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Owner of Riesinger's Jewelry, WWII Vet, Creator of V-J Day Celebration

A master jeweler and craftsman who loved God, country, and family above all.

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100th Interview — Centenarians

100th Interview

Centenarians

Voices of Oklahoma celebrates 100 interviews with Oklahoma centenarians Vida Culvern and Opal Moss, sharing the lessons and wisdom they have learned.

Ray Ackerman — Philanthropist

Ray Ackerman

Philanthropist

Known as "Old Man River," Ray made as career as an ad man and entrepreneur.

Alex Adwan — Tulsa World Editor

Alex Adwan

Tulsa World Editor

As a life-long journalist, he influenced state education and integration in the state of Oklahoma.

Tommy Allsup — Musician & Producer

Tommy Allsup

Musician & Producer

After a lucky coin toss in 1959, he became a successful western guitarist and music producer.

Paul Andert — WWII Veteran

Paul Andert

WWII Veteran

A decorated WWII veteran, Paul Andert exemplifies bravery and patriotism.

Bill Anoatubby — Governor, Chickasaw Nation

Bill Anoatubby

Governor, Chickasaw Nation

As leader of the Chickasaw Nation since 1987, the governor has shepherded it to social and financial stability.

Bob Anthony — Anthony's Department Store

Bob Anthony

Anthony's Department Store

Corporation commissioner Bob Anthony tells the story of C.R. Anthony and Anthony's Department stores.

Wavel Ashbaugh — Centenarian

Wavel Ashbaugh

Centenarian

Her advice for living to 105 is to "put one foot in front of the other and keep going."

William S. Atherton — Businessman, A&M Food Services

William S. Atherton

Businessman, A&M Food Services

Bill applied the work ethic and values he learned from his family to build a lasting, meaningful business legacy.

Keith Ballard — Superintendent, Tulsa Public Schools

Keith Ballard

Superintendent, Tulsa Public Schools

Grace, class, and dignity -- those are three qualities this dedicated educator strives for each day as he battles ALS.

Bob Barry, Sr. — Sportscaster

Bob Barry, Sr.

Sportscaster

For half a century, his voice was synonymous with Oklahoma football.

Ann Bartlett — Former First Lady of Oklahoma

Ann Bartlett

Former First Lady of Oklahoma

Ann served the state of Oklahoma alongside her husband, Dewey Bartlett.

Henry Bellmon — Former Governor & Senator

Henry Bellmon

Former Governor & Senator

From the farm, to the war, to the Governor's mansion. Then finally back to the farm.

Johnny Bench — Baseball Player

Johnny Bench

Baseball Player

The small-town Oklahoman who grew up to be "Baseball's Greatest Catcher."

David Bernstein — Community Leader

David Bernstein

Community Leader

A life dedicated to the service of those in need has made him a valued community leader.

Rev. Dr. Mouzzon Biggs — Boston Avenue United Methodist Church

Rev. Dr. Mouzzon Biggs

Boston Avenue United Methodist Church

He served Boston Ave. United Methodist Church as a dedicated minister and passionate interfaith community leader.

Margery Mayo Bird — Philanthropist

Margery Mayo Bird

Philanthropist

Philanthropist and senior stateswoman of the Mayo family.

Blue Cross Blue Shield — Insurance Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Insurance Company

Learn the history of how health insurance came to Oklahoma.

David L. Boren — Politician

David L. Boren

Politician

The first person in state history to hold office as governor, U.S. Senator, and President of the University of Oklahoma.

Bob & Diane Borlase — US Navy, US Coast Guard, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office

Bob & Diane Borlase

US Navy, US Coast Guard, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office

An everyday American couple who dedicated their lives to serving their country and their community.

Betty Boyd — Queen of Tulsa TV

Betty Boyd

Queen of Tulsa TV

Tulsa's unlikely TV personality and state legislator who captured the hearts of many.

Jenny Brouse — Business Owner / Community Leader

Jenny Brouse

Business Owner / Community Leader

From Russian to Tulsa. Jenny and her son, Brian, tell the family's immigration story.

Dr. James B. Buskirk — Minister

Dr. James B. Buskirk

Minister

Together, he and his wife Nancy dedicated their lives to ministry.

Chester Cadieux — Founder of QuikTrip

Chester Cadieux

Founder of QuikTrip

The story of building QuikTrip into one of Oklahoma's most beloved companies.

Rex Calvert — WWII Veteran

Rex Calvert

WWII Veteran

He fought in four WWII battles with the Fourth Marine Division and earned the Purple Heart.

Doug Campbell — Interior Designer

Doug Campbell

Interior Designer

A life-long interior designer who chooses to be happy despite fighting ALS on a daily basis.

Joe Cappy — President of American Motors, CEO of Dollar Thrifty Car Rental

Joe Cappy

President of American Motors, CEO of Dollar Thrifty Car Rental

An influential part of the automotive industry's most dynamic times, Joe Cappy helmed the American Motors Corporation and was CEO of Dollar Thrifty car rental.

