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May was the time for Safety Patrol trips to Washington, 45 years ago

Brad Williams

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In 1974, more than 1000 young Safety Patrol members from Wisconsin schools took a bus trip to the Nation’s Capital, and Gettysburg. There were 8 busloads of kids from La Crosse and Monroe Counties, and 3 buses from Prairie du Chien. During the ’74 visit, Prairie Safety Patrol supervisor Ruth Ryan presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery.

A former U.S. attorney general pled guilty for refusing to answer questions from a Senate committee. Richard Kleindienst pled to a misdemeanor charge, brought against him by special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski. Kleindienst chose not to answer questions about an anti-trust case at his confirmation hearings for attorney general. He and other White House aides had resigned in 1973, just before the Watergate hearings began.

The Milwaukee Bucks appeared in the NBA finals for the second time in four years, but the Boston Celtics took the league title in the 7th game. Seventy-four was the last time the Bucks made it to the championship round. And the final game of the NBA season was played on Mother’s Day, May 12th…45 years ago, 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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