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January 15 2002 at 01:57:56
Name: Frank Morrow
Email: frankmor@io.com
Location: Austin
Comments: I talked with someone who recently came from NYC. She said that people there really scramble to do TV commercials or voice-overs. She said that people can live for up to three years after doing even one commercial, the residuals are so great. (And, I thought that the union scale of 50 dollars an hour was good when I was in NYC in the late '60s.)

In Austin in the '70s and '80s, they paid piddle-little, except for a friend of mine who had his own small operation. He paid me $50 a recorded minute. This was good money when doing such things as narration for training films. Otherwise, the top I could find in Austin was $10 an hour. I wouldn't work for that.

I talked with an Austin guy who had a deal that included residuals. The agency always tried to cheat him. He had to monitor the radio and TV stations and keep a log of when his commercials aired. They always would shortchange him unless he could show them his log. Of course, because he couldn't monitor all the stations all the time, he was sure that he always was not paid his due.

I never did hear how much money people got for doing freelancing in Tulsa in the ‘50s. There was very little of it, and residuals were unheard of. Charlie Shepherd Kaiser-Frazier had a lot of commercials made for a short while in the early ‘50s, but he didn’t stay in business long. His commercials consisted of Jack Morris and sometimes Roy Pickett screaming at the top of their lungs, frequently in conjunction with loud sound effects like a machine gun firing.

If a talent fee for the announcer was sent to the radio station from a national or local advertiser, the station management would pocket it, and the announcer would rarely even know that the fee existed.

When Mack Creager left KAKC in 1952 to go to KRMG, I assumed his evening sportscast. He whispered to me that he was getting a talent fee from the sponsor for each program, and suggested that I demand that I would receive it. (I think it was something like $15 a program--a sizable sum in those days.)

When I mentioned to the Program Director, John Wheeler, that I expected to receive the talent fee, he became flustered, turned red, then begrudgingly gave his approval.

At KFMJ the nutty, imperious GM, Lawson Taylor, demanded a 15% "finder's fee," if he found out that one of his announcers had an occasional, little freelancing job. I felt quite smug when I let Roy McKee come down to the station at night when I was there by myself. Roy was a great guy with whom I had previously worked at KTUL. I would record his reading of commercials that he was performing for an agency, perhaps his own.

No charge.

January 13 2002 at 16:59:01
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: CDI airport
Comments: Just came back from visiting our small but neat Carolina Aviation Museum at CDI (that's Charlotte/Douglas International) airport.

They have the HIGH FLIGHT ode but not on video - as a wall hanging on cardboard or whatever. Will try to mail it to webmaster Ransom to scan in - since I have yet to have hooked up my 2 mo. old HP scanner at home. They say it is a very popular souvenir item. They were surprised that TV stations still air the video version!

...which you can also view on this site, if you go to the What's New page, Christmas Eve, 2001.

January 13 2002 at 03:35:20
Name: Don Norton
Location: Tulsa
Comments: It seems KOTV's one-time intern (circa 1956) has come out of retirement in Japan. On November 27, officials of Nippon Television announced that KAZUO GOMI had been appointed Associate Manager in charge of Program Planning, effective December 1. Toshiro Haghwara, president and chief operating officer of NTV, issued a statement saying,"Mr. Gomi was personally responsible for taking NTV all the way up to the top spot and maintain(ing) that position for seven consecutive years."

All of us who knew Gomi in the 1950s were sure that he was headed for success.

Mr. Gomi was first remembered here in Guestbook 74. His son found the site in #83, then we heard directly from Mr. Gomi in #84.

A correction of this information from Don Norton in Guestbook 111:

It seems that the Kazuo Gomi promoted with fanfare inside Nippon Television last fall has the same name as Robin's father (in English) but it is phonetically different in Japanese (I assume the Japanese were not nearly as confused as I am).

Kazuo Gomi, Robin's father, did retire from NTV and then went to work for the Australian Embassy in Tokyo and has now retired from there.

January 11 2002 at 23:52:50
Name: Lowell Burch
Email: J9Z1B95@aol.com
Location: 90 million miles from the sun.
Comments: How about a statue of The Golden Driller eating a Golden Drumstick? I remember the hole in his foot a few years back and wondered what happened. I also remember driving by him and a buddy of mine said, "I hate that guy. He gets all the girls."

This puzzled me until I was driving by the GD again about a week later. This time I was with a date. She said, "Oooo, I love him! I would like to take him home with me." So maybe the ol' fella has some sex appeal, too.

