Biff America: Summit’s own superhero
SUMMIT COUNTY – All good superheroes need an alter ego that can blend easily with society. Superman has Clark Kent. Batman has Bruce Wayne. And Biff American has Jeffrey Bergeron – though some might argue he doesn’t blend very well.”Biff America sounded cool at 31, but at 51, I live with it begrudgingly,” Bergeron said. “Jeffrey Bergeron was just so nondescript and even preppy, and I’m definitely not preppy.”Bergeron, aka Biff America, is known in Summit County for his often witty, occasionally irreverent, sometimes poignant Sunday column in the Summit Daily News. “I get hate mail for my opinions all the time. Opinions are like nose hairs; we all have them,” he said. “What’s worse is when you get hate mail for something they only think you said.”
By Christmas, Height of the Land Publishing, owned by Backcounty Magazine, will publish a collection of 70 of his columns called “Biff America: Steep, deep, dyslexic.” The book is divided into categories: Recreation, people, dead people, politics, God and family and more.”It’s a great stocking stuffer for people you hate,” he said.Bergeron also hosts a show on the local Resort Sports Network (RSN) and KOA radio. Outside of the media vein, he serves as a councilmember for the Breckenridge Town Council. He ran on the platform of homeland security and medical marijuana.”When I ran for public office, someone told me, ‘I know you can make the important decisions, because you’re used to people thinking you suck,'” Bergeron said. “I felt people like me needed to be represented. I thought I might not be very good, but I could take the place of someone worse.”
Bergeron said he thinks he’ll eventually phase out his television and radio work in favor of turning to his writing. His wife, Ellen, is also a writer.”She’s by nature a bit more introverted, but she’s very thick-skinned. She takes nothing I say about her (in my column) seriously,” he said.Originally from Massachusetts, Bergeron has lived in Summit for 30 years, though the first 15 were only part time. He said he loves it here, and as far as he’s concerned, it could stand to be even colder.”In any other town, I’d just be a ski bum. Here I’m Biff America.”
Jennifer Harper can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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