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Famous Tulsan As A Teen: Daniel Boorstin, 12th Librarian Of Congress

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Daniel Boorstin, content-liberating 12th Librarian of Congress and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, graduated from Tulsa's Central High School in 1930 at the age of 15. 

J. J. Cale: 1938-2013

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Tulsa, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist  J. J. Cale died last week at the age of 74.

NPR's Dan Bobkoff writes, "His music took the edges off honky-tonk and blues, dressed them in a smoking jacket and ascot, and made them smooth."  You can hear Cale's smoking jacket and ascot adorned combination of blues, country, and rock on these cds:

Leighton Avery, Son Of A Highway Man

James Leighton Avery, son of Cyrus Avery, graduated from Tulsa's Central High School in 1921.  The caption accompanying his senior photograph reads, "Page the debater. Here we have him. In the winter he is a most polished 'city-slicker.' In the summer he changes to agriculturist on his own farm. Distinguishing trait--Oratory. Pet peeve--Spelling. Disposition--Obliging."

Famous Tulsan As A Teenager: Bruce Goff

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Bruce Goff, architect and Tulsa Central High School graduate, was already an apprentice for Rush, Endacott, and Rush when this 1922 senior photograph was taken. The caption next to his photograph reads, "An art student of high merit, he has made many of the attractive posters that decorate the corridors. He is a prominent member of Chiaroscuro and also the pride of many English teachers in theme writing. Secret longing---To grow tall. Chief Accomplishment---Futuristic art. Hobby---Program committees."