Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Johnny Mathis turns 78 on Monday.
The subject or mere mention of Johnny Mathis makes me think of the following:
1) How much I like him. What a terrific singer and career.
2) When I worked as an usher at the-then Performing Arts Center, one of my many jobs during college, I saw him in concert there. Hours before the show as the crew assembled at the PAC, I saw one of the female ushers floating on a cloud. I won’t mention her name, but I do recall this sweet gal was quite impressionable.
Why so happy? She had crossed paths with Mathis and got into a conversation whereupon he asked to take her out after the performance. Wonderful, I exclaimed. You couldn’t remove her wide smile.
Onstage Mathis was magical, as expected.
When I left the male ushers’ dressing room I happened to see my colleague out near the lobby in tears. She had done what was instructed. Knock on Mathis’ dressing room door after the show and they’d head out together. Mathis answered the door, only to dump her. He walked out the PAC doors with someone else.
I can never think of Mathis without remembering that evening, and I have liked him a little less ever since.