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December 2021 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Magazine

Articles include: * College, Computers & Chocolate: Tabatha Carr * Still Blazing Trails: The Hamilton Family * Skip McKinstry: Art in Service of the Story * The 2021 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Celebrating Oklahoma's Highest Honor * Member Spotlight: Wayman Tisdale


What’s the best way to take care of your loved ones? Take ae of youself. In the last year, it’s been hard to focus on anything but COVID-19. But now, it’s tie to get bac to a healthier you. nd at INTEGRIS Health, we make it fast and easy to fi nd the erfect riary care hysician for your faily’s wellness chec, as well as yours. I ­€‚Iƒ „ealth riary care hysicians and secialists are caring for atients in erson, safely, with the aroriate rotocols. But of course we’re still offering telehealth …isits, including video and telephone appointments. †hich eans there’s no reason to delay any screening or checu. We’e eady to see you iht away, so make an appointment fo you and you family today. Visit inteishealthdotos.om to get started. UNI_21-IN-029 PCP_OKC Hall of Fame.indd 1 5/6/21 3:13 PM

DECEMBER 2021 What’s the best way to take care of your loved ones?VOLUME 26 • NUMBER 2 PRESIDENT & CEO Take ae of youself. Shannon L. Rich VICE PRESIDENT CONTENTS Gini Moore Campbell CHAIRMAN, PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE Bob Burke DESIGN Skip McKinstry MAGAZINE OF THE OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME 2 From the Chairman From the President Subscription .....................................$35 Bruce Benbrook Shannon L. Rich Individualism ...................................$50 Perseverance .................................$100 Pioneer Spirit .................................$250 3 College, Computers Optimism ...................................... $500 & Chocolate: Tabatha Carr Friends of the Medallion ................... $1,000 Viviana Goodwin Mistletoe Circle ............................. $2,500 Gold Circle ................................$5,000 D O N O R L E V E L SConstancy Circle ...........................$10,000 8 Still Blazing Trails: Mission Partner .......................$15,000 The Hamilton Family Carol Mowdy Bond In the last year, it’s been hard to focus on anything but COVID-19. But now, it’s tie to get bac to a healthier you. nd at INTEGRIS Health, we make it fast and easy to fi nd For additional information contact the the erfect riary care hysician for your faily’s wellness chec, as well as yours. Oklahoma Hall of Fame 1400 Classen Drive 18 Skip McKinstry: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106 I ­€‚Iƒ „ealth riary care hysicians and secialists are caring for atients Telephone 405.235.4458 or Art in Service of the Story in erson, safely, with the aroriate rotocols. But of course we’re still offering Toll Free 888.501.2059 Cherie McKinstry telehealth …isits, including video and telephone appointments.E-mail [email protected] Visit the organization's website at 26 The 2021 Oklahoma †hich eans there’s no reason to delay any screening or checu Hall of Fame We’e eady to see you iht away, so make an appointment foUnsolicited manuscripts must be Induction Ceremony: accompanied by return postage. Celebrating Oklahoma’s you and you family today. Highest Honor. Unless otherwise noted, all images are Gini Moore Campbell courtesy of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. LIBRARY DISTRIBUTION MADE POSSIBLE 50 Oklahoma Hall of Fame THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF DONORS STATEWIDE. Member Spotlight: Wayman Tisdale MISSION PARTNERS Mattie Barlow MR. AND MRS. BOB BURKE THE CHICKASAW NATION CHOCTAW NATION OF OKLAHOMA 56 Oklahoma’s Story E. L. AND THELMA GAYLORD FOUNDATION THE PUTERBAUGH FOUNDATION Through Its People Visit inteishealthdotos.om to get started. UNI_21-IN-029 PCP_OKC Hall of Fame.indd 15/6/21 3:13 PM

FROM THE FROM THE CHAIRMAN... PRESIDENT... On November 18th we celebrated of a connection they made to a With 2022 right around the corner, the story through its people. We continue eight remarkable Oklahomans Member of the Oklahoma Hall Oklahoma Hall of Fame team already to refine existing programming and with induction to the Oklahoma of Fame in the Gaylord-Pickens has programming booked well into the create new opportunities that will Hall of Fame. Family, friends, Museum. I have presented to year. The 24 Works on Paper exhibit in the reach all Oklahomans. One of the and colleagues from throughout high school students scholarships Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery is up recent additions to the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma and beyond gathered in that will make their goal of higher through January 22nd with Retrospectives Museum is the stimulating sensory Tulsa to honor the men and women education attainable. And, I have by Charles Rushton and Stuart Asprey wall, complete with sensory kits and that made up the Class of 2021. been inspired by members of the opening in February. School districts from programming designed for guests with We have heard nothing but good Teen and Second Century boards throughout Oklahoma are quickly filling up sensitivities. This new exhibit has been things about the caliber of inductees who will be charting the future of the calendar and taking advantage of the very well received. that make up the class and the 94th Oklahoma. Free Field Trip program. And, registration for I would be remiss if I did not annual induction ceremony itself. In closing, I must thank the the Oklahoma Scholarship Competition for acknowledge the leadership of outgoing As chairman I have been witness to officers, directors, and staff of high school students opens January 4th. chairman Bruce Benbrook. He has the work that goes into this event. the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for With plans for the 95th annual been available to staff all hours of the In fact, work on the 2022 event my opportunity to serve and for Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction day or night; has provided not only already has commenced. their dedication to each one of Ceremony underway, the deadline to great insight, but invaluable support; Earlier this month, at the board us. I always will be a supporter nominate those to be considered for and has participated in every program meeting on December 8th, I of this organization and I induction is March 1st. I encourage you offered by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame completed my term as chairman encourage you to make the same to download the nomination form from and Gaylord-Pickens Museum. This of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. It commitment. This is an investment our website at and organization is stronger today because was an honor for me to welcome guaranteed to yield high returns. tell us why your nominee should receive of his efforts and dedication. incoming chair Becky Dixon from Wishing you and your family a Oklahoma’s highest honor. Mark your As we enter 2022, may it be your Tulsa. Over the past two years I have safe and happy holiday season! calendars now, the Class of 2022 will be best year yet! seen firsthand the difference this announced on May 19th. organization is making in the lives of The last year-and-a-half has challenged Oklahomans. I have sat with young us in many ways, both professionally students during Summer Thursdays and personally. One thing for sure, the as they told me about the dreams Bruce T. Benbrook Oklahoma Hall of Fame remains strong Shannon L. Rich they have for themselves because CHAIRMAN and committed to telling Oklahoma’s PRESIDENT & CEO CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD CHAIRMEN’S COUNCIL ANNE M. GREENWOOD STILLWATER BRUCE T. BENBROOK WOODWARD CALVIN J. ANTHONY STILLWATER MICHELLE HARDESTY TULSA NEVYLE CABLE OKMULGEE NATHANIEL HARDING OKLAHOMA CITY CHAIR-ELECT OF THE BOARD PAT HENRY LAWTON ANN HARGIS, STILLWATER DAVID KYLE TULSA GLEN D. JOHNSON OKLAHOMA CITY MAUTRA JONES OKLAHOMA CITY CHAIRMAN EMERITUS OF THE BOARD ROXANA LORTON TULSA PEGGY KATES OKLAHOMA CITY GOVERNOR BILL ANOATUBBY ADA TOM J. MCDANIEL OKLAHOMA CITY CATHY KEATING OKLAHOMA CITY ORS JOE P. MORAN III TULSA DAVID KYLE TULSA VICE CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD - EC LEE ALLAN SMITH OKLAHOMA CITY KATHY LASTER SHAWNEE CHIEF GARY BATTON DURANT MARK A. STANSBERRY EDMOND DUKE R. LIGON WEWOKA SAMUEL COMBS III TULSA JUDY LOVE OKLAHOMA CITY GREG ELLIOTT CHICKASHA DIRECTORS GREG MASSEY DURANT JENNIFER GRIGSBY OKLAHOMA CITY JARI ASKINS DUNCAN JOHN M. MCARTHUR LAWTON EDNA MAE HOLDEN KREMLIN DEWEY F. BARTLETT, JR. TULSA FRANK W. MERRICK OKLAHOMA CITY MAXEY REILLY OKEMAH BARBARA BRAUGHT DUNCAN MIKE NEAL TULSA BOB BURKE OKLAHOMA CITY SUSAN NEAL TULSA CORPORATE SECRETARY JILL CASTILLA EDMOND S. BOND PAYNE OKLAHOMA CITY A. XAVIER NEIRA NORMAN STAN CLARK STILLWATER WHITNEY RAINBOLT OKLAHOMA CITY JODI CLINE PONCA CITY BOB ROSS OKLAHOMA CITY TREASURER MICK CORNETT OKLAHOMA CITY JOANN SCHAUB TULSA STEVE BURRAGE ANTLERS ART COTTON OKLAHOMA CITY WILLIAM SCHONACHER OKLAHOMA CITY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AT LARGE PAGE DAVIDSON BROKEN ARROW T.W. SHANNON OKLAHOMA CITY CLAYTON I. BENNETT OKLAHOMA CITY CHAD DILLINGHAM ENID KAYSE SHRUM TULSA LINDA ENGLISH WEEKS NORMAN GENTNER F. DRUMMOND TULSA STEVEN W. TAYLOR MCALESTER JEFFREY T. DUNN TULSA STEVE TURNBO TULSA ARD OF DIRECT PRESIDENT & CEO CHERYL EVANS BURLINGTON JIM UTTERBACK EARLSBORO SHANNON L. RICH OKLAHOMA CITY TRICIA EVEREST OKLAHOMA CITY HARDY WATKINS OKLAHOMA CITY KEN FERGESON ALTUS AVILLA WILLIAMS EDMOND VICE PRESIDENT AMY ANNE FORD DURANT SUSAN WINCHESTER OKLAHOMA CITY BO GINI MOORE CAMPBELL OKLAHOMA CITY JANE JAYROE GAMBLE OKLAHOMA CITY ALLEN WRIGHT OKLAHOMA CITY 222

CollCollege, Comege, Computputersers & & ChocolatChocolate:e: TTabatabathha Carra Carr Though born in southern Georgia, Tabatha Carr always has known Oklahoma as her home. Carr, her younger brother, her mother, and her stepfather moved to Enid, Oklahoma in 1987 when she was only nine years old. With her stepfather presiding as pastor at Grace and Missionary Baptist Church and her mother aiding domestic abuse victims through the BY: VIVIANA GOODWIN YWCA, Carr grew up with a passion for leadership and helping others. 3

