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New book highlights Devon's history, new headquarters and role in downtown Oklahoma City's transformation

In “Operation Scissortail,” authors Jack Money and Steve Lackmeyer tell story of Devon Energy Corp. and its effect on downtown Oklahoma City.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: December 16, 2012

Lackmeyer and Money said they were surprised at the number of sites Devon considered before settling on southwest downtown. They also noted that Devon executives wanted to build something that reflected the company's energy heritage.

“They were really creating a sense of place. They really worked hard to create a headquarters that complemented the downtown skyline while also bringing it light years forward,” Lackmeyer said.

Devon Executive Chairman Larry Nichols, who founded Devon with his dad, John Nichols, offered his perspective in the book's introduction.

“We wanted a building that would be admired by the community and be viewed as a proud symbol of Oklahoma City's renaissance. We wanted to invite the public into our new space whenever possible. ... And, of course, we wanted a building that would be beautiful,” Nichols wrote.

The “Operation Scissortail” authors said they were grateful for the access to information and photos that Devon granted them for their book.

“Without them agreeing to participate with us in this project, we wouldn't have been able to pull it off,” Money said. Compared to their other two books, “this book was based a lot more on interviews than historical records.”

Lackmeyer added, “It's not lost on us that Devon put an enormous amount of trust in us.”

Lackmeyer and Money once worked as a reporting team covering downtown development for The Oklahoman. Lackmeyer currently covers downtown Oklahoma City for the newspaper and Money is manager of media relations at New Dominion LLC.

“We had an award-winning run as a team, and we've carried that through as authors,” Lackmeyer said. “I've done two books without Jack, and I much prefer doing them with Jack.”

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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