Articles by Chris J. Zähller

The Mercury Photo Bureau archive of articles by Chris J. Zähller, photographer, writer, and all-around swell fellow.

About Chris J. Zähller

International Man of Mystery. Cocktail Nerd. Occasionally designs websites. Sometimes snaps a picture or two.

R.I.P. Jake Flint, 1985 – 2022

Oklahoma Red Dirt musi­cian Jake Flint, age 37, died Sunday, mere hours after mar­ry­ing his fiancée, Brenda. His long­time pub­li­cist Clif Doyal con­firmed to The Oklahoman that the Red Dirt musi­cian died in his sleep hours after say­ing his vows. Norman musi­cian Mike Hosty had pro­vided the recep­tion music from a ply­wood stage under a cir­cus tent as… Read More …

Woodyfest 2019: Songwriting Contest Winners

Anna Larson, Dan Weber Take 2nd & 1st Place Satur­day night at Woodyfest 2019 kicked off, as in past years, with a show­case for the Woody Guthrie Songwriting Contest win­ners. The show­case lead with sec­ond-place win­ner Anna Larson per­form­ing her win­ning song “Acting Alone” accom­pa­nied by gui­tarist Jon-Michael Rogers. Anna Larson — “Acting Alone”The Austin-based pianist and singer appeared on… Read More …

3 Score Times around the Sun

This week­end, I cel­e­brated my six­ti­eth birth­day sur­rounded by friends and fam­ily. If you had told me I would be doing so weeks ear­lier, I wouldn’t have believed you. But thanks to an accel­er­at­ing COVID-19 vac­ci­na­tion roll­out, every­one had had at least one of the two-dose vac­cines, with most of us hav­ing received both. My won­der­ful sis­ter Kim V.… Read More …

The Valentine’s Day Blizzard, Norman, Oklahoma

On Valentine’s Day, 2021, a mas­sive win­ter storm pushed across the cen­tral and south­ern US plains, plung­ing tem­per­a­tures to record-break­ing lows and dump­ing sig­nif­i­cant snow over the affected areas. In the ensu­ing days, grid oper­a­tors enacted rolling black­outs and power out­ages affected mil­lions of Oklahoma and Texas res­i­dents. All 254 Texas coun­ties were affected. The tem­per­a­ture at… Read More …

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