I was devastated to learn that my friend John DeMarco who founded the Lyrical Ballad Bookstore has died after a long struggle with cancer.
John was one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I have ever known. The shop that he ran with his wife, Jan, was an important institution in Saratoga Springs. He supported just about every civic cause in this city. As noted in the Gazette Newspaper article about his death, his shop weathered the challenging changes in the landscape of the book business and the city. Much of this had to do with how well respected he was and to his dedication to his store and the world of books.
Born in Mechanicville, he started the store in 1971 shortly after he graduated from college. He was a great story teller and after more than forty years in the business he had many to tell.
My heart goes out to Jan