Wish Lists

Jesse Jane Moore, adult film actress
Q. If you were Santa, what would you give Oklahoma for Christmas?
A.
If I were Santa, I would give the families who’ve lost everything from the tornados their homes back, and I would rebuild Oklahoma to be a better place.

Q. What was the greatest accomplishment for Oklahoma City in 2013?
A.
Well, even though it took a tragedy to get it, the tornados brought everyone in OKC and around the world together as a united front. The love and support truly showed how OKC is like one big family!

Q. What is your personal Christmas wish this year?
A. I’m a simple person; my wish this year is to have my family healthy and happy and for everyone to have a Merry Christmas.

Rep. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma)
Q.
If you were Santa, what would you give Oklahoma for Christmas? A: A completed I-44 and Broadway Extension intersection, water for western Oklahoma and a Thunder Championship.

Q. What is your personal Christmas wish this year?
A.
People cheer when couples kiss at the end of a wedding because they want to celebrate the joy of seeing a man show affection and commitment to his wife. We inherently value family, but unfortunately, many families struggle. My personal Christmas wish is that we continue to celebrate love and lifelong devotion to our families, through good days and tough seasons. No family is perfect, but there is no substitute for the love of a family.

Kevin Ogle news anchor at KFOR-TV
Q. If you were Santa, what would you give Oklahoma for Christmas?
A.
Some way to fund safe-rooms in every school.

Q. What was the greatest accomplishment for OKC in 2013?
A.
As it is every year, the incredible giving hearts of our citizens, whether it’s a big corporate check to a local charity or a few quarters dropped into a Salvation Army kettle.

Q. What is your personal Christmas wish this year?
A.
To continue to be blessed with the gift of faith, family and friends.

Krystal Keith, Moore, and Norman-raised musician
Q.
If you were Santa, what would you give Oklahoma for Christmas?
A.
Enough food to provide a Christmas meal for every hungry family.

Q. What was the greatest accomplishment for OKC in 2013?
A.
The
opening of the OK Kids Korral. Giving Oklahoma kids with cancer and
their families a place to call home and be able to relax and play is one
of the best gifts you can give.

Q. What is your personal Christmas wish this year?
A. I
would be greedy to ask for anything more than I’ve already been given
this year. I am thankful for so much, and I feel beyond blessed to be
able to spend Christmas at home with my family and friends and can only
wish for another amazing year ahead.

Brian Hearn film curator, Oklahoma City Museum of Art
If I was Santa, I would give Oklahoma a big ol’ bottle of Dr. McGoats Tolerance Syrup.

Cody Hanson drummer, OKC-formed rock act Hinder
Q.
What was the greatest accomplishment for OKC in 2013?
A.
Once again, the people of this city/ state came together in the face of tragedy. I’m not convinced that any other
community in the United States supports one another on such a regular
basis like Oklahomans. I know that while traveling the world this year, I
was personally very proud every time I was able to tell someone that I
am from Oklahoma.

Q. What is your personal Christmas wish this year?
A.
Happiness for my bandmates, friends and family.

Janet Barresi, State Superintendent, Oklahoma State Department of Education
Q.
If you were Santa, what would you give Oklahoma for Christmas?
A. A superintendent who has the leadership and vision of the school district’s interim superintendent, Dave Lopez.

Q. What was the greatest accomplishment for OKC in 2013? A. I
am excited about the possibilities ahead, as we’ve helped change the
culture in education, raising the expectations of students.

Q. What is your personal Christmas wish this year?
A. A public education system in which each child realizes his or her dreams and ambitions are within reach.

Fritz Kiersch director, of Children of the Corn, and faculty member at Oklahoma City University
Q.
If you were Santa, what would you give Oklahoma for Christmas?
A. Parenting classes for Oklahoma parents so the cycle of abusive parental behavior stops.

Q. What was the greatest accomplishment for OKC in 2013?
A.
Greatest? Great perhaps: the addition of statues in the Oklahoma Land Run Monument. Damn good!

Q. What is your personal Christmas wish this year?
A.
I
wish to calmly walk the cookie/ cracker aisle in the grocery store
without succumbing to the evil temptation to buy (and eat) the big box
of Cheese-Its. A man can only take so much pressure, Nabisco.

