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Welcome to the website of the
Mangum Oklahoma Alumni Association
May 19, 2017, is the date set for the 107th annual Banquet
MHS ALUMNI PRESIDENT
Marsha McElroy Griswold, ‘70
MHS ALUMNI BOARD of
MET NOV. 5, 2016
Banquet set for May 19, 2017
The MHS Alumni BOD met November 5, 2016, at the Welcome
Center. President, Marsha McElroy Griswold, Class of 1970, called
the meeting to order. Minutes from the October meeting were
approved and the October Financial report was accepted as given.
The Alumni Association has purchased a new Tiger mascot suit and
pictures were shown .
May 19, 2017, is the date set for the
107th annual Alumni Banquet. Pres. Griswold is busy arranging the
event with the Quartz Mountain Lodge, deciding a program and
handling logistics for the evening.
Committees chairs were
assigned and some reports given:
Friday May 19:
Lodge will provide breakfast May 19 at 8:00; cost will be $10.
2 Golf Scrambles....Mangum and Quartz Mountain
Ticket pickup at
the Welcome Center until noon
Ticket pickup at the Lodge
Banquet seating 6:15 Dinner 6:30
Alumni Parade 11:00
___Dale Staton is in charge of
the Parade and John Buck will be the announcer. "The Changing
Times" band will be Parade Marshals. They will also perform for
the mixer at the Lodge.
___Ray Hogan BBQ has changed hands
and has been moved to Jo's Restaurant on East Lincoln. Time and
cost will be announced at a later date.
meeting will be January 7, 2017. Members of the Association are
encouraged to attend these meetings.
meeting were: Beth Thompson White, Sara Tidmore-Lockerd, Dale
Staton, Mary Jane Scott, Alice Gray, Fran Altom, Frena Winters,
Holly Rogers, Joy Grant, Carolyn Hooley and Marsha Griswold.
“PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN TIGER”
MHS ALUMNI BOARD of DIRECTORS
2017 Alumni Dinner
May 19, 2017
Here for the Invitation
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for Schedule of Events
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Here for the Pre-registration
PARADE MARSHALS 2017 - Teacher of
the Year 2016
PARADE MARSHALS FOR 2017 ALUMNI PARADE
"ALL MANGUM HIGH
For the last ten years, the Mangum Alumni
Association has been using 'Parade Marshals' to lead the annual
Alumni Parade through downtown Mangum, Oklahoma, USA. The Parade
will begin at 11:00 on May 20, 2017, in front of the high school.
Past Parade Marshals are as follows:
2007 Barbara Thompson
Blake Class of 1947
2008 Helen Wickersham Butterfield Class of
2009 Russell Pierson Class of 1929
Pendleton-McDaniel Class of 1938
2011 Claude Smith Class of
2012 Wade "Junior" Tyler Class of 1944
2013 Jack Givens
Class of 1940
2014 Ray Coffman Class of 1943
2015 Bill and
Jacque Tyler-Schuster Starr Classes of 1945 and 1946
and Sara Beck-Tidmore Lockerd Classes of 1946 and 1949
THE CHANGING TIMES
Robert Keating, Jim Keating, Greg
Winters, Rollie Heatly, Ralph Heatly
The Grand Marshals
of this year’s Mangum High School Alumni Parade are The Changing
Times. From collective memories, this is their story.
Colonel. R. O. Heatly retired from the Air Force and moved his
family to Mangum in 1965. The town of Mangum soon discovered that
R. O. and Rose Mary’s son, Ralph, could play the guitar. It wasn’t
long before Ralph was playing his classical guitar all over town.
Within a few months, a teacher at Mangum High School, Mr.
Wendell Harris, decided to form a rock and roll band around the
talents of Mr. Heatly. After a few false starts, The Creators were
formed. It featured Ralph Heatly MHS ’67 on guitar, Jimmy Caddel
MHS ’66 as lead vocalist, Jim Cupp MHS ’66 on drums, Charles
Splawn MHS ’67 on bass guitar, and Robert Heatly MHS ’69 on drums.
The Creators were an instant hit. They played popular songs,
such as “House of the Rising Sun”, “Louie Louie”, and “Wooly
Bully”. Dressed in their fashionable Beatle coats, they played
almost every Saturday night at “The Hole”. For many of the
teenagers of Southwest Oklahoma, Mangum became the place to be
when The Creators were playing.
Who of that era can’t
remember walking up the steps of the abandoned Mangum Opera House,
peering into the darkness of the main theatre, and wondering if
they were in the right place? Who of that era can forget seeing
the colored lights and hearing the music coming from under the
stage? Who can forget walking down the short flight of stairs by
the stage and seeing Rose Mary and R. O. Heatly chaperoning and
taking the money for the band? Who can forget the decorated walls
and low ceiling?