After graduating from Enid High School “My turning point, when I said, ‘enough was in 1996, Carr’s passion led her to Oklahoma enough,’ was when I was on a cycle for three City University. At OCU she earned a bachelor’s months and it basically threatened my ability to degree in pre-med and a master’s degree in health have children.” Her doctor gave her the option of administration. Due to self-doubt and insecurity, either taking more medication or having surgery Carr ultimately made the decision not to go into the to remove her uterus. Coming from a long line medical field. of women in her family who had hysterectomies “I felt like a hypocrite telling people how to live before the age of 40, this affected her femininity, and eat, and I was terribly unhealthy myself.” Much having not had children yet and the possibility of of her life, Carr struggled with her weight. Her lack that option being taken away from her. of confidence ultimately had a drastic effect on her Carr began to think “What is my body missing physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. or what am I putting in my body that it cannot “I was 16 years old when I was put on my very first tolerate? How can I heal myself?” After years of blood pressure pill.” Her doctor informed her that unsuccessful dieting, she made a commitment to she must take this pill for the prevention of a stroke herself to change her lifestyle naturally. With that in her older age. For years following, Carr continued promise, she lost more than 80 pounds and was to struggle with her health along with anxiety and able to stop medication for her blood pressure panic attacks. She eventually was hospitalized for by transitioning to natural, unprocessed foods. dehydration and diagnosed as pre-diabetic. Additionally, she spent a lot of time experimenting After stepping away from the medical field, Carr with different recipes and diets to find what worked went to work for Dell Technologies. She worked best for her body. for the information technology company for 11 “My mom and my grandmother are true Southern years, where she obtained a six-figure salary as a soulful cooks. They are the ones that taught me senior project manager. She attributes much of her how to cook.” current entrepreneurial success to the skills gained Carr at one point attempted the Raw Diet that during her time at Dell. consists of consuming mostly or completely “It helped shape me into the entrepreneur that raw and unprocessed foods. “When I went raw, I am today. It is the reason why I can pull off an I wanted something sweet… so I started making executive presentation. Why I am so good at my own chocolate. I would melt down the cocoa sales. Why I can put together PowerPoints that are butter to 112 degrees…” Although she eventually fell flawless. And, why I can run an effective business.” off the “raw” wagon, Carr continued to make her As she became an accomplished business- own chocolate on her stovetop. woman, Carr achieved much financial success. In 2017, she took a leap of faith and submitted Her career trajectory propelled her to greater her chocolate for consideration, and eventually heights. Even as she rose higher, she was tethered was chosen, to present at the Texas Women’s to the ground by a lifelong struggle. She still had Conference. difficulty maintaining a balance with her mental “I didn’t have a website at the time. I had never sold and physical health. any chocolate. I just took a risk… and it was just my 4

confirmation that what I had was really, really, really good.” The positive reviews from the conference only encouraged Carr to take her business a step further. Six months after the conference she opened her online store, Good Girl Chocolate, and eventually opened a kiosk in Oklahoma City’s Penn Square Mall. Though her kiosk had great success, her initial business endeavor closed after only two months. The reason for the closing was because Carr’s contract packer, the company in charge of making, packaging, and labeling the chocolate, could not keep up with her increased consumer demand. That same year, Carr had been invited to put Good Girl Chocolate in the Grammy and in select Oscar nominee gift bags where she met stars Yolanda Adams, Smokey Robinson, and Cardi B, to name a few. At the time her chocolate was 70 percent dark, but after Cardi B told her “I only eat milk chocolate,” she got to work on new flavors containing milk chocolate with natural sweeteners. In less than a year, 5

Good Girl Chocolate had been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, California Live, and reviewed by Whole Foods Ambassador Tabitha Brown. In 2019, Carr was contacted by Penn Square Mall to open her store permanently. By accepting the mall’s invitation, she made Good Girl Chocolate the first black-owned business to have permanent residency in the mall. Carr’s store was set to open in early 2020. But, like many local businesses, she experienced delays in production due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her dream may have been delayed, but her spirit kept her afloat. Carr’s faith led her to apply for a grant from the BeyGood Foundation, sponsored by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Beyoncé. “I had almost forgotten about it. I remembered the day that it was due, and it was 10 o’clock and [the application] was due at midnight.” A few weeks later she saw an announcement of winners on the BeyGood Instagram, where her chocolate was among the few to receive $10,000. “It brought me to tears, because I know thousands had applied.” COVID-19 not only gave her the opportunity to receive the grant, but also time to prepare for the opening of her store the following year. She was able to work with a contractor to create her dream bean-to-bar factory for chocolate making. This plan included purchasing a tempering machine which was shipped from Italy. “Thank God I had a team in place that knew what they were doing when it came to styling a store and building a factory.” During the pandemic, she would make history. On July 3, 2021, Carr opened Good Girl Chocolate on the first floor of Penn Square Mall. She would use this blessing and opportunity to help others. “It was amazing! My parents had to tell me to take a minute to soak it in… We had almost 100 people come through. It was an amazing day, one that I will always remember.” The smell of her “dairy free, gluten free, soy free, non-GMO, organic plant-based sweetener, single origin, bean-to-bar” chocolate is enough to bring a smile to your face. As you tour the store, joy will radiate from Carr and her six other workers, four of which are current students in high school and college. Carr’s kindness is not confined within the four walls of the store. Her compassion is reaching across the globe. After losing weight and regaining her confidence, Carr returned to school to receive a doctorate in Naturopathy. 66

Her desire was to help other women deal with medical issues naturally, as she did. Through her “Living & Loving Life” initiative, she offers holistic weight management, consultations, and hormone testing. Dr. Carr viewed her weight loss as an opportunity to not only change the cycle of mismanaged health in her life, but to educate and inform other women of available options for them. “I am very passionate about it, especially because What’s next for the thriving business, you may statistics show that many hysterectomies are ask? What’s her next dream? unnecessary… If I am being presented with this “We are going to grow and expand Good Girl knowing that I can fix myself, other women need to Chocolate. I want you to be able to say the name know this, too!’’ Good Girl Chocolate and everyone will know In less than five years, Dr. Carr has conquered who it is.” milestone after milestone and has no plans to slow down. With packages for the upcoming holiday season, Good Girl Chocolate is here to stay. Dr. Tabatha Carr and her company have not only made history but have provided a new perspective for women’s health and holistic healing… all through chocolate. 77 35

Still Blazing New Trails: The Hamilton Family BY CAROL MOWDY BOND 8

f you’re up to speed on pecan industry news, “We expanded five years ago into pecan roasting you’ve likely heard of the Hamiltons. With and flavoring. We have developed a unique process Ihome base in Johnston County, the family for adding a good crunch to the roasted pecan and of hard-working entrepreneurs is bringing their currently offer eight different flavors. This process ideas to fruition. is providing product to several packagers and Mark Hamilton tells that in 2021, “Our multi- processors, but we do not market them directly.” generational family agricultural business continues “As well, we are currently in the final stages of to be a beneficial service to southern Oklahoma product development for our most exciting product, and northern Texas, providing pecan cleaning and which is pecan butter. We believe pecan butter marketing services; livestock and wildlife feeds; will become a huge hit with consumers, once it is as well as fertilizer and herbicide services. We available in a shelf stable form and has the perfect have now been in business 40 years, and we have texture. We have developed a process to accomplish weathered the ups and downs that go along with each of these qualities and we are currently having agriculture. It is a privilege to be of service to the all of the testing done that is necessary prior to agricultural economy of Oklahoma.” marketing a new product.” It was eight years ago when Mark Hamilton’s In the past year, the Hamiltons connected dad, Dan Hamilton, spearheaded a business venture with two equipment manufacturing companies in the food industry—Native American Specialty that provide harvesting and cleaning equipment Products. They produce Achukma Pecan Oil and for the pecan industry. As a result, they will be other pecan products which have been making a big a dealership for LMCAg out of Albany, Georgia, splash in a globally-connected world. which is the designer and distributor of a new Dan Hamilton’s wife, Sonja Hamilton, named style of pecan harvester that has shown great their pecan oil Achukma, Choctaw for “good, promise and looks to become a fixture in the beautiful, pure.” The Hamiltons cold press and pecan harvesting industry. filter unrefined 100% pure virgin pecan oil with no chemicals, in order to maintain all the healthy properties. Mark Hamilton explains, “Pecan oil is becoming more popular because it is more widely used among the health- conscious consumer. And we are seeing growth in the industry for ourselves and several others who are now producing quality pecan oil.” This 1933 IOU for a load of corn shows that Facing page, left: Rufus “Bud” Hamilton, holding a guitar, Rufus “Bud” Hamilton was in the agricultural with two unidentified men in this undated photograph. business. Courtesy Mark Hamilton. Courtesy Mark Hamilton. Facing page, right: Standing in a wheel barrow, Rebecca Hamilton may have been tiny, but she was a true pioneer woman. This photograph was likely taken between 1875 and 1878 in Grapevine, Texas. Rebecca was Mark Hamil- ton’s great-great-grandmother. Courtesy Mark Hamilton. 9

The Hamiltons are also working with Bergen Industries, out of Mexico, to market their pecan cleaning equipment in Oklahoma and north Texas. The Hamiltons are no strangers to adversity and rising above difficult circumstances. Their family entered Indian Territory during the 19th century. And that journey reflects the challenges and turbulent times of the era. In 1842, the John Null and William Buckholts families left Alabama and headed west. They ended up in Mississippi. Null’s family included his Choctaw wife, Sarah Buckholts Null. Sarah Buckholts Null’s parents were Elizabeth “Betsy” Brashears Buckholts and William H. Buckholts. In 1850, the John Null and William Buckholts families hit the road again. This time they ended up in Smith County, Texas, where the Nulls established a cattle operation. The Hamilton surname comes through a different ancestral line. James Oscar “J.O.” Hamilton was only fifteen when he served as courier for the Company E 4th Alabama Calvary, Confederate States of America. Born in Alabama in 1846, Hamilton was captured as a prisoner of war (POW) in Athens, Alabama. And he landed in the Union’s dreaded POW Camp Chase near Columbus, Ohio. POWs stumbled into overwhelming horrors upon arrival. The number of Rebel captives jam packed into Camp Chase was twice what the prison was meant to house. The smells, sights, and sounds were the stuff of nightmares. Half-clothed, starving inmates prepared and ate putrid, meager rations. Filthy, wet barracks. No fires allowed for warmth. This 19th century tintype shows Rebecca Cruel guards. Disease at every turn. A small pox Hamilton with one of her infant children. Of epidemic taking its toll by 1863. Choctaw ancestry, Rebecca was 5’2” tall and weighed only 100 pounds. But she was J.O. Hamilton faced a reality with only one a fearless pioneer woman who survived the possible, grim outcome. Although his descendants untamed frontier. This undated image was have differing opinions about what happened, one taken at Boggy Depot, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory. Courtesy Mark Hamilton. thing is certain, the industrious J.O. Hamilton got his hands on a Yankee uniform. And even though his head stone is in the Camp Chase cemetery, family stories tell that he walked out the gate, down the street, and vanished. By 1870, J.O. Hamilton reappeared. He was living with the Nulls and working as a laborer for the family. The Null children included Martha 1010

“Rebecca,” John Jr., George, Frances, Robert, and William who married J.O. Hamilton’s sister Elizabeth Hamilton. During spring 1872, the John Null and William Buckholts families moved to Boggy Depot, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory. Located between the Clear Boggy and Sandy creeks, Boggy Depot’s name derived from the French vaseux or “muddy” or “slimy.” Residents were in the middle of Indian Territory’s fast-growing cattle industry, where wealthy and influential men with Confederate mindsets often held sway over the common folk. Some of these men were white, or of mixed European and Native American ancestry. Some established plantations and owned African slaves. Various men built not only cattle kingdoms, but also created wealth in other industries such as coal and transportation. Boggy Depot was a bustling Indian Territory metropolis. Its location in far southeastern Oklahoma was close to today’s Atoka in Atoka County, and just one county north of today’s Oklahoma-Texas border on the Red River. The town was awash in activities and business opportunities. Area cattle ranches and other economic endeavors were partially tied to the town’s location on a trail that ran from Fort Smith, Arkansas, to Indian Territory’s Fort Washita in today’s Bryan County, Circa 1936, Rebecca Hamilton sits on a chair with her feet on a Oklahoma. Positioned immediately south of Atoka stool. She died in 1937. Courtesy Mark Hamilton. County, Bryan County borders the Red River. At On the left, Rebecca Hamilton stands with an unidentified various times, Boggy Depot served as a Butterfield woman in this circa 1930 photograph. Courtesy Mark Hamilton. Overland Mail Route Station, a Choctaw Nation capital, and a Chickasaw agency. The Confederacy planted its Indian Territory supply depot at Boggy Depot during the Civil War. Springing up after the war, a flour mill, cotton gin, and a salt works made Boggy Depot even more appealing. Boggy Depot’s location as a commerce center was partly due to its location on the Texas Road, which was the main north-south artery through the lands of the Choctaw and other native nations in eastern Indian Territory. The road entered today’s Oklahoma near Baxter Springs, Kansas, and exited south as it crossed the Red River near today’s Colbert, Bryan County. Furs traveled on this road to the Arkansas River for shipment to St. Louis, and 1111 3535

