March 23, 2004 by

Jenkin Lloyd Jones Sr.


Categories: Media, Writers/Editors

Jenkin Lloyd Jones Sr.’s journalistic efforts informed and enlightened the people of Oklahoma for 50 years.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin in 1933, Jones became a reporter for the Tulsa Tribune, an afternoon daily owned and published by his father, Richard Lloyd Jones Sr. Over the next eight years, Jones wrote hundreds of stories, covered the Nuremberg war crimes trials and interviewed missionary Albert Schweitzer in Africa.
Jones wrote a moderately conservative weekly column that was syndicated in more than 100 newspapers. He served as the Tulsa Tribune’s editor from 1941 to 1988, and as its publisher until 1991. The paper folded the following year after a 51-year joint operating agreement with the Tulsa World collapsed.
A former president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Jones was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1972. He died on Feb. 24 at the age of 92.

5 Responses to Jenkin Lloyd Jones Sr.

  1. Kevin Jones

    In 1981 I read an article Mr. Jones wrote called “Lesson of 1781”. In it he talks about how the Revolutionary War was won not by the mob but by “was won by a dedicated handful.”
    I still have that article and have often trotted it out various places I have been when good people have felt the lonle burden of duty to solve some crisis, most often not of their doing.
    I wish there was a place to get more of his writings.

  2. Corey W. Grua

    I remember Jenkin Lloyd Jones’ columns in Salt Lake City’s Deseret News when I was growing up. Later, I lived in Tulsa and can appreciate the esteem in which he was held in Oklahoma. President Gordon B. Hinckley, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has loved his observation about life: “[The fact is] most putts don’t drop. Most beef is tough. Most children grow up to be just people. Most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration. Most jobs are more often dull than otherwise….
    Life is like an old-time rail journey–delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed.
    The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride. (“Big Rock Candy Mountains,” Deseret News, 12 June 1973.
    How delightfully true. I miss the old columnists like Jones and Sidney Harris. They gave me (and give me) the marrow of living through the joy of their clear lenses.

  3. Ray Hickin

    I have a tape of a speech made by JLJ over two decades ago, of which I obtained a copy after reading it in The Winnipeg Free Press. Sent me on a reel to reel,later tranferred to a cassette tape. If anyone would like a copy, free of course, E-mail me at above address.

  4. R. Patton

    Wonderful columns. I am looking to see if anyone has a copy of his article “misbehavior index going up”. My copy has disintegrated and I use it all the time in the classroom.

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