JAMES H. REID (1917-2005) was born in Muskogee and attended Oklahoma A&M in mechanical engineering. When WWII broke out he joined the Army Air Corps, where he met war correspondent Dixie Tighe who urged him to enter journalism after he wrote a story for Stars and Stripes. After the war he graduated in journalism from Oklahoma A&M and worked for the Muskogee Daily Phoenix as reporter, farm editor and photographer. In 1950, he joined The Daily Oklahoman in a 31-year career covering police courts, education and business. He cultivated a wide range of sources who trusted him because he would get the story right.