Undated photo of Rebecca and J.O. Hamilton’s then to New Orleans. Texas became a republic in daughters shows Vercy, second from left and born 1836, and then a state in 1846, increasing traffic. in1882, and Mary Maude, far right and born in 1878, on the porch of the Chickasaw Governor’s In fact, travel numbers on the Texas Road involved Mansion also known as the Chickasaw White more than 100,000 wagons annually by the late House, Emet, Indian Territory, in today’s Johnston 1850s. Thus, numerous towns like Boggy Depot County. Family members knew Mary Maude as “Big Aintie,” and Vercy as “Little Aintie.” By the sprang up along the road. Cattle drovers called the time she reached her elder years, Big Aintie was road the Shawnee Trail, the Sedalia Trail, or simply dipping aromatic, fine powdered W.E. Garrett snuff from a snuff tin. She kept a handkerchief “the trail”, as they moved their herds along the road handy to wipe her chin if she dribbled a little. from Texas to Missouri. Others in the photo are unidentified. A barefoot Large numbers of soldiers, trappers, traders, boy sits on the left. Courtesy Mark Hamilton. settlers, Native Americans, wagons, furs and goods of all kinds, horses, herds of cattle, and contentious issues bustled through and near what was likely a dusty, dirty, muddy, and busy Boggy Depot — no doubt a place where the stench, flies, ticks, and mosquitoes were everywhere, and it was a good idea to have a loaded gun, and keep tabs on your children. So it’s no surprise that a Boggy Depot handwritten newspaper, the Choctaw and Chickasaw 12

Observer, spread the news of military endeavors and The son of Rebecca and J.O. Hamilton, Rufus “Bud” Hamilton, conflicts, along with other local and regional stories. with his favorite hunting dogs. The dog on the left was named Pointer. Rufus Hamilton was Mark Hamilton’s great-grandfather. Coming from the Confederate South, and Courtesy Mark Hamilton. having Choctaw family members, it shouldn’t seem unusual that the Null and Buckholts families headed the territory by the end of 1872. The Null ancestors into the heart of Choctaw Nation in southeastern had relinquished their Choctaw citizenship in Indian Territory. The wealthy and powerful of the 1832 when they elected to stay in Alabama. The area crafted the region into a hotbed of southern Nulls and two other families petitioned the Nation sympathies prior to the Civil War. Thus, after the for citizenship, and their case was heard before Civil War, westward-moving settlers either passed the Choctaw Council in October 1872.” That through the area, or settled in to stay if they same month, the families of John Null, William embraced Confederate ideas. John Null planned Buckholts, and R.T. Jones were admitted into the to find land near Boggy Depot, and then move his Choctaw Nation. ranching operations from Texas to the new location. However, as Mark Hamilton explains, “The But the situation became sticky after the ruling did not solve anything for J.O. Hamilton, family arrived. According to Mark Hamilton, “In who was a single white male simply living with the spring of 1872, the Choctaw entered into an his sister’s family. Then something happened. agreement with the United States that called for J.O. Hamilton, and his sister-in-law Rebecca Null, non-citizens of Choctaw Nation to be removed from married late October 1872, and that allowed him 13 35

to stay with the family. They were married in a help and moved the cattle to Blue County, now traditional Choctaw ceremony and set up a farm Bryan County, just west of Caddo. She settled on a and ranch in Indian Territory.” small farm in Choctaw Nation. She later received In 1878, J.O. Hamilton’s sister, Elizabeth the farm as an allotment and additional acreage for Hamilton Null, became seriously ill. Seeking her and her children due to the Dawes Act. The medical care, the family moved to Grapevine, Texas, original home site, and 80 acres of that first farm, for several years. Rebecca and J.O. Hamilton went remain in the family today. Only Hamiltons have with the family. But Mark Hamilton tells, “It seems owned the land since statehood.” The lands of the Texas government did not recognize their Rebecca’s children eventually dotted the area west Choctaw marriage. So, J.O. and Rebecca Hamilton to the Blue River. married a second time in a Texas church.” At the time of their marriage, Rebecca and J.O. f course, the story doesn’t end there. The were ages 15 and 23 respectively. After a few years, Otough-and-gritty-and-never-give-up spirit of J.O. their clan expanded with the births of Mary, Vercy, and Rebecca Hamilton lives on today. Their great- and Rufus, who was known as “Bud.” grandson, Dan Hamilton, founded Tri-Agri Farm Mark Hamilton describes, “The Null and Center in 1981, as the reworking of a farmers’ co-op, Hamilton families remained in the Grapevine area to make it more diverse and provide more services for several years. Elizabeth Null recovered and for the farming community. Tri-Agri expanded the families began assembling a small herd of peanut operations and began making pelletized cattle in preparation to return to Indian Territory livestock feeds, as well as adding fertilizer blending to reestablish their ranch. Their first attempt was capabilities. In 1999, the family added pecan clean- in approximately 1886, and they moved their herd ing and marketing, primarily due to the decrease in north. Their plan was to cross the Red River at the peanuts grown in southern Oklahoma. Dan Hamil- Willis Crossing in Marshall County, then Pickens ton was largely responsible for taking an innovative County. Story has it that after they crossed into approach to cleaning pecans, resulting in a very Indian Territory, they were ambushed by cattle clean product with very little loss. To fit the clean- rustlers from the Marietta area, and all of their cattle ing process, he retooled equipment that the Hamil- were stolen. J.O. Hamilton was shot in the hip during tons designed specifically for pecans. So, the pecan the altercation. The families returned to Grapevine aspect of the family business mushroomed, becom- with no cattle and J.O. Hamilton recovering from a ing a significant contributor to the pecan harvesting gunshot wound. They remained there until late 1887 and marketing industry. or early 1888, when they put together another small Dan Hamilton’s son, Mark Hamilton, is general herd and began the trek north again. This time they manager for the family business and has been hands crossed the river successfully and settled for awhile on with the business for the entire forty years. in the Willis area. While in Willis, J.O. Hamilton and a He spent 29 of those years teaching school. After few others founded the Willis Baptist Church during retiring from education in 2012, Mark Hamilton the spring of 1888.” devoted full-time effort to the family business and Unfortunately, J.O. Hamilton died on June 1, its expansion. He oversees the food operations and 1888, at age 41. Apparently the gunshot wound was manages grading and cleaning on the pecan side. fatal after all. His wife, Rebecca Hamilton, was left Dan Hamilton’s son, Paul Hamilton, manages with three small children who were ages ten, six, the feed production operation at the family facility. and four. She also had 35 head of cattle and a ranch Mark Hamilton says, “Paul is a huge contributor to run. The tenacious Rebecca Hamilton weighed during pecan harvest. He fills in anywhere needed a mere 100 pounds, was only 5’2” tall, and was a to keep things moving. He is super sharp and can strong-willed woman in charge. Of his great-great- repair almost anything. He will manage service and grandmother, Mark Hamilton tells, “She hired some parts for the equipment lines we are adding, and 14

In this undated photograph, on the left Essie Mae Hamilton and husband Bill Hamilton are with their children Lanell Hamilton and Dan Hamilton on the far right. Dan Hamilton is Mark Hamilton’s father. Courtesy Mark Hamilton. Mark Hamilton and his wife Lori Hamilton hold their grandson Maddox Hamilton. Courtesy Mark Hamilton. 15 35

“My wife, Lori Hamilton, has been a huge help with pecan grading and food processing. Fortunately, these two functions are somewhat seasonal, so she has time to spend with our six grandchildren quite often.” And the office manager, Jan Walters, has worked for the family business for 36 years and, as Mark Hamilton says, “She knows the business inside and out.” Now a respected member of the nationwide Third from the left, Mark Hamilton stands with his brother Mat- pecan community, Mark Hamilton currently holds thew Hamilton, wearing a cowboy hat, at a trade show in Kun- several positions where he contributes to the ming, China. Standing with them is their interpreter, second from future progress of pecans and pecan products. the right, along with three representatives of the Pumei Pecan He is a member of the Oklahoma Pecan Growers’ Company. Courtesy Mark Hamilton. Association Board of Directors, which is responsible he will help with production equipment in the food for providing ongoing education, research facility. Paul is always the calming force when things opportunity, and networking for pecan growers get crazy.” statewide. As well, he is a member of the board of Mark Hamilton’s son, Jacob Hamilton, is directors for the American Pecan Council (APC), following in his dad’s footsteps. He’s currently which is responsible for overseeing the operation a teacher and a coach. He has helped out with of the USDA Federal Marketing Order for pecans the family business since he was about six years in the United States. The APC provides data old. Mark Hamilton says of Jacob, “He is another collection, marketing initiatives, and research for one who can fill in anywhere and can run most the pecan industry of the United States, which has operations that we perform.” grown to a billion dollar-per-year industry. Shown in the middle, Mark Hamilton is with his sons and grandsons. On the left is Lucas Hamilton holding his son Holden Hamilton. On the right is Jacob Hamilton holding his son Maddox Hamilton. Courtesy Mark Hamilton. 16

Owned by the Hamilton family, Native American Specialty Products produces Achukma pecan oil in Johnston County. The oil is healthy, gluten free, contains antioxidants and omega 3-fatty acids, and has no cholesterol or sodium. Courtesy Mark Hamilton. He also serves on the grades and standards committee and native pecan focus group for the APC, to help preserve and promote a healthy product, as well as promote the native pecan that is extremely important to Oklahoma. And he is on the grades and standards committee for the National Pecan Shellers’ Association, which last year accomplished the most extensive overhaul of standards for pecan kernels done in the last 50 years. Still blazing new trails, the Hamiltons are excited about their new pecan butter. And on a daily basis, you’ll find them doing what their ancestors did. Working hard. Coming up with new ideas. And never giving up. Lean in to local with unique "Made in Oklahoma" items Located inside the Gaylord-Pickens Museum 1400 Classen Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73106 17 35 Tues.-Fri. 10-5 & Sat. 9-2

ART SKIP IN SERVICE C OF THE STORY MKINSTRY kip McKinstry was born in Arkansas, went to junior high S and high school in Hannibal, Missouri, and has lived in Oklahoma since 1982. He has been a part of the extended family of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame since 2005, when historians Bob Blackburn and Paul Lambert recommended him to design their Oklahoma Centennial book, You Know We Belong to the Land. That project began a fruitful collaboration with the OHOF that has lasted nearly two decades. A recognized designer and writer in the Oklahoma City advertising community, serving several years on the board of the Oklahoma City Ad Club and a term as president. McKinstry also taught as an adjunct instructor in the art and design departments at Oklahoma Christian University and the University of Central Oklahoma. In recent years he has begun a return to his roots in the fine arts. We asked him to talk about the differences between the fine arts and art for commerce. PHOTO COURTESY GEORGE FERRIS, STARBOARD & PORT PHOTOGRAPHY, SPRINGFIELD, MO. Tom Wolfe, the late American novelist and social commentator, once argued that art directors and INTERVIEW BY CHERIE MCKINSTRY designers were the true artists of the 20th century. What led you to utilize your artistic gifts in graphic design and advertising? For the record, Tom Wolfe was married to a very successful New York City graphic designer, so he kind of had to say that. But I do agree with him. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the patrons of the arts were the church and the aristocracy. Sadly, the church has almost completely dropped out of the picture in the modern era. Now, the patrons of the arts are business and the aristocracy, even though we no longer believe in an aristocracy; and while there are exceptions, when business funds art, we usually call it advertising. My career began in 1970 as a writer, photographer and designer for The Grapevine, a “counter cultural” off-campus newspaper at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Substitute “hippie” A portrait of the for countercultural and you’ll have a better idea what the paper artist as a very was like, which makes it more than a little surprising that the young man. paper lasted over two decades. But that is a testimony to the many Photo courtesy of talented people who worked on it. Skip McKinstry 18

