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April 23, 1999

Owasso is one of several fine Oklahoma communities that benefit from a close proximity to a major city, in this case Tulsa. The population of Owasso was reported as slightly more than 11,000 in the 1990 federal census and it undoubtedly will be substantially larger after the nose-count next year. A Tulsa radio station recently started carrying paid advertisements, booster-type commercials, for the satellite city of Owasso, located north of Tulsa. The closing line on all of these plugs is the slogan: "Owasso -- The City Without Limits."

Sorry to point this out, but that's not an original line. W.K. Leatherock, the late publisher of this newspaper, used the same thing, but with the name of Perry in place of Owasso, more than 50 years ago. It was the closing tag for his frequent personal columns, "In the Wake of the News," which spiced this paper for a couple of decades. It also wasn't original with Mr. Leatherock and it certainly wasn't copyrighted, so Owasso is welcome to it.

Our friend, former Perryan Myrna Niles Hamman, appeared on the very popular TV show, "The Practice," on the ABC network last Sunday night. The episode contained several story lines. Myrna played a court clerk in a scene where a lady judge ordered a womanizing, but astonished, pornographer to drop his pants in court. Myrna's reaction to all this was a key part of the scene, although she had few lines. Myrna is still landing small parts on some of television's hottest shows. You'll remember, of course, that she got her theatrical start right here in our own Stagecoach Community Theatre, including her outstanding job in the title role of "Mame" several years ago.

Odd things do show up in the mail. Once you respond to a plea from some charitable. organization, or buy a trial subscription for some magazine, or show even the tiniest bit of interest in something delivered by the U.S. Postal Service, you can expect your volume of mail to be expanded immediately. We've all experienced that but it seems that the flow is getting out of hand and there's no easy way to turn off the spigot.

I get a lot of interesting stuff, too. One of these is a tabloid-size publication called "Old News," and indeed that is what it dispenses. All of the 12 pages are made up to look like a present-day newspaper, but listen to these headlines from page one: "Wright Brothers Build Powered Flying Machine;" "Casey Jones Killed in Train Wreck;" "Donner Party Menaced by Mountain Snow." Inside articles are about Ulysses S. Grant and Florence Nightingale and all are written as if those historic figures were still living and the events that made them famous just happened.

I've looked at this paper many times and it intrigues me enough that I am considering a trial one-year subscription. The thing is, there's no telling how many additional offbeat offers will follow if I do. Our table of recyclable newspapers and magazines already fills up awfully fast. How'd they know I'm a sucker for such stuff?