Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sage advice from former Buffalo mayor, the late Jimmy Griffin


As the Midwest is pounded by "Snowmaggeddon", I think back (while sipping coffee in my office after a leisurely commute...embarrassed for the science of meteorology) to my days growing up in Buffalo, New York. Long time mayor, Jimmy Griffin, gave sage advice to the citizens of Western New York that is certainly applicable to those who are currently home bound due to the "devastating blizzard" (local news station designation, not mine) gripping the Midwest right now.

During the Blizzard of 1985, Mayor Griffin (pictured above) recommended to Buffalo residents "go home, buy a six pack of Genny (beer), and watch a good football game." This earned him the nickname "Jimmy Six Pack."

Wisdom can be pretty simple. Be safe my Midwestern friends.

4 comments:

Mike Paddy said...

Actually that is what we did and it was not a six pack it was two cases of Schmidts, ten frozen pizzas, chips, dip and milk and cereal...stuck for four days we ate slept, watched tv when the power came on...LOL

Here in NW Oklahoma, it is 4 degrees wind chill -20, feels like an old normal Buffalo winter to me

Woody Woodward said...

I thought the weather folks had way way way overblown this, but guess I was wrong and they are right.
Going to exercise the good mayor's advise. Except a good red, no beer for me.

Les"racerman" Mawson said...

hmmmm....I always thought it was during the "Blizzard of '77" that he said that....

Reepicheep said...

Les, that's a common thought, but he wasn't mayor until 1978. I thought it was the Blizzard of 83...but according to Wiki, it was indeed the Blizzard of 85 where he became "Jimmy Six Pack".