If you were around long enough, you probably knew MoJoPo from one of a few places including his astrology column, Planet Power, or his music. Or maybe you knew him as the guy with that wonderful beard.
Though his given name was Michael Joseph Pryor, he went by MoJoPo, a nickname created by his initials. Most knew him simply as MoJo. Sadly, he died of a heart attack according to multiple sources on Facebook.
He was definitely an Omaha icon.
Pryor loved music and was often found taking his harmonica onstage to play with various bands. MoJo also played in Omaha bands such as Bumpy Action, MoJo Risin’ and Blue Valentine, and he had a space, MoJoPo’s Studio, used by local musicians as a practice space.
He attended Creighton Prep, and later played football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers (where he was clean-shaven and had a buzz cut). It was a time he called his “warrior days.” (Check out this image from the July 10, 1964, edition of The World-Herald.)
Pryor always had a strong interest in astrology, and he got into art after taking classes at Creighton University. He believed strongly in astrology and mysticism, and said he once lived in a forest for 10 months.
I met him back when I worked for The Reader and he’d come in and type out his astrology column. I don’t know that he had a computer, but someone would clear a desk and let him get to work. I’ll always remember him as a very kind man.
Please add any stories or remembrances about MoJo in the comments below.
UPDATE: This comes from MoJo’s official obit in The World-Herald: A Memorial Celebration and Tribute to the earthly life of Michael Joseph Pryor will be held at 5pm tonight at The OM Center at 1216 Howard Street in Omaha.
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