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.
There is no perfect holiday. Everyone has a story about a situation, whether it be family-related, the loss of a job, or the death of a loved one that can make the holidays less merry.
This year, I lost a cousin to brain cancer. Last week, a former colleague of mine at the state Capitol died of brain cancer. He left a wife and two sons. He was 38.
This week, one of my wife’s co-workers arrived home to find her husband dead from a heart attack on their garage floor. And a good friend’s daughter-in-law, whom I have blogged about, Angie, continues to fight cancer. She’s endured a double mastectomy and now is battling brain and spinal problems.
There is no good time for all of this. But now is the worst.The obvious question is why? I don’t claim to know the answer. I suppose there is magic in the phrase, “Count your blessings.”
Another question is how, how do you cope, especially at this time of year with the loss of someone dear and special. The ever-accessible Internet just might be of some help.
My wife, Jennifer and I will have the Macy's Parade on TV Thanksgiving morning. The floats and balloons are still interesting. At the risk of a fogey alert, the contemporary music acts are pretty bad.
We do like the Broadway skits. Watch Thursday for the cast from White Christmas.
WOKY will spend the entire day playing all the great classic Thanksgiving songs.
Well, they would, if they could.
THERE AREN’T ANY!
I do like this comedy bit, though, from political satirist Stan Freberg, whose best work was in the early 60’s. Freberg wrote and sang this gem that would cause heart attacks today.
I'm talking about the PC crowd.
Now it's offensive and demeaning to dress up like a Pilgrim or Native American.
During the recent marathon Presidential campaign, I made it clear that I simply couldn’t understand, with the constant daily barrage of information about the candidates, that many voters almost up to Election Day couldn’t make up their minds.
I never blogged about another category of voter: The waffler, the flip-flopper.
This voter changes his/her mind, back and forth about who to vote for, a lot.
Apparently, there were a lot of wafflers.