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Old 02-07-2008, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Ne
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How about Scientology!!?? He he! I'm pretty sure L. Ron Hubbard is from Tilden, NE. When I first heard that it blew my mind. How in the name of all that is fruity and delicious can someone who grew up in Tilden be the father of that wackadoo cult?? Nevertheless...it did.

Maybe Tilden should advertise it as tourist attraction...how's that for economic stimulus.

I also have the McRib sandwich. It was developed at UNL's East Campus in the "food arts" department. I actually could come up with a lot of very technical things relating back to Nebraska, but I think the point of this thread is focus on things we see everyday.

The one thing that is pretty technical but will be very noticeable in a few years are Organic LED's. I'm not sure if you've seen these or not, but it basically allows you to have a computer screen on a thin sheet of plastic (similar to the old overhead sheets). You'll literally be able to role your computer screen up like a piece of paper. I've seen protoypes adn it blows your mind...Its very very star treky. At any rate, the guy who is "co-credited" with their development is Alan Heeger and he received his B.S. in physics at UNL, and, I think, grew up in Omaha. Its probably worth mentioning he won the Nobel Prize for it (I think about 5 years ago).
Unfortunately the Nebraska aspect would take the whole "Trendy/Wealth" lure from that crazy religion. I would assume Mr. Hubbard doesnít even claim Nebraska.
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:16 PM
 
Location: West Omaha
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Oh I'm sure he doesn't. And, even further, I'm sure Tilden doesn't want to be associated with something that cooky. Its just an interesting bit of trivia that I don't think most Nebraskans are aware.
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Papillion
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Oh I'm sure he doesn't. And, even further, I'm sure Tilden doesn't want to be associated with something that cooky. Its just an interesting bit of trivia that I don't think most Nebraskans are aware.
Seems to me he offered to fund a park in the town, but can't remember if they accepted the gift - I do remember it was controversial, but can't recall the outcome.
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Papillion
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Kool-Aid, Hastings?

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Edwin Perkins was always fascinated by chemistry and enjoyed inventing things. When his family moved to southwest Nebraska at the turn of the century, young Perkins experimented with home-made concoctions in his motherís kitchen and created the Kool-Aid story. The forerunner to KOOL-AID was Fruit Smack, which was sold via mail order in the 1920s. Edwin Perkins re-named the drink Kool-Ade and then Kool-Aid in 1927
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:30 PM
 
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Kool-Aid, Hastings?
Never mind....I missed that one in the list
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Papillion
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Never mind....I missed that one in the list
Sorry - thought you were questioning it (not adding it)...
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Old 02-07-2008, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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When his family moved to southwest Nebraska at the turn of the century, young Perkins experimented with home-made concoctions in his motherís kitchen and created the Kool-Aid story..
I guess I thought he was from Hastings, too...
Where's he from then in "southwest Nebraska?"
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Old 02-07-2008, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Central Nebraska
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I believe Hendley, Ne, then took it to Hastings to be manufactured. Hendly is south of Arapahoe, west of Beaver City.
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Old 02-22-2008, 06:28 PM
 
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Vice Grips. invented and mfg in Dewitt NE.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:29 PM
 
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Bosselman's Pump and Pantry! They have 47 gas stations and truck stops located as far up as New York City, along with various other truck stop locations! Pump and Pantry was started by Fred Bosselman who is from Worms, NE which is right by Grand Island, NE! Very successful businessman! Still a family business!
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