From the Archives: Boys Town

The April 6 death of Mickey Rooney brought the spotlight back to Boys Town, since one of the actor’s best-known roles was in the movie – released in 1938 — about Father Flanagan and his home for boys.

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As young priest was walking through the snowy streets of Omaha in December 1917, Flanagan wondered how much good he was achieving in his work with the alcoholic and addicted. Comforted by thoughts of his recent intervention to keep a 14-year-old newsboy out of reform school, he realized that helping young people should be his life’s work. Afterall, Flanagan believed, “There was no such thing as a bad boy.”

Catherine Shields.  BOYS HALL OF HISTORY

Catherine Shields.  BOYS HALL OF HISTORY

If Flanagan hadn’t been on a bus with Catherine Shields in 1917, there may never have been a Boys Town. Shields overheard Flanagan telling mortician Leo Hoffmann that he had several homeless boys he wanted to help but nowhere to house them. She was an anomaly at that time: a female real estate agent barely out of her teens. She told Flanagan about a house at 25th and Dodge Streets, and soon Boys Town had its first location. She later served as Flanagan’s executive assistant for nearly 30 years.

Records don't include the names of these first five arrivals to Father Flanagan's Boys Home in 1917. Records do show that the number of boys increased rapidly after Flanagan opened the doors to the victorian home at 25th Dodge streets,  pictured in this photo in 1917. FATHER FLANAGAN'S HOME FOR BOYS HALL OF HISTORY/BOYS TOWN

Records don’t include the names of these first five arrivals to Father Flanagan’s Boys Home in 1917. Records do show that the number of boys increased rapidly after Flanagan opened the doors to the Victorian home at 25th and Dodge Streets.  BOYS TOWN HALL OF HISTORY

The house on 25th and Dodge. THE WORLD-HERALD

The house at 25th and Dodge Streets. THE WORLD-HERALD

After the house quickly filled up, Flanagan moved the boys to the old German-American Home on South 13th Street. They stayed there until 1921, when he purchased 160 acres of land 10 miles west of Omaha called “Outlook Farm.” They moved in on Oct. 22.  The first permanent building was built in 1922 with room for 200 boys — and the site was named “Boys Town.”

That first Christmas in 1917, the boys and Flanagan shared a dinner made from a barrel of sauerkraut that had been sent by a sympathetic friend. Imagine how much better Christmas 1921, in their first permanent home, was!

Santa is welcomed to Boys Town by Father Edward Flanagan on December 16, 1926. TH WORLD-HERALD

Santa is welcomed to Boys Town by Father Edward Flanagan on Dec. 16, 1926. THE WORLD-HERALD

Boys Town received much publicity about the good works of its founder and drew many famous visitors.

An Oct. 16, 1927, City Sandlot Championship game between the Omaha Prints and the Brown Park Merchants had over 4,500 spectators. That was because two of the ballplayers were Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. The New York Yankee teammates were on a barnstorming tour across the United States. Ruth played for the Brown Park team and Gehrig for the Prints. The game was still tied 1-1 after 10 innings when it had to be stopped because of darkness.
Gehrig and Ruth spent two days in Omaha making publicity stops. Flanagan and the Boys Town Band, led by Capt. Joseph Benesch, greeted the two sports heroes when they visited Boys Town.

Lou Gehrig, Father Flanagan and Babe Ruth, 1927

Lou Gehrig, Father Flanagan and Babe Ruth, 1927.  THE WORLD-HERALD

 

Joe Marsh as a 9-year-old boy with Robert F. Kennedy at Boys Town. BOYS TOWN

Joe Marsh was a 9-year-old boy when Robert F. Kennedy made a stop at Boys Town in 1968.  Kennedy stopped his motorcade to be sure Marsh was OK after seeing the boy fall while chasing the cars to try to get a glimpse of the famous visitor.  BOYS TOWN

 

Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Johnson, visits Boys Town while in Omaha for a barbecue sponsored by the Young Citizens for Johnson and Humphrey. Jack Kelly, 17, Mayor of Boys Town (right) shows her the famous homeless statue with Gene Gordon on Saturday October 24, 1964. THE WORLD-HERALD

Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon Johnson, visits Boys Town while in Omaha in October 1964 for a barbecue sponsored by the Young Citizens for Johnson and Humphrey. Jack Kelly, 17, mayor of Boys Town (right) shows her the well-known “He ain’t heavy, Father, he’s my brother” statue on the campus. THE WORLD-HERALD

