From a de-comissioned missile site to the worlds largest music festival, Milwaukee made Summerfest, and Summerfest has helped shape Milwaukee.
Former Summerfest executive, Elizabeth "Bo" Black, passed away today. Here is OnMilwaukee's last interview with her.
If Bo Black was a big part of the story of Summerfest in the 1980s and `90s, her departure was one of the early landmarks of the first decade of the new millennium. The other was the arrival of new director Don Smiley and his dedication to improving the Big Gig's home.
While Summerfest was in growth mode in the 1970s, the next decade brought the Big Gig to an entirely new level, introducing us to Bo Black and building the Marcus Amphitheater.
Over breakfast at an East Side diner, Summerfest President and CEO Don Smiley told me he was "amazed" the news about his salary was front page news.
Bo Black, who was once featured on a Playboy cover in the 1960s, was the attractive blonde Summerfest executive director with rabid fans and critics alike who made the woman called "Bo" one of Milwaukee's most interesting figures for more than two decades.
Howard Schnoll has been a Summerfest leader for 40 years. In this Milwaukee Talks, we talk to the chairman of the Milwaukee World Festival board about the past and the future for the Big Gig.
As we celebrate Summerfest'’s 40th year, let's take care of this unfinished business. Milwaukee, we owe Bo Black one.
"The Don and Bo Show," starring Bo Black and former MPS spokesman Don Hoffman, makes its TV debut Saturday. OMC's Jeff Sherman sat down with the pair to discuss the show and their hopes for it.