Hearing about Ringo Starr's upcoming visit to Artpark, Buzz was swept up in nostalgia for 2001, which is when we went to see the one, the only, the great Pete Best. Best, in the above 1982 David Letterman clip, was said to have given up music. Wrong, wrong, wrong! In 2001 he was playing T-Birds in Cheektowaga.
All we could think -- we wrote about it at the time -- was that he knew the answer to one of music's big mysteries. He told The News' Jim Heaney he didn't know why the fledgling Beatles had fired him. He knew, all right.
So we remember that. A visual image also sticks with us. In the hall, when you walked in, T-Birds displayed a huge mural of the Beatles' faces - and over Ringo's, someone had taped a 9-by-12 Xeroxed photo of the young Pete Best.
Another rosy memory: On stage, Best introduced "Love Me Do" by saying: "This song made me a few bob as well, so that's why we've got to play it." That was pretty funny, you know, especially in that charming Liverpudlian accent.
Wow. That was a unique occasion, you know?
That's why Ringo isn't playing Cheektowaga. Because out there, he would always be ... Second Best.
Buzz, earlier today, thought to ourself, sure, it's March, it's going to be cold, but does it have to be bitterly cold?
And we had to laugh, reading on Twitter about a JetBlue flight attendant, pictured above, said upon landing here yesterday.
Somebody named Paul Mitro tweeted that when the plane touched down in Buffalo, this attendant announced: "JetBlue welcomes you to Aruba....just kidding, you're in Buffalo, I was just in Aruba, it was really nice."
Hahaa! Welcome to Buffalo, JetBlue passengers!
Misery loves company!
Buzz threw in our lot with the Buffalo Mass Mob this morning at St. John Kanty, a church we have passed millions of times but have never gone in.
We liked the painting of a dark-skinned, Eastern-looking Jesus in the front of the church, sort of visible in the picture above over the heads of the Mass Mobsters.
There were also, we have to say this, a few funny moments. There were a few priests and deacons on hand. And one of them got up to welcome the big crowd of 800 people (we are estimating). He said he was moved to see so many people from out of town, "from California, Illinois, Texas, Georgia, Hamburg and Williamsville."
The best jokes are the ones with a grain of truth, and that got a big laugh. The fun continued during the sermon.
"I really feel I am preaching to the choir," the priest said, looking out at the faithful. He added: "But I will go on."
Ha, ha! Meanwhile we see our brethren at the Cleveland Plain Dealer are having fun covering their local Mass Mob, one of the Mass Mobs our Buffalo Mass Mob has spawned. Cleveland also had a Mass Mob scheduled for today. The story says too that Philadelphia also held its first Mass Mob today.
But back to Cleveland. Bless this reporter for his bad pun.
He writes: "Many are called and pews are chosen."
It is surely the ladies room at Prospero, the little Italian restaurant across from Kleinhans Music Hall.
Note in the picture above the magazines: The Buffalo News' Buffalo magazine, and Buffalo Niagara Restaurants.
And the candy dish, should you become hungry while you are away from your pasta.
Another table holds toiletries. This is why they are called toiletries!
And over the sink is a collage made out of gloves. That is a whole other story.
Che bel bagno! We will be ready with that phrase next time we visit.
It means, "What a beautiful bathroom!"
March 14, 2014 - 11:45 AM
Ox Foot, available at the meat counter across from the entrance to Sav-A-Lot!
And next to that is Pig's Foot.
We get a kick from these feet. There might be a shortage of pussy willows for Dyngus Day but thank goodness the market is overflowing with other delights.
We love this time of year!
March 13, 2014 - 11:45 AM
The eloquent folks over at Dyngus Day are worried about the pussy willow harvest. Their poem below, in the spare yet vivid style of the late-Renaissance Polish poet Mikołaj Sęp Szarzyński:
Pussy willows put in peril by being pelted with snow?
Say it ain't so!
With this alarming picture:
That last weather statistic Buzz absorbed before falling asleep last night was that in Jamestown it was nine below zero.
We give you the immortal Sonny Boy Williamson.
This goes out to Jamestown!
March 12, 2014 - 12:36 PM
Pssst. About that elusive road salt (as shown in the above classic Buffalo News photo) ...
Buzz's friend Stephanie tells us that she found some yesterday at the Tops at Transit and Maple.
However! She says it is not where the big sign is that says "Rock Salt." It is the next aisle over, by the school supplies and ant traps.
"I needed a takeout person to take it to my car," she said.
Thank you for the tip, Stephanie!
You are worth your salt!
Everyone recognizes that powerful symbol. It means "No Blizzard."
Remember what Scarlett O'Hara was told about Rhett Butler in "Gone With the Wind"? "My dear, he isn't received." Buffalonians are saying that about today's predicted snowstorm.
My dear, it is not received!
You cannot even buy salt in the hardware stores any more. They are out of it and they are not reordering it. Let it run out.
As far as shoveling goes there is a general strike.
There is talk that the storm will be turned away by the city's indifference.
Fiddle dee dee!
March 11, 2014 - 11:35 AM
In today's Buzz we learn of Geraldo Rivera winging it while in Buffalo in the last couple of days.
Meanwhile, the Anchor Bar has been soaring on eagle's wings as far as good publicity goes. Over the weekend Cigar Dave, the nationally syndicated radio guy originally from Buffalo, paid an on-air paean to the place.
He made the outrageous move, which Buzz loved, of stacking the Anchor Bar up against a chi-chi New York City three Michelin-star restaurant at the Time Warner Center, Per Se.
"Per So-So," he called it.
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