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March 30, 2010
For Senator Proxmire...

WEEP NOT FOR ME


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.


© Joe Fazio
~
jfazio@gmail.com /Joe Fazio,
Beverly Hills, California
July 13, 2007
When my mother a Peruvian lady went to the American Embassy in Lima, Peru to obtain her Tourist Visa so she can visit me and my family, she was told to hit the road.
because she was told "will take the opportunity to stay in The States" never mind that she has been here before and always returned to Peru.
I was advised to visit Mr. Proxmire's office in Madison, and sure enough...in 15 minutes he had the Embassy in Lima called my mom for a second interview and formally apologize the way she was treated, also a visa to visit her family in The States, which she did and...she went back to Peru.
On her way out of the Embassy, the American Counsel ask her to "Mention to Senator Proxmire that he was served".
Luis E. Zuzunaga
Former Lodi, WI High School Teacher
April 24, 2007
February 10, 2006
My strongest memory of Sen. Proxmire were his guest appearances on Martin Agronsky's Face the Nation. Martin and his crew were tough on their guests but Sen. Proxmire was not only the most articulate guest i had ever heard on the show..but he was the most prepared.. with all the relevant facts and figures to answer all their questions. By the end of the interview, the Senator's right on replies to his questioners generally had them running for cover.
December 31, 2005
My deepest sympathy to the family of a great American. Few have the integrity and wisdom of this wonderful man. There should be another campaign finance reform and anti corruption bill named after him.
December 20, 2005
One of the greatest men we had in the senate for the American people.He used his own resources for his election.With deepest sympathy and admiration.

very truly your,

Johnny Two Spot
December 17, 2005
I remember Mr. Proxmire best through his son Charlie. I knew Charlie when I was a student @ Stephens College and he was studying at Univ of Missouri. We had wonderful times and he always spoke so proudly about his father.
December 17, 2005
A very great and unusual man has passed. We are sorely in need of more leaders with the integrity and fortitude of Sen. Proxmire. His refusal to go with the party line or business D.C.-STYLE was a tribute to a true Christian politician. Blessings and condolences to his family. There should be a school for beginning politicians,maybe a little of his decency and fairness would be imbued in a few of those who claim to love America rather than themselves.
December 17, 2005
My family & I send our deepest sympathy to the Proxmire family.

He did a lot of good for many Americans.

Rest in peace.
December 17, 2005
My deepest sympathy to the Proxmire family.
Thank you Senator Proxmire for fighting for the little guys. I can recall when my dad and his friend were alive they would meet weekly at each other's home on a Friday or Saturday night and during many conversations your name was mentioned. I recall them saying we need more people like you that cares for all of us. For that I thank you.
My you rest in peace
Tom
December 17, 2005
My deepest condolences to the Proximire family on the loss of Sen. Proxmire. He was a man of great courage, an extraordinary senator for so many reasons and a personal hero of mine. I regret that he was never our president and that more government officials are not like him.
December 16, 2005
Senator Proxmire earned my respect and gratitude for dedicated service to his country. Let us hope we will again see men and women of his character in the United States Senate. We have lost a wonderful man.
December 16, 2005
I am saddened to learn of Bill Proxmire's death. He served as a unique role model for politicians in defense of the taxpayer. Wisconsin was lucky to have his service for so many years. May his fiscal leadership be highlighted in history textbooks for years to come.
December 16, 2005
My wife Mary and I had the privilege of working in many of Prox's campaigns, through the Young Dems, and the "senior party". In a year when great leaders like Bill Proxmire and Gaylord Nelson pass away, we are reminded how much we lack in Washington these days. Kudos' to Wisconsin for continuing to send strong representation to Washington. It's nice to see so many people who we worked with over the years signing this guestbook.
December 16, 2005
Thank you dear Lord for honoring every last one of us with such a great person. He will go down in history as one of the all-time great U.S. Senators and a person who made everyone to be proud of living in the great state of Wisconsin. To his family we all extend our deepest condolences and may our dear Lord's PEACE be with each and everyone of you. God bless you Senator and may we meet again for another handshake in our dear Lord's Heaven.
December 16, 2005
I am saddened at the news of the passing of this great American. I had the distinct honor and privelege to work for the Senator and am thankful for his tremendous model of public service and commitment to the American tax payer. My prayers and thoughts are with his family and all who knew him that they may find comfort in knowing that his suffering has ended and that his legacy will live on through all the lives he touched and influenced. I owe him a debt of gratitude and will miss him greatly. My thoughts are with all the staff who were so dedicated to him and the work that he did.
December 16, 2005
I have never met a politician who cared so much for the people he served so well.
While in the Army, prior to the end of the Vietnam War, I had written to him regarding the proper use of my abilities in the Army. He responded to my letter within one week and action was taken by him at the Pentagon a week later. I was forever grateful to him for that and will never forget it nor him.
December 16, 2005
Senator Proxmire made an indelible impression on me as a young man ... an impression that has helped form my opinions and stances on the issues of today. For that, I can never express enough gratitude. His family must be so proud of such a thoughtful, intelligent, dedicated man. We all were fortunate to have him serve during our lifetimes. God Bless You Senator!
December 16, 2005
I thank God that there was a Bill Proxmire in the Senate. His "Golden Fleece" awards were outstanding. My deepest sympathies to his family and our nation in the loss of a great man.
December 16, 2005
When I was about ten years old in 1976, my mother and I went to State Fair in West Allis. Senator William Proxmire was there, shaking hands. She told me to go stand where he would shake my hand. At the time, I didn't know what the big deal was. Now I'm glad that I listened to my mom.

