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Local man publishes first set of memoirs

Eau Claire resident Don Larson, 76, published his first memoir “To me They Weren’t Stars, They Were Just my Friends,” about his travels around the country and interactions with people such as country singer Waylon Jennings, baseball player Don Larsen and others. 

A self-proclaimed Buddy Holly historian, Larson shares stories of the singer’s short-lived fame before he was killed in a plane crash in 1959 and how Larson, through a photograph from an old girlfriend, went on to meet Holly’s parents, Jennings and other singers and continues to attend tribute concerts to Holly in Clear Lake, Iowa.  

Through having a similar name as the famous New York Yankees pitcher, Larson was also able to meet his baseball idol Larsen. 

He hopes his book will help others feel closer to these stars.

“Those that didn’t have the opportunity to meet these people like I did ... maybe because of something I said in the book, they’ll be able to tie themselves to a story they hadn’t heard before,” Larson said. 

His memoir is available at The Local Store, 205 N. Dewey St., or by contacting Larson at

Larson will hold a reading at 1 p.m. Jan. 15 at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger St., and have a  book signing at 3 p.m. Jan  27 at The Local Store. 

Beatles tribute preview to be on radio show

Poet Thomas R. Smith will join Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Spectrum West” host Al Ross at 10 a.m. today on WPR to discuss an upcoming Beatles tribute taking place Sunday at the River Falls Public Library.

The tribute, “With a Little Help From our Friends,” features live music and spoken word by Twin Cities artist Michael Kiesow Moore. 

Ross will also talk about a Chippewa Falls children’s choir joining the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert, and he will visit the Galaudet Gallery on today’s show. Correspondent Jim Oliver will speak with Arthur Grothe, who is directing Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild’s production of “A Christmas Carol.”

“Spectrum West” is a weekly program exploring music, art and humanities in western Wisconsin. It airs at 10 a.m. Thursdays on 88.3 WHWC-FM/​Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/​River Falls. Archives are available by searching “Spectrum West” at 

Phipps holds opening exhibits event

HUDSON — The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St., is holding a public reception for the The Galleries new exhibitions from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. 

Guests will have the opportunity to meet artists featured in The Galleries and enjoy snacks and refreshments. 

Upcoming featured artwork includes photography, wood-fired ceramics, digital prints on bamboo, oil and linen panels, watercolor, ink and porcelain by artists from Hudson, River Falls and Minnesota. 

Ceramics artists Casey Beck and Emily Romens of River Falls and Lisa Vang of Cottage Grove, Minn. will present a talk about their work at 6 p.m. in the Atrium Gallery. 

The exhibitions can be viewed at any time during the gallery’s regular hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. 

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From staff reports

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