The Editor’s Essay (“Unlocking a better
magazine”) unlocked many of my own memories of the organ loft
at Temple Beth El, where my father, the late Abraham Cohen, served
occasionally as substitute organist, and later as Samuel
Luskin’s successor as choir director in the late ’50s
and early ’60s. At that time, the congregation was
transitioning from its former location on Richmond Avenue (it
became a Baptist church) to the Eggert Road location in the Town of
Tonawanda, following the migration of the Buffalo Jewish community
from North Buffalo to the inner suburbs.
I can’t say for certain because I was very young back
then, but the key in the photo looks like the one which unlocked
the door to the organ loft at the Richmond Avenue location. Peter
Van Dyck, who was the organist at Kenmore Presbyterian Church, was
also the organist for Temple Beth El, and it was my observations of
him at the organ console that led me to become an organist, too. On
a number of occasions, I accompanied Cantor Gerald DeBruin at Beth
El, utilizing photocopies of Mr. Luskin’s manuscripts.
I’m now the assistant music director and organist at United
Hebrew Congregation in St. Louis, Mo., the oldest Jewish
congregation west of the Mississippi River (est. 1837). And like my
father and Samuel Luskin, I compose and arrange music for the
Thank you for this wonderful essay, and thank you to UB for the
musical education and experiences which gave me the skills to
continue the legacy of Jewish music which Samuel Luskin and my
father loved so passionately.
David Cohen (MusB ’90, BA ’77)
Maryland Heights, Mo.
I read with much enthusiasm Patricia Donovan’s essay on
the Buffalo grain elevators (“On the Waterfront”). My
wife, who grew up on West Delavan not far from Niagara Street, saw
those grain elevators daily. I grew up in the Tonawandas and became
aware of these industrial giants while attending college and
eventually moving to the city. I graduated from UB in 1976 with an
MFA in painting and enjoyed the industrial scenery of the elevators
and old train stations as well. Again, a most enjoyable
Jack Knight (MFA ’76)
Long Neck, Del.
I was delighted to see your feature on Brittney Kuras in the
Locker Room section (“Pregame Rituals”). I was one of
the timers for her lane during the 2013 MAC Championships’
200-yard freestyle final, and witnessed her prerace ritual
firsthand. She pounded the starting block with such vigor it
dislodged a wire from the timing system on the block, which I
quickly re-inserted prior to the race! Thank you for featuring the
UB Swimming and Diving program.
Kelly Darlak (PharmD ’04)
North Tonawanda, N.Y.
I received my latest copy of At Buffalo. As I went through it,
almost every picture was a man. Every major article was about a
man. The one devoted to a woman was titled “Queen for a
Day.” There were two tiny articles, “60 seconds with
Lora Park,” which is about how long it took to read it, and
another tiny article featuring Amy Richardson.
While I like men, as an educated woman who graduated from UB, I
want to see more of us in the magazine, with substantive articles.
We need to be sending messages to young women that their
accomplishments will be recognized, too.
Karen Fitzgerald (BA ’74)
New York, N.Y.
We hear you—look for more stories about UB women who are making an impact in future issues of the magazine.
Congrats on the redesign of UB Today into At Buffalo. Great look
that really bridges the paper and online editions, and the
editorial content continues its high standards.
Blair Boone (PhD ’84)
I was happy to arrive home to find the new UB magazine At
Buffalo. Great job! It is dynamic, informative, varied and
aesthetically pleasing. I am sure the young alums will be eager to
peruse the pages (even if most of them have sworn off print), and
the older ones will be welcomed into the mix.
The writer is SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emerita at SUNY Buffalo State.
I love the new format! It’s obvious how much work went
into the overhaul, so I just wanted to let you know that you did a
wonderful job. It was a fun, engaging read, and I even ended up
discussing a couple of the features with my sister (another UB
Aimee Woznick (BA ’05)
What an impressive inaugural issue! Kudos to all who had a hand
in its creation. Proud to have been “At
Buffalo”—went here, worked here, played here!
Mary Anne Rokitka (PhD ’73, MA ’72, MS
Send letters and comments to Editor with the subject heading “Letters.” Or mail to Editor, At Buffalo, 330 Crofts Hall, Buffalo, N.Y. 14260. Letters are subject to editing for length and clarity. Please include a daytime phone number for verification.