NORMAN — Mathew Kuykendall “Kuyk” Logan, 80, veteran Texas and Oklahoma journalist and public relations executive, died at home Friday, July 11, 2014. Kuyk and his wife, Dianne, lived in The Woodlands, Texas.
Kuyk was born Aug. 19, 1933, in Norman, the youngest son of Dr. and Mrs. Leonard M. Logan Jr. After obtaining a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma, where he was editor of the student newspaper, Logan took a reporting job at United Press International and later became city editor for The Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City. During that time, he was Oklahoma correspondent for Time, Life and Fortune magazines, but his newspaper career began much earlier.
At age 11, he began publishing a neighborhood newspaper in his hometown of Norman. The Petite Press, an “almost daily” with a paid circulation topping 50, gave Logan his first scoop. In the wee hours of June 6, 1944, he delivered the news of the Allied Invasion in Normandy to the doorsteps of his subscribers “before The Norman Transcript paperboys were even out of bed.”
Kuyk’s early love of the news business went beyond being a grade-school news tycoon. He also had a newspaper route and swept out the local radio station and several print shops, where he learned the craft of letterpress printing. In high school, he had a weekly radio program on station KNOR in Norman, where he covered local happenings and played hit music of the day. In college, he hosted OU’s Front Page with Kuyk Logan on the same station.
Kuyk’s long news career took him to the San Angelo (Texas) Standard-Times, United Press International in Oklahoma City and The Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times. While city editor of The Daily Oklahoman, the Hobby family brought him to Houston in 1969 as assistant managing editor of The Houston Post. He was named managing editor in 1976, a job he had until the paper was sold in 1983.