Ask Abe

Ask Abe, a popular feature that’s now part of Badger Voice, is your chance to get the answers to the UW-Madison questions you always wanted to ask, but never did. Like, “Why is the Humanities building so hard to navigate?” or “How long has Scanner Dan occupied State Street?” or “Can I really buy beer at the Union without a student ID?” Sure, there were rumors. But Honest Abe will get you the real answers.

Pay Much Attention to the Man Beneath the Campus

I am wondering about an interesting character who at UW-Madison in the late 1970s and early ’80s — Tunnel Bob. My roommates and I encountered him one evening as we made our way through the steam tunnels underneath campus. Any idea if Tunnel Bob continues to patrol the caverns of the UW heating system?

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KroCS 1.0

I was just wondering about the history of Kronshage Residence Hall. What was the cost of tuition in 1940? How much would it have cost to stay in the new Kronshage dorms when it opened? And do you know when it became a coed dorm? Thanks, Abe.

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Camp Randall Camp

Thinking of Camp Randall, not as a football stadium, but as a Civil War camp, are there resources to tell of the activities there, particularly of the Wisconsin 22nd home guard? Are there pictures? How do I find the small remnant park of the old camp?

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Home Management Practice House

In the Fall 2009 issue of On Wisconsin Magazine, there was a story called “Real Cheap Real Estate?” about a School of Human Ecology building on sale for $1 for anyone who would move it. Was the house moved, or did it get deconstructed? Thanks, Abe.

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The Mystery of Modine Gunch

In August 1969, I was walking along the Union Terrace. There was a large banner hanging on the Union stating that today was Modine Gunch Day. I didn't take the time to find out what it was all about. I should have, because it was one of my last days on campus. Do you know what this was?

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