You may have heard — it’s gone viral in the last 24 hours — there is an effort underway to build a statue of Reggie Lisowski (aka “Da Crusher “) in South Milwaukee. Please consider supporting this project and honoring perhaps our most famous native son. As I told a reporter this week …
I love the idea of honoring Da Crusher. Reggie Lisowski is an iconic figure in this city, inside and outside the ring, and we’re proud he was a lifelong resident of South Milwaukee. I’m excited to see this effort gain momentum, but it’s early. We’ll work on details with the organizers later, maybe over a beer.
Here is the Go Fund Me site.
More details on this website (DaCrusher.org) and this Facebook page. NOW had a story yesterday, and TMJ4 did a piece interviewing the Lisowski family last night. Organizer Chris Smith was also on WTMJ (interview starts at the 12:15 mark on today’s online rebroadcast here) and WKLH radio this morning.
And mark your calendars for two local fundraising events ….
- Thursday, Feb. 22: Crusher Night at The Vanguard, 2659 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., starting at 4 p.m. Look for a special Crusher sausage! Details here.
- Thursday, March 15: Look for more details soon on an event at The Tap Room, 1301 Milwaukee Ave. in South Milwaukee. Proceeds from sales that day — the first day of the round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament — will go toward the statue.
Much more to come on this. I have a feeling this effort will really take off.
Don’t remember Da Crusher? Here is a good story on his life and legacy … and just Google his name and you’ll see some great videos from his wrestling days.