvisation and has recorded several albums. www.creativeconnectionarts.com She enjoys sharing her knowledge by giving private music lessons at NSAA in piano, guitar, and voice. She has been instrumental in orchestrating Grafton’s Paramount identity through her educational website and community networking. She is a board member for Paramount GIG (Grooves in Grafton) and the chairperson for the Paramount Plaza “Walk of Fame”. She lives, breathes, and values creativity as highlighted in her book, “Chronic Creativity”. |
http://www.creativity-portal.com/bc/angela.mack/ Angela Mack and ParamountsHome are approved and listed on The Blues Foundations "Blues In the Schools" page http://www.blues.org/bits/educators.php4 as blues educators.
| ||PATRICK MACK is a computer Desktop Analyst by day, Emergency Medical Technician by weekend, Web Designer for www.paramountshome.org, www.paramountgig.org, and www.creativeconnectionarts.com by night and graphic artist in the middle of the night! He has also was nominated and served as the president for the Paramount GIG (Grooves in Grafton) organization. His overall design and concept of the ParamountsHome website played an integral part in the site being awarded the 2006 Wisconsin Historical Society Website Award. Patrick has a keen eye for graphics and design and a passion to share about Paramount’s History. He and his wife have been interviewed on Milwaukee Public Radio and invited to lecture at “The Wisconsin Blues Connection” for the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison on October 6, 2006. |