M. J. Van Deventer

Editor at Oklahoma City's Persimmon Hill magazine

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Oklahoma City's Persimmon Hill magazine
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Last Updated 7/10/2003

General Information

Employment History

Editor  - Persimmon Hill Farm

Contributor  - KWTV

Co-Host On Read  - Southwest Publications

Staff Writer  - The Oklahoman

Director of Publications  - Western Heritage Center

Frequent Speaker and Consultant  - Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City

Editor  - National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Director of Publications and Editor  - University of Central Oklahoma

Adjunct Professor  - Oklahoma State University

Correspondent  - Tulsa Home and Garden magazine

Education

B.A.  - music , Southern Christian College

M.A. degree  - music , Southern Christian College

master  - communication , Oklahoma State University

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M.J. Van Deventer had wanted to write from the time she was six years old.When she was 12, Burt Lancaster came to her hometown of Muskogee, Oklahoma, to film a movie at Bacone College.She begged her junior high teacher to let her go interview him for the school paper.She even rode her bicycle to the college to do the interview.M.J. said, "I wasn't about to be escorted to my first celebrity interview by my parents and have them hovering behind the scenes."Now M.J. is Director of Publications for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and editor of Oklahoma City's Persimmon Hill magazine, the museum's award-winning quarterly journal on the West.She says, "I'm seldom turned down for an interview request."Her secret is that she "just asks."She explains, "What I've found is that people, famous or otherwise, love the opportunity to talk about themselves, their projects, and their passions in life.

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M.J. Van Deventer had wanted to write from the time she was six years old.When she was 12, Burt Lancaster came to her hometown of Muskogee, Oklahoma, to film a movie at Bacone College.She begged her junior high teacher to let her go interview him for the school paper.She even rode her bicycle to the college to do the interview.M.J. said, "I wasn't about to be escorted to my first celebrity interview by my parents and have them hovering behind the scenes."Now M.J. is Director of Publications for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and editor of Oklahoma City's Persimmon Hill magazine, the museum's award-winning quarterly journal on the West.She says, "I'm seldom turned down for an interview request."Her secret is that she "just asks."She explains, "What I've found is that people, famous or otherwise, love the opportunity to talk about themselves, their projects, and their passions in life.When you meet them on their own turf, treat them with respect and courtesy, honor their time restraints, and give them an opportunity to share their innermost thoughts and feelings, you have all the elements to create a good feature story or celebrity profile."Recently, her "just ask" routine was reinforced when she asked Dave Bialis, general manager for Cox Cable in Oklahoma City and host of a monthly television show, to speak to her feature writing class at the University of Central Oklahoma.She says, "To his credit, he has snared interviews with Tom Selleck, Tiger Woods, and the young tennis star, Monica Seles, for interviews on his show."When one of the students asked, "How did you get those people to be on your show?"

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M. J. Van Deventer, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

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