Sunday, March 17, 2013

Some "Griffinisms" for St. Patrick's Day

On this St. Patrick's Day, it's fitting that we post a few of our favorite "Griffinisms." These memorable quotes came from the late Jimmy Griffin, the man whose 16-year stint as Buffalo mayor broke an all-time record for the city.

Hundreds of these quotes are included in: "The World According to Griffin: The End of an Era," available at

[During a City Hall news conference in 1992:] "The only difference between a puppy and Brian Meyer is that a puppy stops whining after six weeks."

"The Buffalo News does not celebrate Christmas because they can't find three wise men in the building." [Author's note: This quote was much more humorous to me back in the days when I was competing against the newspaper. It seemed less humorous after I went to work the News!]

[On the Green Lighnting sculpture that briefly graced the Elm-Oak Arterial:] "It's a cheap bunch of junk that some kid put up."

"I'm not usually a guy who goes around telling people what to do..."

[On former Buffalo School Board members:] "They've been spending like drunken sailors, and now the chickens have come home to roost."

AND OF COURSE..... "Stay inside, grab a six-pack and watch a good football game."

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Buffalo Books moves into the blogosphere

A regional publishing odyssey that began 29 years ago takes an exciting turn today as Western New York Wares Inc. moves into the blogosphere.

Since 1984, our company has been involved in either publishing and/or distributing more than 175 books that focus on the people, places and events that have shaped the Buffalo region's history. We've been overwhelmed by the positive response. Over the past three decades, we've moved about 323,000 copies of books, videos and games about Western New York into stores, homes, schools and libraries around the world.

We've been fortunate to have forged partnerships with some of the region's most creative, knowledgeable and "connected" authors.

Our goal in creating this new blog is to harness yet another tool for showcasing Western New York history, promoting our growing line of regional books and fostering dialogue between our authors and readers.

We are going to begin this new adventure in a deliberative way. In the early stages, our goal will be to post a couple entries per month from authors that highlight certain aspects of life in the Buffalo Niagara region. We're a tiny enterprise and we already have many proverbial "irons in the fire" that consume quite a bit of time. For example, check out our Facebook page and "like" us at Books on Buffalo. Our web site ( showcase all of our books.

But this blog will allow us to do some things that are more difficult to launch on our other Internet platforms.

We're delighted to be making our blogosphere debut, and we look forward to getting lots of feedback!

Brian Meyer
Founder and publisher
Western New York Wares Inc.