James W. Goeke is a professor emeritus at the Conservation and Survey Division of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s School of Natural Resources (http://snr.unl.edu). His undergraduate degree in geology was from the University of Wisconsin, where he played center for their football team. His graduate work was at Colorado State, where he specialized in the hydrogeology of several Front Range aquifers. During his forty-year career at Nebraska, he drilled over 1,100 test holes into the Ogallala/High Plains Aquifer. He still likes to get out in the field on a regular basis to discover what lies beneath the surface of Nebraska.