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Robert F. Kennedy on University at Buffalo Campus – 1964

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Robert F. Kennedy delivering a 1964 campaign speech on the University at Buffalo Campus.

Robert F. Kennedy on Buffalo Campus

50 Years Ago

On Saturday, October 3, 1964, an enthusiastic crowd of more than 3,000 students heard Robert F. Kennedy deliver a 1964 speech from the terrace of Norton Union (now Squire Hall) on the University at Buffalo’s Main Street campus.

Kennedy was campaigning for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Kenneth B. Keating, who visited the U.B. campus the previous day.

Kennedy made an immediate hit with the Buffalo students when he was asked who he was rooting for in the Buffalo/University of Massachusetts football game to be played later that afternoon.  The Massachusetts-reared Kennedy quickly replied, “I’m for the University of Buffalo” while flashing a wide grin.  The University of Massachusetts won the game 24-22.  (see “Kennedy Attacks Goldwater” Spectrum Newspaper, 9 October 1964)

The Robert F. Kennedy photos are part of the Prominent Visitors to Buffalo digital collection and come from the University at Buffalo Archives.

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Robert F. Kennedy delivering a 1964 campaign speech on the University at Buffalo Campus. Audience at Robert F. Kennedy's 1964 speech on the University at Buffalo campus. Robert F. Kennedy delivering a 1964 campaign speech on the University at Buffalo Campus. Robert F. Kennedy delivering a 1964 campaign speech on the University at Buffalo Campus.

Kennedy Attacks GoldwaterKennedy Attacks

Last Saturday, Democratic candidate Robert Kennedy
spoke to the student body as the second part of the
Convocations Committee’ s program.

The bulk of his speech was an attack on Barry Goldwater.
Following his talk there was a question and answer period.
When asked how he felt about the afternoon football game
he said, “I’m for the University of Buffalo.” When asked if
he had ever run for elected office before he said, “No. Have you?”
When asked why he chose the State of New York he replied,
“I lived in New York State longer than any place else. I have
ties here. We pay taxes in the State of New York.”

Before leaving Mr, Kennedy added a little friendly advice.
He said that we are dependent upon an educated people
and that we must “face up to the problem and do something
about them.” While discussing the role of the educated
person he said that, “we have an opportunity and a responsibility.”
When asked if the Senatorial seat was a stepping stone for the
Presidency Mr. Kennedy remarked, “Then New York State
is going to get a very nice Senator.”

Spectrum Newspaper, October 9, 1964


Gustin L. Reichbach Papers

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Gustin L. Reichbach PapersGustin Lewis Reichbach (1946-2012) B.A. ’67 was a proud Brooklynite, University at Buffalo alumnus, law student activist, lawyer, respected New York State Supreme Court Juris and international judge.

Reichbach attended the University at Buffalo and studied political science during the tumultuous 1960s. He later studied law at Columbia University where he was active with the Students for a Democratic Society. After establishing a private legal practice, Reichbach was elected to the Civil Court of the City of New York and the Supreme Court of the State of New York. He also served as an International Judge for the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo.

After his premature death from cancer in 2012, his wife, Ellen Meyers, donated Reichbach’s personal and professional papers to the University at Buffalo Archives.

The Gustin L. Reichbach Papers digital collection contains various items from the donated material.

Elizabeth Taylor on University at Buffalo Campus

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Elizabeth Taylor on University at Buffalo CampusSurprise Appearance of Elizabeth Taylor

On September 20, 1957, actress Elizabeth Taylor and her third husband, Hollywood movie producer Mike Todd, spent the day on the University at Buffalo campus. Elizabeth Taylor’s presence was a delightful surprise as only Mike Todd had been expected.

Mike Todd was invited to Buffalo, NY to give a boost to the city of Buffalo’s 125th Anniversary World Port Celebration going on that month.

Taylor and Todd were the guests of honor at a luncheon at the University at Buffalo, attended by local college officials and theater groups. In the afternoon, Todd delivered a lecture on “the spirit of showmanship” at U.B.  (see “Todds Score Hit in UB Appearance” Buffalo Courier-Express, 21 September 1957)

Later that evening, Taylor and Todd were on hand to open the Buffalo World Port Celebration at Buffalo Civic Stadium. After being introduced, Todd jokingly told the crowd he was grateful to be introduced as Mike Todd and not as “Mr. Elizabeth Taylor.”

The Elizabeth Taylor photos are part of the Clifford C. Furnas Collection digital collection and come from the University Archives.

