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Thanks To Lancaster, We Revisit the Griswolds

The situation in Lancaster made it irresistible to look up the scene in "Christmas Vacation" that made the name Griswold synonymous with anyone who overdoes the Christmas lights.

It is still pretty funny.

Different Artists, Same Hairstyle

Looking through the latest Gusto, dreaming of the weekend, Buzz can't help but be struck by Sinead O'Connor, on the cover...

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... and Macklemore, on the next page. That is Macklemore on the left in case you do not know your rappers.

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OK, Macklemore has a little more hair, and he strikes as a lot more fun. But they pretty much share the same look, you know?

First the bald pianist.

Now this!

The Quotable Doc Severinsen

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Doc Severinsen, at 86, still manages to eclipse expectations. No matter how sequinned you expect him to be, he will be more sequinned. No matter how loud you think he'll be, he'll be louder.

This morning's Coffee Concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra -- the concert repeats Saturday at 8 p.m. -- were full of memorable moments, and many were just Severinsen talking. 

He told us how, down in Mexico where he lives, he often tunes in to the Sirius station that is All Sinatra, All the Time.

"At 2 a.m., I sometimes turn the station on, and the memories flood over me," he said.

The image of Doc Severinsen kicked back in the middle of the night, listening to Sinatra ... unforgettable!

Doc also introduced one number by saying, "So this is 'What is This Thing Called Love?' And if anyone knows the answer, give me a call."

Ha, ha! What else did he say? Well, a little poignantly, he said: "Life is a drama, and I don't know if I'm in the last act."

But he added:

"I am not going to go quietly into the night! I am going to be tap dancing right up to the end."

When a Buffalo Cop Stopped Doc Severinsen

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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.

We promise!

Terrapin Station Knows What You Did Last Summer

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Thinking about Melvin Seals at the Tralf tonight got us thinking about Terrapin Station which had a poll about what was the best thing about summer. It is too late to vote. The polls are over with, just like the summer! But you can enjoy their findings.

I'm loving it all, whatever comes: 27 %.

Laughter, sunshine and gratitude: 7.4 %.

Checking out the free music everywhere: 6.4 %.

Twirling in my big skirt: 3.2 %.

Hanging out in the parks: 1.1 %.

Mixing new hookah flavors: 7.4 %.

Playing my guitar and singing: 11.5 %.

Oh, heck! Here we were all looking forward to fall and Christmas and this poll was just too funny. Now all we want is summer.

Sunshine daydream!

Concert Presents Fashion Dilemma

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What do you wear to the Melvin Seals concert? It is a big question and a thing to be concerned about.

Melvin Seals is playing at the Tralf Music Hall tonight.

"It's like Halloween," says one friend. "You feel you should go in costume."

Will you be able to find your Grateful Dead hoodie?

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Perhaps you should call in sick to work or cut class and get crafty.

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Hmmmm.

You know how Terrapin Station is always telling you to stop in and say Hi?

This could be the day!

Charleston, S.C., Pays Bubbly Tribute To Buffalo

Buzz's cousin Gretchen is on vacation in Charleston, S.C. and took this picture at the Charleston City Market. 

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No Goal, we say. You know how you can tell it's not authentic?

It should be Buffalo Wing Pop!

Rare Photos of Jacquie Walker Surface On Internet

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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.

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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!!"

More Ghosts Appear at AM&As

In October it is fun to explore matters of the supernatural. And so it is with pleasure that we note more mysterious figures being uncovered on Washington Street, on the walls of AM&As.

Remember the first ghost?

Here is another.

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"Around the corner," that reads.

And another! This apparation appears to date from 1950.

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Ghosts clad in important fall fabrics!

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A fleeting sight, beneath the scaffolding over the sidewalk.

Catch them while you can!

Two Heads of '80s Hair Are Better Than One

We start this week with a feeling of well being because not only have the Bills carried off a massive victory, but we were visited last week by two classic heads of '80s hair.

One was Sarah Brightman, whom Buzz beheld at UB's Center For the Arts.

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The other, Bernadette Peters, whom Buzz had the honor of seeing at Kleinhans Music Hall. Here is the exquisite and exclusive Buffalo News photo, taken by Harry Scull:

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What marvelous manes! Having them both here within days of each other is rare, like a solar eclipse.

Clearly Buffalo's planets are lined up right!

 

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