OKC Civic Affairs


Oklahoma City @ 125: Mayor Ron Norick on where the city's been, and where it's headed

by William Crum Published: April 16, 2014

Ron Norick served three terms as mayor, from 1987 to 1998. His father, Jim Norick, served as mayor from 1959 to 1963, and from 1967 to 1971. Mayor Ron Norick took time out to field some questions from The Oklahoman as the city approaches its 125th anniversary on April 22.

Q Looking back over the city’s history, what’s the first word that comes to your mind?

A Resilience.

Q How so?

A I think about the banking oil bust of the ’80s; how we came back. I think about the Dust Bowl. I obviously think about the Murrah Building bombing, how we came back from that a stronger city. We didn’t let that terrible moment take away from our city pride and our pride in ourselves.

Q What’s ahead for Oklahoma City?

A I see nothing but continued growth. We are being recognized; we have the skill sets, the people to attract high-tech jobs, the General Electrics, in the biosciences, in oil and gas. We are going to be able to afford our young people more opportunities.

Q What’s your favorite moment in Oklahoma City history?

A The day my dad swore me in for my first term as mayor.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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