Saturday, March 31, 2007

A photo from the 1964 Tychoberahn: Class of 1965 Junior Class Officers

From left to right: Vice President - Doug Edmunds; Secretary - Terry Burrows; President - Jim Kinder

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

An evening at the UW-Madison's 109-year-old dairy barn

After a long day of hard work, I decided to take a break and attend the public program celebrating the designation of the UW-Madison’s 109-year-old dairy barn as a National Historic Landmark.

There were lots of speakers, and lots of slides and photographs. The program was rich with historical information, and, of course, I took some notes. But a long post about the event will probably have to wait until the weekend, when I have more time and energy and no looming deadlines.

After the program, there were tours of the dairy barn -- or you could just wander around and take lots of photos and ask lots of questions. Thanks to Professor John Parrish, I now know a great deal about the tools and techniques involved in equine reproduction management -- and I have lots of instructional photos.

By the time I finished asking all my questions, the National Historic Landmark plaque had been removed from the easel where it had been on display for the program and packed away in a box, where it will reside until it can be installed in a large boulder in front of the barn. However, I managed to convince someone to open the box for a minute so I could take a photo of the plaque.

Here are a couple of other photos from this evening's adventure in history and husbandry. More later. Right now, my energy is flagging and I need to crawl under the covers for the night.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A vanishing breed: three obituaries for Madison Central High School Alumni

Central alumni are, as we all know, a vanishing breed. It's not often, however, that I find three obituaries in a local newspaper in a single day.

The obituaries section of this morning's Wisconsin State Journal includes three Central alumni, ranging in age from 56 to 98: Eric Russell Schwartz; Frank J. Rane, Sr., and Vincent J. Colletti. Collectively, their lives span almost three generations. Although none of the obituaries lists a class year, based on information in my copy of the 1924 Tychoberahn, Colletti probably graduated in 1927. Based on their dates of birth, Rane probably graduated in 1939 or 1940 and Schwartz probably graduated in the late 1960s.

Colletti and Rane both had strong ties to the Greenbush Neighborhood. You'll find a lot of local history in their obituaries. Rane's , for instance, mentions that, "He, with his lifelong friend, Nick Stassi, was instrumental in having placed a marker on the corner of Regent and Park Street in memory of the 'true heart' of the long-gone but not forgotten neighborhood known as the 'Greenbush.'"

Last spring, I took photos of this marker, but until recently I haven't had time to do background research on its origins and history. I've included one of these photos with this post. Eventually, I'll write more about it and include close-up photos of various sections of the marker, which feature short quotes and biographies of people who lived in the Greenbush Neighborhood, many of whom are Central alumni. I've also taken photos of the tiles surrounding the marker because they are inscribed with names of people who supported the creation of this marker. Again, many of them are Central alumni.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Writing jobs are going to keep me hopping (not blogging) this week

I'm going to be very busy writing during the upcoming week, but not for this blog. I have some writing jobs with tight deadlines and they take priority over blogging, taking photos, and answering non-business e-mail.

Whether you're here in the Madison area, or far away, I'd like to suggest that, since I'm going to be too busy to provide much reading material, you spend some time looking at photos of Madison. I recently accepted an invitation to join the Madison, Wisconsin Flickr group. Right now, it has 522 members who've posted 5,716 photos of Madison. There are some wonderful photos in this group and I think you'll enjoy looking through them.

Or if you haven't already done so, take some time to read the 33 obituaries for Central alumni I've posted thus far on the archives blog for obituaries published prior to 1990, including such recent additions as Ramon Coffman (Class of 1914), whose syndicated column "Uncle Ray's Corner" ran in newspapers for a record-breaking 62 years, and Gunnar Quisling (Class of 1929), one of the founders of Madison's Quisling Clinic.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Woolworth's on the Square

Remember Woolworth's on the Square? It was less than a block away from Madison Central High School. Did you ever eat lunch there? Buy a tube of Tangee lipstick there? Or a bottle of "Evening in Paris?" Or was it just a place to sneak a smoke?

If you can't quite remember what interior of the store looked like, take a look at this photo by Angus McVicar, who also took many photographs for the Tychoberahn.

But if you'd rather read about politics than look at photos...

