Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo's pop culture history for BN Chronicles, has written six books, and teaches English at Bishop Timon - St. Jude High School.
In 1976, the Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce published MetroScene magazine as “the most complete book of its kind ever published in Western New York.
The story ends with two dead steel workers, including one who’d just come home as a hero from fighting in France. But the signing of the armistice to end World War I is where the story begins.
Through the '80s and '90s, when there were more than five Buffalo guys gathered – there was a high probability that a beer ball was there, too.
One of Buffalo’s first great industries was the harvesting of pure ice from Lake Erie, which was sent first by canal and then by train around the country.
In the days before spectacular color photography could reproduce the majesty and vibrance of a fireworks display, a July, 1901 article in The News spent about a thousand words describing each piece of ordinance that was to be a part of that evening’s display.
By the 1870s, Pratt & Letchworth had grown to become the nation’s largest producer of carriage, horse-rigging and saddlery hardware.
“Juneteenth is not a date or a place, but a spirit,” said Claudia Sims, one of the founding mothers of the event.