» Three Husker fans watched Nebraska's opening-game victory last week from a bar — in Dublin.
OK, in Ireland it's a pub, not a bar. Still, it was a long way from home, and all three wore red Nebraska shirts or ball caps in a nation renowned for its 40 shades of green.
Behind quarterback Taylor Martinez, the Huskers soon were more than doublin' the score on the opponent. On the street after the game, an Irish lad of about 21 noticed the Nebraska T-shirts.
“He gets very excited,” said Omaha stockbroker Ryan Haney, “and he asks if Nebraska beat Southern Miss. We were stunned that he knew who we were playing.”
Then the young man said three times, “Martinez is the business!”
Ryan had traveled to Ireland to see the Notre Dame-Navy game earlier Saturday with his brother Matt Haney and friend John Murnane, all Creighton University grads.
They also visited Normandy and Omaha Beach, as well as the American cemetery there. That experience, Ryan said, was “amazing” and “breathtaking.”
» With the Huskers playing UCLA tonight in the Rose Bowl, the Los Angeles Times on Thursday noted the 40th anniversary of one of the Bruins' biggest victories there: a 20-17 upset of Nebraska.
A 30-yard field goal with 22 seconds left ended the two-time defending national champion Huskers' 32-game unbeaten streak. The UCLA quarterback was Mark Harmon, who went on to a fine acting career; he stars in the hit TV series “NCIS.”
» The Roman numerals atop the front of the beautiful Douglas County Courthouse in downtown Omaha say MCMX — for 1910 — but a 100th anniversary will be celebrated next month.
It's the centenary of the opening of the courthouse in October 1912.
County Board members Mary Ann Borgesen and Pam Tusa told me a day of events is planned for Saturday, Oct. 20.
It will include a band, a gun salute, military veterans, food vendors, barbershop quartets, a magician, clowns, Model A and Model T cars and the unveiling of a new county seal.
The contest deadline for a new seal is 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the County Board office in the City-County Building at 18th and Farnam Streets, next door to the courthouse.
Planners also are hoping to determine the county's oldest resident, who will be honored with a resolution. Memorabilia from personal collections also are being sought.
If you can suggest whom the oldest citizen might be or if you can lend artifacts related to the courthouse's past, contact Jerry Leahy, the county's public property director, at (402) 444-7858.
» Another top 10 rating for Omaha: Bank Travel Management magazine ranks the Big O one of the most popular U.S. destinations for bank travelers.
The places ranked above Omaha are either big cities or tourist attractions. Branson, Mo., was first, New York was second, and Mackinac Island, Mich., was third. Then Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; St. Louis; Washington, D.C.; Cape Cod, Mass.; and Chicago.
» “Omaha singer's capital inspirations,” read the recent headline in the Washington Post.
The article was about Laura Burhenn, now 32, who left the D.C. area four years ago for Omaha and its thriving indie music scene at Saddle Creek Records.
“A lot of my friends were like, ‘What?'” Laura said. She explains: “You know, there are people like the Faint and Tilly and the Wall and a whole slew of bands that probably people have never heard of on a national level that are doing really exciting things in Omaha.”
» Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey had said often that last October he became the first Republican governor to endorse Mitt Romney for president.
PolitiFact then noted that two other GOP governors endorsed Romney four months earlier: C.L. Otter of Idaho and Dave Heineman of Nebraska.
» The University of Nebraska Medical Center says its class of 1962 sparked a tradition of class-reunion donations that have totaled more than $2.6 million for the College of Medicine.
The class of '62 first did so at its 25-year reunion in 1987, a fund honoring UNMC basic science teachers. Celebrating 50 years this week, the class has set up a scholarship to support a medical student or physician alum to pursue a master's degree in public health at UNMC.
“They started that tradition of giving,” Anne Constantino of the University of Nebraska Foundation said of class members, “and they will now be the first class to do an award for both its 25th and 50th reunions.”
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