» It's great that Louisiana State fans applauded Stony Brook University's baseball team when the Seawolves upset LSU for a spot in the College World Series — just as Nebraska football fans do for opponents.
LSU is a longtime Omaha favorite, and the feeling apparently is mutual. Glenn Guilbeau of the Shreveport Times last week wrote on his Beau Blog that there is nothing like Omaha in mid-June.
“Omaha is a wonderful town,” he wrote. “It's not exactly a vacation destination, but it is a hidden gem. It is small-town America in a Fortune 500 medium-size city. Railroads, the West, a Mayberry atmosphere in pockets, great blue-collar bars and restaurants.
“Not a lot of fern and martini places. And, of course, steaks. There is not a lot of seasoning or marinating. Just basic meat and potatoes. The people tend to be like that, too. It's great.”
Maybe the weather this week was an omen that Stony Brook will take Omaha by storm. But LSU will be back. As they say in Baton Rouge: “Geaux, Tigers.”
» Sue Wilwerding's husband, Terry, is a professor of dentistry at Creighton University who has never played golf but encourages his wife's golf habit.
“We kind of have role reversal at our house,” Sue said Friday. “I'm the sports nut and the one who's out with my buddies all the time.”
Sue, a medical technologist, almost won a car at a Creighton Dental School golf tournament a few years ago, but the near-ace rimmed out. Two years ago, she felt lucky to make her first hole-in-one on the 13th hole at the Johnny Goodman course in Omaha.
Last week at Goodman, Sue, 59, stepped up to the lucky 13th tee and eyed the little cavity in the green 105 yards away, remembering how she once before had filled it.
She swung a 6-hybrid club as friends Dee Nilsson, Shirley Rochelle and Connie Jacobson watched. They saw where the ball was going — and you can see where this story is going.
“It hit the green below the pin and tracked into the hole,” Sue said. “We all screamed and carried on.”
In the grand tradition, she bought drinks for everyone in the clubhouse, and later told Terry — she calls him her “golf widower” husband — that she had scored another ace.
» The late Alden Aust, who was Omaha's longtime city planning director, long ago envisioned replacing a factory and scrap yard on the riverfront with the beauty that enlivens that area today.
He also dreamed up a linear park and lagoon downtown, several blocks long, and drew a rough design on a napkin.
Gene Leahy, Omaha's mayor 40 years ago, embraced Alden's riverfront plans and the idea for the park — later named the Gene Leahy Mall.
Dozens of people met in the mall last week and then enjoyed a dinner at the nearby Paxton condominiums ballroom, a former hotel. The nonprofit Downtown Omaha Inc. presented its first Alden Aust Building Blocks Award.
The organization plans to honor Omahans who have helped build the city, but the first award went posthumously to Aust himself. Accepting the award was his son, Holden, of San Francisco. Family members from around the country also attended.
» Mike Schilling first asked Lindsie Meinecke for a date when they were on a field trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo — in eighth grade.
Last month they returned to the zoo and Mike asked another question, this time on one knee: “Would you marry me?”
Lindsie said yes, and Mike presented a ring. They plan to marry next May 11 in their northwest Iowa hometown of Sheldon.
That is their favorite date on the calendar. Mike first asked her out on that field trip on May 11, 2007, and the proposal came on May 11 this spring.
He is 20, she is 19, and he said they have received plenty of advice that they are too young. They dated through high school, took dance class together for four years and participated in sports and other activities before graduating a year ago.
They attended Northwest Iowa Community College for a year and have enrolled for this fall at Iowa State. He plans to major in pre-optometry and she in psychology.
Both are volunteer firefighters in Sheldon and have responded to fires, auto accidents and other emergencies.
“Lots of people doubt us,” Mike said. “But we're pretty mature. We're not going to go out and party every night. We like doing things for the community.”
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