ART I did have the opportunity to take courses from a number of excellent teachers while in Fayetteville, most IN SERVICE notably the painter Donald Roller Wilson and master print maker OF THE STORYEd Bernstein. In my mid-thirties I returned to school at the University of Oklahoma in Norman to finish a philosophy degree. I also took quite a few classes in the art department, studying under Roger Huebner. At one point, after taking several of his classes, Professor Huebner told me I needed to either go to the Art Center in Pasadena, California to continue study, or put Cherie McKinstry, designer Skip McKinstry, John Earl Permetter, and author Betty Katherine Permetter together a portfolio and get a job. The Falato at the Oklahoma Book Awards where the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s Oklahoma’s Brown Decision Art Center is pretty expensive and by Test Case was named a finalist in 2018. Photo courtesy Oklahoma Hall of Fame Archives. this time I had a family to support, You’ve designed over 80 books for In 2012 I was asked by the Chickasaw so I did what any self-respecting, the OHOF, the Oklahoma History Press to design the Anompilbashsha’ artistically inclined, philosophy major Center, the Chickasaw Press, and Asilhha’ Holisso or the Chickasaw does when he can’t find honest work. other clients. You have also won Prayer Book. Much like the Book of I went into advertising. the Oklahoma Book Award and Common Prayer for Anglicans or been a six-time finalist in that the Catholic breviary, it is used in Having done quite a bit of work competition. What would you Chickasaw worship services and for the Oklahoma Hall of Fame say is the most important aspect provides topical prayers, readings and since 2005, how would you of book design? songs for all sorts of occasions, along describe the best parts of that with selected Bible readings. All of relationship? That one is easy: meeting deadlines. that is presented in both English and Okay, I’m only partly kidding. It in Chikashshanompa’—the original The people, of course. And that makes has been said that book design is an language of the tribe that was nearly perfect sense given that the OHOF invisible art. Much like the soundtrack lost during the years of forced cultural motto is “Telling Oklahoma’s Story of a movie, if the design is too assimilation. Since 2007 the Chickasaw Through its People.” From the numerous noticeable, the reader may miss the language revitalization program has books, the Oklahoma Magazine, and story. Good book design does not call worked hard to re-invigorate the a variety of collateral materials I’ve attention to itself but facilitates the language. On a personal level, genetic worked on, I have learned so much connection between the author and the testing does show that I have some Cree about the people of Oklahoma, their reader. So the design is always in service and Central American ancestry, but it accomplishments, their work ethic, their of “the story.” is not accurate to describe me as Native faith, and their resilience in the face of American. However, I am still excited adversity. And if I can say this without Do you have any favorites? to have worked on a book that can have being obsequious, it has been a privilege an effect on the Chickasaw language to work with Gini Moore Campbell Yes, I have many, although the similar to the effect Gutenberg’s Bible and her team. Gini is clearly the hardest book I am most happy to have been had on the German language and working editor, writer, publisher, eagle- associated with was more an exercise in syllabary. That is much more satisfying eyed proofreader, account manager and typographic clarity than photo selection than winning awards for slick design train scheduler in the business. and editing and color choices. and clever advertising copy. 19

The Silence of Adam (40" x 22" archival pigment print on paper) is from the series “Before the Foundations,” first shown at Luther College in 2016 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. You had a successful career as an advertising creative, winning dozens of awards and garnering some regional and national attention. What led you to make a switch and pursue the fine arts? Recognition is nice, but I always knew pursued gallery representation and that an Addy® Award and a buck will only did the requisite faculty show buy you a cup of coffee—at least it used while I was teaching at Oklahoma to before the advent of Starbucks. Christian University. But in 2017, I never really switched. It is more a through the organization Christians matter of where I spend my time. Back in the Visual Arts (CIVA), I was asked to Wolfe’s point, I was always engaged to prepare a solo show for Luther in the fine arts. Having begun as a College in northern Iowa. It was held photographer, I soon discovered that in conjunction with a conference the Alexa, Qoheleth 10:20 while I enjoyed the shoot, I enjoyed the school hosted on the 500th anniversary From the series “Window Poems” darkroom even more. In the late 1980s, of the Reformation. 14" x 16" archival pigment print on paper the Macintosh computer revolutionized Since that time I have been making graphic design and Adobe Photoshop my fine arts work a larger focus, even became my darkroom. I never while maintaining my design practice. Horeb—Holy Ground (40" x 22" archival pigment print on paper) is from the series “Before the Foundation,” first shown at Luther College in 2016 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. 20

Revenge of the Green Knight, #1 20" x 20" archival pigment print on paper Winter in Oklahoma #1 20" x 20" archival pigment print on paper Winter in Oklahoma #2 and #3 16.5" x 21.5" archival pigment prints on paper Revenge of the Green Knight, #3 20" x 20" archival pigment print on paper These images, shot on an iPhone 11, shot in the aftermath of the untimely Oklahoma ice storm in October of 2020 effectively summarizing life during that pandemic year. 21 35

Whispers #6, Between Love and Indifference 36" x 27" archival pigment print on paper In late 2020, you had a solo show in Dallas entitled “Notes Toward A Re-Enchantment of the World.” What do you mean by “re-enchantment”? That show, at the Pardieu Gallery in Allen, Texas, was also unsolicited and very encouraging. Like too many galleries, Pardieu was unable to withstand the pressures of the pandemic and closed in January 2021, following the exhibition right after mine that featured the extraordinary portrait photography of Ziesook You. To understand re-enchantment you have to consider disenchantment. The idea of disenchantment is taken from the work of Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor and, before him, German sociologist Max Weber. Both argued that the modern world, with its over-emphasis on the empirical (If something can’t be measured, it does not exist.) has turned nature into a “purposeless mechanism.” By extension, that viewpoint has managed to strip humanity of purpose. Most human activity, including the making of art, ultimately becomes meaningless. I’ll spare you the long-form philosophical arguments, but I simply don’t believe any of that. One reason Whispers #1, What is There Before There is Anything? 36" x 27" archival pigment print on paper 22

Whispers #6, Between Love and Indifference 36" x 27" archival pigment print on paper comes straight out of something I learned early as an advertising creative. The secret to good advertising, pointed out by legendary ad-man David Ogilvy in his book On Advertising, is what he called “story appeal...the magic element that arouses human curiosity.” Story appeal is what causes someone to stop for a moment and think about an ad. For example, why do we attempt to sell insurance with a gecko, or with a woman named Flo and her misfit friends? Story appeal. Story appeal is also a factor in graphic design, as the designer chooses elements intended to keep the reader/observer engaged. I would also argue that this is a factor in fine art. What else does the enigmatic smile of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa do but add story appeal? When you see that painting, you really want to know more. What does she know and how can I learn about it? Somehow we think that if we can find out more, we can gain insight into the meaning of the painting. In a word, we are enchanted. Humans love stories because we are hard-wired to seek meaning. 40,000 years of art and literary history, even the most absurd works of contemporary art, collectively argue that the universe is not devoid of meaning. Whispers #1, What is There Before There is Anything? Messengers #5, Jacob’s Ladder 36" x 27" archival pigment print on paper32" x 84" archival pigment print on canvas 23 35

Where is the Way to the Home of Light? Straw Moment From the series, “Songs of the Prairie” From the series, “Songs of the Prairie” 26" x 19" archival pigment print on paper 26" x 19" archival pigment print on paper How does this quest for enchantment inform your work and your artistic process? It may seem counter-intuitive, but person. But I see stories in them. is not so much to tell the story, but to the first thing that comes to mind is I have put a lot of study and effort facilitate the telling of it. “play.” Children are natural believers into understanding the techniques of I have heard it said that we ought in an enchanted universe while they photography, how to use the complex not say that we “take” pictures. Instead, are still young enough to believe in software of today’s computers, color we could say we “receive” them as fairies. This lasts until adults get theory, composition, line, value, tone, gifts, as pointers to a larger reality. I hold of them and persuade them they volume and all the other terms you genuinely enjoy working with those must “put away childish things.” So learn in art school. images, refining them until I have a I take a lesson from the kids. I allow But all that is just background. clearer view of the reality they point myself to be distracted by “shiny Starting with a photo, or a small section to, the stories they tell. While I admit things,” patterns of light and shadow, of a photo, or sometimes a sketch, I that most of my images remain at a the extraordinary beauty right in simply play. I try not to have too many certain level of abstraction, that is part front of us that most people tend preconceived notions of what I’m after of the joy. Abstraction can sometimes to miss. I take a lot of photographs because I want the story to come out speak to us more clearly of the of things that would appear to be of the images in an organic fashion. ineffable, describing those things that completely random to the average Just like designing a book, my intent are sometimes verbally indescribable. Walking on Water Crossing Over From the series, “Jesus Was a Sailor.” From the series, “Jesus Was a Sailor.” 32" x 24" archival pigment print on paper 32" x 24" archival pigment print on paper 24

Prodigal Beauty, #1 32" x 21" archival pigment print on paper Are there other things you do to inform your art? Bob Dylan was once asked where the ideas came from for his songs. To the surprise of his interviewer he said, “Well, I watch a lot of TV. And I read the Bible.” So I do that. Similarly David Ogilvy’s advice on preparing for a career in advertising was “develop a well-furnished mind.” Read; At the Mercy of study things outside your chosen field; the Flame ponder the mysteries of the universe. 32" x 21" archival pigment print I think this attitude is even more on paper important for the fine artist than the ad guy. Never stop learning. Toward that end, I am currently working on a certificate in theology and the arts from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena. My mentor Roger Huebner’s advice was half right. I wound up studying in Pasadena—just not at the Art Center. Skip McKinstry’s advertising and graphic design work can be seen at and his current artistic efforts can be seen at as well as @skipmckinstry on Instagram. Prodigal Beauty, #2 32" x 21" archival pigment print on paper 25 35 25

THE 2021 OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY CELEBRACELEBRATING TING OOKLAHKLAHOOMAMA’’SS HHIIGGHHEESSTT H HOONNOORR BY GINI MOORE CAMPBELL The 2021 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Honorees, seated from left: Jim Stovall, Stanley L. Evans , Paula Marshall, Scott Hendricks, Yvonne Kauger, Hannibal B. Johnson, Harvey Pratt, and posthumous Honoree Roscoe Dunjee. 26

THE 2021 OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY CELEBRACELEBRATING TING OOKLAHKLAHOOMAMA’’SS HHIIGGHHEESSTT H HOONNOORR Presenting the Honorees for induction were, standing from left: Terri Cornett, Andrew M. Coats, Cathy Keating, Blake Shelton, Steven W. Taylor, Kenneth J. Levit, and James R. “Dick” Wilkerson. 27 35

n Thursday, November 18th family, friends, and colleagues Ogathered in the Grand Hall of Tulsa’s Cox Business Convention Center to celebrate the induction of eight remarkable Oklahomans at the 94th annual Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Prior to the induction ceremony, Members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in attendance gathered to celebrate the incoming class. Reverend David Wiggs of Tulsa’s Boston Avenue United Methodist Church provided the invocation prior to Oklahoma Hall of Fame President & CEO Shannon L. Rich and Chairman Bruce Benbrook’s review of the achievements of the previous 12 months, thanking Patron Donors for their support, recognizing Members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in attendance, and paying tribute to Members lost since November of 2020. City of Tulsa Mayor G. T. Bynum welcomed guests to Tulsa before recognizing the Class of 2020, with Calvin J. Anthony, Chief Gary Batton, and Charles Dennis “Denny” Cresap in attendance and honored on stage. Bynum introduced to the crowd Oklahoma Hall of Fame Members Governor Bill Anoatubby and Chief Gary Batton who served as masters of ceremonies for the evening. Miss Oklahoma Ashleigh Robinson performed “The National Anthem” at the beginning of the show and closed with “Oklahoma!” joined by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Class of 2021. 2828