By shaking his hand, I was inextricably tied to the literal thousands of other citizens that shook hands with the Senator.

Thank you, Senator, for clasping the hearts and hands of the people of this great state. May Jesus bless your family members left behind with the peace that passes all understanding.

Love,
Joy
December 16, 2005
My sincere condolences to the Proxmire family. At a time like this may those family members take comfort in knowing that the Senator's time away from them was spent with the appreciative state of Wisconsin residents. And you will always be part of that extended Wisconsin family. May God bless Senator Proxmire, a true American original.
December 16, 2005
I wish the Proxmire family the best through this troubled time. He was a great politician and even better person.

Sincerely,
Pauly "walnuts" Engelberger
December 16, 2005
Wisconsinites set the standard for electing individuals who exemplified what politicians should be when Sens. Proxmire and Nelson represented us in Washington: smart, honest, independant, compassionate, and hard working. We remain in your debt and will miss you. Deepest sympathy to the Proxmire family.
December 16, 2005
Senator Proxmire was one of a kind.He told it like it was with his Golden Fleece awards. As a former resident of Racine, I saw him many times WALKING in the Racine 4th of July Parade. Rest in Peace. You earned it.
December 16, 2005
As a child of the Senate - where my mom worked for Senator Proxmire for many years - it was a privilege to have known him - even as a young child - he would always take the time to speak with me and reprimand me, when necessary (quite often). Senator Proxmire was truly a great American and we will miss him.

