Photo: John Clanton, The Oklahoman
The delightful photo above, of Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne and three random old people wearing gold medals, was taken last week at the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation Wall of Fame Humanitarian Awards Dinner and Presentation. Coyne, along with former Oklahoma City mayor Kirk Humphreys and local philanthropists Kristin and William Frankfurt, received an award from the foundation, and our favorite thing about the photo is how clearly delighted Coyne is. The guy’s won three Grammys, but he’s still totally psyched to get a gold medal from his hometown. Sometimes we think the Flaming Lips’ whole openhearted sunniness thing is a put-on, but photos like this suggest that maybe Wayne Coyne really is just like that all the time.
Also, we’d love to have been around for the cocktail party, given this extremely Great Plainsy quote from fellow honoree Humphreys: “It’s great that a guy like me who’s a straight-laced Baptist teetotaler can be recognized on the same night as Wayne, who’s on the other creative end.” You know what? That is kind of great.
Four Honored for Contributions [The Oklahoman]Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips Is Excited About His Oklahoma City Public Schools Wall of Fame Humanitarian Award