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Around the Corner with John McGivern | Program | Middleton (#703)

Around the Corner with John McGivern | Program | Middleton (#703)


(bright music) – I’m five miles west of the
capital of our great state. I am in Middleton. (bright music) I’m in downtown Middleton. I’m on the railroad tracks. A place my father said never
go near the railroad tracks, John Gurda made me do it. Hey John, we’re in Middleton. – We are. – Which means we’re in
the middle of where? – Not a whole lot John. Middleton was actually named
by a pioneer postmaster for his home back
in New England. That’s back in 1848
and back in those years this was an unincorporated
township ran around 36 square miles west of
Madison and it was rural. Maybe two or three
little settlements, kind of scattered
across the prairies. – [John] And what
changed it from rural? – This railroad. Middleton is a train town,
and it goes back to 1856. This was the first
railroad in Wisconsin, kind of chugs through
on it way from Milwaukee to Prairie Du Chien
And they put a depot here. This is actually the third. This is 1895. This is the new one. – [John] Look at the
new one, it looks good. – So the depot, created this thriving little settlement
they called Middleton Station. And within 20 years you
had grain elevators, you had two churches, six
saloons, and 300 people. – [John] What did
those 300 people do? – Back in those days, John, Wisconsin was a really
big wheat producing state. And Middleton surprised
me became the third largest shipper of grain
in the entire state behind only Milwaukee
and Prairie Du Chien. So during harvest season you
had a full train full of wheat pulling out of here
everyday of harvest season. It didn’t last all that long. 1870’s is kind of
when wheat went away. It was really hard on the soil, so farmers switched to dairying, and Middleton developed the
largest creamery in Dane County. So it kept on growing. It became a village back in
1905 with about 550 people. – [John] And all of that
like five miles from Madison? – Yeah, this was part
of the countryside that people would
come up from Madison for the peace and quiet. Back in 1892, they
built something called Lake Mendota Drive. Kind of a pleasure drive
that kind of came up this direction for carriages
and bicycles and pedestrians. And some came out for the beer. This was a very German town, and that meant you always
had at least one brewery. And there were stories
about during times when Madison would have
kind of a flirtation with Prohibition, you’d have students
walk all the way out here to the countryside and
trudge back to town with barrels of beer. – Which made Madison
much closer, right? – It did. It did, but what it
really became close was the day after World War II. During those years, state
government’s growing like crazy, the University’s
growing like crazy, all the towns around
Madison grow as well. In the years after World War
II, Middleton was basically doubling it’s population
every ten years, so it was just
growing like crazy. So, after a while they
met and you could not tell where Madison began
and Middleton ended. So it was also planned growth. They became a city back in 1963, and tried to control
their own destiny. Built a business park on
the West side of Highway 12, that became very successful and had a real strong
emphasis on conservation. 25 percent of Middleton’s
land area today is greenspace, which is really high
and that includes the Pheasant Branch Conservancy, which is just gorgeous,
a square mile. And right next door
is Middleton Hills, which is a planned
subdivision designed after some of the principles
of Frank Lloyd Wright. So, it’s a good-looking
community and really
bike friendly. – It’s rare when you
say it’s surprised me. I love that this
community surprised you. – To be honest, I thought
this was pretty much just a suburb of Madison,
and had been forever. It hadn’t, it had
been in existence with a strong
history of it’s own. – Population? – About 19,000 and
still around 40% German. – Borders or boundaries? – It runs around
nine square miles, beginning on the wester
shore of Lake Mendota, and runs past Highway 12. – These tracks are not
the bike path, are they? – No, not yet. – Where are they? – Around the conservancy
has some wonderful trails, about five miles and along
the Pheasant Branch, as well. – [John] Is that
where you’re going? – [John G.] Yeah, I’m going
to the Pheasant Branch to bike a bit. – [John] Thanks, John. – [John G.] See you, John. – [John] So, you’re
