Tomorrow Belongs to Oklahoma. 1964.



Description: Ray Ackerman, an Oklahoma City advertising and public relations executive wrote and published a book on Oklahoma’s economic potential and future. Soon after the book was released (April 1964), this thirty-minute documentary was produced as an adaption of Ackerman’s book. The documentary offers an overview of Oklahoma’s history and information about the state’s natural resources, production, workforce, and its exports. Roger W. Babson’s “magical circle” economic model is mentioned. Robert S. Kerr’s role in the development of the Arkansas River Project is discussed. Stanley Draper’s visions of and contributions to Oklahoma’s economic development are also discussed. In particular, the narrator mentions Draper’s role in bringing Tinker Air Force Base to the state, the creation of Oklahoma expressways and water projects such as dams and pipelines, increasing Oklahoma’s tourist population, and improving the quality of universities within the state. At the end of the documentary, Ackerman encourages Oklahomans to take pride in the state’s history and resources, as well as its potential.

Creator: WKY News
MARC Geographic Areas: Oklahoma (oku); United States (xxu)
Extent (quantity/size): 23min 22sec
Media: 16 mm film; Moving Images
AVI 1920 x 1080 29.97 FRAMES PER SECOND
Subjects: Ackerman, Ray / Arkansas River Valley / Documentary television programs / Draper, Stanley Carlyle, 1889-1976 / Economic development / Kerr, Robert S, 1896-1963 / Oklahoma Lakes / Oklahoma–History / Tinker Air Force Base (Oklahoma) / Will Rogers Field (Oklahoma)

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