We invited readers to share their “World-Herald habit” with us — how long they’ve been reading our content (whether in print, via the ePaper or on a mobile device), some of their favorite writers and which sections they enjoy most. These three letters were declared the winners. Each will receive a World-Herald book of their choosing. Thanks to all who participated — and to all who read World-Herald content.
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Sandie Yeaman, Omaha
It sits there, page 7 of the Living section of the Omaha World-Herald. Folded in half and then into 4ths, the Crossword on one side and the Jumble and Sudoku on the other.
When our daughter was in high school, we started doing the crossword while waiting for my husband, a chef, to finish cooking dinner. He would help us with a word we couldn’t get, and we’d laugh about silly things and future plans. On those days when we were all going in separate directions, there sat that paper, pen beside it like a best friend. Whomever walked by would pause for a moment, figure a word and be off. When she went off to college, my husband and I did the puzzles, often calling her to help with a word, even though we knew the answer.
She’s married now, living 1,000 miles away, with a professional job and a baby on the way. After all these years, the Omaha World-Herald still brings us together. While on the phone last night planning a trip to visit them, and just before we said our good byes, she said to me, “Don’t forget the paper, Mom.”
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Faith Perry, Fremont
My husband and I have a morning routine. The first one to wake up gets The World-Herald from the front porch, then makes coffee. The second one turns on KVNO, our favorite radio station. Reading your paper is our way to start the day.
We do have our favorites. I love Koterba’s editorial cartoons, always to the point. My husband enjoys John Rosemond’s advice regarding raising families. I work the crossword puzzles. We both read the comics, especially Pickles, which portrays funny moments of our older age. We do enjoy your feature writers and their in-depth articles. The editorial pages and letters to the editor always have been, and still are, important reading for us.
Oh, did I mention that the person who brings the paper in the house gets to read the Sports section first? Each of us reads it thoroughly. We do love NE football and volleyball, and Creighton basketball. Tom Shatel is a favorite.
We have been getting the World-Herald for at least fifty years.
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Joy McLochlin, Omaha
The smell of coffee wakes me
I raise my sleepy head
The paper has been gathered in
So I stumble out of bed.
I’m not a morning person
but who could resist such fun
A delicious cup of coffee
And The World-Herald’s first run?
We sit together reading
In the comfort of our home
A perfect start to each day
And we don’t even have to roam
Who’s getting married?
What is there to do?
Where is it happening?
When ... and is it true?
The Living section is all I need
Oh .. and the Classifieds.
Hubby reads the Midlands first,
Then world events, besides.
So thank you for the idea
of looking at my life
It begins with The WH and coffee
From a very happy wife.
Other reader submissions (All hometowns are in Nebraska unless otherwise noted)
Steve Sidner, Omaha: We read the print version of the WH every morning while drinking coffee. The WH is just indispensable as a source for local information. Lately, the investigative stories have become powerful and welcome. I also am reading Erin Grace, Matt Hansen and Mike Kelly more and enjoying them.
Mary Ahrenholtz, Harlan, Iowa: I have been reading the Omaha World-Herald for over 28 years, ever since I started teaching in Harlan. Your paper contains useful educational articles that are often clipped and filed with information on novels or stories that I teach in my language arts class. My students love when I say, “Guess what was in the Omaha World-Herald today?” The World-Herald is as necessary in the morning as a cup of coffee.
Karen Scholl, Petersburg: Almost 45 years ago, when my husband and I got married, getting a daily newspaper wasn’t in our budget, so one of our neighbors would bring over the OWH for us to read. I looked forward to reading the recipes and advice columns. As our family grew, we subscribed to the paper, and my interest changed to articles about raising children and human interest stories. By the time we had 6 kids, our two oldest were delivering the paper. To keep up with the interests of 4 sons, my interest shot directly to sports. As you can imagine, many days the Sports pages disappeared before I could read them. Now, our family grown and gone from home, the paper is delivered every morning without any sections missing.
Lawrence Lefler, Fremont: I am nearly 90 years old, and I have read The World-Herald since I could read. I spent 4 years getting an education in Chicago. We lived on the near north side but there was a booth in the loop where you could buy day-old papers. Every day, I would get on the El and go down on State Street and buy a day-old WH. When I returned to Nebraska, I was back on the subscriber rolls.
Minnie Caniglia, Omaha: The World-Herald has been part of our family life since 1937. My brother Vassil J. Evanoff was a newspaper carrier and brought home a daily paper which we all looked forward to, my father an immigrant learning to speak and read English in preparation for citizenship and myself for the comic section and Dear Mary Lane column. I married at 17 in 1945 and continued the daily World-Herald till this day, 78 years now.
Robert Urbanek, Schuyler: I have been reading the Omaha World-Herald 7 days a week for about 75 years. My parents subscribed to the paper while I was in grade school and high school. I bought copies of the paper or read the library’s copy while I was in college, and I have been a continuous 7 days a week reader since 1956. I pretty much read the paper cover to cover.
Dorothy and James Kalar, Council Bluffs: We have taken The World-Herald since we moved to Council Bluffs in 1954. Plus our four children delivered the same route in their younger years. When the oldest sibling got a job, then the next younger sibling took it over, and so it was down the line. It helped teach them respect and responsibility, plus they liked the tips at Christmas.
Nancy Harlan, Bassett: I can’t remember a time when my folks didn’t take The World-Herald, and I’m 77 now. My dad always worked the crossword puzzles, did so until the day he died. My mother continued to take the paper until her death at almost 102, each day passing it on to our family after she’d read it intensively; I took up her subscription at that point, and we have been daily subscribers since.
