Milwaukee’s not as obscure of a city as most people might think. Celebrities who are now household names were born here (such as actresses Jane Kaczmarek and Kristen Johnston) and major sports figures have cut their chops in Cream City, too (cue NBA player Andrew Bogut). The Midwestern city has also popped up in films like “Up in the Air” and “Wayne’s World.” Keep your ears open and your eyes peeled next time you go to the movies or tune into your favorite television show: you just might hear another ringing endorsement for Milwaukee.
1. “I grew up playing in an alley on the south side of Milwaukee”—Jane Kaczmarek, actress who starred in “Malcolm in the Middle”
2. As mayor of Milwaukee, I've had many developers come and many businesses come and have asked for financial assistance from the city, and my questions have always been: how many jobs are we talking about and are these family-supporting jobs.”—Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee
3. “Lambeau was always special, and so was Milwaukee.”—Ray Nitschke, former Green Bay Packers middle linebacker
4. “When I was a teenager in Milwaukee in the 1980s, life was pretty boring, and I found myself riveted by the sheer melodrama of everyday life of the 1960s.”—Rick Perstein, historian and journalist
5. “How do you like Wisconsin in February?”
“I like it if you’re there. And I know a killer burger in Milwaukee.”—George Clooney, in “Up in the Air”
6. “Who is this? Baxter? Baxter, is that you?
Bark twice if you’re in Milwaukee.”—“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”
7. “So do you come to Milwaukee often?”—Mike Myers as “Wayne Campbell,” in “Wayne’s World”
“Well, I'm a regular visitor here, but Milwaukee has certainly had its share of visitors. The French missionaries and explorers were coming here as early as the late 1600s to trade with the Native Americans.”—Alice Cooper
“In fact, isn't "Milwaukee" an Indian name?”—Pete Freezin’
“Yes, Pete, it is. Actually, it's pronounced "mill-e-wah-que" which is Algonquin for "the good land.”—Alice Cooper
8. “The image that Milwaukee has as a ‘Laverne & Shirley’ town, as a Rust Belt city, is still a predominant issue.”—Rebecca Ryan, futurist
9. “Milwaukee is different from what I'm used to. It's cold and it's much more of an old town, a traditional city. When I first got here, compared to the cities I'm used to, Milwaukee was the complete opposite. It took awhile but I'm adjusted to it now.”—Andrew Bogut, former Milwaukee Bucks player, now with the Golden State Warriors
10. “St. Louis is Closer to Minneapolis than Milwaukee is.”—Bud Selig, Commissioner Emeritus of Baseball
11. “I signed with the Milwaukee Braves for three-thousand dollars. That bothered my dad at the time because he didn't have that kind of dough. But he eventually scraped it up.”—Bob Uecker, retired Major League Baseball player
12. “Milwaukee is one of my favorite cities; I think Milwaukee is #1.”—Dar Williams, singer-songwriter
13. “I was born in Washington, D.C. and I was raised in Milwaukee.”—Kristen Johnston, actress in “3rd Rock”
14. “The kitchens back in Milwaukee are among my favorites.
I go back to the same two pizza places, and I enjoy that in Milwaukee. Sitting around, I can be with my buddies. George Karl and I go to the same pizza place. We either go to Sophia's or Palermo's or Barberios. We get sausage, mushroom, onion pizza with extra dough. George has a couple of beers, and I'm the designated driver. It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. The one thing about Utah is, it's hard to find an Italian restaurant that ends in a vowel. In Milwaukee, you have all the boys that come in off the Sopranos set. In Utah, Vinny's a Mormon who's an Italian wannabe.”—Rick Majerus, college basketball coach who coached at Marquette University
15. “Oh, hi, I'm Helen. Oh, you're from Milwaukee? Oh, I'm sorry. Oh, have you met my friend Lillian, oh I know we've only known each other for five minutes, oh...”—Kristen Wig in “Bridesmaids”