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.
Franklin has a terrific Independence Day parade. Like many other communities, the turnout and display of civic pride and patriotism is wonderful to see. I’m not exactly This Just In with this one, but here are some observations from this year’s event.
BEST PARADE PARTICIPANTS: The World War II Veterans, especially the gentleman with the sign on his car that said he was “90 years young today.”
GREAT CHOICE: Former Mayor Tom Taylor as Grand Marshal.
BEST CANDY TOSSED: By State Rep. Ken Skowronski, a small bag of Jelly Bellies with a Packer, Badger, NASCAR and Hunting Opening Dates schedule attached.
HE DIDN’T THROW ROSES: But FPS Super Steve Patz did throw candy to us.
MOST FREQUENT CANDY THROWN: Tootsie Rolls.
WAS IT SOMETHING I SAID? Alderman and School Board President Janet Evans was so busy handing out her goodies that she almost breezed right by me. I’m glad we got a chance to briefly exchange pleasantries!
SOMETHING I DIDN’T SAY: When Paul Ryan walked by to many cheers I yelled, “Keep up the good work!” In retrospect, that was pretty lame and not very original. I should have thanked him for his destruction of the IRS Commissioner on Capitol Hill.
YES SHE’S REALLY GROWN: State Senator Mary Lazich held our little Kyla the day after she was born. As she hugged Kyla in the street on July 4 she couldn’t believe that was over five years ago.
SIGH OF RELIEF: All along the route, men were pleased to know they didn’t have the worst looking legs…not with Mayor Steve Olson walking the parade.
I MISSED SUPERVISOR MARK BORKOWSKI: I brought along some toast just for him.
VERY NICE: People standing for the American flag.
THANKS A LOT M’AAM: One of those dancing Grandmas somehow spotted my bare feet. I had removed my sandals and she thought she’d give some motherly advice about sunscreen. Had already done that. But my tootsies didn’t start to feel uncomfortably warm until she came along.
IT’S FREE, BUT EVEN SO: You wouldn’t take literature about churches or dance or Tae Kwon Do classes if someone tried to pawn it off at your front door, but you’ll grab it at a parade.
JOHN PHILLIP NO-SHOW: The bands are always great to see and hear. How about something patriotic?
MOM, DAD, THERE’S CANDY FOR EVERYBODY: No one gets left behind. So no need for kids to run after and pounce on candy thrown in the direction of other kids.
SUGGESTIONS FOR NEXT YEAR: Starting on time would be nice. Can we avoid those long breaks between units? There were far too many of them. And the ROAD CLOSED sign needs to be moved from the middle of the street before the opening motorcyclists are almost on top of it.
Thanks to all the participants and the volunteers who put the parade together.