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As the '80s slipped away and the '90s dawned, if you were flipping through the pages of The News 25 years ago this week, you’d have seen much talk of hope for Buffalo’s future.  Our city was turning a corner, with the late '70s and early '80s behind us. Through the lens of history, we can look at the 90s as a feeling out period in Buffalo. A time of stops and starts and g…

It doesn’t seem like 1990 is that far away to many Buffalonians — until you tell them in 1990 you could have sat at the counter of a Your Host Restaurant and ordered a meatloaf, coffee, and fries. Then, all the sudden 1990 — only 25 years ago — seems like  a lifetime ago. The grill sergeants take charge A CUSTOMER walks into the downtown Your Host wearing a satiny emer…

In the 1960s, Jack Sharpe was well-known as the fiery WEBR Trafficopter reporter who would regularly, over the radio, admonish individual drivers for behaviors he’d see on the highways below him. In the 1970s and 1980s, Sharpe was known as the fiery Amherst aupervisor who opened the town for massive development, and saw much growth in an area that overall saw hemorrhaging…

Hopes were high for the Bills playoff chances in Cleveland. Many Bills fans will look at the smiling faces in the photo below with some measure of pain, remembering Ronnie Harmon’s dropped end zone pass as the end of the Bills’ hopes for that season. The best, as they say, was yet to come. "Bills fans brave cold for tickets" When 25,000 tickets to the Bills-Browns playo…

Hopes were high for the Bills playoff chances in Cleveland. Many Bills fans will look at the smiling faces in the photo below with some measure of pain, remembering Ronnie Harmon’s dropped end zone pass as the end of the Bills’ hopes for that season. The best, as they say, was yet to come. Bills fans brave cold for tickets When 25,000 tickets to the Bills-Browns playoff…

It’s difficult for many of us to believe, but as of right now, parts of the 1990s were 25 years ago. While the very beginning of the decade was filled for hope for Western New York, and seeds which were planted then are now the strongly rooted foundations of Buffalo’s resurgence, the 1990s were still a decade of growing pains. The direction, however, was usually the right…

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A UB anthropology professor who was named an honorary chief in Nigeria earlier this month received an unexpected honor when he learned that a research center will be built and named for him. "It was a double honor, and a total surprise," said Phillips Stevens Jr. The research center will be a site for further study of the cache of mysterious soapstone carvings Stevens w…

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A UB professor who has spent years working to document, preserve and protect a trove mysterious soapstone carvings near a village in western Nigeria will return to the village at the end of this month for an elaborate ceremony in which he will be named an honorary chief of the kingdom. Phillips Stevens Jr., an associate professor of anthropology who has worked at UB sin…