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February 25 2004 at 21:55:34
Name: Greg Leslie
Location: Broken Arrow
Comments: Yup -- same Curt Autry.
Found this page:
Guest Author, Curt Autry
Curt Autry, Emmy award winning news anchor and reporter for WWBT-TV, in Richmond,
Virginia, was the guest author on April 9th in celebration of National Library
Week. Mr. Autry has 20 years in television having worked at KTEN-TV in Denision,
Texas; KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City and WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina prior
to his move to Richmond.
Mr. Autry is the author of
Reunion, Sixty Years Later, Someone Still Wants Them Dead, a modern day
mystery/thriller based on events in World War II.
There are also several pictures on the page -- he hasn't really changed all
that much from when I worked with him in the 80's. Nice guy -- good sense
February 25 2004 at 21:07:18
Name: John Hillis
Location: Round the Barn
Comments: I wasn't in Tussa for the blizzard of '68, but I remember
a number of occasions '76-'79 that challenged the old Plymouth Volare, mostly
with ice. In fact, the only auto accident I ever got into that was my fault
was in an icy parking lot at 51st and Memorial where I smacked somebody's
Ford Fairmount. My insurance paid off, I guess. Fortunately, it wasn't one
of Woodward's imported jobs or Doug Dodd's allegedly red MG (in weather like
that, he would have just tucked the MG in his briefcase and walked home).
The Volare was later named one of the worst cars in history, and I can validate
it. My favorite was once when snow pack melted around the high-beam foot
switch in the snow and set the carpet on fire. The service boys at Cox Motors
(jingle: "Who can? Cox can, Cox is your man") had a good chuckle over that
one. (Or was Cox in Raleigh? That's the dang problem about being a nomad
of the airwaves.) Well, whoever the Plymouth dealer up on 11th was, they
laughed. If they'd buried a Volare at the Courthouse, all it would have done
was pollute the ground water.
Wish I coulda afforded one of the nifty furrin' cars that Lionel's buddy
sold, but in those days, as a later colleague would say, we wuz so pore that
if'n they'd sell Cadillacs for a nickel all we could do was run around and
yell, "Look how cheap!"
As I recall, Clayton drove a spiffy Triumph ragtop, testimony to his oft-repeated
comment coming out of Weather in the spring, "Top down weather!" while Bill
had a big Olds 88 or something like it.
February 25 2004 at 19:11:35
Name: Gregg Johnson
Location: Edmond, Ok
Comments: I recently came across a novel, a spy thriller, called "The
Reunion," which was very good. The dust jacket said the author was a news
anchor in Virginia - Curt Autry.
Does anybody know if that's the same news anchor that worked at Channel 4
in Oklahoma City for many years?
February 25 2004 at 17:29:07
Name: Beef Baloney Brief (via email)
Comments: Beef Baloney will be doing
a presentation this Thursday night at the University of Tulsa. We will air
never before seen footage, talk about the creation of the show, discuss how
it is kept alive as a thriving centerpiece in the Tulsa creative landscape,
and provide some wild fables of the road to intergalactic stardom. Well,
if you count those 4 Bixby viewers and, uh, one time we got an e-mail from
a girl in Collinsville......to all you aspiring film-makers and contributors
to the show, this will be a chance to come and discuss ideas with us!!!
Thursday, February 26, 7:00-8:30, Zink Hall.....
The title of the program will be: "So you want to produce a TV show?"
February 25 2004 at 16:12:17
Name: Lowell Burch
Location: Ninde's Funeral Home Reading Room
Comments: Lee, last night my wife was visiting some grieving friends
at Ninde's on Peoria. There on the table were copies of those same three
volumes of Tulsa Times. I had never seen them before and did not want to
leave when my wife was ready to go. There was a lot of good stuff in the
books, especially the early KOTV studio shots. According to the book, the
early studio was the largest in the country (60X120).
I can't wait for my next visit to the funeral home so that I can finish reading
February 25 2004 at 12:52:40
Name: John Boydston
Location: Trying to find the word "Tulsey" in the dictionary.
Comments: For some strange reason Gary Chew's reference to Don Woods'
little friend reminded of a similarly hand-drawn character on a certain
late-night camp meeting-type show, who went by the name of "Busty." I can
see the image(s) in my head now...hmmm. This ring a bell with anyone else?