Miss Oklahoma Ashleigh Robinson, center, with, from left, Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony masters of ceremonies Governor Bill Anoatubby and Chief Gary Batton. Oklahoma Hall of Fame Chairman Bruce Benbrook, left, and President & CEO Shannon L. Rich welcomed those in attendance to the 94th annual Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Prior to the induction ceremony, Members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in attendance gathered to celebrate the incoming class. On behalf of the City of Tulsa, Mayor G. T. Bynum welcomed those in atten- dance to the 94th annual Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. 2929 35

Inducted as Members of the “Dick” Wilkerson, Atwood; and not be possible without the 2021 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Terri Cornett, Oklahoma City, generosity of many. The Class were Roscoe Dunjee, respectively. Chickasaw Nation served as Oklahoma City, inducted Audiences had a number Presenting Sponsor for the posthumously; Stanley L. of options in viewing the 2021 event; taking advantage of Evans, Oklahoma City; Scott 2021 Oklahoma Hall of Fame the new five-year opportunity Hendricks, Clinton; Hannibal Induction Ceremony, including as Production Partners are B. Johnson, Tulsa; Yvonne the organization’s Facebook The Chickasaw Nation, Kauger, Colony; Paula Marshall, page, YouTube channel, and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, THE MEANING BEHIND THE RIBBON Reddish in color, the ribbon that the OKLAHOMA Oklahoma Hall of Fame Medallion RAYS OF THE SUN hangs from depicts Oklahoma’s Surrounding five Ts are rays of the HALL OF FAME rich red earth. sun, the Indian symbol for constancy, unchanging, or unwavering. MEDALLION WHITE STAR FIVE Ts Originally pinned to the Taken from the Oklahoma Situated above the white star, Honoree the night of induction, State Seal, the white star the five Ts honor the five today’s Oklahoma Hall of represents Oklahoma Indian Nations that as the 46th state of Union inhabited Indian Fame Medallion is hung on a and the 46th star on the Territory prior ribbon around the Honoree’s flag of the United States. to Statehood. neck. Although design and implementation have changed GOLD CENTER slightly, the elements and The blessing of the union MISTLETOE WREATH meanings have remained the of Oklahoma and Indian Taken from the Oklahoma same since the first induction in territories by Uncle Sam, Hall of Fame’s impression 1928. Headed by Anna B. Korn, the gold center is taken stamp and the Oklahoma the founder of the Oklahoma from the impression stamp State Seal, the Mistletoe Hall of Fame, a committee of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame wreath first was used as an upon its founding in 1927. element of the Great Seal worked with a local Oklahoma of the Territory of Oklahoma. City jeweler to design the medallion. Tulsa; Harvey Pratt, El Reno; website. OETA aired the Cresap Family Foundation, and Jim Stovall, Tulsa. Serving induction ceremony on Bob Funk, and Herman and as Presenters for in-person November 20th and 21st to its LaDonna Meinders; and inductees were Andrew M. statewide audience and COX Patron Donors at every level Coats, Oklahoma City; Blake has multiple airings scheduled made the induction ceremony Shelton, Ada; Kenneth J. over the next few months. possible, as well as 365 days of Levit, Tulsa; Steven W. Taylor, One thing remains the same, programming offered by the McAlester; Cathy Keating, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Oklahoma City; James R. Induction Ceremony would Gaylord-Pickens Museum. 30


STANLEY L. EVANS OKLAHOMA CITY t the age of 57, following graduation from the AUniversity of Oklahoma College of Law, Stanley L. Evans was named assistant dean of students—the first African American to be appointed to a dean position at an Oklahoma law school. In his first year, incoming minority enrollment nearly doubled. During his tenure, OU Law achieved a 100% minority bar passage rate multiple times and was named one of the top 20 law schools for diversity experience by U.S. News & World Report. A proud veteran, serving 32 years in the Army, including in Vietnam as a company commander, Evans was the first African American to command Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, and serve as dean of the prestigious Command and General Staff College, in addition to presenting a $120 million project to Congress for the construction of a 413,000-square- foot instruction facility. Appointed by Governors Frank Keating and Brad Henry to the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission, as chair Evans was responsible for overseeing investigations of human rights violations; advised the legislature and government officials on laws and policy; provided public recognition for exemplary human rights contributions; and educated Oklahomans on proper and ethical human rights treatment. The Oklahoma Lawyers for America’s Heroes Program, in which Evans is one of the founders, has helped more than 4,000 veterans and their families with free legal service. As chief legal coordinator for Oklahoma City’s Make-A-Will Program, over 900 African American families have been given access to financial planning and wealth management. Evans’ efforts have earned him numerous awards, including the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Trailblazer Award, two Oklahoma Governor’s Commendations, and the military’s Distinguished Service Medal and the Bronze Star. In 2020 he was inducted to the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame and was named an U. S. Army Distinguished Member of the Signal Regiment. ANDREW M. COATS OKLAHOMA CITY Former Dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Law and 2005 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Inductee, Coats presented Stanley L. Evans for induction. 32

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SCOTT HENDRICKS CLINTON cott Hendricks is recognized as country genre’s Smost successful producer of the last quarter century, amassing more than 126 Top 10 singles and counting with an impressive 78 peaking at No. 1. Of the 78 number one hits, 41 were recorded by an Oklahoma artist or by a band with a member being an Oklahoman, and Hendricks has produced #1 singles in five consecutive decades. He has earned eight Academy of Country Music awards, four CMAs, and an Emmy Award. He also has been inducted to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association Hall of Fame. His production credits are a list of country’s “who’s who,” including Restless Heart, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Faith Hill, John Michael Montgomery, Trace Adkins, Chris Cagle, Dan + Shay, and Blake Shelton, among many others. And, he has appeared multiple times as a mentor on NBC’s The Voice. Hendricks’ love for music began in his hometown of Clinton where he was a two-time All-State guitar/bass musician in stage band, in addition to playing in several local bands to hone his musical skills. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, where Hendricks gained approval for a unique degree in architectural acoustics that included classes in engineering, music, radio, film, and television, he relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where he sold recording equipment by day and worked for free in a recording studio at night. Quickly making a name for himself, Hendricks was soon engineering and mixing sessions for Nashville’s top producers. Since that time, he has worked both independently as a producer and engineer, as well as in executive positions. He founded the music publishing company Big Tractor Music and opened a Nashville division of Virgin Records, in addition to serving as president and CEO of Capitol Records, all before being named Executive Vice President of Artists and Repertoire for Warner Music Nashville. BLAKE SHELTON ADA Award-winning recording artist, television personality, and 2014 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Inductee, Shelton presented Scott Hendricks for induction. 34


HANNIBAL B. JOHNSON TULSA graduate from Fort Smith, Arkansas’ Northside A High School, the University of Arkansas, and Harvard Law School, Hannibal B. Johnson is an author, attorney, and independent consultant specializing in diversity, equity, and inclusion. He has taught at The University of Tulsa College of Law, Oklahoma State University, and The University of Oklahoma. He serves on the federal 400 Years of African-American History Commission, a body charged with planning, developing, and implementing activities appropriate for the 400th anniversary of the 1619 arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia. Johnson chaired the Education Committee for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission and served as local curator of its world-class history center, Greenwood Rising. His ten books, including Black Wall Street 100: An American City Grapples With Its Historical Racial Trauma, chronicle the African American experience in Oklahoma and its indelible impact on American history. Johnson’s play, Big Mama Speaks—A Tulsa Race Riot Survivor’s Story, was selected for the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival and has been staged in Caux, Switzerland, among countless other locations. With a strong passion for community service at the local, state, and national levels, Johnson’s service includes past president of Leadership Tulsa, the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League, and the Northeast Oklahoma Black Lawyers Association. He has served on the Oklahoma Advisory Committee for the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Programs Committee for the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. His honors include the National Philanthropy Day Award for Diversity and Inclusion from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Award from the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Keeping the Dream Alive Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Society, and the Ralph Ellison Literary Award from Black Liberated Arts Center, Inc., among countless others. KENNETH J. LEVIT TULSA Executive Director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, Levit presented Hannibal B. Johnson for induction. 363636


YVONNE KAUGER COLONY vonne Kauger is a fourth-generation Oklahoman Yfrom Colony and grew up on what was recently deemed an Oklahoma Centennial Ranch. She graduated from Colony High School as class valedictorian and from Southwestern Oklahoma State University magna cum laude. She became a certified Medical Technologist to put herself through Oklahoma City University’s night law school and graduated first in her class. She worked for Rogers, Travis, and Jordon, before becoming the first woman judicial assistant to the Oklahoma Supreme Court for Justice Ralph B. Hodges. On March 14, 1984, she was appointed by Governor George Nigh as only the second woman named to Oklahoma’s highest court. Kauger was the first woman to serve as Vice Chief Justice and Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the last Chief Justice to address a joint session of the Legislature on the state of the judiciary. She directed the implementation of the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network and oversaw the development of the highest court’s official website and universal citation system. Kauger founded the Gallery of the Plains Indian; co-founded Red Earth; coordinates annually The Sovereignty Symposium; and chaired the Building Committee and Arts Committee for the Oklahoma Judicial Center, transforming and elevating the historic Wiley Post Building into one of Oklahoma’s most incredible preservation sites for Oklahoma artists. With Lonnie Yearwood, she is turning her hometown of Colony into an “Arts Colony.” Murals by Eric Tippiconnic, photographs by Terry Zinn, and a sculpture by Patrick Riley, Glen Henry, and Ron Lowry already have been added to the Gallery and to the John Kauger Memorial Park. She has been inducted to the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame, named a distinguished alumnus by Oklahoma City University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University, honored as Red Earth Ambassador of the Year, was adopted by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, and received the Governor’s Arts Award twice, among countless other awards and honors. STEVEN W. TAYLOR McALESTER Retired Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice and 2009 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Inductee, Taylor presented Yvonne Kauger for induction. 38

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PAULA A. MARsHALL TULSA third-generation Tulsan, Paula Marshall obtained Aher Associate’s Degree from Tulsa Community College and her Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees from Oklahoma City University. Starting on the production line in her late teens and serving as CEO of the Tulsa-based international food manufacturer Bama Companies, Inc. for two decades, Marshall reinforces and models daily the mission of: People Helping People Be Successful with Caring and Accountability. The mission reaches beyond the workforce by supporting the families of employees and the community in which they live, work, and serve. Under her leadership, Bama Companies has expanded its facilities to include seven locations worldwide and an increase in revenues from $30 million to more than $350 million. The company’s clientele includes the number one hamburger and number one pizza restaurant chains, providing for continued growth and new jobs. For the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, Bama Companies was the first manufacturing B-Corp in Oklahoma. In honoring the mission of Bama Companies, Marshall has started, served, and partnered with numerous organizations and causes in and around the Tulsa area, including Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, Tulsa Area United Way, the Margaret Hudson Program, DVIS, Food On The Move, and Ronald McDonald House Charities. For her commitment to others, she has been recognized with numerous awards and recognitions, including induction to the Tulsa Hall of Fame, Advocate of the Year for DVIS, The Journal Record’s Woman of the Year, and named one of 25 Tulsans “Who Shaped Our City” by Tulsa People Magazine in 2011. Bama Companies has been recognized by the Tulsa Regional Chamber, McDonald’s, and Yum Brands as a top inclusive workplace and received the prestigious Malcom Baldridge National Quality Award by the U.S. Department of Commerce. CATHY KEATING OKLAHOMA CITY Former First Lady of Oklahoma and 2011 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Inductee, Keating presented Paula Marshall for induction. 404040

