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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…

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 rig…

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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…

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Jan. 22, 1985 – Buffalo Bills fans had been waiting a long time for this news bulletin: A Bill has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. While the Bills had plenty of great players back in the 1960s, O.J. Simpson was an easy choice for the voters who determined who would be doing to Canton. He was the first runner to go past 2,000 yards in a single season, runn…

Bills

Jan. 16, 1998 – In 1985, the Buffalo Bills had the first overall draft pick. Fans back then wanted the Bills to take a relatively small-in-stature college quarterback by the name of Doug Flutie who had captivated the country in the fall of 1984. In fact, buttons that urged the Bills to take Flutie were printed up. Flutie signed with the United States Football League, bu…

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Will we ever see their likes again? The Buffalo Bills already had played in three straight Super Bowls. It would be difficult to imagine any team making it four in a row. The Bills, though, weren't just any team in that era. They finished off an accomplishment that may never be duplicated, beating the Chiefs, 30-13, in the AFC Championship to qualify for another Supe…

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It was a surprise then, and it is still a surprise today. Ralph Wilson reached out and hired a big-name coach on this day. Chuck Knox had won five straight NFC West titles as coach of the Los Angeles Rams, but he hadn't gotten the team to a Super Bowl. That record wasn't good for owner Carroll Rosenbloom. So Knox jumped before he was fired, signing a $1.2 million, si…