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Voices of Oklahoma

Voices of Oklahoma

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Voices of Oklahoma

Voices of Oklahoma

Voices of Oklahoma

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Voices of Oklahoma.com is dedicated to the preservation of the oral history of Oklahoma. Voices and stories of famous Oklahomans and ordinary citizens are captured forever in their own words. Oil and gas, ranching, politics, education and more are all visited in these far-ranging interviews. Students researching any of these areas can listen to first-person accounts of the way life was and draw from knowledge that may guide and shape their future. In addition to students, any visitor will feel close to history as they listen to these personal reflections.

Latest Episodes

Frederick Drummond

“Come trade with me.” Those are the words that brought the Drummond family to Oklahoma and Osage County. Frederick Drummond (1864–1913) came to the former Osage Nation, Indian Territory, at age twenty-two in 1886. The Drummond name runs thick in the vast ranch lands of Osage County. The branches of the family tree–cousins, brothers, uncles–are extensive and storied.No one understands the family legacy more than Frederick Ford Drummond, a third-generation rancher, who walked among pioneers as a child. Later, he paid homage to his father, Fred Gentner Drummond, and his grandfather in the only way he knew how–by carrying on the family business and by becoming one of many Oklahomans who strove to keep the state’s heritage alive.Frederick Ford Drummond earned degrees from Oklahoma State and Stanford universities. After graduating from Stanford, he joined United Missouri Bank of Kansas City. Frederick Drummond’s education and banking experience equipped him to operate the family ranch. A member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association since the age of seven, Fred began training his son, Ford, in 2002 to become a fourth-generation Drummond rancher. In addition to many honors he was inducted as a member of the Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame.Fred Drummond died on October 18th, 2020.You can hear Fred's full interview and find more information on our website: https://www.voicesofoklahoma.com/interview/drummond-frederick-f/

55 min5 d ago
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Frederick Drummond

Dave Whitlock

Dave Whitlock is a world-renowned fly fisherman and contributor of many articles, photos, and illustrations to the world’s top outdoor sports magazines. His first published piece was in Field & Stream in 1968.Dave resigned his position as a research chemist and pooled his talents in painting, illustrating, writing, photography, fly fishing, fly tying and lecturing to embark on a new career as a full-time professional in the art of fly fishing.He has written and illustrated six books—several of which are considered “bibles” by fly fishermen—and co-authored or contributed to dozens of others.Dave is the best-known and most talented international figure in Oklahoma who is often not recognized in his home state of Oklahoma.He has been inducted into five halls of fame and was named by Fly Fisherman Magazine one of its “50 Most Influential Fly Fishers in the Last 5 Decades”.Dave’s wife Emily is an accomplished fly fisher and edits all of Dave’s work. They live beside a trout stream in Welling, Oklahoma.You can find the full interview on our website: https://www.voicesofoklahoma.com/interview/whitlock-dave/

72 min1 w ago
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Dave Whitlock

Oklahoma Voices - More True Crime

The largest reaction to our podcasts came with the last episode: True Crime. Several wrote about encountering Whitey Bulger but also many wrote about bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd and family stories of Floyd encounters. He did grow up Oklahoma and robbed banks in our state.So we continue with more True Crime for this 10th episode - stories taken from our oral history website VoicesofOklahoma.comWe have two murder stories that took place in 1977. The first story is about themurder of Kendal Ashmore and Kathy Brown in Tulsa and the second storyfeatures the Girl Scout murders near Locust Grove, Oklahoma.

20 minSEP 22
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Oklahoma Voices - More True Crime

Dr James Buskirk

Dr. James B. Buskirk was Senior Minister at First United Methodist Church in Tulsa, for twelve years beginning September 1984. Prior to his First Methodist ministry he was the founding dean of the School of Theology at Oral Roberts University. Dr. Buskirk is the originator of two local church programs in creative ministry called “Motivation for Ministry” and “Affirmation Evangelism.”Dr. Buskirk has been “Conference Preacher” at several annual conferences, spoken at jurisdictional conferences and at national conferences, and taught at several “Pastors’ Schools” in annual conferences and at “Ministers’ Week” in seminary settings. He has ministered in numerous churches in almost every state and preached and taught abroad.Dr. Buskirk served over thirty years as a pastor. He served eight years as the chair-person of the Oklahoma Conference Board of Evangelism, four years on the Conference Board of Education, plus years of service on many other boards and in many other agencies.Dr. Buskirk’s experiences as a husband, father, pastor, evangelist, professor, dean of a seminary, and administrator have all contributed to his effectiveness in ministry.

