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 May of 1957, Senator McCarthy passed away at age 48. The cause of death was reported as a liver inflammation. McCarthy was described in a newspaper story as 'probably the most controversial' American politician of the decade, because of his campaign to seek out Communists in America. Several potential successors were mentioned in the media, including Walter Kohler, Warren Knowles, Gaylord Nelson, and William Proxmire. It was Democrat Proxmire who won the special election, and kept the seat for 31 years. McCarthy was the last Republican to hold that Senate seat.



It was the first Trane to Clarksville...the first Trane Company plant to be built in Clarksville, Tennessee. Trane chose Clarksville as a site for production of central air conditioning units for homes. The company still has a plant in that town today.




The first week of May was quite busy in La Crosse. The annual Wisconsin Chess tournament took place at the Hotel Stoddard. La Crosse State hosted an annual high school music festival, which ended with a parade through downtown. And some of the Greek organizations on campus had parties at Maple Grove, the New Villa, and the Linker Hotel. Sixty years ago, 1957, yesterday in La Crosse.




Shilling, Kabat, Medinger speak at yearly ceremony in La Crosse


Rally timed for 100th day of the Trump administration


Alan Fry was arrested after long standoff near Westby


Photos turned up on 'Plenty of Fish' web page






In April of 1967, La Crosse Festivals, Incorporated decided that the four-day fall celebration that year would open with the Miss Oktoberfest-La Crosse pageant on Wednesday, October 4th. Planners followed the example of other community festivals at which the queen was chosen right away to reign over the entire event. The pageant would take the place of the 'golden barrel' tapping as the kickoff event, because the barrel ceremony was being discontinued.




The Netherlands had been ruled by queens since 1890, but that April, the country got its first male heir to the throne in over 100 years. It was expected that the new Dutch prince, named Willem-Alexander, would not get on the throne until the 21st century. And the experts were right. Willem-Alexander was crowned king in 2013, when his mother, Queen Beatrix, stepped down.




The La Crosse Tribune began carrying the comic strip 'Peanuts' that month. Charlie Brown and his friends had already appeared on three animated TV specials. In the first daily 'Peanuts' strip printed in the Tribune, Lucy got a monthly check from the CIA. Good grief...50 years ago, 1967, Yesterday in La Crosse.


Thursday - April 27, 2017 8:58 pm

Kind seeks better trade relations with Europe

Local Congressman returns from House members' tour of European nations


Thursday - April 27, 2017 8:45 pm

Workers who died on the job are remembered Friday

La Crosse marks Workers Memorial Day for the 33rd time


In 1984, local developer Dick Barbour had a proposal to replace the former Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium with a high-rise building, which could contain a hotel and a 250-space parking ramp.  There would be office space for La Crosse County and Western Tech.  The city council agreed to sell the auditorium to Barbour for half-a-million dollars.  The Sawyer eventually was torn down, and replaced by what is now the county health department and juvenile detention building.

There was also talk of a transportation center downtown, which would be built north of La Crosse City Hall.  The proposed transit center could house a taxi service and a restaurant.  La Crosse didn't actually get a transit center until the Grand River Station on 3rd Street opened in 2010.

"When Doves Cry" by Prince was the #1 song of 1984, according to Billboard magazine.  Following that song atop the year-end charts were "What's Love Got To Do With It?" by Tina Turner...the Paul McCartney/Michael Jackson duet "Say Say Say"...and the theme to "Footloose."  Thirty-three years ago, 1984, Yesterday in La Crosse.



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