By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published May 16, 2018 at 8:35 AM

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church suffered a devastating fire on Tuesday. But it's been on the scene in Milwaukee since 1878 – and its congregation even longer, since 1847 – and a lot of life has been lived inside its sturdy cream city brick walls.

One hundred and forty years of...

Sunday school classes
First communions
Good Fridays
Confirmation classes
Passings of the peace
Community outreach
Organ concerts
Family feuds
Christmas Eves
Church picnics
Prayers for the sick
Coffee hours

Let's hope it may again look like this...

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

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 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.