Sunday, July 13, 2014

Kuyk Logan RIP

My wife will fly off to Houston this week to attend the funeral of Mathew "Kuyk" Logan, a journalist extraordinaire. Their lives became forever intertwined as a result of her relationship with Kuyk's son, Bob, a musician who died tragically at 19 years of age.

Kuyk Logan,
August 19, 1933 - July 11, 2014
Today, we publish a brief tribute to Mr. Logan's life. May Kuyk Logan rest peacefully and eternally.

Kuyk was a reporter, editor and manager who had a long and distinguished newspaper career. He starting out as a desk man and a general assignment reporter. His newspaper career was capped off by service as the managing editor of the Houston Post
After obtaining a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma where he was editor of the student newspaper, Logan took a reporting job at United Press International and later became city editor for The Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City. During that time, he was Oklahoma correspondent for Time, Life and Fortune magazines but his newspaper career began much earlier. 
At age 11, he began publishing a neighborhood newspaper in his hometown of Norman. The Petite Press, an "almost daily" with a paid circulation topping 50, gave Logan his first scoop. In the wee hours of June 6, 1944, he delivered the news of the Allied Invasion in Normandy to the doorsteps of his subscribers "before the Norman Transcript paperboys were even out of bed." 
Kuyk's early love of the news business went beyond being a grade school news tycoon. He also had a newspaper route and swept out the local radio station and several print shops where he learned the craft of letterpress printing. 
In high school he had a weekly radio program on station KNOR in Norman where he covered local happenings and played hit music of the day. In college he hosted OU's Front Page with Kuyk Logan on the same station. 
Kuyk's long news career took him to the San Angelo (TX) Standard-Times, United Press International in Oklahoma City and The Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times. While city editor of The Daily Oklahoman, the Hobby family brought him to Houston in 1969 as assistant managing editor of The Houston Post. He was named managing editor in 1976, a job he held until the paper was sold in 1983.  
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Later in his career Kuyk oversaw the news operation of a Houston television station, and worked as an information officer, communications manager, marketing executive and press liaison in the healthcare industry. He finished off his professional career with a three year stint in an endowed faculty chair at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

Lubbock Avalanche Journal
November 17, 1957
Early on, working for the United Press International wire service, Kuyk covered sports. He was present for and reported on the end of the still standing, NCAA record, Oklahoma Sooner football team's 47-game winning streak. Kuyk quoted the victorious Notre Dame Fighting Irish coach, Terry Brennan, as "giving 'all the credit to my boys' for Notre Dame's storybook victory over Oklahoma." The Notre Dame coach said his quarterback "was in complete charge during the 80-yard drive that sent the longest scoring streak in college history crashing down." Kuyk's reporting continued, "After the curtain came down on Oklahoma's 47-game victory string, coach Bud Wilkinson, possible a little misty-eyed, summed up the disappointment by saying 'we played as well as we could.'"

Kuyk moved on to the cops and robbers beat. One time, he reported on a jailbreak:
Prosecutor to 'Throw Book' At Five in Escape Attempt
United Press Staff Correspondent
Miama (Okla.) New Record, December 23, 1957
OKLAHOMA CITY (UP)--New charges loomed today for five prisoners, one of them a bank robber, who staged a bloody short-lived jailbreak in the Oklahoma county courthouse. The prisoners ripped a flat iron bar off a door Sunday night and used it to overpower jailers Charles Hollis and Bob Shelden, both of whom suffered severe cuts and bruises on the head.
The knocked Marion Agnes Mabe to the floor and yanked H. C. Cooper out of the elevator he was operating.
With keys obtained from the jailers, the prisoners rode the elevator down to the third floor. As soon as the men were out of sight matron Mabe pressed an alarm button and a sheriff's office dispatcher on the ground floor broadcast a call for help.
100 Law Officers Help
More than 100 Oklahoma City police, deputy sheriffs and other law enforcement officers, brandishing pistols, shotguns and carbines, surrounded the courthouse, in the center of downtown Oklahoma City. 
Police Sgt. Roy Grubaugh captured two escapees huddled in a basement room. One was nabbed quickly when he jumped from a second story window into a swarm of officers below. The other two were rounded up after a harried search of the eight story building.
Another time, still with the UPI, Kuyk Logan reported on the mysterious disappearance of a young bride. Kuyk wrote:
Police Tracking Down Leads for Missing Bride 
Brownwood (Tex.) Bulletin, June 11, 1958
By Kuyk Logan 
United Press International

