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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.

November 2014 issue -- 40 pages!
Volume 1, Number 1 -- Six pages!

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.

Here's what's in the February 2016 issue:

Fourteen Installed at Meeting.....3
An Era Has Ended.....4
Jerry Meek Brown ’39.....7
A Most Unusual Belle.....8
Correspondent Reports.....10
A Forgotten Aviation Pioneer.....16
Comets Celestial.....18
Comet Comments.....24
A Comet Goes to Washington.....25
Classen Helped Make Me A Writer.....26
Eat, Drink and be Merry.....31
“Ya Ya Sisters” Meet.....32
Newsy Notes From CSAS.....34
Chuckles by Cochran.....35
When Classen Defeated the Klan.....36
Remembering Who We Were.....38

6 responses on The New Classen Life

  1. Thank you for your quick response and for your dedication to NCL. The issue was in my mailbox yesterday. Still arrived in November………so not really late. I enjoy reading about OC and the grads……..just wish I could see more with 40 something after their name.
    Thanks again.

  2. Today is Nov.23rd………still no NCL in my mail….is there a problem? I am looking forward to getting it. Thank you.

    1. I was a week late getting this issue to the printer, due to an eye infection that slowed me down; you should be getting your copy sometime this week. The issue went to our mailing service a week ago today, and it usually takes them two to three days to get all copies addressed and delivered to the post office.

      If it doesn’t arrive by the end of the week let us know and we’ll try again!

  3. On August 14, 2015, I sent a check for $40. to Classen Alumni thinking that would subscribe me to the Classen Life magazine?
    Will I be receiving the magazine?
    Thank you.

    Don Bobzien-Class of ’51

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