94 minSEP 15
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Dr James Buskirk

Oklahoma Voices - True Crime

Name change! We have changed the name of our podcast because it is easier to remember! Just that simple! Oklahoma Voices! Do you remember the TV show Columbo, starring Peter Falk? He was famous for saying “Oh, just one more thing.” I was watching it recently as he was solving another murder case.True crime holds a fascination for us.True crime books are big sellers and true crime TV shows are highly watched.I thought of the true crime stories we have in our Voices of Oklahoma library and I thought of three murder cases, one is unsolved. Even Columbo couldn’t solve this one.

20 minAUG 27
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Oklahoma Voices - True Crime

Dobie Langenkamp

Both of R. Dobie Langenkamp’s, grandfathers were Oklahoma pioneers in the 1920s in oil development. The younger Langenkamp worked as an oilfield roustabout, a pump station operator, and a refinery laborer while he was attending school. After Stanford and Harvard Law School he practiced oil and gas law in Oklahoma and twice was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Gas for the Department of Energy, where one of his responsibilities was to supervise the Naval Petroleum Reserve. After service in the government he founded and ran his own small independent oil and gas exploration company for 15 years. Later he was appointed Professor of Energy and Director of the National Energy Law and Policy Institute at Tulsa University Law School. Dobie Langenkamp has also served as energy consultant for the State Department and Department of Energy in Kazakhstan, the Republic of Georgia, and Iraq. He has lectured on international oil and gas law in Ghana, Angola, Uganda, Egypt, and Argentina.Additional content for this interview is available on our website: https://www.voicesofoklahoma.com/interview/langenkamp-dobie/

118 minAUG 19
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Dobie Langenkamp

Eskimo Joe's and Stan Clark

Voices of Oklahoma recalls the story of two graduates of Oklahoma State University, Stan Clark and Steve File, and their dream of opening a bar in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The bar opened July 21, 1975 and took on the name Eskimo Joe’s which came from their desire to have the coldest beer in town. Originally, Eskimo Joe’s was only a bar, but when the drinking age was raised from eighteen to twenty-one in 1984, the business became a restaurant as well.In 1990, during his commencement speech, President George H. W. Bush endorsed Eskimo Joe’s cheese fries. In 2006, during his commencement speech, President George W. Bush followed his father’s footsteps and mentioned both the restaurant and the cheese fries.Stan Clark, a native Tulsan, has built one of Oklahoma’s most recognized brands. The Stan Clark Companies, known as the “Three Amigos” includes the flagship Eskimo Joe’s as well as other restaurants and Eskimo Joe’s Promotional Products Group. From the most humble beginnings, Clark built a restaurant and retail brand that has gained national and international notoriety. Eskimo Joe’s branded clothing has been seen in most countries around the world.

122 minAUG 12
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Eskimo Joe's and Stan Clark

Allan Trimble

Allan Trimble won more state high school football championships in 22 seasons at Jenks than any head coach in Oklahoma history. But his first state title as a head coach was with the Jenks girls track team in 1995.Tremble had a 242-41 overall record and his Jenks teams made 17 state finals appearances.He was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and was No. 15 on MaxPreps’ 50 Greatest High School Football Coaches of All-Time.Since 2016 he battled ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which caused his death on December 1, 2019. He was 56. Don King, Jenks Trojans football play-by-play broadcaster, conducted this interview with Coach Trimble in April 2018 for Cox Communications. The recording was never released until now on Voices of Oklahoma. You will hear Coach talk about his early coaching days, his best Jenks team, the Jenks community, his ALS diagnosis, and you will hear his Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame speech.You can find more about Allan Trimble on our website: https://www.voicesofoklahoma.com/interview/trimble-allan/

78 minJUL 28
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Allan Trimble

Stories Behind the Voices - Teachers

COVID 19 is the impetus for this episode of Stories behind the Voices.The current news story is about sending our students back to school this fall. Teachers and administrators are grappling with the issue of class sizes, social distancing, and the wearing of masks. As I have been reading about this issue I started thinking about the teachers who were so influential in the lives of some of our storytellers on Voices of Oklahoma.Teacher names like Les Lang, Arthur D. Harrison, Sister Mary Andrews and more. This podcast is about those teachers and the lives they affected.As you listen, think of the teachers who took an interest in you and if you can, thankthem.They would be happy to hear from you!Full interviews are available on our website.

