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by Don Huntington
Political winds of change blew across America creating a
new and fresh climate for the political scenery of the
As the winds died down the morning following the
balloting, many changes had taken place. From coast to
coast voters had changed the traditional face of politics into
something that remains yet to be tested.
As evidence of the change, voters elected two black
officials, in two state wide offices, in two different states.
Voters also elected the first woman governor of a con-
servative eastern state. She became the first woman
elected governor not to succeed her husband.
In Oklahoma change also swept into politics. Voters
returned to a normalcy of voting that they had not ex-
perienced since the 1958 "Prairie Fire" campaign and
election of the late J. Howard Edmondson, Oklahoma's
When the winds of political change had subsided over
the waving wheat of Oklahoma a virtually unknown state
representative had swept into the Governor's office of the
State of Oklahoma.
David Boren brandishing his "Broom Brigade" open
politics cleaned out the "old guard" in one of the most
lopsided elections in the state's history.
Boren garnered 63 per cent of the vote over his
Republican opponent. He rode into the governor's office
on a platform of cleaning out the "old guard" politicians,
OPPOSITE: THE RETURNS OUT, Governor-elect David Boren of
Seminole gleefully addresses his campaign workers upon his November 5
victory. BELOW: WITH FISTS ROLLED, President Gerald Ford
describes his future national economic program to Oklahoma City
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cleaning up waste in government spending, and revamping
of the state medical services and state corrections
He had begun his long trek to the state house with the
defeat of incumbent governor David Hall, and U.S.
Representative Clem McSpadden.
Hall made his showing a poor third in the race as Boren
eroded his strength in the youth vote and the educational
strong holds and lVlcSpadden sapped Hall's strength in the
But Boren's win in the primary had just begun his race to
the state house. Boren still had to face a Republican.
Jim lnhofe, a Tulsa insurance man, State Senator, and
also a reform candidate, easily disposed of his primary
opponent Densil Garrison. Inhofe had campaigned on a
platform which included governmental reform as its main
plank. He also sought to take steps into prison reform and
elimination of wastes in Oklahoma governmental spend-
But once the votes were counted in the November 5
election Boren had become the state's second youngest
Governor. He had taken the state tally by almost a 2 to 1
margin. He made even greater inrodes in the student vote
of the University of Oklahoma student body by taking a 3
to 1 edge in the predominantly student precincts around
the campus. Boren had proved that with hard work and an
open attitude that one man could rise against the political
might of the powerful "old guard" politicians and maybe
set the tone for the next four years of growth for the State
of Oklahoma. Q
Republicans. BELOW: A GOVERNORS DESK for Democrat David
Boren as he does paper work in preparation for his January move into the
highest office in the state.
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Page 28 text:
by Jackie Austin
"I just want to be a cosmic cowboy," the words of
country rock singer Michael Murphy, reflected the trends of
Whether or not every citizen was spit-shining Justin
boots and slipping feathers into felt hat bands. the nation
displayed a taste for a simpler, backato-nature means of
existence. The transition toward this new emphasis on
purity and basics was witnessed in diverse aspects of
American living standards.
The Age of Euell Gibbons had people stalking the wild
turkey and munching on hickory nuts, as diets took on a
more nutrition-oriented character. With the aid of "The
Whole Earth Catalog" and the 'iFoxfire" books. gourmets
chucked filet mignon for dried dandelion weed coffee and
Vegetarians increased in number, and there was the birth
of the health food restaurant. Granola replaced Cracker
Jacks as the all-American snack.
Fashion mirrored the natural trend, and clothes adopted
very basic, almost drab, lines. The emphasis was on loose
garments--"let your body move . . . stretch . . . breathe"-M
and halter tops, caftans, blue jeans, jean shirts and flannel
shirts were donned. I
Women were obsessed with the "natural" look in make
up, and cosmetics became transparent, translucent, earth
hued, and herb-based to produce that "country fresh
Popular perfumes switched from femininely elusive
fragrances to the nature-based scents of musk, civet,
ambergris, grass, hay, roses, lemon, hyacinth, chamomile.
clover, amberwood, tuberose and thyme.
Hair styles were simplified: teasing, straightening, or
drowning strands in hair spray became taboo. The dogma
became "Don't fight what's on your head!" "Afro your
hair, braid it wet, cornrow it, blow dry it, let those curls kink
when you've got the 'frizzy day bluesl' 'ilust don't stifle
As its values took to the trails, so did the nation Back
packing became not just a specialty sport for the ad-
venturous outdoorsman, but an invigorating new means of
exercise and emotional relaxation that the entire family
could practice over the weekend.
Backpacks. canteens, high energy candy bars and space
food sticks abounded under the Christmas tree, and the
mountain paths swarmed with nature-loving hikers.
Weekend highway traffic was overtaken by campers, vans
and buses toting escapists to the leisure of park camp-
grounding and even spontaneous roadside pup-tenting.
Further. millions of cyclists hit the roads and bike trails.
The bicycle industry ballooned overnight as the United
States. in response to high gas prices and pollution
problems, readopted the bike, not only as a pleasure
vehicle, but as an economical and physically beneficial
When considering music as an emotional outlet, music
styles can be said to parallel a nation's or a people's
emotional frame of mind And so, in America's return to
the essentials of natural living. country music became
The influence of the Grand 'Ole Opry country and
western artists like Porter Wagoner and Johnny Cash
became evident in the country rock and the country blues
songs of artists like the Allman Brothers Band, Jerry Jeff
Walker, Willis Alan Ramsey, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt band.
Some musicians recycled the classics of past country and
western. country blues, and country spiritual greats and
came out with results such as Leon Russell's album, "Hank
Wilson's Back," and Greg Allman's single, i'Will the Circle
John Denver took us home to country roads, Linda
Ronstadt would have rather been in Colorado, and all the
easy rhythms and down home lyrics made music lover's
toes tap and hearts feel lighter.
The ecological crisis forced some of the increased
reliance on natural modes of living. ln the post-Vietnam,
Watergate-pressured, inflated, hard rock. glamour rock,
switched on, hyped up Seventies, the back to nature trend
in America may be interpreted as the voice of the rat-raced
citizen singing, i'All I want to do is, act naturally." Q
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