Doug Moe’s Madison

The battle for the legitimacy of women’s sports was waged here

Current popularity of women’s intercollegiate athletics may be due to pioneers at UW–Madison

Title IX — the landmark 1972 legislation that was supposed to bring equity for women’s intercollegiate athletics — was belittled, ignored and caught up in appeals for years. But incremental gains were made.

Madison Chocolate Co. wins over a culinary legend

Alice Waters find her passion — in MCC’s Passion Fruit Caramel

The familiar face of culinary legend Alice Waters suddenly loomed in front of the owners of Madison Chocolate Co. as they exhibited the passion fruit caramel confections that won them a 2020 Good Food Award.

Ken Kopp brings a taste of the Carribean to Monroe Street

Lorraine’s Restaurant to replace New Orleans Take-Out

Ken Kopp IV is borrowing the name of his wife's Jamaican grandmother and her island culinary heritage for Lorraine’s, the Caribbean-influenced restaurant he plans to open in the New Orleans space at 1517 Monroe St. sometime in January.

The enduring jazz of Gerri DiMaggio

Singer now accompanied by her guitarist husband

The Gerri DiMaggio Trio plays the first and third Thursday of every month at the Nutty Bar in the Bandung Indonesian Restaurant — you can catch them there on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

Requiem for Russell Chatham: Artist, writer, rogue

Landscape painter remembered by his Madison fans

Russell Chatham, who died in California on Nov. 10 at 80, was a talented artist, writer, fly fisherman and chef, fond of drink and better at making and spending money than managing it.

Triathlete Eric Sarno helps stroke survivors like him

A stirring story of stroke, recovery and advocacy

In the early months of 2007, Eric Sarno of Madison was training for a national triathlon that summer in Portland, Oregon, which he hoped would lead to a spot in the World Amateur Triathlon Championship. He was 36 years old.

The return of Dennis McCann's 'Wisconsin Story'

Book reprinted by Wisconsin Historical Society

Dennis McCann's first book, “The Wisconsin Story: 150 People, Places and Turning Points that Shaped the Badger State," out of print for 20 years, was republished this month by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

Principals for a day

A return visit to Thoreau Elementary School

The first time I participated in the “Principal Experience” for the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools, I was worried that walking the halls might trigger the bad dream that almost everyone has at some point.

2020 Ryder Cup opens with a double bogey

An online ticket sale fail for Wisconsin event

A rollercoaster of emotions met hopeful buyers of tickets to next year’s Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, north of Sheboygan.

Steve Hannah's love letter to Wisconsin

Book is collection of his "State of Mind" columns

Steve Hannah, former Milwaukee Journal columnist and CEO of The Onion, has a new book. Doug Moe will interview Hannah at 7 p.m., Oct. 25, at Mystery to Me bookstore.

Madison man inspires Tom Hanks to play Mr. Rogers

Jeff Erlanger's quadriplegia did not stop him

A friend sent Tom Hanks the video clip of Jeff Erlanger and Mr. Rogers. “It made me bawl my eyes out,” Hanks said. In a Vanity Fair article, Hanks references Erlanger by name.

Michael Hanson and all that jazz

Jazz radio show host and drummer dies at 78

"I knew of Michael Hanson for his long, glorious run playing jazz on Wisconsin Public Radio," writes Doug Moe. "But I first got to know him, and Rosie, at the bar of the Fess Hotel."