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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Ice Bowl hero: Gale Gillingham

In my old radio news days, I had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing former Packers great and Packer Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer.

Yes, we talked about the famous Ice Bowl game between the Packers and the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field December 31, 1967.

Kramer shared with me, and I still have it on tape, having played it on both WTMJ and WUWM, a great story about the Ice Bowl that has rarely, if ever, been told.

Packer fans recall the colossal goal line struggle at the goal line in the closing seconds of that NFL title game on the frozen tundra at Lambeau.

With the Packers knocking on the door to score the winning touchdown, QB Bart Starr handed off on a few plays to running back Donny Anderson. The footing was so slippery that even with a running start, Anderson couldn’t get any traction. Anderson was dropped short of the goal line each time.

Green Bay called its final timeout.

On the chilly sidelines, coach Vince Lombardi talked strategy with Starr and the offensive line.

Kramer told me that Lombardi implored his group of stars, “Does anybody have anything? “

This group of future Hall of Famers all looked down their feet.



Lombardi barked out again, with the seconds ticking away in the timeout, begging for a suggestion.

“Anything?” yelled Lombardi.

The silence was broken by unsung offensive lineman Gale Gillingham. He suggested the quarterback sneak behind Jerry Kramer.

It was agreed that was the play to run.

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