Mel Sanders was the very first inductee into the Nebraska Rock 'N
 Roll Hall of Fame. His "Fan Award" signaled the direction of the Hall
 of Fame that centers around music fans and dance music
Mel is an O'Neill native, whose early memories of rock included
 walking to town to dances and listening to records on a battery
 powered player before they had electricity on the farm. Mel and his
 wife Lucy live in Norfolk.
It was a tape of vintage rock, compiled by Sanders, that inspired
 Jim Casey to organize the first 'Nebraska Rocks' in 1994.