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Unpacking The History Of Milwaukee's Eagles Club

What was the Eagles Ballroom before it became The Rave ? That's a question we've heard a lot at Bubbler Talk and it turns out there are a lot of answers. The Eagles Club on Wisconsin Avenue was first completed in 1926. It was the headquarters for the Milwaukee Aerie of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles – a national social organization with a rather illustrious history. The group created Mother's Day and its membership includes many former presidents - John F. Kennedy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt,

Street Artist's Decorative Koi Fish Animate Milwaukee Neighborhoods

If you do much walking through Milwaukee neighborhoods, say in the Historic Third Ward or Bay View, you've probably stumbled across vibrant schools of fish painted on the sidewalks. They're koi, the large decorative fish some people keep in outdoor ponds. I spotted a few of the paintings on the East Side, where several clusters of koi are depicted in orange, black and white patterns. A few Bubbler Talk listeners have asked about the paintings. So I tracked down street artist and former Milwaukee

Ice Cream Cocktails, Milwaukee-Style

This story originally aired September 8, 2017. According to TMJ4 , At Random closed on May 19, 2018 and is up for sale. Pink Squirrel, Grasshopper, Brandy Alexander, Banshee... Is there something uniquely Milwaukee about ice cream cocktails? That's the question Elina Kats of Glendale sent in to WUWM's Bubbler Talk . Elina says she always has been kind of fascinated by the drinks. So to learn more, we headed into a time warp of sorts. Or, really, we just walked into a Bay View bar. At Random is a

How Do Milwaukee's Movable Bridges Work?

If you live, work, or drive through downtown Milwaukee, chances are your route has been interrupted by the sound of a dinging bell and the bellow of a horn as a bridge prepares to allow a boat pass. After all, Milwaukee is home to 21 movable bridges , which cross the Menomonee, Kinnickinnic, and Milwaukee rivers. Listener Kate Riordan's remembers a bike ride that was interrupted by a bridge lifting, and she noticed something that caught her interest and inspired this week's Bubbler Talk : "As

Remembering Dick Bacon, Milwaukee's Man With The Tan

Summer is the favorite time of year for most beach-goers. But Milwaukee once was home to a unique fellow who tanned year-round at the lakefront. Our Bubbler Talk questioner wanted to know: Who was that guy? Many people who lived in Milwaukee before 2000, like Cynthia Hoffman, know the answer. The man was the late Dick Bacon. "During those years, everybody knew who Dick Bacon was," Hoffman says. "The first thing I think of is this ultra, ultra-crispy tan body. And he would have this sort of

Bubbler Talk: Milwaukee's Breakwater

A Bubbler Talk listener was curious about Milwaukee's breakwater, wondering where the rocks came from, and how they ended up standing in the middle of the harbor. WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence explored the subject for this week's segment. To kick off our sixth season of Bubbler Talk, Susan turned to Larry Sullivan, chief engineer with Milwaukee's Port Authority. She asked him about the history of the breakwater structure. "It was built by the federal government to create a harbor of

Before #FearTheDeer, What Was Pro Basketball Like in Milwaukee?

When you think of the NBA in Milwaukee - of course, the Milwaukee Bucks come to mind. We've got Giannis , Jabari , and a new arena in the works . But what was pro basketball like here before the Bucks? That question is what lead Gary to reach out to Bubbler Talk . He wanted to know: "Who played on Milwaukee's first professional basketball team? What happened to it? And what years were they in town?" Well Gary, Milwaukee's first professional sports team was it's professional basketball team - the

Friday Night Fish Fry: The Story Behind A Milwaukee Tradition

Raise your hand if this is how your typical Friday night goes: If you aren't ill or out of town, you are probably somewhere like the North Shore American Legion Post 331 in Shorewood. You might be meeting friends after a long week at work. You're probably there for a beer or an old fashioned (make mine a brandy sour, please). And, you are definitely there enjoying a fish fry. Our beloved fish fry is what makes Friday nights extra special in Milwaukee – and around the entire state of Wisconsin.

If You Like Listening to WUWM, You Just Might Appreciate This Huge Metal Tower

Our latest Bubbler Talk report involves the large metal tower at the entrance to Estabrook Park, near the border of Milwaukee and Shorewood. The listener asked: "What is the giant ugly metal tower used for?" He might be surprised to learn that the tower houses WUWM's antenna, along with that of WITI Channel 6, and a couple other radio stations. As WUWM Studio Engineer Jason Rieve explains, although the radio station is located in downtown Milwaukee, WUWM uses the huge tower in Estabrook Park to

If You Like Listening to WUWM, You Just Might Appreciate This Huge Metal Tower

Were Visitors Really Allowed To Feed Polar Bears Marshmallows At The Milwaukee County Zoo?

When was the last time you went to the Milwaukee County Zoo? Did you see the polar bear? You didn't feed it anything, right? Well, Bubbler Talk question asker Jessica Ols has been wondering about her trips to the zoo in the early 1980s... "I have vague memories of when I was little that you can feed marshmallows to the polar bears at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Everybody I talk to says I'm insane," she laughs. "Because there's no way the zoo would allow you to do that. Even in my mind, I think,

Were Visitors Really Allowed To Feed Polar Bears Marshmallows At The Milwaukee County Zoo?

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