Research and reporting for “24th and Glory” dates back to 2006. The overwhelming majority of information comes from interviews and newspaper archives.
The World-Herald conducted extensive interviews with about 60 characters. Among the most valuable: Marlin Briscoe, Roger Sayers, Johnny Rodgers, Bob Boozer, Ron Boone, Rodney Wead, Bob Rodgers, John Beasley, Brenda Council, Preston Love Jr., Cathy Hughes, Jerry Bartee, Sam Crawford, Don Benning, Dan Goodwin and Ernie Chambers. Most of these conversations were recorded and preserved.
Other sources included athletes’ autobiographies (Bob Gibson’s especially), Omaha historical books, academic theses, census reports, old photographs, even 1940s and 50s city directories — they’re 4 inches thick!
Special recognition goes out to local authors who previously devoted thousands of words to North Omaha, especially Adam Fletcher Sasse, Leo Adam Biga, John Dechant and Steve Marantz. Their writing helped point us in the right direction.
Finally, those treasure troves of newspaper archives. The World-Herald and The Omaha Star, digitally accessible via the public library, provided essential detail and context. This project wouldn’t be possible without the incredible work of 1950s and 60s newspaper reporters. They documented local history (on deadline) and did it with superb craft and judgment.
Hopefully, Omaha journalists 50 years from now will say the same about us.