Dick Carson — Carson Attractions

Dick Carson

Carson Attractions

Dick Carson shares how his family's business became a pillar of entertainment promotion for over 66 years and three generations.

H. Allen Chapman — Philanthropists

H. Allen Chapman

Philanthropists

Donne Pitman shares the story of the Chapman legacy.

Otis Clark — Tulsa 1921 Race Massacre

Otis Clark

Tulsa 1921 Race Massacre

106-year-old evangelist and survivor of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Roy Clark — Entertainer & Musician

Roy Clark

Entertainer & Musician

A big "Saa-lute" to the man best known for hosting the long-running varity show Hee Haw.

Stan Clark — Eskimo Joe’s Owner

Stan Clark

Eskimo Joe’s Owner

Stan took Eskimo Joe's from a small college town bar to a national brand known worldwide for its quirky logo and cheese fries.

Tom Clark — President & CEO, Tulsair

Tom Clark

President & CEO, Tulsair

Tom's business skills and successes gave him the opportunity to make a lasting impact in Tulsa.

Wanda Clark — Lucille Ball’s Personal Assistant

Wanda Clark

Lucille Ball’s Personal Assistant

Moving from Oklahoma City to California gave Wanda the opportunity to work with one of Hollywood's most beloved stars of the 50s and 60s: Lucille Ball

Harry A. Clarke Jr. — Clarke’s Good Clothes

Harry A. Clarke Jr.

Clarke’s Good Clothes

His family's claim to fame was Clarke's Good Clothes -- this is an Oklahoma retail success story.

Dr. John Coates — Neurosurgeon

Dr. John Coates

Neurosurgeon

His talents took him all over the world, but he returned to Oklahoma to begin his medical practice and raise his family.

Tom Coburn — Former Oklahoma Congressman & Senator

Tom Coburn

Former Oklahoma Congressman & Senator

A physician and Republican politician known for being fiscally and socially conservative.

Johnnie Coe — Native Tulsan, 98 ½ years old

Johnnie Coe

Native Tulsan, 98 ½ years old

A personal account of Tulsa's history and the life of a woman who lived there for 98 1/2 years.

Bart Conner — Gold Medalist American Gymnast

Bart Conner

Gold Medalist American Gymnast

Our nation's most accomplished male gymnast, the only American to win gold at every level of competition.

Wayne Creasy — Businessman, Insurance

Wayne Creasy

Businessman, Insurance

The insurance business gave Wayne an interesting life which included real estate, Roy Clark, and Branson, Missouri.

Minisa Crumbo Halsey — Native American artist

Minisa Crumbo Halsey

Native American artist

Daughter of the groundbreaking Native American artist Woody Crumbo celebrates her father's legacy.

Sam P. Daniel — Attorney

Sam P. Daniel

Attorney

Inspired by his childhood neighbor, Alfred P. Murrah, Sam had 50+ years of experience practicing law.

Angie Debo — Teacher, Historian, and Author

Angie Debo

Teacher, Historian, and Author

The words on her gravestone sum up her life: "Historian, discover the truth and publish it."

Gloria Dialectic — Gloria Dialectic – Social Worker

Gloria Dialectic

Gloria Dialectic – Social Worker

She dedicated her career to helping society's most vulnerable citizens.

Carrie Dickerson — Black Fox Nuclear Plant Protester

Carrie Dickerson

Black Fox Nuclear Plant Protester

An unlikely activist, she educated herself about nuclear energy and risked everything to stop the Black Fox Plant.

Ernestine Dillard — Singer

Ernestine Dillard

Singer

Her passionate, award-winning voice has taken her across the globe and brought joy and comfort to many.

Frederick F. Drummond — Rancher

Frederick F. Drummond

Rancher

Patriarch of the famous Osage County ranching dynasty and Stanford educated banker.

Ed Dumit — Broadcasting

Ed Dumit

Broadcasting

Many years of teaching and broadcasting touched the many hearts and ears of Tulsans.

Norma Eagleton — Public Official and Lawyer

Norma Eagleton

Public Official and Lawyer

A pioneering public official and true servant to her community and fellow citizens.

David Easton — Interior Designer and Architect

David Easton

Interior Designer and Architect

Jimmy Steinmeyer talks about his partner, David -- a highly sought-after designer and architect.

Jim Economou — The Coney Island Story

Jim Economou

The Coney Island Story

In 1926, the Economou family introduced Tulsa to what became a local tradition: Coney Island hot weiners.

Buddy Fallis — Tulsa County District Attorney

Buddy Fallis

Tulsa County District Attorney

As a prosecutor for Tulsa County, he has taken some of the most notorious criminals to court.

Charles Faudree — Interior Designer

Charles Faudree

Interior Designer

The world-renowned interior designer and author chose to stay close to home.

Nancy Feldman — Educator and Civic Leader

Nancy Feldman

Educator and Civic Leader

Her legacy will long be remembered in the city of Tulsa.

