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February 13 2009 at 00:02:47
Name: Tim Sawyer
Topic: Horace Mann / 11th and Elgin / Restless
Email: sawyer_tim at cox dot net
Comments: Hey, Vanessa -
Apparently my Horace Mann reunion notice / invitation must have gotten "lost
in the mail"! Appreciate your mentioning the place though. I thought I was
the only living "veteran" of the former "pre-release center" for the criminally
insane. However, I actually only served one year there (ninth grade: Fall
1969 - Spring 1970), then dun grad-yew-ated to Central High.
Do you recall what year Horace Mann was actually converted from junior high
school to the aforementioned pre-release center? Seems to me that place had
always been part of the Oklahoma penal system, but for those in the audience
who don't know what I am talking about, at some point in time, believe it
was around 1977 or '78, the junior high was altered to accomodate some "less
serious" criminals and give some relief to the overcrowded "Big Mac". Hopefully,
Vanessa, the transition occurred after you had vacated the premises?
By the way, the square acreage formerly known as Horace Mann Junior High
is now a parking lot for Tulsa Community College.
Don't know if you saw the brilliant? missive about my impromptu
"dancing" on June Runyon's porch, but perhaps you and your sister were
lucky enough to have actually witnessed the repulsive display? Probably would
have preferred to see me "dancing at the end of a rope"? Might want to consult
with David Garrett about gleaning some sort of compensation for this childhood
trauma! Pretty sure "he'll know what to do".
Wow, you lived in that 11th and Elgin area? That neighborhood has always
fascinated me - never seen anything like it anywhere else in Tulsa - it's
a shame that the "wheels of progress" are starting to grind it under. Guess
you know the Warehouse Market building is still there. My mom told me that
she used to attend dances in that building (not unlike my "dancing" at 15th
and Norfolk, no doubt) and I believe she said that it was originally a Masonic
facility - definitely some interesting architecture.
Did you have a favorite site along the "restless ribbon"? You say you "spent
too many nights" there? I don't recall many hostels or inns along the route
between 31st and 51st, except for the "Cram-a-lot", of course. Unfortunately,
after going through several years of karmic (colonic?) cleansing (courtesy
of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's TM organization), the poor old palace was finally
Well, I believe that's all the "food for thought" I have for now. Careful
not to regurgitate any of this valuable information! Just digest it and
February 12 2009 at 22:01:36
Name: roy lee
Topic: Restaurant by Municipal Theatre
Comments: I have a guest in my hotel who says he saw the opera
in Tulsa in 1954 and we're curious about what restaurant would have been
within a couple of blocks walk from there at that time. Help!
Webmaster: Roy, I may have just the thing for your guest:
(via email) Richard Eby said :
Hello Mike, I've been reading TTM for several years from Sweden, and still
enjoy it every day.
I was searching the internet for Fred's Hamburgers in Tulsa (a long-time
hamburger place run by a nice couple named Harold and Margie Beale, sadly
gone many many years ago) and found a Google KML file with place markers
for many, if not most, active Tulsa restaurants in 1957. The file is at
You can then open it with Google - voila! Tulsa's restaurants as of 1957,
marked with a knife-and-fork icon. Most are near a Street View site. I've
been looking for some of the ones I remember from '57 ... none of them are
there any more. Many of the areas aren't even recognizable. Okay, now I'm
depressed! Time for bed!
Have a good day, Mike, and keep up the good work. TTM has given me many hours
of enjoyable reading. Say hello to Lee and Lionel! Best regards from a Tulsa
guy in Sweden.
Michael Bates of BatesLine.com had the
brilliant idea to create a KML file based on the 1957 Polk's City Directory
for Tulsa at the library. He made the file
on his site to download for use with
Google Earth, a wonderful, free,
but large PC application.
I found that the restaurant icons can also be seen if you enter the URL of
an online copy of the file within the web-based Google Maps (improved since
his original post). So as not to steal Michael's bandwidth, a copy of the
KML is hosted here for inclusion in the URL of this
Map of Tulsa eateries in 1957. Merely click and ye shall see
The Brady Theatre (then known as Municipal Theatre) is at 105 W Brady St.
