Joe Franklin was inducted in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Saturday evening. I attended the ceremonies, talked with Joe and his brother Jerry, and took some photographs. You can read more about the event and see all the photographs if you read my post on the Madison Central High School history blog.
Photo of Bonnie (Schaub) Hocking taken at the All-Central reunion on February 12, 2006
When I saw Bonnie Hocking at the 2006 All-Central reunion in 2006, I was surprised. Until then, I hadn't realized that she was a Central alumna (Class of 1956). She was, however, a familiar face: I'd seen her many times over the years when I dined at Ella's Deli on State Street.
Ellas Hirschfeld opened Ella's Kosher Deli and Ice Cream Parlor at 425 State Street in July 1963. Bonnie told me she was there from beginning to end. For many years, she worked as a waitress. In the early 1990s, she and her husband Gordy bought the business from Nate Balkin, who had purchased the deli from Ella in 1967 when she left Madison.
In 1999, Bonnie and Gordy sold the business. Today, the site is home to Hawk's Bar & Grill.
If you want to read more about Bonnie, I've posted her obituary in the Madison Central High School obituary archives.
Complete set (1924-1926) online at Dane County Historical Society
Accessing The Madison Mirror online at the DCHS
Before you click on over to the DCHS site to view the online versions of The Madison Mirror, a few words of advice/wisdom/caution:
(1) The link in the middle of the "I Remember Madison Central High" page for title "Read The Madison Mirror" doesn't work; use the one in the sidebar ("View The Madison Mirror") instead.
(2) When you click on the "View The Madison Mirror" link, you'll reach a 32-page PDF document with a list of links to the issues of The Madison Mirror in chronological order. This means you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. Most people do, but if you don't have it, you'll have to install it. Use this link to Adobe for a free download (and uncheck the box for the free eBay Desktop before you start to save space on your hard drive).
(3) BE VERY CAREFUL: Many of the PDF files for individual issues of The Madison Mirror are HUGE. I've found some that are 12 MG. If you're still using a dial-up connect, you probably don't want to try to access any of these PDFs because it will take too long to open them. Even if you have a high-speed connection, you may find that you're unable to open some issues because of the size. Trying to do so may tie up your browser. Note: It's not just me (and I have DSL). Some other alumni have also been trying to open issues of particular interest to them and reported to me that they couldn't.