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I Gates, Buffett follow Huskers
By Paula Lavigne
Bill Gates is a Comhusker fan.
In fact, the Microsoft president
likes the Huskers so much that
when he and Omaha businessman
Warren Buffett were in China re
cently, he made his senior vice
president fax him reports from the
And his senior vice president,
an Ashland native, was happy to
do the job.
Jeff Raikes, one of Microsoft’s
original 75 employees, said he
brought Gates, who is the richest
man in America, to the Nebraska
Washington football game in 1991.
Gates came to Raikes’ home in
Ashland for a barbecue before the
game, Raikes said.
“Yeah, Bill’s been out to the
farm," Raikes said, laughing.
The visitor impressed Raikes’
mother, Alice Raikes.
“He’s a genius," she said.
“That’s about all I can say."
Raikes said Gates also was en
thusiastic about his relationship
with Buffett, the second richest
“Every Saturday afternoon at about 5p.m.
FJacific time, F had to send a fax to a contact
in China giving Warren (Buffet) and Bill
(Gates) a complete rundown of that day's
Nebraska football game. ”
Microsoft senior vice president
man in America.
Gates and Buffett were in China
on business for three weeks earlier
this fall, Raikes said.
“Bill gave me an important re
sponsibility,” Raikes said.
“Every Saturday afternoon at
about 5 p.m. Pacific time, I had to
send a fax to a contact in China
giving Warren and Bill a complete
rundown of that day’s Nebraska
Raikes faxed reports from the
Arizona State and Pacific games
from Seattle, but he faxed reports
from the Washington State game
from the Huskers’ press box in
Gates hired Raikes in 1981,
Raikes said. He has worked with
Gates throughout Microsoft’s
climb to computer domination.
“Bill is not in any way focused
on being wealthy,’’ Raikes said.
“What he cares about is the tech
nology and building a successful
Although Gates keeps up with
college football, Raikes said he
has noticed the software giant has
another sports interest.
“He’s a little bit more of a
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brother wanted to modernize the
farm, so he bought an Apple II
“I taught myself how to pro
gram it,” Raikes said.
Apple computers came to
Stanford a month later, Raikes said,
with Visicalc — one of the first
Raikes was still working with
the computers when he saw a com
pany called Microsoft at a trade
show. They wanted to bring him to
Seattle for an interview, he said,
and he accepted.
“One of my sisters lives in Se
attle,” he said. “I wanted to get a
Raikes was one of Microsoft’s
first product marketing employees
in the applications division. During
his 14 years with the company, he
climbed to senior vice president.
Along with his work at
Microsoft, he’s been pairing up
with administrators at Washing
ton State University. That’s how
he created the “Virtual Univer
His presentation focuses on how
technology can improve education
by creating four “virtual” areas:
• The “virtual textbook,” which
uses multimedia programs in the
• The “virtual lecture,” which
puts lectures on video and the in
• The “virtual classroom,”
which breaks down physical and
geographic barriers for students
by bringing the classroom to them
with computer and information
• The “virtual student union,”
which creates a social service for
students by weaving technology
into campus life.
The presentation to the regents
is a combined effort between
Raikes, NU President L. Dennis
Smith and Sen. Bob Kerrey.
Technology can overcome limi
tations on education, Raikes said,
and provide better education for
“The university needs to educate
students at low cost and high qual
ity,” he said. “With funding being
cut, it’s very important that a univer
sity recognize these challenges.”
History expert lands job
as director of NU Press
By Stacey Range
With decades of experience in the
press business, Daniel Ross is ready
to advance to a new level as director
of the University of Nebraska Press.
Ross took over the position
Wednesday. He replaces former di
rector Willis Regier, who left the
position in April to become director
of the Johns Hopkins University in
Ross, who came to the University
of Nebraska Press in March 1989, has
spent six years as assistant director,
six months as interim director and
two years as editor in chief.
Ross said he planned few changes
for the press.
“This is one of the leading presses in
the country, if not the top, especially in
Native American literature,” Ross said.
“But I’m a little prejudiced.”
As director, Ross is responsible
for a press that publishes about 80
new books and 85 paperback reprints
each year, with net annual sales of
more than $6 million.
Priscilla Grew, who oversees the
press as vice chancellor for research,
appointed Ross to the position.
“I am pleased that Dan Ross has
accepted this position and 1 am con
fident that he will continue the press’s
interest in serving both the publisher
and the reader,” she said.
Grew said there were several rea
sons Ross was chosen from a pool of
Ross received strong support from
the search committee for his leader
ship background in history, she said,
and he showed that leadership by
launching several popular new book
series on the history of the American
West, sports history and Civil War
By the end of the year, Ross will
have brought to contract and publica
tion 83 original book projects, 109
paperback reprints in the Bison Book
series and the American Indian Quar
Ross also impressed the commit
tee with his strong knowledge of
press relations and the role of the
press. Grew said.
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satellite, he said, and team teaching
also may be used. Instead of having
four or five faculty members in trans
portation engineering, each univer
sity would have access to 20 faculty
members, he said.
Satellite television also will allow
graduates to telecast their research in
a series of seminars, he said.
Each university is developing new
courses in transportation. For ex
ample, Human Factors in Transpor
tation will be offered at UNL next
semester, he said.
Four expert speakers also will of
fer lectures each semester. The speak
ers will meet with transportation of
ficials from the area, he said. The
first speaker, Sandra Rosenbloom,
met with a representative of the bus
system in Omaha.
Both sides benefit from the face
to-face talks, McCoy said.
“You can read reports all you
want,” he said. “This makes them
aware of things unique to our area
and us aware of things we’d be less
inclined to read.”
Some research projects in the pro
gram now are improving the safety of
roadsides, preventing the loss of short
line railroads, designing less costly
bridges and making pavement
cheaper and longer lasting, he said.
Grant money also will be used to
share research and the latest technol
ogy with other regions, he said.
The next competition for the cen
ter will probably be in three years,
The Midwest center was the only
one to change sites this year, he said.
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