Sparkle Furnas and Jane Keeler with Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd  Chancellor Clifford C. Furnas holds umbrella for Elizabeth Taylor and her husband, Mike Todd Jane Keeler with Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd

Todds Score Hit in UB AppearanceTodds Score Hit in UB Appearance

A lecture on the spirit of showmanship by Mike Todd received the full treatment at the University of Buffalo yesterday. It turned out to be a Hollywood production starring Elizabeth Taylor, Chancellor Clifford C. Furnas and a variety of deans, professors and students acting as extras.

The script — if there was any — and the formalities were tossed aside as soon as the Todds and their party arrived on the campus. Only Todd had been expected.

Chancellor Furnas, who admits having been a good athlete but a poor bit player in his days, gave a superb performance as host. Enjoying the role to the hilt. Dr. Furnas gallantly escorted Miss Taylor under his umbrella, opened car doors and shooed pursuing students hungry for autographs.

The first scene took place in the faculty club. Faculty members came down from their ivory towers to chat with the Todds.

“It’s the first time I came along with Mike on one of his lecture,” Miss Taylor confided. She explained she was sick last year when Mike went to Harvard, Yale and Oxford while movie making. But, she added, she was duly filled in on his activities and speeches.

Todd, a product of the consolidated schools of Bloomington, Mo., hobnobbed with the UB professors to the everlasting glory of both institutions. He explained that though he never went to college, he picked up plenty of postgraduate education on the streets of Chicago and Minneapolis.

Scene Two found the Todds, Chancellor and Mrs. Furnas, the deans, professors and about 60 theater and TV personalities together for an intimate luncheon in the new Tower Residence. Todd was presented an honorary membership by the Blue Masquers, the UB drama club.

He has already grossed $16 million with his “Around the World.” His next Todd-AO movie “Don Quixote” will be filmed in Spain starting next Spring. Miss Taylor and Todd then rushed to Capen Hall for Scene Three — and Todd’s lecture on showmanship. Dr. Furnas watched warily as dozens of students skipped their classes to have their beanies, textbooks and notebooks autographed by their dream girl.

At this point, Miss Taylor was told to stand so that everyone in the overflowing hall could take a good look. She stood up, revealing to all her simple silk taffeta two-piece dress with crossover high V-neckline  and her black silk and velvet hat hugging her head with white appleblossoms. The audience cheered. Mike glowed.

Mike took over after being introduced by Prof. Stanley D. Travis, chairman of the department of drama and speech, as the “superlative showman and fantabulous Mike Todd.” In a rambling discourse on film and moneymaking, Todd passed along the following comments:

Not everyone can get out of school, make ‘Around the World in 80 Days” and marry Elizabeth Taylor.

If you make $50 doing something pleasant, you are better off than making $100 at something you don’t like.

Movies are on the way out unless they keep up with the changing tastes of the public.

Buffalo Courier-Express, September 21, 1957

Vintage Buffalo, NY Advertisements

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Take another walk down memory lane…

One of our most popular blog posts, from October 2012, was about vintage Buffalo, NY advertisements.

Our second installment features more Western New York business advertisements seen throughout the issues of the Spectrum, the University at Buffalo’s Student Newspapers as well as one large advertisement for Simon Pure Beer taken from the October 21, 1961 U.B. Bulls Football Program.

Zar-pas Charcoal Texas Hots
“Zar-pas Charcoal Texas Hots”
UB Spectrum, 27 April 1956
 Pat's - World's Best Charcoaled Hots
“Pat’s World’s Best Charcoaled Hots”
UB Spectrum, 21 April 1961
 RON-LEE Take-Out Dinners
“RON-LEE Take-Out Dinners”
UB Spectrum, 16 March 1962

Iroquois Beer & Ale
“Iroquois Beer & Ale”
UB Spectrum, 12 February 1954

“Iroquois Beer & Ale”
UB Spectrum, 8 January 1960
Iroquois Beer & Ale
“Iroquois Beer & Ale”
UB Spectrum, 14 April 1961

 Peking Chinese and American Restaurant
“Peking Chinese and
American Restaurant”

UB Spectrum, 7 October 1955
 The Shetland House Restaurant
“The “Shetland House Restaurant”
UB Spectrum, 6 March 1959
 Chicken Delight
“Chicken Delight”
UB Spectrum, 22 March 1961

The William Simon Brewery - 1961

“The William Simon Brewery”
U.B. Bulls Football Program – October 21, 1961