Music: The Bs That Made Milwaukee

At Milwaukee's General Mitchell Field one day last week, a landing airliner was greeted by a 100-piece high school band, a chorus of can-canning cheerleaders and a cluster of city officials. Out stepped Milwaukee's Ralph Votapek, 23, to be greeted by Mayor Henry Maier. "For too long," intoned the mayor, "Milwaukee has been symbolized to the rest of the nation only by beer and the Braves. Now, thanks to Ralph Votapek, we have added a third and very important B to our national honors—Beethoven." He proclaimed Ralph Votapek Day and announced that Votapek's...

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