Here are some links to recent Isthmus "take home test" answers from Madison School Board candidates Tom Brew (Class of 1965) and Johnny Winston, Jr.(son of Class of 1969 alumna Mona Adams Winston):

"Winston and Brew discuss poverty in Madison schools"

"Brew and Winston discuss budget cuts for Madison schools"
"Winston and Brew discuss 'disconnected youth' in Madison"

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Another New Blog Toy

I've used two PictoBrowsers to create the sets of images in this post. To use this nifty widget, move your cursor over the row of small images to select the one you want to see. Click on it once. This will replace the current large image with the one you've selected.

In order to fit the photos onto this post in a way that doesn't allow them to bleed over the margins into the column on the right, I've had to scale down the dimensions of the photos, so what you're seeing is slightly cropped version of what appears on a Flickr account. If you want to go to Flickr to see the uncropped image, click one the "photo link" that appears above the row of small images when you select one.

The first Pictobrowser features photos from the 2006 All-Central Reunion set on the CHS Alumni Flickr account.

This second PictoBrowser features photos from Mercat de la Boueria set on my Flickr account. La Boqueria is No. 32 on The Guardian's list of "The Top 50 things every foodie should do." These five photos are among the scores I took in Barcelona in December 2005

The photos on the Flickr accounts are apparently of interest to more than a few people. The CHS Class of 1966 Flickr account has registered almost 900 views since it was created. A photo of Angie Loniello and Monsine DiSalvo is remains at the top of the list of the "most viewed."

Note: Thanks to Pim Techamuanvivt at Chez Pim for featuring PictoBrowser on her blog. That's where I discovered this latest addition to my collection of blog toys.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Some "Central connections" to Madison Modernism

I've been doing battle with a nasty cold bug and trying to meet some writing deadlines, so I'm too enervated to write and post very much right now. While you're waiting for some more new posts, have a look at the photo on the left and try to figure out what the "Central connection" to this building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, might be. The building is located on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and East Gilman Street. Here's a clue to the "Central connection."

The Madison Trust for Historic Preservation cites this building as an example of "Madison Modernism." Two other buildings in the vicinity -- one on Wisconsin Avenue and one on West Gorham Street are related to this one -- both architecturally and in terms of a "Central connection."

And if you're an Elvis fan, you'll probably be excited to learn that the building on Wisconsin Avenue also has an "Elvis connection."

Friday, March 16, 2007

Two recent photographs of the Central arch

Walking on West Dayton Street towards Wisconsin Avenue this afternoon, I stopped to take a photographof the Central arch, the only remaining vestige of the Cass Gilbert-designed building that was home to Madison Central High School until from 1908 until 1969.

I wanted to take some photographs of the inside of the arch, but there was no access from either the MATC side or the Wisconsin Avenue side. Perhaps the orange barrier is seasonal. Let's hope it's not a harbinger of another attempt to demolish the arch.

Note: This post also appears on the Central history blog

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Made in Madison: Remembering Red Dot potato chips

Red Dot Foods was founded in 1938. Most Central alumni probably remember Red Dot potato chips, which were made in Madison until 1961. That's the year the company was sold to H.W. Lay and Company -- and not long after that, many of us who used to pack Red Dot potato chips in our brown paper lunch bags started eating corn chips instead.

The Red Dot factory was located at 1435 East Washington Avenue. The building is still there, but the factory was closed in 1973. If you want to read more about this bit of local history, check out the Wisconsin Historical Society's online exhibit, "Chip Chat: Red Dot and the Potato Chip." Lots of fun. Lots of memories. No calories.

Another source of information about the Greenbush neighborhood

Those of you interested in learning more about some of the families who lived in the Greenbush neighborhood before "urban renewal" forced most families to move to other parts of Madison may want to visit the "Greenbush Cultural Tour" web site. It takes many clicks to visit all the various sections of the site, but if you're persistent you'll find a lot of information and some interesting old photographs. You'll also find lots of names with Central connections, including Gervasi, Dockery, Canepa, and Schiro. One of the best places to start discovering all the material available on the web site is this page.

France issues Harry Potter stamps (absolutely no Central connection)

I just finished a humongous editing assignment and decided take a mini-break by surfing the Internet and checking out some of my favorite news sites. That's how I discovered the Londonist post titled "The French have stolen our wizards!"

