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.
Despite their troubles, I still love the University of Wisconsin Band. Why? Most of these young, talented kids are worthy of our support and respect. I blogged the following in February 2007 before I made my annual visit to see the band perform at Oak Creek High School:
“The band is special. For decades, the highly-talented students have been proud ambassadors for the marvelous UW. The visit to Oak Creek is usually a rehearsal for the band’s sold out spring concerts at the Kohl Center.
These young Badgers can really play. But one of the reasons I like to attend this concert every year, and this will sound as corny as one of Band Director Michael) Leckrone’s jokes, is that seeing these terrific students restores my faith and confidence in our youth. The vast majority of our young people today are good, decent, hard-working individuals we can be proud of. The Wisconsin Badger Marching Band proves it.”
The fact is, we rarely hear about the accomplishments of our youth. A story in the newspaper, on radio or TV about a young person today will almost certainly be negative.
That’s why I love stories about real honest to goodness whippersnappers, like the Greenfield student/blogger I introduced to you recently.
Here’s another about an entrepreneur in New Hampshire who owns his own business, at the ripe old age of 15.
5-6-7-8-9-10 I love you……..the opening lines from the Beatles’ “All Together Now,” the title of a new documentary about the behind the scenes production of "Love,” the Cirque du Soleil production. Fellow Beatle fans, the documentary is being shown at select Marcus Theaters Monday night and might be worth checking out.
Where you can see "All Together Now"
As I post every Sunday, here are the top five most popular of my blog entries from the previous week:
1) The Barking Lot (10/11/08)
2) Photos of the Week (10/12/08)
3) Barking Lot UPDATE: A doggone shame
4) Culinary no-no #80
5) Nice article about Franklin
I didn’t list Green Bay Packer GM Ted Thompson as one of my VILLAINS OF THE WEEK in my Week-ends round-up Saturday, but I could have. Thompson made another bonehead decision last week, passing on a trade for statistically the best tight end in NFL history, Tony Gonzalez of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Letter writers to the Journal Sentinel today (the letters are not online, you’ll have to go to the actual newspaper to see them) are rightfully questioning Thompson’s inertia.
One writer called the non-trade, “mind-boggling.” Another, Thomas Dollhopf of Milwaukee summed it up nicely:
“Thompson could’ve had a Pro Bowl receiver (Randy Moss) a Pro Bowl quarterback (Brett Favre) and a Pro Bowl tight end (Gonzalez) for a second and third round draft choice. I swear this guy was sent here to sabotage the Packers. We need someone who wants to win, not someone who is so egotistical that he thinks he’s smarter than everyone else in football.”