Lake Effect

Ralph and Terry Kovel are famous names in the world of antiques and collectibles.

Ralph was born in Milwaukee; when his family moved to Ohio, he met Terry Horvitz on a blind date. The couple's career took off in 1953 with the publication of their first "catalog" called Kovels' Dictionary of Marks. Their success lead to a newspaper column, television show and more.

WUWM's Susan Bence met Terry Kovel when she was in town for a home and garden show at State Fair Park.

Connie and Gordon Lee adopted four bi-racial children in the 1960s.

WUWM’s Susan Bence visited with the family on Christmas Eve and produced a sound portrait. We first heard the Lees' story in a Milwaukee StoryCorps interview that aired on Lake Effect last October, and much earlier, in a 1966 article in the Milwaukee Journal.

A Frigid Night 40 Years Ago

Dec 17, 2007

WUWM Morning Edition host Bob Bach shares a story of a frigid Milwaukee night more than 40 years ago. Bach grew up in Milwaukee near 83rd and Locust. The irresistible girlfriend who drew him across town on that winter evening was Joan, his wife of 35 years.

Cynthia Akey

WUWM's Project Milwaukee: Creating A Vibrant Regional Economy forum was held on Thursday, November 15th, 2007 at the UWM School of Continuing Education.

The 90-minute community forum brought together community leaders and the public to discuss issues of economic development, growth, and jobs in the Milwaukee region.Bob Bach and Jane Hampden served as moderators.

Susan Bence collected some of the comments made during that discussion.

Panelists included:

Public Policy Forum

Nov 16, 2007

Jeffrey Brown is president of Milwaukee’s Public Policy Forum. He talks with Jane Hampden about government redundancy, education and Wisconsin taxes in the final interview of Lake Effect’s Project Milwaukee series.

Regional 'Cooperation' in southeastern Wisconsin

Nov 15, 2007

John Antaramian is mayor of Kenosha; he’s held the office for 13 years. He talks with Jane Hampden about regional cooperation… or lack of it… as part of WUWM’s Project Milwaukee series. WUWM’s community forum, Project Milwaukee: Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy, takes place Thursday at four o’clock on the 7th floor of the Plankinton Building in downtown Milwaukee. WUWM will record the discussion and air the forum on Lake Effect Monday, November 19th.

Minorities in Real Estate

Nov 14, 2007

Mark Eppli is founder of the ACRE program at Marquette University, which stands for Associates in Commercial Real Estate. It’s a training program for minorities in commercial real estate. Eppli is Bell Chair of Real Estate at Marquette. Barry Mandel, president of Milwaukee’s Mandel Group, is funding the ACRE program for the next three years with a one-hundred-five thousand dollar grant.

The Third Ward's Evolution

Nov 13, 2007

Milwaukee native Ron San Felippo is president of the Historic Third Ward Association. He talks with Jane Hampden about the evolution of the neighborhood as part of WUWM’s series, Project Milwaukee: Creating A Vibrant Regional Economy.

Community Development

Nov 12, 2007

Howard Snyder is executive director of the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation. He’s held the job for 25 years. He talks with Jane Hampden as part of WUWM’s Project Milwaukee series on economic development.

City Planning

Nov 9, 2007

Peter Park is manager of Community Planning and Development for the city of Denver. He spoke with Jane Hampden. Park was Milwaukee city planner under former Mayor John Norquist. Next Thursday, November 15th, WUWM will host a forum on economic development, Project Milwaukee: Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy.

Vouchers and Choice in Milwaukee Public Schools

Nov 8, 2007

Howard Fuller is founder of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University and a supporter of school choice. He’s a former superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. He talks with Jane Hampden about vouchers, choice, and ideas for reform of Milwaukee Public Schools as part of WUWM’s series, Project Milwaukee: Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy.

Minority Brain Drain

Nov 7, 2007

Tannette Johnson-Elie is a business columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She writes about minority-owned businesses and issues in Milwaukee. She speaks with Jane Hampden about minority “brain drain” as part of Lake Effect’s series of interviews for Project Milwaukee: Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy.

Barry Mandel is a Milwaukee native and president of The Mandel Group, a development and real estate company. As part of WUWM’s Project Milwaukee series, he shares the benefits and challenges of doing business in his hometown. Mandel was one of the first developers to recognize the potential of Milwaukee’s downtown.

Efforts to Develop a Regional Economy

Nov 5, 2007

Lake Effect kicks off WUWM’s Project Milwaukee series with Marc Levine, founder and director of the Center for Economic Development at UW-Milwaukee. He talks with Jane Hampden about unemployment and job creation in Southeast Wisconsin, and efforts to develop a regional economy.

Milwaukee Sucks?

Nov 5, 2007

Lake Effect contributor Kurt Chandler reads an essay we like to call Milwaukee Sucks. Chandler is a senior editor of Milwaukee Magazine and author of Shaving Lessons: A Memoir of Father and Son. After the essay we hear Milwaukee’s own Sigmund Snopek III and his classic, Thank God This Isn’t Cleveland.

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