Fred E. Tarman

Inducted: 1972

FRED E. TARMAN (1889-1981) produced 23 state fair sweepstakes winners in the large daily class during 33 years (1936-68) of competition while editor and publisher (1922-68) of the Norman Transcript. From a four-page daily of 1,500 readers in 1922 the Transcript grew to 48 pages and 10,000 circulation by the time he retired in 1968. He was generally ranked as one of the top editorial writers in Oklahoma, winning 21 awards in state competition. He was instrumental in founding the state’s first School of Journalism, at the University of Oklahoma.