I was born and raised in Buffalo, and lived in Kenmore as a kid. I havn't seen Buffalo since I was very young, 13 years old actually. Born at Millard Filmore Hospital. We lived on Deumaunt Terrace, just down the steet from a school that was on Kenmore Ave. Englewood Ave. was the other end of our street. I went to Lindberg elementry, and Kenmore jr. High, sister went to them also and Kenmore Sr. High. Dad worked for what use to the the Bell Aircraft Niagara Falls plant, from the early 40's though 1960. He was a aeronautical engineer , worked on the areocomet, our first jet in the USA during WW2, the X-1, X-2,X-5, Rascal missile, and the X-22.
Capricorn, you are too young, but I remember the falls long before it could be shut off, and if boats broke down on the side of the river, you were going over the falls. I recall many of the stunts to go over the falls in barrels, many are displayed at the museum near the grand rapids if I remember.
I had a coworker from Tonawanda who went over to my old home on a visit to his brother, took pictures of my entire block, and my old schools about 15 years ago. I had the family album out, comparing pictures, and counting the bricks on the chimney. The block was almost unchanged, and things like the only hedges on the block, my Dad planted in about 1950, were still bordering out house. My Dad built a big portion of our home, a major addition, which I remember him doing as a kid, so seeing those pictures of the old home were very cool. We moved out west, due to Bell A/C having hard times in 1960, so have not returen since.
The Movie Niagara, with Marilyn Monrow, really captured the era of time I grew up with in Buffalo. Seeing that movie just reminds me of that age for me, where we would goto the falls with visiting relatives, and the looks and sounds were of that era for me. I've herd from several EBAY contacts, the area is not at all like it used to be. Very sad for me to imagine it.
A movie with Ben Gazara called Buffalo 66 was filmed there, and I'm about 99% sure a scene was filmed on Wilton Place with that school (St Something) was in the background. When I saw that scene in the movie (which was a horrible movie, I just wanted to look at Buffalo) it was like a photograph of my childhood flashing and instant recognition of something I had seen before. We would hop over their fence everday, and play ball in thier field.
How far are you from where I grew up? I have many fond memories of Buffalo, growing up in the snow, which we don;t have in sunny California, except in local mountians. I'm sure not Buffalo is not the place I remember, now over 50 years ago. You sure wish you could turn the clock back sometimes, the older we get. You are about my sons age Capricorn.
Big light bulb just went on in my head. Another poster has said her husband was from Buffalo, are you that person? Anyway, glad if we can find something to talk about that doesn't generate any hard feelings. Love to talk Buffalo if you do. G2