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oung children like to play pretend, using their imagination to experience a role they one day dream to attain. For a young Oklahoma boy, make-
believe play was not only a fun pastime, but a tangible reality. Life on the farm enchanted Frank Dean Lucas, who, at age 5, enjoyed helping his father by trailing the family’s cows into the milk lot to be milked. Lucas learned early on that farming was possible through teamwork. His mother spent hours scraping and cleaning all the dairy equipment used on the farm, a laborious task. On the open, fl at fi elds of his family’s farmland, Lucas learned the diligence of farm work.