Monday, March 26, 2007

Guest Post: The Greatest Oklahomans of All Time

Exclusively for "One Poor Correspondent," Louisa McCune-Elmore, editor in chief of Oklahoma Today magazine and a native of Enid, Oklahoma, offers her ranking of the greatest Oklahomans of all time:

1. Will Rogers
2. Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips

Thanks, Louisa!

8 comments:

MJN said...

Could there be any other state whose list of greatest citizens extends all the way to two? Perhaps Vermont . . .

(No offense, Louisa!)

T. Nawrocki said...

I was trying to think of the greatest North Dakotans of all time, and I couldn't get past Roger Maris.

On the other hand, Oklahoma hasn't even been a state for 100 years now, has it?

MJN said...

North Dakotans are very proud of native son Lawrence Welk, too. At least they were 25 years ago.

Dan F said...

I don't know what Louisa has against Mickey Mantle.

B Beckman said...
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B Beckman said...

Oklahoma goes about 9 deep in sports (Jim Thorpe is one, Mantle two, Johnny Bench is 3 and number 9 is undeserving baseball HOFer Lloyd Waner, just above him is his older brother, the deserving HOFer Paul.

Darrin Erstad is third on the North Dakota list, nuf said.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/features/si50

T. Nawrocki said...

Now, I don't think Louisa meant this list to be exhaustive. Obviously, there's no Charley Pride on it, no Roy Clark, not a single Hanson -- great Oklahomans, every one of them.

Louisa McCune-Elmore said...

Boys, boys, boys....indeed, Wayne and Will, number two and one, respectively. I could certainly add my others, Woody, Wilma, Webb (Jimmy, writer of Wichita Lineman), Wiley (Post, that is, greatest airman to fly these skies). But I sort of like leaving the remainders to the collective imagination. Mickey? Sure. Thorpe? Of course. But, it all comes back to Wayne and Will, in the end, for sheer cosmic charisma.