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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.  Johnny Shannon died May 7, 2020 and this position is now open.

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 was in the August 2017 issue:

 2018-2019 Officers Nominated....3

Only Once In A Lifetme…....4

CSAS Students Win Honors....6

Class Of ’61 Remembers....7

Fairy Godmother is a Classenite....8

Correspondent Reports....9

An Unsung Hero!....13

Comets Celestial....14

Two Win Scholarships....26

Comet Comments....27


Museum News....30

Life’s Unanswered Questions....32

’72 Holds 45th Reunion....33

Chuckles by Cochran....34

’67 Celebrates 50 Years....35



14 responses on The New Classen Life

  1. What is the subscription rate for the New Classen Life? I didn’t see where it was listed. I am interested in reading the article that Steve Fisher wrote in the current issue. Please let me know so I may subscribe forthwith.

    Paul Ruscha

  2. I think the entire New Classen Life staff does a magnificent job. When I find a copy in my mailbox I literally run (well almost) to my front door so I can get to my favorite recliner and read it cover-to-cover! Then I read it again. Thanks for all the hard work!

  3. I came across photos from the 1992 Reunion Class of ‘52. Would the .org like to have these photos? The group shots have all of the names. Let me know!

  4. Can I not subscribe to The Classen Lufe magazine on-line?
    If I join am I able to get a copy of your magazine of the August 2017?

    1. At the top of the screen you’ll find the menu item “Membership” and when you click that you’ll see a drop-down menu on which the final item is “Join us.” Click that item to get a page describing how to become a member. We’d love to have you!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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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