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.
As a youngster I’d enjoy getting into the family Buick with Mom and Dad on a Sunday night and head over to Uncle Claude and Auntie Rose’s house.
On more than one occasion upon arrival someone would ask where the girls were, my lovely teenage cousins Claire and Claudia. My uncle would answer they were in the bathroom and then roll his eyes.
“Oh, Claude!” reacted Auntie Rose.
I’d find the bathroom door wide open with Claire and Claudia politely fighting to get mirror time. In precise unison they worked their brushes.
“What are you doing?” I inquired.
My cousins never stopped and never turned away from the mirror.
“We’re ratting our hair.”
They were kind enough to leave out the word, “silly.”
This ritual was conducted before the Fischer family all sat down to watch Ed Sullivan, the TV host who always featured the top musical performers of the time.
When the Dave Clark Five appeared as guests, Claire and Claudia, complete with reworked hairdos let out their own shrieks at the sight and sound of the British stars.
Dave Clark, who played the drums, turned 71 today.
For a brief period, the Dave Clark Five’s popularity rivaled that of the Beatles.
The Ed Sullivan Show in 1966. From left: Denis Payton, Dave Clark, Mike Smith, Rick Huxley, and Lenny Davidson.
In March of 2008, the DC5 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Denis Payton died of cancer in 2006. Mike Smith died in 2008, one month before the band received its Hall of Fame honor. Rick Huxley died this past February of emphysema.