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Otis Spunkmeyer Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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C is for 40th Anniversary

Otis Spunkmeyer, a pioneer in the fresh-baked cookie business, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Spunkmeyer cookies’ homemade taste is thanks to the company’s dedication to using ingredients with “No Fancy Stuff,” meaning all foods are made without artificial colors or flavors, high fructose corn syrup, or partially hydrogenated oils.

The first Otis Spunkmeyer store opened in Oakland, California, in 1979, and by 1983 there were more than 20 stores throughout the state. The stores transitioned from retail to wholesale to enable the company’s famous cookie dough to be shipped to restaurants, delis, and cafeterias that wanted to sell fresh-baked cookies. Today, the company is the number one selling foodservice cookie dough business in America. In 2006, the company was acquired by Aryzta and launched a line of baked treats to sell directly to consumers.

Otis Spunkmeyer provides a wide variety of treats including mini loaf cakes, crème cakes, frosted crème cakes, mini muffins, muffins, mini cupcakes, cookies, and frozen cookie dough.

All Otis Spunkmeyer products are available at Vons, Albertsons, Pavilions, Walmart, and Lucky stores.


Survivor of crash that killed Redding returns 40 years later

MADISON, Wis.&mdashWhen Ben Cauley left Madison in 1967, he was a 20-year-old in shock.

He will return Monday as a distinguished and grateful musician.

The trumpeter was the only survivor of the plane crash that killed musician Otis Redding and other members of his band, The Bar-Kays.

Redding and the band were on their way to a show in Madison before their twin-engine aircraft plunged into Lake Monona on Dec. 10, 1967, miles from the airport. Cauley was rescued from the lake’s icy waters and suffered only minor injuries.

Cauley left town after being released from Methodist Hospital days later, so fast that he didn’t pick up his trumpet or checkbook that authorities recovered from the water.

He has never returned&mdashuntil now.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the crash, Cauley has agreed to appear at an event on Monday celebrating Redding’s life. The soul singer and songwriter died at age 26 but is nonetheless considered one of the greatest musicians ever.

Cauley, now 60, told The Associated Press he plans to say a few words and play a few songs on his trumpet. He said he will be sure to play “(Sittin’ on) The Dock Of The Bay,” which was recorded just three days before the crash and later topped the music charts.

“I knew one day I would come back,” he said in a telephone interview from Memphis, where he now lives. “There were a number of times that I thought about it but didn’t have the strength. I’m coming this time.”

In the interview, Cauley recalled how he was sleeping during the flight and woke up when he heard the airplane shaking and he could not breathe. He unbuckled his seatbelt and grabbed a seat cushion as the plane plunged into the lake and broke into pieces.

He clung to the cushion for about 20 minutes in the freezing water until a rescue boat arrived. It was too late for the others, who Cauley heard crying for help. Investigators never pinpointed a specific cause for the crash.

The coroner later visited his hospital bed to break the news that Redding, an assistant, four band members and the pilot all died. Most of them were found still buckled into their seats.

“I was in shock,” he said. “That day changed our lives.”

Cauley went on to have a successful career in music after The Bar-Kays regrouped. He later played with Isaac Hayes, the Doobie Brothers and others.

Monday’s tribute will be held at Monona Terrace convention center overlooking the lake, near the crash site.

A few hundred people are expected to attend the free event. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will read a statement from Gov. Jim Doyle declaring Dec. 10 “Otis Redding Day” and local musicians will play his music.

The curator from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will give a presentation on Redding memorabilia. Organizers will also screen a newly released DVD called “Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding.”

The celebration is a far cry from the way he was treated last year at the convention center, which has long had a marble bench memorial and plaque for Redding on its rooftop garden.

Madison radio industry consultant Tom Teuber said he tried to stop by the memorial on the anniversary last year to pay his respects. But he said he was frustrated to find locked gates kept the public away.

That experience kicked off a campaign to make sure the 40th anniversary was appropriately remembered. Teuber, Ken Adamany, the Madison music promoter who booked the show, newspaper columnist Doug Moe and others kicked around ideas.

Fran Puleo, manager of community relations for Monona Terrace, said she helped track down Cauley and he agreed to come with his wife, Shirley.

“I think it’s going to be an emotional event for him,” she said. “We’re going to treat them so that this trip to Madison is nothing like his last trip to Madison. We want to make it really special.”

