R.I.P. Frank Zeidler

Sunday, July 9th, 2006 | You Call This News?

Former Milwaukee mayor Frank Zeidler passed away Friday night. He did some wonderful things for the city during his three terms in office and he was a man of integrity — something sorely lacking in politics. I’d met him a handful of times — most recently at an event we had at the studio where I work. We had (then) Mayor John Norquist in to talk about his new book and his ideas for new urbanism. Zeidler was in attendance. After the speech, I chatted with him a bit. I suggested that since Norquist was leaving office, maybe he could run again. He chuckled and said “Not a chance. But thanks.”

Several years ago, I had a wall calendar that had Zeidler’s portrait in it. The calendar is long gone, but the portrait of Zeidler still hangs on my kitchen wall. In the photo, he’s got a broad smile and a look of complete joy in his eyes. Every time I see it, I return the smile. I can’t help myself.

I loved any chance to hear him speak. He was always articulate and passionate and there was never any doubt how much he loved this city. I’m sorry I’ll never get the chance to hear him speak again.

I’m hoping to be able to stop in to his visitation on Tuesday before my Irish Fest meeting and tell his family what I’m sure everyone else there will be telling them: He was a wonderful man and he will be missed.

3 Comments to R.I.P. Frank Zeidler

meredythe bender
7/11/2006

I bet I’m the only one who visits your blog who remembers when Zeidler was mayor of Milwaukee.

Dad
7/12/2006

Nope. There are two of us…

czeltic girl
7/12/2006

Anyone else from the family wanna join in? ;)

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