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The Police with XTC – 35 Years Ago

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The Police with XTC at the Clark Gym on January 20, 1980On Sunday, January 20, 1980, The Police began its North American winter tour with a concert in Buffalo, New York in the Clark Gym on the University at Buffalo’s South Campus.

The Police were touring behind their second album “Regatta de Blanc.” XTC was the opening band. Tickets for the concert were $4.50 for students.

The Police, already popular in the UK at the time, were labeled as “one of the bands to watch in the Eighties” in the United States.

A decent crowd saw the band put on a good show although drummer Stewart Copeland expressed disappointment with the U.B. fans wishing they were a British audience. “They’re louder, and they dance more.” (see “The Police” Spectrum Newspaper, 25 January 1980)

The Police would return to Buffalo, New York on February 22, 1984 as one of the most popular bands in the world playing in front of 17,000 frenzied fans at the old Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. By the end of the decade, The Police were ranked the #1 most played band on U.S. radio in the 1980’s.

The Police/XTC photos are part of the Prominent Visitors to Buffalo digital collection and come from the University Archives. This collection chronicles many of the politicians, musicians and activists that visited Buffalo in the past 50 years. Documentation from the University Archives includes photographs, coverage of events from the UB Spectrum student newspaper, and related ephemera.

Sting and Andy Summers of The Police at the Clark Gym on January 20, 1980 Sting of The Police at the Clark Gym on January 20, 1980

XTC - Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, and Dave Gregory at the Clark Gym on January 20, 1980 Colin Moulding and Dave Gregory of XTC at the Clark Gym on January 20, 1980 XTC - Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, and Dave Gregory at the Clark Gym on January 20, 1980

The Police with XTC at the Clark Gym on January 20, 1980

Prodigal Sun / The Spectrum, January 25, 1980Concert Review

The Police

by Pat Carrington

The Police opened their show last Sunday night in Clark Gym with a frantic rocker called “Next to You.” But it was their next number, “So Lonely,” that was more indicative of the style that has made them very well known in such a short time, that earned them status as “one of the bands to watch in the Eighties” – a pop-flavored reggae group.

Bass guitarist/vocalist Sting’s voice is at its best when he’s singing reggae music. When he sings rock and roll, he sounds just like dozens of other vocalists. With the more soulful reggae, however, his voice gains a lilt and its high, clear tones are used. To someone familiar only with the Police cuts that receive airplay, this white reggae sound identifies the group.

After the show, when I asked drummer Stewart Copeland if he thought the group had in tended to “bring reggae to America,” I was surprised to see him look surprised at the question. “No, not at all. We just do something that turns us on. It feels natural- it’s something we’ve always done. We were surprised that no one else was doing it, actually. Of course, you hear a lot more of it in England. It’s part of the culture there.” (Reggae is primarily Jamaican music, and the reggae music played around London stems from the Jamaican roots of the city’s black population).

“What I like particularly about reggae is that you can experiment with it. I can take something that’s basically reggae (that is, until I get into it, because I change everything when I get into it) and do something different with it. It’s not like, say, jazz. Everything you can do with jazz has been done already.”

Though the Police may have eased into reggae as a style, they now do songs that are very intentionally Jamaican in flavor. The most obvious example of this occurred during their first encore Sunday. In the midst of a bopping-good “Can’t Stand Losing You,” Sting slowed the tempo to sing “Day-O, getting the audience to join in: ‘daylight come and me wan’ go home” . .. it added a nice touch, but since it was a cover song, it could hardly have been something that just crept into their music.

The Police is comprised of Andy Summers on guitar, Copeland and Sting. Their sound was quite intricate for a trio, owing to each member’s skill in playing their respective instrument. The acoustics in Clark Hall, amazingly enough, were excellent with the aid of an echo effect, Sting’s voice resounded through the packed hall, alternately silvery and mystical.

Summers was intent on his music, rarely crossing the stage. Sting was the showman, boogieing with his bass, exuding “Mod” good looks and a happy cProdigal Sun / The Spectrum, January 25, 1980harisma. At times, particularly during snatches of “Bo Diddley,” when instrumental backing was minimal, Sting wove a spell With his singing that hypnotized the audience.

But the people were never too hypnotized to wake up and dance. Where I was standing, jammed in the midst of the crowd a few feet from the stage, it became impossible to make any notes due to the bouncing up and down of everyone near me (not to mention my own movements). Copeland, though, expressed disappointment with the audience: “I wish it had been a British audience. They’re louder, and they dance more. They think less about the words, the nuances, than Americans do, but – well, they pogo over there, you know.” When asked if he really preferred that people didn’t listen to the words, he admitted that “each side has its good points.” In response to a Police quote from a recent magazine that “we can play a small club in the middle of nowhere if we want,” Copeland said that Clark was “just about the right size.”

The audience seemed to be somewhat confused about the identity of the Police. There were punked-out people present, dressed outrageously, complete with safety pins and cheap sunglasses. One screamed, “I was a punk before you were!” There’s very little that can be called punk in either the music or the persona of the Police, however, so if the people were attempting to dress for the occasion, they were a bit off. Many folks just sat in the stands, unwilling to participate, waiting to be entertained. The band performed that function admirably, but would have preferred some feedback in the form of dance.

Generally, live renditions of Police material were more expanded than their album versions, containing extended instrumental jams. This was especially the case with reggae tunes. “Truth Hits Everybody” was slowed down considerably, making it easier to understand the words (but harder to dance). The jams sounded so good that they never became boring, and Copeland put so much feeling into his drumming that he was in pain later. As far as the crowd was concerned, they showed by their spirited encore calls that it was worth it.

Prodigal Sun / The Spectrum, January 25, 1980

University Archives Veterans and the Armed Forces Digital Collection

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Veterans and the Armed Force Digital CollectionThis collection features select materials from the University Archives relating to the University at Buffalo, student veterans, the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, and efforts undertaken by the University in response to wars and conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Documentation includes photographs, manuscripts, posters and brochures chosen from various collections donated to the Archives by members of the Western New York and campus community, faculty, academic departments and the Office of the President.

Veterans and the Armed Force Digital Collection


Robert F. Kennedy on Campus – 1964

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

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

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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)

Jane Keeler with Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd

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.


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