My sincerest congratulations today goes to Wayne and Michelle Coyne on their being honored with the 2012 Urban Pioneer Award. NewsOK’s Angi Bruss did a great job interviewing Wayne Coyne prior to yesterday’s banquet at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, and captured the spirit of the occasion and performer’s remarks.
The music business, by its very nature, involves a lot of smoke and mirrors – it’s show business – and the Coynes do it very, very well. But in this case, there are no smoke and mirrors. Take away the Coynes’ celebrity and their fan base, and I truly believe the pair would truly still be very, very worthy recipients of the pioneer award.
At a time when others were fleeing the Classen-10-Penn neighborhood and adjoining 16th Street Plaza District, the Coynes invested in what I agree is a very, very cool looking Art Deco era home and inspired others to do likewise. They’ve stayed involved in the neighborhood, they’ve frequented area businesses, and they’ve brought a sense of pride to what was once a very blighted area.
Congratulations – and thanks.