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WITHOUT WARNING: THE BLACKWELL TORNADO OF 1955
The history of Blackwell, Oklahoma, changed drastically on May 25, 1955. A massive, F5 tornado ripped through the east side of town during the darkness of night, destroying everything in its path—homes, schools, churches, and businesses. Eighty square blocks on the east side of Main Street were either heavily damaged or destroyed. You could stand in some areas of the east side of town, look in every direction, and see nothing but piles of rubble. The devastation was complete. There were no trees, street signs, or homes left standing for blocks. This is the story of the Blackwell tornado and the resilience of the city’s people and their will to survive and rebuild.
“The tragic tornado in Blackwell occurred at the end of my sophomore year in high school in 1955. Even then I was concerned that towns such as Blackwell had no sirens or any method of warning residents that a powerful tornado was bearing down on the city. This book tells the horrifying story of the losses suffered in the Blackwell tornado and the uplifting saga of rescue and rebuilding. I salute the good people of Blackwell.” - Gary England
OUR GREATEST JOURNALISTS: FIFTY YEARS OF THE OKLAHOMA JOURNALISM HALL OF FAME
The story of Oklahoma, the nation, and the world has been chronicled through the decades by men and women of diverse backgrounds and interests whose devotion to spreading the word has been recognized by the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. In Our Greatest Journalists: Fifty Years of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame you will learn about the 468 inductees to date and those that have been awarded the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In all, more than 25 writers contributed to this book.
You will read not only about the history of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, but also how its members helped shape Oklahoma’s rich history. Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame members had many defining moments in their careers, from the assassination of John F. Kennedy and Watergate to the Penn Square Bank collapse and the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.
Most of all, you will read about how the members of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame embody the pioneering spirit in their own lives. Enough of the spirit to be chosen for Oklahoma’s highest journalistic honor and their legacies forever remembered.
What they're saying:
"It is beautiful and full of great stories. It is the kind of book that can be read over time, with each story standing on its own. I really enjoyed strolling through the thumbnail biographies of the inductees. Again, congratulations." -Bob Blackburn
"I ordered the Hall of Fame book and got it within 24 hours. It is absolutely wonderful. The layouts, the stories, and the perspectives of our times. Congratulations to you and your team for pulling it together. Sending you the best and thank you for including me." -Mary Hargrove
"Incredible editing/publishing job. We are personally flattered. Beyond that, at this transitional period, historically (the book) may have captured for all times the essence of (a) half-century of journalism in Oklahoma. … Congratulations." -Joe Carter
"I've enjoyed reading through 'Our Greatest Journalists' several times. I mean it as a compliment -- it's like the old Mad comic books: You see something new and refreshing every time. I'm sure you know what an impact this book will have with future historians and journalists, their families and admirers. It will be a guide to measure history by." -Jon Denton
LOVE WON: THE OKLAHOMA STANDARD
Following the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, drawings and notes of sympathy, encouragement, and hope began pouring in from throughout the United States and the world. These expressions of kindness resonate 25 years later. They remind us that there is far greater good in the world than we sometimes see.
The pages of Love Won: The Oklahoma Standard by Cathy and Frank Keating share but a sampling of the thousands of gestures received during the dark days that followed April 19th. It was the outpouring of love from the young that assured Oklahomans that they would survive and their loved ones would never be forgotten.
THE OKLAHOMA CITY NATIONAL MEMORIAL & MUSEUM: LOOKING BACK. THINKING FORWARD.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum: Looking Back. Thinking Forward. is the story of an unexpected journey that began on 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, when a massive bomb ripped apart the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, taking 168 innocent lives, including 19 children, and changed life as we know it forever. It is a story of a journey of violence turning to hope as the world witnessed a response characterized by an unprecedented melding of courage, compassion, selflessness, and unity, which response became known around the world as the “Oklahoma Standard.” And, it is a story of a journey of a wounded and shocked community that dared to be different in its approach to memorializing the losses suffered, the lessons learned, and the hope that arose from chaos.
Now in its fifth printing, Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing is proud to re-release Simple Truths. The world was stunned on April 19, 1995, by the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 men, women, and children. In the aftermath of this horrific act, Americans did not want to believe that two clean-shaven, and short-haired former army veterans could plan and carry out the most violent act of domestic terrorism in United States history. This book is a riveting, detailed explanation of the FBI’s investigation—the largest criminal investigation in history. It is intended to provide a much needed factual history of the case. It will dispel the various inaccurate and irresponsible theories that this notorious event spawned.