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Every bathroom needs a light…a lesson from 48 years ago



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.



A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also 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. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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