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Written by Steve Lackmeyer   
Friday, 29 August 2008 03:41

By Christopher A. Mauldin, Oklahoma City University Press, 1989

Review: In 1989 Oklahoma City University entered the publishing business and it's no surprise the school started with a biography of the long-time downtown Oklahoma City powerbroker and former president and chairman of Liberty National Bank and Trust Co.

Everest, 94 at the time the book was released, was still quite active, serving as an honorary life member of OCU's board of trustees and helping on a major fundraising drive.


Everest started his first business, Mid-Continent News, when he was 17, with a $500 loan from his father. The magazine-distribution business grew, and by the time he sold the company to his son Jean in 1955, it was the largest of its kind in the world.


Everest's community service work began in 1923 for the Community Chest, the forerunner of today's United Way.


He later launched the Sunbeam Home and Family Service, a home for children, and formed the first Goodwill organization in Oklahoma. He also contributed his time and talent to the Oklahoma League for the Blind. All in all, Everest contributed his time to some 120 charities and causes.

This book doesn't try to be anything but a tribute, and doesn't delve much into any controversies. That said, it's a decent effort and nice read if you can find it.

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