He remains one of the most popular figures in Buffalo’s history. He was also one of the most vilified.
Jimmy Griffin was Mayor of Buffalo from 1978-1993. No one has ever held the post longer, and it’s a pretty good bet that no one ever had more fun doing the job. He got things done. Like Pilot Field. And the waterfront. And the Theatre District. And getting people to stay home and enjoy a six pack instead of heading out into the Blizzard of ’85.
Look at the smile on this guy’s face in nearly every photo, and tell me he’s not having a good time.
These photos are among the roughly 200 photos which come from a new book about Buffalo’s beloved mayor.
A Buffalo Scrapbook: Gimme Jimmy! The James D. Griffin Story in his own Words and Photos, by Steve Cichon, will be in stores next week, or you can order a copy now at www.mayorgriffin.com ¬†and have it delivered to your home by next week.
Buffalo story teller ¬†and Historian Steve Cichon brings us along as he¬†explores the nooks and crannies of Buffalo‚Äôs past present and future, which can mean ¬†just about anything‚Äď twice a week on Trending Buffalo.¬†
As he collects WNY‚Äôs pop culture history, Steve looks for Buffalo‚Äôs good stories and creative ways to tell them as the President and founder of¬†Buffalo Stories LLC. He‚Äôd love to help your business tell its story. For a decade, he‚Äôs also collected and shared Buffalo‚Äôs pop culture history at¬†staffannouncer.com. ¬†His latest book, Gimme Jimmy! The James D. Griffin Story, is available now at¬†¬†www.mayorgriffin.com.