Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Awaiting a solution from our ISP

So why hasn't http://www.okchistory.com/ not been updated in two months? The answer lies with our ISP and our lack of experience in running a web site. So now I ask your advice... the web site as we last updated it still stands for all the world to see. But to update it in the novice-friendly webbuilder program provided as part of our ISP contract, we would have to start from scratch due to a data base crash. Is this true? We are trying to find out... it seems odd everything is still intact, yet we can't save it.
For now, let me recommend a great new book - "Whatever Happened to Molly Murphy's House of Fine Repute," written by the widow of the restaurant's owner, Bob Tayar. Anyone with a memory of this classic restaurant will enjoy this tell-all expose on Tayar's brilliance and extraordinary weakness for not being able to simply be content with success.
- Steve

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

It's not up yet, but....

Coming soon: http://www.okchistory.com/. What is it? A place that celebrates OKC history, provides a central resource for researching Oklahoma City's past, and a watercooler for OKC history junkees.
Got suggestions? Post them here.
-Steve and Jack

Saturday, June 16, 2007


An entirely new web site... devoted to providing a place to discuss Oklahoma City history and a central resource for researchers and history buffs (that means you, http://www.dougdawg.blogspot.com/Doug Dawg!).

-Steve and Jack

Monday, June 04, 2007

Check out this month's Downtowner!

Writer Kent Anderson provides an in-depth look at OKC Second Time Around. Learn about the book, and also get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the challenges that must be overcome to get a local history book published.

The work, we found out, only begins once the manuscript is complete.

We're also pleased to announce the manuscript for our untitled Skirvin Hotel book is complete, and we hope to have information to provide soon on when it will be out on store shelves.

Our next scheduled public appearance will be at the opening of the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library cafe on Saturday, July 28. We will release more details about the day in the next few weeks. We also are preparing for visits in Tulsa as OKC Second Time Around hits stores in our sister city.

- Steve and Jack

Sunday, April 29, 2007


And we're enjoying sharing our stories with Oklahoma City!

We are delighted to announce that thanks to the tremendous response to "OKC Second Time Around," the first printing is nearing a sell-out and our publisher, Full Circle Books, is preparing a second printing.

Look for a story about the book in an upcoming issue of Downtowner Magazine, and for our appearance on the book review show "Read About It."

In other news, we are happy to report we are working with a local publisher to release an in-depth look at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, with books hitting stores (hopefully) by Christmas.

- Steve and Jack

Monday, March 26, 2007

The Latest

Congratulations to Carl Brune, whose hard work designing "OKC Second Time Around" was recognized with a best design award at the recent Oklahoma Book Awards. We also are flattered that the book was a finalist in non-fiction, was one of only two titles recognized as a finalist in two categories.

We are scheduled to speak at two upcoming gatherings:
Downtown Lions Club, noon Tuesday, April 3, McAlpine Center, 428 W California.
Downtown Rotary, noon Tuesday, April 17, Petroleum Club, Chase Tower.

We are hoping to have books for sale and available for signings at both events. We may also soon have an exciting announcement in the near future about our next literary endeavor.
- Steve

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


We want to thank everybody for the great response so far to “OKC Second Time Around.” We are proud to share that the book is a finalist in two categories of the upcoming Oklahoma Book Awards; nonfiction and illustration/design. Winners will be announced March 10.

OKC Second Time Around competed against 62 other titles before being selected as a nonfiction finalist, and is one of only two books, by our count, selected as a finalist in more than one category (more than 130 books were entered in the overall competition).

Another thing that makes it especially sweet for us is that a recently-published book about Oklahoma written by a well-known, best-selling author whom we won't name here also is a finalist. We find ourselves in some rare air, and we are awed by our company.

On to other news -- During the next several weeks, we will be making the rounds at local civic groups, sharing our conclusions from researching the history of downtown Oklahoma City and sharing our thoughts on what’s next.

Upcoming appearances soon include:
Central Oklahoma's chapter of the American Institute of Architects
the Downtown Lion's Club.

Later in the year (April, if we recall correctly), we will present our work at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Oh -- and here's a special TREAT. On Sunday, February 25, The Oklahoman is publishing a special, 12-page special section on the Skirvin Hilton authored by Steve.

It will include rarely-seen historic photos of the hotel, readers' memories, a look at how the public and private sectors came together to bring the landmark back to life, and a look at what’s inside the restored 96-year-old property. The Skirvin Hilton will be “unveiled” to the public on Monday, February 26.