Longtime Educators Appreciate Quality

Ann and Robin Koozer

Ann and Robin Koozer

Robin and Ann Koozer grew up learning about Nebraska’s past from historian Dr. Robert Manley on NET. Beginning in about 1965, he hosted the Rails West and Nebraska Heritage educational television series.

“He was an additional history teacher for a lot of students in Nebraska grade schools and middle schools,” said Ann, who grew up in Hastings, earned an education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and taught in Hastings Public Schools for more than 30 years.

Robin, her husband of 44 years, graduated from Hastings College and chaired the music department there for 29 years. The couple belongs to First Presbyterian Church in Hastings where they serve in a number of roles.

“When public television came around, it helped inform and entertain us in rural Nebraska,” said Robin, who grew up in Broken Bow.

As patrons of the arts and humanities, the Koozers appreciate classical music on radio as well as Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me and news from NPR and NET. Their television favorites include documentaries from filmmaker Ken Burns, local sports, Masterpiece and Great Performances. Their two daughters grew up watching Sesame Street.

The Koozers have supported NET since 1990 and included the network in their estate planning. “It was logical for us to help ensure that Nebraska has access to quality programming in the arts and humanities. It’s part of the ‘total human experience,’” said Robin, noting their gift aligns with how they live and what they believe is important.

“Hastings has a lot of good people who make sure both TV and radio are supported,” said Ann. “The programming doesn’t just happen.”

Like Robin and Ann, you can make sure NET’s programming continues to make a difference in our community with your gift. To learn more, contact the NET Planned Giving Office at 800.634.6788 or plannedgiving@netNebraska.org.

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