Spotlight: Dr. Michael Lovegrove


Brittany McDaniel, news editor

Dr. Michael Lovegrove, professor of history, educationally resides in the Social Science building, his course of choice being American history.

His lectures detail major events in our nation’s past, showcasing Lovegrove’s passion. Like the topic he so adamantly peruses, the life of Dr. Lovegrove itself is a strand in time that is full of anecdotes and margin notes.

Lovegrove describes his high school career as one of a doing the bare minimum, explaining, “I was probably what you’d call a minimalist. I knew what you had to do to get the grades you wanted. Once in a while I’d put out the effort and come out with a 3.8 (GPA), but I honestly figured I was going to go to Vietnam [for the war]. I didn’t want to exert myself too much.”

When he made the leap to attend the University of Oklahoma, he confessed the college was not the well-manicured campus people see today. “When I was at OU, frankly, it was a dump. It had fallen in a state of disrepair,” Lovegrove said. He credits the change in scenery to OU President, David Boren. Despite his comments concerning the rough exterior of the campus, Lovegrove added, “As far as the education, there was no problem whatsoever. Academically, [the campus] was first rate.”

In 2009, Lovegrove published his first book, “A Nation in Transition.” His work discusses the life and times of Douglas Henry Johnston, governor of the Chickasaw Nation during the turn of the 19th century. In addition, Lovegrove also has his own radio station. “I’m an amateur radio operator. My call sign in is N5OKU,” Lovegrove said.

The question of the day for his station involved conspiracies. When asked about his opinion on Roswell, Lovegrove told a story from childhood.

“I was about 14 or 15. It was a summer evening and I was in the front yard. There was an object that wasn’t saucer or cigar shaped, [but] it was more like a rectangle. It was several thousand feet in the air and it hovered for a while, but it couldn’t from one place to another very quickly. This was for maybe a minute, and then it just took off out sight. I can’t tell you what it was, but I’ve never seen anything in the sky behave like that. I can’t explain it, but that’s what I saw.”

Age: 60

Hometown: Oklahoma City

Spouse: Julie. I truly couldn’t live without her

Kids: Chrissy and Krista. Krista attended Rose State, graduated from OU
Professional Credentials: AA Rose State; BA, MA, PH.D History OU

Heroes: My Dad, Jack L. Lovegrove, Frederick Douglass, Anne Hutchinson or any “Ordinary person” who does extraordinary things

Hobbies: Amateur Radio Call Sign N5OKU

Most life-changing book ever read: The Holy Bible

Forms of exercise: I love to walk. If you are on campus look around, I will wave
Favorite Food: Steak
Most eccentric behavior: You don’t have enough room in the newspaper to list them all

Web site would you recommend to someone: History Channel website or PBS. Reasons are obvious

Favorite movie: “The Magnificent Seven”

Currently reading: Dr. Dan Littlefield, Amanda Page, and Fuller Bumpers book “Chickasaw Removal”

Favorite song: The Eagles “Long Road Out Of Eden” perhaps their most socially responsible song

Favorite genre of music: Classic Rock

Last song you listened to: Pink Floyd “Dark Side Of The Moon”

Most desirable place to visit: Quartz Mountain

If you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you take with you: Something good to read, my MP3 tracks, and a portable radio station to communicate with my Ham buddies

Epitaph: He did what he had to do and moved on

Adjective to describe you: Loyal

If you did a career change, what would be your alternate career: Engineer at a small radio station in Oklahoma somewhere

Superhero or super villain: Super Hero, with the ability to bring instant calm to people

Best advice you have ever been given: Work hard, if you are a “Diamond” you will be found

If you could live in a different time period, when would it be: 19th Century to see some of the people I have studied

How do you get your TV fix: You guessed it History Channel, or Military Channel

What cartoon character would you be: Road Runner he always gets away

If you were not human, what would you be: A dog

If you could invent anything, what would it be: A machine that makes food out of rocks, any kind of food you can imagine

What do you do when you get nervous: Remember what I set out to do at the beginning of the day, be the best I can be

Favorite teacher: It is a tie with Dr. Savage, and Professor Leveridge. They taught me what being a historian is really about

If you could invite 3 famous people to dinner, who would they be: Frederick Douglass, Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I would have so many questions to ask

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