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
For more than 50 years Mark Goldman’s life has been intertwined with the life of the city of Buffalo. His work as an historian, as a teacher, as the creator of the Calumet Arts Café and the Allen Street Hardware Café, in addition to his extensive engagement in some of the most important public policy debates of our times, has provided him with unique insights into the recent history of our city. In addition to detailed accounts of Black Rock, the Italian West Side, South and North Buffalo and Central Park, the book also discusses the origins of the preservation movement, the Buffalo school desegregation case, the story of Chippewa Street and the Calumet Arts Café, the Bass Pro Controversy, and so much more. City of My Heart is romantic and infused with hope, an effort to extract from the often painful pages of our history aspects of our past that will inspire faith in ourselves and our community. “I want this book to water the wholesome,” Mark says, “to help us hold on to hope and the promise of tomorrow.” Written passionately in the first person, City of My Heart is a Valentine to Buffalo that reveals as much about the author as it does about this, the city of his heart.
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.