andrew fenwick
December 16, 2005
May the Senator guide us from his new home. More importantly, may he guide today's senators to act with the same character, resolve, and honor that he did. Thank-you Senator Proxmire.
December 16, 2005
I remember my Dad and Mom talking about Sen. Bill Proxmire, back when I was a kid. After that I bragged about having shook his hand outside the Flower Barn during the State Fair. He is a legend and will be missed.
December 16, 2005
Voting for Senator Proxmire was a vote I never regretted. My heart going out to the Proxmire Family. He will never be forgotten,
December 16, 2005
The Senator along with President Kennedy inspired my early love for politics. I will never forget meeting him before a school assembly during my senior year at Little Wolf High in Manawa in 1970 as Student Council officers had pictures taken with him for the yearbook. I still look back on the picture with fond memories. I subsequently spent time during my early college years as a campaign volunteer. Even though I long ago gave up my Democrat Party card and became a compassionate conservative, I will always admire and respect the Senator's legacy. Thanks Bill!
December 16, 2005
As an intern for Senator Proxmire during my senior year at Marquette in 1986, I can convey from personal experience that both Wisconsin and the country have lost a politican possessed with the highest level of integrity, honesty and courage. My deepest condolences to the Proxmire family. Terrence P. Kane Cincinnati, Ohio
December 16, 2005
I can still see him standing in the crowd at State Fair, shirt soaked through, tattered band aids on all his fingers. "Hi, how are you. I'm Bill Proxmire, your Senator.". A great politician and public servant. We need more guys like him.
December 16, 2005
Senator Proxmire was kind enough to pose for a picture with me in my first campaign. He was an inspiration because he showed that a true independent could be successful. He showed that "money" wasn't what got you elected but ideas, ideals and service. A lesson to all in politics.
December 16, 2005
My personal condolences to Ellen, Doug, and the rest of the Proxmire family. I can't fully express how much I am indebted to "the Senator." Truly, he gave me my start in politics beginning with an internship in his Washington office in 1987. I will always remember his kindness to me, attending community functions with him, researching Golden Fleece awards, and the State of the Union address. We need his brand of integrity, frugality, and honesty today more than ever. Many blessings to all who knew and loved him.
December 16, 2005
Bill Proxmire was a one of a kind politition. He was honest and cared very deeply about his constituents.
I was privledged to campaign with him from 1961 onward. Even when his back was so bad that he had to lay prone in the back of Luke Dyb's station wagon. God love him.
Dale Mc Kenna
December 16, 2005
A man of such high integrity that politics rarely sees. It was an honor to vote for the Senator.
December 16, 2005
This man both formed and renewed my faith in our political system. He answered every letter, and was fiscally responsible personally as well as politically. I truly believe this man felt accountable to every constituent, not only to those who wrote big checks. He was a legend, and he will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, Senator Proxmire.
December 16, 2005
A great Senator. He will be missed by all the people who believe in good government.
December 16, 2005
I extend my sympathies to Senator William Proxmire. May G-d rest in peace.
December 16, 2005
William Proxmire was a dedicated American who loved his country and wanted it to succeed. His tireless, honest, and frugal approach should be remembered and followed.

