• On Sunday, one of the news shows asked if you remembered where you were when you heard Elvis Presley had died.
Aug. 16, 1977, I was having dinner with my parents and NBC’s “Huntley Brinkley Report” announced his death.
August 1977 was my first month as a full-time employee with The Oklahoman.
Read about Elvis’ Mar.25, 1977 performance in Norman in The Oklahoman Archives
Rock star Elvis Presley performs in concert at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman March 25, 1977. Staff Photo by Paul Southerland
• 100 years ago
On Aug. 19, 1913, The Oklahoman reported in its “State Paragraphisms” column:
Sulphur Post asserts one does not mind having the “blues” when sitting in a poker game.
Editor of the Panhandle Liar promises that his obituary shall contain no reference to aeroplanes unless one falls on him.
Woodward News-Bulletin is urging its citizens to get busy and land (the) cultivator manufacturing plant which desires to locate there.
“For president in 1918, Herbert S. Hadley,” reads announcement in Henryetta Free Lane, just beneath the caption on editorial page.
Marshall County News-Democrat has started a boom for George A. Henshaw, member of the corporation commission, for governor. Refers to him as “the people’s choice” and “the favorite son.”
Wanette Enterprise wants to know why county commissioner of Pottawatomie county paid $6.22 per 100 for the printing of legal blanks when Enterprise offered to do the work for $2.30 per 100.
We have noticed several weekly papers in Oklahoma which carry no announcements as to who are the editors and publishers, usually appearing at the top of editorial columns. Are the editors ashamed of their publications?
Change in schedule of Wichita Falls & Northwestern railroad is recorded by the Hollis Post-Herald, a late train being scheduled to arrive at Wichita Falls at 9:35 o’clock p.m. Change was made to accommodate thirsty Oklahomans and saloonmen of Wichita Falls. Texas law now requiring thirst parlors to close at 9:30 o’clock each night.”
(I couldn’t find a listing in Texas or Oklahoma for a newspaper named the Panhandle Liar, so my guess is the editor was having a little fun with the reader.)
• 75 years ago in The Oklahoman:
August 19, 1938
Former Gov. William H. “Alfalfa Bill” Murray was considering another run for U.S. Senate as a non-partisan candidate on Page 1, while on the sports page “King” Carl Hubbell, New York Giants’ baseball pitcher, was sidelined by a sore arm.
The 35-year-old southpaw from Meeker had been with the Giants since he was called to the majors in 1928.
Former Gov William H. "Alfalfa Bill" Murray. 7/1938
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