 

Some early, undated photos…

Father Fanagan and the boys. BOYS TOWN HALL OF HISTORY

Father Fanagan and the boys.  BOYS TOWN HALL OF HISTORY

Undated  photo of boy scouts with troupe wagon No. 1 of the Father Flanagan's Boys' Shows. BOYS TOWN HALL OF HISTORY

A traveling troupe of Boy Scouts with wagon No. 1 of the Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Shows.
BOYS TOWN HALL OF HISTORY

Undated photo of the boys and Father Flanagan taking part in a parade through Omaha streets. BOYS TOWN HALL OF HISTORY

The boys and Father Flanagan taking part in a parade through Omaha. BOYS TOWN HALL OF HISTORY

Father Edward Flanagan at the fireplace in his home.  His home was restored in 1991. THE WORLD-HERALD

Father Edward Flanagan at the fireplace in his home. His home was restored in 1991. THE WORLD-HERALD

In 1938, MGM filmed ”Boys Town,” in part, on the campus west of Omaha. The film starred Spencer Tracy as Father Flanagan and Mickey Rooney as a young tough who found a home at Boys Town.

Tracy’s performance earned an Academy Award for best actor. He donated it to Boys Town and had it inscribed: “To Father Edward J. Flanagan, whose great human qualities, kindly simplicity and inspiring courage were strong enough to shine through my humble efforts.”

Between scenes Spencer Tracey talks to Gene Reynolds, seated, Mickey Rooney and Sidney Miller. In background is Father Patrick Flanagan, brother of Boys Town Founder. JOHN VAN HOOZER/THE WORLD-HERALD

Between scenes Spencer Tracy talks to Gene Reynolds, seated, Mickey Rooney and Sidney Miller. In background is Father Patrick Flanagan, brother of Boys Town Founder. JOHN VAN HOOZER/THE WORLD-HERALD

This statue was used for the fade-in scene of the movie Boys Tow. Left to right: producer John Considine, Monsignor Flanagan and director Norman Taurog. JOHN SAVAGE/THE WORLD-HERALD

This statue was used for a fade-in scene in the movie “Boys Town” when action shifted to the home. Pictured left to right: producer John Considine, Flanagan and director Norman Taurog.  JOHN SAVAGE/THE WORLD-HERALD

Of course, the movie helped bring even more attention to Father Flanagan and his home for boys.

The Rev. E.J. Flanagan (center) was shown as he was inducted into the Circus Saints and Sinners fun organization for famous folks in New York. Assisting in the initiation were members Morton Downey (left) and Joe Cook (right) in 1939. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Father Edward Flanagan (center) shown as he was inducted into the Circus Saints and Sinners fun organization for famous folks in New York. Assisting in the 1939 initiation were members Morton Downey (left) and Joe Cook (right). ASSOCIATED PRESS

Boys Town sent boys off to war, along with the rest of the country. During World War II, Bobby Paradise, a Boys Town alum, spent 44 months as a prisoner of war at Bataan. The Japanese were impressed to learn he was from Boys Town.

Robert F. Paradise (left)  visits Msgr. E.J. Flanagan in January 1946. THE WORLD-HERALD

Robert F. Paradise (left) visits Msgr. Flanagan in January 1946.  THE WORLD-HERALD

 

Capt. John W. Cambler, (right), of Woodbine, Iowa, and commanding officer of  The Spirit of Boys Town, hears about Omaha’s Boys Town from Vral Popa of Omaha.  BILL BILLOTTE/THE WORLD-HERALD

This bomber was dubbed The Spirit of Boys Town because of Lt. Col. D.C. Northrup. Although he was not an alum, he loved kids and promised the boys he would name a plane for them. To read more about these stories and others in WWII, check out our book “At War At Home: World War II”

Father Flanagan suffered a heart attack while in Berlin and died on May 15, 1948. Thousands turned out to honor him as his body was returned to Omaha. He was buried  in the chapel at Boys Town on May 21, 1948.

