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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Three of four plans contained them, while
others widened street and added bike lanes.

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Area near UW-La Crosse voted in favor by 82%.

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Wednesday - April 12, 2017 8:45 am

The start of the symphony, 79 years ago

The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra was started officially in 1938.  The orchestra had a membership of 57, and was a continuation of the old Cathedral orchestra.

Some less high-brow music was featured at the Avalon Ballroom, with a show by Freddie Fisher's "Schnickelfritz Band," billed as "America's most unsophisticated band."  A publicity photo showed some musicians with the band performing on the jug and the washboard.

In 1938, a newspaper headline said "J.R. leaves the hospital."  J.R. was James Roosevelt, son of President Franklin Roosevelt, who was called "F.R." in some papers.  James had gone to Mayo in Rochester for surgery on a gastric ulcer.  He was accompanied at Mayo by nurse Romelle Schneider, a former student at La Crosse Teachers College.

The Bodega was a Lunch Club, not a pub, in 1938.  For Sunday lunch, they offered a roast duck dinner with mashed potatoes, dressing, and applesauce for 39 cents.  Seventy-nine years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.

 

 

Veterans benefit isn't bringing in enough to be reliable fundraiser.

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Tuesday - April 11, 2017 8:43 am

UW-L was trying to downsize, 30 years ago

The UW-La Crosse campus was under pressure in 1987 to limit enrollment.  Chancellor Noel Richards said the projected enrollment for fall would be close to 9700 students.  But he warned that the number might eventually have to be reduced to 8800.  Richards believed that UW-L had reached the point where there were too many students for the budget.

The White House was accused of lying and deceiving the public, about the role of U.S. troops in Central America.  Members of a La Crosse Area Peace and Jobs Coalition were protesting Reagan administration decisions to send Wisconsin Army Reserve soldiers to Honduras.  Group members were concerned that sending troops to the region might lead to an invasion of Nicaragua, to overthrow the Sandinista government there. 

The Vietnam War drama "Platoon" with Charlie Sheen won Best Picture at the Oscars in April of 1987.  Acting winners included Paul Newman for "The Color of Money," Marlee Matlin for "Children of a Lesser God," and Michael Caine as supporting actor in "Hannah and Her Sisters."  Thirty years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.

 

 

 

 

Sunday - April 9, 2017 9:07 pm

A record flood was coming, 52 years ago

 

 

 

In early April of 1965, the Mississippi River was rising quickly. The water had reached the flood stage of 12 feet in La Crosse by April 9th, and forecasters expected the flood level of 15 feet set in 1952 to be beaten by a couple of feet. The city of La Crosse ordered 15,000 sandbags to hold off the river. One newspaper photo showed several shirtless male college students from La Crosse State stacking sandbags at the Holiday Inn on the pike.

 

 

 

The Milwaukee Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds on opening day of the '65 season. The Braves would finish 5th in the National League that year, and then would move permanently to Atlanta at season's end. The Houston Astros beat the Yankees in the first indoor major league ball game ever played, inside the $32 million Astrodome.

 

 

 

Rowley's office equipment store in La Crosse moved to a new location, at the corner of 3rd and Main. Rowley's would remain at that location until going out of business. The corner building now houses the Old Crow, but it was an office supply store in 1965...52 years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.
 
 

 

 

 

 
Friday - April 7, 2017 5:07 pm

Viterbo president celebrates inauguration

Glena Temple is the first lay woman to lead Viterbo

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Friday - April 7, 2017 8:46 am

Too early for daylight saving, 43 years ago

In January 1974, the US began year-round Daylight Saving Time as part of Washington's reaction to an apparent energy crisis that saw gas prices rise quickly.  Pushing sunset an hour later in January was supposed to save energy, but sunrise also came an hour later, leading parents to complain about their kids going to school in the dark.  Under public pressure, the two-year experiment was cut short that October.

The new Fine Arts Building at UW-La Crosse opened for classes during the spring semester in '74.  The Annett Recital Hall was scheduled to be finished around February 1st.  The larger Toland Theatre presented its first play that fall.

On TV in early '74, you could see "Happy Days," featuring Richie, Potsie, and the Fonz, and "Good Times," a spinoff of "Maude" that transplanted housekeeper Florida Evans from New York to Chicago.  It was the last season for "The Flip Wilson Show," "The Brady Bunch," and "The Partridge Family"...43 years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.

 

River Watch has prevented drownings near Riverside Park since 2006

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On this day in 1917, Congress voted to declare war on Germany, allowing American troops to enter a European war which had started three years earlier. The conflict would become known as the World War...and eventually, the First World War. The vote came four days after President Woodrow Wilson asked for the declaration. Only six Senators voted against going to war, and one of them was Wisconsin's Fighting Bob La Follette.

 

 

 

Colleges decided to suspend sports events 'for the time being' when war was declared. The Rose Bowl football game was still played for the next two years, but only military teams competed, rather than regular college teams.

 

 

 

In Wisconsin, button companies had plans to cut pearl buttons out of clam shells in the Wolf and Fox Rivers. The shells would be sent from the eastern side of the state to factories in La Crosse.  Pearly shells 100 years ago, 1917, Yesterday in La Crosse.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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