Magazine of the Oklahoma Heritage Association
Celebrating Our State's Highest Honor: The 2013 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Jasmine Moran Children's Museum: Where Everyone's a Kid Corey Fuller: The Daily Artifact Hall of Fame Spotlight: Gloria Twine Chisum How Oklahona Got the Best State Song Students Celebrate Heritage Week with Winning Essay Entries OHAâ€™s Story Through Its People
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Magazine of the Oklahoma Heritage Association 2 From the Chairman Nevyle R. Cable 3
From the President Shannon L. Rich
Celebrating Our State's Highest Honor: The 2013 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gini Moore Campbell
13 Jasmine Moran Children's Museum: Where Everyone's a Kid Karen Anson
Corey Fuller: The Daily Artifact 22 Marissa Raglin
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28 Hall of Fame Spotlight: Gloria Twine Chisum Millie J. Craddick
How Oklahoma Got the Best State Song Bob Burke
Students Celebrate Heritage Week with Winning Essay Entries Allison Biddinger, Andrew Gray, Beverlee Caraway
OHA’s Story Through Its People
ON THE COVER: "Dip Your Card"” by Corey Fuller
From t he PRESIDENT...
From t he CHAIRMAN... Last month, as Oklahoma celebrated its 106th birthday, the Oklahoma Heritage Association inducted its 86th class into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Seiling’s Gary A. England, Tulsa’s Michael D. Case, Seminole’s Reggie Whitten, Enid’s John Groendyke, and Oklahoma City’s Timothy C. Headington, Vicki Miles-LaGrange, and Russell Perry each received our state’s highest honor with their inductions on November 7 at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. Information on each of these outstanding Oklahomans is available in this issue. The deadline to make nominations for the 87th class is February 28, 2014; visit www. oklahomaheritage.com to download the nomination form. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame would not be possible without the support of so many. The Patron Donors are recognized in the story on the Hall of Fame. Our Presenting Sponsors, The Oklahoman and Tulsa World have allowed us for many years to share the work of the Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museum with
homes throughout Oklahoma with a supplement included in the Sunday edition preceding the Hall of Fame. This year the Lawton Constitution also included the supplement in their Sunday edition. Through their generosity we are extending the reach of the Association and Museum. I also want to recognize our Hall of Fame Program Committee Chairman Steve Turnbo of Tulsa and Co-Chair Jennifer Grigsby of Oklahoma City; Technical Arrangements Committee Chairman Shannon L. Rich and Co-Chair Gini Moore Campbell, both of Oklahoma City; Executive Administrator for the Hall of Fame Millie Craddick; and Omega Productions of Palacios, Texas, and OETA, The Oklahoma Network, of Oklahoma City, for partnering to ensure the success of the 2013 Hall of Fame. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame is the perfect example of Oklahomans coming together to share their varied talents to honor and salute our own. Nevyle R. Cable, Chairman
BOARD of DIRECTORS
Nevyle Cable Okmulgee
Joe Moran Tulsa
Calvin J. Anthony Stillwater
Bill Burgess Lawton
Clayton C. Taylor
Michael A. Cawley
Steven W. Taylor
Clayton I. Bennett
Duke R. Ligon
Vicki Miles-LaGrange Steve Turnbo Oklahoma City
Malinda Berry Fischer
Melvin Moran Seminole
Michael C. Turpen
Jennifer M. Grigsby
Gregory E. Pyle
Virginia G. Groendyke
Frank C. Robson
Ronald H. White
Joe D. Hall
Richard N. Ryerson
Michael E. Smith
V. Burns Hargis
Glen D. Johnson Oklahoma City
Kathy Taylor Tulsa
Mark A. Stansberry Edmond
Xavier Neira Norman
Tom McDaniel Oklahoma City Dallas, TX
Marlin “Ike” Glass, Jr.
Lee Allan Smith Oklahoma City
G. Lee Stidham Checotah
Alison Anthony Sand Springs
Howard G. Barnett, Jr.
Shannon L. Rich Oklahoma City
Bruce T. Benbrook Woodward
Barbara Braught Duncan
Steve Burrage Tulsa
Ardmore Tulsa Altus
Oklahoma City Enid
Elk City Tulsa
Judy Hatfield Norman
Robert Henry Oklahoma City
Shannon L. Rich, President
Museum. The 10K, 5K and one-mile fun run will begin and end at the Museum, with the course winding through Oklahoma City’s historic Heritage Hills neighborhood. In addition to the events and programs hosted by the Association and Museum, a number of organizations and companies are utilizing the Devon Classroom and the BennettMcClendon Great Hall for conferences, symposiums, and retreats. The Edith Kinney Gaylord Garden and Great Hall also are booking quickly for weddings and receptions in the coming year. Our website constantly evolves with updated information on events, programs, and our newest book releases. You can also shop our Museum Store from home. Visit www.oklahomaheritage.com to stay up to date with Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museum
At Large Executive Committee Members
With 2014 right around the corner, there are a number of events and opportunities already on the spring calendar. “The Daily Artifact” exhibit by Corey Fuller will open in the Tulsa World Gallery of the Gaylord-Pickens Museum on Thursday, January 16 with the opening reception beginning at 5:00 p.m. On Saturday, January 25 our Second Century Board will be hosting its Gold Glitz Glamour Grammy Party in the Bennett-McClendon Great Hall. Students again will have the opportunity to compete for more than $4-million in tuition grants, thanks to partnering colleges and universities, and cash scholarships. The deadline for graduating seniors to apply for the $10,000 John W. & Mary D. Nichols Scholarship is Friday, February 28. Students will be competing on Saturday, April 5 in the Oklahoma Heritage Scholarship Competition at test sites statewide. On Saturday, March 29 the Teen Board will be hosting its Oklahoma Heritage Land Run to support education programming of the Association and
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Toney Stricklin Lawton
Becky Switzer Norman
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By Gini Moore Campbell
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame Class of 2013, from left, Gary A. England, Reggie N. Whitten, Timothy C. Headington, Vicki Miles-LaGrange, Michael D. Case, John D. Groendyke, and Russell M. Perry.
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November 7 guests from Oklahoma, as well as throughout the United States, gathered to celebrate the induction of the Class of 2013 into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma Hall of Famers Michael C. Turpen, left, and V. Burns Hargis, right, shared the stage for their eleventh year together as masters of ceremonies. Following the induction of Honorees, Governor Mary Fallin congratulated the Class of 2013 on their inductions. Campbell Walker Fields performed “The National Anthem” and led the crowd in “Oklahoma!” during the 2013 Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Nancy Payne Ellis presented, on behalf of members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the 2013 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Scholarship to Kellan Hostetler from Garber High School.
The evening began with Oklahoma Heritage Association Chairman Nevyle Cable and President Shannon L. Rich welcoming the crowd to the 86th annual Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Dr. Kevin Clarkson, Senior Pastor for the First Baptist Church of Moore, provided the invocation. Members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in attendance were recognized and those who had passed since the 2012 Oklahoma Hall of Fame were honored. In addition, tribute was paid to Bill Thrash, former OETA director who had partnered with the Association for more than 25 years in the production of the event. Nancy Payne Ellis, chairman of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Scholarship Committee, presented the fourth annual Okla-
homa Hall of Fame Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to Kellan Hostetler of Billings, a senior at Garber High School. V. Burns Hargis and Michael C. Turpen, both members of the Hall of Fame, took the stage for their eleventh year serving as masters of ceremonies. Campbell Walker Fields, a 7th grade student at Oklahoma City’s Classen School of Advanced Studies performed “The National Anthem” and returned to close the program with “Oklahoma” alongside Hargis, Turpen, and Governor Mary Fallin. Backstage the Association’s Teen Board served as escorts, ensuring dignitaries were in place throughout the show.
After brief introductions, Hargis and Turpen welcomed the first presenter and the 2013 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was underway. Following the induction of Timothy C. Headington, Russell M. Perry, John D. Groendyke, Vicki Miles-LaGrange, Reggie N. Whitten, Michael D. Case, and Gary A. England, Governor Mary Fallin congratulated the Class of 2013 on their induction. Following the ceremony, guests had the opportunity to congratulate the Honorees on their induction during a reception held in the pre-function area. The 2013 Oklahoma Hall of Fame was aired on OETA, The Oklahoma Network, on Statehood Day, Saturday, November 16 to Oklahoma and the surrounding states.
Michael D. Case Tulsa, Oklahoma Born in Tulsa, Michael Case’s roots run deep in Oklahoma. Other than four years when his dad, who was a minister, moved the family to northwest Arkansas, his entire life has been in the Tulsa area. Case’s real estate career began in 1969 when he started working for a Tulsa property developer. Over the next 14 years he worked his way from the company’s lowest position to executive vice president, operating all real estate owned by the business. He founded Case & Associates in 1983 with four employees and no owned property. Today, his company has almost 1,000 employees and controls more than 30,000 apartment units, numerous office buildings, and shopping centers valued at more than $2.5 billion.
His philanthropy is well known in the region with support to more than 30 nonprofits, including The University of Tulsa, Oral Roberts University, United Way, and Domestic Violence Intervention Services. Case’s donations also have been catalytic for several major projects, including the Case Tennis Center, Case Athletic Complex, and the Pat Case Dining Hall at The University of Tulsa, along with the Case Community Center in Sand Springs and the soon-to-be Case Tennis Center at LaFortune Park. For his efforts, Case received an Honorary Doctor of Business from The University of Tulsa, was named Tulsa Sportsman of the Year by the Tulsa Sports Commission, and has been inducted into the Tulsa Historical Society, The University of Tulsa Business School, and the Sand Springs Foundation halls of fame, among others. He is a member of the National Institute of Real Estate Management and currently serves on the board of directors for Saint Francis Hospital, Sand Springs Education Foundation, and Salvation Army and on the board of trustees for The University of Tulsa. Michael D. Case was presented for induction by The University of Tulsa President Steadman Upham.
Gary A. England Seiling, Oklahoma A native of Seiling, Gary England has been recognized with the highest awards for his coverage of severe weather events, including Emmy, Society of Professional Journalists, Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, and the OAPB Associated Press Broadcast awards, in addition to the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for best in the nation in Breaking News/ Weather Coverage.
England has a B.S. in Mathematics and Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma, is internationally recognized for pioneering innovations in weather technology and systems that are now common tools in the world of severe weather, including commercial Doppler radar, the storm time of arrival system, corner screen warning maps, cellular still picture/ video transmission, and the precursor to weather radio known as W.A.R.N. He has appeared in more than 60 national and international severe weather programs. His career includes forensic meteorology as an expert witness in lawsuits involving weather; hurricane forecasting; civil engineering; and oceanographic/climatic studies including the North Sea Ekofisk development and an offshore nuclear generating plant. England was air quality and meteorology discipline manager for the Environmental Impact Study for the OGE power plant near Perry. A published author, England is a popular public speaker and was keynote speaker at the dedication of the National Weather Center in Norman. This fall, after more than 40 years on the air, England became vice president of corporate relations and weather development for News 9. England received the Governorâ€™s Award at the National Tornado Summit, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the RTNDA National Award for Breaking News/Weather as the Best in America Among All Large Markets, and the Rainmaker Award from The Oklahoma Breast Cancer Project. He has been named best meteorologist and best television personality more than 25 times.
Gary A. England was presented for induction by ABC War Correspondent Mike Boettcher.