Boys file past the casket at Father Flanagan's funeral. THE WORLD-HERALD

Boys Town residents file past the casket at Father Flanagan’s funeral.  THE WORLD-HERALD

Sister Marie Gross-Rhode of Omaha, sacristan of Immaculate Conception Church (Dowd Memorial) sits next to the tomb of Father Flanagan of Boys Town as the 50th anniversary of his death nears on May 13, 1998. CHRISTINE THOMPSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

Sister Marie Gross-Rhode of Omaha kneels at the tomb of Msgr. Edward Flanagan at Boys Town as the 50th anniversary of his death neared in 1998.  THE WORLD-HERALD

The first five girls were admitted into Boys Town in 1979. This 1989 photo shows one of the new homes and its residents. The name was changed to Girls and Boys Town in 2000, but changed back to Boys Town in 2007.

Banner proclaiming "There is no such thing as a bad girl" decorates Boys Town's new five-home residence building for girls. Residents Lakisha Gamble, 12, left foreground, Stephanie Pruit, 12, and Kim Simpson, 18, are pictured with family-teacher Pernell Gatson and his wife Kim. April 7, 1989 JAMES R. BURNETT/THE WORLD-HERALD

A banner proclaiming “There is no such thing as a bad girl” decorates Boys Town’s new five-home residence building for girls. Residents Lakisha Gamble, 12, left foreground, Stephanie Pruit, 12, and Kim Simpson, 18, are pictured with family-teacher Pernell Gatson and his wife, Kim.  JAMES R. BURNETT/THE WORLD-HERALD

To learn more about the history of Boys Town, visit the main campus at 137th Street and West Dodge Road. There are several points of interest and there is no charge. The Hall of History’s exhibits include Spencer Tracy’s Oscar. The “World’s Largest Ball  Stamps” is in the Boys Town post office. The sphere is 32 inches in diameter, weighs 600 pounds and contains a reported 4,655,000 canceled stamps.

The world's largest ball of stamps has a label on it that tells people not o stick stamps on it! BOYSTOWN

The world’s largest ball of stamps has a label on it that tells people not to stick stamps on it!  BOYS TOWN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From the Archives: Cruising Dodge Street

I thought that we all might be suffering from the winter doldrums and that taking a look at summers long ago would be a nice break.
Remember when cruising Omaha’s Dodge Street was THE place to be?

Cruising Dodge was a teen custom that dated to the 1950s and Tiner’s Drive-in and the 1960s and Todd’s drive-in. In the mid-1970s, the gas crisis helped keep crowds smaller than usual, though by 1980 cruising was more popular than ever.

But in 1992 the City Council adopted an ordinance – still in effect today – that bans cruising on Dodge.

A guard talks to young people outside of McDonald's at 8022 West Dodge Road. The restaurant was a hangout for teens when they took a break from cruising Dodge Street in 1972.

A guard talks to young people outside of McDonald’s at 8022 West Dodge Road. The restaurant was a hangout when teens took a break from cruising Dodge Street in 1972. SEBI BRECI/THE WORLD-HERALD

Young people spending time in a lot near 84th Street and West Dodge Road in 1980. The number of teen cruisers congregating in the area went down by late summer after the nearby McDonald's started chaining off two-thirds of its lot after 8 p.m. The move was made to cut down on young people hanging out after complaints of littering, drinking and fighting. SEBI BRECI/THE WORLD-HERALD

Young people spending time in a lot near 84th Street and West Dodge Road in 1980. The number of teen cruisers congregating in the area went down by late summer after the nearby McDonald’s started chaining off two-thirds of its lot after 8 p.m. The move was made to cut down on young people hanging out after complaints of littering, drinking and fighting. SEBI BRECI/THE WORLD-HERALD

A sea of cars along West Dodge Road -- and a couple of lawn chairs to boot. Cruising was as much about hanging out as it was driving.   1981 Photo. ROBERT TAYLOR/THE WORLD-HERALD

A sea of cars along West Dodge Road — and a couple of lawn chairs to boot. Cruising was as much about hanging out as it was driving. 1981 Photo. ROBERT TAYLOR/THE WORLD-HERALD

A large police presence curbs the cruising traffic along West Dodge in 1983. A policeman on a motorcycle leaves a parking lot at 80th while other officers await violators of the cruising laws in 1983. NICK SCHINKER/THE WORLD-HERALD

A large police presence curbs the cruising traffic along West Dodge in 1983. A policeman on a motorcycle leaves a parking lot at 80th while other officers await violators of the cruising laws in 1983. NICK SCHINKER/THE WORLD-HERALD

