Categories
Bio

Walters Dierksen, Sandra L.

Sandra Lee Walters Dierksen
January 5, 1939 – August 5, 2022

A Memorial Service for Sandra Dierksen will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 11, 2022, at Enid First Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Bruce Johnson officiating. Cremation arrangements and services are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.
Sandra was born January 5, 1939, in Enid to Lester and Genevieve (Ludwick) Walters, and passed away August 5, 2022. She loved flowers, canning and gardening. Sandra took great pride in her yard and enjoyed being outside tending to God’s creation. She was an exceptional cake decorator, cookie-maker, and cook. Most of all, Sandra was a DEVOTED mom and wife. She loved Jesus and her church family. Sandra dedicated her life to activities involving the church.
Sandra is survived by her husband of 60 years, Donovan; daughter, Carrie Rudd and husband Chad; son, Casey Dierksen; siblings, Rose Marie Bectold, Gary (Butch) Walters, Karen Kay Curtis, Patricia Griffin; and a host of nieces, nephews and loving friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Doris Quarve.
Memorial donations may be made to Enid First Church of the Nazarene, with Ladusau-Evans serving as custodian of the funds.

Categories
Bio

Faulkner, James

After graduating in 1957, attended Phillips University for one year then I transferred to Oklahoma State for the remaining time graduating in 1962 with a bachelors degree in chemistry. In the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity at OSU with Jim Butts, Don Pierce and Tom Sailors. In 1962 I started training at James Connally AFB (Waco) TX as a Navigator. As a navigator I flew the T-29, KC 135 and B-52 aircraft. Applied for pilot training and assigned to Vance AFB, OK. After pilot training I was assigned to the new F-111A at Nellis AFB NV, but when the aircraft was grounded we returned to Vance and flew in the T-38. Next went to Florida to train on the A-1 “Skyraider”  with end assignment at Pleiku Vietnam. After one year in Southeast Asia returned to Webb AFB in TX and flew the T-38. At Webb also served as the Executive Officer to the Operations Commander. Next selected to attend school at Maxwell AFB, AL and also completed work on my Masters degree from Auburn University. Next was a move to Sheppard AFB, TX where I was the Director of Stan Eval and a squadron commander. In 1978 we moved to Elmendorf AFB AK and I was the Director of Safety for Alaskan Air Command. I was attached to the 43rd Tactical Fighter Squadron (F-4E and T-33) for flying while stationed in AK. Recall flying several sorties where we could see Russia airspace. In 1981 reassigned to Vance (after pilot instructor training in San Antonio TX) where I flew in the T-37 aircraft again and served as the Deputy Commander for Operations. In 1984 moved to Keesler as a Group commander and later the Wing Vice Commander. In 1988 we moved to Randolph AFB, TX as the Director of Training Programs. Retired from the Air Force in 1991 and went to work for Northrop Grumman as a T-37 simulator instructor pilot at Vance AFB, OK . In 1995 the company changed to LSI, but work stayed the same–in 2005, I converted to the new T-6 Texan II. In January 2016 retired from civil service and started working as a volunteer at Vance AFB in the retired activity office. Married to my wife Sharon since 1961. While in the Air Force, we lived in 25 different homes in 29 years. Sharon took care of our two kids when I was on temporary duty assignment or on a remote overseas assignment. Our son (also and OSU Grad) is an architectural engineer and runs his own business in San Antonio TX area. Our daughter (also and OSU Grad & OU certified legal assistant)) works for the Law Firm in Enid OK.

Categories
Bio

Bondurant Barnow, Loiuse

Some of you may remember me from elementary school, or junior high…..Unfortunately, I have not kept up with any classmates since moving during my Sophomore year from Enid to Great Bend Kansas……In Enid I attended a couple of grade schools (plus a country grade school in the 3rd grade), and both junior high schools (at that time we only had two…you may have more by now)
Jim reached me by phone the evening we returned to Topeka after both Bill’s and my high school 50th reunions. I had not been aware of any communication within our class until then. Such a happy coincidence to have had all 50th reunions on that same weekend.

So I will try to do a quick overview of these last 60+ years….I finished high school in Great Bend and attended Emporia State Teachers College…never really intending to teach… I just wanted to go to a school with my new friends and I did not know much about Kansas colleges….Bill and I met in our freshman year at Emporia and were married 2 years later. We have one daughter and one son…..happily we all ended up coming back to Overland Park/Leawood /Mission Hills, Kansas. Each of our children and their spouses have 4 kids….the last two just now leaving for college in August. It’s been a great ride…

Bill went to work for the Santa Fe Railroad in Emporia and I started out doing ‘babies’. Within 2 years he began to be transferred and I pretty much loved all of it. We lived in Iowa, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, back to Kansas. The Midwest is a very nice place to raise children…in our book!

My job was to do the kids, run our social life and find friends…I jumped right on that assignment!…Along the way in our moves I was a Welcome Wagon Hostess, American Lung Association of Kansas special event fund raiser, Freedom from Smoking non-smoking program…. American Heart Association of Kansas special event fund raiser, Naperville Heritage Society special event fund raiser. I have put on 5K runs, 10K runs, Civil Wars, Cider Days arts and crafts festivals, Nations Fest, a Victorian Christmas & misc. I was a Secretary during 4 Kansas State Legislative sessions (annual 3 month sessions at that time). I used to love politics and I learned a lot with every job/event/activity I ever took part in.
I recently realized I had been too deeply involved in Duplicate Bridge for the last 30 years…since downsizing/rightsizing into our new home a couple of years ago I pretty much gave up bridge and I am making new friends, learning about flowers, going through ‘stuff…..etc. We have been richly blessed with family, good friends and our faith!

I fear I have rambled on way too long…..You may have to shorten this…..

Categories
Bio

Silver, John

Short JHSilver Bio for EHS Alum Site I was born in Enid, OK on February 9, 1939 at about 2:30PM on a Thursday. However, being very small at the time, I don’t remember very much about that day or the first year or so. But, there are some vague memories of when I was about two or maybe three. Anyway, most of my early memories take place not in Enid, but in Columbus, OH, where my family spent most of WW II. My dad worked for Failings and was liaison with the Army Corps of Engineers. One of the things my brothers and I like to do, that you couldn’t do in Enid, was walk two blocks to the Columbus Army Depot and watch the German prisoners on the other side of the fence. After the war, we returned to Enid where I remained until high school graduation. And since many who might read this were part of my experience from grade 1 to grade 12, no need to go into details. In fact, in the interest of keeping this short than the reader’s attention span, I will only mention a few episodes from the last 60 years… Just one week after graduation, I was off to Marine boot camp in San Diego, which was a different experience for an 18-year-old, and, especially for a relatively undisciplined 18-year-old. As it turned out, I had many interesting experiences as a Marine including time in Southeast Asia where some guys in black pajamas had a bad habit of shooting at us… Anyway, after leaving the Marines, I returned to OK, eventually got my math degree from OU and settled down to working in the real world. Over the years, I was fortunate enough to have a number of interesting jobs. Here are some in no particular order. These included working for the National Sever Storms Lab in Norman where I was somewhat involved in helping build the world’s first doppler weather RADAR, providing computer programming support for weather research, and building circuits for the proto-type of what eventually became the rainbow weather RADAR that you now see on every TV weather report. One of the more interesting jobs was working for North American Rockwell in Anaheim, CA, where I ran a test and development lab for the Minuteman III ICBM guidance system. This was very interesting and very classified. Mostly, over the decades, I worked on large mainframe computers. This included working for IBM, Intel, Sun Microsystems, and consulting for the State of California in Sacramento. After retiring from IBM and Intel, I retired for the third time in 2010. This time I stayed retired, and in 2015 my wife and I moved from Sacramento to Santa Rosa, CA to be near our grandchildren. Mostly, I spend a lot of my time reading and writing, with an occasional round of golf. Currently, I am working on my second book, and my first book is out there on Amazon and few other places. On a more personal and emotional level, I have to say that the 60 years since high school graduation went way too fast, but overall it has been a good life, and like many, if not most, sometimes tempered by tragedy, but always blessed.

Categories
Bio

Scott, Larry

After graduating in 1957, I went to school back east for one year. ( Phillips
University ) Then I transferred to Oklahoma State for the remaining time
graduating in 1962 with a business degree. ( I guess I just ‘thought’ I wanted
to be some sort of engineer or dentist ) With the Vietnam War starting and my
student deferment running out, I applied for Air Force OTS. ( Officer Training
School ) I became a 90 day wonder and went directly to pilot training at Vance
AFB. I joined the Air Force to see the world and wound up in my home town.
After pilot training I got married to a local girl, Sondra Hadley Hawk.I spent
six years in the Air Force flying C-130s, the last three years stationed at
Tachikawa AB, Japan. My son, Ryan, was born at Tachikawa. ( Made in Japan )
Most of my time at Tachi was deployed to Cam Rhan Bay, Vietnam. It was the Air
Force way of getting two years of ‘ in country time ‘ with a three year peripheral
permanent duty assignment. ( Mar 1963 to Feb 1969 ) After returning to the
states in 1969 and leaving the Air Force I joined Continental Airlines
flying B-707s and later B-727s until 1983 when Continental Airlines went
into bankruptcy. ( Thanks to the old leveraged buyout days ) Oh, during
the Continental days I managed to get a divorce. I did not go back to work
for Continental as I got a job with USAir in Pittsburg, PA. I flew DC-9
and MD-80 aircraft until I retired at age sixty on Dec 31, 1999. ( Y2K )
I got remarried in 1982 to a wonderful girl from El Paso, TX as I was starting
anew with USAir. I had met her in El Paso while with Continental. Anyway, we
have been retired since 2000 and have a wonderful home in Prescott, AZ for the
past sixteen years. We both are in good health and we love to travel. We have
done 27 cruises and about 15 country tours either by bus or on our own. We
travel the world. ( I wish I had paid more attention in history class ) I
do my three mile walk everyday and a few years ago I did a Grand Canyon Rim
to Rim hike. ( 26 miles ) Both of us are staying on the right side of the
grass. We are blessed. I have been very fortunate. I have enjoyed a great
career in the military and airlines flying their aircraft. I can not think
of anything I would have rather done. Now it is time to enjoy our Golden
Years with our spoiled miniature Schnauzer. ( The daughter we never had )

Categories
Bio

Smith, Royal C.

