McCOOK, Nebraska -- Two dozen people from three states will gather in person and by phone Friday morning to discuss ways to more effectively tell the story of McCook's most famous resident, U.S. Sen. George W. Norris.
Norris, who lived in McCook during the final 46 years of his life, is regarded as among the greatest legislators in American history. His many accomplishments include sponsoring legislation to create the Rural Electrification Administration; leading legislative efforts to form the Tennessee Valley Authority; serving as one of the leading advocates for Nebraska's non-partisan, unicameral (one house) legislature; and sponsoring the Lame Duck Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, thereby moving the transition of power following a Presidential election from March to January.
Perhaps of greater importance, Norris was described during his years in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, as "The Gentle Knight of Progressive Ideals." In other words, George was a gentleman, using the power of thoughtful persuasion, rather than mean-spirited bickering, to convince his elected colleagues of the wisdom of his argument.
"Now, more than ever America needs the inspiration of George W. Norris," said Cloyd Clark of the Norris Institute. The Norris Institute, with the assistance of the George W. Norris Foundation, is sponsoring the Norris Planning Summit.
Martha Gadberry of Lincoln, a certified facilitator, will guide the Friday discussion, which will commence in the Keystone Business Center training room at 9 a.m. and conclude at noon.
Participants will be in attendance from Lincoln, Farnam and McCook. In addition, Jay Harris of Green Bay, Wis., and Bob Harris of Killen, Ala. will be linked to the meeting by telephone.