January 11 2007 at 13:20:42 Name: Webmaster Topic: Jim Hartz, just before his "Today" show stint Comments: NewsCenter 4, WNBC, New York, with
Jim Hartz tossing to Jim Van Sickle. Maybe you missed
this bulletin in 1974.
January 11 2007 at 09:03:37 Name: David Batterson Topic: Hoyt Axton Email:
davidbat(at)yahoo(dot)com Comments: An excerpt from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Hoyt Wayne Axton (March 25, 1938 October 26, 1999). He was born in
Duncan, Oklahoma. His most popular and well-known signature song, "Joy to
the World" (Three Dog Night), was No. 1 on the charts for six straight weeks
in 1971, making it the top hit of the year.
[I had no idea he wrote that song, or so many others!]
Axton spent some time struggling with alcohol and cocaine addiction and several
of his songs, including "The Pusher", "Snowblind Friend", and "No-No Song",
partly reflect his negative drug experiences.
He died of a heart attack in Victor, Montana on October 26, 1999, at the
age of 61.
January 10 2007 at 21:31:19 Name: Mike NightShift Bruchas Topic: Hoyt A record Comments: I am trying to lay claim to it and if I DO - will re-gift
it to Bro Hillis out on the edge of the Blue Ridge and not far from the
Senatorial bomb shelter near Philomont, VA.
Uh, is Hoyt - "still with us"?
Uh deux - is David Boren's son or nephew - a new OK "congerszman"?
January 10 2007 at 20:05:54 Name: John Hillis Topic: Bony Fingers and Coyote Blues
Comments: I now judge the age of music by whether I played it as a disc
jockey. "Bony Fingers" by Hoyt Axton (A side), qualifies, dangit, Bruchas,
and I don't cotton to the remark about last few office occupants being born
after the record was pressed. (Who remembers "records" being "pressed," instead
The title of the Axton-written song (Hoyt being the son of Mae Boren Axton,
who was related to Gov. and Sen. David and also penned "Heartbreak Hotel"
for Elvis) comes from the chorus--"work your fingers to the bone, what do
you get? Bony fingers." Probably not one that Mr. Chew would have played,
or Woodward would pay 18 bucks to hear sung in hi-def, but there you are.
"Coyote Blues" I don't have a recollection of...but if Lewis Meyer was involved,
there was likely wordplay involved somewhere along the line. And somehow,
I suspect neither Barnes nor Noble ever wrote something performed by Johnnie
January 10 2007 at 16:04:39 Name: Michael Bates Topic: Lewis Meyer wrote a song for Johnnie Lee Wills? Email:
blog[at]batesline[dot]com Comments: I was just listening to some old Johnnie Lee Wills
transcriptions from 1950, and I heard the announcer say to Johnnie Lee, "Our
first tune was written by a good friend of mine and a good friend of yours.
What do you say we get under way with the Coyote Blues, written by Lewis
I knew Lewis Meyer was a multitalented man, but I never suspected he was
a western swing songwriter.
(Added 2/2/2007) Tune in Saturday, 2/3 to KWGS-FM 89.5
online) at 7 pm for John Wooley's
Western Swing radio show "Swing On This". He will feature two versions of
"Coyote Blues", one for Michael Bates, and one for Mike Ransom (your
AIR DATE: 03 FEB. 07
1. Texas Drummer Boy, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
2. Coyote Blues, Dave Stuckey and the Rhythm Gang
(for MICHAEL BATES)
3. Coyote Blues, Johnnie Lee Wills and All the Boys
(for MIKE RANSOM)
4. Land of Dreams, Herb Remington
5. Dont Be Ashamed of Your Age, Johnny Gimble and the Texas
6. Maidens Prayer, Asleep at the Wheel w/Squirrel Nut
7. I Aint Gonna Give Nobody None O This Jelly Roll,
Cliff Bruners Texas Wanderers
8. In the Jailhouse Now, Hank Thompson
9. Lets Ride with Bob, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
10. Am I Blue, Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies
11. Back Home Again in Indiana, Nashville Swing Band
12. My Window Faces the South, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet
(for CONNIE and CLYDE MASON)
13. Sweet Georgia Brown, Billy Jack Wills and His Western Swing
14. Mean Woman with Green Eyes, Tom Morrell and His Time-Warp
15. I Had Someone Else Before I Had You, Easy Adams
and His Texas Top Hands
16. Oklahoma Hills, Jack Guthrie
January 10 2007 at 15:24:50 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Okie stuff Comments: Did anyone tape or DVD record TODAY with Jim Hartz
- I slept thru the time slot since I work nights. Would love to have a copy.
