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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.

Mystery cheese could turn out be golden

Meet U.S. Olympian skier, Lindsey Vonn.

AP photo

Vonn is a bright hopeful for the U.S. Olympic team, even after she badly bruised her shin.

You know how when you were a kid and you banged yourself up you rubbed dirt on your wound and carried on? That’s so old school.

Today, you apply cheese.

The attractive Vonn did just that. But she didn’t use cheddar or Colby or brick or Gruyere.


The lovely Vonn resorted to topfen for its therapeutical value.

U.S. Alpine Skier Lindsey Vonn shows an area where she suffered an injury at a press conference at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Marcio Sanchez) (AP)


What the hell is topfen?

I’ve never heard of topfen.

When I go to Meyer’s Restaurant and they offer me at least six choices of cheese on my omelette or my burger, depending on what time of day it is, topfen is not an option .

OK.  So I don’t know from Adam what topfen is. I live in Wisconsin, the world leader in cheese production and expertise. Won’t take but 5 seconds to swing a dead cat around our head before we find someone who knows all about topfen, right?


The Journal Sentinel in one of its rare moments where the light bulb goes on declaring, “Gee, this could be a story!” went out and talked to supposed Wisconsin cheese experts about topfen.

What the MJS heard was candidly honest, but royally stupid reaction.

“Duhhhhhhh, golly. Uhhhhhhhhhh, we’ve never heard of topfen. But aina hey, if it works for that there ski lady, you bet your bottom dollar we’ll look into it, yes siree.”

The world leaders in cheese come off looking like the stereotypical image that the world has of country bumpkin boob hayseeds that call Wisconsin home.

No, I don’t think I’m over-reacting.

Would it have hurt one of our cheeseheads to say, “Oh, yes. The texture and richness of topfen lends itself magnificently to providing  a quick remedy to the type of injury poor, sweet, Ms. Vonn suffered, much like a solid Wisconsin (FILL IN THE BLANK).

Instead, we get the incredibly impressive, “Ummmmmmmmmmmm, you got me!”

God Bless Ms.Von in these Olympics, and dear Sendik’s, could you get Boar’s Head to whip up some of this topfen stuff?

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