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November 28, 2000

A full-page article in a recent edition of the Greater Tulsa Reporter newspaper turned the spotlight on Wayne Swearingen, one of our favorite Perry sons. For several decades, Wayne has been among this country's most highly respected and frequently quoted oil executives. Associate editor Carol Kealiher does a good job of profiling him in this article, including the sentimental reference to his childhood in Perry. I've known Wayne since both of us were in the Perry high school band under the baton of Mr. Bill Sharp. Later both of us found employment with this newspaper. Wayne was an advertising sales representative and I was a young cub reporter, both under the tutelage of the editor-publisher, Mr. W. K. Leatherock. Wayne has done quite well since those golden days following graduation from Perry high school, Wayne in 1942 and I in 1941. The Tulsa newspaper article related that Wayne has been an oil industry consultant since his company, Livingston Oil, merged in 1974 with Utah International that then merged into General Electric. It's an interesting article but you may have trouble locating it in this area. Sorry, but there's not enough space to reprint all of it in this column.

You may have noticed some recent columns in the Oklahoma Now! Section of the Daily Oklahoman signed by Rachel Boggess. If that name sounds familiar, it's because she's the mother of Rev. Tim Boggess, pastor of Perry's First Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Boggess is geriatric care manager of Integris Third Age Life Center in Oklahoma City, and her columns are entitled "Vintage Visions." She is one of ten in a group chosen by the Oklahoma City paper to contribute a column to the paper for each Monday's edition. Mrs. Boggess lives in Edmond but since Rev. Tim came to Perry from Georgia a few years ago she has been a frequent and very welcome Sunday visitor at the local church and she now is a member of our choir there.

Congratulations to our longtime friend Dwight Rymer on the occasion of his retirement as president and chairman of the board of the Citizens State Bank in Morrison, where he has lived since 1961. Before going to that Noble county community he was vocational agriculture instructor at Billings high school. Dwight has made a unique impression on this part of Oklahoma with his leadership in business, politics and state government. He is a colorful, dynamic person. During his years in Morrison the town has grown from an estimated population of 240 to more than 700 now. And the Morrison Wildcats have set records as state champions in eight-man football. His wife, Mary, also has been actively involved in many areas, including our own Stagecoach Community Theatre where she has acted, directed and given counsel many times. Dwight and Mary’s two daughters,Peggy Robinson and Lenel Sexton, both live near Morrison. Best wishes to the entire family. If we know Dwight, "retirement" won't mean "retirement" in the traditional sense. He will continue to be an activist in many ways. That's good news.