Cauley said he considered Redding a big brother and he thanks God for every minute they had together. He said he has been honored by Madison’s tribute and his request to return. ”I’d like to say thanks to the city of Madison for remembering me,” he said. “That means so much.”


Survivor of crash that killed Redding returns 40 years later

MADISON, Wis.&mdashWhen Ben Cauley left Madison in 1967, he was a 20-year-old in shock.

He will return Monday as a distinguished and grateful musician.

The trumpeter was the only survivor of the plane crash that killed musician Otis Redding and other members of his band, The Bar-Kays.

Redding and the band were on their way to a show in Madison before their twin-engine aircraft plunged into Lake Monona on Dec. 10, 1967, miles from the airport. Cauley was rescued from the lake’s icy waters and suffered only minor injuries.

Cauley left town after being released from Methodist Hospital days later, so fast that he didn’t pick up his trumpet or checkbook that authorities recovered from the water.

He has never returned&mdashuntil now.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the crash, Cauley has agreed to appear at an event on Monday celebrating Redding’s life. The soul singer and songwriter died at age 26 but is nonetheless considered one of the greatest musicians ever.

Cauley, now 60, told The Associated Press he plans to say a few words and play a few songs on his trumpet. He said he will be sure to play “(Sittin’ on) The Dock Of The Bay,” which was recorded just three days before the crash and later topped the music charts.

“I knew one day I would come back,” he said in a telephone interview from Memphis, where he now lives. “There were a number of times that I thought about it but didn’t have the strength. I’m coming this time.”

In the interview, Cauley recalled how he was sleeping during the flight and woke up when he heard the airplane shaking and he could not breathe. He unbuckled his seatbelt and grabbed a seat cushion as the plane plunged into the lake and broke into pieces.

He clung to the cushion for about 20 minutes in the freezing water until a rescue boat arrived. It was too late for the others, who Cauley heard crying for help. Investigators never pinpointed a specific cause for the crash.

The coroner later visited his hospital bed to break the news that Redding, an assistant, four band members and the pilot all died. Most of them were found still buckled into their seats.

“I was in shock,” he said. “That day changed our lives.”

Cauley went on to have a successful career in music after The Bar-Kays regrouped. He later played with Isaac Hayes, the Doobie Brothers and others.

Monday’s tribute will be held at Monona Terrace convention center overlooking the lake, near the crash site.

A few hundred people are expected to attend the free event. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will read a statement from Gov. Jim Doyle declaring Dec. 10 “Otis Redding Day” and local musicians will play his music.

The curator from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will give a presentation on Redding memorabilia. Organizers will also screen a newly released DVD called “Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding.”

The celebration is a far cry from the way he was treated last year at the convention center, which has long had a marble bench memorial and plaque for Redding on its rooftop garden.

Madison radio industry consultant Tom Teuber said he tried to stop by the memorial on the anniversary last year to pay his respects. But he said he was frustrated to find locked gates kept the public away.

That experience kicked off a campaign to make sure the 40th anniversary was appropriately remembered. Teuber, Ken Adamany, the Madison music promoter who booked the show, newspaper columnist Doug Moe and others kicked around ideas.

Fran Puleo, manager of community relations for Monona Terrace, said she helped track down Cauley and he agreed to come with his wife, Shirley.

“I think it’s going to be an emotional event for him,” she said. “We’re going to treat them so that this trip to Madison is nothing like his last trip to Madison. We want to make it really special.”

Cauley said he considered Redding a big brother and he thanks God for every minute they had together. He said he has been honored by Madison’s tribute and his request to return. ”I’d like to say thanks to the city of Madison for remembering me,” he said. “That means so much.”


Survivor of crash that killed Redding returns 40 years later

MADISON, Wis.&mdashWhen Ben Cauley left Madison in 1967, he was a 20-year-old in shock.

He will return Monday as a distinguished and grateful musician.

The trumpeter was the only survivor of the plane crash that killed musician Otis Redding and other members of his band, The Bar-Kays.

Redding and the band were on their way to a show in Madison before their twin-engine aircraft plunged into Lake Monona on Dec. 10, 1967, miles from the airport. Cauley was rescued from the lake’s icy waters and suffered only minor injuries.

Cauley left town after being released from Methodist Hospital days later, so fast that he didn’t pick up his trumpet or checkbook that authorities recovered from the water.

He has never returned&mdashuntil now.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the crash, Cauley has agreed to appear at an event on Monday celebrating Redding’s life. The soul singer and songwriter died at age 26 but is nonetheless considered one of the greatest musicians ever.

