One person wrote to inform him that Monona was not, in fact, where the Appalachian Trail ends. Another wanted to clarify that it was in Buffalo, New York, not Monona, that the Buffalo wing was invented. Yet another sent proof that the poultry snack started at a place on State Street.
Meanwhile, he’s replaced the official city bird, the seagull, with an unofficial alternative: Tera the pterodactyl. “The seagull’s scientific name is ‘a rat with wings that eat garbage.’ And I feel like that’s not who I want representing me in the sky,” Renner said. “I want an apex predator.”
The goal, he said, is to captures Monona’s essence for out-of-towners, a bit like the famous “Keep Austin Weird” slogan has done for the Texas capital.
“I’m trying to give the town a sense of identity that you could condense down to an elevator pitch,” Renner said. “I’m trying to build a short sellable statement that puts us on the map.”
He’s recently learned to use TikTok, dropping his first videos on the platform last week. In one, he lip syncs to one of Mike Meyers’ Saturday Night Live “Coffee Talk” skits in front of Monona coffee shop Java Cat. In another, a pint of beer with eyes and a mouth tries to win him with a line from “Grey’s Anatomy” as weighs the options on tap at Mr Brews Taphouse.