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JUNE 2017

The

Endeavor

4-year-old Kynnli not letting anything slow her down

Searching for Bigfoot

9 Festivals in June Not to Miss

The Golf Game You Should Be Playing


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What I’ve been shown… My dad wasn’t the kind of dad who would sit me down and say, “Son, let me tell you how the world works.” He showed me by example. I admire him for that now, but, as a kid, that wasn’t my attitude. I wanted to know who was this guy who married my mom, had an accent, and looked nothing like me. And he’s now my dad? He showed me love. He came into my life when I was six years old and took over the role of dad, which was available at the time. He showed me patience. Let’s just say in my early years I was lost and aimless. They must have been trying for him. I only recall him losing his cool on two occasions. Pretty amazing track record. He showed me that good honest work pays off. At 19, Dad emigrated to the U.S. from Germany. He never attended college, but he was a brilliant engineer. He worked his way up through opportunities and eventually ran manufacturing plants. He showed me generosity. He put me through one of the best design schools in the country. To this day, I am so grateful for my education. He showed me how to be a dedicated husband. He and my mom were married for 41 years. He loved her, honored her, and took care of her until she passed in 2011. This is my first Father’s Day without my dad. I had the honor to deliver his eulogy in March. I feel blessed for the time I had with him. Hopefully, I will continue to pass on the life lessons he modeled for me. Dave Miller Back40Design, President

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THE LITTLEST ENDEAVOR

Four-year-old amputee Kynnli Ellis doesn’t let anything slow her down

SEARCHING FOR BIGFOOT

Retired OSBI forensic artist investigates the legend

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THE GOLF GAME YOU SHOULD BE PLAYING

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PGA former golfer shares seven secrets to playing a great game

JUNE FESTIVALS

Take the Month of Festival challenge and attend a must-see state festival every weekend in June SILENT NO MORE

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FEATURELOOK

Kynnli Ellis, 4-year old amputee, competes in Endeavor Games Kynnli Ellis was born with fibular hemimelia, which means two bones were missing in her lower leg and she didn’t have a fully formed foot. Along with that entrance into the world, however, Kynnli was also born with a warrior’s spirit, and a generous mix of a little melodrama queen. At four-years-old, she is curious and questioning, frilly and flamboyant. She loves her younger siblings, her cousins, and the movie Frozen. She also loves to move because, even as an amputee from age eight months, nothing - not even a missing leg - is going to slow Kynnli down. A Little Attitude “My husband and I knew that whatever our attitude was toward her leg, she would have that same attitude,” says Staci Ellis, Kynnli’s mom. “So, for her first Halloween, I dressed her up as a pirate because she already has one peg leg. Now, she has that same attitude. She’ll turn her prosthetic leg backward and walk around to freak people out.” Ellis’ attitude toward her firstborn’s amputation didn’t happen by accident. It came after a providential meeting with Charlie Swearingen, a flight paramedic and USA Volleyball champion, while waiting in line at Starbucks. At the time, Kynnli was only six-weeksold and Ellis knew an amputation was in her daughter’s future. As a new mom, she was desperate for direction on how to approach a parenting situation most never do. That’s when she saw the man in front of her in line and his two prosthetic legs. She had to strike up a conversation.

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She found out that Swearingen, who was dating his soon-to-be wife at the time, was born with the same thing as Kynnli, except in both legs. He assured Ellis that Kynnli would be able to do anything she wanted to do. He was a living example. Even with his prognosis, he had a full, normal, successful, amazing life.