February 25 2004 at 12:41:24
Name: Gary Chew
Location: Sacramento, CA
Comments: With regard to my friend and former colleague Lee Woodward's
unexpected stay at the Mayo, I would only add that, when I started in to
KOTV early that next morning to do The Captain Kangaroo Edition of KOTV News,
my Austin-Healey Sprite couldn't even make it out of my front driveway due
to the abundance of snowfall.
Channel Six's downtown location offered a convenient option for KOTVers during
inclement weather to call ahead and say, "Hold the Mayo."
Speaking of bad weather, today in Sacramento the wind is gusting to 45 MPH.
Don Woods' little buddy would feel right at home here on this inclement
February 25 2004 at 09:41:53
Name: Lee Woodward
Location: Behind The Mall
Comments: Being chair-bound due to a pinched nerve, I was thumbing
through the last volume of the Tulsa World's "Tulsa Times," their three-volume
pictorial depiction of Tulsa's early days.
Lo and behold, on page 108 is a picture of "Dance Party"
being done somewhere in 1964. (the Fair?) Pictured are hosts Mike Flynn and
Judy Pryor, Camera Operator John Bateman and a band fronted by Rodney Lay.
I guess more people did that show than I remember.
February 25 2004 at 07:34:22
Name: Mike Bruchas
Comments: What is it with weathermen and "furrin" cars - Lee and his
imports (and trusty Corvair), Don Woods and his gaggle of VW's, Fred Norman
and his pair of Fiats when not driving big clunky Chryslers. Foreign cars
must appeal more to weather gurus I guess! TV engineers all used to seem
to drive beater old American cars (then back in Tulsey days - NEW Olds Cutlasses
every 3 years if they were under 35...) and young news shooters either had
muscle cars that they couldn't afford or Ford SUV's.
February 24 2004 at 10:18:53
Name: Lee Woodward (via
Comments: I remember the March '68 snow storm very well. More correctly,
it should be referred to as a blizzard. Although the snow was just around
a foot, the forty miles per hour winds piled up drifts that were several
feet high downtown.
Mack Creager, Bill Pitcock and myself all left quickly after the ten o'clock
newscast. I was in my Peugeot and drove from Frankfort to Cincinnati; at
which point I realized I would not make it home. I just drove directly to
the Mayo Hotel and checked in for the night. I spent quite awhile at the
windows watching the drifts get bigger and bigger. The next morning was something
to behold downtown.
I seem to remember that Mack and Bill did make it home. Had I have been in
my '64 Corvair Monza instead of the "Pooge," I would have, too!
Far worse by far were some of the devastating ice storms we've had in this
February 23 2004 at 10:35:27
Name: Sean Sudol
Location: Barrie Ontario Canada
Comments: I was possessed. I had to have been. I just don't know what
happened! So I felt compelled to enter into my search engine
Bilchik" and let 'er rip. It was a search for images so I must have been
insane. Well, there was ONE picture and it led me to this massive Tulsa Treasure
Trove whose gateway was the link for Weird Al's classic UHF movie. I'm very
impressed. I will probably never get there. I've never been out of this Eastern
time zone, but thanks for the great peek.
You're welcome, Sean.
February 22 2004 at 22:32:39
Name: Lowell Burch
Email: lburch3 (at) cox.net
Location: The Tower
Comments: I know that snow can vary throughout Tulsa by several inches,
often deeper than the "official" measure. Still the snow I remember best
was on the TV as I tried to tune in The Three Stooges hosted by Lee and Lionel.
That's bringing it back home, Lowell!
February 22 2004 at 18:45:26
Location: recalling igloos
Comments: Since I started the March 1968 snow recollections, I figured
I owed it to everyone to determine just how much snow we had then. The National
Weather Service site has pages devoted to snow records for Tulsa. Its list
of record snowfalls for specific days in history shows Tulsa got 7.8 inches
on March 11, 1968 (see
It sure seemed as if we got more than that and that's not even an all-time
record for a day in March.
But the monthly accumulation totals show that Tulsa's total snowfall for
the whole month of March 1968 was 11.8 inches (see
Maybe that big storm was spread out over a couple of days and it added up
to 11.8 inches when it was all done.
February 22 2004 at 16:51:38
Name: Frank Morrow
Comments: On the subject of heavy snow, it was a regular occurrence
from grade school through high school. Lake Yahola would sometimes freeze
over, making it possible for people to ice skate and sled. It was the first
time I had ever seen an ice sailboat.
During these times tons of kids would go sledding down the steep rolling
hills just off Riverside Drive on those residential streets south of 21st
street. Because of the sparse traffic, we'd get going very fast down the
hills and end up on Riverside Dr.
