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By Steve Cichon » 11:45 AM

Seventy-five years ago, The News paid special attention to off-hour traffic jams like this one of Fuhrmann Boulevard. Today, a Skyway closure...

By Steve Cichon » 6:00 AM

News Reporter Ray Hill sure could tell a story. In a couple hundred words, he paints the picture of a man who needed mental help, a number of...

By Steve Cichon » Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Almost 600 mostly Italian residents of the old Sidney Street/Fillmore Avenue neighborhood got the old gang back together in 1979. Smiles beamed...

By Steve Cichon » Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It was a big deal in July 1979 when Philadelphia-based Acme grocery stores announced it would close all of its Western New York stores and lay off...

By Steve Cichon » Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Six years after the repeal of Prohibition, a Buffalo beer drinker could buy locally brewed beer from any number of local brewers.  There are...

By Steve Cichon » Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thirty-five years ago, many if not most Buffalonians saw the old, worn-out houses near Buffalo General and Roswell Park Cancer Institute as eyesores....

By Steve Cichon » Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In the 1940s, Dick Hirsch explains, Brooklyn was the punchline city. The mere mention of Brooklyn made people laugh. In 1979, that seemed to be...

By Steve Cichon » Tuesday, July 22, 2014

With “Buffalo Beauty Week” underway on this date in 1939, four new hairstyles for women were highlighted on the pages of The News. The...

By Steve Cichon » Monday, July 21, 2014

Buffalo was pretty excited about World Cup soccer this summer. The last time Western New York showed this much excitement over the game may have been...

By Steve Cichon » Monday, July 21, 2014

Sixty years ago, it was news that a survey showed 96% of kids had a TV in their home. It was news, as the number had quickly grown from only 43% in...

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Steve Cichon is a fourth-generation Buffalonian; all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home. The historian and author of three books runs his own business telling the stories of Western New York, is an adjunct communications professor and previously spent 20 years working in Buffalo radio and television.

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