Duncan woman used the original social network
Gail Loafman was linked in before being linked in was cool.
Her first experience social networking long before home computers came along came in the 1950s when she got to know just about everybody, and certainly every kid, in her south Duncan neighborhood by exploring as far as she could on her bike. Later, in the 1960s, she got involved in Rainbows, the girls' service organization of the Masons, along with French club, pep club and other clubs both inside and outside school. She took dance lessons, piano lessons and was faithful to her family's First Christian Church.
"I was on a busy schedule as a student. I joined everything I could," she said, "and never had a bashful bone in my body."
Now 68, Loafman is busy still. She has become pretty well known in Duncan as the woman who "saved" the Foreman House, a grand home rich in local history dating to 1918 that was well on its way to being forgotten and probably torn down before she intervened. But she has accomplished a lot more than just that. She and her husband Jerry raised four sons in Duncan, all of whom have done pretty well for themselves linking into life.
It could be said that Loafman is a good example of what can happen when a child grows up in a loving family in a nice little town. She was born in 1945 at Duncan's old Patterson Hospital. Hers was a strictly working class home almost literally in the shadows of Halliburton. Her dad, Hugh M. Thomas, was a machinist, hired by Erle P. Halliburton himself. Her mom, Rose, worked in WWII days as a secretary for the Selective Service System, but both parents also stayed busy with three kids, Gail being the youngest.