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It’s the 101 Greatest Moments in Buffalo History. Just in time for the holidays, author Dan Murphy has published a book that takes readers back in time to visit 101 people, places, and events that made Buffalo great. The 192-page soft-cover book details the stories that make us cheer and others that make us want to bury our heads in the ground. Dan regales (in detail) Buffalo’s Biggest Black Eyes, a few of the greatest sporting events, how Osmosis Jones inadvertently helped market Buffalo, the powerful books, the rallies, the sagas… the memories that are triggered in everyday conversations.
Each story is told in a short concise way that allows the reader to absorb tale after tale. The miracles of science are chronicled, and the impressive art scene is outlined from the roots. Learn about Marlin Perkins’ ties to the city, and how Cheerios got their start here. What was Morton Perry selling ice cream here for? When did Charles Lindbergh touch down here? Learn about the infamous John Oishei car accident. Was the first ice cream sundae really served in Buffalo? What about the fire hydrant? And how about that first live birth in a classroom setting? And the first commercial telegraph?
Even if you think you know Buffalo I guarantee that there are some accounts in this book that will get you scratching your head. There are a handful of photos to go along with some of the stories, but for the most part it is your imagination that is left to map out the instances. The $14.95 book is published by WNY Wares and is available at bookstores throughout WNY.

Written by Bill Zimmermann

Bill Zimmermann

Bill runs Seven Seas Sailing school, and is a staunch waterfront activist. He is also heavily involved with preserving, maintaining, and promoting the South Buffalo Lighthouse. When Bill first started writing for Buffalo Rising, he wrote an article a day for 365 days - each article coincided with a significant historic event that happened in Buffalo on that same day.

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