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Editorial: Bits and pieces from the news

“Unusual weather we’re having …”

That line, spoken by the Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz” as snow fell on a field of blooming poppies, came to mind as Western New York endured/enjoyed record warm early fall weather.

The temperature hit 90 degrees Sunday, two days after the start of fall. Monday it reached 91 before cooling off to 88 Tuesday. All three were records.

People who closed up their lakeshore cottages for the season might have been kicking themselves as Lake Erie jumped back to 72 degrees, the second-warmest temperature so late in the season. The warm lake is a two-edged sword, of course, if it delays the ice cover that shuts off the lake-effect snow machine.

A cold front brought us back to reality at the end of the week, but sun and above-average temperatures will return next week. We should enjoy it while we can.

In a roundabout way, the world has three entrepreneurs in Buffalo to thank for the fact that boys for decades have been hiding a magazine named Playboy from their parents.
Founder Hugh Hefner was casting about for a name when a colleague whose mother worked at the short-lived Playboy Motor Car Corp. in Buffalo suggested that name, and the rest is bare-bosomed history.

Louis Horwitz, Charles D. Thomas and Norman Richardson formed the company in the 1940s and built a few dozen Playboys before going out of business. The Buffalo Transportation/Pierce-Arrow Museum has one of those beauties on display.

We’re now “Purge” fans. The fourth film in the horror franchise is filming entirely in Buffalo. More to the point: spending more than $20 million and employing 1,000.
That’s real money … and work.

“Purge: The Island,” with the city standing in for Staten Island (should we be flattered by the comparison?) is being shot as part of the New York State Film Production Tax Credit Program.

Buffalo is running hot these days among filmmakers. “The Adventures of Wolfboy” is being shot here and “Marshall,” the Thurgood Marshall biopic, opens nationwide Oct. 13 with a local premiere Oct. 7 in the North Park Theatre.

The City of Good Neighbors has opened its doors to moviedom. We’ll never be Hollywood, but it’s nice to be touched by Tinseltown.

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