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A new City Hall in the works, 49 years ago

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In 1968, the La Crosse City Council was on its second round of bids for a new building to replace the city hall at 6th and State, now part of the Post Office parking lot.  City Hall had been on that spot more than 70 years.  The new building along La Crosse Street would open in 1970, putting it several years ahead of plans for the new post office.  In order to cut costs, planners decided to eliminate an underground heated parking garage from the design of the new City Hall. 

The La Crosse Community Theatre hired a new director from Canada named John Brown, succeeding Michael Thompson, who was leaving to do plays in New York.  Besides doing stage work, Brown had made documentary films for the classroom.  He only spent one season at LCT.

During October of 1968, the Beatles appeared on American TV in new videos of "Hey Jude" and "Revolution," which aired on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour."  "Hey Jude" spent 9 weeks at #1 in 1968, 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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