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Every few years, someone says, “There ought to be a law about collecting political signs!” So then, every few years, a law is proposed and then shot down when fellow politicians are reminded about the tomfoolery and hijinks that ensue in politics. In 1979, Ellicott Council Member James Pitts said dirty tricks could lead to fines that could “break somebody,” if a …

Seventy years later, remembering D-Day with smiles seems almost ghoulish. But fifty years ago, the middle-aged men who’d been to hell and survived — unlike so many of their mates — got together to remember. They likely talked more of the camaraderie than the trauma. After 20 years, it was still too soon. Many of these men fought through the painful memories like th…

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As the Sabres' playoff run moved them ever closer to the Stanley Cup 15 years ago, the joy hockey fans felt was reflected in dozens of  great stories like this one from Donn Esmonde. He spoke at length with the widow of Sabres founder Seymour Knox — and probably the team’s biggest cheerleader — Jean Knox. "For Sabres' first lady, it’s all about love" “More tha…

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A decade ago, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote in a Buffalo News op-ed piece that growing the arts in Buffalo would help grow the city’s economy. "A creative approach to Buffalo development" “I believe Buffalo is well poised for arts-based growth. This city has ample talent, first-class museums and beautiful buildings waiting for renewed purpose. Buffalo also has a …

One of America’s “greatest generation,” Warren Spahn went from Buffalo’s South Park High School’s baseball team to being the greatest left-handed pitcher of his era. Like many ballplayers of that time, Spahn missed three years at the height of his ability to fight for America in World War II. "Hero on and off field, News League graduate Spahn cited by legion" …

The News ran a UPI wire story on the front page about “Arizona resident” and “alleged Mafia kingpin” Joseph Bonanno -- aka "Joe Bananas" -- being turned away by Canadian authorities. Later in 1964, Bonanno disappeared and claimed he had been kidnapped and was being held hostage in Niagara County by the Magaddino family.  While the story was unsubstantiated and wa…

Stagflation was well-entrenched in Western New York in 1979. A stagnant economy mixed with inflation was amplified here by the drain of manufacturing jobs. As seems to be the way since the mid-1970s, rising gasoline prices put a very immediate and harsh face on any economic crisis. A retailer’s group came to one solution to help drivers, even if it was against state la…

Teeny-boppers worldwide were captivated as four long-haired English boys swept onto the musical scene.  Four months after debuting on the "Ed Sullivan Show," the Beatles were the biggest music sensation for kids and, perhaps, the biggest headache for many adults. "Tonight at 9:30: UB Round Table on 'Why the Beatles?' " “This week, a teenager is admitted to The Roundt…

Politicians and paisanos of a past era filled Chef’s on the day when News reporter Anthony Cardinale stopped by with a notebook to absorb some of the feeling of a landmark. Thirty-five years later, Chef's is still going strong. "Around the table at Chef’s" “ 'My restaurant’s success is in his memory,’ Lou Billittier says when he’s asked about the chef after w…

George Borelli’s chat with Tim Russert in 1979 may very well be the first feature piece of thousands to come on the South Buffalo attorney who had just moved to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s Washington, D.C., office. It’s a great, unvarnished look at the young man who went on to become one of the most beloved figures in the history of Buffalo. Russert admits his e…

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It is now celebrated as one of the great places that helps to make our area great. Only 25 years ago, however, East Aurora’s Roycroft Campus added to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of the nation's 11 most endangered historic places. Five years after that listing, attempts to bring the buildings of Elbert Hubbard’s Arts and Crafts colony back to li…

Pope John Paul II officially became Pope Saint John Paul II earlier this year, but Buffalonians have been celebrating his saintly nature since his first visit to the city in 1969. Through his multiple visits to Buffalo in his time before becoming pope, John Paul II made many lifelong friendships in Western New York. The Polish Cardinal’s ties to this area were created …

An advertisement of the Chamber of Commerce, this piece breaks down by season all the great things about Buffalo. The best season write-up has to be for fall. Thinking about a golden Buffalo autumn, how would you brag? The Chamber of Commerce, the people in charge of bringing business and vitality to Western New York, decided of all the great things going on in a Buffalo…