I enjoyed the Union pictures from the Rose Bowl Parade. Dale Barnett, whom I have known since college, has done a great job over the past three decades with those young folks.

January 11 2002 at 16:26:44
Name: Bob Backman
Email: coolbobbyb@doowopstop.com
Location: Cincinnati
Comments: I was Lee Walker, AM Drive on Keli from 10/73 to 6/94, AM Drive on The SuperFox KTFX 103.3 from 11/77 -78 and again 6/79 - 2/81. I currently host the only worldwide syndicated Doo Wop Radio Show. Check out my station listings at www.doowopstop.com. Where are Joe Henderson, Bobby Davis, and Ray Klinge?

Welcome back, Bob. We last heard from Bob in Guestbook 49.

January 11 2002 at 12:01:32
Name: Brian
Email: bcmann@rcn.com
Location: Reel Close to General Cinema World HQ, MA

Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm Regarding Al Clauser and The Oklahoma Outlaws, I did a search on the semi-reliable IMDB. Here' what it says:

Clauser is credited with writing songs and appearing as a singer in ROOTIN' TOOTIN' RHYTHM (1937, aka RHYTHM ON THE RANCH), a Gene Autry flick. Amazon claims to have it on VHS.

He's also credited with writing songs for HOLLYWOOD BARN DANCE (1947).

January 11 2002 at 10:07:32
Name: Mike Bruchas
Comments: Anyone have any idea on the titles of the B movies that Al Clauser (Uncle Zeke) and The Oklahoma Outlaws may have appeared in the '40's?

We know Bob Wills and band did several but I can never find a copy of them in public domain.

Here are some links for Al Clauser and the Oklahoma Outlaws on Google.com

January 10 2002 at 16:30:20
Name: Webmaster
Comments: This is both Tulsa and TV-related (sort of)...if interested, check out this slide show of the Tulsa Union High marching band at the Rose Bowl parade this year. I just put it together for a friend whose daughter is a Union student. Try the "Slide Show" link once you get there for an automated show. Quite an excellent and exciting performance by Union on national TV.

January 10 2002 at 08:00:53
Name: Sonny Hollingshead
Location: Sand Springs
Comments: Tulsa has had a NOAA weather radio station for many years, with its short stick on one of the towers in Oneta/Coweta. The operation I remember seeing in the early 90's while touring the place at the airport was old broadcast cart machines which auto-fired with cue tones from the one before. Dynamics non-existent.

Speaking of dings in the Golden Driller, legend has it that former Channel 8 Engineer Lew Brown dropped a socket wrench from atop the structure in the late '70s or early '80s, knocking a hole in the old boy's foot. He was on a platform setting up a microwave shot for a state fair at the time.

January 09 2002 at 19:31:02
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: Norf Caryliner
Comments: My favorite local radio station - "WXL70 on Spencer Mountain" which really is the NOAA local affiliate - no music, electronically generated speech many hour parts. So does Tulsa have this for NOAA radio now? Doing feeds on the Dakar race from Africa - often our satellite buddies at GlobeCast Paris (taking in feeds from Africa, feeding us & ESPN in the US) have been sending us audio of "Cheri FM" during test period this week, soft rock, less talk in French but amazingly half of the music is American...New Michael Jackson, classic Bob Seeger and Earth, classic Earth, Wind and Fire are heard a lot...

January 09 2002 at 12:36:03
Name: Tim Sawyer
Email: tjs1395@msn.com
Location: Tulsa
Comments: There was a previous comment about the ownership of the Middle Path, aka Golden Drumstick...I once worked with a guy at the "7th Floor", a restaurant at 51st & Lewis. He was a waiter there named Steve (somebody). He was a tall, thin character with long blond hair, a rather snobbish pseudo-hippie. As I was eating at the Middle Path a couple of years later, the person I was with told me that Steve was now part or full owner of the Middle Path. I'm throwing this out to possibly jog someone's memory.

Pertaining to the Trade Winds West, one summer when I was a kid, my old lady took my brothers and I there to swim. While she had the lobby door open for us to go in, out came Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys. I didn't realize who he was at the time, but my brother recognized him immediately. Enraged by this opportunistic behavior, she let go of the door, which caught old Carl in the gut. One of the Beach Boys right behind him witnessed this incident, and, filled with remorse, held the door for her. (This story undoubtedly brought a tear to your eye.)

