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Bob Seger Is Still Alive, Detroit Man Announces


By Mary Kunz Goldman

Buzz sympathizes with the Detroit writer who felt it necessary to publish this clarification. Pete Seeger is the musician who died. Bob Seger is still among us.

It is like the time Buzz met Margot Kidder and everyone kept thinking we meant Nicole Kidman. 

Buzz saw Pete Seeger once at, we believe it was the Unitarian Universalist Church here in Buffalo. It was some church. We remember he sang a lot of kids' songs including one that went "Mousie, mousie, in the housie." Alas, we have no record of that performance. How could we not? We thought we had a written chronicle of everything we have done in life.

We do have a chronicle of Bob Seger at Buffalo's old Memorial Auditorium.

Buffalo Stoplight Fanatic Gets Green Light, Begins Blog


By Mary Kunz Goldman

Encouraged by Buzz, traffic signal expert Ryan Lysarz has begun his blog about traffic lights.

This isn't any blink-and-you'll-miss-it thing. He plans on writing regularly about the changing Buffalo signal scene, and apparently he has enough scholarship to carry him for years.

The first couple of posts show Ryan seeing red over the missing signal that used to be in front of Holy Name of Jesus Church on Bailey Avenue, and discussing what he calls the single most significant traffic signal intersection in Buffalo.

Definitely a blog that can be talked about on the street corner! As well as when you are stuck in traffic with nothing to do. Ryan has been studying traffic signals since he was 4. For the uninitiated he offers a primer on how to identify various models of traffic lights. That is a Crouse-Hinds Art Deco classic in the photograph up above, a photo he took on Grant Street.

OK, enough introductions. Ryan, you have the green light.


Historian Zeroes in on Unnoticed Feature of Buffalo


By Mary Kunz Goldman

Buzz's friend Ryan Lysarz is obsessed with city streets, particularly on the East Side. Lysarz, 30, has admitted to driving for hours of a Sunday afternoon, just pointing out things of interest and keeping watch on what has changed. Nothing escapes him. (By the way that was Ryan who passed on that classic Pepsi quote from the frosty Noco station in this week's Buzz column.)

Recently Lysarz made public the above photograph of Bailey Avenue. The signal, he notes, recently disappeared.

He wrote:

Most people don't notice them, but to me, vintage traffic signals are like old friends that I can wave at whenever I drive by," he writes. "Time to say goodbye to these guys, who resided in front of the former Holy Name of Jesus Church on Bailey Avenue for many years. Their only purpose was to help children from the church's long-shuttered school to cross the street. Now, the school building is vacant and rapidly deteriorating, the church (minus its steeple, which was removed a couple of years ago) is home to a different congregation, and the traffic signals are gone. At least the Bingo sign still remains, and probably will until the building is torn down.

Lysarz's picture drew comments from such luminaries as Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame stalwart Doris Jones, and Channel 4's Jacquie Walker, who wrote: "Keep letting us know about things like this, Ryan. Most of us can see these things, but have no idea WHAT we're seeing! History, perspective, and context are your gifts to us."

Ryan responded:  "I'm glad to see that other people can appreciate these things. I'm thinking about starting a blog to keep track of the remaining old signals of interest."

That would be an illuminating project, Ryan! Buzz will help get the word out when the blog begins.

Let us know when you can give us the green light!

Discovery Behind Central Terminal Adds Greatly to Historical Value

Christopher Byrd of Broadway Fillmore Alive posted this picture on Facebook and we do not think he would mind us sharing it.


He writes: "Final resting place for WBEN mobile unit ... behind Central Terminal."

What a find!

Generally Chris ends his reports on the East Side by writing: "Alive!"

In this case, he'll have to write: "Dead!"


Buffalo Leading in Twitter Hashtag Derby


All day we have been pawing at the ground, wanting to get at Twitter so we can see what appears -- for the moment, at least -- to be the top-trending Twitter topic -- Buffalo Horse Names.

"City of Good Neighers," is one. It is the brainchild of WGR's Greg Bauch.

"From Cellino's Barns." HAHAHAA.

"Yous Guys." That is Matt Carlucci's.

"Everything Parmed." That comes from Trending Buffalo.

Richard Doran suggests "JoAnn Fillyetta." Ha, ha! He used to work for the Buffalo Philharmonic.

Everyone, get a horse in this race. Put your horse name on Twitter with the hashtag #BuffaloHorseNames.

Let's keep this hash tag on top.

We will not be unseated!

Shane, Brother Shane's plans for the storm

"Well!!! Looks like we're all going to be inside for a while! What say we get the whole damned bunch together for a Party!!!! I'll play the records, Wheelie and the boys'll rock around the clock, we'll all party like it's 1999! Who's in?"

That is Shane, the great deejay and Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee, broadcasting on Facebook from Virginia, where he now lives. He included that classic photo. Wheelie is Big Wheelie from Big Wheelie and the Hubcaps. That is Wheelie on the right, and Shane with his arm around him.

Dear Shane, Brother Shane. It is fun to have him on Facebook. It is like having him on the air!

And as for that party ...

Buzz is in!