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April 12, 2020

1950's heart throb Jeffrey Hunter was at the end of a major run of films when he was cast to play Jesus in King of Kings (1961) by the Director of the film, andanother Wisconsinite, Nicholas Ray. The film would mark the end of both men's careers as major players i...

February 29, 2020

In the fall 1918 the Spanish Flu Pandemic was completely worldwide and knocking on the door of the Badger State. It had infected a quarter of the world's population and would cause the death of 20 to 50 million people. In particular, It attacked the young and healthy,...

December 30, 2019

In the early 1840's Canadian artist, Paul Kane, captured this scene of Menominee fishing by torchlight on the Fox River in Wisconsin. Kane was known to slightly exaggerate certain aspects (such as clothing and headress) of his paintings for effect.  Within 25 years, ra...

December 12, 2019

December 10, 1967


On the afternoon of Dec. 10, 1967, Otis Redding, four members of his band The Bar-Kays, and the pilot of Redding's Beechcraft H18 died when their plane crashed into the icy waters of Lake Monona in Madison. The eight passenger capacity airplane, owned...

November 10, 2019

The stern of the Edmund Fitzgerald, 530 feet at the bottom of eastern Lake Superior.

November 4, 2019

Born near Janesville in 1850, Ella Wheeler Wilcox (great handle) was another in a long line of Wisconsin spiritualists who were also popular national figures. Considered by some other poets, authors and academics to be one of the worst poets ever to draw a breathe, Ell...

October 28, 2019

On the night of Qctober 30, 1938, Orson Welles and his Mercury Players delivered their legendary Halloween broadcast of War of the Worlds. His audience was initially small. Opposite Welles on NBC was the insanely popular (over 30 million listeners) Chase and Sanborn Ho...

October 1, 2019

The story of Ed Gein's supposed sweetheart enjoyed brief front page life during the media frenzy that followed Ed's arrest on the evening of November 16, 1957. For a solid week, people read about the courtship of Ed Gein and Adeline Watkins. The details were mundane -...

August 29, 2019

Introduced in 1918, Frank O King's Gasoline Alley was the first comic strip in which characters aged in real time. The fictional town of Gasoline Alley is King's hometown, the village of Tomah in western Wisconsin and many of it's characters are based on the citizens o...

July 21, 2019

Donald Slayton was born on a farm in part of Wisconsin's tobacco country near Leon,Wisconsin in 1924. America's involvement in World War II began the year he graduated high school in nearby Sparta. Slayton joined the Army Air Corps and flew 56 missions as a bomber pilo...

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Wisconsin Monsters Myths and Legends poster

Wisconsin Monsters Myths and Legends