LAUNCHED in 1903, The Oklahoma Publishing Co. has been steered by steady hands ever since. Those hands have shared common family genes but they also shared common conservative values.
OPUBCO's ownership and management were handed down from generation to generation. Next month, the Gaylord and Dickinson families, who have helmed the state's premier newsgathering operation for more than 108 years, will hand the company over to Denver businessman Philip Anschutz.
We extend a hand of greeting to Anschutz as well as a hand of applause to those most responsible for making OPUBCO the company that it became. A glorious past, a challenging present and an exciting future are intertwined in Thursday's announcement that Anschutz will buy the company and one of its flagship products, The Oklahoman.
Also intertwined in this announcement are the loyalties of our readers. They and their parents, their grandparents and even their great-grandparents have never read an edition of The Oklahoman that was a product of someone other than a Gaylord family member. It began with Edward K. Gaylord and continued under Edward L. Gaylord and Christy Gaylord Everest.
And now we move into a new era, with new hands on the ownership wheel. At the same time, we promise to continue building on a tradition that E.K. Gaylord summarized in these words:
“In its entire history The Oklahoma Publishing Company has fought under the banner of honesty in government, progress in education and culture, high standards of morality, generosity in philanthropy, betterment of social conditions and, of economic conditions, the steady improvement.”