Joel Boucher, Council Bluffs: Began reading OWH in 1943 as a carrier. Would go to old Kilpatrick building, knowing my papers would be coming off the presses. My newspaper reading is most important to me.
Kenneth Gates, Bellevue: How do I read thee? Let me count the ways. First I pull out the Sports section. Then I glance through Main News and Midlands before reading the Living section. I do the LA Times crossword and check the Classifieds. Finally, I go back and read Main News and the Midlands section.
Bev Peterson, Oakland: We love the Omaha World-Herald. It is part of each one of our days. We fight over who gets the paper first. Both of our families, Doc Peterson’s from Newman Grove and Bev’s from Pender, always had The World-Herald for us to read. We are now both in our 70s so you can include us in your longtime reader list.
Gerald Wellendorf, Omaha: In the early 50s, I delivered the paper and after finishing my route I would go home and read the paper from front to back. I have continued this ritual every day. My children are so aware of my paper habit that they make fun of it by getting to the paper before me and “mess” it up just to see my reaction. Sunday paper is always the best, a good hour of just reading. Thanks for the journey. it has been great!
Betty Wilberger, Nebraska City: The Midlands section helps me to keep up with Nebraska as a whole, the front section gives me the world happenings plus other news. Over the years of rearing a family the Sports was important, and now I still keep up on basketball, football and volleyball. In my daily routine, I scan the front page of all the sections; the crossword puzzle is done over breakfast, bridge and words over lunch. Then the rest of the day is used to catch up on the rest of the paper.
Nadine Hunter, Omaha: If rarely my World-Herald is nowhere in sight, just call Circulation! How I wish they knew how much I appreciate them. Thank you for being the reason I sit down and enjoy an hour or two.
Mona Tanksley, Oakland: My first memory of The World-Herald goes back to my preschool days when I enjoyed having my parents and grandmother read the comics to me. We always had to save the crossword puzzle for Dad, though, and he delighted in timing himself to see how long it would take him to complete the Sunday one. None of us has been able to top his 30-minute record! Now each day my husband and I race to finish the Jumble first. I can’t imagine a day without this newspaper.
Bethine Leif, Exeter: The World-Herald has been in my home for over 50 years. My first read in the morning is the Sports section. The articles by Mike Kelly, Erin Grace and Matthew Hansen are so interesting. I like reading about people and their lives. The Midlands and the front page sections are my afternoon reads. Thank you for a great publication.
Sue Hankins, Kearney: After Sunday dinner with grandparents, grandmother would read “funnies” to us kids. My father always read the paper after work. My World-Herald “habit” begins my day and with the Sudoku addiction, continues throughout the day. (Sort the paper so Living section is last to be read; fold the last page to fit clipboard and (try to) do the Sudoku, in ink. If I mess up, I transfer to a practice and allow five tries before the recycle sack.)
Janice Riha, Papillion: My family was always informed about local and international news. From President Roosevelt to President Obama and all the presidential elections, wars and disasters, The World-Herald was there to report them all. Thanks for giving us excellent service and a great newspaper that has lasted from generation to generation. Congratulations and best wishes!
Diane Morgan, Omaha: My habit is scanning the stories and, of course, looking at the sales and cutting out coupons.
Janice C. Nelson, Omaha: Growing up in the military and moving many times, I’ve read many newspapers. When arriving in Omaha 53 years ago, we began subscribing to The World-Herald, which to me is one of the finest papers in the United States. I read the entire Metropolitan Edition. I save all the puzzles until the last. The World-Herald completes my day!
Marcia Krueger, Minden: The Omaha World-Herald has been a part of my life since I learned to read some 70 years ago. I am very fond of The World-Herald and look forward to reading it every day for many years to come. Not that we travel much, but when we do, we purchase a paper from that area and have never found one that is as good as the Omaha World-Herald.
Barbara Gillett, Omaha: I went to a rural school near Lewellen, Nebraska, in 1935. My mother would let me cut the new words (from The World-Herald) I learned in reading class. That was so exciting! Move forward to 2003 (and my move to Omaha). My son subscribed to The World-Herald for me because, as a little boy, he would come downstairs (and see me) drinking my first cup of coffee and reading The World-Herald. Now 80 year later, it is still special each morning to read it.
Mark Gordon, North Sioux City, S.D.: The WH has remained relevant, while others have failed, because its staff has put the Midwestern values in the forefront of the paper. It is a paper printed in the Midlands, featuring the people in the Midlands and dedicated to improving the Midlands.
Kris Goslee Copenhaver, Omaha: Friends tease me about getting the paper and not getting the information online. For me, there is something special about reading the actual newspaper. I want to hold the paper, fold it up and read it. I get the evening paper so when my day is done, I curl up and sit back with an old friend.
Janis Cunningham, Papillion: I love The World-Herald newspaper. It started when I was a little kid. It’s a very informative newspaper and keeps me up to date on what’s happening in the world today.
Connie Green, Omaha: The Omaha World-Herald has been delivered to my home since I was a young girl. When my uncles came to visit, they would pull it apart to share, fold it to the article they wanted to read, and leave it in a mess. I prefer to keep it intact and fold it neatly when I am through reading. At my first job, I would get to the office early and read the paper and work the crossword puzzle before anyone else arrived. Now I am retired, and I try to have the crossword puzzle completed before I go on with my day.
