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From musicians to attorneys, brewmasters to surgeons, state senators to district judges, we introduce you to 40 individuals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in Oklahoma through their professional and personal lives. In this, our fifth class of 40 Under 40, we salute these individuals and their commitment to their communities and state. The Class of 2011 is moving and shaking, and the sky is the limit for these 40 young professionals. Photographer John Amatucci shot each of the 40 in a marathon two-day photo shoot. View video interviews with the 40 online at www.okmag.com.
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Imagine drive-in movie theaters, drive-in burger joints, horns honking on Saturday night as high schoolers take to the Tulsa streets to show off their cars and say hello to friends. Dragging the strip is as essential to the high school experience as football games and first loves.
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Interior designer Christopher Murphy has created a living space for himself and his partner that pairs elegant with eclectic, upscale with humorous and subdued with over the top. The result is a three-level condo that tantalizes the eye at every glance with bright colors, rich fabrics and collectibles with stories.
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR It never fails. Whenever we begin accepting nominations for each year’s 40 Under 40 class or when the feature hits stands, we hear from readers who say, “Why not do a 50 Over 50?” or, “How about 60 Over 60?” Those would undoubtedly be great features including some of the state’s most fascinating people, but there’s a reason we choose to pay special attention to Oklahoma’s young professionals each April. Collectively, these individuals are the future of our state. In most cases, they could live anywhere in the country, maybe even make more money and enjoy all the things that big city life affords. However, the 40 we honor each year have chosen to stay in Oklahoma, or in some cases come back home, to contribute to the economy, get involved in their communities and make the state a more vibrant, prosperous place for all of us to live. For decades Oklahoma was a place that our brightest and most talented couldn’t wait to leave. And we weren’t necessarily high on anyone’s list of places to move. As the saying goes, “It’s a great place to raise a family.” True. But is it a good place for a young person to build a career, to reach his full potential? Does the state embrace young professionals and diversity in general? The answer to that question may be yes and no, but what’s clear is that the situation has dramatically improved. More of our best students are opting to build a life in Oklahoma and a job offer in Tulsa or Oklahoma City gets serious consideration. The 40 individuals we recognize each year play a crucial role in this progress. They’re making Oklahoma stronger. That’s good for everyone.
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Senior editor Michael W. Sasser caught up with media strategist and Tulsa native Fred Davis to talk about his reputation as the right wing’s ad man (“Marketing Magician,” p. 20). “Fred was remarkably easy to reach and willing to chat, and he was much more candid and down to earth than most people I have spoken to from the political arena,” says Sasser. “He’s quite charming, has a warm and easy humor about him and it’s clear he has Oklahoma still in his blood – he
hobnobs with the most powerful people in the country, but he is clearly not all that impressed with himself.” Tulsa photographer and regular Oklahoma Magazine contributor Jeremy Charles took a February ride in an F-16 with the Oklahoma Air National Guard for this month’s “Eye In The Sky” photo essay (p. 65). The project took more than three months to complete, from inception to the once-in-a-lifetime ride. “Once I was in the plane, confined in a tiny cockpit and breathing through an oxygen mask, reality began to set in,” Charles says. “As we left the ground, it felt like a normal, albeit fast, airplane ride, then the pilot pulled back on the stick. Wow. There is no way to describe the raw power behind the craft. “It was a blast, a roller coaster times a thousand, but as we approached the landing strip back in Tulsa, I knew I was ready to have my feet back on the ground.”
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George and Shirley Hazlett took up square dancing as a hobby and for exercise.
(Not So) Dirty Dancing PHOTO BY DAN MORGAN.
Think square dancing went out with the Civil War? Think again.
When Shirley Hazlett’s children moved out of her home, she and her husband, George, found themselves at a loss for activity. Shirley felt restless and urged George to take dancing lessons with her, but he hated to exercise. After reading about the many health benefits of square dancing, he reluctantly agreed to taking classes. And what started out on a whim for the couple became a passion. “I love the dancing and the fellowship,” Shirley says. “You meet so many neat people. And it’s good exercise.” The Hazletts are the past presidents and current insurance chairmen of the Oklahoma Square Dance Federation, a conglomerate of nine districts and some 75 individual square dancing clubs from across the state. Since 1947, members of the federation dosado’d their way across the dance
floors of Oklahoma, and have picked up some serious devotees along the way. No one can quite agree where square dancing originated. Many credit English and French dances of centuries past, while the Scots, Scandinavians and Spanish are also said to have made contributions. The term dos-a-dos is French in origin, meaning “back-to-back.” Regardless of the roots, it has indisputably become a fixed part of American – and Oklahoman – heritage. “They call a square dance in English, no matter what country you dance in,” jokes Ray Mills, co-president of the Oklahoma federation. Jim Reese credits the family atmosphere of the gatherings and the friendliness of Oklahomans for square dancing’s popularity in the state. APRIL 2011 | WWW.OKMAG.COM
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“Oklahomans are naturally a social people and this is a very sociable activity,” he says. Reese and his wife, Julia, are the immediate past presidents of the Oklahoma Square Dance Federation. They have attended three out of the past four national square dancing conventions that the Oklahoma federation has hosted, and have been active in the group for more than 30 years. “We started dancing in 1976,” he says, “and plan on many more years of fun and fellowship.” Mills agrees with Reese that the familyfriendly nature of square-dancing gatherings – no drinking or misbehaving – is part of the attraction for so many Oklahomans. “They’re good, wholesome activities,” he says. “You can even bring your children and teach them to dance.” Many, like the Hazletts, join their local square dancing clubs for the numerous health benefits, such as reduced risk of heart
disease, bone-loss, depression, diabetes and even memory loss. The physical dancing itself keeps the body active and in shape, while the intricate calls of the dance – 32 in just the most basic set – helps keep the mind sharp. In addition, the camaraderie of the groups keeps participants happy and socially fulfilled. “Many doctors recommend square dancing as a form of exercise and a way to deter the aging process,” Reese says. “It’s one of the healthiest activities a person can participate in.” While everyone seems to have his or her own reason to join, this fall, the lure will be all about the car. During the first week of November, the Oklahoma Square Dance Federation will host its annual shindig at the Biltmore Hotel in Oklahoma City. Citizens are invited to dance, take one of the many classes offered, or just to watch. And one lucky attendee will drive away with the
prize from this year’s classic car giveaway – a 1978 white Corvette – an annual tradition at the event. This year’s theme is as down-to-earth and heartfelt as many of the federation’s members seem to be: “From Our Hearts to Yours, We Hope You Dance.” In the summer of 2013, the Oklahoma square-dancing scene will heat up even more as the federation hosts the 62nd annual National Square Dance Convention. Dancers and callers from around the nation will converge on Oklahoma City for four days of clogging, sashays and allemandes. Mills says that during the last convention, most of the hotels in Oklahoma City were booked; he anticipates a similarly large gathering in 2013. “It’s a whole lot of work to get everything put together on the national level,” he says, citing the help of the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau. TARA MALONE
John Wooley takes us to the movies in two new books.
