It was on New Year's Eve 1992/93, as my wife Monica and I were watching Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve on television that the concept for FirstEve was conceived. It occurred to us that we have a city square, with a flagpole, we can do this!

With the help and expertise of many creative friends, Elmer & Mabel Becher of Becher Electric who were our "go to's" for our electrical needs, two coworkers, Bob Endter , who is a metal fabricator, and Gary Breening, who is a welder, the 6 foot diameter, 140 light New York style replica ball was created.

Through the years, it has been a pleasure and an honor to highlight featured guests and their accomplishments as they countdown the seconds that will herald in the New Year. Sharing that moment in time which holds the hopes and dreams of each person who is gathered in Menasha's Curtis Reed Square as the new year arrives is a great joy.

In 2014/15, it will again be  an even  greater joy to bring FirstEve into the homes of so many via television.     James Taylor - FirstEve Co-Founder