Cauley, now 60, told The Associated Press he plans to say a few words and play a few songs on his trumpet. He said he will be sure to play “(Sittin’ on) The Dock Of The Bay,” which was recorded just three days before the crash and later topped the music charts.

“I knew one day I would come back,” he said in a telephone interview from Memphis, where he now lives. “There were a number of times that I thought about it but didn’t have the strength. I’m coming this time.”

In the interview, Cauley recalled how he was sleeping during the flight and woke up when he heard the airplane shaking and he could not breathe. He unbuckled his seatbelt and grabbed a seat cushion as the plane plunged into the lake and broke into pieces.

He clung to the cushion for about 20 minutes in the freezing water until a rescue boat arrived. It was too late for the others, who Cauley heard crying for help. Investigators never pinpointed a specific cause for the crash.

The coroner later visited his hospital bed to break the news that Redding, an assistant, four band members and the pilot all died. Most of them were found still buckled into their seats.

“I was in shock,” he said. “That day changed our lives.”

Cauley went on to have a successful career in music after The Bar-Kays regrouped. He later played with Isaac Hayes, the Doobie Brothers and others.

Monday’s tribute will be held at Monona Terrace convention center overlooking the lake, near the crash site.

A few hundred people are expected to attend the free event. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will read a statement from Gov. Jim Doyle declaring Dec. 10 “Otis Redding Day” and local musicians will play his music.

The curator from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will give a presentation on Redding memorabilia. Organizers will also screen a newly released DVD called “Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding.”

The celebration is a far cry from the way he was treated last year at the convention center, which has long had a marble bench memorial and plaque for Redding on its rooftop garden.

Madison radio industry consultant Tom Teuber said he tried to stop by the memorial on the anniversary last year to pay his respects. But he said he was frustrated to find locked gates kept the public away.

That experience kicked off a campaign to make sure the 40th anniversary was appropriately remembered. Teuber, Ken Adamany, the Madison music promoter who booked the show, newspaper columnist Doug Moe and others kicked around ideas.

Fran Puleo, manager of community relations for Monona Terrace, said she helped track down Cauley and he agreed to come with his wife, Shirley.

“I think it’s going to be an emotional event for him,” she said. “We’re going to treat them so that this trip to Madison is nothing like his last trip to Madison. We want to make it really special.”

Cauley said he considered Redding a big brother and he thanks God for every minute they had together. He said he has been honored by Madison’s tribute and his request to return. ”I’d like to say thanks to the city of Madison for remembering me,” he said. “That means so much.”


Survivor of crash that killed Redding returns 40 years later

MADISON, Wis.&mdashWhen Ben Cauley left Madison in 1967, he was a 20-year-old in shock.

He will return Monday as a distinguished and grateful musician.

The trumpeter was the only survivor of the plane crash that killed musician Otis Redding and other members of his band, The Bar-Kays.

Redding and the band were on their way to a show in Madison before their twin-engine aircraft plunged into Lake Monona on Dec. 10, 1967, miles from the airport. Cauley was rescued from the lake’s icy waters and suffered only minor injuries.

Cauley left town after being released from Methodist Hospital days later, so fast that he didn’t pick up his trumpet or checkbook that authorities recovered from the water.

He has never returned&mdashuntil now.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the crash, Cauley has agreed to appear at an event on Monday celebrating Redding’s life. The soul singer and songwriter died at age 26 but is nonetheless considered one of the greatest musicians ever.

Cauley, now 60, told The Associated Press he plans to say a few words and play a few songs on his trumpet. He said he will be sure to play “(Sittin’ on) The Dock Of The Bay,” which was recorded just three days before the crash and later topped the music charts.

“I knew one day I would come back,” he said in a telephone interview from Memphis, where he now lives. “There were a number of times that I thought about it but didn’t have the strength. I’m coming this time.”

In the interview, Cauley recalled how he was sleeping during the flight and woke up when he heard the airplane shaking and he could not breathe. He unbuckled his seatbelt and grabbed a seat cushion as the plane plunged into the lake and broke into pieces.

He clung to the cushion for about 20 minutes in the freezing water until a rescue boat arrived. It was too late for the others, who Cauley heard crying for help. Investigators never pinpointed a specific cause for the crash.

The coroner later visited his hospital bed to break the news that Redding, an assistant, four band members and the pilot all died. Most of them were found still buckled into their seats.