The post starts out provocatively: "So if you had to choose between licking the backside of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley or Hermione Granger which would it be?"

But before you use their new blog toy to cast your vote, read a bit more of the post. That's how you'll learn that the subject is postage stamps, not what actor Daniel Radcliffe, who potrays Harry Potter in the movies has been exposing recently during his performance in a London stage production of "Equus."

Break's over. Time to go back to work.

Greenbush celebration at the UW-Madison

Organizers are calling it the "first Greenbush Day" celebration. It's being held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's new Welcome Center at 21 N. Park Street.

According to a UW-Madison press release about the event, "The Welcome Center is situated in the historic neighborhood known as "the Bush," an area in which Madison's Italian and Sicilian immigrants, Jews and African Americans lived side by side until urban renewal displaced them in the early 1960s."

After you read the press release, you may want to check out the "Greenbush Day" web site, where you'll find links to names of exhibitors and an entertainment schedule. If you attend, be sure to let the rest of us know what "light refreshments" we missed by playing hookey.

Note: If you want to download a copy of "Triangle Redevelopment and You," the condescending pamphlet to to Greenbush area residents in the 1960s I mentioned in a previous post about the neighborhood, the Friends of the Historic Third Lake Ridge web page with the link to the 3MB pdf file is now up and running again.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Some lunch hour loopiness: More evidence that spring is on the way (accompanied by a musical memory)

It's time for lunch and I haven't even eaten breakfast yet, so I'm a bit loopy from hunger. But before I brew a pot of tea and dive into a bowl of Bear Naked granola and Traders Point Creamery yogurt, I want to post another bit of evidence that spring is on the way -- acquired during my Monday afternoon ramble around State Street, Langdon Street, and West Gilman Street. I snapped this photo of a dog relaxing outdoors on the roof just moments before someone signaled him (or her -- I wasn't close enough to tell) to come back inside.

And then, as I prepared to post, I started humming "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" and decided that if a snippet of the song was going to run through my mind in a continuous loop this afternoon, I might as well share this musical memory. And yes, I know, the doggie I saw on Monday wasn't in the window, it was outside a window, but sometimes your subconscious plays tricks and take shortcuts.

Anyway, without further ado, here's a YouTube video of Patti Page singing that song about the cute doggie in the window:

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Class of 1965 photos added to all-alumni Flickr account

I've just posted a large group of photos of members of the Class of 1965 to the Central Alumni Flickr account. You may access it my clicking HERE.

There are also photos from other classes posted on this all-alumni account. I'll continue adding photos as time permits.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Signs of spring on State Street

Monday's warm weather lured me away from the Library about 4:30 p.m. I walked around State Street, Langdon Street, and West Gilman Street -- and even though the light wasn't terrific, I took lots of photos (so I wouldn't have to write too much tonight).

The fruit stand in front of the University Book Store was open for business

Although there is still some evidence of the heavy snowfalls we've endured lately, the snow was melting rapidly -- and there's a bit of green showing on Bascom Hill.

A few people were drinking on the patio at State Street Brats

Three sidewalk signs on State Street

I photographed this intriguing collection of advertisements for goods and services in front of the Stop-N-Shop at the intersection of State Street and West Gilman Street late Monday afternoon. And that's all I'm going to say about them.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Visiting the former site of Wisconsin High School on Henry Mall -- or, at least Madison Central alumni still have an arch

Today was the last day to see the exhibit of paper dresses at the Design Gallery in the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology (formerly known as Home Economics) Building on Linden Drive -- and since I once owned a couple of these dresses, I decided to indulge in a bit of nostalgia.

While I was in the vicinity, I decided to indulge in some more nostaliga by walking to Henry Mall (see photo below) to take a look at the building that replaced Wisconsin High School and try to locate any clues (plaques, markers) that the school, which merged with Madison Central High School when it closed in 1964, had ever existed.

Looking up Henry Mall (from University Avenue) towards Agricultural Hall

The building that housed Wisconsin High School for 49 years (1915-1964) was first remodeled to provide space of the UW School of Journalism and the Library School. In 1972, it become home to the School of Social Work. It was demolished in August 1993, to make way for the construction of a new Biotechnology Center.

