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OKC Thunder: Fancy meeting you here, Mr. Cuban

by Jenni Carlson Published: April 30, 2012
Mark Cuban with @HotDogOKC's Gail Van Campen, photo courtest @HotDogOKC
Mark Cuban with @HotDogOKC's Gail Van Campen, photo courtest @HotDogOKC

Gail Van Campen sees all sorts of customers at her late-night hot dog stand in Bricktown.

Self-made billionaire entrepreneurs, though, are something of a rarity.

But not on Sunday.

Hot Dog OKC had a visit from Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner who is in town for his team’s playoff series against the Thunder. He had his picture taken with Van Campen — no word yet on the hot dog that he ordered — and then she posted it on the stand’s Twitter page, @HotDogOKC.

Not long after, Cuban (@mcuban) replied to her.

Hey, say what you will about the brash owner who’s known for his courtside tirades and his referee lambastings, Thunder fans, but that was a pretty cool thing for Cuban to do. Monday morning, Van Campen was clearly still thinking about her encounter with a guy who turned a college start-up into a business that was purchased by Yahoo! for almost $6 billion.

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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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