On Tuesday afternoon, many Milwaukee landmarks – including City Hall, the Hoan Bridge and others – will be illuminated or have bells rung in support the National Memorial to Lives Lost to COVID-19 observance.
The observance is part of the inauguration ceremonies of President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr., and Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris, which takes place Wednesday in Washington, D.C. It is meant to memorialize those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 and serve as a show of unity.
City Hall’s bells will ring at 4:30 p.m., which is when the Hoan Bridge and other lights will go on, too.
The bells will ring four times, with each memorializing 100,000 lives lost due to the pandemic.
Other participating buildings include Discovery World, 600 East Wisconsin, 833 East Michigan, Best Place at Historic Pabst Brewery, Fiserv Forum, Lakefront Brewery, the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, the I-794 passage at Broadway and Water, Marcus Performing Arts Center, Milwaukee Art Museum, Northwestern Mutual, The Pfister Hotel, Mitchell Park Domes, U.S. Bank Center, Wisconsin Center District, as well as the North, South and Mid Gates and the American Family Insurance Amphitheater at Summerfest.
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.