Just the other side of Lake Wobegon lie the famous ski hills of Wisconsin, the jumping off point for Scott Jacobs’ keen-eyed observations about the grand delusions we forge in childhood and carry with us for the rest of our lives.
Here is a book that answers some of life’s most perplexing questions. Why is Budweiser beechwood aged? How did the University of California and UCLA wind up with the same college fight song? What do telemarketers do in their spare time? And how did the Chicago Cubs manage to open the 1997 season with 12 straight losses and break a major league record set in 1884?
Famous Ski Hills in Wisconsin is about the little things in life that matter –– and some that don’t. It’s warm, funny, observant, and always engaging –– proof positive that Wisconsin isn’t a state, it’s a state of mind; and gentle good humor is the coin of the realm.
SCOTT JACOBS has been a reporter, filmmaker, political consultant and community activist for 40 years. He started his career as the urban affairs reporter for The Chicago Sun-Times in 1972, leaving four years later to pursue video journalism. As an independent documentary producer, he co-founded the Center for New Television and Independent Programming Associates. His video documentaries have been seen on PBS and A & E Television and include True Life Video Stories, Royko at The Goat, Those Grede Girls, and Saudi Arabia: A Complicated Ally. He is also the editor of The Week Behind, an online magazine now celebrating its 18th year on the worldwide web. His freelance writing has appeared in Milwaukee Magazine, Slate, Scan and The Chicago Sun-Times. Jacobs lives and works in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago with his wife and son.