Charles G. Hill has had an on-and-off relationship with Oklahoma since he first moved here as a child in 1959.
When he moved back in 1990 he still had dreams of making it big on the West Coast, but he decided to stay after watching the community rally together in the wake of the 1995 Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing.
Hill, 59, now has a definite role in the community, providing written commentary about pop culture and state issues on his popular Dustbury Blog. His blog dates back to 1996 and is one of the oldest continuous blogs in Oklahoma City.
I spoke with him earlier this week about why he decided to stay in Oklahoma and what he thinks the blog adds to the daily lives of Oklahomans.
As for staying, he said he was working in an office in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995 when he felt the windows rattle. Later that evening, he saw the dismantled federal building and heard about the extent of injuries.
After watching the community come together in the months after, he knew he couldn’t leave.
“People that can come back that strongly are people I want to be around,” he said.
In 1996, Hill became upset at certain marketing campaigns that seemed like they were cashing in on the bombing tragedy.
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