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Aug 24
MCC to be reunited with 'Blue Goose'

         Thanks to newspaper readers, McCook Community College has been reunited with its long lost “Blue Goose” and preparations are being made to bring it back for the college’s 90th anniversary celebration Sept. 3.

Since leaving campus in 1988, the Blue Goose has been owned by Joe Bellamy of Elwood and the vehicle is still being used for special occasions including weddings, proms, birthdays and now -- for an anniversary celebrating Nebraska’s oldest community college.

According to Bellamy’s recollection before he entered the picture, MCC tried selling the vehicle through a surplus property sale but nobody expressed interest. Someone told him about it and suggested he call MCC to see if it was still around. He called and got a vague description over the telephone “it has eight doors and we want to get rid of it.”

Bellamy said he doesn’t remember exactly what he offered for it sight unseen, but believes the several hundred dollars he wound up paying for it was worth it.

Since 1988, the Goose has required some maintenance attention, and could use some more, but Joe enjoys working on this and many other automotive projects with his son Kevin. One improvement they made to the Blue Goose was converting the windshield wiper fluid system into a beverage dispenser.

From time-to-time the Bellamys come into contact with people who remember the Blue Goose from the MCC days.

“We had it parked out in the driveway one day and these two pickups were driving along the road and slowed down and rolled their windows down and were laughing and pointing at the Blue Goose and recalling it from their MCC days,” said Joe’s wife Lloydelle.

The blue extended-length Checker airport limousine was a fixture at MCC in the 1970s and 1980s. It hauled students to sporting events, field trips and became a staple in area parades.

When members of MCC’s 90th anniversary committee began hearing rumors the Blue Goose might still be around it prompted an all-out search to find it with the possibility of bringing it back to campus. In July, the committee turned to newspaper and radio and social media looking for help.

Bellamy said as soon as an article about the search for the Blue Goose appeared in the Elwood Bulletin, he received several calls and contacted the college.  

In addition to using the Goose to travel to sporting events, many students and instructors recall summer class trips to the Niobrara River for canoeing and arts-on-location trips to places like New Mexico.

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Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​