Ray Feldman — Community Leader

Ray Feldman

Community Leader

A lover of the law and human rights, anthropology, nature, and -- most of all -- his wife Nancy.

Charles Ford — State Senate Art Collection

Charles Ford

State Senate Art Collection

Former State Senator discusses artwork on display at the Oklahoma State Capital and his efforts to help expand the collection.

Randy Foutch — Entrepreneurial Oilman

Randy Foutch

Entrepreneurial Oilman

His success as an oil and gas executive began with forming privately-held companies.

James L. Gallogly — President of OU

James L. Gallogly

President of OU

The first Fortune 500 CEO to be appointed President of the University of Oklahoma.

Jane Jayroe Gamble — Miss America

Jane Jayroe Gamble

Miss America

She overcame her fears and shyness to win Miss America 1967, launching her career in media and government.

Reuben Gant — Football Player

Reuben Gant

Football Player

After a successful career in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills, Gant returned to Tulsa and became a community leader.

Denzil Garrison — State Legislator

Denzil Garrison

State Legislator

After serving the US in WWII and the Korean War, he served Oklahoma in both state houses.

Thomas Gilcrease — Oilman and Philanthropist

Thomas Gilcrease

Oilman and Philanthropist

"Every man must leave a track and it might as well be a good one." - Thomas Gilcrease.

Sister Therese Gottschalk — St. John Health System

Sister Therese Gottschalk

St. John Health System

Selflessly answered calls to serve the catholic church and a Tulsa hospital.

Grand Lake — Dr. Bruce Howell

Grand Lake

Dr. Bruce Howell

The year 2015 brought the 75th Anniversary of the realization of Henry Holderman's vision for the Pensacola Dam and Grand Lake.

David Green — Founder, Hobby Lobby

David Green

Founder, Hobby Lobby

He combined business and faith to grow Hobby Lobby from one store to more than 450.

Ken Greenwood — Broadcasting

Ken Greenwood

Broadcasting

He was a tireless promoter of the state of Oklahoma as well as a life-long nature conservationist.

Dr. Jerry Gustafson — Surgeon

Dr. Jerry Gustafson

Surgeon

After witnessing national tragedy in Dallas in 1963, he settled in Tulsa for a long and distinguished medical career.

Mary Jo Guthrie — Woody Guthrie’s Sister, Artist & Writer

Mary Jo Guthrie

Woody Guthrie’s Sister, Artist & Writer

Woody Guthrie's little sister shares stories about one of America's most renowned folks singers.

Woody Guthrie — Musician, Artist, Writer

Woody Guthrie

Musician, Artist, Writer

Woody's daughter, Nora Guthrie, recounts the story of the self-educated artist, writer, and musician.

David Hall — Former Oklahoma Governor

David Hall

Former Oklahoma Governor

He won Oklahoma's closest gubernatorial race to become the state's 20th governor.

Jim Halsey — Event Promoter & Artist Manager

Jim Halsey

Event Promoter & Artist Manager

The original star maker, this legendary music impresario set the standard in the music industry for over 60 years.

Enoch Kelly Haney — State Legislator, Seminole Chief, and Artist

Enoch Kelly Haney

State Legislator, Seminole Chief, and Artist

Native son with a heart to serve people; as a politician, Seminole Chief, and an internationally-recognized artist.

Joy Harjo — Native American Poet and Musician

Joy Harjo

Native American Poet and Musician

inspired by the creative women in her life, Joy became a writer, musician, activist, and the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate.

Fred Harris — Former Oklahoma Senator

Fred Harris

Former Oklahoma Senator

Served as a United States Senator for Oklahoma from November 4th, 1964 to January 3rd, 1973.

LaDonna Harris — Social Activist and Politician

LaDonna Harris

Social Activist and Politician

A loyal and tireless advocate for the civil liberties of women and Native Americans.

John F. Hausam — John Hausam Realtors

John F. Hausam

John Hausam Realtors

After unwittingly avoiding death in war, he eventually established one of the largest real estate companies in Tulsa.

Marques Haynes — Harlem Globetrotter

Marques Haynes

Harlem Globetrotter

A unique talent for basketball took him from small-town America to the world.

Peggy Helmerich — Hollywood Starlet

Peggy Helmerich

Hollywood Starlet

From Hollywood to Tulsa, the life of an actress turned philanthropist.

Walter Helmerich — Oilman & Philanthropist

Walter Helmerich

Oilman & Philanthropist

Listen to the story of the man that inspired the beginning of Voices of Oklahoma.

George Henderson — University of Oklahoma

George Henderson

University of Oklahoma

Activist, author, and educator; Henderson made an impression amidst cultural diversity.

Joyce Henderson — Educator and Civil Rights Activist

Joyce Henderson

Educator and Civil Rights Activist

As a child of the civil rights era, her mentor, Clara Luper, taught her to stand up for equality.

Dr. Ben G. Henneke — Professor and President, TU

Dr. Ben G. Henneke

Professor and President, TU

Under his outstanding leadership, The University of Tulsa accomplished a long list of milestones.

