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 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 19, 2019 

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A few weeks ago, I drove from Alva to Kentucky. Back in the day when I took such a long trip, I would put my trusty road atlas on the front seat next to me. Road atlases are just one more thing that...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 12, 2019

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While my wife and I were watching television recently, I casually mentioned that radio and television stations west of the Mississippi River have call letters that start with “K” while those east...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 5, 2019

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As I mentioned last week, my wife and I recently had a conversation about radio and television call letters. I realize that that might not sound like an interesting topic of discussion. Hopefully, I...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 29, 2019

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This story grew out of a conversation my wife and I had recently, and it was her idea that I should turn it into an article. After thinking about it a bit, I agreed with her. My wife has shown up in a...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 22, 2019

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The three men who won presidential elections in the 1920s – Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover – were political conservatives. Coolidge and Hoover were also conservative in...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 15, 2019

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Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover were all sworn in as leaders of the federal government’s executive branch in March 1921. Harding, a former senator from Ohio, was the new...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 8, 2019

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Having won the election of 1920, Republicans Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge assumed office as president and vice president on March 4, 1921. Among the Cabinet members President Harding...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 1, 2019

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As we saw last week, the 1920s was a conservative decade in U.S. history. For one thing, the government took an isolationist approach to foreign policy – we refused, for example, to join the League...

 

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With the 2020 election fast approaching, now seems like a good time to look at the one that took place 100 years ago. The 1920 election was one of those that had a huge impact on American history....

 

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It makes all the sense in the world for employers to do some research on job applicants before hiring them. One way to do this, of course, is to talk to people who know the applicants. Some employers...

 

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One thing I like about the internet is that it allows me to waste countless hours in the mindless pursuit of absolutely nothing! And I’m getting pretty good at it. Whenever I decide to retire, I...

 

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As we saw earlier, some advertisers create fictional characters and use them over and over in a series of television ads to help get their messages across to viewers. The familiarity of these...

 

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The primary purpose of advertising is, of course, to sell the products being touted. The first objective of the advertiser, therefore, is to get our attention. Advertisers utilize various methods to...

 

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I remember once when I was in high school one of my teachers asked my classmates and me if television was primarily an entertainment medium or an advertisement medium. I was surprised when she said...

 

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Every year as the Super Bowl approaches, my thoughts turn to television ads. I (and everyone else who watches the professional football championship game) enjoy seeing the advertisements that...

 

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After hurting my left knee last summer, I rode in an ambulance to a hospital emergency room in Enid. I hadn’t been there long when they wheeled me down the hall to their Magnetic Resonance Imaging...

 

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As I noted last week, in July I fell out of the back of a moving van. Thankfully, it wasn’t moving at the time! But, nevertheless, I hurt myself when I hit the pavement. I opened my eyes to see my...

 

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Lately, I’ve been having mixed feelings about hospital emergency rooms. On the one hand, I am grateful that they are around when a crisis arises. On the other hand, I wish I’d quit needing them!...

 

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According to several studies of American spending habits, many people in the United States are drowning in debt. They apparently don’t need any encouragement from the government to spend money they...

 

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As we saw last week, sometimes the government takes actions designed to encourage consumer spending. Apparently, money (rather than love) is what makes the world go round! But I thought the U.S....

 

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A few years ago, my employer (Northwestern Oklahoma State University) started depositing our income automatically into our bank accounts rather than giving us paychecks. I did not like it, but I had...

 

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Sports fans often refer to the Rose Bowl game as “the granddaddy of them all.” This is so because it is the oldest of all football bowl games played in the United States. Back in 1934 it was also...

 

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On January 1, 1934, the Columbia University Lions and the Stanford University Indians met on the gridiron in Pasadena, California, playing the annual Rose Bowl game. Game day found the football field...

 

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As another football season winds down, we can take this opportunity to look at another game that has become part of United States sports lore. That confrontation was the Rose Bowl game played on Jan....

 

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As we saw last week, the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by the requisite number of states in 1992 – 203 years after Congress had approved it in 1789. That first session of...

 

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