Great Gatsby Connection to Buffalo

May 10, 2013 Updated May 10, 2013 at 7:31 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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May 10, 2013 Updated May 10, 2013 at 7:31 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y (WKBW) This weekend, a new movie based on the classic American novel "The Great Gatsby" opens at theaters across the nation.

The book's author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, is considered one of the great writers of the 20th century, and he has a connection to Buffalo.

"F. Scott Fitzgerald moved with his family to Buffalo when he is a child. They were here for about 10 years from 1898 to 1908," says Cynthia Van Ness from the Buffalo History Museum.

The Fitzgerald family was considered a part of Buffalo high-society, even being listed in the 1904 edition of Dows Society Blue Book - a social directory of upper-income families in Buffalo.

The future author took dance lessons at a private social club, played football, and was photographed with other children from wealthy families at the Country Club of Buffalo around 1907.

He also attended local Catholic elementary schools including Nardin Academy.

"Oh it is so exciting," added Nardin english department chairwoman Kristin Mansour.

"When students found out about it, either through someone else, or when I told them about it, they just found it to be so great that someone who they admired as an author would be in the same building that they were in."