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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 56, Number 12 (April 15, 1955)

The man who invented "monopoly",   pp. 29-32

Page 31

              Grassroots Theater
                  (continued from page 16)
only the actual drama producing groups of the state but also
interested individuals from all aspects of community life.
  The "Notes for a General Wisconsin Drama Plan" went on
to suggest that a magazine be established to serve as a
medium for the expression of ideas and as a means of offering
some needed instruction. This publication would serve as a
clearing house for the state-wide organization of groups and
individuals. I also noted the need for research projects and
hoped that I might find time for some research and writing
myself. I concluded that I considered the fundamental prin-
ciples of the proposed drama plan to be a reflection of con-
temporary and past life and themes of the region. In this
sense it was proposed as an educational service for developing
the native talents of the region and for raising general
dramatic standards. I hoped to make the drama a liVing factor
in the people's lives. I noted, finally, that since I wanted to
establish a lasting work in Wisconsin the beginnings of such
a work must be carefully planned with the roots of the work
in the people.
   Practically everyone in the University connected with the
program was in substantial agreement on the plan. I was
encouraged to develop the entire program slowly- and care-
fully and to feel free to make use of every facility within the
province of the three sponsoring colleges.
JPRESUME that my' selection of the title ''Wisconsin Idea
   Theater" for the new drama program was the result of my
probing into backgrounds. I was greatly impressed by what
I had read about Thomas Dickinson and the Wisconsin
Dramatic Society. The Society's purpose had encompassed a
regional approach to drama very similar to my own. It was
soon after I had learned the details of the Wisconsin Dramatic
Society that the idea of calling the project "The Wisconsin
Idea Theater" simply occurred to me as I was walking across
the campus. "Wisconsin Idea Theater" seemed to indicate a
number of points about the plan, including its state-wide
scope and its fundamental idea (already accepted by me as
essential) of integrating the meaning of the Wisconsin Idea
in education with the need for a broad penetration of the
field of the cultural arts.
   It was a brave name full of brave hope. My optimism was
boundless, and I could only consider that the Wisconsin people
would wclcome the new Wisconsin Idea Theater with open
arms. And indeed, the opening publicity guns brought forth
a mass of comment both oral and written which fluttered
down on Leslie Brown and me and lifted us to wild dreams of
a truly overpowering cultural emphasis in the Badger State.
   In fact, the lavish publicity became at times almost unbear-
able. Our statements that the spirit and tradition of the Wis-
consin portion of the upper Middle West were to be investi-
'rated and turned to creative use were pounced upon by eager
and inventive reporters who seemed willing to go to any
length to plumb the comic news-value of my arrival in
   I was caught by- reporters one afternoon in the rathskeller
of the Wisconsin Union. A dozen coffee cups were quickly
placed on the table in front of me and a quick-triggered
newsphotographer caught my homely visage like a pale and
doubtful sun above the small mountain of cups. A caption
above the picture on the front page of the 117isconsin Slate
,l,/)rn.r/ statcd that "Caw'fee helps a man think" and the story
under the picture characterized me as a deceivingly tired-
looking addition to the University of Wisconsin faculty who
  Herman C. NOLEN has been elected pres-
ident of the National Wholesale Druggists'
Association. He is now executive vice presi-
dent of McKesson and Robbins, Inc., New
  Dr. R. H. LUECK has been elected vice
president in charge of the research and tech-
nical department of the American Can Co.
Dr. Lueck's headquarters are in New York.
  Foimer Governor of Wisconsin Philip F.
LA FOLLETTE was recently elected presi-
dent of the Hazeltine Electronics Corp. in
Long Island, N. Y. Mr. La Follette intends
to return to Madison from his new home in
New York a few days each month.
1922.        .      .........          W
  Dr. Anthony J. BIANCO      was recently
elected president of the St. Louis County
Medical Society for 1956. Dr. Bianco has
practiced in Duluth, Minnesota for the past
;0 years.
  Dr. Charles D. BYRNE has resigned from
the Chancellorship of the Oregon    State
System of Higher Education. He has served
in this capacity since 1950.
  It has been learned that Dr. Clifford H.
HARVILLE is now a physician in Warsaw.
New York.
1923.        .      .........          W
  John SLEZAK recently resigned as Under
Secretary of the Army. Secretary of the Army
Robert T. Stevens announced the resignation
with regret, and said that Slezak's service to
the Army had been outstanding. He planned
to return to Sycamore. Ill., where he heads a
brass works.
APRIL, 1955
  Chester F. SCHMIDT     has been trans-
ferred from the Detroit office of the J. 0.
Engineering Corporation to the main office
at New York. where hc is vice president and
sales manager.
B. E. KUECHLE, '12, has been named a gen-
eral vice president of Employers Mutuals of
Wausau. A veteran of 41 years with the
company, he'll continue to broadly supervise
the claims department. He played a large part
in the development of workmen's compensation.
1924.        .      .........         W
  The Wisconsin Public Service Corp. has
named Harold P. TAYLOR as president of
that organization. Mr. Taylor has been with
Wisconsin Public Service for the past 30
  Representative Lester JOHNSON, Black
River Falls, Wisconsin, was recently named
to the House Agriculture Committee.
  Ferdinand T. PRICE of Portage, Wiscon-
sin, has been assigned to Egypt as a voca-
tional agriculture specialist in the foreign
operations administration's technical co-oper-
ation program.
  Walter RENK. secretary-treasurer of Wil-
liam F. Renk and Sons., Sun Prairie, traveled
extensively through the middlewest recently
to get ideas for a livestock feeding system in
  The board of Research Products Corp. in
Madison has named Ragnar E. ONSTAD as
the new chairman. He is also president of
the firm.
  Colonel August W. SPITTLER is serving
in Japan, where he is chief surgeon of the
Central Command's 8059th Army Unit at the
Tokyo Army Hospital.
  Emil F. STIELOW has been named the
new chief deputy clerk of the federal court
in Madison. He has been bailiff in the
federal court for 11 years.
  A testimonial dinner by 250 persons hon-
ored  0. H. PLENZKE, Madison. Mr.
Plcenzke is a retired secretary of the Wiscon-
-In Education Association.
  Walter E. THOMAS is now a chemist for
the Sinclair Rcfg. Co in Harvey. Illinois.

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