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Milt Northrop

Began working at the Buffalo News in December of 1967 as a copy editor in sports department. Was beat reporter on Buffalo Braves 1970-78, then the Buffalo Bills 1981-1990, backup on Buffalo Sabres beat 1991-1997. Writer of the weekly bowling column since 2005. A native of New Haven, Conn. Graduated from West Haven High School where I played football, basketball and ran track. A 1959 graduate of the University of Connecticut. Was a member of the Connecticut Daily Campus newspaper for three years. Was assistant sports editor, started off covering freshman sports, then graduated to varsity soccer, swimming, baseball, football and basketball. Worked at a student assistant in sports information office for two years. First job was as a reporter, then sports editor of the Willimantic (Conn.) Chronicle before entering military service in 1960. Worked four years for the New Haven Journal-Courier and New Haven Register covering high school and college sports. In 1964 left to become sports editor of the Waterbury Republican and stayed there until hired by the Buffalo Evening News in 1967.


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Bowling

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Bowling

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Bowling

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Bowling

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Bowling

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Bowling

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