“I told him, ‘I don’t know anything about parenting but especially parenting a kid with a disability. Was there anything specifically your parents did or didn’t do that helped?’ And he said, ‘The best thing my parents did for me after I got my prosthetics was when I fell they didn’t help me up.’” Tough First Step As a new mom, Ellis said that was a hard thing to hear. But necessary. When Kynnli struggled with her first prosthetic at 16 months old, Ellis’ instinct was to help her up. But she knew her daughter, like Swearingen, needed to figure out how to get up on her own. “That was the best piece of advice. And I was fortunate enough to get it early in our journey with Kynnli,” Ellis says. Now, Kynnli never sees anything as an obstacle. Only an adventure. When she turned two, Ellis took her to her first UCO Endeavor Games, an annual competition for children, adults, and military service members with disabilities to compete in athletic games. As soon as we walked in, we went to the track and field event. Kynnli started pointing out all these athletes, ‘Mommy, they all have legs like me! I want to run with my people. Can I run with my people?’ She did run with her people. At threeyears-old, Kynnli competed in the 20-meter dash, 60-meter dash, shot put, discus, javelin, and long jump. This year, she’ll do it all over again, while competing in the 100-meter dash, too. “There’s not anything she thinks, ‘Oh, I can’t do this because I have a prosthetic leg,’” says Ellis. “She doesn’t know of anything she can’t do.” See how Kynnli, along with hundreds of other athletes, compete at the UCO Endeavor Games, June 8-11.


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FEATURELOOK

Searching for By Tara Lynn Thompson

BIGFOOT OSBI forensic artist brings the legend to life.

Harvey Pratt sat on his couch, his wife Gina beside him, in their sprawling adobe home. It looks charmingly out of place in Oklahoma, as if it should be surrounded by red desert sand and cactus instead of the elm trees in green country. It’s also not all that easy to find, located in a tucked away country haven in the tucked away corner of another tucked away bend outside of Edmond. But when you arrive, you know an artist lives here. From the inside out, Native American artifacts, paintings, sculptures of wood or stone are all charming members of the family. Some Pratt created. Some Pratt found. Each an embodiment of a story. Like all of Pratt’s work. There’s always a story. For the last 45 years working with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, 27 of those years as a forensic artist, Pratt has used his eyes and ears, pencil and tablet, to create something solid from eye witness glimpses, glances, and grim memories. He’s created more than 5,000 forensic sketches all over the United States. His art has always solved mysteries. But, a few years ago, it took on one of the toughest mysteries of all: is there a Bigfoot? “I heard stories growing up in my indian culture about Sasquatch,” says Pratt, who said the Cheyenne refer to him or them as the “hairy people,” while other tribes may refer to Bigfoot as “the stick man,” “boss of the woods,” “living solid face,” “big elder brother,” or even “the frightener.” There are as many names for Bigfoot as there are NativeAmerican tribes. “All the tribes call him something different.” The most important point may not be that they call him by different names, but that each tribe recognizes him at all. This was how Pratt and Gina found themselves in Hoopa, an unincorporated community in northern California, interviewing Hoopa tribal members in 2007. Continued on pg 16

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David Paulides, a former police investigator who has studied Bigfoot sightings, hired Pratt to do what Pratt does best - listen and draw what he hears. Paulides, at the time, was putting together, The Hoopa Project: Bigfoot Encounters in California, which compiled investigative evidence gathered from eyewitness accounts of Sasquatch, along with Pratt’s drawings from those interviews. “The first drawing looked human, like a human being. And David was just shocked,” says Pratt, who, along with Gina, interviewed Hoopa tribal members and local residents - from law enforcement personnel to doctors - who all had eyewitness accounts of seeing Bigfoot. They believed what they saw,” says Gina. “The mannerisms, the story, their eyes, they believed this happened to them. You couldn’t question that part.

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Since that project, those stories have sent Harvey and Gina all over the United States, from California to Minnesota, from Oregon to Idaho, from Texas to Arkansas, listening to eyewitness accounts of Bigfoot. Some of the stories are glimpses, some more interactive. Eyewitness experiences run the gamut. There is a California couple who saw a Sasquatch catch a dear and another Oklahoma couple who ran into Bigfoot while on a hike. There are stories of young Sasquatch playing

