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 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.