OKLAHOMA: The Call

What Florenz Ziegfeld brought to Broadway and Tabasco sauce to the raw oyster, the Rev. William H. Alexander brought to religion in Oklahoma City. He put zing into churchgoing. A strapping, handsome redhead with a rousing voice and a glad hand, the Rev. Bill installed pool tables, bowling alleys and card games for the kids. He let himself be chucked into the lake summers at the First Christian Church men's outing, and he wrestled all comers on the grass. He was not above presiding at public rallies in an old turtleneck sweater....

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!