The Tera Shirma Story
Al Sherman 
Al Sherman and his wife Marie
(picture courtesy Ralph Terrana)

Now that Ernie was gone, it became apparent that a number of changes would have to be made. For one thing Customers had continued to call the studio Rainbow.

I decided we needed a new name and came up with Tera Shirma, based on our surnames. Since it was to be Shirma and not Sherma, I  dropped an 'r'  to leave, Tera. I then contacted a sign writer and told him I wanted to keep the original green background. The title Tera Shirma was painted white.

When the sign went up, I felt so proud, it looked fantastic. Now that I look back on it I wish I had taken a photograph.

Al was strictly a silent money partner, so the day to day running of the studio was now on my shoulders.

Sadly he died in the late seventies.

Notes thanks to Ralph Terrana



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