John Groendyke is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Groendyke Transport, Inc., the fifth-largest motor carrier of bulk commodities serving the continental United States, Canada, and Mexico. Groendyke graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri, where he attended high school and junior college. He received his Bache-
vancy, currently serving as chairman, and is a member of the board of directors of the Grand National Quail Foundation and Grand National Quail Club. When he is not trucking, his energies are in wildlife conservation, farming and ranching, real estate, and collecting and showing antique automobiles. Groendyke has been inducted into the Oklahoma State University Alumni Hall of Fame, received the Business Leadership Award from Leadership Oklahoma, and was honored by the American Diabetes Association.
John D. Groendyke was presented for induction by Bob Blackburn, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society.
John D. Groendyke Enid, Oklahoma
lor of Science in Business from Oklahoma State University and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma. He served as a Captain in the United States Army and, after a two-year tour of duty, returned to Enid to join the family trucking operation, founded by his father, H.C. Groendyke in 1932. He serves on the OG&E Energy Board of Directors, the board of Wentworth Military Academy Foundation, and the board of National Tank Truck Carriers. He presently is serving his sixth term as Commissioner of District #8 for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Groendyke serves as a trustee for the Oklahoma Chapter of The Nature Conser-
Timothy C. Headington Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Although born in Dallas, Texas, Timothy Headington, along with his parents and two younger siblings, moved to Oklahoma City when he was five. He attended Oklahoma City schools and the University of Oklahoma, where he lettered in tennis and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Headington earned graduate degrees in theology and psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and completed his psychology internship at Los Angeles County Hospital. Inspired by his father and uncle, both geologists, Headington formed an oil and gas company in Oklahoma City in 1978. Currently headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Headington Resources is primarily involved in oil and gas exploration and is active in several of the major basins in the United States. The company also has significant investments in real state, hotel development, and private equity. Headington is the co-founder of the Headington Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide psychological and physical care for caregivers worldwide and to promote the physical hardiness, emotional resilience and spiritual vitality of humanitarian relief and development personnel. Headington continues to be an active supporter of his alma mater. He was honored in 2005 with the OU Regentsâ€™ Alumni Award and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from OU in 2011. He has been a major contributor to the Headington Tennis Center and Headington Hall at OU. He received the Stanley Kramer Award from the Producerâ€™s Guild of America and the National Board of Review named Hugo Best Picture. As co-producer, the films Hugo and Rango earned Headington six Oscars in 2012. Most recently, he has found success with the films Argo and World War Z.
Timothy C. Headington was presented for induction by David L. Boren, President of the University of Oklahoma.
Chief United States District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange was nominated by President Bill Clinton, recommended by Senator David Boren, and confirmed by the United States Senate as U.S. Attorney and U.S. District Judge, respectively. A career public servant, she is the first African-American woman elected to the Oklahoma Senate; first woman U.S. Attorney in Oklahoma; and first African-American federal judge in the Tenth Circuit. Miles-LaGrange graduated from Vassar College, cum laude, and Howard University Law School, serving as an editor of The Howard Law Journal, and received a certificate from Ghana University, West Africa. She served as a federal judicial law clerk; federal
Vicki Miles-LaGrange Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and state prosecutor for the U.S. Justice Department, prosecuting Nazi war criminals and sex crimes for the Oklahoma County District Attorney; and was a congressional intern for U.S. House Speaker Carl Albert. Chief Justice William Rehnquist appointed her to the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on International Judicial Relations. She continues to volunteer her talents and diplomacy in international judicial systems including Rwanda, China, Brazil, and Sudan. The Oklahoma and Federal Bar associations and The Journal Record recognized her for her post genocide work in Rwanda. She enjoys hosting judicial exchanges for the State Department and Library of Congressâ€™ Open World Program. Her honors and awards include induction into the Oklahoma Womenâ€™s Hall of Fame and the Child Advocates Hall of Fame, the Wall of Fame Humanitarian Award from the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation, and was named Woman of the Year by The Journal Record. Vicki Miles-LaGrange was presented for induction by Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia Richard W. Roberts. 9
Russell M. Perry was presented for induction by Kevin Perry, President and CEO of Perry Publishing & Broadcasting Company.
Russell M. Perry Oklahoma City, Oklahoma A graduate of Oklahoma Cityâ€™s Douglass High School and Maryland State College, Russell Perry is president of Perry Publishing & Broadcasting, publisher and editor of The Black Chronicle, and the previous co-owner and editor of The Black Dispatch. After purchasing its first radio station in 1993, the company continued to make acquisitions and today owns 20 stations in Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Georgia, and purchased a radio and television tower company. The company is the largest privately-owned communications company in the state and the largest black-owned independent broadcasting company in the nation. Perry served as Oklahomaâ€™s Secretary of Commerce during the Keating administration, as well as a member of the Oklahoma Development Finance Author-
ity, Oklahoma Industrial Finance Authority, and Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority. Perry serves on the State Fair of Oklahoma board and the National Board of Radio & Television, is the majority principal of the First Security Bank & Trust Co., and has served on the Small Business Bank Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and on the board of trustees of Oklahoma City University. His honors include induction into the Oklahoma Afro-American, the Oklahoma Journalism, the American Urban Radio Network Broadcasters and the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters halls of fame. He was presented an honorary doctor of humane letters degree by Mid-American Christian University and an honorary doctor of science degree by Langston University.
Reggie Whitten grew up in Seminole and was the first member of his family to earn a college degree. Graduating in 1977 from the University of Oklahoma, he earned his law degree in 1980. He practices law in Oklahoma City and is a partner in the Whitten Burrage Law Firm. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers which limits membership to the top 1% of state attorneys. Whitten spends much of his time traveling to schools all over the state recounting the story of his eldest son’s death in 2002 due to an addiction to prescription drugs. He is the co-founder of F.A.T.E., Fighting Addiction Through Education, and, along with his long-time friend Jim Priest, authored a book about his son’s story called What’s Your Fate. Whitten is co-founder of Professionals for Africa, a non-profit organization in which professionals of all occupations lend support to the less fortunate in Africa. In partnership with the Sam Noble Museum of National History, Whitten cofounded Explorology and Native Explorers. These are education programs that make science exciting for young people. Thus far, nearly 50,000 Oklahoma youth have been through the program. Among his honors and awards are the Oklahoma Bar Association Trailblazer Award, the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Oklahoma County Bar Association, the Jefferson Society Award and the Tommy D. Frasier Award from the Oklahoma Association of Justice, and the University of Oklahoma Seed Sower Society Award.
Reggie N. Whitten was presented for induction by East Central University President John Hargrave.
Reggie N. Whitten Seminole, Oklahoma
Deadline for Nominations for the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Class of 2014 is February 28, 2014. Nomination forms may be downloaded at www.oklahomaheritage.com.
2013 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Patron Donors PRESENTING SPONSORS - $25,000 The Oklahoma Publishing Company Oklahoma City Tulsa World Tulsa HALL OF FAME PATRON -$10,000 John A. Baker, Tulsa Mr. & Mrs. Clayton I. Bennett, Oklahoma City Burgess Family/ Lawton Constitution Lawton Case & Associates Properties Tulsa Chesapeake Energy Corporation Oklahoma City Devon Energy Corporation, Oklahoma City Entrepreneurial Properties Corporation Newport Beach, CA Evans and Associates Enterprises Ponca City Josephine Freede Oklahoma City John Groendyke Enid Tim Headington Dallas, TX Gary Huckabay Mustang Loveâ€™s Travel Stops & Country Stores Oklahoma City Mr. & Mrs. Butch Meibergen, Mr. & Mrs. Lew Meibergen, Dr. & Mrs. Barry Pollard, and Mr. & Mrs. Lew Ward Enid Oklahoma State University Stillwater Frank C. & Ludmila Robson Claremore R.L. Sias Oklahoma City University of Oklahoma, Office of the President Norman University of Oklahoma, Athletic Department Norman University of Tulsa Tulsa
Tom L. Ward Oklahoma City Nazih & Annette Zuhdi Oklahoma City HERITAGE PATRON-$7,500 American Fidelity Oklahoma City Charles N. Atkins, Jr. New York, NY Griffin Communications Oklahoma City Hall Estill Oklahoma City IBC Bank Oklahoma Ed & Marilyn Keller, Larry J. Bump, John Williams, Gary D. Gilliam, Mike E. Murray, and David C. Zenthoeffer Tulsa Payne Family Foundation Oklahoma City University of Oklahoma, Office of Development Norman Reggie & Rachelle Whitten Oklahoma City LEGACY PATRON - $5,000 American Trucking Association/ National Tank Truck Carriers Arlington, VA BancFirst Oklahoma City Bank of Oklahoma Tulsa Blue Cross Blue Shield Tulsa H .A. & Mary K. Chapman Foundation Tulsa Dillingham Insurance Enid First United Bank & Trust Durant Grand Bank Tulsa Inasmuch Foundation/First National Bank of Oklahoma Oklahoma City William E. Lobeck/Kathryn L. Taylor Tulsa Mathis Brothers Furniture Oklahoma City
Mercy Health Center Oklahoma City Joseph P. Moran Tulsa On Cue Marketing, LLC Stillwater Jody Parker/Steve Mitchell Tulsa H.E. Rainbolt Oklahoma City Saint Francis Health System Tulsa Charles & Peggy Stephenson Tulsa Whitten & Burrage, LLP Oklahoma City TRACKMAKER PATRON - $3,500 Commerce Bank Tulsa Cox Communications Oklahoma City David Capital Group Edmond First National Bank & Trust Okmulgee Robert & MeiLi Hefner Oklahoma City Wallace Johnson Dumfries, VA Duke R. Ligon Oklahoma City Norman & Edem Law Offices Oklahoma City Oklahoma City University/Ron Norick Oklahoma City Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Oklahoma City Oklahoma State University, Division of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Stillwater Russell M. Perry Oklahoma City Riggs Abney Neal Turpen Orbison & Lewis Oklahoma City University of Tulsa Athletics Tulsa Wells Fargo Advisors Oklahoma City Zarrow Families Foundation Tulsa
PIONEER PATRON - $1,600 AT&T Oklahoma City Howard & Billie Barnett Tulsa Charles & Cassandra Bowen Oklahoma City Kermit & Renee Brown Oklahoma City Tim Case Tulsa Helmerich & Payne, Inc. Tulsa Irish Realty/Main Street Parking Oklahoma City KFOR-TV/KAUT-TV Oklahoma City MidFirst Bank Tulsa Vicki Miles-LaGrange Oklahoma City Melvin & Jasmine Moran Seminole Bill & Linda Neimann Oklahoma City John & Julie Nickel Tulsa Robert & Jacqueline Poe Tulsa Williams, Box, Forshee & Bullard Oklahoma City T.D. Williamson Tulsa HOMESTEADER PATRON - $750 Accel Financial Staffing Oklahoma City E.W. Blankenship Oklahoma City Joel Champlin Enid Claims Management Resources Oklahoma City Bryan Close Tulsa Continental Resources Oklahoma City DeBee Gilchrist Oklahoma City Richard S. & Malinda Berry Fischer Stillwater Frates Insurance & Risk Management, LLC Oklahoma City Aaron Hargrove Stillwater
Jane B. Harlow Oklahoma City Honorable Jerome A. Holmes Oklahoma City Dr. & Mrs. Mason Jett Oklahoma City Lew & Suzanne Meibergen Enid Stewart & Sandy Meyers Oklahoma City Marcial & Bonnie Mitchell Edmond Mike & Peggy Murray Tulsa Jeaneen Naifeh Oklahoma City Ruth & Jan Norton Greenville, TX Presbyterian Health Foundation Oklahoma City Frank H. Seay Seminole Valliance Bank Oklahoma City Temple & Sons Funeral Directors Edmond The First State Bank Oklahoma City Edward A. & Barbara N. Townsend Grove Jim & Gwen Wilburn Tulsa Winter Livestock Enid Dr. & Mrs. LeRoy Young Oklahoma City
List represents donors as of close of business on October 21, 2013
hen the dark days of winter drive Oklahomans indoors, the lights in the front window of the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole glow all the brighter. Press your nose to the frosty glass and look inside: a dinosaur with a wide toothy smile beams a warm welcome. Sparkly toys on the shelves of Marci’s Museum Store seem to invite inquisitive fingers and Christmas shopping. And the red-brick hall leading to Kid Town ends with a patch of pure, dazzling magic. It’s seldom quiet, but always full of fun and good cheer, and the peacefulness of the holiday period gives families a chance to explore each area to their hearts’ content – without much interruption and no school bus waiting – except for the one painted above the main gallery. That bus is filled with memories and the painted faces of all those who have loved and nurtured the museum: Melvin Moran, the diminutive man whose huge ideas inspired the museum; the family of Keith Shaw, who oversaw and designed much of the museum; the grandchildren of Doyle Morris, who maintained the museum during much of its first 20 years; and the designated children of many donors and supporters. They’re almost like the Ghosts of Christmas Past, watching over and protecting those who enter.
