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RG0799.AM:  Leonard Joe Zajicek, 1927-1998

Papers:  1960-1968

Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska:  Television writer

Size:  1.0 cu.ft.; 1 box


Leonard “Len” Zajicek was born at Crete, Nebraska, on December 17, 1927 to Joe and Goldie (Knepper) Zajieck. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Zajicek worked as a writer for WOW-TV & Radio in Omaha, Nebraska. Zajicek died in Omaha on December 8, 1998 and is buried at Bohemian Cemetery in Omaha.


The manuscript portion of the collection contains papers relating to Leonard “Len” Zajicek’s career as a writer at WOW-TV & Radio in Omaha, Nebraska. The collection includes scripts, editorials and research materials for several projects, especially “Nebraska: A Century of Progress,” “Nebraska Vacationland,” and “The Happy Years.”

Note:  Additional components to the collection include:

RG0799.MI: “Nebraska Vacationland” film and trailer, 1963

RG0799.AU: Soundtracks for the film “Nebraska: A Century of Progress” ca. 1967; and one reel labeled “Eppley Airfield.”

RG0799.PH: Aerial reconnaissance photographs of the greater Omaha area, ca. 1959.


Box 1


  1. Artifacts from Britain, France, Germany trips

  2. The Broad View

  3. Salute to Nebraska Industry

  4. Women in sports

  5. Joslyn Museum

  6. The Autumn Years: Study of Problems in Old Age

  7. Possible material for Sunday Features

  8. Production Issues

  9. Production employee survey

  10. Nebraska’s Century of Progress

  11. Nebraska’s Century of Progress, continued

  12. Peru State College and tourism pamphlets

  13. Omaha Industrial documentary

  14. Omaha Teamster history

  15. University of Nebraska documentary

  16. Homestead National Monument

  17. One Europe? Documentary

  18. It Shouldn’t Have Happened flood

  19. Incoming correspondence

  20. Zajicek editorials

  21. Zajicek editorials, continued

  22. Zajicek editorials, continued

  23. Nebraskan Notebook of Western History

  24. The Happy Years

  25. The Happy Years, continued

  26. John J. Pershing info

  27. A Time to Give documentary

  28. From Jenny to Jets

  29. Year end News Review 1964

  30. Nebraska Vacationland

  31. The Killer Creek

  32. Incoming correspondence

  33. Nebraska’s Century of Progress

  34. Nebraska’s Century of Progress, continued

  35. The Power We Take for Granted

  36. The Power We Take for Granted, continued

  37. The Power We Take for Granted, continued

  38. The Centennial News

  39. Miscellaneous pamphlets and photos


Subject headings:

Nebraska — History

Television broadcasting

WOW-TV (Omaha, Nebraska)

Zajicek, Leonard Joe, 1927-1998