Reader Reminiscences

Nomadic Newsweekly: From Dundee to the Old Market to Downtown and Back Again


Born in co-founder Mark Simonson’s apartment at 49th and Dodge, The Reader moved to the railroad car next to Sharky’s Brew-ery at 77th and Cass before settling in on the 2nd floor of the old Firehouse Dinner Theater and now Upstream Brewery in 1995. 

With the move to weekly, The Reader was now near the County Courthouse in the old Matthews Bookstore at 1618 Harney in the Keeline Building, the supposed spot where a young Henry Fonda watched the 1919 Lynching. In the basement, music editor Curtis Grubb launched Grasshopper Takeover and the band pad had frequest gatherings, most notably with 311 and opening act Gwen Stefani after their Civic Auditorium concert.

In 1999, The Reader moved back to Dundee, first to 48th & Dodge and then to 50th & Underwood. It’s during the last leg of these travels that most of the issues from 1994 and 1995 were lost. 

While most of these early copies of The Reader are archived at the Nebraska State Historical Society, we’re still looking for copies of these issues:

Feb, 16, 1994 – 1st issue

March 2, 1994

March 16, 1994

March 30, 1994

April 13, 1994

April 27, 1994

May 11, 1994

May 25, 1994

June 8, 1994

June 22, 1004

July 6, 1994

July 20, 1994

August 3, 1994

November 9, 1994

November 23, 1994

December 7, 1994

December 21, 1994

January 4, 1995

January 18, 1995

February 1, 1995

February 15, 1995

March 1, 1995

March 15, 1995

March 29, 1995

April 12, 1995

June 21, 1995

July 5, 1995

July 19, 1995

August, 2, 1995

August 16, 1995

August 30, 1995

September 13, 1995

September 27, 1995

October 11, 1995

October 25, 1995

November 8, 1995

November 22, 1995

December 6, 1995

December 20, 1995


Category: Specials

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