lördag, januari 12, 2008


Mark Hanna - McKinley's 1896 campaign manager: "There are two things that are important in politics. The first thing is money and I can't remember what the second one is."

McKinley is important to people from Buffalo because we killed him here at our Pan-American Exposition in 1901, and we've never recovered from the hit. He didn't die directly from the assassin's two bullets, but from the gangrene that set in because the doctor only found one. Our better surgeon, Dr. Roswell Park, was performing cancer surgery in Niagara Falls that day. The end result is a lot of things named McKinley to remind us of our bad timing and hapless fate, big things like high schools, monuments, streets, traffic circles, engraved site markers.

"Here is another reminder of how we screwed up. Again. Sorry. So sorry."

We should have similar endowments for all those blown Super Bowls, too. Anyway, I liked the quote.