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Yesterday in La Crosse

Perot in the lead in the ’92 presidential race

Brad Williams



Twenty-seven years ago, in May of ’92, Texas billionaire Ross Perot had not yet announced as a third-party candidate for president.  But a poll by Time magazine and CNN showed 33 per cent of the people surveyed supporting Perot…compared to 28 per cent for incumbent President George Bush, and 24 per cent for Democrat Bill Clinton.  The survey showed that if Perot did become a candidate, he would take roughly an equal percentage of voters away from both Bush and Clinton.  

The Winnebago tribe, now known as the Ho-Chunk, shut down three casinos in central Wisconsin, to prevent the federal government from closing them first.  About 300 people found themselves out of work because of the shutdown, while the state government had to decide whether to license the casinos.  There was a small Winnebago casino called the Sands near Black River Falls, as well as another casino near Lake Delton and a bingo hall at Nekoosa.   

A Winona man was declared the ‘king of all drunk drivers’…by a judge who sentenced him to jail for his 13th DWI charge.  The 31-year-old driver was also facing a 14th drunk driving charge in Houston County.   

In show business news that week, Lawrence Welk died…’Murphy Brown’ had her baby…and Johnny Carson retired from ‘The Tonight Show,’ in May of 1992, 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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