By Karen Anson
The Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum opened its new expansion and Acrocanthosaurus exhibit early this year in celebration of their 20th anniversary. The new front, including a mural by April Jones Ledbetter, provides a warmer, more welcoming façade. Courtesy Karen Anson.
The museum began not all that long ago when the tiny village of Seminole found itself under a dark economic cloud. Oil had provided the town’s commerce for more than half a century, but the cost of oil had dropped so it was no longer profitable to drill and produce the wells. Businesses up and down the five-block long Main Street shuttered their windows. Homes went into foreclosure; people moved away. The Christmas decorations along the little town’s streets grew tattered and torn. It wasn’t a good time to ask people to donate to a cause, however worthwhile. But one of the oilmen seemed never to see the dark side of his little town. And it was his little town. He grew up there, went away to war, and then brought back his British bride and settled there. They raised their children there, supported the school and every good cause, and before long the bride came to love the small town in the same way her husband did. As mayor, Melvin Moran and his wife, Jasmine, reigned as the town’s official First Couple. As they loved their town, they loved their family, which came to include several grandchildren. One day in 1988, on a vacation with their granddaughters, they happened upon a children’s museum in Flint, Michigan. Some believe they found the museum by chance, some say it was providence. However they found it, the Morans’ spirit of giving inspired them and they wanted to give the children of their town a place such as this.
Open now for 20 years, Jasmine and Melvin Moran had a dream to provide a place for children to play and learn. Courtesy Jacklyn Patterson Photography.
“It would be a joy to the local children,” said Jasmine. “We were both concerned about the latchkey children, stuck in front of the television while their parents were both working. But we wanted it to be more than for the children in Seminole.” So they decided to put their own money into it and ask for assistance from others who wanted to help children. As they returned to their little town full of ideas, some people thought they weren’t being realistic. Amongst themselves, many thought the idea of such an enchanted place was a pipe dream. With all the closed businesses, who would help pay for it? Their town was an hour from any big city; who would come to visit? With only 7,000 residents, there were only a small number of local children who would come to such a museum, and fewer still were the individuals with the resources to help support it. For the most part, the negative thoughts were kept quiet because the Morans were such a beloved couple – and such a happy and cheerful pair wouldn’t have let anyone dampen their spirits anyway. Their idea was to ask young mothers and educators to help with the project, and they chose a group of interesting, energetic people and invited them to lunch. When they arrived, Melvin sprang his plan. Although some admitted later they thought it would never work, almost everyone signed on. “I did not even know what I saying ‘yes’ to,” said Marci Donaho, who would one day leave her beloved fourth graders and pledge her life to the museum. “People cannot say ‘no’ to Melvin. I guess it is because of his demeanor. His size is part of his charm, as well as his smile.”
The aquarium is a display of native Oklahoma fish and wildlife and includes a tank showing how pollution destroys the ecosystem. Courtesy Jacklyn Patterson Photography.
One of the museum’s newest exhibits is based on light, using colored bars illuminated from behind a pegboard to create glowing designs. Here William Forman, Seminole, Noah Tiner of Shawnee, and Johnny Martin of Idaho work with the colors. Courtesy Karen Anson.
The museum’s courtroom has been a training ground for at least a couple of present-day lawyers. Here Melissa Bevelhymer is interrogated and judged by her children. Courtesy Jacklyn Patterson Photography.
The City of Seminole donated a 1936 fire truck, which was renovated by a local resident, Larry Marker. In this exhibit, children can dress as firefighters and even slide down a fire pole. Courtesy Jacklyn Patterson Photography.
When the Kim Henry Science Works Wing opened in 2007, children flocked to tend to the baby in the incubator of the new healthcare exhibit’s nursery.
To raise money, Melvin decided to write a letter and send it to 200 potential donors. “I assumed we would have the money to construct the museum in two weeks and would probably be open in six months,” Melvin said. But a friend who knew more about fundraising recommended he go to people he knew. Melvin began with 24 prominent and credible friends and asked them to serve on a museum advisory board. The first letter he sent was to David and Molly Boren, the former governor and United States senator, and his wife, a former judge. Melvin had served as David’s campaign chairman when he ran for the U.S. Senate. When the Borens, also well-known supporters of education and children, agreed to the project Melvin used their name to open other doors. “I do not know what a children’s museum is, but I would be honored to serve on any board with David and Molly Boren,” wrote Alex Adwan, former editor at the Tulsa World. Before long, 22 of the 24 were on the board, becoming donors and helping with fundraisers. They needed a place for this museum and enlisted the aid of the Chamber of Commerce, the Industrial Foundation, and Seminole State College. They searched all over town, but couldn’t find a building large enough to match the Morans’ grand dream. Finally they came upon a deserted oilfield business that was in foreclosure. The building was large – 20,000 square feet with ceilings high enough for reindeer to fly – and it had surrounding land and a pond out back that could be turned into more exhibits. But the inside of the business had been used to rebuild drilling rigs and was filmed with oil and grease. It took a certain tilt of the head and squint of the eyes to see it as a sparkling, inviting place for children to play. But the museum organizers had the vision. Melvin agreed to the asking price of $300,000, then asked the bank for a donation to the museum. They agreed and the building was purchased. It would be nice to gloss over the next four years and say the museum opened on January 23, 1993, beating the average museum creation phase by eight months. But it was the hardest work most of the organizers had ever done. They had no money to hire cleaning people or exhibit fabricators, so they had to enlist the help of the community at every step.
It must have been inspiring to see a college president cleaning windows, academic doctorates scraping floors, a former actress cleaning oil from troughs, and oilfield tycoons tearing out chain link fencing and pulling up concrete blocks to get ready for the building crews. Local builder Keith Shaw was hired to lead the project. He brought in a team to demolish the inside of the building and start rebuilding. “The structure, the exhibits, they came about because a lot of people in Seminole contributed their time and materials at no cost,” Shaw said. “I was amazed and still am at how many stepped forward.” They gave time, they gave money, they gave pipe or tires or paint – the whole project was a four-year long season of giving and love for the children of Oklahoma. “I always said Seminole is a very unique city,” Melvin said, happy to be given another example of the true spirit of his hometown. “You do not find museums like this in small towns and it speaks very well for this community that we have one. The reason you do not find them in cities this size is because other towns do not have the uniqueness we have.” They organized 17 committees, each comprised of local dedicated and creative geniuses. “Each committee was assigned a different area, such as art, energy, aeronautics, medicine, firefighting, and so on,” Marci explained. When the ideas were accepted by the board, the committees, with Keith Shaw’s help, designed the exhibits. “We sat around that long table at the Chamber,” said Cai Levy, a member of the group that would later be known as the design team. “There were different people with different perspectives. Business people looked at the museum from their angle and we young mothers looked at it from the angle of small children. We bounced things off each other.” Usually when a museum is being built, the board will choose exhibits from a catalog. In Seminole, however, there was no money to purchase exhibits, so Shaw and a lot of other people pitched in to build them. “The ingenuity and creativity of Seminole craftsmen was unbelievable,” Shaw said. “They could take a piece of paper from Bonnie Lee Grisso — she knew she wanted a Handi-Capable exhibit, but not how to do it — and turn it into a reality.”
Balls are lifted to the top of the display by machinery and sent rushing along rails, dropped to platforms, then bounce into baskets in a ballet of engineering in the museum’s audio-kinetic exhibit.
Children learn what it is like to live with handicaps and disabilities in the HandiCapable exhibit. Courtesy Jacklyn Patterson Photography.
Marilyn Fulton of Enid painted the bus mural high on the museum’s south wall, using portraits of several of the museum builders and their family members.
Founder Melvin Moran and Executive Director Marci Donaho work together, along with a team of staff and board members, to keep the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum constantly fresh, new, creative, and inspiring. Courtesy Karen Anson.
In addition to Cai Levy, the design team included Teri Hooten, Kathy Jett Ridgeway, and Vicki Moran Horton. It was these masterminds who came up with the overall, unifying theme: Kid Town. Carnivals, cowboys, animals, geometrics, and cartoons were discussed before the final decision was made. “I used to visit a covered shopping mall called Old Town Mall in L.A., ” Vicki Moran Horton recalled. “Each storefront looked like it was part of a town.” From this came the museum’s small town concept. The committee wanted to incorporate exhibits into “clusters” of common themes by creating a “pint-sized” world of everyday experiences. So the design team proposed a child-sized town where children would role-play at multiple career choices. An adjoining “woods” would allow for recreation and science exhibits. “We wanted to tie the exhibits into classroom curriculum,” Marci said. “Basically we were building learning centers.” What emerged were colorful exhibits to teach children about careers: a dentist’s office, hospital, and real ambulance, a fire station, classroom, courtroom, a grocery store, television studio, a Convair aircraft cockpit, and a Red Baronesque flight simulator.
The Acrocanthosaurus cast, donated by Seminole native Reggie Whitten, greets visitors with a toothy smile. Courtesy Karen Anson.
But mixed in were exhibits for pure fun: a bubble room, a place to be creative with crayons and paints, a dollhouse, and an electric train. And then there were exhibits for learning outside the scope of careers: the aquarium and HandiCapable, an exhibit which teaches children about handicaps such as blindness, deafness, and physical disabilities. Melvin’s part in all this was fundraising. He had agreed to be on the fundraising committee because no one else would. He admitted that, although he gives to every good cause, he hates to ask anyone for money. “I even refused to go with my daughters when they were selling Girl Scout cookies,” he said. “But I knew the [museum] project would go nowhere if we did not have someone to do the fundraising.” With his name and reputation, he opened doors at corporations statewide: Kerr-McGee, Exxon-Mobil, Koch. And, with success followed support from foundations: Mabee, Kirkpatrick, Sarkeys, Ronald McDonald House. Selling their project proved fairly easy, with Melvin’s reputation, Jasmine’s charm, and Marci’s devout belief in the concept, along with a video put together by the Morans’ daughter, Marilyn Moran-Townsend, CEO of CVC Communications, Fort Wayne, Indiana, using some of the original amateur home video that Melvin shot of the museum in Michigan. Before the museum opened, they also had to sell it to schools statewide, where field trips of inquisitive children would make up a large share of the museum’s attendance. Free days were given to several schools to show them what was in store if they took the short trip to Seminole. They passed the word and finally the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum became a field trip destination. As Melvin had concluded, 70 percent of Oklahoma’s schoolchildren lived within a two-hour drive, making Seminole the perfect place for a children’s museum.
