Normally at this time of year, I would've recorded a special show called "A Very Merry Sauk Prairie Christmas as I have for the past 5 years. But alas, that was not to be so this year. So not to be yet again thwarted by a virus, I reached into our archives and picked what I believe may have been the best of my interviews with the Legendary Wisconsin Author, Professor Jerry Apps.
Jerry Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of more than 35 books, many of them on rural history and country life. His nonfiction books include: Once a Professor, Living a Country Year, Every Farm Tells a Story, When Chores Were Done, Humor from the Country, Country Ways and Country Days, One-Room Schools, Cheese, Breweries of Wisconsin, Ringlingville USA (History of Ringling Brothers circus) and many others (more than 35 total remember?)
Jerry has won awards for his writing from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Library Association (the 2007 Notable Authors Award), American Library Association, Foreword Magazine, Midwest Independent Publishers Association, Robert E. Gard Foundation, The Wisconsin Council for Writers (the 2007 Major Achievement Award), Upper Midwest Booksellers, and Barnes and Noble Bookstores, among others.
He is a remarkable story teller, and as fine a man as you could ever hope to meet. I'm sure you'll agree after you listen to this remastering of our 2019 show that he can spin a yarn with the best of 'em.