The Malta Summit, the Moscow Circus, the crumbling of the Iron
Curtain. Soviet players pulling down big bucks in the National
Basketball Association. A thaw, if not an end, to the cold war.
Superpower talks broadening to include economic issues.
The times, they are a-changin', as nearly every day brings news
of people choosing the opportunities of free enterprise over the
shackles of communism.
The Soviet Union, facing enormous deficits and exporting
products including circus shows and ballplayers to raise hard
currency, continues to have trouble producing enough food, clothing
and sundries to satisfy its people. Mikhail Gorbachev has introduced
sweeping new policies, with hopes that incentive-based
entrepreneurship will increase his nation's productivity.
The background to these changes is examined at Enterprise Square
USA, 2501 E. Memorial Rd., which has put together a tour called "Red
Soil to Red Square," featuring comparisons of the Soviet Union's
socialist economic system and America's free market approach.
A highlight of the tour is a 20-minute video documentary
capturing the frustration of the Soviet people as they struggle to
survive in a country where shortages are the rule and freedoms have
been the exception. The documentary was produced by KTVY Channel 4
News Anchor Linda Cavanaugh, who traveled to the Soviet Union for her
"Red Soil to Red Square" series which aired last spring.
Other displays at Enterprise Square USA include introductions to
the Soviet people's economic rights, illustrations of Soviet
demographics and statistics, a large mock-up of a Soviet newspaper
and a diary entry from a young Soviet girl describing conditions in
Enterprise Square continues to gain in popularity, according to
attendance figures, which through October were up by 15 percent from
the year before. The "Red Soil to Red Square" exhibit will be
available through March. . .
Chamber Banquet Reservations Made More than 1,000 reservations
have been made for the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce annual
banquet, set for Tuesday night in the Made in Oklahoma Building at
the state fairgrounds. Only a few place-settings are still
available, and today is the last day to reserve a seat for this
The chamber, now 3,000 members strong with nearly 800 new
members signed up during the just-completed campaign, will for the
first time pass the gavel to its new chairman during an evening
banquet. The chamber traditionally held a luncheon meeting every
year. Tuesday's 6 p.m. starting time will give more people the
opportunity to attend.
The chamber's 1990 program of work will be presented, followed
by the featured speaker, native Oklahoman and international
businessman T. Boone Pickens.
Pickens, a graduate of Oklahoma State University, formed his
first oil company, Petroleum Exploration Inc., in 1956. That
company became Mesa Petroleum Co. in 1964, and today is the largest
independent producer of domestic oil and gas in the U.S.
As a pioneer advocate for shareholders' rights, Pickens founded
the United Shareholders Association in 1986. He serves as chairman
of the organization of 60,000 members in all 50 states.
Last summer, Pickens attempted to introduce his concepts on
shareholder right to the Japanese. Maybe Tuesday we'll get to hear
about it, and maybe about what he plans next. . .
Underwood to Attend Conference It is so easy to take it for
granted. You turn on the faucet, and there it is. Hot or cold.
Lukewarm? You got it.
Without our water, we have nothing, and the new commissioner of
the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will be in town next week to remind
us of that and many other things as keynote speaker for the 10th
Annual Oklahoma Water Conference. …