Doug Moe’s Madison

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.

Whatever the how and why, the end of the Avenue Bar is a big deal. It came as close to being a public utility as any Madison restaurant ever has.

A discarded recipe box and the famous Zapruder film

The recent death of a distinguished journalist connects both stories.

The June 16 death at 92 of distinguished journalist Richard Stolley has Doug Moe recalling two vastly different but forever connected columns he wrote.

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.

She earned her spot after a 40-year career at UW Athletics, but the early days weren't easy for women in 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.

When he heard the popular Netflix series was based on a novel of the same name, Doug Moe remembered he'd reviewed it for a newspaper nearly 40 years ago.

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.

With a June event, Mary Gooze hopes to raise $70,000 for metastatic breast cancer research at UW Carbone Cancer Center, where she has already helped raise $1.5 million.

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.

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

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.

Author Shanna Greene Benjamin describes how the late UW–Madison professor’s work illuminated literature by Black women while she kept her own life private.

Wonder Bar tales will live on

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

A proposed development to demolish the Wonder Bar has me recalling one of my favorite Jim Harrison lines: “Death steals everything except our stories.”

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.