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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Democratic Senator says Trump isn't requiring Keystone, Dakota pipelines to buy American


Wednesday - March 8, 2017 8:51 am

Up and at 'em, Atom Smasher...51 years ago



In early 1966, Wisconsin was one of five states being considered as a site for an underground atom-smashing facility, designed to force atoms to collide and reveal what's inside them. The 400-million dollar project covering several acres could have been built near Madison. Eventually, Illinois got a particle accelerator, which opened in 1983.




La Crosse's Chamber of Commerce continued its tradition of inviting celebrity speakers to the annual Chamber banquet. Ronald Reagan, Ann Landers, and comedian Alan King had all attended the dinner in recent years. The 1966 headliner was cartoonist Al Capp, the creator of 'Li'l Abner.'




The Captain's Lounge bar, at the Holiday Lanes on the pike, brought in 'the fabulous' Stepin Fetchit for a week. Fetchit's real name was Lincoln Perry. He was a popular African-American movie actor in the 30's, known for playing a lazy character. By the 60's, Perry was criticized for promoting black stereotypes during his career, but he still managed to get work in show business in 1966, 51 years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.









Second public meeting by DOT in 3 years on project.


Despite four new hotels downtown, airshow couldn't secure enough rooms


Any vet is eligible to go, as long as you're 
from certain counties. Check list in story.









Fifty-four years ago, La Crosse had a primary for the April city elections on the first week of March. Six candidates were challenging incumbent Mayor Milo Knutson, and several council races had primaries, too. Among the names on the March ballot who would become familiar faces in city government in later years were Allis-Chalmers worker Don Medinger, insurance agent L. Peter Groves, Mobil Oil employee Bob Johnson, and Bernie Maney, who worked at Ross Furniture as a salesman and color coordinator. David Hogue, the assistant dean of men at La Crosse State, also ran for council. The newspaper mistakenly identified Hogue as 88 years old.



The next presidential election was still 20 months away, but Republicans were eager to find a candidate to challenge President John Kennedy. They talked about drafting both Michigan Governor George Romney and Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, but both tried to discourage drafts. RNC Chairman William Miller predicted that his party would win the White House. Eventually, Goldwater did get the nomination, and had William Miller as his running mate, and they lost.




Ray Hutson Chevrolet was celebrating 10 years in business. You could buy a 1941 Dodge Truck from Ray Hutson for $125, and a 1955 Mercury convertible for almost $300. Hutson was located near the bridge, at 4th and the location of Pischke Motors. But it was a Chevy dealer in 1963, 54 years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.




Tuesday - March 7, 2017 8:49 am

'Never on Sunday,' 30 years ago

In 1987, the La Crosse School Board debated whether to ban Sunday sports practices and school activities.  Board members also had concerns about Wednesdays, because of church services during Lent.  Some activity directors argued that some teams practice on New Year's Day, and a show choir rehearsed on a Sunday because that's when a choreographer was available. 

Lutheran Hospital was making additions in 1987.  More room was being made for the Wisconsin Heart Institute and obstetrics.  Lutheran vice-president Don Smith said the hospital was continuing a trend of taking on a major building project every seven to eight years.

U-W-L was performing "Romeo and Juliet" in March of '87, followed in the spring by the Sam Shepard play "Buried Child."  The La Crosse Community Theatre started the new year with the Larry Shue comedy "The Foreigner," and later put on Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs."  Thirty years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.



Originally, he took the post for a six-month term.


Original Center design does not utilize riverfront views.


Thursday - March 2, 2017 10:44 am

Skogens to build park, restaurant in Onalaska

Major investment for Onalaska by noted philanthropists


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