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How "Stay Gold, Ponyboy" Went from the Page to the Screen

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Aired on Thursday, September 23rd.

"The Outsiders" -- both the well-known coming-of-age novel by S.E. Hinton and the likewise-titled 1983 film by Francis Ford Coppola -- certainly looms large in the cultural history of this community. On today's edition of StudioTulsa, we meet the California-based, Oklahoma-born grade school librarian who, back in 1980, encouraged her students to create a petition asking Coppola to make the film. Yes, this is really how "The Outsiders" got on the path from beloved young-adult book to cult-classic movie. That librarian is Jo Ellen Misakian. We're also joined today by the rap/hip-hop artist Danny Boy O'Connor, who owns and operates the Outsiders House Museum (established in 2017). Both will take part in a series of events and screenings coming soon to Tulsa that will center upon the motion-picture debut of a 4K restoration of "The Outsiders: The Complete Novel" (i.e., the revised and re-edited version of Coppola's film, which first appeared in 2005).

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