Milwaukee Magazine Celebrates 40 Years!

To mark our anniversary, we dove deep into our archives to find the stories that made us laugh, cry or simply go, ‘hmmm.’ Join us for this decade-by-decade look back at the topics that shaped our city.

BY CHRIS DROSNER, ANN CHRISTENSON, ARCHER PARQUETTE AND MATTHEW J. PRIGGE

The Long View:

IN 1991, I walked into Milwaukee Magazine’s offices, freshly hired as a (very young, very green) fact-checker. Now, I’m the longest-standing member of the MilMag staff and the one with the greatest institutional memory. Through the years, I’ve had a close view of our storytelling: sensational crimes, corrupt politicians, wild bars, amazingly good (and amazingly bad) restaurants, and some of the most unusual and interesting personalities to walk our streets. In putting together this feature, we dipped into a voyeur’s paradise of back issues. Looking at this body of work, I felt proud to be a part of this team, in its many incarnations. This magazine ride is exhilarating, sometimes bumpy, never boring and always rewarding.

– Ann Christenson


The Eighties

Punk aesthetic in MKE, hard times for our mafioso and high times for the Brewers


The Nineties

Our most notorious resident, changing times in media and a Violent Femmes cover story

 

The Aughts

New faces of power for a reborn city – and Danny Gokey

 

The Teens

Grading the Future of Downtown, Saying Goodbye to Betty and ‘The Kohl’s Mystique’

 

 

This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s January issue.

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