NORMAN — Hello Norman,
As the new entertainment editor at The Norman Transcript, I’d like to introduce myself.
I’m an 11-year Norman resident, a University of Oklahoma alumnus, writer, musician, art-loving, theater-going insomniac. I’ve worked on The Transcript desk for three years and prior to that spent my days and nights playing music and teaching.
Though I hail from Fort Worth, Texas, I got here as fast as I could and have loved this town, its community and culture from the downbeat.
I’ve traveled the country, spent time abroad and can think of no other place I’d rather be.
From the mezzanine of the Sooner Theatre to Norman’s favorite live-music dives, the fresh-cut grass of Lions Park and art walks on cool summer evenings, I’ve been there.
Now, I get to share it, and there’s no word that does justice to how excited and thankful I am.
I drew a good first hand too, as Sunday marks The Transcript’s 125th anniversary. In the spirit of the moment, we’ll be taking a look back in time at ads you’ll (probably) never see again.
While I was digging through the morgue, (newspaper speak for archives) I couldn’t help but marvel at how much the world changed in those pages.
The Transcript’s first edition predates Oklahoma’s statehood ... by eighteen years. That’s a lot of ink.
Then, I really found something.
As it turns out, one of the paper’s first owners and publishers was a man by the name of J.J. Burke. Coincidence or destiny?
Hard to say really, but I’ll take it as a sign that I’m right where I belong. Even though I’m the “new guy” it certainly doesn’t feel like it. It feels like home.
— Mack Burke
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