NORMAN — July 13 will mark 125 years that The Norman Transcript has been in business. Like any milestone such as this, it only seems fitting to throw a party.
As the party planning committee met for the first time this week, ideas were bouncing off the walls. Not to spoil all of the surprises, but on July 11, The Transcript offices will be open for a few hours for those who wish to celebrate with us. More on that will come as the event gets closer.
Before any good celebration, there always seems to be the need for help, and that’s where you come in. Were you a carrier for The Transcript? Do you have fond memories, photos or even odd stories from your days of rolling and tossing newspapers?
Were you a pressman? Did you come home every night with ink caked under your fingernails? Did you work in the mailroom or even start your career as a cub reporter? If so please send me a note or a photo chronicling your time as a member of this publication to email@example.com.
One thing that’s been amazing during the planning portion of celebrating 125 years is reading the first copy of The Norman Transcript. For the last 10 years that I’ve worked here, I’ve walked past that framed copy of yellowing pages countless of times. It’s hanging on the wall before you walk into the newsroom, and I’ve never stopped for longer than a few seconds to read it over.
The pages are not very appealing to the eye. There are only a few advertisements and there’s no color other than black or white. Upon further reading, I’ve learned that in 1889, headlines included “Wild man in Connecticut” and a story promising that a telephone system was in the works for Norman.