As a graduate of Shorewood High School, I try to keep tabs on other SHS alumni. Hence, I was happy to hear that Shorewood native David Zucker, a director, writer and producer most known for "Airplane," "The Naked Gun" and "Ruthless People," will return to Wisconsin to work for the first time in 40 years.
Zucker will come to Wisconsin on Dec. 15 to shoot a commercial for the Department of Tourism.
"Wisconsin natives have made a significant contribution to our worldwide arts and culture, and under David's deft handling we expect he will also make an indelible contribution to marketing the state for tourism," says tourism secretary Stephanie Klett.
The commercial, which will depict both indoor and outdoor winter fun, will feature the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. It's scheduled to begin airing in Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Milwaukee the week of Jan. 9, 2012.
"While I haven't had opportunities to work in my home state, I remain a tried-and-true Wisconsin booster," said Zucker. "I hope this is the beginning of working on more projects in the state."
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.