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Making Oklahoma home for keeps

Modified: April 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm •  Published: April 5, 2013
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I drive water taxi boats in the Bricktown Canal and meet people from around the world. I love telling them the virtues of Oklahoma City and why I live here.

I came here from Philadelphia in 1964 to go to college but the people of Oklahoma have a goodness and manner of living that make the prairie home. Oklahomans are gentle in their ruggedness, refined in their earthiness, sophisticated in their country manner, moral in their practicality and progressive in their tradition.

Oklahoma City is a onetime cow town pulling itself up by its bootstraps into an American world-class tourist and convention city. Yesterday's dream is today's reality. Okies have moved freeways, built bridges, made Bricktown, raised the Devon Tower, recreated the Myriad Gardens and turned the Oklahoma River into an Olympic training site. She boasts of her minor league RedHawks baseball team and professional Thunder basketball team. Oklahoma City's progress is unstoppable with plans for a new convention center, park, boulevard, hotels and restaurants.

All of this is good, but it's the people who brought me back to Oklahoma. To know them is to love them. Reserved but friendly, conservative but generous, a bit worldly and a lot religious, multicultural and all-American, Oklahomans are among the nicest people on earth.

College graduation took me many places, but it never took Oklahoma out of my heart. The Oklahoma economy and the goodness of her people brought me back to make Oklahoma home for keeps.

C. Dale German, Bethany