“I was in shock,” he said. “That day changed our lives.”

Cauley went on to have a successful career in music after The Bar-Kays regrouped. He later played with Isaac Hayes, the Doobie Brothers and others.

Monday’s tribute will be held at Monona Terrace convention center overlooking the lake, near the crash site.

A few hundred people are expected to attend the free event. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will read a statement from Gov. Jim Doyle declaring Dec. 10 “Otis Redding Day” and local musicians will play his music.

The curator from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will give a presentation on Redding memorabilia. Organizers will also screen a newly released DVD called “Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding.”

The celebration is a far cry from the way he was treated last year at the convention center, which has long had a marble bench memorial and plaque for Redding on its rooftop garden.

Madison radio industry consultant Tom Teuber said he tried to stop by the memorial on the anniversary last year to pay his respects. But he said he was frustrated to find locked gates kept the public away.

That experience kicked off a campaign to make sure the 40th anniversary was appropriately remembered. Teuber, Ken Adamany, the Madison music promoter who booked the show, newspaper columnist Doug Moe and others kicked around ideas.

Fran Puleo, manager of community relations for Monona Terrace, said she helped track down Cauley and he agreed to come with his wife, Shirley.

“I think it’s going to be an emotional event for him,” she said. “We’re going to treat them so that this trip to Madison is nothing like his last trip to Madison. We want to make it really special.”

Cauley said he considered Redding a big brother and he thanks God for every minute they had together. He said he has been honored by Madison’s tribute and his request to return. ”I’d like to say thanks to the city of Madison for remembering me,” he said. “That means so much.”


Survivor of crash that killed Redding returns 40 years later

MADISON, Wis.&mdashWhen Ben Cauley left Madison in 1967, he was a 20-year-old in shock.

He will return Monday as a distinguished and grateful musician.

The trumpeter was the only survivor of the plane crash that killed musician Otis Redding and other members of his band, The Bar-Kays.

Redding and the band were on their way to a show in Madison before their twin-engine aircraft plunged into Lake Monona on Dec. 10, 1967, miles from the airport. Cauley was rescued from the lake’s icy waters and suffered only minor injuries.

Cauley left town after being released from Methodist Hospital days later, so fast that he didn’t pick up his trumpet or checkbook that authorities recovered from the water.

He has never returned&mdashuntil now.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the crash, Cauley has agreed to appear at an event on Monday celebrating Redding’s life. The soul singer and songwriter died at age 26 but is nonetheless considered one of the greatest musicians ever.

Cauley, now 60, told The Associated Press he plans to say a few words and play a few songs on his trumpet. He said he will be sure to play “(Sittin’ on) The Dock Of The Bay,” which was recorded just three days before the crash and later topped the music charts.

“I knew one day I would come back,” he said in a telephone interview from Memphis, where he now lives. “There were a number of times that I thought about it but didn’t have the strength. I’m coming this time.”

In the interview, Cauley recalled how he was sleeping during the flight and woke up when he heard the airplane shaking and he could not breathe. He unbuckled his seatbelt and grabbed a seat cushion as the plane plunged into the lake and broke into pieces.

He clung to the cushion for about 20 minutes in the freezing water until a rescue boat arrived. It was too late for the others, who Cauley heard crying for help. Investigators never pinpointed a specific cause for the crash.

The coroner later visited his hospital bed to break the news that Redding, an assistant, four band members and the pilot all died. Most of them were found still buckled into their seats.

“I was in shock,” he said. “That day changed our lives.”

Cauley went on to have a successful career in music after The Bar-Kays regrouped. He later played with Isaac Hayes, the Doobie Brothers and others.

Monday’s tribute will be held at Monona Terrace convention center overlooking the lake, near the crash site.

A few hundred people are expected to attend the free event. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will read a statement from Gov. Jim Doyle declaring Dec. 10 “Otis Redding Day” and local musicians will play his music.

The curator from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will give a presentation on Redding memorabilia. Organizers will also screen a newly released DVD called “Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding.”

The celebration is a far cry from the way he was treated last year at the convention center, which has long had a marble bench memorial and plaque for Redding on its rooftop garden.

Madison radio industry consultant Tom Teuber said he tried to stop by the memorial on the anniversary last year to pay his respects. But he said he was frustrated to find locked gates kept the public away.

That experience kicked off a campaign to make sure the 40th anniversary was appropriately remembered. Teuber, Ken Adamany, the Madison music promoter who booked the show, newspaper columnist Doug Moe and others kicked around ideas.