In a late Xmas present from Jack/Jane Hobson - today I received a DVD of
Jack Frank's "THE GLENNPOOL STORY". I notice ConocoPhillips is a co-sponsor.
Thanks to Schnake Turnbo Frank for producting this. Steve Turnbo & company
prove that you can have a world famous p.r. firm in Tulsey!
January 09 2007 at 23:19:55 Name: Webmaster Topic: "Today" celebrates its 55th birthday this week
Comments: (Bumping this item up, since the 70s show is tomorrow)
From Monday, January 8 through Friday, January 12, the "Today" show on
NBC will celebrate its 55th birthday. Each day, the program will spotlight
a different decade: the 50s on Monday, 60s on Tuesday, etc.
Our own Jim Hartz was a co-host in the 70s, so
watch for him on Wednesday.
January 09 2007 at 23:10:43 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Things found when folks move outta offices at work
Comments: Found last week behind a file cabinet here at the Nat Geo.:
1974 Hoyt Axton 45rpm - A&M label with a very young b&w pic of a
wavin' Hoyt on both slip case sides.
No A or B side specified.
"LIFE MACHINE" and "BONEY FINGERS".
Last few occupants of office were born AFTER Hoyt pressed this one.
Musta fallen outta a Time Machine not LIFE MACHINE, I reckon.
January 08 2007 at 19:58:38 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: NBC "buy-outs" at WRC 4 in DC Comments: Tangent here...
Arch Campbell - originally from San Antonio and who worked with Mike Miller
at WFAA way back when is/was the movie/theatre critic at WRC - NBC 4 here.
NBC bought him out and he is retiring like after 31 years on the air here.
Arch pops up on NBC news feeds every now and then nationally. His wife is
a minister here and he is probably becoming a house husband.
George Michael - host of syndicated THE GEORGE MICHAEL SPORTS MACHINE - and
WRC Sports head anchor - is retiring in March. Rumor he was a buy-out, too.
He is a big ratings draw and it will be very tough to replace him after being
on air almost as long as Arch. No idea if his Sunday night show will go away
January 08 2007 at 16:48:53 Name: DolfanBob Topic: Opera in HD Email:
MiamiPhin@yahoo.com Comments: Mr Woodward.
You sir are on the cutting edge of a new thing that Cinemark is trying out.
Opera in High Definition. I was at a showing of "Night at the Museum" and
one of the coming attractions was about the show that you saw. At the time
I was wondering how they were going to pull off such a event. Now you have
told us how it went and what to expect. Live High Def at the movies, not
a bad idea and it sounds like it was wonderful.
January 08 2007 at 12:22:07 Name: Webmaster Topic: Placeblog
Comments: It seems that TTM is, among other things, a placeblog.
(What's a placeblog, besides
being the first new buzzword of 2007?)
32 January 08 2007 at 10:49:38 Name: Lee Woodward Topic:
Hi-def Met Comments: Weekend before last, I attended an inaugural event,
an historical event: the first live, real-time television broadcast from
the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. It was a satellite transmission to one
of the theaters in the Cinemark complex, the only theater in Oklahoma (I
was told) that carried this event.
