Tonawanda News


April 11, 2014

ADAMCZYK: Letterman was on my side


Tonawanda News — This guy was your suspicious older brother, lending advice, reminding you that you should trust no one more than you trust yourself. Like anyone, over thirty-plus years some nights were better than others; when he returned from five weeks off to deal with quadruple bypass surgery in 2000 he brought on his surgical team for the most real and earnest show of appreciation American television has ever delivered.

Then there was the night in 2003 musician Warren Zevon, dying of peritoneal mesothelioma, came on to talk of life and death. Could you interview, for an hour, a friend who knows he can see the finish line? Would you expect compassionate brilliance from a professional wisecrack artist like Letterman?

This program influenced comedy, sure, but I submit Fox News and MSNBC, broadcasters with virulent and opposite political slants, would not exist if Letterman did not popularize the thesis that it was all right to be fed up with everything.

If you get the idea I expect to miss David Letterman, you’re right. I don’t get all the jokes about Twitter his current competition, Mr. Fallon, tosses. There is one thing I will miss, a lot, to wit:

Everyone likely has holiday traditions, especially those of Christmas, no matter how humble or unaware you are of your own. In my family, an important one is watching Letterman’s program on Christmas Eve to hear Darlene Love sing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” a joyful, secular carol about holiday loneliness and performed onstage in the Phil Spector “Wall of Sound” style. It is a riveting and jubilant moment on my holiday calendar, and I hope Ms. Love, who is 72 years old and belting it out better than in 1962 when she was among The Crystals, will be invited elsewhere. My Christmas won’t be the same without her.

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  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

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  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

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  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

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  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

    July 18, 2014

  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: King George's abdication leaves many questions I've covered Niagara County politics for 10 years and it's been a fascinating -- and often infuriating -- experience. With the news the man known with equal parts respect and cynicism as "King George" is walking away it's about to get more interesting.

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  • Canal Fest, here we come This column should be titled "Roads and Streets." First of all, Meadow Drive is finally open. Although it took very long to be completed, it's beautiful. Riding by the other day brought into focus how many people will use this to cut across town. One less thing for residents to complain about.

    July 12, 2014

  • ADAMCZYK: Homesick for someplace I've never been You stumble over things that make you wonder. I do, at least, and the latest is one of those advertising artifacts from yesteryear that encourage me to ponder what's changed and what never will.

    July 11, 2014