ROYAL C. SMITH was born June 28, 1939, to Reva Prince Smith and Arthur Cliff Smith, in Enid, Oklahoma.

The Smiths divorced in 1942, and in 1955 when Reva married Harold L. Edwards of Crescent, OK., she and Royal moved to Crescent with him.

Royal had attended Enid High School, but graduated from Crescent High, where he was on the football team. In 1957 he married Kveta Royce Yenzer of Crescent. He attended the University of Colorado, and received a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the University of Wyoming. He spent 21 years in the United States Air Force, and the couple lived in or visited many countries during that time. He was a navigator on C-141 and C-5 planes, and served in Vietnam. After retiring from the Air Force as a Major, they settled in Guthrie, and he became Kveta’s caregiver until her death in 2012. He was active in veterans’ organizations and the church.

He is survived by one sister, Shirley Meech of Los Angeles, and two brothers, Barrie Smith of Fairway, Kansas, and James Gauldin of Oklahoma City.

Services were held Monday, October 20, 2014 at the First Christian Church, Guthrie, OK.

Categories
Bio

Atkinson, Bobby

Bob Atkinson Bob was born to Ed Atkinson and Ruby McNatt Atkinson 
January 8, 1938. Bob always loved the fact he shared his birth date 
with Elvis Presley. Bob attended Garfield Grade School, Longfellow 
Junior High, and graduated from Enid High School. Sports have been 
a central part of Bob's life. In 1946, he started his sports career 
playing little league baseball, football, and basketball, with 
baseball being his passion. By the age of 12, Bob began his 52 years 
of working with the young people at the ABC Park through coaching 
and umpiring. In 1959, Bob met his future wife, Carol Kay Richert, at 
ABC Park. Bob's sons, Lance and Garry, as well as his grandchildren, 
Lucas, Emily, and Raymond, also played at ABC Park. The ABC baseball 
fieldswere renamed the Bob Atkinson Field in honor of Bob. Bob was 
a left-handed pitcher and first baseman. He worked out with the 
Washington Senators and the Boston Red Sox. The Kansas City Athletics 
offered him a baseball contract. Bob pitched batting practice at Enid 
Professional Baseball Park, home of the Enid Buffaloes and the Enid 
Giants. Baseball legends Mickey Mantle and Harmon Killabrew were among 
the players to whom Bob pitched. In the 1970's, Bob scouted for the 
Cincinnati Reds profession baseball team. Bob has had a lifetime 
association with the YMCA, where he was a childhood member, 
volunteer, and later served as sports director. Bob finished his career 
at the Enid YMCA where he helped many children and their parents in 
difficult times. Of all the coaching, umpiring, the countless hours spent 
volunteering for youth and adults in Enid, probably his greatest gift was 
his ability to make people better. One of the ways he accomplished this 
was by simply giving someone a chance -- a chance to be on a team and, 
more importantly, a chance to play. His direction for you would be to 
have fun, enjoy your life, work hard, volunteer your time, and when 
you have the opportunity -- and you will -- improve yourself and 
someone else by giving them a chance. Bob received numerous 
awards in his lifetime. He was especially proud of the 
Booker T. Washington Award for Appreciation, the Pride of the Plainsmen 
Award for Community Involvement, and his induction into the Enid Public 
Schools Foundation Hall of Fame. Bob wanted us to remember, "I've had a 
great life with my family and the people of Enid and surrounding towns. I 
love people, and I've always tried to give them my best."

CLASSMATE COMMENTS---

Donnie Karns 
Dallas, Texas 75225 
 
Stories about the life of Bobby Atkinson.  
 
I remember when everybody first got TV.  I would stay at Bobby's house,    
which was just north of Garfield.  We would play one-on-one basketball 
till 12:00, and then we would go in and watch a midnight Frankenstein 
movie on Saturday night. Our treat was a quart of Pepsi each, and we 
would stuff the bottle with peanuts after we drank some.  Can you imagine 
if we had seen one of our kids or grandkids now doing that?  Oh, how 
things have changed.  When Bobby got his Cushman Eagle, we went everywhere 
on it.  The only time I got to drive it was wintertime, as Bobby did not 
have a wind-screen as it wouldn't look cool.  So guess who served as the 
wind-screen.  We would drive around singing, and Bobby could carry a tune.  
I couldn't sing a lick, but you wouldn't know it as the way we would 
belt out "The Great Pretender," and Bobby would sing the high part solo. 
I will tell you the most dangerous thing we did was when his parents 
got that new 1955 Pontiac.  That was the year GM introduced the V-8 
into their   auto line.  It was fast, and you could floorboard it and
it would drop down into passing gear and really accelerate. We would 
approach a red light but could see the amber light from the other 
direction.  Bobby would time it so that he would hit the passing gear 
while our light was still amber and hit the intersection just as ours 
turned red.  How stupid and dangerous,   but we had a blast.  
One night we were southbound on the street that runs in front of St. Mary's 
at the intersection where the old steam engine was.  An eastbound Bobtail 
fruit truck ran the red light, and we broadsided it in the back wheel 
location.  I remember the truck going up on two wheels, and I thought it 
was going to run in that creek, which was just east of the intersection.  
Of course, we totaled the car, but the other guy had run the light.  
I remember I had a ball bat and was bouncing the bat on the floorboard.  
No seat belts.  No air bags.  I was not hurt, and the only injury was 
Bobby's right knee broke off the key, which was at knee level, and he 
received a small cut.  We were scared we were going to get in trouble   
with his parents, but laughed about how it scared the hell out of that 
driver when he went up on two wheels.  We were lucky we survived our teenage 
years, but what wonderful memories. The last one I would like to share 
with you occurred on Halloween night. For some reason, I wasn't out 
with Bobby that night.  There must have been a hundred of us guys and 
girls gathered at the Champlin mansion in the south intersection in front 
of mansion. It had been snowing, and we all were having fun:  no fights, 
no drinking, just fun. I saw Bobby on the far side of the crowd, and I was 
on the other side.  We were all under a big streetlight that lit 
up the whole intersection.  I made up a big snow ball, packed it tight, 
and then threw it high in the air at Bobby, only hoping it would come close.  
Kay, I hit him solid on his chest.  As you know, we all had a lot of 
testosterone flowing. Bobby yelled out, "Who in the hell did that I'm 
going to whip your ass."  He started wading through the crowd 
trying to find out who hit him.  He saw me and said, "Karns, did you 
see who threw that?"  And I responded, "I haven't seen a thing."  
Kay, I didn't have the nerve to tell him until our tenth high school 
reunion. If he would have found out that night, I thought I would have 
been a dead man. One other thing happened to us.  
We used to drive out on the country roads with our lights out bushwhacking. 
We were trying to find people parked and drive up beside them, turn on our 
lights and honk and yell.  Everybody had their windows down as there was no 
air conditioning. This one night we did this, and two 30-year-old guys pop 
up out of the front and back seats and say, "Are you going to kill us?" 
Bobby and I take out, and these two guys start chasing us.  We are 
going 80 miles per hour down the country roads with our lights out, but, of 
course, they can see our brake lights.  We finally lose them back in town, 
but Bobby and I are afraid we are going to get the hell beat out of us. 
Kay, again, what a wonderful friend I had in Bobby.  With his passing, 
the reunions aren't the same to me.  I miss him every time I think of 
Enid or EHS.   Don. 
 
 

October 2, 2014  -- To Kay Atkinson, Enid, OK 73701
Dear Kay:

