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January 2000, Barbara and I moved from Atlanta to Tulsa, OK to take over publishing
a local monthly aviation newspaper known as The Oklahoma Aviator.
newspaper had been founded in the early 1980s by a good friend of mine, Joe Cunningham,
who was very well known and loved in Oklahoma aviation circles. Joe and his wife
Mary Kelly were instrumental in transforming a sleepy, rocky landing strip on
the shore of Lake Tenkiller, about twenty miles south of Tahlequah, OK, into a
beautiful and popular airpark community, the Tenkiller Airpark. Joe managed the
airport and Mary, a CFI, taught many local folks to fly.
Mary died in a plane crash in 1998. After losing his beloved, Joe lasted another
year, succumbing to a heart attack in the spring of 1999. With Joe gone, The
Oklahoma Aviator ceased publication, seemingly forever. However, about six
months later, we obtained approval of Joe's heirs to become the new publishers,
printing our first issue in January 2000 and moving toTulsa a few months later.
published The Oklahoma Aviator monthly from January 2000 through July 2004,
at which time we moved out of state. When we left, we transferred ownership of
the paper to Earl Downs, a well-known aviation writer and one of our regular contributors.
Earl continued publication until sometime in 2011, by which time real-time Internet
news had rendered specialized monthly print publications obsolete.
page provides links to a table of contents document and PDF copies of all Oklahoma
Aviator issues we published; each issue is text searchable in Adobe Acrobat.