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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

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Bango Buck, shown with his NBA Mascot of the Year trophy and Bango Jr., is a national figure.
Bango Buck, shown with his NBA Mascot of the Year trophy and Bango Jr., is a national figure.

Bucks, Brandon and Bango get some ESPN love

Not long ago, the fine folks at ESPN headquarters in Bristol seemed to go out of their way to ignore the Bucks.

Things are changing.

Brandon Jennings is a rising star in the league, the Bucks are being touted as a potential 50-victory team this year and Bango was voted Mascot of the Year by his furry NBA peers.

As a result, ESPN featured Brandon and Bango in this promotional clip. Check it out.

 

Conan O'Brien's new show debuts Nov. 8 on TBS.
Conan O'Brien's new show debuts Nov. 8 on TBS.

Enjoying the Conan countdown

I can't remember the last time I looked forward to a TV show that didn't involve a sporting event.

But, I'm getting pretty jacked for "Conan."

Conan O'Brien's new show, which launches Nov. 8 on TBS, is going to be destination TV -- at least for the first couple weeks. I've always enjoyed O'Brien's vibe -- from his first awkward steps on NBC to his way-too-short run as host of "The Tonight Show."

I think his show on cable is going to be a fresh alternative to David Letterman, whose bits are hit and miss, and Jay Leno, who stopped being relevant several years ago.

As the anticipation mounts for Conan's debut, I'm loving the announcement of early guests (Seth Rogen, Jack White, Tom Hanks, etc.) and I'm even enjoying the endless stream of promos during TBS' presentation of the baseball playoffs (they don't seem as obtrusive as the "FrankTV" spots featuring Milwaukee's own Frank Caliendo).

Now, Conan's show may end up being more sizzle than steak. It may be a show that I watch for a month and then relegate to occasional check-in status while I watch "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" on the DVR.

But, I'm going to give it a strong shot. And, I'm actually excited about a TV show that airs someplace besides HBO.

David Bernacchi's photos of County Stadium are featured in "Brick and Mortar Memories."
David Bernacchi's photos of County Stadium are featured in "Brick and Mortar Memories." (Photo: David Bernacchi)
Who can forget the display with Hank Aaron's shower shoes?
Who can forget the display with Hank Aaron's shower shoes? (Photo: David Bernacchi)
Box seats on the first base side were always a treat.
Box seats on the first base side were always a treat. (Photo: David Bernacchi)

Gallery Night exhibit showcases County Stadium

It might seem hard to believe, but the Brewers just played their 10th season in Miller Park.

For many fans, the memories of its predecessor -- County Stadium -- remain strong.

Light Ideas Gallery, located in the Marshall Building at 207 E. Buffalo St., hopes to appeal to those fans with "Brick and Mortar Memories" -- a series of architectural photographs made by photographer David Bernacchi during the final season at County Stadium.

The Gallery Night exhibit debuts Friday and runs through Nov. 30. Select prints of the photographs include quotes from Milwaukee sports figures like Warren Spahn, Henry Aaron, Bud Selig and Bob Uecker.

The rescue of Chilean miners made for gripping TV drama.
The rescue of Chilean miners made for gripping TV drama.

A triumph of the human spirit -- and TV

On many nights, particularly during an election cycle, surfing the cable news channels can be maddening and often downright depressing.

Last night, however, was different.

Like millions of other couch potatoes across the world, I watched as several Chilean miners -- who had been trapped a half-mile below the earth's surface for 69 days -- were freed into the arms of their loved ones.

After weeks of anguish and anxiety in that country, the joy created by this event seemed to jump off the TV screen. Being able to watch it play out live was amazing on many levels.

It was a nice break from the usual squawking about taxes, deficits and health care costs. It was nice to learn a bit about Chile, which is celebrating the rescue like many countries party after a World Cup triumph. Chile is a relatively prosperous nation surrounded by developing countries. It doesn't often get its due. I chuckled when the AP Stylebook Twitter feed reminded me "The country is Chile, the people are Chilean and the capital is Santiago."

In watching the coverage over the past few days, I learned about Chile. I learned about courage and hope. And, I learned that it's nice to get away from screaming talking heads.