Near 88th Street and West Dodge Road, teens perch on their cars to watch the activity along the thoroughfare on a Friday night.  1984 Photo. ROBERT TAYLOR/THE WORLD-HERALD

Near 88th Street and West Dodge Road, teens perch on their cars to watch the activity along the thoroughfare on a Friday night. 1984 Photo. ROBERT TAYLOR/THE WORLD-HERALD

Hanging out on West Dodge Road near 76th Street in 1989 are Brian Bertch, 18, left, and Neal Garber, 20. ED RATH/THE WORLD-HERALD

Hanging out on West Dodge Road near 76th Street in 1989 are Brian Bertch, 18, left, and Neal Garber, 20. ED RATH/THE WORLD-HERALD

Jenny Novak, far left, said she and friends cruise Dodge instead of drinking. With her in this 1992 photo in the Burger King parking lot at 7616 Dodge St. are, from left, Kerry Tucker, Tammy Gillam and Kara Hastings. But this was the last hurrah for cruising on Dodge in Omaha; the City Council adopted a ban later in the year. JEFF BUNDY/THE WORLD-HERALD

Jenny Novak, far left, said she and friends cruise Dodge instead of drinking. With her in this 1992 photo in the Burger King parking lot at 7616 Dodge St. are, from left, Kerry Tucker, Tammy Gillam and Kara Hastings. But this was the last hurrah for cruising on Dodge in Omaha; the City Council adopted a ban later in the year. JEFF BUNDY/THE WORLD-HERALD

 
Did you know there was a drag-racing team called the Dodge Street Racing Team? It was formed in 1970. Although members raced on tracks, rather than on Dodge Street, the group got its name from an off-duty policeman while at a drive-in restaurant.

The Dodge Street Racing Team in 1973. GARY JOHANSEN/THE WORLD-HERALD

The Dodge Street Racing Team in 1973. GARY JOHANSEN/THE WORLD-HERALD

 

 

 

 

 

 

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World-Herald Week in Pictures: April 7-13, 2014.

This week Bo Pelini carries a cat and a baby owl eats breakfast: World-Herald Week in Pictures: April 7-13, 2014.

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini sets a decidedly light tone at the Red-White game, carrying a cat onto the field to continue a joke with Twitter alter ego Faux Pelini. The scrimmage was held at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Lincoln, Neb.  MARK DAVIS/THE WORLD-HERALD

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini sets a decidedly light tone at the Red-White game, carrying a cat onto the field to continue a joke with Twitter alter ego Faux Pelini. The scrimmage was held at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Lincoln, Neb.
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World-Herald Week in Pictures: March 31-April 6, 2014.

This week colors fill the air and Mister 1960 takes to the airways: World-Herald Week in Pictures: March 31-April 6, 2014.

Participants throw colored powders during the Holi Festival of Colors at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on Saturday, April 5, 2014. REBECCA S. GRATZ/THE WORLD-HERALD

Participants throw colored powders during the Holi Festival of Colors at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on Saturday, April 5, 2014.
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See last week’s pictures: World-Herald Week in Pictures: March 24-30, 2014.

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World-Herald Week in Pictures: March 24-30, 2014

This week Korean War veterans visit Washington, D.C., and the state speech contest was held in Kearney: World-Herald Week in Pictures: March 24-30, 2014.

South Korean Major General Kyoung Soo Shin, left, shakes William Lawless' hand after giving him a medal at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., during an Honor Flight for Korean War veterans on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.   CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

South Korean Major General Kyoung Soo Shin, left, shakes William Lawless’ hand after giving him a medal at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., during an Honor Flight for Korean War veterans on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
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World-Herald Week in Pictures: March 17-23, 2014.

This week Baylor thumps Creighton and Nebraska in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament in San Antonio, Texas: World-Herald Week in Pictures: March 17-23, 2014.

Creighton players Doug McDermott, left, Ethan Wragge, Will Artino, Jahenns Manigat and Austin Chatman sit on the bench during the end of their 85-55 loss to Baylor. The Creighton Bluejays played the Baylor Bears in the NCAA basketball tournament third round game at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, on March 23, 2014. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

Creighton players Doug McDermott, left, Ethan Wragge, Will Artino, Jahenns Manigat and Austin Chatman sit on the bench during the end of their 85-55 loss to Baylor. The Creighton Bluejays played the Baylor Bears in the NCAA basketball tournament third round game at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, on March 23, 2014. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

See last week’s pictures: World-Herald Week in Pictures: March 10-16, 2014.

