By Dave Begel Contributing Writer Published Jan 19, 2009 at 4:24 PM

In the summer of 1963 I had just finished my first year of college at the University of Wisconsin -- Oshkosh.

My roommate that first year was from Washington D.C.

In August my family went to New York for a vacation and I got invited to Washington to visit my friend. I accepted.

His mother was a big deal real estate broker in the city and tried to line up things for us to do that did not involve trying to sneak into bars.

One morning she said she had a couple of free tickets to this march at the Lincoln Memorial and wanted to know if we were interested. The march was supposed to support the civil rights bill that John F. Kennedy was trying to have passed.

We thought there might be girls there, so we went. Our seats were stage left in front of the Lincoln Memorial in the third or fourth row.

My friend and I liked Marlon Brando, Harry Belafonte, Peter, Paul and Mary and Joan Baez.

Then just before Bob Dylan was scheduled to sing there was a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King. Everybody around us got real excited when he said, "Free at last. Free at last. Thank God, Almighty, we are free at last."

At the time we thought it was a mighty fine speech but there weren't many girls there.

Just goes to show how absolutely stupid a couple of white college boys could be.

Dave Begel Contributing Writer

With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.

He's seen Milwaukee grow, suffer pangs of growth, strive for success and has been involved in many efforts to both shape and re-shape the city. He's a happy man, now that he's quit playing golf, and enjoys music, his children and grandchildren and the myriad of sports in this state. He loves great food and hates bullies and people who think they are smarter than everyone else.

This whole Internet thing continues to baffle him, but he's willing to play the game as long as keeps lending him a helping hand. He is constantly amazed that just a few dedicated people can provide so much news and information to a hungry public.

Despite some opinions to the contrary, Dave likes most stuff. But he is a skeptic who constantly wonders about the world around him. So many questions, so few answers.