Angelo Felice Coniglio

Angelo Felice Coniglio

Angelo Felice Coniglio (born August 21, 1936) is a retired American Civil Engineer and university educator from Buffalo, New York. He attended Buffalo elementary schools, Lafayette High School, and the University of Buffalo (UB), where he earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering. He was the first graduate of the UB School of Civil Engineering, under Robert L. Ketter, PhD., who later became President of the University. Coniglio also took undergraduate courses at the University of Illinois. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of New Hampshire. He is married to the former Angela Yvonne Bongiovanni, a retired Pharmacist, a childhood sweetheart and a classmate at Lafayette and at UB.

Coniglio had a varied professional career which included service with: the Power Authority of the State of New York; Acres International, a private Engineering firm; and the Buffalo District, United States Army Corps of Engineers, where he rose to the highest civilian position, as Chief, Engineering and Planning Division. He also taught for twenty-five years as an Adjunct Professor in Civil Engineering at UB, where he received the 1993 "New York State Society of Professional Engineers" award as Educator of the Year, teaching courses in Hydrometeorolgy, Fluid Mechanics, Hydrology, and Water Resources Planning.

During his professional career, he was responsible for hydraulic and hydrologic engineering for numerous water resources projects including Mount Morris Dam, the Lake Erie Wastewater Management Study (credited with restoring the Lake), and oversight of the hydrology of the Lower Great Lakes. He is an expert in lake and river ice hydrology, reconnaissance and control, and served in liaison with Canadian counterparts through the "International Niagara River Board of Control" and other control and study boards of the US-Canadian "International Joint Commission".

As an alumnus of Lafayette, the oldest Buffalo public school remaining in its original building, he served on the Board of the Lafayette High School Alumni Association, playing important roles in both the school's 75th Anniversary in 1978, and its 100th Anniversary in 2003. The alumni reunion for the latter raised over $30,000 for physical improvements to the school.

, initiated because of his perception that former American Football League players were not fairly considered for induction to the "pro football" Hall of Fame. Coniglio's AFL pages have the largest on-line collection of images and stories of AFL players, officials and teams.

Coniglio's AFL site or his AFL-related activities have been featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune, the New York Times, Pro Football Weekly, and the Buffalo News. He was a contributor to "HBO's" feature "Rebels With A Cause" about the AFL, and has had numerous TV and radio interviews.

Coniglio was the litigant in a 1970 class-action lawsuit against the Buffalo Bills and the NFL, holding that their policy of forcing season-ticket holders to purchase tickets to unattractive exhibition games in order to secure their season-ticket rights was illegal. The suit went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to hear it, and Coniglio lost the case. Since the basis of the decision was that there was no restraint of trade because there was no competition for the Bills' services in Buffalo, he is quoted as saying afterwards that "The U.S. Anti-Trust laws don't protect consumers from avaricious businesses, they protect avaricious businesses from each other."

His family site includes "La Bedda Sicilia", his written history of his parents' homeland, Sicily, as well as a partial translation from the Italian of "Serradifalco", the history of his parents' village, written on its 350th anniversary in 1990 by Giuseppe Testa.

Coniglio lives in Amherst, New York, a suburb of Buffalo. He now writes a column on genealogy for the monthly "Forever Young", a publication of the magazine "Buffalo Spree".

External links

* [ Coniglio Family website]
* [ Lafayette High School "Alumni Triangle" story on the school's "Alumni Wall of Fame".]
* [ Coniglio's American Football League Website]
* [ American Football League Hall of Fame]
* [ "San Diego Union-Tribune" article, "Gadfly bugs Hall of Fame"]
* [ "New York Times" article, "Defending and Remembering the AFL"]
* [ "Buffalo News" article, "Amherst fan"]
* [ Summary of lawsuit: CONIGLIO VS HIGHWOOD SERVICES]
* [ "Titans Radio" interview of Coniglio]
* [ "La Bedda Sicilia" ~ Coniglio's history of Sicily]
* [ Coniglio's translation of "Serradifalco"]
* [ March 2008 "Forever Young" interview]
* [ April 2008 "Forever Young" interview]

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