The opera, "The Magic Flute", was to start at 12:30 pm. At that time, there
appeared only digital sheeting on the screen and no audio. The packed house
of, I would guess, three or four hundred people (at $18.00 per head) were
patient at first. At 12:38, we got audio, which was outstanding. At 12:40,
short-tempered people started leaving. I would say about a fifth of the crowd.
At 12:47, video came through and we were off and running.
The video had a magenta cast to it, due to the fact that the opera was not
lit for TV, it was lit for the theater. Nevertheless, the cast was so outstanding
that it made this event worth way more that its $18 price. It was if you
were right on stage with the singers. If you were at the Met, you would be
in front of the $600 seats.
This was also a shortened (by one hour) production, in English...produced
by the Genius, Julie Taymor, of "Lion King" fame.
The audience reacted much the same way as if this were a live event, not
to mention that popcorn and drinks were much in evidence. It was very
entertaining and I would go again depending on the opera and cast.
I don't know how successful this project will prove to be? There was one
little ad in the paper for the first one, none for the second, and nothing
at all at the theater to indicate what was going on. I suppose though that
it's like NASCAR; if you're into it, you know when there's a race.
Next Saturday's hi-def, surround sound event is a world premiere of "The
First Emperor", composed by Tan Dun ("Crouching Tiger"). A stellar cast featuring
Placido Domingo should keep you entertained, if you're so inclined.
January 07 2007 at 15:53:51 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Al Kooper Email: Just SW of the Donner Party Family Grill Comments: To celebrate my retiring, some friends comped me into a
downtown Sacramento club last night to see Al Kooper in a solo act. He's
written more songs than most of us, altogether, have sung. Was with Dylan.
Started up Blood, Sweat and Tears. As much soul as the Lord God allows a
white man to have.
One quick story about his performance. After the first couple of songs, some
of the bar patrons across the room hadn't completely settled in yet. Al,
who is now 2/3 blind from diabetes (he's 64), faintly gazed over to the bar
and said, "Hey,' I don't mind you folks talkin' over there. You gotta right
to talk....but do it at the bar across the street....not f----n' here. Crowd
went wild. Folks at bar went quiet.
Delmeaux du Coffeyville
January 06 2007 at 12:41:40 Name: Webmaster Topic: Kelly and Chauncey Comments: Tim Schmitz told me about this in Thursday's (1/4)
Don M. Kelly, 76, "Kelly and Chauncey Show" radio broadcaster, died Tuesday.
Rosary 6 p.m. Friday, Palmer-Marler Funeral Home Chapel, and funeral Mass
1 p.m. Saturday, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
Our condolences to Don's family and friends.
I remember listening to Kelly and Chauncey in the early 60s. There was
once a contest to draw Chauncey. I wonder if the drawing below was the
Kelly and Chauncey, courtesy of Joel Burkhart
(from GB 122, 1/21/2003) Jack Martin said:
I used to work at KUSH in Cushing, OK, a station that was owned by former
KAKC DJ Don Kelly. By the time I met Don in the 80s he was an older gentleman,
but he had the most wonderful voice. It was also amazing to watch him in
studio when he did Chauncey. He acted just like it was nothing. I was amazed.
He had been quite a success in small market radio, owning several stations
in OK and KS.
Don has left the radio business, retiring with some illnesses, but still
living in Cushing. His son Sean now owns KUSH. I hope the station survives
to keep up the legacy of small market radio, and I wish Don the best.
(from GB 177, 2/16/2005) Robert W. Walker said re: Kelly & Chauncey
When I was about 13 or 14, a kid in our neighborhood climbed a tree outside
his house and grabbed a live power line that ran though the limbs. I happened
onto this scene, climbed up with a broom and pried the kid off the wire,
to the relief of his freaking-out mother down on the ground. Couple minutes
later, a fire truck came, sirens a-screamin'. And next thing I knew, a KAKC
News cruiser pulled up; out popped ... KELLY! Recognized him from his picture
on the Pepsi Top 40 sheets that came out every week. He interviewed me for
a couple minutes.
