Great (Mt.) Scott: Lawton is home
Lawton was nowhere near my radar at the beginning of 2019.
Growing up about 80 miles northwest in Moore, I knew of Lawton. It was the town with the military base where I watched my cousin graduate from basic training. The home of reachable attractions such as Mount Scott and Meers burgers. It was a place I enjoyed visiting, but I never saw myself living there.
Yet, here I am writing my introductory column at The Lawton Constitution from a bedroom in Faye, or rather, Granny Patterson’s (mother of Constitution editor Dee Ann Patterson) house in the city. So what brought me here?
A graduate of Oklahoma State, I interned with the Oklahoman the summer following my senior year. Once the internship ended, I accepted a job in Tyler, Texas, with the East Texas Sports Network, an online publication that covered high school sports. I knew little about Tyler or East Texas, but the allure of Texas high school football was too great to ignore. I arrived in the middle of August 2017 to a shockingly green landscape I didn’t know existed within the state.
As far as first jobs go, I was extremely lucky.