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HARVEY PRATT EL RENO rom El Reno, Harvey Pratt is a self-taught artist Fwho works in oil, watercolor, metal, clay, and wood. His works include themes of Native American history and tradition and the Cheyenne people. A self-taught Oklahoma artist and Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Member, Pratt was selected to create the Smithsonian’s National Native American Veterans Memorial for the National Museum of the American Indian. Unveiled in 2020, “Warriors’ Circle of Honor” brings together 573 federally recognized tribes and is the only monument or memorial by an Oklahoman on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Beginning his career in law enforcement with the Midwest City Police Department and retiring from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Pratt’s career spanned more than 50 years. With Midwest City, he developed a fingerprint and records system and was promoted to detective. A nationally and internationally recognized expert in forensic art, Pratt has been involved in many high profile cases. He has brought closure to the families of loved ones and assisted in the capture of the most notorious criminals. A U. S. Marine in Air Rescue and Security from 1962 to 1965, during Vietnam he was stationed at Da Nang Air Base and rescued pilots who had been shot down. An inductee to the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, and the Oklahoma State Bureau Hall of Fame, Pratt also has been recognized by the Cheyenne People as an outstanding Southern Cheyenne and was inducted as a traditional Cheyenne Peace Chief—the Cheyenne Nation’s highest honor. Pratt currently serves as chairperson of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board of the U.S. Department of the Interior and is past commander of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Post 401 in Clinton. Pratt continues to paint, including commission pieces, and his works are found in collections worldwide. JAMES R. “DICK” WILKERSON ATWOOD Former Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent and State Senator, Wilkerson presented Harvey Pratt for induction. 4242

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JIM STOVALL TULSA ative Oklahoman Jim Stovall is proud to be able Nto make his home and operate his global business enterprises in his hometown of Tulsa. Losing his sight in his twenties and realizing that his dream of playing professional football was not an option, Stovall discovered competitive weightlifting and completed his athletic career as a national champion Olympic weightlifter. As founder and president of the Emmy Award- winning Narrative Television Network, Stovall adds soundtracks between the dialogue of movies, television, and educational programming to enhance and describe the experience for those with visual impairments. His first book, You Don’t Have to be Blind to See, recounted the story of losing his sight and launching his business. Today, as a highly sought-after author and platform speaker, Stovall’s scope of work includes more than 50 books, including his bestselling novel The Ultimate Gift which resulted in a major motion picture distributed by 20th Century Fox and starring the late James Garner. Eight of Stovall’s additional books also have been made into movies with others in production, including his novel Will to Win featuring the life, wit, and wisdom of Will Rogers. Stovall writes a weekly syndicated column, appearing in newspapers, magazines, and online publications, that is read worldwide. He is featured weekly on a national radio show and another broadcast locally in Tulsa and northeast Oklahoma. For his work in making television accessible to our nation’s 13 million blind and visually impaired, The President’s Committee on Equal Opportunity selected Stovall as the Entrepreneur of the Year. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, USA Today, and has been seen on Good Morning America, CNN, and CBS Evening News. He also was chosen as the International Humanitarian of the Year, joining Jimmy Carter, Nancy Reagan, and Mother Teresa as recipients of this honor. TERRI CORNETT OKLAHOMA CITY Former Tulsa television executive and current development consultant with Allied Arts, Oklahoma City, Cornett presented Jim Stovall for induction. 44

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ROSCOE DUNJEE OKLAHOMA CITY 2021 POSTHUMOUS HONOREE or 40 years as editor of Oklahoma City’s only black Fnewspaper, The Black Dispatch, Roscoe Dunjee led the way in the struggle for civil rights. In his own words, he was endeavored “to interpret the mind, the aspiration, the object, and longing of his people.” Dunjee was aware of the dire need for his people to have a voice in the affairs of the city and state and, after purchasing a small-job printing plant, published the first edition of the newspaper at the age of 31. Dunjee, who saw and experienced firsthand the terrible discrimination and knew there was no representation at any level of government, was vitally interested in the work of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). A member of the NAACP’s national board of directors, he served for sixteen years as president of the Oklahoma State Conference of Branches of the NAACP. In 1932 the Guthrie, Tulsa, Chickasha, Muskogee, and Oklahoma City branches met and formed the nation’s first state conference of NAACP branches. Dunjee believed that this type of structure would allow the pooling of resources for a more effective fight against discrimination and segregation. Under Dunjee’s leadership the state organization became involved in several court cases that would affect segregation in Oklahoma, including the Ada Lois Sipuel (Fisher) and George McLaurin cases that dealt with segregation in higher education and the Jess Hollins case which focused on segregated juries. Born in Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, with his family Dunjee relocated to Oklahoma Territory in 1892. Although he briefly attended Oklahoma’s Colored Agricultural and Normal University, known today as Langston University, it was the inheritance of a 1,500-volume library, combined with his analytical mind, that made him one of the most educated men in Oklahoma. 46

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2021 OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT CALEB HORNE MORRISON HIGH SCHOOL A senior at Morrison High School, following graduation Caleb Horne will be enrolling at Oklahoma State University and majoring in pre-medicine before continuing his education at the University of Oklahoma and specializing in pediatric orthopedics. His goal is to move back home and serve his hometown of Stillwater. Caleb’s high school achievements include 17 honors in public speaking, 11 of those being 1st place; first place in two National History Day competitions; five swine exhibition records this year alone; and has been a state qualifier and regional winner every year in the Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair. He plays baseball, with the Wildcats being regional champs twice, and has collaborated with OSU professors in multiple departments to develop and carry out various research projects. And, he started his own lawn care business to save for college. This scholarship is made possible primarily by gifts from former Oklahoma Hall of Fame Inductees. The recipient is selected by Members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame as well. Thank you to Bob Burke, Becky Dixon, Ken Fergeson, Terry Stuart Forst, and Steven W. Taylor for serving on the selection committee this year. Members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Teen Board served as escorts for the 94th annual induction ceremony. 4848

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OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Wayman Tisdale ayman Tisdale was learned to play along with Wborn June 9, 1964 the jazz and funk music he in Fort Worth, Texas, the loved in the 1970s. It was youngest of six children. He during Sunday service at the grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Friendship Baptist Church the son of a preacher, while playing in the worship Reverend Louis Tisdale, and band when he met his future played music in his father’s wife, Regina. From their first church. At age 8, Tisdale Wayman Tisdale, inducted into the Oklahoma date at Godfather’s Pizza, received his first guitar from Hall of Fame in 2009. Courtesy Oklahoma they were inseparable. Hall of Fame Archives. his father, sparking a love Regina recalled that Tisdale of performing and writing was a gentleman, opening music. His father had actually doors and pulling out chairs bought a guitar for each of for her. He was 6’ 9’’ and his three sons, hoping one of blossoming into a high school them would take an interest in basketball star. Growing music. Tisdale taught himself up, Tisdale naturally took to how to play his guitar, even basketball, playing pick-up playing it upside down as games with his older brothers he was left-handed, but he Weldon and William. overcame the challenge and Despite his phenomenal basketball career, Wayman Tisdale’s passion for making music never wavered. Courtesy Oklahoma Hall of Fame Archives. BY MATTIE BARLOW 50

During his time at Booker T. Washington changed the time of the team’s Sunday High School, Tisdale played three seasons practice so Tisdale wouldn’t miss a service. on the varsity basketball team and became Tisdale has been considered the a highly sought-after basketball player. best player in Oklahoma history, setting Colleges all over the United States wanted scoring and rebounding records at OU, to recruit him. He was considered an elite leading the Sooners to back-to-back Big player nationally and he had led his high Eight championships, and an NCAA Elite school team to the Class 5A basketball Eight tournament. In just three seasons title as a junior in 1981. He averaged he scored 2,661 points, the team’s most 18.8 points and 14 rebounds per game. career points record. He still holds the Just before graduation in 1982 Tisdale record for most career rebounds at announced to the media, with Regina and 1,048, field goals at 1,077, free throws his high school coach at his side, that he at 507, and free throw attempts at 767. would play basketball at the University He set the school’s single-game scoring of Oklahoma with his brother William. record with 61 points and the single- OU beat out The University of Tulsa and game field goal record of 24 in the Georgetown in the competition for December 28, 1983, game against Wayman Tisdale on the court for Tulsa’s the future Olympic gold medalist and Texas-San Antonio his sophomore year. Booker T. Washington High School. NBA star. Coach Tubbs told ESPN in 2009, “I don’t Photograph by Doug Hoke. Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society. A young Wayman Tisdale in suspenders and Wayman Tisdale and his brother William, left, during a high school game on March 12, 1981. his signature smile. Courtesy Oklahoma Hall Photograph by Jim Argo. Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society. of Fame Archives. He was the first college player in know of any athlete at Oklahoma or any Perkins, and Chris Mullin. Tisdale led the history to earn first-team All American place else who was more loved by the team in rebounding, with 51 rebounds as a freshman, and he earned it two fans who knew him than Wayman Tisdale. in eight games, tied as the fifth most in more times in his sophomore and junior He was obviously a great, great player, but a single Olympic Games in U.S. team seasons. Tisdale dominated the Big Eight Wayman as a person overshadowed that. history. The 1984 team would be the last Conference while at OU, he was Big He just lit up a room and was so positive.” men’s amateur team to win an Olympic Eight Player of the Year averaging 26.5 Tisdale won gold at the 1983 Pan basketball gold medal. Their record was points and 10.1 rebounds. While playing American Games and was then chosen 8-0 and each win was by more than 19 for OU, he never lost his passion for music. for a star-studded U.S. Olympic Team points. Bobby Knight, coach of the 1984 On weekends Tisdale would drive from at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Olympic team, said of Tisdale, “Of any of Norman to Tulsa to play in the band at his Angeles, California. The team included the kids I coached, he was one of the most father’s church. Coach Billy Tubbs even Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Sam enthusiastic for playing basketball and 51 35

toward his teammates. The phrase team spirit’ cannot apply to anybody more than Wayman Tisdale.” After the Olympics, Tisdale decided to enter the 1985 NBA draft and forgo his senior year at OU. He was the second overall pick by the Indiana Pacers and thus launched a twelve-year NBA career. Tisdale played first with the Indiana Pacers, then with the Sacramento Kings, and finished his NBA career with the Phoenix Suns. During his time with the NBA, Tisdale tied the knot with Regina on August 1, 1987, and they would have four children together. In total, he played in 840 NBA games. Tisdale averaged 15.3 points per game for his professional career, with a career best of 21.5 in the 1989–1990 season in Sacramento. He averaged double figure scoring in all but his final NBA season. Tisdale’s love of music never wavered, even while he was a professional basketball player. When he traveled to out-of-town games, he carried his bass guitar in a big black case on his back. He To this day, Wayman Tisdale holds the The Tisdale brothers after a Sooners victory in would spend any spare time on the road basketball record at the University of Oklahoma 1984. Photograph by Doug Hoke. Courtesy meeting musicians and visiting jazz clubs. for most career points despite only playing Oklahoma Historical Society. Tisdale eventually met Marcus Miller who three years. Photograph by George R. Wilson. became his mentor and major influence. Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society. Wayman Tisdale was one of 20-plus players The U.S. Olympic basketball team won gold, Wayman Tisdale stands nearly a foot taller invited to the next phase of the U. S. Olympic with Wayman Tisdale leading the undefeated than the 500-person crowd that gathered at the basketball team tryouts. Photograph by team in the most rebounds. Courtesy Oklahoma Oklahoma State Capitol to honor Oklahoma’s the Associated Press. Courtesy Oklahoma Hall of Fame Archives. Olympic athletes. Photograph by the Associated Historical Society. Press. Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society. 52

