We’d like to read your thoughts, ideas, reactions and personal impressions about the Voices of Oklahoma website and the interviews. Please take a moment tell us what you think!


  1. Mary P., Pawnee

    Thank you for putting together such an interesting and valuable website. I’ve read a lot about the history of Oklahoma but reading it just isn’t the same as hearing it through first person accounts from the people who lived it. My favorite so far is Wilma Mankiller. Keep them coming!

  2. Frank T., Oklahoma City

    I enjoyed hearing Lee Allan Smith tell his story. He has done so
    much for our community. Thank you for this website!

  3. Ian T., Vienna

    just watched HARVEY on dvd and googled peggy dow, which led me to your interview with her. what a treat to hear her now and listen to what a very charming and intelligent woman she is. thank you so much.

  4. William D., Norman

    What a wonderful gift. I am so unbelievably impressed with its content and found myself spending nearly my entire day reviewing! Thank you so much.

  5. Edie I., Miami

    Charles Banks Wilson began the Art Department at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma,not Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. We are very proud of our association with Charles Banks Wilson and even have a scholarship offered to art students in honor of him. The statement by the interviewer that Charles began the Art Program and taught at NSU in Tahlequah is incorrect

  6. Arline S., Cypress

    I am a great niece of Waite Phillips and periodically check google for sights on the Phillips family. My father, Robert Phillips, was the son of Ed Phillips, brother to Waite and Frank. I listened to every word of your interview and found it very interesting. My father retired from Phillips in 1983 being the last “Phillips” to work for the company. My mother’s name was also Virginia Phillips. I would love you if you could send this message on to Chope & Virginia to let them know I enjoyed learning more about me family.

  7. Voices of Oklahoma ., Tulsa

    This note is for Arlene S. Thank you for your comments and we will send them on to Chope and Virginia Phillips. They were a joy to be with and I am sure they will be happy to hear from you. Thank you for visiting our website.

  8. Patricia H., Tulsa

    John – I met you at a TPS presentation you did last year. We spoke briefly about the interview that my Grandfather did in 1994 about his history in Oklahoma. You expressed an interest but – were a little concerned with quality. I have *finally* located the recording. I think the quality is good. Not great, but really good. I would like to send you a copy via email if you could send me your email address. This way you and the rest of the Voices of OK group can decide if you think the quality and content is of use to you. Thank you! Patricia Hodge
    hodgepa @

  9. Greg K., Tulsa

    Ron Wheeler, conductor of the Tulsa Youth Symphony, has held that position for around 32 years. Several of the students have eventually played in major orchestras.

    orchestra /thr the country.

  10. Dana C., Mounds

    This is great !! I love this site. Please keep it growing.

  11. ron g., sapulpa

    thanks so mutch for coming to to rotary and the sapulpa historical society annual meeting. always enjoy your interviews with so many interesting people

  12. Greg M., Tulsa


  13. Jim E., Moran

    That location is just for today, but wanted you to know, first, great website! Secondly, and more importantly, loved that Voices got credit this morning in the New York Times obit on Mr. Haynes. Great shout out for your work.

  14. Jim E., Norman

    I actually met George Nigh when he had an office in the Skirvin Tower. It was only because I was there to service his Dictaphone equipment in around 1963 or 1964. He made such an impression on me that I will never forget as being such a nice & gracious person. He is also the only Democrat that I ever voted for. I still believe he was great for Oklahoma. Thanks Gov Nigh

  15. Jeff D.

    In the Roger Wheeler section, the picture you have for John Callahan is a totally different guy.

    You have some cartoonist:

    This is the real guy:

    Not sure who put this together but it is a sloppy job. Otherwise, great interview. Glad they finally got all those responsible.

  16. John B., Oklahoma City

    Thank you so much for this site! As an Oklahoma History teacher, this has been an invaluable resource for understanding and immersing my students in post-statehood and modern state history. The interviews with Gov. Nigh and Otis Clark are gems. Every high school freshman and Oklahoma History teacher in the state should have this site on their bookmarks!

  17. Greg E., TULSA

    I enjoy listening to all of the interviews. Another interview would be Lee Woodward.

  18. William V., Trout Creek

    The photo of John Callahan on the Roger Wheeler story is the wrong John Callahan. That photo is of John Callahan the author. John Callahan, the mobster didn’t live long enough to look that old.

  19. Bill_Housden H., springfield

    In your biography of Frosty Troy, citing his “other awards,” you list “the First Amendment Award.”

    This is, in fact, the Playboy Foundation’s Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. No shame in that. Past judges of nominees for the award have included:

    Ann Richards, Former Governor of Texas;
    John Seigenthaler, Founder, First Amendment Center;
    Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher, The Nation;
    Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union;
    Molly Ivins, Author and Syndicated Columnist;
    Eugenie Scott, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Center for Science Education;
    Ann K. Symons, President, American Library Association.

