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‘Big Friendly’ moniker is beginning to stick

by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: April 20, 2010 at 8:14 am •  Published: April 20, 2010
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And that, he admits, was enough to say “no.”

After being offered an all-expenses-paid trip to Oklahoma City, he acquiesced and met with another newcomer — the hotel's general manager, John Williams.

After going through a full pitch, Williams switched gears and boiled down every argument for moving to Oklahoma City to one promise — that Black wouldn't find a genuinely nicer city anywhere else.

He also dared Black to walk outside and ask strangers for directions on how to get to Bricktown. “Six of 10 people won't just give you directions, but they'll also offer to lead you to Bricktown themselves,” Williams said.

Black took the dare and discovered Williams was right.

I heard this story just three days ago. On Monday, I was walking along Sheridan Avenue and heard two visitors asking a stranger for directions to Myriad Gardens.

Sure enough, the visitors were offered a guide to their destination, and also were provided suggestions on where to grab dinner and spend their evening.

Welcome to the Big Friendly.


by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's...
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