22 minJUL 23
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Stories Behind the Voices - Teachers

Russell Myers & Broom-Hilda

Russell Myers is best known for his newspaper comic strip “Broom-Hilda”. He was born in Pittsburgh, Kansas but the family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma when he was 7. He was sketching and drawing while attending Lanier Elementary, Wilson Middle School, and Rogers High School. Russell attended the University of Tulsa, where his father was a faculty member.Broom-Hilda was first published on April 19, 1970 and was carried by the Tulsa Tribune. And now, fifty years later, the Tulsa World continues its publication in 2020.Russell talks about his first comic strip, his job with Hallmark cards, Dick Tracy and of course how Broom-Hilda was created.Additional information and the full interview are available here: https://www.voicesofoklahoma.com/interview/myers-russell/

54 minJUL 20
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Russell Myers & Broom-Hilda

Latest Episodes

Frederick Drummond

“Come trade with me.” Those are the words that brought the Drummond family to Oklahoma and Osage County. Frederick Drummond (1864–1913) came to the former Osage Nation, Indian Territory, at age twenty-two in 1886. The Drummond name runs thick in the vast ranch lands of Osage County. The branches of the family tree–cousins, brothers, uncles–are extensive and storied.No one understands the family legacy more than Frederick Ford Drummond, a third-generation rancher, who walked among pioneers as a child. Later, he paid homage to his father, Fred Gentner Drummond, and his grandfather in the only way he knew how–by carrying on the family business and by becoming one of many Oklahomans who strove to keep the state’s heritage alive.Frederick Ford Drummond earned degrees from Oklahoma State and Stanford universities. After graduating from Stanford, he joined United Missouri Bank of Kansas City. Frederick Drummond’s education and banking experience equipped him to operate the family ranch. A member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association since the age of seven, Fred began training his son, Ford, in 2002 to become a fourth-generation Drummond rancher. In addition to many honors he was inducted as a member of the Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame.Fred Drummond died on October 18th, 2020.You can hear Fred's full interview and find more information on our website: https://www.voicesofoklahoma.com/interview/drummond-frederick-f/

55 min5 d ago
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Frederick Drummond

Dave Whitlock

Dave Whitlock is a world-renowned fly fisherman and contributor of many articles, photos, and illustrations to the world’s top outdoor sports magazines. His first published piece was in Field & Stream in 1968.Dave resigned his position as a research chemist and pooled his talents in painting, illustrating, writing, photography, fly fishing, fly tying and lecturing to embark on a new career as a full-time professional in the art of fly fishing.He has written and illustrated six books—several of which are considered “bibles” by fly fishermen—and co-authored or contributed to dozens of others.Dave is the best-known and most talented international figure in Oklahoma who is often not recognized in his home state of Oklahoma.He has been inducted into five halls of fame and was named by Fly Fisherman Magazine one of its “50 Most Influential Fly Fishers in the Last 5 Decades”.Dave’s wife Emily is an accomplished fly fisher and edits all of Dave’s work. They live beside a trout stream in Welling, Oklahoma.You can find the full interview on our website: https://www.voicesofoklahoma.com/interview/whitlock-dave/

72 min1 w ago
Comments
Dave Whitlock

Oklahoma Voices - More True Crime

The largest reaction to our podcasts came with the last episode: True Crime. Several wrote about encountering Whitey Bulger but also many wrote about bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd and family stories of Floyd encounters. He did grow up Oklahoma and robbed banks in our state.So we continue with more True Crime for this 10th episode - stories taken from our oral history website VoicesofOklahoma.comWe have two murder stories that took place in 1977. The first story is about themurder of Kendal Ashmore and Kathy Brown in Tulsa and the second storyfeatures the Girl Scout murders near Locust Grove, Oklahoma.

20 minSEP 22
Comments
Oklahoma Voices - More True Crime

Dr James Buskirk

Dr. James B. Buskirk was Senior Minister at First United Methodist Church in Tulsa, for twelve years beginning September 1984. Prior to his First Methodist ministry he was the founding dean of the School of Theology at Oral Roberts University. Dr. Buskirk is the originator of two local church programs in creative ministry called “Motivation for Ministry” and “Affirmation Evangelism.”Dr. Buskirk has been “Conference Preacher” at several annual conferences, spoken at jurisdictional conferences and at national conferences, and taught at several “Pastors’ Schools” in annual conferences and at “Ministers’ Week” in seminary settings. He has ministered in numerous churches in almost every state and preached and taught abroad.Dr. Buskirk served over thirty years as a pastor. He served eight years as the chair-person of the Oklahoma Conference Board of Evangelism, four years on the Conference Board of Education, plus years of service on many other boards and in many other agencies.Dr. Buskirk’s experiences as a husband, father, pastor, evangelist, professor, dean of a seminary, and administrator have all contributed to his effectiveness in ministry.

94 minSEP 15
Comments
Dr James Buskirk

Oklahoma Voices - True Crime

Name change! We have changed the name of our podcast because it is easier to remember! Just that simple! Oklahoma Voices! Do you remember the TV show Columbo, starring Peter Falk? He was famous for saying “Oh, just one more thing.” I was watching it recently as he was solving another murder case.True crime holds a fascination for us.True crime books are big sellers and true crime TV shows are highly watched.I thought of the true crime stories we have in our Voices of Oklahoma library and I thought of three murder cases, one is unsolved. Even Columbo couldn’t solve this one.