Doris Chittenden, York: Over the many years I have been reading and subscribing, my habits have changed. I remember reading columns on sewing, recipes submitted by readers, Mary Lane and others. Today I especially enjoy reading the letters to the editor, and various columnists. I don’t always agree with all that I read, however, I do believe it is necessary to get all the various opinions and make my own decisions.
Judith Braymen, Shenandoah, Iowa: We begin the day with the paper, following its in-the-dark, middle-of-the-night delivery to our rural mailbox. I am always in awe of your staff writers who uncover and report with warmth and compassion stories we would never hear about except in The World-Herald. Today’s World-Herald is on the kitchen table as I write, ready for us to catch up on the news, provide entertainment and applaud the excellence of your newspaper.
Jon Kloepping, Cozad: We have been reading the Omaha World Herald since we married in 1978. At that time, and until just a few years ago, we woke every morning to the paper on the front step. A few years ago, we lost that privilege but never lost our desire to hold your paper in our hands each morning. I drive a little over a mile at 6:00 each morning to buy the paper at a local gas station. The paper is well-organized, well-edited and keeps me up-to-date on the state and the world.
Merlin Wright, Peru: Tuesday is the best day of the week for my wife and I because we always get two World Heralds and can each read one before trading them. One is the Monday paper and one is the Tuesday paper. (The method of mailing the paper from Omaha to Peru does not deliver the Monday World Herald early enough for the rural delivery.)
Janice Vierk, Omaha: Even as I am typing about the importance of daily reading of the Omaha World-Herald, I should be attending to my college students’ work. Instead, my mind is in the living room, my body is in the recliner chair, my hands are gripping the inky newsprint, and my eyes are scanning the pages. I have been reading the paper since I took up my mother’s newspaper reading habit more than forty years ago. I must go; I hear the rustling of the paper taunting me.
Sue Keyser, Omaha: As a person who likes to eat their dessert first (in case I don’t have room later), I read my daily paper in just the opposite way. I read the Main News and Midlands first, skimming the Money and Sports, and saving the wonderful Living section for last! It is a treat, and I try to fold out and do the crossword every day, and my husband loves the jumble. (See how compatible we are? We’ve taken the paper for our entire 32 marriage). Every Sunday morning during Husker season, we all try to guess the headline of the Sports section before looking at it!
Bernice Renken, Omaha: I have gotten The World-Herald for a long time. I get it 7 days a week and I always look forward to it coming. I love doing the crossword puzzles in both the Living and Money sections. I love Tom Shatels column, and most of the other sports writers too.
When I go out of town I have them give my paper to the schools. I’m sure they can use it too.
Larry Heck, Omaha: With a cup of coffee (and sometimes a donut), I enjoy reading the morning paper, beginning with the first section and continuing to the last page. I look forward to the excellent human interest stories written by Erin Grace and Michael Kelly. Also, it is fun and very entertaining to read the comments by Tom Shatel following a Nebraska football game. I would also like to commend the fine service the carriers have provided throughout the years.
Gloria Ball, Columbus: Who knew when we moved to Columbus 59 years ago, and subscribed to the W-H, that the paper would have such an impact on our son, Kim, then 3 years old. By age 7, he and his dad were battling over the sports section over breakfast. He loved sports, and was editor of the high- school paper in his senior year, and later earned a journalism degree from UNL. Now a business owner on Maui, where he owns 4 water sports stores, he writes occasional feature stories on surfing and wrestling for the Maui News. And like his parents, he still reads two daily papers, and is a Husker follower.
Jim Bechtel, Omaha: I delivered the World Herald in the 1950s and have subscribed for half a century, with a few lapses while backpacking around the globe. In retirement I’m a slave to habit; my day must open with a banana, my own tea/juice mix, and the morning paper. On days when delivery fails I go online while waiting for the courier, and I don’t like it. There’s no substitute for real paper spread out across my desk.
Elaine Patterson, Papillion: I subscribed to OWH when we moved to area almost 10 years ago. I read it every morning to catch up on local and world news. I like to read Today’s birthday asking my husband hold old is so and so? He is very good at guessing people’s ages that are listed and most of the time is only off a year or two.
Jim Swan, Omaha: I’ve been a reader of the OWH for over 30 years and my habit has become an addiction. It’s a daily ritual to walk out to the driveway to get the morning paper. After I have my coffee in hand, for the next hour or more, I begin the routine of organizing the sections of the paper into the Sports, Front Page, Midlands, Living, and Money sections. If the old adage, “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing” is true, I owe it all to the OWH.
Patty Yost, Union: I have grown-up with the World-Herald. My favorite section is the comics and the coupons on Sunday.
David Brockhaus, Omaha: I’m a fanatic who scans or reads every page of every Omaha World-Herald. When I’m out of town, a stack of papers awaits me at my return and I don’t miss one page. I especially enjoy reading the Nebraska Football articles by Tom Shatel, Dirk Chatelain, and Sam McKewon, among others. Oftentimes I’ll have my wife read Shatel’s article to me as we’re driving to Sunday Mass. (It’s good for her to get a little dose of sports once in a while! I think she secretly enjoys it as much as I do.)
Peg Hansen, Ames: My husband and I have been subscribers for 29 years. Before that, I grew up with The World Herald as my parents were subscribers. My husband gets up at 5:00 a.m. and reads the paper. My pets do not allow me to read the paper immediately after I wake up. I usually read the Main section, then the Midlands section around noon. I keep the Living section to read early evenings. The only time we read online is if we missed something interesting on the local news.
