Edna Louise has this sale in Snyder this weekend that includes, and we are just skimming the list, stuff from Crystal Beach and the Pan-American Exposition (pictured above), old local postcards, old military stuff, china and silver, paper dolls, rock albums, a HUGE collection of vintage Catholic items including statues and rosaries, and magazines including The Etude and The Botanist. (Buzz has already snooped through the pictures on Edna Louise's site.)There is also reportedly a lot of vintage sheet music, a gigantic collection of lamps (how illuminating), vintage sewing equipment, quilts, it never ends.
In the continuing saga of Anderson Cooper dissing Dyngus Day, we love how festival organizer "Airborne Eddy" Dobosiewicz fights on, like a hero out of a ballad by Adam Mickiewicz, pictured above.
Most recently, Eddy was greviously insulted by Cooper's dodging out of this year's Dyngus Day festivities. Cooper gave some excuse, something about "60 Minutes," but Eddy will have none of it, not that we blame him.
In today's Buffalo News Eddy is quoted on the op-ed page page A8, at the top. He is one of two quotes! The other is by Douglas J. Sarno, representing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, discussing a funding threat to nuclear waste cleanup in Niagara County.
"We're going to make his life miserable," Eddy is quoted as saying, about Anderson Cooper.
Buzz did not quite get this whole Mayan thing. We don't worship the Mayan gods, pictured above. We don't buy into these people's religion, so why would we think they had anything on the ball as far as knowing when the world would end?
But we have to say, this whole Mayan calendar business was worth it for all the jokes and cartoons going around. They have kept us laughing in a week that was otherwise kind of bleak news-wise, you know?
And it is the gift that keeps on giving.
Today, a witty and learned friend writes on Facebook:
"Somebody got it wrong. Apparently the world ends at the end of the NEXT Mayan cycle. So beware of Dec. 21 in the year 7138! Start the countdown: Only 1,872,272 days to the Apocalypse."
Hahahahahaa! Knowing this guy, he probably did the math.
Today Buzz got an anonymous package. A letter fell out. "Congratulations!" it said.
Beautifully typed and faultlessly spelled, the letter continued:
"You have been chosen to receive the 'Mary's A Grand Old Name' Award.
It is presented, occasionally, only to women of outstanding merit whose
name happens to be Mary. Since your name is Mary, and your
accomplishments have come gently to our attention, you qualify on all
counts to join the very short list of awardees. The Academy (that's me)
is pleased to express its gratitude for your important contribution to
our fair community through your excellence in print journalism, humor
and music criticism."
A CD was enclosed with 25 Mary songs, starting
with Jimmy Cagney singing "Mary's A Grand Old Name" and Bing Crosby's
"The Rose of Tralee," on through Jimi Hendrix' "The Wind Cries Mary" and
on and on, ending with "Mary, Mary" by the Butterfield Blues Band.
Special thanks was given to the Buffalo & Erie County Public
Library and there was also a notice reading: "Dedicated to the memories
of Mary Lyon -- Mary Smith -- Mary Wollstonecroft."
Wollstonecroft, a colleague points out, was married to the poet Percy
Bysshe Shelley and wrote "Frankenstein." That is she at the top of this
post! Mary Lyon (1797-1849) was a pioneer in women's education. She founded Mount Holyoke College and Wheaton College.
Were they, and this Mary Smith, previous recipients of this award? If so we are in good company.
It makes us think of this old Scottish ballad known as "The Four Marys."
That song was not on the CD, and we can see why. It's a lovely song but the Mary it is about comes to a bad end.
Not like us!
We will go on in glory! In this wonderful town of Buffalo, home to magical things, like anonymous awards.
1. Free 5
oz. of beer whenever you come in! The historic tavern on Hamburg Street in
the Old First Ward promises, and we quote: "Your very own etched 21 oz.
mug that you will
be able to fill for the 16 oz. price." Club membership is $100 so you can occupy yourself on your barstool by figuring out how soon it will pay for itself.
2. You can drink that free beer at a bar so old and righteous that your glass tilts slightly, as shown in the News file photo above, taken on location.
3. You get an invitation to the grand opening when McCarthy's opens its brewery-in-progress.
4. You get the inside track on a special events.
5. You will have the honor of knowing you helped build that brewery. "Beer, like money,
does not grow on trees," point out the tavernkeepers. "Unless you are
making kriek [with cherries])." Far be it from us to leave McCarthy's up
Apparently CNBC considers our Skyway to be the nicest thing about Buffalo.
They didn't have a picture of Brian Higgins being the nicest thing about Buffalo, did they?
It keeps amazing us, all the problems that are overdue for fixing, and yet our public servants, led by Mr. Higgins, just will not let our perfectly good Skyway be. They never listen to us. Perhaps they will listen to CNBC.
How do shoppers top the excitement of Black Friday? With the History Museum's annual book signing! Local authors turn out to sell and sign their books. It is turning into a big shopping event.
Above, celebrity vocal coach Andy Anselmo, who taught Liza Minnelli, Mandy Patinkin, Tony Bennett and so many other stars. He is promoting his entertaining memoir, "A Star-Crossed Life." That is his nephew with him.
But where was Kilgore's turtleneck? The Buzz column has praised Ed Kilgore's fashion sense for years, in particular his taste in turtlenecks. Steve had on his trademark bow-tie. Where was Kilgore's trademark turtleneck?
Kilgore laughed at us as, God love him, he always does.
"If I'd known you were coming," he said, "I'd have worn a turtleneck."