Who doesn’t have a picture in their mind
of Jimmy Caddel crooning the words of the Animals song, “Bring It
on Home” or other hits of the time? Who didn’t love the music and
dance like there was no tomorrow. It was a special time. Mangum
was a great place to be and a great place to grow up.
quickly, The Creators lost members to high school graduation. In
the spring of 1966, Ralph was left with only his brother from the
original group. But the tradition of live music was firmly
entrenched in the Mangum Tiger culture. It was time to form a new
When the dust settled in the fall of 1966, the new
lineup was the late Floyd Propps MHS ’68 on rhythm guitar, the
late Steve Edwards MHS ’68 on bass guitar, the late Tommy Sheward
MHS ’68 on drums, Robert Keating MHS ’68 on organ, Ralph Heatly on
lead guitar, the late Bill Maas on rhythm guitar, and Robert
Heatly on drums. Bill had played in a folk group in Virginia
called The Changing Times. The new band adopted the name and has
used it ever since.
When the original dance venue, The
Hole, was condemned by the Mangum Fire Department, the Saturday
night dances moved across the street to the Mangum Civic Center.
The cozy atmosphere of The Hole had been lost, but the teenagers
continued to come. Who can forget Mack Coffman MHS ’67 and Norbert
Allsup ’68 doing the Gator as highlights of those dances?
After Ralph’s graduation in the spring of 1967, the fate of the
band was in question. However, dances continued to be scheduled,
and the band played on. It was always a challenge to get Ralph and
Bill from Norman and Claremore, but they always seemed to make it.
In the spring of 1968, the other members of the band graduated
from high school. Four members of the group, Ralph, Bill, Steve,
and Robert Keating decided to enroll at Oklahoma State University.
It just so happened that another Mangum High School graduate,
Randy Whittaker was Rush Chairman that summer for Phi Gamma Delta
Fraternity at OSU. The Changing Times played for a rush party in
Lawton and must have passed the audition. All four pledged Phi
Gamma Delta and became the house band.
Upon arrival in
Stillwater, The Changing Times was in immediate need of a drummer.
Fortunately, there was one in the house from Bartlesville, named
Bill Douce, who agreed to play with them. That same fall, they
recorded the songs “Battle of Life” and “Meadow” at Benson Sound
Studio in Oklahoma City. Both were written by Bill Maas and
garnered significant air time on OSU’s campus radio station.
Bill Douce was eventually replaced as the group's drummer by
another fraternity brother, Jeff Ruiz. The Changing Times played
for fraternity parties, sorority parties, and high school proms
all over the state. They could often be seen cruising down the
highway in their panel truck with the sign on the back that read,
“You’re behind the Times.”
The Changing Times era as
college students ended in the spring of 1972. The group then moved
to Oklahoma City and played professionally around the area until
There have been many band reunions over the years,
and the players have varied greatly. One of the more memorable
parties was a 20-year high school reunion in Muskogee, when
Floyd’s brother, Jack Propps played drums for the night. Jack has
mentioned lately in messages and Facebook posts how special a
night it was for him to have a chance to make music with his
Upon the deaths of Steve Edwards and Floyd Propps,
new musicians were needed in order for the band to keep playing.
The obvious choices were from another Mangum band—one that
followed in the tradition of The Creators and The Changing
Times—one that had played at the Mangum Civic Center and other
towns in the area. This band was known as The Illusions. The
original members were Jim Keating MHS ’70, Rollie Heatly MHS ’71,
Greg Winters MHS ’71, Ray Lynn Stover MHS ’70, and the late John
McDaniel MHS ’71.
The bands merged and formed the current
lineup of Ralph Heatly, lead guitar; Robert Keating, keyboard; Jim
Keating, guitar; Rollie Heatly, bass guitar; and Greg Winters,
drums. This group has played for several MHS Alumni Banquet Mixers
and for other parties.
One of the more memorable events was
a 90th birthday party for the late Rose Mary Heatly in 2008. One
of Rose Mary’s favorite things to do was to watch The Changing
Times play. She had been a fan since the first days of The
Creators, and she hardly ever missed a performance. She made the
trip a year ago from New Mexico to be at the 2016 Mangum Alumni
mixer. She passed away in July of 2016 and will be sorely missed
at this year’s banquet.
For more information see The
Changing Times page on Facebook or see jrobertkeating.com for the
latest collaborative project of Ralph and Robert.
