TLO 2020 Year In Review: January
1:22 PM EST on December 21, 2020
For the next 10 days or so, we're going to count down some of our most popular Lost Ogle content from 2020 – a splendid, spectacular and amazing year that was filled with peace, comfort, and serenity, if... you happened to live in a bizarro parallel universe that's the exact opposite of ours.
We'll start with January, a semi-normal time in our divided existence that feels like it was years ago.
Date: January 23, 2020
What We Said: "the logo is decent and colorful and modern and not so bad, but let’s state the obvious – “Imagine That” is a boring, generic campaign and about as memorable as a driving down May Ave. It’s also ripe for parody."
What We Learned: A governor who says he wants to run the state like a business really just means he's interested in new and empty marketing opportunities to cover up for their failures.
Date: January 9, 2020
What We Said: "Last night, we received a tip via The Ogle Mole Network that Central Oklahoma 7-Eleven Stores – the family run conglomerate that has owned and operated all metro-area 7-Eleven’s since the 1950s – is being acquired by 7-Eleven’s corporate ownership out of Dallas."
What We Learned: The Lost Ogle is the local authority on local gas station news.
Date: January 15, 2020
What We Said: "Global radio conglomerate iHeartMedia – the corporate owner of KJ-103, 101.9 the Twister, 96.1 KXY, News Radio 1000 KTOK, and a few other local stations that you probably haven’t listened to in a long time – conducted a nationwide rif yesterday, parting ways with radio talent from all over the country."
What We Learned: Local radio has been collapsing for years due to corporate takeovers of the industry, and it's heartbreaking. But if your favorite artist makes $0.0038 cents per stream off Spotify, it all comes out in the end I guess.
Date: January 14, 2020
What We Said: "Leave it to the parking pricks at OU to find a “friendly way” to either make students pay or tow their car. Why fix the problem, when we can just as easily suction cup a Little Tike top to their windshield and make them pay additional fines for it?"
What We Learned: Universities seem to only exist as a way to siphon money away from young people who will be saddled with debt for the rest of their lives.
Date: January 8, 2020
What We Said: "We all know how the oil and gas industry works out, and eventually Devon will run out of money and panic and need to divest all of their funds. At the same time, people who live or frequent downtown have spent years BEGGING for something resembling a grocery store. The Devon Tower has been up for about eight years now, which is enough to classify it as a historical landmark in Oklahoma City. Let’s smash that skyscraper to the ground and put 60 gas pumps into the space."
What We Learned: The thirst for giant gas stations in Oklahoma is real, and even classic mid-century architecture is no match for supermarket-sized fueling stations with milkshake machines.
Podcast: Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Patrick and Marisa talked with Chuck Hoskin – Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation – on the podcast to discuss Stitt's attempt to pry away gaming money from the tribes. It was a great conversation.
Stay tuned this week for more TLO memory-holes!