Omaha time capsule: Gov. Frank Morrison eyes space development

Former Nebraska Gov. Frank Morrison visits The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument in Kearney, Neb., on Oct. 11, 2001, following a ceremony recognizing monument as the recipient of the THEA award for outstanding attraction of the year.

What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here's a sampling from the World-Herald archives.

A new space industry is Morrison's goal for state

January 6, 1964: Gov. Frank Morrison said he planned to sponsor two seminars during the coming year to boost industrial development in Nebraska. The governor said the ideas for the conference grew out of a tour he made last week of Cape Kennedy, the leading missile-launching installation in the United States. He said there was no reason why Nebraska can't attract more industry in the field of manufacturing component parts for space vehicles.

1948: Plans for a new park in the vicinity of 42nd and Q Streets were okayed by the Omaha Improvement Commission. The commission unanimously approved switching $47,000 to buy land for the park. Parks and Recreation Superintendent Ralph McClintock said plans called for buying 55 acres south of Graceland Park Cemetery, which extends southwest from 42nd and Q. The $47,000 in City-Wide Plan bond money originally was allotted to two other proposed parks.

1995: City officials unveiled a recyclables truck and showed how materials would be sorted, at the curb, into seven individual compartments on the recyclables truck. The new trucks were part of a new recycling program for the city. The program uses green bins rather than blue bags and involves separate collection of recyclables and garbage. “It's going to be a great effort for our city, one which I know the citizens will come to appreciate and participate in,” Mayor Hal Daub said at a press conference. “Yes, it's going to be a change,” Daub said, “but I believe a change for the better.”

2002: Omaha police would analyze employees' handwriting and use other techniques to try to figure out who wrote a racial slur on a sign inside a police precinct. The department announced that the investigation was finished without figuring out who scrawled the slur on a sign in the kitchen at the northeast precinct. Police Chief Don Carey, his deputy chiefs and Mayor Mike Fahey agreed that the situation needed to be re-examined, said Sgt. Dan Cisar, a police spokesman. “They decided this was an issue that deserved a second look,” he said.

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