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Old 12-16-2008, 09:17 PM
 
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I loved growing up in Omaha in the 60's. IMO, nothing could beat going to Peony Park on a hot summer afternoon. I loved shopping at the Crossroads, and occasionally going to the Center with my family for something or other. I saw South Pacific at the Indian Hills Theater, and also loved going downtown to the Cooper Theater. There was an ice cream shop on Center Street (I think) that made great malts, sundaes, etc., but I can't remember the name of it. I'd be very surprised if it was still there. I also went to Sandy's Escape a handful of times - that was pretty edgy back then. Creighton Prep dances were my favorites!!

There was a lot of social unrest in the later 60's, and I remember the riots very well. I think the Cuban Missile Crisis had more of an impact on everyone in Omaha with Offutt AFB being so close to the city. I know that as a pre-teen, I was very aware of what was going on in the world, and I think a big part of that had to do with the presence of the AFB. We had bomb drills at school that alternated with our fire drills.

Anyway, I can't imagine growing up anywhere else, nor would I have wanted to.
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Old 12-16-2008, 09:24 PM
 
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Thanks for sharing you Experiences, its very appreciated.
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:02 PM
 
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The name of the ice cream shop was Evans. Thanks for the post.
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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I loved growing up in Omaha in the 60's. IMO, nothing could beat going to Peony Park on a hot summer afternoon. I loved shopping at the Crossroads, and occasionally going to the Center with my family for something or other. I saw South Pacific at the Indian Hills Theater, and also loved going downtown to the Cooper Theater. There was an ice cream shop on Center Street (I think) that made great malts, sundaes, etc., but I can't remember the name of it. I'd be very surprised if it was still there. I also went to Sandy's Escape a handful of times - that was pretty edgy back then. Creighton Prep dances were my favorites!!

There was a lot of social unrest in the later 60's, and I remember the riots very well. I think the Cuban Missile Crisis had more of an impact on everyone in Omaha with Offutt AFB being so close to the city. I know that as a pre-teen, I was very aware of what was going on in the world, and I think a big part of that had to do with the presence of the AFB. We had bomb drills at school that alternated with our fire drills.

Anyway, I can't imagine growing up anywhere else, nor would I have wanted to.
I grew up in Omaha too, only it was the early to mid 90's.

I was lucky enough to experience Peony Park before it was closed down. My favorite rides there were the Wild Mouse and The Scrambler. I still remember going there the last night that the park was open. It was a bittersweet night, for sure.

I remember Indian Hills theater too. We saw Star Wars there when it was re-released in theaters back in 1996 or 1997. I also saw Twister there back in 1996 as well.

My ice cream parlor of choice was Goodrich on Saddlecreek. The Dinosaur Crunch ice cream was my favorite. Crossroads was also our favorite mall. That is where my mom would take us to see Santa every year and my dad used to take me and my brother there after school to eat at Stadium Dog in the food court.

We moved to Florida when I was 15, which was 2002. After nearly 7 years of trying to make Florida home, I've come to the realization that I'll never feel right here and I'm in the process of moving back.
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:23 PM
 
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Most people in the country did not know that Omaha was target number one in a nuclear strike since the nuclear weapons were (and still are to a degree) controlled from Offutt. IMO, in a nuclear war I would rather be in target number one than outside of it.
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:49 PM
 
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The name of the ice cream shop was Evans. Thanks for the post.
You're right - thanks!!
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:54 PM
 
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I grew up in Omaha too, only it was the early to mid 90's.

I was lucky enough to experience Peony Park before it was closed down. My favorite rides there were the Wild Mouse and The Scrambler. I still remember going there the last night that the park was open. It was a bittersweet night, for sure.

I remember Indian Hills theater too. We saw Star Wars there when it was re-released in theaters back in 1996 or 1997. I also saw Twister there back in 1996 as well.

My ice cream parlor of choice was Goodrich on Saddlecreek. The Dinosaur Crunch ice cream was my favorite. Crossroads was also our favorite mall. That is where my mom would take us to see Santa every year and my dad used to take me and my brother there after school to eat at Stadium Dog in the food court.

We moved to Florida when I was 15, which was 2002. After nearly 7 years of trying to make Florida home, I've come to the realization that I'll never feel right here and I'm in the process of moving back.
What is it about Omaha that's still a draw for some of us who grew up there and then moved away? I wasn't born there, but my roots are still in Omaha.
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Old 12-20-2008, 01:39 AM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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What is it about Omaha that's still a draw for some of us who grew up there and then moved away? I wasn't born there, but my roots are still in Omaha.
I think alot of it has to do with the people there. In general, I liked the people in Omaha much better than the people in Tampa. As sad and horrible as the Westroads shooting was, it was a great example of how Omaha people care for each other.

And then, the city itself is just great. As far as size and population go, Omaha is pretty much perfect for me.
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Old 12-21-2008, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. I sometimes miss it but my heart belongs to Omaha. I moved here in 1978 after the service, and established a family. It helped me raise four great children and now I am a proud grandfather of 9 grandchildren. It has been a good place to raise kids and I still believe it is. Something about this city....
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Old 12-21-2008, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Omaha, NE
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There is something very special about this city..

And it has taken off to new hights unheard of the last 16 years..
It keeps getting better too..

I have been to many cities myself and have learned that the best people are drawn here.. I kid you not..
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