NORMAN, Okla. (UPI) -- A gray pickup truck which stopped near a 19 year-old Chicago bride shortly before she was whisked away was chief lead being checked out today by investigators probing her disappearance. 
Carol Ann Batterman was last seen on May 21 only 14 days after she and Dennis E. Batterman were married at Westchester, Ill. 
Cleveland County Atty. Herald Bussey interviewed a service station operator Tuesday night who Bussey said he claimed to have seen the light truck stop in fron of a motel where Mrs. Batterman was waiting for a bus to take herinto Norman to look for an apartment. 
Loyal Vanderpool, 39, Oklahoma City, told Bussey the truck was driven by a man wearing a large western hat. Vanderpool said he did no see Mrs. Batterman enter the vehicle, but he noticed she was gone shortly after it pulled away.Bussey said Vanderpool was unable to get the license number of the truck, but guessed it to be a 1953 model Ford. 
Bussey rejected another clue which had turned up. A key to the couple's hotel room arrived in the mail last week, but investigation proved it had been returned by a former tenant. 
Carol Ann Batterman
Batterman, a sailor stationed at the naval air technical training center here, has told officers he last saw his bride shortly before midnight May 30 when he left the Crown Motel to return to the base. 
The couple arrived in Oklahoma City May 26 and checked into the motel with plans to find an apartment.
Meanwhile, the youthful sailor pleaded for the safe return of his wife during a brief exclusive interview Tuesday with United Press International. This was the first time Batterman has agreed to see a reporter. 
The blond-haired sailor, speaking in a low, soft voice, was visibly shaken by the disappearance of his pretty bride, whom some investigators, incuding a Navy agent, believe may be a kidnap victim. 
Batterman played down reports that his wife had numerous suitors in the Chicago area and said she didn't date many other boys before they were married.
The disappearance of Carol Ann Batterman is a cold case, which remains unsolved to this day.

While city editor for the Daily Oklahoman, Kuyk weighed in on a local controversy. The United States Air Force scheduled daily supersonic booms on the FAA's behalf, looking ahead to the possibility of regularly scheduled supersonic transport. Oklahoma City residents were involuntary guinea pigs.
Independent Star News (Pasadena Tex.),
January 19, 1965.

The FAA has been testing the boom in two phases designed to answer the two major questions: (1) Can people take it? (2) Can buildings take it? 
The study of human tolerance to the boom phenomenon took place last year in Oklahoma City from February 3rd to July 30th. The second phase regarding the effect on buildings, started November 18th in New Mexico and will end this February. 
Oklahoma City endured 6 months, or 178 days, of boom runs, with 8 scheduled flights per day, from 7 A.M. to 1:20 P.M. 
How did people there react to the sonic noise?Says Kuyk Logan, city editor of the Daily Oklahoman: "I'll tell you what it's like. You know the man who moves into a house on the side of a highway? The first few weeks the traffic noise of the trucks bothers him. After a while he gets used to it.
"The first few weeks in February," continues Logan, "people here talked about the boom all the time. We started to keep a log of complaints. After a while we gave it up. The same people griped all the time.
"For my money the sonic boom is a nuisance at the beginning, but the average community can learn to live with it. It's like living with horn noises from an automobile. Nobody likes to get honked at, but you sure don't give up automobiles because of a little noise. I'm all in favor of an SST. That's progress man."

Kuyk Logan's news career progression was chronicled in this 1969 item about his Houston Post hiring.