Ecuadorian Dorilla DeLoach has worked at the museum since 2001. Here she helps Ava and Marin Adams of Seminole make masks in the museum’s Creativity Central exhibit. Courtesy Karen Anson.
Jasmine Moran, for whom the museum is named, poses with Tupper the Clown at a recent museum event.
Christmas Present Most of the exhibits which were in the museum on opening day have stood the test of time and inquisitive little fingers. But that doesn’t mean that the museum has stood still. Eight expansions, the most recent just opened as the museum celebrated it’s 20th anniversary this year. From the day the first school group set foot inside the doors, the organizers realized they hadn’t planned a place for the children to eat lunch. The lunchroom was the first expansion, completed the same year the museum opened.
In 1999, the 6,000-square-foot Roesler Hall was opened with a huge climbing maze. In 2000, a small train seated 14 children and had 600 feet of track. It was so popular it ran 120 miles a month, 600 feet at a time, until it had to be replaced. The SuperSonic Express was added in 2002, and takes guests of all sizes on a tour of the beautifully landscaped 15-acre Henderson Nature Park. Originally an overgrown pond and a trash dump, Seminole residents Kenneth and Rose Henderson worked on the area for two years, to the delight of visitors riding the train.
Rachel Thomason and her two sons, Edward and Asher, watch as scarves and pompoms, inserted in a maze of plastic tubes, rush on a current of air through the maze and pop out from different places. Courtesy Karen Anson.
From the museum’s beginning through the next 20 years, contractor Keith Shaw, center, has worked with Director Marci Donaho and her husband Dale. Courtesy Karen Anson.
The museum’s main gallery, pictured here from a second floor window, shows the store fronts that give the museum its Kid Town theme. Each exhibit allows children to try on new trades and professions on their way to becoming happy, productive grown-ups.
In 2006, the 12,000 square-foot Castle Maze was opened, followed only a year later by the Kim Henry Science Works Wing, 8,400 square-feet of new construction to house a healthcare exhibit. Then First Lady Kim Henry, working with Stan Hupfeld of Integris Health Care, brought together leaders in Oklahoma’s healthcare field – Integris, Mercy Health Systems, OU Medical Center, St. Francis Health Care, SSM Health Systems, and United Health Care – for the half-million-dollar exhibit. Funding for the museum expansion to hold the exhibit was funded primarily by Reggie Whitten of the Whitten-
Newman Foundation. Whitten, a former Seminole resident, also funded the museum’s most recent expansion of the lobby to house his gift of a life-size cast of Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur bones, which were discovered in 1983 in Atoka, 90 minutes south of Seminole. Just this year, the museum has added two new galleries. The first is called “Tinkering in the Park.” The area is dedicated to hands-on creating and build-
ing. Visitors can build designs out of Legos, Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, and Kaplan planks, all speaking to the “designer” in visitors of all ages. They have begun “Take Apart Days,” when visitors can take apart things like computer monitors, toasters, keyboards, and telephones. “This activity will allow our visitors to see what makes something work,” Marci said. “We plan to work in our parking lot to take apart a vehicle, if you can imagine it.”
Also in this area are exhibits dealing with light. A small room is dedicated to light writing on a special wall. In “Bright Light,” visitors can insert different colored tubes and make designs that will be reflected in colorful light. “Mind Splash” is a large maze of air tubes. Visitors can insert scarves, ping pong balls, and other soft objects and see them travel through the tube maze – and try to catch them as they exit through the escape routes. The newest gallery is dedicated to air. Air tubes, air screens, sail boats, and sand dunes are all geared towards showing visitors the influence of air on objects.
The museum has now been in operation for 20 years, long enough for the impact that the founders dreamed of to be felt. Both Marci and Melvin can tell stories about how that impact is shaping Oklahoma’s future. “One family arrived with children excited to play in the courtroom exhibit,” related Marci. “After two hours of putting Mommy, Daddy, and even Goldilocks on trial, future lawyers emerged. “We know that because that same child who was the judge and jury brought his children to play in the same exhibit in later years.”
For the new dinosaur exhibit, the front of the museum had to be expanded and the board took the opportunity to make it more colorful and inviting. Here April Ledbetter Jones stands on scaffolding to paint the mural high above the ground, the first thing visitors see as they arrive. Courtesy Karen Anson.
The Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum is located at 1714 W. Wrangler Boulevard in Seminole and can be found online at www.jasminemoran.com.
Executive Director Marci Donaho marvels at the size of the dinosaur cast as it was constructed in the Black Hills Institute of South Dakota. The exhibit opened early this year.
Melvin Moran visits the museum every day, showing children how the exhibits work and talking to visitors. He admits he enjoys the Bubble Factory as much as the kids do.
Edward Thomason and his mother Rachel placed a paper cup in the museum’s new air exhibit and watched it fly up and out of the tube. The family was visiting the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum from Oklahoma City. Courtesy Karen Anson.
Many stories are shared by young parents who remember their experiences at the museum and have traveled to play again with their children. “A young family with two sons and a daughter played in the museum, and as the boys played wildly with the various exhibits, one of the museum’s youth volunteers noticed the sister sitting alone, watching a TV screen on an exhibit,” Marci said. The volunteer coaxed her to participate in the animation of the video. She accepted and became dramatic with her interactions. “The mother had been looking for her daughter and noticed that she was on the overhead TV acting out a part,” Marci said. “She was amazed at the reaction of her daughter to the exhibit. The little girl had been diagnosed as autistic and had never ‘ventured out’ as she had in the interactive exhibit. “The mother thanked the young volunteer for brightening her day, as well as her daughter’s day.” The museum founders’ original plan was to duplicate the 11,000 square-foot museum in Michigan. Today, the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum is one of the largest children’s museums in the world. It has 40,000 square feet of inside exhibits, plus ten acres of outdoor exhibits.
“If we had any idea how big the museum was to become, we would not have had the nerve to start the project,” Melvin said in retrospect. “The success of the museum is due to the work of our fantastic board, our very generous donors, and our caring staff. It has been a team effort. And our extraordinary president, and executive director, Marci Donaho, is the captain of our team.”
No one can deny that the driving forces for the museum have been the Morans and the director, Marci Donaho. As the Morans reach their 80s and Donaho approaches retirement age “in a few years,” Marci says, one must wonder about the museum’s future, when these energetic and passion-driven leaders aren’t around to nurture their project. That thought hasn’t escaped them either. “It was at a Children’s Museum retreat at St. Crispin’s many years ago that the facilitator commented that Marci and I were the major fundraisers,” Melvin said. “Then she asked, ‘What will happen to the museum if, on the way home this evening, Marci and Melvin are killed in a car accident?’
“To me, that was a pretty shocking statement, but it made us realize that we needed to prepare for the day when we are not here. We also realized the best way to do that would be to have an endowment fund where the earnings from this fund would equal or exceed the difference between our expenses and our earned income.” They immediately started a “legacy drive” and encouraged the board to make monthly contributions. Their first goal was $1 million. “When we reached that goal, we realized that this was not nearly enough,” Melvin said. “We raised our goal to $5 million and reached that in August, 2013. We now believe the museum will be financially secure for many years into the future.” As far as future exhibits at the museum, Marci said a new outdoor playground is in the planning stages and some day – “way down the road” – an outdoor classroom. In addition to the exhibits, the outdoor play area and the train ride through Henderson Nature Park, the museum offers a cafe with kid-friendly food at modest prices, a birthday room, which can be rented for parties, and a conference room for meetings.
March 2 Corey Fuller: The Daily Artifact Corey Fuller was raised in Hinton, Oklahoma and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Design from the University of Central Oklahoma. He currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Oklahoma Baptist University, a small liberal arts college in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Fuller and his wife Kara enjoy raising their daughters Karlee and Harper. Fuller also works as freelance designer for various clients in the fields of: energy, education, restaurants, arts and culture, and nonprofit organizations, among others. Fuller’s design work has earned several Gold Addy Awards from the American Advertising Federation, as well as recognition from the American Marketing Association. Fuller serves as design judge for the Baptist Communicators Association and formerly served as board member and guest speaker for the American Institute of Graphic Artists of Oklahoma. Fuller exhibited work at Space 38|39, New York City, New York; Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana; Legacy Bank, Spring Creek, Edmond, Oklahoma; Sips Downtown Kafe, Shawnee, Oklahoma; and, in January 2014, at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. “The Daily Artifact” was Corey Fuller’s personal challenge to create a drawing, design, photograph, doodle, etc., every day for a year, running from March 25 of 2011 to March 25 of 2012. All 366 of the pieces have been
Censorship is # 2 of 366 of Fuller’s “The Daily Artifact” challenge, created on March 26, 2011.
By Marissa Raglin
On March 17, 2012 Gitty Up was created as #359 of 366 for Fuller’s challenge of creating a drawing, design, photograph, or doodle every day for a year.
formatted to 12”×18” posters. The artifacts vary in color and composition, creating a dynamic visual wall. The International Arts Movement (IAM) spotlighted Fuller for his creative efforts on their website at www. internationalartsmovement.org. IAM, “gathers artists and creative catalysts to wrestle with the deep questions of art, faith, and humanity in order to inspire the creative community to grapple with our present reality, faithfully steward our talents, and create ‘rehumanizing’ work indicative of the world that ‘ought to be.’” Why artifact and not work of art? Fuller says, “the task of creating art is weighty, because art is a verdict. Not everything I do constitutes art, but anything humanmade qualifies as an artifact— including print ephemera or napkin doodles. However, it’s important to note that sometimes artifacts become art.” The artifacts persuade the viewer to take steps back to absorb all the details as one and then it draws the viewer in for further investigation on individual pieces, creating a back-andforth motion. Fuller says, “A body of work in a single exhibit makes for an interesting compression of space and time. In adjacent posters, one might find sarcasm and sincerity or silliness and severity. While the spatial relationship is close, many hours and moods exist between any two works.” Fuller says, “Doing a project like this, it forces you to do work that you wouldn’t have done otherwise.” Fuller broke out of his comfort zone and committed to the one-year timeline he created for The Daily Artifact and it proved beneficial for his creative process. “Part of the deadline really helped me be more disciplined in my work because I don’t tend to be a disciplined person, so it forced me to be, for better or worse,” says Fuller. The routine altered his creative process as well as his desire to
be critical of each and every piece. He says, “This project allowed me to purge certain lingering ideas from my system, and through that displacement, new ideas surfaced. Because of the ominous daily deadline, I was forced to be less obsessive than usual about the work—focusing on ideas and form, rather than tweaking pixels to death.” Fuller possessed a positive outlook towards his work, and viewed each poster as a stepping stone. “The problem is to try to see, your space, my living room, my office, my commute, somehow with fresh eyes; to try to see every day of my life as if I’m on vacation and seeing it for the first time.” Fuller remained engaged in his work and had several design ideas running at once. “In the case of complete creative block, I had several goto outlets, such as creating ephemera for a fictional Midwestern town called Vita. Much in the way that a fiction writer creates characters and narrative for a specific place (i.e., Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon); I created posters for Vita, which is Latin for Life.” The Vita posters include references to museums, festivals, coffee shops, retail, singles clubs, real estate, and concerts, among others. Fuller found that accountability helped him see The Daily Artifact through completion. “I actually tried to do this sometime before, and I failed miserably. I would only get about a week into the project. I began to tell more and more people about it, and people were excited about the idea, and that gave me more impedance to finish it because I felt like people wanted to see the outcome.” Fuller’s inspiration came from the constant jotting down of ideas in a notebook that would then string into another concept. “At any given time I might have 1 to 12 concepts in a holding tank. Other days I found myself on empty, but then while
Fuller also founded Potluck Poster, www.potluckposter.com, and serves as head designer. Potluck Poster is a “divine, graphical liaison of art and copy.” Interested participants simply submit their desired text and receive, by mail, an 18”x 24” inch poster, embellished with their own message. Every Potluck Poster is a, “unique, graphical interpretation of the message, crafted with care and randomness.” Fuller finds this concept to be a designer’s dream, as is it allows for limited client input. This may be a risky opportunity for the client, but the surprise outcome is a visual treat. One of his clients, Café Evoke, an Edmond, Oklahoma coffee shop, is drawn to the riskiness of the Potluck Poster and has become a repeat customer. Café Evoke appreciates the randomness of each Potluck Poster, submitting similar text to find the poster generated never closely resembling the previous design.
