Walk outside our gorgeous ballroom lobby and you enter "Celebrity Park," a serene "pocket park" with a fountain and benches. It is a nice place to sit, read and enjoy a cup of coffee.
It received its name when six individuals were selected for the "Wall of Fame." All six were Miami residents, achieved high levels of professional accomplishment and contributed to the community of Miami. Since then, two more worthy individuals have been added to the "Wall of Fame."
We are now accepting nominations for the "Wall of Fame." If you know someone who you feel should have a plaque on the wall and be recognized for their achievements, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send you an official nomination form and guide you through the nomination process.
CELEBRITY PARK WALL OF FAME
Dr. Nick Calcagno: A renowned painter, sculptor and author, he graduated from St. Bonaventure University, earned a M.A. from Seton Hall University and a Ph.D. from Western Colorado University. An educator for 39 years, he was a beloved professor at NEO A&M College, having retired as the chairman of the Fine Arts Department. His artistry is exemplified in his large sculptures such as those of the Golden Norseman on the NEO campus and of Steve Owens in the University of Oklahoma's Heisman Park. His piece depicting Mickey Mantle has been displayed in the Smithsonian Museum. His murals of historic people, places and events are enjoyed throughout Northeast Oklahoma.
David Osborne: A Miami native and MHS graduate of 1976, he received his B.A. from Oral Roberts University, studied graduate piano and organ at Indiana University and earned his M.A. from Pittsburg State University. A Steinway Artist, he gained the title "Pianist to the Presidents," having entertained U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. at events at the White House and elsewhere on numerous occasions. He has been a featured pianist in Las Vegas for more than 18 years, both at Ceasars Palace and at The Bellagio. The Los Angeles Music Awards organization has honored David with the Hollywood Fame Award, Concert Pianist of the Year and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bill Hudson Hastings: Hastings has performed in over 50 theatrical productions, including four Broadway musicals, three National Tours and multiple shows at Radio City Music Hall. He choreographed and directed numerous musicals for U.S., European and Japanese theatre, TV and concert stage, including Carnegie Hall in New York City. As a teacher and lecturer, Hastings is a recipient of several grants -- an NEA/DANA grant to the University of Nebraska, the Willson Center Visiting Artist grant at the University of Georgia and a recurring Artist in Education grant to the State of Arkansas to name a few. He was a contributor to the Jacob's Pillow Jazz Happening, the European 11 Countries Project and the Tony Award winning musical “Fosse.” Hastings, a 1966 Miami High School graduate, is most proud to have played drums in the MHS Wardog Marching Band.
Carol Littleton: One of Hollywood’s most talented and award-winning film editors, Littleton is a 1960 graduate of Miami High School. After graduating with honors from the University of Oklahoma, she completed her master’s thesis at the University of Paris as a Fulbright Scholar in 1969. Her editing career spans 38 years with more than 38 feature films to her credit. Most of them are well known to audiences such as “Body Heat,” “The Big Chill,” “Silverado,” “Places In The Heart,” “The Manchurian Candidate,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (Academy Award nomination), “Tuesdays With Morrie” (Emmy Award) and “China Moon” (directed by her husband and award-winning cinematographer John Bailey, A.S.C.) In 1987, Littleton, A.C.E., was elected President of the Editors Guild and, in the mid-1990s, she and her husband were elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – the first time a married couple had served together since Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. They are still active members of the Academy.
Charles Wayne "Tinker" Owens: Charles Wayne “Tinker” Owens was a multi-sport standout at Miami High School. He played and lettered in football, basketball and track while a Miami Wardog. On the track, he was a state champion in the low and high hurdles, as well as the long jump. He helped guide the MHS basketball team to an undefeated season and Class 3A state championship in 1972, earning All-Tournament Team honors during the state finals. Owens was an All-State and prep All-American football player for the Wardogs where he played wingback and free safety. After graduating from MHS in 1972, Owens went on to the University of Oklahoma where he was named an All-American at wide receiver in 1974 and 1975. He was a part of the OU national championship teams of 1974 and 1975. As a freshman at OU, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1972 Sugar Bowl, catching five passes in that game for 132 yards. He finished his OU career with 70 receptions for 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was drafted in the fourth round by the New Orleans Saints in 1976 and played six seasons in the NFL.