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Geraldo Rivera Pays Stealth Visit To Buffalo, Goes Guess Where


Geraldo Rivera is in town to speak at a job fair today at the Millennium Hotel, and the first thing he did was head to, you guessed it, the Anchor Bar.

Man after our own heart! Other people can mock him for doing the touristy thing. Buzz has great respect for the Anchor Bar and its portions and its prices. Look how many locals go there. Lots. Anyway, Geraldo joined them, and he posted the picture above on his Twitter page.

He captioned his picture: "With Founder of Anchor Bar."

Since then he has posted a pic of himself at the job fair.


No need to rehearse your remarks, Geraldo.

Just wing it!

TV's Jimmy Fallon Prefers Mass the Old Way


The religious blog-o-sphere is abuzz with an interview that Terry Gross did on Fresh Air with new "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon, (pictured above with "Tonight Show" guest Will Smith). Fallon talks about the Catholic Mass and how it can be kind of, ahem, freewheeling. A very dicey subject these days!

The interview is from 2011. You can listen to it on the NPR site. Fallon is reminiscing about when he was an altar boy. He says he wanted to be a priest.

"I just, I loved the church," he says. "I loved the idea of it. I loved the smell of the incense. I loved the feeling you get when you left church. I loved like how this priest can make people feel this good. I just thought it was – I loved the whole idea of it."

Gross asks if he still goes to church.

Fallon says: "I don’t go to ... I tried to go back. When I was out in L.A. and I was kind of struggling for a bit. I went to church for a while, but it’s kind of, it’s gotten gigantic now for me. It’s like too… There’s a band. There’s a band there now, and you got to, you have to hold hands with people through the whole Mass now, and I don’t like doing that..."

"I’m doing too much," he explains. "I don’t want – there’s Frisbees being thrown, there’s beach balls going around, people waving lighters, and I go, ‘This is too much for me.’ I want the old way. I want to hang out with the, you know, with the nuns, you know, that was my favorite type of Mass, and the grotto, and just like straight up, just Mass Mass."

Good for UB grad Terry Gross for getting into this, you know?

Let's make it about religion and politics!


Today's Nagging News Question


By Mary Kunz Goldman

Buzz is mesmerized by the Twitter argument going on about which cool people should join that TV-head in a segment on wings on "CBS Sunday Morning." Most of all we love that the segment is part of a package on indigestion-causing Super Bowl foods. Ha, ha! No such thing as bad publicity!

At the same time we are puzzled by this Mo Rocca.

"We struggled," he said in today's story. "Should we go with a football player? Should we go with a legendary local lounge performer? Should we go with a civic booster/clean energy activist?"

He struggled over that?

Gee, who would we rather eat wings with, a local lounge performer (who, it is whispered, would be Lance Diamond ...


... who would chat you up and tell you jokes and encourage you to have another beer while he serenaded you with "Brick House") ...

OR ....

... some clean-energy activist quizzing you about how the deep fryer was powered, what kind of car you drive and what sort of light bulb hangs over your table?

Gee, that is a tough choice!

Waiter, another double order, while we figure this one out.

Guerrilla Warfare in Downtown Buffalo


You know those guerrilla signs you see taped to telephone poles? They are a way of life in Buffalo. Anyway, we have seen a classic, posted on the corner of Washington and Exchange streets. It says:


And there is a picture of a bat, sort of like the Batman logo pictured above, followed by phone numbers and stuff.

Alas, it was too cold, and Buzz was too bundled up, to take a picture. If you do not believe us you will have to go and see for yourself. These signs are never taken down. So don't worry, by the time you get around to it, it will still be there.

Same Bat time.

Same Bat telephone pole!


AM Buffalo Loses Its Head

Buzz could never work for Channel 7's AM Buffalo. We are not a morning person. And we are guessing, judging from what a history-minded friend tells us today, that reporter Jon Summers is not, either. Today's show, our friend says, was about cancer, and Summers was talking  with folks from the General Motors plant and from the American Cancer Society.

When all of a sudden he said that Mary, Queen of Scots, died of cancer.

Ahem, Jon. While any mention of Mary, Queen of Scots ...


... in a mainstream television show is to be appreciated, she did not die of cancer.

She had her head chopped off!

By order of Queen Elizabeth I!

Yes, Mary, Queen of Scots, lost her head. And it appears that it is catching.

Someone, get this man another cup of coffee!

Lidia Bastianich, Opera Woman


In conversation with The Buffalo News, super-chef Lidia Bastianich mentioned she liked classical music.

What classical music? Buzz, nerd that we are, had to ask.

Lidia had answers! 

“I go regularly to the Met," she told Buzz. “My favorite conductor is Valery Gergiev. I met him. We’re somewhat friends now. I followed him to the White Nights festival in St. Petersburg. They have a festival of classical music. It’s magnificent. That got me into the Russian music. ‘War and Peace.' ‘Prince Igor.' "

Those are some impressive Russian operas! "War and Peace" is by Serge Prokofiev. "Prince Igor" is by Alexander Borodin. 

In this gorgeous video you may watch Lidia's friend Maestro Gergiev in action.


Wow. Sort of makes you hungry, doesn't it? We can see where Lidia gets her inspiration.

If music be the food of love, cook on!

The Five Critters You Meet In Kleinhans

Act your age, not your shoe size, as our teachers used to tell us. But still. Buzz had to crack up at Kleinhans Music Hall, seeing these critters at the recent Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra kids' show.

Elmo tried to cajole our niece, Barbara, into posing with him. No go.

Sunset 010

Elmo had better luck with Barbara's dad.


Sunset 008

Parents all wanted to get their pictures taken with Elmo! What was with that? This is supposed to be for the kids and the grown-ups are having the good time.

We loved these creatures standing by the stairs.

Sunset 005

We loved seeing Matthew Kraemer, the BPO's Associate Conductor, in a chicken suit. That alone, you have to figure, is worth the price of admission.

And the best was, we saw Mickey Mouse walking into the Mary Seaton Room, looking sweaty and exhausted, taking off his giant Mickey Mouse head. Ha, ha! We wish we had gotten a picture of that.

Some things never grow old!

Meteorologist Finds Halloween Forecast Foggy


Meteorologist Don Paul writes today on Facebook:

We're still looking "less wet" for the Trick or Treat hours of late Halloween afternoon & early evening, when drier air will thin out the widespread showers to just a few. While temps will be mild--60s, a stiff wind will take some of the edge off that warming. 

He got this response:

"aw darn the poor kids but it's oct we know it can happen even with snow on Halloween."

Don goes ahead and gets into it. Buzz loves when weather forecasters do that.

I don't get your post. There is zero chance of snow this Halloween. What I posted was actually somewhat positive, not negative.

Memo to Don Paul: As one editor once said to Buzz, "People can't read." 

p.s. About that zero chance of snow, better change that zero chance to 1 percent chance.

Never say never!

Three Little Words, Buffalo Style

Had to pass this along, just had to. It was posted on Facebook by Kiss 98.5 but came to our attention because -- and we love this -- it was "shared" by Les Trent.


Les Trent, of Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame fame, works for CBS's "Inside Edition" and lives and works now in the New York City area but we get the idea he will always be a Buffalonian at heart.

His comment on the picture was: "OMG ... I just teared up a little bit!"


Rare Photos of Jacquie Walker Surface On Internet


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.


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!!"

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