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Alumni Trio Compile Centennial History Book

Bob Burke, Bill Moore and Andy Rieger talk about weaving together 100 years of history into keepsake book Bob Burke, 1970 By Marki-maCaulie White How were you approached to write the centennial book?

In anticipation of the centennial of OU Journalism, Dean Joe Foote asked me to develop an idea for a professionally produced coffee table-sized book that told, in an interesting and colorful way, the first century of the program. Dean Foote and I were in school together in the late 1960s, and he has been a close friend for more than 40 years.

What was it like to work with your co-authors?

I gladly agreed to write the book along with co-authors Bill Moore and Andy Rieger. Bill and I have worked together for years on book and television projects. Andy is a longtime friend and was a hard-working co-author.  It took all three of us to launch a massive research project. Andy interviewed many alumni and tracked down leads on interesting stories. Bill also looked through old newspapers and yearbooks to develop stories and select hundreds of potential photographs for the book. I took the mountain of research and wrote a first draft that was supplemented by Bill and Andy.

Burke (’70), author of more than 100 historical, non-fiction books, led the team in putting together the keepsake journalism history


Pulse 2013  

Alumni magazine of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma.