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Tom Fontana featured as a 'Giant of Buffalo' by Buffalo History Museum

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Tue, Nov 5th 2019 04:55 pm

The Buffalo History Museum continues its tradition of “Giants of Buffalo,” a series of programs dedicated to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in their life’s vocation, with “Giants of Buffalo Film: Tom Fontana.”

Fontana is a Buffalo-born writer and producer, who, among many other accomplishments, is known for the creation of HBO's “Oz” and NBC's “Homicide: Life on the Street.” He has written articles for The New York Times, TV Guide and Esquire, produced numerous plays from theaters in New York City to San Francisco, and has taught at universities and colleges, including the State University College at Buffalo – his alma mater – from which he received the Distinguished Alumni Award and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters.

The program will engage the audience in an informal talk-show format about Fontana’s personal stories as experienced by career choices, industry practices of the day, impact on this region, and inevitable changes. The program will be moderated by Steve Cichon, author of a number of books on Buffalo’s history, writer of “BN Chronicles,” historian, and local radio and TV personality.

The event begins with 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception. The program follows at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for members, $25 for general admission or $50 for patrons. Purchase online; by phone at 716-873-9644, ext. 309; or in person with guest services.

The Buffalo History Museum is located at One Museum Court. For more information, call 716-873-9644 or visit www.buffalohistory.org.

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