September 22, 2012 is the 50th anniversary of Bob Devaney’s first
game as Head Coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. That date will also be the
50th anniversary of when I first recall becoming a Husker fan listening
to the 53-0 victory over South Dakota on the radio in Page, Nebraska.
Since that date the next five decades have provided a great deal of enjoyment
along with some disappointment to myself and individuals my age that identify
themselves as Husker fans. Once you acknowledge that you are a Husker fan,
that condition lasts a lifetime. No matter where you travel in these United
States or in foreign countries, if you are wearing Husker attire, someone
will eventually walk up to you and say that familiar phrase of Go Big Red!
Friendships develop that last a lifetime. I go fishing every summer in Minnesota
with a Husker buddy, Steve Gribble, whom I met when he started advertising
his fishing resort on our website several years ago. This is just one of
many friendships I have created around our common Husker bond. One of my
favorite expressions is the six degrees of separation for Husker fans is
only three or less. There are very few Husker fans that I meet that we don’t
know someone in common.
I have been fortunate to have attended at least one Husker game in person
each year since 1963 and have listened to or watched every game on TV, radio,
Internet or in person since that South Dakota game. That’s 480 wins,
126 losses and 5 ties through the 2011 season. With the advent of the Internet
I have hosted a Husker website since 1998. Joe Hudson, an Omaha Benson and
UN-L graduate, has been my website partner since September of 1999 and our
current web address is located at HuskerMax.com. Because of the website
I have been able to meet and interview many Husker players, coaches, and
fans. This book is a snapshot of what the past fifty years have given me
in the development of friendships and unforgettable shared experiences as
a Husker fan. I hope you enjoy my trip down Husker memory lane and if you
see me walking down the street wearing Husker attire be sure to say GO
You can order a copy of the book at
this link. $5 from every online order up to 1200 books will be donated
to Husker Salute.
The book is also available at these retail locations.
Entertainment in Grand Island
Superstore in Hastings
Entertainment in Kearney
Books in Lexington
Mart in Lincoln
of Nebraska Bookstore in Lincoln
NE Kansans for
Californians for Nebraska
A photo gallery to accompany the book will be published soon.