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Citizen Dave: PBS rock star Dayton Duncan headlines in Madison

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Quick. Before Mitt Romney wipes it off the face of the Earth, you have a chance to see a public broadcasting rock star.

Dayton Duncan is to guys like me like I suppose, uh, you know, that couple who are in the vampire thing and she slept with her director but now they're back together, that couple, must be for hip, young people.

Historian Duncan was the star of the Ken Burns documentary Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, and the co-star, along with the UW's Bill Cronon, of Burns' The National Parks: America's Best Idea.

Duncan is coming to Madison (though Big Bird couldn't make it) this Wednesday, October 17. He'll be speaking at 7 p.m. at Mills Hall inside the beautiful and well-loved Humanities Building on campus. There is no charge for the lecture, but you do have to go to the Humanities Building.

Duncan's appearance is sponsored by the the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the UW Department of Urban and Regional Planning, the Wisconsin Academy, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, and Gathering Waters Conservancy. There are also several generous individual sponsors. These include you if you were a campaign contributor to me. I had a little money left after my defeat last year, and I've been giving it away to good causes that I figured were in alignment with the values of my supporters.

This is the first in what we hope will be a series of annual lectures on public lands issues in honor of the late Harold "Bud" Jordahl. Bud was a beloved planning professor and a key behind-the-scenes player in the state Stewardship Fund and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. among many other accomplishments.

And I had the honor of learning to hunt deer on Bud's beautiful farm in the rolling hills of Richland County.

So, this a great way to remember Bud, to hear a great talk from a distinguished speaker, and probably see some old friends. Hope to see you there.

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