It’s Dick’s Sporting Goods under construction on the east side of Pennsylvania Avenue north of Memorial Road in Oklahoma City — NOT Dick’s Trading Post, which was an auction barn on Shawntel Smith Boulevard (nee Broadway Avenue), a.k.a. U.S. Highway 64, in my hometown of Muldrow back in the day.
Must. Remember. Must unlearn “Dick’s Trading Post.” Must learn “Dick’s Sporting Goods.”
Twice now, I’ve caught myself typing “Dick’s Trading Post” when I meant to type “Dick’s Sporting Goods.” Sheesh. If it ever slips into the paper, now you’ll know why.
I have a similar memory tic when it comes to Shepherd-like-a-sheep-herder-Mall in OKC; my fingers want to type Sheppard-like-a-U.S. senator-Air Force Base, which is at Wichita Falls, Texas, where I lived and worked for a decade.
Sometimes, I almost get my own byline credit wrong. It’s “Real Estate Editor,” but my fingers still want to type “Regional Editor” — and that was almost 20 years ago, also back in Texas.
So, let’s get it straight:
WRONG: “The regional editor of The Oklahoman/NewsOK says that Dick’s Trading Post is building a store in Oklahoma City, but nowhere near Sheppard Mall.”
RIGHT: “The real estate editor of The Oklahoman/NewsOK says that Dick’s Sporting Goods is building a store in Oklahoma City, but nowhere near Shepherd Mall.”
No matter what Dick’s Sporting Goods says. Or doesn’t say. And the chain isn’t saying. But Dick’s Sporting Goods is already looking for a store manager for Oklahoma City.
Dick’s Trading Post, however, is long gone and is not hiring.