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Remembering Billie the Brownie

Published Nov. 26, 2012

The holidays were also a very special time in our house. I grew up with a Jewish father, an Episcopalian mother and a Roman Catholic grandmother. In the spirit of ecumenical harmony, we always celebrated Christmas in our house, complete with family traditions. But there was no tradition that could match Billie the Brownie.


Geenen relives the glory days of Schuster's and Gimbels

Published Nov. 25, 2012

As the holiday season dawned last year, author Michael Lisicky conjured the heyday of Milwaukee's Downtown shopping culture with "Gimbels Has It!." Now, the same publisher has issued Paul Geenan's "Schuster's & Gimbels: Milwaukee's Beloved Department Stores," which charts the course of Brew City's two legendary retailers and recounts their eventual merger.


Billie the Brownie: Milwaukee's forgotten icon?

Published Feb. 3, 2003

Milwaukee has seen its share of advertising icons, from Crazy TV Lenny to the personified Klement's Sausages. But once upon a time, a little elf named Billie the Brownie innocently -- and successfully -- sold products to Milwaukeeans.

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