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August 12, 1997

As a graduate of what they now call "old Classen high school" in Oklahoma City, Laura regularly receives a copy of The New Classen Life. It's a quarterly magazine, quite possibly the best of its type put out by any high school alumni association anywhere. It usually has a four-color cover on slick paper, color and black and white photos inside, plus interesting articles about graduates of the revered old school, which now is devoted to students in advanced studies. The magazine staff consists of several retired print and electronic media people, and their professionalism is very apparent. I look forward to each issue. They're a joy to behold.

Here's a bit of anonymous doggerel borrowed, with permission, from a recent issue of the Classen magazine. Many of you personal computer users out there will appreciate this.

SPELLING CHECK SYNDROME

I have a spelling checker.
It came with my PC.
It plainly marks four my revue Mistakes I can knot sea.

I've run this poem threw it,
I'm sure your pleased to no,
It's letter perfect in its weigh;
My checker tolled me sew.

If you attended the lecture given here last year by Eddie Faye Gates at the Cherokee Strip Museum, you'll be interested in learning that her newest book, They Came Searching, is now at book stores around the state. In it she tells how blacks in earlier generations sought the promised land in Tulsa. The price of the book is $19.95. It's available from Eakin Press in Austin, Texas. Phone orders are accepted at 1-800-880-8642, and they take credit cards. Ms. Gates is the author of several books on African American Studies, and her lecture here was engrossing. Her home is in Tulsa.

It's time to start thinking about football at all its levels. I guess we'll have to agree that the Nebraska Cornhuskers had one of the country's best football teams last season, despite their two losses. Until the big game with Texas, they had beaten the best from the new Big 12 conference's north and south divisions. Their record eliminated them from the possibility of owning a third straight national championship. That's too bad. We all feel sorry for them.

I don't think there ever has been competition for "best fight song" in any collegiate conference, but the Cornhuskers would definitely NOT win that. Not my vote, anyway. Their song, There Is No Place Like Nebraska, is not exactly spine-tingling. It just doesn't stimulate much excitement, especially among non-graduates of the Lincoln school. I'd give the prize for the best song to OSU for Ride 'em Cowboys, especially when they play it with that extra zest and percussion that come after the 'Boys score a touchdown. They really need SOME kind of gridiron prize, anyway. OU's Boomer Sooner is not too bad, but it's also not very original. Yale of the Ivy League is just one of several others who use it as their song, singing Boola Boola in place of the OU lyrics.

I keep mentioning this but it's worth repeating. None of those schools has a fight song or a school song to compare with the Perry Maroons' Fight on for Perry and Dear Old Perry High. For one thing, they were written just for PHS. For another, they are soul-stirring when heard in the right environment. I'm sorry, OU and OSU, but that is just a fact of life. No matter. Bring on season of football, and hurry!