Readers have seen John Wooley’s take on everything from Red Dirt music to drive-in movies. The writer and Oklahoma Magazine contributing editor next takes his audience through cinematic history in two new books this spring. Our Insider columnist looks at a horror flick legend in Wes Craven: The Man and his Nightmares, released last month by John Wiley & Sons publishers. The book’s prologue opens on a startling scene involving two kidnapped teenagers before asking the question, “Why?” The answer lays between the first chapter, in which Craven – the man who created the nightmare known as Freddy Krueger and the Scream movies – opines that his evangelical Christian upbringing gave a “kick start” to his youthful imagination, and the book’s back cover, where author Ron Wolfe credits Wooley for writing a richly textured biography on one of the industry’s most interesting and controversial filmmakers. Shot in Oklahoma: A Century of Sooner State Cinema is scheduled for release from University of Oklahoma Press this month. Wooley zooms out from Hollywood horror and refocuses his view on movies filmed in Oklahoma. Like his well-known book From the Blue Devils to Red Dirt: The Colors of Oklahoma Music, a fascinating scan of the state’s vast musical contributions and the people behind them, Shot in Oklahoma highlights the more humble beginnings of film history all the way to untold stories from more recent shoots in the state. Did you know Thomas Edison filmed Oklahoma’s 101 Ranch in Kay County three years before statehood? Thanks to Wooley, you do now, and there are more fascinating reads inside. Look for both titles at area and online booksellers. KAREN SHADE
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The Tulsa Opera presents Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece about a Druid priestess who engages in a secret affair ir with the leader of the he Roman Army, which ch results in two children. This production, n, created by Stanley M. Garner exclusively for Tulsa Opera audiences, will be a premiere for the company. www.tulsaopera.com
This annual event, sponsored by the American Heart Association, encourages folks of all ages and fitness levels to walk together to raise funds for research of heart disease. The Tulsa walk will be held April 2 at ONEOK Field; disease year’s goal is to raise $660,000. For more information, or to this yea register for this year’s event, visit www.americanheart.org.
T University of Tulsa’s 2010-2011 PresidenThe titial Lecture Series concludes April 7 with a conversation between Swedco ish novelist and playwright is Henning Mankell (best known H as the author of the Kurt Wallander detective series) and author Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient). www.utulsa.edu www
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He’s handy and has an appeal of his own. Chip Wade of HGTV’s Curb Appeal, which gives needed faceelifts to the outside look of homes, will be at this year’s OKC Home Show, w, April 1-3 at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www. homeshowokc.com
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April is the optimal time to begin planning summer garden; the festivals tell us so. the su Check out Tulsa Garden Center’s Springfest Garden Market and Festival April 9, www. tulsagardencenter.com; Brookside’s Herb Fest tulsaga April 9; Sand Springs Herbal Affair April 16, www. herbalaffairandfestival.com; or Jenks Herb and herbala Plant Show Sh April 23, www.jenksgardenclub.com.
The little train engine that has delighted children around the world for more than two decades pulls into the Expo Square Pavilion with a new live show, Thomas Saves the Day, April 30-May 1. www. exposquare.com
ONLY IN OKLAHOMA The life of Myra Maybelle Shirley, better known as Belle Starr, has been romanticized since before her death. According to legend, Starr was the “Bandit Queen” – a lovely, feminine figure who ruled outlaw gangs with her guns, her will power and her charm. In addition to being associated with the James boys and the Younger gang, Starr has been immortalized as a Robin Hood-like figure that stole from the rich to give to the poor. Her marriage to Cherokee Sam Starr provided her shelter as she moved into the territory with him. During her time there, Starr learned ways for organizing, planning and fencing for the rustlers, horse thieves and bootleggers. Her illegal enterprises proved lucra-
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tive enough for her to employ bribery to free her cohorts from the law when ever they were caught. Though her younger years still remain her most famous, Starr’s murder remains unsolved. Just two days before her 41st birthday in 1889, the outlaw queen met her tragic end as she was shot down in Eufaula, Okla. Although she spent much of her life between Missouri and Texas, Starr’s gravesite remains just outside of Eufaula to this day.
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Packing It Up Oklahoma agencies are working diligently to snuff out tobacco in Oklahoma.
