Advice to New Readers

Welcome to The Last Train!  If you’re a new reader, my advice would be to begin by reading the “Introduction” and then work your way up the topics from oldest to newest (see the recent posts on the right).  That way you will start from the beginning of this journey rather than joining on a later stop.  Welcome aboard…and I hope you become a regular “rider” on The Last Train!

Jeff Schmahl

Introduction

May 6, 2014

A week ago at the end of a 30-minute phone conversation, a good friend of mine said, “you should start writing, it would be good for you, and you’re a good writer.”  Terry Pettit has written several books and has a mind that looks at life from just a slightly different perspective.  But in turning that crystal ever so slightly like Terry does, an array of light exposes an entirely different vantage point and I have always loved to discuss, argue, laugh, and be enriched in my time with him. Continue reading

Jeff Schmahl Memorial Scholarship

To our diligent riders, we’d like to take an opportunity to tell you about the Jeff Schmahl Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded anually to a distinguished HuskerVision every year student in his memory.

Jeff led an incredible career in collegiate athletics, breaking boundaries and setting records everywhere he went. Huskervision was just one of these legacies he left behind, which paved the way as the first collegieate in-stadium game presentation broadcast production facilities in the world, setting a new standard for big-screen entertainment in stadiums across the country. While he had so many accomplishments in his 58 years of life, one of Jeff’s biggest accomplishments was in the success of his students.

Jeff appreciated people who wanted to do things as well as they could and his enthusiasm was able to attract talented students that he would mentor in all facets of marketing, video production and broadcasting. Many of those same students have gone on to successful careers that would not have been open to them without the experience they gained with HuskerVision and Jeff Schmahl’s guidance.

After his passing, we have been flooded by all the letters and messages we have received from so many people who were inspired and impacted by him – in particular from his former students, sharing their stories about him and his importance in their development and the difference he made in their lives.

Because of this, we have decided that the best way to continue this impact was by instituting the Jeff Schmahl Memorial Scholarship to be awarded to a distinguished HuskerVision student each year in his memory. We are asking our friends, family and those impacted by Jeff’s life and blog to help us raise money to fund the endowed scholarship. Every dollar helps us toward our goal and see this scholarship continue to reward students long into the future.

Thank you for all your love and support. My dad would be so humbled knowing how much of a difference he made in everyone’s lives. It certainly has humbled us.

Sincerely,

Zach and Maria Schmahl

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We also wanted to remind everyone about this weekend’s ceremony. We are extending this invite to anyone who knew Jeff personally or through this blog to join us in paying tribute to such a special guy on this special day.

Jeff Schmahl – A Celebration of Life
Saturday, August 8th, 2015 – 2:00pm

Memorial Stadium
West Stadium – Club Level 3
One Stadium Dr
Lincoln, NE 68588

In lieu of flowers or gifts, our family asks that you would simply donate toward the Jeff Schmahl Memorial Scholarship.

A Celebration of Life

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Jeff may be gone, but he is far from forgotten.

Over the past week, my family has been flooded by incoming mail, messages and phone calls from so many of you wanting to share your condolences over the passing of my dad. It warms our hearts so much to know what an impact he made on so many people’s lives.

The last thing my dad ever wanted was to be mourned at a funeral, so instead we have chosen to hold “A Celebration of Life” ceremony for this incredible man. We invite anyone who knew my dad personally or through this blog to join us in paying tribute to such a special guy on this special day.

Jeff Schmahl – A Celebration of Life
Saturday, August 8th, 2015 – 2:00pm

Memorial Stadium
West Stadium – Club Level 3
One Stadium Dr
Lincoln, NE 68588

Many of you who can’t attend this celebration have asked if there is some sort of fund you can donate to, on his behalf. The answer is absolutely. In lieu of flowers or gifts, our family asks that you would simply donate toward the Jeff Schmahl Memorial Scholarship.

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