The Norman Transcript

September 1, 2013

Lindsey Street’s makeover opportunity only comes once


The Norman Transcript

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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It was exactly 100 years ago today that the first journalism courses were authorized at the University of Oklahoma. Professors T.H. Brewer and H.H. Herbert taught classes and established an office in a one-story, barn-like building just west of the present Evans Hall.

Journalism was something of an orphan for many years until construction of Copeland Hall was completed in 1958. In April of 2003, ground was broken for Gaylord Hall, the current home to the College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The first classes were held there in 2004.

Today’s program offers students the opportunity to choose among five majors in the college. They include advertising, broadcasting and electronic media, journalism, professional writing and public relations.

There have been 16 directors or deans of the program, some serving temporarily. I’ve had the privilege of knowing 11 of them.

Thousands of OU journalism graduates, myself included, have gone on to be storytellers on many platforms. There have been about 11,000 graduates. Many will be in Norman this week to celebrate the centennial milestone with a dinner, reception and tailgate party before Saturday’s game.

Andy Rieger

editor@normantranscript.com

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