Shepherd Express

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The Shepherd Express is an alternative weekly newspaper published in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


The paper originated in May, 1982 as the Crazy Shepherd, its name derived from a line in Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Footnotes to Howl” (”Hail the crazy shepherds of the middle class”). Its founders were a group of University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee students, among them Jeff Hansen, Doug Hissom and Joe Porubcan, who operated it from a series of rented flats near the campus. After appearing sporadically, the Crazy Shepherd eventually settled into a monthly schedule. Several of its founders went on to careers in the news media, including Jim McCarter, publisher of the Metro Times in Detroit; Bill Conroy, editor of the San Antonio Business Journal; and Bill Lueders, news editor at Isthmus in Madison.

In 1987 the Shepherd Express was formed in a merger with the Express, a monthly music paper founded in 1979 by Kevn Kinney, David Luhrssen, and Mark Shurilla, the latter of whom was instrumental in the merger with McCarter. Kinney went on to form the rock band Drivin’n’Cryin’ in Atlanta. Luhrssen returned to the Shepherd Express in late 1994 as arts and entertainment editor, a position he still holds.

During the late 1980s to mid 1990s, its publisher was Martin R. "Marty" Genz and the Genz family were the newspaper's majority stockholders. In 1993, Dane Claussen became the Shepherd Express's Associate Publisher & Advertising Director. In 1994, employees,...
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