Circuit" - KTUL house organ dated 1/1976 (3.4MB PDF file), courtesy of
The Total 8 Tulsa news team as stars at a
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.
(From Guestbook 61) Carl ("Uncle Zeb") Bartholomew said (via
email to webmaster):
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.
The webmaster responded:
Mike Bruchas gave me a copy of a video tape with a number of the 8's The
Place promotions on it. Is this the gal you are talking about? I thought
she was Mrs. Kent Doll.
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
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.
After careful examination, I must concur with "a lot of people".
Here is the "8's The Place" video
Carl is talking about...
(from Guestbook 112) Diane Elliott Ward said:
What a treat to stumble upon this website! I worked at KTUL from 1974-1985
and again from 1989-1992. I have great memories from those early days, and
am so pleased you have put up this site. I see you have a photo of me from
an 8's the Place promo, which surprised and amused me. I was also a regular
on Uncle Zeb's Cartoon Camp--as the "art lady" (I
worked in the Art Department with the fabulous
Monte Toon--who is still there!) and I
was also weekend weather girl for several years, working with
Guy Atchley and
Phyllis Watson. Remember
Ginny Johnston? Back in the day, you didn't
have to be a meteorologist to be a weathergirl.
I'm still in Tulsa TV--I produce commercials freelance for KOTV, and married
to another Tulsa TV person--Davis Ward, who was a director at KJRH, KOTV
and KTUL. He now owns his own company, Lauer Cinematography.
(from Guestbook 57) Sue Staggs Harris said:
I had so much fun reading this page! Memories of years worked with the
greatest crew ever put together...KTUL-8 was the Place...1972 to 81. I love
my time in the Channel 8 family. Uncle Zeb was my boss...so you know it was
never a dull moment. Thank you for providing me with a touch of a very sweet
time in my life.
This last Memorial Day driving past the Nam memorial here in DC - I remembered
KTUL announcer Lawrence Heatley was a Nam vet besides 8's Dick van Dera.
Anyone know where Lawrence is? Last Summer someone posted that John Heatley
- his younger brother and ace KTUL cameraman was now a gunsmith in Tulsa.
you may remember from local TV commercials in the 50s and 60s:
Country Sausage in Durant,
Shawnee Mills ("It's
as easy as 1-2-3, and Shawnee adds the me!"), and
(from Guestbook 1) L. Carter said:
Remember this one?
Griffin's waffle syrup
Will make your family cheer up,
So always buy the Griffin's brand
(of waffle syrup!)
Always buy the Griffin's brand.
Of course, there is a link between Griffin's
and Tulsa TV: KTUL-TV began in the mid-50s as KTVX in Muskogee, started and
owned by John T. Griffin (later operated by his son-in-law, James C. Leake).
Griffin Communications today owns Channel 6.
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
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
KTUL owner James Leake and Gov. George Nigh at the Stilwell Strawberry
circa 1976, courtesy of Darrell Neale
(from Guestbook 152) Joel McLemore said of this photo:
I was one of the Cub Scouts behind that Stanley Steamer, though I'm not in
the picture. Since I was only four years old in 1976, I have to guess that
the picture was taken closer to 1980 or 1981, possibly 1982 at the latest.
Pretty sure it was the year that the Strawberry Festival was broadcast on
KOKI, so it was probably '81 or '82.
Here are more captures from "Charlie's Angels" era "8's The Place" promotions:
(The following pix from a webmaster/Mike Bruchas visit to Lookout Mountain
in August, 1999. Rest your cursor on the thumbnail pix to read a description
of the picture)
(from Guestbook 119) Emily Webb said:
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?
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.