Marion “Shorty” Janousek, Nebraska parachutist and aerial balloon maker, began his
career as a parachutist as a member of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborn Division in
1956. In his lifetime, Janousek made 3,849 jumps, mostly free-fall sky dives.
In 1964 Janousek opened the Lincoln Parachute Loft for parachute repacking,
repair, and sales. Through the Lincoln Parachute Club, he trained hundreds of
Nebraskans to parachute.
In 1986 Janousek was selected to do the rigging on a
425-foot, double aerial balloon designed to circle the globe. He was a long-time
member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Experimental
Aircraft Association. An accomplished pilot, parachutist and teacher, his
favorite expression was, “...and now you know why the birds sing.”