That's the NW corner of W. Brady and N. Boulder. You will be able to zoom
in and see what restaurants were in the vicinity for yourself.
By the way, Richard Eby, we had a bit of Sweden here in Tulsa a long time
ago, way before 1957, I'd guess.
Notice that the photograph below was the model for the postcard drawing:
Courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa,
Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society.
February 12 2009 at 19:46:06
Name: Michael D. Trout
Topic: The Vonnegut brothers
Email: Shopping for newts at Billie's
Comments: A nice discussion about
Kurt Vonnegut appeared a few blogs back. I'll always remember the Doonesbury
episode where the two university students were moving into their dorm room:
"I'll set up the cinder-block bookcase!" "And I'll start reading Vonnegut!"
That's EXACTLY the way things were, at least in my dorm in the early 1970s.
You need to know that I have nothing whatever to do with Kilgore Trout. Sometime
in the mid-1980s a drunk with a heavy Arkansas accent called me and asked
if I was related to Vonnegut's Kilgore Trout. I tried to assure him that
Kilgore was Vonnegut's fictional character, but then he asked me if I lived
in Cohoes, New York, which Vonnegut mentions a time or two. When I told him
that the city I lived in (Watervliet, New York), was located just southeast
of Cohoes, he was convinced that I was Vonnegut's long-lost son or something.
Oh well, I guess he enjoyed our conversation. However....
Flash forward to 1991. I was hired by the University at Albany to edit the
ASRC Report, a 150-page paperback put out by the Atmospheric Sciences Research
Center every few years. One of the scientists I would be working with was
Bernard Vonnegut, Kurt's brother. Kurt mentions his brother in some of his
writing; the best is in the introduction to Slapstick (1976), where Kurt
describes Bernie's 1940s Project Cirrus lab this way: ". . . a sensational
mess . . . where a clumsy stranger could die in a thousand different ways,
depending on where he stumbled."
Vonnegut's lab. Photo by Michael D. Trout
Project Cirrus was the General Electric Research Laboratory's effort to determine
if it was possible to artificially produce rain. Bernie Vonnegut, working
with Vincent Schaefer in the Schenectady lab, discovered that it was possible,
using silver iodide cloud seeding. Kurt worked with his brother in Schenectady
for a while, writing press releases, reports, and such.
After Project Cirrus, Bernie and a host of other eccentric scientists worked
with Schaefer for decades at the University at Albany and ASRC. Schaefer's
leadership was unique. He insisted upon his team always having fun, and they
were not to worry about whether or not what they were working on had any
value at all. This serendipitous atmosphere invariably produced unexpected
benefits, such as the invention of gas-filled light bulbs. With 28 patents
to his name, Bernie Vonnegut retired as professor emeritus in 1985, but continued
to play around in a much-reduced laboratory at ASRC.
I didn't have a great deal of contact with Bernie Vonnegut, but he wrote
a 2 1/2-page article for me titled "In Praise of Unstructured Working
Conditions," which I used in the ASRC Report. I decided it needed an accompanying
photo and called him up. He said to drop on by; he'd be delighted.
When I opened the door to his lab I was immediately astonished at the amount
of miscellaneous equipment piled everywhere. Bernie was sitting at the end
of a long bench way in the back; he called out, "Michael! Michael! I'm glad
you came! You've got to see this!" He was fiddling with something on the
I carefully picked my way over, around, and through the junk, bearing in
mind Kurt's warning of the lethality of his brother's lab (although other
scientists had told me his current lab was "pristine" compared to earlier
times). As I approached Bernie, he said, "Watch this, Michael! This is how
thunderstorms generate electricity!" He began turning a handle which spun
around a perforated metal disk about two feet in diameter. As he spun the
disk faster, sparks began sizzling off the edges, and Bernie laughed as it
were the most amazing thing he'd ever seen. At about 78 years of age, Bernard
Vonnegut had all the enthusiasm of a child seeing his first firefly.