The outcome of Corey Fuller’s “The Daily Artifact” creates a wall of visually appealing textures, colors, patterns, and graphics. Corey Fuller’s “The Daily Artifact” will be on display from January 16th- April 5th, 2014, with the Opening Reception on Thursday, January 16th from 5:00-7:00 pm.
8•31•11 Picture Maker/Taker 4000 was created on August 31, 2011 and is #160.
engaged in some monotonous task an idea would present itself.” The project ultimately forced him to create work that he would never have thought of developing. Fuller states that when he reflects back over his final product, he notices some artifacts that he has no idea where they came from. The development of one poster would lead to another, so dwelling on a poster and comparing its strength was not an option for Fuller. Fuller’s artifacts each share a different story and were created with varying expectations; further inspection explains the designer’s intentions. Throughout his lifetime, Fuller has lived in many Oklahoma cities and towns along Interstate 40, which roughly follows the path of Route 66 from Oklahoma City to California. Fuller says driving this route, “billboards advertising motels, gas stations, and local attractions are an inescapable part of the road-trip landscape and have been since the early station-wagon pioneers of Old 66. This billboard, which I snapped on one of a thousand trips out west, could hold its own in any contemporary art gallery, but it's unlikely that its creators had such aspirations.” This artifact has a saturated texture, drawing the eye in to the rectangular shape of similar color schemes. “The haphazard nature, and beauty, of the composition is a consequence of resourcefulness. The separate regions have been recycled—cobbled from other billboards in the area. Another closer look into Fuller’s work is the story behind the artifact with the words “Dip Your Card” planted across the front. Fuller traveled to New York for the first time a few years ago, and has since made it a yearly occurrence. Fuller says, “Learning the subway is practically mandatory, and I consider myself sort of an expert now...at certain subway stations there
Dream Dasher, #269 of 366, was created on December 18, 2011.
is a person selling metro cards, but at most stops customers interact with a digital interface that dispenses cards. When it's time to pay up the machine asks you to ‘dip your card’. I'm not sure why I found that language so interesting; it evoked ideas of a chocolate-covered card, dipped like a Dilly bar.” This poster is
simplistic and modern with rich details and creates a visual movement by reading the text and viewing the details on the card. Fuller says that the creative process to generate this specific artifact was quite simple; he melted a chocolate bar in the microwave and found a few sprinkles in the pantry. “The poster also alludes
to the translation from liquid assets to a good. The verticality of the credit card implies a meter, half-full and half spent on mere indulgence,” Fuller says. Another poster Fuller created provides a closer look into his own personality. “This poster has no deep-seated meaning. It's not some kind of backward statement against conformity. I'm actually a big advocate of conformity. I'm also a grid person. I live by the grid. There's an overall logic, generally speaking, to the placement of elements in my work. There's also, in Adobe Illustrator, an option to ‘show grid’ and ‘snap to grid’. I work almost exclusively in ‘snap to grid’ mode. And that probably is a deep-seeded aspect to my personality.” Fuller continues, “The modular elements of design within a grid become like soldiers moving in tandem. Any object that violates the grid can become a distinct point of emphasis within a composition. This can be used to the designer's advantage for creating a visual focal point. However, first a pattern or set of standards must be established in such a way that deviation from the norm is detectable.” One last look into The Daily Artifact is educational for Fuller’s inspiration of the artifact with the words “We Will Eat Tonight” written across in a patriotic color scheme placed upon a solid royal blue field. “‘We will eat tonight.’ What a wonderful promise to make. As a father of two small children, I want this to always be true,” says Fuller. “The line was pulled from Wes Anderson's stop-motion masterpiece ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox.’ The line seems rather forgettable as far as the film is concerned, but it remained with me and became the inspiration for this poster. The asterisk is nearly mistaken for an average star, but therein lies the challenging and hard to swallow portion of the
Grid Army. # 3 of 366, was created on march 27, 2011.
We Will Eat Tonight, #6 of 366, was created on march 30, 2011.
poster. ‘*Offer not available in all areas’. While the promise seems simple enough, there are places—the poor places—where it is not so easy. These places have been neglected, if not forgotten, except by those that live there. For them it is a promise not easily made, nor always kept.” Several of Fuller’s pieces are mindful of the viewer’s reaction, desiring to create a need for further examination, causing the viewer to question the motive and origin of each artifact.
Gloria Twine Chisum
By Millie J. Craddick
loria Twine Chisum was born in Muskogee in 1930 to Chauncey Depew Twine, Sr. and Nadine Davis Twine. Chisumâ€™s grandfather, William H. Twine had moved to Muskogee when Indian Territory was opened for settlement. They lived first in the town of Twine, which her grandfather founded southwest of Muskogee. Chisum grew
up in a close family in which most of the male family members were lawyers. In the summer, after being bathed and dressed for bed, the Twine children liked to go for a ride in their Ford roadster. The rumble seat, which folded into the trunk, would accommodate the three children with the oldest sister in the middle to keep the two smaller ones in their seats.
Gloria Twine Chisum’s grandmother called her “little cake,” as she loved her grandmother’s baking.
At age 16, Gloria Twine Chisum was named Queen at Muskogee High School.
ing to teach psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. The Aerospace Medical Research Department (AMRD) where Chisum worked housed the largest human centrifuge in the world. It is used by every laboratory in the AMRD to simulate the acceleration stresses both in high performance aircraft and space flight.
Chisum attended elementary and high school in Muskogee. Her accomplishments in high school set the groundwork for her later achievements as a research scientist. After graduating from Manual Training High School, she earned a bachelor’s and masters degree at Howard University in 1951 and 1953 respectively. Chisum continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania where she received a graduate fellowship in 1958, and earned a Ph.D. in experimental psychology in 1960 upon completion of her dissertation, “Transposition as a Function of the Number of Test Trials.” Her specialty was learning and perception. After earning her doctorate, she began her career as a Research Psychologist at the Naval Air Warfare Development Center in Warminster, Pennsylvania. She was employed there for thirty years, while continu-
which was a former airplane hangar where Chisum finally got a new laboratory built for her research that did not require acceleration effects. When she needed the acceleration component for her research, she also used the centrifuge. The building is round because of the huge human centrifuge. It was used by the Navy, NASA, and the Air Force for acceleration research when the smaller facilities were not adequate. In 1965, Chisum was made director of the Vision Research Laboratory at the Naval Warfare Development Center, where she conducted research on visual problems related to the crews of high performance aircraft for whom maintenance of efficient visual performance was critical. The stresses imposed by flying in highly maneuverable Nadine Davis Twine, left, and her daughter Gloria Twine Chisum.
As the Twine children were growing up their parents bought a new house. The neighborhood had cement sidewalks that were perfect for skating. The centrifuge is a machine using centrifugal force for separating substances of different densities, for removing moisture, or for simulating gravitational effects. There were physiological laboratories and the Vision Laboratory in this building also. The Vision Laboratory was moved to a larger building
aircraft could disrupt visual functioning and measures to ameliorate the effects of those stresses were needed. In addition, exposure to bright light, such as the sun or flashes, could result in loss of dark adaption instantaneously and be fatal for the aircrew. Her goal was to decrease the negative effects on pilots to the greatest degree possible. They
Gloria Twine Chisum, left at age 10, with siblings Nadine at 15 and Chauncey, Jr. at 8.
studied the extent of the negative effects and developed measures, both procedures and devices, to reduce hazards. For these stresses, Chisum developed protective goggles to shield pilotsâ€™ eyes. She had a patent for her Air-conditioned, Stabilized, Form-fit Helmet for pilots which could support a helmet mounted display system. The purpose was to provide pilots of high performance aircraft with information needed about the airplane during criti-
cal maneuvers without the necessity of looking into the cockpit. Another patent was for an Ophthalmo-dynomometer which could be used to determine head-level blood pressure in the event of head injuries sustained in field operations. She later became manager of the Life Sciences Research Group. As manager of this group, she was responsible for groups of physiologists, physicists and physicians, as well as their support personnel, who worked on aircrew protection from excessive acceleration effects, temperature exposure effects, and chemical and biological hazards. The group developed protective measures to ameliorate the negative and life threatening effects. Some of the measures developed by
the acceleration groups were special G-suits, some of which were used by NASA for astronauts. Thermal protection was developed for fire safety measuresâ€“some of which have been used by automobile racers. The chemical group developed protection measures which are used by first responders today. While the research was intended for naval and marine aircrews, it has relevance for any hazardous environment. Near the end of her research career Chisum returned to her first love, the Vision Laboratory, exclusively. Chisum was awarded for her achievements in 1979 when she earned the Raymond F. Longacre Award of the Aerospace Medical Association. This award was established
Gloria Twine Chisum using the ocular, one of the pieces of equipment used in her research.
The Aerospace Medical Research Department where Gloria Twine Chisum worked for more than 30 years. Courtesy
Southeastern Pennsylvania Cold War Historical Society.
Gloria Twine Chisum began her career as a Research Psychologist at the Naval Air Warfare Development Center in Warminster, Pennsylvania.
