Cheesehead inventor to be honored by Wisconsin Assembly
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MADISON - The state Assembly is set to honor a guy from St. Francis who invented the cheesehead 25 years ago.
"It is an honor," said Ralph Bruno, who never thought he'd have the state Assembly vote on a resolution to honor him and his creation.
It's the thing that might now be the most recognizable symbol of the state of Wisconsin: the cheesehead.
"I guess I never would have dreamed that we'd be making cheeseheads for 25 years."
It all spawned from something a lot of people from Wisconsin experience: getting ripped on by a sports fan from Chicago.
"We were going to be going to a baseball game in the late 80's," Bruno told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jay Sorgi.
"They were calling us cheeseheads. Personally, I like cheese. At the time, I was re-upholstering my mom's couch. I had a piece of foam rubber. I cut it into the shape, burnt holes into it, painted it the color that it is, stuck it in a bag and took it to the (Brewers) game. We were tailgating with a bunch of friends...(then) went in (to County Stadium) wearing the hat. Everybody just wanted to try it on, just calling me 'Cheesehead.'
"Next thing you know, I'm quitting my job and making cheeseheads."
Bruno's company, Fomation, meets the demand of fans of the Packers, Brewers, Badgers, Bucks, Marquette and every other team from our state. The resolution is scheduled to come to a vote on Tuesday.