The Odessa American, June 10, 1969
Houston Post Names Editor
HOUSTON (AP) -- Kuyk Logan, former city editor of the Daily Oklahoman, has joined the Houston Post as an assistant managing editor.
Logan, 35, a native of Norman, Okla., was selected outstanding journalism school graduate when he received his degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1955.
He began work on the Daily Oklahoman as a college student in 1953 and stayed with the paper as a desk man after his graduation. 
In 1956 he became wire editor of the San Angelo Standard Times. He then spent six months active duty with the Army and a year with United Press International before returning to the Daily Oklahoman in 1958. He was named city editor of the paper in 1963.
He is major in the Army National Guard and has been information officer of the Oklahoma Guard since 1961. He also has been a part-time journalism instructor in Oklahoma Colleges for more than 10 years.
Logan and his wife, Linda, have a son, Bobby, 9.
Kuyk was promoted to managing editor during the nation's bicentennial year.
Promotions Announced At Post
The Baytown Sun,
May 23, 1976
HOUSTON (AP) -- Edwin D. Hunter, vice president and managing editor of the Houston Post has been promoted to vice president and executive editor and Kuyk Logan, an assistant managing editor has been promoted to managing editor. 
The promotions were announced by Oveta Culp Hobby, editor and chairman of the board of the newspaper. 
In his new position, Hunter, 59, will concentrate on administrative responsibilities and long-range planning. Logan, 42, will assume direct responsibility for the news operation of the Post. 
Hunter, a native of Lometa, Tex., has been managing editor of the Post since 1969. He was editor of the The Galveston News from 1963 to 1967 and managing editor of the San Angelo Standard-Times from 1953 to 1963. Prior to that he was city editor of both the Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times. 
Logan, a native of Norman, Okla., came to the Post in 1969 from Oklahoma City where he had been city editor of the Daily Oklahoman. Before joining the Oklahoman in 1958, he worked for the San Angelo Standard-Times and United Press International. 
The new managing editor whose full name is Mathew Kuykendall Logan, is a great-great grandson of Capt. Mathew Kuykendall who fought with Sam Houston at San Jacinto. 
The Victoria Advocate
October 28, 1983
Hunter and his wife, Marion, have two married children. Logan and his wife, Dianne, have a song, 16.

For those not well acquainted with Texas history, San Jacinto was the decisive battle that the Texas revolutionaries won, capturing Santa Anna, the president of Mexico, as a prisoner of war. The Alamo was a battle they lost.

In 1983 Kuyk Logan resigned his position with the Houston Post, upon its sale to the Toronto Sun. 

The Toronto Sun was a tabloid format paper that published pictures of "scantily clad" men and women. The new owners said they hoped to "brighten" the Post's pages. "I think the Post has access to good color capacity in their presses which they don't really use to much," said the new publisher.

The Paris (Tex.) News, October 18, 1983
From there Kuyk,
became managing editor of news at the Houston CBS affiliate, KHOU-TV, and in 1987 he was recruited by The University of Texas Medical School at Houston to serve as its first assistant dean for community affairs. 
In 1992, he joined the medical school's teaching hospital, Hermann, as vice president of public affairs and marketing. In 1997, when Hermann and the Memorial Healthcare System merged to form the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Kuyk was named vice president of corporate communications, a post he held until he retired in July, 2002. 
Throughout his career, Kuyk enjoyed teaching college journalism part-time at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Houston/Downtown. 
One of his last career assignments was to serve three years as a distinguished professor of journalism at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville where he was appointed to the Philip G. Warner Endowed Chair in Journalism in 2002. Kuyk counted his years of military service among his most rewarding experiences. 
Following active duty as a second lieutenant in army intelligence, he served 11 years in the 45th Infantry Division of the Oklahoma Army National Guard, heading its information section. When he resigned from the Thunderbird division at the rank of major, he was awarded the Oklahoma Meritorious Service Medal for National Guard Service.
Sam Houston State University posted the following announcement on Kuyk's appointment to the endowed journalism chair:
Logan Named to Warner Chair
Kuyk Logan, the new journalism Warner Chair

Kuyk Logan will take over the prestigious Warner Chair position in journalism this fall.

