July 3, 2005

Goodbye to Governor Nelson.

Gaylord Nelson, the former governor of Wisconsin, founder of Earth Day, has died.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asked a panel of historians and other experts to name the century's 10 most significant people in Wisconsin. Nelson ranked fourth, behind Robert M. (Fighting Bob) La Follette, naturalist, philosopher and author Aldo Leopold, and architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

8 comments:

Dave said...

Funny. I was at the Guggenheim last week, and I overheard a french couple say something like "Well, Wisconsin's cheese sucks, but Frank Lloy Wright was an impressive architect."

The Mojician said...

Where did Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch appear on the list?

Lars said...

Rodger Schultz has proposed a monument for Gaylord Nelson, :)

http://rschultz.blogspot.com/2005/07/i-always-liked-name-gaylord.html

Mark the Pundit said...

No Brett Favre? A travesty of a list I say!

Ann Althouse said...

Lars: I guess no one names their son "Gaylord" anymore. I have a vague memory of a big store named Gaylord's (in NJ).

lindsey said...

It's impossible to believe that once upon a time there really were parents who entertained naming their children such a name. For shame!

Ann Althouse said...

Lindsey: The trick is to figure out what foolish thing we're obliviously doing now.

Anyway, I think Gaylord is a pretty well-established last name.

Dave said...

The only Gaylord I can think of is the baseball player Gaylord Perry.