Buffalo in the 80’s: Talking Proud latch hook

By Steve Cichon

In 1982, steel and auto manufacturing jobs were leaving Buffalo by the thousands.


The Chamber of Commerce, though, was in its 1982 glory with a “Talking Proud” hooked rug hanging on the wall, and a big giant computer that had about 1/320th the memory that the phone I’m writing this on has.

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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.