• Life in the past lane: 50 years ago today

    Linda Lynn | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    It was Aug. 26, 1965, a mere 50 years ago, and the Gemini 5 space capsule was closing in on the Russians' five-day record in space.  Onboard Gemini 5 was Oklahoma astronaut Gordon Cooper Jr. and Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr.  They had just set a new American record of time in space for a manned spacecraft.      The two were traveling in very close quarters, described as no bigger than a Volkswagen's front seat. Despite the cramped environment, itchiness and problems with some of the equipment, Cooper reportedly was joking. Wearing uncomfortable spacesuits to protect them in case of pressure failure, Cooper kidded, "We feel lots better since we got our suits off." This wasn't

  • Recording, streaming and writing all at once -- a reporter's trick revealed

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    A mellow musician from Norman serenaded us here at The Oklahoman on Thursday. It was the second such performance on the staircase that overlooks the newsroom her in our downtown offices. His name was Kyle Reid, and I wrote this piece as we listened to his tunes. Doug Hoke took pictures and created a gallery -- that's what he does. Check out all the photos here. Before the short show, I asked Tiffany Gibson, our assistant live/enterprise editor if we would be recording for the public on Periscope. That was a stupid question. Of course she was going to be doing that. She whisked around our two floors and streamed from different locations to share our nice little private concert (which, by the way, was organized by