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New book tells story of Arkansas River development in Tulsa

“The Tulsa River,” a new book that chronicles the influence of the Arkansas River on Tulsa’s history and its future, will officially be launched with an event 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Quik-Trip Pavilion in River Parks, 41st Street and Riverside Drive.

The event will feature appearances by former Tulsa mayors Robert J. LaFortune and Rodger Randle, who will also serve as master of ceremonies for the event…

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The Tulsa River Preview Event – Sept 28th

Please join Former Mayor Robert J. LaFortune, Author Ann Patton, Photographer Vernis Maxwell, and Editor Tracy LeGrand for a preview of their new book, The Tulsa River.

2 p.m. Sunday, September 28, 2014,
At the 41st and Riverside QuikTrip Pavilion, Tulsa River Parks.

Limited first-edition copies will be available for autographs and purchase, including autographs by the many Tulsans quoted in the book. This new book chronicles the legend and lore of the Arkansas River at Tulsa in its many seasons and moods. With foreword by former Mayor Robert J. LaFortune and 110 full-color pictures.

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Or contact Ann Patton,, 918-527-0161

Lunch with Carol and Dana Falletti and Ann Patton

By the time we met for lunch, Patton’s new book, “Dan’s War on Poverty,” was already making the rounds of book signings and reviews. (See Angie Jackson’s June Worth Reading column) The story of the Tulsa priest, Dan Allen, who founded Neighbor for Neighbor resonates with many in town who watched the organization develop into one of the city’s most successful social service organizations. Allen believed in helping the poor, especially the working poor, no strings attached. Carol Falletti, a medical technologist who developed Neighbor for Neighbor’s medical clinic, remembers that Allen never took government or United Way funds, simply because he didn’t want restrictions on whom he could help or why.

Originally published by Tulsa People Magazine.  Click here to read the full article.