Kuyk Logan, a veteran Texas and Oklahoma journalist and public relations executive whose career has spanned all areas of the news industry, has been named the 2002-2004 recipient of the Philip G. Warner Endowed Chair in Journalism at Sam Houston State University.Logan will replace Ardyth Sohn, whose two year term in the visiting professorship expires in May.
The Warner professorship is one of the most prestigious honors awarded on the Sam Houston State University campus and the only endowed chair position in the School of Public Communication. It was established by a $1 million grant from Houston Endowment.
"I have a passionate desire to teach and inspire future journalists," said Logan. "I see the Warner Chair as a splendid opportunity to give back some of what has been given to me."
Logan has extensive work experience in the communication spectrum that reveals his "dedication to journalism."  "Kuyk Logan epitomizes the highest in journalistic passion and pedigree," said one colleague at The Wall Street Journal, who nominated him for the position. Logan is a "consummate professional of tireless dedication and almost boundless creativity" according to another at the Omaha-World Herald. 
Flattering comments seem appropriate, considering the scope of Logan's work. After obtaining a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma, Logan took a reporting job at United Press International. Excelling in reporting, Logan soon became the Oklahoma correspondent for Time, Life and Fortune magazines. 
Additionally, Logan was city editor for The Daily Oklahoman.His journalism career continued in Texas, when Logan became The Houston Post managing editor. He later became managing editor of KHOU-TV, the CBS affiliate in Houston. Logan is a past president of the Associated Press Managing Editors of Texas and a two-time Pulitzer Prize juror. 
He has also served as assistant dean for community affairs at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, vice president for public affairs and marketing at Hermann Hospital, and vice president for corporate communications at the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.
Logan has deep genealogical ties to Huntsville and the university. His grandmother, Annie Kuykendall, graduated with honors from Sam Houston Normal Institute in 1886. She lived in the historic Steamboat House, and her grandfather, Capt. Mathew Kuykendall, fought with Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto.
In addition to teaching news writing and news reporting classes this fall, Logan will be the faculty adviser to The Houstonian, the SHSU campus newspaper, and undertake special projects for the school.
Logan and his wife Dianne, a SHSU summa cum laude graduate in criminal justice, live in The Woodlands.
In 2005, Kuyk's departure from professional life was noted by the Sam Houston State student newspaper.
Houstonian adviser retires, ends three-year term
By C. Janak
On May 2, 2005
The Houstonian is a free newspaper for students and faculty on the SHSU campus. They cover most campus events and issues, world news, Bearkat sports, and provide entertainment reports including the latest movies in theaters and bands playing in and around the Huntsville area.
This semester has been filled with numerous events ranging from the continuing parking issues to the protesting preacher in front of the fountain.

"We didn't get to cover everything, but we did a good job covering what we could for the semester," said Eric Barton, editor in chief of sThe Houstonian.
The staff also tried to make world events, such as the Tsunami disaster and the election of the new pope, relate to the students and faculty on campus.
Kuyk Logan, adviser for The Houstonian, is ending his three-year term with the newspaper and the communication department. He has given students insight on the real world through his own experiences and has made The Houstonian what it is today. "As I wind up my three years as adviser to The Houstonian, I look back with pride at the many improvements made by the various staff. 
The paper just keeps getting better and better. I will miss the paper and working with our journalism students. What a swell bunch of folks," said Logan.
Although Logan is leaving, he will not be forgotten because of what he has done for the newspaper and the department.
"This newspaper and institution as a whole will miss Logan. We will be less of a newspaper without him," said Barton.
A dead tree edition newspaper man to the core, Kuyk was known to operate a letter printing press in his garage during retirement.

Kuyk Logan in his garage letter press workshop. Note historic banner newspaper headlines mounted on rear walls.

There is something about the smell of the ink.

Here is the complete newspaper article:

Making an imprint

        Posted: Monday, August 4, 2008 12:00 am | Updated: 1:47 pm, Sun Nov 21, 2010.

THE WOODLANDS – Kuyk Logan doesn’t miss newspapering.

Not much, anyway.