a doll doctor. – [Stephanie] Yes, I am. – [John] And they come
from all over the country? – [Stephanie] They do. This is what some of the dolls
have arrived looking like. – [John] This one is mess. Can we talk a
little history here? – Sure. So, American Girl, we were
founded about 30 years ago by a former educator and
children’s publisher, Pleasant Rowland. And she created this
beautiful line of dolls that taught girls
American History. – [John] This is one
of the originals. – [Stephanie] Yes,
Samantha Parkington. She is a Victorian era girl. Books and storytelling, I
would say is really the heart of what we do here
at American Girl. They’re able to learn
a lot of character, whether it’s in
the historical line and really immerse
themselves in what it would have been like growing
up in a certain time period. This is Julie, she
is our 1970’s girl. This is Kit, she is our 1930’s. – [John] And are they all
still historically based? – So, our historical line
and then our contemporary line is more really
representing girls activities and interests that
they have today. Girls really can kind of pick
a doll that represents them. They’re definitely
keepsake dolls, but they’re meant
to be played with. – [John] What happens if
something happens to the doll? – [Stephanie] We
have a doll hospital. – [John] And is this
the only hospital in American Girl world? – [Stephanie] It is. – [John] It is. – She is here for
a wellness visit. – She was here just
an eye replacement. – An eye replacement. – [John] And what
happened to her? – [Worker] I don’t
know, poor little girl. – [John] Would you allow
me to brush her hair? – [Worker] Oh gosh, yes. I am going to give you one of our American
Girl doll brushes. Oh, not your own hair, sorry. – Thank you. – You don’t have much there. (laughing) – [John] We’re at a place
called Standard Imaging, what do you guys do? – [Ed] Medical imaging. – [John] Medical
imaging, meaning what? – Medical imaging is
things like CT machines, MRI’s, X-rays, mammography,
that sort of thing. We made sure the
machines are doing what they say they are doing. So, quality assurance
in medical imaging. – [John] Is there a product
that’s a Standard Imaging product that I find all over. – We have probably a couple
hundred different products. The very first product
that we were known for is called a Brachytherapy
weld chamber. Brachytherapy uses
radioactive seeds, so you implant the
seeds inside the tumor to treat the tumor
from the inside out. This device here will
measure those seeds. Make sure the dose
isn’t too high. And he’s in process with
making some ion chambers. – [John] Is this a factory? – [Ed] This is our
world headquarters. – [John] This is your
world headquarters? – [Ed] Yes, Yes, Yes. – All the parts are
made out of house and we do all the
assembly and testing. – [John] So you’re in
that chain that really at the end saves lives? – We like to think
that’s our niche. – [John] And you should. – And here we help that
treatment be exactly what it’s supposed to be. – Yeah. If somebody walked in here and said I have no
idea what you guys do. – We do lighting
control for theaters. We do lighting control
and lighting systems for broadcast studios. We do architectural lighting
for football stadiums. We do park light lighting
control systems for Disney, and Warner Brothers
and, now recently, we’ve been doing the
machinery that moves the lighting and
scenery above the stage. So, it’s really
almost everything that you see moving or
light up in the theater. If you look at your television it just used red,
green and blue as those are the three
primary colors of light. They way we
differentiate here is that we actually use
seven different colors and that gives more
parts of the spectrum, which makes very natural light. So, this is our sheetmetal
fabrication operation. The material comes
in as flat sheets of field copper and aluminum. We punch, form,
weld it, paint it, put it into product. By the time you really know
whether it’s working or not, there are 2,000 people
sitting in the theater and the show must go on. So, we have to have it reliable. Given that Middleton, Wisconsin really isn’t the center
of entertainment lighting, we’ve had to have offices in
New York, Orlando, Hong Kong, Hollywood, London, and Germany. So, our products are sold
all around the world, but they’re all made
here in Wisconsin. – [John] Springs Window Fashions
consists of one product. – [Tom] Every type of window
covering you can imagine. Horizontal blinds, vertical
blinds, cellular shades. Includes fabric, provides energy
