icon_newspaper.gifHelen Ford Wallace, The Daily Oklahoman
Sunday, February 23, 2003

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US! • The Oklahoma Publishing Co. celebrated the 100th anniversary of the company with an afternoon party Feb. 16 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. About 1,200 current and retired employees gathered for food, fun and a nostalgic look at the past.

Hosts were members of the Edward L. Gaylord family.

Many guests reminisced about early-day printing presses and past employees as they were shown on the big screen.

Matt Jones was master of ceremonies, and singers from Oklahoma Christian University Chorale and Summer Singers entertained. They sang songs including “Oklahoma!” and closed with “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Christy Gaylord Everest, president of The Oklahoma Publishing Co., thanked the employees for years of service. Edward L. Gaylord, chairman and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Co., added his appreciation to the employees and introduced family members and guests. Jones, in turn, thanked the Gaylords for their long-standing support of the company and the community.

Centennial logos were set in the flower arrangements on food tables, and all employees received commemorative books titled “Family Album, Together for 100 Years.” The publication by employees Roger Klock, Ann DeFrange, Scott Horton, Sue Hale and Jim Argo features a decade-by-decade history of the company and its future vision.

The afternoon gathering was an event filled with renewed friendships, affection for each other and a general feeling of earnest desire to publish the state’s best newspaper for the next 100 years.

Celebration planners were Hale, Marcia Peeler, Ron Clarke, Horton, Matt Jones and Wanda Matula.

LET ME CALL YOU SWEETHEART • The Boulevard Boys, former Classen High School classmates, entertained at their annual Valentine’s luncheon at the Boulevard Cafeteria.

Entertainment was by the Tone Appetit quartet from Classen School of Advanced Studies, and the Boulevard Boys sang the Classen High School song and “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” to their wives and dates.

Guests included Sally and Bill Hood, Dick Coyle, John Trigg, Lynn Taylor, Julie and Charles Lampkin, Randy Everest, Pat and Jim Snyder, Carol and Art Pemberton, Dell Watson, Suzie and Thane Hatcher, Bob Allen, Lynn and Perry Bennett, and Lilly and Bill Dunlap.

A HEARTFELT SHOWER • A dessert and tabletop shower honoring K.C. Clifford, who will marry David Broyles in April, was held Valentine’s Day. It was in the home of Janie Cook, and co-hostesses were Ann Fleming, Dianne Meacham, Joy Richardson and Marty Margo.

Special yummy desserts included a tray of bride-and-groom cookies, a large, white wedding cake set on a silver cake stand, and a large chocolate cake and lemon tarts. Red tulips were set in blue and white containers.

Among the guests were Beverly Ellis, Blake Mitchell, Katy Keleher, Carolyn Clifford, Susan Hoffman, Barbara Beeler, Sarah Weed, Ranell Brown, Beth Hammack, Judy Ferguson, Kathy Haggard, Linda Tate, Kim Brown and Eve Patterson.

FRIENDS GATHER • Friends of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art met for a reception and lecture at the museum. Director of the Corning Museum of Glass, Dr. David Whitehouse of Corning, N.Y., was speaker. He discussed the Portland Vase, an antique vase in the British Museum, London.

Seventy people attended, including Lynn White, Nancy Ellis, Kirk Hammons, Anita and Jack Dahlgren, Priscilla and Jordan Braun, Lu and Blake Hoenig, Shirley Ford, Helen and Bill Cleary, John Kilpatrick, Sharon and John Bozalis, and Stacey Ford-Gardner.

MEET THE PRESIDENT • Colorado College President Richard F. Celeste, Colorado Springs, Colo., was in town recently to meet alumni of the school and prospective students.

A party was held in his honor in the home of Lil and Bill Ross. Their daughter, Becky Roten, is alumni representative. He spoke to the 40 people who attended about the philosophy of the school and introduced current students.

AT METRO TECH • Executive Women International met for dinner recently at Metro Technology Center. Danene Vincent, associate superintendent, talked about Metro Tech. One of the organization’s new member businesses is Eskridge Lexus of Oklahoma City