A Golden Driller story to get you even more misty: around '72, a friend of mine got a new compound bow for his birthday. He was itching to try it out, so he and a friend drove around looking for targets. They didn't find any easy ones, so he turned his attention to the Golden Driller. He sent one well-placed shot into the Driller's crotch. He brought me over to view his handiwork the next day. It was a striking scene but the psuedo-phallus was rather mismatched for his size. However, the feathers on the end of it helped to make up for the lack. Sadly, the next day, it was gone.

January 08 2002 at 09:41:01
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: Norf Caryliner
Comments: Top photog and fellow Okie Darrell Barton (of WKY-TV + CBS fame) is in or was in Kabul. Go to http://dirckhalstead.org/issue0201/barton.htm to see shot of Darrell and see a brief interview.

This is a subset of the always excellent "trade" webpage for journalists - Dirck Halstead's www.digitaljournalist.org.

January 07 2002 at 14:56:58
Name: Erick
Email: ericktul@yahoo.com
Location: Tulsa
Comments: I'm not sure what's going on with the Mayo. In June, it was obvious there was some work going on inside. The nature of the work is still a mystery. After the September 11 attacks, someone placed an American flag on the flag pole atop the building, but that's the best info I can give.

January 07 2002 at 13:16:42
Name: Wilhelm Murg
Email: wilhelmurg@yahoo.com
Location: Two blocks down from Bowens, Hey! Wait! Where'd it go!!!
Comments: Thanks for the great picture of downtown on the Keystone Lake & Palmer review. If you look closely in the bottom corner you can see me waving.

Apparently in the Bowen: Wilhelm Murg. Original photo by Don Emrick

Wilhelm just reviewed David Bagsby's latest CD on this site. He also appears to be hanging out in the Bowen.

January 06 2002 at 17:00:07
Name: Mitch Schauer
Location: L.A.
Comments: Recently, I had the opportunity to re-view "Godzilla vs. Hedora." The movie brought back memories of going to the Bellaire Drive-in back in 1972 and seeing the English-dubbed Japanese horror flick under its original title, "Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster."

One thing I recalled regarding the Bellaire was it's proximity to Tulsa's waste processing plant. The pungent odor of excrement indirectly lent the film's loopy villain a certain "air" of authenticity.

Now, nearly 30 years later, the movie STILL stinks, but I do miss the long gone Bellaire drive-in.


P.S. The waste plant also prevented the Bellaire from becoming a top notch makeout spot.

Welcome back to Mitch after a long absence. He is the creator of "Angry Beavers" on Nickelodeon.

January 06 2002 at 00:31:07
Name: Angie Purpura
Email: angiep825@aol.com
Location: Somewhere in NJ
Comments: I am looking for an old commercial from the early '80's..it was made by the kids at Columbus Elementary.

I am also looking for any of my old friends in Tulsa who were in the Bible Bowl.

Thank you for this site...it makes me a little less home sick.

Oh is there any way to find stuff on Larry Zinke?????? I think that's how you spell it...lol.

Keep up the great job,

Nothing yet on or the Columbus commercial, but I'll email you if anything turns up. Bryan Crain was on the Bible Bowl himself; read his comments in Guestbook 36, about 2/3 of the way down the page.

If you search in Google.com for "Larry Zenke" (who was the School Superintendent here awhile back), several things turn up.

January 05 2002 at 20:21:20
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: Norf Caryliner
Comments: What is the news these days on the Mayo Hotel? Please don't say it is being torn down! Tom Roberts and I were geezervating about the American Theatre Company New Years parties of 25 years ago there! That was the ONLY time I ever made it to the ballroom. Was it on the top floor???

January 05 2002 at 16:12:52
Name: Gary Thompson
Email: Gary@ShadoWingProductions.com
Location: Joplin Mo. (Getting ready to leave for Tulsa now for my weekend gig at KRAV)
Comments: Terrell's show is a pretty popular one on KRSC. He's quite a nice guy, too. I would come in to do my top 30 countdown on Saturdays when I was in school there, and he would always act like he was genuinely interested in my life. He even offered to sit in on my countdown some Saturday and give me some banter. Nice guy. They rarely make 'em like him anymore.

I guess Alan Lambert is still running things up there. Doesn't he do a big band Saturday night on KBEZ?

Welcome back, Gary...yes, Bryan Crain tells me that he is still doing the show Saturdays on KBEZ. "Captain Alan" is also doing "Preview Wednesday", new pop/alt rock. I see that you're doing the Big 80’s weekend, "decade of Skinny Ties, The Rubik’s Cube, and Reagan-omics" on KRAV. Hmmm, nostalgia just keeps rolling forward.

