Robert : Thank you. Was it Ok? Thank a lot. See you again. Good evening. Well it might be cold outside, but it certainly isn’t in here, is it? We’d like to thank you for all the, we’d like to thank you for all your underwear. The day I’ll be needing a bra, I won’t be coming to the states, and we’d like to thank you for New York being New York. We’ll see you in a couple of years.
February 14, 1975 (Happy Valentine’s Day…), Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
Ringling will play four more months, including a run in Brooklyn starting in late February. It will hold its final performance on May 21 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., on Long Island, before lapsing into memory.
Bernie Sanders has been running for president for two months, but Wednesday night in Madison, Wisconsin, his long-shot campaign got real. When Sanders walked on stage at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, he was greeted by a raucous, howling crowd of 9,600 people, according to Sanders’ campaign aides and arena staff.
A clearly energized Sanders, who late last year was speaking to crowds of 50 people in Iowa classrooms, appeared taken aback by the reception he received.
“Whoa,” he said. “In case you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of people here.”
Sanders’ campaign has been organizing the event for weeks, but just recently started telling reporters that 9,000 people signed up to attend. “Tonight we have made a little bit of history,” he said. “You may know that some 25 candidates are running for president of the United States, but tonight we have more people at a meeting for a candidate for president of the United States than any other candidate has.”
When Bernie Sanders takes the stage at a town hall in Madison on Wednesday, it’ll seem like a homecoming of sorts.
Outside of his home state of Vermont, there are few places more familiar with Sanders – or more enamored of him – than Wisconsin’s state capital. For years, he’s been a regular headliner at the big annual Wisconsin progressive festival known as Fighting Bob Fest, where he’s typically met with raucous applause. In July, 10,000 screaming fans packed Madison’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum to greet his appearance as a presidential candidate – a moment the Sanders campaign views as a turning point in his bid for the Democratic nomination, a sign of his transformation into a serious contender.
Now, with Sanders running neck-and-neck in Wisconsin polls with Hillary Clinton, Madison’s Bernie-mania could power him to victory in an April 5 primary that Sanders can’t afford to lose. It’s not only the second-most populous city in the state after Milwaukee, it’s the heart of a congressional district that will provide more delegates than any other in the state.
“Madison will drive up your turnout. Let me put it this way: Peter, Paul, and Mary have shown up at many a political event in Madison,” said former Wisconsin Congressman David Obey, speaking to the city’s reputation as a liberal bastion. “There’s a reason for that: it’s because economic progressives are very strong in that part of the state. You have the university, which is one aspect of the community, but you also have a lot of state employees so you’ve got a strong labor turnout there as well as a strong university turnout if you can motivate them, as I assume Bernie’s trying to do.”