With seemingly half the city now living somewhere in the 718 (and 212), maybe it makes sense that New York is paying a little more attention to Brew City. Whatever the reason, there's been a flurry of newspaper love from the Big Apple over the past 24 hours.
First, The New York Post ran a listicle yesterday titled, "5 reasons Milwaukee is the best city in the Midwest." The Big Apple tabloid boasting headlines in the biggest type wrote, "While Chicago was busy getting kicked in The Bean these last few months (Jon Stewart’s epic Rahm Emanuel re-election rant; deadly holiday weekends; Spike Lee deciding his next joint will be "Chiraq;" stop us anytime), Milwaukee was quietly situating itself as the undisputed break-out champeen of the Midwest.
"Slight exaggeration? We don’t think so. Miltown has enjoyed one helluva good run of late. (National League Central standings, aside.)"
We say, thank you, though the Crew says, "ouch."
But don't worry Brewers' fans, the old grey lady, The New York Times, has got your back this morning with a piece on David Denson, the Brewers' farm system player who recently came out.
"In a statement, the Milwaukee Brewers called Denson 'a very courageous young man. Our goal for David is to help develop him into a major league player, just as it is for any player in our system, and we will continue to support him in every way as he chases that dream,' the team said."
And, as if to further cement the idea that Milwaukee is no Chicago wannabe, the Times also included Milwaukee in this story about mid-size market airports, noting that there had been a discussion about changing the name of Mitchell International to something like Milwaukee Chicago North Airport.
"The notion never got off the ground," the Times' Mike Tierney wrote. "'There is too much animosity in this town to be associated with Chicago,'" said Mr. Sorensen, a Milwaukeean who calls the transition in Bozeman to Yellowstone 'an absolute home run.' He added, 'There is a little-brother attitude here, and we don’t ever want to be called a little brother.'"
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.