I don't remember the schools closing during snow days, although it would
have made sense to do so. It might have happened. In one of my classes at
Horace Mann my seat was on the row of desks next to the windows on the west
side by Boston Avenue. The building was so old that snow would come through
the holes between the bricks and drift over onto my desk. Walking from class
to class through those large unheated, concrete passageways that surrounded
the playground was not a pleasant experience either.
If the snow was slight and there wasn't too much ice on the playground, we
would still occasionally play basketball, even though the nets were frozen
February 22 2004 at 09:30:13
Location: Nursing an old back
Comments: Towards the end of March '68 it snowed 13 inches and blocked
everyone in. My prego wife (taller & bigger than me...oh baby!) was in
dire need of 3 lemons...no more.... no less & no, lemon juice would NOT
do. I put on all anti-snow gear plus some & started walking for the Git
n Go several blocks away praying all the while that they were stuck there
as well AND that they had 3 lemons (fresh please). They did...I made it
back...& lives were saved.
February 21 2004 at 16:32:11
Name: Lowell Burch
Email: lburch3 (at) cox.net
Location: Enjoying the Springtime in Feb.
Comments: Yes, it was the March 1968 snow that destroyed Frougs (by
the way, they had a nice little music store inside the department store,
too). It may have been more than eight inches of snow because school was
out for the week, partly because the electricity was out for several days
on the Northside. It certainly seemed like a foot or more to me. It stayed
cold and the snow was slow to melt. That is one snow I really remember so
it must have been heavier than usual.
February 21 2004 at 14:16:44
Name: John K. Young
Location: Skiing the Tulsa Mountains
Comments: Dave, I remember that big snowfall of March, 1968. My family
and I lived 5 miles SE of Kellyville at the time. I remember my dad saying
we got "almost a FOOT" of snow there at the farm. I remember he climbed onto
the roof to clear the snow to keep it from doing any damage.
For a kid of 6, I remember having a BLAST playing in all that snow. We even
made some snow ice cream.
February 21 2004 at 09:57:55
Location: above the snowbank
Comments: Lowell Burch mentions that the Northland Froug's caved in
during an 8-inch March snowfall. Would that have been the March 1968 snowstorm?
I recall that a sudden blizzard unlike anything we'd ever seen hit Tulsa
one night that month. It seems like it was more than 8 inches. (Remind me
to check with the NWS.) But its significance was that it caused Superintendent
Charles C. Mason to cancel school for the
first time in decades. Until then, Dr. Mason was legendary for holding classes
no matter what.
February 20 2004 at 17:32:45
Name: Chuck Fullhart
Location: WalMart, looking for the guy with the yellow smiley face
Comments: Saw Chris King's comment on the fact that Northland looked
a lot like Southland.
Edgar Sanditen was the builder of both Southland and Northland, as well as
Eastland (I have no idea if there were ever plans for a Westland); and if
I can see it clearly through the fog in the brain, I think he was the builder
of Country Club Plaza at 51st and Harvard as well.
Those of us with longer teeth rememeber that Eastland was a vacant shell
for several years, and the Sanditen family was finally able to sell it to
the Simon Group to finish and develop.
Every time I drive down the six lanes of horror on 71st, I can't help but
laugh and remember how Brother Oral and his group romanced Sears, and their
developing arm -Homart- to get them to build at 71st and Lewis rather than
Wonder what Tulsa would look like now if Homart had decided to build on Lewis
rather than Memorial?
February 20 2004 at 11:21:56
Name: Mark Erdwin
Comments: I enjoy your website, Mike, and visit here often. I like
the fact that you're a "Then Came Bronson" fan.
LOVED that show, but if I remember correctly, Channel 2 rarely showed it
in its regular timeslot. I remember staying up late to catch it on tape delay
a number of times.
Gary Thompson asked for radio stories and I was trying to recall something
especially memorable over the last 28 years. I recall spending a couple of
hours one evening with Johnny Martin back in '75.
He was my hero. Kinda grouchy, but SO cool.
The waning days of radio at the Trade Winds West were pretty interesting.
The radio itself wasn't, but with the hookers and shootings and easy procurement
of many illegal substances, it was non-stop excitement.
I'm almost ashamed to reveal that I've only had two stalkers over the years...one
half-dressed and one with a revolver in her purse. My wife actually got to
see the half-dressed one do a little dance for me in the parking lot one
time. THAT was fun. Oh, the joy of near-quasi-celebrityhood!
