–submitted by Moses Altsech
When The Capital Times was founded, the US had just entered World War I. Committed to “reporting the unvarnished truth,” The Capital Times evolved over the years, tackling important social issues and adapting to new technology. Founded by William Evjue (whom only Bob LaFollette got away with calling “my dear Billy”), the paper became known for progressive opinions and being part of the fabric of our Madison community. An advocate for women’s rights and workers’ rights, a ferocious enemy of the Ku Klux Klan at a time when the hate group was more or less mainstream, a bitter foe of McCarthyism and an opponent of the Vietnam War, Evjue defined the character of The Capital Times and, through his foundation, made a real and lasting difference in the lives of many of our citizens.
In addition to its excellent journalism, The Capital Times continues to innovate under the capable leadership of Paul Fanlund, an experienced journalist in his own right, cut from the same cloth as the paper’s founder and supported by a great staff of seasoned journalists.
The upcoming Capital Times Idea Fest will bring together dozens of acclaimed leaders from politics, education, journalism and other fields, engaging in lively discussions on political issues, culture, food, sports and a multitude of other topics. The plan is to make this an annual event, open to anyone who wants ringside seats to insightful, thought-provoking conversations.
The Capital Times lives up to its proud history and continues to be a relevant, trusted source of journalism and community engagement. Here’s to another 100 years of success!
If you missed our meeting this week, you can watch the video here.