ith more than 700,000 members of the adult population hooked on tobacco, Oklahoma has one of the highest smoking rates in the nation. According to Sally Carter, interim service chief at the Tobacco Use Prevention Service with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, tobacco-related costs total up to $750 for every Oklahoman each year – even those who do not smoke. For every $60 the tobacco industry spends per person to promote smoking in the state, only $6 is spent on prevention. On average, smokers miss 50 percent more work days than non-smokers, and each pack of cigarettes sold costs the state economy $7.62 in medical costs and lost productivity due to premature death and disease. Do these numbers sound scary? They should. But agencies in Oklahoma are hard at work to change all of this. “The Oklahoma State Plan for Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation has established a goal to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use in Oklahoma to the national average,” Carter says. The plan focuses on three areas: cessation, prevention and protection from second-hand smoke. In addition, Carter lauds the aims of House Bill 2135, which would allow Oklahoma communities to pass smoking legislation that is stricter than current state requirements. The bill also is supported by numerous national organizations, including the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association 16
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and American Lung Association. The Tobacco Use Prevention Service is not the only organization in the thick of the state’s ongoing battle with tobacco addiction. The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, or TSET, has taken funds the state received as part of the tobacco companies’ settlement and invested them in Oklahoma’s future. According to Sjonna Paulson, TSET’s director of communications, the interest and earnings of the dual endowment and trust have increased from $500,000 in FY 2003 to $18.5 million in FY 2011. TSET uses the results of their investments for smoking prevention programs, such statewide initiatives as Tobacco Stops With Me, community grants and cutting-edge research on cancer and tobaccorelated diseases with the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center at the Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center. In addition to fighting tobacco addiction – like the Tobacco Use Prevention Service, they aim to bring Oklahoma smoking down to the national average – TSET plans in the future to extend their efforts into improving the overall nutrition and health of every Oklahoman. “When our goal is accomplished, there will be 200,000 fewer tobacco users in Oklahoma,” Carter says of the state’s efforts. “That’s 200,000 more tobacco-free Oklahomans living healthier lives.” Oklahomans interested in quitting tobacco can call the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline at 1.800.QUIT.NOW, where many free resources are available, or visit www.stopswithme.com. TARA MALONE
AN EDMOND SUCCESS After almost five years since its adoption, Edmond’s Social Host ordinance appears to have succeeded as a deterrent to adult-assisted underage drinking. “It’s working well in Edmond because we enforce it and the word gets out,” says Edmond Police spokesperson Glynda Chu. Edmond’s law was the first of its kind in Oklahoma when enacted beginning in 2007. It places responsibility for underage drinking on the adult host of a party. Violators face a $500 fine or up to six months in jail. “Pretty much people just pay the fine,” says Chu. “We don’t usually have repeat offenders. That’s a lot of money for college students.” Chu says that these days offenders are typically college students hosting events at which someone is drinking and under 21 years of age. But recently, there are far fewer offenders than in the past. In 2007, there were 71 arrests on account of the Social Host ordinance. The number has dropped each subsequent year and was down to 10 in 2010. Parents and bar operators have generally been helpful in implementing the law. Chu says that after-hours fraternity and sorority parties at bars have virtually ended since the business would risk punishment. “Having a university in town means we have to get the word out every year, but it’s been very successful,” Chu says. More than 30 other municipalities in Oklahoma have adopted similar ordinances.
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Lisa Zaidle Clark, CFP™ & Brian C. McKinney, CIMA® Receive Family Wealth Director Designation Tulsa, January 31, 2011 – Morgan Stanley Smith Barney announced today that Mrs. Lisa Zaidle Clark, CFP™ Financial Advisor and Senior Vice President, Investment Management Consultant and Brian C. McKinney, CIMA® Financial Advisor and First Vice President, Investment Management Consultant in the Firm’s Wealth Management office in Tulsa, OK have earned the Family Wealth Director (FWD) designation. The FWD designation is granted to those Financial Advisors who have successfully completed a rigorous high-end accreditation program focused on skills required for comprehensive wealth management across a range of disciplines important to wealthy individuals. There are less than 200 Family Wealth Directors out of over 18,000 advisors at the firm who have earned this prestigious designation. “This is an exceptional achievement for Lisa and Brian and an attestation of their commitment to today’s high net worth families. Lisa and Brian have demonstrated a sophisticated approach to the management of significant wealth that helps to set them apart from others within the industry,” said Greg Gangas, Complex Manager in Tulsa, OK. Designated Family Wealth Directors must demonstrate professional knowledge and experience in a range of specialties including estate planning, traditional and alternative investments, control and restricted securities, lending, hedging and monetization and investment banking. The FWD designation also entitles Lisa and Brian to specialized access to a variety of family advisory services such as, family governance and dynamics, philanthropic services and customized reporting. Lisa and Brian have been a member of the financial services industry for a combined 35 years. As Financial Advisors with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, they offer a full suite of financial planning and investment services to individual clients, institutions, foundations and endowments. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance with minors in Economics, International Business and Accounting from Oklahoma State University. She is a Certified Financial Planner and is a member of Smith Barney’s prestigious Chairman’s Council, President’s Council and Century Council. Brian earned a Bachelor of Science Degree concentrating in finance and economics. He has been designated a Certified Investment Management Analyst by the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Brian is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA). Brian and Lisa are part of the Wealth Management team- The Clark/ McKinney/Tramontana Group. In addition to Brian and Lisa are Mike Tramontana- Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor who has been with the firm 34 years and Amy Munsell and Jeana Keeter.
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RED DIRT RODENTS
Beginning this month, Oklahoma observes its unique role in Civil War history.
klahoma, still Indian Territory, never officially joined the Confederacy. But its sympathy for the Confederate cause was strong and its citizens, including Native Americans, fought alongside Confederate troops in the Civil War. Several skirmishes and battles took place on what is now Oklahoma soil. Events are planned across the nation to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and the Oklahoma Civil War Sesquicentennial
nation,” says Cody Joliff, coordinator for the Oklahoma Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Oklahoma’s Civil War sesquicentennial kicks off on April 29 with a re-enactment of the Battle of Honey Springs in Rentiesville. Cannons, muskets and sabers will commemorate the pivotal battle where the Confederacy lost control of Indian Territory, opening the western front to Union invasions. The Oklahoma History Center will host Call To Arms, a living history exhibit. An an-
Oklahoma’s Civil War sesquicentennial kicks off on April 29 with a re-enactment of the Battle of Honey Springs in Rentiesville. Commission wants to make sure Oklahoma’s role in this chapter of our nation’s history isn’t forgotten. From now until 2015, the Commission will host and sponsor events commemorating Indian Territory’s participation in the Civil War. “The issues surrounding Oklahoma’s involvement in the Civil War were different here than they were anywhere else in the 18
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nual event, this year’s presentation will feature a strong emphasis on the Civil War. The event, scheduled for May 21, will feature 20 stations with actors bringing Oklahoma’s past alive. The Oklahoma Communities Council will sponsor a unique opportunity for 20 teachers to learn about Oklahoma’s part in the Civil War up close and personal. The Oklahoma
Civil War Sesquicentennial Teachers’ Institute will focus on helping these teachers bring the Civil War to their students with classroom materials, field trips and other tools. “Here in Oklahoma, a lot of people had ancestors that fought in the Civil War. We keep those ancestors alive by remembering them. And, also, there’s the saying, ‘If we don’t remember the past, we’re doomed to repeat it.’ That’s true of the history of states’ rights, the Civil Rights movement and the state’s involvement in the Civil War,” says Matt Reed, curator of American Indian and Military History Collections at the Oklahoma Historical Society. PAUL FAIRCHILD
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Re-enactors interpret the Battle of Honey Springs, which gave control of Indian Territory north of the Arkansas River to Union Soldiers.
