Emmett Brown From the Director’s Desk

By Emmett Brown

February 3, 2020


This past December and much of January could only be described as snowy, even by northwoods standards. So much so, that even with the early

freeze-up of our lakes, the heavy snow cover has retarded ice development. What we have is about 10 to 15 inches of ice laced with some slush in-between and on top, making for difficult access and travel. Normally full sized trucks on our lakes reign supreme in January and February, not this year. Travel has been mostly by foot, snowmobile or atv. But things can change fast in northern Wisconsin. Testimonial to this is the time honored axiom, “If you don’t like our weather now wait 10 minutes!”

January, February and March are sport, boat and travel show months, not only in the upper Midwest, but throughout North America. We have been busy showcasing our national Hall of Fame program at many of these venues. Just last month we inducted Bruce DeShano, Ted Peck and Tommy Skarlis for 2020 at the first annual Northern Illinois Sports Show (NISS) at the Lake County Fair Grounds in Grayslake, Illinois www.ilsportsshow.com. This is a great new venue and show that is just going to grow and grow. I would like to thank show manager Jim Grandt www.grandtrods.com and owner Rick Rosalina for their very generous support.

On March 7th at the Bassmaster Classic in Alabama Kim Stricker will be inducted for 2020. His ceremony will take place at the Classic Outdoors Expo to be held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) in downtown Birmingham. Congratulations Kim, it is an honor well deserved.

NISS owner Rick Rosalina (left) presents Hall executive director Emmett Brown with $1,000.00 for use in our Hall of Fame Program. Thank you Rick. (Photo by Jean Brown).

On April 4th Jim McDonnell will be inducted for 2020 at the Northwest Sport Show (NWSS) www.northwestsportshow.com at the Minneapolis, Minnesota Convention Center. This is another great venue and show. I believe this is the twelfth year in a row we have been invited to attend. We are extremely grateful for show management allowing us to tout our program and honorees. Thank you Darren.

Yes indeed a very busy schedule, but that’s the way I like it.

Best regards,
Emmett A. Brown, Jr. | Executive Director

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