Do You Remember
Before the age of Big Box Stores, Oklahoma Tire and Supply Co. (OTASCO) became known for it’s “one-stop-shopping” experience.
“Back in the Dark Ages, when I was a young lad, you never had to leave town to buy gifts for the Yule season. All you had to do was go to downtown Sapulpa and you could shop to your heart’s content.”
Believe it or not, Kellyville, Oklahoma once had a ski slope. On opening day, according to a local news story, one patron borrowed a line from the TV show “Gomer Pyle” and uttered, “Surprise, surprise, surprise.”
John Fitzgerald Kennedy is considered by many to be the most popular president in U.S. history. I consider him to be one of the greatest presidents in my life because of his courage, compassion, and his undaunted resolve to make not just America a better place, but the entire world.
In the years immediately following World War II, a period of geopolitical tension emerged between the U.S and the Soviet Union, known as the Cold War. The “Space Race” was, in fact, a Cold War competition to see which of the two countries would be the first to achieve space flight.
It’s been said that “if you remember the sixties, you weren’t really there.” I must respectfully disagree. Introducing a new series about a decade that no one in our country should every forget about.
How many of you remember this line: “Lawzee, scope them turkeys out!”
For nearly a century after emancipation, black people couldn’t eat at the same restaurants, use the same toilet facilities, stay at the same hotels, go to the same schools as whites, or live in certain places. And then a black woman refused to give up her bus seat and sparked the Civil Rights Movement.
When I was growing up, the Fourth of July meant many things. There were picnics with homemade ice cream, potato salad, watermelon, and BBQ. Flags were flown on just about every front porch. Concerts with stirring patriotic music were held in the courthouse gazebo. But the most enjoyable part of the Fourth of July involved fireworks.
During George Brite’s thirty-four-year tenure at SPS, many of his students went on to become accomplished and widely-acclaimed musicians, conductors, and high school band directors.