Oklahoma is set to host a horde of African giant pouched rats, and they are invited guests, although their future could be bleak. Thanks to a $740,000 federal grant, an Oklahoma State University researcher will soon explore techniques to transform these rats – which can reportedly grow to be three feet long – into bomb-sniffing super-soldiers. To be fair, the idea didn’t originate in Oklahoma. In fact, African giant pouched rats have successfully been used elsewhere to detect land mines. Rats have distinct advantages when it comes to the growing field of explosive detection. They can cover a lot of ground fast, their keen sense of smell enables them to sniff out land mines, and they are too light to actually set off explosives. On the down side, researchers say that it isn’t always easy to motivate a rat to scurry off and find a land mine – unlike dogs, that like people and have that handy “fetch” instinct. The research at OSU is designed to try to determine genetic and/ or behavioral traits that might make specific rats good candidates for bomb squads. The grant recipient, Alexander Ophir, a professor at OSU’s Department of Zoology, heads up the project.
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Fred Davis successfully applies commercial marketing strategies to political campaigns. product.” That sense of creative input reminds Davis of his early days as “the kid in the neighborhood who was always putting on plays.” “I’m doing exactly the same thing today, only I get paid and the productions are more
“You don’t have much say in what’s in a Burger King burger. In politics you have more input into the actual product.” elaborate,” Davis quips. In a field in which risky and daring are anathema, Davis and his cohorts at Strategic Perception, Inc. have garnered success and
Fred Davis has worked with some of the top republicans in the nation, including John McCain.
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Davis’ penchant for theatrics could have been confined to theater. At 19, his father died and Davis took over his public relations firm. The firm had grown dramatically with big-name corporate clients, when his uncle, Oklahoma Congressman James M. Inhofe asked Davis to help save his ailing U.S. Senate bid. “He couldn’t afford to pay me, so the deal was that I would do it but that he wouldn’t get much say in what was in the ads,” Davis says. “I wanted to apply corporate marketing strategies to politics.” After a dramatic ad featuring dancing felons, Inhofe claimed a 30-point swing in the polls – and victory. “The phone started ringing off the hook,” he says. Davis says that he has no regrets for his work’s colorful nature – even the controversial “I am not a witch” ad that was lampooned nationally. “It was a success,” he says. “(O’Donnell) was down 17 points before it and we cut that to 11 points in four days. It was supposed to be the first in a series of ads, but she decided she needed to attack her opponent instead.” Davis credits his success largely to being in the right place at the right time – which today still includes offices in Tulsa. “I’ve got the greatest job in the world – it’s all luck,” he says. “I’ve been in the right place at the right time, like Forrest Gump.” MICHAEL W. SASSER
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he way that Fred N. Davis III sees it, there isn’t much difference between promoting burgers and promoting potential presidents. “I’ve said that there is no difference between marketing products and marketing political candidates, but that’s an overstatement,” says the Tulsa-born media strategist. “They are very, very similar. In both cases, research shows what people like and what they don’t like about a product. You then find a striking way to make people focus on what they like and overlook what they don’t.” There are some differences. “You don’t have much say in what’s in a Burger King burger,” Davis illustrates. “(In politics) you have more input into the actual
acclaim for applying corporate marketing techniques to the staid world of political campaigns. As chief creative consultant to John McCain’s presidential campaign, Davis tailored the commercial featuring Barack Obama as “the biggest celebrity in the world,” comparing him to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, which went viral online. Davis was also responsible for Carly Fiorina’s “demon sheep” ad in California and Christine O’Donnell’s “I am not a witch” effort in Delaware, among numerous others. The industry takes notice of Davis’ work. He’s garnered numerous industry awards. “The thing I like about politics is the immediacy,” says Davis. “In politics, you write it at 4 a.m. and it gets on television at 6 p.m. Contrast that to a (commercial) campaign I’ve been working on for a year and a half.” MICHAEL HELMS
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For Jerry Conrad, cruising the Restless Ribbon in his ’68 LeMans was as good as it got in high school.
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o down any popular cruising strip in Oklahoma – say, Tulsa’s Memorial Drive – on any given weekend after the sun goes down, and the lanes are crowded with kids cruising and parking lots full of teens just hanging out. It’s not a new thing. The technology’s changed, but except for smaller cars and bigger speakers, it is a scene that would be right at home on Brookside’s Restless Ribbon in the ‘60s and ‘70s, or around burger shacks and drive-in theaters in the ‘50s. Jerry Conrad stops at a red light on Brookside in Tulsa. His powerful V-8 hums its soothing rumble. A car pulls up beside him and the light turns. “That light turned green and away you’d go, laying rubber all the way,” Conrad says. Except he doesn’t. Conrad takes off at a reasonable, law-abiding pace. He’s in a Dodge Ram pick-up now, and it’s not a crowded Brookside strip in the 1960s and ‘70s – the old Restless Ribbon days. Back in high school at Central in Tulsa, 22
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Conrad could be found making the loop on Brookside. Cars would cruise back and forth, trying to see who was driving what and who was riding with whom, and turn around and do it all over again. He drove a 1968 LeMans back then. Still has it. “Almost anybody you talk to is going to tell you there were no better times for muscle cars than the ‘50s and ‘60s,” Conrad says. Cars were part of the equation for cruising back then, cruisers say. The friends were the other part. Hank Moore’s cruising days spanned much of the 1950s. High school kids would hit their particular hangout – nearly always a Pennington’s drive-in restaurant, for some good food, sodas and to see who else was out. The soundtrack of their Friday nights was provided by KAKC, Moore says. “The music of the time was absolutely huge – very much a part of young people’s culture,” he says. “The drive-in restaurants were pretty
much the hub of the social activity at night.” But they weren’t the only spots. Drivein movie theaters would draw a crowd and were fine places for a date. A movie and snacks, followed by dinner at Pennington’s, would only cost a fellow about $5 at that time. “If you had a half tank of gas, a nice lady and a six-pack of beer in your trunk, you were in heaven,” Conrad recalls. Moore left Tulsa, and his cruising days, in 1960. Conrad went away to college in 1972, leaving behind the scene to the high schoolers behind him. Pennington’s owners closed up the driveins. Judy Pennington died in 2010. The last drive-in theater, the Admiral Twin, burned to the ground in 2010. All signs, for some, the era of their cruising has passed. But it’s not over. Somewhere, some weekend night, some kid is keeping the tradition, changed though it has, alive. DUSTIN HUGHES
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Fast cars, pretty girls, tallboys, good burgers and Tulsa asphalt all surround the city’s cruising culture.
