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iPad news, Outlook updates and ‘Open Flames’ — all available on NewsOK

by Alan Herzberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm •  Published: April 22, 2011

The iPad-vs.-newspaper battle in Cyril

My favorite story and video of the week came from reporter Don Mecoy on Tuesday. He had a nice story about a mother and son in Cyril who are avid readers of The Oklahoman. The mother, 94-year-old DeLois Patterson, prefers the printed newspaper. The son, 77-year-old Bill Patterson, prefers the iPad edition. Reports Mecoy: “When Bill Patterson buys a new iPad, he hopes to give his current one to his mother, who immediately dismisses the idea with a wave of her hand.” Great stuff. But the words only tell half the story. Mecoy’s video helps paint the picture.

A page for ‘Mr. Know It’

Don Gammill is a ‘know it’ all. It says so on his new Personality Page set up just for all his content. He is ‘Mr. Know It.’ You can see everything Don writes, blogs, tweets or posts on our newest page devoted to our reporters — the ‘Mr. Know It’ personality page.


Berry’s blog of the week

I stumbled across another great Berry Tramel blog post this week. This time, he wasn’t even the storyteller. He merely re-told a story that was told to him by Chip Land, the former managing partner of the old Oklahoma City Cavalry CBA team. It was a story about Denver Nuggets coach George Karl and his experience in Oklahoma City 20 years ago as the coach of the CBA’s Albany Patroons. And to entice you to read it, I’ll share the last line of the post: “So there you have it. George Karl thinks he had trouble in Oklahoma City this week. It was nothing like 20 years ago.


‘Open Flame’ series begins at American Propane

Dave Cathey is cooking again. Actually, Dave is always cooking — and I, for one, am grateful. I’ve been using his recipe for old-fashioned chicken wings for important football games since I first saw the recipe last September. Now, I have a bunch of other recipes to try, thanks to his Open Flame” video series in partnership with American Propane. The first video was all about chicken, and it featured some heavy-hitters in the local culinary scene. I enjoyed it so much that I watched the entire 8-minute video on NewsOK.


‘Open Flame’ out-take

Video director Dave Morris was at the ‘Open Flame’ shoot at American Propane and posted his thoughts about the event on his blog. He even posted an an out-take that didn’t make the final cut. Check out the 5-second video at the bottom of Dave’s blog post and see the Food Dude scurry from an open flame. I’m pretty sure the Food Dude hasn’t moved that fast since his soccer-playing days in college when he was a finely-tuned athlete on the brink of greatness.


Outlook on NewsOK

The News and Information Center has been hustling the past few weeks, working hard to write, edit and produce the annual Outlook special section. The section is released on Sunday, and you can see all the stories on the Outlook website here (until Sunday, you’ll still see the 2010 edition). The 2011 edition will be ready for you to see on Sunday, and that’s the same time you can pick up the special newspaper edition in The Oklahoman in your driveway or at the newsstands.


Outlook on the iPad

But this year, we have a special edition of the Outlook section. It’s a special iPad magazine edition that features some of the best articles from the publication. It doesn’t have every story we wrote for the Outlook section, but it does have some specially-chosen stories presented and optimized for viewing on the iPad. If you are a subscriber to The Oklahoman’s iPad edition, you will see the download-able magazine in your Sunday edition. Looks for more features like this in the future as we continue to find ways to deliver content in new and exciting ways.



It would be silly of me to post this week without mentioning the Oklahoma City Thunder and their big week with first-round playoff victories over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday and Wednesday. We have all the coverage of every game on our Oklahoma City Thunder coverage page, and during the games we have live chats so you can join the conversation with our reporters and editors while you watch the game. You can even join the conversation on your mobile device.  There’s really no better place to get all the information about the Thunder than the NewsOK page. That’s a guarantee.


Most-viewed article

NewsOK users were very interested in the story that broke Wednesday morning about the Piedmont officer who shot and killed the retired firefighter in Yukon.  We covered the story as it developed on Wednesday, and we followed it up with more details on Thursday. And the audio of the 911 call really helps tell the story. The video below almost became the most-viewed video of the week; it came in as a close second.


Most-viewed blog post

In case you weren’t aware that OU football is a big deal in this state, I bring you this blog post from Jake Trotter on Wednesday: “Sooners add another walk-on kicker.” That’s right … a kicker. Yes … a ‘walk-on’ kicker. That’s the most-viewed blog post of the week. No, you read that right … a kicker.


Most -viewed video

The highlights of OU’s annual spring Red-White game led the charge this week:

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by Alan Herzberger
Digital Managing Editor
Alan Herzberger is the Digital Managing Editor for and The Oklahoman. He focuses on content within OPUBCO Communications Group’s variety of digital products. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports...
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