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A visit by McGovern, 49 years ago

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In early 1968, South Dakota Sen. George McGovern came to the La Crosse State campus for a speech about foreign policy.  McGovern was billed as a "liberal critic" of President Johnson's policies.  The Senator recently had visited Oktoberfest.  He won the Democratic nomination for president in 1972.

A fire at Drake Hall on campus.  Flames were seen in a 4th floor window of Drake, by students living in neighboring Wentz Hall.  It started in a wastebasket and spread to the window, but it was doused quickly.

"Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" rapidly became the hottest show on TV in 1968, making stars out of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin.  "Laugh-In" replaced "The Man from UNCLE" on the NBC schedule.  Other popular shows which ended in '68 included "The Monkees," "Batman," and "Lost in Space."  Forty-nine years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.

 

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Brad Williams

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area.  Brad writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse.  He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.  

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