Five And Dime Hotrod

My neighbor, Bobby Cherry, was a few months older than I when he turned fourteen and got a Cushman motor scooter. Suddenly, he was in a different league. Instead of walking across town to school with the rest of us eighth grade pedestrians, he fired up his scooter and got...

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The General

Embers flickered in the dying campfire. A crowing rooster heralded the fast-approaching dawn. The general poked a stick at the remnants of a once-hearty blaze that had warmed weary bones and sparked lively conversation only a few hours before. Soon the wind would kick up and Mother Nature would stake...

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Death of a Golf Course

By: Ray Gaskin, Special to the Herald Democrat Sutton Chambers methodically lined up a putt on a recent visit to Grayson County College Golf Course. It was a ritual he’d undertaken a zillion times since 1984 when he started teeing up at the venerable course. But this day was different....

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Table for One

  By Ray Gaskin Winner, 2013 Oklahoma Writers Federation Flash Fiction Competition The waiter ushered Harvey to a table. “I’ll be dining alone this evening,” Harvey said. “Nancy couldn’t be here.” “Sorry about that,” the waiter replied solemnly. Yes, Harvey reminisced, dinner with Nancy would have been splendid. She was...

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Instructor Attends

Published on NewsOK Editor’s note” Ray Gaskin teaches journalism at Southeastern and he attended this event in Alaska I got a first-hand look last week when I went to Anchorage to watch the ceremonial start of the famed Iditarod sled dog race, a harrowing 1,000 mile trek across the state...

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Iditarod KIWI Style

WILLOW — When Curt Perano left the starting gate in the 43rd annual Iditarod sled dog race earlier this month in Fairbanks, a spectator hollered, “Win it for the Kiwis.” The New Zealander flashed a faint grin, waved and continued on. He had the look of a man on a...

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Former OU Student

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The streets of Alaska were bare recently as promoters of the Iditarod, Alaska’s grueling 1,000 mile trek to Nome, prepared to launch the annual event, billed as “The Last Great Race on Earth.” When a reporter, who flew in to cover the sled marathon, asked a rental...

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Chuck Schaeffer

Chuck Schaeffer, one of four Alaska Natives entered in the 2015 Iditarod, sipped a cup of what he called “cowboy coffee” at his kitchen table near Willow and patiently answered dozens of questions, which most assuredly he had been asked many times before. He adjusted the brim of his flat...

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