I contented myself with taking photos of the amazing array of material in
Bernie's lab. I could kick myself today, but I neglected to take a single
photo of him.
Bernard Vonnegut had no connection with Tulsa that I know of, but he was
fascinated with tornadoes. He was frustrated, as most atmospheric scientists
are, at science's inability to explain exactly what creates a tornado. He
suspected that electricity had something to do with it, and did some work
along those lines that he briefly described in the article he wrote for me.
He had some fascinating photos showing tornadoes forming in the exact place
where a lightning bolt had just occurred.
Just before Bernie Vonnegut died in Schenectady in 1997 at age 82, he published
a research paper titled "Chicken Plucking as a Measure of Tornado Wind Speed."
His brother Kurt died almost exactly ten years later at age 84.
Great story, Michael, thanks. I'd love to see one of those lab photos.
Wilhelm Murg wrote a Kurt Vonnegut article that he mentioned in
GB 240. Unfortunately, I can't find it on
February 12 2009 at 12:51:44
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: 2007 TCC Don Woods YouTube video
Comments: I loved it (Don Woods
YouTube interview on the Weather page). Don's voice stayed young,
but he done got old...
February 11 2009 at 20:22:47
Topic: Blossom Dearie / Mutiny in the Time
Machine / Wanda Jackson
I'm sad to learn that NYC singer/pianist
Dearie passed away last weekend.
I usually finish what I start, even if it takes half a century.
I was leafing through the Dec. 1962 Boy's Life magazine last week, looking
for site-worthy items (like this Grit ad).
Along the way, I reread Part One of a rip-roaring story,
in the Time Machine". I remembered it very well, but had a sense of
incompletion. I knew I had read other installments, but missed at least one.
Amazon to the rescue. Found, ordered and read the full book. It held up as
a page-turner, though it skimped a bit on the paradoxical side of time travel.
On the other hand, it cleverly described using the Machine as much like using
Google Earth, with the additional feature that throwing in the clutch takes
you immediately to the place and time selected.
Ahhh. Closure 47 years later. Bit of a time trip right there.
2/12/2009 story from Tulsa Today:
honors Queen of Rockabilly", about Wanda Jackson, first Oklahoma woman
to be inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame.
She visited the Circle Cinema back in 2007, as documented in
February 11 2009 at 16:32:48
Name: Kenny Bolen
Topic: Okie Weather
Comments: Like Gary, I live outside of Oklahoma in Connecticut.
Although we don't have the same type of severe weather as my old home town
(Broken Arrow) we get those hurricanes (and Nor'Easters) that do give us
headaches as well.
I had one of my co-workers come up me today who is a lifetime "Nutmegger"
who is fascinated with tornados and wonder how the Sam Hill we put up with
it. I guess when you grow up with 'em, not that you get used to 'em, you
just live with 'em.
If my memory serves me correctly, I think that December tornado came on the
5th of that month.
February 11 2009 at 12:32:57
Topic: February Twisters
Email: Lorne Greene's Big Valley
Comments: I got an email from a Sacramento friend of mine
last night saying there were (then) heavy storms in God's Country. I immediately
went to the Tulsa TV weather radar sites and saw that it looked like a night
in late May in northeastern Oklahoma than one in early February. So much
red on the map. Whoa!
Called my daughter in Tulsa. She said it was okay but that it had been a
sort of springlike dust-up with heavy precip and wind.
I remember some years back that the Tulsa area got a tornado in early December:
Another unseasonably timed bit of weather activity. Anybody remember that
Glad T-Town faired well in last night's winter blow.
I picked up using the word 'precip' when I worked at KOTV.
February 11 2009 at 00:03:26
Name: roy lee
Topic: Rose Bowl show Wed night
Comments: "The Toasters", a great ska band from New York City,
will be playing at the Rose Bowl Wed night with 4 or 5 other bands. When
was the last time you saw a live band with horns? Doors open 7 pm.
