It saddens me to learn of the passing Monday of OETA’s Bill Thrash. I first came to know him as the man behind OETA, an encouraging, positive and powerful figure behind educational television in Oklahoma. But as many others who have made this state home for much longer than me are aware, they can all attest that his legacy goes much further back.
I can tell you that when I dropped on on him at the OETA studios or reached out by telephone he was always open to my visits, humble and helpful with his advice and spirited with enthusiasm for what he did and the people he served. When I saw him at social events, he was always interested in talking about theater or the arts, his passions going so far beyond the world of TV ratings. Though his impact was iconic, he was never interested in being larger than life. His smile represented “good people”.
Thank you to Bill Thrash for his friendship and my heartfelt wishes go to his friends and family left behind to cherish your memory.