The SCOLA Story

Sometimes it is fun to take a look into the past, whether it be at old pictures, videos, newspapers or journals, and see how much times have changed. Recently we stumbled upon a blog post written by Father Lee Lubbers in April 2006. The post is a timeline of the evolution of SCOLA, beginning when Father Lubbers founded the organization. The following are some key points of Father Lubbers’ and SCOLA’s past:

“1979 to 1981, the gradual DEREGULATION 20 of satellites and the birth of the Private Satellite Industry.

Last resort, I presented Mike Morrison, President of Creighton University with a list of the only three places I thought to be feasible for antenna interference-free installation, and asked him for a decision. The three places were: a) the grassy sward just outside and under the windows of his office; b) the only large grassy lawn on the mall, next to the Kiewit Center; and c) where Brother Jelinek, V.P, in charge of buildings and grounds, parked his car. Mike nixed the first two, and demurred from even touching the delicate question of Brother Jelinek’s parking place, leaving me dangling to face Jelinek all by myself.

Jelinek predictably vetoed for all eternity and beyond any chance of putting nonsense like this in his parking place. BUT, he said we should put it on the roof of the maintenance garage down on the Old Football field level.

We bought a little tin shelter for a couple of decoder receivers, the kind of tool shed you put in your backyard to shelter the lawnmower;

Summer of 1982-1983 cabling through the tunnels a mainline to all the buildings on campus. THIS BEGAN THE CABLE SYSTEM FOR CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY

1983. FIRST CONFERENCE “Come and See” campus Cable Systems.

Lubbers traveled coast to coast demonstrating a portable version of our tracking system mounted in the bed of the pickup truck; I would drive up to the campus, plug in, and in a minute or less the signal popped in. Learned University people simply could not understand nor believe that this could provide “Live” internal Russian Television till they saw it with their own eyes.

1985-1986, SCOLA conferences promoting Russian, entertaining Russians from Siberia, Lubbers two trips all over Russia, including a SCOLA Conference sponsored by the Orbital Mechanics in Krasnoyarsk U.S. Govt. people with first names begin to attend our conferences.

1988-1990: multiplication of Receive-only antennas; University Executives nervous.

1992-1993: Lubbers stumbles onto Pottawattamie County Home–it being cautiously (they avoided “fly-by-night offers) available on the market; after several solo sneaky visits to the property, peeking in windows, hiking the perimeter, even visiting the postmaster, stepping over or under the rusty pipe barrier blocking the driveway, etc. drags Francis and Dick Kuhns out to view it

October, 1992: we declare official interest in the property after a complete tour and price discussion with county officials. In their turn county supervisors inspect our history on the CU campus, solidity and viability of the business.

JANUARY 1, 1993: SCOLA with completed title began taking possession of the POOR FARM.

1990’s: Early major visit of the PRC Shanxi TV Vice President for the express purpose of making a 10-year cooperation agreement with SCOLA. This provided 8-person teams of Chinese TV professionals to be in residence here for 18-month periods, assist us with initiation of a 24-hour CHINA CHANNEL and many other advantages to us and all American students.

2002: Lubbers (finally) nominates Dick Kuhns as Chairman of the Board, and Francis Lajba as President and CEO.

Dick Kuhns dies and Francis nominates SENATOR DAVID KARNES as Chairman of the Board.

SCOLA channels with 120 countries in 80-plus languages

Most recent Conference (April 20-21, 2006) succeeds in reaching 100 fathoms under-ocean placement of gala dining with the sharks and other ancestors, Omaha Henry Doorly ZOO.

July 4th weekend: added CHANNEL 5 beautifully and successfully.”

Since Father Lubber’s 2006 post, a lot has changed at SCOLA. In the past 7 years we have added three more channels, had hundreds of guests visit for our annual conference, rebuilt and improved the SCOLA website, and added new services. We also currently have resources from 160 countries in over 200 languages! This year we are working on launching a more user-friendly website that offers enhanced search capabilities. In addition to the new website, we are currently constructing the anxiously awaited Savoir-Vivre.

To see the full post from Father Lubber’s blog visit http://scolastory.livejournal.com/10487.html.

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