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Oklahoma City superintendent Karl Springer wants to change the culture of schools.
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ions about education: why it works, why it doesn’t; what needs to be fixed, what doesn’t. What’s your big deal with Oklahoma City Public Schools? What does Karl Springer see as priorities? Karl Springer: What we need to do first is change the culture of the school district and also the expectations of the community about how our students are going to perform academically. There’s nothing wrong with the students. We need to work to provide a structured environment and create expectations for our students and help them to be successful. OM: If a student travels from start to finish through our public school system, what are some of the things he should have when he leaves and goes out into the real world? KS: Our students should be ready for careers and colleges when they graduate from our comprehensive high schools. I think that they need to be critical thinkers. They need to have very developed abilities to communicate – in writing and verbally. They need to be able to solve problems with groups of people. They should be good citizens that make good decisions for the future of this country. They should have a well-rounded education so that when they graduate from high school, their potential is up to them. OM: Were you ever suspended or expelled from high school?
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KS: Not in high school, but in elementary school I was suspended five times. OM: An early troublemaker? KS: Actually, in high school, too, now that I think about it. I really liked school. But I had a tendency to pull pranks that weren’t good. OM: I won’t ask you to elaborate. KS: I hope you don’t ask me to elaborate. OM: You’ve been superintendent for almost three years now. Looking back, what are some of the district’s biggest accomplishments during that time? KS: I feel that the culture of our district is changing. We’re implementing a continuous learning calendar, where we’re going to shrink the length of the summer and give children more opportunities to be remediated. The expansion of our pre-K program this fall is also a good sign. We now have 100 percent of our students in full-day kindergarten. Our movement to make our secondary programs more rigorous, making our students more into subject mastery and problem solving and less into skill and drill behavior. Those are the kinds of things that are going to have a long-lasting effect on schools. OM: How long will it take before we start seeing a serious impact from Oklahoma City’s new continuous learning program? KS: I would hope this next school year. The idea is to take the summer and spread it out over the school year. During those new breaks or intercessions, we’ll bring in
students that need to be remediated. We’ll give them the help that they need early in the school year, not waiting until the end of the school year when it’s really too late for them. We’re giving them a just-in-time remediation. I’m hoping this has an effect, but I think it’ll snowball, too, as we use it year after year. We’re one of the only school districts in the U.S. where the whole district is on the continuous learning calendar all year. It’s going to be more of a continuous calendar with opportunities for children all year round to learn and grow. PAUL FAIRCHILD
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Karl Springer has served almost three years as the Superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools. For the past decade, that’s a record. For years the position was a revolving door, with superintendents being ousted at amazing speeds, one even resigning in the face of a corruption scandal. But Springer must have the touch, because his name is still on the door. In his short time as superintendent, he’s introduced a number of progressive and new ideas to Oklahoma City schools, including the continuous learning calendar. He refers to himself as “Lead Teacher for the Oklahoma City Public School District.”
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and Dub Campbell came down and saw the band and was interested in playing with us. He plays great fiddle and guitar. So he signed up with us.” Unfortunately, London Records didn’t make a deal with the group, and neither did any other record company. Although the band, dubbed Pearly Hawkins, was getting plenty of work on the West Coast, Crossley opted to return to Oklahoma City, where he soon joined another rock outfit, Ringes. After several personnel changes, Ringes would become Oklahoma. “The original Ringes members were Dwight Trahern on drums, Ben Blakemore on bass and vocals, Danny White on vocals and percussion, Speedy West Jr. on guitar, Joe Intrieri on keys, and myself, with Michael Slack and Lynn Bailey as our sound engineers,” Crossley says. “We made a demo, and I played it for Dub. Dub knew Mark (Lindsay) and got it to him somehow, and upbeat, he seemed happy to talk about and then Mark and Terry Melcher came and the group and its brief turn on the national saw us. They really liked it, went back to stage. L.A., and brought Mike Curb back with ‘em. Interestingly, Crossley says that OklaWe did a showcase for Mike at the old Long homa’s formation was tied to the end of anBranch Saloon in Oklahoma City. They were other major-label act from the Sooner State excited and signed us to a deal. – Buckwheat, a group out of Erick, Okla., “Whenever they got the money to do the that recorded four albums for London deal,” he adds, “they moved back here (to Oklahoma City) for about a month, and we cut that stuff over at the old Producers Workshop, most of it. Curb was just starting Curb Records at that time, and he subbed us out to Capitol.” While Curb (who’s not credited on the disc) was on his way to becoming a famous music-business executive, and Melcher was a very well-known producer, the star name in the production team The 1970s group Oklahoma. belonged to Lindsay, the voice on such rock ‘n’ roll classics as “Kicks” and “Hungry.” Records in the late ‘60s/early ‘70s. Its perAt the time of his affiliation with Ringes, sonnel included a young woman who would Lindsay’s last charted single as a solo act become one of Tulsa’s best-known pop was several years behind him (although he vocalists, the late Debbie Campbell, along continues to tour and record to this day). with her then-husband, Dub Campbell. For Oklahoma, he was all over the place, In the mid-‘70s, after Buckwheat split not only co-producing, but also singing up, “their drummer, Sonny Ray Griffiths, background vocals, engineering and mixing came back to Oklahoma City, supposthe record. edly looking for a replacement band for “Oh, he was really working hard,” recalls London Records,” Crossley remembers. Crossley. “He’d quit refined sugar, gotten “So I moved out to L.A. with him. We got a on this hopped-up diet, and he had a lot of house gig in Costa Mesa at the Lucky Lion,
