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

Explaining the mystique: WNY’s love affair with Mighty Taco

Forty-five years later, it’s hard to imagine Mighty Taco as anything other than a Buffalo institution, but in 1973, three Army buddies opened what was Buffalo’s first taco stand inside a tiny store front on Hertel Avenue, right in the heart of North Buffalo’s Little Italy. “We’d have old North Buffalo Italian ladies come in … Continue reading Explaining the mystique: WNY’s love affair with Mighty Taco

Remembering Burt Reynolds in Buffalo

Burt Reynolds spent time in Buffalo during the shooting of “Best Friends” in 1982. He happened to be in Buffalo for a bit of history. Reynolds and his co-star Goldie Hawn were at the Aud when Wayne Gretzky broke Phil Esposito’s single season goals record. Along with Oilers GM Glen Sather, Gretzky, Hawn, Reynolds and … Continue reading Remembering Burt Reynolds in Buffalo

Torn-Down Tuesday: Statler’s Hotel Buffalo made way for Pilot Field

Jimmy Griffin’s dream-turned-reality for a downtown ballpark helped spur the rebirth of a Buffalo neighborhood and nearly brought a major league baseball team to Buffalo. It was doing what might have seemed impossible for Buffalo on the face of it. A new, $56 million baseball stadium right in the middle of city that, over the … Continue reading Torn-Down Tuesday: Statler’s Hotel Buffalo made way for Pilot Field

Torn-Down Tuesday: Swiss Chalet on Niagara Falls Boulevard

Not too long after the last rotisserie chicken was sold at the Swiss Chalet restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard in February 2010, the building was torn down, leaving fans (OK, at least me) with the hope that something might be built that could somehow fill the hole left in our hearts by the closure of … Continue reading Torn-Down Tuesday: Swiss Chalet on Niagara Falls Boulevard