GARY REID (1936- ), publisher emeritus of the Kingfisher Times & Free Press, is an Altus native and graduated from OSU. His first newspaper job was working for his brother, Ken, and Ed Burchfiel at the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat. He was editor of the Wewoka Daily News before buying the Hollis News. In 1979 he purchased Kingfisher, and wrote his column, View from Behind the Plow, for many years. A staunch defender of the public’s right to know, he fought against a corrupt city administration, resulting in the ouster of city officials. He received the Oklahoma Press Association Beachy Musselman Award, SPJ’s First Amendment Award, and was Kingfisher Citizen of the Year, all in 2002.