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Yesterday in La Crosse

Plans for a new college arts center, 52 years ago

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In January of 1967, a $1 million grant was approved for Viterbo’s Fine Arts Center.  The state higher educational aids commission said “yes” to the money.  The grant would still have to be okayed by Washington.  The $4 million arts center along Jackson Street would open in 1971.   

A zookeeper had an encounter with a bear, at Prairie du Chien, in the Rose Park Zoo.  The man needed 17 stitches after a honeybear bit his finger and clawed his arm.  The zookeeper was trying to cage the animal at the time.  The Rose Park Zoo closed a few years later.  

“The Lawrence Welk Show” dedicated an entire episode to music from Walt Disney movies, just a few weeks after Disney died.  “Batman” was a big hit on ABC, and it inspired some copycat superhero shows…”Captain Nice” on NBC, starring William Daniels, and “Mr. Terrific” on CBS.  Both shows began in January, but were gone by fall in 1967, 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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