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2001 - Stephen Ball

Thursday, June 19, 2008   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michael Mitchell
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The following article appeared in the Daily Oklahoman on Sunday, June 15, 2008 about 2001 OC alumnus and National Alumni Council member, Stephen Ball:

Manager of theme park says he's 'just a big kid at heart'

By Debbie Blossom

On a wall in the office of Frontier City general manager Stephen Ball hangs a large, framed photograph of a crowd of park visitors watching a staged Western-theme gunfight.

And in one corner, along with his brother and parents, is a very young Ball, soaking it all in.

"That's me,” said Ball, who clearly remembers that long-ago day at the park. "My family probably came here once a year during the 1980s.”

It might seem like fate that an adoring fan of the 50-year-old Oklahoma City Western theme park is now its manager, but in reality the Guthrie native's long association with Frontier City and his loyalty to what it represents are behind his rise to the executive suite.

In March, after working his way up the job ranks for 17 years, Ball was named general manager by the Frontier City's new owners.

This is my dream job,” he admits. And though it may have seemed like an awfully long ride to the top, it never bothered Ball.

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