Weird Wisconsin conference update
- Hi All --
I've finally got the ok from two more speakers, so I have at least a
full day of programming, plus who knows what I might come up with yet.
I'm thinking of these two as "soft" weirdness.
Added to the schedule are:
Susan Lampert Smith, columnist for the Wisconsin State Journal.
Susan's columns often get picked up by various state newspapers, and I
think she wrote for the St. Paul Dispatch for a time back in the late
1980s. Several of her columns were collected in *Greetings from
Wisconsin*. Susan's covered what I think of as the "eccentric beat,"
covering everything from UFOs to ghosts to people with odd habits or odd
collections or just plain unique individuals. I enjoy her column a lot,
and I always find a lot of fascinating info. The quiet side of
Diana Cook is principal researcher for Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know
radio program and co-author with him of the forthcoming *Wisconsin
Curiosities*, a book about more "soft" weirdness around the state.
Diana says she'd like to focus on some of the collecting mania and
obsessions she's run across, from gigantic balls of twine to cat
whiskers to raggedy anns to entire houses jampacked full of stuff (like
mine). I had a fun evening at a party one night talking to Diana about
weirdness, and her presentation should be a lot of fun.
I'll be putting up a registration form sometime over the weekend and
fixing up the conference page. I think there's a great lineup and the
program should be one of a kind and hope ya'll can make it.