with children, or entire Sasquatch families coming out of the brush to momentarily traverse open ground. Pratt said most of these eyewitnesses are so frightened by what they saw, or even disbelieving their own eyes, that they hesitate to share their story. “A lot of people don’t want their name printed,” he says. “They don’t want people to think you’re nuts.” All compiled, however, the eyewitness accounts give a general profile of what may or may not be out there: Height: 9 to 12 feet tall. Weight: 800 pounds easy. Hair color: all different, from white to silver, blond to golden, auburn to black and brown. Also, some are bald on top. Clothing: none, just covered in hair. Communication: a verbal language all their own, one Pratt says sounds like “gibberish.” Food: stories range from apples to watermelons to animals and... people. Pratt says, according to various interactions by eyewitnesses, these Sasquatch are civilized in their culture, but appear to not be as mentally evolved. They are attracted to children, the sound of kids playing or even music. Also, they may stink. Predominantly, they stick to wild, undeveloped areas of the country and, even after all these years, continue to hide because staying out of view is their instinct, says Pratt. After all he’s heard, does he believe, like these eyewitness accounts, that an entire species of Bigfoot exist? “I think there’s something out there,” says Pratt, who would like to see one for himself one day, but has stipulations. “I’d like to see one about 200 yards away. While I’m sitting in a car. A good working car. On a good road. So I can get the hell out of there.” The Bigfoot search continues.


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BIZLOOK By Morgan Day

TheVeraden The Veraden isn’t your typical retirement neighborhood. The senior living community in Edmond offers its residents a diverse calendar of activities you won’t see anywhere else — everything from boxing classes, agility ladder classes and dance classes to woodworking, gardening and poetry. “We take an outside-the-box approach to programming,” said Jena Nelson, lifestyle

director at the Veraden. “We not only incorporate the traditional activities of games, but programs that they get to experience for the first time. Sometimes due to raising children and jobs, people don’t get to take the classes that they might have tried earlier on in life.” Nelson — a former casting director, theater director, choreographer and educator — leads the lifestyles team, which also consists of a former certified nursing assistant and social scientist, a driver for seniors with over 10 years of experience, and a kinesthesiologist. The team’s vibrant and consistent programming has grabbed the attention of and resulted in visits from the Painted Sky Opera Company, University of Central Oklahoma Concert Chorale and Blue Anchor Belles. The Veraden, which is part of the Sagora Senior Living communities, offers independent living apartments with a variety of floor plans, all with full kitchens, ample linen and storage closets, and washer and dryer hookups. Its assisted living option offers the same unique lifestyle as independent living with the added benefit of a customized personal service plan. And the Veraden’s memory care community offers activity kitchens, daily programming

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and planned activities for those affected by Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memoryrelated diseases. The Veraden’s name is the marriage of “vermillion,” the shade of red in Oklahoma’s state flower, and “celadon,” a jewel that symbolizes the fact Edmond is known as the “jewel of Oklahoma.” It’s no wonder the senior living community is described over and over again by seniors and their families as beautiful and the staff caring and attentive. “It’s important to us to develop those relationships early on so our residents understand we want them here and we’re committed to providing the best care for them,” Nelson said. The Veraden is located at 2709 E. Danforth Road in Edmond. Visit sagora.com/veraden or call (405) 359-1230 to learn more.


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The Golf Game You Should Be Playing There are fewer boundaries in golf than in most sports. No out of bounds. No fouls. Just trees and mud and water and sand tempting you to challenge them. And, yet, every golfer brings his own set of restrictions to the course. Either in his head or in his swing. So, how do you remove those restrictions? Andy Dillard, also known as “Bib” on the PGA Tour, spent 20 years playing professional golf at places like Pebble Beach, known for its bewitching 18th hole next to the Pacific Ocean. He’s played with golf legends like Payne Steward, as well as The Golden Bear himself, Jack Nicklaus. If you want to open your golf game to a whole new level of satisfaction and achievement, here are Andy’s seven tips to get you playing the golf game you should be playing.

1 Expect nothing and everything. “The best thing people can do is have no expectations on the golf course. When you play golf, you’re really dealing with 90% failure. Golf is about having things you don’t want to happen happening all day. So prepare yourself mentally before you play.”

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alignment. “From the beginner to the best player in the world, the most abused common denominator in everyone’s golf game is alignment. When setting up before your shot, make your feet and shoulders parallel to your target line.”

