Doug Moe’s Madison

On a motorcycle at 17,000 feet in the Himalayas

Alec Loftus seeks adventure as he travels overseas.

Alec Loftus grew up in Sun Prairie, moving at age 12 to Oslo when his dad, former Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Tom Loftus, was named U.S. Ambassador to Norway. “I think it planted the seed for what I’m doing now,” Loftus says. “I got the travel bug.”

Plaza Tavern's pals come to the rescue

Owner grateful for $75,000 raised but still fears for Plaza's future if it can't reopen soon.

Madison residents and city ex-pats have once again united in support of the Plaza Tavern, as it struggles to remain solvent during the pandemic.

Catching up with civic stalwart Frank Alfano

Former Dane County facilities manager is organizing fellow retirees for local United Way projects.

Frank Alfano may be best known for his years as facilities manager for Dane County — he retired in 2002. But he played an even larger civic role with community-minded side pursuits. Now 78, he’s still at it.

Late boxer to be inducted into UW Athletic Hall of Fame

Doug Moe remembers (and apologizes to) Dick Bartman

For winning an individual NCAA title in 1956 as a 139-pound boxer for the Badgers, Dick Bartman is one of the 11-member 2020 class of inductees into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. A virtual induction ceremony is planned for mid to late October.

UW-Madison professor seizes a virtual teaching opportunity

Design studies professor Wei Dong turns home basement into a teaching studio.

Wei Dong is a distinguished professor of design studies in the School of Human Ecology and a global ambassador who annually leads UW-Madison student groups on trips to China.

Trivia contest lands Madison man in favorite author’s next novel

Jason Horowitz also wins chat with novelist David Mitchell

Jason Horowitz’s prize for winning the trivia contest is having his name given to a character in English author David Mitchell’s next novel. But the real prize was getting 10 minutes to chat by Zoom one-on-one with Mitchell.

West High sign hopes to honor past, inspire future

Student Oakland Steingass is raising money for a new school sign.

By last week Oak Steingass had raised $2,600 of the $3,500 needed for a new Madison West High School sign and established a GoFundMe page to help him cross the finish line.

Singer-songwriter Sam Ness on the road again

Sauk City native nominated for eight MAMA Awards.

Sam Ness chose the road over college musical theater scholarship offers. He travels with a guitar and little else, and has accrued a deep well of colorful stories.

Saved by the Laurel Tavern’s fish fry

A decades-old tradition the author looks forward to all week.

Anyone with a sense of Madison and Wisconsin history should appreciate both fish fries and the Laurel Tavern.

From Waunakee, a Caribbean caper

Davin Goodwin sees publication of his first novel.

Davin Goodwin has just published his first novel, “Diver’s Paradise,” set on the Caribbean island of Bonaire.

Wisconsin true crime documentary in the works

Doug Moe recalls covering 1979 murder case for Madison Magazine.

A national video crew was in Madison last week conducting interviews for an upcoming true crime documentary series. My two-hour Skype interview with them plunged me back into a story that decades ago an investigator told me included “the most patently bizarre, absolutely incredible set of circumstances you’d ever want to see.”

Jonathan Little, Madison’s music missionary

Longtime WISM figure now promoting Americana music

Jonathan Little currently manages a handful of musicians and programs three channels for the online music streaming service Accuradio and for 22 years has worked as an executive for TroyResearch.

Madison’s Isaac Scott is a photographer now

Current issue of The New Yorker features protest photos taken by West High School graduate.

Seven of Isaac Scott's breathtaking black and white images taken at protests in Philadelphia are spread across 14 pages in the June 22 issue of The New Yorker magazine, which includes other stories related to George Floyd and social justice.

A gripping first novel from Innocence Project’s Steven Wright

‘The Coyotes of Carthage’ draws on UW law professor’s experience.

Steven Wright’s first novel, “The Coyotes of Carthage,” is informed by the five years the author spent doing voting rights litigation for the United States Department of Justice.

A fond farewell to Bill and Bobbie Malone

The much admired authors and musicians are returning to their home state of Texas.

Bill and Bobbie Malone are basically inseparable. They play music together and after her 2011 retirement from the Wisconsin Historical Society, Bobbie helped with “Back to the Country,” Bill's Wednesday morning program on WORT-FM.

Cycling with America’s first black sports hero

Marshall “Major” Taylor become a champion despite facing prejudice.

Michael Kranish’s book “The World’s Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Hero" is about cycling and about race relations at an earlier time in the United States.

The end of college boxing

Two authors talk after 60th anniversary of the last UW–Madison bout

A somber anniversary was a chance for Doug Moe to reconnect with Evert Wallenfeldt, the author of a seminal book on the history of collegiate boxing.

‘Never stop singing’ says opera star Jeni Houser

Sheltering in Stoughton, she and husband/tenor David Blalock remain grateful for Madison Opera.

Jeni Houser and her husband, tenor David Blalock, were scheduled to sing the leads in the Madison Opera production of “Orpheus in the Underworld” before COVID-19 caused its cancellation.