These guys are running a fine (if sporadic) establishment these days and
we should support 'em!
I wonder if the Bundys will be there?
See the Rose Bowl's MySpace
site for more details and sample song. The Toasters sound pretty good!
February 10 2009 at 20:24:18
Name: Lanette Giese
Topic: Long Drives
Email: IM4CRUISN in NM
Comments: Our only "long drives" were going to the lake or
going over to Glencoe, OK to Grandad's house, thru Yale.
Dad would stop at Brownie's Drive In to eat, and then we took Avery Dr./51
headed West. I remember this pretty waterfall, that was on those South steep
banks that were below Chandler Park and a little further down towards 97.
It might have been past 97, I can't remember.
The last time my hubby and I were down there fishing at the Dam, I couldn't
find a waterfall with water coming down it...even tho it was raining. Someday
I'll go find it.
I also remember those "long drives" over the roads going East on 33 to Ft
Gibson, where our cabin was at...Dad knew the spot with "whoop-tee-doos",
and he'd speed up to about 70 mph. My brother and I would throw our arms
up in the air and yell WHEEEEEEE!!!...and Mom would scream at Dad.
What fun that was...it was a real Married With Children
February 10 2009 at 19:48:38
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Everybody okay there??
Comments: My bro called from Wichita, where it was 70 today. He
said OKC near Bethany and Edmond were hard hit by tornados. Any of that storm
Know where your "Fraidy Hole" is...
Rain only so far, no tornadoes or hail. I think we're going to be OK.
February 10 2009 at 18:09:31
Comments: WOW... this is chalked FULL of memories!
I grew up in Tulsa, living there till the late 80s.
My family house at 11th and Elgin was in the center of all the parks that
you have mentioned. However, I can never recall there being a "name" for
either of the parks located where Elgin and Frankfort streets joined (to
make the diamond shape) at 11th and 13th streets.
They were small triangular undeveloped type parks. They just recently leveled
our family house, and I have NOT returned to see the site, although my sister
has. That area has been developed by the F.C. Zeigler Co. which was just
a small religious store when we were growing up.
She and I both took ballet lessons from June Runyon, who was a good friend
of my father.
As children we combed the streets of Tulsa on foot continuously, exploring
Spent a lot of time at Warehouse Market on 11th Street, known as the big
And, as far as the Tiki Nook ( I am laughing
out loud here)... In my day, there was nothing really "Tiki" about it. Yep,
I think I still have my yellow membership card as well!
By the way, some of us Horace Mann-ites from the 70s got together for a reunion
a year or so ago. Talk about a blast from the past... we are STILL keeping
in touch. We spent too many nights on the restless ribbon to lose
February 10 2009 at 10:10:25
Comments: The A & W on
Admiral was certainly a destination on our drives in the 60s.
Another big one was a drive through Red Bud Valley. There was a great old
bridge out there. It was sad when that area started seeing some development
(although as I recall, some organization has a nature preserve--complete
with caves out there).
Is there any "country" left out that way?
February 10 2009 at 10:02:43
Name: Jeff H
Topic: Family Drives, The open road calls
Email: Dance School Dropout
Comments: Our family was big on going for drives. There were
city drives which always involved food, a sack of "Coney Islands" or as
previously mentioned, the root beer stand.
I remember one particular Long Drive (seeing the countryside) dad decided
mid-trip to go to Joplin and spend the night. We ended up at "Mickey Mantle's
Holiday Inn". The "Mick" was my favorite player, so
this was a big deal for me.
What an adventure, we had a great steak dinner and I even got to go in the
club and see a lounge show. It was two guys who put on a kind of "Smothers
Brothers" act, folk songs and comedy. We even bought one of their records
which they autographed, I have to tell you this was great fun for a ten year
I will have to find that album and see who these guys were and if they ever
made it big.
February 09 2009 at 21:39:51
Name: Joe Cunningham
Topic: Scooby Do Club / Family Drives
Email: joetul at cox dot net
Comments: Remember when folks went for "Drives?"
