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

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

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Project Search will put disabled students into internships at Gundersen.

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

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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.

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