From the editor

Kelly Dyer Fry, Editor Published: September 18, 2011
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Every day for 108 years the Gaylord family has delivered news to your family.

Every day.

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 rations and yearned for news from afar, E.K. Gaylord was still at the helm and daily news was delivered without interruption. Every day.

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.


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