Jennifer O’Malley, Omaha: I always read the Living section to find out about local events as well as news stories about the entertainment industry in general. I recently subscribed to the Sunday paper again.
Tania Uram, Omaha: Soon after we moved to Omaha in 1989, our family took over a newspaper route for 3 streets in our neighborhood. I would read the front page news while folding and rubber banding the 91 newspapers and loading the canvas bags for our two little boys to carry for the route. Dad did the rounds for the early morning weekend paper – and this went on for 7 years. Now the kids are all grown and we’ve given up the paper route but we are still enjoying The World Herald. I enjoy articles about local events; I like being the one who knows what is going on in town. When they ask how I knew that, I say, “I read it in the World Herald!”
Sherida Schuman, Omaha: I have subscribed to the WH for about 40 years and my habit is to read the evening paper as soon as I get home from work. This habit was passed down from my father who also read the paper right after work and would read out loud for the family any articles he felt were particularly interesting.cI love the way the paper is organized, it’s so easy to find various topics. The layout is also easy to read.
Carol Campbell, Omaha: Growing up in rural Nebraska, I greatly anticipated the arrival of our daily, outstate edition of the OWH. Reading the “funnies” page was first and foremost to the neglect of any other sections. Comics ruled! In 68 years my perspective has changed. Comics are read last, as I read all other sections thoroughly. 60 years of daily OWH reading is a habit I cannot, nor will not, break!
Chuck Karpf, Mitchell: Like to scan Internet edition.
Darlene Cleal, Ainsworth: We always enjoy reading the day’s news. Our routine is to read the front section, Midlands, other sections however they are inserted, saving the Living section for the last one. There is usually a discussion over some article. It is important to keep educated on what is happening. We plan to continue our subscription as long as we can read!!
Shirley Humphrey, Omaha: As our family grew we loved camping, but never went further than Fremont Lakes. Our son had a paper route and he and Dad drove back to town at 5 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays so he could deliver The World-Herald to his customers. Years have passed. Times change. But my World-Herald still arrives seven days a week. I love to hear that “plop” on the porch every day because it tells me my old friend has arrived.
Wylene Hasemann, Scribner: I am probably one of the best World-Herald readers you will ever find! Back in June 1956, I had little money but that’s when I got married to Lois and I insisted that we continue to get the Omaha World-Herald even tho we could of easily used the money many places else. Come June 10 of next year, we will be married 60 years and I have gotten the Herald every day since. It was a great decision to start getting it from June 10, 1956.
Linda Welsch, Dannebrog: It all started innocently enough. We live in a remote-ish area and don’t receive our Sunday newspaper from the Grand Island Independent until it arrives in the mail on Monday. One Sunday I decided to take the 12-mile drive to the nearest Pump & Pantry and buy a newspaper and coffee. I picked up a World-Herald and was pleasantly surprised by the change in the newspaper since I read it years ago. It is more inclusive, offers more points of view, and has more stories of interest. Soon my Sunday habit was an addiction. A pleasant drive, coffee and the Sunday World Herald.
Kelly Colgan-Azar, West Chester, PA: I live in Pennsylvania, but I’m planning to move to Omaha in the near future. I read the local news to get a feel for the people, politics and culture of the city. I’m semi- retired and look forward to making the Omaha Symphony and other performing arts and museums a regular part of my life. It’s hard to move such a great distance. I read the Omaha paper for the good news and encouragement I find there.
Kari Reitan, Omaha: The first thing I read is Breaking Brad, then I may glimpse some articles if they catch my attention. But mostly I only read Breaking Brad. He is such a funny guy, and I get all my news and current events from him.
Sharon Tilton, Norfolk: I grew up watching my dad read The World-Herald every day, from front to back. I’m now 68 so you know how long I’ve been a World-Herald fan. Those that get all their information from other media sources are missing out. You can’t read Erin Grace from there.
Delores Klopp, Omaha: We were married in 1953 and subscribed to The World-Herald around that time. I look forward to the paper every day. I also have had some wonderful carriers down through the years. I appreciate them for delivering in all kinds of weather and I thank them. I just can’t find one bad thing about the Omaha World-Herald. I love it!
Cathy Hart, Omaha: I absolutely have to have a “real” paper delivered to me every day at my home! It’s nonnegotiable when the discussion comes up about where to cut costs and eliminating the paper is suggested! Love my Omaha World-Herald!
Angela Sumter, Papillion: Hi, I read the first section first, always looking for Breaking Brad (I adore Breaking Brad!). I then move onto Midlands and finally Living (I love most everything in the Living section). I save the comics for the last. I’ve been a subscriber for over 3 years now, ever since we moved here.
John K. Davis, Omaha: My wife and I have been subscribers to the World-Herald ever since our marriage in 1963 and recall it as part of our parents’ daily lives as far back as we can remember. I have several favorite writers. The wry comments of Brad Dickson always start my day off with a smile, and Matthew Hansen, Mike Kelly and Erin Grace write excellent in-depth articles on a variety of subjects and people. Finally, I always read the fine stable of sports writers led by Tom Shatel and Sam McKewon.
Anita Mead, Clarinda, Iowa: I will be 84 in November and have read this paper since I have been old enough to read. Grew up in the middle of the wonderful Sand Hills. We lived on a farm, had a radio, phone and that was it for information about the world. Moved into this small town of Brewster and at least then the paper was fairly new by the time it got to us by mail. After I got married and we moved to Iowa, still took the paper – and even purchased a TV. But I cannot do without that paper. My day does not start out right without it.
