Niagara Gazette

Opinion

April 29, 2013

CITY DESK: The voice of the fans

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Niagara Gazette — After Felser’s passing, Bills owner Ralph Wilson paid perhaps the highest complement that can be paid to a newsman. He called Felser “tough, but fair,” a delicate balance that, trust me, is not easily achieved. 

In a column written by his colleague, Jerry Sullivan, following Felser’s retirement in 2001, Jerry Izenberg, veteran sports columnist at The Newark Star-Ledger, characterized Felser as a true writer for the working class — the perfect voice for a community like Buffalo.

“Larry Felser comes from a class of columnists who wrote for the people,” Izenberg told Sullivan. “They didn’t write lines, they wrote for the people. It’s a dying thing. There was no question who Larry’s audience was. From what I know about him and about Buffalo, I think it was the perfect marriage.” 

I watched the first round of this year’s NFL draft at my parents’ house. Minutes after I walked in the door, my dad asked me if I heard about Felser’s passing.

We both agreed it was a tough loss. 

Contact city editor Mark Scheer at 282-2311, ext. 2250.

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