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Jim Nolan
New York
Jim grew up in Buffalo, NY. He likes Duff's wings.
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Thanks Alice! It must be a common writer's fantasy--but you are living it!
Posted 4 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
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The Broil-Air wasn't the only charcoal grill to come out of Buffalo. Here's the Fold Away Grill, found by Howie and Adam online. Adam bought it, and is going to restore it. The Broil-Air is also designed to be "knock down," but this one truly lies flat. Love the box! Adam, keep us posted and let us know how it grills! And if anyone knows about the history of Holland Industries, please drop me a line. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Howie uses a chimney to stoke the coals, which will be ready in no time. Look at how cherry red the metal sides of the chimney gets. It's a "mini-blast furnace," as my friend Matt Georger describes it. Thanks for the shots, Howie! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Life in a Blender screenshot from YouTube That's my friend Ken Meyer pounding on the drums back there. Ken rocks, and so does this band. Go see 'em. Here's the details from an email blast from Don Rauf, the singer and songwriter: "Trying to understand the waves of mass hysteria sweeping the city? Allow me to explain: Life in a Blender will be playing the cozy confines of Moscow57 at 168 1/2 Delancey Street on Friday, October 17, at 7 pm ish. until 8:30 pm-ish. Donation requested. We were due to play the new Living Room this night but their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Microwaves aren't right for everything. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Howie, this is amazing! Bet that chicken fell off the bone! You're making me hungry! Thanks for sending us the video. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Photo: Jim Nolan An architect. Eero Saarinen was responsible for both the CBS Building (1965) and Kleinhans (1940), the latter with his son, Eliel. Kleinhans men's clothing store was once the largest in the U.S. and one of the first stores in the country to have electric lights. Edward Kleinhan, who with his wife Mary gave a million bucks to build the Hall, said, "I made my money in Buffalo and I want to leave it to Buffalo." Kleinhans is a National Historic Landmark, home to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and has exceptionally fine acoustics. Edward and Mary are buried... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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You get over 57,000 Likes and 21,000 shares. Cool, Isabella. And great set-up line, George. Thanks Ranch Hand, Rene Deschamps and Anne Balcer for forwarding the post! Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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I've always liked the description my friend Matt Georger gives of the BFG color: "sort of a lime or olive green, kinda matches your lawn on a sunny day." Now Adam Gibson has sent me the above photo with this note: "A lot of people have been asking me where the color came from for my grill. Well, the handle on my grill still had the original color on it from the 50s and I was able to have Sherwin Williams match the color exactly. I wanted to use them because they had an industrial metal paint and were able... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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A shot Adam sent me today. In the foreground, the grill he recently bought and is beginning to restore. Note the nice hubcaps on the finished Broil-Air behind it. Keep us posted Adam, and go Sabres! Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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A recent shot from our street's block party. That's my son George, me, wife Isabella Bannerman, and our great friend Eleni. My Broil-Air, the one restored on American Restoration, stands proudly in the foreground. It's still working great. Unfortunately, we had no Sahlen's hot dogs to throw on it. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Ha! Another great one from my beautiful and talented wife. What a great drawing. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Adam has located another old Broil-Air to restore. Not easy--only 500 to 1,000 were ever built. Believe me, it's going to be perfect when he's done. To see more of Adam's work, click on the "Adam Gibson's BFG" category in the bar to the right. Nice find, Adam. Keep us posted! Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Howie has really oudone himself this time. Just look at the rotisserie and canopy he built for his Broil-Air! Fantastic, Howie! Below, a shot of how the rotisserie was marketed back in the day, sent to me by Phil Marino. Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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I'm certain this cartoon was not inspired by the artist's husband in real life (me). Surely it's coincidence that the wife looks like Isabella and the doctor looks like her sister Katie. Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Thanks, Alice!
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Screenshot from Cartoon Kingdom. Love how this is drawn. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Howie just sent me this shot, and writes: "Hi Jim, found this diamond in the rough at an estate sale this morning. Will be sending you internal photos when I start to restore it. Pays to be an early bird." Nice find, Howie. Look forward to seeing how your restore it! Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Screengrab from Comics Kingdom. I love how this is drawn. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Thanks, Steve! Nice of Mr. Branson to share his thoughts with me.