Putting His Life on the Line - In 1995, the Federal Bureau of Investigation registered its own dissent with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and other state agencies when it bestowed upon…
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The Oklahomans: The Story of Oklahoma and Its People
volume 1 of a 2-part series on the 46th state and the people who make this state very special.
There was only one Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd of Oklahoma, legendary subject of our blazing new doubleheader podcast. J. Edgar Hoover named him FBI Public Enemy #1, John Steinbeck wrote about him in THE GRAPES OF WRATH, Woody Guthrie immortalized him in song. He shot it out with lawmen on the streets of Tulsa and won one of the most famous gunfights in Oklahoma history despite being shot four times. He robbed his hometown bank, where townfolk cheered him on, and he shared his proceeds with and bought groceries for the common people of Oklahoma, who loved and sheltered him.
Join John and KTOK/iHeartRadio star Gwin Faulconer-Lippert for this action-packed doubleheader podcast about America’s most enigmatic outlaw, the legendary “Robin Hood of the Cookson Hills.” It’s the 49th and 50th episodes of our original OKLAHOMA GOLD! radio program and podcast. Go HERE to listen to them all! Future episodes explore more great heroes, events, and movements of Oklahoma History.https://youtu.be/ICXsYaS2jzU
Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd, #1 on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, and Robin Hood of Oklahoma’s Cookson Hills.
The Cookson Hills of eastern Oklahoma, highlighted in green, where Charley Floyd grew up and often returned until the end of his life. Akins, the tiny rural community nearest his boyhood home, lies a few miles northeast of Sallisaw.
Former 82nd Airborne paratrooper JL Byas of Duncan, a stalwart on the Stephens County Grand Jury that first took on crooked Oklahoma County Commissioners. “If those County Commissioners had just fixed the potholes in that lady’s (Mrs. Billy McCartey) road,” Byas later mused, “the story might never have come to light.”
The Floyd family—Charley, son Jack Dempsey, and wife Ruby—while living in Tulsa around 1932.
Charles “Choc” Floyd’s funeral at Akins, Sequoyah County remains the largest in Oklahoma history. According to award-winning historian and Floyd biographer Michael Wallis of Tulsa, as many as 40,000 people attended.
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from Oklahoma History, with John Dwyer
John Dwyer's Oklahoma History
Author John Dwyer takes us on a voyage through time, to discover Oklahoma is ways we've never fully understood.
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Novelist and Oklahoma native Ralph Ellison said, "You have to leave home to find home", an apt description of the journey of John Dwyer, author and general editor of The Oklahomans. The Dwyer family roots were firmly transplanted from Ireland to Oklahoma by John's great-grandfather and grandfather, the latter who settled in Oklahoma City in 1909, just two years after Oklahoma achieved statehood. Although born in Dallas, TX, John was relocated to Oklahoma when his widowed mother returned to her home when he was two years old.
It would be on Oklahoma soil that his mother instilled in him his love for history, and coupled with his unusually creative imagination, it soon became apparent that John not only liked to hear great stories of legend and history, but to make up his own as well. It would be out of a sense of divine purpose that he would use that creativity in response to a higher calling in the years to come.
John began a career in journalism during his high school days when he served in a variety of roles, including news and sports reporter, for the Duncan Banner, a daily newspaper in his small Oklahoma hometown. He was the youngest sports editor in the newspaper's history by the time he attended the University of Oklahoma on a journalism scholarship. He graduated in 1978 with a bachelor of arts and sciences degree in journalism.
Dwyer further developed his journalistic skills in radio as a play‐by‐play football and basketball announcer for several radio stations. He won the coveted position of sports director for the University of Oklahoma's 100,000 watt KGOU‐FM radio station. For seven years, he provided live, on‐air reports to America's largest radio networks of University of Oklahoma college football games.
Except for a year in England during 6th grade, John lived in the Sooner State for 28 years before returning to Dallas in 1986 to attend Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Biblical Studies. While there, Dwyer worked part time on the sports staff of The Dallas Times Herald, which at the time owned one of the five largest circulations of any daily newspaper in Texas. It was in Texas that he also met and married his wife Grace in 1988 and settled down to start his family.
In the spring of 1992, Dwyer and his wife founded the Dallas‐Fort Worth Heritage newspaper, which would grow to a circulation of 50,000 per month at the time of its sale, after nearly a decade, to new owners. The Heritage pioneered innovative features such as full color photography and graphics, an expansive web site, a cluster of informative daily radio programs, and an aggressive, uncompromising brand of investigative news reporting unprecedented for contemporary news publications holding an
orthodox Christian worldview.
In 2006, at the urging of his family and the Oklahoma Historical Society, John returned to Oklahoma to tackle the colossal task of writing "The Oklahomans," which was endorsed as an official project of the Oklahoma Centennial Commission. He has completed volume 1 (Ancient‐Statehood) and a portion of volume 2 (Statehood‐Present), which releases in November 2018.
He is now an Adjunct Professor of History and Ethics at Southern Nazarene University. He is former history chair at Coram Deo Academy, near Dallas, Texas. His books include the non‐fiction historical narrative "The War Between the States: America's Uncivil War" (Western Conservatory), the novel "When the Bluebonnets Come" (Bluebonnet Press), the historical novels "Stonewall" and "Robert E. Lee" (Broadman & Holman Publishers), and the upcoming historical novels "Shortgrass" and "Mustang" (Oghma Creative Media).
John and Grace have one daughter and one grandson and live in Norman, Oklahoma. They are members of the First Baptist Church of Norman, where they serve in a variety of teaching, mission, and other ministry roles.