February 20 2004 at 08:20:48
Name: Lowell Burch
Email: lburch3 (at) cox.net
Location: Window 2
Comments: Actually, Northland's Froug's store fell under an eight
inch March snow fall. And it was Woolsworth, not TG&Y, at the center
Back in Guestbook #65, Mike Bruchas wondered why
the shopping center sat empty for so long. Let me explain. Prior to 1970,
Tulsa's northside was thriving. Northland was one of the region's prime shopping
spots. Several more large stores had just been built in the area when, overnight,
the whole community shut down as a vital economic entity. Suburban Acres,
Northland, and many business were boarded up. Recently, the area is starting
to show some rebirth but it is nothing like it was from 1955-1970.
Radio story (kind of): I thought I was the first caller to KAKC for a $1000
contest in 1970. A lady answered the phone and I started yelling, "I won!
I won!" The lady on the other end of the phone said, "What? Who is this?
You won what?" It turned out to be the wrong number. I said, "Never mind."
I've never been much good at dialing the phone.
February 20 2004 at 08:16:09
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: Feeding video to Moscow....
Comments: There were always rumors at 8 of use of a "casting room
couch" for some promotions but anyone who worked there knew how thin walls
were in some parts of the building! But also we had rooms available at "the
Cram-a-lot Inn" at one time on a discounted basis for 8 staff - I never knew
anyone to want to go there except to eat.
Several times News 8 cars parked suspiciously at the roadside "down the mountain"
from KTUL caused a lot of gossip. Photogs should have figgered out not to
take a date out to make out in a rolling billboard of a Ford station wagon
with News 8 slathered on the doors.
February 19 2004 at 09:42:37
Name: Gary Thompson
Location: Citiplex Towers
Comments: Hey, Here's a thought. Why don't we take a couple of minutes
and share some funny or moving personal radio moments? I know this is done
from time to time here. But I was just thinking about the Northland shopping
center and it reminded me of something that happened over by "crystal city"
in West Tulsa.
Years ago, I was doing morning board op for a station that shall remain nameless.
I came in at about 5am to get prepared for 5:30 sign on. As I was preparing,
through the control room window I saw one of our weekenders came briskly
walking down the hall from our GM's office. He was hoping I didn't see him,
I guess. But he quickly exited the building as I spotted him. I had just
guessed that he spent the night on the GM's fold-out couch after he signed
off the previous night. Not a big deal. The GM said we could do that if we
were ever late or working 'til sign off then signing back on the next morning.
Well about 10 seconds later, I saw why our weekender was hoping I hadn't
spotted him. From the GM's office, trots a little 5 and a half foot blonde
with dishevled clothing and a serious case of pillow face.
I didn't tell my GM, but he got word of it from our afternoon guy,whom I
told. Reportedly, our GM put a note under the cushions of his fold-out couch
reading " WHEN YOU'RE AT THIS STATION, NO HANKY PANKY. OR I SPANKY SPANKY.
February 19 2004 at 08:13:08
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: Watchin' the network lines
Comments: Whomever is shading cameras on Good Morning America today
would not make it in Tulsey TV.
People's faces are correctly exposed but all the clothes are too hot - like
the cameras are on auto iris or something. We constantly see the "dumbing
down" of any craft on the networks - whether for news pieces with bad video
levels or whatever. Kinda sad - so many of us wanted to work at the networks
30 years ago - because of their high standards....I deal with the CBS DC
bureau a lot and they still run at high tech standards but many will soon
retire there - some of the newbies are more blase on "levels".
February 19 2004 at 08:11:26
Comments: Tulsa radio is kind of a sore subject for me these days.
Clear Channel's monopoly on the market has really taken the creativity out
of radio. Cox Radio isn't too far behind.
I remember when KRMG had a full day's schedule worth of local, live talk
programs. Now, John Erling is the lone local guy. The rest of the schedule
is filled with Rush, Dr. Laura, and Cox-owned and syndicated national talkers.
The FCC's new regulations will only make matters worse. It's becoming more
difficult for local companies to own an run radio stations in this country.
That means the local flavor of radio will soon become a thing of the past.
February 19 2004 at 01:37:24
Name: Chris King
Comments: Re: Tulsa's Northland Shopping Center:
There was a Firestone car place on the corner out front. A Western Auto behind
the Froug's, a Borden's cafeteria, a Texaco across the street, a Brown Dunkin
on the other side of Hartford, TG&Y on the west end and a grocery store
on the east end.
The Froug's caved in one day after a heavy downpour, and later closed.
