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Yesterday in La Crosse

Who does fest the beste, La Crosse or Munich? A debate 54 years ago

Brad Williams

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In 1966, the police chief of Munich in West Germany visited La Crosse. Chief Manfred Schreiber was on a six-week tour of the U.S. Oktoberfest in Munich dates back to 1810, while La Crosse’s fest began in 1961, and officials here were worried about increased crime and disturbances during the celebration. Schreiber said there was fighting at the Munich Oktoberfest, but even thieves there would rather party than “work.”

An area man had given his name to a newly-discovered mountain in Antarctica. John Weihaupt was part of an Armed Forces group that explored mountains near the South Pole in 1959 and ’60. Weihaupt had family in the Dresbach area.

Jed Clampett met Dirty Harry, sort of, on a 1966 episode of “The Danny Kaye Show.” Danny’s guests one week included “Beverly Hillbillies” star Buddy Ebsen, and Clint Eastwood, who was finishing his run as Rowdy Yates on the TV Western “Rawhide.” Another Danny Kaye guest that week was an up-and-coming female Latin singer named Charo. Clint and “coochie-coochie” together in 1966, 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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