When Thunder basketball fan, Betty Dollins of Altus, went to Oklahoma City back in February, little did she know that she would be center of attention on the evening news. She and her family had a fun day planned of going to the Affair of the Heart craft show, and then to attend her first Thunder game.
While at Affair of the Heart, Dollins saw a booth for Channel 9. “I wanted to meet Kelly Ogle,” she said, “so I went over. He was very nice, and a really large man,” she said with a smile. “After I noticed he was wearing Thunder tennis shoes, we started talking about the team. I told him that I was 86 years old and was going to get to see my first game in person that night.”
From there, Dollins said that he asked my niece for her name and number, but wouldn’t tell her why. We found out later it was because he wanted to do a news piece on me,” she explained. “He called my niece around 4 p.m. and asked us to be at the game at 6 p.m., so we hurried to get ready and get there.”
Dollins was accompanied to the game by her niece Jan Chaney, and her daughter Donna McCoy. They were then approached by news reporter Steve Shaw and a camera man. “I felt like a celebrity,” said Dollins. “After interviewing us, they followed us all the way to our seats. I guess people were wondering who we were,” she laughed.
“It was all so exciting,” said Dollins. “I had never seen anything like it before. I enjoyed every minute of it,” she added.
After returning home from the exciting weekend, Dollins was surprised with a memory box from her niece commemorating the event. “It has pictures of me with my daughter, with Kelly and other Channel 9 people, and other items,” she said.
Dollins said that she will always cherish the souvenir and the memories from the weekend.
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