September 7, 2013 - 12:38 PM
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)...
... sees the humor in the situation.
He said: "The first night I announced I was Doctor John, I was laughing so hard."
August 23, 2013 - 10:24 AM
Flowers and barbed wire, an unbeatable combination!
We should get Guns 'N Roses to play here.
Downtown last night in Niagara Square...
Braced for the feeding frenzy!
... when you open The Buffalo News and see a headline reading:
"Rogue Priests Preside At Subterranean Services"
It is on page B2 of the print edition today (Monday).
The story is about the parishioners at St. Ann's Church ...
... trying to keep the place from closing. "Ousted Parishioners Cling On In Basement," runs the main headline.
This story is heartbreaking.
But the headlines are great!
Eddie Brady's, on Genesee Street in downtown Buffalo, is so charmingly 19th century.
The menu is called "Bill of Fare" and is just a few things printed on a chalkboard. Everything is the same price, $6. Except for the Soup du Jour, which is $2. The Soup du Jour, and we love this touch, is available "in season."
A portrait of Eddie Brady's grandfather sits over the bar in a stentorian oval frame.
Today at Eddie Brady's, eating a tuna sandwich, Buzz watched idly as a woman dressed in lawyerly fashion greeted Eddie. "Hey, Eddie," she said.
Eddie looked up from making a sandwich. "Hi, honey, how you doing?" he said.
So old-fashioned! So comforting! But today, Eddie Brady's finally got with the times.
Eddie himself lifted a broom handle and moved the hands of the bar's Iroquois Beer clock, visible over the door in the above picture, an hour forward. The clock went from 10 minutes till noon to 10 minutes till 1.
Daylight Savings Time, better late than never!
Petal to the metal!
The sign is protecting a window box on Connecticut Street.
Hands off those marigolds!
Scrawled on the walls of the ahem, fitting rooms of the Dick Road Amvets is, let us be honest, a lot of dreck. In its midst, though, we admired an oasis of high-minded ideals.
Got to love, especially, the Tolkien-quoting nerd, taking time out from Middle Earth, or whatever it is called.
We hope he scored a good haul!
Buffalo being the birthplace of air conditioning, let us toast this hot afternoon by conferring an award that shall surely turn out to be the first in a long and distinguished series.
It is an award for prominent and strategically placed window air conditioner!
With pride we present our first awardee.
This is, of course, St. Mary's School For the Deaf.
It is possible we are starting at the top. St. Mary's sets the bar very high. The building is stately, beautiful and architecturally significant. It boasts several prominent window air conditioners but the one that really nets the school the award is the one perfectly, gloriously located, right over the cross placed over the grand front entrance.
Congratulations, St. Mary's School For The Deaf!
Very, very cool!
Tuesday, a lot of ticket holders for tonight's Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert at Carnegie Hall were invited to a party at CNN's studios.
It was actually CNN's cafeteria. And it has a great view, pictured above in a picture ably snapped by BPO communications director Susan Schwartz.
"What a great view that is," Buzz fell into the habit of saying, buying time as we scribbled in our notebook.
Then we said it to the wrong person! This Buffalonian, who does not want to be named, met our "What a great view" comment with a dismissive shrug.
"You should see my view," she snapped. She went on to discuss her home in Buffalo -- "It's like you're looking out at the countryside" -- and her home in Florida.
Then Buzz began bragging about the view from The News' cafeteria.
"You see grain elevators, and the river, and --"
We couldn't help it!
That is the Buffalo way. Nobody has it better than we do.