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 By Roger Hardaway    Local    December 13, 2019 

Random Thoughts An Arkansas duel, part 1

If you are one of those folks who is constantly astonished by the actions of politicians in Washington, D.C., you are not alone! Many people, regardless of political beliefs, are often dismayed and...

 

Random Thoughts: A small good deed – part 2

Last week, I recounted how once upon a time I was able to rescue a turtle from being run over on Oklahoma Boulevard. A lack of traffic allowed me to remove the poor reptile from the roadway and...

 

Random Thoughts A small good deed, part 1

Some wag once decided that “no good deed goes unpunished.” Well, that’s a cute saying that – like most cute sayings – comes in handy every once in a while. But, it seems to me, believing in...

 

Random Thoughts: Adding a new state, part 4

As we have seen, President Abraham Lincoln and Congress conspired to make Nevada a state just days before the 1864 presidential election, although Nevada did not have enough residents to qualify for...

 

Random Thoughts: Adding a new state – part 3

On the last day of October 1864 Congress granted statehood to Nevada, just in time for November’s presidential election. As expected, the voters of the new state gave their Electoral College votes...

 

Random Thoughts Adding a new state, part 2

The American Civil War lasted from 1861 until 1865. When it started, both sides were optimistic – they thought they would win and that it would be over quickly. As it turned out, of course, the Nort...

 

Random Thoughts Adding a new state – part 1

When the British colonies won the American Revolution, they created the “United States of America” with 13 states. As everyone surely knows, we now have 50 states. How did we get from 13 to 50? We...

 

Random Thoughts Mr. President! Mr. President!

Have you ever noticed that when people ask the president of the United States a question or greet him, they always refer to him as “Mr. President?” There is actually a story as to how the...

 

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Back when the United States was a collection of British colonies, punishment for violators of the law was often harsh. But unless someone committed a terrible crime, punishment often did not mean time...

 

Random Thoughts: Cruel and unusual punishments – part 1

One of the provisions of the U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from subjecting we, the people, to “cruel and unusual punishments.” When most people hear that phrase, they believe that a d...

 

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Bass Reeves, a former slave, became a deputy U.S. marshal who helped bring law and order to Indian and Oklahoma territories from 1875 to 1907. During that time, he earned a reputation as a...

 

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Bass Reeves was a deputy United States marshal in Indian Territory from 1875 until 1907. He was in the first group of lawmen hired to patrol the lands within the jurisdiction of Judge Isaac...

 

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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...

 

Random Thoughts Mr. Stengel goes to Washington – part 2

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...

 

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