Gray Frederickson Academy Award-winning producer
Q. If you were Santa, what would you give Oklahoma for Christmas?
A. Year-round palm trees, flowers and greenery.

Q. What was the greatest accomplishment for OKC in 2013?
A. Cross-town expressway.

Tyson Meade musician and co-founder of Oklahoma rock act Chainsaw Kittens
Q.
If you were Santa, what would you give Oklahoma for Christmas?
A. If I were Santa, I would give Oklahoma more of those really cool elves and some of them crazy, druggedout flying reindeer. (They are on so many drugs, those reindeer that fly and do drugs and fly and do drugs.)

Josh Hogsett singer, indie band Tallows
Q.
If you were Santa, what would you give Oklahoma for Christmas?
A. If I were Santa, I would give Oklahoma an In-and-Out Burger and a rapid transit system. Perhaps a combination of the two, In-and-Out Burgers at every stop.

Q. What is your personal Christmas wish this year?
A.
All 13 seasons of House Hunters on DVD in case HGTV ever stops showing it.

Jabee, OKC rapper
Q. If you were Santa, what would you give Oklahoma for Christmas?
A.
I’d give Oklahoma a House of Blues.

Q. What was the greatest accomplishment for OKC in 2013? A. Earthquakes and snow on the same day.

Q. What is your personal Christmas wish this year? A. A car that I can tour in!

Grace Gordon The Oklahoma Rock Show, The SpyFM
Q.
If you were Santa, what would you give Oklahoma for Christmas?
A.
Sriracha.

Q. What was the greatest accomplishment for OKC in 2013?
A. Russell
Westbrook’s stunning corner 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left on the
clock after an unbelievable save by Thabo Sefalosha in our November 29th
game against Golden State Warriors.

Q. What is your personal Christmas wish this year?
A.
Every single album release by an Oklahoma band — on vinyl.

Ryan Hendrix co-founder, Colourmusic
Q.
If you were Santa, what would you give Oklahoma for Christmas?
A.
Ponies.

Q. What was the greatest accomplishment for OKC in 2013?
A.
The continued revitalization of the Plaza District, for sure.

Q. What is your personal Christmas wish this year?
A. I actually don’t want a pony. Just gift certificates. Doesn’t matter where from.

Christina Fallin, indie musician, daughter of Gov. Mary Fallin
Q.
If you were Santa, what would you give Oklahoma for Christmas?
A. More patrons of the independent arts.

Q. What was the greatest accomplishment for OKC in 2013?
A. I
think a great accomplishment that I’ve particularly noticed this year
are the many things that have contributed to the unique shaping of
Oklahoma City’s culture. There have been many small businesses that have
opened and are thriving in Oklahoma City. Small businesses greatly add
to our culture and economic growth. I also think that our community
events, such as the Boathouse District’s Stars and Stripes and Regatta,
H&8th, and the Plaza District Festival are also key components in
creating strong culture and sense of community/connectedness for
Oklahomans.

Q. What is your personal Christmas wish this year?
A.
My
personal wish is for Oklahomans to always focus on the qualities we
share and the things that make this state such a wonderful place to
live.

Kelli Mayo musician, OKC band Skating Polly
Q. If you were Santa, what would you give Oklahoma for Christmas?
A.
If I were Santa Claus, I’d give Oklahoma a much better governor and a million more liberals.

Peyton Bighorse musician, OKC band Skating Polly
Q.
What is your personal Christmas wish this year?
A.
I
hope we can count El Reno as part of the Oklahoma City area because I
think the greatest accomplishment is when Jason Pickel and Darren Black
Bear got married in Oklahoma, despite the oppressive Oklahoma laws
against gay marriage.

Linus Omark Barons Hockey left-wing
Q.
If you were Santa, what would you give Oklahoma for Christmas?
A.
Snow, cause that’s Christmas for me, when it’s white outside.

Q. What
is your personal Christmas wish this year? A. That everybody in my area
is healthy and has a wonderful Christmas and a lot of gifts and
everything.

Todd Nelson Barons hockey head coach
Q. If you were Santa, what would you give Oklahoma for Christmas?
A. A Caldar Cup championship.

Q. What was the greatest accomplishment for OKC in 2013?
A.
Seeing how the people rallied around each other after the destruction from the tornado that hit us this spring.

Gazette staff

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