Buffalo in the 70’s: ‘There’s no flowery rhetoric’ in Jimmy Griffin’s campaign

“Blunt-talking Griffin,” says the headline, “meets issues head-on along campaign circuit.” Forty years ago today, September 4, 1975, State Sen. James D. Griffin was seeking the Democratic nomination for Erie County executive against Amherst supervisor, sporting goods store owner and 1946 Buffalo Bisons quarterback Al Dekdebrun. Dekdebrun won the primary, but he lost to Republican … Continue reading Buffalo in the 70’s: ‘There’s no flowery rhetoric’ in Jimmy Griffin’s campaign

Buffalo in the 80s: ‘The Original (Jimmy Griffin) Buffalo tie’

Kleinhans, AM&A’s, Riverside Men’s Shop and others all sold their own version of the Buffalo ties that were popular with the men of Buffalo in the ’80s (and especially with the mayor), but few had as wide a selection as the Squire Shop on Main Street in Snyder– which was the original home of the … Continue reading Buffalo in the 80s: ‘The Original (Jimmy Griffin) Buffalo tie’

Photos from Buffalo’s Jimmy Griffin years

He remains one of the most popular figures in Buffalo’s history. He was also one of the most vilified. Jimmy Griffin was Mayor of Buffalo from 1978-1993. No one has ever held the post longer, and it’s a pretty good bet that no one ever had more fun doing the job. He got things done. … Continue reading Photos from Buffalo’s Jimmy Griffin years

Griffin name continues to help charities with Run Jimmy Run Charity 5k

Buffalo, NY – As Mayor, Jim Griffin raised over $20,000 for local charities by sponsoring a decades’ worth of annual runs in South Park. Fast forward 20 years, and the late mayor’s name is now once again in the spotlight in the running world as his family, the Buffalo Bisons and the Alzheimer’s Association of … Continue reading Griffin name continues to help charities with Run Jimmy Run Charity 5k

Remembering a Buffalo Legend with Excerpts from “Irv! Buffalo’s Anchorman”

The following is an excerpt from Irv! Buffalo’s Anchorman, which I wrote and published in 2010. It’s available at through the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library or for purchase here. Foreward What an honor it is to write the story of Buffalo’s all-time most popular and acclaimed media personalities and news team. About 6 … Continue reading Remembering a Buffalo Legend with Excerpts from “Irv! Buffalo’s Anchorman”