Wahoo, Nebraska

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Wahoo is a city in Saunders County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 3,942 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Saunders County[3].



Beginning in February 1996, the city was denoted the location of the "home office" that produces the top-10 list for David Letterman's Late Show program, having relocated from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The town had lobbied Letterman for the status for months. It had the Nebraska legislature proclaim him an admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska, as well as inundate Letterman with letters, postcards, and bribes of flowers, clothing, animals, alcoholic beverages, shredded money, and free checkups at the Wahoo Medical Center. When Letterman jokingly said he wanted more, Wahoo sent him a '76 Ford Pinto with a sofa attached to the hood, a wall clock made of cow droppings, and two of the town's teenagers, brothers Jeff and Josh Price. This brought some degree of fame and tourism to the town. The nightly recap of the show on the CBS web site is titled The Wahoo Gazette.

Baseball player Wahoo Sam Crawford and film producer Darryl F. Zanuck were born there, as well as composer Howard Hanson and 1958 Nobelist George Beadle (in Physiology/Medicine).

Wahoo Public High School is also the owner of the third-longest boys' high school basketball winning streak — 114 straight games — from 1987-88 thru the 1991-92 seasons. This feat spanned 5 seasons and 4 state basketball championships.

Notable natives and residents

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