The 'rescue' didn't faze me a bit, but being interviewed by Kelly had me
shaking uncontrollably. Don't remember if any of this was broadcast or not,
but I sure was agog at being in the presence of a guy that famous. He was
(from GB 176, 2/1/2005) Sean Kelly said:
I'd like to sign the guestbook on behalf of my father, Don Kelly, who is
mentioned on the radio pages here. He's alive and somewhat well here in Cushing,
OK where he has operated KUSH radio since roughly 1965. It's interesting
to hear people write about "Kelly & Chauncey" more than 40 years after
he left the Tulsa market. I was a wee tyke when all that was going on so
I have few memories of him on the radio at KAKC and later at
KFMJ. He has always looked back on his time in Tulsa
as a golden era, and looking through his scrapbooks I can see why.
KAKC rocked radio in Oklahoma, and he was fortunate
to be on the ground floor. He still speaks often of his contemporaries from
those days, such as Dick Schmitz, Harry Wilson, Scooter Segraves (I'm told
he used to bounce me on his knee), Danny Dark and the man who perhaps
accidentally guided him to Cushing, Clayton Vaughn.
Dad was recently interviewed by Rodger Harris of the Oklahoma Historical
Society about his days in Tulsa radio. It's my understanding OHS is working
on an Oklahoma Broadcast History exhibit and archive. I would encourage anybody
interested to take part and once they are completed to view the exhibits.
January 05 2007 at 23:32:34 Name: Lowell Burch Topic: Dr. Scott (again) Comments: I notice that Dr. Scott's wife is on cable every night
here in Tulsa. She does not wear a hat or a smoke a cigar. Also she never
says "Play it one more time". She spends a lot more time preaching instead
of scowling at the camera.
January 05 2007 at 20:58:22 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Variety shows
Comments: We all (old fogies) remember Ed Sullivan on Sunday nights but
I was thinking about ABC's THE HOLLYWOOD PALACE the other night. It was on
Saturday nights in the 60s/70s. I remember seeing the theatre my first trip
to L.A. But did it have rotating hosts? I forget. And can any of you remember
NBC on Friday nights in the Winter waaay back when when Don Ameche had
INTERNATIONAL SHOWTIME. It was basically either high quality kinies or b&w
videotape of Eastern European and European circuses. I remember us kids noticing
that the farther East the show came from, the more synchronized clapping
they did. Also more clown acts. This was before Don Ameche was later
re-discovered in the 80's/90's by a new audience on the big scene.
ABC tried a Larry King "variety show" in the 80s on Saturday nights but it
bombed after maybe 4-5 weeks.
January 05 2007 at 18:16:06 Name: Si Hawk Topic: Mr. Chew's Advancement Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: It seems like only yesterday that I had the honor of working
with Mr. Chew at KCNW 34 years ago. Congratulations Gary on a most excellent
adventure! Party on...
Gary's last show on KXPR in Sacramento was today. He then stepped across
the hall to sister station KXJZ to guest on
You can now hear the show archived online. Gary is in the last 15 minutes
of the show.
January 05 2007 at 16:19:57 Name: Mike Flynn Topic: Gary Chew retires Email:
email@example.com Comments: Gary,
Let me add a word of congratulations on your retirement from 51 years of
broadcasting. That's a long time to talk in our ears...and thanks. Let's
see...my first paid air shift was at KAKC in Tulsa in 1955. Get yourself
a radio show somewhere and let's go for 60. Good show, buddy.
Mike was a co-owner of The Dust Bowl in
the 60s, a Tulsa coffee house.
25 January 05 2007 at 14:16:25 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: "Doctor" Chew Comments: WalMart is always lookin' for young-ish greeters!
I think after 51 years - you ARE a Doctor of TV/Radio Philosophy from the
School of Hard Knocks!
A guy that I worked with in OKC and have forgotten his name, Dave something,
is all over the place in Penney's stores and malls here on the East Coast
doing canned announcements.