I have enclosed a photo copy of a team picture that will become the beginning point of 
some thoughts of, actually, the beginning of the friendship between Bobby Atkinson and me. 
The picture was taken at the very beginning of the summer of 1955 “opening day ceremonies”. 
Two things are apparent from this picture. Bobby is on the team, top row left and I am not. 
Notice the Ray Gene Robertson is in the picture between my brother, Bob, and Bill Scherich. 
At the time this picture was taken I was on the roster of the Exchange Club Little Giants 
as a catcher. Ray Gene Robertson was the Legion team’s backup catcher to Alan Livingston, 
front row third from the right. Then, after about the Little Giants second or third game, 
Ray Gene showed up on the Little Giants team and was given the bulk of the catching duties 
and leaving the Legion team without a backup catcher. So, I approached coach Provist to see 
if I could join the Legion team’s backup catcher. I guess my thinking was if I wasn’t going 
to play regularly, I might as well be on a better, relatively older, team. This “move” is 
actually how I became acquainted with Bobby.  Why 1955? As you well know, the way that the 
Enid school system was set up at that time, a person was well acquainted with the kids in 
their neighborhood and they attended the same grade school. Then, Enid was divided at the 
junior high level between Emerson and Longfellow, finally funneling into Enid High School. 
Most Enid kids, if they were interested in baseball, began playing in the little leagues when 
they were in third grade, basically playing for their grade school team. Businesses would 
sponsor a team which was pretty much limited to a T-shirt for each player and, sometimes, 
a treat after games. Each year, through the sixth grade, I played for the Jefferson grade 
School team. I’m pretty sure bobby played for Garfield. Garfield always had a good team, 
but, honestly, I do not remember anyone who played for them, by name. Our big rival seemed 
to be Adams grade school, and a very good pitcher named Kenny Sparks, also in the picture, 
top row, second from right, who had turned into an excellent third baseman. At the grade 
school lever, most of the games were either played on the school grounds or at a little 
ball park, no longer in existence, that set just east of Boggy Creek on the east side of 
Government Springs Park. However, once in Junior High the venue changed predominately to 
Exchange Park. Often, my little league team would have an early game there which would 
be followed by a game featuring the Exchange Club Little Giants (named after the Enid 
Giants, Class D professional “farm” team) and that is when and where I became aware of 
Bobby Atkinson. As I recall, when the Little Giants played, Bobby pitched, period. If 
they had another pitcher, I can’t remember who he was. Everyone became familiar with 
Bob’s parents, who never missed a game, Ed and Ruby Atkinson. Bobby looked older than 
his age. It is said that his mother always carried his birth certificate should it 
become necessary to prove his age to the opposing team. A necessity when an outstanding 
pitcher, of fifteen, sported a five o’clock shadow! An ardent baseball player and fan, 
I cannot count the games I saw the Little Giants play the years that Bobby was with 
them. Of special interest was their rivalry with the George E. Failing team, of the 
same age group. These are games one would not want to miss. Both teams had Enid’s 
“elite” players, great coaches and excellent venues to play. About this time, anyone 
in Enid, who was a baseball fan, knew who Bobby Atkinson was, even if they had never 
personally met him. Of course there was the summer baseball, but, during the school 
year, Bobby was an outstanding basketball and football player at Longfellow Junior 
High. Those of us at cross-town Emerson Junior High only rarely got to see Emerson 
and Longfellow participate in these sports, because , as I recall, the schedules 
called form them to play only once per season, unlike the huge schedule of summer 
baseball games. Emerson and Longfellow did not play each other in baseball. Now, back 
to 1955. My first game with the Legion team found me, as expected, setting on the bench. 
Someone else, other than Bobby, was pitching, when suddenly Coach Provist summoned Bobby to 
“warm up”. The bullpen area at Phillips-Failing Park for the home team was down the right 
field line so Bobby and I proceeded there. After several fastballs Bobby tossed a curve 
ball that I was not expecting. It curved from my right sharply to my left and I did not 
get a glove on it and it hit me on the top of my left foot. Although my pain was only 
temporary, Bobby, I remember well, thought the situation hilarious and about doubled 
over with laughter. This would be the time to relate, that every pitch Bobby threw had 
movement, even his fastball. I honestly think that his fastball violated the laws of 
physics the way it might move one or sometimes two directions on its way to the plate. 
I’m not sure why, but this initial hitting me with his curve ball seemed to be the 
initial incident that would cement our relationship. That we could both laugh 
without blame or ill feelings, showed good humor on both parts. Although my 
participation on the field with this team was very limited as I explained 
above, my “career” with Bobby was not. This team did go far in American 
Legion ball that summer. We swept through the district tournament held in 
Guymon, Oklahoma which qualified us for the state tournament, held in 
Hobart, Oklahoma. We made it to the championship game undefeated and played 
Oklahoma City (basically Capitol Hill High School) for the championship. 
Bobby had been suffering from a “high” temperature and sore throat for 
several days prior to the game. Coach Provost determined that Bobby, our 
“ace”, would be our best chance to win and started him. My recollection 
is that Bobby pitched the entire game, even in his condition, however, 
we lost a close game as our batters struggled with the OKC pitcher, one 
of the McDaniel brothers (Von or Lindy), eventual major leaguers. Each 
member of our runner-up team received a nice memento including a picture 
of the team. I, along, with Bobby made that picture. Kay, I am sure that 
you have that picture among Bobby’s mementos. And, in closing, the future 
would provide that I caught thousands more of Bobby’s pitches, and, never 
again, did one hit me in the foot!  My love to you and your family;

Rick Warren--Longmont, CO 80504

Categories
Bio

Hinson, Brian

ENID, OK — Funeral service for Brian Tolbert Hinson, 75-year-old Enid, Okla., resident, will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Andrew Phillip Long will officiate. A private family burial will precede the service in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home. Brian was born Feb. 13, 1939, in Enid to Dr. Bruce R. and Elizabeth (Henninger) Hinson and died peacefully Friday, March 14, 2014, at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. He attended local schools and graduated from Enid High School
with the class of 1957. He attended the University of Colorado, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in history. While at the University, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Brian was previously married to the former Janet Jones on Aug. 20, 1960. He attended the Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science, graduating as Valedictorian of his class. He returned to Enid to continue working
at the funeral home that his great-grandfather, H.H. Henninger, founded in 1915. He worked with Jerome Allen, and after his passing, Brian and Jerome’s son, John Allen, became partners for many years. In the late 70s, he also taught restorative art in the funeral service department at the University of Central Oklahoma. All Brian ever wanted to do was work for the funeral home. He loved what he did and took great pride in taking care of the thousands of families he was honored to serve. He was an elder at First Presbyterian Church. He served as past president of United Way, was an Oddfellow and quietly supported numerous local and national charities. He is survived by daughter,
Katherine (Hinson) Jordan and husband Doug of Tulsa; sons, Matt B. Hinson and wife Betsy of Enid and Adam Tolbert Hinson of Tulsa; three stepgrandsons, Cale, Connor and Lane Daughtery, all of Enid; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousin, Dr. Barton Carl and wife Beatrice. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bruce Hinson; and infant sister, Betsy Hinson.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at St. Mary’s, Dr. Shepherd and staff, his care-givers, Vera, Lauren, Bev, Drena and Naomi for their wonderful care. Also, thank you to the staff of Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home for their support throughout this time. A very special thanks to Tom and Ruth Ann Sailors, Ruth Ann Burnett and Janet Wright for their friendship. Memorials can be made through the funeral home to OMRF-COPD division or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Condolences and remembrances of Brian may be given to
the family online at www.enidwecare.com.

Categories
Bio

Kunkel, Jerry

Preface: (Deceased)

In our lives, things occur that we prefer that to keep to ourselves, and other things happen we are happy to reveal. There were many of the former in my life’s journey, also a number of the latter. I decided to make a written record of some of the latter. Something for my children and grandchildren. I knew that if I did not do this as my 50th Reunion project, it might never be done. I have told about some of the people who were bright spots in my life. The more I wrote, the more I remembered, thus I wrote even more. In many instances, I was quite specific, as I want make a written record; while my memory is still good. A number of times, I added links which tell even more about the people who I recall so well. This focuses on business relationships. Family and friends, I wrote earlier.

There were many of the former in my life’s journey, also a number of the latter. I decided to make a written record of  some of the latter. Something for my children and grandchildren. I knew that if I did not do this as my 50th Reunion
project, it might never be done. I have told about some of the people who were bright spots in my life. The more I  wrote, the more I remembered, thus I wrote even more. In many instances, I am quite specific, as I want to make a written  record while my memory is still good. A number of times, I added links which tell even more about the people who I  recall so well. This focuses on business relationships. Family and friends, I wrote earlier.
As I researched, I was saddened to learn how many are no longer with us. We are not immortal.
So, this bio is about relationships, about people. We shared a few moments of life together. I have learned that life’s  greatest accomplishments can never compare with life’s greatest relationships.

ENID 1957-1959
The last fifty years have been a “who woulda’ believed it” journey. In high school, I remember I was somewhat quiet,  definitely unconfident and unquestionably insecure…and a bad dancer. I think I was far more interested in girls than girls were interested in me. It’s now safe to say, “boy has he changed.” I suppose I took speech and drama to find an
identity and because my mother was a friend of Una Voigt, so I figured I had a good grade aced. I learned enough about radio speech to get a weekend job at KCRC Radio, thanks to the tutoring and patience of Mrs. Voigt, a wonderful teacher, who became a life-long friend.

OKLAHOMA CITY & WKY 1959-1962
I planned to go to OU, but things didn’t work out. So I went to Phillips, worked at KCRC and a station in Cushing. I was really miffed when class member, Jimmy O’Neill got a job at WKY http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WKY
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WKY) in Oklahoma City.
‘KY was the Mecca of Oklahoma Radio, sometimes with 80% of the audience. Oklahoma City was the 48th radio market. Enid was about 999th, maybe. One day I got a call from O’Neill. Jimmy said, “Kunk, I’m headin’ west, to a job at KRLA in Los Angeles, and you may be able to get on here at WKY. Get in touch with Mr. Williams, the new radio program director.” I
burned rubber all the way south on Hiway 81 to Broadway & Britton Road in OKC. Mr. Williams heard my tape, Jimmy O’Neill had recommended me, and “could I start in two weeks?” Two weeks? I was ready start in two minutes!

I was the first person hired by “Mr. Williams, ” A/K/A Danny Williams,
(http://www.dddynamo.com>www.dddynamo.com) who became my boss, my mentor and my friend. Danny, of course was also known as 3D Danny, Gizmo Goodkin, Xaviar T. Willard, Bazark, Spavina Spoofkin and other characters. On Saturday Night Wrestling, Danny and Leroy McGuirk often shouted “look out for flying chairs.” While at WKY I was so privileged to work with Ronnie Kay, Don Wallace, Chuck Boyles, Terry McGrew, Chuck Dunaway, Anita Bryant, Jack Ogle, Dick John, Ross Porter, Bob Thomas, Jim Williams, Virgil
Dominick, Ron (Lon) Becker (also from Enid, married Toni Ciardullo “58), Bob Barry, Sr., John Ferguson (Count Gregore), Charles Parker, Bob Flournoy, Larry Gaffney, Steve Powell (Foreman Scotty), WKY’s “poet laureate of the morning,” Russell Pierson and many others. Danny’s still doing the morning show on KOMA in Oklahoma City. Eighty years old, and still rated
Number One!

