March 28 2011 at 18:39:20 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Movie Question Fun Email: Northeast of Eden Comments: It's great to see so "many" responses to the
movie quiz. Since no one has the right answer, yet...
The actor who played the villain in this b&w film died about 2 months
after it was released. He was quite young, and had already become quite
famous...and was heading for even loftier heights. Again: Here's the question
to answer with the film title, as to what the following line WAS NOT written
for the movie, but could have been: "Bruno didn't tell me about the dog!"
Well known film & book.
March 28 2011 at 14:53:59 Name: Scott Linder Topic: To Ann Ford Comments: Ann, It's really nice to hear from you and
your various interests in Tulsa, and those of us who were there. You were
one of those cool "Skilly's" dancers, but my folks took me once a week to
The Pink Barn. I recall that Jerry and Roberta
Keith were the owners and instructors, and they were very sweet.
It was where us poor folks went, but I met my first "real" girlfriend there
in about 1963. Her name was Eva. We remained friends for years, and we went
to a least 3 or 4 proms as well as many other dates in Tulsey town.
We also had our first intimate teen-age experiences in my '57 Chevy at the
Admiral Twin, East Screen in one of the back ramps.
I can't remember the film, but we were involved in other activities. This
was a few years before I became a Motion Picture Operator at the Admiral,
but Eva visited me in the booth many times in the 60s.
Gee... I haven't rembered these things for at least 40 years. Sure, I seem
to recall every booth and motion picture machine in Tulsa, but I'll never
By the way, the "Pink Barn" had one of those Bogen turntables with a RCA
cartridge. It sounded nice, but Eva's sweet voice on the phone was the
March 28 2011 at 01:09:24 Name: Ann Ford Topic: Skilly's Ballroom Dance School Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: I am enjoying the TULSATVMEMORIES.com more and more.
When I can't sleep, I look up things I remember about growing up in Tulsa.
I took ballroom dancing at Skilly's. Loved
it; even was a student teacher for a couple of years. It really has stayed
with me through the years. It was good for our self-esteem and gave us a
lot more confidence.
My father (Marshall Needham) always enjoyed taking his family to dances regularly
at the Indian Hills Country Club. What fun that was. Singing at the piano
bar, drinking Shirley Temples and dancing with my father.
March 27 2011 at 01:55:39 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Fun With Films
Comments: While watching a DVD'd movie this week, a new game about
movies came into my head. Here's the question: What movie should the following
line have been written for..but WASN'T?
Here's the unspoken quote: "Bruno didn't tell me about the dog."
More clues later.
1st correct wins. No Googling; no search engines
1st prize: a week for 2 in Biloxi.
2nd prize: 2 weeks for 2 in Biloxi. (All vacations must be taken in August.)
Response clock times are automatically posted here when you post, I think.
March 26 2011 at 17:55:02 Name: Scott Linder Topic: To Erick re: "Man Vs. Food" Comments: Erick, nice to hear that "Man Vs. Food" was
shooting in Tulsa last week. I'll look forward to seeing the episode.
Adam Richman and Anthony Bordain are obviously the food "stars" on the Travel
Channel. Sure, there are those idiots on other channels with bleached hair,
scary smiles, and large butts who say "evoo", but Richman and Bourdain appear
to have found a very nice place for themselves.
Of course, the Travel Channel would also be a perfect place for Alton Brown,
but I think he's probably using his current "Food Channel" deal to line his
pockets before he moves to another more interesting venues that appeal to
more intelligent viewers...
Meanwhile, I'll try to get any interesting details about the "Man Vs.Food"
Tulsa shoot from my IATSE Local 354 friends. Please give me some info, if
you have some...
March 26 2011 at 08:45:17 Name:
Jim Ruddle Topic: No Zeta Archive Comments: As far as I'm concerned, the fact that no film
exists of late fifties kids shows is a blessing. Zeta
on YouTube would ruin the rest of my life.
