Just because you never hear good things about Bradley Tech High School in Walker's Point doesn't mean there isn't any. Perhaps the key to hearing positive news about Tech is looking beyond Milwaukee. (That's kind of a sad commentary, isn't it?)
You could look at pages 30-33 of the latest issue of NYSE magazine – that's the Second Quarter 2011 issue. There, you'll find an article by Susan Caminiti about Rockwell Automation's work to "achieve a greater competitive edge."
Part of that work is Rockwell's involvement with STEM teaching and Project Lead the Way at Vieau (across the street from Tech) and other Milwaukee Public Schools. Here's the story I wrote about that in December.
Especially exciting for kids at Bradley Tech is Erin Patrice O'Brien's full-page photo that accompanies the article.
The image, taken at the FIRST Robotics Competition at Bradley Tech, shows Rockwell CEO Keith Nosbusch with a group of Tech students.
You can read a bit more here about the team of kids from Tech and Rufus King who participated in this year's FIRST Robotics Competition.
Though you rarely hear it from you state and local politicians and the local media, I say, good for you, Tech!
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.