By JARRETT HOBBS
Phil Smith has held multiple titles over the years–night clerk at a funeral home, lumber man, letter carrier, soldier and teacher. Now he can add published author to the list.
Out of his diverse collection of jobs, his favorite was teaching Ancient/Medieval History and AP World History for nine years at Oologah High School.
He said that his happiest moment at Oologah was in 2005 when the senior class asked him to be the speaker for their vespers service.
Those who know Smith are well aware that he is a big baseball fan whose office is decorated wall-to-wall with old baseball memorabilia. As a fan of the game he was a fanatic and as a coach he was fantastic, winning two state championships and placing runner-up one year during his time as a softball coach.
In May, 2005 Smith left Oologah to pursue a PhD in History at Oklahoma State University. He has been writing since high school and has several manuscripts.
Now professor of American history at Tulsa Community College, he has already published history articles in the Chronicles of Oklahoma including a piece that covered the founding of Prague, Okla.
His latest project, Then Sings My Soul, puts elements of his own background and personal interests to create an epic of faith and the human spirit.
For more on Then Sings My Soul, and Phil’s personal writing process look for the Oologah Lake Leader paper on newstands now.