The fascinating story of the elusive man who brought steel to Buffalo, harnessed the power of Niagara Falls, and gave Buffalo its most treasured gift: the Albright Art Gallery. To tell this compelling tale required a long and circuitous journey, from small town archives to big city libraries, tracking down Albright descendents in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts to sift through the many layers of mystery which have for so long shrouded this enigmatic man. The result is a beautiful, illustrated biography of industrialist and philanthropist John J. Albright, one which reveals the remarkable story of a man and the turn-of-the-century city in which he lived. Exquisite photographs by Susan Fuller Albright bring to life this extraordinary man and his family.
Winner of the 2019 IPPY Award, Silver in Biography
Intimate Reflections and Recollections – Buffalo, New York 1967-2020
City of My Heart is about a man, a city and the ancestral ties of family, faith, heritage and place that bind people to each other and to their community. Accompany Mark Goldman on his more than fifty-year journey as this New York City boy finds meaning and purpose by wrapping himself in the blanket of Buffalo, New York’s history, creating intimate and passionate ties to the people living in its rich, diverse and declining neighborhoods. City of My Heart combines autobiography and narrative history in a unique and compelling way. An ode, a paean to the Buffalo he not only came to know but helped to grow, a city whose spirit lured him in, and to which he, in turn, has long and joyfully given back, it reveals as much about the city as about its iconic author.
Tom Rivers works over a dozen different agricultural jobs in New York state. The result is similar: reading this book, you get a great perspective on the kinds of labor that folks do on a variety of farms in the state.
Legacy of a Refugee recounts the journey of an extraordinary man who refused to give up. From washing cars and painting houses, he progressed to factory work and lab work. He then learned and worked in various facets of the emerging world of computer technology, leading to several managerial positions. These experiences, combined with his leadership and vision, drove him to fulfill his dream of starting his own company. Meszaros eventually founded an innovative tech company that was acquired by Intel. This story of a self-made man is an inspiration to those who have left or who are considering leaving their birth place behind in search of a better life.
It’s been said that steel built America. From the rails that tied two coasts together to the automobiles that defined the 20th century, steel was the backbone. It’s also the story of immigrants who toiled to build their own lives in a new home. Dr. Rosati’s folksy story of Simonds Saw & Steel not only tells us of the history of the plant, it tells us the history of the families who defined the American Dream. Men of Steel gives us the local flavor for a national movement. It’s hard to put down.
This beautiful book celebrates the life of Sister Karen Klimczak, SSJ, and helps us cherish the memory of this passionate champion of nonviolence, who dedicated her life to providing sanctuary and hope to ex-offenders. The biographies, stories, essays, interviews, poetry, art, and photographs that grace this book are voices of the community expressing how Buffalo’s Ambassador of Peace touched their lives. Vignettes are interspersed with entries from Sister Karen’s own journals and observations that express hope and forgiveness.
The Emmy-nominated DVD, Apostle of Peace, produced by Daybreak TV Productions, is enclosed in each book. This moving half-hour tribute to Sister Karen that aired a year after her death, includes interviews with some of the people closest to her, along with archival footage of Sister Karen herself.
This is a human interest story about a man with remarkable character, who reached the highest level of sport performance in one of the toughest sports on earth. Hear from family, teammates, opponents and close friends about this living lacrosse legend.
Rick Azar. For many, this name evokes a wave of wistful nostalgia. A member of the charismatic trio “Irv, Rick and Tom” on WKBW-TV that dominated the Western New York and Southern Ontario airwaves for nearly two decades, Rick Azar tells engaging stories about so many historical beginnings. His tales chronicle the birth of broadcasting, the contentious start of the Sabres and the beginning of the Buffalo Bills. Azar shares fascinating behind-the-scenes encounters with some of the colorful celebrities he interviewed – and, more often than not, befriended – over the decades. Meet Howard Cosell, Jack Kemp, Joe Namath, Ted Williams, Gil Perreault, Wayne Gretzky, Floyd Patterson, Ilio DiPaolo, Jack Nicklaus, Dizzy Gillespie, and so many more. Azar’s journey from Brooklyn to Buffalo, on the stage and on the air, covering sports and offering commentary, is entertaining and insightful. It also reveals much about Buffalo, his beloved hometown.
Lost photographs, a found memoir, discovered documents, and warm, endearing memories inspired historian Mark Goldman, author of the biography of John Albright, to focus his research on his own family history. In learning about and telling his mother’s story, he discovered he was also telling an important part of the story of New York City during a unique and vibrant era in the mid-1900s. Tillie’s life growing up in mid-century New York City – living on Riverside Drive, playing in Central Park, accompanying her father to work in the Garment District in a Willys Jeep, becoming involved in the Spanish Civil War – reveals a colorful facet of the Jewish immigrant experience through the eyes of a fierce woman. Lushly illustrated with found family photographs, this memoir by award-winning author and historian Mark Goldman is a feast for the eyes and will speak to your soul.
The lavishly illustrated, 150-page book will be deeply appreciated by the history buffs on your list, and the unique Bethlehem Steel blown glass ornament celebrates one of Albright’s lesser known enterprises as well as the tens of thousands of steel workers who helped build this nation.