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Dave Begel

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With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.

He's seen Milwaukee grow, suffer pangs of growth, strive for success and has been involved in many efforts to both shape and re-shape the city. He's a happy man, now that he's quit playing golf, and enjoys music, his children and grandchildren and the myriad of sports in this state. He loves great food and hates bullies and people who think they are smarter than everyone else.

This whole Internet thing continues to baffle him, but he's willing to play the game as long as OnMilwaukee.com keeps lending him a helping hand. He is constantly amazed that just a few dedicated people can provide so much news and information to a hungry public.

Despite some opinions to the contrary, Dave likes most stuff. But he is a skeptic who constantly wonders about the world around him. So many questions, so few answers.



Recent Articles
 
 Sports - July 22, 2014
 Are American athletes soft?
 The "Big Four" sports leagues in this country are increasingly expanding their brand and their reach, which draws interest and players from around the world. As a result, fewer Americans are finding roster spots (outside of football). Pro golf, tennis and soccer bypassed the U.S. long ago. So, are American athletes soft? Do they not have what it takes anymore to reach the top of their profession?
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - July 17, 2014
 Abele deserves praise for helping make June 6 special
 It might be possible for me to count on the fingers of one hand the times I've actually been proud of a politician. Once more I find I'm proud of a politician, in this case County Executive Chris Abele. Even though I don't agree with all his decisions, he provided a moment that will forever be burned in my memory.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - July 15, 2014
 Milwaukee has a big impact on Illinois Shakespeare Festival
 In Wisconsin, we have the world class American Players Theatre, called by many the best in the country. The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is moving in that direction, and with a gorgeous space on gorgeous grounds, an easy three-hour drive for Milwaukee Shakespeare fans would be a worthy summer trip.
 
 Sports - July 15, 2014
 Brewers fans have big responsibilities in pennant race
 Nothing is more exciting than a division race in basball. It can last for weeks. Every single game is crucial. Every play seems crucial. It is the ultimate agony and ecstasy of sports. And there is a profound role for those of us who are fans to play in a pennant race.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - July 11, 2014
 "God of Carnage" is an impressive debut for Umbrella Group
 There is something about watching people just like us begin to unravel and shrink into desperation and desolation that demands our attention. That's the attraction of "God of Carnage," the Yasmina Reza play serving as the first production of the new Umbrella Group.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - July 10, 2014
 Peninsula Players breathe new life into classic Christie play
 Across nearly 70 years, the Agatha Christie play "And Then There Were None" has become one of those old chestnuts, performed by high school and college drama clubs throughout the world. To say that it's a tired play is a massive understatement. But a sparkling new production that opened at The Peninsula Players Wednesday night and runs through July 27 proves that even the oldest of chestnuts can be reborn if all the pieces fit.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - July 10, 2014
 John Doe probe plays right into Walker's campaign strategy
 It's the middle of the summer in Milwaukee and frivolity is on the minds of most people around here, with the exception of a small group of political operatives and the governor of our state.
 
 Sports - July 8, 2014
 Huge salaries bedevil NBA and MLB most seriously
 The world of professional sports is crazy over big salaries. But I wondered where the craziest people lived? So I went to math class and discovered that the NBA and MLB were the two leagues that have lost its collective mind.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - July 7, 2014
 "Comedy," "King Lear" open an exciting Door Shakespeare season
 "The Comedy of Errors" may well be the funniest of all of Shakespeare's plays, and "King Lear" may well be the most tragic. Getting to see both of them in one startling day at Door Shakespeare is to see the breadth of Shakespeare and the diversity of his canon that has given so much to the world for four centuries.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - July 3, 2014
 "Talley's Folly" provides a moving opening for Third Avenue Playhouse
 We all have secrets that are held close in dark places, kept from stretching into the light of day for fear that only trouble will come our way. But sometimes, shining light on a secret blazes a new path and opens a door that may well have been nailed shut for a long, long time. That is the heart of "Talley's Folly," the Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy by Lanford Wilson that opened the season at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay.
 


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