The POWER of a Letter Jacket!

As a kid, I idolized Norman High football players as they strutted around Norman in their NHS letter jackets.

When I finally got mine in 1974, I wore it pretty much every minute of every day!

Sure, the wool collar rubbed my neck raw. And the body was a size too big. And the left sleeve kept falling down over my hook, even after I sewed it, which drove me nuts.

But I loved that jacket because I had put so much into earning it.

Hundreds of practices, including three horrible summers of two-a-days, plus countless full-contact scrimmages and games at Owen’s Stadium.

I played with reckless abandon, hurling my 5-4, 128 pound body all over the field to make up for my lack of size. It took a toll. I couldn’t count the number of sprains and separations, or all the times I had my bell rung (read “concussion”).

But it was all worth it because I felt like a “rompin’ stompin’ stud” when I was in a pack of other Tiger athletes wearing their letter jackets, like at basketball games. We sat in a section of the gym reserved for the "Grandstand Boozers", and we made it our business to be loud and obnoxious.

(To read the rest of the story, head over to the Forgotten Oklahoma Group on Facebook!)

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Amazon Reviews

Sudie
Sudie
5/5

Just finished reading your book. I was laughing out loud so much my husband asked what was I reading! And I kept thinking, “Bless his mom's heart”! My dad also read it and said he found it delightful. Looking forward to the second book. Thanks for the entertainment!

6 months ago
Tktjtj
Tktjtj
5/5

Fantastic!

Fun and great read!!! If you grew up in the 60 and 70 you will be able to relate to many fun stories the author tells!
Bill Moore is a very talented and entertaining author with a great sense of humor! I highly recommend this book!!!

10 months ago
Susan B.
Susan B.
5/5

Couldn’t put it down. A total joy to read.

The author was a classmate of mine in high school, and is still a great Facebook friend. I knew this book would be awesome b/c of the way Bill writes his posts on Facebook telling his friends of his life in New Zealand. This book touched my heart in soo many ways. Bills writing is so descriptive, that in your mind you see what he’s writing about or transports you to the place. I couldn’t put it down. Bill, thank you for letting me go back to my days of innocence as a child in Norman, Oklahoma.

10 months ago
Debra
Debra
5/5

Having known the author all our lives I expected nothing less than stellar from him and he does not disappoint. It brought smiles and loud guffaws as I tripped down memory lane with him. It was so much more personal to me as I knew the characters in the book but all will enjoy reminiscing about that magical time in Norman . Give it a read you wont be disappointed!

4 years ago
ProudDad
ProudDad
5/5

I think anyone who grew up around the 1960s will enjoy this trip down memory lane!

4 years ago

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Norman-born Bill Moore spent four decades as a newspaper reporter and P.R. guy, writing at least 900 gazillion words in Texas, Washington, D.C., Singapore and New Zealand.
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