I didn’t know I was a pencil snob

By Steve Cichon
steve@buffalostories.com
@stevebuffalo

I guess I’m a pencil snob. There’s a box of 144 new pencils in the desk I inherited, but I had to order some good ol’ Dixon Ticonderoga No. 2s.

Ever since Mr. Frost handed me a new one of these on the first day of second grade, every other pencil has felt inferior.

American cedar, quality lead, and a soft eraser that erases without ruining the page. And, maybe most important, they just smell like pencils.

Are you still reading this? Now I’m embarrassed.

No one should care this much about pencils, but then again, you already knew there is something wrong with me.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon is a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. writing about the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The storyteller and historian has written six books, worn bow ties since the 80s, and is the News Director at WECK Radio. A 25 year Buffalo media veteran, Steve's contributed more than 1400 Buffalo History stories to The Buffalo News, worked at WIVB-TV, Empire Sports Network, and spent ten years as a newsman and News Director at WBEN Radio. He's also put his communication skills to work as an adjunct professor, a producer of PBS documentaries, and even run for Erie County Clerk. Steve's Buffalo roots run deep: all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home, with his first ancestors arriving here in 1827.