Regards,

William Rasmussen
December 16, 2005
As long as the memory of Sen. Proxmire helps guide our actions he will be with us.
December 16, 2005
In a state with a rich legacy of great progressive politicians, William Proxmire was one the greatest, and most widely loved and admired of them all. Not many representatives have been as accessible as was Senator Proximire. He made himself available to a degree you just don't see anymore. He did Wisconsin, himself, his family and his nation proud. His good work will be remembered for a long, long time.
December 16, 2005
Senator Proxmire and Bobby Kennedy were my first political idols. One of my regrets is, although I shook hands with Bobby, I never got to meet our Senator,
December 16, 2005
December 16, 2005
A chance encounter with Sen. Proxmire at a meaningless campaign stop left a lasting impression. It was the mid-60s and a UWM poli sci prof assigned his entry-level students to report on a political gathering. Procrastination narrowed my options drastically -- to the senator's brief stop at a "Sunshine Girls" club session at the VFW Post near 35th and Capitol. I could just envision the senator privately fuming at some staffer scheduling this time-wasting visit for a gathering of 30 or so women all old enough to be his mom. But Proxmire treated each attendee with patience and dignity and respect. He listened and responded with genuine concern. The substance mattered not at all, but his remarkable style of campaigning left a lasting memory. No wonder his re-elections were landslides.
December 16, 2005
a man who meant what he said and said what he meant- we could use someone like this in the senate today. our sincere sympathy to mrs. proxmire and family.
December 16, 2005
A model Senator who's legacy will live on.
December 16, 2005
YEARS AGO YOU HELPED MY PARENTS FAMILY FARM, THANK YOU.
December 16, 2005
As a young girl, I looked forward each year to shaking Sen. Proxmire's hand just outside the Flower Pavilion at State Fair. He was a special man. God Bless
December 16, 2005
I shook Senator Proxmire's hand many times. Who didn't? He seemed to be everywhere. He was accessible, concerned about taxpayer money and an honorable man. His family and the state of Wisconsin can be proud of him. May he rest in peace.
December 16, 2005
Sen. Proxmire was a tireless senator who rallied around every Wisconsinite in an attempt to save every last dollar. My god, is he missed in todays politics! I truly believe he shook every persons hand in the state while in office. We'll miss you Bill, God Bless You and thanks for all those fun times seeing you at State Fair.
December 16, 2005
Sen. Proxmire was a real giant of Wisconsin and national politics. I know I learned from him. In my book, he holds a warn memory of dedication and good deeds.
December 16, 2005
I met Senator Proxmire late one night in the small town of Nekoosa, yes, in a tavern, where he shook all our hands and listened to everyone's political views. He was whole heartedly accepted by all and the respect was obvious from patrons that probably didn't even vote. To this day I still don't know what brought him to our town at that hour and we all marveled at the courage to come in a tavern, alone, as a U.S. Senator to meet and greet his constituents. Can you believe we had Bill and Gaylord as our Senators. P.S. He politely refused all offers of free drinks.
December 16, 2005
In 1964 I volunteered as a campaign
worker for Bill. The senator and Les Aspin treated this 17 year old from South Milwaukee as an adult. Both of these men were my role models.
December 16, 2005
Senator Proxmire was a man of great personal integrity and genuine commitment to government service in the furtherance of our best selves and our national ideals and policies. May he rest in peace, having served well.
December 16, 2005
I shook Bill Proxmire's hand more often than any other politicians. It seemed than when ever there were two or three gathered, Bill Proxmire would be in our midst. To a great Senator and public servant- you will be missed.
December 16, 2005
I lived in Wisconsin most of my life and had met Mr. Proxmire many
times, because my dad Harvey Grasse
was involved with Wisconsin Politics and the Democratic Party.
What I remember most about Sen.Proxmire was how personable he was. You would alway see him at a sporting event shaking hands and I always made it a point to say hi to him and most of the time he remembered who I was but he always talked about what what good things my father had done for the state of Wisconsin while he was serving in state government. Part of his legecy will be that he always ran a clean fair campaign and he always fought for the command person. He will be missed.
December 16, 2005
Mr. Proxmire will be missed by all. I speak for myself and my late parents, Ed and Kitti Hawtrey, both of whom were long time supporters.
December 15, 2005
Senator Proxmire was not only a true American in every sense of the word, but also one of my hero's. When Red Tape Bureucracy held things up, you could count on Senator Proxmire to use his influence to cut thru. Servicemen and Women knew that if something was amiss with the Military, that himself as well as Clement Zablocki would personally get involved, and see to it that servicemen and women were always looked after and treated fairly, especially if you were from Wisconsin. Besides the honorable Gerald Klezca, Clement Zablocki and William Proxmire were the greatest men to ever have served in the Senate and Congress from Wisconsin. There will never be another Like William Proxmire, and He will be greatly missed by myself as well as all Wisconsinites. It's a tradgedy that he had to be succumbed by alzheimers, and I pray for his Family, that they may find strength, guidence, and good luck in the future. Bill Proxmire, you were a True American Hero. May you trully Rest in Peace...
December 15, 2005
Senator Proxmire was truly a classy individual, he will be missed - rest in peace.
December 15, 2005
Today we have lost one of the greatest champions of the "little man." I am so saddened yet appreciate all of his accomplishments. The Honorable Proxmire always took the time to answer any questions that arose. No problem was too small for him to take the time and investigate. My wish would be for current politicians to study and appreciate how "he did business." Mr. Proxmire you are an American Hero and I shall never forget you and as far as I am concern you should be forever from this date forward be known to me as "Mr. Wisconsin."

Thank you Sir!
December 15, 2005
Like everyone else I am proud to have been represented by Senator Proxmire. I remember when I was growing up how much my father respected him and I came to respect him as well. I was so pleased to have come across him once on the Capitol square in Madison where he was shaking hands and I got to shake his hand that day.
December 15, 2005
Not only was Senator Proxmire a great politician, but he was available to his constituents. I returned to Wisconsin several times a year during the 70s and 80s and I personally met him "pressing the flesh" at some place or another, be it the State Fair or Target. "Hello, I'm Bill Proxmire. Nice to see you."

I live in California and I don't think I've even been in the same building as Senator Feinstein or Senator Boxer.