March 25 2011 at 14:09:02 Name: David Batterson Topic: Freaks from outer space? Email:
Oertleemail@example.com Comments: I'm not sure about Lionel's HANDyman, but Lionel
definitely is a space cadet from the constellation Leo. He probably arrived
one November in one of those Leonid meteor showers. If you asked Lionel,
he'd probably say in his usual manner: "I doesn't know."
March 25 2011 at 13:47:55 Name:
Lee Woodward Topic: Gene Weed Email: YouNeedhamDot.com Comments: Thanks David, that was most interesting. I was sorry
to learn that he had passed away. Didn't even get to the old 70.
He seemed to make a career with the Golden Globes and the Academy of Country
Music, both as director and producer. I'm sure he must have done a lot of
other things, but those, like personal appearances, never make the bios.
Now there's a topic; personal appearances. I used to refer to them as "A
Freak Peek." Because one was kind of made to feel like something from outer
space. Come to think of it...
March 24 2011 at 19:12:24 Name: David Batterson Topic: The late Gene Weed Email:
Here'sYourChange@Otasco.com Comments: In response to the posting by Lionel's straight
man, I remember hearing his name when I lived in L.A. years ago. He was a
successful TV producer and director.
March 24 2011 at 12:13:33 Name: Erick Topic: Man Vs. Food Comments: Adam Richman, host of Travel Channel's "Man
Vs. Food" was in Tulsa yesterday taping at Elote Restaurant. This establishment
is downtown in the space formerly occupied by Nelson's Buffeteria.
I hope he eventually made his way down 3rd Street to the current Nelson's
Ranch House, but I doubt it.
March 24 2011 at 06:07:18 Name: Ann (Needham) Ford Topic: Spanky's Clubhouse Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Just wondering if there are any archives of Spanky's
Clubhouse show. I was a singing guest and would like to know if there are
any of those shows still available? I think it was either 1957-1959. How
can I find out? Would love to have this for my grandchildren. Thanks! Ann
I wish. There is little footage of late 50s Tulsa TV in existence. If
there are any clips at all of Spanky's Tulsa show, I'm not aware of them.
None of the shows of that era were archived.
March 23 2011 at 17:02:43 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Jim Reid, et al Comments: OK, I will finish my thoughts with regard to
16mm projectors by mentioning the RCA ARC400 portable. This was a portable
projector that used the popular RCA 400 which was modified to use a
Strong/Ampro/Kelart/style 1Kw arc lamphouse.
A few of these machines were purchased by Tulsa High Schools during the 1960s.
I recall seeing and using them during that time. Will Rogers, Edison, and
Nathan Hale come to mind as those who may had them in their booths.
Sorry to mention this 16mm thing again, but I try to keep things tidy, whenever
my failing memory provides.
March 23 2011 at 08:16:25 Name: DolfanBob Topic: Liz Email: MiamiPhin@yahoo.com Comments: Elizabeth Taylor dead at age 79. Va Va Va Voom indeed.
March 23 2011 at 02:24:41 Name: Ann Ford Topic: Spanky's Clubhouse Email: email@example.com Comments: I was wondering if anyone remembers the Spanky
McFarland's Kiddie TV show--"Spanky's Clubhouse"? I was once a singing quest
on that show as a child and it was one of the highlights of my life. Anybody
else remember Spanky grown in his shorts and suspenders complete with beany?
March 23 2011 at 02:13:30 Name: Ann Ford Topic: "Ugh U Need-Um" Tires Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: I am formerly Ann Needham. My father was Marshall
Needham Owner and founder of Needham Tire Company. I was so thrilled to see
the stories and the sound bites from the commercials that
Jim Wheaton did for my father's business. He
was a frequent quest in our home as I was growing up and was definitely a
unique and fun person. His usual voice was the same monotone as it was on
I am in Nashville Tn now but I have many memories of Tulsa and my Father
and Jim. Thank you for doing what you are doing.
You are welcome, Ann.
March 21 2011 at 21:51:22 Name:
Lee Woodward Topic: Synthetic Names Email: AnonEMooseDot Com Comments: I just lost a note I was going to post to the "Guess
What Letter" block that is required. It's just as well as it gave me to chance
to find out a little about a name from my past.
