LARRY HAMMER (1937-2001) purchased the Fairview Republican in 1958 and the Cherokee Messenger and Republican in 1966, and owned the Woodward County Journal and Jet Visitor. He learned the printing trade at Okmulgee Tech and was sports editor of the Okmulgee Daily Times. He served as president of the Oklahoma Press Association and served on virtually every OPA committee and the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation. In 1996 he received OPA’s H. Milt Phillips Award. A successful businessman, he was awarded an honorary Masters of Laws degree for “distinct public service” from Northwestern OSU. Known as “Hammer,” he was active in local and state civic organizations and politics, and was a steadfast advocate for the underdog.