20 minAUG 27
Comments
Oklahoma Voices - True Crime

Dobie Langenkamp

Both of R. Dobie Langenkamp’s, grandfathers were Oklahoma pioneers in the 1920s in oil development. The younger Langenkamp worked as an oilfield roustabout, a pump station operator, and a refinery laborer while he was attending school. After Stanford and Harvard Law School he practiced oil and gas law in Oklahoma and twice was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Gas for the Department of Energy, where one of his responsibilities was to supervise the Naval Petroleum Reserve. After service in the government he founded and ran his own small independent oil and gas exploration company for 15 years. Later he was appointed Professor of Energy and Director of the National Energy Law and Policy Institute at Tulsa University Law School. Dobie Langenkamp has also served as energy consultant for the State Department and Department of Energy in Kazakhstan, the Republic of Georgia, and Iraq. He has lectured on international oil and gas law in Ghana, Angola, Uganda, Egypt, and Argentina.Additional content for this interview is available on our website: https://www.voicesofoklahoma.com/interview/langenkamp-dobie/

118 minAUG 19
Comments
Dobie Langenkamp

Eskimo Joe's and Stan Clark

Voices of Oklahoma recalls the story of two graduates of Oklahoma State University, Stan Clark and Steve File, and their dream of opening a bar in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The bar opened July 21, 1975 and took on the name Eskimo Joe’s which came from their desire to have the coldest beer in town. Originally, Eskimo Joe’s was only a bar, but when the drinking age was raised from eighteen to twenty-one in 1984, the business became a restaurant as well.In 1990, during his commencement speech, President George H. W. Bush endorsed Eskimo Joe’s cheese fries. In 2006, during his commencement speech, President George W. Bush followed his father’s footsteps and mentioned both the restaurant and the cheese fries.Stan Clark, a native Tulsan, has built one of Oklahoma’s most recognized brands. The Stan Clark Companies, known as the “Three Amigos” includes the flagship Eskimo Joe’s as well as other restaurants and Eskimo Joe’s Promotional Products Group. From the most humble beginnings, Clark built a restaurant and retail brand that has gained national and international notoriety. Eskimo Joe’s branded clothing has been seen in most countries around the world.

122 minAUG 12
Comments
Eskimo Joe's and Stan Clark

Allan Trimble

Allan Trimble won more state high school football championships in 22 seasons at Jenks than any head coach in Oklahoma history. But his first state title as a head coach was with the Jenks girls track team in 1995.Tremble had a 242-41 overall record and his Jenks teams made 17 state finals appearances.He was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and was No. 15 on MaxPreps’ 50 Greatest High School Football Coaches of All-Time.Since 2016 he battled ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which caused his death on December 1, 2019. He was 56. Don King, Jenks Trojans football play-by-play broadcaster, conducted this interview with Coach Trimble in April 2018 for Cox Communications. The recording was never released until now on Voices of Oklahoma. You will hear Coach talk about his early coaching days, his best Jenks team, the Jenks community, his ALS diagnosis, and you will hear his Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame speech.You can find more about Allan Trimble on our website: https://www.voicesofoklahoma.com/interview/trimble-allan/

78 minJUL 28
Comments
Allan Trimble

Stories Behind the Voices - Teachers

COVID 19 is the impetus for this episode of Stories behind the Voices.The current news story is about sending our students back to school this fall. Teachers and administrators are grappling with the issue of class sizes, social distancing, and the wearing of masks. As I have been reading about this issue I started thinking about the teachers who were so influential in the lives of some of our storytellers on Voices of Oklahoma.Teacher names like Les Lang, Arthur D. Harrison, Sister Mary Andrews and more. This podcast is about those teachers and the lives they affected.As you listen, think of the teachers who took an interest in you and if you can, thankthem.They would be happy to hear from you!Full interviews are available on our website.

22 minJUL 23
Comments
Stories Behind the Voices - Teachers

Russell Myers & Broom-Hilda

Russell Myers is best known for his newspaper comic strip “Broom-Hilda”. He was born in Pittsburgh, Kansas but the family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma when he was 7. He was sketching and drawing while attending Lanier Elementary, Wilson Middle School, and Rogers High School. Russell attended the University of Tulsa, where his father was a faculty member.Broom-Hilda was first published on April 19, 1970 and was carried by the Tulsa Tribune. And now, fifty years later, the Tulsa World continues its publication in 2020.Russell talks about his first comic strip, his job with Hallmark cards, Dick Tracy and of course how Broom-Hilda was created.Additional information and the full interview are available here: https://www.voicesofoklahoma.com/interview/myers-russell/

54 minJUL 20
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Russell Myers & Broom-Hilda
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