Doug Moe's Madison

  • Dickey Chappelle set stage for female war correspondents during WWII and Vietnam
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    Dickey Chappelle set stage for female war correspondents during WWII and Vietnam

    It was hard not to think of Dickey Chapelle earlier this month when the extraordinary story of Hilda Clayton’s last photograph surfaced.

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  • Author tells own story of life with cerebral palsy
    Photo courtesy of Steve Salmon

    Author tells own story of life with cerebral palsy

    It’s only in reading Steve Salmon's work, including his new memoir, "It's a New Life! Mom is Gone," that the enormity of his struggle with his disability is revealed.

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  • My lunch with Famous Dave
    Photo courtesy of Old Southern BBQ

    My lunch with Famous Dave

    His first restaurant wasn’t supposed to be named Famous Dave’s, Famous Dave explained. He’d wanted to call it Diamond Dave’s, but there was a taco place in Iowa by that name with an owner who threatened litigation. He decided on Dave’s Famous Barbecue, but the printer made a mistake and all the signage came back Famous Dave’s. He kept it.

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  • The UW sport that got away

    The UW sport that got away

    Baseball was the first intercollegiate sport on the Madison campus, dating to 1870. In “A History of Badger Baseball: The Rise and Fall of America’s Pastime at the University of Wisconsin,” Steve Schmitt dutifully details, season by season, the team’s fortunes.

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  • Seeing Shepard, Missing Blei in Door County
    Photo by Jeanan Yasiri Moe

    Seeing Shepard, Missing Blei in Door County

    My guess is Sam Shepard would have approved of the production of his play "True West" at the Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay. The playwright’s mother’s family has roots in Door County, and the narrator of “Place”—a story from Shepherd's book “Cruising Paradise”—talks about burying his mother’s ashes in a “little cemetery overlooking the hayfields of Door County.”

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  • A Great Hitter's Madison Beginnings
    Photo courtesy of the Colorado Rockies

    A Great Hitter's Madison Beginnings

    When 8-year-old D. J.’s family moved to Madison, he was already a baseball nut. He quickly became a standout player in the East Madison Little League.

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  • College boxing gets off the canvas
    Photo by Jeanan Yasiri Moe

    College boxing gets off the canvas

    The return of boxing to the Madison campus in 2013 was a big deal, both because of UW’s prominence in the sport from the mid-1930s through the 1950s, and because Charlie Mohr’s death, after his Field House bout, effectively brought down the curtain on varsity college boxing.

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  • Search ongoing for ‘The Beatle Who Vanished'
    Photo by Topfoto Image Works courtesy of Jim Berkenstadt

    Search ongoing for ‘The Beatle Who Vanished'

    For a brief time in 1964, Jimmie Nicol played drums for the Beatles when Ringo Starr was ailing. It lasted less than two weeks, but Nicol was at the drums when the Beatles set off on their first world tour. Nobody really knows what happened to him. Madison's "rock and roll detective" Jim Berkenstadt says, “I believe that he is alive."

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  • Africa's first female president lived in Madison
    Simon & Schuster, left, Harper Perennial, right

    Africa's first female president lived in Madison

    The time Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—the first female president of an African nation—spent in the United States included a quintessential Madison experience: she got a job at Rennebohm’s, the 28-store drug store chain that was sold to Walgreen’s in 1980. From Sirleaf’s description, it sounds like she worked at the Rennie’s—as we all called the stores—at the corner of State and Lake.

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  • An Oscar-winning actor's Madison launch
    Photo courtesy of Ron McCrea

    An Oscar-winning actor's Madison launch

    West High School graduate Daniel Klein points out that Ali is not the only alumnus of his Madison-based 2001 film “Making Revolution” to make good in show business.

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  • Panel kicks off celebration of 100 years of Camp Randall Stadium
    Photo courtesy of UW-Madison Archives

    Panel kicks off celebration of 100 years of Camp Randall Stadium

    Attending a football game at Camp Randall in 1965—in which neither team scored—taught me an early lesson that when the Badgers are not winning, fans would find a way to have fun anyway.

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  • American Girl introduces a boy
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    American Girl introduces a boy

    Let me tell you why I smiled when I read the recent news that Middleton-based American Girl is introducing a boy, named Logan, to its popular line of dolls.

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  • New book on Emmett Till by former UW prof 'absorbing and sometimes horrific'

    New book on Emmett Till by former UW prof 'absorbing and sometimes horrific'

    “The Blood of Emmett Till” has generated headlines, mainly because in 2008 former University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Timothy Tyson spoke with Carolyn Bryant—the woman in the store in Mississippi in 1955 who testified in court that young Emmett Till had grabbed her and made salacious comments. “That part’s not true,” Bryant told Tyson.

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  • Keanu vehicle named after Madison man
    Flickr photo courtesy of BagoGames

    Keanu vehicle named after Madison man

    Both "John Wick" movies were written by Derek Kolstad, the grandson of longtime Madison businessman John Wick. There was some concern within the extended Wick family back in Wisconsin about whether the real John Wick would be pleased to have his name on a movie about a professional killer. There needn’t have been.

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  • The man who really likes Big Macs
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    The man who really likes Big Macs

    The Big Mac sandwich from McDonald's has been in the news a lot lately.

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  • A Madison connection found at every turn in NYC

    A Madison connection found at every turn in NYC

    Over the years, I have been accused of suggesting that all roads run through Madison, and I always plead guilty.

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  • Catching up with singer-songwriter Cris Plata
    Courtesy of Cris Plata

    Catching up with singer-songwriter Cris Plata

    Tex-Mex roots musician will perform Jan. 20

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  • 'Wild gun battle' nearly witnessed
    Photo by Jeanan Yasiri Moe

    'Wild gun battle' nearly witnessed

    I heard the gunshots a little before 1 a.m.

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  • Mystery writer's fictional character Travis McGee still has resonance

    Mystery writer's fictional character Travis McGee still has resonance

    John D. MacDonald created intriguing stories of a Florida crime solver who was not exactly a detective, but a "salvage consultant."

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  • Literary ties from Wisconsin to New York

    Literary ties from Wisconsin to New York

    St. Norbert College President Tom Kunkel went to the Big Apple and picked up his writing award named for Ann Sperber, who spent time in Madison doing book research.

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