The Norman Transcript


April 21, 2013

Lions Club Carnival, NMF, set to rock downtown

NORMAN — Pharmacist Harry McMillan knew every child in my northeast Norman neighborhood. He didn’t always get our names right but he knew the number of mouths in each home. Six here. Two next door. Two next to them. Then four, two and two.

About this time of year, he’d make the annual trek through the neighborhood with an envelope full of Lions Club Carnival tickets. Kids, who didn’t always sense their parents’ financial situation, could always tell if it was going to be a good year by the number of sheets of carnival tickets sold.

In an odd way, Lt. Col. Millan helped spring chores get done quickly. The lawn got mowed, the animals fed and bedrooms were a bit cleaner in April. Even a 10-year-old knows that obedient children got more tickets.

n n n

The carnival was a rite of Spring for most Norman kids. We knew summer was close. It was different than the State and County fairs because those were at the beginning of the school year. This meant school would be out soon.

That Lions Carnival will turn 50 this year. It will reopen Thursday, downtown in tandem with the weekend’s Norman Music Festival. It’s a fundraiser for the Norman Lions Club which meets at noon on Tuesdays at the First Presbyterian Church.

It’ll have the Ferris Wheel that carried us high enough to see the stadium and the downtown church steeples and that Tilt-a-Whirl that could turn a stomach quicker than those Denco Darlin’s available one door to the west.

Members recall that Lions John Campbell and Judge Elvin Brown were part of the club at the time. It was to be a fundraiser. The carnival set up between the old Denco’s Cafe and the railroad tracks. The city closed Front Street, now named James Garner Avenue, during the carnival.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Congress should close gaps

    Of all of Edward Snowden’s revelations about electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency, the most unsettling was that the government was accumulating vast numbers of records about the telephone calls of American citizens. In ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Border obsession overlooks trade

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry made headlines recently by ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. This bravado comes at a price: $12 million a month. Perry plans to send the bill the federal government. That’s one way to finance your ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Intercession badly needed in this world

    Yesterday was my feast day, or as the Italians call it, my “onomastico.” Since I live in the United States, it went completely unnoticed. If I lived in Italy, however, I would have been showered with cards and phone calls. That’s because ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Porch leap looked muchbigger as a kid

    It’s no secret that porch designs have changed over the years. Drive through new Norman developments and look at the porches. Most only have room for a potted plant and a spot to drop those UPS packages, no place for a porch swing or ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Keeping the war buried

    International outrage over the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane over Ukraine on July 17 does not appear to have affected either the actions of pro-Russia forces in that country or the material support Russia is offering the rebels. ...

    July 26, 2014

  • Gaza’s victims: civilians and peace

    After more than two weeks of fighting between Hamas and Israel, there is no question which side has the upper hand. Thursday’s strike on a U.N.-run school for Palestinian children increased the Palestinian death toll to more than 760. By ...

    July 26, 2014

  • Norman Forward builds momentum

    The quiet campaign to build momentum for a citywide public works project is beginning to attract some attention....

    July 20, 2014

  • Tax those trees out of here

    I read your editorial “Pesky red cedars” in the Norman Transcript of Tuesday, July 15, 2014. I have attended two meetings where the problem of the eastern red cedar trees was discussed. Because of the drought conditions in Oklahoma, we ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Make gun safety a health issue

    Quick, are you more likely to die by a bullet or in a car crash? Common sense would seem to suggest the latter. Cars are everywhere. We are an auto-obsessed nation. To be American is to drive — everywhere. Teenagers itch to get behind the ...

    July 20, 2014

  • They just want to be free ... maybe

    Massoud Barzani, president of Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdistan region, rattled many cages this month when he announced in parliament that the KRG would be moving ahead soon on a referendum on independence from Iraq. If Kurdistan goes ahead ...

    July 20, 2014