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World-Herald Week in Pictures: March 10-16, 2014.

This week Nebraska makes the NCAA basketball tournament and boys state basketball champions are crowned: World-Herald Week in Pictures: March 10-16, 2014.

The University of Nebraska basketball team and their fans leap from their seats after learning the Huskers had been selected for NCAA tournament field during the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's NCAA selection party held at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. on Sunday, March 16, 2014. KENT SIEVERS/THE WORLD-HERALD

The University of Nebraska basketball team and their fans leap from their seats after learning the Huskers had been selected for NCAA tournament field during the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s NCAA selection party held at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. on Sunday, March 16, 2014.
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From the Archives: Husker basketball and the NCAA tournament

Nebrasketball. What a fantastic word! And what excitement the men’s team is generating this season!

It’s been a long time since the Nebraska men were invited to the dance — you have to go back 16 years, to 1998.

Above the fold of the March 12, 1998 am sports page.

The March 12, 1998, sports page from the morning edition.

The Huskers, 0-6 in NCAA tournament history, lost that 1998 first-round game to Arkansas at the Boise State Pavilion. Since no tournament photos are available, you get a chance to check out shots of the team from throughout that season.

Nebraska's Tyronn Lue, who might have played his last home game as a Husker, drives to the basket between Texas Tech defenders Da'Mon Roberts, left, and Rayford Young, right, during the second half of Wednesday night's Big 12 game in Lincoln. JEFFREY Z. CARNEY/THE WORLD-HERALD

Nebraska’s Tyronn Lue drives to the basket between Texas Tech defenders Da’Mon Roberts, left, and Rayford Young, right, during the second half of Feb. 26, 1998, Big 12 game in Lincoln. JEFFREY Z. CARNEY/THE WORLD-HERALD

Vanderbilt center Austin Bates, left, guards Nebraska center Venson Hamilton during the first half of the third place game of the Rainbow Classic basketball tournament, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1997, at the Special Events Arena in Honolulu. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Vanderbilt center Austin Bates, left, guards Nebraska center Venson Hamilton during the first half of the third place game of the Rainbow Classic basketball tournament, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1997, at the Special Events Arena in Honolulu. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nebraska guard Cookie Belcher manuvers around Tulsa forward Eric Coley in the second half Monday, Dec. 1, 1997 in Tulsa, Okla. Tulsa came from a halftime deficit to beat Nebraska 85-68. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nebraska guard Cookie Belcher maneuvers around Tulsa forward Eric Coley in the second half Monday, Dec. 1, 1997 in Tulsa, Okla. Tulsa came from a halftime deficit to beat Nebraska 85-68. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tulsa guard Rod Thompson drives through Nebraska guard Tyronn Lue during the second half Monday Dec. 1, 1997, in Tulsa, Okla. Tulsa came from behind to in the second half to beat Nebraska 85-68. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tulsa guard Rod Thompson drives through Nebraska guard Tyronn Lue during the second half Monday Dec. 1, 1997, in Tulsa, Okla. Tulsa came from behind to in the second half to beat Nebraska 85-68. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nebraska guard Tyronn Lue (10) blocks a shot by Oklahoma State guard Doug Gottlieb (44) during the first half in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nebraska guard Tyronn Lue (10) blocks a shot by Oklahoma State guard Doug Gottlieb (44) during the first half in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nebraska forward Andy Markowski (44) slides past Oklahoma State guard Joe Adkins for two points during the first half of the Big 12 conference game in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nebraska forward Andy Markowski (44) slides past Oklahoma State guard Joe Adkins for two points during the first half of the Big 12 conference game in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Kansas State forward Manny Dies (4) has the ball knocked out of bounds while being guarded by Nebraska forward Larry Florence (5) during the first half Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, in Manhattan, Kan. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Kansas State forward Manny Dies (4) has the ball knocked out of bounds while being guarded by Nebraska forward Larry Florence (5) during the first half Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, in Manhattan, Kan. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Hawaii's Erin Galloway drives over Nebraska's Brant Harriman (52) and Andy Markowski in the first half Monday, Dec. 29, 1997, during the Rainbow Classic basketball tournament at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Hawaii defeated Nebraska 87-62. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Hawaii’s Erin Galloway drives over Nebraska’s Brant Harriman (52) and Andy Markowski in the first half Monday, Dec. 29, 1997, during the Rainbow Classic basketball tournament at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Hawaii defeated Nebraska 87-62. ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

