Nebraska Authors

Cliff Hillegass

Born 1918-04-18 Rising City, NE (USA)

Died 2001-05-05
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Returning from World War II, Hillegass worked for the well known local book store, Long's, and became a manager when it expanded and became the Nebraska Book Co. He was the founder and chairman of the famous Cliffs Notes study guides series, started in l958. He appeared on the 'Tonight Show' with Johnny Carson.

Places Lived

Fremont, Lincoln

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Cliff's Notes


“150 Notable Nebraskans”, Number 48 on the Journal Star Sesquicentennial List of Significant Nebraskans


Daughter Linda Hillegass


Cliffs Notes

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