Genetics Biotechnology Center at 425 Henry Mall, former site of Wisconsin High School

There was no plaque or marker indicating that Wisconsin High School had occupied this location for half a century, although there are three historical markers across the street They commemorate the "Treatment of Iron Deficiency Anemia," "Pioneering Bacterial Genetics," and the "Discovery of Vitamins A and B."

The Cass Gilbert-designed building that housed Madison Central High School was razed in 1986 to make room for an MATC parking lot, but at least the Central arch remains on Wisconsin Avenue, a visible reminder of the school's long and noteworthy history, albeit one that remains threatened.

When I began to search for images of Wisconsin High School this evening, it took me a while to find one. While I knew that Jeff Mattox had one on the Wisconsin High School web site he maintains, I thought there might be at least one photo of the Wisconsin High School building among the thousands of images the Wisconsin Historical Society has posted on its web site. No success. I finally found an excellent collection of images of Wisconsin High School in the UW-Madison Collections. Including these two:

The construction of the Wisconsin High School building in 1913

Wisconsin High School in 1933 (the street on the right is University Avenue)

To see more photos of Wisconsin High School, as well as read a brief history of the school and the building that housed it, click HERE (if you haven't already used the link above). You'll also find photos of the razing of the building if you use the link.

Yes, the weather was beautiful this weekend, but...

until the snow melts and the grass starts growing, lawns tend to look really ugly.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Is there life after Smut n' Eggs?

It's still too cold and wet to head out to Glenway Golf Course yet, but now that he's no longer producing weekend entertainment in the form of Smut n' Eggs on Park Street, maybe Class of 1966 alumnus Rich Bennett (on left in white shirt and sandals) will be able to spend more time on the links and less time cooking links.

Yesterday, The Capital Times featured a story, written by the always delightful Samara Kalk Derby, about the sports bar that's scheduled to open in the building that once housed Bennett's on the Park. The new bar will have a "1920s speakeasy theme."

If you're nostalgic for the old place, check out cfarivar's collection of Smut n' Eggs tagged photos on Flicker, including this one of the menu.

And now, I really think it's time to scrape off the plates and move one to another subject -- but, hey! Smut n' Eggs seems to attract more readers than "Breakfast and old boyfriends." Nonetheless, I'd rather enjoy some luscious food photos from one of maki's Flickr photo sets (many of which also appear on her food blog, Just Hungry), than stare at (or eat) something like this egg concoction.

Besides, it's not too soon to start thinking about some other links that have nothing to do with golf balls or clubs: bratwurst. Right now (about 9:37 a.m. CST), there are only 74 days and 23 minutes until the start of The World's Largest Bratfest, one of the highlights of Madison's social season.

Note: The photo of Rich Bennett at Glenway Golf course was taken on September 29, 2006 (probably by Gerhard Ellerkamp, Class of 1966). It's one of the scores of photos of alumni from the Class of 1966 posted on their Flickr site.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Advertisements, excuses, and divertissements

The 1964 Tychoberahn featured advertisements from many long-time supporters -- more than a few of whom were alumni, or had other connections to Madison Central High School. There were ads from Harry S. Manchester ("your Official Photographer"), Badger Candy Kitchen, Baron's, Weber's Restaurant, The Hub, The Yarn Bar, Plaza Lanes, Rennebohm Rexall Drug Stores, Herbert Yee's Hand Laundry, and Pino's Restaurant, as well as many other local businesses.

There were also four pages of ads purchased by various student groups and teachers. Mr. Herreid and Mrs. Barter bought an ads. So did Homeroom 425 (above, left). Then there's this one from a group of guys (some of whom are members of the Class of 1965) calling themselves the Italian Student Council:

And that's all I have time to post right now. I'm working on some editing jobs that are due Monday, and right now they're at the top of my "to do" list.

When things calm down, I'll try to post some more of the "good stuff" I've been amassing, as well as answer e-mail sent to the blog. In the meantime, grab your dictionary and read Madison Guy's latest post on Thomas Pynchon's new novel, "Against the Day." It's definitely a good way to add some new words to your vocabulary. If you'd rather look at pictures than read, click on this link to the Wisconsin Historical Society's online gallery of photos by Angus McVicar and George Stein. McVicar took many photographs for the Tychoberahn, and several of his children attended Madison Central High School. Although I haven't yet tracked down when he graduated, I'm fairly certain Stein is a Central alumnus.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

This is a test: Name (and correctly spell) the 50 states in 10 minutes or less

Can you name and correctly spell all the states in 10 minutes or less? Accept the challenge and try the online quiz I discovered at Gadling. But wait just a minute before you click on the link to the quiz. Take a deep breath and pull yourself together, because the clock starts ticking as soon as the page loads.

