Oklahoma Tough: My Father, King of the Tulsa Bootleggers

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"Wayne Padgett was a colorful, charming, and generous man. He was also one of Oklahoma's most elusive bootleggers and career criminals. From the 1960s into the 1980s, he operated out of Tulsa as a high-ranking member of the outfit known as the Dixie Mafia. In Oklahoma Tough, poet Ron Padgett tells the inside story of his notorious father and of how he earned his reputation as a Robin Hood "King of the Bootleggers."" Oklahoma Tough is also a history of the distinctive mid-twentieth-century Oklahoma milieu that made Wayne Padgett's life story
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"Wayne Padgett was a colorful, charming, and generous man. He was also one of Oklahoma's most elusive bootleggers and career criminals. From the 1960s into the 1980s, he operated out of Tulsa as a high-ranking member of the outfit known as the Dixie Mafia. In Oklahoma Tough, poet Ron Padgett tells the inside story of his notorious father and of how he earned his reputation as a Robin Hood "King of the Bootleggers."" Oklahoma Tough is also a history of the distinctive mid-twentieth-century Oklahoma milieu that made Wayne Padgett's life story possible. Ron Padgett brings this vanished world to life with candid and sometimes comic descriptions of criminal life. Particularly insightful and entertaining are interviews in which former bootleggers, family members, friends, and enemies speak openly about their lives.
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"I was hit with an intense sensation, the pang of loving someone I don't really know," recalls poet Padgett, of a night nearly two decades ago, which sparked the writing of his father's biography. Alternately describing his bootlegger dad, Wayne Padgett, as a dutiful son, wheeler-dealer, womanizer and hero, the author brings to life the paradoxical spirit of a generous, resourceful man, deeply affected, at the tender age of 11, by his own father's murder. Wayne Padgett, as his son describes, was a longstanding member of a Tulsa, Okla., bootlegging outfit known as the Dixie Mafia. Offsetting any tendency toward sentimentality, Padgett (You Never Know) substantiates with personal interviews with his father's peers, newspaper articles and police records, portraying an outsider and outlaw whose ventures included gambling, cars, stolen merchandise, nightclubs and phone scams, and whose customers extended to preachers, cops and the mayor. Childhood memories and an eye for aesthetic detail bring an immediacy to the era and locale in this beautifully written memoir-accompanied by photographs and personal letters. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Novelist and poet Padgett (You Never Know) sheds some light on his becoming a writer by reconstructing the life of his father, Wayne Padgett, who, he argues, was unable to build a good life within society and so instead found a life through bootlegging and other nefarious criminal activities. Known as King of the Bootleggers in Tulsa (Prohibition did not end in Oklahoma until 1959), Wayne was known as kind and generous, a sort of modern-day Robin Hood. However, he was also a bundle of contradictions: he was a good father and a loyal friend but also an unfaithful husband, a liar, and a thief. Perhaps it was this chameleon-like aspect of his personality that kept him from a felony conviction for over 30 years. When his bootlegging days ended, Wayne joined the loosely structured Dixie Mafia, and his gangsterism moved to a higher level: he became a steer artist, setting up jobs but not participating directly. Although he eventually ended up in prison, he was paroled after 23 months. Upon returning to his second wife, he succumbed to sinus and lung cancer, surviving, ironically enough, on disability checks from the government. Part biography, part history, and part memoir, this work is based not only on his son Ron's memories but also on interviews with officials, friends, and family as well as library and newspaper records. However, although much of what is in the book rests on research, Padgett senior is often described subjectively, through the loving eyes of a son. Recommended for larger libraries.-Robert Kelly, Fort Wayne Community Schs., IN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806135090
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Pages: 265
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron Padgett is the author of more than twenty books, including You Never Know and New & Selected Poems. Padgett was Publications Director of Teachers and Writers Collaborative from 1980 to 2000 and has taught poetry workshops across the country.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2007

    Awesome Book

    One of my favorite books I have ever read with Oklahoma history once I picked this book up I couldn¿t put it down until I had read it twice very interesting story I loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2003

    Phases and stages: differing styles between father and son

    A heartfelt and pithy description of a modern day 'Robin Hood' in dirt poor Oklahoma who has a New York based author son who chronicles the interesting tales of his father and his own 'different path'.

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