With yer pipes, you got to be "Mellow" Gary, doing the same thang.
Personally, I think KOTV should have you and "Doctor" Woodward back to do
some weather fill-in work. Now if I could just find Dale Hogg...
January 05 2007 at 11:03:36 Name: Tom Holbrook Topic: Doug Montgomery Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: I am looking for photos of Doug Montgomery as Bozo and out
of his make-up.
Can anyone tell me if Mr. Montgomery is still alive and help me to contact
If there is any information available on Doug Montgomery I would like to
add it to my project. PLEASE contact me.
January 05 2007 at 08:39:14 Name: David Bagsby Topic: Gary Chew Email:
dcbatsunflower.com Comments: Best wishes on a well-earned lackadasia! Let's hope for
the Criterion Edition of 'Go for Dough'. Cheers!
January 04 2007 at 23:24:19 Name: Gary Chew (via email) Topic: Hangin' Up... Comments: ...my Rock 'n' Roll....er, classical shoes.
After tomorrow (1-5-07), I'm a retired man. It's
my last live music program on KXPR in Sacramento. It started in Blackwell,
OK in September of 1955. I can't believe it, but that adds up to a little
over 51 years. It seems right that I do my final live one on what would have
been my daddy's 96th birthday.
I'm proud to say that the Summer 2006 book out here had me at 10 am M-F,
6th in this market with a 3.9 share. That's pretty good playing music written
mostly by people who've been dead at least 150 years.
It was KWGS (89.5) in Tulsa and KCMA (106.1) in Owasso that gave me my second
wind for this kind of fancied-up music that I love as much as jazz.
Film reviews and doing some voice work remain on the agenda; maybe, still,
some classical music programming, phoned-in, so to speak. What's this new-fangled
thing they call telecommuting?
Wow. Congratulations on another successful phase completed. Of course,
we'll always leave a light on for you here.
Here's an article written 3 years ago by Mark Roe (who checked in at the
bottom of this page) about Gary's eventful career.
Gary's last show can be heard from noon to 4 pm CDT (Tulsa time) on
KXPR online. I'll be listening.
January 04 2007 at 18:31:24 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Name similarity Comments: OKon is similar to a convention that I have been to
twice - OTAKON - for anime and Japanese cartoon show fans. It can be surreal
seeing so many folks dressed up as "known" charactors and trolling the halls
of the Baltimore Convention Center. No - I still have a "grudge" against
Speed Racer and went only as an escort/photog for a friend really into
January 04 2007 at 14:27:33 Name: Webmaster Topic: OKon II program Comments: I just contributed scans of the
OKon II 1978 program
to the Fanac Fan History Project. OKon was a science fiction convention held
at the Mayo Hotel by STARbase Tulsa (a fan organization started in 1973).
Non-SF fans may find the ads of interest, e.g., the map of downtown eateries.
Noted authors in attendance included Tulsa's R.A. Lafferty and Lawton's C.
J. Cherryh and
Bates. Russell co-wrote an Emmy-winning episode of the recently-released
Trek Animated Series, "How Sharper Than A Serpent's Tooth" (1974). He
lived in my dorm, Sequoyah House, at OU in 1971, and I have never seen more
books in a small living space.
January 03 2007 at 23:52:30 Name: Jim Reid Topic: Paul Lee Comments: Does anyone know what happened to Paul Lee? He was
the reporter at 8 who covered Don Nickles first campaign. He ended signing
on as his press guy, whatever senators call them.
January 03 2007 at 21:25:37 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: re post & Don Nickles Comments: Do conservatives always need conservatories in their
For a man who wanted to be thought of as a Prairie Populist/Concerned
Conservative simple business owner before he was elected - leavin' your Okie
roots behind and sitting in lobbies will be a change.
Dave McCurdy cashed in early to run RIAA but think he is gone from there.
Glenn English is still running Rural Electric Cooperatives Association -
the last I heard.
