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 March of 1969, the Apollo 9 mission was the first space flight to test the lunar module that would take men to the moon's surface. The actual landing was planned for later that year, during the Apollo 11 flight, and Buzz Aldrin was the favorite at that point to become the first man to step onto lunar soil. NASA said the plans could change, and Neil Armstrong might get the honor instead.  Armstrong eventually was first to walk on the moon.



Why did the turtle cross the runway? At the La Crosse Airport, the turtles wanted to lay eggs, and experts believed that a runway extension had been built on the migration path of the turtles on French Island. The state director of airport development, Joseph Abernathy, was hoping that a fence around the runway could keep the turtles out. He called it 'kind of a ridiculous situation.'




At least three local radio stations were planning to broadcast sectional basketball playoffs featuring North Crawford and Onalaska. Neither of those local teams made it to the final eight in Madison. The '69 state finals are still remembered for the 55-foot buzzer shot made by LaMont Weaver of Beloit Memorial to force the first of two overtimes with Neenah. Beloit won the state title in 1969, 48 years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.






Wednesday - March 15, 2017 2:45 am

La Crosse man facing 10 counts child porn charges

The 72-year-old is oldest person in La Crosse County jail.


In 1968, the voting age was still 21, so many people attending college were not old enough to vote in the real presidential race.  But Time magazine set up a national primary called "Choice '68," to be held on campuses around the U.S. that April.  As part of that program, a pediatrician from Columbia University, Dr. Benjamin Hubby, came to La Crosse to campaign for Senator Eugene McCarthy.  Hubby spoke at Viterbo, and at the Newman Center on the La Crosse State campus. 

Paul Newman came to La Crosse and Prairie du Chien just before the 1968 Wisconsin primary to promote the McCarthy campaign.  Newman had just starred in "Cool Hand Luke," and was greeted on Main Street in La Crosse by a crowd described as "screaming" fans.  The future "Butch Cassidy" said in La Crosse that he was not campaigning because he was a movie star.  He said "I am doing this because I have six children."

Country singer Eddy Arnold could be seen on TV twice in one night that March, on the Red Skelton Show and a Carol Channing special.  And on Carol Burnett's new CBS show, she was hosting singer Jack Jones and future Burnett cast member Tim Conway...49 years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.




Governor believes "Trumpcare" should be tweaked but still better than ACA.


One happened to vote unknowingly, but illegally, in La Crosse County.


Project Search will put disabled students into internships at Gundersen.


Monday - March 13, 2017 9:18 pm

A new interstate bridge in the works, in 1958




The Minnesota Department of Highways announced in 1958 that a bridge for the proposed La Crosse to Sioux Falls interstate was to be built on the Mississippi, starting in 1960. The bridge in the Dresbach area was projected to cost $10 million. The entire cost of what would become the Minnesota portion of I-90 was budgeted at $32 million.  That bridge didn't open until the late 60's. 




Wisconsin voters did something unusual in the spring election of '58...they defeated an incumbent Supreme Court justice. Emmert Wingert had been appointed to the court just two years earlier. Wingert lost to Hartford attorney William Dieterich, who had run for the Supreme Court twice before, as well as for attorney general. The experts were surprised, because there had been little controversy in the court race, and both candidates identified themselves as Republicans. Dieterich died six years into his 10-year term.




Bangor High School dedicated its new addition that spring, including a gymnasium, and a hallway where photographs showed several standing ashtrays stationed at the 1958, Yesterday in La Crosse.





In 1970, the university publicized plans to develop green space on campus between 16th Street and the football stadium.  The proposed pedestrian mall would pass by the Murphy Library and the Cowley Science building, and it would feature concrete benches, planters, and sculptures.  The mall would be developed later in the 70's.  It's now the site of the Hoeschler Clock Tower at UW-L.

A campus demonstration against the Vietnam War turned deadly at Kent State in Ohio that spring, when four young people were killed and others wounded by National Guard troops assigned to break up the protest.  That summer, a violent explosion killed a researcher at the Army Math Research Center on the UW-Madison campus.  The FBI searched for four suspects in the Sterling Hall bombing.  Three of them were captured within the next few years.  The fourth man has never been found.

On TV in the summer of 1970, you could see variety shows starring singer Engelbert Humperdinck, and stand-up comic Robert Klein, and a new Smothers Brothers show on ABC featuring dancer Sally Struthers, who would become a star on "All in the Family" a year later.  Struthers and the Smothers, 47 years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse. 

In 1967, baseball fans in the Badger State had no major league franchise to call their own, after the Braves moved to Atlanta.  For a few years, WKBH Radio in La Crosse aired Minnesota Twins games, until the Brewers came to Wisconsin in 1970.  The Twins broadcast team included Merle Harmon, Halsey Hall, and Herb Carneal.

The price of mailing a letter in '67 was five cents, and would rise by a penny the next year.  Postmaster General Lawrence O'Brien, later commissioner of the NBA, suggested making the Post Office a non-Cabinet department, taking the power to set postal rates away from Congress.

Country music was a big draw at the Sawyer Auditorium in La Crosse.  One April show that year featured Conway Twitty, Sonny James, and future "Hee Haw" star Roy Clark.  Fifty years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.


Friday - March 10, 2017 10:35 pm

Fest button designer wins contest on 3rd try

Theme is "Prost to the Midwest Coast."


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