Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Milwaukee 14

First, let me tell everyone that I am aware that there were some sound issues with the previous post - those tracks have been replaced with higher quality sound files.

Also, thanks to those of you who chased down the details of those heard on the tape. First, I was given a link to Jack Sterling's 10th anniversary show, which is here. Second, a few people confirmed that the DJ/singer in the second segment is Bea Wain. Wikipedia states that "Deep Purple" was one of multiple number one hits that she had, but it would be more accurate to say that Larry Clinton had those number one hits, around 15 years before the tape I shared, and Wain was the vocalist on his band's recordings.

Thanks to everyone for reading, letting me know about issues, and commenting and filling in the details.

And now for something completely different:


Here's an interesting little slice of life from a very specific moment in time.

The Milwaukee 14 were a group of people who took part in an act of civil disobedience in the fall of 1968 to protest the Vietnam war. You can read about them here. From that site, here's a brief explanation:

The writer at that site states that the event was "an act of civil disobedience that I took part in back in the summer of 1968 — September 24 — when the Vietnam War was raging. A group of fourteen people broke into nine draft boards that had offices side by side in a Milwaukee office building, put the main files into burlap bags, then burned the papers with homemade napalm in a small park in front of the office building while reading aloud from the Gospel. We awaited arrest, were jailed for a month, freed on bail, then tried the following year, after which we went to prison for more than a year (for most of us it was 13 months)."

What I have here is a radio interview done with one of the fourteen, Michael Cullen. The interview, as you will hear, was done after he had been found guilty, but before he was sentenced, and it is mentioned that by the time the recording would be aired, Cullen would be in jail, as he intended to start serving his sentence immediately.

Beyond saying that I find this a fairly fascinating little conversation (and adding that the tape cuts off in what appears to be just moments before the end of the actual show that was broadcast), this is offered up without comment.

Download: Interview with Michael Cullen


  1. The thick "RFK" sounding accent must have helped promote his struggle...


  2. What a story. And the website, answering questions from an 8th grader while explaining the backstory, is priceless! Thanks for this effort, Bob!

  3. This may have been from a WOKY-Talky show, judging from a little digging. Cullen was still alive as late as 2001—he might still be alive today and I wonder what his perspective is on this now.