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October 14, 2003

Mrs. Kenneth Wade used to be an instructor in the Oklahoma State University school of education, and she recently attended a meeting in Stillwater where a couple of odd but related questions came up. She turned to me for possible answers, but I could only help her with part of the quandary. Maybe you can fill in the blanks. A gentleman across from her at the meeting wore a badge that identified him as Mr. George Rowley of Edmond. When he learned that Mrs. Wade was from Perry, he brought up a time from his past. Mr. Rowley fondly remembered listening to the Enid radio station KCRC when he was a youngster. KCRC programs had a very large audience throughout this area in the days before television. Mr. Rowley said the announcer invariably introduced the show with a line that went something like this: "Welcome to the tunes of the Ed Seeley Band from Perry, where the goose hangs high!"

Mr. Rowley said the Ed Seeley Band played music from the Big Band era. He's wondering whatever became of them, and does anyone else still remember them. I have to admit that the name is not familiar to me, but I know there once were several loosely organized dance bands out of Perry. The other part of Mrs. Wade's query had to do with that phrase, "...where the goose hangs high." It was new to her, but I've heard it for years and it is generally meant as a compliment, like, "Perry is a good town." That's the essence of the meaning, but I need another reference book or some other help to explain its derivation. If you can clear it up, call Mrs. Wade or me.

With the recent formation of an Ad Hoc-Citizens Steering Committee, our Perry school system has taken the next logical step toward a decision on go or no-go for new facilities to serve the local district. A lot of ideas are being floated around and many more undoubtedly will be offered by those who are seriously interested in giving our young people and their instructors the very best atmosphere for learning.

Financing will be a major factor, of course, and that part of the equation undoubtedly will be given long and careful scrutiny. For myself, it is still hard to believe that some of the facilities on the campus of the senior high and mid-high classes are old enough to even consider replacements, but that may be exactly the state they are in, and I look forward to learning the facts. Periodic studies of these matters are good ideas. We should always try to anticipate needs before they become insoluble.

Watching the new facilities under construction on the campus of Stillwater high school has been an interesting process this year. The school, on the north side of town, will provide a beautiful setting for many activities at SHS, and from my limited knowledge I can agree that they were badly needed. Apparently the only negative to be seen so far is the lack of land for all those buildings. There's not going to be much empty space when all this work is done, but they will be attractive.