A member of The Pride of Oklahoma in 1944, Collis Parker recounts his wedding, which was so crazy it was recounted contemporaneously in the Oklahoma City Times, for columnist Larue Barnes of the Cleburne (TX) Times-Review:
[Collis] had always achieved. He joined the Cub Scouts when he was in Lincoln Grade School in Oklahoma City, and he loved music and took cornet lessons. He knew he needed to prepare to be in the band at Webster Junior High.
“I joined the Boy Scouts of America troop #36 while at Webster, and made the band as well,” he said. “I played in the band at Central High School in Oklahoma City, and after my 1944 graduation, I was accepted as a member of the Pride of Oklahoma Band at the University of Oklahoma.”
But World War II was still raging.
In March 1945 Collis enlisted in the Navy. As a sign of closure of sorts, his horn was stolen from his band locker just before he left the campus.
And that’s just the beginning. You can read the whole thing online. On the bright side, 58 years later, it does seem that it all worked out.
If you’d like to see the debut of the 2008 Pride of Oklahoma, get your tickets now or get ready to pay around $30 or so for the privilege of watching OU play the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Mocs on TV:
The University of Oklahoma’s season-opening football game against Tennessee-Chattanooga will be available on a pay-per-view basis through FOX SportsNet.
The kickoff has been set for 6 p.m., on Aug. 30.
Details pertaining to subscriptions and available viewing areas will be coming in the next few weeks according to OU Vice President and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione.
He indicated that the format for the game will be similar to other FOX-OU pay-per-view ventures that have aired in recent seasons.
(Yes, “Mocs.” Until 1996, they were the “Moccasins.” We have no word here yet on whether the Marching Mocs will attend the game or not.)
We’ve updated the Events calendar with the kickoff time of 6:00 PM CDT. That makes four games whose kickoff times have been set—the first three games and Texas (11:00 AM CDT, don’t stay up too late).
As for homecoming? I have no information on that yet, either, but it looks like it’s been set for the Kansas game on October 18, except they seem to be calling it “Reunion 2008,” so I’m not completely sure. It looks like it, though, because one of the scheduled events for “Reunion 2008″ is the “Homecoming Parade.”
Update: OK, I guess “Reunion” is just for certain classes, and “Homecoming” is for everyone. We now have a Homecoming 2008 department and the dates are on the calendar.