First, Thanks to Stacy Richardson for the good info on KLIF in Dallas and
the Old Scotsman's protocol for On Air Talent.
Now to a name someone must know since we have a diverse group from Radio,
TV and film.
When I was just starting in radio at KDNT in Denton,
a fellow who used to work there showed up one day to regale the troops. Charlie
Beard knew him but Willie Nelson and I did not. Another fellow named John
who came to us from WRR in Dallas knew of him. His name was Gene Weed. Charlie
reminded him of when he would sign off programs by saying; "Your Announcer
has been Weed."
I looked him up tonight and did see that he made it to L.A. and in 1965 to
1966, hosted a TV show called "Shivaree", a musical show with great guests.
I seem to remember reading some years ago that he might have ended up being
a successful film producer?
Anyone ever work with him?
March 21 2011 at 17:08:49 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Another note to Jim Reid
Comments: Jim, just another thought about 16mm machines...
Of course, the finest 16mm machine ever made was the Norelco FP16. It featured
a genuine Geneva intermittent movement, and could accept a variety of lamphouses,
including xenon. In addition, the machine has large reel magazines that will
easily screen a full 16mm emulsion-in feature with no change-overs.
Nice... I don't believe that any one of these machines was ever in any booth
in Tulsa, as far as I know. Then again, I'm over sixty years old, and I can't
remember what I had for lunch yesterday.
Of course, other lovely 16mm machines included the Eastman Model 25, and
the German-made Hortzen... Hmmmm.
March 21 2011 at 15:40:02 Name: Scott Linder Topic: To Jim Reid
Comments: Jim, I'm glad that you had a good experience with your
Pageant 300 machines during your screening. Those machines had some issues
with the intermittent movements, and the Marc 300 lamps varied in color
temperature but I'm glad that you had a great experience during your screening.
Best of luck during your next feature. You appear to be showing the "real
movies" that we all enjoy.
March 21 2011 at 12:06:30 Name: KnuckleDuster Topic: Metal Venue in Henryetta, OK Comments: The Mosh Hall
Address: 310 W. Main Street
Henryetta, OK 74437
They feature independent Metal and Hardcore bands and also welcome Death
Metal, Grind, Punk, Screamo, Post/Rock, and Indie. Capacity: 100+. The Mosh
Hall functions as a youth center/live music venue and will host shows any
night of the week. Pretty brave effort in a town where until the 90's you
couldn't dance within 300 feet of a church.
March 21 2011 at 06:57:22 Name: Mitch Gray Topic: Monikers Email: North Of You Comments: Al Michaels of NBC is the real deal.
I used an alias for a short time (Mitch Rivers) but went back to my real
name shortly. I couldn't prove to the girls that I really was on the air!
March 21 2011 at 01:09:56 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Jock Pseudonyms Email: Northeast of Eden Comments: The dude who pulled me into market for my first
Tulsa radio job went on to be Mitch Michaels in various larger markets.
Originally from Fort Smith, he's really Terrell Metheny. No relation to Pat.
I think he went by Ron Terrell in Tulsa.
March 20 2011 at 06:40:44 Name: David Bagsby Topic: Radio names Comments: The 'Michaels' names at stations across the
US sounds like the 'John Bigbooty' phenomenon from Buckaroo Bonsai.
March 19 2011 at 20:12:39 Name: Stacy Richardson Topic: Gordon McLendon and jock names Comments: Lee brings up an interesting point. I worked
at KLIF during the McLendon reign, and at that time, all of the jocks used
either their real names, variants of their real names, or air names which
they took with them after they left the station (e.g., "Jimmy Rabbitt").
However, in two cases I know of, the McLendon stations retained ownership
of the names associated with their stations' morning shows: the "Charlie
and Harrigan" show on KLIF, and the "Hudson and Harrigan" show on KILT in
When it came time for one member of the team or both members to move on,
the show name remained in place. Usually the listeners were told the departing
team was "on vacation," and two or three weeks later, a new version of "Charlie
and Harrigan" or "Hudson and Harrigan" would be in place.