Fran Puleo, manager of community relations for Monona Terrace, said she helped track down Cauley and he agreed to come with his wife, Shirley.

“I think it’s going to be an emotional event for him,” she said. “We’re going to treat them so that this trip to Madison is nothing like his last trip to Madison. We want to make it really special.”

Cauley said he considered Redding a big brother and he thanks God for every minute they had together. He said he has been honored by Madison’s tribute and his request to return. ”I’d like to say thanks to the city of Madison for remembering me,” he said. “That means so much.”


Survivor of crash that killed Redding returns 40 years later

MADISON, Wis.&mdashWhen Ben Cauley left Madison in 1967, he was a 20-year-old in shock.

He will return Monday as a distinguished and grateful musician.

The trumpeter was the only survivor of the plane crash that killed musician Otis Redding and other members of his band, The Bar-Kays.

Redding and the band were on their way to a show in Madison before their twin-engine aircraft plunged into Lake Monona on Dec. 10, 1967, miles from the airport. Cauley was rescued from the lake’s icy waters and suffered only minor injuries.

Cauley left town after being released from Methodist Hospital days later, so fast that he didn’t pick up his trumpet or checkbook that authorities recovered from the water.

He has never returned&mdashuntil now.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the crash, Cauley has agreed to appear at an event on Monday celebrating Redding’s life. The soul singer and songwriter died at age 26 but is nonetheless considered one of the greatest musicians ever.

Cauley, now 60, told The Associated Press he plans to say a few words and play a few songs on his trumpet. He said he will be sure to play “(Sittin’ on) The Dock Of The Bay,” which was recorded just three days before the crash and later topped the music charts.

“I knew one day I would come back,” he said in a telephone interview from Memphis, where he now lives. “There were a number of times that I thought about it but didn’t have the strength. I’m coming this time.”

In the interview, Cauley recalled how he was sleeping during the flight and woke up when he heard the airplane shaking and he could not breathe. He unbuckled his seatbelt and grabbed a seat cushion as the plane plunged into the lake and broke into pieces.

He clung to the cushion for about 20 minutes in the freezing water until a rescue boat arrived. It was too late for the others, who Cauley heard crying for help. Investigators never pinpointed a specific cause for the crash.

The coroner later visited his hospital bed to break the news that Redding, an assistant, four band members and the pilot all died. Most of them were found still buckled into their seats.

“I was in shock,” he said. “That day changed our lives.”

Cauley went on to have a successful career in music after The Bar-Kays regrouped. He later played with Isaac Hayes, the Doobie Brothers and others.

Monday’s tribute will be held at Monona Terrace convention center overlooking the lake, near the crash site.

A few hundred people are expected to attend the free event. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will read a statement from Gov. Jim Doyle declaring Dec. 10 “Otis Redding Day” and local musicians will play his music.

The curator from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will give a presentation on Redding memorabilia. Organizers will also screen a newly released DVD called “Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding.”

The celebration is a far cry from the way he was treated last year at the convention center, which has long had a marble bench memorial and plaque for Redding on its rooftop garden.

Madison radio industry consultant Tom Teuber said he tried to stop by the memorial on the anniversary last year to pay his respects. But he said he was frustrated to find locked gates kept the public away.

That experience kicked off a campaign to make sure the 40th anniversary was appropriately remembered. Teuber, Ken Adamany, the Madison music promoter who booked the show, newspaper columnist Doug Moe and others kicked around ideas.

Fran Puleo, manager of community relations for Monona Terrace, said she helped track down Cauley and he agreed to come with his wife, Shirley.

“I think it’s going to be an emotional event for him,” she said. “We’re going to treat them so that this trip to Madison is nothing like his last trip to Madison. We want to make it really special.”

Cauley said he considered Redding a big brother and he thanks God for every minute they had together. He said he has been honored by Madison’s tribute and his request to return. ”I’d like to say thanks to the city of Madison for remembering me,” he said. “That means so much.”


Survivor of crash that killed Redding returns 40 years later

MADISON, Wis.&mdashWhen Ben Cauley left Madison in 1967, he was a 20-year-old in shock.

He will return Monday as a distinguished and grateful musician.

The trumpeter was the only survivor of the plane crash that killed musician Otis Redding and other members of his band, The Bar-Kays.

