Jerry Apps Revisits UW Campus Days in “Once a Professor”

Jerry Apps, author of Limping through Life, continues his life story with his newest Wisconsin Historical Society Press release, Once a Professor: A Memoir of Teaching in Turbulent Times.

In this continuation of the Apps life story, the former agriculture professor shares stories from his UW years, from 1957 to 1995. Stories include his experiences during the turmoil of the 1960s protests, when he was tear gassed twice in one day, as well as struggles of tenure and faculty governance and the pressures to secure funding for academic research and programs.

Apps is a professor emeritus of agriculture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Wisconsin Academy Fellow. The former UW-Extension agent has written more than 40 fiction, nonfiction and children’s books, many of them on rural history and country life. For more information visit

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