|Title:||What a Dirty Shame!: 100 Unforgettable Place Names of Oklahoma|
|Author:||Jim Marion Etter|
|Description:||There is probably not an Oklahoman or a visitor to Oklahoma who hasn’t wondered about the meaning or origin of the names of many of our cities and towns and other landmarks.
Those names mirror the 46th state’s diverse culture and unique history. They sing with the beauty of American Indian languages, reflect the hope or earthy humor of early settlers, or ring with the energy of entrepreneurs.
In some instances, the record documenting the birth of an Oklahoma place name no longer exists – if it ever did. In others, the "official" version varies from local legend – or is greatly enlivened by it!
Respected Oklahoma author Jim Etter examines both history and folklore – and that intriguing blend of both – in this work that results from his years as a journalist whose work has taken him to hundreds of Oklahoma communities where he talked with – and listened to – thousands of Oklahomans.
The result is a book that is both informative and entertaining and quintessentially Oklahoman – part fact, part fiction and bigger and better than either.
J. Blake Wade, Executive Director
Oklahoma Centennial Commemoration Commission
"WHAT A DIRTY SHAME!" is further proof that Jim Etter is a master storyteller.
Book Editor, The Sunday Oklahoman
What a dirty shame that this book is not twice as long. Jim Etter has a genius for unearthing such marvelous tales as these and writing them up with humor or a historian’s touch – most often with both.
Dale L. Walker of El Paso, Texas,
Western historian and past president,
Western Writers of America
What a dirty shame to drive across Oklahoma and not know the story behind these many names. Jim Etter has dredged them all up in this wonderful book. It’s funny, tragic and historical.
Dusty Richards of Springdale, Arkansas,
Auctioneer, rodeo announcer and veteran novelist
|About the Author:||Jim Marion Etter is a retired newspaper reporter and a longtime writer of history and folklore. He grew up in the small eastern Oklahoma town of Oktaha, and began his career with The Muskogee Daily Phoenix & Times-Democrat. He did newspaper and television work in Laredo, Texas, served as a military journalist in Latin America, and for more than 20 years wrote for The Daily Oklahoman.
|Details:||2006 [ISBN: 1-58107-122-1; 248 pages; 5 ½ x 8 ½ inch; softcover]|