savings, as well as light. This is a motorized shade,
it’s a virtual cord. Roller shades, shutters. – That’s one nosy neighbor. And they’re all made right here? – They’re not made here. All the components
are manufactured here that are then shipped
to the facilities that fill the shades and blinds. These are vertical components. – [John] And where are
these products sold? – They’re sold all of the U.S, actually North America
and Canada, as well. Going through a
pleating process. The brands are Bali,
which is the retail. Home Depot, Menards, and Graber, which is the dealer network. And then it’s Springs
Window Fashions contract for our contract business. And we have about 160
different colors of fabric and styles of fabric
that we convert. We’re the number one
shade manufacturer for commercial
shades in the U.S. One of the features of a
lot of our window coverings is cordless. – This is what we have in ours. – Oh, that’s a cordless. – Yeah. – So, no operating cords. The cords are all
within the shades – That’s nice. – This is the Middleton
Municipal Airport, Morey Field. So you’re name is connected
to the municipal field. – My grandfather
and father’s name. I’m third generation. – [John] So, on a daily basis
what happens at this airport? – On a daily basis,
we’ll have two or three flight instructors or more
working with their students. You will have owners
flying their own aircraft. We will have several
chartered aircraft and or corporates come in. [John] So you spend everyday
working on airplanes. – Yes. We’re very busy here,
we’re actually shorthanded. We could use another
mechanic or two. It’s best to do
it with two people because otherwise you
could scratch paint or cause some issues. – Rich, you want
to re-think this? – Grab this. We’re doing an annual
inspection on the aircraft. It needs to be done,
of course, every year. All aircraft need to be
gone over in great detail to be relicensed, to
be able to fly legally. – Yearly. – Yearly. – [John] Do they ever
come in with a problem? – Oh yeah, but most of them
are normal inspections. – You make sure that those
are who are current are safe, is that what you do? – Yeah, yeah. – We have a lot of people that have been with
us a long time. Ollie started working
for my grandfather the year I was born. – [John] Is that right? – Yep. – What we have here is
people that like small general aviation. They like the work, they
like what we’re doing. They like working
for the family. So, this is my extended family. – Don’t let him
get up quite yet. We’ve been here
a day and a half. We’ve been on the West side,
in the industrial area. It’s like the industrial,
it’s like an industrial city. It’s huge industry
part of Middleton. But I’m very excited because
now we’re going East. Go East young man to
where the people live. Can’t wait. So you lived in
Milwaukee for a while? – I did, for three years. – Can you compare this
to living in Milwaukee? What’s living in Middleton like? – [Michelle] Not
many high rises. – [John] Not many. – [Michelle] In
Middleton, Wisconsin, but just same great
neighborhood feel as Milwaukee. Great food and great people. – [John] There’s a huge
restaurant scene in this town? – Yeah. – People are like,
food, it’s good food. A lot of food in Middleton. – Yeah, a lot of great
things to do here too. – [John] And a good place
to raise kids, I’m sure. – [Michelle] Surely is. – [John] So, we’re
here in your backyard. – [Michelle] Yes. – That’s the back of your house. – And that’s your father
in law’s back of his house. So, you’re yard’s touch. Does that come in handy? – It sure does. – Grandpa’s in the backyard. – I know. Free babysitting. – It’s nice. – I know, and free
chicken sitting sometimes. – What’s with the chickens? – I wanted the chickens. – You did? – Yes. – How often do they lay eggs? – It depends on the breed. Some breeds lay like
three to five eggs a week. – Is there a rooster
here as well? – We can’t have roosters in
town because of the noise. – Want a treat? Come on. Come on, girls. – [John] They’re egg
laying without a rooster? – Correct. No, they don’t need a rooster. They just lay eggs. – They don’t need a rooster? – Yeah. – They just lay eggs. – Oh, they need a rooster… – …to fertilize them. – Okay, thank you. – It’s like chicken 101 And we didn’t know at the time, that when we got the chickens that there is layers
and meat birds. So these are layers and they’re
good for their egg quality. – [John] And never to be eaten. – Correct. – But here’s like the
