Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Sense of Urgency Keeps Arbuckle Busy

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Sense of Urgency Keeps Arbuckle Busy

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Ken Arbuckle goes after all his activities with a sense of urgency. He has an agenda into which retirement doesn't fit.

When he has spare time or a lull in his daily schedule, he works on future projects _ months or even years ahead on his calendar of plans.

He has one major project that he has projected to culminate in four years _ and sometimes wonders aloud, but only momentarily, if he will get it done. Then, he begins talking of more plans after that project is completed.

"I asked my oncologist, and he said he thought he could keep me around that long," Arbuckle said.

Arbuckle has cancer _ the third time around, but he is not letting it slow his activities much. His Pontiac has more than 200,000 miles and he's lost count, but it, too, is still running.

First time was colon cancer in 1980, followed by lung cancer in 1981 after which his prognosis was a 10 percent chance of survival. He beat those odds and has survived 10 busy years. Then, while in the hospital in January for a gall bladder operation, cancer was discovered again in his lungs and liver.

Chemotherapy treatments have significantly reduced the tumors discovered in January, he said.

"That gives me an urgency to get all my things done," he said.

Arbuckle is 67, at the age many have already retired, but he has too many things yet to do and no plans for retirement, he said.

"Besides, I can't afford to retire" is his standard excuse when the subject is mentioned.

The cancer is another obstacle Arbuckle takes in stride and talks about as though it were just another of his projects to be completed.

He just completed a matter-of-fact letter to the board of trustees of an organization he founded and serves as a trustee and executive director, stating: "I freely talk about this illness and wanted you to know that I expect to be around for a long time." The organization is the Sales & Marketing Executives International Academy of Achievement, a non-profit corporation. Pictures of the honorees of the academy of achievement are displayed at Enterprise Square USA. A small library and video tape room also are housed there.

"This takes up about 50 percent of my time. There is no income involved from it. It is a labor of love. It is done to bring additional credit to Oklahoma City," he said.

"There are plans under way now to construct our own building on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts connected to Enterprise Square. The plans call for completion by 1995 and maybe sooner.

We will have a national fund raising campaign to raise between $3 million and $4 million," he said.

"It will be a combined effort by Oklahoma Christian University and the Academy of Achievement, because they will use it for regional conferences and meetings," he said.

Arbuckle spends the other half of his time operating his own one-man business, Hospitality Publications, of which he is publisher, editor, writer, advertising sales manager and salesman and serves as his own secretary. His office is in the Journal Record Building, 621 N. Robinson Ave.

"In 1980 I started the `Enjoy! Oklahoma City' publication for three purposes _ to sell Oklahoma City as a place that had quality retail shopping, quality restaurants, motels and world class attractions, and secondly to make money for the advertiser, and thirdly to make money for myself," he said.

Arbuckle said he could have made more profits by reversing those priorities, but he has elected to concentrate on making it a quality publication. Advertisers in the publication are selected on the basis of their ability to perform quality services and present a good image of the community, rather than being solicited at random, he said.

He publishes 20,000 copies of `Enjoy! Oklahoma City' annually to be placed in about 7,000 motel rooms as an attractions and services guide to travelers and tourists that stop overnight, he said. …

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