All of Congress could learn from Senator William Proxmire and his availability.

My condolences to the State of Wisconsin and his family.
December 15, 2005
As a young person (now 68) growing up in northwest Wisconsin, I was always proud to be represented by the Senator. His integrity was matched only by his colleague, Sen Nelson. Sen. Proxmire will be sorely missed in and present day senators would do well to look to him as an example of proper conduct in office.
December 15, 2005
the only rep. i ever supported
December 15, 2005
My grandfather is truely one of the greatest men i have ever known. He did more for the people of Wisconsin and our family then I could ever imagine. I would like to thank everyone for their support over the years, and now during this trying time. The one thing I will never forget is when he attended my graduation from high school, the same school he had attended, he was the first one there, just kind of sitting there in the chapel, and looked at our family when we walked in as to sort of say what took u guys so long to get here.
The weird thing is that for me, growing up and seeing his popularity and even being quizzed on his politics in my American History class at the Hill School it didnt hit me that so many people would miss him or that so many have been touched by him in so many ways until I checked this guest book. People from all over have been reaching out and saying how they remember him from their childhood or how he changed politics like no other. It really is amazing how everyone has been responding, for that I can only say Thank you it means the world to us.
December 15, 2005
This was a great man and did great things for our state during a time of need. He'll be missed by many and loved by all.
December 15, 2005
During a hot Milwaukee summer I typed labels for Sen. Proxmire's re-election in the only room with an airconditioner in our home.
He lived the best characteristics of Wisconites--honesty and frugality.
December 15, 2005
As a youth in Wisconsin I admired Bill Promire -- only democrate my republican mother liked!
December 15, 2005
One of this country's best! He set the bar for political ethics to which few have been able to meet.
December 15, 2005
I am not a Democrat, but I respect Senator Proxmire. My first memories of any political figure was going to Bucks games at the Arena as a child and seeing Senator Proxmire greeting constituents. It was striking even at an early age to see a man of his stature out with the masses. This is a great loss for our state. I send my condolensces to his family and I apppreciate everything he has done for Wisconsin!
December 15, 2005
I would like to express my condolences to the family of William Proxmire. As a former resident of Wisconsin, I was so proud to have Senator Proxmire as our representative in the Senate. I did not know him personally, however, I respected him tremendously. He was a man of decency and I would imagine when his Soul reached the Heavenly Portals...God said, "Perfect!"
Sincerely, Marjorie Rock
December 15, 2005
As someone who grew up in Wisconsin while Senator Proxmire represented the state in the US Senate, I was proud that he was our senator. He did what he thought was right - much like LaFollette before him and Feingold now - even if it wasn't popular.
December 15, 2005
Growing up in Wisconsin, and still considering myself a native Wauwatosan even after 10 years in NYC and 12 in Georgia, I vividly remember being simultaneously entertained and enraged as I read each "Golden Fleece" award. Now, so many years later, I was re-impressed with who and what he was as I read his biography.

To his family, my deepest sympathies. To the citizens of Wisconsin, you chose wisely when you picked Bill Proxmire.
December 15, 2005
wisconsin has lost a great senator,
in heaven may his soul rest in peace. may those voices that speak will be louder than a whisper....
December 15, 2005
I have fond memories of Senator Proxmire at the State Fair Flower Building. He was a great asset to the State of Wisconsin. He will be missed.
December 15, 2005
My parents Paul K. and Nancy Barkla worked for the Senator
in Washington D.C. I will always
have great memories of the Senator. He will be missed not only by my family but by all us.

God Bless you Senator.

Paul M. Barkla
December 15, 2005
Wonderful diplomat for the State of Wi.
December 15, 2005
Senator Proxmire was a wonderful voice of reason and conscience in government. His leadership set a model that still echos today.
December 15, 2005
One of the finest LEADERS ever to be a member of Congress. He TALKED THE WALK AND WALKED THE TALK. Just the items in his obituary represent so much more than the "average Congress person" of history, but especially todays members of Congress--just read the news.

