NOTE: If you want lots of pics of downtown OKC around statehood, click here.

Oklahoma's official "Centennial Anthem" is composed by Vince Gill from Okc and Jimmy Webb from Elk City. Though some have dissed the tune, I, Doug Dawg, LOVE it! So much so that I've been motivated to learn a little about making Flash files and have made my very first Flash file ... Oklahoma Rising. My Flash files focus is on Oklahoma City since that's where I was born and live.

Flash files expanded & revised: 2/3/2007

The files (whichever you chose) are large (about 11 MB) so I don't recommend that you run any of the 3 Flash files unless you are using a high-speed internet connection. A much smaller (2.6 MB) and truncated version of the file but with no music is linked at the bottom of this page. ALSO, NOTE: The sound/graphic synchronization seems to work well in IE 6 ... the graphics and song end at the same time ... BUT in Firefox 2.0, the pictures outpace the sound resulting in the graphics part ending well before the tune does. Sorry, but I don't know how to fix that yet.

Among other things, the latest revision is a 2nd attempt to accommodate several e-mail requests I've received from users having have a tough time with the image speed (very fast), particularly in the latter (contemporary) pics of OKC in this file, the "Button" version being the 1st such attempt. As to contemporary OKC, "speed" and "spinning" was actually part of my intention -- the part where buildings start spinning so very quickly! One user said that it made her "dizzy!" And, I'm glad to say that some e-mails actually expressed pleasure in the fast, high-energy speed used in the last part 2/5 of the file!

The last part of the Flash file goes way fast for 2 reasons: 1st, I wanted to show the "energy" of OKC in the contemporary pics and I thought that "speed" would help "show" that; and, 2nd, I wanted to stick in as many pics as I could of today's downtown OKC! Image speed starts getting brisk (about 0.5 seconds per image) right after the Deep Deuce and Ada Fisher slide, as opposed to the easier-going 2 seconds (or more) per slide used before that point.

But, I've come up with 2 compromises ... the "Button" version does not "slow down" any images but it does contain "controls" which enable you to stop, go back, go forward (among other things), and it contains script which identifies the various images more particularly. So "speed" is not lost between the 1st 2 versions. The "Slower" version eliminates a few pics, combines some others, and there's less "spinning." Anyway, you now have 3 options. Pick whichever version you prefer, below.



While I'm not affiliated with the Oklahoma Centennial Commission, I'm certainly one of its fans! So, the ad below is placed here in appreciation for all it has done, is doing, and yet will do!

The Oklahoma Rising tune is but one of multiple music files featured on the 2-CD album by the same name which is produced and copyrighted by the Oklahoma Centennial Commission. The Centennial album is available at 7-11 stores or it can be ordered by mail from the Oklahoma Centennial Commission – but apparently not by on-line ordering, at least when this file is written. The cost is $19.99, well worth the price, and net proceeds go to Habitat For Humanity in Oklahoma. An 11/3/2006 article in the Ponca City News describes the album nicely.

Click the album cover for an Order Form.

If you want to see a "sampling", substantially truncated and reduced in size from the original 640 px wide file to a 400 px size, containing about a third of the Flash files images, and with no sound, click here.