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December 8, 2013

Norman Christmas Day Community Dinner brings people together

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In “On the Other Side of the Bars: Lessons Learned as a Prison Warden/Administrator,” Reynolds writes about his experiences as a warden at the penitentiary in McAlester, as well as his time spent as a case manager working with prison inmates, as a deputy warden and at other posts with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

His first experience with prisons was as a 16-year-old who drove up to the prison walls after hearing about the outbreak of the 1973 riot at the maximum-security prison in McAlester.

The second book, “Caged Wisdom: Learning to See Through the Bars,” Reynolds said it is a spiritual book based upon scriptures from the Living Bible. If Jesus were sitting in a prison cell with an inmate, what would Jesus want that offender to know?

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Mention of the famous escalator or “motorstair” inside Norman C.R. Anthony’s Main Street store brought lots of comments from readers. One man said he still had the Scout pocket knife bought there in the 1960s.

The air tubes that carried a customer’s payment and returned with their change were standard in many Anthony stores. It had to do with security. It’s hard to rob what you can’t see.

Bob Anthony, president of the company, said that by 1951 there were six motorstairs in company stores. Norman’s store was No. 47 for the retail chain. The manager at the time of a 1951 booklet shared by Anthony was E.C. Beeson. The company’s first store, the Dixie Store, was opened in Cushing by C.R. Anthony.

Andy Rieger

editor@normantranscript.com

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