On these drives, my dad would occasionally take us by the Scooby Do club
on S. Main or Boston.
The door would be open and I think they had Go Go dancers.
I know my parents liked the goings-on but they had us rugrats in the car,
waiting to watch the tail end of stock car races from Mayo Meadow before
heading to A&W on Admiral.
February 09 2009 at 19:15:13
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Chicago TV web site
Comments: I may be wrong, but I think Jim Ruddle may have mentioned
this site before:
ChicagoTelevision.com. My brother
in Wichita got a note about it...
February 09 2009 at 18:34:40
Topic: Jerry Adams/Mike Miller
Comments: I remember working at KTUL Radio with Mike Miller in
the late 50s, I think it was, and maybe into the early 60s.
I remember working with Jerry Adams at KELi Radio (formerly KTUL) after that
when KELi was rocking. I think Jerry came over from KAKC to KELi to jock,
and joined the other KELi Little Green Men in Blunderbasket Ball.
The music I attach to Jerry is his song that was the B-Side of the Paul and
Paul hit. The music I attach to Mike is Dizzy Gillespie's "Night in Tunisia."
Mike is the only guy I've ever met who could hum that tune. That was so he
could play it on his record show on KTUL----RADIO TULSA, back when we were
experimenting (under the tutelage of Bob Gregory) with an early prototype
of a public radio station that masquerades as a full-time jazz station. That
was in about 1959 or 60, I think. But as Mike says, "It was a loooong time
February 09 2009 at 16:20:29
Name: Teb Blackwell
Email: tebii at comcast dot com
Comments: Thank you for the information on Jerry Adams...keep
it coming. Anyone know if he's still in OKC; I'd like to talk to him about
his early Tulsa band days for my book. Also, Regina Ann Smith specialized
in tap dancing; I was dragged to enough recitals to be sure about that!
February 09 2009 at 16:11:46
Topic: Jerry Adams or geryatrics?
Comments: Jerry Adams and I both went into the Army (reserve)
together at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. It must have been around 1960 or
'61. I believe he was still at KAKC at the time and I was at KTUL. (I'm sure
my old friend Gary Chew will correct me if I'm wrong on this. It was a long
time ago.) I also remember seeing Jerry at that KTUL/KELi studio out in the
middle of a cow pasture in Turley, so he must have switched stations after
And for the record, it was June Runyon who specialized in ballet, not Regina
Smith. Memory is the second thing to go. I was required (forced) to take
ballet lessons from a teacher at my dad's dance studio. However, I never
found a job that required even an occasional pirouette.
February 09 2009 at 11:54:46
Topic: Jerry Adams
Comments: Jerry Adams spent time as a news anchor in
Oklahoma City first at KWTV-9, then at KTVY-4, and finally at KOCO-5. Sometime
in the early 1990s, he faced criminal charges related to prescription drugs.
A news report about Jerry in 1996 showed that he had apparently hit rock
bottom and was trying to turn his life around. He was still living in Oklahoma
at that time, making a living mowing lawns and power-washing houses. I haven't
heard anything about him since.
February 09 2009 at 00:40:32
Name: Tim Sawyer
Topic: June Runyon Dance Studio
Email: sawyer_tim at cox dot net
Comments: Hey, I remember June Runyon's dance studio very
well. My best friend and I would often stop by on our way home from school
(Marquette at 15th and Rockford). We would dash up onto the porch and begin
our spastic little mockeries of the "victims" inside the house taking ballet
Sometimes, the teacher, who we assumed to be Miss Runyon herself, would halt
the class and allow the students to "enjoy" our feeble attempts to gain attention
from them. Other times she would simply ask us to go away - an offer which
we refused, again and again.
Seems like somebody was always chasing us away from somewhere!? Guess it's
true, "No good deed goes unpunished!"