Winters, MHS Class of 1971, son of the late Zane Winters and Frena
Winters, says: "It is always a lot of fun to come back home and
see everyone enjoying some good old "rock and roll'. I look
forward to seeing everyone. It is so rare to be able for us be
able to see each other regularly. It is very unusual also for
anyone to say that they get to connect with guys that have been
great friends forever. All of the guys in the band have known each
other forever and have had a great careers and personal lives
since leaving Mangum. I am really proud to call each of he guys in
the band great friends and have tremendous respect for each of
them. They have been very successful in their professional lives,
great husbands, great fathers, and all around good guys. I really
believe that growing up in Mangum set each of us on a path to be
Jim Keating, MHS Class of 1970, and son of the
late Helen Jane Givens, says, "As a transplant to Mangum in third
grade (Mrs. Helper’s class), I was immediately welcomed into small
town life, new friends and opportunities to participate in sports,
band, leadership, pretty much anything. By the seventh grade, with
Montgomery Wards guitar and Sears amp in tow, I was ready to rock
and roll with my buddies. Enter Greg Dennis, Steve Rosenbaum, then
Rollie Heatly, then Ray Stover, then John McDaniel, then Greg
Winters. Our various bands (The Prism followed by The Illusions)
played in Mangum regularly at the Civic Center (upstairs), and
neighboring towns to (mostly) appreciative peers. R.O and Rosemary
Heatly faithfully manned the cash box at each of our dances,
charging a dollar or two for each teenager and bounced any
supposed troublemakers from out of town. It was a great time for
us to play some music, make new friends, and enjoy our time
growing up in Mangum. Lots of highlights, but my favorite memory
is seeing our fancy black light reflect the fluorescent paint of
some crazy design on the top of Rollie’s shaved head. A definite
'Several years ago Rollie, Greg and I
blended our “talents” with Robert Keating and Ralph Heatly from
the legendary "Changing Times" band. So now, almost fifty years
after we began, here we are, all grown up, still playing music for
our friends, with our friends. Greg Dennis, MHS grad, will play a
couple of songs with us this year. He plays regularly in "The Old
Bulldog Band" in Edmond. "
"The holdovers from The Changing
Times, (Ralph and Robert) combined with the remnants of The
Illusions (Greg Winters, Rollie and Jim) to form the new version
of The Changing Times happened about 12 years ago. Now our biggest
challenge is lifting our speakers.”
Two of the band members
have MHS wives: Ralph Heatly's wife is Signe Hawkins Heatly, Class
of 1969, and Robert Keating's wife is Sharon Bryan Keating, Class
of 1968. Rollie's wife is Micki Heatly; Greg's wife is MeMe; and
Jim's wife is Rosemary from other schools in the state.
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Why didn't I get an Alumni invitation?
Joy Grant, MHS Historian
Throughout the year, a Historian is always looking for and asking others
about the ‘missing’ alumni. At a recent Alumni Board meeting,
Treasurer, Mary McDaniel Scott ’72, handed out a roster which
included 843 “returned invitations”. This signifies that
843 addresses were incorrect out of the 2500 mailed. We get comments
from members that his or her relative or friend didn’t get an
invitation or some that haven’t received one in years.
There are at least three answers for this dilemma:
1) That person has
no locally known parent/or relative to whom the class secretaries can
contact for a new address and/or
2) That member has never sent a ‘change
of address’ to the P.O.B. 8 in Mangum whereby a new address could
be entered, and/or
3) An invitation is returned this year with the yellow
strip showing a NEW address; but the next mailout will not happen until
2012 UNLESS a person requests another invitation to mail to his or
Obviously, after many years of no contact or show of interest on the
member’s part, names could have been dropped from the register
accidentally by many people who have kept records of this 101 year old
Association. For the last twenty plus years, all the Graduates have been
recorded diligently on a computer which is monitored and updated year
around by Ms. Scott, Ms. Grant and other Board Members who send in changes
of addresses whenever they learn of changes. Newspaper obituaries are
scrutinized daily and weekly for Alumni members’ demise. Closure
is much better than ‘whereabouts unknown’ to the Alumni Family.
James Long, ’57 Grad, sends daily (Greer County connected) obituaries
from the Daily Oklahoman knowing that Mangum does not get that paper
anymore. This information is scanned, copied, mailed or faxed and placed
in large 3-hold record books kept by the Historian. Eventually, these
records will be stored at the Welcome Center Alumni Room and/or the Old
Greer County Mangum School Room.
Therefore, if you know a MHS Graduate who is not getting an invitation,
call 580-782-5107, and that can be changed.
We really appreciate the Class Secretaries who dig deep each year and
keep all their classmates addresses current. If you think that would
be an easy job, I challenge you to take on this responsibility and help
Right now, we are needing help from all classes that end in 1’s
and 6’s for inclusion in the Alumni Editions of the papers. We
need new research and new stories from the members themselves. Deadlines
start April 1 and May 2 is an absolute deadline for articles to be included
in the Alumni Edition. Please help by bringing copies of pictures to
the news offices or call Joy Grant at the above phone number and your
information will be picked up.
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