January 05 2002 at 11:48:47
Name: Webmaster
Location: near the radio
Comments: I've just been enjoying a show on KRSC-FM 91.3: Classic Country with Terrell Lester. It's on every Saturday morning, and you can even listen online. I was never a country fan as a kid, despite plenty of exposure (e.g., Porter Wagoner, Buck Owens), but I realized some years ago that a lot of this stuff is pretty danged good.

Other current Tulsa radio alternatives may be found at the top of the Tulsa Radio: Yesterday and today page.

January 04 2002 at 18:02:05
Name: Andre Hinds
Email: ahinds@aol.com
Location: Berryhill, West of Red Fork
Comments: Regarding Brian's questions about the General Cinema theaters in Tulsa:

The Candy Band trailer indeed was displayed before every movie at all the Tulsa GC theaters during the 1990s until GC pulled out of town in, I believe, 1997. GC was great because they had a program in which you could sign up as "secret shoppers" -- all you had to do was go to a movie every month, report on the condition of the theater and you got scads of free passes. My friends Richard Shaddox and Vernon Brand were regulars in this program and were very sad to see GC leave the Tulsa market. GC's theaters were taken over by Hollywood, which opened the 12-screen stadium-seating theater at the Tulsa Promenade. Hollywood has since been taken over by Wallace and has closed or sold all its theaters except the Fontana, which is a cheapie, second-run theater now. (The Woodland Hills and Eton Square theaters are closed -- the Eastland Mall is now a second-run theater owned by the same folks who run the Admiral Twin drive-in.)

One more piece of trivia about General Cinema: During the 1970s and 1980s, GC was the world's largest distributor of Pepsi product. In comparison, McDonald's is the world's largest distributor of Coke product.

Re movie trailers, Something Weird Video has 6 "It's Intermission Time" videos for sale with countdowns, dancing hot dogs and other good stuff you may have forgotten. Dr. Pepper had a great series of ads with stylized 60's graphics and jazzy music. Cover the kids' eyes as you scroll past "Inga...from Sweden, the classic female concept".

January 04 2002 at 14:46:48
Name: Brian (via email to webmaster)
Email: bcmann@rcn.com
Location: Boston
Comments: Based on both our experiences those GC employees seem to be very stingy 'bout sharing their theme, don't they? If more complete audio and film of those sequences do still exist, I hope AMC won't decide to pitch them after the takeover.

I found those GC clips memorable not just for the music but the complete audiovisual experience. I recall the background being an exotic, sparkling blue, swirling like a one color kaleidoscope. The background was either sequined or more likely textured plastic/gelatin. Do I remember correctly that a smoke filled cone of light emanated from the projector/logo?

I remember a new version being done in the late 70's. Though similar it was a watered down version of its' predecessor. Neither the background nor the musical arrangement was as intriguing. Beginning in the late 80's those opening notes were performed by the "Candy Band", who then proceeded into other musical territory. Do you know if GC theaters were still in Tulsa during the CB era (c.1989-2001)?

While reading your email I began to remember other images I associate with "Sonik Re-Entry" and the title card I seem to recall accompanying it. I remember a sci-fi ray gun, probably held by someone/something. Maybe it wasn't a skull but an alien head resembling a skull - something like the "Mars Attacks" creatures? Was it perhaps wearing a futuristic spacesuit and maybe even a clear dome helmet?

Again, I can't be 100% sure where these memories are coming from, but I associate them with that period of my life. My intuition tells me I'm on to something...

After the first email I've decided that rediscovering "Sonik Re-Entry" is less like a religious experience but more like therapy. I began by telling you about my childhood and our discussion lead to the dislodging of a past memory...

That's often the way it works on this site...

Yes, I do remember the "Candy Band" (i.e., animated candy bars, popcorn boxes, soft drinks playing musical instuments in the General Cinema trailer). It doesn't seem like more than a year since I have seen it.

January 04 2002 at 01:02:54
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: Snow/ice-bound Charlotte, NC
Mike Bruchas from 2000 snowstormComments: Well we DID get slammed with a storm after all. Charlotte has all of 13 plows and 23 salt trucks - betting a lot of the plow trucks were also salt trucks...Private office parks brought in road graders in industrial parks but most businesses were closed today.

TV did an excellent job of coverage - radio near nothing - hey how many folks have TV's in their cars???