Kansas State guard Aaron Swartzendruber, middle, drives between Nebraska defenders Cookie Belcher, left, and Tyronn Lue during the first half Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State beat Nebraska 72-48. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Kansas State guard Aaron Swartzendruber, middle, drives between Nebraska defenders Cookie Belcher, left, and Tyronn Lue during the first half Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State beat Nebraska 72-48. ASSOCIATED PRESS

LUE BYINGTON

Nebraska’s Tyronn Lue (10) dribbles around Mark Byington of N.C.-Wilmington in the second half in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, Dec. 5, 1997. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Kansas Jayhawk Raef LaFrentz, left, tries to take the shot away from Nebraska's Andy Markowski at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Sunday, Feb. 1, 1998 in Lincoln, Neb. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Kansas Jayhawk Raef LaFrentz, left, tries to take the shot away from Nebraska’s Andy Markowski at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Sunday, Feb. 1, 1998 in Lincoln, Neb. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Now, just for fun …

The Nebraska team played its first game against Nebraska Wesleyan in 1897. Here are a couple of photos from the early years!

1904 photo. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

1904 photo. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

1921 photo. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

1921 photo. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Enjoy March Madness and GO BIG RED!

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World-Herald Week in Pictures: March 3-9, 2014.

This week McDermott scores over 3,000 points and girls state basketball champions are crowned: World-Herald Week in Pictures: March 3-9, 2014.

Creighton senior Doug McDermott waves good-bye to fans following Creighton's 88-73 win over Providence. Creighton played Providence in a basketball game on senior night at the CenturyLink Center Omaha on Saturday, March 8, 2014. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

Creighton senior Doug McDermott waves good-bye to fans following Creighton’s 88-73 win over Providence. Creighton played Providence in a basketball game on senior night at the CenturyLink Center Omaha on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
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From the Archives: Creighton Basketball and the Big Dance

Be sure to check out our book “Road to the Big Time” for much more Creighton history. It is full of wonderful photos (including one of their football team!) and is an informative and interesting read by our own Steven Pivovar.

Creighton’s first trip to the NCAA tournament came in 1941. The Jays lost to Washington State in a regional semifinal, but defeated Wyoming in the third-place game.

Creighton’s Dick Nolan (45) shoots against Ohio State, as Ed Beisser moves into position for a rebound in a 60-34 Bluejay win in December 1941. As the Bluejays began to pull away in the second half, the Creighton crowd chanted, “Double the score! Double the score!”  The Jays heeded the call, extending their lead to 42-21 with seven minutes left before coach Hickey cleared the bench. JOHN SAVAGE/THE WORLD-HERALD

Creighton’s Dick Nolan (45) shoots against Ohio State, as Ed Beisser moves into position for a rebound in a 60-34 Bluejay win in December 1941. As the Bluejays began to pull away in the second half, the Creighton crowd chanted, “Double the score! Double the score!” The Jays heeded the call, extending their lead to 42-21 with seven minutes left before coach Hickey cleared the bench. JOHN SAVAGE/THE WORLD-HERALD

It was some time before the Jays saw another tournament. In 1962 Creighton defeated Memphis in the second round, lost to Cincinnati in the regional semi-finals and defeated Texas Tech in the third-place game.

Paul Silas grabs one of his 26 rebounds in a December 10, 1961 victory over Notre Dame in his second game for Creighton. In the season opener he had 29 rebounds,  three more than the entire Colorado College team.  THE WORLD-HERALD

Paul Silas grabs one of his 26 rebounds in a Dec. 10, 1961, victory over Notre Dame in his second game for Creighton. In the season opener he had 29 rebounds, three more than the entire Colorado College team. THE WORLD-HERALD

In 1964 the Jays defeated Oklahoma City in the second round, lost to Wichita State in the regional semi-final and lost to UTEP in the third-place game.

