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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Coffee Cups--Part One

From my days as Publisher of the Waurika News-Democrat
Do you have a favorite coffee cup? In my case, there are several favorites. Wish I'd thought of this idea, but friend and journalist and former student from way back in OSU days Richard Mize started bragging about his coffee cup of the day a while back.

I don't deliberately collect coffee cups...they just seem to accumulate...gifts from family, students, ex-students  and other friends, souvenirs from places visited. Word gets around and soon someone gives me another one. Most are now stored in a cabinet pantry, but there's always a healthy supply in the kitchen. And they hold more than coffee, serving as receptacles of pens and brushes and other whatnot in the home office, art studio and certainly my office at UCO.

One of two favorite cups is the one I designed and ordered as a subscription promotion years ago when I owned the Waurika News-Demcorat. The cups were given free with renewals, and were a huge success. I still have a few, and they always collect coffee and other stuff.

The other favorite was purchased at Larry McMurtry huge used bookstore. Booked Up,  in Archer City, Texas. He no longer sells them in the store but you can get them in Wichita Falls. This is usually my Sunday-morning-reading-The-New-York-Times mug.

And my coffee cups hold more than coffee or hot tea. Here's my watercolor brush holder.

And I have several cups and mugs from other newspapers, the press association and broadcast. But that's another post.


  1. My favorite cup says "Bad Attitude, Cool Shoes, It all evens out!

  2. M y last cool shoes were blue suede shoes

  3. I have lots of favorite cups. My favorite favorite is a Starbucks Christmas cup that features the word "Joy" on it. Great way to start the day any season of the year to me.

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