I worked 9 am-12 noon following Danny plus a Sunday afternoon shift. In one of the TV studios there was the live “Coaches Show”, and I got to know and work with “Bud,” O U football’s legendary Charles B. “Bud” Wilkinson.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud_Wilkinson   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud_Wilkinson</. At that point in life, I was pretty blase’ about organized religion.
Keith Matter, the operations manager at WKY-TV and Bud Wilkinson were both devout Episcopalians. If you recall, Bud’s son, Jay Wilkinson, was an All-American halfback with the Duke Blue Devils and 1963 Heisman Trophy candidate. Roger Staubach won that year. Jay later graduated from an Episcopal seminary. Keith and “Coach” went to work proselytizing me.
When I finally realized that the Episcopal Church allows us to do our own thinking, I also realized I had found my spiritual home. On July 20, 1960, at All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City, I was confirmed by Bishop Chilton
Powell, one of the grandest and most humble successors to the apostles I have ever met. WKY Radio and Television were co-owned by the Daily Oklahoman & The Oklahoma City Times, controlled by E K Gaylord (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_K._Gaylord>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_K._Gaylord</)
and his son Edward L. Gaylord The Gaylords occasionally came around
the station and I got to meet them. Boy, was this twenty-two year old kid from Enid impressed!

<p>I was quite happy at WKY, although I did think of the “big guys, in the big markets.” Nearest big market was number eight, Dallas, just 210 miles south. Hmmm. One day the phone rang, “Jerry Kunkel, this is Tom Murphy, program director at KBOX in Dallas. Are you interested in doing a mid day shift in Dallas?’ WOW! But I had to think on this. I loved WKY, Danny, the people I worked with. I was making good extra income for recording commercials, record hops, etc. Three weeks later, I was in Dallas!

<p>DALLAS & KBOX 1962-1964 <br>
Dallas and KBOX (<a href=http://www.knus99.com/kbox1480pt2.html>http://www.knus99.com/kbox1480pt2.html</a>
were unforgettable experiences. It was a warm, clear fall Friday
in Dallas, November 22, 1963. I worked the nine to noon air shift. Alan Golden, the sales manager and I then went to
lunch at our regular spot near the station. At 12:40, the cashier’s desk paged me for a phone call. It was Dick Moore,
in the KBOX newsroom, “Jerry, we need your help in the news room. “Something awful has happened! We need you to take a
mobile unit to Parkland Hospital. I’ll tell you more when you get here, and please hurry.” When I arrived, Moore told
me President Kennedy and Texas Governor John Connally had both been shot at 12:30, and were taken to nearby Parkland
Hospital. President Kennedy was believed dead, but there was no official confirmation. “Take a mobile unit to Parkland,
and see what you can dig up,” Moore said.

<p>I arrived at Parkland about 1 PM and had no problem walking in. I wandered around, then went down a hall. That’s when
some men in dark suits pulled their guns and said, “don’t come down this hall. Leave, now!” I headed back to the nurse’s
station and learned Governor Connally was down that hall. I felt a sudden and immediate need to go to the men’s room. A
man in surgical greens came in and stood on my right; we started talking. He was Dr. Marion T.”Pepper” Jenkins,
(<a href=http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/novadocs.htm>http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/novadocs.htm</a>)
head of anesthesiology at Parkland. He was in President Kennedy’s trauma
room. “Father Oscar Huber
(<a href=http://time.com/article/o,9171,895361-4.00html>http://time.com/article/o,9171,895361-4.00html</a>)
did last rites a few minutes ago, and we
immediately pronounced the President dead. The body and Mrs. Kennedy are now in a hearse headed for Love Field and Air
Force One.” My god, I got the confirmation everybody was looking for, and got it in the men’s room. We did not have cell
phones, etc., in those days. It was 1:20 P.M. and I ran down the hall and called in on a pay phone. I once had copies of
the AP and UPI wires saying “Bust..Bust President John F. Kennedy has been officially declared dead. Jerry Kunkel of KBOX
Radio received confirmation from Dr. Marion Jenkins, head of anesthesiology at Parkland.” I understand there are copies
of the AP and UPI wires at the Sixth Floor Museum at Delay Plaza. At 1:36 P.M. presidential press aide Herbert Kilduff,
at Parkland told the media, “President Kennedy is dead.” We had scooped the story by sixteen minutes!

<p>Dick Moore said, “are you ever lucky, so while you are on a roll, go to the Dallas Police Station and see what you can
find. Maybe you should hang out in the men’s room. again. That seems to work for you.” I detoured by Oswald’s room at
621 Marsalis Street, the Tippit murder scene at Tenth and Patton, and the Texas Theatre, 231 Jefferson Blvd. where Oswald
was captured, all in Oak Cliff. I also lived in Oak Cliff, less than a mile away from these addresses. At the Dallas
Police Station, I saw Marguerite Oswald, Marina Oswald, June and Rachel Oswald, Lee Harvey’s mother, wife and two
daughters. I have a vivid memory of Marina Oswald, very attractive, very frightened. I did not talk to these women.
However, I did talk briefly with Jack Ruby. I knew Ruby from his Carousel Club in downtown Dallas at 1312 1/2 Commerce
Street. Ruby had an obsession for law enforcement, media and political types. We could drink for half price at the
Carousel plus free admission. Thus, Ruby was a friend of the police and often hung around the Dallas Cop Shop. Dan
Rather was there, he then worked for a Houston TV station, and we briefly compared notes.

<p>I finally headed back to KBOX. which was at 9900 McCree Road, off the Northwest Hiway and Adelia Road. I did telephone
reports for our stations in St. Louis, Milwaukee and San Diego, plus for my friends at WKY in Oklahoma City. Dick Moore
learned the Dallas PD was bringing Oswald out for a 12 midnight press conference in the assembly room. He gave me our
best tape recorder and microphone and sent me out the door. When I walked in the assembly room, two KBOX newsmen, Sam
Pate and Ron Jenkins were talking with Jack Ruby. I talked with them briefly and then had to kneel down in front of the
lone television camera. Dan Rather was beside me. The whole thing lasted less than five minutes. Rather and I got in the
most questions. As the police took Oswald away, he was protesting “police brutality.” I recently found “JFK: The Dallas
Tapes”, produced by the Sixth Floor Museum which has the press conference and my voice on it. It cost me a few bucks,
but my ego told me it was well worth it. It was now early Saturday, which was my day off. I went home and crashed.

<p>It was Sunday November 24, 1963 and another beautiful fall day in Dallas. All stations were playing somber music. I
went to work at 11 am. The Dallas police were transferring Lee Harvey Oswald to the Dallas County Jail, and KBOX newsman
Karl King was at the Dallas PD covering the event. At 11:21 am Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald. We
had it live, on the air.

<p>Things eventually returned to normal. About two weeks later the FBI called and asked me to come talk with them. The FBI
was seeking information about Jack Ruby’s activities. The FBI asked if I would be a witness at Ruby’s trial. They felt I
had strong recall and a good sequential memory. I told them I would if necessary, but given the public nature of my job,
I hoped they could find someone else. They found someone else. In retrospect, I should have been a witness at the trial.
Just think, today I could regularly be on Court TV, Oprah, The History Channel, Trials of the Century and more.

<p>JFK assassination buffs may find these links interesting;
Link not yet available “Shots Still Heard Today,” Enid News & Eagle, November 21, 2003
<a href=http://newsok.com/article/1955970>http://newsok.com/article/1955970</a>
“The Day that Changed America,” Oklahoman, November 16, 2003. Scroll near end of
article.
However, I do have a footnote in history, in the Warren Commission Report. Both Jack Ruby and Ron Jenkins testify about
our meetings in the Dallas Police Station and especially the assembly room press conference. Also, the transcript of
Jack Ruby’s murder trial which began in March, 1964 in Dallas.

<p>INDIANAPOLIS & WIBC 1964-1969 <br>
Several months later, I had an offer to become operations manager at WIBC (www.wibc.com) a 50,000 watt station in
Indianapolis, which needed a “complete make over.” WIBC was owned by Dick Fairbanks (www.fairbanksfoundation.org).
His grandfather was Charles Warren Fairbanks,
(<a href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charkes_W,_Fairbanks>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charkes_W,_Fairbanks</a> )
VP of the United
States in the Teddy Roosevelt administration. Fairbanks, Alaska was named for Dick’s grandfather. This was obviously
old Indiana, old America. Because of the owner, I met Eli Lilly II, Indiana Basketball Coach Bobby Knight, Indianapolis
500 owner Tony Hulman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Hulman ). Obviously Dick Fairbanks and Tony Hulman were close
friends, as WIBC was the originating station of the Indianapolis 500 Radio Network. I also met author Kurt Vonnegut,
David Letterman, Jane Pauley, Louie “Satchmo” Armstrong and others. Because of the Enid connection,

<p>I became friends with Marvella Hern Bayh,
(<a href=http://www.time.com.time/magazine/article/0,9172,920323,00.html>http://www.time.com.time/
magazine/article/0,9172,920323,00.html) and her
husband, Sen. Birch Bayh,
(<a href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birch_Bayh>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birch_Bayh</a> )
and their son Evan Bayh.
(<a href=http://www2.indystar.com/library.factfiles/people/b./bayh_evan/bayh.html>
http://www2.indystar.com/library.factfiles/people/b./bayh_evan/bayh.html</a>) At this time I grew more interested in
politics and became involved in Richard Lugar’s
(<a href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Lugar>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Lugar</a>) first political campaign,
when Lugar was elected to the Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners. Lugar is currently a US Senator from Indiana.
He has served an unprecedented five terms. Of course I was also involved in Birch Bayh’s campaigns.
I completed the make-over of WIBC and got a nice bonus. I was tired of, burned out on radio. The music was turning loud
and amplified, there were the payola scandals, the musicians/bands/acts were on drugs, as well as a number of DJ’s. I
decided I wanted to stay in show biz, but become a television station time salesman. I talked to Dick Fairbanks, because
he owned the ABC-TV affiliate in Atlanta. He suggested I finish my degree in business, and he would hire me in Atlanta.
By the time I finished at Indiana University, Fairbanks had sold the Atlanta TV station.

