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October 8, 2002

You may have noticed the story and photos of our Perry Junior High band in this newspaper the other day after the youngsters came home covered with glory following their appearance in the Tulsa State Fair. If you did not experience a surge of pride for that accomplishment, you must not have a granddaughter or grandson in that band. Mine's a stellar seventh grade trumpeter enjoying another year (her third) as a part of that tradition-laden organization. (All our grandkids are smart and good looking.) Perry's band honors are like those enjoyed by the PHS wrestling team. You just expect more from them because of the acclaim heaped on their predecessors and their directors.

The Perry band program had its official beginning in the 1920s after the arrival here of the Russian-born maestro, Professor Leopold Radgowsky, and he's been a tough act to follow ever since. Before his untimely death in 1938, he exposed young people and adults of this area to the beauty of all kinds of music. It's a story familiar to most of us and it has been told and retold many times. It still bears repeating because it makes all of us burst with pride when we see the young musicians of this generation working hard not only to stay in step but also to experience the joy of music.

Now, on to another subject. Let's take a look back at the way it was in Perry as mirrored in the local newspaper on October 5, 1934. Radio broadcasts of the World Series were being heard on both the Columbia and NBC networks and the public was invited to hear them at the Noble County Motor Co., corner of Sixth and Elm Streets. Ford was sponsoring the broadcasts. At the Roxy Theatre, "Now and Forever" was being shown Sunday through Wednesday. Starring were Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard and Shirley Temple. At the Annex, the feature for that same period was "The Cat's Paw," starring Harold Lloyd.

The PHS Maroon football team was preparing to meet the Lawton High School team at Lawton. Coach Hump Daniels was taking a squad of 20 for the game. The Maroons were undefeated at this point of the season. Meanwhile, city workmen were ready to start the installation of floodlights at the fairgrounds field where Perry played its home games. Twenty Perry businesses and individuals were paying for the lights to make possible night games for the first time in Perry.

Sid Wade and Bailey Render were advertising Marfak lubrication for customers' cars at their Texaco filling station, Seventh and Birch Streets. Candidates for the third district county commissioner office were Ed Bieberdorf, Republican, and Charles O. Johnson, Democrat. Many more county offices were at stake in the November general election.