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Friday - April 13, 2018 8:45 am

Where do couples go after the prom? To church, 49 years ago

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In May of 1969, one La Crosse church offered a special worship service at 1:30 a.m., for promgoers for Logan and Central who wouldn't have to worry about oversleeping and missing church in the morning.  Three dozen students still dressed for the dance attended the service sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church.

President Nixon called it the most important nomination a president can make.  Four months after taking office, Nixon made his first Supreme Court appointment in 1969 by naming St. Paul native Warren Burger to replace retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren.  Burger served as Chief Justice for nearly 20 years before retiring in the late 80's. 

A senior citizens center on La Crosse's north side got a new name.  The Gillette Street senior center was renamed after the late Harry J. Olson, who was the former director of the La Crosse Committee on Aging.  The Olson center still operates today, and a task force has suggested either remodeling the building or replacing it.

And "Aquarius" by the 5th Dimension was the #1 song in America for six weeks during the spring of 1969...49 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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