The Norman Transcript


March 3, 2013

The exciting world of a journalist

NORMAN — From time to time I enjoy reliving the measly beginnings of my journalism career.

I was one of the lucky ones and had a job before I even graduated from college. My first assignment was at the Bartlesville newspaper. Bartlesville, although a wonderful community, was a far cry from the rowdy town of Stillwater. But I knew if I didn’t go to Bartlesville, I would be forced to return home to live with my parents. Which just boils down to social suicide at the ripe old age of 23.

My beat at the time was all things county related. That meant the exciting world of crime, courts and cows. I don’t know if the ink was even dry on my diploma before I was reporting to work the first of June. By the time March rolled around, I really felt comfortable sitting in the courtroom rubbing elbows with attorneys, judges and the ever so important bail bondsman. I felt comfortable sitting in the sheriff’s office and was proud that I had won the sheriff over with my charm. Yes, I was feeling pretty good about my career choice. That is until March.

It was cold and raining on the day my editor told me he wanted me to go home, change out of my skirt and fancy shoes and put on a pair of jeans and boots to go cover the junior livestock show. Then he asked if I even owned a pair of jeans or boots. I was hoping that if I lied and said I didn’t, he’d reassign the job to another reporter. No luck.

I grew up in the country, but it was what I call city slicker country. We didn’t raise livestock and neither did our neighbors. The only time I had any encounter with a cow was on that popular toddler toy where you pull a string and a voice says “A cow goes moo.” Same goes for pigs and goats.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Veterans Corner needs volunteer to drive residents to OKC VA

    Veterans Corner volunteer of the week David Sudduth has been with us for the last eight years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served during the Vietnam War. David and his wife, Carolyn, have had their home in the Newalla area ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Low-cost and free cell phone options for thrifty seniors

    Dear Savvy Senior, What are the cheapest cell phone options available today to seniors living on a shoestring budget? I only need it for occasional calls. — Seldom Calling Senior Dear Seldom, For financially challenged seniors who only ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Harrah residents at home in restored vintage camper

    Sulphur — David Wiegert was quick to help a couple of newbie campers at the Buckhorn Campground on Arbuckle Lake in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. What Dave offered was badly needed advice on setting up travel trailers, where to ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Historic quilt from Noble on auction block

    An alert quilter and teacher is concerned about a vintage quilt from Noble that’s being auctioned on eBay....

    July 20, 2014

  • Bark for Life brings pets into fundraising

    Local American Cancer Society member and Norman Regional nurse is at it again, raising awareness for cancer patients with an event that gets people moving. “Bark for Life” is a noncompetitive walk that will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Deadline for entering United Way’s The Ride extended

    Kids ages 3 to 8 are getting ready to roll on their decked out big wheel tricycles in an effort to raise money for the United Way of Norman. The Ride, a big wheel race organized by First American Bank and other local businesses, is ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Fundraiser set

    The Apple Gold Group, a franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, will host a flapjack fundraiser July 26 at Applebee’s, 500 Ed Noble Parkway in Norman....

    July 20, 2014

  • Sculpture brings tornado-torn community together

    After the May 20 tornado tore through Moore in 2013, hundreds of families were left to pick up the pieces. And it was in these old, shattered pieces of people’s homes and scattered debris that two local artists found something new....

    July 20, 2014

  • Keep toddler’s hair short to help end hair-pulling habit

    Q: Since our daughter, now 2 years old, was born, we have lived with my parents. Being the first and only grandchild, she has been the center of attention. Several months ago, our son was born and we moved into our own home. Almost ...

    July 18, 2014

  • Replacement for anti-flea drugs

    Dear Dr. Fox: I have a young 19-pound cavapoo. The dog had an adverse reaction to Vectra — agitation, rapid heartbeat, bulging eyes, snapping, etc. We took him to the vet immediately, and the vet indicated that it might have had a ...

    July 17, 2014