In the beginning, there were 20 cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills. They carried megaphones, wore turtlenecks, and between them there was not a sequin in sight. “We were cheerleaders, not dancers,” said Jo Ann Gaulin, 74, who helped found the Buffalo Jills in 1967. “We cheered with megaphones and placards, and when we said, ‘Go, Bills, Go,’ you could hear us at home on the radio. You could hear us on TV.”
On one recent night, scrapbooks were being passed like a football in the Lake View home of Chris Sullivan Polito, 63, who cheered for the Buffalo Bills from 1971 to 1979. Polito – like her fellow cheerleading alumni – met to swap stories, share time and reflect on the changing phases of their sport.