<p>My radio career was over except for voicing radio spots, etc. Looking back, in eleven years in Oklahoma City, Dallas,
Indianapolis, and some trips to New York, Nashville and Las Vegas, I had seen, worked with or sometimes emceed Elvis,
Brenda Lee, Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Avalon, Johnny Tilotson, Pat Boone, Dean Martin, Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash, Willie
Nelson, Neil Sedaka, The Platters, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Ricky Nelson, The Beach Boys,
Connie Francis, Perry Como, Jimmy Durante, Starlight Vocal Band (Afternoon Delight), Ann Margaret, Joan Rivers, John
Denver, Anita Bryant, June Carter Cash, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Dean, Claude King, Roger Miller, Peter, Paul and Mary, Roy
Orbison, Hank Williams, Hank Williams, Jr., Ray Price, and Conway Twitty. The really memorable? Wayne Newton, Tom Jones
and Neil Diamond. The Unforgettable? Frank Sinatra. Period. Of course. there was Ronald Regain, who I saw in Dallas before
he was elected president.

<p>EVANSVILLE & WTVW-TV 1969-1979 <br>
In 1968, I married Sue Wilking, an Indianapolis girl, and graduate of Butler University. Sue had a daughter Sherry, who I
later adopted. I was unable to land a job at any of the Indianapolis TV stations. Instead I went to WTVW, the ABC
affiliate in Evansville, IN as a rookie salesperson. The manager at WTVW was an Indianapolis native, E. Berry Smith.
He gave me a chance and I still appreciate it. Al Saucier, Bob “Goose” Ossenberg, the sales managers, as well as Asa
Stallworth and Joe Windsor, the group VP’s of Fuqua Television were very supportive. Berry Smith later moved to South
Bend to head the Schurz Communications Group of five television stations and twelve radio stations controlled by the
owners of The South Bend Tribune newspaper. I really loved selling TV, worked long hours and soon become the top
salesperson at WTVW and then the entire three station Evansville television market. I was promoted into regional sales,
covering the regional agencies in Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville, etc.

<p>In 1971 the general economy took a downtown. In addition, tobacco advertising was banned from radio and television.
The station decided to try something unique to boost revenues. Twice each year we chartered a jet aircraft and took a
full plane of our advertisers to Las Vegas or the Caribbean for golf, shows, sun, casinos and more. The qualification
for the junkets were that the advertisers must spend a certain dollar amount more than the previous period. Often the
increased funds were taken off the other two Evansville television stations. I was put in charge of the project,
unwillingly, of course. In Las Vegas, we often stayed at the Desert Inn, owned by the reclusive Howard Hughes. Although
he lived and finally died there, I never saw him.

<p>WTVW was owned by Fuqua Industries,
(<a href=http://www.answers.com/topic/fuqua-industries-inc?cat=biz-fin>
http://www.answers.com/topic/fuqua-industries-inc?cat=biz-fin</a>) an Atlanta-based
conglomerate listed on the NYSE and headed by J. B. Fuqua
(<a href=http://dukenews.edu/2006/04/Fuqua_obit.html>http://dukenews.edu/2006/04/Fuqua_obit.html</a> ). Mr. Fuqua
never
had the opportunity to attend college, yet the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University is named after him. He
donated $40 million to that school. Fuqua Industries, organized in 1965, had a history of acquiring, reorganizing
and then selling companies. There were twenty-two subsidiaries, including Carmike Theatres, Snapper Comet lawn equipment,
Fuqua Television, a TV station group, Inverarry Country Club in Lauderdale, FL, (www.inverrarygolf.com) ColorCraft Photo,
Tractor Supply Company, Hutch and Ajay Sporting Equipment, Pacemaker Yachts and others. I did learn that I could get a
Pacemaker Yacht at a company discount. The problem came when I tried to borrow the money. I did, however, purchase a
Snapper Comet mower at the employee price. Also, some Ajay golf equipment. Fuqua was the biggest company I ever worked
for, $2 billion in sales…thirty years ago. That’s about $7.2 billion in today’s or constant dollars.It was also the
best company I ever worked for! A great bunch of people. Several of us still keep in touch.
Sue had opened her own business, a personnel/temp service and was doing well. Her largest employee leasing client was a
General Electric lexan plant near Evansville. I was elected Senior Warden at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Evansville,
elected to the Standing Committee and appointed to the Finance Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. While
I was a member of the Standing Committee, it authorized Bishop John Craine
(<a href=http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,842958,00.html?promold=goodlep>
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,842958,00.html?promold=goodlep</a>)to ordain Jacqueline Means.
(<a href=http://www.prisonmission.org/statemet/means.pdi>http://www.prisonmission.org/statemet/means.pdi</a>).
The Rev. Means was the first female Episcopal priest in the US
and has a very successful prison ministry. My golf game was better. Politics? I had been involved in several
congressional races in the Evansville area. It was now 1979, I was forty years old, and it was time for me to move
into management. Unfortunately, there was nothing available in the Fuqua stations. Fuqua was a stable company;
there was very little management turn-over.

<p>EVANSVILLE & WEHT-TV 1979-1985
<br>I hated to leave WTVW, but they understood and wished me “Godspeed.” I went with WEHT-TV, the CBS-TV affiliate
in Evansville as general sales manager. Fortunately, WEHT had been an under-achieving station. I applied what I had
learned about at WTVW, and things turned around quickly. Then we added the advertiser junkets to Las Vegas and the
Caribbean and the sales revenues were even better. I was lucky, the previous GSM was not very effective, so all I
needed to do was put things into good order, to look good myself..
Local sales are about one half of a television station’s revenue, and are handled by a local sales staff located in
the station. National sales account for about 50% of a station’s revenue, and are handled by the station’s national
representative firm which serves as go-betweens for the local stations and the national advertisers and their agencies.
These rep firms are headquartered in New York City and generally have about fifteen regional offices located in the
major regional advertising cities. I hired Blair Television
(<a href=www.petrymedia.com>www.petrymedia.com</a>) to be WEHT’s national rep firm.
Headquartered in New York at 1290 Avenue of the Americas, Blair was the premier national sales rep firm with 400
employees in New York as well as it’s 15 regional offices such as Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles,
St. Louis and other cities. Wally Schwartz,
(<a href=http://broadcastingcable.com/article/CA629118-html?display=Breaking+News>
http://broadcastingcable.com/article/CA629118-html?display=Breaking+News</a>)
former president of ABC-TV was now the president of Blair Television. About one-half of WEHT’s natioal revenue, or
one-fourth of the total station revenue came from New York.

<p>In order to really succeed with national sales, the sales manager must spend a large amount of time making calls
with the reps on the national agencies. This means lots of travel. I was in New York twenty-five days each year,
Chicago about ten days, St. Louis and Detroit about two days each, with occasional trips to Dallas, the west coast
and other offices. I liked to travel, to be away. Things were becoming increasingly tense at home, for reasons other
than my travel. Sue and I agreed to stay together until Brad and Sherri completed college.

<p>To do well with New York’s Madison Avenue agency souls, I had to learn to adopt their culture while I was in their
city. SEF, Savvy, energetic and focused. People say “advertising is the most competitive business in the world.” My
teacher and mentor in New York was a gentle guy at Blair who looked like a pro football player, Dave Herman
(<a href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Herman>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Herman</a>).
Dave played tackle at Michigan State University. He was drafted by the New York Jets in 1964 and stayed through 1973
Dave played with quarterback Joe Namath
(<a href=http://www.placement.com/namathbio.htm>http://www.placement.com/namathbio.htm</a>) in the 16-7 upset of the
Baltimore
Colts in the 1967 Super Bowl Video is still shown of the classic play where Baltimore’s Bubba Smith is on the ground,
on his back. Dave and Bubba played together at Michigan State, where Bubba was an All-American. Dave was not fond of
Bubba and in that Super Bowl, Dave got his hand in Bubba’s face mask, and brought Bubba up and over his own back to
the ground. Dave’s Super Bowl ring seemed like it weighed ten pounds. It takes a big man to wear a big ring! I grew
up quick and fast with the help of Dave Herman and the Blair guys. They were known as some of the best media
salespeople in the US. The Blair folks were the most professional people I ever worked with. It was like a fraternity.
I still miss them.

<p>One Friday in 1980, I called Dave Herman and told him we had a crisis with a major New York ad agency. ” I’ll be
there Monday at 9 AM to go over to the agency,” I said. Dave answered, “You’re crazy! There’s not a room in New York,
the Democratic National Convention is in town.” “Like I said, I’ll be in the office Monday at 9 AM, I told him.
Herman replied, “like I said, there are NO rooms.” I said, “I’ll be there, maybe I’ll pitch a tent in Central Park.
Remember, 9 AM Monday.” Herman laughed, said, “Yeah…..sure” then hung up. I was there at 9 AM Monday, Dave strolled
in about 9:35. Neither of us said a word. I had made my point.

<p>The buzz all over Blair was that “the Kunk is the room wizard.” I did not tell them about “Anka, the Russian.” Once,
when making an agency call on E. 48th between Third and Park, I noticed The Middletowne,
(<a href=www.helmsleyhotels.com>www.helmsleyhotels.com</a>) a
small 18 floor, 190 room hotel in a smart East side neighborhood, near the UN. Out of the way, small and non
tourist. The next time I was going to New York, I called Middetowne reservations, and got to talking with the
reservationist,
Anka who had a wonderful Russian accent. She hadn’t been in the US long and we became telephone buddies. I called her
for rooms often and she always had a place for me, even during the Democratic National Convention. I regret that I
never met Anka, bought her a drink, etc. Several month later, Wally Schwartz, president of Blair called me. Remember,
Wally had been president of ABC-TV and knew New York well. Wally said, “Kunk, we’ve got some very important clients
coming in next week and I can not find any rooms, any where. Can you do your room wizard trick again and help me out?”
I said, “how many, what nights, and wait by the phone.”.I called Anka, she had rooms and I told her Wally would call
right back. Wally loved the story and started a new buzz, “the Kunk speaks Russian.” Wally told me later, he often used
Anka, and she kiddingly called him “Comrade Schwartz.” Who says New York is a dry, uncaring place?