But don’t check that fact with the retired Houston Post managing editor.
Just ask his Chandler & Price letterpress printer. It’s been turning out stories since 1902.
“It’s over 100 years old, but it prints beautifully,” Logan said of the press, which along with four others, including an 1889 Pearl, sits in his Grogan’s Mill garage workshop. Smelling of kerosene, walls papered with historically significant newspaper fronts, the snug space is crammed with ink, tools and accessories used in printing before these “things called the computer came in,” Logan said.
The workshop — tabbed Prints Charming Ink — also houses thousands of pieces of lead and wooden type, with characters and letters representing 200 fonts.
“I have a lot of fun out here, setting type and sorting type,” he said.
Acquired through antique shops, flea markets and dealers, Logan laughs about owning more stuff than he knows what to do with.
“The problem is I keep adding on,” he said. “Some people collect stamps, some people collect baseballs. I collect printing (supplies).”
Adding to Logan’s fun, there’s always the odd printing job, say rolling out a stack of business cards for a family member. Or a batch of wedding invitations for a close friend.
“I’m out (in the workshop) about once a week, sometimes more often. And in the Christmas season, I’m out there a lot, printing cards and stationary,” he said.
Still, there are limits to Logan’s love for the craft, which is the process of printing from an inked, raised surface when the paper is impressed directly upon the surface, according to Meriam Webster’s dictionary.
After a long career in communications, teaching and journalism, including his 1969-83 run at the Houston Post, Logan hangs his shingle out selectively.
“I have a lot of people who call to have something printed, and I have to politely turn them down,” he said.
For one thing, the labor-intensive jobs can be time
consuming. Depending on size and complexity, they can take anywhere from several hours to all day.
No, Logan prints for reasons other than profit.
“On days when it’s rainy, I like being in (the workshop) best,” he said.
For Logan, the printing bug bit in 1944, when the 11-year-old ordered his first hand press from a Johnson and Smith catalogue.
“Back when I was a kid, you could go to the dime store and buy a little tiny metal press with rubber type. You still see some at antique shows, but that wasn’t cutting it. I needed a bigger press,” he said. “They had one in (the catalogue) for $15. I sent them the money, and they sent me the press. This was right in the middle of World War II. I started learning how to set type and run a little press. It just kind of grew. It’s an infectious hobby.”
Letterpress printing may be enjoying a bit of a resurgence, Logan said.
He said he’s been reading about increasing demands for letterpress-printed pieces, prized for a distinctive stamp.
“People want letterpress printing because there’s a different quality. The type has a crunch to it because the type actually bites into the paper,” Logan said.
The Logans custom printed their holiday greeting cards as well.

May Kuyk Logan be conniving with his newspaper colleagues around the great big printing press in the sky.


Kuyk researched his family's place in Oklahoma history and its role in building the historic Logan Apartments in Norman, Oklahoma.

