The Norman Transcript

Business

January 27, 2013

Have bag, will travel

NORMAN — We had the extreme pleasure of hosting an Australian travel writer in the past week. 

Linda Bentley who hails from Sydney is a seasoned traveler. After she researched to find out that 90 percent of the international travelers to the U.S. visit just four states (Hawaii, California, New York and Florida), she set off on a mission to visit all 50 U.S. states in 50 weeks (one week per state) to give readers reasons to spread out their travel dollars. Samsonite is sponsoring her trek through the U.S.

Bentley traveled through Arizona and New Mexico before Oklahoma (she’s working west to east through the southern part of the U.S. during the winter months where the weather is more mild than the northern part of the country) and arrived in Norman on her second day in the Sooner State. 

Thanks to our terrific community partners, we put together a schedule for her to visit the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Andy Alligator’s Family Fun Park and the National Weather Center with an overnight stay at the Montford Inn bed and breakfast.

I also made sure to include lunch/brunch at The Diner which was our first stop after taking a quick sightseeing tour through Downtown (and seeing James Garner’s statue and elementary school since she is a fan). When we saw Calvin Steves come into to sell some editions of The Transcript, I thought he would be the biggest Norman celebrity we would randomly encounter.

However, a little bit of Sooner serendipity struck. On our way from Downtown through campus on our way to the Sam Noble museum, she spied the football stadium.

We had a few minutes to spare so I pulled the VisitNorman SUV into the sidewalk/VIP parking area outside the Barry Switzer Center in hopes that we could get a picture or two of the stadium before anyone noticed that our vehicle did not have the proper pass.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business
  • Chamber Banquet During annual banquet, Chamber of Commerce promotes moving Norman forward

    Amidst the backdrop of music, dancing, dinner and fellowship, business leader Mike Fowler announced that the time for a quality-of-life initiative in Norman has come. As incoming Norman Chamber of Commerce board chairman, Fowler and ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Women leaders announced

    The Norman Chamber announced the nominees for the 2014 Women’s Leadership Award, which honors female leaders who actively inspire other women to achieve their full potential.  Past recipients of this honor, formerly known as the ATHENA ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Norman use tax takes a hit while Moore sales tax flounders

    Norman use tax took a hit this month while Moore’s sales tax floundered for the first time since sales picked up in the post-tornado recovery period. For the city of Norman, however, sales tax collections are a bright spot on the revenue ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Nextep moves back to Dillard Building, but this time with much larger presence

    In 1997, entrepreneur Brian Fayak was just getting Nextep Inc., a professional employer service, started. Fayak had been working out of his sister’s house in west Norman and was delighted when the opportunity came to rent an executive ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Spotlight

    Chiropractic award Megan Borne, a chiropractic assistant at Sparks Clinic of Chiropractic in Norman, was recently awarded the title of C.A. counselor with the Pinnacle Chiropractic Management Group. She will assist other chiropractic ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Primrose presents Leadership class grads

    On Tuesday, the Norman Chamber of Commerce graduated both Leadership Norman and Tomorrow’s Leaders. Over the past several months, participants attended interactive sessions covering a variety of topics including communication, education, ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Business and restaurant survey online now

    The city of Norman is seeking input from its residents about retail shopping and restaurant opportunities that they would like to see locate to Norman. On Thursday, the city published a link to an online retail and restaurant survey on ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Norman Nation

    In 1964, when my father was a University of Oklahoma student, he and my mother were in desperation car shopping mode because their vehicle had just died. As the story has been told for nearly 50 years, the Ford dealership had not opened ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Spring cleaning: Time to change passwords again

    Are you in the habit of regularly changing the passwords for your online accounts? You should be — changing passwords regularly is a required part of every wise Internet user’s safety routine....

    April 13, 2014

  • Regional partnerships build prosperity

    Job creators shop for sites, regional marketing professionals told Norman’s Economic Development Advisory Board on Thursday. That makes selling the central Oklahoma region with its diversity of site options and amenities a business savvy ...

    April 6, 2014