My hometown congressman of my high school and college years for years supported
local constituent McDonald's (national HQ) on keeping the minimum wage for
restaurant employees BELOW the national minimum wage. We called it the right
to protect high school kids from making too much money back then. He became
an expert on ERISA, quit Congress to be a lobbyist/lawyer and has had a for-real
plantation on the James River in VA for years. He speaks to companies on
ways to curtail employee rights and benefits. Most folks back in IL think
he is dead.
Not that this is uninteresting, but please let's not get too far
out-of-scope into topics that invite rebuttals
and calls for equal time.
January 03 2007 at 20:35:54 Name: Gary Chew Topic: The Art of Lobbying Email: Just SW of the Donner Party Family Grill Comments:
As an former resident of Kay County more years ago than I care to remember,
let me say that times are gettin' to be where only lobbyists will be able
to afford 4 bedroom homes.
Delmeaux de Gillette du Coffeyville
January 03 2007 at 17:55:17 Name: Erick Topic: OKC Email:
email@example.com Comments: This is aimed toward TTM readers who also have knowledge
of OKC TV. Found this clip of KOCO's Fred Norman on YouTube. Very, very funny!
January 03 2007 at 15:12:27 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Don Nickles retirement
Comments: I thought he was burnt out on DC, but in the new WASHINGTONIAN
magazine top 2006 real estate deals, it says he and wife are building a 4
bedroom, 7 bath $2.7 million dollar new home in a gated community near Great
Falls VA with a conservatory, media room, designer kitchen. Oh yeah, he is
now a lobbyist for somebody.
January 02 2007 at 16:25:37 Name: Webmaster Topic: Back to the future?/Fantastic Tulsa Films Comments: From Scientific American via Boing Boing:
January 02 2007 at 14:01:39 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Rose Parade Comments: The bomber and fighters that flew down Colorado Blvd.
for the Rose Parade flew "donuts" over my house for more than 10 minutes
while awaiting their cue. Wow!! I think it was better than seeing them on
the KTLA feed. It was great to see Oklahoma so well represented in the Rose
That said, does anyone else have issues with the KTLA coverage? Copy doesn't
match pictures, strange shots, distant and out-of-sync audio, etc. Hmmm...
They've been doing this for decades. You'd think it would be a lot tighter
after all these years.
January 02 2007 at 08:15:22 Name: David Bagsby Topic: Rocket Dude Email:
dcbatsunflower.com Comments: Super copasetic!
Who'd of thought George Jetson was an Okie.
Major Matt Mason eat your heart out.
January 01 2007 at 23:37:27 Name: Webmaster Topic: New videos from Lowell/Thanks/Coffee houses
Comments: I put three new videos
on YouTube, excerpted from Lowell Burch's 1950s home movies. Two are
at the now-defunct Skyline/Indian Nations Park in Jenks, and one is of the
"Howdy Doody" ice cream truck in west Tulsa. I think I can improve the quality
a bit with another go, but they are viewable for now. (Here's more on TTM
about Skyline and ice
Thanks to the folks who did some of their Amazon.com Christmas shopping
through this site.
about coffee houses by Holly Wall is in the current issue of Urban Tulsa.
It gives an appreciated shoutout/linkout to this site for some of the info
from the Tulsa Coffee Houses of the Past page.
Minor clarification: Tulsa certainly had coffee shops before the late 1950s,
but not the bohemian/beatnik/jazz/folk music type of coffee house that Joel
Burkhart talks about on the TTM page. If anyone out there can take us back
further, please do.
January 01 2007 at 11:46:51 Name: Sam Loveall Topic: Rose Parade -- RocketMan Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Wow! How 'bout the Oklahoma Rocket Man!?! Excellent!
Found it on YouTube. 'Wow' is right:
Just like 007 in "Thunderball" (1965 trailer):
January 01 2007 at 10:00:16 Name: Jeff H Topic: FESTIVUS
Comments: I've got the pole! Who has the snacks?