The place was as classy as Southland up until the late 60s, and looked similar
in design.....Many other stores that I just can't remember (I was just a
This ole girl deserves some kind of mention.
Added 1/21/2009: See more of
in Lost Tulsa's 2007 photoset.
February 18 2004 at 23:05:51
Name: David Bagsby
Location: Lawrence KS
Comments: In response to the Tulsa World article on radio people;
check the public library. They should have it on microfiche. If not, contact
the Tulsa World. They will certainly do it for a fee.
February 18 2004 at 21:00:45
Name: Gary Thompson
Location: Jinx, America
Comments: I seem to remember back in the late 80's or early 90's,
The Tulsa World "spot" running a feature on Tulsa radio women. It focused
on Tulsa's female personalities. At the time, Ann Williams of KRMG, Carly
Rush from Kay 107 (now K-hits), Jan Dean of Kay 107 (now Programming KTSO
94.1, I believe) and a few others. Does anyone have a copy of that? I was
about 14 when it came out and I saved it for a good year before my grandmother
threw it away, thinking it was trash. As a young kid just getting interested
in radio, it is a piece of MY history because it inspired me. Anyone? A
I found a copy and sent it on to Gary.
Personally, I think radio could use more yin and less yang.
February 18 2004 at 17:48:26
Name: Lee Woodward
Location: Tulsee Town
Comments: Carl Gregory lamented the lost archives of KVOO-AM Radio;
as did I some time back concerning all the Rare and Lost Monday night broadcasts
of the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. I do know that the President of the
local Musicians Union (Tubby Young, at that time) had posssession of them.
You wouldn't believe the talent roster over the years. Wouldn't those be
February 18 2004 at 10:52:35
Name: Chris Ashby
Location: Lewiston, Idaho
Comments: I grew up in Okmulgee in the 1950's and just ran across
your homepage. Uncle Hiram had a talent portion
on his show and I sang on the show twice in 1955-1956. Seeing the pictures
of the old KVOO building and the
KVOO control room with the set in the background
really brought back a treasure load of memories.
Thanks, Chris, I added your comments to the Zeta/Uncle Hiram page.
February 18 2004 at 08:13:42
Comments: I noticed Leon Russell was sitting in with the CBS Orchestra
on the Letterman show last night.
I didn't get to watch the whole show, but he seemed to be having a good
February 17 2004 at 15:09:48
Name: John Young
Comments: I ran across this website and, while it's not about TULSA
TV necessarily, it is a very good look behind the scenes of a TV show that
was very popular here in Tulsa and across the country. Hope you enjoy it
as much as I did! :)
A Behind the Scenes
look at the "Andy Griffith Show".
That is pretty good! I'm glad to learn that Captain Kirk walked in front
of Floyd's Barber Shop in the episode "The City on the Edge of Forever".
February 17 2004 at 08:39:48
Name: Carl Gregory
Comments: Wanted to know if anyone knows where the radio archives
went after KVOO radio sold a few years back? I called the new owners and
the tapes and other archives did not come with the station. Also checked
with the Oklahoma Historical Society and they apparently do not have them
in their archives either. Not sure how to contact the old station owners.
Looking for a tape from July 23, 1978 hosted by Jay Jones on the program
"Community Afairs." Thanks for any help it will be sincerely appreciated.
February 10 2004 at 14:45:03
Name: Bob Griffin
Location: Arlington, Texas
Comments: Glad to have been steered to this site and to have so many
familiar names recalled. I was privileged to have been a part of the KVOO-TV
staff on December 7, 1954 when the station went on the air. I had been hired
about three weeks earlier to work for Tad Allen in the Film Department. My
first job was to edit and cut to time the many movies we ran, and to assemble
film clips done by Tad for use in the live news and sports broadcasts. I
also worked in the projection room during local production times rolling
the film and changing projected black and white stills which were a part
of our broadcasts.
At the time, I was also a full time student at TU. I was attending on one
of the KVOO full tuition scholarships funded by Mr. Skelly and the station.
Tuition, I recall, was $400 per year. I had worked at KAKC from '52-'53,
and I worked the overnight studio engineering shift at KVOO radio from '53-'54
(Sleepwalker's Serenade, etc.). Decided I wanted
to learn more about TV so went to Pasadena Playhouse in the summer of '54,
and went to work for Channel 2 later that year. This site brings back a lot
of great memories from those times.
At the station, I especially remember people like Bill Sadler, Ray Klinge,
Harold Rassmussen, Johnny Barth - production people that taught me a lot.