easter egg will lay like these blue and green ones. – They’re beautiful. – Aren’t they pretty? – Yeah. – Yeah. – And they’re all kind of warm. Now they’re like,
just forget it. – Yeah, nevermind,
they can have them. – I am on the corner
of Columbus and Nina. The street up is Pinta. The street after
that is Santa Maria. This city planner either has
a really good sense of humor, or he taught American history
at junior high school. I’m here to meet Luis,
who owns a company here in Middleton and he told
me to meet him at this house. Let’s talk about how
all this happened, okay? – [Luis] The way this
started over 10 years ago with my wife and I we tried
to find an eco-friendly cleaning company
to clean our house. So, we couldn’t
find a legit one. And we are like why not
we start an eco-friendly cleaning company? – [John] Did you look
at each other and say, We can do this? – [Luis] We can do this! Yes, we did that
and here we are. – And you know there are
people who are thinking, Okay, it’s eco-friendly,
but does it clean as well as the products
that we’re used to. – [Luis] Oh, yes. – [John] And they do. – Yeah, even better. – We’re in Middleton right now. Where are most of
your customers? – Middleton, Madison, Fitchburg, all the area around
Madison area. We care about the environment. We care about our
employee health, and we care about
our client health, so to us, it’s very,
very important. – [John] Do you do the cleaning? – [Luis] I do the cleaning. My wife do the cleaning. Our crew do the cleaning. It’s a big family and we’re
proud to do the cleaning. We are busy. And we want to be more busy. – [John] Of course you do. These has got to be the
oldest street in Middleton. We’re on Century Avenue, because this was the first
school, Pheasant Branch School. That was the first house
and there, down the street, was the first inn. Century Avenue, it’s old. We’re standing in front
of the conservancy. How great is this? – Oh, it’s just wonderful. People want to be outside. They want to take advantage of the natural land
we live within. And this area, within Pheasant
Branch, has everything. It has prairie. It has forest. It has wetlands. It has everything that
I want to introduce to my family and to my kids. – [John] Yeah. – It’s wonderful. It’s about 550 acres and for
the typical running route or walking routes
more than three miles. – [John] Oh, nice. And do you live close? – [Kathleen] Yeah,
within a mile. – [John] Within a mile – [Kathleen] So I can run
here and run the loop. – [John] That’s really nice. And do you do that a lot? – [Kathleen] I do. – [John] And are there
no autos allowed in here? – [Kathleen] None. – [John] None, so
there’s no way to get in. – [Kathleen] Correct. – [John] Unless you’re
running or you’re walking. – [Kathleen] Yes. You feel very protected
while you’re in it and you feel very
lucky just to have this resource for the community and for your family
while you’re here. Every time that I come through, I think this is just terrific. – I want to tell you a
story of a place, Middleton. This is the story I heard. I heard that it was
really called Middletown, but there was a clerical
error and they dropped the W, hence Middleton. Now that’s what I heard,
I don’t know if it’s true, but I love to spread rumors. Middletown, ton. We got metro to Elbos today
because you ride the metro we just wanted to talk
about transportation in this community. Can you address that for us? – I’ve been extremely happy
with how easy it is to use. I mean, it’s been great. It helps me to get from
my home here in Middleton to my job on campus. – [John] And how long does
it take to get to work? – Usually about 20
minutes on the average. We usually just go
straight into campus on University Avenue. – [John] On University Avenue. And you work at
University, what do you do? – I’m a research meteorologist. I get an annual pass. – What is an annual pass? – There is such a
problem with parking. Yeah, there’s all these
people that want to drive. So, they encourage people to
use the bus or ride a bike. For us, it’s like 20 dollars. – [John] Just 20 bucks? – Just 20 bucks is all. That’s a perk. – [John] Can we talk about ADA and how this community
and how they do with that? – If I had to grade
them it’d be an A. – [John] You would? – Because almost
always they’ve always planned it out so it
was as easy as possible and I’ve been extremely happy with how I really haven’t
had any major issues. – I guess we found the
community gathering space. Wow, this place is packed. Hubbard Avenue diner, so good. And you’ll never
