So this is the 15th anniversary for on Milwaukee.com and what follows may well be described as ass-kissing.
Those who know me, however, will know for sure that not only have I never kissed ass I am not about to start now.
I would like to explain how I became connected to OnMilwaukee.com because I think it sheds some light on their 15-year journey.
I was at home on a Sunday night several years ago and I was watching Mike Gousha’s talk show on channel 4. The guest was someone named Jeff Sherman and he was talking about OnMilwaukee.com in a specific sense, but in a larger sense he was talking about the city of Milwaukee.
I listened to him talk and was very impressed with the grasp that he had of both the potential and the issues facing our city. I wrote him a letter. In the letter I said that hearing him talk gave me confidence that the next generation of leaders in our city were well-equipped to handle both the challenges of problem-solving and the issues of growing the city into the kind of place we all wanted it to be
I said that my generation had its chance and we had wielded the reins of power for what we believe to be the good of everyone who lived in the city. I added that I felt comforted that his generation was now taking control.
Well, Sherman answered my letter and we met for coffee and talked about his burgeoning role in the leadership of our city. He was familiar with my work as a journalist and suggested that I meet with Andy Tarnoff his partner in founding OnMilwaukee.com and the publisher of the publication.
We talked at length about the possibilities that someone with my historical perspective might add something to the panorama of OnMilwaukee.com.
I will remember always what he said during that meeting.
"We want to write about everything Milwaukee, "he said. "The good stuff the fun stuff but we are also not afraid of the warts and the problems."
And thus began our association. I write about sports. I write about our city. And I review plays.
I have done lots of journalism in my life. Print, radio and TV. And I can say without fear of any kind of contradiction that I have never been quite so proud as I am to be part of OnMilwaukee.com.
I have not been here for the entire first 15 years. But maybe, if I’m lucky, I will be here for the next 15.
All of the people who are part of this endeavor should be very proud of what they have created. It is meaningful. It is important. And it is something of importance to all of us who live in the city.
3 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Dave Begel
Published Dec. 5, 2013
'Tis the season to be jolly. But what does it mean for something ike a city or a county? What makes the Milwaukee family jolly or happy? As the old year leaves at the end of holiday season Dave Begel is trying to get a handle on what we need to be a happy place.
Published Dec. 3, 2013
Has football changed so much that when your starting quarterback goes down you might as well toss your chips on the felt and walk away from the table?
Published Nov. 30, 2013
Christmas stories need a moment to galvanize an audience and make the story a memorable one, maybe bring some tears and possibly make people think a little differently about the holiday. Something like George Bailey getting the money. Or when Santa proves to be the real thing in "Miracle on 34th Street." On that score - and on every other - "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" hits the mark.
Published Nov. 28, 2013
Thanksgiving is here, so here's some of what Dave Begel is thankful for, not just today, but most of the time.
Published Nov. 27, 2013
During Ryan Braun's news conference, he talked about how he wasn't going to get into specifics about what had happened and that he was only focused on moving forward. The problem with that answer to questions from reporters is that it makes Braun continue to look like he's a liar.
Published Nov. 26, 2013
I know this is the season when we are supposed to be thankful for stuff. And I want to play, too. I'm thankful this Green Bay Packers season is almost over and we can all get on with fixing things for next year.
Published Nov. 24, 2013
There are a lot of different things you can expect when you go to the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, but you would never expect this. A ballet. Right on the stage of the Quadracci Powerhouse. And with "Noises Off," a farce written by Michael Frayn and directed by KJ Sanchez, the Rep has staged a show that has everything that a great ballet has, except the music.
Published Nov. 24, 2013
A frequent pitfall for playwrights that write comedies is a temptation to wind things up at the end with some meaningful reform for the comics that turns them into serious human beings. Most often those attempts end up being sappy and sending an audience home with decidedly mixed feelings wondering whether they were supposed to be laughing all that time. Nothing like that plagues "Things Being What They Are."
Published Nov. 23, 2013
Go ahead and pick any adjective you want. Not one of them - or all of them - can possibly do justice to the glorious production of "Les Misérables" that opened Friday night at the Skylight Music Theatre. But blessed may come close for those lucky enough to see it. After it was over, I felt blessed.
Published Nov. 22, 2013
Writing a play is a difficult proposition just by itself. Then transferring the play from the page to the stage adds yet another layer of potential - and problems - to the process. All of this is important background information because Thursday night was the premiere of "The Old Garde," a play written by veteran Milwaukee journalist Bruce Murphy, and produced and directed by Mark Bucher at his Boulevard Theatre.