May those in the Senate reflect on what they can do to replicate the practical idealism that Senator Proxmire promoted, i.e. integrity, fiscal responsibility, responsible performance of his Senatorial duties, hard work, diligent study, honesty, et al.

His service in the U.S. Army despite being the son of a wealthy physician & Ivy League graduate is something we see far too little of in today's Congress.

We thank God for Senator Proxmire and know that the America is a better place today because of him.

Dick Naylor, MBA
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army--Retired
December 15, 2005
I never knew senator Proxmire just what I read in the newspaper and on tv news, but we should have more like him in congress that would save us money with his golden fleece awards.
December 15, 2005
I will always remembering going to the Wisconsin State Fair as I was growing up and seeing Senator William Proxmire at the doors of the Flower Building. He always had a firm handshake and a friendly smile. A truly class act. Rest in peace, Bill.
December 15, 2005
My wife, Lois, and I send our condolances to Ellen, Mrs. Proxmire, and to all of the Proxmire family.

Having served for more than sixten years as one of Senator Proxmire's Home Secretaries, I consider him as having been a close friend. He had a big and positive impact on my life.

During those sixteen years I probably spent more than a thousand hours with him during the hundreds of times I was accompamying him in Wisconsin.

It was a priviledge and an honor to have served on his staff until he retired in January, 1989.

Senator Proxmire loved being one of Wisconsin's senators. And, in kind, the people respected his attention, his enthusiasm, his moxie, his humanity, his accomplishments and his honesty.

For several decades Wisconsin was fortunate to have been served simultaneously by two great U.S. Senators, Willaim Proxmire and Gaylord Nelson.

Happy memories to all!

Fred and Lois Duperrault


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December 15, 2005
He will be missed and was a great inspiration.
I wish more would emulate his life.
December 15, 2005
The citizens of our State were Blessed when Bill Proxmire crossed the border to Wisconsin. Growing up, I remember his yearly visits to my high school, and shaking his hand at the State Fair. These were an annual events that showed he never lost touch with his constituents. His service sparked my entry into public service. He was an inspiration to the political careers of so many other talented public servants, like the late Congressman Les Aspin, who was on his staff. I was priviledged to work for Congressman Aspin and remember how he would credit "Prox" with setting the example of what a public servant should be. Senator Proxmire lived with great honor and died with great dignity. It is no surprise that even in death he is contributing to mankind, in study of his devastating illness. My deepest sympathies to his family. I feel honored to have met him, and to have been his constituent.
Irene Parthum
Hales Corners, WI
December 15, 2005
I remember meeting the Senator several times at the State Fair outside the Horticulture Building. Even now I think about it with every visit. I also recall him being an eloquent speaker at several high school commencments where I was a teacher. We in Wisconsin can be proud of his illustrious career and his fight against government waste. "Fighting Bill" we will miss you.
December 15, 2005
The greatest politician I've ever known. Would have made a great president. Instrumental in teaching me to stick up for your beliefs.
December 15, 2005
The loss of Senator Proxmire is truly a sad event. He blazed an idiosyncratic trail marked by a selfless defense of the public interest during his long tenure in the Senate. If more lawmakers at all levels of government today emulated his example, there would be less corruption and deception and greater enlightenment at the highest levels of policymaking.
December 15, 2005
A great man. A great Wisconsinite. A great American. He will be missed.
December 15, 2005
One of America's greatest senators. I covered him as a young journalist. Integrity and humility best describe him. Wisconsin can be proud that it sent such a man to Congress.
December 15, 2005
I remember being at a Brewer game in the summer and Bill was walking around shaking hands in a suit. It was a hot summer day I wish more politicians were like him.
December 15, 2005
Great Senator, inspiration to many.
December 15, 2005
When I was in Second Grade in Dousman, Wisconsin, I had to write our Senator. I worte to Sen Proxmire and he was nice enough for me to send me a letter. Since that point, I always followed Sen Proxmire
December 15, 2005
Bill Proxmire was a hero to me, yet he was always accessible. The first time I met him, he was shaking hands outside Sears at Bay Shore Shopping Center in Glendale, and he had time to chat with me, a mere teenager. Over the years, I wrote to him often about many things, and he always responded promptly with the information I requested.
December 15, 2005
I remember shopping in a local mall and having someone come up to me and extend their hand to say, "Bill Proxmire, I'm your senator"

Years after that, I had a very personal problem with the military and called his office in desparation, "William Proxmire's office, Bill speaking." was the answer on the other end. Not a secretary, not a runaround.

