Dear readers, writers and talkers,
We’re interested in you as people and want to hear your stories. We’re big fans of storytelling – oral, visual, and written. And we love the city of Omaha. With this project, we’re combining these loves into something we hope you will also come to love.
In order to do so, we need you and your stories. Imagine that you are leading a walking tour of strangers in your city and, rather than being interested in the historical sites or what building was featured in About Schmidt, those curious weirdos wanted to know and hear about the stories and places that have shaped you. Or if you prefer, you can picture yourself with a megaphone at the head of a red double decker bus telling some tourists (or close friends…you can populate the imaginary audience with whoever you’d like) about that time that floor started to literally shake under the weight of so many people jumping up and down in synchronicity at a certain sweaty house show. Then imagine a mustachioed man in a Chicago Cubs hat takes out his Olympus point and shoot and takes a photo of that house (we’ll be that man!).
These anecdotes/events/memories need not be life-changing. They can be funny, profound, sad, weird or a combination. They can be short or long. Intimate or uproarious.
They just need to:
1) Have happened to you or are part of your personal history.
2) Be true.
3) Take place in Omaha, in a specific location that you remember and can identify.
Here are some examples:
Where the wheels of your skateboard first touched the pavement.
That time you narrowly eluded arrest.
The train trip you took with your grandparents that stopped at Union Station.
The hand painted street sign or mural you helped paint in the city.
Your experience at Boys Town.
The boxing match you saw back in the day at Civic Auditorium.
Where you bought your first guitar.
The site of your first kiss.
What was or is meaningful about this place to you? What occurred here? Describe the memory or place in detail. What did it smell like? Was it sunny outside? What did the building look like then? Place us there. How did this event change you? How is the place different from when your memory occurred? You don’t need to answer all of these questions (or any of them, really), but perhaps they will jog your memory and get you started. Because we know you’ve got some great memories, your own personal history that has played out in the streets, bars and warmly lit houses across this city. We want to hear them.