If you have lived in Western New York for any length of time you certainly will remember "Irv, Rick & Tom". Irv Weinstein, Rick Azar and Tom Jolls made up the Eyewitness News Anchor team at Channel 7 for more than three decades. Tom was the last to retire, just a few months after Irv in 1999. Rick actually left the station ten years before that. Anyway, I still have all kinds of people who come up to me and ask where they are and how they are doing. So, here's an update for you.
Irv and his wife Elaine lived in Kenmore for all their years here in Western New York, and soon after retirement, they sold their home and moved to Irvine, California. Why Irvine, you might ask? Well, Irv's daughter Beth just happened to be the mayor of that city, and now she is running for United States Congress. The Weinstein's still come back to the Buffalo area each summer for a few weeks. They especially love staying in Ellicottville.
Rick and his wife Edye, a Niagara Falls native, lived in Amherst for many years. Rick loves to golf so what better place to retire than the Carolinas. Rick was also doing a local radio show down there, and he began teaching at the local community college.
And finally, my old buddy Tom. "Commander Tom" (as we all knew him) and his wife Jan still reside here in the Southtowns in the summer months. They also have a great place in Friendship with lots of room to roam. But I think their favorite pastime has to be the annual trip to Southwest Florida for the winter months. That's where I usually see them these days. We like to sip pina coladas under the palm trees. Although Tom prefers his in a beer glass, and definitely, NO LITTLE UMBRELLA!