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BBC Filmmakers In Buffalo, On the Trail Of Bashar Issa

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Two journalists working for the BBC were at the Statler last night, seeking information about Bashar Issa, who memorably owned the Statler for a spell a few years ago.

Buzz happened upon the journalists interviewing Howard, the guy we married. Howard was also involved in the Statler saga. Buzz made the case that maybe the filmmakers should interview us on the grounds that we somehow inherited Bashar Issa's jacket, which he left behind at the Statler, and now we wear it to the gym. The journalists laughed politely but declined to film us.

The filmmakers, Ben Lewis and Sarah Robinson, will be in Buffalo for the next few days as they look into Issa's couple of years here. Issa's adventures continued after he left. We liked this colorful rundown of them in the British paper the Guardian.

Makes us think, in a way Issa did wind up being good for Buffalo. It appears he is good for our tourism.

How about a Bashar Issa Museum?

Grover Cleveland's Spirit Resurfaces in Nondescript Buffalo Building

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By Mary Kunz Goldman

Grover Cleveland, pictured above, is everywhere!

After researching Cleveland and exploring the Western New York sites that figured in the lives of Cleveland and Millard Fillmore, Buzz was thrilled to learn about Grover's, the bar on Transit Road situated in the president's old hunting lodge.

Now we are delighted to report that Cleveland's restless spirit has reappeared, this time in a nondescript building at the corner of Linden Avenue and Summer Street.

A gentleman writes:

Grover Cleveland lived in the orange-brick house on the corner of Linwood and Summer -- it's a subsidized, low-profile multi-residential property now; I don't believe there's even a plaque on the outside (but surely there is something within the property to mention its former owner when he was mayor of Buffalo).

Anyway, when I used to live in the neighborhood I saw a soldier cutting the grass and keeping the shrubs trimmed, and because I was walking around the area taking pictures (it was one of those rare spring days of flat-out sunshine) the guy stopped me and told me to be sure to take a picture of the still stately-in-a-low-key-way house. He told me he was from the Army Corps of Engineers, and among the oddball things the outfit does is maintain Grover Cleveland's former home in Buffalo.

How interesting! That Cleveland lived in that house, and that the Army Corps of Engineers maintains the place. These are certainly things to chew on.

Along with, of course, our Groverburger.

Law Office Dons Its Gay Yuletide Apparel

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A big Wassail Award to the law offices of Doran and Murphy at 1234 Delaware Ave. When it comes to Christmas spirit, this office has other law offices licked.

Making your columns into peppermint candy sticks is such an obvious idea, but a rare sight.

Buzz took this fleeting picture from the bus, which we took to be safe in the snow. That is the bad news for Doran and Murphy. No personal injury business from us, at least not today.

All the same, they have our admiration!

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!

Discovery Behind Central Terminal Adds Greatly to Historical Value

Christopher Byrd of Broadway Fillmore Alive posted this picture on Facebook and we do not think he would mind us sharing it.

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He writes: "Final resting place for WBEN mobile unit ... behind Central Terminal."

What a find!

Generally Chris ends his reports on the East Side by writing: "Alive!"

In this case, he'll have to write: "Dead!"

 

Western New York's Most Challenging Parking

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By Mary Kunz Goldman

Last night, heading out to UB to catch the extravaganza show by Sarah Brightman, Buzz timed things so we would get there an hour early. UB had sent out an advisory saying that there were a number of events going on at the same time, so allow extra time.

When UB sends out an advisory, things are bad! Because normally things are bad anyway and you get no advisory.

So, we get there, we basically park in Ohio. Way down near Millersport. It was pointless to try to get into any lots closer and what the heck, we needed the walk. On our trek to the Center For the Arts, we passed this beauteous police building pictured above. We had parked so far that we were seeing buildings we had not known existed!

Now comes the real adventure.

Because of deadline pressure we left the concert before the encore, "Time To Say Goodbye," was quite finished. We flew down the long, winding road from the Center for the Arts, past Augspurger Road, past the beauteous police building, down to the distant lot. At least we found our car. It was not like at the Erie County Fair. But --

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Amherst House Can Talk

Jon Rosen, the Snyder gentleman who owns Jon Rosen Systems, went over to a neighbor's house to help them get ready for a move. In a crawl space in the basement they found this written on the wall:

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This being the Internet age, the story does not end there. Jon put the picture up on Facebook. And the house's former owner, now living in Texas, immediately got in touch!

"I can't believe you found my note!!!" Holly Kirkpatrick Whiting wrote from Dallas. "I wrote it when we moved my mother to Asbury Pointe around seven years ago. I couldn't bear to walk out and not leave some note about who had built the house. Thanks so much for sharing!"

It turns out that her sister was Facebook friends with Jon's sister.

The house's adventures continue. Buzz hears that it has just been sold to Liesl Folks, the new dean of the UB School of Engineering.

Engineers have an eye for interesting buildings!

Disco DJ Makes Stealth Trip Back to Buffalo

 

Adding sparkle to this rainy Buffalo weekend is "Doctor" John Bisci, the DJ of the long-gone disco Club 747, immortalized in the above video. Bisci now lives and works in Las Vegas and he was in town on business. 

Doctor John is not to be confused with the bluesman Dr. John! Originally, Bisci told Buzz, he worried when he was told to take that name, because the New Orleans bluesman already had it.

Then he reasoned that the musician Dr. John's real name is Mac Rebennack. In any case, Dr. John from New Orleans has been gracious and has never protested.

Bisci had to take a nickname, he said, because all the deejays back then had nicknames. There was Charles "Captain Disco" Anzalone, Charlie "CC" Cimino and someone else he mentioned to us who went by General Mills, hahahaha!

We liked how Bisci, who is now pretty dapper (he's at right, under the banner, in this pic)...

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... sees the humor in the situation.

He said: "The first night I announced I was Doctor John, I was laughing so hard."

Military Group Joins Battle To Save St. Ann's Church

A meeting tonight at 7 at St. Columba-Brigid Church to strategize on saving beautiful St. Ann's Church, which has been condemned by the Buffalo diocese, is shaping up to have a touch of military might.

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City Hall's Scariest Public Servant

Because, unlike some of our public servants ... it tells the truth!

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