1967 City happenings
Camp Indianola closes
Jan. 15, 1967: National Library Week advisory board names WIBA radio host and author George “Papa Hambone” Vukelich chair of the state library week committee.
Jan. 20, 1967: Judge Richard Bardwell voids, on jurisdictional grounds, a 1966 State Industrial Commission ruling that Madison discriminated against Mrs. Ruth Fey when it denied her a bartender’s license. Bardwell finds it “clearly reasonable” to conclude the city denied Fey a license “because she was a female,” but finds the Industrial Commission jurisdiction limited to employment relationships, and did not cover the issuance of licenses.
April 25, 1967: Bishop Cletus Francis O’Donnell, 49, formerly the auxiliary and vicar general to the Archbishop of Chicago, is installed as new Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Madison, succeeding Bishop William P. O’Connor, who retired at age 80 after leading the Diocese since its founding in 1946.
May 8, 1967: City Ethics Board rules that William H. Straub, president of the Madison Bus Co., has no conflict of interest in continuing to serve on the Madison Traffic Commission, provided he doesn’t vote on matters “relating directly to the interests” of the private company.
Sept. 23, 1967: After arriving at Truax Air Field to avoid picketers, First Lady Lady Bird Johnson extols rural life to World Food Exposition crowd of about 2,500 at the Dane County Coliseum
Nov. 11, 1967: About 25 of the 75 veterans marching in the Veterans Day parade are from the new Veterans for Peace in Vietnam group. As some from the more traditional units mumble and grumble, and about 100 spectators watch quietly, Mrs. Roberta Leidner, a Marine Corps Women’s Reserve veteran of World War 2, places a large “Veterans for Peace” wreath on a temporary memorial cenotaph at the State Street entrance to the Capitol.
Nov. 11, 1967: More than 500 attend a dinner dance honoring 75-year-old Jimmy Demetral, who has raised about $50,000 for handicapped children’s activities through his benefit wrestling matches. Demetral, who emigrated from Greece as a small boy, was a featured attraction for more than 20 years at the Wisconsin State Fair, wrestling all comers; he later operated Gulessarian’s rug store on State Street, and served as athletic director at Oscar Mayer. The council recently named a new city park near the plant in his honor.
Nov. 17, 1967: Former Vice President Richard Nixon, expected to enter next spring’s presidential primary, calls for mining North Vietnam’s Haiphong Harbor in an appearance before 700 university students at the Wisconsin Center. There are no demonstrations or protests against the GOP front-runner, who decisively beat Sen. John Kennedy in a campus mock vote in 1960.
Dec. 13, 1967: Camp Indianola, one of the oldest boys’ summer camps in the country, closes after 62 years on the north shore of Lake Mendota. Among its generations of campers–a 10-year-old Orson Welles, who performed an astonishing one-boy version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 1925. In 1975, the state Department of Natural Resources bought the 31 acres, with 1791 feet of shoreline, later converting it to Gov. Nelson State Park.
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