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by Helen Ford Wallace Published: January 13, 2008

GATHERING AGAIN….Patty and Len Casteel celebrated January 6th with their annual Epiphany Party in their home. Their invitation stated in part: “So we gather again… As we have in the past… To celebrate good health …And friendships with all of the cast.

The Casteels took down their Christmas tree and holiday decorations and put up their 100- plus sets of Wise Men which they have collected through the years.

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BUBBLY NEW YEAR…Champagne toasts were given and a breakfast buffet was served at midnight following the 23rd annual Gentlemen’s New Year’s Eve party at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club.

Don Howland and James Kincaid were chairmen of the event and Don Miller, Mike Baldwin, Bill Bernhardt, David Goss, Gary Gray, Earle Haggard, Bill Henson, Berry Johnson, Dr. Norman Levine and Ted Wernick assisted them.

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PARTY HOPPING…Darlene Wynne was hostess for all who attended the Gentlemen’s New Year’s Eve party for a January 1st brunch. Guests enjoyed Bloody Marys and Mimosas. They also had some black-eyed peas and cornbread.

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LADIES ONLY…Mi-Ling Stone Poole was hostess for a Christmas brunch in her home. Chef Karl Greene cooked the foods which included grilled salmon, French toast, omelets and bananas foster.

Guests who were asked to wear red brought gifts for teenage children at The Hope Center in Edmond.
The house was decorated with seven Christmas trees with various themes. The kitchen tree had antique cookies cutters and a collection of grapes and Santas.

Party-goers gather for a picture at Mi-Ling Stone Poole’s holiday event. (Photo provided)

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FIRST EVER…Dr. Abbey Onan was hostess for the first Christmas brunch for the Fixed Prosthodontics Department of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry.
Guests enjoyed homemade breads, breakfast casseroles, fruit and mimosas. Among the partygoers were professors and prosthodontists and the host’s family members.

Donna, Dr. Abbey and Virgil Onan celebrate the season. (Photo provided).

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FORUM AT OU…University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren was the very articulate moderator for a forum of experts in the political arena. The group of men and women came to Norman to discuss the restoration of bipartisanship in politics and to make a statement to all national presidential candidates.

They were Dr. David Abshire, Michael Bloomberg, Bill Brock, Bill Cohen, Jack Danforth,Susan Eisenhower, Bob Graham, Chuck Hagel, Gary Hart, Angus King, Jim Leach, Sam Nunn, Edward Perkins, Chuck Robb, Mark White and Christine Todd Whitman. There were seven republicans, three independents, and seven democrats.

Each of the panel members spoke and answered various question from media members in the audience and each man and woman gave statesmanlike answers.

Boren ended the forum with this statement: “We close this meeting with an appeal to all American citizens and to the media. Help us put the questions we have raised directly to the candidates. We cannot do it my ourselves.

“ You must ask the candidates if they plan to create a bipartisan cabinet and administration. We must ask the candidates to present a strategy for a united consensus.

“We must ask the candidates for their strategies to build a more positive relationship with the rest of the world. We leave as we came: filled with hope for our future and with determination to keep this country great.”

Panel members convene at the University of Oklahoma ‘s special forum in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace.)

by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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