    In 1984, three awards were issued, one of them going to:

    “Helen and Forest Troy (Outstanding Community Leadership): For continuing the muckraking tradition of the free press through their biweekly newspaper, the Oklahoma Observer, and for their selfless commitment to the rights of the disenfranchised.”

  20. Tim C., Owasso

    Love the Voices of Oklahoma. Tulsa, OK is lucky to have an asset like John Erling

  21. Jeffrey B., Tulsa

    Hello, I recently attended the Oklahoma History workshop in Norman that you were gracious enough to speak at and I mentioned that there was someone that you might want to see about interviewing at the Sherwin Miller Museum. His name is Al Langer. If there is a way to send an attachment I will send you the memoir he wrote.

  22. Brian Hosmer H., Tulsa

    Dear John Erling. Sean Latham encouraged me to contact you. I’m teaching an undergraduate class on Oklahoma History this fall. My goal is to move this course toward local projects and institutions involved in the presentation and preservation of history, generally speaking. I wonder if you would be willing to speak to my class on Voices of Oklahoma or other topics of your choice. Thanks for considering my request. –Brian Hosmer (H.G. Barnard professor, TU).

  23. Tom W., Tulsa

    Please consider interviewing Dr. Robert Shepard, retired Tulsa surgeon living at Inverness Village. Bob is my 98 year old neighbor who is absolutely remarkable. He drives, swims an hour every day (right now is in rehab for a broken femur), plays duplicate bridge, piano, and chess worldwide on the Internet. He is a wine connoisseur, great memory and lots of stories.

  24. Don D., Tulsa

    My wife and I appreciate and enjoy your efforts so much. We do a lot of exploring the country by car and often think how great it would be for us to be able to download interviews and burn them to CD’s and play while traveling . Any plans to ever have that feature added to your great website?

  25. Franklin BL., Murten

    Many thanks, this site is very useful!!

  26. Jerry L., Bartlesville

    Every year, on April 19th, I find myself back here listening to the Stephen Jones interview. So interesting to hear the back story to the events of that day. I’m reminded of Miss Maudie’s words to Jem after the trial of Tom Robinison, “There are some men in this world who are born to do our unpleasant jobs.” Thank you for this wonderful series!

  27. Bob B., Carmichael

    My father, J.N. Baker, was born in Bokchito, Oklahoma, in 1919 and grew up in southeastern Oklahoma as the son of a sharecrop farmer during the dust bowl years. Later in life, he held positions as the Dean of Student Affairs at OSU, the President of Eastern Oklahoma State College, and the Commander of the 45th Division, Oklahoma National Guard. About 17 years ago, while my father was still living, my middle sister bought him a portable cassette tape recorder and asked him to make some recordings of his life history, which he agreed to do. I got copies of the tapes and copied them to CDs. I ended up with 9.7 hours on 9 CDs (151 tracks). I would like to know if your web site or any other you know about would be interested in making these recordings available to online listeners. Thank you.

  28. Michelle C., Lawrenceburg

    It was SO good to listen to the interview done with the descendents of The Perryman’s and about the Perryman Ranch. My maiden name is Perryman, our branch lived in and around Dallas, also came from Heflin Alabama and that area. I wish we’d gotten to know this Oklahoma branch but seeing the pictures of all of them sure did bring a tear to my eye- there is SO much resemblance – Now we need to do a cousin trip.

  29. Jim or James J., Rye

    A woman named Susie Thompson finally got me information about the project, including the email address.
    Graduate Tulsa Central, 1949, U.S. Coast Guard, 1951-1954, U. of Tulsa B.A., M.A.,’57. 61, ABD U. of New Mexico, 1959-’63, Instructor U. of South Florida, 1963-64.
    Worked Tulsa radio, KAKC, 1950-51, KOTV 1955-1957. WTVT, Tampa, St.Pete, 1964-65, WGN, Chicago, 1965-67. NBC/WMAQ-TV. News anchor/network correspondent, 1967-1986. Retired; lived and traveled on sailboat for four years. Live in Rye, New York

  30. Jim or James J., Rye

    Forgot to mention writing fun adventure novel “My Name Is Luke,” published by Amika Press, 2014, Silver medalist Literary Classics award that year.

  31. Angela J., Tulsa

    These biographical interviews at Voices of Oklahoma have changed the way I view Oklahoma as a native.
    Thank you John Erling for these priceless timepieces.
    I have listened to every one of them…. at least twice (lots of road trips).

  32. Rodrigo Couto C., Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

    The Lord’s peace I read about the beautiful work that the Hobby Lobby does by encouraging and investing in the advancement of the Gospel I come through this message.

