UW-La Crosse hosted a couple of notable people in September of 1975. One of them was already world-famous…anthropologist Margaret Mead. She spoke to overflow audiences at both the North Hall building, and Cartwright Center. Dr. Mead was best known for her studies of primitive cultures, but by the 70’s, she was popular at colleges for her opinions on sex and marriage. On the La Crosse campus, Mead commented that traditional American marriages of the 50’s, with fathers working and mothers at home, produced boys who became male chauvinists and girls who were ‘fiery women’s libbers.’
Another visitor to the university that September wasn’t very well known yet, outside of Georgia. Former Governor Jimmy Carter was running for president, and campaigned in La Crosse County. Appearing on the public radio show ‘Newsmakers,’ Carter was pretty confident about his chances, saying he didn’t think anyone else in the race could beat him.