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.
Less than 24 hours after the city of Milwaukee paid homage to the Fonz, the motorcycle-riding, coolest of the cool characters from the popular 70’s TV show, “Happy Days,” Milwaukeeans are moaning and having a hissy fit about the 105th anniversary of Harley-Davidson.
The party begins next week, and already, in typical backwards Milwaukee fashion, wussy townsfolk are complaining about the impending noise, and it appears even Hartley has caved in to the crying.
Hogwash, I say.
There’s something thrilling and exciting to not only see those wonderful bikes, but to hear their roaring thunder.
Milwaukee, could we please put our provincialism on hold and accept these wonderful bikers into our home for just a few days?
Certainly we can tolerate those roaring engines just as we can accept the sound of those cash registers ringing from all the cash those Harley enthusiasts will drop.
For heaven’s sake, you fuddy duddies, park your complaints for just a couple of days, relax, and thank your lucky stars that Milwaukee is fortunate to host such a colossal event.
Harley riders, welcome to Milwaukee! Love that trademark sound of the engine that made Milwaukee famous!
On Friday, August 29, I will tape InterCHANGE at Milwaukee Public television Channel 10, like any other Friday, and when the taping is concluded, I will change from suit and tie into far more comfortable clothes and head to historic South Stadium near 10th and Windlake on Milwaukee’s south side.
I recall local historian and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist John Gurda having once written in booklet on Milwaukee’s south side side that South Stadium is one of the oldest facilities in the city of Milwaukee, period. I’ve been crawling around the stadium for 40 years, initially as a fan whose father who took tickets let his little boy inside so he could watch games. I graduated to ticket taker, security, chain gang member and finally to public address announcer, a duty I’ve proudly served since the mid 70’s.
Friday, August 29th, West Bend West will play Milwaukee South Division in a who-cares, non-conference football match-up. I will arrive and head to the entrance gates. Security guards who know me will not subject me to the obligatory metal detector test.
I will make my way up to the South Stadium press box situated on the north end of the stadium, across from the bleacher seating on Becher Street. No one is allowed to sit on the press box side of South Stadium. It was condemned decades ago. Too many people in the stands could cause a collapse. MPS has done nothing in more than two decades to remedy the situation.
As I walk through the stands that used to be packed with thousands of fans every Friday and Saturday in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, I walk over rocks, stones, broken glass. When I walk the numerous steps up to the press box and take my seat inside, the ancient facility is filthy, dusty, dirty. The windows, if the gangs haven’t broken them, haven’t been washed in ages.
Will the PA work without an annoying buzz? Fingers are crossed.
The bathrooms are atrocious. The locker rooms are spartan, at best, for the teams and officials. The South Stadium crew, veterans all, know just about every official and coach who’s ever walked inside the stadium gates. The visitors know they will be treated royally, albeit in a once hallowed ballpark that is now a neglected toilet.
The games go on, fans who’ve never been to South Stadium marvel at the red brick structure unlike any other in the area, but those of us who’ve been kicking around the old place know this is an old gray mare that ain’t what it used to be.
So where am I going with this?
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this week has written a not so surprising series that MPS has spent millions and millions of dollars for empty classrooms. A total waste.
Meanwhile, I’ve trudged into South Stadium every year since 1965, for football and soccer. There were many days and nights the stadium was overflowing. There were many times the crowds were sparse. But there was always a crowd, huge or embarrassingly small. Historic South Stadium was NEVER, EVER empty, even during a blizzard on the last football night of the season one year back in the 80's between South and Muskego.
MPS will spend millions and millions of dollars on empty classrooms, yet it won’t spend a dime on a landmark, historic facility that actually draws people for one of the few areas the school district excels: athletics.
What can I say? That’s MPS.
College football is right around the corner, and with all the anticipation comes talk about pre-season polls and Heisman Trophy candidates.
I’m a Notre Dame and Wisconsin Badger fan, but let’s face it. No one from either team is winning the Heisman, the trophy awarded to college football’s best player.
The pre-season favorite? Florida’s Tim Tebow. Fox Sports says:
“In becoming the first sophomore to win the Heisman a year ago, Tebow also became the first quarterback to rush for 20 touchdowns (he had 23) and throw for 20 (he had 32) in the same season. Now he'll try to become the second player after Archie Griffin to win two Heismans. Looking at the way Tebow runs the spread offense under Florida coach Urban Meyer, there's little reason to doubt Tebow will win it again.”
Tebow owes his chances for the Heisman, more so than any other individual, to his mother.
Democrats, even though they won’t admit, have to be feeling very squeamish. Their perfect candidate, the smartest, most brilliant man God ever put on this planet who do can do absolutely no wrong, just ask the American media, is slipping badly in a new poll.
According to a Reuters/Zogby poll, and remember Zogby historically skews Democratic, John McCain now leads Barack Hussein The Messiah Obama by five, count ‘em, five points. That double digit lead? Gone. Evaporated. Disappeared.
McCain is seen as more experienced, more dependable in a crisis, more Presidential. And scoff if you will, but those Paris Hilton commercials…..they’re working, and the lefties know it.
Here’s what has to be most devastating to Democrats. The Pied Piper effect among the most impressionable voters, the young who haven’t paid much, if anything in the way of taxes, is shrinking. The Kool-Aid has worn off and the eyes are opening.
Reuters reports, “Obama's support among voters between the ages of 18 and 29, which had been one of his strengths, slipped 12 percentage points to 52 percent. McCain, who will turn 72 next week, was winning 40 percent of younger voters.”
Oh-oh. Heart up in throat.
“The dip in support for Obama, who would be the first black U.S. president, cut across demographic and ideological lines. He slipped among Catholics, born-again Christians, women, independents and younger voters.”
Obama is expected to name a running mate soon. Unless it’s a real jaw-dropper, he won’t get much help in the polls. If he picks the lackluster retread Joe Biden, his numbers could stay flat or even drop a bit.
Candidates always get a bounce from their conventions. Obama will get his first, then McCain. The point is these polls are fluid and do change. They should be taken with a grain of salt.
However, this new Reuters/Zogby poll is cause for concern on the left. Obama is showing a steady decline with voters across the board. Could it be, the more America hears him, sees him , and actually takes time to think about him in the White House, the less they like him?
I think so.