The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

15 February 2005

Nor is it Guthrie, these days

Dear Howard Kurtz:

Tulsa is not the capital of Oklahoma.


C. G. Hill
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (which is)

(prompted by Michael Bates)

Posted at 9:18 PM to Outgoing Mail

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Didn't we talk at the blogger bash about ignorant national broadcasters trying to sound knowledgeable about Oklahoma? File this one with calling OKC Oak City.

Posted by: Don at 11:18 PM on 15 February 2005

Greeaaat.. Just when I thought that it couldn't get any worse than typos on major sites (where they get paid to re-read crap), now I have to crosscheck content accuracy. I think I remember why I only watch the news for the weather anymore.

Terkish Payne, the only welcome doomNgloom in this house is what kind of fix Doug and Tony are in today on Time Tunnel.

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 8:02 AM on 16 February 2005

I've heard local weather guys call us "Oak city." (they must be from elsewhere.) don't they know the official nickname is "THE" City?

Posted by: Angi at 8:53 AM on 16 February 2005

Next on the news at 10, Oklahoma will be officially renamed to Gaylordahoma, and Altus & Tulsa in a legal battle over who gets to use those 5 letters of the alphabet

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 10:48 AM on 16 February 2005

Yeah, but spelling "Altus" backwards is no thrill.

Posted by: CGHill at 11:01 AM on 16 February 2005

It also makes me cringe when sports broadcasters refer to Oklahoma State as "Oak State", we all know it's properly refered to as "Oklahoma's Second University"

And, if it had been up to my great-grandfather, a Guthrie native, the capital would have never moved. He was the engineer on the train that took most of the equipment from Guthrie to OKC, I say most, because he left on schedule, despite the fact they weren't done loading the train.

At least, that's how my grandfather always told the story.

Posted by: Nixon1971 at 11:26 AM on 16 February 2005

There was that song "Oklahoma Swing" where Vince Gill (IIRC) referred to Reba as being "a gal from Okie City."

Or was it "O.K. City"? No, I'm sure he said "Okie."

Posted by: McGehee at 2:12 PM on 16 February 2005

Oops -- it was Reba referring to Vince as "a boy from..."

Vince called her "a redhead from my hometown."

Silly me for trying to do this from memory.

Posted by: McGehee at 2:13 PM on 16 February 2005