The Blizzard of ’77 ‘brought out fellowship in people of Buffalo’

Forty years removed, it’s still evident if you think about it — despite all the death, destruction and jokes, Buffalonians enjoyed the Blizzard of ’77. On the storm’s first anniversary, University at Buffalo researcher Arthur G. Cryns released a report that outlined the results of a detailed survey of 104 random Western New Yorkers. By … Continue reading The Blizzard of ’77 ‘brought out fellowship in people of Buffalo’

The Blizzard of ’77 and the Buffalo Zoo

Just what exactly happened to the animals at the Buffalo Zoo during the Blizzard of ’77 has become one of those great stories that everyone seems to have some faded recollection of having heard before, but nobody knows for sure. So, as you sit around waiting out a heavy snow squall in the warmest corner … Continue reading The Blizzard of ’77 and the Buffalo Zoo

The Blizzard of ‘77: Buffalo was seemingly endless target of Carson’s jokes

In the days and weeks after the Blizzard of ’77 struck Buffalo, full-color images filled Time Magazine and nightly network newscasts, showing Buffalonians continuing to smile and continuing to dig out. It’s probably our smiles and the sense of resiliency that came through in the news coverage that made Buffalo an acceptable butt of jokes … Continue reading The Blizzard of ‘77: Buffalo was seemingly endless target of Carson’s jokes

Buffalo in the ’30s: Nearly a blizzard on Main Street

Snow-covered streetcars, buses, cars and pedestrians share the 400 block of Main Street with Hengerer’s, Shea’s Century theater and Buffalo Savings Bank’s gold dome in this shot from 77 years ago. Buffalo News archives On Jan. 30, 1939, Buffalo was dealt a surprise 8.5 inches of snow. Two people died as a result of the … Continue reading Buffalo in the ’30s: Nearly a blizzard on Main Street

Buffalo’s Blizzard of ’77: Newspaper, radio & TV broadcasts bring the storm back to life…

By Steve Cichon | steve@buffalostories.com | @stevebuffalo BUFFALO, NY  – It was the benchmark storm by which we measure all storms in Western New York. In killing 29 of our Western New York neighbors and cutting us off from the world (and heat, and food) for a week, this storm also gave Buffalo a greater … Continue reading Buffalo’s Blizzard of ’77: Newspaper, radio & TV broadcasts bring the storm back to life…

Buffalo’s Blizzard of ’77: Newspaper, radio & TV broadcasts bring the storm back to life…

BUFFALO, NY – It was the benchmark storm by which we measure all storms in Western New York. In killing 29 of our Western New York neighbors and cutting us off from the world (and heat, and food) for a week, this storm also gave Buffalo a greater dose of respect for the power and cruelty … Continue reading Buffalo’s Blizzard of ’77: Newspaper, radio & TV broadcasts bring the storm back to life…

Old Blizzards, The Comet, and Staying Warm, Buffalo

BUFFALO, NY- So sure, it’s freezing. This is a prolonged cold snap like many of us in Buffalo can’t remember, especially in light of a couple of really mild winters. Now you’re thinking, so what does Cichon have for us today? More on the anniversary of the Blizzard of ’77? Well, if you want that, … Continue reading Old Blizzards, The Comet, and Staying Warm, Buffalo

Buffalo in the ’80s: When ‘Grab a six-pack’ became our mantra

“Stay inside. Grab a six-pack.” It’s almost difficult to imagine Western New York and especially a Western New York snowfall without the phrase that Jimmy Griffin joked would wind up on his tombstone. But while Buffalonians have likely been drinking their way through snowstorms for as long as there have been people here, we’ve only … Continue reading Buffalo in the ’80s: When ‘Grab a six-pack’ became our mantra

January 28, 1977: 40 years ago today, a new identity for Buffalo

Maybe it was right up until January 27, 1977 that Buffalo was known as a blue collar town. A hardscrabble steel making town. A simple, shot-and-a-beer, look-a- guy-in-the-eye town. It was known as a place with long winters and a string of rotten luck— getting hit hard by the changes in the world through the 1970s. … Continue reading January 28, 1977: 40 years ago today, a new identity for Buffalo