Story #12: No Farm Work When The Game Was Televised
I grew up on our family farm in southern Gage County, just off of Hwy 77. My first true recollection of watching a Husker game was probably the 1974 Cotton Bowl vs. Texas following the 1973 season, Coach Osborne’s first. I was still pretty young, but already had my red and white jersey, and toted my small plastic toy football adorned with the Nebraska logo and advertisement from a local gas station. Farm work generally didn’t stop on football Saturday’s except when the game was televised. As I grew old enough to tackle field work, I usually listened to Lyell Bremser calling the game on a transistor radio unless I was lucky enough to draw the one tractor that had a radio mounted to it. I also mowed our church cemetery on Hwy 77, so I got to witness firsthand the vast “Big Red Caravan” of fans heading south as they travelled to such hallowed destinations as Manhattan, Lawrence, Stillwater, Norman, and Columbia. If it was an early game and I took a long break to listen, I sometimes saw the same cars coming back later that same evening. While in college in Lincoln in the mid to late 1980s, I was fortunate enough to work concessions at Memorial Stadium. I also got to wear the old Harry Husker mascot on the sidelines one season as a member of Corn Cobs. While serving in the Army after college, I had to get my fix of Husker football wherever I was stationed. I watched many a game starting at 1AM or later in Germany, or listened on Huskers.com if they weren’t televised. It wasn’t until I started collecting Husker memorabilia that I found my true role in life as a Huskers fan, however. Finding no easy way to research memorabilia online, I decided to build a memorabilia reference site dedicated to all that is Husker Football. Thirteen years later, and with the help of literally dozens (not quite one hundred) of other dedicated Husker fans and collectors, HuskerJ.com is still going strong and growing. Having retired from the military and settled in Omaha, I get to a couple of games each year with the kids. The love of Husker football and Dear old Nebraska U is alive and well, and carrying on in this Husker family.