Jim Hewgley — Former Mayor of Tulsa

Jim Hewgley

Former Mayor of Tulsa

An oilman who was instrumental in advancing Tulsa's economic and social landscape.

Burt B. Holmes — Businessman, QuikTrip

Burt B. Holmes

Businessman, QuikTrip

A young man's business vision and a chance encounter with an old friend was the beginning of QuikTrip.

Maxine Horner — Former Oklahoma Senator

Maxine Horner

Former Oklahoma Senator

One of the first African-American women in the Oklahoma State Senate, serving from 1986 to 2004.

Dr. Bruce Howell — Superintendent, Tulsa Public Schools

Dr. Bruce Howell

Superintendent, Tulsa Public Schools

Upon retiring from 42 years as an innovative educator, he took up the role of historian for Northeast Oklahoma.

John Hughes — Rancher and Cattleman

John Hughes

Rancher and Cattleman

John Hughes, the 16th member of the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame, grew the legendary Hughes cattle ranch from 1800 acres to over 12,000.

Jim Inhofe — U.S. Senator

Jim Inhofe

U.S. Senator

Oklahoma U.S. Senator, army veteran, businessman, pilot, and former Tulsa mayor.

Loretta Young Jackson — Community Leader

Loretta Young Jackson

Community Leader

Lorettea holds many honors, but her greatest work lies in the discovery and restoration of the Verden Separate School.

Wanda Jackson — Rockabilly Singer

Wanda Jackson

Rockabilly Singer

Oklahoma's own rockabilly queen has had a long and respected career and music business.

Jana Jae — Fiddle Player

Jana Jae

Fiddle Player

A combination of hard work and raw talent helped this dynamic entertainer accomplish stardom.

James R. Jones — Politician and Lawyer

James R. Jones

Politician and Lawyer

His distinguished career in politics includes time spent on LBJ's staff, as well as serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.

Jenkin Jones Jr. — The Tulsa Tribune

Jenkin Jones Jr.

The Tulsa Tribune

Through the headlines of the Tulsa Tribune, the Jones family has been a part of local and national history.

Robert L. Jones — Architect

Robert L. Jones

Architect

Bob's contributions to mid-centry and modern architecture dot the landscapes of Oklahoma's cities.

Stephen Jones — Attorney for McVeigh

Stephen Jones

Attorney for McVeigh

Timothy McVeigh's defense attorney believes that there is more to the story.

Frank Keating — Former Governor of Oklahoma

Frank Keating

Former Governor of Oklahoma

As governor of Oklahoma in 1995, he guided our state through the aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing.

Maxine Kelamis — Savoy Restaurant

Maxine Kelamis

Savoy Restaurant

Maxine Kelamis and her son, Bill, tell a story of immigration, food, and the American dream.

Phil Kennamer — 1934 Tulsa Murder

Phil Kennamer

1934 Tulsa Murder

This 1934 high society murder turned Tulsa upside down and grabbed national headlines.

Catharine Kingsley — WWII Cryptographer

Catharine Kingsley

WWII Cryptographer

A love of languages took her to D.C. in 1944 to do her part in the WWII effort as a code-breaker for the FBI.

King Kirchner — Oilman, Unit Corporation

King Kirchner

Oilman, Unit Corporation

From roughneck to co-founder of one of the largest U.S. onshore drilling companies, Unit Corporation.

Henry R. Kravis — Investor & Philanthropist

Henry R. Kravis

Investor & Philanthropist

Following the example of his parents, he achieved decades of success as an investor and NYC philanthropist.

Bob Kurland — Basketball Player

Bob Kurland

Basketball Player

Oklahoma's own "7-footer" Olympic medalist.

Robert J. LaFortune — Former Mayor of Tulsa

Robert J. LaFortune

Former Mayor of Tulsa

A native Tulsan and father of six, LaFortune shaped his city through civic leadership and public service.

Dobie Langenkamp — Oil & Gas Attorney

Dobie Langenkamp

Oil & Gas Attorney

Raised with a rich family oil legacy, he practiced oil and gas law, served in the Carter administration, and founded his own company.

Al Langer — Holocaust Survivor

Al Langer

Holocaust Survivor

Al's foster parent risked their lives to hide him from the Nazis, and the Kindertransport changed the course of his life.

Voices of Sports Legends — A collection from Wayne McCombs

Voices of Sports Legends

A collection from Wayne McCombs

This collection of events and interviews from sports historian Wayne McCombs is a treasure trove of sports history.

Wishard Lemons — Minister

Wishard Lemons

Minister

An Industrial Chaplain for Parker Drilling. He traveled to 135 rigs in 29 different countries tending to the psychological and spiritual well-being of their employees.

Curly Lewis — Curly Lewis — Fiddle Player

Curly Lewis

Curly Lewis — Fiddle Player

Not only did he play fiddle with the great names of Western Swing, he was one of them himself.

