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|It Happened In Wisconsin|
It Happened in Wisconsin gives
readers a unique look at intriguing people and episodes from the history
of the Badger State.
Find out how Wisconsin’s dairy farms came to produce some of the world’s finest cheeses. Learn how the raging wildfire in Peshtigo killed as many as 2,400 people. Discover how Joe McCarthy evolved from an amateur boxer into one of the country’s most infamous senators. Marvel at the throngs who attended “The Miracle in the Sun.” And relive the Pack’s thrilling “Instant Replay Game.”
In an easy-to-read style that’s entertaining as it
is informative, author Michael Bie recounts some of the most captivating
moments in Wisconsin.
"History need not be boring and Michael
Bie demonstrates that with interesting, easy-to-read accounts of thirty
Wisconsin anecdotes. I've read a lot of Wisconsin history books but this
was the easiest and the most enjoyable."
Excerpts from It Happened In Wisconsin
Boxing was introduced at Marquette University in the fall of 1930. Among the five thousand students attending the Milwaukee school, one freshman pugilist began receiving special attention. The Marquette Tribune called him a “husky, hard-hitting middleweight who promises an evening’s work for any foe.”
According to his sparring partner, the freshman was slow and a wild puncher, but the kid loved to brawl, and he was absolutely fearless. In turn, he struck fear in his opponents, tearing into his rivals with a flurry of punches, never bothering with a strategy or a defense. If an opponent landed a punch, it was returned twice as hard. In one match, a crowd of nine hundred watched “Smiling Joe,” as the student newspaper called him, send a bigger man to the canvas three times in the first round.
From the very start, “Smiling Joe” McCarthy, the fearless middleweight from Appleton, had a taste for the jugular.
Frightened, Van Hoof pulled the sheets over her head.
Do or die again, this time for the game.
On the next play Majkowski dropped back to pass. The Bears came hard. Majkowski escaped the pocket, his mullet flying. Trace Armstrong gave chase toward the Packers sideline. Majkowksi could hear the 260-pound man behind him. The quarterback started to bring his arm forward, resigned to throwing the pass up for grabs and hoping for the best, when Sterling Sharpe entered the corner of his eye moving left to right. Majkowski cocked his arm, bought another second, and drilled a pass off balance.
Sharpe caught the ball in a den of astonished Bear defenders.
He was formally educated at UW-Stevens Point and informally educated at the Upper Wisconsin River Yacht Club, Stevens Point; Del's Bar, La Crosse; and The Joynt, Eau Claire.
As a free-lance writer, Bie has multiple magazine and newspaper credits to his name. He can usually be found pursuing an interest in all things Wisconsin.
Bie even spent several summers crisscrossing the state by bicycle until he realized that motor vehicles provided the same service in a fraction of the time.
Occasionally he considers taking his bike out of storage.
Copyright 2002-2008-2007, Michael Bie (Classic Wisconsin)
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