Joyce Kochen, Omaha: Reading the Omaha World-Herald is a very important happening in our daily lives. Even though a computer is available in our home, just holding the newspaper over a cup of coffee or tea just cannot be beat.
Gene Snitily, Omaha: I suspect that we are very typical subscribers. My day is to sit down on the family room couch and read the daily Omaha World-Herald shortly after the “paper boy” delivers it. Reading the articles in the paper allow us to re-read as many times as necessary – something that is not available by listening to television news.
Rhonda Hamilton, Omaha: I get up early and my paper usually comes early enough that I have a system — read as much as I can before my shows come on and if there’s not enough time, I continue during commercials! I save articles I think my daughters would like and when we have family days, I bring them.
Barbara Taenzler, Glenwood, Iowa: Is The World-Herald a luxury? No, it’s a necessity! I’ve told people when they ask what’s the best part of retirement: “The morning paper first thing in the day!” I think daily paper readers are better conversationalists, as evidenced by my paper-reading friends.
Mrs. Harold D. Johnson, Kearney: The Omaha World-Herald appeared in our home, the Anton Safariks of Omaha, especially during the years of World War II. Since three family members joined the forces, our parents looked first to see if anything appeared about the war. I married in 1961 — to a World-Herald reader — and our paper has been faithfully delivered to our door since then. Thank you!
Lisa Beals, Omaha: We’ve been subscribers since we moved to Omaha in 2004. I try to scan the paper at least briefly before I take my boys to school every morning, and my 11-year-old can’t wait for me to pass along the comics! I especially check the Midlands and Living sections but always find something interesting in Money.
Maxine Christensen, Exira, Iowa: The World-Herald has been coming to the Christensen home for over 25 years, maybe longer, and my carrier has it in the old cream can by my kitchen door every morning when I get up at 5:30! (I am 94½ years old.) A friend of mine was giving her leftovers to her cats and felt bad about it. At her suggestion, I now am getting her good leftovers, and she is getting my daily World-Herald papers.
Patti Hough, Omaha: I have read the Omaha World-Herald all my life. My parents always had the daily paper delivered. My husband, Steve, and I have been getting the evening paper every day for 46 years! The morning paper is also delivered to my work. The first thing I read is Breaking Brad. His column always makes me laugh.
Marjorie Stevens, Ralston: Having been a longtime subscriber to The World-Herald since 1966, I look forward to every evening for the paper carrier to deliver the news. We sometimes meet the carrier because we go straight to the Don and Millie’s for an “it’s-five-o’clock-somewhere” beverage. We then open up the paper to the Midlands section, which we always read first.
Steve Farell, Waterloo: I have subscribed and read The World-Herald for over 35 years. I read it pretty much cover to cover.
Lenore Deeths, Omaha: I grew up with the World-Herald from an early age. My dad was in Europe in WWII, and mom gave me the “funnies” to entertain me in bed. My favorite was Little Orphan Annie. The comics are still my go-to first. I am a hard-copy person in a digital age. I do read headlines and articles online, but prefer the paper in hand. It’s the comforting touch of an old friend.
Laurence L. Falk, Nebraska City: My subscription to the OWH began in 1994 when my wife (now deceased) and I retired from professorships in Minnesota and moved to Nebraska City. I read the paper following my morning walk. I will say that reading the OWH is an important routine in my daily life.
Wayne B. Rupp, Weeping Water: I like to keep as part of my regular regimen reading the paper. It has now been 62 years of happy reading of the Omaha World-Herald. You know you’re hooked when for some reason the paper doesn’t arrive as scheduled and then you are left with a void, timewise.
Terry P. Temple, Valentine: I delivered the paper in 1950-51. Picked it up from the U.P. depot in Lewellen, Nebraska. At that time, I had to collect from the customers.
Antonette Skupa Turner, Bladen: I have been a subscriber of the Sunday and daily World-Herald since the early ’50s. My husband, Carroll Turner, and I took it right after we were married 65 years ago. I am 95 years old, maintain my own home, passed my driver’s license for five more years and am active in my church and senior citizens group.
Mychelle Fada, Pacific Junction, Iowa: The World-Herald has always been a part of my life. That’s 29 years plus a few more years. I read my paper first thing in the morning. One of my all-time favorite columns is the How We Met stories on Saturdays. Those stories never fail to move me! I love the World-Herald and couldn’t imagine having a day without my paper. There’s been a few blizzards where I didn’t get my paper that day, and it’s always a sad day indeed!
Allen Shepherd, Omaha: My association with The World-Herald goes back to the early 1950s when I was the carrier in a small town in western Nebraska. In more recent times our family has taken the paper as perhaps the best single source for an overview of area society.
Alex Rongen, Omaha: I love hearing about the success stories in our community! There is so much good going on in Omaha, and any article featuring that is something I pay attention to, especially for students achieving their dreams.
Mary Heflin, Omaha: For 80+ years the OWH has been part of my daily routine. My dad always read the comics to me until I could read them myself. For the past 52 years I have subscribed to the paper. Yes, I watch TV news and use a computer, but I still like to unfold the OWH, hold it in my hands and read the paper!
