Buzz loves the sweet story in Friday's Buffalo News surrounding poet Robert Frost's papers being given to UB by Jonathan Reichert, the son of a rabbi who was Frost's friend. A UB press release adds to the fun. First there is Frost's mother's religion, a faith called Swedenborgianism. Then this detail, also in The News story: “To get past Frost's secretary, [Jonathan] Reichert would catch trout in a nearby stream and bring them to the poet.” We don't know what impresses us more, that he had to get past a bureaucrat, or that he caught trout to do it. Lastly, we loved this quote from Reichert: “I was very lucky in life to have known Robert Frost. I would visit him and we'd have these long discussions. But you didn't argue with him. With Frost, he did 95 percent of the talking.”
Russell's Steaks, Chops & More and Salvatore's Grand Hotel belong to Russell Salvatore, while Salvatore's Italian Gardens and the Garden Place Hotel are in the hands of his son. Confusing, right? But all the Salvatore establishments have similar over-the-top style. And similar graciousness. Last week, Buzz dined for the first time at Russell's. It was beautiful, and the best thing about it was Russ Salvatore himself. He was greeting everyone, and, with his white hair and impeccable suit, he was warm, charming – and strikingly handsome, like someone out of a soap opera. Which, if you use your imagination, he is. We got that idea on the way there. Mixed up, we thought Russell's was in the Garden Place Hotel. Finding we were wrong, we asked the clerk there if he could tell us where Russell's was. Awkward! It felt like asking Tops where Wegmans is. But he was kind. “I shouldn't, but I will,” he said. He smiled at our embarrassment. “Long story.”
V-Day, Buffalo style
Buffalo, city of love! Weeks before the big day, John and Mary's is wooing us with: “Pre-Order Your Valentine's Day Heart-Shaped Pizza!” Plus, a sub place is putting on the dog. Guy's Subs and Deli, 6 Clinton St. in Akron, advertises that from 5 to 9 p.m. on Valentine's Day, “Guy's is transformed into a white tablecloth restaurant, complete with table service, wine, beer and an Italian menu.” Guy's is the family business of Laurie Bordonaro, frequent star in The Buffalo News Jazz at the Albright-Knox series. So naturally the dinner will boast Michael T. Jones on piano and Warren Stirtzinger on bass. And, Bordonaro promises: “The chef will be sitting in.”
Dunlop never tires! At 86, not only has jazz man Boyd Lee Dunlop released a second CD, “The Lake Reflections,” but he embraces celebrity. A friend reports that the pianist had a Sharpie and was autographing copies of Gusto. … Help the Colored Musicians Club raise money for a decent piano, and surely rewards will await you in heaven. Gruvology grooves for the cause at 7 p.m. Friday in Denton, Cottier and Daniels, 460 Dodge Road, Getzville. Cost is $10; call 686-6996.
“If all is not lost, where is it?”
– Sign in front of Kenmore Avenue garage