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          HAPPY EASTER — I can have chocolate again!

          Hardly seems like a year ago I was down at Ft. Food, Texas to bring Katie home after her stint in the U.S. Army. And now, later this week I’ll be driving down to New York City for a short visit where’s she’s now attending school. So I figured this was as good a time as any to drag out a few more of the pictures we took on last year’s drive home, where we stopped at the CTC Auto Ranch just outside of Ft. Worth. This 1958 Plymouth Plaza looks like a tree fell across the hood before it was brought to CTC, otherwise, there’s a ton of usable parts on this old Mopar. The brochure called the Plaza, which was Plymouth’s lowest-priced line, “one of the most striking cars on the road!” Okay, then…



YAK Car Pic of the Day

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          From  back in a time when car manufacturers came up with new model names more often than they changed their underwear, we have this 1973 Pontiac Grand Ville. Up until 1971 the Bonneville was the priciest full-sized Pontiac, but that would no longer do what with the influxes of Ford LTDs (and LTD Broughams, and blah, blah, blah), Chevy Caprices (and Chevy Caprice Classics, and blah, blah, blah), and Oldsmobile… don’t even get me started on Oldsmobile model names. The Grand Ville name would be dropped after the 1975 models, and was of course replaced in the top spot by… of course, he said… the Bonneville Brougham. Ugh. This nicely-preserved red four-door hardtop was seen yesterday outside of a Niagara Falls repair shop.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

YAK Car Pic of the Day

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          Judging from the low stance, not to mention the wheels and tires, of this 1961 Chevy Nomad station wagon, I’d say there’s something under the hood other than the 235.5 CID, 135-hp Hi-Thrift six-cylinder engine which was in my Mother’s very similar-looking but cheaper ’61 Parkwood. Then again, this white wagon could be all show and no go, sitting in the lot of a shop in Newstead. Sure brought back some memories! Below we see Fred MacMurray piloting another ’61 Nomad, the Douglas family chariot which was used during the first season of My Three Sons.

fredmcm— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

Steam Donkeys Announce Rust Belt Symposium

1795761_10201737154776410_1816712769_nMembers of the urban planning community, business leaders, philanthropists, politicians, academicians, bloggers, bicyclists, and the local glitterati are all a-Twitter(TM) about this Saturday’s (4/19) Rust Belt Symposium hosted by Buffalo-based music act and global think tank the Steam Donkeys. The event will take place at the Sportsmen’s Tavern Music Hall, starting at 8:30pm.

“While we were unable to lure representatives from Detroit—mainly because they are simply bankrupt and even more plagued by urban blight and poverty than Buffalo—we’re fortunate that our colleagues the Whiskey Daredevils will be making the trip up from Cleveland for this historic event,” says Buck Quigley, front man and spokesperson for the Steam Donkeys.

The four-hour meeting will touch upon issues common to all post industrial cities situated on the Great Lakes, with an emphasis on greenwashing strategies, publicly-financed artificial economic development plans, architectural nostalgia schemes, “Hail Mary”-styled professional sports gambits, and more.

“But mainly, the seminar will be devoted to enjoying small-batch, locally-produced, organic, gluten-free, artisanal Americana music,” Quigley adds, pretentiously.


The Whiskey Daredevils grew out of a former brain trust called the Cowslingers—who many Buffalonians will recall from their feverish performances at the Original(TM) Americanarama Festivals, which took place around the turn of the 21st century.

“I’d like to see more grassroots workshops like this one,” said a noted local bigwig, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Why should pie-in-the-sky fantasies for urban renaissance be dominated by the silver-bullet solutions recycled over and over by the ruling status quo? It’s high time those who have suffered for years under our incompetent leadership did some of the heavy lifting for a while.”

“The synergy created by an event like this could be a real game-changer,” he added, “which, in turn, could translate into more time spent on the golf course for people like me.” 

From Cover to Cover: Works from the Gerald Mead Collection at Ashkers

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Philip Burke's portrait of Henry Kissinger, which appeared on the cover of Artvoice's September 20, 2007 issue.

Philip Burke’s portrait of Henry Kissinger, which appeared on the cover of Artvoice’s September 20, 2007 issue.

