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Chuck Hinman: IJMA. Hi! Where Are You From?
Hi! Where Are You From? Chuck recalls and gives thanks for the experiences of the first twenty-four years of his life, the Nebraska years.
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By Chuck Hinman
Hi! Where Are You From?
Most people like to brag about where they are 'from.' Nobody claims to be from 'here' even though they have lived 'here' much longer than the place they're 'from.'
I have lived in Oklahoma three tines as long as I lived in Nebraska. I have lived and raised a family here but no way do I say Oklahoma is where I am 'from'! Let me tell you about the place I am 'from.'
Chuck's college song
"THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE NEBRASKA"Old school song gives Chuck goose-pimples
If the strains of that old school song of my alma mater, sung to the accompaniment of a massive band with a huge baritone section, doesn't chill you, you haven't an ounce of Nebraska blood in you! In a word -- "You Aren't Big Red!" Excuse me -- four words!
I am 86 years old, walk feebly with a cane, yet when the strains of that loved tune touch my worn-out ear drums, I get goose-pimples on wrinkled skin, my saliva-soaked mouth turns into a proud smile revealing dentures that have eaten their share of fresh corn-on-the-cob! And I have a strange feeling I could discard my cane and walk erectly to the cadence of that song even as I try to snap my arthritic crippled fingers! But the resulting noise from snapping my fingers is more felt than heard!
Chuck remembers his Nebraska years
My mind is suddenly transformed into a movie projector that fast-plays four score and four years of a full and satisfying life in a brief but nostalgic period of time!
The first twenty-four years of that life less forty-one months carved out for military service were spent in and around Liberty, Nebraska.
Times were especially tough economically for my parents, but as a youngster growing up on the farm, I wouldn't trade my experiences for anything,
- going to Barneston on Saturday nights to watch a free -- outdoor still -- movie with a one-cent package of life-savers in my shirt pocket,-- where did the time go!
Chuck wouldn't trade his memories with anyone
As I reflect through dimmed teary eyes, truly -- "There is no place like Nebraska" and I wouldn't trade my memories with anyone! The signs on entering Nebraska "The Good Life" are true.
God has blessed America and Nebraska and particularly me! Thank you Lord!!
Written by Chuck Hinman. Emailed Friday, 14 November 2008
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