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April 25, 2003

Our Perry boys certainly do go around and their performances are earning well-deserved prestigious recognition. You no doubt noticed a headlined story on page one of The Daily Oklahoman the other day when the top story was the promotion of Ed Kelley to the position of job editor of that newspaper. That is just as important a job as it sounds.

Ed is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Kelley of Perry. He has climbed the ladder of success at The Oklahoman since winning his degree at the University of Oklahoma school of journalism where he was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate. He began his career with the paper as a summer intern in 1974 while a student at OU. He joined the paper full-time after graduating one year later. In the recent past he has been serving as editor of The Oklahoman's editorial page. Ed chose his career path in journalism as a reporter and sports writer for this newspaper while still in high school. He is a 1971 graduate of PHS. He just recently was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. His promotion to the post of editor at The Oklahoma came about because Edward L. Gaylord, 84, son of the late E. K. Gaylord, is retiring soon from the position of editor and publisher

David Thompson, a former executive of the Oklahoma City newspaper, is returning to this state from North Carolina to assume the role of publisher, another assignment being relinquished by Mr. Gaylord, who will continue to be chairman and chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Publishing Co. The change, to become effective next month on the eve of Mr. Gaylord's 84th birthday, will mark the first time since early in the 20th century that someone outside the Gaylord family will hold either of the top two jobs at the paper. Congratulations to Ed, his wife Carole, their three children, and to his parents. By the way, his mother, the for-mer Marian Bobbitt, once worked in the advertising department of this newspaper.

This next one may have been missed by some folks here. On the Channel 4 news the other night they featured a segment about an NBC newsman, Phil Rogers, who has been doing the Iraqi war inserts on the news directly from the field of battle. That name may not ring a bell; but the feature went on to say that he is a graduate of Stillwater high school and his parents were Mrs. Elizabeth Rogers of Stillwater and her late husband, Murl Rogers, who was the full-time director of the Oklahoma State University Former Students Association. Elizabeth Rogers is a former speech and English teacher at Perry high school, and that is where she met her future husband, who was the vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at PHS before being chosen for the post at OSU.

Phil also is a brother of Paul Rogers, former sales manager of the Charles Machine Works, Inc., who now lives in southern California. When not on foreign assignment for NBC, Phil is a newsman with the major TV station in Chicago. I can't let this go without mentioning that his Mom, Elizabeth Rogers, has never failed to attend a class reunion of the class of 1941 (that's my class) at PHS. She directed our senior class play and did an excellent job with most of her students in the field of speech and English.