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Over Half the People Involved in the Hindenburg Disaster Survived

The Hindenburg disaster will probably always be remembered as the singular event that killed airship travel.

However, few realise that the disaster, though terrible, wasn’t as bad as it seemed at first glance. For example, more than half of the people involved in the crash actually survived it. The final death toll for people on board was as follows: of the 97 people on board (36 passengers and 61 members of the crew) only 35 of them were killed. (The actual death toll is logged as 36, since the crash also killed a crewman working on the ground.

Source: Over Half the People Involved in the Hindenburg Disaster Survived



May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Art in the World : Galleries and Museums «

Art in the World : Galleries and Museums «

First Friday Artists – Kirk Kuenzi

First Friday artists use art as an emotional outlet – A & E – Daily Nebraskan – University of Nebraska – Lincoln : News, Husker Sports, Opinion, and Video.

Kirk Kuenzi had underwater scenes made of pastels and colored pencils featured in Noyes, but the First Friday traffic was more interested in what he was drawing during the event and not before it. Using a sketch pad, a sharpie and a blue colored pencil Kuenzi offered free caricatures to anyone brave enough to sit in the stool in front of him.

“I like to doodle and I like to read a lot of MAD magazine,” Kuenzi said. “I’m donating my services to get people to come out and see the gallery. It’s got a variety of people and a variety of work styles. It’s very friendly.”

Gage County Historical Society – Seeking Photos

The Beatrice We Remember

The Gage County Historical Society, in cooperation with the Beatrice Public Library, has organized, “The Beatrice We Remember” committee.  The first purpose of this group is to gather pictures, interior and exterior, and stories of businesses and buildings in Beatrice from 1940 to 1970. The first goal will be to find pictures in private collections to put in a book for the all classes reunion to be held June 15, 2012, during Homestead Days.  Gage County Museum Director, Lesa Arterburn wants to encourage those interested in sharing their photographs to make an appointment to have their photograph scanned and take it back home the same day. The Museum encourages the public to donate their photographs to the Museum’s collection to preserve the photograph under archival conditions. The photograph will be catalogued with all information attributed to the photograph. According to Director Arterburn, “A number of the places we remember are now gone, but our memories of those buildings and businesses are alive and well in our memories.”  Arterburn stated that the Museum has very few photographs that include the years between 1940 and 1970. “Photographs taken during our life time are often not respected as history”, stated Arterburn, “oh, but they are and if we do not stop, today, and run to our closets, look in every corner, under our beds and into the attic to retrieve those photographs, they could be lost forever”.  Images can be sent via email or brought into the Museum to be scanned. Many of these images are already lost and this committee is working hard to make sure that the remaining images and stories are recorded not only for this all classes reunion book, but for the future. A list of images needed for this book can be emailed to you upon request. The list is a suggestion of what is needed and not inclusive.  If you would like to send an image via email please make sure it is a 300 dpi scan from the original photograph. For more information on the project please call the Museum at 402-228-1679 or email


Public campaign, lead donors and Spirit of Nebraska Pathway program announced

State and local leaders today celebrated Statehood Day today by kicking off the public fundraising campaign for the renovation of Nebraska’s Centennial Mall.  The seven-block connection between the State Capitol and the University of Nebraska campus was built in 1967 to commemorate Nebraska’s 100th birthday.  A statewide fundraising team consisting of five former Governors and other volunteers has raised $5.7 million of the project’s $9.6 million cost.

“In 2009, the City of Lincoln committed $3 million as seed money to start this process,” said Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler.  “We are very excited about the partnerships that have been formed, the support from groups across the State and the generosity of the initial lead donors who have committed funding to help restore this historic Mall to a place of pride for all Nebraskans.”

The ceremony at the State Capitol Rotunda also featured the recognition of lead donors and the announcement of the Spirit of Nebraska Pathway program.  Other speakers included Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy; Campaign Leader Patty Pansing Brooks; Larry Hudkins, Lancaster County Board of Commissioners; Barbara Bartle, Lincoln Community Foundation; Liz Ring-Carlson, State Farm; Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson; and Jeff Searcy, Capitol Environs Commission.

The Mall, from “K” to “R” streets in downtown Lincoln, is an attraction for residents, tourists and the 35,000 fourth graders from across the State who visit the Capitol and Mall as part of their field trip focusing on Nebraska history.  Over the years, the condition of the Mall has deteriorated, and it is no longer accessible for all.  A master plan has been developed by a team including The Clark Enersen Partners, Bahr Vermeer Haecker Architects,  Olsson Associates and Tom Laging.  The plan has been approved by the Capitol Environs Commission and the Nebraska Capitol Commission  chaired by Governor Dave Heineman.

Construction on the middle three blocks from “M” to “P” streets will begin by early summer 2012.  Depending on fundraising, the outer four blocks are expected to be completed by 2014 in time for Nebraska’s 150th birthday in 2017.

The redesign will celebrate Nebraska’s legacy of stewardship, create durable accessible walkways and provide for optimal flexibility to accommodate a wide variety of activities and uses. Features include:
– The Capitol Fountain and Plaza featuring the Great Seal of the State of Nebraska
– The Nebraska Plaza and Missouri River Fountain
 – The Platte River and Ogallala Aquifer plaza areas
 – The “Sparking the Good Life” Fountain and Plaza.