Redding and the band were on their way to a show in Madison before their twin-engine aircraft plunged into Lake Monona on Dec. 10, 1967, miles from the airport. Cauley was rescued from the lake’s icy waters and suffered only minor injuries.

Cauley left town after being released from Methodist Hospital days later, so fast that he didn’t pick up his trumpet or checkbook that authorities recovered from the water.

He has never returned&mdashuntil now.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the crash, Cauley has agreed to appear at an event on Monday celebrating Redding’s life. The soul singer and songwriter died at age 26 but is nonetheless considered one of the greatest musicians ever.

Cauley, now 60, told The Associated Press he plans to say a few words and play a few songs on his trumpet. He said he will be sure to play “(Sittin’ on) The Dock Of The Bay,” which was recorded just three days before the crash and later topped the music charts.

“I knew one day I would come back,” he said in a telephone interview from Memphis, where he now lives. “There were a number of times that I thought about it but didn’t have the strength. I’m coming this time.”

In the interview, Cauley recalled how he was sleeping during the flight and woke up when he heard the airplane shaking and he could not breathe. He unbuckled his seatbelt and grabbed a seat cushion as the plane plunged into the lake and broke into pieces.

He clung to the cushion for about 20 minutes in the freezing water until a rescue boat arrived. It was too late for the others, who Cauley heard crying for help. Investigators never pinpointed a specific cause for the crash.

The coroner later visited his hospital bed to break the news that Redding, an assistant, four band members and the pilot all died. Most of them were found still buckled into their seats.

“I was in shock,” he said. “That day changed our lives.”

Cauley went on to have a successful career in music after The Bar-Kays regrouped. He later played with Isaac Hayes, the Doobie Brothers and others.

Monday’s tribute will be held at Monona Terrace convention center overlooking the lake, near the crash site.

A few hundred people are expected to attend the free event. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will read a statement from Gov. Jim Doyle declaring Dec. 10 “Otis Redding Day” and local musicians will play his music.

The curator from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will give a presentation on Redding memorabilia. Organizers will also screen a newly released DVD called “Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding.”

The celebration is a far cry from the way he was treated last year at the convention center, which has long had a marble bench memorial and plaque for Redding on its rooftop garden.

Madison radio industry consultant Tom Teuber said he tried to stop by the memorial on the anniversary last year to pay his respects. But he said he was frustrated to find locked gates kept the public away.

That experience kicked off a campaign to make sure the 40th anniversary was appropriately remembered. Teuber, Ken Adamany, the Madison music promoter who booked the show, newspaper columnist Doug Moe and others kicked around ideas.

Fran Puleo, manager of community relations for Monona Terrace, said she helped track down Cauley and he agreed to come with his wife, Shirley.

“I think it’s going to be an emotional event for him,” she said. “We’re going to treat them so that this trip to Madison is nothing like his last trip to Madison. We want to make it really special.”

Cauley said he considered Redding a big brother and he thanks God for every minute they had together. He said he has been honored by Madison’s tribute and his request to return. ”I’d like to say thanks to the city of Madison for remembering me,” he said. “That means so much.”


Survivor of crash that killed Redding returns 40 years later

MADISON, Wis.&mdashWhen Ben Cauley left Madison in 1967, he was a 20-year-old in shock.

He will return Monday as a distinguished and grateful musician.

The trumpeter was the only survivor of the plane crash that killed musician Otis Redding and other members of his band, The Bar-Kays.

Redding and the band were on their way to a show in Madison before their twin-engine aircraft plunged into Lake Monona on Dec. 10, 1967, miles from the airport. Cauley was rescued from the lake’s icy waters and suffered only minor injuries.

Cauley left town after being released from Methodist Hospital days later, so fast that he didn’t pick up his trumpet or checkbook that authorities recovered from the water.

He has never returned&mdashuntil now.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the crash, Cauley has agreed to appear at an event on Monday celebrating Redding’s life. The soul singer and songwriter died at age 26 but is nonetheless considered one of the greatest musicians ever.

Cauley, now 60, told The Associated Press he plans to say a few words and play a few songs on his trumpet. He said he will be sure to play “(Sittin’ on) The Dock Of The Bay,” which was recorded just three days before the crash and later topped the music charts.

“I knew one day I would come back,” he said in a telephone interview from Memphis, where he now lives. “There were a number of times that I thought about it but didn’t have the strength. I’m coming this time.”

In the interview, Cauley recalled how he was sleeping during the flight and woke up when he heard the airplane shaking and he could not breathe. He unbuckled his seatbelt and grabbed a seat cushion as the plane plunged into the lake and broke into pieces.

