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Yesterday in La Crosse

Dinner at the Tivoli, then a movie at the Rivoli…still possible, 51 years ago



In 1970, the Tivoli Restaurant off Highway 35 and the Rivoli Theater downtown were both busy places in La Crosse.  The Rivoli was celebrating 50 years in business in 1970.  As for the Tivoli Gardens, that’s not around any more.  It was on the George Street extension between La Crosse and Onalaska, about where you’d find Nutbush City Limits now. At the opposite end of La Crosse was Club 14 on Mormon Coulee Road. It was replaced by the Ports O’Call shopping center, later Canterbury Court.

There was talk of re-opening old Central High School during the 1970 school board race in La Crosse. The old school at 15th and Cass was closed in the late 60’s when Central moved to Losey Boulevard. Candidate Bill Murphy called for old Central to be used as a junior high. That never happened, but Murphy won the election, along with David Nelson and Carol Gundersen.  

In the fall of 1970, Diana Ross had a #1 hit with “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”  The Carpenters had their first hit record, “Close to You,” and Chicago had a tune called “25 or 6 to 4,” which they said meant “25 or 6 minutes to 4 a.m.”  Telling time in 1970, 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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