I passed the quiz with flying colors, because long ago before the invention of the Internet, I used to challenge myself to memorize all sorts of things: poems, the names of the 50 states (and their capitals), the presidents of the United States (in order). And if you're a member of the Madison Central High School Class of 1965, you undoubtedly have had some experience memorizing things such as the Preamble to the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address, as well a poem or two.

One feature of this name the states quiz makes the process a little easier: As you enter the correct names in the text box, they automatically appear in the space below it, enabling you to keep track of your progress.

Ready to spend the next 10 minutes on an educational activity instead of surfing the net for the latest news about Anna Nicole? All right, take a deep breath and click HERE.

Garlic, gossip, and the disappearance of Southeast Louisiana

This is fast becoming a "too busy to blog" week -- at least in terms of my ability to schedule time to research and write long, informative posts about local bars and pizza parlors of yesteryear. But every so often I do have to take a break and read a newspaper or two to find out what's been happening in the world.

During today's news break, I happened across an article in the New York Times about the why the odor of garlic lingers on your skin even after you wash, and a gossipy post on Gawker that I wouldn't bother to call to your attention if it wasn't about a Madison native -- actor Chris Noth, who left town long before it was time for him to enter high school, and whose mother, Jean Parr, appeared on the front cover of the 1948 issue of Life magazine that proclaimed, "Few people who have ever lived in Madison ever move away of their own free will.

The most interesting science article I happened across was an animated graphic about "The Rise and Disappearance of Southeast Louisiana" on the, the web site for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. Lots of newspapers are trying to figure out how to move into the digital future, but too many are just adding blog, written by folks who can't write, expounding on boring, predictable subjects. This animated graphic clearly demonstrates that the folks in the Big Easy are among those really leading the way into the digital future.

Note: When you click on the link to the animated graphic, you may be asked for your ZIP code, age, and sex. If you can't remember where you live or when you were born, you can always claim to live in Beverly Hills (ZIP: 90210) and share a birthday with Paris Hilton (February 17, 1981). If you can't remember your sex, just make an educated guess.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Breakfast and old boyfriends

Santos -- who lives in Guam, but frequently travels to Manila and Los Angeles -- blogs about food. This morning, her blog, The Scent of Green Bananas (tsogb), features a great short video about why we should eat breakfast, accompanied by some scrumptious photos of bread and pancakes. I've inserted the video (also found on YouTube) at the beginning of this post, but you'll have to click the link for tsogb to see the her photos.

Like many bloggers, Santos has more than one blog. It was on one of her other blogs, tales of the guambat, that I discovered this scary thought for the day. I'm not certain if you should read it before or after you eat breakfast.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Friday, March 02, 2007

"Torpid snow primates," ordinary polar bears, and other photos of particular interest to alumni of Madison's oldest high school

Just turned in two writing assignments, and now I'm too woofed out to write much more. Just in case you don't know what I mean, here's a brief etymology: When I was a kid, "all woofed out" meant tired from over-exertion, as would be the case with a dog who'd woofed so long he could no longer bark at all.

It's snowing again, and rather than head outside to snap photos of ice fisherman and post one on my blog (an activity which, rumor has it, has lured hundreds of Internet surfers to our fellow alumnus Madison Guy's blog to peer at "torpid snow primates"), I'm probably going to emulate the Henry Vilas Zoo polar bear on the left and take a nap.

But if you want to look at some new photos of Madison Central alumni, you don't have to wait until I awake from my beauty rest. Late last night, I posted some additional photos on the Class of 1966 Flickr account. Plus, I discovered that Gerhard Ellerkamp had mistakenly posted some photos from the 2007 All-Central reunion, as well as a couple of black and white aerial photographs of the Greenbush neighborhood on my Flickr account. Over the weekend, I'll move these photos to the new, Madison Central Alumni Flickr account. I'll also try to find out when and by whom the aerial photographs were taken.

So click away on those photo links, while I slip away for a nap.