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May 12, 1998

Everyone else seems to be weighing in with comments on the final episode of the Jerry Seinfeld show – it’s part of the overblown hyperbole designed to give NBC a huge audience for the event Thursday night – so I may as well dip my oar in the water. I yield to no man in my admiration for the original Seinfeld sitcoms, when he opened and closed each episode doing standup routines in a club setting, but it’s apparent that the writers and producers have run out of fresh ideas. Shows during the season just ending were sadly devoid of the biting wit that characterized the early years. It’s time to put this show to rest so we can start watching the reruns. The Seinfeld ensemble gave us a lot of chuckles for a while, and that’s the way we want to remember them rather than the crude and unfunny episodes offered up this year.

Some pundits are wondering why Bill Clinton has chosen not to respond harshly to Paula Jones. Why would he say anything bad about someone named Jones? Isn’t that one of the most commonly found names in the U.S.? No politician would knowingly jeopardize a voting bloc of that magnitude.

A feature article in a recent edition of the Tulsa World tells about the $1 million renovation of Tulsa’s private downtown club, the Summit, which occupies the top two floors of the 32-story NationsBank Building. This is of interest locally because Wade Edmundson, son of Dr. Paul Edmundson and his late wife, Lois, is president of the club, and Wade’s photo appears with the newspaper account. The remodeling was restricted to the 32nd floor, a 7,000-square-foot area. The club has 1,500 members, including top executives in Tulsa from businesses, law and accounting firms, banks and volunteer groups. Wade Edmundson is an executive with the Bank of Oklahoma. The club is 30 years old.

Joe Davidson originated Oklahoma Joe’s smokers to help work his way through the school years at Oklahoma State University, then began serious commercial manufacturing at a small plant in Perry. The cookers caught on and he moved the operation into a much larger building here but eventually he was persuaded to move the business to Stillwater. A story in last Saturday’s Stillwater News Press discloses that the Oklahoma Joe trade name has now been sold to a competitor in New Braunfels, Texas, and Mr. Davidson will be moving there to become a top executive with the company. Thus, Oklahoma Joe’s cookers will now be manufactured in Texas. The Stillwater company will continue to make trailers and the larger barbecue units.

We were sorry to learn of the death of R.D. Boyd. He was a colorful part of the Ditch Witch marketing team while I was employed by that company, and I worked many trade shows in various parts of the country with him. He probably came as close to being a “born salesman” as anyone I have known. Before joining Ditch Witch, Dee was a traveling representative with Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., and he became well acquainted in Perry through his contacts with Harold Scovill’s tire and appliance store. Dee’s wife, Beverly, became a good friend through our participation in productions of Stagecoach Community Theatre. Our sympathy is extended to Beverly and her son, Judge Dennis Boyd, and daughter, DeeAnn.