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ON THE COVER: We love Oklahoma. For our sixtieth anniversary, we asked Oklahomans to tell us why the state is great—and we’re sharing their answers in “60 Reasons to Love Oklahoma Now” (page 34). Illustration by Steven Walker.
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60 Reasons to Love Oklahoma Now
With this issue, Oklahoma Today marks its sixtieth anniversary. To celebrate, we asked five dozen Okies to tell us what they love about the state. Whether it’s Vince Gill’s favorite place to eat or former Taft mayor Leila Davis’ ideal spot for rummage shopping, these destinations, dishes, and places of the heart will help you get to know the land we call grand.
What started as a scathing affront spat at Dust Bowl refugees has become a badge of honor for proud Oklahomans. Brian Ted Jones chronicles the evolution of a word from Woody Guthrie to Merle Haggard and beyond.
By Brian Ted Jones
All About That Bass
One of the state’s most popular outdoor pastimes, bass fishing can be about food, family, friends, and pure fun—or it can be an intense competition. Members of Oklahoma high school fishing clubs look to the water to pursue their angling dreams.
By Bryan Painter
Photographs by Shane Bevel
Out of the Shadows
He discovered four of the moons of Jupiter. He designed the pendulum clock, one of the first accurate methods of timekeeping He proved Copernicus’ theory of heliocentricity. Galileo Galilei’s contribution to society can’t be understated. This year, his work in astronomy, anatomy, and other fields impacts new audiences during the University of Oklahoma’s Galileo’s World exhibit.
By Nathan Gunter
60 Years of Photography: Part One
For six decades, Oklahoma Today has showcased Oklahoma photographers and their views of the Sooner State. In part one of a six-part series running through 2016, we open the window to ten of the greatest images ever to grace these pages.
In Enid, travelers can stock up on cool gear, fill upon great food, and rest easy in a luxurious bed and breakfast; although the recipes are on lockdown, there’s no password required to enjoy the delicious food at Althea’s Vault in Washington; and Lawton’s newly renovated Museum of the Great Plains transports visitors through time with interactive exhibits.
Artists Ali Harter, John Moreland, and others sing the most Oklahoma songs of all time; art is a family affair at the Willard Stone exhibit; 46 Star Records spins new life into songs of yesteryear; a portrait of Okie Roger Pickett; Urban League president Valerie Thompson talks heroes, music, and The Big Bang Theory; and a poem from state poet laureate Benjamin Myers.
With so many sandwiches to choose from at restaurants throughout the Sooner State, where do you start? Our Carb Quiz will set you on the path to finding your bread-bracketed bliss. And whether you’re a bartender or a spirited novice, these four Valentine’s Day cocktails are a delicious and simple way to set the mood for a date night to remember.