Dan Harmon

Automotive Contributor

Dan Harmon was one of the original members of Lake Effect (formerly At Ten). He started at WUWM in November of 1998 and left December of 2015 after 17 years of production.

He continues on as one of Lake Effect's automotive contributors, which he's been since the early days of At Ten.

Dan's interest in cars goes way back, before he even had a drivers license. He usually finds something to like about any car and thinks we live in a very exciting time for automobiles.

"We're at a low in automotive aesthetic design, but the changes in technology make up for it," Dan says. "I love 'old' cars, but always look forward to what comes next.”

Dan interviews auto writer, Mark Savage, each month (among others), and can be seen haunting car dealerships and auto shows. He lives in Portland, OR, where old cars refuse to die.

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When it comes to the experience of eating out, everyone has their likes and dislikes.  

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We all know the phrase “buy American.”  But in our global world the lines are increasingly fuzzy.

In the case of automobiles it’s hard to decipher what an American car actually is.  Is it a car made by an American manufacturer like Ford, GM, or Chrysler, but including parts from Europe?  What if it’s put together in Canada or Mexico?

Or what about a car assembled in the United States, but on behalf of a foreign company, like Honda, or Toyota, or Mercedes-Benz?

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The history of LGBT cinema has always generally reflected the state of the LGBT community and its place in the world. 

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Author Chris Guillebeau has made a name for himself encouraging people to think differently.

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Don’t use the term debunk around James Randi.  

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Frank Lloyd Wright is best known for his architectural designs. But a new book argues that it’s his thinking itself that was truly visionary.

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The 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival is underway at cinemas from Fox Point to Washington Heights. One of the mainstays of the festival is the spotlight on local films. 

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Over the summer many new restaurants have opened up around town. And if there is any area where that trend is especially concentrated, it is south of downtown.

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The gas crisis of the 1970s led many Americans to start valuing fuel efficiency, and auto makers to respond. Lots of things were tried – smaller engines, smaller cars, turbos, the gear known as overdrive. But when gas prices dropped again in the ‘90s, cars – and SUVs – got bigger again.

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For almost three decades, the Boulevard Theatre has called a storefront space on Bay View’s Kinnikinnick Avenue home.  

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Earlier this week, Lake Effect previewed the fall arts scene – on stage, in galleries, and more – around Milwaukee.  Today, we turn to the big screen, which is hoping to rebound from a slow summer at the box office.

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If you grew up in the Milwaukee area a few decades ago, you knew it as “The Witch’s House.”  Tucked down a dead end road in Fox Point, the wild rumors were put to rest ten or fifteen years ago, as more became known about the house’s inhabitant, artist Mary Nohl.

The house sits behind a forest of trees and concrete sculptures on one side, and Lake Michigan on the other.  It’s nothing like anything else on the block or in the area.

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We’re in the midst of ethnic festival season in Milwaukee. Events such as Polish Fest, German Fest, and Festa Italiana have already passed. Many are looking ahead to Irish Fest this weekend, or Mexican Fiesta next weekend.

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One could argue about the importance of eating breakfast, but most of us would agree that it’s one of the best, and cheapest, meals to go out to eat for. 

And as Lake Effect dining contributor Ann Christenson tells Dan Harmon, the greater Milwaukee metro area offers some wonderful options, even for weekday breakfasts.

Some restaurants on Christenson's breakfast list are:

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When you hear the words "ramen noodles," your mind may turn to those 39-cent friends to both college students and the thrifty alike. But the ones you’ll find at Milwaukee area restaurants these days are a cut above.

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