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World-Herald's Matt Haney created a larger-than-life fabric sculpture of Warren Buffett to honor the 50th anniversary of Buffett's 1965 purchase of Berkshire Hathaway.


Weekend schedule

Discount period at Nebraska Furniture Mart, 700 S. 72nd St., continues through May 4.
Discount begins at Borsheims, 120 Regency Parkway, continues through May 9.
1 to 4 p.m.Shareholder tours of the Omaha World-Herald's John Gottschalk Freedom Center, a newspaper production facility at 1398 Capitol Ave.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.Shareholder Services kiosk is open at CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St., for pickup of meeting credentials and Brooks 5K packets. 5K packets also are available at the Brooks booth until 5 p.m and at Peak Performance, 519 N. 78th St., from noon to 6 p.m.
Noon to 6 p.m.CenturyLink Exhibit Hall shopping open for shareholders with meeting credentials.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.Borsheims cocktail reception. Park at Westroads Mall, 10000 California St., and ride a shuttle from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
6:20 a.m.Norman and Jake, two Texas longhorns each weighing about a ton, will proceed down 10th Street to the CenturyLink Center with two Justin Boots executives aboard. Following will be four horses pulling a Wells Fargo stagecoach.
7 a.m.Doors open for the annual meeting at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
8:30 a.m.Movie starts.
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.Annual meeting, with questions taken until 3:30 p.m., except for a one-hour lunch break at noon, and a formal meeting at 3:45 p.m.
Noon to 6 p.m.Brooks 5K packet pickup at Peak Performance, 519 N. 78th St.
4:30 p.m.Exhibit booths close.
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.Shareholder picnic at Nebraska Furniture Mart with live entertainment from Blazin' Pianos and $5 meals from Famous Dave's, Domino's or Paradise Bakery & Cafe.
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.Third annual Berkshire Hathaway "Invest in Yourself" 5K presented by Brooks. Open to the public. Route begins on 10th Street in front of the CenturyLink Center. Register at; today is the deadline.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Borsheims shareholder-only shopping day, beginning with a complimentary brunch at 9 a.m. Beginning at 1 p.m. are events featuring bridge champions Bob Hamman and Sharon Osberg and magician Norman Beck.
1 p.m. to 10 p.m.Shareholder-only service for those with reservations at Gorat's Steakhouse, 4917 Center St.
4 p.m. to 10 p.m.Shareholder-only service for those with reservations at Piccolo's Steakhouse, 2202 S. 20th St.

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The paper sculpture of Warren Buffett featured on the cover and inside this special section is the work of World-Herald artist Matt Haney.

The head-and-shoulders caricature is 18 inches tall, about 90 percent of life-size. The interior framework is poster board with cardboard reinforcement. Outside are layers of fake money — reproductions of new and old $100 bills that he created, all quite legally.

The bills were arranged in different patterns: Old $100 fronts for the face and hand, new $100 backs applied in a diagonal pattern for the suit, and portions of darker bills to craft his glasses. His eyes are U.S. Federal Reserve seals. And layers of shredded $100 bills were used to make his unmistakable eyebrows.

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