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T. Boone Pickens gets portrait at Oklahoma state Capitol

T. Boone Pickens, who grew up in Holdenville, was honored with portrait at the state Capitol.
BY BERRY TRAMEL btramel@opubco.com Published: February 15, 2013
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/articleid/3755583/1/pictures/1954352">Photo - T. Boone Pickens and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin unveil a painting of  Pickens during a ceremony at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City, Thursday February 14, 2013. The portrait was painted by Oklahoma artist Mike Wimmer. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
T. Boone Pickens and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin unveil a painting of Pickens during a ceremony at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City, Thursday February 14, 2013. The portrait was painted by Oklahoma artist Mike Wimmer. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

“Today's not just an OSU day, it's a state of Oklahoma day,” Lamb said. “You've done so much for OSU, for Hughes County, for Holdenville, for the great state of Oklahoma.”

Fallin, a fellow OSU graduate, apologized for wearing red but explained it was Valentine's Day. Then she called Pickens “one of Oklahoma's true sweethearts, who has done so much for our state. This is something long past due and well deserved.”

The 49th portrait out of 135 paintings commissioned by the Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund was produced by Norman artist Mike Wimmer, who grew up in Muskogee.

Growing up Oklahoman was a theme of the day.

“I didn't ever forget,” Pickens said. “I know where I'm from. I know I'm from Oklahoma. And I'm proud to say so. Big day for me.”


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