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January 13, 1996

It's good to know that Mayor Bud Hollingsworth is feeling better these days. He just recently had major lung surgery and the recuperative period is well underway. Not much strength yet but the prognosis is good and he's convinced he'll be able to regain the old vigor by the time bass fishing begins. No doubt he also is eager to dive into the usual mountain of municipal problems which have to be dealt with. Hizzoner and I shared a work space at the Charles Machine Works, Inc., a few years back and we got to know each other pretty well. Part of our bonding was through a common affection for the music of Glenn Miller and other big bands of the 1940s.

Entrepreneur Etsell Emde is getting ready to expand his storage building empire. The first units, located on the grounds of the former Southwest Salvage Co. on Cedar street hard by the Cow Creek bridge, are rented most of the time. A new area with larger storage capability soon will be built on East Fir avenue across the street from Terry and Judi Leonard's Cattle Baron Restaurant. The new units will be for boats, trailers, automobiles and the like, Etsell says. He's also planning to cover the old Southwest Salvage metal building with an attractive veneer much like his rental buildings in that area.

Perry's Expo '96 already is well into the planning stage for next March 29-30 at the fairgrounds. This thing has been getting bigger each year as its popularity grows with local merchants and service providers. The petting zoo and the health fair, sponsored by Perry Memorial Hospital, will be two of the principal features again this year.

Perry's Ed Kelley, managing editor of the Daily Oklahoman, is the recipient of a prestigious award from the National Press Foundation for directing his paper's coverage of the Murrah Federal Building bombing last April 19 in Oklahoma City. Everyone I've talked to in the news business feels the same way - Ed and the Oklahoman did an exceptionally thorough, professional job in the face of a terrible tragedy when chaos reigned and intelligent communication was difficult, if not impossible. As I said before, Ed and the Oklahoman also should win a Pulitzer prize this year for that achievement.

Glad to see Larry Fry is coming back for another year as Perry school superintendent. He's doing a good job in a position that requires him to fill many roles - educator, administrator, human resources manager, public relations, budget planner, counselor, disciplinarian, cultural leader, and on and on. For the most part, Perry always has been blessed with good people in its public school faculty and administrative slots. We're fortunate to have Mr. Fry.

Don't know about you, but I'm enjoying the First Bank & Trust Co.'s series of ads in which the 1920 Peroma is being reproduced bit by bit each week. Incidentally, if you have any old Perry high school yearbooks gathering dust in a closet or the attic, the Perry Alumni Association would probably like to have them. The association has a desk at the Chamber of Commerce office in the Foucart Building, or you could call Carolyn Chopp for information.