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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

The Year of My Mother: Happy New Year and hold the herring!


"THE YEAR OF MY MOTHER" IS A YEAR-LONG SERIES OF BLOGS DEDICATED TO MY DEAR, SWEET MOM WHO DIED IN EARLY JANUARY OF THIS YEAR. I PLAN TO DEVOTE SPECIAL BLOGS THROUGHOUT 2010 TO MY MOM WITH SPECIAL REFLECTIONS AND MEMORIES THAT I HOPE WILL INSPIRE READERS AND CAPTURE THE TRUE SPIRIT AND CHARACTER THAT WAS THE GREATEST WOMAN I HAVE EVER KNOWN.



Staying in this New Year’s Eve? Yeh, so are we. Guess some of us aren’t 25 anymore.

Before I knew what “going out” New Year’s Eve was all about, that night was spent with Mom and Dad and a huge slice of Americana that is probably no more.

Dinner was dinner. Something nice, of course, but nothing super special. The cool stuff was reserved for the late night snacks.

And this is where Mom being Mom comes in. She made sure everyone else was happy and taken care of, first and foremost. Unselfish Mom would finish, as always, in the distance.


Dad would hope for, and always get, his December 31 favorites, starting with….

Herring.

Not just any herring.

Ma Baensch herring.

Of course, there were the obligatory cheese and crackers.

And raw beef.

Raw beef and onions.

Raw beef and onions on cocktail/snack rye bread.

Raw beef and onions on cocktail/snack rye bread with salt and pepper.

Outside of the cheese and some sliced sausage, my mother didn't care much about thta herring, and definitely turned thumbs down at the raw beef. But it was always on the bill of fare.

At 10:00, the latest TV news. Usually Channel 6 as I recall.

Then at 10:30, the live broadcast from New York's Waldorf Astoria with Guy Lombardo and his Orchestra.

Every woman was outfitted in full length gown, every gent in a tuxedo. Most wore party hats. As they attempted to dance, they were squeezed in tighter than a can of Ma Baensch sardines.

Because I was too young, and because my RCA transistor was accustomed to top 40, the air of sophistication and sheer joy of that elegant atmosphere was simply lost on a kid who’d rather been out in the back yard kicking a football.

Dad would often fall asleep snoring on the couch shortly after 11:00 when Guy had already proclaimed Happy New Year to America from New York. That left Mom and I to watch more of Guy with his nasally voice and baton and his Royal Canadians.

Every year, The Sweetest Music this Side of Heaven. Every year, Boo Hoo.

Corny, silly, strange. I would roll my eyes.

 




Then at midnight, Mom would gently wake up Dad, wish him a Happy New Year, and we'd call it a night.

God how I wish I could relive those nights.


1) God Bless You, Mom

2) Culinary no-no: The Audrey Fischer Edition

3) The Year of My Mother

4) The Year of My Mother - Jimmy Dean

5) The Year of My Mother - "The scarier the better."

6) The Year of My Mother: Erin Go Bragh

7) Goodnight everyone, and have a memorable weekend!

8) The Year of My Mother - Mother's Day

9) The Year of My Mother: The charming July 4th police officer


10) The Year of My Mother: Grandparents Day

11) The Year of My Mother: O Tannenbaum

12) The Year of My Mother: Happy New Year and hold the herring!

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