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July 23, 1999

Minnie Rozell passes along additional information about the forthcoming made-for-TV movie dealing with the life of frontier lawman Bill Tilghman. She provides a clipping from a column called Museum Notes in the Lincoln County News, Chandler's weekly newspaper, which pretty well tells the story.

As you know, Mr. Tilghman became Perry's first town marshal (police chief) when our first mayor, John N. Brogan, and the city council appointed him to that post on October 28, 1893. The TNT cable network has announced that its biographical movie, "You Know My Name," based on the interesting career of Marshal Tilghman, will be shown to a nationwide audience, but there is some confusion about the date of that showing. The TNT network has been promoting it as a feature of its August 11 program schedule. The Chandler clipping shows a July 26 premiere date. I am trying to confirm which date is correct. It's possible two showings will be offered.

Chandler Mayor Keith Duncan and the Lincoln County Historical Society are welcoming the public to Chandler, Marshall Tilghman's hometown, on Saturday (July 24), which has been proclaimed "Bill Tilghman Day" by the mayor. Chandler is using the day to acquaint the public with the marshal's life and service as an Oklahoma lawman, plus Chandler's own heritage. Visitors to the town that day may see an early-day movie produced by the marshal and others entitled "Passing of the Oklahoma Outlaw," at Chandler's Museum of Pioneer History. According to the column, Tilghman featured himself in the 1915 silent film.

Walking tour guides for the historic district where Tilghman lived will be available to further acquaint visitors with the hometown hero who served as town marshal, county sheriff, state senator and deputy U.S. marshal. Thanks to Minnie Rozell for providing this information, and congratulations to the town of Chandler and the Lincoln County Historical Society for putting together this celebration.

Perry's claim as "the wrestling capital" was underscored once again by the announcement of "All-Century Wrestling Stars" by the Daily Oklahoman sports staff the other day. Certainly it was no surprise that Dan Hodge received this accolade: "Perhaps the most dominating college wrestler in state history, unbeaten at 177 pounds in three championship seasons, 1955-57." Hodge was named the outstanding wrestler of the 20th century at Oklahoma University. Gordon Roesler received honorable mention on the OU list. Jack VanBebber, who wrestled collegiately for Oklahoma A&M (OSU), was named No. 8 on the list of the state's international wrestlers, with this comment: "Beat the silver and bronze medalists to win gold at Los Angeles Olympics in 1932." Bill Pricer received honorable mention in the list of outstanding high school wrestlers during this century.

Predictably, wrestling fans already are complaining about oversights. Cecil Beisel comes to mind as one who could have been included. But you can't please everyone, especially wrestling fans.