He clung to the cushion for about 20 minutes in the freezing water until a rescue boat arrived. It was too late for the others, who Cauley heard crying for help. Investigators never pinpointed a specific cause for the crash.

The coroner later visited his hospital bed to break the news that Redding, an assistant, four band members and the pilot all died. Most of them were found still buckled into their seats.

“I was in shock,” he said. “That day changed our lives.”

Cauley went on to have a successful career in music after The Bar-Kays regrouped. He later played with Isaac Hayes, the Doobie Brothers and others.

Monday’s tribute will be held at Monona Terrace convention center overlooking the lake, near the crash site.

A few hundred people are expected to attend the free event. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will read a statement from Gov. Jim Doyle declaring Dec. 10 “Otis Redding Day” and local musicians will play his music.

The curator from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will give a presentation on Redding memorabilia. Organizers will also screen a newly released DVD called “Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding.”

The celebration is a far cry from the way he was treated last year at the convention center, which has long had a marble bench memorial and plaque for Redding on its rooftop garden.

Madison radio industry consultant Tom Teuber said he tried to stop by the memorial on the anniversary last year to pay his respects. But he said he was frustrated to find locked gates kept the public away.

That experience kicked off a campaign to make sure the 40th anniversary was appropriately remembered. Teuber, Ken Adamany, the Madison music promoter who booked the show, newspaper columnist Doug Moe and others kicked around ideas.

Fran Puleo, manager of community relations for Monona Terrace, said she helped track down Cauley and he agreed to come with his wife, Shirley.

“I think it’s going to be an emotional event for him,” she said. “We’re going to treat them so that this trip to Madison is nothing like his last trip to Madison. We want to make it really special.”

Cauley said he considered Redding a big brother and he thanks God for every minute they had together. He said he has been honored by Madison’s tribute and his request to return. ”I’d like to say thanks to the city of Madison for remembering me,” he said. “That means so much.”


Survivor of crash that killed Redding returns 40 years later

MADISON, Wis.&mdashWhen Ben Cauley left Madison in 1967, he was a 20-year-old in shock.

He will return Monday as a distinguished and grateful musician.

The trumpeter was the only survivor of the plane crash that killed musician Otis Redding and other members of his band, The Bar-Kays.

Redding and the band were on their way to a show in Madison before their twin-engine aircraft plunged into Lake Monona on Dec. 10, 1967, miles from the airport. Cauley was rescued from the lake’s icy waters and suffered only minor injuries.

Cauley left town after being released from Methodist Hospital days later, so fast that he didn’t pick up his trumpet or checkbook that authorities recovered from the water.

He has never returned&mdashuntil now.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the crash, Cauley has agreed to appear at an event on Monday celebrating Redding’s life. The soul singer and songwriter died at age 26 but is nonetheless considered one of the greatest musicians ever.

Cauley, now 60, told The Associated Press he plans to say a few words and play a few songs on his trumpet. He said he will be sure to play “(Sittin’ on) The Dock Of The Bay,” which was recorded just three days before the crash and later topped the music charts.

“I knew one day I would come back,” he said in a telephone interview from Memphis, where he now lives. “There were a number of times that I thought about it but didn’t have the strength. I’m coming this time.”

In the interview, Cauley recalled how he was sleeping during the flight and woke up when he heard the airplane shaking and he could not breathe. He unbuckled his seatbelt and grabbed a seat cushion as the plane plunged into the lake and broke into pieces.

He clung to the cushion for about 20 minutes in the freezing water until a rescue boat arrived. It was too late for the others, who Cauley heard crying for help. Investigators never pinpointed a specific cause for the crash.

The coroner later visited his hospital bed to break the news that Redding, an assistant, four band members and the pilot all died. Most of them were found still buckled into their seats.

“I was in shock,” he said. “That day changed our lives.”

Cauley went on to have a successful career in music after The Bar-Kays regrouped. He later played with Isaac Hayes, the Doobie Brothers and others.

Monday’s tribute will be held at Monona Terrace convention center overlooking the lake, near the crash site.

A few hundred people are expected to attend the free event. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will read a statement from Gov. Jim Doyle declaring Dec. 10 “Otis Redding Day” and local musicians will play his music.

The curator from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will give a presentation on Redding memorabilia. Organizers will also screen a newly released DVD called “Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding.”

