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Today I had the absolute privilege of escorting our 2018 Wall of Fame Honoree Dr. Bob Blackburn to our alma mater Putnam City High School. He was there to speak to a few classes of freshman Oklahoma History students taught by my own 7th grade Oklahoma history teacher, Ms. Richenda Bates. Using only his massive brain power, Dr. Blackburn took those students on a historical journey of Oklahoma City. He started his conversation by discussing the importance of critical thinking, a lesson clearly already stressed by Ms. Bates, as she had them analyzing his speech as a primary resource. I was held at rapt attention because Dr. Bob is a great story teller. And that’s really all history is -- a collection of stories.

Dr. Blackburn said we don’t just sail on some river of life, we make decisions and those decisions affect not only our lives, but the lives of our families, and potentially the lives of hundreds of others. He spoke of Anton Classen, Roscoe Dunjee, and our own I.M. Putnam as making pivotal decisions in the life of our city.

We are so grateful for Dr. Blackburn’s time, and for the opportunity to honor his many accomplishments at tomorrow night’s Wall of Fame Celebration. He’s made Putnam City Schools very proud.

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