Gov. Nelson Rockefeller was expected to sign a measure approving the moving of the Williamsville toll barrier to Depew.
But not so fast. Today, the toll barrier remains where it was in 1969.
However, not all tolls are as they were decades ago. A campaign led by Carl Paladino in 2006 was successful in removing the Ogden and Breckenridge tolls on the Niagara Thruway, savin…
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:
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 i…
With football as big business in 2014, it’s tough to imagine any Buffalo Bill — let alone an All-Pro — having to work in the offseason as a car salesman. But Bills safety George Saimes spent at least three offseasons selling Chevys for Glen Campbell at a site now occupied by the Walker Center and Tim Hortons at the junction of the 290 and Main Street in Williamsville.
Despite a lack of help and encouragement from government and private developers, community minded folks continued, undaunted, in their efforts to save and revitalize East Buffalo's New York Central Terminal:
Terminal's clocks get repairs
"Jeff Ingersoll swung in the raw wind outside the broken face of one of the New York Central Terminal clocks Friday, marking the start …
Among the news on the front page of The Buffalo Evening News on April 24, 1914:
The city of Veracruz, Mexico, is quiet under U.S. control, but life was more nervous for U.S. citizens in the Mexican capital.
President Woodrow Wilson vows to seek "reparation" from the Mexican president for "overt acts."
Troops are ordered to embark from Galveston, Texas, for Veracruz.
In a sign of the times, News reporter Gene Warner anonymously quoted professionals in Buffalo's gay community. Names weren't included, it can be assumed, for fear of reprisal and retribution. In 1980's Buffalo, there was little outward gay pride. As Warner writes, “In Buffalo ... where a ‘gay protest’ could be defined as an argument between two men in an Allentown coffee…
Lawyers "overwhelmingly" rejected the notion of computers sitting alongside them in court and telling them how to try their cases. Also, where in Buffalo you could buy a used Commodore 64.
Computers in court: as aides, not lawyers
"A computer will never think like a lawyer, according to a number of attorneys, but it may soon become a valuable in-court assistant."
Among the news on the front page of The Buffalo Evening News on April 23, 1914:
Coverage of the seizure of Veracruz, Mexico, continues; Mexico is expected to attack city in force.
President Woodrow Wilson gives "firm reply" to a letter from a Mexican rebel leader.
The War Department completed a draft call for 250,000 "volunteers," though Wilson offered assurances that …
There was near unanimous support to raise the price of the city’s parking meters from a nickel to a dime. It was asserted in a later op-ed that those lawmakers who opposed the increase were hoping to use it as a cornerstone of their re-election bids.
All parking meters in city now will cost 10 cents for an hour
"About 2,000 meters which now give 60 minutes of parking …
Once the most famous resident of Airport Plaza, Ziggy & Zon’s World was bringing Cheektowaga all its First Communion needs on this date in 1984:
The News' Bob DiCesare warned the Bills not to take a quarterback with the 13th pick in the 2004 NFL draft. The Bills listened — but took one instead at No. 22. Wide Receiver Lee Evans was taken 13th and, against the wishes of DiCesare, J.P. Losman was taken with the 22nd overall pick. Since Losman was drafted, the Bills have had nine starting quarterbacks, including Losma…
Among the news on the front page of The Buffalo Evening News on April 22, 1914:
The United States finishes taking control of Veracruz, Mexico (then written as Vera Cruz).
Both houses of Congress vote to support President Woodrow Wilson's use of armed force.
The Associated Press detailed the official reports from the battle at Veracraz.
Mexico calls for troops to mobil…
As it has a half-dozen times or more over the last half-century, the future of Lake Erie looked cloudy without some forward-thinking intervention:
Many diverse plans for Lake Erie tend to cloud its future
"Everyone wants in on the action in Lake Erie today and unfortunately for the lake -- and the public -- there's no single policeman and few rules of the road."
Forty-five years after a comfortable high speed rail trip from the Central Terminal, some folks are now wondering if the high-speed rail discussion has once again left the station:
TurboTrain shows how nice rail trip can be
"United Aircraft's TurboTrain ... is a vehicle right out of the jet age. It has achived test speeds up to 170 miles an hour but was held on this trip…
For generations, Buffalo's best dressed women shopped on Delaware Avenue. That era was ending with the closing of Par Avion.
The last women's shop in the area, Mabel Danahy, announced a move to Amherst in 1996. Pitt Petri was the last heritage retailer along Delaware Avenue when it closed in 2011:
Era fading on Delaware Avenue: Par Avion's closing leaves just one women's…