Man recalls experiencing partial eclipse

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Maynard Ortegren is 92-years-old and remembered a partial eclipse he experienced several decades ago. He and his wife have prepared for their first full eclipse.


"I'll watch it very intently because you know it's going to happen oh yell I'll watch it from start to finish, it'll bring back memories I'm sure," said Ortegren.

Ortegren was was working a long day in a wheat field when he sat down to rest and fell asleep. When he woke up the sky was dark.

"I looked up and it was a red ball just red," he said.

He said he didn't have a TV or radio then so he didn't understand what was happening.

"It got dark and I didn't know what was going on and I was working right beside the cemetery," he said.
He said shortly after his father explained that they were experiencing an eclipse.

Ortegren remembered that he wasn't the only one who was confused.
"Well the chickens went to roost and the cattle came home to be milked and this is what happens at night," he said.

Ortegren said he and his wife are going to watch the eclipse together from their apartment.