Looking back, looking forward…

When you think back on 2015, what are the first things that pop into your head? Quick like a bunny. What are your most important memories of the past year?

The first things that pop into my head:

— The Paris massacre. Bleak television reports of kids at a rock concert getting gunned down in cold blood by terrorists. The scene in my mind is horrific — kids just like the ones I see at local rock shows running and...

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Billy and Company

When Billy McGuigan asked, “How many virgins here tonight?”, a few hands went up and nobody shouted, “None of your business.”

He wasn’t wondering about their sex life. Just checking the full house to see how many were attending his Yesterday and Today Beatles experience for the first time. Since Billy packed the Omaha Community Playhouse in 2001 with his title role in the musical Buddy, he’s been back every season,...

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Fashion Show: Christmas At Capitol

Capitol School of Hairstyling and Esthetics is at it again, the 27th Annual Christmas at Capitol Fashion show will take place at the Embassy Suites in La Vista. This is a Hair, Makeup and Fashion show, attend this event and be awed by all esthetics. There are three levels of tickets you are able to purchase. $10 General Admission will get you into the show, but you will not be assigned a specific seat. A $25 ticket...

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Giving for the greater good

Omaha's philanthropic community is known for its unusual generosity.

Some attribute this largess to the small town feel of a city where relationships still matter and where it's possible to rally people around a good idea or cause. Others point to the concentration of several wildly successful companies grown here that give back. Then there's the metro's large number of wealthy families, some of whom acquired their...

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Omaha’s old lion of philanthropy slowing down but still roaring and challenging the status quo

Omaha's philanthropic heavyweights are generally male, old-monied Great White Fathers whose wealth and influence support health, human services, education and the arts.

A veteran of this deep-pocketed fraternity is Richard D. Holland. The Omaha native came from an upper middle class family that produced high achievers. Holland took over his father's small advertising firm and built it into the metro's second...

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Omaha Star publisher’s illness spurs admiration for her stewardship

The Omaha Star has given African-Americans a voice for 77 years. The newspaper is not only a vital mouthpiece for locals, but a valued hometown connection for natives living elsewhere. 

It became an institution under the late Mildred D. Brown, a force of nature who became an icon with her ever-present smile, carnation and  salesmanship. She charmed and challenged movers and shakers, near and far, with her insistent...

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The Specht Building: History Vs. Development

The TV news reports varied on how many were actually there. One station said 300; another quoted someone saying more than 500. From my perch across the street from the Specht Building, leaning over the brick overpass in Gene Leahy Mall, the crowd at its height appeared to number around 150. They held hand-made signs with slogans like "Omaha is My Homaha" and "Honk for History" and "ReSpecht Our Architecture" while...

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