Forgotten Buffalo is a delight! Here’s to Commander Tom!

Although I’m firmly entrenched on the shores of Lake Ontario now, I was born and raised in Buffalo, part of the East Side Polish/German community. I just spent the better part of an hour surfing through photos and tidbits from Buffalo’s past on a great web site!

It all started when my Facebook pal Lynnemarie sent an invitation to join the Commander Tom fan club group. Scanning through comments, I happened on a link to a Commander Tom web site, part of “Forgotten Buffalo.”  What an absolute hoot! There are sections on Polonia (the Broadway Market area where I grew up, popular local gin mills, the Central Terminal through the years, our grain elevators (more than any other city) and just a little bit of everything Buffalo. Talk about nostalgia!

Apparently Maxwell Truth (the beatnik guy from Channel 7’s movie night) is doing tours of the old home favorites, like bowling at Corpus Christie Church lanes. Beer bottles in hand, they relive the glory days. I think it’s a great site for anyone who has ever been to Buffalo to click onto, but be prepared to spend a while squinting at photos and old clips, saying “Hey, I remember that!”

For those of you who never experienced Commander Tom Jolls on Channel 7’s Rocketship 7, you have my sympathy. We had Promo the Robot and so much more! Check out Tom Joll’s tribute page of old photos. Those 70’s style plaid jackets and zebra bell bottoms might make you dizzy with laughter. Ah, the good old days! check out Commander Tom at  or go to the main site at . Do you have a favorite memory of Buffalo? Come back and share it!


3 Responses to “Forgotten Buffalo is a delight! Here’s to Commander Tom!”

  1. Forgotten Buffalo Says: To Tour & Explore Buffalo, New York
    “Off the Beaten Track” Sites

    BUFFALO, NEW YORK, August 26, 2008 – Forgotten Buffalo Tours, the region’s authority on unique landmarks, classic taverns, old world neighborhoods and “Nickel City” oddities has released it’s schedule of Fall 2008 “Off the Beaten Track” tours. The line-up includes two brand new, original outings, a reprisal of a past “fan favorite” and a tour that officially commemorates the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition.

    “It’s been an extremely busy summer of research,” said Forgotten Buffalo co-Founder and tour guide Eddy “Maxwell Truth” Dobosiewicz. “We continually discover Buffalo’s hidden history in places one would never expect. You won’t believe what we’ve found. Nestled inside old industrial neighborhoods, on side streets and even hiding in plain sight. We can’t wait to share these places with our fellow urban explorers.”

    The Fall tour schedule kicks off with “Pints, Polkas & Pasta” on Saturday, September 13th and Saturday, September 27th. Billed as “Dyngus Day, St. Patrick’s Day & St. Joseph’s Day all in one night,” The tour will celebrate the best of Buffalo’s European ethnic pride.

    During October, Forgotten Buffalo Tours will celebrate the region’s rich German legacy with tours on Thursday, October 9th and Saturday October 25th. The 2000 census reported that 14% of Western New Yorkers claimed German heritage, making themselves the largest single ethnic group in the region! The tours will celebrate Oktoberfest by exploring the German experience in brewing, flour milling, meatpacking and politics. Along the way, the tour plans to “Roll Out the Barrel” during a spirited “Um Pa, Pa Party!”

    One of Forgotten Buffalo’s most popular tours, “The Soul of Buffalo,” returns to the schedule on Thursday, November 13th and Saturday November 22nd. The evening takes patrons on a musical journey through Buffalo’s African-American heritage with stops at legendary taverns & clubs. The tour will explain Buffalo’s key roll in the Underground Railway, visit a private club where Count Basie, Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington once played and experience some of the finest soul food this side of the Mason Dixon Line. Along the way, we will break out the polyester as we get-down at one of Buffalo’s first discothèques.

    The Fall tour schedule concludes with a tour to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition. On Friday, December 5th, Forgotten Buffalo will travel to some of the oldest and best-preserved taverns in Buffalo to celebrate the ability to “drink as we choose!”

    Founded in 2007, Forgotten Buffalo Tours is an adjunct of The website is an urban explorer’s guide to the Buffalo-Niagara region specializing in unique aspects of our region’s history. Tours are created and led by television personality Maxwell Truth, host of Off Beat Cinema and trained Buffalo architecture and history docent Marty Biniasz. Each tour is specifically researched and crafted to give patrons a sense why Buffalo-Niagara is one of the most unique urban communities in the world.

  2. Gary Says:

    Very interesting website! I am searching for a Polish ( ?) family that operated a tavern/hofbrau in Buffalo in 1960…I met one of two daughters (Adele) in D.C. who had worked there with parents……thanks for any info……Gary C.

  3. juliechatterbox Says:

    Well Gary, growing up on the Polish Catholic East Side I can tell you that it seemed like there was a tavern and a church on every corner!! I remember a dozen taverns within walking distance of our Sweet Avenue home. Do you have any other information- name, etc.?

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