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.  

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wednesday - June 28, 2017 8:32 am

Checking on the cops, 33 years ago

The CB radio fad may have been done by 1984, but special radios were still popular...especially police scanners, for people to listen to squad-car radios.  Wettstein's in La Crosse was selling a Bearcat scanner for $99.

If you wanted a good car radio with a cassette player, you could buy a Clarion model for about $200 at Schaak Electronics in Valley View Mall. 

Talk radio was becoming popular in 1984.  Listeners to WIZM could hear Talknet at night, to get financial advice from Bruce Williams or information about personal affairs from Sally Jessy Raphael.  Both hosts later came to La Crosse for public appearances.  And Larry King was on late at night.  He hadn't started his TV show on CNN yet.

In '84, NASA was beginning to take applications for civilian astronauts.  The official job title was "space flight participant."  The first civilian on a space shuttle crew was teacher Christa McAuliffe, whose died in the Challenger disaster in 1986.  We wouldn't get a teacher leading lessons in orbit until more than 20 years later.  NASA was searching for civilians 33 years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.

 

 

Onalaska Assemblyman Steve Doyle isn't on board.

Comment

Funding for Changing the Culture coalition ended

Comment

In July of 1964, Bangor attorney John Bosshard was driving his family to San Francisco, where he was going to serve as a delegate to the Republican National Convention which nominated Barry Goldwater for president.  And a camera crew from public TV was going to follow the Bosshards...dad, mom, and four kids...all the way.  In those days, the public television network was known as National Educational Television. 

The National Commander of the American Legion spoke in La Crosse for the 4th of July.  Daniel Foley lived just up the road, in Wabasha, and he drew parallels between 1964 and 1941, the year Pearl Harbor was attacked.  Foley said the U.S. must meet the enemy in Vietnam and Cuba, or "we will meet him in the streets of New York."

Rudy's Drive-In on South Avenue was celebrating its 33rd anniversary in July.  Not far from Rudy's was another drive-in, Vi's Zesto, selling root beer for 75 cents a gallon, if you brought your own container.  And Henry's Drive-In downtown had a deal on two hot dogs for 23 cents.  Henry's was located at 7th and King, the current site of Pizza Doctors.  Summer treats, 1964, yesterday in La Crosse.

 

Judge cites lack of criminal history as factor for low term.

Comment

Walker declared Monday "Wisconsin Cheese Day" earlier this month.

Comment

The U-S Supreme Court decided to settle a dispute over the drawing of political districts in Wisconsin...in June of 1962.  The La Crosse Tribune ran an editorial asking if the state should 'find a better way to handle this chore every 10 years.'  The odds were that a solution would not be reached before the September primary that year.  Democratic Governor Gaylord Nelson had vetoed the map drawn up by the Republican-controlled legislature, saying the map was not fair. 
 
Nelson was giving up the governor's office to challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Alexander Wiley.  There was talk of having the two candidates debate, and Republican Wiley said he was willing to debate Nelson, but not on TV.  Wiley said both he and the governor had jobs to do before the election. 
 
At awards season in the spring of 1962, the most popular song of the year was 'Moon River,' written and performed by Henry Mancini.  It won the Oscar for best original song in a movie, and the Grammy for record of the year.  The '62 Grammy award for comedy record went to Mike Nichols and Elaine May.  They won up against a field of nominees including Jonathan Winters, Stan Freberg, and Bill Dana playing an astronaut named 'Jose Jimenez.'  That was in 1962, Yesterday in La Crosse.

Also being added, canopies over 2nd terminal.

Comment

Dave Holtze says WCA has "climbed in bed with the enemy."

Comment

Jeff Wieser prepared to lead 2017 Riverfest

Comment

Page 1 of 209