He extended his hand of helpfulness again that day.

I will always think of him with honor and respect. He said what he meant and meant what he said.

I grieve his loss along with his family.
December 15, 2005
I was always so proud to have Senator Proxmire representing the State of Wisconsin for the better part of my life. His ethics were above reproach, and he did a lot of good in this world. God bless him and his family.
December 15, 2005
Bill (I always called him "Senator")was a good and sincere man. He brought me to Washington as his press secretary before the 1970 election. One day when I arrived at the office I found a press release he had written revealing his hair transplant. I went to his office to try to talk him out of releasing it, but that was impossible when I saw the bandages about his head. He was dedicated to serving the people of Wisconsin.
December 15, 2005
Growing up in the Milwaukee area, I shook Senator Proxmire's hand several times (mostly at Packer games or the State Fair). I remember that he rarely, or never missed a vote in the Senate. I knew he was always there for us. For that reason, he is the only Democrat I have ever voted for!
December 15, 2005
A true man of the people, the likes of which we will never see again. I remember my dad telling me about the Senator coming into his store in Oshkosh and making sure he talked to everyone and shook everyone's hand.

Rest in peace.
December 15, 2005
William Proxmire was a gifted public official. His dedication to service was reflected not only by his "Golden Fleece" Awards that pointed out government waste of tax dollars, but also in his courage to tackle other tough issues of the day. Bill Proxmire was Wisconsin's gift to the American people, and he served us all so well. He will also be remembered for his inspirational personal fitness regimen. Senator William Proxmire was truly one of a kind.
December 15, 2005
Whie growing up in Wisconsin, I was always proud of the way Senator William Proxmire represented our State and the Nation. He was a wise man and our nation is a better place today as a result of his leadership in so many areas. He will be missed throughout Wisconsin and the United States.
December 15, 2005
He was an inspiration as a youth growing up in Menomonee Falls. Our nation could use more of his type. I can remember shaking his hand in all types of places . The Braves games were the ones I remerber the most.
December 15, 2005
In 1982, I had the honor to meet Sen. Proxmire. I found him to be a very caring and down to earth man.
On behalf of the late Donald Tomas, I would like to "Thank Him" for the support of the Blacksmiths and Boiler Makers union.
May God Bless and keep you Sen. Proxmire.
Deborah Cardon
December 15, 2005
I heard about politics in school and on TV, but I saw it come alive when I met Senator Proxmire. Six years later, he remembered my name at our second meeting. He was an impressive man who inspired me. My sympathies to his family and my thanks for his service to this state and our country.
December 15, 2005
Thanks for all you have done for Wisconsin. You and Gaylord Nelson, alone have done more for mankind, more for Americans, and more for Wisconsinites than anybody will ever realize. You are indeed a hero. I only can hope that my children and grandchildren can make even a tenth of the impact that you have made; then they will have done something outstanding.
December 15, 2005
I am sorry for your lost
December 15, 2005
Thanks to a great Wisconsinite and American - we could use a hundred Bill Proxmires in today's Senate
December 15, 2005
Senator Proxmire was an inspiration, and someone this Wisconsinite was proud to have represent her. A man of integrity and class - he'll be missed.
December 15, 2005
In the spring of 86 or 87, I had arranged a meeting with the Senator for some high school students I had brought to the Capitol. I got to the hearing room early, opened the door, and was surprised to see the silouette of a man sitting cross-legged on a table in front of an illuminated trophy case. It was Sen. Proxmire, meditating. He waved me in, asked me to turn on the lights, and made some fascinating comments about US satellite photo capabilites. He was a devoted and persistent legislator.
December 15, 2005
Senator Proxmire was a great American and a person of his stature comes along too infreqently.
He did a great service to the nation
in pointing out the wasteful ways of
government spending.Thank you and God bless you.
Charles Walsh
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