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Class of 1966 - Inducted 1989

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S.E. Hinton wrote her first book, “The Outsiders” when she was seventeen years old. Susan said she wrote the because she couldn’t find any stories that portrayed the lives of teenagers outside the narrow world of the high school prom. So she created another world, one with no parents or adult authority figures, a place where kids lived by their own rules. The result was one of the great best sellers in the field of adolescent literature. She at- tended the University of Tulsa with a major in Education. She did not do particularly well in her creative writing class at Rogers but has seen all her books made into movies. Her novels are realistic portrayals of modern kids trying to make it in a rough world. Susan commented about some of her characters, "Many of them are loosely based on people I've known. In all my characters there is always some aspect of myself." Susan resides in Tulsa with her husband David.  

Susan Eloise Hinton published her first work, The Outsiders, only one year after graduation from Will Rogers. Always an avid reader, her best-selling novel was a result of the dissastisfaction she had with books written for young adults. Countless young people have said that The Outsiders was the first book they had ever read cover to cover, and S.E. Hinton soon became

known as “The Voice of the Youth.” She followed The Outsiders with That was Then, This is Now, published in 1971. In 1975,

she expanded her short story, Rumble Fish, into a novel, which garnered the entire spectrum of reviews, from “her best book” to “her last book.” Tex followed in 1979. In March, 1983, the movie The Outsiders was released, starring Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, Diane Lane and another of Will Rogers’ Hall of Fame members, Gailard Sartain. In October 1983, the movie Rumble Fish, was released, again starring Matt Dillon and Diane Lane, with Dennis Hopper, Nicholas Cage and Laurence Fishburne. The movie, That was Then, This is Now was released in 1985, starring Emilio Estevez and Morgan Freeman. In 1988, Susan received the very first YASD/SLJ Author Achievement Award, which was given by the Young Adult Services Division of the American Library Association and the School Library Journal. That same year she released Taming The Star Runner. In a complete change of direction, her last two books are for children of elementary school age: Big David, Little David, and The Puppy Sister. When not writing books, S. E. Hinton loves to ride her horses and spend time with her husband and son.


Don McCorkle - 1965 


Don McCorkle attended Bell Junior High and graduated from Will Rogers High School in 1965.  In his senior year at Rogers he won Second Place in the national Voice of Democracy Contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. That provided him with the scholarship he used to attend the University of Tulsa where he received his bachelors degree in Political Science. During his senior year he married Marilyn McCorkell.  He joined the U.S. Army Reserve, initially serving as an enlisted man in the 486th Civil Affairs Unit in Tulsa.  He later received a commission as a JAG officer after completing law school at the University of Tulsa.

He served as Chairman of the Greater Tulsa Council from 1973-75, and was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1978. He quickly earned a reputation as a leading reform legislator.  He won a fight to pass Oklahoma’s first major nursing home reform bill in his freshman term.  He went on to lead the efforts to reform children’s services in the state, including the creation of the first Child Abuse Prevention Fund.  He was the principal author of the act creating Oklahoma’s first Ethics Commission.  As Chairman of the Economic Development Committee, he led the effort to pass Oklahoma’s landmark Quality Jobs Act and was responsible for a wide range of successful economic development initiatives, including creation of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology and the Oklahoma Capital Investment Board. 

