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!
Reinhold Gliere -- whose massively romantic Symphony No. 3 the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is playing tonight at Kleinhans Music Hall and Wednesday at Carnegie Hall -- is a great composer.
But he is a great-great-great-great uncle!
And his great-great-great-great grandniece, Jennifer Gliere ...
... is going to be at the BPO's performance on Wednesday in New York City. Jennifer Gliere is a soprano and originally thought she could not be there because she had a rehearsal of Bach's B Minor Mass. But she has been sprung from the rehearsal -- alleluia! -- and so will be able to go.
Buzz caught up with Miss Gliere while she was sitting in traffic, which is what you do when you live in New York.
One thing we asked her about was the folk hero Ilya Muromets, the legend that inspired Gliere to write his outrageous, rarely performed symphony. Ilya Muromets is a warrior who chalks up all kinds of victories before -- fatal error! -- he defies God and is defeated by the heavenly hosts.
Jennifer Gliere said Russian kids grow up knowing all about this mythical figure.
"What would be our equivalent?" we asked. "Would he be like Robin Hood?"
"More like Bigfoot," she said. "Only not as nefarious."
February 11, 2013 - 1:03 PM
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.
Eddy says he was quoted out of context.
He said what he really said was:
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February 5, 2013 - 3:28 PM
Buzz loves the story of how they have found the bones of England's Richard III. Right now the king is lying there in England with a Catholic priest watching over him and reporters filing past him. Questions are being raised. Did Shakespeare gave Richard III a bad
rap? Perhaps he was not the villain he is often made out to be. It will
be interesting now that there is DNA involved, and other sophisticated
methods of investigation. Perhaps we will get some surprises.
It is most exciting! And personally we are pulling for the king, pictured above.
Because Richard III was no stranger to the Buzz column!
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January 4, 2013 - 1:45 PM
Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you.
But when your quarter panel flies by
The wind is passing through!
With apologies to poet Christina Rossetti ...
... such were the experiences of a friend of Buzz's as she drove into work today.
"I tore up a lower side panel in the front of my car when I got stuck in my driveway last week," our friend confides. "I was waiting for the January thaw next week to use my new roll of Buffalo Bills logo duct tape to do a fix until summer."
Ha, ha! We, the proud drivers of Buffalo cars, all know what happens next!
"Today .... thunk!! And past my window sails my beleaguered quarter panel!
"The alert driver behind me astutely dodged the flying object. When last seen, my quarter panel was heading for Canada.
"Bon voyage et Bien Venue."