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“Everything about golf is against human nature. There is a battle within yourself to control your thoughts and emotions, which, if you succeed, will allow you to play your best game. To do this, stay positive. Shots will rarely go where you want them to go. So, when bad shots happen, forget them and move on.”

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“Releasing the club is something you never want to do, unless it’s a bunker shot. Otherwise, it’s a recipe for a disaster.”

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“The best way to play golf is like you don’t care. Golf gives you too much time to think, instead of many sports which require instant reaction. To get out of your head, keep your thoughts as simple, as positive, and as in the moment as possible.”


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Neuro By Morgan Day

Pain Care With a board certification in both neurology and pain management, Dr. Amer Nouh of Neuro Pain Care is in a perfect place to diagnose and treat any and every kind of spinal or nerve pain. While many pain clinics can only treat pain related to the back or neck, Nouh’s facility in Edmond treats migraines and headaches in addition to pain associated with the spine, neck, joints, abdomen and pelvis. Not only that, the care center also treats patients suffering from pain due to stroke or cancer and neurological ailments, such as seizures, pinched nerves and Parkinson’s disease. Nouh gets to the root of the problem and focuses on educating patients about the source of pain and how to treat it.

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“When our patients are more knowledgeable, they know exactly the causes of their pain, and in turn they can understand and comply with the treatment better,” Nouh said. “The success rate will be much better, and their quality of the life in the end will be better, too.” Nouh said many patients appreciate that they can undergo procedures, such as spinal cord stimulation and botox injections for headaches and muscle spasms, in house instead of in a hospital or surgery center, which saves them time and money. Most procedures require only a regular physician office copay. The Edmond resident moved his clinic from Oklahoma City to 1417 NW 150th Street in Edmond about seven months ago after recognizing a need in the area. Nouh and his skilled team occupy a single-story building with close parking and no stairs, making it as easy as possible for patients to enter and exit. Since the move to Edmond, he’s continued to hear consistent positive feedback about his center. Many rave about

Nouh’s kindness and compassion and his friendly and professional staff. “I’ve had several patients thank me and say they’ve had pain for years and years and when they came to me I was able to identify the causes of their pain and give them the appropriate treatment so they can function better — so they can live and enjoy their life again.” Visit paincareok.com or call (405) 418-4041 to learn more about Neuro Pain Care.


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Weeklong vacations are fabulous when they’re possible, but they’re not always possible. If you can’t get an entire week off work this summer, what about an entire month of weekends?

Experience a different Oklahoma event every weekend in June

Across the state, Oklahomans are prepping for a list of festivals all during June that range from the super yummy to the seriously fun. In a short drive, you can get a taste of that sweet, carefree vacation feeling without missing a single day of work.

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ROUTE 66 DAYS

Lords and ladies, don’t miss the final weekend of the 22nd Annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival at the Castle of Muskogee. Bring the royal family for a day of jugglers, dancers, magicians, acrobats, and food fit for a king.

Get your motor running and head out on the highway for Elk City’s Route 66 Days event, a weekend revved for a family-friendly day of cool cars, great shopping, free entertainment, and a city-wide garage sale.

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Relive the trick roping, riding, and shooting stunts in the authentic Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show that made Gordon W. “Pawnee Bill” Lillie famous more than 90 years ago.

Beginning on Thursday, June 8, step out of downtown Oklahoma City and into over 1,000 indie films from around the world during the deadCENTER Film Festival.

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Encourage dad to reach for the stars during the five-day Tulsa Balloon Festival on Father’s Day weekend, located off 41st Street and 129th E. Ave.

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Start celebrating America’s independence early during LibertyFest, named by CNN and USA Today as one of the Top 10 July 4th Festivals in the United States.

Cool off in the summer heat during the 6th annual Stars & Stripes River Festival, a patriotic themed festival that combines great food with on-thewater fun events at the Oklahoma City Boathouse District.

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ALOOKBACK Then came the words that touched my heart forever. Jeff related, “The speaker said we often see God the way we see our own father and that’s what happened to me. I was never close to my dad.” He stopped, looked at my husband, and then said, “You’re the only father I’ve ever really known.” By then we were all in tears. My husband was dying. What beautiful words for him to hear.