guess where it is. Hubbard Avenue, go figure. – Here we are Middleton. It’s the Cardinals, and
we’re watching girls’ play. What is this, Badminton? – Girls’ lacrosse, John. Good try though, you
were really close. – Is lacrosse real
popular in high school? – Not really. Not where I think it’s
going to be in the future. They have 60 girls that
play JV and varsity and Anne Grufel
who’s their coach who doesn’t cut anybody. She moved here from New
York four years ago, but she’s been
coaching 18 years, in fact, the Wisconsin
lacrosse coach of the year. Three things make
it, in her mind, make a really good
girls’ lacrosse player. They’re smart, they
work really hard, and they understand
the game of lacrosse. – [John] What are the
tools of your sport? – You have the stick,
you got the cleats, – Really cool shoes, by the way, – Thank you. – Yeah. Then you have the eye guards, then we have the mouth
guards we have to wear. – Oh, good. And the ball, is
it called a ball? – It’s a ball. – It’s hard, isn’t it? – It’s really hard. – Have you ever been hit by it? – Yeah. – I predicted that within
the next two years, you guys win the
state championship. – Love it, love it. – Okay, that means you’re
going to be the hunted and not the hunter. – That’s okay, that’s okay. – This is called the
Keva Sports Center, what an asset to this
community, sports of all kind. They’ve got the basketball,
indoor outdoor soccer, lacrosse and they’ve
got sand volleyball. And of course,
they have cricket. I don’t know cricket at all. – [Anand] This is
a British sport. So, cricket is very
similar to baseball. It’s played 11 versus 11. Two people are going to bat, and 11 people are
going to field. – [John] You played
this a lot as a kid? – Absolutely, this is
mainly our game in India. So, if you’re parents
said go outside and play. We just go to the
streets and we just play like five or six kids join
together and play cricket. – [John] Right. This is what you do on
Thursday nights here? – [Anand] We have
been playing here in Keve sports for
four years now. So every Thursday,
we play cricket here. And this is the size of
half the cricket court, field actually. – [John] It’s half? – [Anand] Yeah, half
the size of this. – [John] So you could
play cricket all year. – [Anand] Oh, we can because
this is an indoor one, so we play. In summer, we actually do
have tournaments outdoors. – [John] And organized teams. – We have more than
20 teams in Madison and Middleton we have
about three teams out here. – [John] Oh, that’s good. Are there strikes and balls
and outs, like we have in our baseball? – [Anand] We have something
called our stumps. – What’s it called? – Stumps, yeah. So it’s like a 28 inches tall and they put it
behind the bats man, and the bats man covers
the stump in place. So, if the ball hits
the stumps, he gets out. – Okay, Anand just explained
all the rules to me. I have no idea if
they just scored, if they’re on base,
if somebody went home, or who’s out or how it works, but I think the
score is 103 to 12. When I grew up
there were probably six or seven games
that everybody knew. We played with Yahtzee, Stratego was my favorite
game growing up. We played Monopoly. Have games changed much? – [Margaret] Absolutely. – [John] They have? – Yes. – [John] In what way? – Because the games
that you played, like Monopoly and things,
it’s a roll and move. You roll the dice, you
move, something happens. And with the new games,
there’s more decision making, more strategy. There are thousands of games
that come out every year. There’s been a renaissance
probably since about 2005. Settlers of Catan that was
is, we call a gateway game. It’s a great way to introduce
people to the new games. They’re going to
be easy to learn. You learn the rules
in about five minutes, but there’s enough
strategy that you’ll keep coming back and playing
it years and years later. – What are you playing? – We’re playing Magic Together. – People are tired of always
being on the computer. You know, Facebook
used to be fun, e-mail used to be great and now it’s just yet
another daily chore. – [John] Yeah. – So this you can
actually sit down. You can talk to people. It’s a great icebreaker. Some of the party
games, you can play with people you’ve
never met before. – [John] And I
love the fact that this is not only a store
you can come in and buy, you can shop, but then in the back
that’s all about playing. – Absolutely. We’ve got a game room in back. You can come in and play. We do actually have
a game library, so you can play our games or
you can bring your own in. – You really got a whole
