27, 2004: Buffalonya
is my word for what's fun and endearing about Our Town.
Rhymes with ya,
and almost rhymes with bologna, which
is sliced thick and fried in finer establishments in Buffalo
and its burbs.
could be worse (the puns, I mean).
When I lived in Salem, Oregon, fellow journalists who
didn't like the size and pace of the place called it
Snailem (partly in honor of the moist
Or when I went to seminary in Kentucky, Louisville (bite
it in the middle and swallow that part, as in LOU-(uh)-vol)
was occasionally referred to in my hearing (usually
because I was the one who was saying it) as Loogieville.
You don't bite that one in the middle ... .
Allow us to introduce you to our local values,
and some persons and groups that reflect our values
in no order but my own, are links to some websites about
Buffalo. You won't find any Suits here.
than 100 buffalo blanks were made, then artists
brought them to life. Some still roam in Buffalo.
This one is at Buffalo
Seminary, a private school
near the Elmwood Avenue strip. Click on the
pic to see more pics.
About Buffalo: When my brother-in-law
passed through town in the summer of 2000, he was
quite taken by all the full-sized buffalo sculptures
on public display all over town. To kill some time
until we got home, he drove around, and along the
way noticed several of the sculptures that were
out on display. And told us in details about them.
It delighted us to hear him tell about his fun with
Other cities have done similar
things, but Buffalo, using buffaloes, was more successful
than, say, New York City. The Big Apple had public
sculptures of cows or something.
In Buffalo, there was a big
auction, and about $300,000 was raised for Roswell
Park Cancer Institute and The Burchfield-Penney Arts
Center. Many of the sculptures are still on display
outside due to the generosity of those who bought
Get yr fried bologna here. Mississippi Mudds is one
of those Buffalo things -- older than dirt, basic
as it gets, and loved by countless thousands. It's
right on the Niagara River in the town of Tonawanda,
a near, northern suburb of Buffalo. There's a second-story
deck for diners with great view. And sweet potato
fries ... .