Buffalo in the ’80s: Computers aren’t lawyers; high society but questionable taste

By Steve Cichon


April 23, 1989:

  • Lawyers “overwhelmingly” rejected the notion of computers sitting alongside them in court and telling them how to try their cases. Also, where in Buffalo you could buy a used Commodore 64.

Computers in court: as aides, not lawyers

“A computer will never think like a lawyer, according to a number of attorneys, but it may soon become a valuable in-court assistant.”

  • Delaware North spent a small fortune reversing the questionable taste of a longtime Buffalo Evening News Publisher Mrs. Edward Butler in returning her longtime Delaware Avenue home to its original splendor:

At home in the office: Eight years and $6 million later, a Delaware Avenue mansion blossoms as executive offices

“Things had deteriorated badly by the time restoration plans were being made. The walls were wet. Plaster was falling to the floor. The heating and electrical systems were broken. Only one toilet was operating in the entire house.”

The News’ Susan Martin took a look at all the mansions on Delaware Avenue in October 2013.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.