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The new Milwaukee legends


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Carrie Wendt
The impetuous news woman on the Bob and Brian morning show is the only female to have made the list of Milwaukee legends. Carrie, a.k.a. "Queen of the Gimlets," has become domesticated as of late, and subsequently the frequency and range of her exploits have been reduced dramatically. But that is not to say that she is not worthy of the title of legend.

As the only person to ever win MVP and Rookie of the Year honors on Woj's Walk, Carrie has been known to completely change clothes with men in public. This is a sight I have witnessed personally at Arts Performing Center, Lukas' on State and the Wisconsin State Fair. The latter quick-change prompted Fair security to immediately warn Tommy Thompson's bodyguards to keep the governor away from the area. That, my friends, is what legends are made of.

Slim McGinn
Richard "Slim" McGinn is carrying on the tradition of the great Irish bartending legends of Derry Hegarty. Slim began his career at The Harp on Juneau before branching off on his own and opening Slims in the building of the former Smugglers on 1st and Florida. In my world, I give Slim credit for coining the word "sammich" (what about Ray Charles? -ed.) As The Harp crowd aged it followed Slim to his new location, and The Harp was reborn.

Success in Walker's Point allowed Slim to open McGinn's on 58th and Bluemound Rd. McGinn's West features great food, bountiful drinks with easy on easy off freeway access and the ability to rub elbows on occasion with Milwaukee sportswriters such as Tom Endlund and Drew Olson.

McGinns is also home to the "Slimousine," personalized transportation to and from major sporting events for all patrons.

This is the beginning of my list of new legends. There are many that I have overlooked that are an important part of this city. Kick-boxing champs Rick and Duke Roufus, Dan Jansen, Mark Borchardt and Mike Schank, Pat McCurdy, Art Kumbalek, the Jesus car guy, Jimmy Lombardo, John Lucas, Omar Andreitsch, Stevie Vento, the Have a Nice Day Cafe midget, the Brady Street Elvis guy, Bo Black, Dr. Love and Usher Mike.

I am sure I have missed many, but nonetheless, the criteria is subjective. These are my legends. Now, it's your turn to tell me yours. Use the talkback feature below to cast your votes.

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MYKE & DEBBI | Feb. 15, 2013 at 9:13 a.m. (report)

KB how did we not make your list ? Just for that we will come steal the show at one of your gigs !

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