Logan Apartments

In this undated photo, Logan Apartments stands on the corner of West Boyd and Lahoma Avenue, just west of the OU campus.OU Western History Collections
Whenever a long-forgotten or neglected structure is slated for restoration, its past suddenly becomes relevant—especially when its revival brings with it the near-certainty of national recognition as something worth saving. Former occupants come forth with tales of having lived or worked there, of its ties to the history of place and people. Such is the case with Logan Apartments, recently recommended for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
The buff-brick, three-story building on the corner of West Boyd and Lahoma, just west of the main campus, is the project of Norman-based developer and OU graduate Brent Swift, who acquired the vacant property from the University of Oklahoma. When the design created by Jeremy Gardner of Butzer Gardner Architects of Oklahoma City becomes reality, the former 24 apartments that once counted OU faculty and students among its residents will have been converted into eight luxury apartments, all accomplished without any substantial change to the building’s exterior.
Attaining the National Registry designation requires research, and a valuable resource was the carefully archived family memories of OU journalism graduate Kuyk Logan, of the Woodlands, Texas, descendant of a long line of Logans prominent in state education, business, medicine, government and politics—and University history. The story starts with Kuyk’s grandparents—the first Leonard M. Logan and his wife, Annie Kuykendall Logan. Leonard was superintendent of the Cherokee National Male Seminary in Tahlequah, then professor of Greek and Latin at the new Northeastern State Teachers College; Annie was superintendent of the Cherokee Female Seminary. Their former home in Tahlequah is also on the National Registry.
The couple’s three sons made their marks as well. Leonard Jr., Dave and Clifford came to OU and were campus leaders while earning a bunch of degrees from 1914 to 1920. Leonard followed his parents into teaching and had a long career on OU’s economics and city planning faculties. Clifford became a doctor in Hominy and active in Democratic politics. Dave taught briefly at OU, but made his fortune in the oil business in Okmulgee and his fame in state politics. He served in the state legislature, where he fought successfully for the half-million dollar allocation that built the University’s Bizzell Memorial Library, and authored the statute establishing the independent, non-political Board of Regents at OU and Oklahoma A&M.
Amid all Dave’s other ventures, he built Norman’s largest apartment building—Logan Apartments—in 1929. His mother was then a widow, and Dave suggested she leave Tahlequah and manage his new apartment house. The enterprise was not the financial success Dave had envisioned, so he gave the property to the University with two provisions: one apartment must be available to a member of the Cherokee tribe and one must be reserved for a member of the Logan family should a representative of either wish to live there.
The latter proviso soon came in handy for Leonard Jr., who was called to Kansas City to lend his skills to the war effort at the start of WWII. The Logans sold their Norman home, but the new job lasted only a year. With his wife, Floy-Elise, and sons Leonard III, Duke and Kuyk, Leonard returned to a Norman that had been taken over by the Navy. Fortunately his mother was able to provide the Logan-designated apartment for the duration.
The Logan boys eventually would head to OU, but Kuyk didn’t wait that long to launch his journalism career. At age 12, he got his grandmother’s permission to publish his first newspaper, The Petite Press, from the Logan Apartments’ basement storeroom. He also earned a dollar a day delivering The Oklahoma Daily, OU’s student newspaper, whose early deadline gave him his biggest scoop—the invasion of Europe—which he read in The Daily and got into a special edition of The Petite Press, beating the big boys at The Daily Oklahoman and  The Norman Transcript.
When Brent Swift reopens his upscale new apartments late this summer, the units will be missing the little milk-delivery doors that Kuyk remembers wiggling through to admit residents who had forgotten their keys. And the brass, bas-relief plaque that his late artist brother, Leonard III, created for the building has yet to be found. But just driving by, the painstakingly restored Logan Apartments will look exactly the same.

When Dan Rather, Sam Houston State University alumnus and namesake of its journalism building, was found to have used forged documents to smear president George W. Bush, Kuyk Logan was among the Rather apologists.

Journalism Students Comment

By: Amanda Humes

The controversy over CBS documents hasn't helped his reputation among the students who are learning journalism in the building that bears his name.
Sam Houston dedicated the Dan Rather Communications Building in 1994. Ten years later, some students are concerned about the reputation of the embattled news anchor and alumnus.
"I feel that it totally discredits Dan Rather as well as our department because he had sources that he pretty much knew were wrong and he decided that he was going to stick by them any way," said Lisa Lenander, a Radio and Television Major.
"It does not reflect upon us. We have our own mind set and we learn on our own and mistakes are going to be made, you just have to roll with the punches," said Misty McCann, a Radio and Television Major.
Opinions of Rather among students are mixed says Journalism professor Kuyk Logan who has worked in print and television news for years. He says even the best checked stories, are sometimes not checked enough.
"You spend a lot of time checking things, you think you've got it right and then sometimes you roll over a rock and something ugly comes out from under it that you didn't anticipate,” said Logan.
"I think it would really be closed minded of people for them to think negatively upon our department. Just because Dan Rather made a mistake," said McCann.
Most communication majors who spoke with KBTX say they don't believe Dan Rather's mistake will affect the credibility of the department. They say they're just trying to get a good education, no matter whose name is on the building.

Kuyk Logan quoted in story about fatal life flight helicopter crash.

The Galveston Daily News, July 18, 1999

Kuyk Logan, National Guard information officer, quoted on females in flight.

The Lawton Constitution, July 25, 1962

Kuyk Logan to appear on Press Club of Galveston County panel on media coverage.

The Galveston Daily News, October 20, 1985
Kuyk Logan and the Houston Post scramble to recover from the ravages of a printing press fire.
The Gavelston Daily News, July 20, 1970

Kuyk Logan describes his laissez faire style concerning his management of a feature columnist.

The Galveston Daily News, July 21, 1983
Kuyk Logan tells law enforcement and correction officers that their problems will be solved if they tell the press more.

The Bonham Daily Favorite, April 9, 1972
Kuyk Logan named vice president of UPI editors' association.

Waco Tribune Herald, June 9, 1975

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