History of Honorees at the Merrymakers Annual Roast

  • 1991 Governor Ben Nelson
  • 1992 Chancellor Del Weber
  • 1993 Senator Bob Kerrey
  • 1994 Mr. Chip Davis
  • 1995 Dr. Lee Simmons
  • 1996 Senator J. James Exon
  • 1997 Mr. Walter Scott, Jr.
  • 1998 Reverend Michael G. Morrison
  • 1999 Mr. Bruce Lauritzen
  • 2000 Mr. Michael Yanney
  • 2001 Senator Chuck Hagel
  • 2002 Mr. Ken Stinson
  • 2003 Coach Dana Altman
  • 2004 Mrs. Mary Maxwell
  • 2005 Mr. Mike Fahey
  • 2006 Mr. David Sokol
  • 2007 Mr. Dick Holland
  • 2008 Mr. Mogens Bay
  • 2009 Ms. Susan Jacques
  • 2010 Mr. Bruce Rasmussen
  • 2011 Mr. John P. Nelson
  • 2012 Mr. Sid Dinsdale
  • 2013 Fr. Tom Fangman
  • 2014 Ms. Cyndy Peacock

Music Brings Memories Back to Injured Brain

In the first study of its kind, two researchers have used popular music to help severely brain-injured patients recall personal memories. Amee Baird and Séverine Samson outline the results and conclusions of their pioneering research in the recent issue of the journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.


Although their study covered a small number of cases, it’s the very first to examine ‘music-evoked autobiographical memories’ (MEAMs) in patients with acquired brain injuries (ABIs), rather than those who are healthy or suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease.


In their study, Baird and Samson played extracts from ‘Billboard Hot 100’ number-one songs in random order to five patients. The songs, taken from the whole of the patient’s lifespan from age five, were also played to five control subjects with no brain injury. All were asked to record how familiar they were with a given song, whether they liked it, and what memories it invoked……


Read more from the original article here.

A. Baird, S. Samson. Music evoked autobiographical memory after severe acquired brain injury: Preliminary findings from a case series. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 2013; : 1 DOI: 10.1080/09602011.2013.858642