Every day for 108 years the Gaylord family has delivered news to your family.
Without fail, The Oklahoman delivered news from your city, state, country and world. You have cried with us, laughed with us, been mad at us and made up with us. A member of the Gaylord family has been beside you every step of the way. Every day.
On Nov. 17, 1907, a bold red headline told readers they were officially residents of a new state. “Oklahoma Becomes State” blazed across the top of The Daily Oklahoman. A headline down the page announced, “First Inaugural Ball Presents Scene Dazzling in its Splendor.” It marked a time of great celebration and E.K. Gaylord was part owner of the paper.
Oklahomans faced many challenges in their young state. They held their ground with grit and determination as the dirt choked their breath away. A headline on April 11, 1935, read, “Dust Storm May Abate Today.” Beneath it read, “Blinding Silt Spreads Over Entire State.” E.K. Gaylord was now publisher of The Daily Oklahoman. His newsroom documented the ever-blowing wind and sweeping brown clouds. Every day.
On a chilly Sunday morning in December 1941, Oklahomans learned their country had come under attack. “Japanese Attack Hawaii and Manilla From Air,” was the headline spread across the front page of The Daily Oklahoman. Our country was at war. The Daily Oklahoman delivered sad news of soldiers' deaths and happy news of battles won on the other side of the world. As Americans struggled with
A young president was waving to the crowd lining the streets in Dallas when the day turned to terror. The Oklahoma City Times, the afternoon paper, was published on Nov. 22, 1963, and the headline was: “Kennedy Shot, Killed During Dallas Parade.” As the county was reeling, a young reporter named Jim Standard was standing in a parking garage watching Dallas detectives escort Lee Harvey Oswald. Shots were fired and Oswald went down. Standard witnessed Jack Ruby shoot Oswald. An extra of The Oklahoman carried the headline “Kennedy Assassin Slain.” E.K. Gaylord was publisher. The young reporter later became Editor of The Daily Oklahoman.
As the years went by and you continued to count on The Oklahoman each morning, we brought you plenty of good news to go along with your cup of coffee. When America put a man on the moon, the headline on July 21, 1969, read: “Armstrong, Aldrin Raise American Flag on Moon.”
It was a proud day for America and a proud day for publisher E.K. Gaylord. He continued to bring Oklahomans their news. Every day.
Oklahoma stood still at 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995. It seemed as if the world did, too. As the office windows of The Oklahoman at Britton and Broadway rattled, we could see the cloud of smoke rising from the downtown skyline. Our skyline. Our city. The headline on April 20, 1995, said starkly, “Morning of Terror: City Struggles With Shock of Deadly Bombing.” We cried with you. Publisher Edward L. Gaylord added pages to the paper to document the unimaginable pain of our city. But the presses kept rolling. Every day.
As Americans watched in horror as New York City's twin towers came crashing down, a new way of delivering news was in full swing at The Oklahoman. The newly launched website NewsOK.com served up continuous headlines and streaming video. The digital era ushered a new way to reach our readers. The Oklahoman headline on Sept. 12, 2001, read “Our Nation Saw Evil.” Edward L. Gaylord was publisher and terrorism cannot stop a free press in our nation. We delivered. Every day.
As the ownership of The Oklahoman changes, Publisher Chris Reen and I want to tell you we will still bring you the news. As a third-generation Oklahoma journalist, this is my home. My colleagues at 9000 N Broadway number more than 650. We are Oklahomans and we are dedicated to continuing the Gaylord legacy. We have true appreciation in our hearts for Christy Everest and her family. But, we embrace change and will continue the conversation with our readers of The Oklahoman, NewsOK.com and on Facebook and Twitter. We will continue to evolve with technology. But we will be with you. Every day.