From Classic Rock History:
The first time I saw Jimi LaLumia was when he was working in the Sam Goody Record Store in New York’s Smith Haven Mall. While I was staring at the cover of Led Zeppelin’s Presence album and trying to figure out what the hell I was looking at, I felt an actual presence looming from behind me. I turned around and saw a very tall guy with a huge head of hair flopping around in all directions, heading straight towards me. He was wearing shaded glasses and an extremely colorful dress shirt that screamed something radically loud. He introduced himself as Jimi and asked what kind of music I was into. He handed me a Ramones album stating that this was a band I should check out. I returned to the store a few days later and was surprised when Jimi LaLumia asked me what I thought of the band. LaLumia probably dealt with thousands of record buyers a week, yet he remembered everything about our conversation the week before. And I wasn’t the only one. Many of my friends would have great conversations with LaLumia about music.