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Come on and hear Alexander's halftime band...49 years ago

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In 1969, La Crosse State brought in John Alexander from the University of Missouri to succeed Ralph Wahl as director of the Marching Chiefs band.  "Dr. A" got to campus in time to prepare the musicians for a major trip, to march in the 1970 Rose Parade in Pasadena.  During his long career with the university, the band's name changed from Marching Chiefs to Screaming Eagles.  Alexander led the band to a number of other parades and NFL halftime shows.

Weekend dinners were a bargain at places like Von Ruden's Bar in Melvina, near Sparta.  A Friday fish fry at Von Ruden's cost $1.35.  For a nickel more, you could get fried chicken on Saturday nights. 

In the days of sit-ins, and the TV show "Laugh-In," the Holiday Sports Center advertised a "look-in" for 1969, for some of its popular items like outboard motors.

At the Tony Awards on Broadway, "1776" was named the best musical.  Some of the actors winning Tonys that year would become household Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, James Earl Jones, and Al Pacino.  Stars of the stage 49 years ago, 1969, yesterday in La Crosse.


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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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