Tom McCasland Jr, who will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on Thursday, has been given all of two minutes to give his acceptance speech.
“I told somebody that about all you can do in two miniutes is thank your wife for putting up with the time you spent doing all this stuff,” McCasland said with a laugh from his home in Dallas on Tuesday.
“They’re gonna flash this speech up on a monitor and I guess I’m supposed to stay pretty close to the monitor.”
McCasland, a Duncan oilman who retired to Dallas, said he feels “humbled” being named to the select group.
He has selected Gene Rainbolt, a well-known banker, friend and business partner for many years, to introduce him at the black tie ceremony.
“He’s also on this Hall of Fame. He’s a high-profile individual here in the state, and I just consider him to be the man, at least for me. I don’t really know anybody with national stature or anything. I just call upon my friends.”
A sizeable contingent of people from Duncan, Dallas and other towns where McCasland his wife have made lasting friendship will be in Oklahoma City for the Hall of Fame ceremony.
On Friday morning, McCasland will hold a breakfast for them to thank them for their support.
“It’s a pretty big deal in my life. My father was a member of this deal, and I always kind of felt he was more deserving than I was, but it’s kinda nice to be included in something like this.”
McCasland’s father, oilman T. Howard McCasland, was named to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1975, four years before his death.
Two other Duncan natives have received the honor. Former United Nations Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick, who lived in Duncan until the age of 12, who was inducted in 1982, and Nolen J. Fuqua, a conservationist known for helping organize the National Association of Soil Conservation Districts, was inducted in 1984. Fuqua’s father was the first mayor of Duncan.
The 87th Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony will take place at the Cox Convention Center.
Joining McCasland in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 will be singer Blake Shelton, actress Alfre Woodard, artist Harold T. Holden, singer Wanda Jackson, Chairman of the Board of the Chickasaw Nation Industries Neal McCaleb and Tulsa philanthropist Peggy Stephenson.
Portraits of the new inductees will be placed in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gallery at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. The portraits will be unveiled on Saturday during the museum’s Statehood Day Festival.