The Long-Lost Oklahoma
f you enjoy this story, you have Samantha Powell and her mother, Leigh Powell, to thank. A student in one of my American Studies classes on Oklahoma music and movies at OSU’s Tulsa campus, Samantha brought a Capitol Records album titled Oklahoma to school one night. It belonged to her mother, who had purchased the disc the year it came out – 1977 – while attending OSU in Stillwater. I was stumped. Even though I’ve written about our state’s music for somewhere around three decades, I’d never heard of this band. (It’s instances like this that keep you from thinking too highly of yourself and your “expertise.”) The liner notes told me that the production end was handled by a couple of West Coast heavyweights: Terry Melcher – who produced the Byrds, The Mamas and The Papas and Paul Revere and the Raiders, among many other acts – and Mark Lindsay, the vocalist on all of Paul Revere and the Raiders’ ‘60s hits, as well as a successful early ’70s solo artist. As far as I knew, neither Melcher nor Lindsay had any ties to our state. Here was a mystery that demanded answers. And luckily, I found just the guy who could provide them. He’s guitarist-vocalistsongwriter Steve Crossley, formerly of the band Oklahoma, who’s still a busy performer in and around Oklahoma City. Engaging
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energy. The neat thing was that when those guys came back here for a month, staying at the house of a friend of ours, we got to know them pretty well, and pretty quickly. We became pretty good buddies. It was cool.â€? But the producers also made some changes, cutting the band to four members: Crossley, Blakemore, guitarist Don Juntunen (who also continues to perform music around Oklahoma City) and drummer Sam Flores. They also changed the name of the group â€œbecause they thought Ringes sounded too much like Wings,â€? Crossley notes with a chuckle. He believes the new moniker may also have been influenced by the band Kansas, which was becoming hot at the time. Unfortunately, nothing similar happened with Oklahoma. Capitol released a single from the disc, the Crossley-penned â€œWhat You Treat Me So Bad For,â€? and then the album; neither made much of a showing. Talk of a national tour fizzled, and Oklahoma played only a handful of dates. As often happens in these sorts of situations, frustration and unmet expectations led to friction within the group, and Crossley left after a
Oklahomaâ€™s formation was tied to the end of another major-label act from the Sooner State â€“ Buckwheat, a group out of Erick, Okla., that recorded four albums for London Records in the late â€˜60s/early â€˜70s. New Yearâ€™s Eve date in Oklahoma City at the end of 1977. Although the band went on for a while with replacement members, including Steve Hardin, the noted keyboardist and songwriter from Bartlesville, Capitol Records soon dropped the act and it broke up for good. â€œYou know how it is, with egos and everything,â€? says Crossley with another chuckle. â€œIt just goes from, â€˜Weâ€™re on top of the worldâ€™ to â€˜Hey, man! Youâ€™re not playing the right notes!â€™ Some of the guys kind of got â€˜egoedâ€™ out and thought it should have been way bigger than it was. I was lucky to know guys like Dub (Campbell) and Michael Smotherman, whoâ€™d already had major-label deals. If I had a question about something, I could call â€˜em and say, â€˜Hereâ€™s whatâ€™s going on,â€™ and they could tell me pretty much what to expect.â€? Crossley ended up playing with Smotherman, another Buckwheat alumnus who went on to make his own significant mark in the industry. That job led to a songwriting and performing deal with Glen Campbell, and Crossley worked with a number of other music stars as well, returning to Oklahoma City for good in 1982, when his son, Steven, was born. These days, heâ€™s getting plenty of gigs both as a solo artist and with OKC bands like the Blue Cats and Hoppy Nilesâ€™ One-Armed Bandit. He even played a couple of jobs with Mark Lindsay when Lindsayâ€™s touring brought him to the area. Obviously, Crossley harbors no ill feelings toward his former producer â€“ or, it appears, about the one-off performance of Oklahoma as a big-time recording act. â€œBecause I was getting that advice (from Smotherman and Campbell),â€? he reflects, â€œI think I was a little bit cooler about it than some of the other guys. It was just hard for them to understand why the wheel wasnâ€™t turning as fast as it shouldâ€™ve been. I really didnâ€™t know either, but I was a little bit more prepared, because I knew a little more about the reality of it.â€? JOHN WOOLEY
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The Tulsa City-County Library recently held its 2011 Festival of Words Author Award at Central Library. Attending were Mary Shaw, LeAnne Howe, author award winner; Teresa Runnels and Gary Shaffer.
Committee members of the fifth annual Fondue Fandango, which will be held May 12 at Harn Homestead, recently gathered for a Peep Party. Attendees included Johnny and Sheryl Pribyl, David Leader and Scott Davis.
The chairs for this year’s Celebrate Cascia, which will be held April 30, are Nikki Rhoades, Leigh Ann Fore, Doug DeJarnette and Ketrin Boone.
Mark Graham, Becky Frank, Andie Doyle and Don Walker gathered for the Tulsa Area United Way 2011 Annual Meeting.
The Tulsa Juliette Low Leadership Society Celebration will be held April 27 at Southern Hills Country Club. Committee members for this year’s celebration include Debbie Luthey, Marcia Lybarger and Tracy Kyle.
Sara Freedman, Lou C. Kerr, Gov. Mary Fallin and Larry Crosby attended the 20th annual Women’s Business Leadership Conference.
Single in the City- Bachelors and bachelorettes from Oklahoma City recently gathered at Skky Bar to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma. The event was sponsored by Oklahoma Magazine.
Lisa Riley, Lindsay Rubac and Jessica Webb.
Jacqueline Sit and Jane-Ann Stinchcomb.
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Don Thomas, Jan Massey, Robin Walker and Patty Horn.
Kevin Joseph and Josh Litsch.
Angie Mock and Liz Hyatt.
Clinton Simon, Laila Aydi, Corinne Simon and Floyd Simon.
Teresa and Mike Seabolt and Jack and Betty Lorenz.
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Oklahoma Magazine Celebrates 15 Years Oklahoma Magazine recently held a celebration marking the magazineâ€™s 15-year anniversary at Waterfront Grill in Jenks.
Oklahoma Magazine President Daniel Schuman proposes a toast while Jimmy Blacketer and magazine founder and Publisher Vida Schuman look on.
Mary Ann Doran, Sheila Golden and Keith Sturtevant.
Barbara and Don Thornton.
James and Laurie Koehler.
Bill and Rozann Knight.
Frank and Mary Shaw.
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Mahala Mittal and Ryan Jude Tanner.
Raj Basu and Rebekah Tennis.
David Chernicky, Tara Vreeland and Robin and Tim Cargile.