As of 1/23/2009, the June Runyon School of Dance is still in business
at a new location, 1521 E. 15th St., according to
D. Watts' Tulsa World blog.
The address is near
and St. Louis (Google Street View link), just west of the Full Moon Cafe,
in the space where Boston Artists Gallery/Gallery Beads was at the time of
the Google survey (the middle space in the red building). Click, hold and
drag to change the direction, click the arrows to move down the street.
February 09 2009 at 00:27:41
Name: roy lee
Topic: That old dance studio
Comments: I do apologize for the shame my friends and I brought
that neat old
house. We did have some killer concerts in the basement though.
I was good friends with international punk rock sensation "N.O.T.A." at the
time and I asked them what it would cost me to have them play at a party
and they said "just get us drunk" which we did. It was during a peak period
for them and that style of music and it was an unforgettable show.
It was an adventure living there even for just those few months and sorry
about all that spray paint. Shameful and noisy, yes, but at least we didn't
tear it down and put up those awful McHouses in its place.
February 08 2009 at 18:48:10
Topic: Locust Park
Comments: Thank you for all of your help in finding pictures
of Locust Park.
The ones Hometown has on the Tulsa Forum bring back lots of memories...
especially the swings with the horses painted on.
In the Beryl Ford Collection, there is one of 13th and Cincinnati. I'm going
to try to attach it. The park would be in the cluster of trees in the middle
Boston Avenue Methodist would be to the right (west.)
February 08 2009 at 17:55:59
Topic: Dancing in the Park
Comments: Parks first: When I was a tad, back in the
'thirties, I learned to swim (paddle) in a wading pool at Reed Park, named,
I presume for the man noted in other postings. It was in West Tulsa or Red
Fork or someplace out there in the back of beyond.
Another couple of dance schools were Skilly's and later
Larry Bettis' wife
Suzanne had a ballet school under her name
probably around that 15th St. dance nexus.
More about Skilly's on The Pink Barn
and other Tulsa dance studios page.
February 08 2009 at 15:52:53
Name: Teb Blackwell
Topic: Jerry Adams
Email: tebii at comcast dot net
Comments: Need some help in the form of Tulsa recollections,
stories, and pics regarding ex-KAKC DJ Jerry Adams who also played in and
managed some early Tulsa bands that included young Leon, David Gates, Johnny
I know that after he left Tulsa, he became a news anchor for the old KFTY-TV
in OKC. What happened to him? Thank you for any information you can give
February 08 2009 at 15:26:08
Topic: Locust Park
Comments: I just read the article about Mr. Reed and
the wading pools! Thank you for posting that. What a wonderful man he must
have been to do that for all of the children. And Locust Park had the first
I still want to see a picture!!!
I hit all around the park in the Beryl Ford Collection, but had no luck
You might try these searches for
park" in the Beryl Ford Collection and look at the several photos you
We know there was a tennis court at Locust Park from this obituary of
Elizabeth Quinn Clock.
OK, this is it:
Park thread with photos and a personal, well-researched story by "Hometown"
And here is an excerpt of the 1939 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map at the Tulsa
Library via link by Michael Bates at the bottom of the same TulsaNow page.
If you have a library card, you can zoom in and out on the map there.
February 08 2009 at 15:20:38
Topic: Locust Park
Locust Park was located at about 14th and Cincinnati...just east of Boston
Avenue Methodist Church. It was close enough to the church for preschoolers
to be walked there for cookies and Kool-Aid.
You're right, the Broken Arrow Expressway took that wonderful park away and
the unique neighborhood that surrounded it.
I would love to see a photo taken from the church looking east. I've looked
all through Beryl Ford's Collection and unless I just missed it, can't find
one of the park. There is one taken from 13th and Cincinnati looking south,
but you can't really see the park.
I grew up by Florence Park, but Locust Park was my favorite.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't remember the "Grove" in the name!
Beverly, I must have posted my answer just below at the same time you
February 08 2009 at 12:36:58
Topic: Locust Park
Comments: Beverly, I do remember Locust Park (we never
used the "Grove" either.) However, I can't recall the exact location. Newport
ran north a few blocks into Tracy Park with the lighted tennis courts and
we used to visit Tracy more than Locust.
