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Doug Moe writes an online column titled “Doug Moe’s Madison” for Madison Magazine.

In this column series, which started running January 2016, Moe writes about interesting people, places and things in Madison.

Moe is a former columnist for the Capital Times and the Wisconsin State Journal, and former editor of Madison Magazine.

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Dr. Kai Shiu is a friend to pets and vets

Veterinary oncologist Dr. Kai Shiu’s family expected him to be a physician like the rest of them, but his love for animals won out.

Saying 'so long' to the Avenue Bar

The East Washington institution will make way for the new Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras center, but it's not the first goodbye.

Four decades later, cross country coach passes a memorabilia baton

Former members of Coach Mark Parish's 1980 girls cross country championship team are encouraged to reach out.

British golf protege turned Wisconsin pro aims to make the sport more inclusive

As her life in golf progressed from touring professional to instructor and brought her to the States, Shapcott has worked to rid the sport of the male-dominated mindset.

A discarded recipe box and the famous Zapruder film

The recent death of a distinguished journalist connects both stories.

New Chicago exhibit honors late, great sci-fi author Ray Bradbury

Bradbury's career launched in southern Wisconsin thanks to another well-known writer and publisher.

Now in minimum security, notorious 'hit man' murderer Joseph Hecht has a parole review in July

The October 1983 murder of Carolyn Hudson "was one of the most cold-blooded in the annals of Dane County crime."

Hard-won battles for new UW Athletic Hall of Fame inductee

Tamara Flarup enjoyed a 40-year career in communications at UW Athletics and a front row seat for the rise of women's sports.

Why 'The Queen's Gambit' rang a bell and helped launch a career

When he learned the popular Netflix series was based on a novel, Doug Moe suddenly remembered he'd reviewed it nearly 40 years ago.

Makela Humke is taking flight after becoming south-central Wisconsin's first female Eagle Scout

Becoming an Eagle Scout was one of Humke's lifelong dreams.

Woman with stage 4 cancer swims toward a new goal for her 70th birthday

Mary Gooze has already helped raise more than $1.5 million for metastatic breast cancer research at the UW Carbone Cancer Center with her 'One Woman, Many Lakes' project.

Satya Rhodes-Conway stays the course

Challenges over the past 15 months — maybe greater than any others a Madison mayor has faced — have stalled progress on her ambitious list of goals for the community. But Rhodes-Conway, who fell in love with Madison “almost” at first sight, is no stranger to tough times.

Madison designer helps reinvigorate legendary golf clubhouse

ZEBRADOG's Mark Schmitz was tapped to modernize the historic Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey.

Golden anniversary approaches for the ultimate bar band

It's been nearly 50 years since Dr. Bop and the Headliners featuring The White Raven played its first gig at Nitty Gritty.

Joel DeSpain signs off and hits the road

Joel DeSpain’s career took him from TV journalist to law enforcement public information officer.

New book brings Nellie McKay out of the shadows

The late UW–Madison professor’s groundbreaking work illuminated literature by Black women, but her own life was largely private.

Wonder Bar tales will live on

A proposed development may demolish the Wonder Bar but its stories will outlast us all.

Patrick McBride says he was 'The Luckiest Boy in the World'

The retired Madison physician's as-of-yet unpublished manuscript details his real-life teenage experiences, the stuff of sports fans' dreams.

Southern Wisconsin's connection to Ernest Hemingway

40 years ago, Monroe native Larry W. Phillips had an idea that resulted in sharing a copyright with Hemingway’s widow.

Forest Products Laboratory's wood expert answers the call

After Capitol insurrectionists destroyed historical wooden artifacts and objects, the U.S. Army tapped Madison research engineer Robert Ross for help.

Madison-based illustrator created a book of besties

Peggy Panosh built a career marketing for Oprah and others before discovering her own artistic talent.

March Madness comes to super fan Mitch Henck

Now back home in Indiana, the former Madison-area media personality is about to experience the NCAA Tournament in his backyard.

Andrew Maraniss delivers a home run with ‘Singled Out’

New biography on Major League Baseball’s first openly gay player is already a hit

Jessica Cavazos’ dreams for her organization are much too big to fit on a single sticky note

In getting the job that changed her life, Jessica Cavazos gives partial credit to a sticky note.

Twenty-two years and counting for 'Jonathan and Kitty’

The popular Madison morning show radio co-hosts have made the Best of Madison list every year since 2003.

How a 'death doula' brought peace to a Madison family

Veterans' advocate and author Doug Bradley enlisted a professional to help his mother die peacefully.

What's next for a Madison marketing maven?

More than 40 years into her career, Marsha Lindsay is still connecting the dots.

Local chess prodigy looks beyond the board

Madison’s Awonder Liang was a grandmaster by 14 — now he’s got his sights set on college.

Ryan Rose tames wild mustangs and teaches others to do the same

Ryan Rose has trained 1,000 horses in his lifetime. His three-week mustang-taming course draws students from all over the world.

Remembering Bob Royko: 'Everyone should have such a brother'

The longtime Madisonian died in January nearly 25 years after his famous sibling, Mike. Doug Moe pays tribute to them both.

Celebrated golf entrepreneur offers to transform Glenway Golf Course

Michael Keiser will fund the renovation with ‘no strings attached’

A Madison woman found the RNC pipe bomb in D.C.

After the FBI interviewed Madison native Karlin Younger about discovering the pipe bomb, so did Doug Moe.

A UW Alum Pens an Untold Watergate Tale

James Barron's new biography helps Elias Demetracopoulos posthumously tell his mythic story

Carlton Jenkins is up for the challenge

As the new superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District, Carlton Jenkins’ career comes full circle.

Madison’s Mar-a-Lago Connection

Before it became Trump's Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago was a home for Marjorie Merriweather Post and her Wisconsin-born husband.

Madison author has a new book and memories of legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager

In Lenore McComas Coberly’s view, Yeager’s character — and her own — were formed by the West Virginia hills town where they grew up.

Auctioning Oscar Mayer history

More than 300 items of memorabilia from prolific local collector are up for auction through Dec. 20

A Madison native’s love letter to Cubans and their vintage cars

Michael Shapiro's interest in pre-1960 American cars in Havana inspired his new, bilingual book.

John Hayes carries on philanthropic tradition at Goodman’s Jewelers

Goodman's Jewelers suffered more than $100,000 worth of damage, and $40,000 in inventory was stolen.

Farm boy to fighter pilot: George Kohn’s 'Vector to Destiny'

The story of a Dodge County kid who messed up a high school English paper and because of it wound up learning to fly fighter jets.