  33. Colleen T., Tulsa

    Hello John,
    I am a producer for the Cherokee Nation’s television show, “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People.” We are producing a feature on Tommy Allsup for an upcoming episode. I have listened to your interview with Tommy and would like to talk to you about potentially using some of his sound bites from this interview in our segment. Could you please give me a call at your convenience to discuss?: 918.606.9618
    Many thanks,
    Colleen Thurston

  34. William H., Hernando

    Discovered your website/project by random search today, Jan. 10,2019 and was so happy to find the interview with Jimmy and Nancy Buskirk. After a 12 year career at a bank in Memphis, Tn, I was called by God to prepare for the ministry. Dr. Buskirk was one of the first to recognize this. He was serving as Professor of Evangelism at Candler School of Theology, Emory University at the time and had returned to Mississippi speak at a Lay Rally on a one night event. Upon his return to Georgia, he told Nancy that he had met a young couple at the rally and he believed that God was calling them to the ministry.

    Long story, short….when we made the decision to make that move and to enroll at Candler, he approached me about helping us financially. We had two pre-school sons and four small Georgia churches who could pay us $500 a month. His offer, through his Jimmy Buskirk Evangelism board, stated that we were to submit a budget of needed monthly expenses and that his Board would supply the difference between that amount and the churches’ ability to pay. They wanted us to be able for my wife to be a stay-at-home mom for our sons.

    For the 36 months we were there, Dr. Buskirk and his board faithfully poured $300 a month….no strings attached….into our life. I was not the only one he/they helped, and he and Nancy have always had a huge place in my heart as friends over the years.

    Now aged 78 and retired, I look back and marvel at their generosity with great thanksgiving. Over the years I have heard Jimmy preach and teach many times and heard much of his ‘story’, but today, it has been extra special to hear it again.

    Thanks for doing the interview and for making it available to me in this format.

  35. Dick D., Papillion

    How awesome with Voices of Oklahoma. My son discovered and forwarded it to me. For many years I was pastor at River Oaks Christian Church in Jenks. You once came and spoke one Sunday evening. Also, I coached your son David in the Little Dribblers Basketball League for Jenks. I wish you continued success with “Voices”. I had a smile from ear to ear hearing your voice once again.

  36. Teresa R., Broken Arrow

    My Great-Aunt Wavel Ashbaugh just passed away yesterday. What a blessing to have this recording of her voice and memories to listen to today. I cannot thank you enough for this gift.

  37. Carol B., Oklahoma City

    Alex Adwan, Bill Pelley your longtime friend since childhood in Maude wishing contact you and has asked me to help. My name is Carol and I work for Senior Helpers in Oklahoma City. I will be glad to give a contact number for Mr. Pelley. You may call Senior Helpers at 405-608-4339 or email. Thank you and have a great day!

  38. Bruce H., Lake Stevens

    I attended first grade in Bartlesville OK when I attended a birthday party held at a Phillips “Ranch” outside of town. For many years I was told that the birthday boy was a Phillips son. But, as I read the Phillips story there was only one reference to a Phillips ranch outside of Bartlesville belonging to Frank Phillips. This was in 1953, a date that is incompatible with the ages of all described relatives of Frank Phillips. Would love to know who the mystery classmate might have been?

  39. Lori S., Tulsa

    What a fantastic work you are doing!! I have loved listening to these interviews. I am especially fond of ones with people that may not have name recognition but were associated with well know people or events. These lesser know people have unique perspectives that would be lost without this work! Thanks so much!

  40. Tom F., Bixby

    Please consider interviewing Lonnie Rex. Raised by Pentecostal preacher in Enid, OK. Had polio. I videotaped him at his David Livingston foundation offices in Tulsa, off 61st & Lewis, in 90’s as he supplied medical supplies we took to Russia. He built Oral Roberts and TL Osborn’s TV networks and translated TL’s shows into 50 languages. Was personal friends with Pope John Paul II from taking food to Poland under the direction of Ronald Reagan. Put together a telethon for Russian soldiers who fought in Afghan war to raise money for their children as advisor to Gorbachev. Worked with Russian president and his generals preventing famine in Russia. Helped North Korean leaders prevent famine. Teamed with a South Korean boxer to build a 2,500 seat church and orphanage in South Korea and went on to plant orphanages all over the world. Dr. Lonnie Rex, now 91, tells his fascinating story to our friend, CTN TV General Manager Paul Lodato.

  41. Barb M., Garland

    A very colorful Oklahoman (not by birth, but lived here for many years) is Jerry Murphy, owner of Murphy Bros. Exposition. He would make a great story and could tell everyone about the history of the carnival industry. I lived and worked in Tulsa for 23 years and know many of your guests.

  42. Neil T., Tulsa

    Well done and very creative as usual. What ever happened to the “Astronauts” that you talked to me about several years ago?…Have you considered Jim Bridenstine (both local and national interest as well as a lead to “space stuff”.