The baby boomers make their presence felt in the Madison School System.
This week in 1961, Madison police were dealing with marauding gangs of unruly teens creating havoc on State Street. Exactly seven years later, they were confronting serious charges of racism.
Madison, mid-July 1968. The UW Regents, now dominated by appointees of Republican Gov. Warren Knowles. strike back at students. And new radical Ald. Paul Soglin makes his presence felt.
It’s Mayor Otto Festge and the cops against Chancellor Fleming and the students … a sharp partisan fight in a non-partisan setting … and the queen of the cop shop gets her comeuppance.
First week of July, 1967 — patriotism and protest in city parks, big developments in educational administration and housing, and a weekend for the ages at the new County Coliseum.
Three years in a row in the late sixties, the third week of May brought unprecedented protests — occupation, obstruction and arson.