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NESTLED AMONG four lakes, bubbling with intellectual and political activity, preparing for a march to the Rose Bowl -- well, we can dream, can't we? -- Madison offers a scenic, lively, affordable, and accessible site for the 1997 NCEW convention.

At one end of State Street is the Capitol, the hub of political activity for Wisconsin. At the other end of State Street is the University of Wisconsin campus, one of the world's top research universities. In between, the shops, restaurants, and bars offer something that will appeal to just about everyone.

By 1997, a brand new Frank Lloyd Wright-designed convention center will overlook one of the lakes just off Capitol Square. This comes after a 50-year fight in Madison over whether to actually build this dream of Wisconsin's most famous -- and most controversial -- architect. We'll have some of the convention sessions in this elegant facility.

We'll be based in the Madison Concourse Hotel, overlooking the Capitol. The hotel has offered us rooms at $94 single, $99 double -- great rates for a convention four years away. And getting here -- in the centrally located Midwest -- is easy. There are more than 100 flights at the airport in Madison every day on seven different airlines.

One of the strengths of this convention will be the team of people who will put it together. The publishers of both daily newspapers in Madison, the Wisconsin State Journal and The Capital Times, have made commitments to host the convention along with the management of WISC-TV. The editorial staffs of both Milwaukee daily newspapers and a Milwaukee television station are active in NCEW and will help in planning the convention.

With the resources of the university and state government at our fingertips, the possibilities for the convention program are numerous. We might focus on education. Wisconsin is at the center of debates over school choice, school-to-work transition, the mission of higher education.

We might put science at center stage, or business or law or medicine or agriculture. We can tailor the emphasis of this convention to the issues most likely to be facing editorial writers in the last years of this decade.

Autumn in Wisconsin is a splendid season. Near Madison are sites as varied as the Circus World Museum, the International Crane Foundation, Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesen, and just 90 miles to the east, Milwaukee. Within Madison itself are art, historical, and children's museums; the State Historical Society, with the world's largest collection of old newspapers; and a panoply of ethnic restaurants and great bookstores.

We'd love to have NCEW in Madison in 1997. We think we can give you a program you'll remember at a cost that will please your publishers.

Phil Haslanger is associate editor of The Capital Times. Tom Still is associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal. Neil Heinen is editorial director of WISC-TV. All are NCEW members.
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Title Annotation:Convention '93; National Conference of Editorial Writers convention in Madison, Wisconsin
Author:Heinen, Neil
Publication:The Masthead
Date:Sep 22, 1993
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