by Virginia Myers
Graduate CHARLOTTE SOLNOK.. .
As I pushed through the Oklahoma State
commencement crowd trying to find my
sister, Charlotte, one thought kept going
through my mind. When I finally spotted
her among the 3000 graduates, my
thought came closer to a shout: the battle
of Stillwater is over, and my sister Charlotte won!
Hardly any of the residents of Stillwater, home of OSU, were even aware of
the four year battle waged in their midst.
Some thought it could have been avoided
if Charlotte had simply decided to put
her husband Vince through school
instead, or at least first.
But not my sister Charlotte. She was
absolutely adamant: "I am going to be
responsible for my education, Vince, and
you be responsible for yours." That
was the agreement. "After all," she said,
"I am just as important."
So Charlotte took on Stillwater. Wife
and husband began their respective
scramble for grants, loans, scholarships
and part-time jobs.
There were sacrifices. An apartment
replaced a house. It was small but with
enough space to study, for rarely were
they both there at the same time.
Bicycles replaced the car, and
Charlotte pedaled from class to her desk
job in the alumni office, or from there
to her night job as a waitress.
Mother worried about rapists in the
shrubs in front of the apartment. "Charlotte," she would say, "it's just not safe
to come home at 2:00 in the morning
on your bicycle. Anybody could be
waiting there. Can't you find another
job? Or cut down those shrubs?"
Dad would look at the sheer will on
her face and wonder what he could
possibly have done to put that into a
girl. Somehow it just didn't seem right
Some family members kept saying,
"She's got to slow down." Other relatives worried, "She's sure looking thin."
Me? I saw the glow in her determination
and found it most becoming.
She never surrendered. Months became
semesters and semesters became years.
Finally, in May, my sister Charlotte won
the battle. Never has a general marched to
a greater victory than did Charlotte at the
"I'm so proud of Charlotte," I told her
friend Marilyn sitting next to me on the
"I'm so proud of all of us," she replied.
Virginia Myers is a member of the publication staff at NL Baroid.
. . . with husband VINCE.
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language in some amendments and riders
of various pieces of legislation. Through
lobbying and assistance from Representative Lance Lalor we managed to keep all
that stuff off.
"So basically, we stayed where we were.
We successfully trod water. ItT could
have gotten worse.
"It is still a class C misdemeanor to
commit a homosexual act in Texas. We
hope one day that will be off the books.
"As consumers we really took a beating. Overall, we didn't do too hot, for the
same old reasons—the speaker of the
house, the rules, and the whole way it is
"From a gay standpoint, we don't
have real high hopes. But we have kept
from going backwards."
Madeline Bass Framson, Board
Member, Texas Natural Resources
The record for this session was pretty
"There were a large number of environmental issues under consideration. In
the latter stages of the session, I was
working on the bills that pertained to the
"There was a very good bill, H.B. 644,
that would have given the legislature the
authority to make decisions on high
waste repositories in the state.
"We worked very hard on the members of the House Natural Resources Committee. There were some pro-nuclear
people, which surprised us, because pro-
nuclear is a position considered unpopular for a Senator or Representative to
"Despite all the work, the bill got deliberately locked up in committee and
"We did manage to succeed in getting
H. B. 910 stopped. This bill would have
given federal government almost complete authority over nuclear energy in
Texas. We really had to work hard. It is
interesting to note that mostly women
make up my telephone committee. The
people called are certainly not all women,
but women are doing the grassroots, the
"The killing of 910 was wonderful. It
was marvelous! Still, I am sorry the legislature did not take a position on nuclear
"The citizens of this state should have
the right to say what they want for the
state without the federal government imposing such a hazardous environment on
us. This is a question of state's rights.
"As citizens, we should be very alert
to natural resources legislation presented
to the legislator. We've still got some
problems to solve!"
"As time went by, though, and things
got stripped away, I began to agree with
the criminal justice people who said the
bill stole all of their impact.
"I was very glad it did not pass in its
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