Spring Will Come: The Life of Clem McSpadden

Spring Will Come: The Life of Clem McSpadden
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Few people have had such a varied impact upon Oklahoma as did Clem McSpadden. He was a powerful state senator, congressman, and lobbyist. His complete dedication and loyalty to his constituents were unquestioned. No one thought Clem was out for himself, but he was quick to support anything good for Oklahoma. But beyond his great power in the halls of the State Capitol and in Congress, Clem's greatest legacy may lie in the hearts of the thousands of friends he made during more than a half century as the nation's most recognized voice of rodeo. From sea to shining sea, everybody connected to rodeo knew Clem and considered him one of their best friends. When death called Clem to his final roundup, Oklahoma and the nation lost a sparkling example of one fine man. Bob Burke has written more historical, non-fiction books than anyone else in history, more than 100. Born in Broken Bow, he was director of a large state agency in the administration of Governor David Boren and managed Boren's first campaign for the U. S. Senate in 1978. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Oklahoma City University School of Law, Burke is a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, and the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame. Burke is the father of Robert, Amy, and Cody, stepfather of Natalie, Lauren, and Calli, and grandfather of Nathan, Jon, Ridge, Fallon, and Greyson. He and his wife, Chimene, live in Oklahoma City where he practices law and writes books. Joan Rhine grew up in Rogers County, and has fond memories of when Clem McSpadden represented her family in state and national government. She has sold thousands of nonfiction articles, with her work appearing in such publications as Time Magazine, People Magazine, and Oklahoma Today. Her book length projects cover business and biography, and in 2010 she wrote Oklahoma National Stockyards: A Century of Serving the Nation's Livestock Marketing Needs, which told the first 100-year history of the Oklahoma National Stockyards and was a finalist in 2011 for an Oklahoma Book Award. Hardcover: 340 pages
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