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Buffalo Musician Had Unique View of the Ed Sullivan Show Magic

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Everyone is talking today about the magic that happened on the Ed Sullivan Show 50 years ago last night. And with good reason.

There is simply no topping the greatness of magician Fred Kaps, who demonstrated his craft on that unforgettable night. Kaps, who shared the bill with actor (and friend of Buffalo) Frank Gorshin and -- who else? oh, right, British rockers the Beatles -- is a particular figure of fascination to Buffalo musician Bob Davis, pictured above, who does magic on the side. He told Buzz how, when he was able to nail a video of the episode, he didn't bother with the Beatles. "I haven't gotten around to watching them," he confessed. "I've only seen Fred Kaps. He was great."

On Facebook yesterday, Bob Davis joined in the wave of awe regarding the show 50 years ago.

"Fred Kaps," he wrote, simply.

Further words are unnecessary.

 

Southern Cheerleading VIPs Freeze But Say 'Rah, Rah' To Buffalo

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Deep South, meet Deep Freeze!

Last night at E.B. Green's in the Hyatt, Buzz met a lady and gentleman from Mississippi who are here to judge Cheersport, the giant cheerleading competition taking place Saturday at the Buffalo Convention Center.

They are Niel Parker and Cheryl Farris and while they are used to judging summery competitions like the one pictured above, now they are up here in the Arctic. They confessed that just the thought of flying to Buffalo had made them shiver.

"We were afraid our plane would land on ice," Cheryl said.

Niel added candidly: "We were hoping our flight would be canceled."

But they fell in love with Buffalo! "The people are so friendly," they said, and proceeded to list all the friends they had made, from the pilot of the plane up through the staffers at the Hyatt, whom they reeled off by name. They had tickets to "Wicked" tonight at Shea's.

Niel and Cheryl are encouraging Buffalonians to come out and watch the cheerleading competition. The Convention Center site says admission is $10 with kids under 10 admitted free. It sounds like quite a show. There are about a zillion cheerleaders from all over the state and beyond. And the judges say come late, because the competition gets more advanced as the day wears on.

Cheerleaders converging on the Convention Center, what fun.

Let's go, Buffalo!

 

Christmas Time in Buffalo Is ....

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Being picked up by the No. 20 Elmwood bus, its sign flashing "Happy Holidays," in front of Voelker's Bowling!

That was what Buzz did this morning after our car went into the shop for the second time this week. Which is fine with us. Who wanted to be driving in that rush hour this morning? The mechanic was trying to see if he could fix it on the spot and Buzz was edging out of the garage, murmuring things about work and deadlines.

Who needs the car? After the last few days?

You can keep it, buddy!

The bus was big and safe and warm. Someone got in our way and the bus driver gave him the horn. Unchallenged, we trundled down Elmwood. Buzz took pictures of the snowy cityscape. That is one of our masterpieces up above. Inside the bus, a poster advertised the Irish Festival ...

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... that took place on the waterfront in August.

Life on the Metro Bus, it is like a parallel universe.

Merrily we roll along!

 

A Big Buffalo Welcome

Buzz's cousin was in Orlando, Fla., where it was 87 degrees and she flew back to Buffalo last night with no boots and no coat, just a cape.

This is how the Buffalo airport greeted her.

LOL, it looks like the moon!

Welcome home!

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Move Over, Griswolds: Buffalo Suburb Has You Beat

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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!  

The Five Critters You Meet In Kleinhans

Act your age, not your shoe size, as our teachers used to tell us. But still. Buzz had to crack up at Kleinhans Music Hall, seeing these critters at the recent Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra kids' show.

Elmo tried to cajole our niece, Barbara, into posing with him. No go.

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Elmo had better luck with Barbara's dad.

 

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Parents all wanted to get their pictures taken with Elmo! What was with that? This is supposed to be for the kids and the grown-ups are having the good time.

We loved these creatures standing by the stairs.

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We loved seeing Matthew Kraemer, the BPO's Associate Conductor, in a chicken suit. That alone, you have to figure, is worth the price of admission.

And the best was, we saw Mickey Mouse walking into the Mary Seaton Room, looking sweaty and exhausted, taking off his giant Mickey Mouse head. Ha, ha! We wish we had gotten a picture of that.

Some things never grow old!

The Ultimate Church Barbecue

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Buzz's buddy Ryan Lysarz saw this sign today. If you hurry you can still get to this picnic.

What kind of a church is this, anyway?

Whatever, it sounds like quite the event!

Rare Photo of DJ Reunion

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Buzz's new friend "Doctor John" Bisci, voice of Club 747, passes along this picture of himself and his fellow disco DJs gathered for a charity reunion, the Hustle for a Cure Charity Event at First Niagara Center on Friday night.

Priceless! If this is not a clip-and-save picture Buzz does not know what is.

This explains Doctor John's stealth flight into Buffalo.

Thing like this do not happen by accident!

The Jaded Amusement Park Operator

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Fantasy Island is open for a few more weekends and Buzz hit the park yesterday. There is so much that is fun about this park.

The classic water fountain pictured above (note the Buffalo News box, one of many sprinkled throughout the park). The bumper cars with their music by the Electric Light Orchestra. The pirate show!

Somehow we ended up on the Mega Disko, a weird spinning ride. The kids wanted to ride it. But our nephew George Henry, boarding it, had second thoughts.

"If I scream, can you stop the ride?" he asked the operator.

She shook her head.

Buzz, trying to be entertaining, spoke up.

"He can scream pretty loud," we told her.

She rolled her eyes.

"I hear it all day, every day," she sighed.

Still Life With Motorhead

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What's a guy to do when the main stage of the Lewiston Jazz Festival is practically right in his own back yard?

Work on his car, of course! Or truck, as the case may be.

Buzz took this idyllic picture Saturday on a Lewiston side street as we arrived for the jazz festivities around noon. The street was right around the corner from the main stage and we could hear the Mike Kaupa Quintet wailing away.

When we emerged from the festival, hours later, that motorhead was still there, under his vehicle!

He must have heard us laughing because stuck his head out and talked with us. He said he has lived in Lewiston a long time and yes, he could enjoy the music from where he was.

Hats off to this gentleman.

A man enjoying his Saturday!

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