Frank P. Zeidler passed away on Friday evening, July 7th, 2006. He was Milwaukee's mayor from 1948-1960 during a time of great change for the city. America's last Socialist mayor of a major U.S. city, Mr. Zeidler was a living, vibrant part of the Milwaukee community for 93 years. He never tired of helping others and promoting issues that he felt vital to the people of Milwaukee. In a sense, you could have called him your friend. As it relates to Wisconsin drive-in theaters, Mr. Zeidler as Mayor of Milwaukee, cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening ceremonies of two local drive-in theaters. The 41 Twin Outdoor (1948) which was located in Franklin, WI and the Starlite Drive-in (1955) which was opened in Menomonee Falls, WI. I had the great privilege of interviewing him twice in the past few years. The first time I contacted Mr. Zeidler was in June of 2001 for a audio tape interview on his remembrances of the grand opening ceremonies. He happily obliged my request. I then contacted Mr. Zeidler in December of 2003 for a video tape interview on the same subject for my documentary on the 41 Twin Outdoor. Once again, he stepped forward to help an average guy add that special touch to a ongoing film documentary. My two relatively brief encounters with Mr. Zeidler will be with me for a lifetime. I am sure that I speak for many people in that Mr. Zeidler will truly be missed. A link to Milwaukee's historical past has been broken. May you rest in peace, dear friend.
Frank P. Zeidler 1912-2006
Don and Dorothy LeGros were the proud owners of the Big Sky Drive-in since 1980.
Donald G. LeGros August 31, 1932 - September 28, 2010 & Dorothy A. LeGros