Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Council Passes Resolution on State's Omission from Atlas

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Council Passes Resolution on State's Omission from Atlas

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By now most everyone has heard about Rand McNally's 1989 Photographic World Atlas, which has received more attention around here for what it does not include than for the maps for which the publisher was able to find room.

Well, the Oklahoma City Council this week took some action:

"Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Mayor and Council of the City of Oklahoma City do hereby express their mystification at the omission of Oklahoma City and the State of Oklahoma from the `Rand McNally Photographic World Atlas,' and do further encourage Rand McNally to consider actions to modify this official publication to include Oklahoma."

That's the punch line of a resolution approved unanimously by the council. The council also reminded the map makers about two old cow trails called Int. Hwy. 35 and Int. Hwy. 40.

Rand McNally was also told about the Olympic Festival and the PGA, Remington Park and more, including the fact that this just happens to be Oklahoma City's Centennial year and more tourists are expected here than ever before.

"No states have been left out of any Rand McNally atlas."

That's the company line from Rand McNally President Andrew McNally, issued in a press release.

Conroy Erickson, public relations director at Rand McNally, told The Journal Record that Oklahoma appears on pages 132 and 133 of the $35 atlas in question. Full-page enlargements of the Sooner state appear in the Cosmopolitan World Atlas for $55, Rand McNally's International World Atlas for $150, and the annually revised Rand McNally Road Atlas for $7.95.

"There was a story by a reporter from a small newspaper in Fargo, N.D., which the picked up without checking with us," Erickson said. "It said North Dakota, South Dakota and Oklahoma were left out. That simply is not true."

While Oklahoma is included in only one map in the atlas, North and South Dakota are actually featured in two, he said.

Erickson said the Photographic World Atlas is aimed at an international travel audience, with most sales being made on the East and West Coasts.

"Most atlases have some special emphasis," Erickson said. "Only someone who is not very sophisticated about world atlases would get very excited about this one."

The atlas in question, one of 25 atlases published by Rand McNally, contains a series of enlarged regional maps from the U.S. and Europe, focusing on the more congested and densely populated areas difficult to print in smaller scales.

"This apparently is being perceived as a slight to some states," Erickson said. "Now why would anybody want to do that?. . ."

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