Kathryn McCullough, Denison, Iowa: I read every section of The World-Herald daily. My first section is Living, next Money and then on to Sports to read about the games, check Tom Shatel and his comments as well as “Breaking Brad.” Do enjoy reading the paper.
Jan DeWalt, Norfolk: We have been Omaha World-Herald subscribers 50+ years, as were our parents before us. Every day, our morning starts by reading the Omaha World-Herald; Jim begins with the front page, and I end with the Midlands section.
Nancy Meyer, Omaha: My husband, Lynn, and I have been getting the paper since we married in 1969. My favorite time of the week, now that we are in our retirement years, is the weekend. Saturday and Sunday morning we sit in our favorite chairs in the alcove of our front room and share the paper as we discuss some of the articles. We love seeing new, young, enthusiastic writers in your paper. Keep up the good work!
Don and Dorothy Schaecher, Omaha: We will be married for 60 years in April 2016. In 1956, we did not have a computer, cell phone or electronic equipment, like we have today. We had a black-and-white television, with a few stations and an aerial for reception, and a radio. We moved to the country 25 miles from Columbus, and we were isolated. It was then we subscribed to The World-Herald. We continue to subscribe, and we have been working out the crossword puzzle for nearly 60 years now, using a ballpoint pen.
Norma Brockmoller, Winside: My son was a World-Herald carrier in our small town and that, many times, meant Mom was backup. He is 64 years old now, so many years have passed, and the OWH is still in my home daily. The paper is in my door when I get up, and I read it from front to back before my workday begins. At 83, that workday is not too demanding, if it takes an hour or so.
Leta Hoagland, Omaha: I am 88 years old. I have been reading The World-Herald with my family since I was 10 years old! The clippings fill many memory books. The World-Herald is my best friend.
Eric and Sharon Robinson, Yutan: We have taken The World-Herald for 40+ years. My routine: Awake 5:30-6 a.m. Go out and get paper; our paper delivery man is usually early (4:30-5). Read the headlines. Then read the Mdilands, glance at Sports, make coffee, go back to the Sports pages, cover the Money section, then on to Living. Collect all the papers (minus Sports page); save for daughter teaching art this year (for spills/colors, etc.)
Joan Zoller, Falls City: I am an 84-year-old Omaha World-Herald reader. My parents, who were farmers in southeast Nebraska, always subscribed. When I married my husband in 1960, who was also a farmer, we continued to subscribe. Thank you for all the years of keeping me and my family informed on world, national and Nebraska events.
Helen Moore, Nebraska City: From summer 1939 to summer 1942, I delivered the daily OWHerald in our town. By adding new subscribers, including myself, I qualified for a free trip to a Nebraska football game. Reading the weekly travel section honed my desire to experience more of the world (I’ve visited 34 or more countries or islands). We still enjoy a recipe I copied in 1948. I read the paper after breakfast while I ride my exercise bike for 5 or more miles.
Bev McAlpin, Red Oak, Iowa: My paper arrives early in the morning so I can look at some of it before I go to work, usually the Money section as it is the smallest. After that comes the Sports — love Brad Dickson commentary. Then it’s the rest of the paper, usually the front section last. I also take the Des Moines Register. Enjoy both papers.
Shirley M. Plambeck, Harlan, Iowa: I receive the daily and Sunday World-Herald as well as the Council Bluffs Nonpareil. I do my morning ritual and read the Nonpareil while I wait for a friend to pick me up and we have our morning walk. I make myself NOT TOUCH The World-Herald until evening. When chores after the evening meal and everything else are done and I am ready for bed, I read The World-Herald page by page — except for Sports, it just gets a glance. The World-Herald has been in my life ever since I first was married 65 years ago. I could not be without it.
Sandy Pistone, Omaha: The World-Herald was a fixture at our house when I was growing up. I especially enjoy having my morning coffee on the weekends and reading the entire paper before starting my day. The evening paper is also important to my husband and me. He brings it in at 5 o’clock and enjoys it before dinner. I rarely go to bed without reading it, even though there is competition from the computer and TV; both of us prefer having an actual paper in our hands even though we could read it online.
Michael B. Slama, Kearney: I read all of the news section. (Like the paper version as opposed to going to a website on the computer.) Relish the Editorial page plus the commentaries and letters to the editor. Music rating page which lists the “hot songs of the week” — I use it as a reference as to songs I want to download on my iPod. Never read the Sports section in any paper in my 72 years of newspaper reading.
Ruth Wise, Atlantic, Iowa: I bring The World-Herald in about 5 a.m., save the Midlands section for breakfast time. The first thing I look for is Jeff Koterba’s wonderful editorial cartoons. I then hit the couch and scan the front page section. I’m not much in love with Sports. I scan the Living and Money sections and indulge in the Sudoku, Jumble and Crossword puzzles to ward off dementia. I cannot imagine life without my World-Herald.
Lumir Cech, Clarkson: I started reading the paper when I was a teenager. My dad was an avid reader. In the evening we both wanted to read, so we would trade sections. I can’t say how long Dad subscribed, but I have been subscribing forever. I am 75 years old. Thanks for the great paper. Keep it coming.
Linda Grunberg, Omaha: January 28, 1986, is the exact day I began reading the Omaha World-Herald. Before this date I played tennis three to five times a week, worked out at the gym, worked full time and did my best to be a good mom to two wonderful kids. What I didn’t do was pay attention to the world around me. This is until the day my boss came into the office with tears in his eyes and said, “Oh my God! The Challenger exploded, and all aboard are gone.” I had no idea what he was talking about. Through the shame and horror, I promised myself this would never happen again. To this day, on Sunday mornings, I grab a coffee and week’s worth of papers, and I read the Omaha World-Herald front to back.