Macy and John Amatucci.
Travers and Laurie Mahan.
Chera Kimiko, Daniel Schuman, Jimmy Blacketer and Vida Schuman.
Jessica and Russell Barr.
Shawn and Jennifer Combs.
Rania Nasreddine and Adam Leavitt.
Jo Ann Cardwell and Amanda Stone.
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Red Ribbon Gala Guests of the 14th annual Red Ribbon Gala enjoyed dinner, dancing and a silent auction at this yearâ€™s event. Proceeds from the gala benefited Tulsa CARES, an organization that provides support and education to those affected by HIV and AIDS. Jay Kottinger, Marston Smith and Ryan Jude Tanner.
David and Tamra Sheehan.
George and Rita Singer.
Greg Holt and Eugenia Johnson.
Charles Faudree and Liz Haskins.
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Tim Kincaid, Ty Kaszubowski and Mike Keys.
Phil Long, Kimberly Feger, Wes Steinbach and Robin McEver.
Bill and Susan Thomas.
Bill Carpenter, Charles Faudree, Rebekah Tennis and Raj Basu.
John Daw and Doug Campbell.
Don and Megan Zetik, Eugenia Johnson and Jana Boyd.
Jhonny Cisneros, Emily Cary and Marcos Portieiro.
Ron and Robin LaButti.
Larry and Marilyn Lee.
Kari Culp, Ryan Jude Tanner and Pat Chernicky.
Piper and Deacon Turner and Megan and Don Zetik.
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Wine, Women and Shoes It was a foot fashion frenzy at the Tulsa Convention Center as crowds gathered to enjoy two days of wine, food and shoes to raise money for the YWCA.
Sharon King Davis and Marylee Robison.
Janet McGehee and Lucinda Rojas Ross.
Joanie Barnard, Susan Thomas and Maria Carlota Palacios.
Isaac Rocha, Colleen McCarty, Vanessa Gillingham and Shari Alexander.
Liz Hagans, Jane Weber and Taheerah Salim.
Deb Krumme and Insung Kim.
Patricia Samuels, Altricia Foster and Jacqueline Caldwell.
Margo Dunbar, Brenda Pritchard, Cathey Harned and Renee Bussell.
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Kate Thomas, Cindy Marshall, Shelly Willman and June Patton.
Elaine Honig and Andrea Nielsen.
Diane Gawey-Riley, Judy Claudette-Williams and Cindy Marshall.
Mary and Frank Shaw and Marla and Steve Bradshaw.
Claudia Abernathy, Donna Clack, Belynda Spitzer, Billie Barnett and Charlotte Edmondson.
Jessica Nasreddine, Mahvash Khosrowyar, Rania Nasreddine and Jana Boyd.
Doug Campbell, Georgenia Van Tuyl and John Daw.
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High-speed rail is widely available throughout much of the world.
Trainspotting High-speed rail remains a long-term goal in Oklahoma.
hen the Oklahoma Department of Transportation awarded a bid in March to replace Interstate 244’s westbound Arkansas River bridge with a double-decker structure, many hailed the planned $64 million project. After all, the bridge had been constructed in 1967, is considered structurally deficient, and with its eastbound twin, still carries more than 50,000 cars on average per day. But perhaps fewer noted the details of the composition of the bottom lane of the bridge, slated for completion in 2013. Rail infrastructure for both high-speed rail and commuter light rail is included in the plans. “We’re designing for the next 75 years so why not be ready for high-speed rail?” says ODOT director of engineering David Streb. “That bridge is anticipated to be part of a high-speed system. It will also be ready in case light rail (is ever developed in Tulsa).” The introduction of high-speed rail to Oklahoma, though, remains elusive. After missing out on a piece of a huge cash pie made available by the federal government, 36
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the state is taking baby steps in the process of long-term planning. “In 2001, 10 high-speed corridors were designated nationally including the southcentral corridor (connecting Texas and Oklahoma),” Streb explains. “But after the
Oklahoma City to Fort Worth route – as well as creation of a true high-speed line connecting Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Streb explains the difference between emerging high-speed rail and the true highspeed rail coveted by many today. “Emerging means trains run on existing rail that is shared with cargo rail,” he says. “For example, the Heartland Flyer’s top speed is 79 miles per hour. True high-speed rail, such as was proposed to connect Tulsa and Oklahoma City would be on new rail,
“True high-speed rail would have a top speed of 150 miles per hour.” designation, nothing happened. There was no funding, and even though Oklahoma conducted some studies, nothing else was done.” However, the Obama administration announced plans for a national highspeed rail program and made funds available to state governments. “Oklahoma submitted a proposal for its part of the south central rail corridor,” Streb says. The proposal called for billions of dollars in operational improvements on the Heartland Flyer –Amtrak’s
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wouldn’t be shared with cargo and would have a top speed of 150 miles per hour.” Oklahoma appears to be a logical market for rail if the success of the Heartland Flyer is any gauge. “Ridership on the Flyer continues to grow and to be strong,” says Marc Magliari, Chicago-based spokesman for Amtrak. “Our last full one-year period for which we have statistics shows ridership up 11 percent over the previous year. From October 2010 to February 2011, there has also been an 8.8 percent increase in ridership for the period.” Magliari explains that the Heartland Flyer is funded by the states of Oklahoma and Texas, but that another state government might end up participating as well. “Kansas is studying a plan to extend the Flyer to Newton, Kan., or to Kansas City,” he says. “Or they might look at separate trains connecting. The three states are talking about it.” Unfortunately, despite the increasing popularity of Oklahoma’s existing passenger rail route, the state’s proposal for federal high-speed rail development funds was denied and the money went to other states, Streb says. Efforts to raise smaller sums of federal money for specific efforts were more successful.
“We applied for funding to do an environmental impact study and research the impact of an Oklahoma City to Tulsa route and also to do a services development plan – basically a feasibility study,” Streb says. The proposal was approved and the state awaits receipt of the funds. Secondly, Oklahoma was also awarded $1 million for minor switch improvements to the Heartland Flyer route that will improve travel time slightly. Texas, meanwhile, was also awarded funding for its side of Heartland Flyer, and planned improvements there are expected to take a full 15 minutes off the route time. Third, and arguably most importantly, Oklahoma has just launched its effort to create a comprehensive state rail plan. “States are actually required to do it and we have just completed our first outreach meetings,” Streb says. The state rail study is expected to take approximately 36 months and is not specifically focused on high-speed rail. “Passenger rail is just one component of the state rail plan,” Streb says. He adds that the state is likely to get a consulting engineer on board for the Oklahoma City to Tulsa route study, and that there will be a series of meetings in communities around the state.
