Indeed there was: my Milwaukee engineering pal Chris Tarr.
Unfortunately, I was reminded of this by an e-mail from Chris on Monday letting me know that another member of our Milwaukee dinner group, historian and author Dick Golembiewski, had died of a heart attack while shoveling snow.
Dick was just 51 years old, and his death leaves a great void, for while he had finished his magnum opus, Milwaukee Television History: The Analog Years, it turns out that he had started work on a similarly comprehensive history of Milwaukee radio. I guess now we’ll never know just what bits of Brew City broadcast history Dick would have pulled together in that volume.
I can’t imagine any better tribute to Dick than suggesting that anyone with any interest at all in broadcast history order a copy of his book and read it. You’ll learn about one of the nation’s most fascinating TV markets, and a lot about early TV in general, and Dick’s work will live on as a result.
(And by the way – yes, I’m well aware of what day this is, and I sure wish this were some kind of a joke…alas, it isn’t.)