John Hogue, Falls City: To cheer my day, I always read the “Pickles” cartoon. Sometimes I just adore the humor. Then I read Midlands and Living sections to touch on human interest stories and news all across Nebraska. I have utilized information to assist me in my work. Then I read the front page and enjoy Matthew Hansen’s articles.
Mary Kay Stoeber, Fremont: Most days, by 6 a.m. the coffee is ready, pets have been fed, put out to potty, and it is time to read. I am only able to enjoy this routine because of a paper carrier who obviously gets up in the middle of the night to drive around town and place the paper on my front porch. The effort is greatly appreciated.
Nola Reed, Lexington: We started your paper in 1957 as a young couple with 2 children. Now more than 3 children and 58 years later we are still reading your paper. The daughter of a friend at Park Avenue Estates (assisted living facility) brings him the paper each day. When he is finished with it, we get it. I give the Sports section to a lady down the hall, and when she is finished she gives it to a 96-year-old gentleman upstairs. So you can see that your paper is spread all over. Thank you so much for being a part of our life and being part of our family.
Brent Williamson, Hastings: I am now 57 years old, and as a young boy growing up in Arapahoe, Nebraska, my dad got me “hooked” on the Omaha World-Herald at a young age. Without fail I do read the paper every day from front to back. Couldn’t imagine what my day would be like without it!
Jan Egenberger, Omaha: I grew up in the country, and in those days The World-Herald was delivered by U.S. Mail, and it arrived only one day late. My parents voraciously devoured all of the news in the paper and as soon as my sister and I were old enough to be read to, and eventually when we could read ourselves, we were all “hooked” on reading the Omaha World-Herald. I set the alarm an hour early so I can read The World-Herald before I go to work.
Ron Stukenholtz, Bellevue: The Omaha World-Herald has been an informative part of my wife Deb’s and my life for the last 12 years, ever since we moved to Bellevue. It is our “must read” every morning. Though we watch the local news, The World-Herald goes in depth on the stories that affect our daily lives and our communities.
Mark Schreiner, Lincoln: Up early to work so I buy at different locations and love the old-school dispensers for coin use. I have to physically hold it and have it daily and know it’s there for me when the time comes to read. Habit is never missing a day and knowing it’s there for me and folding into back pocket — it’s just a great paper.
Jean Vincent, York: The Omaha World-Herald has always been “my” paper as my parents were avid readers, and my husband and I subscribed as soon as we returned to live in Nebraska in 1987. During my husband’s Army career, we lived in many different parts of the country and read many other newspapers, and I can say that the World-Herald is far and above the best! Thank you for keeping us well-informed.
Cheryl Hildenbrandt, Omaha: The World-Herald has been part of my life since I was a little girl (and that was a long time ago!). ... I especially like the Sunday crossword puzzle. I don’t always do very well, but I love trying. I don’t know what I would do without The World-Herald every day!
Barbara Lechner, Union: In the late 1940s, on our way home from school each day, Dad had my sister and I pick up The World-Herald. In 1952, mud roads, ice and snow, newly married, my husband and I delivered the Sunday World-Herald to rural customers in the Union-Murray area. In the mid-1960s-1970s our three sons took over the village route. Our family bought the town grocery store, and our rural customers came in on Sunday to buy their World-Herald. I still live in Union, and I still subscribe.
Jerry Golmanavich, Omaha: In 1983 my wife and I moved from Baltimore where there were 3 newspapers. We found out that Omaha had only one daily paper, The World-Herald. We were surprised by how good it was and how it compared to other dailies we had read in all of our travels.
Everett Rathje, Gresham: I am a 90-year-old man. We have subscribed to The World-Herald, if I remember correct, since 1959 — the year we were married. Enjoy the first page news to the TV section.
Pat Loontjer, Omaha: My favorites are: pet photos, Living section, crossword puzzles, local news, Heloise, articles on health. Been a 7-day customer for almost 50 years.
Peter Campbell, Bellevue: I’m a proud subscriber since 2003. Each afternoon I have my routine: News-Sports-Living-Midlands (I usually skip Money — not sure why). While I have appreciated several writers in each of the sections, my main requirement is your excellent sports coverage team, particularly during football season.
Peggy Girard, Omaha: My World-Herald habit started over 70 years ago in Clarinda, Iowa, when I learned to read our daily newspaper, the Omaha World-Herald. Although we were Iowans, Omaha was our “city of choice,” and I grew to know more about Omaha than any other place. Later in life, I read The World-Herald daily in North Platte and still watched Omaha grow and change from afar. I now live where my paper is published and get to experience many of the things I’ve read about nearly all my life.
Jean Hopkins, Norfolk: I have taken the Sunday paper for quite some time and always read the Omaha daily paper at work until May, when I began taking the daily paper at home as well as the Sunday paper. I really enjoy the Omaha paper, and I also get the Norfolk paper in the evening.
Paul McManis, Louisville: My day starts at 5:30 a.m., brushing my teeth, making coffee, feeding the cat and anticipating the 5:45 arrival of The World-Herald. (I have a very dependable delivery person). It takes 3 cups of coffee to read The World-Herald cover to cover – sometimes longer if I read interesting or important articles to my wife.
