Welcome to the “Thank You, 72” podcast, brought to you by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®. We want to share the amazing stories of alumni from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. These Badgers grew up in Wisconsin’s 72 counties, came to Madison, and then went out and changed the world. We’d like to thank you, the people of this state, for sending your best and brightest to UW–Madison.
Thank You, 72 - Hans Obma
“It’s kind of my superpower.” That’s the way La Crosse native and UW grad Hans Obma ’02 describes his ability to use languages and accents to play a variety of characters in an acting career that has taken off.
Thank You, 72 - Gaylord Nelson
Thank you Polk County for Gaylord Nelson LLB’42. Known at the Father of Earth Day, Nelson championed the protection of our environment as Wisconsin’s governor, and later U.S. senator. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we learn more about the man who changed the way the world looked at planet Earth.
Thank You, 72 - Bud Selig
Fifty years ago, a UW grad brought Major League baseball back to Wisconsin. Bud Selig not only owned the Milwaukee Brewers, he later became the commissioner of Major League Baseball. Selig made historic changes that helped save the game. In this podcast, Selig provides an intriguing look inside professional baseball, focusing on the steroid era and how Selig helped bring the game into the modern age.
Badger Bonus - Jason Gay
Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Gay often wears his Badger pride on his sleeve as he writes articles like “To Save the World, Wisconsin Really Needs to Beat Michigan.” Jason stopped by the Wisconsin Alumni Association® headquarters before his 2019 Winter Commencement speech to talk sports, the futility of being cool, and embracing the chaos of life.
Thank You, 72 - Ann McKee
Ann McKee shares her life story, how she discovered the devastating impact of this disease, and the almost insurmountable odds she faced to warn people of the dangers.
Thank You, 72 - Chuck Halverson
Thank you, Iowa County, for Chuck Halverson. He grew up during the depression, a farm boy who dreamed of playing football on the gridiron at Camp Randall. His dream came true, but not without some hard times, twists and turns, and a world war to fight. He made the varsity football team, got married, raised a family, and started a successful business. Chuck is one of UW Athletics’ oldest surviving letter winners.