Doug Moe’s Madison

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."

The Riley Tavern is one overdue bike ride away

Doug Moe puts off riding for too long

"Before I got to the Riley Tavern, the part of my anatomy in closest proximity to the bicycle seat began to ache," Doug Moe writes. "That's why you don't take a 26-mile ride after not having been on a bike for half a century."

The Badger Herald turns 50

Doug Moe remembers his time at the student paper

"I don't know if I'll go" to the 50th anniversary party for The Badger Herald in October, Doug Moe says. "But earlier this summer the reunion came to me, in a manner of speaking."

The man who rescued a Frank Lloyd Wright gem

Jacobs House is now on World Heritage List

UNESCO added eight Frank Lloyd Wright works to the World Heritage List, including the Jacobs House in Madison’s Westmorland neighborhood.

Tree crushes car — happy 4th of July

Writer replaces vehicle with a bike and smartphone

A huge oak tree across the street had split apart and landed directly on top of the vehicle, crushing the roof and shattering all the glass windows.

Tim Cullen wins national award for increasing teacher diversity

Former lawmaker writing book on Janesville and GM

Tim Cullen's idea to offer scholarships to graduating students of color from Janesville High School if they return to teach is now a program and National Education Association (NEA) Human and Civil Rights Award winner.

This bike trip only took 34 years

Tim Peterson to finish cross-country trek

In 1985, Tim Peterson intended to ride from Anacortes, Washington, to Yorktown, Virginia. He did not make it. This week he'll complete the bike ride he started.

This John Wick is not a hitman

Keanu character's namesake is a Madison man

Madison area acquaintances of John Wick’s will point out the “coincidence” of the films’ titles and then be surprised to learn it’s a connection, not a coincidence.

Hail the Madison Sports Hall of Fame

Mike Plautz induction good for city golf courses

Mike Plautz’s induction into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame is a shot in the arm for municipal golf in Madison at a time when the city-owned courses badly need it.