Brad Williams

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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In 1966, Herberger's department stores had a contest, sponsored by Wrangler jeans, in which the grand prize was a Rolls-Royce roadster...made in 1931.  Even if no La Crosse customer won the car, they could still get a record player, or a 12-inch TV, or portable hair dryers.

Folks in Wisconsin watched TV coverage of a moon landing in 1966...the landing of the unmanned Surveyor 1 satellite.  Surveyor was the first American spacecraft to land on soil away from the earth.  That same week, Thomas Stafford and Eugene Cernan went into Earth orbit on the Gemini 9 flight.  The two-man Gemini program would end after three more missions in '66.  Stafford eventually circled the moon in Apollo 10, and Cernan was the last human to walk on the lunar surface in 1972.

How about a day trip from La Crosse to Minneapolis and back?  A chartered bus trip was planned on a Thursday in May.  Leave La Crosse at 7:30 in the morning, arrive in the Twin Cities at 11.  You'd have the whole afternoon free until getting back on the bus at 5:30, and returning to La Crosse at 9 p.m.  There would be brief stops in Red Wing on the way up and back.  Total cost...$5.50.  Cheap travel 51 years ago, 1966, yesterday in La Crosse.


Tuesday - May 23, 2017 12:59 pm

La Crosse flooded for 2nd time in a year

River may stay above flood stage through Memorial Day


Tuesday - May 23, 2017 8:44 am

Losey Boulevard needed work, 59 years ago

In May of 1958, the L.G. Arnold Company of Eau Claire was the low bidder for a concrete paving project on Losey, from State Road south to Ward Avenue.  The part of Losey north of State Road had been paved the year before. 
La Crescent needed a new high school, and that May, voters overwhelmingly agreed to buy a 10-acre site on the south side of town for a new school.  Only 16 of the 200 voters opposed the land deal.  It took another nine years for that new La Crescent school to actually be built. 
Former Minnesota Governor Harold Stassen was trying to become the second man ever to serve as governor of two different states.  The first was Sam Houston.  Stassen was 51, and living in Pennsylvania.  He had worked for President Eisenhower on disarmament issued, and resigned to run in the Republican primary for governor of Pennsylvania.  Stassen's loss in '58 was considered the end of his last serious campaign for political office.  He ran for president several times after 1958, claiming that was the most effective way to get his political ideas out in public.
Sports fans in La Crosse who had TV sets were in luck on Wednesday nights.  They could watch boxing at 9:00 on Channel 8, and then pro wrestling after the late news.  Fifty-nine years ago, 1958, Yesterday in La Crosse.

The number nearly doubled from attempts made in 2016.


Wisconsin collected more drugs than any other state.


Monday - May 22, 2017 5:19 pm

Valley View mall in Onalaska is for sale

Mall has annual sales close to $400 million.


Pronounced dead at the scene.


In the year 2000, the fate of the "Hiawatha" statue in La Crosse's Riverside Park was in the hands of a special study committee.  That group was trying to decide whether to repaint and fix the "Big Indian" built 40 years earlier by high school art teacher Anthony Zimmerhakl, or to remove it because Native Americans found it offensive.  One committee member was absent, and the others split evenly, 4 to 4, prompting a comparison to the disputed Bush-Gore presidential election that year.  The absent member was back for the next meeting, and the committee decided to repair Hiawatha.

The 2000 honorees for the annual Iverson-Freking community awards sounded like characters in a game of "Clue."  Mr. White and Mr. and Mrs. Peacock were recognized by the Bethany St. Joseph organization.  Larry White, and Lyle and Myrna Peacock received the awards for their community volunteer work. 

In the late spring of 2000, movie fans were paying to see "Gladiator," with Russell Crowe...the second "Mission: Impossible" film with Tom Cruise...and "Big Momma's House."  Seventeen years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.


Audience heard about experiences of docs at Boston Marathon bombing, Sandy Hook.


Nola Starling attended Viterbo when Fine Arts Center opened in 1971.


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