An undated look, likely from the mid-’60s, of a tired flight home for the Buffalo Bills.
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Among those in the photo are future Erie County Executive and Bills halfback Ed Rutkowski, standing; in the foreground to the left is the wide receiver best known as “Golden Wheels,” Elbert Dubenion; and to the right is defensive back Butch Byrd, the five time AFL All-Star, drafted by Buffalo from Boston University in 1964.
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. Like Pilot Field. And the waterfront. And the Theatre District. And getting people to stay home and enjoy a six pack instead of heading out into the Blizzard of ’85.
Look at the smile on this guy’s face in nearly every photo, and tell me he’s not having a good time.
These photos are among the roughly 200 photos which come from a new book about Buffalo’s beloved mayor.
A Buffalo Scrapbook: Gimme Jimmy! The James D. Griffin Story in his own Words and Photos, by Steve Cichon, will be in stores next week, or you can order a copy now at www.mayorgriffin.com and have it delivered to your home by next week.
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