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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Dec. 10, 1996)
1 By Cliff Hicks
Take a peek
This may make you nervous. In
some ways that is my intention —
I’m trying to make you look at a per
spective you may not be comfort
I am a Tarot card reader. I have
been for several years, and before
the religious readers go up in arms,
I am also an agnostic. It is not, as
so many ignorantly claim, witch
Tarot cards are, for those of you
who are unfamiliar with them, cards
which are rumored to have the abil
ity to predict the future.
They trace their history back so
far in time that their origins are far
lost to us. Some say they are Egyp
tian in descent, others claim they are
pure romany, or gypsy.
In my opinion, the Tarot are a
tool for putting ourselves under a
microscope without realizing it. We
are forced to bind aspects of our
lives to cards and weave the cards
into a story.
nrsi, uie iaiui cue uiviucu uji
into four suits: wands, swords, pen
tacles and cups. Each suit represents
an element: fire, air, earth and wa
ter, respectively. There arc 14 cards
in each suit (ace through 10, page,
knight, queen and king) and there
are 22 major arcana cards, each with
a name (like The Fool or Death).
There are many ways to lay out
the cards and these are called forms.
I deal in a form that is, I believe,
known as the Tree of Life.
The Tree format looks like a
capital Y with a third prong. The
trunk represents the past and present
and the branches represent the pos
sibilities of the future.
At the bottom of my trunk is the
Ten of Swords. It is, in its own way,
a dangerous card. The traditional in
terpretation is that it represents clar
ity of thought, but I perceive it as
detachment from a situation.
So, in the present is the Hermit,
the symbol of wisdom and isolation,
as the two states of mind go so well
together. Either could be me—both
In the future, I have three op
tions, represented by the three
branches of cards. Each leads me
down a different path.
My paths are the Ten of Cups,
the Ten of Pentacles and the Queen
of Pentacles. The first two are states
of mind, the last a person.
The Ten of Cups represents hap
piness and joy. It is all that is nice
about life in the spiritual sense. The
Ten of Pentacles is wealth and se
curity, the material things.
The Queen of Pentacles indi
cates a person, probably a woman,
who is quiet and intense. She also
puts her well-being above others,
To be honest, the future doesn’t
look that bad. Can the cards tell the
future? I don’t know. I don’t think
I’ll ever know. It doesn’t matter.
Would you like a reading? Turn
down the lights and we’ll begin.
Hicks is a sophomore news
editorial and English major and
a Daily Nebraskan staff reporter.
blends at new cafe
By Ann Stack
If you’re interested in a “Happy
Days”-esque cafe with a contemporary
New York City twist, check out the new
Main Street Cafe at 1325 O St.
Located between O’Rourke’s Tav
ern and Avant Card, the Main Street
Cafe opened its doors for business
Monday— nearly a week before the
planned opening date.
The Main Street Cafe is a combi
nation deli and full bar. There are 20
beers available on tap, as well as mixed
drinks, coffee, cappuccino and
espresso. ¥he menu is a lighter one,
with appetizers, light desserts, nine dif
ferent soups and a 12-inch hot or cold
The spacious, airy rooms and 18
foot-high ceiling lend a relaxed, com
fortable atmosphere to the two-floor
restaurant. There are Wide booths with
classic red zodiac vinyl and blackstone
formica table tops, bar stools with lots
of chrome, black and white floor tiling
and bars made of glass brick.
There are eight televisions — in
cluding four big screens — two elec
tronic dart boards and a jukebox.
The Main Street Cafe is owned by
three entrepreneurs from Kansas: Tyler
Olson, Mike Robinson and John Selt
zer. Olson and Robinson are long-time
friends from their hometown of To
peka, Kan. The two ran a bar together,
the 12th Street Pub, in Manhattan, Kan.
Seltzer worked for them as a bartender
while he and Olson went to Kansas
State University. Robinson attended
Emporia State University.
Seltzer said the decision to choose
Lincoln for their restaurant was an easy
“Mike and Tyler were up here for a
game,” Seltzer said. “They were
scoping out college towns, and they
happened to walk by (the cafe’s cur
rent location, then vacant). That was
less than a year ago.”
The space the cafe occupies has
been vacant for nearly five years. Avant
Card formerly occupied the space,
“We felt that downtown Lincoln
needed another restaurant that was
steering away from the fried food and
burgers,” Seltzer said. “It’s a niche we
The light menu offers a quick lunch
for the downtown business crowd,
Olson said, while also providing a good
place to eat, drink and watch sporting
events for the college crowd.
! The decor is taken from bars all
over the country, but is mostly mod
eled after the 1950s New York City
coffee shops, when they still served
alcohol, Olson said.
“It’s something Lincoln didn’t have,
and we didn’t want to open a bar that
looks just like the bar next door,” he
The Main Street Cafe’s official
grand opening celebration will be this
weekend, with plenty of drink specials.
The cafe’s regular hours are 11 a.m.
to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday,
with the kitchen closing around 10 pan.
While the cafe isn’t open Sundays,
Olson said that would probably change
in the future.
Daniel J. Luedert/DN
MAIN ST. CAFE, at 12th and 0 streets, had its grand opening this
Kansas society plans newspaper auction
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — And you
thought old newspapers weren’t worth
Well, you’re probably right about
that stack in your garage. But the col
lection the Kansas State Historical
Society is about to unload is worth
“This is a very, very big deal,” said
Rick Brown, editor and publisher for
the Newspaper Collectors Society of
America in Lansing, Mich. He called
the auction, set for Jan. 17, the largest
of its kind.
Thousands of old editions, dating
as far back as 1764, are among the is
sues of 180 newspapers from Kansas
and 21 other states that will be sold.
Some papers will hold value for
their announcements of historic events:
the Lincoln assassination, the sinking
of the Titanic, die stock market crash
of ’29. The brittle, yellowed pages hold
When the Newspaper Collectors Society
told us this might be worth $50,000 to
$100,000, we were really surprised.”
Kansas State Historical Society assistant executive director
reports of Frank and Jesse James,
Lizzie Borden's murder trial, the fall
of the Alamo, the Mexican War. Not
to mention sports and the comics.
The historical society decided to
sell them because they wore expensive
to store and available on microfilm.
“When the Newspaper Collectors
Society told us this might be worth
$50,000 to $100,000, we were really
surprised,” said David Haury, the his
torical society’s assistant executive di
The papers will be sold in lots,
rather than individually. Some papers
are in good condition; others are little
more than fragments.
Haury said that, in its early years,
the society collected items related to
American history in general, which is
why it was getting newspapers from all
over the country. More recently, it has
focused on Kansas and the West.
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