Buffalo in the ’80s: From sandwich board to restaurateur

By Steve Cichon

Tucker Curtin now owns four successful Buffalo restaurants and has even been mentioned as a candidate for mayor.  However, The Buffalo News was there in 1984 when, as a 14-year-old, he took his first steps into Buffalo business:

April 24, 1984: Young man sells self as sandwich board, plugs gala at Shea’s

“Tucker Curtin was a half-century in the future when the Wurlitzer at Shea’s made its 1925 debut, and the restoration work alone has spanned his entire elementary school career. But Shea’s just days before the gala return concert didn’t need another historian or music buff — it needed someone willing to walk in the rain.

“When Tucker stepped out this morning, it was all business — and the business, it turns out, is his own.”

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon is a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. writing about the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The storyteller and historian has written six books, worn bow ties since the 80s, and is the News Director at WECK Radio. A 25 year Buffalo media veteran, Steve's contributed more than 1400 Buffalo History stories to The Buffalo News, worked at WIVB-TV, Empire Sports Network, and spent ten years as a newsman and News Director at WBEN Radio. He's also put his communication skills to work as an adjunct professor, a producer of PBS documentaries, and even run for Erie County Clerk. Steve's Buffalo roots run deep: all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home, with his first ancestors arriving here in 1827.