“Mission: Black List #1.” It's one of the many books recommended to Zac Selmon, a voracious reader who tries to read about 24 books a year. The book is about the interrogator credited with finding Saddam Hussein. The subject interested Selmon, but then the book started to mention OU football. Eric Maddox, a '94 OU grad, would interrogate someone, get done and run to check the OU-Texas score to hear how Jason White was doing.
“I'm reading this and it's captivating,” said Selmon, the Assistant Director of Development for OU's Sooner Club. “It kind of says the importance of sports and even a brand like Oklahoma and how much it means to the guys in Afghanistan.”
Selmon's love of life doesn't end at just books, it reaches to his well-known family (father Dewey and uncles Lucious and Lee Roy were Sooner football legends), his wife, and his infant daughter Shayne.
Being a father, I think it's like the ultimate accountability measure because you realize, “Wait a minute, I've got so much more in myself.” It makes you live right just because you want to be the best, proper example that you can be
Her first words? Well, she kind of mumbled a few things. I like to say it was daddy, but my wife tries to say it's mommy. It wasn't Boomer and Sooner.
I love photography. … I think there's so much beauty in the nature.
Last year, I started my first herb garden. … This year I started going with the lime tree, so we're venturing out.
I can look back and count on probably one or two hands the amount of times I talked to Uncle Lee Roy or Uncle Lucious or even really my dad (Dewey), for that matter, about football. Yeah, my dad, of course I'd ask him, but I never felt a lick of pressure from people. I always tell people they did a great job, but their focus was on me as a person, and that's how they're focused on everybody. OK, how do you get better at life? How do you get better in whatever you're doing?
Oklahoma, there's a good spirit about the people. People move in from different places to come to Oklahoma and they always say, “These people can't be this nice.” They always say they have to have a motive. For the most part, Oklahomans are just genuine, character-based people. They have a true interest.
My family would say football was great. We had a great run. Had some great times and some great success, but what really defines us is much more than football, so that's what I picked up on.
My dad is one of the only guys I know that swears by the charcoal grill. Like, if I say anything about propane, he's like, doesn't have the same taste. Every time he grills, you have to add an hour because it takes so long for his coals to get started
I try to read as much as I can. It really is all about collective wisdom.
I've got probably a 100 or so floating out there that are on my radar list. I'm kind of booked for the next couple years.
See for me, I love to underline and take notes in a red pen. I haven't been able to take proper notes like I like to on the iPad, so I'm still in paperback. I probably should be a little better for the environment though but …
A cup of soup tastes better served.
Some of the best feelings in life come from when you're helping people.
When God knocks on your door, my parents have always said to answer.
There's only a handful that can say that they compare to the history and tradition that the University of Oklahoma has.
If you're not working, you're not eating, so you always have to do something, and do something well.
Getting gets old but giving never does. Everything you get you can't take with you, but everything you give is your legacy, its what's going to stay throughout time.
Hopefully there's some wisdom in all that.