Editor’s Letter: Of Priests and Lions

Priests, lions, Paul Ryan, fashion and more can be found in the September edition of the Milwaukee Magazine. Editor-in-Chief Carole Nicksin highlights a few of her favorite stories in this month’s editor’s letter.

I’m always on the lookout for a good story, which is how Father Tim Kitzke first came on my radar. In the spring, shortly after I arrived in Milwaukee from New York, I was having drinks with a group of new friends who were cluing me in on the best things the city has to offer. They mentioned a priest so inspiring that the faithful track where he will be preaching on a given Sunday and follow him there. I was intrigued.

The next day, I asked some of the editors here about this Father Tim. Turns out Tom Tolan had proposed a story on Kitzke before I stepped into the editor’s role, and had already done some reporting. After a bit of discussion, we decided that we should go ahead with a story in the magazine. In the resulting profile, which starts on page 34, Tom delves into what makes Father Tim so popular, and also gives voice to some of the priest’s detractors. It’s an excellent read that reveals a lot about the demands facing a modern-day priest.

If fall equals fashion to you, then you’ll definitely want to check out “A Night at the Museum” on page 48. We did the photo shoot at the Milwaukee Public Museum, and the staff there kept us entertained with tales about the museum’s history. Our favorite anecdote was about Simba, a lion cub that a group of local men brought back from Africa, where they were gathering specimens for the museum. Little Simba lived on the roof of the building that is now the library (this was 1929, and the museum and the library shared the space). He was particularly fond of a wooden bowling ball, which resulted in a chipped tooth that got infected and landed him in the hospital. There, the veterinarian suggested that Simba might be better off in a zoo, so they relocated him to the Washington Park Zoological Garden, and renamed him Sim, as there was already a Simba in residence. When he died, Sim was stuffed, and is now on display in the African Hall at the museum. Kind of a strange, yet interesting, story, wouldn’t you say?

Oh, but I digress. I really meant to tell you about the gorgeous clothes in this feature and about all the other great articles in this issue, including an interview with U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and a fascinating feature about local war vets who are using acting to help cope with PTSD (written by senior culture editor Claire Hanan, who also produced the fashion pages).

But that’s how storytelling goes, with one good tale leading to another, rarely in a linear path. I hope you like the stories we’ve packed into this issue as much as I do. And if you have a story you’d like to share, let me know. I’m all ears.

Carole Nicksin

‘Of Priests and Lions’ appears in the September issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Editor-in-chief Carole Nicksin has worked in publishing for over 20 years. Prior to joining the staff of Milwaukee Magazine, she was the style director at All You, a Time Inc. publication. She also served as decorating editor at Home magazine. Carole has written for the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, InStyle and numerous other publications.