mitt-full over there. Do you have a strategy in mind? – [John] No. How did this start? – I began collecting jars
of mustard October 28, 1986, the morning after the Red
Sox lost the World Series. I was so depressed I
didn’t know what to do, so I went to all night grocery, and suddenly I was in
front of the mustards and I heard a voice, if you
collect us they will come. – [John] And they
do come, don’t they? – Oh they do. This is mustard cabinet. These are all mustard pots. We don’t charge admission. Over here, of course, we have
the great wall of mustard. Everybody can come enjoy
and not only do you see more mustards that
you’d ever see. The worlds only all-mustard
vending machine. What we have, this is
Botticelli version flavor, great mustard art, Salvador
Dali, mustard tins. Right now, there are maybe
ten different brands sold in the U.S. It used to be that every
region had it’s own mustard. You can play mustard ring toss. – Oh, Eric you go. – We have mustard piece
theater, everything. Sometimes the mustard maker
would go through the street and he would fill
up your mustard pot, so it’s just a fun place. Also, up in the gift shop, people can taste mustards
here at the mustard museum. – Here you go. – Thank you, sir. – You can taste every single
mustard that’s sold there. That’s over 400
different mustards. – It’s so wild how
different they all taste. – You’ve learned a lot
about mustard today, haven’t you? John, I am pleased
to present you with with DDS degree,
Doctor of Diddly Squat, from Poupon U. – Thank you. Okay, all I wanted to do was show this classic establishment, the Village Green Bar and Grill and then there is
all this pounding. No I swear to God, because
looks what’s going on in town. We had no idea they’d be
doing all this building in downtown Middleton. – Thank you for coming. – This is Hong Gao. This is her restaurant, Taigu. Nice to see you. – Nice to see you. – I love the fact that the
dish you’re made famous for is the dish that is the
name of the restaurant, which is the name of
the home town in China. – Taigu, China. – Taigu? – Yes, Taigu. – Tell me how to make noodles. – [Hong] How to make noodles? – [John] Yes. – [Hong] The ingredients
are for the noodles just water and
all purpose flour. – [John] That’s it? – [Hong] Yeah, that’s it. – [John] Fresh noodles made here – [Hong] All hand-cut noodles. – [John] They’re all hand-cut. Who’s recipe’s are these? – [Hong] I created the recipes. – [John] You
created the recipes? This is worth the trip. How great is the food? – Best noodles in the state. – Best noodles. Because they were made
like a minute ago. It’s kind of remarkable. Do you make noodles at home? – You know it’s so hard
to make noodles at home. You make so messy everywhere,
but I just love noodles. I eat noodles
everyday for lunch. – [John] You do? – [Hong] Yes. – We’re so glad we
stopped here today. – I haven’t had noodles
this good since Singapore. – Is that right? – Oh yeah. I had forgotten how
much I like noodles. – Okay, just so you know,
that’s going to make TV. That’ll make TV,
thank you so much. Middleton calls itself
the good neighbor city. I just call it good. We are in downtown Middleton
with Mayor Gurdip Brar. How are you, sir? – I’m doing great. – We love this town. – This is a great place. – I love it too. – Good. Here’s the routine,
you have 30 seconds to tell us why Middleton,
Wisconsin is the best place in the world to
live, work, and play, and Mayor you can start now. – Middleton, also called
the Good Neighbor City, had the best
schools in Wisconsin and the second outstanding
thing about Middleton is our conservancy, our
parks, walking and biking. With 40% of our area
under green space, and we have a vibrant economy. We have an airport,
golf course, brewery, and we had a home to several big private
technology companies. And the city is
a wonderful city. – That’s perfect. Thank you, Mayor. – [Cameraman] Working here. – [John] Oh, I thought
you were waiting for us. Village Green Bar
and Grill owned by… (laughing) They moved… (laughing) And… (laughing) I have the best
job in the whole… (laughing) – What a pleasure it is to
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Comments (4)

  1. It was a pleasure watching this episode like always John & John & Co.

  2. You finally came to Middleton!

  3. Is the gray house real or only for the Good Witch series? I am Brazilian and I live in Japan. I would like to meet Middleton, I liked the images from the series
    Thanks

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