Wayman Tisdale was the second overall pick by the Indiana Pacers in the 1985 NBA draft. Courtesy Oklahoma Hall of Fame Archives. In 2001, his fourth album Face to in 2006, featured guest artists Bob James Face reached No. 1 on Billboard’s and George Duke, to name a few. contemporary jazz chart. Between 1995 Saxophonist Dave Koz, featured on the and 2010, he released nine jazz albums, album, stated, “the bass guitar typically four hit No. 1 on the jazz charts, and his isn’t a solo instrument, but Wayman was Wayman and Regina Tisdale on their wedding final album The Fonk Record was released able to not just make party music but to day—August 1, 1987. Courtesy Oklahoma posthumously. Tisdale earned honors as communicate amazing melodies and Hall of Fame Archives. the Bassist of the Year, National Smooth emotion. Music was the core of his soul.” Jazz Awards in 2002, the same year he Tisdale was inducted into the Oklahoma Miller had played bass for influential artists was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Music Hall of Fame in 2011. His career such as Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, Hall of Fame. In 2003 he released a pivot from athlete to musician inspired and was a successful composer, arranger, gospel album, followed a year later by Bernie Williams, a New York Yankee- and producer. Hang Time. His seventh record, Way Up! turned-jazz musician. “He was truly an It was difficult for Tisdale to be taken seriously as a musician, he was seen as Wayman Tisdale played for the Phoenix Suns from 1994 to 1997. Courtesy Oklahoma Hall of a basketball player who played music. Fame Archives. However, his mentor Miller saw great potential in him and when label executives at MoJazz heard his demo tapes, he was signed right away and his debut album Power Forward received positive reviews. The 1995 album reached No. 4 on the Billboard jazz chart. His second album In the Zone came out a year later. In 1997, he retired from the NBA to focus on his budding music career. That same year he became the first Oklahoma Player in any sport to have his jersey number retired, though in 2007 Blake Griffin asked Tisdale for permission to wear No. 23, which Tisdale granted. Two years after retiring from professional basketball he released Decisions. 53 35

Proud to support the inspiration to me, paving the way for an athlete like myself to pursue a passion for writing and performing music.” TELLING OF OKLAHOMA’S STORY Tisdale and Governor Brad Henry attended OU at the same time, and in the midst of his music career Tisdale was appointed to the state’s Tourism Commission. through its people Governor Henry stated of Tisdale, “He was a hero both on and off the basketball court. Even in the most challenging of times, he had a smile for people, and he had the rare ability to make everyone around him smile. He was one of the most inspirational people I have ever known.” In 2007, Tisdale discovered he had bone cancer in his knee after severely breaking his leg. In May of that year, it was announced that he had a procedure to remove the cyst and expected to make a After his passing, Wayman Tisdale’s wife Regina and their children accepted the Oklahoma Hall full recovery, but the cancer later returned. of Fame Medallion at the 2009 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Courtesy Oklahoma In June 2008, Tisdale told the Associated Hall of Fame Archives. Press, “Nothing can change me. You go caused more damage than anticipated. Wayman Tisdale passed away May 15, through things. You don’t change because He had just been selected for induction to 2009. His funeral was held on May 21 at things come in your life. You get better the Oklahoma Hall Fame as a member of the BOK Center in Tulsa with 4,000 fans, because things come in your life.” the Class of 2009, and that fall, following family members, and friends in attendance. After chemotherapy was unsuccessful, his passing, his widow Regina and their Tisdale’s band played as the pallbearers a portion of his right leg was amputated in children accepted the medallion on his carried the 925-pound solid bronze casket, August 2008 to prevent the cancer from behalf. The United States Basketball Writers led by a pallbearer holding high an NBA spreading. Fitted for a prosthetic leg after Association’s annual award for men’s basketball, and near the stage was his bass the operation, this experience led Tisdale outstanding freshman of the year was guitar. In the words of Wayman Tisdale, “If and his wife to establish the Wayman L. renamed in Tisdale’s honor. That same year you like me on the basketball court, wait till Tisdale Foundation. The foundation provides he was elected to the National Collegiate you hear me play jazz.” individuals with unmet prosthetic needs Basketball Hall of Fame. and pays for the best in prosthetic care. Wayman Tisdale recorded nine albums in the short span of his music career. Courtesy Oklahoma Today the foundation has expanded to Hall of Fame Archives. an initiative of resources to promote health and wellness, preventative health care, childhood health education, and nutrition awareness. Tisdale embraced the new challenge and the relief from chemo treatments inspired his eighth album Rebound. It featured a version of Barry White’s “Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up” with country music star and fellow Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Toby Keith. Keith would later write the song “Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song)” in memory of his friend. Just weeks before he passed away, Tisdale had told the Tulsa World that he had beat bone cancer. He was planning a national concert tour with his band and scheduled to record in Los Angeles, California, but the radiation treatments had 54

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OHOF’S STORY THROUGH ITS PEOPLE Naaman Kincaid and his parents were the last family to leave Hochatown when the old Choctaw Indian village was covered by the waters that formed Broken Bow Lake in 1969. In 2021, at age 90, Kincaid was excited to receive a copy of Explosion of Prosperity, published by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, that chronicles the history of Hochatown, Beavers Bend State Park, and Broken Bow Lake. Kincaid still ranches Students from Oklahoma City’s Gateway Learning Center enjoyed exploring Picture Your- Rumble made a surprise appearance to the delight of guests during KidsFest at the north of Broken Bow. self and learning about the many contributions of Oklahomans to the space industry. Gaylord-Pickens Museum. Senator Kevin Matthews, as chair of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, was hosted by the Second Century Board Barby Jobe Myers, Dan Mahoney, and Cathy Keating enjoyed the 2021 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Tulsa’s Cox to discuss the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in the Bennett-McClendon Great Hall of the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. Business Convention Center. Guests enjoyed the opening of Common Threads in the Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery. Guests attending Oklahoma Born & Brewed had the opportunity to take home some great prizes all in the name of making education programming possible for students throughout Oklahoma. Denotes Member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame 56


OHOF’S STORY THROUGH ITS PEOPLE Celebrating the 94th annual Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony were Oklahoma Hall of Fame Members Gov. Bill Anoatubby , The Common Threads exhibit, featuring the works of Julie Marks Blackstone, Pamela Husky, and Stephanie Grubbs, was on display in Roxana Lorton , and Robert Lorton . the Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery from September 2 through November 18. Prior to his induction, Scott Hendricks fielded questions from Michelle Sopp and Shannon L. Rich, top from left, as part of the Second Century Board’s outreach initiatives. Lauren Warkentine, Christy Bennett Lane, and Justin Lane enjoyed the 2021 Oklahoma Born & Brewed Event in the Edith Kinney Summer Thursdays returned to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum over the summer with activities for students of all ages. Gaylord Garden of the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. Oklahoma Hall of Fame staff following the 2021 induction ceremony included, from left, Kirsten Therkelson, Emma Leach, Bethany Deason, April Waggoner, Julie Korff, Viviana Mike Hearne and Taryn Hearne enjoyed attending Oklahoma Born & Brewed at the Goodwin, Shannon L. Rich, Gini Moore Campbell, Brenda Schwartz, Olivia Reyes, Mattie Barlow, Michelle Sopp, and Breann Miller. Gaylord-Pickens Museum. 58

OHOF’S STORY THROUGH ITS PEOPLE On December 1st, Vince Gill spent his lunch hour with, President & CEO Shannon L. Rich, top left, Director of Marketing and Congratulating 2021 Honoree Yvonne Kauger , right, were Douglas Combs, Noma Gurich, Cathy Christensen, and Blake Shelton . Communications Michelle Sopp, members of the Second Century Board, and donors to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Oklahoma Hall of Fame Honoree Jim Stovall and his wife Crystal following the production Oklahoma Hall of Fame Teen Board Escort Angelita Ochoa, center, congratulates Stanley L. Evans , left, and Hannibal B. Johnson on their induction to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. rehearsal on November 18th in the Grand Gallery of the Cox Business Convention Center. The Edith Kinney Gaylord Garden at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum provided the perfect venue for Oklahoma Born & Brewed in August. Taylor Hanson, left, congratulated Hannibal B. Johnson on his induction to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Denotes Member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame 59 35

OHOF’S STORY THROUGH ITS PEOPLE Cathy Leichter, right, had her copy of Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing’s More Than A Cathy Keating , left, with 2021 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Honoree Paula Marshall Charlie Christian’s guitar, featured in the Oklahoma Through Its People Gallery through Store: A History of Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma signed by co-authors Bob during the Honoree and Patron Donor Reception in Marshall’s home on the eve of the November, was admired by attendees during Metro Family’s KidsFest at the Gaylord- Burke, left, and Jim Priest at the book’s release at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. 94th annual induction ceremony. Pickens Museum. The 2021 Oklahoma Born & Brewed event at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. More Than A Store: A History of Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma, published by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, was released in October at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. From Norman, Beer Is Good Brewing Company is one of many brewers that participated As a 2020 inductee, Charles Dennis “Denny” Cresap , right, with son John and wife Gail, in the annual Oklahoma Born & Brewed event sponsored by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s From left, Brittany Hunt-Jassey, Allison Lawrence, Veleecia McKeever, and Jesse was recognized on stage as part of the 2021 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Second Century Board to fund education programming. McKeever attended Oklahoma Born & Brewed on August 20th. From left, Gina Pratt, 2021 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Honoree Harvey Pratt , Sheryl Benbrook, and Chairman Bruce Benbrook at the Gateway Learning Center students in the Pioneer Spirit exhibit in the Oklahoma Through Its People Gallery at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. Honoree and Patron Donor Reception on November 17th. Denotes Member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame 60

OHOF’S STORY THROUGH ITS PEOPLE NEW RELEASES OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME PUBLISHING They Called Him Coach, Faye O’Dell: The Oklahoma State Fair: The Journey of a Marine, A History The Influence of a Man BY BOB BURKE BY MARY SUSAN O’DELL CONWAY & GINI MOORE CAMPBELL What is it about the life of one man that can influence so many? From the For more than 100 years the Oklahoma State Fair has been providing turbulent 1960s when God and patriotism were not a popular subject and something for every visitor that passes through its gates. While some head to racial tensions were high, Ollie Faye O’Dell, this man they called “Coach,” the Midway for the ride of a lifetime or to Food Row for an Indian Taco, others transcended the times. He adapted, but never wavered in his principles, explore the newest models the automobile industry has to offer or the latest regardless of the situation. O’Dell’s fairness, love, and concern for his family, in farm equipment and machinery. Exhibition buildings offer everything from the men he served with, and the youth of Oklahoma allowed him to make an hot tubs and storage sheds to clothing and Made In Oklahoma products. The immeasurable impact on the lives of many. arena hosts bull and bronc riding, along with Disney On Ice. And its equine Growing up, O’Dell experienced great loss. Yet his compassion allowed facilities have earned it the title of “Horse Show Capital of the World.” him to put others above himself. He learned how mentorship, discipline, and The OKC Fairgrounds is much more than a mecca for entertainment, it commitment can chart one’s course. Throughout his life the sport of boxing is an economic powerhouse, attracting over two million visitors annually served him well—it instilled confidence, taught discipline, and was a conduit and providing an influx of more than $325 million. In addition to putting to reach others. Oklahomans to work, restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, and other local As a U. S. Marine, O’Dell bravely served his country and comrades during attractions benefit greatly by this 21st Century Tourism Destination. World War II and Korea before returning home and starting his coaching and The Oklahoma State Fair and the OKC Fairgrounds continue to invest teaching careers. Lessons, relationships, and experiences had prepared him in those that call Oklahoma home. Annually, high school students earn to make a lifelong impact on the young lives he would mentor through these scholarships to continue their education and teachers are provided with roles. The experiences with these young men and women, combined with those resources to supplement their efforts in the classroom. With a commitment of his earlier life, provided inspiration to the many audiences O’Dell spoke to to growth and expansion, the physical landscape of the OKC Fairgrounds spanning more than 40 years, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. will continue to evolve and with that comes countless new opportunities for The life of Ollie Faye O’Dell continues to influence and serve as an Oklahomans of all ages. example . . . an example of the vast impact one person can have. The Beaux Arts Ball: The First 75 Years More Than A Store: BY BOB BURKE & AIMEE HARLOW A History of The Beaux Arts Society was born from the need to sustain the Oklahoma Goodwill Industries Art Center, known today as the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Although of Central Oklahoma prominent families and art enthusiasts made possible the purchase of art and BY JIM PRIEST & BOB BURKE provided funds to attract traveling artists, there was no means to maintain the facility itself. Goodwill Industries was founded in 1902 in Boston, Massachusetts, by That all changed in 1945 when Eleanor Kirkpatrick suggested an annual Methodist minister and social innovator Edgar J. Helms. In 1935, Oklahoma costume ball to raise much-needed funds and create broad publicity for the City publisher E.K. Gaylord heard about the success of Goodwill branches Oklahoma Art Center. Aware of the brilliantly staged Beaux Arts Balls that to enhance people’s dignity and quality of life by strengthening their began in France in the 17th Century and were presided over by Kings and communities, eliminating their barriers to opportunity, and helping them reach Queens, Kirkpatrick said, “Beaux Arts Balls are about tradition and families their full potential through learning and the power of work. Gaylord sent a and supporting the quality of life in our community.” reporter, Edith Johnson, to visit Goodwill programs in other states. Following Held at Oklahoma City’s Municipal Auditorium, seventy-five years later, her return, the Central Oklahoma branch of Goodwill Industries was founded. the Beaux Arts Society and the Beaux Arts Ball continue to honor “tradition,” Eighty-five years later, Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma employed “family,” and “supporting the quality of life in our community.” With world 700 people, provided 12,030 services, and managed 25 retail stores and renowned artists and a vast array of mediums, including Dale Chihuly’s 55- 17 donation centers. The thousands of men and women who have been foot Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower glass sculpture, the Beaux Arts provided training and job placement are testament to the fact that… Collection at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is one of the most admired in GOODWILL INDUSTRIES IS MORE THAN A STORE. the country. 61 35

