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Official. Dick worked for 40 years officiating high school football, 20 years of officiating basketball, and was starter at the state track meet for 17 years. Dick was a member of the crew that worked the first Nebraska Shrine Bowl game plus some time in the Big 8. In the early 1950’s, he began a successful career in sporting good sales.  Through business contacts with schools and his visibility as a game official, he became a well-known and highly respected ally of high school sports. He graduated from Jackson High in 1941. While in high school, he earned eight varsity letters in football, basketball, track and baseball. He enrolled in the University of Nebraska in 1942 and was a quarterback on the football team.