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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 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 - March 3, 2015
 Spring training is nice, but it's hard to hope this year
 Last year spring training was something we needed. As fans of the pro sports teams in Milwaukee and Green Bay, our spirits needed to be lifted out of the doldrums. But now we've got other stuff to be excited about so spring training doesn't have the urgency it once did.
 Arts & Entertainment - March 2, 2015
 In Tandem's "Come Back" is a journey with muddled tracks
 "Come Back" is the work of local playwright Neal Haven, one getting its world premiere at In Tandem Theatre. It's a play about the grief of losing a loved one and tries to find humor in the situation.
 Arts & Entertainment - March 1, 2015
 Chamber Theatre's "The Train Driver" provides a momentous evening
 There's a song they sing when there is a funeral in some of the rural parishes of Louisiana. "The graveyard ain't got no memories," they sing. It's not just the dead who are afraid of the memories, but the living are fearful as well, and it can be even tougher on those left behind if they try to make those memories clear. That is the essence of "The Train Driver," the powerful drama by Athol Fugard that opened over the weekend at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.
 Kids & Family - February 28, 2015
 First Stage displays solid grasp on sixth grade in "Big Nate: The Musical"
 Being in sixth grade can be a real problematic time, full of the turbulence of hopes and fears all at once. First Stage captures the whole thing in "Big Nate: The Musical."
 Bars & Clubs - February 26, 2015
 City leans toward settlement in Silk lawsuit over Downtown strip club
 After losing a half-million-dollar judgement, the City of Milwaukee is looking at ways to avoid paying the money. One of the solutions being explored is granting Silk a license in exchange for dropping the lawsuit.
 Movies & TV - February 24, 2015
 The 14 greatest sports movies of all time
 Sports movies are among the greatest films ever made, so what better time to list the top 14 sports movies of all time than right after the Oscars?
 Arts & Entertainment - February 20, 2015
 Off the Wall's "God of Carnage" plagued by faulty memories and overacting
 "God of Carnage" is a biting comedy about two couples who turn from civilized to animals before our very eyes. But when two of the actors can't remember their lines, the evening turns out to be a real dud.
 Bars & Clubs - February 19, 2015
 Silk strip club owners win big against the city
 The owners Silk Exotic today won a big victory in federal court as a jury awarded them a judgement of almost half a million dollars for revenue lost because the city would not grant them a license for a Downtown strip club.
 Kids & Family - February 19, 2015
 Sojourner Family Peace Center works front lines of domestic violence
 Domestic violence is something that most of us think doesn't touch those close to us. But in fact this familial violence cuts across all economic, social, geographic and ethnic boundaries.
 Sports - February 17, 2015
 Like Sinatra, Bo Ryan does it his way
 Bo Ryan has been coaching for 30 years in Wisconsin and he's had success wherever he's been. What's more, he's done it with a unique coaching style that features a deliberate offense and a tenacious defense that has the Badgers ranked among the best teams in the country.

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