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11.27.2013 | | Posted at 01:47 PM

A Chapter from Great Lakes History on DVD

By David Luhrssen
  November is a perilous month on the Great Lakes as gale force winds raise mountains of water rivaling any storm on the Atlantic. The bottom of Lake Michigan is littered with shipwrecks. One of the most famous, the schooner Rouse Simmons, is the subject of a documentary by Wisconsin filmmaker Bob Leff, Chicago’s Christmas Tree Ship. The Simmons went down with a load of ...
10.22.2012 | | Posted at 08:32 AM
By David Luhrssen
  Wisconsin is a Mecca for light sport flying enthusiasts and winged hobbyists of all sorts. According to the documentary Icarus Envy, the first ultra light was built in 1974 by a Milwaukeean, who rigged a motor to a hang glider. Wisconsin filmmaker Bob Leff interviews many owner-builders of trikes, chutes and other oddball flying machines, some of them resembling the contraptions th...
09.29.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Unusual rises from a grassy green field alongside the highway between Sauk City and Baraboo, drawing visitors and random passersby to stop on the shoulder for a look. The 10-acre site, called Dr. Evermor�s Sculpture Park, is one of several extravagant displays of outsider art in the Wisconsin countryside. Dr. Evermor is the nom de arte of Tom Every, whose work in demolition eventually turned h...
08.29.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Frank Lloyd Wright grew up at the end of the horse-drawn age in rural Wisconsin, an environment that stimulated rather than stunted his imagination. When comparing the houses he designed at the turn of the 20th century to their Late Victorian neighbors, Wright looks like a visitor from the future, yet he was grounded in age-old principles. His engineering was poetry. His buildings are made fro...
08.08.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
The Holler House (2042 W. Lincoln Ave.) is a Milwaukee institution, worthy not only of an entry in any local version of Fodor but of mention in a guidebook to the United States. Established in 1908, the Holler House is said to be the longest running bowling alley in America. And it�s among the only places of its kind with only two lanes, made of old-fashioned wood, not composite sheets. Also, ...
07.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Parts of director Michael Mann�s Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger, were filmed in Wisconsin. Aside from any incentives offered by the state, one reason was the ability to use an actual location of a shoot-out between Dillinger and his nemesis, FBI Special Agent Melvin Purvis. The Little Bohemia Lodge, a resort in Manitowish Waters, still stands today with a few bullet scare...