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Grown-ups showed their spelling skills, 29 years ago

Brad Williams



A new team competition started up in La Crosse in 1991, a Corporate Spelling Bee.  A local literacy council recruited three-person teams from companies throughout the area to see which employers had the best spellers.  The corporate bee was held in early September at Valley View Mall, and the tradition continued for several years afterward.  

Two decades before Obamacare, Milwaukee area Congressman Jim Moody told an audience at La Crosse’s Baus Haus that he thought people would accept a Canadian-style system of health care.  Moody claimed the American Medical Association had fought Medicare until just a few years earlier.  He said more than 30 million Americans, including 12 million children, had little or no health insurance.  

On TV in 1991, the most popular network shows included “60 Minutes,” “Cheers,” “Home Improvement,” “Roseanne,” and “Murphy Brown.”  Well, “60 Minutes” is still around, “Roseanne” has been revived as “The Conners,” and even “Murphy Brown” got a reboot.  But they were hits in 1991, 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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