July 10, 2013
Buffalo, NY, started three things: Buffalo wings, Buffalo Bills and Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency.
Understandably, these three things can keep a Quora writer busy.
"Why are they called Buffalo Wings?" asks a nationally-televised Jessica Simpson. Because they originated in Buffalo, NY
"Why are they called the Bills?" I asked, while researching team names for my 2013 MNF Prediction Paintings. Because fans love a good historical reference despite having zero ties with the Buffalo Bill Cody.
"Why did Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency start in Buffalo?" asks a history test somewhere, probably. Because Teddy was sworn in at the nearby Ansley Wilcox House immediately after McKinley died from a gunshot.
I didn’t plan on taking the Teddy Roosevelt Inauguration House tour, but I guess when you’re on a 50-state road trip and you happen upon your favorite president’s inauguration site, you should swing in.
And honestly, I didn’t plan on eating at the birthplace of Buffalo wings, either, but when’s the next time I’m going to be in Buffalo?
When the Texans play the Bills in a Conference Final game, perhaps.
So there it is, as I leave my seventh state asking why people call New York their home, these three things call New York home because location, location, location and the residents of Buffalo, known as Buffalonians.
Later in the trip, I visit the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum in Iowa, look at a real buffalo in the eyes in Wyoming, and look at a giant head of Theodore Roosevelt in the eyes in South Dakota, but first, we still the South and Atlantic Coast to finish.