A Different Kind of Buffalo Celebrity

Dr. Harvey Tananbaum, for many years the Director of NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory, was also a graduate of Bennett High School.

Harvey Tananbaum Bennett HS Beacon 1960

Dr. Tananbaum also has the distinction of having been photographed studying at the Grosvenor Library in April of 1960.

Harvey Tananbaum, Grosvenor Reading Room, Apr. 18, 1960

Read more about Dr. Tananbaum’s career with NASA in this interview where he also discusses briefly his life in Buffalo, here: http://www.aip.org/history/ohilist/25491_1.html

 

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Buffalo Beauty

Our latest blog entry features another Bennett High School alum: actress, model and businesswoman Beverly Johnson, shown here in her yearbook photo from the Bennett Beacon, 1969.  The former champion swimmer became, among other notable things, the first African-American model to grace the cover of the US edition of Vogue in 1974.

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Another Buffalo native’s High School Yearbook photos

Today’s blog entry features retired professional basketball player Bob Lanier, in his yearbook pictures from Bennett High School, 1966.  Lanier played for the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks, retiring in 1984.

 

Bennett High School, Beacon 1966 - Bob Lanier

 

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Speaking of Yearbook photos…

Check out Emmy and Tony award-winning actress and Buffalo native, Christine Baranski, as she appeared in her high school yearbook, the Villa Maria Academy Immaculatan, 1970:

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Keep an eye out for future blog entries on Buffalo natives.

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It’s Yearbook Time – Let’s Celebrate Awkward Yearbook Photos

Check out our Yearbook Guide to see if we have your awkward yearbook photos!

 The Hair…

UB, 1898

UB, 1898

Masten Park High School, 1924

Buffalo Seminary, 1922

Buffalo Seminary, 1922

Hutchinson Central Technical High School, 1976

 The Candids…

South Park High School, 1954

South Park High School, 1954

Williamsville East High School, 1984

Williamsville East High School, 1984

 The Expressions

D'Youville, 1925

D’Youville, 1925

Hutchinson Central Technical School, 1976

Hutchinson Central Technical School, 1976

The Artistry

Hutchinson Central Technical High School, 1976

Hutchinson Central Technical High School, 1976

The Poses…

Canisius College, 1906

Canisius College, 1906

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Canisius College, 1906

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New Family History Research presentations at the Central Library!

This month, the Central Library is hosting a series of genealogy talks by Librarian and experienced genealogist Rhonda Konig.  These are just some of the many April events at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries during “Love Your Library Month”!

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Upcoming Free Genealogy Classes @ the Central Library

4/3/2014 -12pm-1pm - Jumpstart Your Genealogy – Learn what is involved in genealogy research, the starting steps in genealogy and gain an overview of select, easy to use, high impact genealogy resources. This event will be held in the Ring of Knowledge.

4/10/2014 -12pm-1pm - HeritageQuest Helper – HeritageQuest Online is a genealogy database which includes resources such as U.S. Federal Census Records, Revolutionary War pension files, Freedmen’s Bank Records, and thousands of family and local history books. It is available for use in-library and from home with a Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Card. This event will be held in The Ring of Knowledge.

4/17/2014 – 12pm-1pm – Print Sources for Genealogy Research – Primary records aren’t the only sources for genealogy research. Published works can advance family lines, provide details of ancestors’ lives and help break down brick walls. Learn how print resources such as histories, directories, newspapers and magazines can help you expand your family tree. Tips on locating published resources will also be given. This event will be held in The Ring of Knowledge.

4/17/2014 – 5:30-7:30 pm – Genealogy 101 – This is an introduction to genealogy research including basic concepts, the types of records used, and an overview of genealogy databases available through the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System.Held in the Computer Training Lab, 2nd Floor, Central Library. Registration is required. Please call 858-7132 to register or in person at the Central Library Borrower Services Desk from 9 am – 5 pm, Monday – Saturday. Registration begins 1 month prior to the class date.

4/24/2014 – 12pm-1pm – Breaking Old World – The key to breaking your genealogy research into the “Old World” is knowing your immigrant ancestor’s origin. Learn about American resources which will tell you your ancestor’s birth town or region. This event will be held in The Ring of Knowledge.

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