Wisconsin Life on Wisconsin Public Television Features Janesville Collector Jerry Oscarson

July 23, 2014

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Jonna Mayberry, WPT publicist, jonnatha.mayberry@wpt.org

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Wisconsin Life on Wisconsin Public Television Features Janesville Collector Jerry Oscarson

Wisconsin Life continues to highlight the stories of notable Wisconsinites — from Waukesha to Washburn and everywhere in between — bringing to life the humorous, surprising and sometimes emotional tales of those who call Wisconsin home.

With the return of new episodes of Wisconsin Life, viewers can see all-new stories from different communities across the state. These stories include that of Janesville’s Jerry Oscarson in the new episode premiering 8 p.m. Monday, July 28 on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT).

Jerry Oscarson is taking collecting to a whole new level. As a cookie-jar connoisseur, his collection is not only unusual, but also sizeable. While Oscarson didn’t get his first cookie jar until he was in his 30s, his collection grew extremely quickly once it began. Today, his assortment includes more than 1,000 jars … the only thing missing is the cookies.

Tune into Wisconsin Life to find out why Oscarson picked cookie jars as his collection of choice. This episode of Wisconsin Life will also feature other stories from across the state, including a Madison actress who’s now one of Taliesin's most popular tour guides and a Beloit anthropologist who is helping return artifacts to native nations.

Wisconsin Life is a partnership project of Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio. In addition to the television program, audio reports can be heard on Wednesday and Friday at 6:35 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. during Morning Edition, and on Central Time at 4:45 on Mondays and Wednesdays. 

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