After graduating from Roosevelt, I moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, to attend the University of Nebraska and to play football. The experience was definitely a turning point in my life.
The football experience was tremendous and I had a chance to play on a national championship team. I met a lot of great people who have been friends for life.
This is not Dave's ring, but I'll bet he has one like it—webmaster
The experience of getting off an airplane at a place where I absolutely knew no one helped me to mature, become a better person and student.
By far the best thing that happened to me in Nebraska was when I had a football injury and needed to frequent student health for therapy. It was there that I met my wife Linda who was working as a nurse and going to school. I feel very lucky that I found someone who could love me inspite of all my faults.
My last year of playing football was in the 1970/1971 school year. When I completed my football experiences, I laid out a semester so I could get residency and pay in-state tuition. I then completed the prerequisite classes for dentistry and worked.
Linda and I were married in 1972 and we have a daughter, Kristina, born in 1973 and a son, Benjamin, born in 1974. I was admitted to dental school in 1973. Needless to say, we were busy with two kids, Linda working full time and taking classes, and myself attending dental school and also working part time. We feel that our kids learned good work ethics and the value of education from this experience. Both have become successful professionals.
When I was a junior in dental school, I was diagnosed with systemic lupus. This illness puts limitations on you that become factors in all your life decisions.
I graduated in 1977 and shortly after opened a practice in Columbus, Nebraska. We lived in Columbus and raised our children in that community. I coached soccer, was active in the parent teachers association, was a member of Optimists and continue to belong to the Masonic Lodge.
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We are both now retired and live in Waterloo which is just outside of Omaha. We have four grandchildren, two girls that are ages 10 and 12 from our daughter and son-in-law, and twin boys from our son and daughter-in-law. I do gardening, too much yardwork, and a little fishing in the summer.
Although I missed living close to my parents and brothers—and of course all of you—my decision to come to Nebraska all those years ago couldn’t have worked out better.