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Italian Festival Boasts New Big Cheese



It is an unexpected slice of life that the Italian Heritage Festival has a new big cheese behind it. It is Galbani Cheese!

(Helpfully and most Buffalonially, that link takes you directly to the page of the site where you can get a coupon.)

The Italian Heritage Festival has been sponsored for Sorrento Cheese for so long that it will be hard not to say "Sorrento Cheese Italian Heritage Festival." When people say, "Galbani Cheese Italian Heritage Festival" you are going to want to respond: "No whey!"

Oh, well, hard cheese.

It's all good!

The Magic Buffalo News Time Machine

This gives you a lot of glimpses as Buffalo as it used to be. It is perfect entertainment for a rainy Saturday. Pour another cup of coffee and settle in.

Buzz found it on Facebook posted by former WBEN newsman Steve Cichon. It was brought to our attention by Chilly Billy, the ice cream man. (Once more, with feeling: Is this a great town or what?)

We bet we still have those same trucks!

Century-Old Headline Screams: 'That Is So Buffalo!'

 As the Magic 8 Ball would put it: "It is decidedly so."


Buffalo History, Abridged

A friend got this greeting card in the mail and Buzz is fascinated by it.

Click on it to blow it up and pore over it. Some of the things we have never heard of! Like Monroe Ginger Ale. All of a sudden we want some.

In a nutshell:

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Have You Seen the Bieber?


Those "Leave it to Beaver" puns -- it turns out they are most appropriate!

The headline on The News' picture page today, in the print edition, is "Leave it to Bieber."

Someone has to point this out: "Bieber" is a variation of "Biber" ...

... as in the wonderful German composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber ...


... and Biber is, yes, German for "beaver."

See, now if you run into Justin Bieber in person, you will have things to talk to him about.

Be an informed Belieber!

That's a Lot of Water Under the Peace Bridge

Front page of The Buffalo Evening News from 100 years ago:

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Got to envy those Buffalonians in 1913.

They got the bridge.

We've got the troubled waters!

Church's Divisions Are Tough On Priest

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The new museum at St. Anthony of Padua Church includes a fascinating model of the church that plays up the parish's amusingly schizophrenic nature.

The Italian and English language Mass-goers place the priest facing the people, behind the low altar.

The folks who go to the Tridentine Mass in Latin, when they pass by, turn him around so that he faces the same direction as the people, behind the high altar.

It is an ongoing battle. Father faces this way. He faces that way. He does the Hokey Pokey and he turns himself around. The above picture Buzz snapped, if you want to blow it up and look at it closely, shows the priest in Latin Mass mode.

The guide smiled and sighed: "The Latin Mass people have gotten at this again."

Amusement Park Car Jumps the Tracks

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We can't forget our trip to Fantasy Island! In the Buzz column today we describe the unforgettable Toilet Bowl.

And then there was the surprise sight of a Model T mysteriously off the antique car tracks and offroading.

As one Season Pass holder said: "That's not something you see every day."

We caught up with the car -- this isn't "The Fast and the Furious 6" -- and took a picture of the driver.

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Bye bye, Model T!


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Where Gas Is Just 13 Cents a Gallon

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Sorry this picture is a little fuzzy. We took snapped it out of the window of our cute little Model T Ford, Sunday at Fantasy Island.

The darling antique cars are a highlight -- Model T Fords painted yellow or basic black, fitted out with real gas motors, rolling around on those skinny wheels.

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Those gas pumps are darling too and we are guessing that they are original to the park, which opened in 1961.

Those prices.

Talk about nostalgia!

Former WBEN News Chief Finds New Employment


Buzz misses hearing Steve Cichon on radio's WBEN, but now that he has cast off those shackles, it is great that he has made himself available as a round-the-clock resource.

The Bow-Tied One, pictured above in his former habitat, devoted his first free afternoon to settling questions on Facebook pertaining to Two Guys and Twin Fair.

Apparently someone had called him asking where Two Guys used to be. Cichon responded with this picture...


... adding smoothly: "That is why it's convenient to have a 1979 phone book."

The discussion proceeded unhurriedly throughout the long afternoon, moderated by Cichon, about where these stores used to be, what stores followed, how you can spot an old Two Guys, what Twin Fair commercials used to say, etc., etc., etc.

It went off on tangents.

"Hey, can you look up Wisniewski, William for me," one woman asked. "I wanna see where I, or my father was living at the time." Cichon provided the Buffum Street address and went on to describe his admiration for the Fotomat that used to sit on the corner of Buffum and Seneca.

We are starting to understand Steve Cichon's new business.

He is the History Hotline!

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