We Can’t Drive 55

April 27, 2017 · Posted In: 60 Plus in Omaha, History, Lifestyle

I have a little pinback button with a red flag emblazoned with the words “Safety First.” It was produced in 1915 by the Nebraska Safety League, which seems to have been one of a number […]

Forever Heroes

Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine

When I first saw him, I had no plans to write a book about Nebraska’s World War II veterans. It was just a few days after Veterans Day in November 2015. I was in a […]

Celebrating Omaha’s World War II Veterans

April 25, 2017 · Posted In: History, Lifestyle, Omaha Magazine

As a kid, my grandfather’s World War II experiences were the stuff of legend. Army private first-class Robert Wesley Meigs fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He crossed the Remagen Bridge and survived a […]

Remembering the Battle of the Bulge

Posted In: History, Lifestyle

The following interview presents my grandfather’s recollections of World War II. A transcript of the interview, conducted in May 2005, is collected by the Library of Congress American Folklife Center’s Veterans History Project (memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/bib/loc.natlib.afc2001001.52021). Omaha […]

Into the Wild

March 4, 2017 · Posted In: History, Lifestyle

William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody officially started Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in May 1883 in Omaha. It was a natural place to start what would become an entertainment business generating hundreds of thousands of […]

Horses in Nebraska Today

March 3, 2017 · Posted In: History, Lifestyle

As technology has advanced and the role of horses has changed, the animals still remain an important component in the U.S. economy. Horses are a multi-million dollar enterprise. Aside from the horses themselves, the industry […]

The Omaha Tribe and Horses

Posted In: History, People

The city of Omaha is named after the Umonhon people. The state of Nebraska is also an Umonhon word, NiBlaSka, or “Land of the Flat Waters.” Neither this city nor this state would be named […]

Horses Pave the Way in Nebraska Territory

March 2, 2017 · Posted In: History, Lifestyle

There are not as many horses around the city of Omaha as there used to be. You still see a few now and then, mostly downtown, generally being ridden by police officers as bars close, […]

Horses Run Early Statehood

March 1, 2017 · Posted In: History, Lifestyle

After Omaha’s territorial years, its favorite animal became both a local resource and a local problem. The early years of Omaha were a golden age for the horse, but Omaha was a rough and tumble […]