<p>I was returning to Evansville from a New York trip and had a layover in Pittsburgh. I went into the TWA Ambassadors
Club to call my office, and saw a familiar personage at the bar. I walked up, and said, “do I see you on television?”
“Do you watch television on Sunday mornings?” was the reply. This was televangelist Robert Schuller
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki.Robert_H_Schuller ) of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA. I always appreciated
Schuller’s propagation of the ” Positive Gospel.,” and agree that it is “better to do something imperfectly than to do
nothing flawlessly.” We both laughed when I told him his Sunday program was on WEHT, and he said “you boys really know
how to charge the high rates.” I told him it was Blair’s fault!

<p>Jim Gilmore
(<a href=http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/irl56679>http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/irl56679</a>)
of Kalamazoo, MI owned WEHT-TV, other television stations
and businesses. His great-grandfather was Dr. William E. Upjohn, founder of Upjohn Pharmaceuticals. Jim also owned the
Gilmore-Foyt Indy 500 car racing team. As Gilmore was a car owner, great tickets to the Indy 500 were no problem. For
years, Sue and I had eight tickets in the upper penthouse paddock, right across from the timing tower and finish line.
WEHT was actually located in Henderson, KY, just across the Ohio River, south of Evansville. Kentucky Derby tickets were
very hard to get. Since CBS-TV carried the race and WEHT was located in Kentucky, I did OK. Sue and I saw Derbys won by,
Gato Del Sol, Spectacular Bid, Pleasant Colony and others. One Friday evening before the Derby, we were in a German
restaurant in Louisville. Sue said, “Jerry, look to your left.” At the next table were sportscaster Howard Cosell and
jockey Billy Hartack, winner of five Derbys between 1957 and 1969. The Kentucky Derby is an incredible spectacle.
Watching it on television is not enough, you must be there to fully experience the emotion, tradition, excitement and
ambiance. The Old South lives again on Derby Day!

<p>It is now 1985. I have lived in Evansville sixteen years, and twenty-one years in Indiana. I am forty-six and single.
Sherri has graduated from Indiana University with a telecommunications major, and is a weekend news anchor at WEHT.
She’ll later marry a fellow in the securities business and have two boys. Brad has an aeronautical engineering degree
from OU and is in the Air Force. He’ll later be a pilot with a major airline, marry a flight attendant and have three
boys, including twins. Boys seem to run in this family. Sue and I have gone our separate ways, and I am thinking
about moving to New York.

<p>UTICA, NY & WUTR-TV 1985-1990
<br>Park Communications, headquartered in Ithaca, NY had eleven television stations. mostly in larger SE markets such
as Birmingham, Richmond, Chattanooga and others. All stations were clients of Blair Television. Park was listed on the
NYSE.There was one station, WUTR-TV,
(<a href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WUTR>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WUTR</a>) ABC-TV, in Utica, NY about eighty
miles NE
of Ithaca. Wally Schwartz and Dave Herman helped me get the general manager’s job. The Utica metro area was about 15%
larger than Evansville’s metro. There were some other differences. The Utica population had a significant Italian
background, and many spoke the native language. I considered taking Italian lessons myself. It also snows ninety-seven
inches each year in Utica. The station actually had translators 100 miles north on the Canadian border. The chief engineer
and I had to use a snowmobile to make our legal inspections. Obviously, we wore “long handles” and more. Utica is 245
miles to downtown New York City, that’s four hours driving time. I also handled national sales at WUTR and had flexibility
on New York sales trips. Since I was driving, it was easy to stay the weekends.

<p>WUTR was the only station Roy Park built, all other stations were existing stations in sunbelt growth markets. Park
wanted a station close to Ithaca, where he lived, but he made a gross misjudgment. The area had a withering economy.
Roy Park was very stubborn. He never sold anything. WUTR was known as “Roy’s Goose”, and it was hard to attract
management people. As part of the agreement to entice someone to move to Utica, the company offered a liberal expense
account. I could stay at the Middletowne at a ridiculous weekend rate, thanks to Anka, the Russian, and I could walk
everywhere. Because the company owned so many television stations, I could also get last minute ticket deals from the
networks or through Blair Television. And Wally Schwartz knew everybody from the days he was president of ABC-TV. Park
also owned WPAT AM/FM, New York, that were then easy listening stations.Talk about low ticket prices! I soon knew all
the “hot spots,” pubs and clubs on the Upper East Side. It was fantastic! Broadway, movie, and other celebs Really neat
conversations.

<p>Some of my favorite spots were Cipriano’s in the Sherry Netherland Hotel, 59th and 5th Av., @ NW corner of Central
Park, the Cafe’ Carlyle and Bemelman’s Bar in the Carlyle Hotel at 76th and Madison and the Oak Bar in the Plaza Hotel
on 5th Ave. @ Central Park South. Some of the people I “ran into” were Danny Kaye,
( <a href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Kaye>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Kaye</a>)
a very shy man, who lived in the Sherry, actor Richard Kiley,
(<a href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Kiley>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Kiley</a> ),
Franklin Cover (<a href=http://en..wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Comer>http://en..wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Comer</a>)
of
the “Jeffersons” TV series, actor Jerry Orbach, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Orbach), Bobby Short
(<a href=http://en.wikipedia.otg/wiki/Bobby_Short>http://en.wikipedia.otg/wiki/Bobby_Short</a> )
of the Cafe’ Carlyle, the greatest pianist and cabaret singer I ever heard.
Also, Carol Channing, Julie London, Henry Mancini, Tony Bennett as well as Tony Randall and Walter Mathau
of “The Odd Couple,” and others. Memorable musicals included Cats, The Fantastics, Le Mis’erables, Hello Dolly,
Annie, Oliveer and Cabaret. My favorite? The Man of La Mancha with Richard Kiley as Cervantes//Quixote.
Park Communications was listed on the NYSE and controlled by Roy Park
(<a href=http://www.parkfoundation.org/about.php>http://www.parkfoundation.org/about.php</a> ).
<p>In 1949 Park and restaurant expert Duncan Hines developed Duncan Hines food products, which became a stunning
success. In 1956, they sold that company to Proctor & Gamble for cash and stock. Park then became involved in
television, radio and newspaper ownership. Roy Park was born in 1910, he was now nearing 80, and he began to slip.
The managers all knew that Mr. Park’s will stipulated that upon his death, the entire Park Communications Company
stock was to be sold and the proceeds given to Cornell University, the Park Foundation, Ithaca College and North
Carolina State University. At the time of his death Forbes magazine ranked Roy Park as the 45th wealthiest individual
in the US. The total proceeds from the Park Communications stock sale alone, were $730 million, or $1.1 billion in
today’s constant dollars.
Roy Park was the quintessential micro manager; he pestered everyone but me. He tolerated me as he knew that if we
parted ways, it could be quite difficult to find someone to move to Utica and manage “Roy’s Goose.” I had an edge;
I was single. It would have been just about impossible to recruit someone with a wife. I felt since the station would
soon be sold, I should look around. Dave Herman and Wally Schwartz knew of a brain surgeon, Alan Ford who was tying to put together a television station in Pensacola, FL. and needed an experienced consultant.

<p>PENSACOLA 1990-1991
<br>When I first moved to Pensacola, I met Theo Baars, II at Christ Church, (www.christ-church.net) Episcopal. The
Baars family (<a href=www.baarsrealty.com>www.baarsrealty.com</a>) had been in real estate and
development in Pensacola for many years. I told Theo
I was looking for a place to stay, and land for a TV tower site, but zoning might be a problem at the tower site.
Shortly thereafter, when Theo discovered that I lived alone and was quite meticulous, he asked “if I would be interested
in house setting a beach home as the owners would be in Europe for several months.” He added that “for watching this
rather large house, I could live there at no cost, the owner would pay the utilities, and I would receive a generous
monthly stipend.” “No animals, no live-ins,” he added. “If you decide to get married, wait til the owners return.”
Theo explained that “there were many opportunities like this. They are done quietly, and the challenge is to find
a responsible single person, preferably a male who can move every few months.” I could office in one of the rooms
in the house and must be home by midnight. “Short-tem guests are acceptable.” I didn’t comment. I did, however,
sign the agreement.

<p>I had found an unbelievable deal at the Church. It must have been “divine intervention.”.More good news, The
Flora-Bama Lounge was nearby, at 17401 Perdido Key Drive (www.gulfshore.com) it sets one half in Florida and
one half in Alabama, but is subject to Florida’s much more liberal liquor and entertainment laws. The Flora-Bama
is a unique party place for the “beautiful people” from all walks of life, bankers to beach bums. It’s been there
for about forty years. It’s actually indescribable, so see the Web site, www.florabama.com. Check the photos. You’ll
feel young again!
We could never find a TV tower location where we could get proper zoning. Alan Ford and I abandoned that project.