Bill Lobeck — Businessman, Daily Rental Car Industry

Bill Lobeck

Businessman, Daily Rental Car Industry

His vision, financial management, and leadership skills have fueled the success of major brands in the car rental industry.

Guy Logsdon — Musician, Author, and Historian

Guy Logsdon

Musician, Author, and Historian

A man who celebrates the music and culture of folks artists, cowboys, and western swing.

Marilyn Luper — 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-ins

Marilyn Luper

1958 Oklahoma City Sit-ins

Daughter of Clara Luper, an icon of the civil rights era who led sit-ins at Oklahoma City lunch counters in 1958.

Ed Malzahn — Founder, Ditch Witch

Ed Malzahn

Founder, Ditch Witch

His wisdom and guidance nurtured Ditch Witch into a competitor in the global marketplace.

Wilma Mankiller — Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation

Wilma Mankiller

Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation

"I want to be remembered as the person who helped us restore faith in ourselves."

Lilah Marshall — Pioneer Behind Bama Pies

Lilah Marshall

Pioneer Behind Bama Pies

A true pioneer, she built her family bakery, Bama, into an international company.

George Matson — Southern Hills Country Club

George Matson

Southern Hills Country Club

Meet "Golf Shop George" -- An Irishman who has become a Tulsa Treasure.

Neal McCaleb — State Legislator; Chickasaw Nation, DOT

Neal McCaleb

State Legislator; Chickasaw Nation, DOT

A determined civil engineer, member of the Chickasaw Nation, and Republican politician.

Dr. G. Calvin McCutchen — Mount Zion Baptist Church

Dr. G. Calvin McCutchen

Mount Zion Baptist Church

A leading voice for racial justic and pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church for 50 years.

Jeannie McDaniel — Former Oklahoma Congresswoman

Jeannie McDaniel

Former Oklahoma Congresswoman

Dedicated more than 25 years to bettering her city and state, while also becoming an accomplished distance runner.

Nancy McDonald — Community Activist

Nancy McDonald

Community Activist

She leads a life of community activism that supports education and civil rights.

Dale McNamara — Golfer and Coach, TU

Dale McNamara

Golfer and Coach, TU

Dale built the TU women's golf program from the ground up and it grew to be the gold standard in the sport.

Herman Meinders — American Floral Services

Herman Meinders

American Floral Services

Herman's international company brings happiness and comfort to millions of people.

Marina Metevelis — Rosie the Riveter / TCC Educator

Marina Metevelis

Rosie the Riveter / TCC Educator

A true blue "Rosie the Riveter" and promoter and preserver of Tulsa history, including its famous tunnels.

Coke Meyer — Great Niece of Will Rogers

Coke Meyer

Great Niece of Will Rogers

Doris "Coke" Meyer speaks about her great-uncle, Will Rogers, Oklahoma's favorite son.

N. Scott Momaday — Writer, Artist, Teacher

N. Scott Momaday

Writer, Artist, Teacher

Poet, novelist, playwright, storyteller, artist, and teacher.

Joe Moore — Moore Funeral Homes

Joe Moore

Moore Funeral Homes

He combined businessman and comforter as he gracefully guided people through times of loss.

Melvin & Jasmine Moran — Founders of Children’s Museum

Melvin & Jasmine Moran

Founders of Children’s Museum

A story of humility, compassion, and good cheer.

David Morgan — Race Car Driver

David Morgan

Race Car Driver

A Tulsa insurance executive during the week with a very successful 10-year weekend racing career.

Joe Morris — Former US District Court Chief Judge

Joe Morris

Former US District Court Chief Judge

A lover of law whose remarkable career includes serving as U.S. District Court Chief Judge.

E. C. Mullendore III — Mullendore Murder

E. C. Mullendore III

Mullendore Murder

Sheriff George Wayman recalls with intriguing detail the story of the Mullendore Murder.

Russell Myers — Cartoonist, Broom-Hilda

Russell Myers

Cartoonist, Broom-Hilda

Oklahoma cartoonist best known for his comic strip "Broom-Hilda."

Ken Neal — Journalist and Editor

Ken Neal

Journalist and Editor

From copy boy to Tulsa World senior editor and 1991 inductee into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.

Larry Nichols — Oilman & Philanthropist

Larry Nichols

Oilman & Philanthropist

Served as Devon's CEO since 1980 and assumed the company's chairmanship in 2000.

John T. Nickel — Owner, Greenleaf Nursery

John T. Nickel

Owner, Greenleaf Nursery

A genuine love of nature drove his business decisions and led him down the path to preservation.

George Nigh — Former Oklahoma Governor

George Nigh

Former Oklahoma Governor

George served four different terms as governor, more than anyone else in state history.

Lloyd Noble — Oilman & Philanthropist

Lloyd Noble

Oilman & Philanthropist

His daughter, Ann Noble Brown, speaks of his generosity and love for Oklahoma and its people.

