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 baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
"THE YEAR OF MY MOTHER" IS A YEAR-LONG SERIES OF BLOGS DEDICATED TO MY DEAR, SWEET MOM WHO DIED IN EARLY JANUARY OF THIS YEAR. I PLAN TO DEVOTE SPECIAL BLOGS THROUGHOUT 2010 TO MY MOM WITH SPECIAL REFLECTIONS AND MEMORIES THAT I HOPE WILL INSPIRE READERS AND CAPTURE THE TRUE SPIRIT AND CHARACTER THAT WAS THE GREATEST WOMAN I HAVE EVER KNOWN.
I wish you all could have met my mother. She was from what Tom Brokaw accurately described as “The Greatest Generation,” meaning she was just the best.
I will have a lot to say between now and the end of the year, but for now, I will simply begin by saying that my mom made a mean one of these….
There was something about it, almost like a masterpiece. The intricate preparation, the loving care as it was placed into the oven, the irresistible aroma that filled the house.
And then, the critical moment when oven door was opened and pie was delicately removed.
“Keep your hands off!” Mom yelled, like a proud artist refusing to see any harm done to her wondrous creation.
And finally, hours later, the pie had settled and cooled enough for greedy paws to dig in. It was marvelous, with just enough extra cinnamon. The crust was perfection.
The last few years, my mom loved the apple pies from Pick ‘n’ Save. That speaks highly for that grocery store bakery, or was it just that she didn’t have to toil and bake anymore?
In 1976, country star Jimmy Dean did a spoken word recording that became a big hit.
Called I.O.U., it was dedicated to the beauty of moms and released just a few weeks before Mother’s Day. It sold millions.
For those who never had the extreme pleasure of meeting my mother, if I had to put it simply and concisely, I would point to that Jimmy Dean recording of over 30 years ago. He said, in part:
“And one thing, Mom,
I will never ever forget,
When there were only two pieces of apple pie and three hungry people,
I noticed that you were always the one that suddenly decided that you really weren't hungry any how ...”
That was my mother.
God bless you, Mom!