(Leon Youngblood lives in Texas but says his heart is in LeFlore County, where he owns land and plans to move in a few years. His stories are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction involving people and events in and around Briar Circle, a community in the Ouachita mountains in Leflore County. The names are changed to protect the innocent and guilty alike, and to prevent my reputation from being soiled by associating with some of them. His column appears on Wednesday. He can be contacted by email at [email protected])
By LEON YOUNGBLOOD
A student was assigned (as a punishment) to hunt up quotes from notable persons who, one way or another, had some relation to Oklahoma. He graciously let me ‘bum’ some of them for this week’s column. Here they are, and it was nice to not have to do any real work for this week’s column:
If ‘pro’ is the opposite of ‘con’ what is the opposite of ‘progress’? – Paul Harvey
I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us. There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say. – Geronimo
Every story is its own kind of expedition, with its own set of challenges. – Ron Howard
Be neat and clean. – William “Hopalong Cassidy” Boyd
If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself. – Mickey Mantle
Everything I’ve done in my career is a result of growing up in rural Oklahoma, because if I hadn’t had the training from Mama and Daddy to work hard, to do what I’m told, to take directions, to mind and to do a good job at anything I set out to do, then I wouldn’t be where I am today. – Reba McEntire
Oklahomans value our children and our seniors. Oklahomans value our traditions of faith. Oklahomans value our heroes, our veterans. Oklahomans value innovation and the creative arts. – Brad Henry
It took me about 25 years to feel like I knew what I was doing. – James Garner, regarding his acting career.
Always defend your name. Just like you defend your country when you need to. – Gene Autry
I’m done for–you’ve hit me twice. – Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd
Borrowing money on what’s called “easy terms” is a one way Ticket to the Poor House. Show me 10 men that mortgage their land to get money and I will have to get a search warrant to find one that gets the land back again. If you think it ain’t a Sucker Game, why is your Banker the richest man in town? – Will Rogers
I decided that if the police couldn’t catch the gangsters, I’d create a fellow who could. – Chester Gould, creator of Dick Tracy
There are honest journalists like there are honest politicians–they stay bought. – Bill Moyers
I wanted to remind people that the lowest types of humanity may have within them the capacity for supreme self-sacrifice. – Lon Chaney, regarding his silent film characters
Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. – Woody Guthrie
Democrats can’t get elected unless things get worse–and things won’t get worse unless they get elected. – Jeane Kirkpatrick
Well, I was a Democrat. – Chuck Norris
The perils of duck hunting are great–especially for the duck. – Walter Cronkite
The student had three more pages of quotes, just as varied in content. I was impressed. “You must have done a lot of research,” I complemented. “Most of these people are before your time, aren’t they. And I didn’t know some of these people were from Oklahoma.”
“I don’t know who hardly any of ’em are,” the young man confessed. “They came from the internet, and most of them are dead. Do you know about ’em?”
“Yes, I do. Chester Gould did the Dick Tracy comic strip in the newspapers. I read that when I was your age. Lon Chaney made the Phantom of the Opera silent film. Paul Harvey was a radio commentator. Jeanne Kirkpatrick was in government work, among other things. I did not know those four were from Oklahoma.”
“Yeah, I threw in the Kirkpatrick lady because the teacher who’s making me do this is a Democrat,” the boy said. “And it’s a bum deal, too! She’s making me and Billy do this for something we didn’t do!”
“Oh? What did you didn’t do?” I asked.
“Last week’s homework.”
Kids today! And you can quote me!
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