And as we were browsing the OWH today, we saw this letter in The Public Pulse from the owner of what is arguably the best known ice cream pavillion in college sports:
Look for greater good
My business partner and I are the owners of a modest little Omaha ice cream shop on South 13th Street across from Rosenblatt Stadium called Zesto. Fifty-seven years ago, my father, Tom Kelley, played in the first game dedicating Rosenblatt Stadium.
I feel great personal and financial disappointment in the stadium oversight committee’s decision to build a new stadium. While I hate the decision itself, I very much respect the people who made it.
While the manner in which Mayor Mike Fahey has handled the stadium issue over the past 12 months can be debated, the integrity and intentions of this mayor should not be questioned. We will never have a mayor who is more honest or better-intentioned than Fahey.
While I sincerely appreciate the efforts of the Save Rosenblatt Committee, it is now time to unite as a city and get behind the new stadium in order to ensure a long-term renewal of the contract with the NCAA for the College World Series.
We all need to put our own personal agendas aside for the greater good of Omaha. As for Zesto, I can only hope that pandas eat ice cream.
Mike Kelley, Omaha
Now it’s interesting that the owners of one the places that has the most to lose out of the whole new stadium gig are getting behind the new park, not to mention the Mayor. (Of course, you gotta think that there will be some form of “Zesto” in or around the new stadium, right? But it still won’t be the same…)
In any case (assuming he’s not purely profiting from the deal) you’d sure think the Zesto guys would be strong proponents for the “Don’t Recall Fahey” forces. (And would make a nice TV spot…)