The New Classen Life
The association publishes a magazine, the New Classen Life, four times a year, in February, May, August, and November. Subscription is free for association members. Currently each issue is at least 36 pages and usually 40 (depending on the amount of information available). A minimum of six inside pages are in full color, as are both covers.
The NCL first appeared in August, 1986, as a six-page letter-sized single-color folder edited by Sidney Musser '32. By June 1988 it had grown to 12 pages and Dale Olsen '37 (a co-founder of the association and its first president) had become the editor although Sidney remained in charge until retiring in 1990. Dale became chairman and remained editor, holding both posts until his death in April 1998. At that time James Thomas '50 stepped into the breach, continuing until becoming seriously ill in late 2007, requiring surgery. Jim Kyle '48 agreed to substitute for James until he was able to resume the helm. However after recovering, James insisted that Jim retain the editorship; James became "editor emeritus."
From its earliest days, the NCL has concentrated on using photos to preserve memories of happenings. Its first staff photographer was A.Y. Owen '34, a long-time member of the Oklahoman and Times photo department and later on the staff of Life magazine. Since Owen's death, Johnny Shannon '44 has filled that spot. Johnny retired as chief photographer for WKY-TV (now KFOR) and is a member of the Oklahoma press Hall of Fame.
Regular features of the NCL include coverage of class reunions, at least one personality piece about a Classen graduate or in some cases former student, news of CSAS doings, correspondent reports from around the nation, a listing of Comets Celestial (obituaries), a calendar of upcoming events, and a listing of current officers and how to contact them. Often, items of historic or nostalgic interest about Oklahoma City or its suburbs appear, and occasionally photos of grade school groups from years gone by show up.
A limited number of back issues of the NCL are available at no cost to Museum visitors and meeting attendees, or by mail/phone order for the cost of postage, currently $2.50 per copy. Contact the association office or use the "Contact Us" page of this site to learn what is available or to place an order.
Send subscriptions and contributions to Classen High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 270905, Oklahoma City, OK 73137. Send editorial contributions and comments to Classen High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 12773, Oklahoma City, OK 73157. Deadlines are the first of January, April, July, and October. Manuscripts will not be returned and we reserve the right to edit or reject those submitted.