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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
 
 Arts & Entertainment - August 21, 2014
 APT's "Travesties" is a joyful and crazy ride through history
 When a play starts with a half hour monologue from a frail old man who looks like a gentle breeze might turn him to dust, you begin to think this is going to be a long, long evening. But after just a few moments, Marcus Truschinski got us into the rhythm, and off we went into the American Players Theatre production of Tom Stoppard's "Travesties."
 
 Kids & Family - August 21, 2014
 Meeting autism at home
 There are a lot of emotions that roar through someone, including me, when you hear the word "autism." And there is nothing like living with someone with autism, even for a brief time, to understand both the difficulties and opportunities of the disorder.
 
 Sports - August 19, 2014
 Who is the greatest Packer of all time?
 With the recent announcement that the team is going to retire Brett Favre's number and put him into the team Hall of Fame, attention has been turned toward greatness: Who was the greatest Packer of them all? Not one of the greatest, but THE greatest. We get to the bottom of it here.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - August 15, 2014
 Mahkorn is the face of theatrical dedication and hope
 Gretchen Mahkorn is 21. She's an actor. She has a BFA in acting from a respected program. She's smart. She's determined. She networks. She has a resume. She has history onstage from a very young age. And her next acting job is in a play produced by the theater company she founded when she was just 16 years old, The World's Stage Theatre Company.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - August 14, 2014
 Finding the good in local government
 One of the easiest things to do is to find something wrong and then run out and criticize a local government about it. So I think it's only fair to occasionally give a nod to stuff that people do for citizens that makes life a lot easier.
 
 Dining - August 12, 2014
 Food Truck Week: Meat on the Street
 Welcome to Meat on the Street, the first place dedicated to Filipino food in the city and a place where it won't cost you an arm and a leg to try this delightful stuff. And you never have trouble getting a table because the service is one of a legion of food trucks cruising the city this summer.
 
 Sports - August 12, 2014
 NCAA ruling marks the beginning of change in college sports
 A federal court ruling last week shook to the core the belief that amateurism is the key spoke in college athletics. This is, of course, in response to the decades of colleges and universities making billions of dollars on the backs of their athletes. Think of wealthy landowners and their serfs. The serfs have risen up and have found an agreeable court waiting for their arguments.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - August 11, 2014
 APT's production of "The Seagull" flies to the front of the class
 In a stunning and dashing production of the classic Anton Chekhov play, the cast and crew at American Players Theatre has captured every nuance - humor-filled and grief-laden - of this marvelous play about love unrequited, and unrequited, and unrequited and ... well, you get the point.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - August 9, 2014
 Chamber's "Master Class" is a triumph for two women
 "Master Class" is truly a one woman play, even though there are other characters scattered about. They are all mere foils for a part that demands towering strength and passion, which Angela Iannone delivers in spades. But it is also a very special job by director Jill Anna Ponasik.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - August 8, 2014
 The legend of Robin Hood gets a revamping by Theater RED
 In the adventures of Robin Hood, it is the capricious archer who is the center of all legends, and around him swirl the Merry Men (Little John and Will Scarlett) and the evil of Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham and Maid Marian, whom Robin loves. There is a way to look at this legendary story, however, through the eyes of a woman, and you can find a story with enough twists and turns to capture and hold your imagination.
 


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