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June 19, 1998

Most executive travelers crave a newspaper at the door when they register at hotels, according to a survey conducted by Lodging Hospitality, a nationally distributed monthly magazine read by many hotel managers. Newspapers were the surprising choice over amenities such as basic cable TV, in-room coffee makers, premium TV channels and pay-per-view TV. You can conclude from the survey's findings that print is not dead, as some would have you believe. Summing up information gleaned through the survey, the magazine lists these as the top five amenities hotels should feature within five years: 1. Newspaper at the door. 2. Exercise/fitness facility. 3. Iron/ironing board. 4. Room service. 5. Laundry/dry cleaning service.

J.L. Trammel, manager of the Best Western Cherokee Strip Motel here, provided me with a copy of the magazine containing this interesting information. I note that several newspapers, including The Perry Daily Journal, are available near the registration desk of Mr. Trammel's motel, so the local folks obviously are aware of travelers' hankering for information in print form. We're pretty up to date about most things here in Perry.

The other day, I saw a man doing something I thought was physically impossible in the front seat of a Volkswagen Beetle. He was wearing a five-gallon Western hat without having to duck his head in the cramped confines of that quaint little classic car. In the Bug I drove for 17 years a while back, there just didn't seem to be enough room for that.

My friend Marcia Moore of Severy, Kansas, continues to add to her collection of interesting mementos from Perry's early years. A recent note discloses that she has acquired more Perry souvenirs, purchased from a collection in Chanute, Kansas, and she sends photos to illustrate. A sugar and creamer set in one photo looks like delicate porcelain. Both bear likenesses of our Carnegie Library. They are hand-painted and were made around 1910 in Germany by the Jonroth Company for the Barton Book Store here. The other photo shows a small white glass container, possibly for holding talcum or something else for milady's toiletries table. The cover has a hand-painted floral design and the inscription: "Souvenir of Perry, Okla." No indication of the year it was made, but it probably was one of several such articles made by Jonroth and sold by the Barton Book Store here years ago.