Writer gets up close with Packers

Second Saturdays-Journeys into Local History, sponsored by the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center, continues its 2015-2016 season on Saturday, January 9, 2016 when Jessie Garcia, author and sports aficionado, presents My Life With the Green and Gold: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting, where she brings fans to the sidelines at Lambeau Field, inside the locker room, aboard the Packers bus, and into the host’s chair at The Mike Mc- Carthy Show.

A self-proclaimed “terrible athlete,” Garcia reported on Wisconsin’s beloved Green Bay Packers during the Holmgren, Rhodes, Sherman, and McCarthy years. She’s been a Packers sideline reporter for preseason games and covered the team during its Super Bowl showdowns against the Patriots, Broncos, and Steelers. She’s traveled with the team to Tokyo and the White House and to schools and retirement homes, where the gridiron heroes interacted with their fans. She’s visited the hometowns of players and coaches, she’s met their proud parents and their pets, she’s interviewed the team trainer about their strength exercises.

“My Life with the Green & Gold” also features up-close and personal stories about other teams and athletes she’s covered, from the Badgers and Brewers to Wisconsin Olympians such as Bonnie Blair and Casey FitzRandolph.

Garcia was one of the first female TV sportscasters in the Midwest. She has covered Wisconsin teams for more than 20 years, including at WISC-TV in Madison and at WTMJ in Milwaukee, where she hosted The Mike McCarthy Show. She also teaches journalism at UW-Milwaukee.

Garcia is a Madison native and graduate of Boston College.

The event will take place at the Plymouth Arts Center, 520 East Mill Street, Plymouth, from 9:30am to 11:30am. Open to the public, this free presentation is appropriate for adults and students ten and older. No reservations are needed.

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