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Making of Milwaukee on MPTV

I watched the first part of the Making of Milwaukee series last night, and it was pretty good for the most part. Longtime Milwaukee historian John Gurda narrarates the three part series, the second part of which airs tonight.

The series is based on Gurda's own book of the same name which came out a few years ago.

Part 2 airs tonight locally on Channel 10 WMVS at 7pm with part 3 airing Wednesday night. More information about the series is online at the Making of Milwaukee site.


At 10/10/2006 08:41:00 PM, Anonymous Mike said...

This was pretty good. Did you catch the workers at Pabst (I think it was Pabst, it might have been another brewery) got free beer and drank and average of a gallon a day! I'd love some stats on industrial accidents and breweries in those days.

Gurda also did a great job showing all the diversity in Milwaukee. It is a shame that our city remains so segregated. It is no coincidence that some of the best parts of Milwaukee; i.e. downtown, riverwest, bronzville, walker's point, the Marquette area, etc. are where Milwaukee's different groups meet.

Anyways, it is a fun series to watch, glad you mentioned it.

At 10/11/2006 02:19:00 PM, Blogger Benny B said...

I've watched both parts of the series now, and will again tonight. I hope they rerun it again sometime soon, too.

It's always important to look back and understand where you come from, and how you got here. Milwaukee needs to take the lessons of it's own history, and learn from them. Do something about what ails the city and try to solve some of the problems.

At 10/11/2006 04:52:00 PM, Blogger cambridgeJason said...

I would love to see this show but sadly, it won’t be showing on my local PBS station in Boston. Hmmm, I wonder if it could be found on bittorrent?

I own two excellent books about Milwaukee—Gurda’s ‘The Making of Milwaukee’ and Frank Zeidler’s ‘Experiences as Mayor of Milwaukee’—but being the lazy reader that I am, I haven’t been able to get through either of them.

At 10/11/2006 06:03:00 PM, Blogger Scott said...

They're selling a DVD of it on the MPTV website in exchange for $150 pledge. :)

At 10/11/2006 08:13:00 PM, Blogger Scott said...

It looks like MPTV is going to air the three parts in a row again on Sunday, Nov. 26th starting at noon on channel 10.

At 10/12/2006 12:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The series was really worth watching. They glossed over the fact Milwaukee is a very sergregated place, and barely mentioned the 1982 Brewers. It was still pretty interesting seeing where all the street/park/etc. names came from. That Mayor Hoan was a pretty dynamic guy.
-Andrew J Hansen

PS I liked seeing Ben in the American TV ad this week.

At 10/12/2006 05:04:00 PM, Blogger cambridgeJason said...

Rumor has it that my family’s contributions to the city were overlooked by the producers of the series. So, if I’m going to give a $150 contribution, I would expect the program to be amended to include the history of the Leistikow family in Milwaukee.

And if you try to tell me that my grandparents had no part of shaping today’s racial climate then you’re just a damn liar!


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