<p>TALLAHASSEE, FL 1991-1996
<br>By 1992, television stations were rapidly selling and re-selling themselves, piling on huge amounts of debt.
Many were filing bankruptcy. The primary creditors were banks and television program syndicates. As we both had
TV station and financial backgrounds, Alan Ford and I established a consulting company, AJ Associates, to specialize
in bankruptcy “work-outs.” It was located in Tallahassee, where Alan lived, and I moved there. Tallahassee is a great
town. Great weather! The population of Tallahassee is around 200,000 with another 75,000 in Leon County. It is the
Florida State Capitol, and the home of Florida State University. In all the national rankings, FSU is ranked number
one, two, or three of the biggest “party schools in the US.” A friend learned that FSU was looking for a part-time or
adjunct instructor to teach courses in television management. On a dare, I applied. I got the job. Old guy. Single.
Best party school in US. What more is there?
In retrospect, I should have settled in Tallahassee.

<p>OKLAHOMA CITY,WICHITA & ENID 1996-CURRENT
<br>A bank client in Dallas, had two troubled stations in the Enid area. One in Wichita, the other in Oklahoma City.
Alan Ford was working a case in Atlanta, so I came here and lived in Enid, midway between Wichita and OKC. As I am an
only child, and my parents were in poor health, I felt I needed to remain here after the cases were concluded. As I
grew older, it was becoming more difficult to move around, particularly being single. With my financial background,
I went with Dean Witter (now Morgan Stanley) in Oklahoma City. I then went with Stifel Nicolaus and Company operating
out of the Enid and Wichita offices, then back to Morgan Stanley. I learned that there is a large market to help people
age 60+ who are retired or facing retirement, and have IRA’s and 401-K’s. These funds need to be put in lifetime payout
vehicle situations, rather than growth situations. I’ve had a long-time associate in Indiana, Jack Brinson, and eighteen
months ago we put together that kind of organization in Indiana. We concentrate in asset management for Indiana retirees
or the soon to be retired from companies such as Eli Lilly, General Motors, Guidant Corp, Roche Diagnostics Corp., and
others. Late this year we plan to open an Oklahoma office.

<p>Dr. David Selby and I were the founders of the Enid High School Alumni Association. However, much of my spare time is
spent in Oklahoma City. I’m back at All Souls’ Episcopal Church, where I was confirmed in 1960. I regularly usher there.
Several Oklahoma City friends and I founded “The Gentry” a social group of single OKC guys, over forty-five. This is an
extension of “The Bachelor’s Club of Oklahoma City.” Other single organizations I’ve been involved with include: The
Registry, The Alliance, The Committee, and Gentlemen’s New Year Eve. I’ve met many good friends, both guys and gals at
these.

<p>I now have more time to devote to one of my passions, political campaign finance.. I was involved in Frank Keating’s
(<a href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Keating>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Keating</a>)
governatorial campaigns. Then I headed the NW Oklahoma campaign finance
efforts for Tom Coburn’s
(<a href=www://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Coburn>www://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Coburn</a>) successful US Senate
Campaign. Sen. Coburn’s mother,
Anita JOY Allen Coburn, attended Enid High School with the Class of 1937, and graduated from Drummond High School. His
father, Orin W Coburn was a member of the EHS Class of 1938 They were married May 17, 1941 in Enid’s Central Christian
Church. Tom and his mother are members of the Allen family of Enid’s Henniger-Allen Funeral Home. Tom’s father, OW
Coburn started his optical career with American Optical in Enid’s Broadway Tower. Mr. Coburn later founded Coburn Optical
Industries which he subsequently sold for almost $60 million. Two of Sen. Coburn’s uncles and an aunt graduated from
Enid High School.

<p>Late last year, I agreed to be Oklahoma Chair of Evan Bay’s Presidential campaign. I figured this could be my only
chance to sleep in Lincoln’s bedroom in the White House. Evan, his dad Birch, other staffers and I met in Oklahoma City
to map out fund raising plans. We knew Evan had a distinct advantage in Oklahoma , among all Democrats, because of his
mother. It was quite interesting. About thirty days later, Evan withdrew. He still tops the short list of potential
Democratic Vice Presidential candidates. Lincoln’s bedroom, I’m unsure.
If you are a political buff, a friend of the Bayh’s or the Sen. Tom Coburn and his family, these links may be interesting.
<a href=http://newsok.com/article/2845526>http://newsok.com/article/2845526</a>
“Mother of two current Senators hail from Enid,” The Oklahoman September 11, 2006
<a href=http://www.eidnews.com/archives/localstory/353000953html>
http://www.eidnews.com/archives/localstory/353000953html</a> “Losing a White House connection,” Enid
News & Eagle , December 19, 2006

<p>Today, I’m in good health, within twelve pounds of my high school weight, although it is distributed differently. My
blood pressure is low, my cholesterol is fine, no glasses, I don’t smoke, seldom drink, have all of my teeth and
most….uhhh some of my hair,
I have been single over twenty years, but recently learned it’s healthier to have someone around the house. I now have
a permanent live-in. I went to the SPACE and found a male apricot miniature poodle. He’d been in a cage there for
three months, nobody wanted the little guy. I held him and his sad brown eyes seemed to say, “please rescue me from
the cage and take me home with you. I just want someone to love me.” I asked the SPACE to hold him for a week, “while
I think it over.” I was back early the next morning. I re-named him Olio
(<a href=http://www.imbd.com/title/tt0067595/>http://www.imbd.com/title/tt0067595</a>) , a
lovable character in an antimated 1970’s made for TV movie. Things are going well, I’m happy. Olio seems to be happy
too; he wags his tail a lot and barks twice when he needs to go outside.

<p>EPILOGUE
<br>Jimmy O’Neill is living quietly in West Hollywood, CA. His vision and mobility are limited due to diabetes. Danny
Williams is active and on KOMA Radio, as is Ronnie Kaye. Bob Ossenberg lives in Evansville, IN as well as Al Saucier.
Joe Windsor is active in Columbus, GA. Berry Smith lives quietly in South Bend, IN, Dave Herman lives in Westchester
County, NY and has returned to the NY Jets organization, handling special projects and is active in community affairs.
Robert Schuller is semi-retired and lives in Garden Grove, CA. The Rev. Jacqueline Means lives in Plainfield, IN and  continues her prison ministry. Theo Barrs is active in Pensacola, FL.. Several of us talk regularly.
Una Voigt died July, 1984, age 83 in Yukon, Oklahoma. The Rt. Rev. Chilton S. Powell was 82, when he died in Oklahoma  City on August 4, 1989. Charles B. “Bud” Wilkinson died February 9, 1994 in St. Louis at age 78. Keith Mather was
54 when he died in January, 1983 in Oklahoma City. Dr. Marion T. Jenkins was 77 when he died in Dallas on November  21, 1994. Asa Stallworth was 45 when he died in Augusta, Georgia in December 1973. Richard M. Fairbanks, 88, died
in Key Largo, Florida on August 11, 2000. J. B. Fuqua died in Atlanta on April 2, 2006 at age 88.The Rt. Rev. John P.
Craine died in Indianapolis in December, 1977 at age 86. Marvella Hern Bayh died April 24, 1979 in Washington, DC at
age 46. Roy H. Park was 83 when he died on October 25, 1993 in Ithaca, New York. Pianist Bobby Short was 81 when he
died in New York on May 21, 2005. Actor Franklin Cover was 78 when he died in New York City on February 5, 2006. Actor
Jerry Orbach died in New York City on December 28, 2004, he was 69. Richard Kiley was 76 when he died in New York City
on December 28, 2004. Wally Schwartz was 82 when he died on December 14, 2005, in Boynton Beach, FL. Less than a year
later, on November 3, 2006, his widow Ginny, ended her own loneliness. Ginny was also 82.

Grace is a sense of what is right and proper; decency and thoughtfulness toward others. Character is a distinctive
trait, quality or attribute. Its essential nature is moral strength and self-discipline.<i> “Character is not a sometimes
thing, it is an all the time thing.”
These are and were people of character and grace. We shared a few moments of life together. They are not forgotten.
*Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi

ame Americans’ quickest way to get the news.”

Categories
Reunion

2022 REUNION-DETAILS (Oct 7 & 8, 2022)

EHS CLASS 57– 

Dates : 7 & 8 October 2022- Enid, OK

HOW ABOUT 65 or more for the 65th and final planned reunion!

EHS Class 1957  planning committee members for the 65th Reunion.

Arlene (McLemore) Shore, (580) 402-4247, lionarlene3a@suddenlink.net

Carolyn (Gerten) and Jerry Collins

Richard Eck, (580) 234-2596, eckbird@att.net

Jim Faulkner, (580) 242-0526, jfaulkner39@suddenlink.net

Barbara (Gerson) Casteel 

Derel Schrock  (Tour planner)  derelschrocknick@gmail.com

 

PLANNED EVENTS:

PLEASE COME to visit with fellow classmates–

ADDED: ENID HIGH SCHOOL TOUR:

Tour of Enid High School led by Ruth Ann Brown Sailors:

Time 4:00PM to 5:15PM —Oct 7, 2022— meet at front entry of the high school on Wabash.

Events: Social Gatherings & dinner–

–Date: Oct 7, 2022.

Place: Ramada Inn (Wooden Nickle)

Address: 3305 W. Owen K. Garriott, Enid OK

Time: 5:30PM

Food: Dinner (can order from the menu)

Bar: No host, cash bar.

 

–Date: Oct 8, 2022

Place: Oakwood Country Club

Address: 1601 N. Oakwood Road Enid OK

Time: 11:00AM

Class picture approximately 11:30.

Food: Buffet- chicken, pork loin, rice, green beans, rolls, tea, ice, water and desert.

