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High Noon Highlights(8/29): Boone Pickens’ annual letter

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Boone Pickens pens letter to fans:

Every year one of Oklahoma State’s biggest alumni writes a letter to the fan base. He penned his thoughts on the upcoming football season, a about life in your 90s.

I’m heavily invested in Oklahoma State. Sometimes I forget what all I’ve given over the years. In the spirit of tying up loose ends, and setting the record straight, I called OSU the other day to get a total giving number. The total now stands at $652 million, a number boosted by a series of unpublicized gifts over the past 10 years. I have a unique approach to giving. While many others of my status endow foundations that spin out millions of dollars over the course of generations, I want to see the good that’s done with my money today, while I’m alive, and not wonder what is done with it long after I’m gone. OSU’s athletic director, Mike Holder, has been a good steward of my funds on the athletic side of the ledger, as has OSU President Burns Hargis been on the academic side. {boonepickens,com}

TLDR: This man has given an insane amount of money to OSU over the years.

Phillip Redwine’s journey from walk-on to scholarship:

O-State TV did a fantastic story on Phillp Redwine. It details how he ended up at Oklahoma State after growing up a UT fan and it’s incredibly inspiring.

The Ten 12 Podcast:

In the latest episode of the Ten 12 Podcast, Phillip is joined by Adam Lunt of Tape Doesn’t Lie and Jarrid Denney of the Corvallis Gazette Times to preview the Oregon State game.

Pistol Pete featured in the Athletic:

The Athletic did a cool story on what it’s being a college mascot. They featured none other that OSU’s Pistol Pete. Check out what he had to say.

“I’m honestly surprised Pistol Pete hasn’t been in the delivery room yet,” he jokes. Osborn says there’s nothing like showing up someplace and making someone’s day. Or when a little kid who was initially terrified of approaching him asks to hold his hand. He can’t quite put into words what that actually feels like.

“I’d rather be Pistol Pete than the President of the United States of America,” Osborn says.{The Athletic}

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