The celebration is a far cry from the way he was treated last year at the convention center, which has long had a marble bench memorial and plaque for Redding on its rooftop garden.

Madison radio industry consultant Tom Teuber said he tried to stop by the memorial on the anniversary last year to pay his respects. But he said he was frustrated to find locked gates kept the public away.

That experience kicked off a campaign to make sure the 40th anniversary was appropriately remembered. Teuber, Ken Adamany, the Madison music promoter who booked the show, newspaper columnist Doug Moe and others kicked around ideas.

Fran Puleo, manager of community relations for Monona Terrace, said she helped track down Cauley and he agreed to come with his wife, Shirley.

“I think it’s going to be an emotional event for him,” she said. “We’re going to treat them so that this trip to Madison is nothing like his last trip to Madison. We want to make it really special.”

Cauley said he considered Redding a big brother and he thanks God for every minute they had together. He said he has been honored by Madison’s tribute and his request to return. ”I’d like to say thanks to the city of Madison for remembering me,” he said. “That means so much.”


Survivor of crash that killed Redding returns 40 years later

MADISON, Wis.&mdashWhen Ben Cauley left Madison in 1967, he was a 20-year-old in shock.

He will return Monday as a distinguished and grateful musician.

The trumpeter was the only survivor of the plane crash that killed musician Otis Redding and other members of his band, The Bar-Kays.

Redding and the band were on their way to a show in Madison before their twin-engine aircraft plunged into Lake Monona on Dec. 10, 1967, miles from the airport. Cauley was rescued from the lake’s icy waters and suffered only minor injuries.

Cauley left town after being released from Methodist Hospital days later, so fast that he didn’t pick up his trumpet or checkbook that authorities recovered from the water.

He has never returned&mdashuntil now.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the crash, Cauley has agreed to appear at an event on Monday celebrating Redding’s life. The soul singer and songwriter died at age 26 but is nonetheless considered one of the greatest musicians ever.

Cauley, now 60, told The Associated Press he plans to say a few words and play a few songs on his trumpet. He said he will be sure to play “(Sittin’ on) The Dock Of The Bay,” which was recorded just three days before the crash and later topped the music charts.

“I knew one day I would come back,” he said in a telephone interview from Memphis, where he now lives. “There were a number of times that I thought about it but didn’t have the strength. I’m coming this time.”

In the interview, Cauley recalled how he was sleeping during the flight and woke up when he heard the airplane shaking and he could not breathe. He unbuckled his seatbelt and grabbed a seat cushion as the plane plunged into the lake and broke into pieces.

He clung to the cushion for about 20 minutes in the freezing water until a rescue boat arrived. It was too late for the others, who Cauley heard crying for help. Investigators never pinpointed a specific cause for the crash.

The coroner later visited his hospital bed to break the news that Redding, an assistant, four band members and the pilot all died. Most of them were found still buckled into their seats.

“I was in shock,” he said. “That day changed our lives.”

Cauley went on to have a successful career in music after The Bar-Kays regrouped. He later played with Isaac Hayes, the Doobie Brothers and others.

Monday’s tribute will be held at Monona Terrace convention center overlooking the lake, near the crash site.

A few hundred people are expected to attend the free event. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will read a statement from Gov. Jim Doyle declaring Dec. 10 “Otis Redding Day” and local musicians will play his music.

The curator from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland will give a presentation on Redding memorabilia. Organizers will also screen a newly released DVD called “Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding.”

The celebration is a far cry from the way he was treated last year at the convention center, which has long had a marble bench memorial and plaque for Redding on its rooftop garden.

Madison radio industry consultant Tom Teuber said he tried to stop by the memorial on the anniversary last year to pay his respects. But he said he was frustrated to find locked gates kept the public away.

That experience kicked off a campaign to make sure the 40th anniversary was appropriately remembered. Teuber, Ken Adamany, the Madison music promoter who booked the show, newspaper columnist Doug Moe and others kicked around ideas.

Fran Puleo, manager of community relations for Monona Terrace, said she helped track down Cauley and he agreed to come with his wife, Shirley.

“I think it’s going to be an emotional event for him,” she said. “We’re going to treat them so that this trip to Madison is nothing like his last trip to Madison. We want to make it really special.”

Cauley said he considered Redding a big brother and he thanks God for every minute they had together. He said he has been honored by Madison’s tribute and his request to return. ”I’d like to say thanks to the city of Madison for remembering me,” he said. “That means so much.”


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