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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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Medallion hunters in 1968 were told that a well-known person in La Crosse was carrying the prize, and to win the contest, you had to ask the right person the secret words: "Are you carrying the Oktoberfest Maple Leaf?" Teenage siblings John and Karen Petruccelli figured out after the second clue that downtown store owner Harry Wiggert had the medallion with him. That clue mentioned 'Jay-walking,' which Karen and John decided was a reference to a business on Jay Street...and the Wiggert Brothers store was at 4th and Jay. Clue number one referred to a governor...and Wiggert had attended Washburn School, named after former Wisconsin Gov. Cadwallader Washburn. John and Karen won the grand prize of $35.
A Supreme Court nominee was under fire. Justice Abe Fortas had been nominated by President Johnson to become Chief Justice, but Senators in the other party were trying to defeat Fortas. The nomination was in trouble, because Fortas was accused of accepting a $15,000 fee to conduct a law seminar at American University. That and other ethics problems kept Fortas from becoming Chief Justice, and led him to resign from the court the next year.
The new fall TV series of 1968 included "The Mod Squad," "Julia," "Land of the Giants," "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show," and "Hawaii Five-O."  That was 1968, yesterday in La Crosse.  Aloha. 



In 1958, Coya Knutson was a rarity...Minnesota's first woman in Congress.  Democrat Knutson was running for a third term in the House, but her own DFL party was against her.  Knutson had angered party leaders by running for Congress instead of staying in the legislature...and by not supporting Adlai Stevenson for president in 1956.  Historians tell us that the DFL conspired with Coya's estranged husband, Andy Knutson, to get him to sign a letter which became known as the "Coya, Come Home" letter...suggesting that she should give up her political career to save her marriage.  Knutson became the only Democrat to be voted out of Congress in the '58 election.

College students at La Crosse State celebrated their annual "Song Fest" which had been a tradition at the campus for a decade.  Fourteen groups were scheduled to perform two songs each, for a large crowd at the college auditorium.

On N. 3rd Street, you could find popular restaurants such as Jo Bau's, which was later torn down to make way for a bank drive-up lane...and Lee's Chop House, which sold a college-size pizza special for 55 cents.  That restaurant later became part of Digger's Sting, but it was the Chop House in 1958, 60 years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.


Wednesday - September 19, 2018 2:14 pm

Vernon County gets ready for FEMA

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