In addition to being my first TV "boss" Tad Allen also gave me my first airplane
flight. That eventually led to getting my wings as an Air Force pilot, and
a pretty neat career as an executive with American Airlines, Northeast Airlines
and Pan American World Airways.
Thanks for this site. It makes for enjoyable browsing.
February 09 2004 at 19:17:48
Name: Lisa Haase
Location: Mannford, OK
Comments: This is in response to the post about Molly Murphy's. I
worked there for about a year and a half as Pocahantas. Once, I served native
Americans, they took umbrage at my character, and wrote the newspaper in
Tulsa about me, complaining.
I must say, I had the BEST time working there! The food was wonderful, the
people great, and we were always packed. Weekends were prime for tips and
I was telling my son about it, and he thinks it is fascinating!
There is a new web site about MM's, started by a visitor to this site:
February 09 2004 at 18:26:57
Name: Ryan Souders
Comments: Just wanted to document some of my memories before I forget
I remember eating at Shotgun Sam's pizza often. It had a "Shotgun Sam" spinning
on a wagon wheel on its side outside. Great place! I believe it was where
the Delta Cafe is now on 51st just west of Yale across from the fire station.
Also, who can forget Molly Murphy's? I think the old wood poles are STILL
STANDING where the sign used to be...I think the lot is a strip club now.
It was on Sheridan just north of 41st but south of the 44 overpass. I think
it got shut down due to a drug bust?
And one last thing, did I imagine this or did there used to be a waterslide
about where Celebration Station is now back in the late 70's? I think the
slide was yellow.
The former co-owner of Molly Murphy's wrote in
recently. She explained what happened (it was not drug-related).
February 09 2004 at 15:59:35
Name: Alan Langenkamp
Comments: Scope Them Turkeys Out!!!!!!
February 09 2004 at 14:51:30
Comments: The Beatles' historic performance on the Ed Sullivan Show
will air tonight during the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS.
As most know, the Letterman show is currently taped at the Ed Sullivan
February 09 2004 at 13:10:53
Name: Alan Langenkamp
Location: Sheridan Hills in Tulsa
Comments: Cool Site! I love all the old pics. I remember when Mazeppa
would dress up as a woman with two basketballs for boobs! I'd like to see
a picture of that again...or would I?
February 09 2004 at 13:09:36
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: Dee Cee
Comments: I remember one time may 10-15 years ago that a UP steamer
going to Nawlins on the old MoPac tracks passed thru Muskogee - KTUL chased
it on land and by chopper and had some great images. I may have a tape of
On a different note from here in the Capitol- Mamas don't let your babies
grow up to bring them cel phones near the White House...for reasons of national
security - all cel phones in about a 2 block radius around GW's place are
being jammed by the Secret Service today. You might start a call but it ain't
gonna last more than a minute before you are OFF the air.
They would NOT do it if it weren't a for real concern. So this is scary for
us media trash. This town LIVES on cel phones...
February 09 2004 at 12:14:32
Name: Lowell Burch
Location: Working on the railroad
Comments: The story I saw about the steam locomotive is that is was
traveling from its appearance in Houston during the Super Bowl back to its
home - Wyoming, I believe. It stopped in Wagoner and Coffeeville. I think
they said it is the largest steam engine ever built, 120 feet long at 1,000,000
pounds (50 tons?).
I wish I knew it was coming through, I would have liked to have seen it.
They interviewed one guy who missed it when it came through Arkansas (Little
Rock?) so he chased it here. It was sure billowing the smoke and steam!
February 07 2004 at 12:34:02
Name: Don Norton
Location: Tulsa, former Oil Capital of the World
Comments: Frank Morrow's reference to Robert Q. Lewis in a previous
guestbook reminded me that he (Lewis) was billed as a great ad-libber...and
was therefore sent down by CBS radio to cover the monster petroleum industry
parade held in downtown Tulsa in connection with the "world premiere" of
the movie, "Tulsa" in, I think, 1948. The industry sent so many strange looking
pieces of equipment through (making it a much longer parade than usual) that
Robert had to start relying on local people to tell him what everything was.
(But I enjoyed most of his work otherwise.)
February 07 2004 at 10:42:40
Comments: We're now on another backup Guestbook for awhile. Archived
the previous one as Guestbook 157. There, we learned
that Sam Jones is back with a new internet radio show. Larry Reasor, the
founder of Reasor's Food Stores, passed away. We remembered him with a couple
of screen shots from his commercials of the late 70s and comments from several
who knew him.
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