“We’ve done a lot of engineering but we haven’t looked yet at the environmental impact and we haven’t really looked at the impact on communities,” he says. Streb adds that residents should expect to hear about public meetings as Oklahoma forges ahead with its master rail plan preparation and also with its now-funded study of a potential Oklahoma City-Tulsa high-speed connection. What Oklahomans shouldn’t expect is high-speed rail tracks to be set in the earth any time soon. “We’re still a long way from having highspeed rail,” Streb says. “There has been a lot of talk about it and many states are pursuing it because the federal government had money available for it.” He adds that he doesn’t know if Washington will offer another round of funding for high-speed rail in the future. “We think it is in our best interest to be prepared so if federal funds become available again, we’re ready to move forward in the best interest of the state,” he says. Amtrak isn’t making any predictions either. “The president said his goal is to have 80 percent of the population (serviced) by highspeed rail, but I don’t think the map looks like that will be the case as it stands now,” Magliari says. MICHAEL W. SASSER
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f someone asks, “When should I start planning for retirement?,” the answer is always, “Now.” It’s never too early to begin, and there’s never a downside to saving for your future. The big question is how you should save. Do you opt for your employer plan and invest in a 401(k), or do you open an IRA? “When deciding if investing in a 401(k) plan or an IRA is right for you, there are four differences that come to mind,” says Brent Suchy, retirement plan specialist at Arvest Asset Management. “First, employer match. Any time your employer will give you money to save for retirement, you have to take advantage of it. Secondly, maximum contribution limits – a 401(k) plan allows you to save more money per year than an IRA.” For a 401(k), the maximum allowed contribution per year is $16,500 plus a $5,500
catch-up contribution. For an IRA, the maximum contribution per year is $5,000 with a $1,000 catch-up contribution. Suchy also points out required minimum distributions (RMDs) and Roth 401(k)s. At age 70.5, participants in a 401(k) or traditional IRA are required to take minimum distributions – unlike a Roth IRA. However, Roth IRAs have income limitations while a Roth 401(k) does not. “If you would like to save more for retirement than your 401(k) or IRA allow, then a tax-deferred annuity could be an option as well,” says Suchy. Ken Etheredge, senior vice president of Retirement Plans Practice Leader with Bank of Oklahoma, encourages everyone to seek out tax advantages. “Traditional IRAs work more like a 401(k) in that you receive a tax break on the contributions made to an IRA,” says Etheredge. “For Roth IRAs, you pay taxes
Planning and preparing for your retirement is smart at any age. According to Ken Etheredge, senior vice president of Retirement Plans Practice Leader with Bank of Oklahoma, here are a few steps you should consider: • Determine your retirement needs. Factors to consider are age, investment horizon and amount of money needed. A good rule of thumb is to estimate that you will need 75 to 80 percent of your current income to maintain your current lifestyle. • Take advantage of your current employer’s retirement plan or establish an IRA. Employer retirement plans sometimes offer a match – take advantage. A match is free money. If your employer does not offer a retirement plan, then establish a traditional or Roth IRA. Start saving early. • Determine your asset allocation strategy. Choose the right mixture of stocks, bonds and cash. Factors to consider are age and risk tolerance. Younger individuals should focus on capital appreciation while older individuals should focus on capital preservation. • Review your portfolio annually. Ensure your portfolio is diversified. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
now and will not have to pay taxes later. Withdrawals from a Roth IRA are tax free.” While saving for retirement is important, Suchy emphasizes that everyone must find a financial balance. “Reducing debt, establishing an emergency savings and taking advantage of college savings plans for your children are examples of other savings opportunities that need to be considered depending on your situation,” he says. “Putting together a financial plan with an advisor is always a smart idea.” REBECCA FAST
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In March, it got easier for visitors to one of Tulsa’s chief entertainment areas to catch a cab and it might get easier in other city entertainment districts as well. The taxi stand at 18th and Boston, was unveiled last month in response to local business operator requests. Perhaps strangely, city ordinances empower the mayor to estab-
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“It’s my style,” Murphy says. “It’s not Oriental or retro-inspired. It’s just wholly my own aesthetic.” It’s with self-awareness and sense of humor that Murphy has created this Midtown Tulsa haven. “We like to entertain, but we love our quiet time, too. This place is like a cocoon. It’s comfortable while being inspiring,” he says. Murphy finds color and juxtaposition energizing, which explains the combination of a vintage hot-pink rug against white pebble flooring in the entryway. That love of playfulness and humor is a common theme that can be seen in the furniture choices for the third-floor terrace that features a traditionally shaped sofa and seat that are made of plastic for year-round use. One of Murphy’s favorite pieces in the house is the red Craftsman tool chest that holds French silverware. “I love the fun and play of it. And it’s perfect for the silverware because of the separate drawers,” he says. “People are tickled by it.” The second floor opens up into a living, dining and kitchen area. A mirrored wall with a mounted fireplace serves as an anchor in the living room. The high-style Italian furniture pieces, such as the sofa and ottoman, both from B&B Italia, and the boiled leather custom colored chairs serve as the serious side juxtaposed with the giant pick-up-sticks game located next to the ottoman. “It’s that new and old, humor and seriousness, that I like to mix together,” Murphy says of his choices. The walnut cabinetry, Caesarstone quartz countertop and stainless steel appliances help make the galley-style kitchen functional yet attractive. Extending from the kitchen, the dining room holds an Italian table and new captain’s chairs that are sleek and modern and work wonderfully with recovered 1970s conference chairs that line each side. Lighting plays a big part in design, and of Murphy’s design in particular. “I believe lighting should create highs and lows; (I enjoy) mixing recess with direct lights and blending ambient and reading lights,” he says. Ambient lighting, such as the two snake candle sconces in the master bath, highlights a five-piece square art feature, which is part of a collective artistic endeavor. Throughout the room, Murphy created a pattern of squares to please the eye that coincide with the square window and painting as well as the Italian glass mosaic tiles in neutral shades. 48
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