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Brad Williams

Brad Williams

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area.  Brad 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.  He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.  

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In the spring of 1942, clocks all over the U.S. were running an hour ahead of Standard Time to save energy during World War II.  It was called "War Time," and it remained in effect year-round until the Japanese surrender in August of 1945.  WKBH Radio, now WIZM, had 15-minute programs of only war news.  One was at 7 a.m., and the other at 12:45 p.m.

Talk of victory was everywhere in '42.  Westby High School had graduation two weeks early, so young people could put in more work time on farms, with so many men fighting the war.  The Westby commencement speaker was Rexford Mitchell, president of the La Crosse Teachers College.  Mitchell's name is now on the athletic building at UW-La Crosse.

A band called the "Hawaiian Victory Band" performed at La Crosse's Trocadero Night Club, in the 100 block of N. 3rd St.  The Cavalier bar was in the same place you'd find in now, 5th Avenue North.  You could see Wisconsin native Liberace perform at the Cavalier, yesterday in La Crosse.

 

Monday - August 13, 2018 8:44 am

Was West Avenue wide enough, 40 years ago?

The width of West Avenue was a hot topic in the fall of 1978.  The "Neighborhood Preservation Association" was against making the north-south road 16 feet wider between intersections, and 20 feet wider at signalized crossings.  The changes were proposed from King, south to Adams Street.  The city council reversed its approval of the widening plan, setting the stage for a city-wide referendum. 

La Crosse Police were cracking down on prostitution in '78.  The city and state had been investigating massage parlor activities for over a year.  The investigation focused on Lolita's Massage on Jay Street, Carol's Sauna on La Crosse Street, and Ronda's Rap on Pearl.

For 15 weeks from June to October of 1978, the musical "Grease" was the number 1 movie in America.  The only other movie that reached the top spot during that period of time was "National Lampoon's Animal House," starring John Belushi.  Nostalgia on the movie screens, 40 years ago, 1978, yesterday in La Crosse.

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