University of Oklahoma - Sooner Yearbook (Norman, OK)

 - Class of 1975

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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 nation. 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 youngest governor. 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 gif' Q f .nj s. cleaning up waste in government spending, and revamping of the state medical services and state corrections department. 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 rural communities. 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- ing. 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. far

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22 Backpacking by Jackie Austin "I just want to be a cosmic cowboy," the words of country rock singer Michael Murphy, reflected the trends of American life-style. 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 sassafrass tea. 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 glow." 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 those locks!" 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 transportation means. 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 popular 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 be Unbroken7" 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 41

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