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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Sunday - March 19, 2017 4:07 pm

Red Raiders bring the gold ball to La Crosse

First WIAA state basketball title for Central in 92 years.

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Saturday - March 18, 2017 8:51 pm

Community Theatre celebrates new Hall of Fame

Class of 2017 inductees honored Saturday night.

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Saturday - March 18, 2017 10:04 am

Winona JC Penney to close

Retailer swoon continues for brick and mortar stores.

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Friday - March 17, 2017 8:47 am

The superintendent was moving on, 40 years ago

In March of 1977, the La Crosse School Board accepted the resignation of superintendent Eugene Balts, who had accepted the same job in Rice Lake.  To succeed Balts, the district hired an Illinois man who is still active in La Crosse government today...Dick Swantz.  The school board also supported the plans for a new northside high school to be opened in the fall of '79.  That school would become the new Logan High. 
 
The man in charge of the Sawyer Auditorium, Michael Gebauer, said he was getting offers to run civic centers in other cities, but he wanted to stay in La Crosse.  The city council was looking into replacing the 22-year-old Sawyer with a newer building.  The number of events booked at the auditorium had risen about 50 per cent in just five years, with 22 basketball games played there in 1976.
 
CBS aired the last episode of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' that week, while a new sitcom on ABC made its debut...'Three's Company.'  Top contenders for the Oscars, being given out that month, were 'Network,' 'Taxi Driver,' 'All the President's Men,' and 'Rocky.'  That was 40 years ago, 1977, Yesterday in La Crosse. 
 
 

Thursday - March 16, 2017 6:34 pm

La Crosse Area Day celebrates 20 years

Tickets went on sale for the Miller Park trip June 8.

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In 1959, Bingo games were illegal in Wisconsin.  Some Milwaukee lawmakers tried to get a referendum on the ballot to permit Bingo.  It didn't happen until the 70's.  TV Bingo games were tried for a brief time in 1966, including on La Crosse's WKBT.  But the state shut down the games because businesses that didn't offer TV Bingo cards were at a competitive disadvantage.

There was still a grocery store every few blocks in La Crosse in '59.  The Model Market stood at 9th and Vine.  National Foods was at 5th and Cass.  La Crosse had two Super Valus, on the Causeway and at Jackson Plaza.  The A & P had stores on 6th Street, and on West Avenue near St. Francis Hospital.

The biggest hit movie of 1959 was also the winner of the best picture Oscar that year...'Ben-Hur,' starring Charlton Heston. Number 2 at the box office was the Disney cartoon 'Sleeping Beauty.' Rounding out the top 5 were 'North by Northwest' with Cary Grant...'Some Like It Hot,' with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, all wearing dresses...and the Doris Day-Rock Hudson comedy 'Pillow Talk.' Fifty-eight years ago, 1959, yesterday in La Crosse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose-George street intersection will be redone, beginning soon.

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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.

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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.