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#tbt: Five Card Studs cover "Hello Milwaukee"

As today’s the wonderfully-made up "414 Day," or "Milwaukee Day," depending on who you talk to – it’s a sexy day to look back at this excellent video from 2014 by the Five Card Studs.

I love these guys, both in person and in character – they played my wedding in 2004, and I’m pretty sure you won’t regret spending two minutes and 11 seconds of time to watch this.

Here’s their modified lounge-y take on the 1977 "Hello Milwaukee" theme from Channel 12.

This one’s for the ladies …

Ready for a loooooong season?
Ready for a loooooong season? (Photo: David Bernacchi)

Dear Brewers, we need to take a little break

I’m sitting here on Opening Day, in the first row of the press box at Miller Park, and it’s quiet. Too quiet.

I mean, I can hear the fans in the ventilation over the sound of stands in this not-sold-out stadium. Apparently, other people here are rolling their eyes in the fifth inning (or they’re passed out).

But let me back up. I didn’t go to Arizona to cover the Brewers' Spring Training / get tan on the berm, for the first time in 18 years. When the front office blew up this team last year, I didn’t take it well. Partially because it came a year late and partially because they came across desperate to dump everyone at any cost.

Understand that I’ve been following the Brewers closely since 1993. I sat through horrendous teams in the 1990s and early 2000s, still supporting them at games where fewer than 6,000 fans would be on hand with me. Back when you could heckle and the players would hear you.

Then, the Brewers got kinda good, and everyone was a fan again. Doug Melvin drained the farm system and give his teams a shot. They came so close in 2011. But it didn’t work out, and we wound up with a bloated team of guys who didn’t really want to be in Milwaukee.

So here we are. An astounding 12 guys out of the 25-man roster are brand new. And, because I barely paid attention to the Brewers this spring, I have no idea who they are.

I’m not really taking the season off. Nothing is finer than the sweet sounds of Bob Uecker on the radio on a hot summer day, or a late-night West Coast game on TV long after you should’ve gone to bed. Or right now, sitting in the best seat in the house … "working."

But I will be a little more hands-off this season. I probably won’t live or die with the wins and losses, the latter of which will be ample. People tell me to be excited about this rebuild. I remain skeptically open to the possibility that they might be right.

What's missing from the quirky Milwaukee list? Organ Piper Pizza? Koz's?
What's missing from the quirky Milwaukee list? Organ Piper Pizza? Koz's? (Photo: WikiCommons)

Atlas Obscura looks at quirky Milwaukee

I’m a big fan of Atlas Obscura, a website that calls itself "the definitive guide to the world's wondrous and curious places." And it does a good job.

Yesterday, it took a look at Milwaukee and its 12 quirky treasures.

Of course, it began with the requisite beer and bowling talk ("Wisconsin's largest city is brewing a lot more than beer"), but then got pretty detailed.

I especially like its recognition of the Kingdom of Talossa and the Stemper Co. nod. I haven’t even heard of their number 7 except for Bobby's article, the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear.

The Bronze Fonz and Safe House mentions were a little obvious, but overall, I think this is a good list. You?

Here are couple more of my favorites (includes some a bit outside city limits) to get you thinking:

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Best Halloween display in Milwaukee? #bayview #zombies #halloween

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I'm telling you: the authorities should be looking for the escaped prison guys at this barn in Oostburg.

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Hello, old friend.

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I mean, I'm a fun guy, but ...

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I'm just here for the gummies. And maybe some cheese.

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Should I stop and check?

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Christopher Lloyd in 1985, but in older makeup, which makes sense now, because it's 30 years later. Heavy.
Christopher Lloyd in 1985, but in older makeup, which makes sense now, because it's 30 years later. Heavy.

5 questions for Christopher Lloyd about his Riverside show ... in the future!

On Saturday night, Mills Entertainment is bringing Christopher Lloyd, known to a generation as Doc Brown from the "Back to the Future" trilogy, to the Riverside Theater for a first-ever event. Not only will the theater show fans the first blockbuster movie from 1985, but Lloyd will be on hand to take questions and speak about the experience of making the movies. Great Scott!

Most interestingly, Milwaukee is the first city to get this show. We caught up with both Lloyd and his producer, John Trembler, as well marketing coordinator Joanna Brumley, for a quick Q&A before Saturday’s show. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are available here. 

OnMilwaukee: What should Milwaukee expect from this event on Saturday?

Trembler and Brumley: It’s going to be pretty "heavy!" Mr. Lloyd will be live on stage, and he will answer audience questions and will share stories that people won’t get to hear anywhere else in any other setting. Before Christopher comes out on stage, the audience will first get to watch the original "Back to the Future." They’ll see Doc on screen then get to see him on stage in-person!

I recently read "We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy," and Mr. Lloyd, you contributed a lot to the book. Why, after all these years, are you still so engaged in the the movies and its fans?

Lloyd: It’s a huge thrill for me to feel how strongly the film still resonates with long-time fans and new generations of fans.

Christopher, you’re 77 now, but you’re still acting. How is your stage persona these days?

Lloyd: It’s great to be working regularly on all kinds of projects and to create new characters, such as in the film "Going In Style" coming out this year with Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine.

Milwaukee is the only show in this event series right now, right? Why here, and what’s to come?

Trembler and Brumley: This is our inaugural tour date with Mr. Lloyd, and we’re looking to do many more … in the future. Milwaukee is one…