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September 1, 2013

Lindsey Street’s makeover opportunity only comes once

NORMAN — Norman City Council members have an opportunity to do something bold on the remaking of Lindsey Street between the interstate and Berry Road. The modern roundabouts, medians and landscaping would make the area a destination instead of just a direct route to campus or to the interstate.

Council members appear to be leaning towards making some big changes in the engineering plans but want the public to weigh in on the proposal first since the bond issue will pay for it.

The last time anything this exciting happened on Lindsey Street was when the goats that mowed the miniature golf course behind Jewell Sweatte’s Classic 50s Drive-In got out and were captured at the Armory next door. That had to have been 40 years ago.

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Norman orthodontist Dr. Dow Miller straighted out more than teenagers’ teeth in his nearly 40-year career here. His chair-side, plain-spoken advice helped many a Norman student navigate the teen-age years of the 1960s and beyond.

He’ll be buried at 10 a.m. Tuesday from McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church. When my own father died, Dr. Miller and his wife, Billye, were the first ones at my door, with a pecan pie, and words of encouragement. Because that’s just what good people do when friends pass.

His business was done with a handshake and trust, not an e-mail or certified letter. Raised on a farm in eastern Oklahoma, he was the first in his family to attend college. Like many of his generation, he could stretch a dollar.

Dr. Miller was Norman’s first orthodontist. He was patient, had a southern drawl and methodical way of analyzing his business and his politics. Besides his family, his passions were music, farming and ranching, checkers and cards. He had a dry sense of humor and enjoyed clean jokes which he shared at Kiwanis Club each week.

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