Weird Creighton History

Weird Creighton History

Hosts Rick Davis and Micah Mertes explore the most peculiar corners of Creighton University's history.

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May 19, 2023 7 mins

We're gonna start doing more Weird Creighton History episodes that bring in folks besides just Micah and Rick. No offense to them, but c'mon, they're not the only two people in the world, and they should stop acting like they are. For this episode, Micah interviewed Doug Ryan as he was taking a tour of campus. Doug, 86, is a lovely guy. He basically grew up on campus, with Creighton Stadium and Old Gym as his childhood pla...

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The story of Creighton's Jesuit astronomer Fr. William Rigge, SJ, who — in 1910 and 1911 — became one of the first expert witnesses in an American criminal trial. Using a shadow in a photograph, Fr. Rigge helped an Omaha attorney (and Creighton parent) exonerate a man charged with planting a bomb on the front porch of Omaha crime boss Tom Dennison. This episode's got it all. 

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Aaand ... here's the third and final part in our series of episodes on 2023 anniversaries. This one covers 1983 to 2022 and includes the arrival of the ‘Eternal Flame,’ the fake football team's national championship win and the first Creighton alum in space. See our series of articles on 2023 Creighton anniversaries here. To listen to parts 1 and 2, subscribe to the podcast here.

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And here's part 2 of our series of Weird Creighton History episodes on 2023 anniversaries. This episode tracks anniversaries from 1948 to 1973, including the debut of the DePorres Club, the start of women’s sports and the arrival of air conditioning in Swanson Hall. See our series of articles on 2023 Creighton anniversaries here. To listen to parts 1 and 3, subscribe to the podcast here.

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Another year, another list of Creighton anniversaries. In the first of this three-part series of episodes, Rick and Micah cover such historic events as ... the birth of the Bluejay, the start of the track team and the belated graduation of an alum whom Eisenhower called "the man who won the war." See our series of articles on 2023 Creighton anniversaries here. To listen to parts 2 and 3, subscribe to the podcast here.

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November 28, 2022 29 mins

Dreaming of a weird Christmas? You're in luck. We've got a two-part Weird Creighton Christmas extravaganza. Part 1 recounts strange tales of Creighton Christmases past — like the 2000 Christmas tree controversy and the story of the campus Grinch who stole (then returned) Christmas. For Part 2, we It's-a-Wonderful-Life Creighton, by asking ... "What would the world be like if the University had never existed?" A few alums s...

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November 11, 2022 1 min

For our next episode of Weird Creighton History, we're going to It's a Wonderful Life Creighton University, and we want to hear from you! What might your life have been if Creighton University were never born? You can text, email or call in your responses! (Fun fact: Every time an alum (or friend) responds, a Bluejay gets its wings!)

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He was one of the most consequential individuals ever to graduate from Creighton University, though few know his name. In a not-weird (though inspiring and heartrending) episode of Weird Creighton History, Rick and Micah explore the life of John Pehle, a man whose actions helped save the lives of 200,000 European Jews during WWII.

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September 20, 2022 47 mins

In a new episode of Weird Creighton History, Rick and Micah explore Creighton University's connection (via three Jesuits) to the exorcism that inspired the book and movie The Exorcist.


Episode sources:

Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism by Thomas B. Allen

"The Exorcist: A True Story," New York Post

Raymond Bishop’s diary

"The Haunted Boy," Strange Magazine

Newspapers.com, Lincoln Journal Star, Washington Post

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August 9, 2022 34 mins

The pilot episode of Weird Creighton History, a podcast exploring the odd and unknown in Creighton University's history. With longtime alum/writer/editor Rick Davis and (deeply) amateur historian Micah Mertes. Check out accompanying images to the story of the manure left on Creighton's doorstep.

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