There wasn't a lot of time this week to get everything finished. It was a holiday week, and we had plenty of Thanksgiving coverage to plan on NewsOK.com. But it happened again. I got sucked into the depths of The Oklahoman Archives and lost about two hours while searching for various items in the 100-year history of the newspaper. It happens all too frequently. This time, it happened on a Monday afternoon. I decided to take a look at the Nov. 23, 1963 newspaper coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It seemed like a good day to promote the online archives, because Monday was the 41st anniversary of the tragedy in Dallas. I quickly looked up the date in question and posted the findings near the top of our Web site, but then I got greedy. I thought it would be a good idea to search for various names that might have appeared throughout history. Since I have no Oklahoma City ancestry, it was unlikely that I'd find such a cool name like Herzberger in the system. I was wrong. It turns out that A.C. Herzberger was a three-time Big Seven Conference wrestling champion in the 1930s. At least that's what a story published in 1944 described when Herzberger entered the AAU tournament at the Oklahoma City YMCA. But there were almost no other Herzbergers in the archives until I came to town, of course. But think of the possibilities. If your family has been in the Oklahoma City area for generations, you are bound to find some cool items in our archives. It's worth checking out, if only for one day for $8.95. The Oklahoma Archives is cheap entertainment for the historically amused.
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