November 6, 2013 - 4:31 PM
We saw it shining on the main floor of the downtown Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.
The Book Nook!
It is the little second-hand book shop. They used to have this room, remember, where you could buy de-accessioned books. But for inexplicable reasons they closed the little book shop a couple of years ago.
Now it is back, this time called The Book Nook. It is off the main lobby in the Magazine Room.
It is just one column of shelves plus a cart but we hope it will grow.
It is a new chapter!
November 5, 2013 - 12:35 PM
The Buffalonians shouldn't be up!
They are putting the tree up at The Buffalo News. That is it pictured above!
And at St. Vincent de Paul on Main Street, where workers were scurrying around this morning with tabletop trees and strings of lights. By the way here is a picture of Vinnie D's world-class tchotchke collection, so you may begin your Christmas shopping early.
It is never too early for Christmas as far as Buzz is concerned. For instance today we cheered the First Christmas Cookies Being Baked By a Rock 'n Roll Artist.
Election Day, the new start of the Christmas season.
You may eat!
October 22, 2013 - 1:26 PM
This is turning into Doc Severinsen Week here at The Buffalo News, what with Doc Severinsen breaking his silence on the book about Johnny Carson, and, today, recalling his days with the roustabout Tommy Dorsey.
In a couple of days Doc will be here, performing with his big band and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. But we still have time for more Doc stories. Here is a dandy.
A retired Buffalo police officer Buzz knows -- he says we can call him Sal J. -- says that years ago, he was pulling into the parking lot of the Towne Restaurant and spotted Doc Severinsen walking past. This would have been during Doc's tenure as the Philharmonic's principal pops conductor.
Our pal Sal realized he had a wanted poster in the car that looked a lot like Doc! It wasn't a photo, just a sketch. He went with it.
"I pulled up to him," he told us. "I said, 'Sir, hang on, you look like someone we are looking for.'
"I showed him the wanted poster sketch. It looked like him! He laughed. He said, 'Hahaha, it does look like me!' He was very nice and personable. And ... he signed it!"
Sal laughed, remembering.
"Real gentleman," he said.
An officer and a gentleman! "I'm going to look for the wanted poster this weekend," Sal said. "It was so long ago."
If he finds it, Buzz will post it.
October 16, 2013 - 11:59 AM
It has been 24 hours now and the calamitous news of the sale of Budwey's is still sinking in. Just now we were staring at the picture of Frank Budwey, disbelieving.
We never even knew what Frank Budwey looked like. He looks younger than we would have expected. And it is no accident he was photographed by the meat counter. Budwey's is famous for their meat. The packages can be messy! But there are great bargains.
What if the Kenmore Avenue Budwey's is bought by Dash? That is the rumor flying around. It is great how: "Joseph Dash, owner of Dash's Markets, could not be reached for comment."
Should that happen, here is an idea for the old Dash's Market on Hertel, which would then be vacant.
How about it become a food co-op? Not the Lexington Food Co-op, which has become too upscale and expensive for our tastes. But a food co-op like the old place that the Lexington Food Co-op used to be?
Cheap beans, pastas, cheese, produce, grains, coffee beans, tofu, herb teas, etc., piled in bins and tubs and baskets, with a hippie sitting there at the checkout, people hanging around, and a boom box playing Old and In the Way?
Now that's what we would call a super market!
October 11, 2013 - 3:53 PM
Though others flock to Trader Joe's,
With Buzz they're out of luck!
We'll stay away, until the day
They carry ...
(May be sung pompously to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne.")
October 10, 2013 - 9:04 AM
From the Brown Booby's human-watching journal:
Awk! Awk! I really must be as stupid as they say.
I make my once-in-a-lifetime human-ing trip up to Buffalo and all I see is the same darn people I've been seeing back home in Florida!
Buffalo Bills fans! They are down in Florida too. I added the Buffalo Bills Fan to my life list when I was still a chick. You can't fly 10 feet without running into one of those.
The Tufted Backwards-Baseball-Cap-Wearing Youth, he is so common!
It's my first time this year for the Tweedy UB Professor. But it's not as if he's exotic or anything. As a matter of fact that professor quoted in the story about me in The Buffalo News, I saw that exact same guy in Florida, looking right at me.
No goal! That is a quaint expression I hear in this Great Lakes town.
Why are rare humans so hard to spot??
October 3, 2013 - 4:59 PM
As Jacquie Walker celebrates 30 years with Channel 4, she is being toasted and roasted.
Steve Cichon, former news director for WBEN-AM, helpfully posted the picture above. He says it dates to the late '80s and features, left to right: Van Miller, Jacquie, Bob Koop, Carol Jasen and Ted Textor.
The gracious Jacquie herself posted this picture which we hope she will not mind us sharing.
Colleagues are chiming in.
The perpetually youthful and stylish Doris Jones, who like Walker is a member of the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame, writes: "Congratulations to one beautiful lady... inside and outside. You look as young as ever -- always perfectly groomed and a real talent."
Shane Brother Shane, the greet deejay, writes with his trademark eloquence: "Wish I could have been with you, every step of the way, Chipmunk."
And speaking of eloquence, the great Mike Randall, who in August celebrated 30 years with Channel 7, wrote his congratulations, adding: "30 years at one station!?! what are you nuts!!"
October 3, 2013 - 11:56 AM
Airborne Eddy of Forgotten Buffalo snapped this picture at City Hall.
September 19, 2013 - 12:04 PM
What with all the excitement surrounding the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's opening gala Wednesday, one piece of good news went unmentioned. And it should be mentioned.
The size of the lower-level Ladies Lounge has been doubled!
That is the entrance to the Lounge pictured above on this esteemed Buffalo architectural website. The hall was flush with rumors before the concert even started. "They knocked out a wall," someone said. Buzz, zipped precariously into a skin-tight evening gown, went tripping daintily downstairs to see what we could see. And lo, it was true.
Most mysteriously, the additional, ahem, stalls looked as if they had been there forever. As if the lounge had always been this way!
Oh well. It is like a Mozart symphony.
God knows exactly how it was constructed but we rejoice that it is there!
September 16, 2013 - 12:56 PM
Remember the Tall Ship sitting beneath Buzz's window?
This morning it was under fire!
It was challenged by Buffalo's historic fireboat, the Cotter. The Cotter, in what Buzz could only assume was a show of strength, came trundling up with all its water jets going full blast, just the way it was in this picture from the Dyngus Day website, only way worse.
As we watched wide-eyed, the Tall Ships were obscured by mist and spray.
You got to love the Cotter for guarding its turf against other antique ships.
That is so Buffalo!