Stan Paregien's Oklahoma Almanac of Facts & Humor: Part 1 - Achille to Nowata contains a boatload of historical information about the state of Oklahoma and its people. It contains so much information--facts, photos, prominent people and humorous stories--that it had to be divided into two parts. So this is Part 1, covering the towns of Achilee to Nowata.
However, folks, this ain't your grandpa's dry, boring history book. No, siree. The author tells the unique stories of 148 Oklahoma cities and towns and villages. All of the towns which are county seats in Oklahoma's 77 counties are covered, plus 71 others. And he writes about each town with a conversational style which is warm, inviting and consumer friendly. He makes a concerted effort to identify pominent people associated with each town.
The author also includes 183 photos and/or graphics (total for Parts 1 and 2; most in color), such as photos of George Nigh, Donna Nigh, Gene Autry, Blake Shelton, Virgil R. Trout, Reba McEntire, Anita Bryant, Ree Drummond, Henry Bellmon, Shirley Bellman, Jody Miller, Allen Wright, Tom Paxton, Kristin Chenoweth, Bob Burke, Carl B. Albert, Bertha Frank Teague, Bill Tilghman, Carrie Underwood, Debra Coppinger Hill, Black Kettle, Frank Lucas, Patti Page, Billy Vessels, Gregory E. Pyle, Stan Hoig, Susan Powell, Robert H. Rowland, J.C. Watts, Maria Tallchief, Marjorie Tallchief, Ben Johnson, Stan Paregien, Jana Jae, Byron Berline, Daniel Paregien, James K. Hitch, Dale Robertson, Tim Holt, Paul Waner, Jim Shoulders, Tommy Franks, T. Boone Pickens, Darrell K. Royal, Bill Grant, Sam Walton, Melvin B. Tolson, Jane Jayroe, M. Scott Momaday, Lauren Nelson, Roberta Paregien, Steve Owens, Clarence Tinker, Tom Coburn, James Garner, Sherri Coale, Father Stanley Rother, Peggy Paregien, Martha Russell, Darrell Russell, Woody Guthrie, Patience Latting, Edgar Cruz, Will Rogers, Wiley Post, Clara Luper, Will Sampson, William Gordon Lillie (aka "Pawnee Bill"), Dan Hodge, and Chief Standing Bear.
Also included are photos of Bill Pickett, David Meyers, Les Gilliam, Martha Gilliam, Jim Thorpe, Overton James, John Hope Franklin, D.C. Minner, Sequoyah, Steve Davis, Barry Switzer, Charles Page, Marques Hayes, Gary England, Enoch Kelly Haney, Gordon Cooper Jr, Dan Boren, Kata Hay, William Grady Stigler, Mike Gundy, Gene Paregien, Stacy Paregien, Wilma Mankiller, Wes Studi, Bob Blackburn, Kings of Leon, Mary Copeland Fallin, LaDonna Tabbytite Harris, Miranda Lambert, John Wooley, Guy Logsdon, Fred R. Harris, Abe Lemons, Sam Bradford, Thomas Stafford, Leonard M. Harjo, Temple Houston, Roy Milton, J.W. Parker, Mary Jo Parker, and Garth Brooks. And there are even more. Obviously, it would be cost-prohibitive to include so many photos--particularly color photos--in a traditional printed book; but not so for an EBook.
Next he finds ways to inject a humorous incident into each and every town listing. And, as an experienced radio personality and a performer of cowboy stories and poetry, he brings a wagon load of them for the reader to enjoy.
You may want to download a copy for your desktop as a handy reference source, plus copies for your smart phone and/or your laptop so that when you go traveling across Oklahoma you'll have this information right at your fingertips. It would also make a delightful gift for visitors to Oklahoma, as well as for those who have had to move out-of-state and would appreciate a reminder of their favorite state. Or consider making it a gift to those you know who need a little humor and sunshine in their life.
The author promises to cover virtually all of the towns in Oklahoma in a revised edition planned for three years or so from now. But for now, don't forget to also download Part 2 - Okarche to Zafra.
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About the Author
Stan Paregien Sr was born in Oklahoma to Harold and Evelyn (Cauthen) Paregien. The family moved west the year after his birth and he grew up on ranches and farms where his father worked in southern California. One of those places where Harold Paregien worked was the Newhall Ranch, a corporate ranching and farming operation that stretched for miles either side of the highway from the towns of Newhall to Piru. Stan was already in love with anything cowboy, mostly by watching those great B-Westerns at the local movie theaters. And then on the Newhall Ranch (officially known as the Newhall Land & Farming Company) he and his sister Roberta acquired horses and rode happy trails all over the ranch. Paregien graduated from high school at Fillmore, Calif. He married Peggy Ruth Allen from nearby Ventura, Calif., in May of 1962. And they immediately moved to Nashville, Tennessee where in 1965 he graduated from Lipscomb University. He received his master’s degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. And he completed all 60-hours of the classwork toward a Ph.D. in Speech Communication at the University of Oklahoma but not complete his other requirements. He is a former full-time minister, a newspaper reporter and editor, a radio talk show host, a director of mental health facilities in both Texas and Oklahoma, and a salesman of various products. Through it all, he has been a freelance writer and author. Stan and Peggy have two adult children, Stan Paregien Jr who lives with his family in the St. Louis area; and Stacy Magness who lives with her family south central Texas. They also have four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The Paregiens lived in Edmond, Oklahoma for some 20 years before moving to Bradenton, Florida in June of 2013. Be sure to take a look at his other e-books which are also available online, including: The Cajun Cowdog: 15 Cowboy Stories for Adults* *Just that people under age 13 probably can't appreciate it. A Rainy Day Reader: 100 Poems for Your Enjoyment Woody Guthrie: His Life, Music & Myth Oklahoma Almanac of Facts & Humor, (Parts 1& 2) The Austin Chronicles, Book 1: Boggy Depot Shootout (a Western novel with adult themes) The Austin Chronicles, Book 2: The Abilene Trail (a Western novel with adult themes) The Day Jesus Died Rootin’ Tootin’ Cowboy Poetry Guy Logsdon: Award-winning Folklorist Jim Shoulders: King of the Rodeo Cowboys Quotations for Writers & Speakers Clara Luper: Civil Rights Pioneer Thoughts on Unity