Buffalo’s favorite mayor in photos

A true man of the people and a one-time gin mill owner, Mayor Griffin poured a fine beer...

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.

Mayor Griffin with Burt Reynolds, when he was in town shooting "Best Friends."

Mayor Griffin with Burt Reynolds, when he was in town shooting “Best Friends.”

Mayor Griffin had a car phone in the 80s. When they were REALLY cool.

Mayor Griffin had a car phone in the 80s. When they were REALLY cool.

Reeling in a Lake Erie mermaid with lawmaker Mary Lou Rath.

Reeling in a Lake Erie mermaid with lawmaker Mary Lou Rath.

 

Hizzoner was a natural behind the controls of a front loader.

Hizzoner was a natural behind the controls of a front loader.

He was also a natural on an elephant, leading the circus parade into the Aud.

He was also a natural on an elephant, leading the circus parade into the Aud.

With Seymour Knox on the Aud ice...

With Seymour Knox on the Aud ice…

Jim Griffin: Buffalo's original Irish dancer?

Jim Griffin: Buffalo’s original Irish dancer? with Mercy sisters wearing Talking Proud buttons, dancers, and County Executive Ed Rutkowski

Jim Griffin's leadership spawned waterfront construction...

Jim Griffin’s leadership spawned waterfront construction…

Two rockstar Jims of 80s Buffalo... Kelly and Griffin

Two rockstar Jims of 80s Buffalo… Kelly and Griffin

The ol'Rockpile... Griffin's tenacity and will pushed though the building of Pilot Field...

The ol’Rockpile… Griffin’s tenacity and will pushed though the building of Pilot Field…

 

County Executive Ed Rutkowski, The Mayor, and Danny Neaverth on the streets of South Buffalo...

County Executive Ed Rutkowski, The Mayor, and Danny Neaverth on the streets of South Buffalo…

A true man of the people and a one-time gin mill owner, Mayor Griffin poured a fine beer...

A true man of the people and a one-time gin mill owner, Mayor Griffin poured a fine beer…

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’s past present and future, which can mean  just about anything– twice a week on Trending Buffalo. 

As he collects WNY’s pop culture history, Steve looks for Buffalo’s good stories and creative ways to tell them as the President and founder of Buffalo Stories LLC. He’d love to help your business tell its story. For a decade, he’s also collected and shared Buffalo’s pop culture history at staffannouncer.com.  His latest book, Gimme Jimmy! The James D. Griffin Story, is available now at  www.mayorgriffin.com.

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Buffalo Journalist and Historian Steve Cichon brings us along as he looks at some interesting facet of Buffalo's past, present, or future twice a week on Trending Buffalo. Steve Cichon looks for Buffalo's good stories and creative ways to tell them. He's the founder of Buffalo Stories LLC, where he works with people and businesses to uncover and reap the rewards of their stories well told. For a decade, he's also collected and shared Buffalo's pop culture history at staffannouncer.com.

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