January 01 2007 at 08:09:59 Name: David Bagsby Topic: Festivus Email:
dcbatsunflower.com Comments: Happy New Years/Holidays, etc. Let the feats of strength
And the "Airing of Grievances".
December 29 2006 at 22:15:49 Name: David Worrell Topic: Diamond Dinner Program Email:
email@example.com Comments: Ran across another 'artifact' I thought some here might
enjoy seeing, the program from the Tulsa Oilers 1971 Diamond Dinner:
I also remember the seasonal decorations at that house on 21st. We made a
point of scoping out their displays for many years. And the car I drove in
High School was also a '55 Chevy, one my dad bought new in 1954.
Happy New Year!
December 29 2006 at 18:50:45 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Okie Music Comments: Anyone know if former TU Librarian and Western culture
lecturer Guy Logsdon has given up web or catalog retailing from home - his
line of cowboy poetry, books on musical legends of the West, or Okie and
Meanwhile am listening at work to a funky Booker T and the MG's CD - sorry
no Green Onions on it.
I found 6 references to Guy Logsdon in the book just below. Several relate
to his discographies of Woody Guthrie. Amazon lets you search within the
December 29 2006 at 11:33:39 Name: Jim Hartz (via email) Topic: Gerald Ford Comments: The
Post printed a picture today that brought back a lot of memories. Its
a shot of Jack Merchant, former Tulsa policeman and a friend of a lot of
us before he joined the Secret Service. Hes the tallest agent just
behind Ford as Sara Jane Moore started shooting in San Francisco September
Jack told me later he pushed Ford into the floor of the car and brought all
225 pounds to bear on him for a few blocks before Ford managed to untangle
December 28 2006 at 22:21:36 Name: Dave Topic: a knock on the door Comments: Mike Miller's story of interviewing Gerald Ford at
the Mayo reminded me of another interview with Ford at a hotel. It happened
in St. Louis about 1972, when Ford was House minority leader. A friend of
mine was a reporter at one of the newspapers there. Ford was in town to give
a speech, but the city editor apparently forgot to assign someone to cover
the event until it was nearly too late. My friend was assigned to rush down
to the hotel to catch what was left of Ford's speech.
It was too late. The speech was over by the time the reporter got there and
everyone had dispersed. Not wanting to return to the newsroom without a story,
the reporter went upstairs and knocked on Ford's door. Ford answered but
opened the door just a crack. The reporter apologized for missing the speech
and asked if he could come inside to do a quick interview. Ford consented
and let him in.
The reporter was stunned to find Ford standing there in a dress shirt and
underwear. Ford explained that he still had a nagging leg pain dating back
to his football days at Michigan, so at nights he always put a heating pad
on it. And with that he plopped himself on the bed, put the heating pad on
his leg and took a few questions.
And that's the story of how the man who would be president within two years
granted an interview in his underwear.
December 28 2006 at 20:05:56 Name: Mark Roe Topic: Myself Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Hello to all you Tulsa history fans. It's been way too long
since I've visited this site.
Unfortunately, my current position working in the telecom industry has left
me little free time or energy to devote to pleasure-surfing the WWW.
I do however have a few sites to recommend,
The Book of THoTH being one of
my faves. This site contains information on both esoteric and arcane subjects
and has a wonderful section devoted to revisionist history.
I've also become a devoted fan of Coast
to Coast AM, the late night radio show hosted by George Noory and devoted
to all matters weird and bizarre. As Noory often says, things that most people
once considered kooky or wacko are now being accepted by the mainstream as
possible. In these post-9/11 days of shadow governments and eroding civil
liberties, it's a good idea to keep an open mind.
While I'm not working as a journalist at this time, I still like to keep
informed. Who knows, you may be seeing my byline in print in Tulsa in the
I want to wish everyone a Happy and Safe New Year! Feel free to e-mail me.
Peace and Happiness to all! M.R.