The Norman Transcript


September 22, 2013

Changing season means new books on the nightstand



A book signing will be 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at Full Circle Book Store in Oklahoma City. He’ll sign at Hastings later this year.

Jim Lange, as expected, had a dry sense of humor and loved his job more than anyone I had seen in the newspaper business. In his time at The Oklahoman, he drew more than 21,000 cartoons. We worked together for a few years, although he had the publisher’s ear and a pay grade far above my junior reporter’s line.

Jim went to art school at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art on the G.I. Bill after World War II. He studied under the master cartoonists of the old Chicago Tribune. Edward K. Gaylord hired him for $50 a week.

It was our common membership in the Oklahoma City Gridiron Club where our friendship developed. He always had a twinkle in his eye and looked like he was preparing to say something funny, which he usually did.

He had a laugh that could wake the dead. Even when he was skewering politicians, he was never mean. A Jim Lange original hanging in an office was the badge of honor for many elected officials.


Another quick read is the new book of photographs published for the Cleveland County Historical Society. It traces Norman’s development from 1889 to 1949 — Land run to Navy bases, so to speak.

The authors, Sue Schrems and Vernon Maddux, both CCHS board members, pulled photos from a variety of sources for the book. Sales benefit the CCHS and its activities, including operating the Moore-Lindsay House at 508 N. Peters Ave.

“When I look at those guys in early Norman and what they went through, my hat goes off to them,” Schrems told a business group this past week.

The authors use vintage photos of Land Run-era Norman, its people, early buildings and businesses, the university, the state mental hospital and the Naval bases to tell the city’s rich history.

Books are available for sale by the CCHS. The publisher, Arcadia Publishing Co., is looking for outlets to sell the book around the community.

Andy Rieger


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