Ron Norick — Former Mayor of Oklahoma City

Ron Norick

Former Mayor of Oklahoma City

A tireless civic leader and businessman who never lost faith in Oklahoma City.

Robert Norman — US Navy Captain

Robert Norman

US Navy Captain

A desire to "see the world through a porthole" landed him right in the middle of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.

Dr. Clarence G. Oliver — Educator, Journalist, and Army Officer

Dr. Clarence G. Oliver

Educator, Journalist, and Army Officer

Successful journalist, Army officer, and educator -- including 30 years as an administrator for Broken Arrow Public Schools.

Jay O’Meilia — Artist

Jay O’Meilia

Artist

"People ask what I consider to be my masterpiece, and I tell them I have five: my children."

Marian Opala — Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice

Marian Opala

Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice

From the Polish underground to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Ted Owens — Basketball Coach

Ted Owens

Basketball Coach

With nine Big Eight tournament titles, he's widely recognized as one of the top collegiate coaches in the country.

Charles Page — Philanthropist

Charles Page

Philanthropist

"Daddy Page" generously sheltered and cared for society's most vulnerable members -- orphan children.

Billy Parker — Country Western Music

Billy Parker

Country Western Music

A country music mainstay with 20+ charted singles, but most inflential in his role as radio disc jockey.

Robert L. Parker — Parker Drilling

Robert L. Parker

Parker Drilling

An international leader in the oil and gas industry who brought western drilling techniques to Russian and China.

Sid Patterson — Up With Trees

Sid Patterson

Up With Trees

His legacy lives on in Tulsa's buildings, in its road infrastructure, and in the "Up with Trees" program.

The Perryman Family — Rancher, Creek Nation

The Perryman Family

Rancher, Creek Nation

Stories from one of Tulsa's founding families and early Creek Nation as told by descendants Monetta Trepp and her son, Robert.

Dr. Robert G. Perryman — Surgeon

Dr. Robert G. Perryman

Surgeon

His family roots run deep in the origin of Tulsa, where he spent 40+ years as a surgeon.

Elliot & Virginia Phillips — Son of Waite Phillips

Elliot & Virginia Phillips

Son of Waite Phillips

They chose the quiet life of ranchers over the Phillips family oil empire.

Jeanne Eason Phillips — Witness to the Civil Rights Era

Jeanne Eason Phillips

Witness to the Civil Rights Era

Even thought they endured the pain of racism, Jeanne and Judy tell a very upbeat story of making Oklahoma a better place to live.

Boone Pickens — Oilman & Philanthropist

Boone Pickens

Oilman & Philanthropist

Hard work and generosity by the billions.

Gathering Place — Jeff Stava

Gathering Place

Jeff Stava

Jeff Stava describes the planning, preparation, and opening of Tulsa's award-winning, world-renowned park.

William Pogue — Astronaut / Aviator

William Pogue

Astronaut / Aviator

A story of how Bill's distinguished Air Force career led to becoming a NASA astronaut.

Don E. Pray — Attorney

Don E. Pray

Attorney

Although he grew up "in a garage," Don worked hard and achieved great success in his life while helping others along the way.

Audrey Pullen — Navy Nurse Corps

Audrey Pullen

Navy Nurse Corps

An interesting life that includes living at the base of Mt. Rushmore as her father carved the monument.

Gene Rainbolt — Banker & Philanthropist

Gene Rainbolt

Banker & Philanthropist

Because of his investment in Oklahoma, thousands of individuals and businesses have flourished.

Sherman Ray — Auschwitz Survivor

Sherman Ray

Auschwitz Survivor

The family trade, tailoring, saved Sherman's life in the most infamous Nazi camp, Auschwitz.

Porter Reed — Baseball Player, Negro League

Porter Reed

Baseball Player, Negro League

As an athlete in the Negro Leagues, he played baseball with the greats.

Ramona Reed — Country Music Singer & Yodeler

Ramona Reed

Country Music Singer & Yodeler

A County Music Hall of Fame member, her accomplished career includes many performances at the Grand Ole Opry.

Kenneth Renberg — German Immigrant, WWII Veteran

Kenneth Renberg

German Immigrant, WWII Veteran

A German-American Jewish immigant who bravely fought in World War II to "get back at Hitler."

Frank Riesinger — Owner of Riesinger's Jewelry, WWII Vet, Creator of V-J Day Celebration

Frank Riesinger

Owner of Riesinger's Jewelry, WWII Vet, Creator of V-J Day Celebration

A master jeweler and craftsman who loved God, country, and family above all.

Steve Ripley — Musician, Songwriter, Inventor

Steve Ripley

Musician, Songwriter, Inventor

A rock and roll legend in our own backyard who worked with some of the greats.

Robert Henry — Judge

Robert Henry

Judge

A life in pursuit of justice -- Robert has served the law as a judge, lawyer, and educator.

Oral Roberts — Groundbreaking Evangelist

Oral Roberts

Groundbreaking Evangelist

Hear his inspirational final interview.