As director of the Naval Warfare Development Center’s Vision Research Laboratory, Gloria Twine Chisum conducted research on visual problems related to the crews of high performance aircraft.
to honor the memory of Major Raymond F. Longacre and is given annually for outstanding accomplishment in the psychological and psychiatric aspects of aerospace medicine. A recognized authority on visual problems associated with the operation of highperformance aircraft, Chisum also has received the Scientific Achievement Award and the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Award of Merit. This is the highest award given by the General Alumni Society. A consultant to all branches of the United States Department of Defense, as well as many other organizations throughout the world, Chisum has represented the United States government in several conferences held by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Advisory Group for Aerospace Research & Development. She has participated in or coordinated conferences in Brussels, London, Copenhagen, The Hague, and Lisbon. Chisum was the first AfricanAmerican woman to join the board of trustees of the University of Pennsyl-
vania, former chair of the boards of overseers of the Graduate School of Education and the School of Social Work, and was elected to become one of only five female emeritus trustees after twenty-six years of serving on the board. She served as chair of the Commission on Strengthening the Community, where she was actively involved ensuring that minority voices are heard, respected, and supported on campus. Chisum was a director on the board for the PEW Charitable Trusts. The PEW Charitable Trusts serve the
public interest by providing information, policy solutions, and support for civic life. Based in Philadelphia, with an office in Washington, D.C., the trusts make investments to provide organizations and citizens with factbased research and practical solutions for challenging issues. The State of Pennsylvania officially claimed Chisum in 1981 and designated her “Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania.” Chisum also was the first African-American and first AfricanAmerican woman to chair the board of trustees of the Free Library of Philadelphia and vice chair of the board of directors of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. She was a founder and chair of the James Brister Society, an alumni organization, with the intent to broaden the range of alumni of the University of Pennsylvania who participated in university activities after graduation. After Chisum stepped down as chair, the members decided to recognize outstanding achievement by faculty members with a special recognition award named in her honor. Chisum was honored by Howard University at its annual charter day dinner. The charter day celebration commemorates the founding of the predominantly Black university in 1897. She received an award for her work in psychological research and psychophysics.
Gloria Twine Chisum, left, with Pennsylvania Governor Richard Thornburg and Ann Hawkes Hutton, president of the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania following Chisum’s 1981 induction.
Jay H. Tolson, chairman and CEO of Fischer & Porter Company, presented Gloria Twine Chisum for induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1984. Gloria Twine Chisum was the first African American woman to join the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees and was elected to become one of only five female Emeritus Trustees after 26 years of serving on the board.
Chisum has published more than 90 scientific papers and reports and has made presentations before national and international scientific and professional meetings. She has served as a member of the boards of the William Penn Foundation, The Arthritis Foundation of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Orchestra Association, The Children’s Aid Society, The World Affairs Council, The National Constitution Center, and numerous others. Her professional affiliations include the Eastern Psychological Association, of which she was treasurer for ten years, and the Optical Society of America. She is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, the American Psychological Association,
Gloria Twine Chisum and her husband, Melvin, usually travel to France and Mexico each year. They are now learning to speak French and Spanish.
and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Chisum was one of the early inductees into the Muskogee Hall of Fame, was inducted in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1984, holds four honorary doctorate degrees, including the Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Pennsylvania and Howard University, and a Doctor of Humane Letters from York College, York, Pennsylvania. She also has received awards from many local and
national organizations. Chisum retired in 1990. Following retirement, she volunteered for several civic activities in addition to the business roles she pursued, and sat on various boards. The only board she still is part of is as an emerita member of the board of trustees of the University of Pennsylvania where she serves on two committees of which she no longer votes. Chisum relates “what one says is more important than how one votes most of the time.”
BY BOB BURKE
nyone under the age of 60 cannot remem
ber when “Oklahoma,” the title song from the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical, was not the official state song. However, before 1953, the state’s official song was “Oklahoma—A Toast.” Replacing it was controversial and not a sure thing.
The music to “Oklahoma—A Toast” was popular in early Oklahoma, long before it was declared the official state song in 1935. Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society.
There was no official state song of Oklahoma for the first 28 years of statehood. If any song came close to being the unofficial state song in the early years of the state, it was “Oklahoma,” written by a 25-yearold schoolteacher shortly after statehood in 1907. Harvey Hostetter
taught in rural, one-room schoolhouses and was caught up in the fevered excitement of the talk about Oklahoma becoming the 46th state of the Union. Hostetter played the violin and wrote both the lyrics and music to “Oklahoma.” But he asked Oscar J. Lehrer, later the director of the University of Oklahoma bands, to create a piano accompaniment so the song could be performed in public. Their collaboration was a success. In the years following statehood, newspapers reported that the song was performed at schools and public celebrations. An advertisement in the November 20, 1911 edition of The Daily Oklahoman announced that a copy of the sheet music could be purchased for five cents at Jenkins Music Company. For an additional penny, the song could be purchased by mail.
Oklahoma’s first official state song, “Oklahoma—A Toast,” was written two years before statehood by an 18-yearold Kingfisher girl who was excited about Oklahoma Territory heading down a certain path toward statehood. Harriet Parker Camden was one of six daughters of Reverend Joseph Homer Parker, a pioneer Congregational minister, who homesteaded in Kingfisher and later founded Kingfisher College. In 1904, Harriet won a statewide song contest with her song, “Oklahoma—A Toast.” The following year, the song was published by a music publishing company in Enid. Harriet dedicated the song to her father who was elected Oklahoma’s first superintendent of public instruction at statehood in 1907. The song was popular and other companies published the sheet music. The Daily Oklahoman liked the song so much, its editorial page writers called for its selection as the official song of Oklahoma Territory: This song supplies a long felt want for public, as well as home use, and is being introduced into the public schools of our territory, for which it is especially appropriate. It well deserves to become our territorial song. Harriet married and moved to California, and history does not record how “Oklahoma—A Toast” came to the attention of the legislature in 1935. State Senator Homer Paul of Pauls Valley and Representative Cecil Chamberlin of Frederick introduced a joint legislative resolution calling for Camden’s song, written 31 years before, to be sanctioned as the official state song. Camden was known to visit Oklahoma City annually to visit two sisters. Perhaps on one of those visits, legislators were made aware that Oklahoma did not have an official song, and that “Oklahoma—A Toast” was a viable choice for the honor. After all, school children had grown up singing the song for many years.
The legislature quickly approved the bill and Governor E.W. Marland signed it into law. Finally, in the middle of the Great Depression, Oklahoma had an official state song. The chorus of “Oklahoma—A Toast:” Oklahoma, Oklahoma, Fairest daughter of the West, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, 'Tis the land I love the best. We have often sung her praises, But we have not told the half, So I give you "Ok-la-ho-ma," 'Tis a toast we all can quaff. Oklahomans were happy with their state song for the next 18 years, until George Nigh, a 25-year-old legislator and history teacher from McAlester, became enthralled with Oklahoma!, the hit of Broadway in New York City. What became one of America’s favorite Broadway musicals began in the imaginative mind of Lynn Riggs, a writer, playwright, and poet born in Claremore, Indian Territory, in 1899. In 1930, Riggs wrote the play, Green Grow the Lilacs, named for a popular song of the day. The play was set in Indian Territory in 1900 and featured a cowboy, Curly, and his sweetheart, Laurey. The musical numbers were folk songs. Riggs’ play toured several large cities on the East Coast before arriving on Broadway in New York City in January, 1931. However, it only lasted two months and 64 performances. A decade later, a leader of New York’s Theatre Guild, the original producer of Green Grow the Lilacs, saw a summer stock production of the play and believed it could be the basis for a successful Broadway musical. She approached Richard Rodgers, already successful for writing the music for Broadway hits such as Babes in Arms and Pal Joey. Rodgers purchased the rights to Green Grow the Lilacs from Riggs and promised him future royalties should the musical become successful.
Claremore’s Lynn Riggs wrote Green Grow the Lilacs, the musical and lyrical basis for Oklahoma! Courtesy Western History Collection, University of Oklahoma Libraries. George Nigh was 25 years old and a member of the Oklahoma legislature when he introduced the bill to make “Oklahoma!” the official state song.
Rodgers’ past collaborator, Lorenz Hart, turned down the chance to write the words for Rodgers’ production, prompting Oscar Hammerstein, II, a prominent lyricist for Broadway shows such as Show Boat and The New Moon, to approach Rodgers. A deal was made, and history’s greatest Broadway duo, Rodgers and Hammerstein, was formed. The Theatre Guild suggested that Shirley Temple play the role of Laurey and Groucho Marx appear as Ali Hakim. But Rodgers and Hammerstein believed any success their show might have, would depend upon the songs and the story, not famous names.
the changes were dramatic. They added a show-shopping number, “Oklahoma” and decided to retitle the musical after that number. At the suggestion of Mrs. Oscar Hammerstein, II, the new title was Oklahoma!
Oscar Hammerstein, II.
reason that they could not be improved on. Lynn Riggs and Green Grow the Lilacs are the very soul of Oklahoma!” Oklahoma! was a huge hit on Broadway. The original production ran until May 29, 1948. The 1,212 performances was the most in Broadway history to that time. A national tour of 250 cities in all 50 states from October, 1943, to April, 1954, played to ten million people.
Exclamation Mark or Not ?
There is a general misunderstanding as to whether or not an exclamation point is to be added after the word, Oklahoma, when referring to the state song, the Broadway play, or the movie. The names of the Broadway play and the movie both have an exclamation point at the end of the word Oklahoma. The state song does not.
Originally named Away We Go!, the show opened on March 11, 1943, at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, Connecticut. Expectations were low. The producer walked out after the first act and decided the show would be a flop because there were no jokes and no dancing girls. However, audiences and critics were enthusiastic about the musical when it played in Boston and trumpeted its chances on Broadway where it opened at the St. James Theatre on March 31, 1943. Rodgers and Hammerstein made only a few changes from the performances in New Haven and Boston, but
Critics could not get to their typewriters fast enough to proclaim that Oklahoma! had ushered in a new age of musicals on Broadway. Brooks Thompson wrote in the New York Times, “‘Oh, What a Beautiful Morning’ changed the history of musical theater. After a verse like that, sung to a buoyant melody, the banalities of the old musical stage became intolerable.” Later, Hammerstein gave much of the credit of the writing of the hit to the original words of Lynn Riggs. Hammerstein said, “I kept many of the lines of the original play without making any changes to them at all for the simple
The playbill at the St. James Theatre on Broadway.
It became so customary for Oklahomans who saw the theater production to stand and clap when “Oklahoma” was sung early in the show, officials of the theater began to announce at the beginning of the play that the audience should stand only during the finale. In November, 1946, Oklahoma! came to the stage in Oklahoma with eight performances at Oklahoma City’s Municipal Auditorium. Governor Robert S. Kerr personally underwrote
the production and entertained Rodgers and Hammerstein and the Theatre Guild producers at a lavish premier. The famous songwriting team rode in an old-fashioned horse-drawn surrey, much like the one featured in their musical, from their hotel to the Municipal Auditorium. Oklahomans began proudly singing the songs from Oklahoma!, especially the title song that soon replaced the official song, “Oklahoma—A Toast,” at school programs and public gatherings. However, it would be another seven years before any action would be taken to give “Oklahoma” a place in the official history of the Sooner State.
LEFT: “Oklahoma!” opened as a hit movie in 1955.
Ridge Bond (Curly) and Patricia Northrup (Laurey) in the 1951 revival of Oklahoma! Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society.
Celeste Holm, with hat, played the role of Ado Annie in the original Broadway production of Oklahoma!
After Oklahoma! opened on Broadway, several songs from the musical became national hits. Some reached the No. 1 position on bestseller charts. George Nigh listened to the songs on radio and said, “Suddenly, a great burst of pride came over me when the No. 1 song in all America was about Oklahoma. The whole world was singing about my home state.” In 1953, Nigh was in his second term in the Oklahoma legislature and still was full of enthusiasm for Oklahoma! Part of the reason was that his friend, Ridge Bond, a graduate of McAlester High School and the University of Tulsa, had played the role of Curly in more than 1,500 performances on Broadway and as a member of a national touring company.
High school drama groups throughout the land continue to perform Oklahoma!
