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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...

July 16, 2019

Berlin, 1942. Wisconsin native and UW grad Mildred Fish-Harnack led a double life. She and her husband Arvid, a German national who she met while attending the University of Wisconsin, were respected academics at Berlin University. They also were an integral part of th...

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