The most proper analogy I can draw is that of Tim Russert, the Buffalo native, fiercely proud of his roots (and the Bills, of course), who rose to national prominence on “Meet the Press” before he died suddenly in June 2008. That loss hurt, too, because he had reached the top of his profession, loved and respected everywhere, but had never, ever forgot where he came from.
Felser didn’t achieve Tim Russert’s level of national fame, didn’t write any best-selling books and was never celebrated much beyond the sports realm. He simply worked hard for half a century and, by doing so, became Buffalo’s most authoritative sports voice.
That voice is silent now, but its echoes linger, even here. All of us that do what we do could only wish to do that job as well as Larry Felser did.