The "radio news voice" 50,000 watt WBT rammed jingles down our throats on their "intensive" StormWatch 2002 coverage but at most last night had 1 amateuristic reporter on the road - most of their reports were cel phone calls for viewers. Took me 3 hours to get home 8 miles from work. Crusing the AM/FM airwaves and getting near NO coverage while crawling home did not inspire confidence.

The poor WBT traffic guy, "Chuck Rhodes" was on duty 18 hours with no relief. Today they dropped Dr. Laura for local news all morning till Noon then abrogated all to Limbaugh for 2 hours. Most all else at night is network radio via satellite - NO local news coverage on all the other market stations.

Sorry listeners - no need for news coverage.... Clear Channel is here in a big way and that means NO NEWS/WEATHER after drivetimes no matter the calamity.

KVOO/KRMG news - when I was in Tulsa a million years ago would have fielded 10 times more coverage than anchors jammering in a studio, getting any info via caller cel calls!

John Snyder - former KWTV sports guy anchored a lot on channel 6 here today - looking old but still being a professional....

January 04 2002 at 01:00:18
Name: Mike Miller
Email: typo1@erols.com
Location: Vienna, Virginia (Beltway, DC)
Comments: Frank Morrow is correct about the New Year's Eve high school parties. I vividly recall in 1956, hitting some that were held at Tulsa's downtown hotels and kissing dozens of some of the city's best-looking high school girls.

I must have been pretty good. When I left, two of the girls pointed towards me and one remarked to the other: "Get a load of that kisser."

January 03 2002 at 23:30:24
Name: Brian (via email to the webmaster)
Email: bcmann@rcn.com
Location: Boston
Comments: I recently discovered your website. Because it touched me on such a personal level (nothing scary I assure you) it made sense to send an email rather than put this in a guestbook. Also, it's a bit long. You have my permission to put anything herein on your site if you find it relevant.

First, a little about me. My name is Brian. I was born at St. Francis Hospital in 1962. Other than 1968-70 (wherein job opportunities took my parents elsewhere) I lived in Tulsa until 1982. From 1982-7 I attended OSU to study architecture and traveled in summers, returning to Tulsa on weekends. In 1988 I moved to Boston for career reasons and have lived here ever since.

My discovery of your site coincides with a number of timely coincidences...

JAN 2001: For several years I've lived a few miles from the central offices of General Cinema. I never gave this much thought until I became friends with a GC executive last January. As I got to know her I simultaneously started reminiscing and picking her brain. I have very fond General Cinema Corporation logomemories of the late 60's GC "projector" logo and music. The woman in question had a degree in audio engineering but ultimately became an accountant at GC in order to pay the bills. Still, her degree allowed her to partake in some relevant side projects for the company. One of these was working on audio for one of the recent GC "candy band" trailers, which uses parts of the same theme as the above mentioned vintage logo sequence. I told her I would kill to get audio and/or video of the original 60's version. She was no help.

NOV 30: For unrelated reasons, I did an extensive web search on GC. One search engine led me to your site where I found the wav file of the 60's General Cinema music. A part of my childhood was returned that day.

DEC 7- The discovery of your site the previous week suddenly took on a bittersweet significance. In local business news, it was announced that the AMC Theater chain would buy out General Cinema. When it's complete, all GC Theaters will become AMC theaters. This represents the end of an era. The GC "projector" logo and music, mutated versions of which can still be seen/heard in GC theaters to this day, will be retired for good. This may not hit fellow Oklahomans that hard because GC sold their theaters in our home state years ago, but I personally feel as though a big piece of my heritage is about to be forever robbed. The wav file on your site will be all we have left.

DEC 14 - I kept going back to your site because of all the memories it brought back. On a lark this day I went to the "origin of TTM" site.

As I started to read it my heart skipped several beats... "There was a late night local show on Channel 2....It was a vehicle for showing old horror movies...The thing that is driving me crazy is the music. It was all early synthesizer, spiced up with odd bubbling and clicking sounds. Just hearing it was frightening. What was it? I haven't succeeded in finding out..."

I read on, went to the Fantastic Theater page, read further, then clicked on the "Sonik Re-Entry" wav file...

Call me a loon, but hearing this music again was akin to a religious experience.

The fact that this discovery occurred three years to the day of your inaugural ok.tulsa.general post didn't even register until I composed this email. Another coincidence.

It seems that at some point in time we were on parallel quests. Unfortunately I had to put mine on the back burner for lack of information. My only memories were as follows:

1.) The music itself. How could ANYBODY forget that?