John Collins, Auburn: I have been a 7-day-a-week subscriber since about 1978. I’ve been retired since 2008, but I’m busy enough that I don’t usually get the paper read until late evening. I read almost all the paper from front to back. I often share OWH articles to Facebook friends. The OWH is a very important part of my day.
Jose Rodriguez, Nebraska State Penitentiary, Lincoln: Sunday mornings sitting on Grammy’s lap, her reading Omaha World-Herald to me. The year was 1974. I’ve been avid reader ever since. Today, living in a prison cell, the Omaha World-Herald is more important than ever. It’s my lifeline source for news, sports, entertainment and my favorite Public Pulse-Opinions. Our Toastmasters Club uses OWH for our table topics, 1-2 minute impromptu speeches.
Barbara Foster, Omaha: We have been subscribers of the OWH for 30+ years! I read it from front to back every evening and weekends, and much prefer having the paper in my hands as opposed to reading it online. However, that is a good option when we are traveling! I especially appreciate articles on research done by the OWH on issues affecting Nebraska, such as the prison sentence calculations. I also find it helpful when the OWH gives brief summaries of political candidates running for office.
Howard Silberg, Omaha: (I read) 1. xword puzzles; if you work them daily you won’t get Alzheimers. 2. advice columns; you realize there are others with worse problems than yours. 3. funnies; you can laugh and smile — very important. Have been a reader since I moved to Omaha Dec. 1965 from Milwaukee.
Elfie Nelson, Oakland: A subscriber for 70 years who just celebrated birthday No. 93rd: I always like to read the articles by the featured columnists and work the puzzles that are in the Living section each day.
Miles Havekost, Omaha: Mom and Dad read The Paper cover-to-cover. I skipped to the sports section. As I aged, I became a cover-to-cover reader too. My family has been a 7-day subscriber since 1973, so that’s over 15,000 editions into our home. I’m thankful for an excellent local daily newspaper and for parents who passed on their “The Paper” habit to me.
Robert L. Graff, Beatrice: I was born February 11, 1927. My third-generation farmer parents were taking the Omaha World-Herald when I became old enough to look at the funnies. After I was married, my parents chose to semi-retire in California, and we assumed management of the farm. When their subscription expired, we renewed and have continued the subscription.
James A. Vorel, Valley: I learned to read by using the Omaha World-Herald. What was this “magic” document Mother always called “The Paper”? I resolved to find out. At first, I started with the pictures and captions. Then I took on the first few paragraphs of the front-page stories, then Dr. T.H. Van Dellen’s medical column and Guy S. Williams’ nostalgic “Sunset Years” column on Sundays. I was on my way! Reading — often with a dictionary — was fun. And The World-Herald was my key to the greater world.
Bill Caddell, Omaha: I read the paper on weekdays and weekends and holidays as soon as it is delivered. I love the sound of the soft plop of the newspaper as it hits our driveway. Because of my interest in photography I scan the paper for photos first, and it would be hard to pick a favorite photo or photographer. The World-Herald has been a part of my family’s life since 1984, and my day would not be complete without it.
Grace Brumels, Omaha: I stopped the paper when my husband died in 2007 but missed it so that I’ve been taking it again since. It helps my day. Look forward to it every morning. Put coffee on, get in and read — sometimes before I have my breakfast. I would be lost if I did not take the paper.
Wayne Kurle, Omaha: As a retired gentleman, poring over The World-Herald in the morning is one of the highlights of my day. I begin by flipping through the various sections looking for any must-read-immediately headlines. Otherwise, I take each section as it comes, with one exception: just like dessert comes at the end of a good meal, I save my favorite section — Sports — for last.
Mathia Sanders, Omaha: After moving to Omaha in 1960 from Fort Worth, I have been a lifelong subscriber. Since my retirement I begin each day with the same ritual, my morning paper which arrives on my doorstep, and a fresh cup of coffee. This time is so precious to me that I do not want to be disturbed.
Andrew Meyerle, McCook: I have been reading part of The World-Herald since 1923 (funnies); then when the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped, in 1932, I began reading most all of the paper. Now I read my ePaper from front to back. I am 96 years old. When I’m on a trip, I take the iPad!
Wm. G. Sibert, Omaha: I have subscribed to the Herald for 50-plus years. I also delivered the Herald in 1951 and 1952. Thanks to who in any way gets the daily paper to my door, news stands, etc. We would be lost without it. (By the way, I am 77 years and still kickin’ — not too high lately.)
Marge Albracht, Humphrey: I always read the WH in the morning in this order: Sports, Money, front page, Midlands (including the obits in case I may know someone), Living. My day never starts until I have completed the Jumble and Sudoku!
Elizabeth Svoboda, Schuyler: I am a senior citizen and have subscribed to your paper for many years. I recently moved from Omaha, and The World-Herald has been a faithful friend. Please continue to keep me abreast of all the good and not-so-good news.
Lanette VonSeggern, Pender: The OWH has been a part of my household for 27 years. As children we were never allowed to read the paper until my father was finished. He still reads every morning and reads again in the evening in case he missed something. I now read the OWH every morning before I go to work at a high school. I enjoy being current on local and world events.
Kim Buck, Omaha: A 7-day subscriber, 7 years. I wish there were a requirement to have the paper delivered by 6:30 am. My OCD with a late paper not only drives me crazy but also my husband who hates it when I pace the front door waiting for it! I enjoy all sections of the paper, but my alltime favorite is Living.
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An earlier version of this story listed an incorrect hometown for Bev Peterson.