Two jocks who came to fame as "Hudson and Harrigan" on KILT were later known
on other stations under their real names, "Stevens and Pruitt." The most
famous of the "Irving Harrigans" on KLIF was long-time Dallas morning man
Ron Chapman, who spent many years on the morning show -- AS the morning show
-- on KVIL, and later, KLUV.
I have heard of instances in which stations -- not, to the best of my knowledge,
McLendon stations -- ordered singing jingles for jocks who had yet to be
hired by the station; the station just made up the names out of whole cloth.
So the next guy they hired became "Johnny Michaels," or whatever name the
jingle singers had sung.
By the way, does anyone know of a broadcast personality who uses the last
name "Michaels," and it's his-or-her REAL NAME? I have yet to hear of one.
If you go to the Tulsa phone book, for example, and count the number of
"Michaelses," you'll find a dozen names or fewer. The name simply doesn't
occur naturally. But every city seems to have at least one "Michaels"
March 19 2011 at 19:52:29 Name: Stacy Richardson Topic: Minding your "K"s and "W"s Comments: Other examples of stations whose call letters
don't follow the current rules: WRR in Dallas; WBBZ in Ponca City; WWLS in
Norman (formerly WNAD); KYW in Philadelphia (and Cleveland, in earlier years);
and, of course, KDKA in Pittsburgh. It is interesting that some stations
were not only allowed to retain their "W" (or "K") call letters, but were
even allowed to change the call letters other than the first one (WNAD -->
WWLS), and move them from one city to another (as in the case of Westinghouse
and their KYW, first in Cleveland, then in Philly).
March 19 2011 at 17:25:42 Name: John K. Young Topic: This Episode Brought to you by "K"
& "W" Email:
johnk662561atyahoodotcom Comments: I just wanted to thank everyone for the answer to
my question about WKY. It was very informative and I appreciate the info!
March 19 2011 at 11:27:44 Name:
Lee Woodward Topic: Gordon McLendon Email: GetKadaffyDuckDotCom Comments: In an exchange with a former broadcast friend, he
mentioned a nom de plume he was known by when on radio, way back. I immediately
wondered if he had ever read much about Gordon McLendon, whom in earlier
entries here, I had credited him with creating the idea of giving phony names
to DJs for the simple reason to make them expendable if they got so uppity
as to ask for more money. Since most of his staff sounded somewhat similar,
I assumed it to be true. In
looking Gordon up on
Wikipedia, this was never mentioned. If anyone knows about this aspect,
I did discover a ton of things I didn't know, including that he did not invent
"Top Forty", just that he made it wildly successful.
It's a fascinating read about a fascinating character.
Read more about Gordon McLendon and see him in his role as a scientist
in one of the two B sci-fi movies he financed, "The Killer
Shrews", reviewed here on TTM.
Wikipedia notes that he was involved with pirate radio in the 1960s, as was
former KVOO Limey DJ Garry
March 19 2011 at 01:34:05 Name: Jim Reid Topic: Handling Film
Comments: Scott, I'm really enjoying your remembrances of working
in the booth.
My first RV job was as a projectionist/switcher. I switched all the station
breaks and loaded all the film and slides. During newscasts I stayed in
projection running the newsfilm, cueing the directors in and out of the sync
I have always loved film, and began collecting 16mm film when I was 12 years
old. I still have monthly movie nights at my house and do non-theatrical
screenings all around North Texas.
Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to run my films in a real theater for
the first time. We had an Our Gang retrospective at the Texas Theater. That's
they theater where they caught Lee Harvey Oswald. The 35mm gear there is
trashed, as is the balcony seating. I set my Pageant Marc 300s up halfway
down the balcony. Got a pretty good image on the screen. The folks that run
the theater want us to do more shows. I think we will. Next time it's Laurel
March 17 2011 at 11:20:58 Name: Ken Ragsdale Topic: WKY Email: ragsdaleandassoc at aol dot
com Comments: These three links may provide the information you're
March 17 2011 at 08:43:45 Name: Chuck Fullhart Topic: "W" west of the Mississippi Email:
dialup.steamgenerator.partyline.3rdtelephonepolewestofgeneralstore.edgeofcivilization Comments: After doing some more reading on this, seems the
FCC has been licensing stations and ship calls since 1912.
