I have worked for the Tulsa World for almost 12 years now. Here's a confession: I thought downtown Bixby was that part on South Memorial Drive with the strip centers and the convenience stores. Yesterday I had an assignment in actual downtown Bixby, and as I arrived early I grabbed my camera and started walking. I must have looked lost or confused because Red Stevenson chased me down and wanted to show me around.
Most small towns have one; and Bixby's "character" is Stevenson. He has a casket for a desk, and built the tiny Be-Mar chapel for his wife.
Stevenson was happy as we walked through an old downtown warehouse that is being converted into a fine arts center.
I know I am not breaking any news here. Stevenson has gotten his share of attention and has been in the paper before
. He was even photographed for John Clanton's Everyday People project
. But, if you are like me, and have never been to downtown Bixby, you should go and find Red Stevenson. He will give you a tour, and keep you laughing the whole time.
Road Work is an occasional series within a blog. The self imposed rules are simple. I must be on foot. Whether I arrive to an assignment early, or just set out walking the photographs have to be spotted and made away from the car.
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