Re: [BuffaloHistory] Warmth from Buffalo native in California
I lived at the end of Springfield Drive... third street back from the 33. It was (and I think, still is) turquoise and white. I remember the pony man came around with a truck and the ponies... I was only 5 at the time. That would have been 1963...?
I'm afraid I don't recall the people... since ponies and horses have always been a huge passion in my life, I can tell you pretty much anything about a horse but rarely recognize people... :-)
It's terrific to say hi to you online all these years later, though! You probably have no idea just how excited I was, and how much joy you gave me with those rides!! ***Thank you***
(ps, email me offlist if you'd like to see the link to my website- loaded with my artwork- all horses...)
----- Original Message -----
From: Nelson Metke
Sent: Monday, December 31, 2001 9:41 AM
Subject: Re: [BuffaloHistory] Warmth from Buffalo native in California
I think I might have given you one of those pony rides. We had two ponies
and the other boy had a limp. Do you remember that?
>From: "equienne" <customart@...>
>Subject: [BuffaloHistory] Warmth from Buffalo native in California
>Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2001 07:43:14 -0000
>My family still lives in Buffalo, and so I'm still very interested in
>what happens to the area and the people. Of course the big news
>lately is the snow. It's made the national and local news; the media
>loves drama. I was in the BLizzard of '77, and my mom was trapped
>downtown at the Blue Cross/ Blue Shield Building where she worked at
>the time. She was there for three days without blankets or a pillow.
>Does anyone have any photos of the old Buffalo Train Station on the
>East Side? Whatever did they do with that? So often I'd heard someone
>was going to restore that place, and- last I knew- nothing ever
>My last visit to Buffalo was for Thanksgiving, 1999. My brother just
>bought a home in Cheektowaga off Harlem, hear the 33. We grew up at
>Harlem and Genesee in the 60's and 70's. That was around the time
>that the Harlem-Genesee Nursery burned down. The Hess and Bement
>Dairy made the best ice cream in the world at George Urban and
>Harlem; (on a hot day you had to stand in a very long line to get in!)
>Roller skating at the Airport Roller Rink was the only way to spend a
>weekend; and the Thruway Plaza sign still sparkled a huge Christmas
>star this time of year over an outdoor strip mall of shops.
>Other things I remember:
>~ pony rides when I lived in the Tiorunda apartments (near rtes. 33
>and 90 in Cheektowaga) in the early 1960's.
>~ a small plane crashed near the airport into a house in the early
>~ I was in the last graduating class of Pine Hill Elementary before
>they tore the old one down to build the "new" one.
>~ Black flies near the Niagara River in summer.
>~ the propane explosion in 1983- I was living in Depew, probably 10
>miles away by air, and my windows and door shook. I thought a bomb
>~ the city riots in the late 60's.
>~ the nights the city was on curfew due to a murderer. We heard he
>might actually be in our area. Isn't it ironic how we've come to
>expect the nightly murder count in many U.S. cities- and no curfew?
>~ hurricane of 1972
>~ Allentown Art Festival
>~ The year they shut down Niagara Falls to shore up the rocks. Anyone
>have photos of the river ice formations that winter?
>~ Pierre somebody walked over the gorge on a tightrope (and was
>promptly arrested afterwards.)
>~ The year the WGR helicopter crashed in the fog near the whirlpools
>at the falls. The pilot and a favorite broadcaster were killed in the
>crash. (mid to late 1980's.)
>~ "Shane, Brother Shane" on WKBW Radio; getting fired, then getting
>re-hired at WGR, where he worked for many years. Where is he now??
>~ The first laserlight and music show at the Falls for the Fourth of
>July. (mid 80's)
>~ the old days of the "Buffalo Evening News."
>~ the "Courier-Express."
>~ home milk delivery in bottles to our small square metal milkboxes.
>~ driving through the underground airport tunnel to see if it really
>was soundproof when a jet went over top.
>~ watching the planes from the paint shop parking lot across from the
>airport on Sundays.
>I'm sure I'll think of more.
>My mom moved to Black Rock to be near her folks there in the early
>1980's, and still llives in Buffalo, although she finally put the
>place up for sale, and wants to move out near the grandkids (anyone
>want to buy a nice house?) We keep in close contact through icq and
>email, and of course now with the internet we can all read the
>Buffalo News or subscribe to newsletters from tv stations. It's so
>much easier now than writing letters and watching the mail waiting
>for a return. Now I just sit and watch my email. :-)
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