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Welcome back, old friend, and let's have some pizza

by Don Gammill Modified: September 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm •  Published: September 11, 2013
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An old friend is coming back, I hear, and that’s fine with me.

Jennifer Palmer wrote last week that Ken’s Pizza is going to build  in Edmond. The new site will be on the north side of town (Danforth). Jennifer reported that it will be the first Ken’s to be built in decades. http://tinyurl.com/l96db6m

For many of us, Ken’s is a familiar brand. The predecessor to Tulsa-based Mazzio’s Italian Eatery, Ken’s first came onto the scene in 1961 . About 20 years later, the conversion to Mazzio’s was under way. As a result, while Mazzio’s grew, the number of remaining Ken’s locations dwindled.

Before you get the idea that I’m some sort of sales rep for Ken’s, please note that I’m a fan of good pizza, no matter which of the establishments it comes from. Bring it on and let’s have a party.

But my memories of Ken’s are rooted in my earlier days in Ponca City. Back then, your pizza choices were Pizza Hut, Pizza Inn and Ken’s. You could always find your classmates and many families having a chowdown at the pizza place.

In my college days, those three continued to be popular, but were joined by others. We used to joke that there was a a gas station, a bank, a drug store, or a pizza place every mile.

The night I graduated, my wife and I celebrated at Ken’s on South Broadway in Edmond. When I say “South Broadway,” I mean FAR south. As I recall, that was about the end of town at that time. The city grew, the Ken’s left, coming back as Mazzio’s.

So when Jennifer tells me Ken’s is coming back, that’s fine by me. One more good pizza place to choose from.

 Cause for concern

Several bad-news stories — most people would agree too many — recently have involved children. Many reports have involved kidnapping, where a young innocent was taken by one parent from another.

Sometimes, these events end with the child safe, such as this one in Tulsa. http://tinyurl.com/m7ukxav

Sometimes they don’t. http://tinyurl.com/kkncdfh

It’s tragic either way, however, when the child becomes the victim without even realizing what is happening. The effects of such an event can be traumatic and may last for years, one psychologist noted on a nationally broadcast news program.

It’s cause for concern.

 

 

 

 


by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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