Frank Robson — Property Investor

Frank Robson

Property Investor

A businessman, philanthropist, and member of the Sam Walton family.

Will Rogers — Entertainer

Will Rogers

Entertainer

Doris "Coke" Meyer speaks about her great-uncle, Will Rogers, Oklahoma's favorite son.

Bill Rollings — Tulsa Baseball

Bill Rollings

Tulsa Baseball

Bill Rollings saved professional baseball for the city of Tulsa. He tells of the rocky history of the Oilers and the Drillers.

L. Francis Rooney III — Manhattan Construction and U.S. Ambassador

L. Francis Rooney III

Manhattan Construction and U.S. Ambassador

A leader on the homefront at Manhattan Construction and former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.

William Ross — Businessman

William Ross

Businessman

A leader in Oklahoma's state law and business communities.

Washington Rucker — Jazz Drummer

Washington Rucker

Jazz Drummer

Drummer Clarence Dixon once told Rucker: "This pair of sticks will take you all over the world, if you want to go." And they did.

Mike Samara — Celebrity Club Fine Dining

Mike Samara

Celebrity Club Fine Dining

Known as the friendly owner of Celebrity Club, he also helped bring liquor-by-the-drink to Oklahoma.

Barbara Santee — NARAL, Women’s Rights

Barbara Santee

NARAL, Women’s Rights

For more than 40 years, she was a leading voice for women's reproductive rights.

Dick Schmitz — Broadcaster, Commercial Radio Producer

Dick Schmitz

Broadcaster, Commercial Radio Producer

Generations of Tulsans recognize his legendary voice on the radio airwaves.

Lynn Schusterman — Philanthropist

Lynn Schusterman

Philanthropist

Making a different for her community, her culture, and her people.

Stephanie Seymour — U.S. Court of Appeals Judge

Stephanie Seymour

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge

With a strong will and encouragement from family, she's been blazing trails for women in law since 1965.

Rabbi Charles Sherman — Temple Israel

Rabbi Charles Sherman

Temple Israel

Served for nearly 40 years at Temple Israel as well as numerous other ministry roles in the community.

Robin Siegfried — Businessman, NORDAM

Robin Siegfried

Businessman, NORDAM

The family's successful business, NORDAM, gives them the opportunity to give back to their community.

Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher — Civil Rights Activist

Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher

Civil Rights Activist

Her son, Bruce, tells the story of his pioneering mother who became the first African-American to attend OU's law school.

Lee Allan Smith — Community Leader & Promoter

Lee Allan Smith

Community Leader & Promoter

Oklahoma's "Master of Ceremonies."

Warren Spahn — Baseball Pitcher

Warren Spahn

Baseball Pitcher

The greatest major league left-handed pitcher of all time.

Harry Stege — Tulsa Police Captain

Harry Stege

Tulsa Police Captain

Third-generation officer with a reputation for being a hardworking, innovative, and supportive leader.

Steve Stephenson — Business Owner

Steve Stephenson

Business Owner

After founding Steve's Sundry in 1947, he was cherished by Tulsa's readers and authors.

Red Stevenson — Businessman and Pilot

Red Stevenson

Businessman and Pilot

Colorful businessman and high-flying storyteller.

Shawnee Stewart — World War II Veteran

Shawnee Stewart

World War II Veteran

"They call Staff Sergeant Milton S. Stewart of Sallisaw, Oklahoma the lickiest man in his outfit." - Press Release to Radio Station KOCY, Oklahoma City.

Darrell Stiles — Rancher / Farmer

Darrell Stiles

Rancher / Farmer

Darrell's family story is that of true Oklahoma pioneers who took part in the 1891 Land Run.

Eddie Sutton — Basketball Coach

Eddie Sutton

Basketball Coach

With 804 career wins, he has earned a place in Oklahoma college basketball history.

Barry Switzer — Football Royalty

Barry Switzer

Football Royalty

This football legend rose from an unconventional childhood to Super Bowl royalty.

Tallgrass Prairie Preserve — Environmental

Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

Environmental

Listen to Harvey Payne and Jenk Jones tell you the story of how this great Oklahoma prairie land became a preservation site.

Clifton Taulbert — Businessman & Author

Clifton Taulbert

Businessman & Author

Overcoming obstacles of segregation, he went on to achieve success as an entrepreneur.

Ed Taylor — Communications Pioneer

Ed Taylor

Communications Pioneer

A pioneer in the satellite communication business and philanthropist for many good causes.

Robert E. Thomas — Businessman

Robert E. Thomas

Businessman

The ambitious founder of Mapco chose Tulsa for its headquarters.

Dr. C. T. Thompson — Surgeon

Dr. C. T. Thompson

Surgeon

His career as a surgeon and hospital administrator spanned a time of great social and medical change in the United States.

Paul Thornbrugh — Politician and Businessman

Paul Thornbrugh

Politician and Businessman

Known as "Mr. Republican," Paul was a businessman, patriot, public servant, politician, and -- most proudly -- a family man.