Nigh believed that because the title song had given the state so much favorable publicity, it should be the official state song. Words in “Oklahoma—A Toast,” such as "'tis a drink we can all quaff ” were outdated. Quaff meant “to drink a beverage heartily,” but the word, written as part of the song 49 years before, was no longer a part of the vocabulary of everyday Oklahomans. Nigh introduced a bill in the Oklahoma House of Representatives to make “Oklahoma” the state song, but he ran into strong opposition from older members of the House who had supported the approval of “Oklahoma—
A Toast” as the state song nearly two decades before. During debate on Nigh’s bill, Representative Robert Taylor of Perry said Oklahoma! was too hard to sing. But Nigh’s primary opposition came from the Oklahoma State Federation of Women’s Clubs, that strongly urged legislators to keep the current state song. Nigh knew his bill was in trouble. Respected legislators such as Representative Ernest Tate of Ardmore announced their opposition to the bill, not only because of the tradition of the present state song, but also because of their objection to the “slangy language” of “Oklahoma.”
Representative J.W. Huff of Ada made the most passionate argument against the bill. He took the House floor and said “Oklahoma—A Toast” was “couched in the history and tradition of the state.” Huff left the microphone and walked around the House floor, singing the old song at the top of his voice. He was joined by a chorus of other House members. Tears rolled down Huff ’s cheeks when he asked onlookers, “Had you rather have your state song written by an Oklahoma native or by two New York Jews who say ‘taters’ and ‘termaters’?”
Rodgers and Hammerstein gave one state in the union probably the best state song ever written. —Frank Sinatra They were laughing and crying at the end, both at the same time. It made them rejoice in being members of the human race, and most particularly, American, at a very particular moment, because we were fighting the war for our lives. It reminded people of the kind of unselfconscious courage that made this country. —Celeste Holm, who played Ado Annie, and sang “I Cain’t Say No”
The centerpiece of Claremore’s Lynn Riggs Museum, the “surrey with the fringe on top,” was originally used in the Broadway production of Oklahoma! Courtesy Eric Dabney.
The songs of Oklahoma! are part of our national musical treasure from the opening of “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” to the rousing title song almost at the very end. —President Ronald Reagan
Oklahoma! performed at Discoveryland in Tulsa.
Nigh recognized that his bill might be defeated in that emotional moment, and asked that the bill be held until the following week. He wasted no time in telephoning his high school friend, Ridge Bond, and asked him to be at the State Capitol the following day, “in his Curly costume.” Nigh also prevailed upon his fellow House member, Representative Ira Humphries of Chickasha, to ask the Oklahoma College for Women chorus to appear at the Capitol to sing selections from the Broadway play, including “Oklahoma.” The performance in the House chamber “brought the House down.” As fellow House members walked from the chamber with Nigh, they nodded their heads in apparent agreement with the bill. On April 21, 1953, an official vote was taken on the bill. Nigh reminded members that few people could remember the words of “Oklahoma—A Toast,” and that the song’s author, Harriet Parker Camden, was born in Michigan, and had lived in California for 19 years when her work had been adopted by the 1935 legislature. That comment was to rebuff statements made by opponents that the state song was written by a native Oklahoman. Nigh drew applause when he proclaimed, “When Notre Dame comes down to Owen Stadium next September, and the Big Red comes out on the field, I will guarantee you the band won’t play ‘Oklahoma—A Toast.’” Representative James Bullard of Duncan echoed the popularity of “Oklahoma” that was being sung around the world. He said, “Wherever you are and hear the song, you can’t help but thrill to it. Let’s make it the official Oklahoma song around the globe.” Nigh ended his debate by reciting the story of Mrs. Oscar Hammerstein suggesting that an exclamation point be added to the musical’s name. Nigh said, “Let’s do what she did. Let’s add an exclamation point to our great state by adopting this exciting song as our official anthem!” Legendary columnist Ray Parr wrote a front-page story for The Daily Oklahoman the following day. Parr, in reporting the House passage of the bill, said, “The aye votes came sweeping down the plain.” 38
The U.S. Postal Service issued a postage stamp to honor Oklahoma! George Nigh and Bert Mackey of Enid were co-chairmen of the stamp design committee for the U.S. Postal Service.
Nigh’s bill was then taken up by the State Senate. On May 6, Senator Kirksey Nix of McAlester, the assistant floor leader, called the bill for a vote. One of the first questions Nix received was from Senator Leroy McClendon of Idabel, who asked if school teachers would be required to teach “Oklahoma” to students. McClendon conceded that the song “was beautiful when sung by girls from Oklahoma College for Women.” But, he termed the Rodgers and Hammerstein song as “classical music,” one that school teachers could not teach to the children. Senator Byron Dacus of Gotebo argued against Nigh’s bill. He reminded senators of the women’s clubs opposition to replacing “Oklahoma—A Toast.” Dacus said, “Don’t turn off the tried for something new.” Senator Boyd Cowden, the floor leader, said that the song and play had “done much to remove the bad taste left by The Grapes of Wrath. He was referring to John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prizewinning novel that introduced the word “Okie” to the world and painted a negative image of Oklahomans because of the Joad
family’s Dust Bowl and Great Depression troubles and their emigration to California for better times. After two hours of emotional debate, the Senate passed the measure. Nigh was in the Senate gallery. He told a reporter, “The Senate has done the right thing. We will have the greatest state song about the greatest state!” On May 11, 1953, Governor Johnston Murray signed the bill into law, making “Oklahoma” the official state song effective September 5. Governor Murray gave the pen he used to sign the bill to Nigh who was headed that night to McAlester for the McAlester High School annual orchestra spring concert. Director Harold Hedges promised Nigh that he could direct the first public performance of the new state song. Nigh ran out of gasoline a few miles from McAlester and had to hitchhike the rest of the way to the high school. He was late and had no time to practice his “leading” the orchestra. Nigh stepped on to the stage at about the time the orchestra was prepared to play “Oklahoma”. He asked orchestra director Hedges, “What do I do?” Hedges said, “They won’t start until you do. All you need to do is stop when they do.” At that historic moment, Nigh raised the official signing pen as a baton and the McAlester High School Orchestra played the new state song for the first time. The audience, as thousands of audiences had done around the world, gave “Oklahoma” a standing ovation. Nigh later donated the signing pen to the Oklahoma Historical
Facts About Oklahoma! • At the St. James Theatre on Broadway, a seat for the original production cost only $4.40. • Oklahoma! is the only Broadway play to receive a special Pulitzer Prize (1944). • The five-year, nine-week run on Broadway held the record until My Fair Lady. • Oklahoma! was the first collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, II. • When the record of the music was released for sale, Oklahoma! was the first Broadway musical in which every number was recorded as heard in performances, by the original cast. • Oklahoma! is still one of the most performed musicals in high schools, colleges, and local theaters, not only in the United States, but around the world.
Society. In 2013, on the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the new state song, Nigh led the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra in the playing of the song in an event at the Oklahoma History Center. In 1953, several state newspapers were critical of the new state song. The Fairview Republican was among the most vocal: We know it is a wonderful song and one that has given the state a lot of favorable publicity. But at the same time we have our doubts as to it being appropriate as the state song. We’ll bet a wooden nickel there isn’t a civic group in the state that can sing it and make it sound much better than a bunch of hogs at slopping time. For the millions of times that “Oklahoma” has joyously been sung by civic clubs, school children, choirs, and those in attendance at public functions during the past 60 years, there are not enough wooden nickels in the world for whoever wrote that editorial to pay off on his bet. The movie, Oklahoma! was released in 1955. The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway play was generally faithful in both word and song and starred Gordon MacRae as Curly, Shirley Jones as Laurey, Rod Steiger as Jud, Gloria Grahame as Ado Annie, Gene Nelson as Will Parker, Eddie Albert as Ali Hakim, and Charlotte Greenwood as Aunt Eller. The movie’s world premiere in New York City was preceded by a parade of fringed surreys led by Oklahoma Governor Raymond Gary. The parade made its way slowly from the St. James Theater, where the stage version had premiered 12 years earlier, to the Rivoli Theater. Governor Gary stood on a carpet of transplanted Oklahoma soil, raised the flag from the theater staff, and officially proclaimed the Rivoli to be official territory of the State of Oklahoma. A second premiere was held in Hollywood. George Nigh was designated the official state representative at the celebration that drew many actors, directors, and producers because Oklahoma! was the first
movie to be filmed using a new production process, Todd-AO 70 mm widescreen. Nigh attended the premiere with actress Shirley Jones, who was appearing in her first movie. The movie won Academy Awards for best musical score and best sound recording in 1956 and the soundtrack album became one of the most successful movie albums ever released. It sold more copies that the 1943 original Broadway cast recording. In 1959, Governor J. Howard Edmondson announced a nine-point plan to develop state pride. One proposal was that Oklahomans should stand when “Oklahoma” is played. Edmondson said, “When our citizens say they are proud, I want them to mean it. For, as you know full well, a sincere salesman is the best salesman.” The governor implored newspapers to print his admonition to stand during the singing of the state song. Oklahoma! was incredibly popular with high school and college drama programs. Oklahomans boisterously sang the state song at all kinds of events. But in the 1980s, when the state used the song in commercials promoting Oklahoma, it had to pay royalties of up to $18,000 annually to the heirs of Rodgers and Hammerstein. In 1990, a Department of Tourism worker found a copy of a letter that was written by Oscar Hammerstein, II, to a Tulsa newspaper in response to an editorial that said any high school band that played the new state song would be charged a royalty fee. Hammerstein wrote:
So tell your readers, and all the people of Oklahoma, that not only may they play it and sing it anywhere and every where to their heart’s content, but that we want them and urge them to do so. Songwriters write songs for people to sing and nothing makes them happier than knowing their song is being song.
With Hammerstein’s letter made public, the heirs of Rodgers and Hammerstein gladly agreed to no longer collect royalties from the state for use of the title song from the musical. In a ceremony at the office of United States Senator David L. Boren in Washington, D.C., Mary
Rodgers, daughter of the songwriter, and William Hammerstein, son of the lyricist, accepted a single dollar bill from Boren to formalize the agreement. Boren said, “This was the best one-dollar bargain the State of Oklahoma ever got.” Today, “Oklahoma” is the most recognizable state song in the nation. When I made that assertion in a recent speech, I was challenged by an older man from Texas. He said, “‘The Eyes of Texas’ is as well-known as ‘Oklahoma.” I gently informed him that “The Eyes of Texas” is the fight song of the University of Texas, not the official song of the state of Texas.
George Nigh and Bob Burke in 2013. Courtesy Fred Marvel.
