Before gaining fame as a poet, Carl Sandburg rode the rails through this region, stopping briefly when passing through McCook and Oxford.
You can hear more Sandburg stories tonight (Friday) during a special presentation at the Fox Theatre. Thanks to the sponsorship of McCook Community College, there is no admission charge.
The program starts at 7:30 p.m., but come early because a professor from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kate Benzel is going to be giving a pre-show lecture.
She will be joined as presenters by Chuck Peek, an Episcopal priest and professor, and Mike Adams, a singer and sound man. Both formerly lived in McCook.
Joining them to tell about Sandburg, "The Poet of the People," will be Nebraska's state poet, Bill Kloefkorn of Lincoln, and the McCook area's own Capella Nova, a brass quartet.
The college is able to present this program at no charge because of generous support from the McCook College Foundation, the Nebraska Humanities Council and Mid Plains Community College.
All and all, it adds up to a great opportunity for residents of this region. This letter is an invitation for you to attend an interesting and inspiration program. As you do so, you will be supporting the exciting Town & Gown partnership of McCook Community College and the historic Fox Theatre.
Gene O. Morris,