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The Story Behind Koss Headphones' 'Uniformly Witty' Billboards

Editor's note : This piece was originally published on Feb. 16, 2018. Pikosso , Chicken a la Koss , Rebel with a Koss . If you're familiar with the iconic billboard for Koss Corporation along I-43 in Milwaukee, you may have seen one of these ads — or even have a favorite design or catchphrase of your own. Community member Michael Croatt wanted to know more, so he reached out to Bubbler Talk : "There's a billboard ... just south of Hampton and I've always been intrigued by it. And I was wondering

Live From Milwaukee! 5 Albums Recorded In Cream City

Do you love going to concerts? Or seek out live albums from your favorite bands or artists? If you're anything Zack Biernat, you really dig live shows. "I love listening to live music and I love going to see shows. I found there's a lot of live albums available now on Spotify or YouTube, so I've been listening to a lot of my favorite bands, and I always enjoy that," he explains. But Zack also wants to know what live albums were recorded in Milwaukee. So, he reached out to Bubbler Talk : I'm

The Legacy Of Milwaukee's Underground Comix Scene

The 1960s and '70s were a time of great change in the United States. The counterculture was well underway. Amidst all of this, Jon Cervantes was a 15-year-old kid living in West Allis , Wis. Going to record shops and checking out "comix" was what he did religiously. But these weren't your typical family-friendly comics. These comics addressed daring themes like sex, drugs, and the Vietnam War. Which was exactly what Jon and others like him wanted. "Here's Richard Nixon talking to John Lennon

How West Allis Got Its Name

Have you ever wondered about the stories behind the names of some buildings and streets and even cities you encounter? A lot of you have written to Bubbler Talk asking about the origins of West Allis. Whether there was ever an east, north or south Allis. And why the city is called West Allis if there is, in fact, no Allis to be west of. Devan Gracyalny is the president of the West Allis Historical Society. Around 1900, he says the Milwaukee business E.P Allis and Company merged with Chicago

Next Time You're At Milwaukee's Airport, Look Down At The Intricate Mosaics At Your Feet

Imagine you're rushing to catch a flight at Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport — maybe for business or a long-anticipated vacation. What's on your mind? If you're Dan Schley, you're wondering: What's the story behind the floor mosaics? "It caught my attention and I thought, 'I'm just going to ask this,' " the Bubbler Talk question asker says. Dan is talking about a massive piece of public art that spans the floor of Concourse C — the terminal that juts to the northeast at

Next Time You're At Milwaukee's Airport, Look Down At The Intricate Mosaics At Your Feet

The Ledge-Sit That Brought The Who To Milwaukee In 1982

How far would you go to get your favorite band to come play in your town? For Milwaukee radio personality Tim 'The Rock 'N' Roll Animal' it involved going out on a ledge. That ledge-endary sit sticks out in Mike Crowley's mind, so he wrote to Bubbler Talk to learn more about it: "How long did WQFM DJ Tim 'The Rock 'N' Roll Animal' camp outside of the studio in order to entice The Who to play Milwaukee in 1982?" Mike, the answer is: two weeks. Now let's tell the story. It was 1982, and the

Is Milwaukee's Coffee Scene Unique?

If you take a look around Milwaukee and its surrounding communities, you may have noticed that coffee shops are kind of the new corner stores. From international chains like Starbucks to local roasters like Stone Creek, coffee seems to have taken over the city. But this didn't happen overnight. In fact, Milwaukee's coffee scene has been growing for decades to become the powerhouse it is today. But how did this happen? And is Milwaukee's coffee scene unique compared to similar-sized cities? Those

How Did Milwaukee's Drinking Culture Start?

For some people, it's not an evening out in Milwaukee without a cocktail, a beer, or a glass of wine. But why does so much local social life revolve around alcohol? The city's known across the country for its drinking culture. "Milwaukee is the second-highest city in America per capita for bars. There's one bar per 1,800 people in Milwaukee. In America, there's one bar per 4,800 people. This is a bar town!" said the host of the Paramount Network show "Bar Rescue" when visiting Milwaukee. Tracy

Where Are Milwaukee's Pigeons?

Editor's note : This piece was originally published on April 21, 2017. Phil Lapayowker has noticed a distinct lack of what some people unkindly call "flying rats" in Milwaukee. "I was listening to a podcast and they were talking about animals in cities and stuff, and they ended with, 'Do you know what color a pigeon's eyes are?' and I was like, I have no idea!" Phil says. "So, I'll go look for one, or when I'm walking I'll see one I'm sure. And I've never run into one in Milwaukee ... I mean it's

Milwaukee City Hall Square: A Postcard Reveals More Than 100 Years Of History

It might be difficult to picture City Hall in downtown Milwaukee more than 100 years ago. A lot has changed. But prepare yourself for a glimpse into the past. Before we step back in time, meet August Behrens. While researching some cool architecture in Milwaukee, he came across an old postcard that piqued his interest. So, he reached out to Bubbler Talk : What happened to City Hall Square and fountain that used to be there? In an old postcard from the early 20th century, it looks like Munich!

Milwaukee City Hall Square: A Postcard Reveals More Than 100 Years Of History

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