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Erik Brady

Erik Brady has 50 years in newspapers as a paperboy for The Buffalo Evening News, sports columnist for the Courier-Express and sports reporter for USA Today, where he recently retired as the last member of its founding generation.


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HERNDON, Va. – Ron McDole doesn’t dress up for Halloween anymore. He’s 80, after all. But his daughter says he still enjoys the holiday. “Of course he does,” Tammy McDole says. “He eats all the candy.” Some of her father’s fondest memories from the Buffalo Bills glory days of the 1960s are of Halloween costume parties. He devotes a chapter to these monster mashes in …

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FORT ERIE, Ont. — “The Black Stallion” may be the greatest children’s film ever made. Don’t take my word for it. That’s the word-for-word assessment of Pauline Kael, the late New Yorker writer who may have been the greatest film critic ever made. Take my word for this, though: “The Black Stallion” is the greatest children’s movie ever made in our fair region. The …

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HERNDON, Va. — Thomas Smith hears echoes of the crowds that cheered him at Rich Stadium whenever he goes to Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern, a Buffalo Bills bar that puts the Western New York into Northern Virginia. “As an athlete you can never have enough of that adulation — that feeling that comes with people adoring you,” Smith says. “When you stop playing, you miss that che…

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SAN FRANCISCO — Preston Burnes is a Bills fan of the rarest sort — a season ticket-holder for another NFL team who has never been to Buffalo. Wait, what? You read that right. This guy lives in San Francisco, his city by the bay, and pines for Buffalo, our city by the lake. “I’m a Bills fan by choice, not by birth,” Burnes says, “and I don’t think there’s that many…

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If you are a Buffalo Bills fan of a certain age, you remember Elbert Dubenion as the fleet-of-feet flanker on the Bills’ AFL title teams of the mid-1960s. Younger fans may know little more than that his name is on the Bills Wall of Fame. But know this: His nickname, Golden Wheels, is the best in Buffalo sports history — and one of the best in all sports history. This…

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Peter J. Kadzik has spent much of his life in politics, from Ted Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1980 to Barack Obama’s Justice Department from 2013-17. But for all of his work in national politics – including presidential campaigns for five other Democrats – he also embodies the maxim that all politics are local. This week he is coming back to the place where his po…

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Quick trivia question for you: Who played for the Buffalo Bills – and for the high school just a few fly patterns away? Hint: His father scored two touchdowns in the first Super Bowl and these days his two sons are carving out football careers of their own. Answer: Ron Pitts, Orchard Park High School, Class of 1981. “It’s crazy my kids are playing college football no…

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WASHINGTON – Brigadoon rises from the mists of the Scottish Highlands once a century. Maybe you’ve seen the musical or the movie. For Buffalo expats in and around Washington, Buffalo Nite is our Brigadoon. Capitol Hill fills with erstwhile Western New Yorkers — once a year, blessedly, rather than once a century — and we revel in food and fellowship of a Buffalo kind tha…

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Booker Edgerson is Buffalo to the bone. He was a shutdown corner on the Bills’ AFL title teams of the mid-1960s. He was an administrator for nearly a quarter century at Erie Community College. And he remains, at age 80, a leading light in raising money for local charities through the Bills Alumni Foundation. It is hard to imagine Buffalo without him, but how he came …

Art

ARLINGTON, Va. — A framed poster of a mid-19th century oil painting called "Buffalo Newsboy" hangs in our home. The apple-cheeked paperboy holding an auburn apple has gazed out at us for decades. And now I think I know why we have always held him dear. The newsboy in our family room is now in our family. Allow me to explain. This month our third grandchild was born. …

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Pete Metzelaars played for the Buffalo Bills. His great-grandmother performed for Buffalo Bill. And therein lies a tale. It’s a tall tale, in the case of Metzelaars, who is 6 feet, 8 inches, and a small one in the case of his great-grandmother, who was about the length of fourth-and-one. Mathilda Cajdos, better known by her stage name of Princess Nouma-Hawa, is va…

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Sherry Margolis was a student at Williamsville South when Irv Weinstein spoke at an assembly for the National Honor Society. “I told him I was going to work with him someday,” she says. “I guess I had moxie.” Sure enough, Margolis worked with Weinstein at Channel 7 during the station’s glory days. This month she will join the late Buffalo broadcasting legend for a se…

Bisons and Baseball

SAN FRANCISCO — Francis J. Offermann III, better known as Bud, keeps the baseball tucked safely in a plastic cube, set so you can see the Buffalo Bisons logo. And why not? It might as well be the family crest. His grandfather, Francis J. Offermann Sr., owned the Bisons back in the day. When he died in 1935, at the age of 58, the public outpouring of grief was so great t…

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September marks the 50th anniversary of the most historic season opener in the history of the Buffalo Bills — and one of the most historic in the history of pro football. The Bills met the New York Jets at War Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14, 1969. It marked O.J. Simpson’s first game as a pro and the first for Joe Namath’s Jets since they won Super Bowl III in an upset for…

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SAN FRANCISCO – Sara Pinkel and Sally Holland have a lot in common. They were both born in Buffalo. Their fathers were colleagues at Roswell Park. And with luck they might be colleagues themselves someday. They met this month for the first time, drawn to the San Francisco Public Library for an appearance by a Lockport native who wrote a book about their fathers’ fight t…