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Episode 9 — Returning to the Old Gym, 75 years later
We're gonna start doing more Weird Creighton History episodes that bring in folks besides just Micah and Rick. No offense to them, but c'mon, they're not the only two people in the world, and they should stop acting like they are. For this episode, Micah interviewed Doug Ryan as he was taking a tour of campus. Doug, 86, is a lovely guy. He basically grew up on campus, with Creighton Stadium and Old Gym as his childhood playground. He was also a waterboy for the Creighton men's basketball team (in the 1940s!). Hear what Doug has to say about his first visit to campus in nearly 75 years. And be sure to read the story about Doug here.
Episode 8 — The bomb, the boss and the Jesuit
The story of Creighton's Jesuit astronomer Fr. William Rigge, SJ, who — in 1910 and 1911 — became one of the first expert witnesses in an American criminal trial. Using a shadow in a photograph, Fr. Rigge helped an Omaha attorney (and Creighton parent) exonerate a man charged with planting a bomb on the front porch of Omaha crime boss Tom Dennison. This episode's got it all. See photos and headlines of and about the bomb, the boss, the Jesuit and the shadow. Listen to past Weird Creighton History episodes in our archive.
Episode 7 — Creighton's 2023 anniversaries (Part 3)
Aaand ... here's the third and final part in our series of episodes on 2023 anniversaries. This one covers 1983 to 2022 and includes the arrival of the ‘Eternal Flame,’ the fake football team's national championship win and the first Creighton alum in space. See our series of articles on 2023 Creighton anniversaries here. To listen to parts 1 and 2, subscribe to the podcast here.
Episode 6 — Creighton's 2023 anniversaries (Part 2)
And here's part 2 of our series of Weird Creighton History episodes on 2023 anniversaries. This episode tracks anniversaries from 1948 to 1973, including the debut of the DePorres Club, the start of women’s sports and the arrival of air conditioning in Swanson Hall. See our series of articles on 2023 Creighton anniversaries here. To listen to parts 1 and 3, subscribe to the podcast here.
Episode 5 — Creighton's 2023 anniversaries (Part 1)
Another year, another list of Creighton anniversaries. In the first of this three-part series of episodes, Rick and Micah cover such historic events as ... the birth of the Bluejay, the start of the track team and the belated graduation of an alum whom Eisenhower called "the man who won the war." See our series of articles on 2023 Creighton anniversaries here. To listen to parts 2 and 3, subscribe to the podcast here.
Episode 4 — Weird Creighton Christmas
Dreaming of a weird Christmas? You're in luck. We've got a two-part Weird Creighton Christmas extravaganza. Part 1 recounts strange tales of Creighton Christmases past — like the 2000 Christmas tree controversy and the story of the campus Grinch who stole (then returned) Christmas. For Part 2, we It's-a-Wonderful-Life Creighton, by asking ... "What would the world be like if the University had never existed?" A few alums shared their responses! And finally, we explore the similarities between co-host Rick Davis and Jimmy Stewart. Merry Christmas! Did you know you can already make a gift for Creighton’s Giving Tuesday? Please consider doing so here.
It's Alum-derful Life
For our next episode of Weird Creighton History, we're going to It's a Wonderful Life Creighton University, and we want to hear from you! What might your life have been if Creighton University were never born? You can text, email or call in your responses! (Fun fact: Every time an alum (or friend) responds, a Bluejay gets its wings!)
Episode 3 — The Alum Who Saved 200,000 Lives
He was one of the most consequential individuals ever to graduate from Creighton University, though few know his name. In a not-weird (though inspiring and heartrending) episode of Weird Creighton History, Rick and Micah explore the life of John Pehle, a man whose actions helped save the lives of 200,000 European Jews during WWII. Read the full story Watch The U.S. and the Holocaust Read the full report Pehle cowrote for FDR
Episode 2 — The Exorcists
In a new episode of Weird Creighton History, Rick and Micah explore Creighton University's connection (via three Jesuits) to the exorcism that inspired the book and movie The Exorcist.Episode sources:Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism by Thomas B. Allen"The Exorcist: A True Story," New York PostRaymond Bishop’s diary"The Haunted Boy," Strange MagazineNewspapers.com, Lincoln Journal Star, Washington PostCreighton University Archives and Special Collections
Episode 1 — The Manure
The pilot episode of Weird Creighton History, a podcast exploring the odd and unknown in Creighton University's history. With longtime alum/writer/editor Rick Davis and (deeply) amateur historian Micah Mertes. Check out accompanying images to the story of the manure left on Creighton's doorstep.Be sure to sign up for Creighton Days before time runs out.Episode sources: The History of Creighton University, 1878–2003 by Dennis Mihelich Memoirs of Fr. William F. Rigge, SJ Historia Domas, Creighton University Archives and Special Collections Creighton University : Reminiscences of the First Twenty-Five Years by Fr. Michael P. Dowling, SJ "A History of North Omaha's McCreary mansion," NorthOmahaHistory.com Newspapers.com, Omaha Daily Bee Omaha Illustrated : A History of the Pioneer Period and the Omaha of Today