Columns

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The retired Madison physician's as-of-yet unpublished manuscript details his real-life teenage experiences, the stuff of sports fans' dreams.

Retired physician Patrick McBride's real-life teenage experiences were the stuff of sports fans' dreams, detailed in an as-of-yet unpublished manuscript.

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.

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

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

Roach: The boomers are coming

Although COVID-19 and its variants have not been extinguished from our lives, we can now see a time when the vicious interloper will no longer be hovering over our shoulder.

Although COVID-19 and its variants have not been extinguished from our lives, we can now see a time when the vicious interloper will no longer be hovering over our shoulder.

Editor's Note: Imperfect hobbyist

Creative intentions do not always equal a Pinterest-perfect product.

Creative intentions do not always equal a Pinterest-perfect product.

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.

Former Madison-area media personality is about to experience the NCAA Tournament in his backyard.

Heinen: It's time to reimagine State Street

The goal should not be returning State Street to its pre-Black Lives Matter, 1960s-drenched self.

The goal should not be returning State Street to its pre-Black Lives Matter, 1960s-drenched self.

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.

Jonathan Suttin and Kitty Dunn have cohosted their radio show for 22 years this month, in an industry notorious for fast goodbyes and constant change.

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.

"I miss her dearly but I never thought seeing a loved one go would be like that," says author and veteran's advocate, Doug Bradley. "Peaceful and perfect.”

Roach: A drawer full of masks

If all goes well, there will come a day when we finally tuck our masks away.

Late this morning, the bride and I will hop into the car and drive to Walgreens in Illinois where we will get our first COVID-19 vaccine shot.

Editor's note: Chef of the year

Francesca Hong goes beyond a talent in the kitchen.

It’s never been just about a chef’s talent in the kitchen — which Francesca Hong undoubtedly possesses — that wins them the title. It’s also about a chef’s efforts to make their city a better place for all.

What's next for a Madison marketing maven?

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

Marketing maven Marsha Lindsay, of venerable agency Lindsay, Stone and Briggs, now focuses on her consulting business, Lindsay Foresight & Stratagem.

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.

He was a grandmaster at 14, winning an unprecedented three straight U.S. Junior Championships. College is next for Madison's Awonder Liang, who turns 18 in April.

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.

Longtime Madisonian Bob Royko would have lived a full and admirable life even if he didn’t have a famous brother — which he did. It’s how I met him.

Editor's note: History here and now

Living through history gives me a deeper appreciation for people like Levitan, who preserve and retell the true tales, no matter how painful or incredulous.

Living through history gives me a deeper appreciation for people like Levitan, who preserve and retell the true tales, no matter how painful or incredulous.

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.

Madison native Karlin Younger was outside her Washington, D.C., apartment when she saw what she thought was garbage. Then she looked a little closer.

A UW Alum Pens an Untold Watergate Tale

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

When James Barron was studying for a master’s degree at UW–Madison in the late 1960s, crossing paths with soon to be notables like Paul Soglin and Dick Cheney, his best moments were spent with Capital Times journalist John Patrick Hunter, who was ready with some advice.

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.

News reports of President Donald Trump’s plan to spend the holidays at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida resort, reminded me of something Hanns Kuttner mentioned when I profiled him several years ago in Madison Magazine.

Roach: Shot in the dark

'Wow. Almost didn’t get this column written because I was sick this past month.'

Wow. Almost didn’t get this column written because I was sick this past month.

Auctioning Oscar Mayer history

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

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