This website is a collection of previously published "internal" and some employee/employment related externals newsletters published at the manufacturing facility at 120th & "L" St. Omaha, Nebraska.
Also additional information about the employees and activities for over 45+ years of this manufacturing facilities existence.
Dates of the
SOME "found" newsletters:
1959 - 2001 from Western Electric, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Avaya
in Omaha, Nebraska.
The list is incomplete...I think there are over several hundreds "newsletters" by the public relations department and not including other printed information printed by the facility or other work related groups.
Help keep this site going, and find those lost publications for all to share and remember.
Additionally... to keep new content and interest, I'm adding new (non newsletters) information about our many companies names under the question of ...
"did you know what we made"? and as shown below... and what some of the former employees are doing outside the "plant" in their retirement years.
Also, a very important outside source of some great videos via YouTube is the AT&T Tech Channel which has a lot of the history in video of our manufacturing plants, technology, etc.
You'll see a lot of these throughout my site, for interest on our LARGE company over the years. I'm proud to have worked for such an important company.
Take some time and review each newsletter
YOU MIGHT SEE YOURSELF in a
"PHOTOGRAPH" in the newsletter
or maybe your name in print?
NEW PAGE --- OTHER Manufacturing PLANTS HISTORY
Look under this link!
If you find something which is incorrect or needs updating or removal.
email me: IT WILL BE corrected quickly.
A RECORD SET and EXCEEDED
OVER 30,200 + "Hug A Bears" delivered since the start in 19??.
"HUG A BEAR" assemblers, cutters and stuffers are needed to keep the production going...
Volunteers are APPRECIATED!
Every Tuesday morning at
"Maple Ridge Retirement " is where the
Hug A Bears assembly team meets.
Steve Dawkins - chairman of the BEAR brigade/quality inspector and deliver of the bears...
which give many smiles
for the Heartland Pioneer local Chapter.
Assembly and friendship every Tuesday morning from
9 a.m. ~ 11:59 a.m.
in the "lower level" of Maple Ridge Retirement...
located at ...
168 & Maple on the South East corner of 168 & Maple
(enter from 168th Street from South of Maple Street)
Maple Ridge Resort Community Center
3525 N. 167th Circle (168th & Maple)
Omaha, NE 68116
Best to come from the south up 168th street to Maple, turn right over the hill into a complex of a strip mall
and Retirement Center Building locate dot the east.
A little awkward to get to, due to ...
"city street planning"
Click on map for a larger display and idea.
All (Pioneers and friends of Pioneers) and even residents of the facility come and help. munchies, coffee and more!
Additionally take time to view the NEW and improved:
Heartland Pioneers website created by Gordy Viner
(click on image to goto the news site)
Doug Thoms and Son...
DUE to some software upgrade issues ...which control my page viewing and creation of this website with this service provider, I'm unable to show you the greater details of each newsletter I arranged under different years, etc.
ANOTHER aerial view of the "Omaha Works"
All " branded visual TM" LOGO'S... above are of the corporation appropriate logo's (trademarks) of our former employer(s) at this Omaha, Nebraska location and used in all newsletters and other articles portrayed on this website.
My goal is to share internally published newsletters, photographs, video footage of the plant and products
we manufactured within this facility.
During the operational time of the Omaha Works
(1958-2004). This facility employed over
7700 + employees at one time.
Where did we park all those "collectible cars"?
Answer ... Six separate parking lots!
Additional information to share...
This could be other retirement activities... such as
breakfast or lunch meetings, social events, sports related events (golf/bowling) or other information of
what all former employees of this facility are doing
in retirement or after work.
Sad to see "our local history" of this corporations manufacturing division of "internal employee communications" publications/newsletters disappear from our lives and possibly into the paper recycle box.
SAVE THE MEMORIES!
I would prefer the "PHYSICAL" newsletters, photographs, video tape or DVD if possible".
If your package is to large, I will give you a different physical address if needed, after you send an email requesting
that information. Or maybe we can meet somewhere to exchange information.
Mail packages to:
Omaha, NE. 68145
Questions or clarifications - email me or phone
402 778 5784 an answering machine is always on please leave a message or since you have email - contact me this way.
A different aerial perspective of the "Omaha Works"
* 2013 GOALS *
New ideas to keep this website...
exciting, informative and up to date!
To upload video tapes to "You Tube" website and link to this site?
Such as plant activities, or events that happened in "Open House" Days, plant anniversaries or other corporate events or other videos of interest?
If you have those old VHS tapes or DVD's... email: Steve Miller
After August 2001 no newsletters were produced that
I am aware of ?
I hope those editors (above) kept a copy or two and will share with all of the employees who worked at the Omaha Works ... via this website... any newsletters, articles and information, he/she might have saved?
It would be appreciated!
Added an April 1972 Issue
ALWAYS check back weekly ... Always enhancing/changing or adding something to a variety of pages.
The goal is to keep you looking and finding new
items of interest.
Some items moved from
HOME page to a
page called: OLD NEWS
NEW 1979 Safety Report - lots of photographs and names on the HOME page (below)
Headliner newsletter - July 1994
Also for those iPad user...they're on the iPad page
A little known file, I found about the AT&T breakup from a certain p.o.v.
The link is on the page "More/history/imagesarticle-archive " OR
Click on The link is - links page at the bottom, called the
The down loadable file is at the bottom of the page...!
Funny and TRUE?
Sorry not for iPads. This file is a downloadable file for desktop computers or laptop
NEW OLD photographs of the Employee Mall in the Main Cafeteria - dated - 1993?
The Pioneer Store was on the east side of the cafeteria, compared to the later Pioneer Store near the 20-30 building hallway near the windows.