Fans greet Coach John "Red" McManus as the Jays return after their NCAA tourney win over Oklahoma City in Dallas on March 11, 1964. The sign reelects the times: the Beatles had appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" a month earlier. THE WORLD-HERALD

Fans greet Coach John “Red” McManus as the Jays return after their NCAA tourney win over Oklahoma City in Dallas on March 11, 1964. The sign reflects the times: the Beatles had appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” a month earlier. THE WORLD-HERALD

It was another 10 years before Creighton made it to the dance again. In 1974 the team  defeated Texas in the second round, lost to Kansas in the regional semi-final and defeated Louisville in the third-place game.

Bluejay seniors pose with coach Eddie Sutton on October 12, 1973. Top Row, from left: Gene Harmon, Ted Wuebben, Ralph Bobik. Bottom row, from left: Jim "Bimbo" Pietro, Richie Smith and Sutton. PHIL JOHNSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

Bluejay seniors pose with coach Eddie Sutton on Oct. 12, 1973. Top Row, from left: Gene Harmon, Ted Wuebben, Ralph Bobik. Bottom row, from left: Jim “Bimbo” Pietro, Richie Smith and Sutton. PHIL JOHNSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

In 1975, the Jays were back. They lost to Maryland in the second round.

Freshman Rick Apke (44) joined the team and averaged 6.4 points as a reserve. He is shown here with St. Louis players  Gary Simpson left, McKinney and Steve Walsh on December 15, 1974. TOM PLAMBECK/THE WORLD-HERALD

Freshman Rick Apke (44) joined the team and averaged 6.4 points as a reserve. He is shown here with St. Louis players Gary Simpson left, McKinney and Steve Walsh on Dec. 15, 1974. TOM PLAMBECK/THE WORLD-HERALD

Creighton lost to DePaul in the second round at the 1978 tournament.

Creighton's John Johnson reaches inside UNO's Steve Criss‚ to score late in the first half on September 13, 1977. RUDY SMITH/THE WORLD-HERALD

Creighton’s John C. Johnson reaches inside UNO’s Steve Criss to score late in the first half on September 13, 1977. RUDY SMITH/THE WORLD-HERALD

The Jays went back in 1981, only to lose to St. Joseph in the first round. But the MVC tournament championship game leading up to the NCAA game was pretty incredible…

 The crowd erupted after Rick Apke’s shot dropped through the net during the March 6, 1981 game against Tulsa. “The noise near the end of the game was of another world,” The World-Herald’s Michael Kelly wrote. “It was off the decibel scale. The roar was along that fine line between heavenly and demonic.”  RUDY SMITH/THE WORLD-HERALD

The crowd erupted after Rick Apke’s shot dropped through the net during the March 6, 1981 game against Tulsa. “The noise near the end of the game was of another world,” The World-Herald’s Michael Kelly wrote. “It was off the decibel scale. The roar was along that fine line between heavenly and demonic.” RUDY SMITH/THE WORLD-HERALD

It was 1989 before Creighton returned to another NCAA tournament. The Jays lost to Missouri in the first round.

Coach Tony Barone and senior James Farr during the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in March 1989. RUDY SMITH/THE WORLD-HERALD

Coach Tony Barone and senior James Farr during the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in March 1989. RUDY SMITH/THE WORLD-HERALD

Creighton fared better in the 1991 tournament. The team beat New Mexico State in the first round, but was defeated by Seton Hall in the second round.

Omaha youngsters Chris McLaughlin, Bubba Klement and Kevin McLaughlin react to the announcement that Creighton would play New Mexico State in the NCAA tournament. About 700 watched the televised coverage of the announcement at the old Creighton gym in March 1991. BILL BATSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

Omaha youngsters Chris McLaughlin, Bubba Klement and Kevin McLaughlin react to the announcement that Creighton would play New Mexico State in the NCAA tournament. About 700 watched the televised coverage of the announcement at the old Creighton gym in March 1991. BILL BATSON/THE WORLD-HERALD

Once a again there was a gap of several years before the Jays saw the NCAA tournament  again. They defeated Louisville in the 1991 first round, but lost to Maryland in the second.

Members of the Creighton basketball team, including Donnie Johnson, left, Justin Haynes (40) and Alan Huss (34) celebrate during the closing moments of their upset win over Louisville during the NCAA South Regional tournament Thursday, March 11, 1999, at the Orlando Arena in Orlando, Fla. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Members of the Creighton basketball team, including Donnie Johnson, left, Justin Haynes (40) and Alan Huss (34) celebrate during the closing moments of their upset win over Louisville during the NCAA South Regional tournament Thursday, March 11, 1999, at the Orlando Arena in Orlando, Fla. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Creighton suffered a first-round loss to Auburn in 2000.

