Monday, November 5, 2007

Honoring a fallen public servant: Otto Festge

Otto Festge, mayor of Madison from 1965-1969, died yesterday. He was 86.

A fitting tribute was written by Paul Soglin: http://www.waxingamerica.com/2007/11/in-memory-of-ot.html

Mayor Festge also presided over the city during some of its darkest days during the Viet-Nam war protests which intensified under his successor, Bill Dyke.

More important, Festge was a mayor -- like so many mayors of the era -- whose major agenda was the betterment of the city, period.

We need more public servants like that.

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