FRIENDS OF THE MEDALLION GIVING SOCIETY Friends of the Medallion have a shared interest in preserving and telling the stories of extraordinary Oklahomans. Their support sustains the 92-year tradition of recognizing accomplished Oklahomans with the state’s highest honor–induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. MISSION PARTNERS Mr. and Mrs. Rick Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Ross Mr. and Mrs. Bob Burke Mr. and Mrs. Mick Cornett William Schonacher The Chickasaw Nation Mr. and Mrs. Art Cotton Mr. T.W. Shannon Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Bill and Carol Crawford Mr. Blake Shelton E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation Page Davidson Kimberly Shirley The Puterbaugh Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Chad Dillingham Kayse M. Shrum, D.O. Ms. Rebecca Dixon Richard L. Sias CONSTANCY CIRCLE Mr. Everett Dobson Mrs. Milan Siegfried Sheryl and Bruce Benbrook Wendy and Gentner Drummond Mr. Hal Smith Inasmuch Foundation Jeffrey T. Dunn Lee Allan Smith Peggy Kates Carl and Susan Edwards Randy Stafford Mr. and Mrs. Herman Meinders Greg and Paige Elliott Charles and Peggy Stephenson Oklahoma Humanities Council, Inc. First United Bank Family Foundation Standley Systems LLC Amy Anne Ford Jon R. Stuart R.A. Young Foundation Chad Ford Mr. and Mrs. Barry Switzer Chip and Shannon Fudge Marnie and Clayton Taylor GOLD CIRCLE Jane Jayroe and Gerald Gamble Judge and Mrs. Ralph G. Thompson Allied Arts Dr. Gilbert and Aulena Gibson Steve Turnbo Governor and Mrs. Bill Anoatubby Earnie and Marilyn Gilder Charles and Sharen Jester Turney Ms. Martha Burger Mr. David Griffin Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Turpen Foundation Management Mr. and Mrs. Steven Grigsby Dr. Jim Utterback Mr. Fred Jones Hall Mr. and Mrs. John D. Groendyke Blake and Donna Wade Jim and Christy Everest Mr. Harold Hamm Hardy and Kari Watkins Tim Headington Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hancock The Honorable J.C. Watts, Jr. The Mary Gaylord McClean Foundation Hardesty Family Foundation Judge Linda English Weeks Larry and Polly Nichols Nathaniel Harding Dr. Chad Wiginton Shannon L. Rich Mr. and Mrs. V. Burns Hargis Mrs. Avilla T. Williams Walton Family Foundation Fred and Kellie Harlan Mr. and Mrs. G. Rainey Williams, Jr. Mrs. Jane B. Harlow Susan Winchester MISTLETOE CIRCLE H.T. and Edna Mae Holden Mr. and Mrs. Allen Wright Mr. and Mrs. Steve Burrage John and Janet Hudson MAGAZINE DONORS Citizens Bank of Edmond Ronnie and Shahnaaz Irani Mr. and Mrs. Mark Allen Ms. Tricia Everest Jayne & Jayne Bruce and Sheryl Benbrook Mr. and Mrs. Ken Fergeson The Honorable Bernard and Dr. Mautra Jones Dr. William and Theta Juan Bernhardt Anne and Mike Greenwood The Honorable and Mrs. Frank Keating Sharlene S. Branham Mustang Fuel Corporation Mr. Christian K. Keesee Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Cappy Oklahoma Arts Council The Kerr Foundation, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Tom Carlile Mr. and Mrs. David Rainbolt Mr. Percy Kirk William Tad Cole Ms. JoAnn Schaub Mr. and Mrs. David L. Kyle Samuel and Rita Combs Mr. Bill Lance Wendy and Gentner Drummond FRIENDS OF THE MEDALLION Dr. Kathy Laster Mr. and Mrs. John Gibbs American Fidelity Foundation Larry and Marilyn Lee -- RAM Energy LLC Hardesty Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Calvin J. Anthony Mr. and Mrs. Duke R. Ligon Fred and Kellie Harlan The Honorable Jari Askins Mr. and Mrs. Dave R. Lopez Holder Drug - Todd Holder Dewey R. Bartlett, Jr. Roxana and Robert Lorton Kent “Gib” and Jennifer James Brenda Jones Barwick Tom and Judy Love Peggy Kates Mr. Johnny Bench Mr. and Mrs. Greg Massey Marilyn and Ed Keller Mr. and Mrs. Clayton I. Bennett Mr. John McArthur and Mrs. Karla Oty The Kerr Foundation, Inc. The Honorable Dan and Andrea Boren Mollie Bennett McCurdy Lynn A. McIntosh Charles and Cassandra Bowen Foundation Mr. Bob Meinders Mr. and Mrs. Joe Moran III Mrs. Barbara Braught Frank and Debbi Merrick John and Shirley O’Neal Larry Briggs Mr. and Mrs. Joe Moran III Dr. Marion Paden Robert and Karen Browne Family Fund Michael S. Neal Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Parker Mr. Steve M. Brown Mrs. Susan Bingham Neal Dr. Barry and Mrs. Roxanne Pollard Chris and Gini Moore Campbell Linda and Xavier Neira The Puterbaugh Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Mike D. Case Julie and John Nickel Mr. and Mrs. Jon Shirley Mr. and Mrs. Joe Castiglione The Honorable Ron and Kandy Norick Brannon B. Smith Mrs. Jill Castilla Oklahoma Arts Council Robert and Karen Travis Living Trust Ms. Kristin Chenoweth Mr. William G. Paul Mrs. Peggy Upham Mr. Stan Clark S. Bond and Lori Payne Mr. Pete White Dean Andrew M. Coats Adam and Whitney Rainbolt Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Williams Samuel and Rita Combs Mr. Robert Reilly and Judge Maxey Reilly Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth H. Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. 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DONOR SPOTLIGHT BY HALSEY B. MUSSELMAN Sarkeys J. Sarkeys Sarkeys Foundation In 1891, Sarkeys J. Sarkeys immigrated to the United States from Lebanon when he was just 17 years old, meeting his two brothers in St. Louis. Like many, Sarkeys made his way through Cushing, Oklahoma during the oil boom as a traveling lamp salesman. During this exciting time in Oklahoma history, he quickly made Oklahoma his home selling oil and gas leases, while also acquiring mineral rights. In 1962, Mr. Sarkeys established the Sarkeys Foundation which has since been deeply committed to furthering his vision of improving the quality of life in Oklahoma. Since its founding, the Sarkeys Foundation has awarded more than $80 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and institutions across the state of Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. In 2020, the Sarkeys Foundation awarded the Oklahoma Hall of Fame a grant to increase sensory friendly accessibility at the Gaylord- Pickens Museum. The Sarkeys Foundation’s Executive Director Kim Henry said, “We loved the idea the Oklahoma Hall of Fame had with the sensory-friendly programming for alternative- learning students.” This funding allowed Oklahoma Hall of Fame staff to create sensory kits for guests, to convert gallery space into a calming room, and to construct a stimulating sensory wall with play panels and a mural in the Museum’s Makerspace. The purchase of this equipment, along with training from community partners like the Oklahoma Autism Network and the Chickasaw Nation Vocational Rehabilitation department has made it possible for the Museum to begin offering sensory friendly programming once a month as an extension of See You Saturdays. This project provides for visitors with sensory sensitivities the opportunity to enjoy free programming including story times, art making, and stimulating activities throughout the Museum. “This project is a wonderful way to make sure the museum is a great and fun place for all of our children to go and learn about our state’s history,” Henry said. Visit today to support Free Family Fun and sensory friendly Member FDIC programming at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

GAYLORD-PICKENS MUSEUM YES! I WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT THE OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME. MR./MRS./DR./MS. SUBSCRIPTION .....................................$35 INDIVIDUALISM ....................................$50 SPOUSE PREFERRED TELEPHONE ( ) PERSEVERANCE ..................................$100 ADDRESS EMAIL PIONEER SPIRIT .................................$250 CITY STATE ZIP OPTIMISM .........................................$500 FRIENDS OF THE MEDALLION ............$1,000 PREFERRED LISTING MISTLETOE CIRCLE ..........................$2,500 Your name as you wish to be acknowledged in Oklahoma Hall of Fame publications. GOLD CIRCLE ..................................$5,000 CHECK PAYABLE TO: OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME CONSTANCY CIRCLE........................ $10,000 CHARGE MY VISA MASTERCARD DISCOVER AMEX NUMBER EXPIRATION DATE / CVV# SIGNATURE MAIL TO: OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME | 1400 CLASSEN DRIVE | OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73106 DONATION LEVELS & BENEFITS SUBSCRIPTION | $35 OPTIMISM | $500 GOLD CIRCLE | $5,000 •One-year subscription to Oklahoma: Magazine •Pioneer Spirit benefits plus one weekday use of the •Friends of the Medallion benefits plus one weekend of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Devon Classroom or Centennial Boardroom use of a Gaylord-Pickens Museum event space* Headlines e-newsletter •Recognition at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet FRIENDS OF THE MEDALLION | $1,000 & Induction Ceremony and in the printed program. INDIVIDUALISM | $50 •Optimism benefits plus invitation for two to Friends of •Subscription benefits plus annual admission pass the Medallion special events in 2019 CONSTANCY CIRCLE | $10,000 to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the •One weekday use of a Gaylord-Pickens Museum •Gold Circle benefits plus the opportunity to honor one Oklahoma Hall of Fame event space* member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame with a Link to •Invitations to gallery openings, book signings and •Advance opportunity to purchase tickets to the a Legacy at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & other Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Induction Ceremony in November Museum events Ceremony •Customized benefits package •Recognition in Oklahoma: Magazine of the PERSEVERANCE | $100 Oklahoma Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Hall •Individualism benefits plus annual family admission of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony printed pass for two adults and household children under program 18 to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame MISTLETOE CIRCLE | $2,500 PIONEER SPIRIT | $250 •Friends of the Medallion benefits plus one •Perseverance benefits plus a 25% discount on a weeknight use of a Gaylord-Pickens Museum event one-time rental of the Devon Classroom* space* *Event space must be used within one year of contribution and is subject to availability; additional fees may apply For more information about any of our donor levels or to customize your donor package at the $2,500 level and above, call Michelle Sopp at 405.523.3207. 64

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