Tony Walter was the sports editor at the Green Bay Press-Gazette when a high school kid interested in the newspaper business inquired about a part-time job. Fast-forward nearly forty years, and that kid (M&B editor and designer Mike Dauplaise) would be the person who would help Tony put the finishing touches on his books covering Green Bay and Packers history.
Tony Walter has been telling the story of Green Bay for generations as a reporter, editor, and columnist for the Green Bay Press-Gazette and now in retirement. His journalism journey included an on-field assignment during the 1967 NFL Championship Game, known as the Ice Bowl, and a one-on-one interview in 2008 with then-Sen. Barack Obama.
The year was 1922, and residents of Green Bay, Wisconsin, were navigating through a quickly changing post-war world that included automobiles, Prohibition, and a fledgling professional football team called the Green Bay Packers.
Struggling to merely survive, the Packers took a back seat in the public consciousness to other major happenings in what would turn out to be a pivotal year in the city’s history. A new YMCA building, a family amusement park known as Bay Beach, and dozens of other developments that remain part of the city’s landscape a century later were just gaining traction.
Little did the city’s residents know, but this ragtag group of football pioneers and their dedicated supporters were laying the foundation for one of the nation’s great sports franchises. And with it, the small town at the base of Wisconsin’s thumb would grow to become a vibrant city known by football fans around the world.
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