Class of 1963 - Inducted 2009

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A native of Tulsa, Sartain graduated from Rogers High School and afterwards earned a degree in fine arts from the University of Tulsa in 1969 with a BFA. A successful illustrator, Sartain's artistic credits range from record cover designs such as Leon Russell's "Will O' the Wisp" to illustrations for nationally published magazines. Gailard played a character on KOTV in Tulsa, OK was Dr. Mazeppa Pompazoidi, who hosted a late night weekend film festival of old movies. Mazeppa dressed as a wizard, wearing a dark blue robe and pointed wizard's cap. The local late-night program featured B-movies, with Sartain and Gary Busey writing and performing skits between the movie segments. Featuring characters such as Yahooudi Men-you-in (a nameplay on the famous violin aficionado, played by G.S.) and a featured Gary Busey character, Teddy Jack Eddie.....with the third member of the troupe playing "Sherman Oaks"....wearing a receding-hair lined half-mask, the Mazeppa Pompazoidi's Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting met Saturday nights at 10:30pm after the local late news. There were other incidental characters, played by his then girlfriend such as "Little Dar-Leen". Local personalities instantly gained even more local fame when appearing on his program, some like the rock band "Bread". He even had local late-night competition, "Fantastic Theatre".  After graduation from Will Rogers High School, Gailard Sartain earned a  bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Tulsa. In 1971, he began his entertainment career on KOTV when he created The Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting aka Dr. Mazeppa Pompazoidi. Gailard was a regular on the popular country comedy music show Hee Haw for 20 years. He has appeared in over 50 motion pictures, notably Mississippi Burning, Fried Green Tomatoes and Elizabethtown. Today, Gailard is also well known  for his accomplished work as a painter and illustrator. He designed the cover for fellow Rogers’ Hall of Fame member Leon Russell’s Will o’ the Wisp album.  He currently resides in Tulsa with his wife Mary Jo.

Class of 1962 - Inducted 1989

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Professor of Studies in Democracy and Culture (Graduate College) UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA Tulsa. Rodger Randle joined the Peace Corps in Brazil in the mid 1960's. In 1970, Randle was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He was elected to the Oklahoma Senate in 1972, then re-elected in 1976, 1980 and 1984. He is recognized statewide for his legislative work in support of education and children's issues. He was the principal author of the legislation creating the University Center at Tulsa. Randle is credited with playing the key role in the creation of the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. He also sponsored the introduction of the cabinet system in state government.  Before becoming leader of the Oklahoma Senate he had served as chairman of the Appropriations and Budget Committee and the Education Committee. Randle was elected Mayor of Tulsa In 1988 and was  re-elected in 1990. He is married to the former Judith Otterstrom, who serves on the Tulsa City-County Library Board, and is a past Chairman. They have one son, Tim, who is a student at Bishop Kelly High School and is a graduate of Tulsa's Spanish immersion elementary school. The Randle's are members of Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Tulsa, where Rodger is a past Senior Churchwarden. Rodger Randle began a distinguished career after Will-on-the-Hill, graduating from the University of Oklahoma, and a earning a law degree from the University of Tulsa. He began public service with the Peace Corps in Brazil. In 1970, at the age of 27, he was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, followed by election to the Oklahoma Senate in 1972, with re-election in 1976, 1980 and 1984. Rodger was twice elected president pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate, the Senate’s top leadership position. In 1988 he became mayor of the City of Tulsa and led the successful campaign to change the city’s form of government to mayor/city council. The vote came after four unsuccessful charter change attempts during the previous 35 years. Re-elected in 1990 by the largest margin in Tulsa’s history, he became Tulsa’s first mayor under the new form of government, marking the most significant change in the City of Tulsa in the previous 50 years. Rodger became professor in the Graduate College of the University of Oklahoma in 1998. He also holds the title of professor and director of the Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture. His many civic activities include president and chairman of the national Board of Directors of Sister Cities International, the world’s largest volunteer citizen diplomacy program; locally, he is a past president of various organizations, including Tulsa Global Alliance, Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations, the Tulsa Philharmonic, and the United Nations Association of Northeastern Oklahoma. He currently is the honorary British consul for Oklahoma. In addition, he serves as co-chair of the Bond Oversight Committee of the Tulsa Public Schools

Class of 1962 - Inducted 1992

Ronald Radford – known as “Hank” when he was at Will Rogers – is known internationally as the American master of the flamenco guitar. He studied music at the University of Tulsa and began his career as a student of the legendary Flamenco guitarist Carlos Montoya. Ron also studied classical guitar with Andres Segovia. Ron is the only individual ever to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in flamenco guitar. He traveled thousands of miles in Spain, immersing himself in the musical wisdom of the Spanish gypsy Flamenco masters.  Performance venues include New York’s Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, concert halls and major colleges and universities across the United States. Ron’s highly acclaimed and popular school assembly program, The Power of Ole! –Optimistic Leadership Energy! reaches thousands of school children each year. Ron’s international tours have taken him to 15 countries, from Australia to Switzerland and from Canada to Panama. While serving in the Army in Vietnam, he performed in hospitals, schools and orphanages. He toured for the State Department as a musical ambassador to Mexico, Guatemala and other Latin American countries. His exciting CD: Viva Flamenco! and DVD: Live Your Passion, are available at www.RonaldRadford.com. His music has been downloaded in more than 50 countries worldwide. Ron was born in California, grew up in Tulsa, and now lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he continues his career as one of the world’s most successful ambassadors of flamenco music.

