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Jim Nolan
New York
Jim grew up in Buffalo, NY. He likes Duff's wings.
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Sent to me by Matt Conrad, some scans from a Memorial program for Lieut. Michael J. Duddy, who was killed in action in Fismes, France on August 12, 1918. Like my great uncle Second Lieut. John V. Curry, he was from Plains, PA, where his portrait now hangs next to John's in the American Legion Hall. Both paintings were found and restored by my friends Bob Corcoran and his son Bobby. Thanks for sending this info along, Matt. What a terrible loss for his family, community and country. Below, the painting of the Lieut. Duddy hanging in the Plains VFW. Continue reading
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From left: Doug Moog, Charlie Epes, Rick Halpern, Nick Bakay, Kingman Bassett, Sr. A photo from Charlie Epes of a 1960s cookout at Kingman Bassett's house in Rose Hill, Canada, across the Peace Bridge from Buffalo. Looks like cheeseburgers on the (typically rusty) BFG. Somebody once told me that at dinner time, you could hear the whirr of the blowers cranking up from house to house along the shore. Thanks, Charlie, for posting this on Facebook and letting me share it here. Continue reading
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Aw, Mom! Cartoon by Isabella Bannerman. Click to enlarge. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Today's beautifully drawn Six Chix cartoon. Noah is covering all the bases. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
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A snap of my dad's old dog, Smokey, running down a 1930s Buffalo street, back before leash laws. As I recount in The Secret of Math below, Smokey could say "I want one!" according to my father. When I told my kindergarten teacher that maybe some animals could talk, specifically Smokey, I was laughed out of class by her and my classmates. This led me to question some of my father's other claims, for instance, that the secret of math was "a sharp pencil." Now, a YouTube video has shaken me to the core. A dog that can say "I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Today's Six Chix cartoon by the great Isabella Bannerman. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Gesture control is coming to cars. For some, it's already here. Six Chix cartoon by Isabella Bannerman. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Jim Nolan's Blog
How to turn your charcoal into a fiery tower, fast. Now it really gets going. Hey, I was in a hurry to get the Sahlens on. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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And don't just move it around the plate, either. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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I bet they use a lot of air freshener. Cartoon by Isabella Bannerman. You can see more of her cartoons by clicking on the cartoon categories on the right side column. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Cartoon by Isabella Bannerman. Love the detail in the drawing. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Watch out for the deer on Mother's Day! Six Chix cartoon by Isabella Bannerman. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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I guess if raccoons can wash their food, they can apply mascara. Cartoon by the great Isabella Bannerman. Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Today's Six Chix cartoon by Isabella Bannerman. You can learn more about marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Me too, Alice! It's a really cool grill, I would love to hear what they say about it on Antiques Roadshow. I would think a Texas Longhorns fan would pay a pretty penny for it.
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Screengrab from the Weber Kettle Club The Westerner you see featured here has the metal handle, so Harley Spiller's must be even earlier. The Westerner doesn't appear in the 1962 catalog, so perhaps it from 1963. Check out more catalogs at the fantastic Weber Kettle Club website. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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This is my friend Harley Spiller's rare Weber. He has recently taken it "into the shop." I have asked him to keep us posted on the project. Note the metal handle, which is what they used before they switched to a wood handle, because wood doesn't get as hot. This was told to me by Weber expert Matt O'Brien, a curator at the blog Weber Kettle Club, which is absolutely fantastic. The Weber was purchased by Harley's father, Mortimer Spiller, who sold grills himself. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Buffalo Forge Grill expert restorer Adam Gibson has bought this Canadian-made Buffalo Forge blower on ebay, and has plans for it. Adam writes: "I recently purchased this for my collection for 46 dollars from a lady in Vermont on EBay. It has no handle but I am going to paint this red along with adding some of our northern friends' touches to a parts forge grill of mine for a nice special tribute. I'll keep you posted on the maple leaf and red transformation. Should be pretty special when it is all done. I was thinking about outlining the letters... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Hey, Stuart Little had an invisible sports car. So it's possible. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Better get two. Love the purse! Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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I just love how this cartoon is designed and drawn. Nice, Isabella! Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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They all like Guinness. Happy St. Paddy's Day this Thursday. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Thanks, Alice! Getting to be barbeque season!