Bill Stokes
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Bill Stokes

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Born in Barron, Wisconsin, on September 11, 1931, Bill Stokes grew up on a small dairy farm between Barron and Rice Lake. He began his official writing career as an outdoor writer and general reporter for the Stevens Point Daily Journal, where he served as columnist, reporter and outdoor writer. In 1961 he moved to the Wisconsin State Journal, in Madison, where he wrote outdoor and personal columns, some of which were collected in a book "Ship The Kids On Ahead." (added by Bill Stokes). In 1969, the Milwaukee Journal became his venue and as a feature writer and columnist, and he found new ground to cover in 1982 at the Chicago Tribune. After 11 years there, Bill retired to pursue free-lance projects.

For ten years Bill Stokes has been a roving reporter and columnist for The Milwaukee Journal. He has written reams of material about his viyid impressions of people, animals, events, personal activities and "things in general." His reminiscence of boyhood days on the farm are typical of my own growing up days in Northern Wisconsin.

Through his travels, Bill has met with the unusual and unique -- the oddball -- the occult -- the sad -- the glad -- the good -- the bad -- the humorous -- the tragic -- the trivial -- the serious. This collection of some of his stories and columns indicates the broad scope of his journalistic efforts, brilliant talents and professional ability.

Bill writes with good humor and feeling. His descriptions make his readers think about their own personal lives and put their feelings toward their fellow men in proper perspective. I personally appreciate the fact that Bill did not include here a piece he did on one of my fishing trips when all I caught was a stick.

Readers will enjoy this potpourri of delightful columns as they move with Bill through the seasonal changes of life in Wisconsin. It will awaken their consciousness and make them more aware of their good fortune to be living in such a great and wondrous state.

People rarely succeed at anything unless they have fun doing it. Bill Stokes obviously enjoys his role as Wisconsin's favorite journalist. In this delightful book he shares that fun with all.

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    • Trout Friends and Other Riff-Raff

    • Stories About the Passion and Madness of Fishing
    • By: Bill Stokes
    • Narrated by: David Stifel
    • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 16

    In these stories, popular Chicago Tribune outdoor columnist Bill Stokes gives himself over to his true passion, trout fishing....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Retrospective Fish Story

    • By erobbins33 on 02-06-17

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Great Fox Hunt

    • By: Bill Stokes
    • Narrated by: Johnny Mack
    • Length: 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    The adventure of a boy on a fox hunt....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fox and the hound I mean fox and the boy

    • By Mary Karowski on 03-03-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Wisconsin

    • By: Bill Stokes
    • Narrated by: Jon Reeder
    • Length: 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    Wisconsin had a big party in 1998. It was a roll-out-the-barrel, slice-the-cheese, strike-up-the-polka-band wing-ding....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A quick, feel-good story.

    • By erobbins33 on 02-04-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Drink, Drank, Drunk

    • By: Bill Stokes
    • Narrated by: Johnny Mack
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    Never in my many years of practicing journalism have I ever experienced the kind of reader response this series of articles about my experiences with alcohol generated....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Depressing, but pertinent

    • By erobbins33 on 02-18-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • If the Fish Is a Trout: A Love Story

    • By: Bill Stokes
    • Narrated by: Johnny Mack
    • Length: 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    An experienced trout fisherman reminisces about the love of opening day in various location in Wisconsin....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Funny short story

    • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 02-17-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Hi-Ho Silver, Anyway

    • Potpourri of Delightful Columns from Wisconsin’s Favorite Journalist
    • By: Bill Stokes
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, R. C. Bray, James Foster, and others
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Bill Stokes obviously enjoys his role as Wisconsin's favorite journalist. In this delightful book he shares that fun with all....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Geezers, Young and Old Will Love This

    • By in1ear (John Row) on 03-23-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Ship the Kids on Ahead

    • By: Bill Stokes
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette, James Foster, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    Stokes, through his memories and wit, provides opportunities to learn through laughter, sharing of memories and love....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Different and fun

    • By erobbins33 on 09-20-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • A Haunting Tale

    • A Short Ghost Story
    • By: Bill Stokes
    • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
    • Length: 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    There is a haunted house up there that squats like a huge wooden toad behind a thick grove of pine trees on the end of a dead end road....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Deliciously creepy!

    • By erobbins33 on 11-06-16

    Regular price: $3.95

    • To Shoot a Musky

    • By: Bill Stokes
    • Narrated by: Johnny Mack
    • Length: 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 11

    Satchel was the undisputed king of the resident muskies....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A homely tale!

    • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-25-17

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The River

    • By: Bill Stokes
    • Narrated by: Johnny Mack
    • Length: 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    Crossing the wild water was crazy, I knew, but I had a desperate need to bag the buck....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great short story!

    • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 02-27-17

    Regular price: $3.95

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