Biff America’s come a long way; last column is Pulitzer material |

Biff America’s come a long way; last column is Pulitzer material

John Karras, retired 50-year newspaper veteran, Summit Cove

I first was exposed to Biff America in the early 1990s when we began spending an annual skiing week in Summit County. We watched his local cable TV show occasionally in the evenings for a little comic relief.

It was strictly junior-high-school, finger-up-the-nose humor sprinkled liberally with tasteless sexual innuendo, the kind of humor I understood and of which I was often guilty. All in all, unimpressive.

Since moving here full-time from Iowa about five years ago, I’ve become a fan of his Sunday Summit Daily News columns and have watched as the effects of the sometimes gentle, sometimes brutal beating up that life inevitably visits upon all of us has mellowed and matured his writing.

I’ve also taken note of his efforts to shed the juvenile schtick for which he’s locally famous and become a serious television interviewer.

His columns, meanwhile, just keep getting better and better.

Last Sunday’s, the one about his teen-aged verbal battles with his father over the Vietnam war, is Pulitzer material.

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