Check out anything you may have missed on our show featuring MADISON, WISCONSIN where we…

“Talk about the food, the fun, the flavor. Every town or city has a story to tell, and we get to tell that story!”

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Change… “Are you good with change?” Eric wanted to ask us this question as he realized all of the innovations that have taken place in the city of Madison, Wisconsin. With the transformations of this fine city, it has still kept it’s charm and held on to the things that have always set it apart.

Wally expressed the change that the title ‘Fatherhood’ brought to his life. You no longer do anything with just numero uno in mind… He now has three littles that he has to think about first. That’s quite the change!

Our guest, Jim Herrmann, described his decision to move from Wisconsin to Utah to play football for the BYU Cougars. You want to talk about a change in culture? He arrived in the city of Provo not realizing how different campus life would be. It was also a big step for him in general. Wee little Jim was only 17 years old when he made the big move to Utah County.

I brought up the challenge I had transitioning from the king of junior high to the shrimp of high school. Everything was so new and big, I couldn’t even remember where all of my classes were. I missed the familiarity and comfort the halls of Oak Canyon Jr. brought me. I mean, I wasn’t about to go back!… but those first couple of weeks were rough.

Eric related to Jim and talked about a big move in his life as well. Eric’s family moved from Green River, Wyoming to Boston, Massachusetts. I don’t believe there are many places with as big of differences than between those two. Eric arrived like a fish out of water. Luckily, with his charismatic personality he made friends pretty quick. Eric embraced his inner Madison and took on the challenge of change keeping his inner “Wyomingite” alive.

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AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR HISTORY… in a nutshell

Our history today begins with a piece of paper.  This is a case of history being written even before it happens.  Let me explain.

In 1829, James Duane Doty, a former federal judge, bought over 1000 acres of swamp and forestland in the territory of Wisconsin.  On a piece of paper he drew up a township and named it after our 4th president, James Madison.  He named all the streets after the other 39 signers of the Declaration of Independence. 

James then lobbied for this on-paper-only-city to be made the capital of the territory.  He offered buffalo robes to freezing legislators and sold lots at discount prices to those whose vote was undecided. 

It was voted the capital in 1836.  There were no buildings, roads, or people, but there it was.  All of it’s glory yet to come.  In 10 years, Madison would be incorporated into a village with over 600 citizens. 

Wisconsin became a state in 1848 and Madison remained it’s capital.  Soon the University of Wisconsin was founded here; the first University in the state.  This was followed closely by the Railroad.   And it officially became a city in 1856 with a population of 6800 people. 

The rest, it’s been said, is history: 

Today it has been voted “Best place to live”, “best biking community”, Healthiest and happiest communities, among other accolades. 

People love it here.  It is truly a city that is not afraid of change, taking in the good of all who come and making the city that much better.  Much has been written about Madison, but maybe nothing more important than that first piece of paper, naming it and giving it birth. 

Get to know Jim Herrmann

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Former BYU football player on the 1984 championship team. Born in Milwaukee, WI, now heavily involved in business in the state of Utah.

Our One-Minute Madness Interview with Jim

  1. What size of shoe do you wear? – “17” (I swear I didn’t tailor this question to him, it was just the random one I had prepared. Seriously… 17?!)
  2. Are you a “cat person” or a “dog person” – “Dog”
  3. Where did you grow up? – “Hartland, WI”
  4. What’s your zodiac sign? – “Libra”
  5. What’s your favorite kind of cereal? – “Raisin Bran”
  6. Do you have any nicknames? – “Herm”
  7. How many siblings do you have? – “A brother and a sister”
  8. Name one word that describes you. – “Outgoing”
  9. What’s your favorite vacation spot? – “Lake Powell”
  10. Who is the first person you call when you’re having a bad day? – “My wife, Leslie”
  11. What’s your favorite NFL team? – “Green Bay Packers”

A spring day on State Street, Madison, WI, April 2013

Best of the Best of the Best “Sir!”

  1. BIKE MADISON 

    – Recently ranked among the best cycling towns by USA Today. Madison is the unofficial bike capital of the midwest. With more bikes than cars I believe they earn that title.

  2. OLBRICH BOTANICAL GARDENS 

    – Stroll 16 acres of outdoor gardens featuring stunning landscapes and Midwest-hardy plants. Visit the tropics in the Bolz Conservatory, filled with exotic plants, flowers, orchids, birds, and a waterfall.

  3. DANE COUNTY FAMERS’ MARKET 

    – It’s a Saturday and Wednesday tradition that you wont want to miss. the Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Capitol Square in Madison is one of the nation’s largest and most respected markets. It features only hand-picked Wisconsin producers selling the stuff they grow or make.

  4. WATER ACTIVITIES ON THE 5 LAKES 

    – Five lakes covering 15,000 acres, you name it, you can do it on the water here. In the winter months there is also ice-skating, ice-boating, ice-hockey, ice-fishing, CC skiing, and snow kiting.

  5. HENRY VILAS ZOO 

    – Open 365 days the community-supported Henry Vilas Zoo is full of family-friendly fun for all to enjoy. It’s a FREE zoo ’nuff said.

  6. CAMP RANDALL STADIUM UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON 

    – Camp Randall Stadium is the home for Wisconsin’s football team, the Badgers! It is ranked among the nation’s largest school-owned stadiums with the capacity of 80,321. Experience for yourself the fan favorite “Jump Around” tradition.

  7. MEMORIAL UNION TERRACE 

    – The Memorial Union is located on the shore of Lake Mendota on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On the north side of the building is the Terrace, definitely a favorite spot for students, staff, and union members. You can also enjoy “Films Through the Decades” at sundown on those summer nights.

  8. MONOA TERRACE COMMUNITY & CONVENTION CENTER 

    – A Frank Lloyd Wright design with the vision of it being the “dream civic center” that would link the shore of Lake Monona to the State Capitol. There is even a bike elevator to take riders from lake level to Wilson Street level.

  9. CAPITOL SQUARE

    – There are great restaurants, stores, and museums to see around Capitol Square. Visit the heart of Madison and really get a sense of it’s wonderful personality. Try several of the restaurants that embrace “farm to table” dining.

  10. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON ARBORETUM AND GEOLOGY MUSEUM 

    – The Arboretum is home to the oldest and most varied collection of restored ecological communities in the world. Then you have the Geology Museum with unique displays on rocks, minerals, and fossils.

  11. WISCONSIN STATE CAPITOL 

    – Offering beautiful mosaics and towering marble columns, the granite structured Wisconsin State Capitol provides a rich history of the state’s diverse ethnic heritage. Open to the public, experience the Capitol through a free guided tour or explore on your own.

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Our Take Away

Wally never realized just how big cranberries are in Wisconsin. You better believe he’s taking a visit to one of their bogs to see how everything’s done in person.

I had forgotten how much I love deep fried cheese curds! I need to get my cheese curd fix here soon, my mouth is drooling just thinking about it.

Jim overall just enjoyed being on the show (that’s nice Jim, but you don’t need to suck up to us ;)). It was nice for him to sit back and talk about the great place he grew up.

Eric’s take away was, “start with a good foundation,” bringing up Jim’s shoe size again *ahem…17! But along with a solid foundation and giving a nod to where you have come from, embrace change and the good that can come with it!

We’ve had a lot of fun talking about MADISON, WI, Join us next time for Traveling with Eric Dowdle

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