OKLAHOMA: Sooner Strong Boy

Oklahoma breeds big, tough, silent men with hearts of gold—some good, some bad, some eccentric—but always men. In Oklahoma's heritage of oil, Indians, covered wagons, shoulder-holsters, pellagra, dust, drought and Bad Lands, there is no place for sissies. Sooners* will certainly not stand for sissies in their Governor's Mansion. Oklahoma Governors must be strong men to get elected, stronger to survive. (Of Oklahoma's eleven Governors, five were targets for impeachment by the ever-rambunctious Legislature. Two got hit.)

No sissy is Governor Leon C. Phillips. 49. One night last week he tumbled his...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!