Class of 1960 - Inducted 2013

Linda Chambers Bradshaw is known by many in the Tulsa community as the owner of Tulsa World of Gymnastics. Others know her as the one who took Will-on the-Hill to heart, becoming a leading authority on the man, Will Rogers. After graduating from The University of Tulsa with a  degree in music, she studied at the Princeton New School for Piano Pedagogy. Linda became a docent at the Will Rogers Memorial and Museum, in Claremore, Oklahoma, in 2008, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Will Rogers Memorial Foundation. She was named coordinator of their first-ever major fundraiser and founded the Rotary-sponsored Will Rogers Gala, which annually honors a person who most exemplifies the attributes of Will Rogers. She was instrumental in protecting and preserving the rare portrait of Will Rogers, by Italian artist Count Arnaldo Tamburini, which was presented to the school in 1954, and hung there until 1997. It was permanently loaned to the Gilcrease Museum in order to provide climate control, light protection and improved security. A high quality photographic copy now hangs in the school. Linda was the first woman to hold the office of president of the Tulsa Rotary Club and has
been a major participant in their Water Well project in Nicaragua. She has served as meet director for USA Gymnastics Olympics Qualifying Events; in addition, she has worked with the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce and the United Way. She has coached Special Olympics gymnastics and served on the board of Tulsa Advocates for the Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (TARC). She was an Oklahoma delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business in 1995 and that same year was named Tulsa Chamber’s Small Business Person of the Year.

Class of 1960 - Inducted 2012

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Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1942, Elvin first got hooked on the blues listening to late night R&B radio as a teenager. He began collecting blues records, and quickly realized that many of his favorite records were recorded in Chicago. In 1959, he used a National Merit Scholarship as a way to get closer to his blues heroes by enrolling in the University of Chicago. in the late 1960s, Bishop became a regular at the famed Fillmore jam sessions, playing alongside Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, B.B. King and many others. He recorded first for Fillmore Records, then Epic and then for Capricorn, where his career took off to new heights. He charted with Travelin’ Shoes before scoring big with Fooled Around And Fell In Love (the song, with vocals supplied by pre-Jefferson Starship singer Mickey Thomas, reached number three on the pop charts). After a seven-year recording hiatus, Elvin returned to his blues roots in 1988, signing with Alligator and releasing BIG FUN.  He followed in 1991 with DON'T LET THE BOSSMAN GET YOU DOWN

In the early 1950s, Elvin Bishop used to listen late at night to a radio station from Nashville that played rhythm and blues, between rock n’roll and country-western. Elvin was obsessed with the blues, and when he won a National Merit Scholarship in physics, he chose the University of Chicago, not because it was one of the most prestigious universities in America, but because it was on the south side of Chicago, which was ground zero for the clubs in which much of this music was being played. Elvin was a founding member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in 1963, the beginning of a long and successful career in music. His first smash hit was Fooled Around and Fell in Love from his 1976 album Struttin’ My Stuff. Elvin’s music includes smokytavern, gut-bucket blues, raucous roadhouse rhythm and blues, and rollicking goodtime rock and roll. His first live-concert DVD, That’s My Thing: Elvin Bishop Live in Concert, was recorded live at the Club Fox in Redwood City, California on December 17, 2011. It was released on the Delta Groove label in October 2012. The DVD was nominated for Best Blues DVD of 2012 by The Blues Foundation. Elvin lives in northern California and currently works with Delta Groove Productions, which produced his most recent release, the Grammy-nominated The Blues Rolls On, featuring Red Dog Speaks, an affectionate nod to his 1959 red Gibson ES-345 guitar. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 1998.


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