December 10, 2013 - 11:42 AM
Buzz could never work for Channel 7's AM Buffalo. We are not a morning person. And we are guessing, judging from what a history-minded friend tells us today, that reporter Jon Summers is not, either. Today's show, our friend says, was about cancer, and Summers was talking with folks from the General Motors plant and from the American Cancer Society.
When all of a sudden he said that Mary, Queen of Scots, died of cancer.
Ahem, Jon. While any mention of Mary, Queen of Scots ...
... in a mainstream television show is to be appreciated, she did not die of cancer.
She had her head chopped off!
By order of Queen Elizabeth I!
Yes, Mary, Queen of Scots, lost her head. And it appears that it is catching.
Someone, get this man another cup of coffee!
December 9, 2013 - 12:55 PM
"Jingle Bell Jam," the kids' concert Sunday at Kleinhans Music Hall, was jammed! With many unforgettable sights. For one thing Ron Spigelman, the conductor, handed the Philharmonic over to Santa. It made us think of when the chicken conducted!
Our photo of Santa on the podium is up above, not bad considering we had our 6-year-old nephew in one hand and a candy cane in the other.
Meanwhile it was also fun to see little girls and boys of every description enjoying Victor Herbert's "March of the Toys" while sporting all kinds of offbeat finery. (One little girl wore a white ballet dress. (You could just imagine the conversation. Girl: "Can I wear my ballet dress?" Mom: "Sure.")
Also, in the Mary Seaton Room, what to our wondering eyes should appear than the longest line for Santa that Buzz had ever seen.
No kidding, this line stretched all around the perimeter!
A dad who was standing away from the line with his kids, placidly eating cookies, gets the Wise Men Award as far as we are concerned.
"They know he's not the real Santa," he said. "I tell them there are people who just play Santa. I'm not getting into this."
December 7, 2013 - 12:40 PM
The Medaille Reindeer Run in Delaware Park this morning drew a big crowd -- of runners, and of cheerleaders.
This was our favorite cheerleading squad. Love the opaque sign on the left, and then the sign in the middle with the picture of the Metro Bus.
December 6, 2013 - 3:19 PM
Ron Spigelman, who used to be the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Principal Pops Conductor, was born in Australia but he is a Buffalonian at heart. He proved that at Kleinhans Music Hall this morning at the Coffee Concert, which was "Classic Christmas."
After Engelbert Humperdinck's Prelude to "Hansel and Gretel," which opened the concert, Spigelman turned to face the big audience.
"There are a couple of morals to that story," he said. "One of them is: Don't eat doughnuts! Not good for you!"
Ha, ha! The crowd, which included a lot of schoolchildren, completely lost it.
Who has not been chewing on that cupcake situation out in Derby, where a principal is banning kids' birthday cupcakes? The food police are at the gates! Spigelman, who may have read the paper, fed into that.
"And gingerbread!" he lectured us. "Horrible!"
The audience howled.
"Just kidding," Spigelman said.
December 5, 2013 - 1:06 PM
It is a great show of Buffalo strength, the Million-Man Hot Sauce March, shown in this exclusive photo taken in the Grant Street Tops. Surely this extravagant display is a tribute to Tops' new owners.
It is a sight that stirs the blood.
Next, we expect the Great Blue Cheese Parade!
December 4, 2013 - 5:24 PM
The situation in Lancaster made it irresistible to look up the scene in "Christmas Vacation" that made the name Griswold synonymous with anyone who overdoes the Christmas lights.
It is still pretty funny.
December 4, 2013 - 1:23 PM
Let other towns settle for silent nights, for carolers singing a quiet "Jingle Bells." In the arena of Christmas celebrations, Lancaster -- pictured above in a recent News photo -- reaches for, well, the arena.
It must have started small, when the town inherited those AM&A's window displays.
But then it grew. And now don't bother knocking, Lancaster's a-rocking! A recent evening found the town's Christmasville throbbing to the beat of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, with wildly blinking snowflakes and synchronized lights.
"It definitely could be heard through the walls of Lancaster Opera House during Monday's Town Board meeting," marvels one woman who was there.
Eventually her head began to pound too. "It gave me a headache and an eyeache."
Hmmm. If your ears, head and eyes are all hurting, that could actually give the burg a boost. So laughed one sympathetic villager. "He told me there's all of about three main Central Avenue businesses."
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which encourages this light-synching activity, must love this riot of rock and light. We get the idea most villagers do, too. But there are at least three people who aren't happy.
Those would be Mssrs. Adam, Meldrum and Anderson.
Surely they are turning in their graves!
December 3, 2013 - 4:15 PM
Sure, and Hamburg native Daniel Colt Collins' "Life as the Notre Dame Leprechaun," gossiped about in today's Buzz column, will be flying off the shelves, if all if it is as good as the excerpts we read.
Here is one:
I led the cheerleaders in a "Hail Mary" before we ran through LaFortune Student Center, much to the surprise of the hungry fans waiting patiently in the serpentine Subway line coiled around the concourse. More fans mobbed us for the remainder of the fifteen minutes we had left until the Band of the Fighting Irish signaled the start of its Step-Off Parade from the Golden Dome to Notre Dame Stadium. Our venerated drum major blew his whistle, raised his ornate scepter, and away we went.
December 3, 2013 - 12:29 PM
Thomas Reigstad, Buff State professor and author of "Scribblin' For a Livin': Mark Twain's Pivotal Period in Buffalo," gave a talk about Twain in Elmira on Nov. 30, Mark Twain's birthday. It was sponsored by the, ahem, Elmira College Center For Mark Twain Studies.
Present were two huge sheet cakes from Wegmans, which Reigstad reports were decorated with the gold and purple colors of Elmira College.
One cake was frosted with the words "Happy 168th Birthday Olivia." Twain's wife was born November 27, 1845.
The other said "Happy 178th Birthday Mark Twain." It also had a huge picture of the house, pictured at left, that the Twains received as a wedding gift, at 472 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo.
Olivia's cake was cut up and went fast. However, Reigstad observed ...
December 2, 2013 - 2:33 PM
Now we know what the "B" in "B Movies" stands for.
It stands for Buffalo! Because only in Buffalo would you find a holiday event titled:
UNYTS Ugly Christmas Sweater Blood Drive by Buffalo Zombies for Charity
The event takes place at the blood donation center at 96 Niagara St, Tonawanda (near Tops plaza) on Thursday -- that's Dec. 5 -- from 10 am to 8 pm. It is sponsored by the charity-minded Terror Technologies
(motto: "We Play Dead So Others May Live").
The zombies invite: "Please call now and schedule your appointment at 512-7940. They further invite: "Please wear your Ugly Christmas Sweater or Shirt and have your photo taken during your donation."
Wow, cool! Does that mean as we are wearing our kitschy reindeer sweater and donating blood that we will be diverted by the sight of zombies running around? Alas, no. But even this is so Buffalo. The zombies write on their Facebook invite:
"ZOMBIES: As much as you want too please do not show up in costume. We forgot to tell Joe Reboy and he showed up in full costume complete with a pencil protruding his cranium.
"The nurses got a kick out of it though!"