As the nation celebrates the life of Pres. George H.W. Bush, his contributions to Nebraska are being remembered.
The elder Bush visited Nebraska during his tenure, including a trip where he promoted ethanol.
It was June 1989 when Pres. Bush came to Lincoln, and test drove a vehicle using locally-produced ethanol.
According to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Pres. Bush attracted a crowd of more than 10,000 at the Devaney Center, where he expressed support for biofuels.
“Nebraska’s going to make it work,” Bush said. “These alternative fuels are going to take the market by storm.”
The Nebraska Corn Board said the car Pres. Bush used is now in the collection at Pioneer Village.
Bush's cabinet included two men with Nebraska ties. Clayton Yeutter, a native of Eustis served as Secretary of Agriculture while Dick Cheney was Secretary of Defense. Cheney was born in Lincoln, and spent time in Sumner as a child.