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Yesterday in La Crosse

Sorry, no Bob Barker today. Bill Clinton, come on down! (1992)

Brad Williams

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In the summer of 1992, Governor Bill Clinton launched his fall campaign for president after the Democratic convention by taking a bus tour through the Midwest with his wife Hillary, and with running mate Al Gore and his wife Tipper.  Clinton’s August 7th speech at Copeland Park in La Crosse was covered live on local TV.  A New York Times story described how WKBT bumped “The Price Is Right” and “Family Feud” that Friday morning in favor of Clinton and Gore.  The Times said Channel 8 anchor Bill Hoel offered “minute-by-minute” updates on the visit, with Julie Nelson and Adam Schrager providing their own reports, along with political scientist Joe Heim.   \

The Times also covered La Crosse’s school board recall elections that summer, in which four board members were voted out in July for approving school boundary changes and a new busing plan.  Two other members targeted for recall survived a run-off in August.   

At the movies, Michael Keaton returned as the Caped Crusader in “Batman Returns,” and Geena Davis and Madonna played on a women’s baseball team coached by Tom Hanks in “A League of Their Own”…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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