Recently, I encouraged you to submit photos of Milwaukee arches via social media for a contest to win a prize package from Historic Milwaukee Inc. The details of the contest can be seen here.
Basically, there were no rules, because I wanted you to be unfettered. And I'm pleased to report that after consulting with Stacy Swadish, executive director of Historic Milwaukee, we have a winner.
And, to my mind, it's a winner for a number of reasons. Though there were a number of really great photos submitted, I liked Emily's because it's attractive as an image, the rays of the sun really make it a golden arch, and because I love the arboretum and the Urban Ecology Center and this arch.
But, most of all, I like that despite the fact that in my post I focused on arches on buildings – and especially older buildings – Emily looked elsewhere to find a gorgeous Milwaukee arch.
For her winning photo, Emily will receive a prize package from Historic Milwaukee that includes a free one-year membership to HMI – which includes free access to all regularly scheduled walking tours – a Doors Open Milwaukee pint glass, a Doors Open patch and bumper sticker and six passes valid for any 2015 HMI walking tour, to share with your friends and family.
Thanks to everyone for submitting their fabulous photos and congratulations to Emily!
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.