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August 6, 2005

Ed Kelley, a Perry boy, is now editor of The Oklahoman, certainly a responsible position calling for good decisions and considerable talent in several fields. We are proud of Ed. He has reached a pinnacle of success through his own tenacity and aptitude. He makes all of us walk a little bit taller. As you have undoubtedly heard by now, he will be a member of the first class to be inducted into the Perry Alumni Association's Honor Roll in September. All of you should be on hand at the First Christian church Fellowship Hall when that occasion rolls around on September 15.

But I remember other members of Ed's family, and each of them could be treated as a separate story. You know who I'm talking about. For one thing, there was Ed's grandmother, Olinda Kelley, an excellent seamstress who overcame a speech handicap, for one thing, and bounced back in a remarkable way. Or, you could consider Ed's mother, the late, former Marion Bobbit, a civic worker and leader and a onetime Advertising Department employee at this newspaper. Marion was a good-humored, creative person, and she enjoyed her work. She also was a good decision-maker and a hard-nosed businesswoman.

Also, there is Ed's Dad, Calvin, an All-State level football player at Perry High School and a leader in class organizations. He later was with the U.S. Postal Service, then the Military, and eventually he retired from the Postal Department. Calvin is still with us, thank goodness, and he has a dry sense of humor that makes him interesting to discuss things with. There are more Kelleys that could be named, but you get my drift. I remember Olinda Kelley because, for one thing, she and my late Mother, Ivy Beers, were good friends with similar ideas. But more than anything, I remember Olinda because she and Mrs. Hunefelt were the two alterations ladies at the Gottlieb family businesses, The Famous Department Store and Gottlieb's Vogue. They were lovely ladies in every sense of the word and it is only fitting that Mrs. Kelley's grandson should be a leading Oklahoma newspaperman. He's a fine gentleman, to complement her very well as a fine lady. Congratulations to all of them for making this such a good town to live in.