OFF MAIN STREET/The offbeat side of the news - The Buffalo News

Share this article

print logo

OFF MAIN STREET/The offbeat side of the news

Location, location, location

Let’s say you work at a cable news channel and it’s your job to make maps.

Know that in the event that you get a map wrong, people will notice, and some will make sure everyone else knows, too.

MSNBC aired a map this week of President Obama’s planned bus tour of New York and Pennsylvania, with the graphic showing wildly incorrect locations for Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Scranton, Pa. The map put the upstate New York cities in the Adirondacks region.

The map quickly spread on social media, with NBC reporter Luke Russert and Sarah Palin chiding the show, and it was mentioned in New York Magazine and the Huffington Post.

The map aired during “Bashir Live,” and if viewers were inclined to give the show the benefit of the doubt, they might have guessed the map was unfinished when it aired.

Not so. Show host Martin Bashir tweeted that the map was an “honest geographic mistake.”

So someone at MSNBC really thinks that three of upstate New York’s largest cities are located within a small radius north of Albany.

New York Magazine’s Dan Amira notes Bashir did not explain how such an inaccurate map got on the air.

“Did they literally just guess?” he wrote. “You shouldn’t just guess.”

Only the name has changed

The Beer and Bacon Fest in Williamsville later this month will offer plenty of craft beer and greasy food.

But it will not feature its most popular and controversial element: boobs.

The festival last year was known as the Beer, Bacon and Boobs Festival because it generates funds for breast cancer research.

But organizer Jake Briggs ran into some trouble from the village, whose leaders said they might need to vote first on whether to approve the name.

“It wasn’t forced on me, but it was highly recommended” that he change the name, Briggs said. With a simple name change, all the roadblocks disappeared.

“I had the signed agreement in my mailbox the next day,” Briggs said.

Tell it to the Marine

Niagara County Veterans Court will open Thursday, and it looks like one of the first defendants will be Thomas B. Staley Jr., a 52-year-old Lewiston man charged with a felony count of driving while intoxicated.

Well, he should be there if inter-service rivalries do not get in the way.

Deputy District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner told State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. this week that Staley has been accepted for the drug court geared toward the problems – and lingo, apparently – of veterans.

Brenner, a proud ex-Marine, announced, “Just so Mr. Staley knows, there won’t be any square dogface baloney in Veterans Court. It’s run according to the Marine Corps.”

“Is he from the Marine Corps?” Kloch asked.

“U.S. Air Force, sir,” Staley answered.

“Maybe he’s not so happy with that,” Kloch commented.

Whose side are you on?

Johnny Rzeznik, the East Side native and Goo Goo Dolls lead singer, was on “CBS This Morning” Friday and dropped some rather specific Buffalo references in a chat with show host and Town of Tonawanda native Jeff Glor.

Rzeznik pointed out the city-suburban divide that marked his childhood.

“Every time you went over from where I grew up, to where he was, over Hennepin Park and that, they knew you weren’t from the neighborhood and you’d get chased back over Memorial Drive,” Rzeznik said.

“You were from the other side of the tracks?” asked host Norah O’Donnell.

“Yeah, and he’s from the other side,” Rzeznik said.

“He used to chase me down,” Glor joked.

“No, no way,” Rzeznik said.

The band recently released its 10th studio album, “Magnetic,” and plays on CBS Saturday Morning today.

Written by Jill Terreri, with contributions from Charlie Specht and Thomas J. Prohaska.


There are no comments - be the first to comment