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Michael
04-14-2009, 07:10 AM
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We had a most interesting concert last month by a brass quintet from The National Symphony. We have a very good symphony here, the South Arkansas Symphony. Our conductor, Kermit Poling, is also the manager of the NPR station, Red River Radio. RRR is based in Shreveport, with a repeater in El Dorado. El Dorado is the home of Murphy Oil (178 or thereabouts on the Fortune 500) and has dozens of multi-millionaires, hence a well funded and patronized arts center and of course the symphony.

Murphy Oil also funded a scholarship program, any C or above graduate of El Dorado High School can attend any accredited college, tuition paid up to the rate of the University of Arkansas.

As I said before, yesterday I went to a program put on by the Rotary/Chamber of Commerce where about two hundred of the business leaders of Union County came to hear Gov Beebe and Sen. Mark Pryor talk about economic conditions. Again, they come because of the high number of people with big bucks here!

I live three doors down from Mrs Nolan, reputed to be a billionaire. Her daddy was the original Mr. Charlie Murphy, her late husband was a founder of Deltic Timber. The CFO of Deltic is a friend of mine.

I live in the "Silk Stocking District,"which is nice. But to the north and east lies the "Thunder Zone." Out on Martin Luther King are some of the worst slums in the United States. We own two rent houses in the more viable parts of town.

I like it here. I don't like the coasts as well, Hell, you can have a good time here with a bug light and a case of Bud!

///Mike
04-14-2009, 09:10 AM
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We had a most interesting concert last month by a brass quintet from The National Symphony. We have a very good symphony here, the South Arkansas Symphony. Our conductor, Kermit Poling, is also the manager of the NPR station, Red River Radio. RRR is based in Shreveport, with a repeater in El Dorado. El Dorado is the home of Murphy Oil (178 or thereabouts on the Fortune 500) and has dozens of multi-millionaires, hence a well funded and patronized arts center and of course the symphony.

Murphy Oil also funded a scholarship program, any C or above graduate of El Dorado High School can attend any accredited college, tuition paid up to the rate of the University of Arkansas.

As I said before, yesterday I went to a program put on by the Rotary/Chamber of Commerce where about two hundred of the business leaders of Union County came to hear Gov Beebe and Sen. Mark Pryor talk about economic conditions. Again, they come because of the high number of people with big bucks here!

I live three doors down from Mrs Nolan, reputed to be a billionaire. Her daddy was the original Mr. Charlie Murphy, her late husband was a founder of Deltic Timber. The CFO of Deltic is a friend of mine.

I live in the "Silk Stocking District,"which is nice. But to the north and east lies the "Thunder Zone." Out on Martin Luther King are some of the worst slums in the United States. We own two rent houses in the more viable parts of town.

I like it here. I don't like the coasts as well, Hell, you can have a good time here with a bug light and a case of Bud!

You don't need to make your case with us Mike. Sounds like you have a great town. With the exceptions of large cities, where the undesirable areas are "the next town over" (5 miles away!), most towns have their good side and their bad.

When I moved to KC in the late 80's (when Justin was chasing my Johnson County nieces - that's why I love you J, you're family!), the first thing that made me chuckle was the Kansas vs Missouri rivalry. In general, the Missourians considered the Kansans "the snotty rich" and many Kansans truly looked down on the people from the other side of the city. My wife is originally from the KS side, and never left. She went to KU to school 30 minutes from where she grew up! At this point, I should mention, she grew up in a blue collar family, in one of the "lesser" burbs. Some of my in laws amaze me. They live in modest Kansas homes and still look down on MO. There are some awesome areas in MO. In fact, the largest area of old wealth mansions are on the MO side of the city.

Perception's a crazy thing!

MAF
04-14-2009, 11:55 AM
Maestro!
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:):) Regards Mark

Michael
04-14-2009, 04:14 PM
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