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Pete Ehrmann's Articles
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Buzz - March 29, 2016
It's nobody's business whether I vote
Thanks to my often reluctant participation in our grand democracy by voting in elections, my mailbox has lately been overflowing with brochures from candidates. Most of it is just annoying, but today's mail brought something downright offensive.
Tagged with: politics, voting, election
Buzz - Feb. 3, 2016
Meet John L. Slaughter, once king of Milwaukee's Turf
John L. Slaughter reigned, in the long-ago words of a local newspaper, as "king of the Milwaukee colored colony," owning one of old Downtown Milwaukee's biggest gambling joints. And his fall from the throne was as jaw-dropping as his rise.
Sports - Jan. 24, 2016
Theodore Anton: Milwaukee's first "Greek Freak"
Milwaukee's original "Greek Freak" Theodore Anton stood only waist-high to the current one playing for the Bucks. But in a match-up in Anton's boxing arena, 6'11" Giannis Antetokounmpo would be in over his head.
Sports - Dec. 19, 2015
Jerome Wilson's "Wiped Out?" is the sports book of the year
The mark British light-welterweight Jerome Wilson hoped to make in boxing, until he left the ring on a stretcher in his 11th pro fight last year, is now indelibly etched with "Wiped Out? The Jerome Wilson Story."
Buzz - Nov. 27, 2015
Walk hard: 108 years ago, the sport of pedestrianism arrived in Milwaukee
One hundred eight years ago, a 69-year-old man walked from Portland, Maine, to Chicago. A week later, Weston arrived in Milwaukee for a walking contest with political implications that overshadowed its competitive ones.
Buzz - Nov. 6, 2015
That time a Milwaukee man going Downtown made the front page
I rise now to heap encomiums on Louis Mueller, though he is long gone, and I know him only from a front-page article in The Milwaukee Journal 100 years ago titled, "Milwaukee man Downtown for the first time in 31 years."
Buzz - Oct. 31, 2015
Milwaukee's real-life paranormal love triangle
`Tis the season to remember when a Milwaukee judge ruled that a man had no right to beat his wife because she was cheating on him with the ghost of her dead first husband.
Buzz - Sept. 28, 2015
The many, many, many escapes of Eliza Blue
Eliza Blue was hard on the eyes, but not in the way Donald Trump thinks that about Carly Fiorina. In 1905, the Milwaukee woman permanently blinded a man by throwing acid in his face. Ten years later, Eliza blinded another man the same way. She was also Milwaukee's greatest escape artist since Harry Houdini left town.
Buzz - July 28, 2015
Another cat encounter from Milwaukee's past
On the afternoon of Nov. 30, 1936, people at the busy Downtown intersection of 3rd and Wells Streets were startled by the appearance of a gorilla walking a lion. The former was actually a familiar enough sight in Milwaukee, as William "Gorilla" Jones was a famous boxer who'd fought in Milwaukee seven times. The latter, however, was new.
Buzz - July 22, 2015
A moment of silence for the goat, please
The recent Milwaukee lion drama calls to mind two past Milwaukee cat encounters: one with an escaped leopard in the early 1900s and another with a "lion" in 1920.
Sports - July 1, 2015
Milwaukee loses boxing legend Sam Cicerello
Brew City boxing legend Sam Cicerello died on June 28, at age 90.
Buzz - April 6, 2015
A brothers' fight was historic, but not so golden
It wasn't exactly Cain vs. Abel II, but two Milwaukee brothers earned a footnote in boxing history by fighting each other for a Golden Gloves championship 64 years ago. There'll be no sibling rivalries on display when the Wisconsin & Upper Michigan Golden Gloves tournament starts its 85th annual run in Racine Saturday night at the John Bryant Community Center, but it's all relative.
Buzz - March 27, 2015
Former alderman, boxing champ Orville Pitts passes away
When Orville Pitts was elected Milwaukee alderman in 1968, his political future looked as bright as the one that had seemed in store for Pitts in the boxing ring a decade earlier. But unlike the knockout that ended his boxing career, his downfall in the political arena was self-inflicted and a drawn-out process featuring, in random order, booze, drugs, hookers, the devil and Richard M. Nixon. Pitts died Tuesday at 81, after a long illness.
Buzz - March 14, 2015
Is this century-old car salesman Scott Walker's doppelgänger?
There is no escaping Scott Walker -- not even by fleeing into the distant past. Our governor's countenance is everywhere lately, and it was disconcerting recently to find a remarkable facsimile of it on the front page of the Dec. 21, 1908 edition of The Milwaukee Journal.
Movies & TV - Feb. 21, 2015
A new kind of madness: How an Oscar-winner had to fight for his identity
A century ago, Milwaukee's Butterfly Theater seemed to be home to one of the world's greatest stories in doorman Victor McLaglen. He was a war hero, a spy, a sword-wielding giant of a man who once fought Jack Johnson. Only the real Victor McLaglen was not in Milwaukee. Here's the story of how a future Oscar-winner had to fight to restore his own identity from an unlikely Cream City imposter.
Sports - Nov. 29, 2014
Quit while you're ahead, champ
While most local fight fans paid big pay-per-view bucks to watch Manny Pacquiao pound Chris Algieri Saturday night, the burlesque that masquerades as live pro boxing nowadays slunk back into town at a south side hotel ballroom. Lyle McDowell, how 45, was allowed to box Enobong "The Nigerian Gentleman" Umohette and "won," but it was a far cry from a special event.
Buzz - Oct. 18, 2014
A horrific tale of Milwaukee revenge
Aurelia Libo Lorenz was a doting aunt. In fact, her niece and nephew, Vivian and Milton Libo, ages 5 and 4, were the only bright spots in the increasingly unhappy life of the 31-year-old divorcee who lived with them.
Sports - Sept. 23, 2014
Packers Hall of Famer wanted to box a Bears player
Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Cal Hubbard, who went on to become a hall of fame umpire in Major League Baseball, wanted to give boxing a shot, too. His choice of opponent, a rival from the Chicago Bears named George Trafton.
Sports - Aug. 9, 2014
A look back at Milwaukee's first boxing fatality
Milwaukee kickboxer Dennis Munson passed away after an amateur bout in March, but it wasn't the first time ring combatant passed away in the ring, or as a result of injuries sustained with it.
Sports - April 28, 2014
Remembering boxing's fantastic, and illegal, return to Wisconsin
126 years ago today, Downtown streets were mobbed with people intent on witnessing a crime they'd looked forward to for three years. They ended up seeing two: an illegal prizefight and the underhanded plot that stole victory from the apparent winner and left him blubbering like a baby.
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