A website link to the place where you might need to download some software to "read" certain files. This being the "PDF" files mentioned and on my newsletters. The link goes to the manufacturer - Adobe Inc. (near the bottom of this page)
Remember those old published in the phone book access/modification codes... coming soon they started with a # or * see the page called
Telephone Call "Star Codes" under the
MORE pull down (black top row)
I think we called it "Audix" in the plant?
A Book published in 1988 with the title:
The **** of Ma Bell by Kraus/Duerig
A FREE "PDF file" download is available - it is a long and informative book
See the MORE page (top black row) and down to
Bell System History - interesting insights!
ADDED full length (28 minutes) the Video produced by CommScope/CSMI and distributed to guests at the Union Hall event in 2012. Some copyrighted material was removed. Sorry for the WonderShareTM logo..something to work on!
Added a "Bell System History" page under History page which has a lot of "links" to other pages. EVEN more information found about our companies on this page, from Annual Report to where the "Baby Bells" came from.
New HEADLINER NOVEMBER 1992 Newsletter and Cornhusker Chapter-Pioneers 5th Aniv/25 Aniv. of the plant.
OLDEST PUBLISHED NEWSLETTER - so far...
A 1959 Westerner Newsletter
This plant was only one year of age.
.... there must be a 1958 version somewhere?
If you find any newsletters, please contact me for their inclusion...
I wish only to scan them into a format called PDF on my scanner.
Scanning it to a photo file called .jpg will not allow inclusion into this website... technical challenges
The goal of the PDF file is to allow reading and now "downloading" to your computer/laptop/iPad.
And further it would reduced someone changing the .jpg file into something else then it was.
Questions or comments, please contact Steve Miller...bottom line..I'll scan them, just get them to me!
3. Tool & Die Makers
"WARTS GOLFERS 2014"
Old and New Phones... a source of questions...?
Western Electric and Phones of all types for sale:
Phones that are new, used, parts, resale, business phones, reconditioned, buy-sell-trade. A source of information and ideas for the phone collector or just wishing information or ideas.
Click on header logo to visit...
No endorsements implied or guarantees, just a source of
I've found a few names and some remembrances of the people that I knew and worked with who were employees of the previous companies at the "Omaha Works" facility under the names of: Avaya, Comscope (CSMI), Lucent and AT&T at the Omaha Manufacturing Facility Works, in Omaha, NE.
* * *
A partial list of names I have found via my
"personal" LinkedIn account.
This list could be added to or deleted as needed.
Mark Curtis, Pat Reding, Gary Irwin, Chris Masek, Julie Nielson,
Wes Christensen, Randy Duell, Jahan Zeb, Chuck Meyers,
Joseph Zaborowski, Richard Runnels, Jerry Wicks, Michael Curley, Larry Bailey, John Heindel, Lyndon Ensz, Charles Coufal,
Ken Leach, Shervin Shamloo, Camille Metoyer-Moten, Gary Roger,
Gary Mortensen, Jim Jarzynka, Bryan Rademacker,
David Slaughter, Jeff Hunt, Helen Ott-Brasch, Phil Nguyen,
Steve Beran, Tim Miller, Merle Seamen, Gary Epp,
Marge Garrean, Lisa and Jim Grabenbauer, Karen Schliefert,
Rhonda Gibbons, Kelly Nolan, Terry Kamino, Arnel Citrus,
Gary Irwin, Dennis Curtis, Teresa Kottwitz, Karen Dappen,
Greg Jenkins, Julie Templien, John Valdez, Karolyn Allen,
Krystal Sautter, David Hitchcock, Shannon Hitchcock,
John Hazuka, Joe Jirka, William Spivey, Ray Schwartz, Mike Parizek, Cyndie Glismann, Niki (Welch) Griffith, Steve Petersen, Andy Gordon,
Clint Crawford and Linda Dembowski, Rick Walowiak, Doug Thoms and Spencer Anderson
...I've not listed a place of business or job description for the above people I've reconnected with on LinkedIn.
The names are usually engineers and support staff/managers
who I remember and worked with on a daily basis during my employment from1969 - 2001 and especially from
(1988 - 2001 - as a manager level employee) Steve Miller
If you wish to contact them... Try LinkedIn.com or contact me, for I
will ask their permission. Some have local employment, some out
of state and some are on FaceBook.
Glad they remembered me.
Some of our fellow/former co-workers are:
Current and known CommScope
CUSTOMER SERVICE employees:
Ruth Nolan, Carol Berry, Karen Wilde, Jeff Paulson, Kelly Lemmon,
Deb Hays, Phil Alexander, Jennifer Pechar, Blake Bukacek,
Erica Allison, Scott O’Doherty, Sharon Novak, Steve Schafer,
Keith Strasser and Diane Nicholson.
IT and Engineering support: Carla McKnight,
Jay Dempsey, Drew Lucas, David Slaughter, Laura Peterson,
Scott McQuin and Carolyn Bebout.
Former and Current Employee Names
When one thinks of an antique telephone, the image of an old crank wall phone generally comes to mind. Since its invention in 1876 the telephone evolved along with the technology of the time. Not only was there an evolution in the instruments but many different manufacturers produced various styles and a certain uniqueness to their wall and desk telephones from A.G. Bell's first liquid telephone to modern "smart" phones with mobile internet. The uniqueness of the old telephones has become very attractive and many people have found these to be interesting collectable's. The pages on this site will provide links to the history of the telephone and the histories of a number of current telephone companies. In addition, information about antique telephones, wiring diagrams, where to obtain parts and the Antique Telephone Collectors Association is provided..
HOME PAGE: http://www.antiquetelephonehistory.com/index.php
What we help create... years ago... I'm proud to have worked at this manufacturing facility in Omaha, NE.