Ryan Sears (5), right, tries to stop Auburn's Reggie Sharp's (11) throw down court in the last second of their game after Creighton missed a last-second shot in their NCAA Midwest Regional on March 16, 2000 in Minneapolis. JEFF BEIERMANN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Ryan Sears (5), right, tries to stop Auburn’s Reggie Sharp’s (11) throw down court in the last second of their game after Creighton missed a last-second shot in their NCAA Midwest Regional on March 16, 2000 in Minneapolis. JEFF BEIERMANN/THE WORLD-HERALD

And lost to Iowa in the first round in 2001.

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Seniors Ben Walker (4), left, and Ryan Sears (5) leave the court after losing to Iowa at the NCAA tournament in Long Island, NY, on March 15, 2001. JEFF BEIERMANN/THE WORLD-HERALD

The Jays made it farther in 2002. They defeated Florida in the first round, but lost to Illinois in the second.

Creighton University's Terrell Taylor (23) returns to the bench after scoring the winning basket against Florida in double overtime in their first-round NCAA regional game March 15, 2002, in Chicago, Ill. JEFF BEIERMANN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Creighton University’s Terrell Taylor (23) returns to the bench after scoring the winning basket against Florida in double overtime in a first-round NCAA regional game March 15, 2002, in Chicago. JEFF BEIERMANN/THE WORLD-HERALD

The team lost to Central Michigan in the first round of the 2003 tournament.

Kyle Korver (25) dives for the ball over CMU's T.J. Merrman (15) in the 1st half of the game vs. Central Michigan in the NCAA tournament on March 21, 2003 in Salt Lake City.  JEFF BEIERMANN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Kyle Korver (25) dives for the ball over CMU’s T.J. Merrman (15) in the 1st half of the game vs. Central Michigan in the NCAA tournament on March 21, 2003 in Salt Lake City. JEFF BEIERMANN/THE WORLD-HERALD

And lost, again in the first round, in 2005. West Virginia beat CU by only 2 two points.

Creighton's Tyler McKinney is hosted up by the crowd at midcourt after CU won the Missouri Valley Conference championship SMSU on March 7, 2005, in St. Louis, Mo. JEFF BEIERMANN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Creighton’s Tyler McKinney is hoisted up by the crowd at midcourt after CU won the Missouri Valley Conference championship on March 7, 2005, in St. Louis, Mo. JEFF BEIERMANN/THE WORLD-HERALD

The team lost to Nevada in the first round in 2007.

The Creighton Bluejays huddle before tip off against Nevada in the first round of the NCAA South Regional at the New Orleans Arena on Friday, March 16, 2007. BY REBECCA S. GRATZ/THE OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

The Creighton Bluejays huddle before tip off against Nevada in the first round of the NCAA South Regional at the New Orleans Arena on Friday, March 16, 2007. REBECCA S. GRATZ/THE OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

But CU made it a little farther in the 2012 tournament. The Jays beat Alabama in the second round and lost to North Carolina in the third.

Josh Jones (5) gets off a three-point shot over UNC's Harrison Barnes. The Creighton Bluejays played the University of North Carolina Tar Heels in a third round basketball game at the Greensboro Coliseum in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship in Greensboro, N.C., on March 18, 2012. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

Josh Jones (5) gets off a three-point shot over UNC’s Harrison Barnes. The Creighton Bluejays played the University of North Carolina in a third-round basketball game at the Greensboro Coliseum in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in Greensboro, N.C., on March 18, 2012. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

In 2013 Creighton defeated Cincinnati in the second round but lost to Duke in the third.

Creighton's Grant Gibbs (10) tries to finish his shot through the defense of Duke's Mason Plumlee (5) and Amile Jefferson (21). Creighton played Duke in the third round game of the NCAA basketball tournament in Philadelphia, Penn., on March 24, 2013. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

Creighton’s Grant Gibbs (10) tries to finish his shot through the defense of Duke’s Mason Plumlee (5) and Amile Jefferson (21). Creighton played Duke in the third-round game of the NCAA basketball tournament in Philadelphia on March 24, 2013. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

Let’s see if our guys in blue can take the Big East Tournament by storm this year.

Go Jays!!

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