Since its founding in 1990, Artvoice has frequently used an artwork by a Western New York artist as the cover image for its publication. Most often, it coincides with the fact that the artwork is on view in a solo or group exhibition that week. For the artist (and venue of the exhibition) there is a special thrill associated with “getting the cover of Artvoice.” Local photographer and photo-muralist Max Collins, whose work has appeared on the cover of five issues of Artvoice in recent years, describes the experience as “high visibility acknowledgement by the press” and mentions that the status of Artvoice as a “cultural staple” of the community makes that experience even more meaningful.

For an art collector who owns (or acquires) the reproduced artwork, there is something surreal about seeing an image of an artwork that they live with everyday on street corners and newspaper racks in businesses and institutions throughout the region. The result is an odd blending of the public and private realms.    

This exhibition consists of ten original artworks in various media that have been featured on the cover of an Artvoice issue dating from 2007 to present. All of the artworks are from the collection of Gerald Mead and the artists included are: painters Philip Burke, Tom Holt, Craig LaRotonda, and James Paulsen; photographer Max Collins; collagist Dylan England; comic cartoonist/illustrator Tom Van Deusen; and ceramic artist and printmaker Ken Price. A small reproduction of the cover each appeared on is below the label and it is interesting to note that in most cases the artwork was cropped to fit the proportions of the publication. Four of the 10 artworks also happen to be self-portraits. 

This is the latest (in the past decade there have been two or three each year at various college and university galleries in Western New York and other venues) thematic exhibition to be drawn from the collection of artist and educator Gerald Mead, who has assembled a collection of over 800 artworks by artists associated with this region by birth or residency.

The exhibition comes down on Friday, April 25, so check it out before then and see how many covers you recall seeing when they were on the stands.


This Modern World: The Mysterious Disappearance


YAK Car Pic of the Day

62 ford byebyebirdie r copy

The other night we watched, for the umpteenth time, Bye Bye Birdie on TCM. In a great stretch, Paul Lynde played a married man with two kids , and one of my favorite scenes was with him and the family singing about going on The Ed Sullivan Show. “♬ Ed Sullivan…♩Ed Sullivan… ♪ ♫ we’re going to be on Ed Sullivan♩♪ ♫!” In the pic here, we see Lynde pulling into the driveway in his 1962 Ford Country Squire station wagon, just before going into a very Lynde-like rant about Conrad Birdie, the Elvis-like teen throb who’s stealing the hearts of females all over the country.

62 ford byebyebirdie f  copy— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know 

Elmira Jackals sign on as Sabres affiliate

jackalsFans in south central part of New York State have endured their own version of “suffering”, as their Elmira Jackals of the East Coast Hockey League have fallen to the bottom of their league standings this year, just two years removed from being at the top of the ECHL under their then Craig Rivet led squad.

Today the Buffalo Sabres announced that they have signed an affiliation agreement with Elmira as their lower level minor league affiliate. The Jackals, who began play in 2000 in the United Hockey League before moving to the ECHL, play at the 4000 seat First Arena in downtown Elmira. The venue is located approximately 140 miles from Buffalo, and with this move, all Sabres prospects will be housed within easy driving distance.

In a press release issued by the Sabres, team General Manager Tim Murray stated, “Proper development is essential in maintaining a competitive roster at the NHL level. Having Elmira as an additional source to develop our young talent will certainly help our entire organization going forward. We’re proud to have the Jackals as part of our organization and, with the Amerks in Rochester, we now have the added bonus of working with minor-league affiliates that are no further than 150 miles from Buffalo.”

For the Sabres, additional marketing synergies can certainly be found in Elmira, where they passionately embrace the sport of hockey, not only via the Jackals, but also the NCAA Division III Elmira College Soaring Eagles hockey program. The Jackals have changed ownership just recently, and Buffalo is the closest NHL team geographically to the “Twin Tiers” area of Corning and Elmira. On any given night at a Jackals game, abundant Sabres jerseys can be easily spotted, sprinkled throughout the stands at First Arena.

The East Coast Hockey League is the premier “AA” minor league of hockey with many affiliation agreements with parent NHL teams. With the Sabres presence in both Rochester and now Elmira, this news bodes well for the organization and their fans throughout upstate New York.

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