It seems to me it was west of Newport. Is it possible it was where the current
Gunboat Park is located today, around 13th and Frankfort?
Another possibility: It may have been obliterated by expressway construction.
If anyone has a map of Tulsa prior to expressway construction, it should
list Locust Park. I couldn't find it on the Web.
I found the answer in this Tulsa World article,
Santa' made quite a splash with pools", 1/31/2007:
"(Frank H.) Reed's first wading pool, built in 1921 in Locust Park at 14th
Street and Cincinnati Avenue, was followed by more than 50 before his death.
Locust Park disappeared when the land was needed for part of Tulsa's expressway
February 08 2009 at 11:21:16
Topic: Dance studio
Yes, now I remember that the dance studio I'm thinking of was on the southwest
corner of 15th and Norfolk. I think I remember the doctor's office along
Having grown up in that area, do you remember much about Locust Grove Park?
I remember it as just Locust Park. I've searched and can't seem to find a
picture of the entire park and how it fit in with the neighborhood.
I was very young, but have vivid memories of going there from church across
the street for various activities. I have seen up close pictures of the park,
but would love to see one of the entire area. I had so much fun there as
a very small child.
February 08 2009 at 08:37:22
Topic: Dance Studio on Newport
Comments: The Lew Miller Dance Studio was on the Northwest
corner of 15th and Newport. I grew up there walking or riding my bike to
Lincoln and later Marquette. I'd often run into Tulsans who would say, "Your
dad taught me and my mother took lessons from him before me."
June Runyon and Regina Smith had dance studios down 15th a block or two closer
to the old Midland Valley RR Bridge. I think Regina specialized in ballet.
There was a doctor's office building directly across Newport.
My dad sold it in the 80s several years before his death. It did have two
wood floor teaching levels that would make for good roller skating. It was
great for parties and dances when I was in H.S. I was a bit shocked to see
the site has become part of a trendy patio home development.
February 08 2009 at 07:37:24
Topic: Dance studio
Comments: Is the house where the dance studio once was on the
southwest corner of 15th and Newport? I think I remember that being a tap
and ballet studio in the 60s.
Many of my friends took dance lessons there while I took ballet at a studio
close to 21st and Memorial.
I think the owner of the studio (on Newport) was June Runyan (Runyon?) or
maybe Regina Smith. I just remember seeing that house on the way to Boston
Avenue Methodist as a child and thinking it was a ballet studio. I could
be all wrong on this one.
More Tulsa dance studios on The Pink Barn
February 08 2009 at 01:28:33
Name: roy lee
Topic: Dance studio at 15th and Newport
Comments: I lived in that dance
studio Mike Miller mentioned!
Of course at that time (early 80s), it was a house of freaks/punk rock crash
The landlord never came to collect rent more than once.
You could roller skate on that huge wood floor, and we did!
February 06 2009 at 10:29:06
Topic: Sears downtown
Comments: I remember a Sears downtown in my very early
days. I think I recall there being an escalator in it. The building I remember
it being in later had a drug store as the tenant on the ground level floor.
For some reason, I think the building was in the general area where the Oneok
Here is a
to a picture of it from the Beryl Ford collection.
February 05 2009 at 23:56:56
Topic: New movie at the Circle
Golden Globe nominee, "I've Loved You So Long",
reviewed here by Gary Chew, finally opens in Tulsa on 2/6 at the
February 05 2009 at 21:41:46
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Sears at 21st & Yale
Comments: All hail that Sears store!
It was an excellent Sears outlet for so many years when I lived in Tulsa.
It was a destination for that part of town and would become Target's first
Tulsa store next door.
Was there ever a Sears store downtown, like Penney's?
Is Frougs' still in business?
Creaky aulde minds wanna know!
February 05 2009 at 16:10:59
Topic: Previous GroupBlog link
Archived GroupBlog 281. Highlights can be found
on the What's new? page.
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