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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Nichols first speaker in series

  • Dick Nichols will be the first speaker for The Encouraging Word lecture series. The series begins at 7 p.m. today, the last of those set at the McPherson Museum at 1130 East Euclid St.


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  • Dick Nichols will be the first speaker for The Encouraging Word lecture series. The series begins at 7 p.m. today, the last of those set at the McPherson Museum at 1130 East Euclid St.
    His speech, titled “Lucky Boy,” revolves around life experiences, including the 1986 incident in which he and his late wife, Connie, achieved national recognition as Honorary Citizens of New York after they were stabbed by a man with a sword on the Staten Island Ferry; nine were injured and two others died in this memorable aberration.
    Connie passed away in 1994 after a courageous battle with cancer.
    Dick is a former United States Congressman, having served as Representative for the Fifth District of Kansas from 1990 to 1992.  A native Kansan, he was born and raised in Fort Scott, attended elementary schools in Fort Scott and graduated from high school in Paola.
    Following college stints in the Navy V-12 program at Kansas University, Park College, Mo., and University of Notre Dame, he served aboard as a minesweeper in the North Atlantic, then on a brand new destroyer in the Gulf Coast.
    After his naval service, he graduated from Kansas State University with degrees in agricultural economics and technical journalism.
    He moved to McPherson in 1969 as President of Home State Bank & Trust Co. and served in this capacity until 1990 when he served in the U.S. Congress.
    Following his service in Congress, he returned to the bank as chairman of the board.  He has been in banking for 54 years.
    Dick has served as president of the Kansas Bankers Association, the McPherson Chamber of Commerce, McPherson Rotary Club, McPherson Arts Council and served as Commanding General of the Kansas Cavalry and board member of Kansas, Inc.
    A veteran, Dick is a member of the American Legion and VFW.
    He also is a member of the First United Methodist Church where he teaches an adult Sunday school class.
    Dick is enthusiastic about life, enjoys sports, plays the piano, and participates in golf and tennis. Dick and his wife, Linda, enjoy their blended families of children and grandchildren.
    Dick says, “Much of life is in our mental attitude. If you think great things might happen, they do!
    “If you question them ever happening, they won’t!”

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