2019 Distinguished Alumni Honoree
Mr. Gary Good, ‘68
Prior to OMA, Gary Good’s life was all about music and sports. So when he enrolled as a Freshman in 1964, he was thrilled to win starting spots on the wrestling and baseball team and join the award winning marching band.
Admittedly, Good was much more interested in his trumpet, drum sticks and sports than the rifle range, which his top rank of Sergeant First Class reflects – but he embraced OMA completely and marched proudly as a Cadet.
Favorite memories at OMA were the two trips to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans where the OMA Marching Band got 3rd place, and performing at the Opening of the Hemisfair in San Antonio, along with the many wrestling and baseball trips. Mostly he remembers the fellowship, of not only classmates, but the instructors, coaches and administrators.
After graduating from OMA in the spring of 1968, Good returned to Oklahoma City and in the fall enrolled in Central State College, now UCO in Edmond. Majoring in Business with a minor in Music, Good soon started an entertainment agency while attending college and the same year began a professional music career as a bandleader and singer.
Booking shows and concerts for corporate and private events, Good booked and produced shows with artists such as Natalie Cole, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood, Herman’s Hermits, The Gatlin Brothers, The Doobie Brothers, Three Dog Night, Paul Williams, K.C. & The Sunshine Band, The Temptations, Four Tops, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Don Henley and a host of others.
In the mid 80s, Good added a speakers bureau to his company renaming it Gary Good Entertainment & Speakers Bureau, and began booking lectures for notables such as Bart Starr, Art Linkletter, Steve Allen, Joan Rivers, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Goulet, Barry Switzer, Olympia Dukakis, as well as many notable authors and business leaders. Most recently he secured an appearance in Dallas for Academy Award-winning actress, Diane Keaton.
After being in business in Oklahoma City for over 35 years, in 2008 Good fell in love with Oklahoma’s original state capital, Guthrie, and has since moved his entire operation there. Always enjoying people and activity, Good began adding new ventures, which includes an eclectic art gallery called Gallery Grazioso, Suite Bettie Jean Bed & Breakfast (named after his Mom), Magnolia Manor Boutique Hotel and Magnolia Moon – a wedding and music event venue (as well as his home).
Community involvement has always been important to Good. He served on the boards of The Oklahoma Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and was the longest serving Commissioner on The Oklahoma City Arts Commission serving for 34 years. He’s most active today in a project he began when his father passed away in 2003. He named it “The Al Good Instruments for Kids Project” and it’s designed to collect donated instruments – clarinets, trumpets, trombones, guitars, pianos etc. and place them in homes with kids that cannot afford to buy instruments. So far they have placed dozens of these instruments and over 20 pianos.
Good’s wife Cristina has her PhD from OSU and is currently an adjunct professor there. She has two children who are also attending OSU. His brother, Ron, is editor and long-time sports writer for Amateur Wrestling News Magazine and was recently inducted into The National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Sister, Pattie, an entrepreneur lives in Phoenix. Good has two grown daughters; Margo, who lives in Wagoner and works in Pryor, and Andrea, who is living in Edmond, Oklahoma as well as two grandkids, Cass and Haleigh and four great grandkids, all living in Oklahoma within driving distance.