History of KTUL-KTVX through 1967
Total 8 Tulsa 10 O'clock News for Friday, June 15, 1978 (with pix, text and MP3 audio of the entire newscast.)
"Soul Train"-style "8's The Place" promo in RealVideo and Java slide show.
Disco "8's The Place" promo in RealVideo on News pg. 2.
Move Closer to Your World: Zeb's first promotion.
A Raft of great movies on Channel 8, by George!: The "In" Crowd promotion.
Behind the scenes with R.L. Bullock and Bob Hower.
KTUL Celebrates 50 Years - Great promo videos at KTUL's site.
Remembering Bob Scofield with 1966-69 KTUL studio photos.
"Closed Circuit" - KTUL house organ dated 1/1976 (3.4MB PDF file), courtesy of Don Lundy.
The Total 8 Tulsa news team as stars at a premiere.
Marilyn Monroe look-alike contest commercials, narrated and produced by Zeb. The winner: Sue Morton of Sallisaw.
"It's All For Free!" emphasizes broadcast TV's advantage over cable. Starring Zeb as a tough guy.
Back in the 70's, we had a most successful campaign going called, 8's The Place. We put an 8's The Place on anything moving or not moving e.g., cement trucks, boats, kites, cows, airplanes, babies, puppies, biceps, b*tts, b**bs, etc. (7/18/2005: I had to * out these two words because people all over the world are Googling for them and finding the below picture...webmaster)
And speaking of b**bs, there was one young lady in a yellow 8's The Place swim suit in a beach scene who became a legend in her own time. Her real name was Cindy Otto, but she became known as the 8's The Place Girl. She was so sensational that we had a poster made of her and had thousands of copies printed. And we actually sold them on the air for a brief time until the public outcry became so strong that we had to take the spot off the air.
Since it was my creation, you would think I would have at least one copy somewhere. But somehow I don't. So, if anyone should happen to have an extra copy stashed away someplace, I would certainly like to get my hands on it (the poster that is) as it would be a pleasant reminder of the wonderful times I spent at KTUL. Please drop me a line if you have any leads.
Yes, you have the right gal from the 8's The Place spot. She's the poster girl I'm looking for. However, that is not Mrs. Diana Doll. Mrs. Doll is in the same spot wearing a red one-piece swim suit on a sailboat. Also on that boat is a girl wearing a white bikini (name unknown). Interestingly, the day we filmed that promo, I spotted her on the back of a Harley and asked if she wanted to be in the movies. She did, and she obviously complimented the shot and the spot. Mrs. Doll can also be seen hitting an 8's the place volleyball.
But the most remembered shot of the whole spot will always be, the 8's The Place Girl in the yellow bathing suit, which actually was a tiny yellow leotard which had to have stretched at last 10 times its size. Also, it was cold on the day we filmed that shot and a lot of people say they could tell that it was.
See Dick West and other Sign-offs
(from Guestbook 1) L. Carter said:
Here is a juxtaposition of three brief film clips (circa 1962) from a tape provided by Mike Bruchas. It is a quadruple-decker tribute: to Griffin's, to Rod Serling, to actor Richard Kiel, and to noted science fiction writer and editor Damon Knight, who passed away last week (April 19, 2002) at the age of 79. One of his stories, "To Serve Man", was adapted for "The Twilight Zone".
Respectfully submitted for your delectation: an odd but tasty sandwich entitled "To Serve Man Griffin's Products". And for Twilight Zone fans, the webmaster has prepared a toothsome treat, an unjust dessert, if you will: Cliff Robertson trades places with "The Dummy". (Rod Serling is invoked again on the Prologue page.)
More about TV coffee ads on the Tulsa Coffee Houses of the Past page.
John Chick 1
Well, a while back I was able to see some 20-something year old commercials from KTUL. A lot of Drillers's spots that my friend Gary Elliott was in. In one, he wore a dress, then a little boy's clothes, etc, and played the part of the whole family. He has a huge BEARD, and it's quite funny. He still has that beard, and he's still at KTUL. I also saw some old tapes from a show called, "Night Shift." I heard that show was a real blast to get to work on. Anyone here remember that show?
Friend, reader and drummer Pat Powell (above) loaned me a tape of a New Year's Eve 1983 "Night Shift" he and his band "Nuthin' Fancy" guested on.
Jeanne Summers of KMOD (now movie star Jeanne Tripplehorn) was the host (check out this Java slide show of Jeanne at a mirror from the start of the program). She was also a co-host of Creature Feature on Channel 23 in the early 80s.