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March 17, 2008

Well, I’m proud to be... ‘True’ or ‘transplanted,’ Okies celebrate Muskogee

Connecticut transplant loves being an involved Okie

Ron Slauenwhite’s move to Muskogee in 2001 came as a result of his work as an ambassador for Bacone College.

The Connecticut native, whose work earned him and his wife honorary master’s degrees conferred in 2005 by Bacone, still advocates for the local college. But Slauenwhite’s ambassadorial role has broadened a bit, and he has become quite an advocate for his new hometown.

“The people here are just outstanding,” said Slauenwhite, who spends his Friday afternoons at the Muskogee Tourist Information Center. “Getting a tag (for your car) in Connecticut was like getting a root canal. They treated us like human beings here.”

Slauenwhite said his experience at the local tag agent left such an impression that he felt compelled to take a couple of friends from Connecticut there to check it out.

“They said, ‘Why are you taking us to the tag office,’” Slauenwhite said. “I want you to see how people are treated when they register your car.”

Slauenwhite said his friends were amazed with the courtesy people were shown.

“They had never been treated that well while registering their cars,” Slauenwhite said. “But that’s just an example of how nice the people are here.”



Encounter leads to long-term connection

Ron Slauenwhite, a retired insurance agent, never imagined an encounter in 1978 with a young preacher who moved to Connecticut would result with such a long-term connection his family has had with Oklahoma.

The preacher, a young man from Muskogee, had graduated from Oklahoma Christian University. Slauenwhite’s new acquaintance made such a good impression that Slauenwhite decided the university would provide an ideal education for one of his daughters.

The preacher helped make that happen. During his daughter’s first semester, she met her future husband and the couple settled down in Oklahoma. Slauenwhite and his wife, Nancy, began making regular trips to Oklahoma and have remained friends with the preacher from Oklahoma.

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