The $9.6 million total cost of the project includes a $1.5 million endowment for maintenance.  The $5.7 million raised so far includes $3 million from the City of Lincoln; $550,000 from Windstream; $500,000 from the Lincoln Community Foundation on behalf of the Sheila Dickinson Dinsmore Graf Fund; $500,000 from the Lancaster County Visitor’s Improvement Fund; and about $1.15 million from other donors.  Other funding partners include the Nebraska Environmental Trust, State Farm, the Cope Foundation of Kearney, the Junior League of Lincoln and private donors. The project is sponsored by the Lincoln Parks Foundation.

“Our fundraising team feels a tremendous obligation to reach out across the State and invite everyone to participate in this amazing project,” said Pansing Brooks.  “Just a few weeks ago, we visited leaders and donors in Kearney, Lexington, North Platte and Scottsbluff. Everyone was supportive and expressed excitement about the vision and plans for Nebraska’s Centennial Mall.”

“We believe we have a strong obligation to restore this Mall so it can be educational and accessible, not only to the 35,000 school children who visit it every year, but to visitors from across the State and those who visit Nebraska,” said Hudkins. “We are thankful for this opportunity to be part of this historic project and look forward to celebrating its completion in a few years,”

“The Lincoln Community Foundation on behalf of the Sheila Dickinson Dinsmore Graf Fund, is very pleased to be part of the Nebraska Centennial Mall project, which is so important to our community and to the entire state,” said Bartle.  “After 45 years, the need for improvements is long overdue and necessary to make this area safe and beautiful again.”

“Nebraska’s Centennial Mall has a wonderful location in vibrant downtown Lincoln at the front door of our beautiful Capitol building,” said Ring-Carlson. “State Farm is proud to support transforming the space into an exciting destination for all Nebraskans.”

The Spirit of Nebraska Pathway is a series of granite and bronze tiles placed along the twin walkways that frame all seven blocks of the Mall.  The pathway program provides opportunities to sponsor tiles about famous Nebraskans or to recognize individuals, organizations and businesses. All 93 Nebraska counties will be recognized.  It is envisioned that these blocks will become a “mosaic of Nebraskans” and their stories. Tiles range from $1,000 to $25,000.

More information on the project and donor options is available at

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HF Crave – Building Healthy Burgers

Learn more about HF Crave..

We’ve built something very Special here. Something we believe in so strongly we’re willing to bet the farm on it. Holl- enbeck Farms, to be exact. That’s our family farm, where we graze our own cattle, free of any hormones, steroids or antibiot- ics. We can guarantee the beef that we make your burger with here, is the same beef we use to make burgers for our very own family.

The Lied Center’s new audio system

Lied Center revitalizing with new state-of-the-art sound system

January 17th

The Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln — entering its 22nd year — announced today a revitalization effort, the first project to include an update to the center’s audio system.             “The center i. . .


via UNL | Newsroom.

Seven Wonders of the World – a new view

flickspire – Seven Wonders of the World.

This short video is sweet and shows us that one person can change the way we view the world.  Keith 55

Terri Allen – Polaroid Transfer Artist

Terri Allen – Polaroid Transfer Artist.

Polaroid transfers are created in three steps.

First a picture is taken with slide film, then the slide image is exposed onto Polaroid film, and from there the image is developed on watercolor paper.

The wide range of variables possible during developing and printing make it impossible for two images to ever be alike.   The receptor surface, timing, exposure, and transfer technique are all factors that determine how the image comes to life.

Why We Need The Postal Service

Meredith’s letter to God
Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words: 

Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.
I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.
Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, ‘To Meredith’ in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, ‘When a Pet Dies.’ Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,
Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away.
Abbey isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.
Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I’m easy to find. I am wherever there is love.
Love, God

Take Me Back To The Sixties – Video

Take Me Back To The Sixties.


An interesting bit of music and history for us now in our 50s.


God’s cake…

Sometimes we wonder, ‘What did I do to deserve this?’ or ‘Why did God have to do this to me?’ Here is a wonderful explanation! A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she’s failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.
Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, ‘Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.’
‘Here, have some cooking oil,’ her Mother offers.
‘Yuck’ says her daughter.
‘How about a couple raw eggs?’ ‘Gross, Mom!’
‘Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?’
‘Mom, those are all yucky!’
To which the mother replies: ‘Yes , all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! ‘
God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!

God is crazy about you. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, He’ll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart.
If you like this, send this on to the people you care about.
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!

Boston Go Card and My Segway

We spent 5 days exploring Boston – finishing with the Boston Pops and the spectacular 4th of July Fireworks. Our Boston Go Card helped focus the daily activities because each item on the card became a free event once we paid the $155. We quickly recovered our investment with a four-hour whale watching cruise ($45), a Bean-town trolley tour ($42) and the highlight for me – a one-hour tour on a two-wheeled, stand-up and glide Segway ($60).

What a miracle of fun. After about 3 seconds of catching my balance, and 2 minutes of back and forth practice, I was ready to sail. This experience was way better than water skiing or snow skiing as I had complete control. It was better than biking because it was electric powered. My Segway became my artificial limbs, rolling along the wharfs, up and down the ramps, and gracefully making my way through the crowds of people. I was spinning in circles just for the fun!

We rolled along at up to 10 miles and hour without any effort at all and our guide would have us rally around for topics of interest. We explored about 2 miles along the Boston Harbor. My friends Duncan and Eajan had grins on their faces as wide and freely given as my own. My Segway wastruly the most fun I have ever had on any ride anytime – anywhere.

I only hope I can ride one in my dreams at night. Maybe I should find out how much they cost…?

Oh yes – we also rode the Swan boat in Boston Commons, visited the Science, fine arts, Old Irons Sides, and Isabel Gardner museums, and the Aquarium and Christian Science Maparium. All bonuses on the Go card. I highly recommend it. Now – does anyone have a cure for blisters?

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