Pubdate: Tue, 19 Apr 2005
Source: Capital Times, The  (WI)
Copyright: 2005 The Capital Times
Author: Doug Moe
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)
Note: Relevant passage is second to last paragraph: "Madison medical 
marijuana advocates Gary Storck and Jacki Rickert received the Peter 
McWilliams Award for outstanding achievement for their advocacy at a NORML 
conference in San Francisco earlier this month.


CHIC YOUNG, who by one reliable account (his), installed the very first 
television set in Madison, came full circle over the weekend when he 
received a lifetime achievement award from WYOU, the city's public access 
cable channel. The award will now be given annually and called the Chic 
Young Outstanding Achievement Award for Extraordinary Contribution.

Young received his honor from Mayor Dave Cieslewicz at the WYOU Awards 
Saturday night at the Overture Center. The first of what will be annual 
awards were a big hit, according to WYOU executive director Whitney Wilcox. 
Wilcox pointed out that WYOU generally makes news when something outrageous 
finds its way onto the air. The awards were a chance to recognize the hard 
work and talent of the people - many of them volunteers - who make the 
station run.

Young, who turns 80 soon, has done it all in local TV. He's hosted shows on 
the commercial stations, helped get cable off the ground in Madison, and 
still doesn't despair of building a national radio and television museum 
here. He's been with WYOU since the station's inception in 1975.

As for that first TV set, he installed it in February 1948 in the Shorewood 
Hills home of Ted Rundell, whose father started the longtime men's clothing 
store here. "The programming consisted of 'Felix the Cat' and not much 
else," Young once told me. "About the same time Evans Radio installed a TV 
in the old Congress Bar on Main Street, but the reception was so bad they 
wouldn't pay for it." ...

CIESLEWICZ WAS also on hand Friday night to name this past weekend "Steve 
Born Weekend" during a Monona Terrace dinner honoring Born's 35 years as a 
professor and conservationist at the UW-Madison. Cieslewicz, County Exec 
Kathleen Falk and state Sen. Spencer Black all gave Born credit for 
environmental tutoring early in their careers. Also on hand: the UW's Al 
Fish, environmentalist Brett Hulsey, photographer Brent Nicastro and UW 
cable TV expert Barry Orton. ... Orton's son, Josh Orton, a Madison West 
grad, is now working in New York City as senior producer of Air America's 
evening show, "The Majority Report." The liberal radio network - which 
called on local broadcast veterans Terry and Mary Kelly in getting over 
some early financial trouble, can be heard in Madison on WXXM-FM/92.1. ...

Great turnout Sunday for longtime Madison golf pro George Schiro's 80th 
birthday celebration. Among those who gathered at the Nakoma Golf Club were 
Schiro's golf pal Mike Gentilli, recently returned from The Masters 
tournament in Georgia; former longtime Blackhawk head pro Mike Schnarr, who 
is now teaching at Vitense Golfland; former State Treasurer Charlie Smith; 
Joe "Buffo" Cerniglia, legendary man about town, or at least the old 
Greenbush; reigning men's city golf champ Chuck Hinners; and Bob and Geri 
Royko - Geri's dad, the late amateur golf great Steve Caravello, was one of 
Schiro's best friends. ...

Producers for the Discovery Channel's "Amazing Babies" program were in 
Madison last week filming a segment for an upcoming episode. The show will 
feature Madison Fire Department paramedics helping re-enact a memorable 
childbirth from February, when a woman gave birth in a car on East 
Washington Avenue after the car her husband was driving was pulled over by 
a Wisconsin State Patrol officer, who called paramedics. ... Former 
Edgewood High School President Tom Shipley has been named director of 
stewardship and development for the Diocese of Madison. Bishop Robert C. 
Morlino said Shipley's past development and fundraising experience should 
help with the diocese's "efforts to raise a beautiful new St. Raphael 
Cathedral from the ashes of our sorrow and loss." The church was gutted by 
an arson fire last month. .

Madison medical marijuana advocates Gary Storck and Jacki Rickert received 
the Peter McWilliams Award for outstanding achievement for their advocacy 
at a NORML conference in San Francisco earlier this month. ...

MOE KNOWS: Jorge Drexler was on NPR's "All Things Considered" over the 
weekend and the Uruguay native talked about how he composed his 
Oscar-winning song from "Al otro lad del rio" (from "The Motorcycle 
Diaries") while vacationing in Madison. Drexler is close friends with 
Madison musicians Ben and Leo Sidran, and Leo produced the song. "I was 
having my holidays in Madison, Wisconsin," Drexler told NPR host Jennifer 
Ludden, "and I received the ('Diaries') script, I remember, late in the 
afternoon. I read it. Went to sleep very moved by the story and woke up 
with the idea in my head that I head to write about the scene of the river. 
So that's it. I wrote the song. I recorded it in my laptop in Madison."
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