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.
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
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.
the Bellamys come into contact with people who remember the Blue Goose from the
“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
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
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.