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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Cass St. roundabout has been functional for just over a week.

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In early 1969, the La Crosse Tribune told readers that proper lighting could 'spice up the bath,' and add 'decorating flair' to a bathroom.  Lighting options could include overhead fluorescent lamps, or multiple bulbs in the style of a theater dressing room mirror.  Or, how about a small crystal chandelier for a 'crowning touch of elegance'?
 
You could light up the outside of your home with an eagle crest lantern...only $14.99 at Montgomery Ward in La Crosse.  You could find other bargains during 'Midsummer Madness' at the Bell Discount Store on the Causeway, or 'Krazee Days' at the Village Shopping Center. 
 
Liberace brought his piano and candelabra to prime-time TV for a series in '69, replacing Red Skelton for the summer.  The Smothers Brothers Show was cancelled by CBS, reportedly under pressure from the Nixon White House because of political content in the show.  Tom and Dick Smothers were replaced that summer with 'Hee Haw.' 
 
On the radio, John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival had three songs that made it to #2 that year...'Green River,' 'Proud Mary,' and 'Bad Moon Rising.'  All in 1969, Yesterday in La Crosse.

 


 

Benefit concert to help veterans cost too much to put on.

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Police just arrested a drug dealer for third time.

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In July of 1967, leaders of La Crosse's Oktoberfest carried on the tradition of representing the city at the Minneapolis Aquatennial.  The local group would board a train at the Burlington depot, at the foot of Grandad Bluff, for an 8:30 a.m. trip to the Twin Cities.  They would stay in the big city until late that night, returning to La Crosse at 2 a.m.  The reigning Festmaster, Lincoln Neprud, had plans to ride the train to the Aquatennial in the morning, and then fly back to La Crosse that afternoon, for his daughter's wedding.

The Citizens' Planning Corporation of La Crosse was looking into possible sites for a community arts center.  The most popular choices included La Crosse Street, near the future site of City Hall...the old Central High School on Cass Street...and the area near 3rd and King.  That last area now includes the Weber Center and the Pump House. 

And a big hit single of '67 was recorded 50 years ago this week..."Ode to Billie Joe," by Bobbie Gentry.  The tale of Billie Joe McAllister jumping off a bridge topped the U.S. music charts in August and September of 1967, Yesterday in La Crosse. 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday - July 12, 2017 8:44 am

Bond was in charge at the brewery, 29 years ago

In the summer of 1988, Australian Alan Bond had owned La Crosse's Heileman Brewery for just about a year...completing a hostile takeover the previous fall.  Bond was making a deal to sell the Heileman baking branch to the R.T. Holding Company of Belgium.  The change would add about 12 jobs at what is now the Bimbo bakery downtown.  Meanwhile, Machine Products president Joe Webb and retired president Alex Skover were hoping to buy the company away from Bond and return it to local control. 
 
Michael Dukakis won the Democratic nomination for president that July, over a field that had included Jesse Jackson, and Senators Al Gore and Paul Simon.  Dukakis had not campaigned in La Crosse before the April primary, but the other three men had visited the city.
 
At Riverfest that year, John Prine was the big-name performer.  Jim Wand was the featured hypnotist in '88, and acrobat Bobby Hunt juggled flaming clubs.  It also marked the first year of the "Puttin' on the Lips" contest for the best lip-sync performance.  That was an imitation of the syndicated TV show "Puttin' on the Hits," which ran for four years.  La Crosse's version lasted many more years than the TV show.  And the La Crosse Center brought in Def Leppard and Crosby, Stills, and Nash for shows in the summer of 1988.  Twenty-nine years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.
 

Along with storage, structure will also be used for education programs.

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West Nile warnings have also come this week. 

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In the summer of 1985, Madison's Freedom from Religion Foundation launched its first effort to have a 10 Commandments marker removed from La Crosse's Cameron Park.  It was the most prominent complaint anyone had made about the stone monument since it was installed in to honor volunteers who battled the 1965 flood.  About 800 people signed petitions, asking the city to keep the marker in the park...and the city council voted to leave it there.
 
Stripping and nude dancing were considered a threat to the community by some folks in 1985.  There were objections to a local 'strip joint' called 'Flash,' and although Mayor Pat Zielke said he resented people portraying La Crosse as a 'den of iniquity,' he suggested that if he had to vote on banning nude dancing, he would support a ban.
 
The most popular shows on TV in early 1985 were Dynasty at #1, followed by Dallas in 2nd place, and the first-season hit, The Cosby Show.  There was a detective show craze that year, including new series called 'Me and Mom,' 'Detective in the House,' 'I Had Three Wives,' and a show with Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis called 'Moonlighting.'  Thirty-two years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.
 

La Crosse County made up of 14.2% tobacco users vs. 3.4% in the U.S.

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