Any child who has sat in an Oklahoma classroom for even a week has been introduced to the energetic and infectious song of the Sooner State. No matter where you travel in the world, the mere mention of the word, “Oklahoma,” often elicits the comment, “Oh yes. I saw that movie.” The person in a foreign land may have no idea where Oklahoma is located, but he or she remembers the positive enthusiasm generated by the song, play, and movie. When our state celebrates its bicentennial in 2107, I hope that "Oklahoma” is still the state song. My wish is that for as long as the Oklahoma wind comes sweeping down the plain, Oklahomans will rise to the opening strains of “Oklahoma” and salute a great state with a great song. 39
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Students Celebrate Heritage Week with George B. Keeler: A Pioneer on the Great Frontier By Allison Biddinger 8th grade • Madison Middle School • Bartlesville Oklahoma Heritage Essay Competition, 1st Place State
As the sun pounds the black asphalt and cars meander through the streets on Keeler Avenue, I can’t help but think where this unusual name came from. I look deeper into my county’s history and find George B. Keeler of Washington County, one of the Bartlesville founding influential fathers. He not only contributed to the city of Bartlesville in many ways, but gave the citizens inspiration and hope. There is no one more important than George B. Keeler to my county’s history that helps establish the town of Bartlesville. George Bradford Keeler was born in Hennepin, Putnam County, Illinois in February 7, 1850 to Ann McNamara and Alson Keeler. Both were very influential to him throughout his early years. George Keeler also lived in Wisconsin, before moving to Indian Territory in 1871. He then worked for the Chouteau American Fur Company as a fur trader and learned a lot about Indian culture. This job soon diminished due to a murder of his employer. It was there he met Josephine (Josie) Gilstrap and they married in 1872. She was a member of the Cherokee Nation, and Keeler was adopted into the Indian tribe shortly after because of the marriage and was given lots of land. This becomes his ticket to success. Josie and George settle by the Caney River and have five sons and four daughters. Keeler then became a clerk to Jacob Bartles, for whom the town of Bartlesville was named. He later leaves that job to become a business man and focus on farming in Turkey Creek. He was very successful managing cattle here as he recalled the first time he spotted oil on his land. “I rode my horse into Sand Creek to water the animals. The horse snorted and refused to drink after shoving his nostrils in the water. We classed it as ‘coal oil’ from the odor…” and right at that moment Keeler started to wonder about the oil. In November of 1884, George Keeler joined William Johnstone, who is another founding father of Bartlesville, and the two of them opened up a general store in the area. This store competed directly with Jacob Bartles’ store which, at the time, was the only one in the community. This store became an instant success as it had a long shape with an unusual storefront which made it appealing
to the eye. This was just the beginning of George Keeler’s many business enterprises to develop in Bartlesville. Keeler and Johnstone also advertised free lots from Johnstone’s land allotment to bring people to the community on which homes and business were built. More growth occurred when Nellie Johnstone No. 1 struck oil on Keeler’s lease to Cudahy Oil Company. Another milestone was when Keeler drove across the Caney River and moved the Post Office over to the new town of Bartlesville in his buggy. George Keeler was also instrumental in persuading the Santa Fe Railroad officials to locate the train depot on his side of the river. Keeler eventually bought out Johnstone’s part of the store after twelve years and decided to enter the manufacturing of oil pumping engines, machines and other equipment. Business was not only Keeler’s contribution to Washington County; he was also the Director and Vice President of the 1st National Bank of Bartlesville. In addition, he held the position of President of the Commercial Club which later became the current Chamber of Commerce organization. He was also Vice President of Interurban Railroad and served as the Director of the water works company. Another accomplishment was building the first stone building in Bartlesville. It consisted of a grocery store, drug store, and a second-hand furniture store. He later served as a councilman for the community. George Keeler was married to Josie Gilstrap over twenty years before her death; inevitably, he married another woman also named Josephine who was a cousin of his first wife. They bought a hotel and remodeled it for their home. His new wife loved to entertain as this home became the focus of much social activity and generosity towards the community.
This Guy Stands Tall: Guy L. Berry, Sr. By Andrew Gray 8th grade • Epic One-on-One Virtual Charter School Oklahoma City Oklahoma Heritage Essay Competition, 2nd Place State
When that dusty old wagon came rumbling in to Creek County who would have guessed that the little boy it was carrying would have such an impact on Sapulpa, Creek County and even throughout all of Northeastern Oklahoma. The little boy was none
other than Guy L. Berry, I. It would be impossible to calculate the impact that this man’s life had on the countless lives of people and the business endeavors that have occurred since the time he helped establish what is today American Heritage Bank. This bank, which operates in 20 different communities, is now figured to be worth more than $1 billion dollars. The initial bank was established in 1905, 2 years before Oklahoma statehood, with only $25 thousand dollars. Mr. Guy L. Berry, I, and his wife, Mary, could indeed be described as one of the most influential couples of Sapulpa. The strength of their union and the values of their lives were woven into the fabric of the community. Their financial legacy is extremely far reaching and is carried on today by their grandsons, Guy L. Berry, and Jim Berry. Other children and grandchildren also endeavor to uphold their rich investment in community projects in Northeast Oklahoma. A personal interview with his grandson and namesake, Mr. Guy L. Berry, revealed the following story. At the October, 2013 interview, Mr. Berry is currently serving as President of the American Heritage Bank. The main branch is located in Sapulpa. He relayed this account of his family’s entry into Oklahoma lore and legend. The first Guy L. Berry, and the man whom this essay is highlighting, was born in 1895 somewhere in Kansas as his family was traveling by covered wagon from Knoxville, Tennessee. They were “headed West” to seek a new life as so many other families at that time were doing. Their family journeyed into “Oklahoma Territory” and ended up settling somewhere what is now known as Chandler, Oklahoma. As the young boy was growing into a man, somewhere around 1905 a momentous event took place in Glenpool, Oklahoma. Oil was discovered! In 1905 a bank was set up between what is now Sapulpa and Glenpool. The bank was later moved to Sapulpa because the activities at that town had more commerce and was beginning to thrive due to the running of a train in its midst. The bank became the bank for the oil field workers, travelers and towns people. While this young man Guy was beginning to grow into adulthood, Sapulpa became the county seat of Creek County. He was trying to grow into a man like his older brother Jim Berry. Actually, Jim went into the banking business first, because Guy had to serve his time in fulfilling his duty to the country in World War I. Guy was growing. He was growing in
Winning Essay Entries courage, integrity, and business experience. It was during this time he was also growing a family. He found the wife of his dreams after a young single lady from Iowa moved to Sapulpa. She had answered a newspaper advertisement which was requesting any eligible school teachers to come to the “Territory” where there would be positions available. Mr. Berry grew in knowledge of the banking business as after World War I he joined his brother, Jim, in the bank in Sapulpa. They were working together in the business with a Mr. Thrift and Mr. Harry Sinclair. Mr. Sinclair, incidentally, was the same man who started Sinclair Oil Company. Mr. Berry’s brother obtained 45% of the shares of the bank when Mr. Sinclair unexpectedly was indicted and sent to jail over a notable historical oil drilling scandal known as the Teapot Dome issue. When Jim, bought Mr. Sinclair’s stock share, it seemed like they were growing taller and taller financially and doing it together. However, tragedy struck and the brother named, Jim, suddenly died of a ruptured appendix. Guy took his brother, Jims’ place in growing the bank and growing its presence in the county and surrounding area. Under the capable leadership of Mr. Berry, the American Heritage Bank grew and stood strong even during the Great Depression. At that time, there were four banks in Sapulpa. The American Heritage Bank is the only one that survived. Yes, Mr. Guy Berry, continued to grow the bank, but also his image grew in the eyes of the public around Sapulpa and Creek County. His philosophy and desire is to always be a large part of the community. His involvement in countless community activities lives on, and his philosophy of standing tall as a beacon in the cities and towns that he has served is evident today. The American Heritage Bank now serves 20 communities around northcentral Oklahoma. In Sapulpa, on the corner of main Street and Highway 66 stands a tall red brick building. It is more than just a geographical landmark. It seems to still house the spirit of Mr. Guy L. Berry, who through his legacy of giving to those around him, is still standing tall in this community.
Lucy Belle Schultz By Beverlee Caraway 7th grade • Pryor Junior High • Pryor Oklahoma Heritage Essay Competition, 3rd Place State
When given this topic I thought of people like W. A. Graham or Thomas J. Harrison, but then I thought “Is there someone who impacted my life and Mayes County?” and the answer is yes! That person is the late Ms. Lucy Belle Schultz. Ms. Lucy Belle, as commonly called, was the first and only woman to ever be mayor of Pryor Creek, Oklahoma, the county seat for Mayes County, from 1991-1997. She had many accomplishments that I could go on forever about, but here is just a quick glance at the impact Ms. Lucy Belle Schultz has had on Mayes County. My mother recalled a memory Ms. Lucy Belle once told her. She remembered growing up in Portales, New Mexico and there was not a Red Cross Chapter in the town around her so her mother would hold Red Cross meetings in her living room. This is what got Ms. Lucy Belle started in wanting to help people touch other people’s lives. During Ms. Lucy Belle’s terms she won Oklahoma Mayor of the Year Award in 1992 sponsored by the Oklahoma Municipal League. During this time she touched lives and changed Pryor Creek and Mayes County for the better! I am sure you are wondering “How did she touch lives and change Pryor Creek and Mayes County for the better?” Well she presented a check to Charles “Dutch” Longehbaugh for the Graham Community Building to help towards the purchase of a commercial dishwasher. The Graham Community Building is used by groups, organizations, and families from all over Mayes County. She worked hand and hand with the state of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Army National Guard to bring The Thunderbird Youth Academy on the site of the former Whitaker Children’s Home. For 20 years Ms. Lucy Belle had served on the Thunderbird Youth Academy Foundation alongside Derek Melton. Melton stated, “All Ms. Lucy Belle could ever talk about is how she could help other organizations or other people next.” Thunderbird Youth Academy’s mission is to provide work skills and alternative learning opportunities to meet the unique individual needs of students in order to increase positive behavioral and academic skills. Thunderbird gave at-risk youth, ages sixteen to eighteen, a second chance. Many Thunderbird graduates have become
successful and productive citizens. Thunderbird is still open and running today. Ms. Lucy Belle also played a big role in the Grand Gateway Economic Development Association. Grand Gateway Economic Development Association is a cooperative created by local governments to serve local governments. These cooperatives are commonly known as Councils of Governments (CG), Regional Planning Commissions (RPC), Economic Development Districts (EDD), and Sub-state Planning Districts (SPD). Ms. Lucy Belle Schultz had used her connections from winning the Oklahoma Mayor of the Year Award to help the Grand Gateway Economic Development Association. Grand Gateway is still helping towns and counties today in a positive way. An example of how the Grand Gateway Economic Development Association helps towns and counties is Pelivan Transit. Pelivan Transit is an inexpensive way for senior citizens and unlicensed citizens to transport. After retiring as mayor Ms. Schultz became a City Council Representative from 1997 to 2012. That is 15 years as a City Councilwoman! She served on the City Council Board with my mother, Misty K. Edwards-Matheson from 2005-2009. My mom says she was a terrific mentor. She really helped my mom in her new role as councilwoman. Ms. Lucy Belle was not only a great mayor or councilwoman, she was also a great person. She attended Pryor First United Methodist Church and that is where I met Ms. Lucy Belle. She watched me grow up from an infant to the crazy 6th grader I was when she passed away in late January last year. Growing up in Pryor and attending First United Methodist Church, Ms. Lucy Belle taught a few church friends and me to count to 10 in Spanish and taught us the Lord’s Prayer. I was very privileged to have Ms. Lucy Belle in my life. Not only was she a nice and giving person, she was a great leader, great friend, and, an even better role model! Ms. Lucy Belle Schultz passed away last year on January 31st 2012. She is survived by three children—Eugene W. “Bill” Schultz Jr., Marsha Schultz, Kurt Schultz; friend Lisa Robertson; four grandchildren— Tray Schultz, Genene Dobrinski, Isaac Schultz, and Jordan Carter; two great grandchildren—Dayton Dobrinski and Kendal Dobrinski; half-sister Carol Jean Carter; and cousin David Cole. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joel Carroll and Lucy Johnson-Carroll, her husband Eugene William Schultz, and one sister, Joella Edwards. Ms. Lucy Belle Schultz’s legacy will love forever through the people whose lives she touched and the organizations she helped. 43
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