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Once upon a time, in the late 19th century, Oklahoma was a rather lawless place. Numerous criminals hid out in Indian Territory to avoid capture and punishment. Then, however, a new judge came to town...

 

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Having major league baseball manager Casey Stengel testify to a U.S. Senate subcommittee on July 8, 1958, was basically a publicity stunt. Instead of the committee conducting a boring hearing in...

 

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In doing some research for this article, I came across numerous Casey Stengel quotes. As I mentioned earlier, some of his statements are just witty while others are almost meaningless gibberish ...

 

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As we have seen, baseball manager Casey Stengel was very witty. When he testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee in 1958, he brought much laughter to the proceedings. We will look at that further...

 

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Casey Stengel’s life was dedicated to the sport of baseball. In addition to managing four major league teams, Stengel also worked for several years during his career as a minor league manager. Prior...

 

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Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel, who lived from 1890 to 1975, was – to say the least – a colorful character. He is remembered primarily for being the manager of two New York major league...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    August 9, 2019

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President Abraham Lincoln (who served from 1861 to 1865) and his wife, Mary, had four children. All boys, they were – in the order of their births – Robert, Edward, William and Thomas....

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    August 2, 2019

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This is the story of a man named Lester Hunt Sr. He was born in Illinois in July 1892. He died in Washington, D.C., in June 1954, 18 days shy of his 62nd birthday. When Hunt died he was a United...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 26, 2019

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Oklahoma's contribution to the performing arts in the United States is broad and varied. Many natives of the Sooner State have become stars while working as actors, singers, dancers, comedians, etc. I...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 19, 2019

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When Berry Gordy founded the Motown Record Company in 1959, success did not come his way immediately. That all changed in the mid-1960s when Motown artists were selling millions of records and...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 12, 2019

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At various times in our lives, an opportunity to do something new and/or different comes along. The question we invariably have to ask ourselves is: Do I take a chance and pursue this opportunity, or...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 5, 2019

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An old adage warns us that “he who hesitates is lost.” I’m sure it applies to women as well as men – although back when the phrase was coined tradition called on writers to use the male...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 28, 2019

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Olivia Hooker was an African American who lived in Oklahoma in the days of segregation. She managed to survive prejudice and discrimination, and succeeded in living a life of significant...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 21, 2019

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Commentators on television news shows constantly talk about politics. When it comes to candidates for president of the United States, they often use words and phrases like “electability” and...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 14, 2019

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When Franklin D. Roosevelt ran for vice-president on the Democratic Party’s ticket in 1920, he became a prominent national political figure. And even though the Democrats lost badly that year,...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 7, 2019

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In this technological era in which we live, candidates for high political office – among other things – have to look good on television. Those people running for president, for example, will...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 31, 2019

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I don’t want to alarm anyone, but we are in the beginning stages of our next presidential election. It seems to me, in fact, that we never quit having such contests; as soon as one ends, the next...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 24, 2019

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Today is Bob Dylan’s birthday. Dylan is, of course, arguably the greatest songwriter in the history of the world – and he has a Nobel Prize in Literature to prove it. I know that today is his...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 17, 2019

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Ambrose Madison was a plantation owner in southwestern Virginia in the early 18th century. He was allowed to lay claim to more than 4,600 acres of land as an early settler in the region. Sources are...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 10, 2019

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In April 1775 the American Revolutionary War began. People living in the colonies along the Atlantic coast of North America revolted, wanting independence from Great Britain. Great Britain, by the...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 3, 2019

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A few years ago, a popular movie named “Glory” chronicled the experiences of some African American soldiers who fought in the Civil War. At the beginning of the war, President Abraham Lincoln...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 26, 2019

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I like to think of myself as being a good grocery shopper. I enjoy searching for bargains and saving money without sacrificing the quality of the food my family and I eat. The week I turned 16 years o...

 
 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...

 

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