Cost will be about $30.00 per person -Send check to Richard Eck–REGISTRATION INFO BELOW

 

–Date: Oct 8, 2022

Place: Blazes BBQ

Address: 1002 W. Willow, Enid OK

(Northwest Corner of Willow and Van Buren) (Near Evans Drug Store)

Time: 5:30PM

Food: Dinner (order from the menu-no host)

 

TOURS of ENID  — 2PM on Friday and 2PM Saturday–SPONSOR-Derel Schrock
Greetings from Derel– Fellow Plainsmen (& women),
I’m offering to conduct a touristy bus tour(s) of good old ENID, to include places where class members places you used to live. It will include visiting basically anything anyone would wish to drive by and see.  In particular, I would expect to revisit your former homes and neighborhoods if it’s been a long time since you’ve seen them.  Besides that, we’d tour the town and places that have undergone dramatic changes. Most of this will be by request, and I’ll (Derel) be flexible.  No charge. Food and drink are allowed — BYO drinks and food!  The vehicle is a 14-passenger Transit-type van, and if we get more than 13 (I’m #14), we can have a second tour.  The first tour Friday afternoon at two-ish, and the 2nd tour Saturday about 2pm
 
What I need from you is:  first your commitment to go on a tour and when, and second, submit the physical addresses you want to check out. Contact Derel Schrock via email or phone. My information is:
Please try email first and call if have a special request we need to discuss!
email is: derelschrock1116@gmail.com and Cell :405-850-7674 and 

 

PLANNED EVENTS

EHS CLASS 57– 65th Reunion

October 7 & 8 2022

 

——PLACES TO VISIT IN ENID—-

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center — Location: 507 S. 4th Street, (580) 237-1907– The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid, Garfield County, Oklahoma, is a historical museum telling the fascinating story of the settlement and development of Northwest Oklahoma, beginning with the Land Run of 1893.  Through interactive exhibits, research, events, and programs, the Heritage Center makes learning a fun and engaging experience for all ages.  Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sundays, Mondays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and $4 for students. 

Vietnam Memorial WallLocation-Woodring Airport. It is referred to as the WOODRING WALL OF HONOR! On November 11, 2013, one the the Vietnam Traveling Walls was RETIRED and is on PERMANENT DISPLAY at Woodring Airport.  For those of you who have never seen the Wall is a salute to those that paid the ultimate cost for our freedom. 

Enid Convention Center (now called the Stride Center) –(Old Convention Hall for class 57 people) Location:.123 W. Maine or 301 South Independence Avenue, Enid, OK 73701 (580) 616-7362 . If want to tour the facility enter from the West Door and can walk thru the facility any time it is open.  

Enid High School NO FORMAL TOUR PLANNED because of weekendLocation: 611 W. Wabash.

Railroad Museum of Oklahoma                                                          LOCATION:702 N. Washington — (580) 233-3051

Hours: 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays and Mondays except by appointment, and all major holidays and adverse weather. Admission is by donation.


 

Leonardo’s Children’s Museum

200 E. Maple — (580) 233-2787

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Leonardo’s Adventure Quest

200 E. Maple — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Twilight Time will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during the months of June and July.

Admission: All-day pass, $9, children under 2 are free. Groups of 16 or more are $7 per person. After 3 p.m., admission is $4.50. Memberships available.


Midgley Museum

1001 Sequoyah — (580) 234-7265

Hours: 1-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday through Tuesday, except by appointment. Closed all major holidays and inclement weather. Closed Nov. 1 through March 31. Admission by donation.


Northern Oklahoma College Enid Observatory

Northern Oklahoma College Enid campus is at the corner of Randolph and Michael Hedges.

Groups may schedule visits to the observatory or planetarium by calling the astronomy center at (580) 548-2399.

 

NOTE: LODGING–.HOST HOTEL or SPECIAL RATES

AREA LODGINGMost offer AARP, senior, AAA, or military discounts (rates may be lower with discounts).

HOST HotelRamada Inn, 3005 W. Owen K. Garriott, (580)234-0440.  for rate of $60.00 (one king) or 65.00 (double beds) plus hotel tax. (POC: Debbie)

——————————————————————

Other hotels:  Rates as of January 2017–rates may vary from what is listed below:

–Baymont Inn & Suites – POC: – (580)-234-6800                                                    3614 W. Owen K. Garriott  —-$70.00 plus taxes – Light breakfast

—————————————————————–

–Hampton Inn, –POC: Shelly-(580)234-4600/580-701-4629.–                                                511 Delma Court (4100 block W. Owen K. Garriott),  Starting Rates are $114.00 and up plus hotel tax. – Large breakfast choice ––

——————————————————————

–Holiday Inn Express, –(580) 237-7722. (POC: Dorothy Williams)                                    4702 W. Owen K. Garriott–  Rates vary from $124.00 to 134.00.00  plus hotel tax. – May have lower rate for Saturday. Complement  breakfast –

——————————————————————

–Marriott’s Spring Hill Suites–Phone: (580)-540-4256 (POC: Ashley/Denese)–                 Near the WalMart on West Owen K. Garriott.  (West of Walmart) Location – 5815  K L  drive–  Behind Oklahoma Highway Patrol area-   Rates $89.00 to 109.00 plus tax – Hot breakfast

——————————————————————

–Days Inn (old Best Western), (580) 242-7110.  POC: Michelle 2818 S. Van Buren,     Rates: $77.34 plus tax – No breakfast –

–Enid Confort Inn/Mid Western Inn, POC: Brandon –(580) 234-1200–                                210 N. Van Buren,–   Rates: $79.95 plus tax – light breakfast

——————————————————————

Military ID or military Retirees:  Cherokee Lodge, Vance Air Force Base (580)-213-7358.  Standard rooms $90.00 & DV suites $80.00 range.  Call Cherokee Lodge 14 days prior to arrival. All prices are as of  3 October 2018. Driving instructions for Vance are listed on the web site.

——————————————————————————————————-

FINAL REUNION

65th EHS CLASS OF 1957

October 7-8, 2022

www.enidhs1957.com

Friday, October 7, 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM–Tour of Enid High School.

Meet at front of building on West Wabash

Friday, October 7, 5:30 PM:  Ramada Inn (Wooden Nickel), 3005 W. Owen K. Garriott, (Room near the indoor swimming pool) (Dutch Treat) (will order from menu & visit with classmates), Dress: Casual. Bar service will be available.

 

Saturday, October 8, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Oakwood Country Club, 1602 N. Oakwood Road, Cost $30.00 per person, Dress: Business Casual  Program– welcome remarks, invocation and toast to class in water before meal. 

–CLASS PICTURE at 11:30 AM

–Meal:  House salad, pork tenderloin, chicken Dijon, potato casserole, green beans, rolls and butter, chocolate cake, cheesecake, water, tea, coffee

 

Saturday, October 8, 5:30 PM:  Blazes’s BBQ, 1002 W. Willow, (Dutch Treat)  (Order from menu)  Dress: Casual  Bring family and friends, eat and visit

 

 

POC:

Chair-Arlene McLemore Shore, (580) 402-4247, lionarlene3a@suddenlink.net

Vice Chair-Carolyn Gerten Collins (405) 721-2736

Treasurer-Richard Eck, (580) 234-2596, eckbird@att.net

Web Site-Jim Faulkner, (580)242-0526, jfaulkner39@suddenlink.net

Reunion events, hotel cost, list of attendees – See:  www.enidhs1957.com

PLEASE RETURN BY SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 AND MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO

“EHS CLASS 57 REUNION”.  RETURN CHECK AND REGISTRATION FORM TO

RICHARD ECK, 402 N. CIMARRON DR, ENID, OK 73703

 

Host hotel:  Ramada Inn – Room rates $60 (king), $65 (2 beds)- 580-234-0440

Above rates for “EHS Class 57 ” must be made by September 15, 2022.

 

Friday, October 7, 2022, 5:30 PM

Ramada Inn (Wooden Nickel)  (Dutch Treat, order from menu) 

Number attending    (______)

 

Lunch Buffet:  Saturday, October 8, 2022, 11:00 AM, Oakwood Country Club

Number attending    (______) at $30.00 per person =   $_______.00

Total enclosed                                                                   $_______.00

 

REGISTRATION FORM AND CLASS DIRECTORY INFORMATION – PLEASE RETURN

IF ATTENDING OR UNABLE TO ATTEND – we request information below to update EHS Class 57 roster/directory:

NAME:         ________________________________________________________________     

Street Address, City, State, ZIP: __________________________________________________________________________                      Phone:________________________               Cell Phone:_____________________________                            E-mail:_____________________________________________________________________

As an option, you may email directory/roster information to:  jfaulkner39@suddenlink.net

 
 
TOUR OF ENID-Sponsor Derel Schrock
Greetings, fellow Plainsmen (& women),
As to what has been hinted at before, I’m offering to conduct a touristy bus tour(s) of good old Enid, visiting basically anything anyone would wish to drive by, slowly.  In particular, I would expect to revisit your former homes and neighborhoods if it’s been a long time since you’ve seen them.  Besides that, we’d tour the town and elsewhere that have undergone dramatic changes. Most of this will be by request, and I’ll be flexible.  No charge, and food and drink are allowed on board — BYO drinks/food!  The vehicle is a 14-passenger Transit-type van, and if we get more than 13 (I’m #14), we can have a second tour.  That said, if we get a van-load of earlier arrivals, we could do the first tour Friday afternoon at two-ish, and be able to launch another tour Saturday afternoon at 2pm.
 
What I need from you is: 
a, Your commitment to go on a tour
b. When (Friday at 2pm or Saturday at 2pm)
c, Submit the physical addresses you want to check out,
 
Contact Info for Derel Schhrock:
Phone: 405-850-7674
email: derelschrockn1116@gmail.com
Address: 4009 Sheffield Dr., Edmond OK 73034-

Updated on June 25, 2022–

EHS Class 1957

SUMMARY of 2019 reunion:

A TOTAL of 52 people attended the 62nd Reunion in 2019.

Here are the events and number of attendees:

Friday evening at Ramada– 38 attended

Saturday Lunch- Oakwood Country Club- 43 attended

Saturday Evening-Blazes BBQ- 25 attended

PLACE:  Enid OK