Making a splash has always come easy to Hastings High alum Roger Holthaus.
The 74-year-old lawyer has made waves in a number of ways during his years in Hastings and abroad: as a gold medal swimmer, police officer, deputy district attorney, ‘drug runner,’ and successor of legendary football coach and former congressman Tom Osborne.
While in Hastings, he lived in the former house of Kool-Aid inventor Edwin Perkins at 1117 N. Hastings Ave. in the 1950s. He learned to swim at the former Hastings YMCA location on Fourth Street and Lincoln Avenue and later served as a lifeguard at the Officers Club Pool at the U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot. He also kept watch over swimmers at the old Hastings Aquacourt.