Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Proxmire memorial Friday

A memorial service remembering U.S. Sen. William Proxmire will be at noon on Friday, in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. The service is open to the public.

The program for the memorial service will include words of remembrance by Reps. Dave Obey and Ron Kind; Sens. Herb Kohl, Russ Feingold, and Joe Biden; Proxmire friends John Finerty, Matt Flynn, and Leonard S. Zubrensky; former Gov. Pat Lucey, and Gov. Jim Doyle.

Following the speakers, a short film entitled, “One of a Kind," memorializing Prosmire's life, will be shown. The film will be introduced by Judge Richard D. Cudahy, of the U.S. Court of Appeals (and a onetime chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.)

A Book of Remembrance will be placed on the ground level of the State Capitol Rotunda for the public to write memories of Prox from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday. Proxmire’s Capitol portrait and a video presentation of photos will be on display near the Book of Remembrance.

Others attending the service will include Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, Reps. Tammy Baldwin and Mark Green, and former Wisconsin Govs. Tommy Thompson and Tony Earl. Other former and current statewide officials, Supreme Court justices, and legislators also will attend.

Governor Doyle will issue an Executive Order ordering the flags of the United States and of Wisconsin to fly at half staff at all buildings, grounds, and military installations in the state of Wisconsin on the day of the memorial service.

The memorial service will be broadcast on Wisconsin Public Television at 8:30 p.m. CST on Friday. The service will also be webcast live at: Tapes of the memorial service will be available for purchase and will cost $25. Those interested should contact Evey Fleming, Wisconsin Public Television, at 608-263-4575.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to the following organizations:

The Wisconsin Historical Foundation
Attn: Peter Gottlieb
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706

The Copper Ridge Institute
Attn: Cindy Yingling and Kathleen Curry
710 Obrecht Road
Sykesville, MD 20817


At 5:03 PM, Blogger nosefornews said...


I was too young to really remember Proxmire but his Golden Fleece awards symbolized responsible public service for a youngster with an interest in poitics and good government.

And Rowen and Martin had fun parodying the awards with their Flying Fickle Finger of Fate awards. Ah those were the days.


At 8:27 PM, Blogger Other Side said...

I got to shake his hand in front of Bend Drugs in West Bend around 1971-72. I was just 15-16 and thought he was kind of goofy. I came to appreciate his zeal for public service when I was older.

I had completely forgotten about the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate award. Thanks for the memory.


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