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Stay at home. It’s less a request now than an order.
On Monday, Mayor Tom Barrett said, "You’ll still be able to go out and take walks. You’ll still be able to go for a jog if you want to go for a jog. What we’re trying to do is send the message, a very strong message, an exclamation point ... about how serious this problem is."
But while you’re at home, I’ll help you see a bit of the Milwaukee area from your couch or dining room table.
Here are 10 places you can visit with me virtually, by clicking the links, where you’ll find not only history, but tons of videos and sometimes video inside a variety of interesting places I’ve visited ...
Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley Clocktower
Wind Point Lighthouse
Rufus King High School
Hoyt Park Great Hall
The former Vitucci’s on North Avenue
Miller Brewing caves
Concordia University tunnels
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.