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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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Friday - July 20, 2018 8:45 am

Man on the moon, 49 years ago

"Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed."  People all over the earth heard those words coming from the moon on July 20th, 1969, when two Apollo 11 astronauts landed.  Walter Cronkite of CBS shouted "Man on the moon!" after the landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.  The very first moonwalk was broadcast live by a black-and-white video camera that night. 

Other things were making news on Earth that weekend.  Sen. Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts, and a young woman riding with him died.  The new Miss Universe was 18-year-old Gloria Diaz, the first winner from the Philippines.  And, the circus was in La Crosse.  A circus parade happened the day of the moon landing, and the Carson and Barnes circus had two shows the next day.  And Washington was making plans to take all cigarette ads off TV and radio in the U.S.  The ban took effect in January of 1971, but it was proposed in 1969, 49 years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.



In 2001, viewers of the Montel Williams talk show were introduced to James Schuman of Galesville.  Schuman wasn't a guest, but his estranged wife talk about Jim's attempt to hire a hit man to kill her.  Viewers saw a hidden camera video of Schuman speaking with an undercover agent posing as a hit man.  Part of Schuman's unsuccessful defense at trial was that he only pretended he wanted his wife dead, and talked tough so the "hit man" wouldn't hurt him. 

Donald Olson was sentenced to 50 years in prison that November, for a brutal knife attack on college student Sarah Binder.  She was jogging near the La Crosse River marsh when Olson came after her.  One doctor said most people would have died from the face and neck wounds Binder received, but she recovered from them.

In happier news, West Salem native Damian Miller was a world champion.  Miller was playing baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who won the World Series that November...17 years ago, 2001, yesterday in La Crosse. 



In 1964, the city Plan Commission wanted to build a fire station at 5th and Cameron in La Crosse.  It was supposed to replace stations on South 6th St., and on State St. where the current Post Office stands.  Fire Chief Fred Ganz was in favor of the Cameron site, but because of city council opposition, the station was built a few blocks away at 5th and Market.  That station may soon be remodeled, to include city administration offices.

Contractors were busy around La Crosse in '64.  They built an addition to Logan Junior High School, a new Coca-Cola plant, a sound lab for the Trane Company, and a high-rise dorm at Viterbo, which eventually was named Marian Hall.

And a local church had a special "thank you" for its pastor.  The Rev. James Bell and his wife were given a 3-month trip throughout Europe for 10 years of service to the First Presbyterian Church...54 years ago, 1964, yesterday in La Crosse. 


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