Welcome back. First off this week I have news of a new writer for the Bartlesville Magazine who will be introduced when the magazine comes out this week. I’ll leave his identity a mystery but this is a man in his late sixties who went to school locally and has traveled many miles around the country from coast to coast, border to border, living in several locations along the way. He has written for several newspapers and magazines, published two books and has been the ghost writer for several other projects. The new column will be called “Through My Eyes” and it will be the featured article in the magazine. I’ve read the column and without giving too much away I can tell you that Don Doty, Walter Allison, John F. Kane, Art Gorman and a café called Kenny’s are all mentioned. If those names don’t get your interest I will simply say that they are all part of Bartlesville’s history. Check it out this month. As for me, when the news got back to me that my book Footprints in the Dew made Oklahoma’s Best Seller List again I decided to stay on the book signing circuit a bit longer. First up is a big trade show at the Oklahoma City fairgrounds. If you haven’t travelled there lately, you would find that things are changing with several new buildings under construction while older ones are coming down. From there it’s a return to Tulsa where the Tulsa Flea Market is celebrating 48 years at the fairgrounds. On to sports. Last Saturday with bad weather in the area I cancelled a book signing in Pawhuska choosing instead to attend a Golden Eagles basketball game on the campus of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. The game was held in the Mabee Center on the campus and if you haven’t been there before here’s a little history on the building. The center opened in 1972 and has 10,575 permanent seats all of which offer clear sightlines for games and concerts. Over the years the Mabee Center has hosted a wide range of events including NCAA and NAIA championships, the Miss Oklahoma pageant and concerts by Elvis Presley, Garth Brooks and the Blue Man Group among many others. As it turned out there were lots of people who wanted to watch a good game that night. The Eagles played the North Dakota Fighting Hawks and a good game it was as ORU won decisively. Basketball season is going full steam so if you’re looking to get out and have some fun check out a local high school or college game. I can guarantee from personal experience you will enjoy yourself. You rodeo fans will be excited to learn that the International Professional Rodeo Association is moving their finals competition to the world famous Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Designed specifically for rodeo competition, the arena was recently renovated to install state of the art lighting, sound and video systems along with new seating. The arena offers R.V. hookups for visitors and contestants as well as free parking for event attendees. This is the 50th anniversary of the International Finals Rodeo which will be held this weekend and I’ll be there. Till next time I’ll see ya down the road…………….

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