Patrick B. McGuigan
NOTE: This essay is adapted from a post that appeared the evening of Constitution Day (September 17) on the facebook pages for CapitolBeatOK and The City Sentinel newspaper.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Should one or another of the Facebook pages with which I am affiliated go “missing in action,” I have no intention of changing my approach to my chosen profession — journalism as the first draft of history. Same with the ‘twittersphere,’ where many frequent readers reside.
Check out the websites CapitolBeatOK.com and City-Sentinel.com if we are not in other, more familiar places, in the days ahead. In Oklahoma City, the newspaper of which I am publisher (The City Sentinel) is available around the city in a wide range of racks and available for purchase at a few convenience stores or book sellers.
My first journalism writing award, for sports news, came when I was in high school at Bishop McGuinness in Oklahoma City. I wrote for The O’Collegian during my college years in Stillwater, and had essays printed in every corner of the United States and in foreign newspapers during my tenure in Washington, D.C. 1980-1990. That pattern continued during my twelve years at The Oklahoman, 1990-2002.
In the last 18 years, while devoting much of my professional time to teaching and during a brief stint in state government, I continued to write for a variety of publications, including Tulsa Today, Watchdog.org, The City Sentinel newspaper and CapitolBeatOK.com. I am grateful to Sooner Politics, which regularly posts CapitolBeatOK’s stories and other reports.
A perhaps allegorical or even legendary story is that the Mandarin symbol for “crisis” is also the symbol for “opportunity.”
And Oscar Wilde allegedly proclaimed there was an ancient Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.”
Crisis. Opportunity. Interesting Times.
Sounds like we’re there, regardless of who gets credit for the sequence of events or the original source of the wisdom.
Reliable readers and certain friends: I won’t go away, and I hope you don’t either.
Believing in the pursuit of excellence, as did the Olympic sprinter Harold Abrahams, I remain –
Your humble servant,
– Patrick B. McGuigan