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Crowds and balloons greet Richard and Pat Nixon at the City Auditorium in Omaha on May 4, 1968. Richard Nixon spoke while campaigning for president in Nebraska. THE WORLD-HERALD

A model carries a tote bag emblazoned with the words "Sexy is not a size" in the Hannah Olson for Hannah Caroline Couture show during Omaha Fashion Week's Ready to Wear 1 Showcase on Aug. 19, 2014. By: REBECCA S. GRATZ/THE WORLD-HERALD

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Jessie Johnson, 7, and Amber Muell, 21 months, at Omaha’s Gifford Park, 35th Avenue and Davenport Street, in May 1993. THE WORLD-HERALD

Bob Edwards surveys the damage to his crops three miles south of North Bend, Nebraska, after a mid-August hail storm in 1973. Prior to the storm, him corn stood 8 feet high. THE WORLD-HERALD

A 50-foot-high wall of the World Theater came crashing down on July 14, 1980, in downtown Omaha. Anderson Excavating was demolishing the theater. They had blocked off 15th Street because the wall was unstable and in danger of collapse. THE WORLD-HERALD

A roller coaster from Playland Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is reflected in a water hole at Dodge Park in October 1959. THE WORLD-HERALD

Husker coach Bob Devaney instructs quarterback Van Brownson on the sideline as assistant Tom Osborne looks on in 1969. THE WORLD-HERALD

The Burlington Railroad bridge a few miles east of Columbus, Nebraska, collapsed into the Loup River in March 1960. Rain fell on top of heavy snow run-off to cause flooding across eastern Nebraska. THE WORLD-HERALD

St. Margaret Mary students shield themselves from drizzle as they walk home along Dodge Street on March 11, 1974. Omaha only had rain as it dodged a winter storm that dumped a foot of snow on the Nebraska Panhandle. THE WORLD-HERALD

Some things never change — buckets of water and a sprinkler were a good keep-cool tool on a hot summer day in 1980. From left, Corey Harner, Dean Timperley and Jeff Petry have an afternoon of water fun. The boys were 12 years old. THE WORLD-HERALD

Omaha Central grad Gale Sayers, an all-pro halfback for the Chicago Bears, signed autographs for 2 1/2 hours in the Sears store at Crossroads Mall on April 22, 1967. THE WORLD-HERALD

Omaha Central grad and former Chicago Bears great Gale Sayers hands off the ball to Mike Baxter, 13, at Adams Park in Omaha. The free football clinic ran two days in the summer of 1972. THE WORLD-HERALD

Ellen Goldstein, 18, and Gale Sayers, 18, were named Queen and King of Sports at Central High School’s annual O Club at Peony Park on June 2, 1961. THE WORLD-HERALD

Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller was in Omaha on June 12, 1968, to conduct youth baseball clinics. He’s shown here at Christie Heights with, from left, Tom Bojanski, Jerry Jacobsen, Mark Kleine, Dan Salem and Tim Wagman. The clinics were sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, the American Baseball Coaches Association and The World-Herald. THE WORLD-HERALD

Patrolmen C.H. Vancil, left, and Wally M. Jernigan with a confiscated flag dress that landed Wade S. Wright, 23, and Roger W. Du Rand, 25, in hot water. The two were arrested on Sept. 17, 1968, on charges of desecrating an American flag. The dress was on display in their store, The Farthest Outpost, at 1106 Howard St. in Omaha. THE WORLD-HERALD

Some things never change: Rush-hour traffic crowds Dodge Street in Omaha, Nebraska, in June 1955. THE WORLD-HERALD

In November 1950, Richard Walters, left, warms up Council Bluffs Civic Music singers before a rehearsal of the operetta “Bloomer Girl.” Babette Bronson, Luanne Bisbee, Nancy Ogren and Janet Hicks sing to the music of pianist Frank Fariday. THE WORLD-HERALD

Omahan Pat Fischer, a defensive back for the NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals, autographs a football for Bob Stolp in May 1967. The 11-year-old was a third baseman and pitcher for Jim’s Rexalls in the Suburban Baseball Association. He was hesitant to sign up for Little League in 1967 after he lost his hand in an accident the previous summer. THE WORLD-HERALD

Yvonne Pagel of the Office of Price Administration shows a board that had to be posted in all restaurants in August 1944. The list contained 40 basic food items selected by the office. Each restaurant had to fill in the price it charged for those 40 items during the base period of April 4-10, 1943. THE WORLD-HERALD

Fan leans precariously over the first base dugout for an autograph from Paul Peterson. Peterson was part of the Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars that performed before 9,083 fans at Rosenblatt Stadium on Aug. 2, 1964. THE WORLD-HERALD

Jackie Stone was named Rodeo Queen at the 27th annual Sidney, Iowa, Rodeo in August 1950. The 91st annual Sidney, Iowa, Rodeo championships will be held July 29-Aug. 2. WORLD-HERALD NEWS SERVICE

Ina Lou Spaulding, center, was one of two females on the field when her Council Bluffs Rainbows took on Tony Stone and her New Orleans Creoles on July 24, 1950, at Legion Park. Spaulding played 2½ innings and struck out in her only at bat. THE WORLD-HERALD

Only the thinnest of margins separated North Platte’s Dan Speck, left, and Grand Island’s Lynn Hall in the Class A mile race at the Nebraska state track meet in Kearney on May 23, 1970. Hall won in a record 4:16. THE WORLD-HERALD

All winter long the Sparklettes practiced every Saturday in Robert Crisman’s basement for The World-Herald’s fourth annual Youth Parade in the spring of 1952. The group, which had children ages 2 to 12, had two floats in the parade. The Sparklettes were one of 60 groups to march in the parade. THE WORLD-HERALD

While showing steers at Ak-Sar-Ben in 1966, Suzan Stork, confessed to being two different kinds of girls. “I help my dad with the hay, and I love sometimes to play a great lady.” She said there’s the thrill of competing and the fun of being on the go. But why did she like to participate in the shows? “Mostly, shows are a great place to meet the greatest guys in the world.” THE WORLD-HERALD