RE: "Spiedie's" Sandwiches/Subs
OK, Scott. Glad you posted the spiedie history as part of your postings. I was a little concerned when I read in this column that, "Rob Salamida invented it". According to the Atlas of Popular Culture in the Northeastern US (the link you provided), Rob Salamida did not invent the spiedie, but he is an area entrepreneur with a long history in spiedie-dom. See the short excerpt below - one paragraph of about ten on this topic, which very carefully details the fascinating history of this sandwich.
The originator of the spiedie is most likely Augustine Iacovelli from Endicott, NY. Iacovelli immigrated to the Binghamton region from Civitella in Abruzzi, Italy in 1929. He first worked at Endicott-Johnson, a shoe manufacturer and the region's largest employer. In 1939 he opened a restaurant, Augies, on the north side of Endicott. The name comes from the Italian "spiedo," meaning "spit." (Moore 1991). The original sauce, which he called Zuzu, was wine vinegar, water, lemon juice, garlic and mint. The meat, originally only lamb, was cooked on wooden skewers (Boros 1984). A report from the local paper about the annual Speidie Fest in 1989 did not repeat the Iacovelli origin story but merely said it was "probably brought to the Triple Cities by Italian immigrants."
And thank God for this Atlas, because It is high time that the true history be nailed down. Regional favorites like this often get derailed, misnamed and transformed, so that nobody knows their true origin after a little while. Really glad to see the history of Binghmtn's sandwich pride laid out here.