2.) I may be misremembering, but I seem to recall the music being played over a title card featuring an oil and/or impressionist painting of a skull. I further seem to remember that the skull was at a 3/4 angle, not a pure profile or facing the camera. It also may have been tilted downward.

3.) I don't know why I would remember this, but over the years I seem to recall that I saw this on Channel 2.

By process of elimination, I determined over the years that I must have seen this shortly after my return to Tulsa, circa 1971-3. I doubt I was old enough to remember anything like this during my 1962-67 stint in Tulsa, nor do I think I would have been allowed to stay up so late at that age. Also, I have a memory of seeing this on a particular TV in a particular room in a particular house that we didn't occupy until my family's return to Tulsa in 1971.

I have no memory of the voice announcing the movie. I further have no memory of "Fantastic Theater", though it rings a bell after seeing your site. Also, your site doesn't mention the skull or whether FT lasted until the 70's. Therefore I have to wonder several things. Did FT last until the 70's? Was the same music used for a later horror film show on Channel 2? Is my memory so fuzzy that I've gotten everything mixed up?

The one thing I know is that I remember that music.

I'm sure you get letters similar to this all the time. Regardless, thank you for stirring my memories and returning me to two seminal pieces of music from my past. I'll keep an eye on your site and will contribute any useful information to the guestbook.

Brian, you made my day!

I found that snippet on GCC's site. I wrote them to see if I could get more but they told me that was all there was. Maybe someone else out there will come up with the rest someday.

About Fantastic Theater, I don't think it ran much past 1971 or so. I don't remember the skull; the little icon I created is as close as I can get to my memory of it. David Bagsby sent me a sketch from his memory, and I incorporated the comet, planet and nebula aspects of his drawing. Re the original art card...I have talked with Josef Hardt, but he has no idea about where it got off to. Again, you never know what may turn up...

From Guestbook 13 (appropriately enough), Mike said:

"I think the Fantastic Theater guy hosted another show in the mid 70's called "Classic Cliffhangers". It even had the old Fantastic Theater theme song. It ran old serials from the 30's and 40's."

This may be the show you are thinking of. Both shows were on Channel 2, I believe.

Please write again whenever the spirit moves you.

January 03 2002 at 23:26:58
Name: Lowell Burch
Email: J9Z1B95@aol.com
Location: Tulsa
Comments: I thought by 2002 we would all be watching 3D TV. Instead, I am still trying to get clear reception. Well, the triple images on my screen look a little like 3D, I guess.

I ate at the Middle of the Road (The Middle Path). It was good but just a little ahead of its time. It was a nice place with good food. I wonder who owned it?

I went to Wonderama last night. It was quality fun. If you haven't gone, go. And pick up Jack Frank's new tape. I got one for Christmas and it is great.

There was an article in the World on Saturday saying that Jack Frank is leaving Channel 2 this week. Jack did some unique and excellent work. I hope he retained rights to the material he developed there, so he can put it out on video. Also, Karen Keith's "Oklahoma Living" is going off the air (read about it here). She will continue doing community segments on the noon news, though.

January 03 2002 at 23:25:35
Name: Frank Morrow
Email: frankmor@io.com
Location: Austin
Comments: New Years Eve in Austin reminds me longingly for the New Years Eve parties in Tulsa during high school at Central in the late '40s and early '50s. After the stroke of midnight, everyone would go around kissing everyone else (hetero, of course). This continued for the duration of the party, which lasted far into the night. It was great! You could kiss all the girls who wouldn't let you close to them for the remaining 365 days.

Naturally, I thought this was the way New Years was celebrated everywhere. Much to my dismay--and no little embarrassment--I found out after graduation that apparently the only place with such a mild bacchanalia was CHS.

January 03 2002 at 23:22:58
Name: Webmaster
Comments: Tulsa TV Memories celebrated its third birthday on 12/29. We start the new year with a new Guestbook. The old one decided that it did not want to hear from anyone more than once, which does not work for us.

Archived Guestbook 98.

We just heard about an OKC media flap from Jim Back. Lee Woodward told us of the passing of George Stevens. He was a General Manager at KOTV who broke the stereotype of TV executives.

We saw a tube tester from the Radio-Television Museum, a venture supported by John Hillis. We learned that the Golden Drumstick restaurant was formerly the Casa Del club, and later the Middle Path.

We heard of the passing of Chip Moody, a newscaster in the DFW market.

We discussed department stores in Tulsa. We discovered that congressional candidate Doug Dodd is also a talented impressionist.

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