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

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”

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