Jim Thorpe — Olympic Athlete

Jim Thorpe

Olympic Athlete

Bill Thorpe talks about his father, Jim -- regarded as the greatest athlete in the 20th century.

Ken Trickey — ORU Basketball Coach

Ken Trickey

ORU Basketball Coach

An influential leader who brought national attention and competitive success to ORU basketball.

Allan Trimble — Jenks High School Football Coach

Allan Trimble

Jenks High School Football Coach

Beloved high school coaching legend who won championships, battled ALS, and left an incredible legacy of leadership.

Frosty Troy — Journalist and Editor

Frosty Troy

Journalist and Editor

Member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame and nationally-acclaimed advocate for public education.

Eva Unterman — Holocaust Survivor

Eva Unterman

Holocaust Survivor

Her story shows the resourcefulness and determination of a Holocaust survivor.

William Vandever — Vandevers Department Store

William Vandever

Vandevers Department Store

The story of Vandevers Department Store and the family's many years of faithful civic duty.

Dean VanTrease — Tulsa Community College

Dean VanTrease

Tulsa Community College

Over three decades of leadership at Tulsa Community College brought access to public education and national recognition.

Clayton Vaughn — Media News

Clayton Vaughn

Media News

As a widely-respected news broadcaster, he was the face of KOTV news three separate times over nearly half a century.

J. Blake Wade — Community Leader & Promoter

J. Blake Wade

Community Leader & Promoter

One of Oklahoma's biggest proponents of celebrating our great state's history and culture.

Michael Wallis — Author & Speaker

Michael Wallis

Author & Speaker

The voice of Route 66 and the Wild West.

John Brooks Walton — Architect and Historian

John Brooks Walton

Architect and Historian

A career as an architect and author gives him a unique view of Tulsa's residential history.

Charles Ward — WWII Veteran, Architect

Charles Ward

WWII Veteran, Architect

While serving as a soldier in WWII, he found the inspiration to become an award-winning architect.

Cynthia Warner — Ponca Nation Elder

Cynthia Warner

Ponca Nation Elder

Cynthia Warner recounts the rich history of the Ponca Tribe, including the forced relocation to Oklahoma.

William Warren, Jr. — Petroleum to Health Care

William Warren, Jr.

Petroleum to Health Care

From Warran Petroleum to Saint Francis Health System and the philanthrophy of the industry.

Wes Watkins — Former Oklahoma Congressman

Wes Watkins

Former Oklahoma Congressman

Determination and leadership led him from rural Oklahoma agriculture to 20 years as a congressman.

Lee Roy West — Federal Judge

Lee Roy West

Federal Judge

"Life should be fun." Wests's refreshing motto has been his guide for over 80 years.

Roger Wheeler — Businessman

Roger Wheeler

Businessman

A riverting story of why the Boston Mafia murdered this Tulsa businessman.

Dave Whitlock — Fly Fisherman

Dave Whitlock

Fly Fisherman

World-renowned fly fisherman whose talents include painting, illustrating, writing, photography, fly tying, and lecturing.

Bud Wilkinson — Football Coach

Bud Wilkinson

Football Coach

American football coach, broadcaster, and politician.

Danny Williams — Oklahoma Radio & TV Legend

Danny Williams

Oklahoma Radio & TV Legend

Listen to the oral history of Danny Williams, member of the Oklahoma Broadcasters Hall of Fame who dominated the airwaves for seven decades.

John Williams — Williams Companies

John Williams

Williams Companies

John, co-founder of Williams Companies and long-time CEO, is also well-known for his community leadership.

Joseph H. Williams — Businessman, Nature Conservationist

Joseph H. Williams

Businessman, Nature Conservationist

As a business leader, he reshaped Williams Cos. but the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is his lasting legacy.

Penny Williams — State Senator

Penny Williams

State Senator

A political champion for education in the state of Oklahoma and the city of Tulsa.

Carl Willis — Allied Stamp Corporation

Carl Willis

Allied Stamp Corporation

These once-popular stamps traded like dollar bills and have an interesting Oklahoma connection.

Charles Banks Wilson — American Artist

Charles Banks Wilson

American Artist

An Oklahoma native, Wilson and his paintings are a state and national reasure.

Rev. Dr. John B. Wolf — Unitarian Minister

Rev. Dr. John B. Wolf

Unitarian Minister

As a senior minister at All Souls Unitarian Church, he used his pulpit to promote civil rights for minorities, women, and children.

Wess & Cathryn Young — Tulsa 1921 Race Massacre

Wess & Cathryn Young

Tulsa 1921 Race Massacre

Survivor of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and dedicated activist is joined by his wife, Cathryn.

Henry Zarrow — Businessman & Philanthropist

Henry Zarrow

Businessman & Philanthropist

A generous heart and humble spirit make him one of Oklahoma's most beloved.

Maxine Zarrow — Philanthropist

Maxine Zarrow

Philanthropist

A story of family, philanthropy, community, and commitment.

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