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By Louise Tucker Jones

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Though Father’s Day isn’t celebrated as widely as Mother’s Day, I believe it is just as important. Having a loving father in your life allows you to grow up feeling safe and secure. Thankfully, I grew up with a gentle, fun-loving daddy. But there’s another reason that being a good father is important. My late husband, Carl, was a wonderful dad and granddad to our children and grandchildren. But he also invested himself into the lives of friends and coworkers. One young man in particular. Jeff was about the age of our oldest son when he interviewed with my husband. Carl hired and

trained him for company work, but he was also interested in the young man’s family. Jeff had two little boys who sometimes came to the office. Over time, Carl grew to love them like his own grandkids. It was some years later, during Carl’s hospitalization after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, that Jeff told Carl how he had affected his life. As the three of us were waiting for a procedure for Carl, Jeff mentioned that he attended a spiritual retreat for men. Carl was pleased. Jeff assured him that it was Carl’s urging that made him go. At the retreat, Jeff gave his life to Jesus Christ. Carl was ecstatic. “Son, that’s wonderful,” he said, tears streaming down his cheeks.

So I offer this challenge to all fathers, young and old. Remember that you are modeling God the Father to not only your own children and grandchildren, but to others around you. And what greater reward on this earth than to know that you helped someone find life in Christ! Happy Father’s Day! ABOUT THE AUTHOR Louise Tucker Jones is an award-winning author, inspirational speaker & founder of Wives With Heavenly Husbands, a support group for widows. LouiseTJ@cox.net or LouiseTuckerJones.com.

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Silent No More

By Amy Dee Stephens

Composer brings silent films back to life

Like many young boys, Breck McGough grew up loving superhero movies. But it wasn’t the action or special effects that captured his interest—it was the music. Now, as the composer of over 20 film scores, he’s turned his sights toward reintroducing the world to musical styles that have gone unheard for nearly a century! McGough began performing historical music three years ago when he played piano during a 1920s silent movie. The Paramount Theatre on film row in Oklahoma City was showing the horror flick, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. McGough wrote an original piano score and played live while the film rolled. “Playing non-stop for an hour-long movie is exhausting, but it’s an overwhelmingly enjoyable to help the audience experience the film much like audiences would have 95 years ago,” said McGough. Performing wasn’t new to McGough, who grew up singing at church. His mom was an opera singer, his aunt was a concert pianist, and his grandma taught him to read music by age of seven. He assumed that all children noticed and loved movie background music. “When I was four, I would play the movie Batman Returns over and over again, but I wasn’t watching the movie, I was just listening to the soundtrack.” McGough eventually taught himself to read and write scores. In college, he met Spike Alkire and Jake Kelley, two filmmakers producing award-winning films. They identified McGough’s interest in history and his ability to create period-authentic music, so the three teamed up to form Everytime Productions. For a college talent show, Alkire and Kelley created a silent film spoof for which McGough composed a three-part piano piece. All three sat on the same piano bench, and as the film progressed, they began fighting over bench space.

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“It was a great comic gag, because we really hammed it up,” McGough said. Afterward, Kelley suggested that McGough write a Dr. Caligari score for Paramount Theater. McGough next wrote two silent film scores for the Metropolitan Library System, where he works as an associate librarian. Fellow librarian, Buddy Johnson, described McGough’s personality and performances as, “Sunshine and smiles. When he’s playing music, it’s like seeing the human personification of joy.” McGough enjoys describing the moment he was softly playing during the scene of a woman sleeping. Suddenly, she was snatched up by the main character. “I hit the piano really hard, and I heard the audience gasp,” McGough said. “I knew the music had punctuated the timing of the physical comedy.” The library is now utilizing McGough’s talent to interpret the library’s collections of historical sheet music--songs written in a lost style that haven’t been heard in a century. McGough never dreamed he would use his talent in such diverse ways, but he’s thrilled to combine his love of music and history. “I get a big sense of pride when people enjoy my scores,” McGough said. “Composing music is a dream come true.”


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