You can imagine our dismay yesterday at finding the snake button at the Milwaukee Public Museum inactive. But imagine our surprise a few minutes later when we found and pressed the museum's SECOND snake button. Who knew?!
Like you and your kids, I bet, mine know exactly where the snake button is by now and whenever we reach the second floor of the museum, we make a bee-line for it.
Yesterday, the museum was packed as public schools were closed for a banking day. So, it seemed an especially bad time for the snake button to be on the blink. But, press as we did, the button did not work. An employee stopped to tell us that it's broken – we got that – and that we could press the other snake button.
"Ah, OK, thanks," I said. Wait, what?! The OTHER snake button?
"Oh yes," she said, "there's another snake button." She gave us detailed directions, but while I hate to disappoint you, I'm not passing them on to you. Instead, I will post a couple photos with this blog that offer some clues.
After all, where's the fun if I just tell you where it is?
I will say the button (and its accompanying snake) is on the first floor and in the vicinity pictured in the second photo above. I will also suggest you seek out the first-floor rattlesnake first. That will help you locate the button.
Or, of course, you could ask an employee. I could hardly judge you for that, could I?
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 can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.