Nebraska Authors

Keith Blackledge

Born 1926-08-29 Sheridan, WY (USA)

Died 2010-07-05
North Platte, NE (US)

Buried 2010-07-08
North Platte, NE (US)

The author wrote "Your Town and Mine", a newspaper column under the byline "Old Editor" for several decades, for the North Platte Telegraph.
Blackledge attended Oregon State College in the Army Specialized Training Reserve Program, then Infantry Basic Training in Texas. He was stationed in the Philippines for a year immediately after the war. He received an Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps Commission at Missouri and was called to active duty during the Korean conflict, spending 21 months as a training squadron adjutant at Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado.

Places Lived

Sheridan, WY
Missouri Russell, KS
North Platte, NE
Lincoln, NE
Miami, FL
Dayton, OH

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction

Keywords

North Platte; Nebraska Subjects; Local History; Fiction; Nonfiction

Education

Army Specialized Training Reserve Program, Oregon State College
Scottsbluff Junior College
University of Missouri School of Journalism, 1950

Occupation

Journalist
Instructor
North Platte Telegraph Vice President and Director of Public Affairs
Professor of Journalism, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Army Veteran

Places Worked

Russell Daily News in Russell, Kansas
North Platte Telegraph-Bulletin
Miami Herald
University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Journalism
Dayton Ohio Journal Herald
North Platte Telegraph
Lowry Air Force Base , Colorado

Honors

diNatale Award from the North Platte Jaycees, 1994
North Platte Area Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame, 2001
Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, 2002
Nebraska Newspaper Hall of Fame, 2005
Distinguished Service Award, Chadron State College, 2007
Lifetime Achievement Award, Lincoln County Historical Society, 2008
Sower Award, Nebraska Humanities Council,
Ike Friedman Community Leadership Award, Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben
Nebraska Preservation Award, Nebraska State Historical Society
University of Nebraska Alumni Achievement Award
University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism Alumni Award.
Sertoma Service to Mankind, Lincoln County Convention and Visitors Bureau Friend of Tourism, Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year
Ak-Sar-Ben Service to Agriculture
Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation Above and Beyond.
"Board Salute", First National Bank, 2008
The City of North Platte proclaimed May 10, 2010, as "Keith Blackledge Day"

Associations

Lincoln County Historical Museum
Nebraska State Colleges Board of Trustees
Nebraska Public Radio Foundation
Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission
Nebraska State Historical Society
Founding Member of the Nebraska Humanities Council
National Federation of State Humanities Councils
North Platte's Historic Preservation Commission

Bibliography

A Short History of North Platte. 2005.
This Town Fights About Everything. 2009.

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