In synopsis, the original dividing line for K and W ran north starting from
the New Mexico-Texas Border and ran north from there to the Canadian border
, which explains why WKY begins with "W".
In 1923, the FCC shifted the dividing line for commercial station calls to
the Mississippi River. "K"s were assigned to new stations, but those with
"W" were allowed to keep theirs.
March 17 2011 at 08:03:33 Name: Chuck Fullhart Topic: "W" west of the Mississippi Email:
partyline.generator.dialup.edgeofcivilization Comments: I can''t remember the exact date that the FCC
implemented the rule making procedure for the "W" and the "K" system for
station calls, but it seems like it was around '34 or '35. KY went on the
air around '29, possibly even earlier, which is why the call starts with
"W" rather than "K". KDKA in Pittsburg was on the air prior to the rulemaking.
The rule was implemented, obviously, to make a little sense of the calls
given to station in the new industry.
Didn't the Tulsa World own a station for awhile, in the infancy days of the
industry, ca. the early 30s, with a call sign starting with "W"?
March 17 2011 at 00:01:07 Name: John K. Young Topic: WKY in OKC Email:
johnk662561atyahoodotcom Comments: Here is a question that woke me from a sound sleep
last night. How did Oklahoma TV and Radio station WKY get away with having
a "W" call sign when they were west of the Mississippi River? Was WKY created
before the rule and allowed to skate by or was there more to it?
I know this is coming in from way out in left field, but my mind snaps in
odd places sometimes! LOL
March 16 2011 at 23:18:56 Name: Alex Rivers Topic: Leon Email: Daddiorivers@gmail.com Comments: Am I missing something here or is the whole town
of Tulsa so out of touch, that there has been no mention of "The master of
space and time" Mr. Leon Russell has finally been inducted into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame posted on this wonderful website?
Greetings from Daddio Rivers, on the banks of Davis Creek somewhere in the
middle of Missouri.
Rock on Mr. Russell and God bless.
Shame on you fellow "Leon Lifers" for ignoring Mikes' web page and Blog.
If I am missing a post forgive me. If not "Rejoice" Leon got his due!!
March 16 2011 at 12:59:58 Name:
Jim Ruddle Topic: Nomenclature Comments: John Hillis' comments about nomenclature of
the past reminded me of one of the tiny moments that helped to make the business
as much fun as it was.
We had a German woman who was an accomplished film editor, having worked
in a major film studio in her native country. One afternoon, while editing
a piece on something important, our eyes were distracted by a rabbit hopping
across the scene.
Without missing a beat, she said: "Hare in the gate."
March 16 2011 at 11:14:12 Name: Scott Linder Topic: The Button-Stomper Blues
Comments: Mr. Hillis, thanks for your note, and film department
info. I have a rudimentary understanding of the popular RCA film chain, TP-66
16mm projector, slide drum and telop machines, but I'd love to hear more!!
I'm sure you realize that our recent "projectionist" thing is all in good
fun. I really enjoy hearing about the personal and "inside" aspects of our
OK... I will now admit that the term used for Operators by our various "friends"
who truly wished to annoy us was "button stomper". The term came from the
picture change-over control in most booths, which was a foot button located
on the floor by each machine.
So... Operator, projectionist, button-stomper or just "the guy in the booth"
are quite fine. It was a job that I really enjoyed.
March 15 2011 at 18:54:00 Name:
John Hillis Topic: Ooops! Comments: Sorry for the mischaracterization of Operators.
I learn new stuff every day, and that nomenclature was today's.
My use of the P-word comes from the dear, dead TV days when the film and
slide chain was how shows, commercials, and news stories ran, as did the
guy who threaded the film and loaded the slides on the drum. Hairs in the
gate were the norm and busted splices on-air just to keep things interesting.
That part of the good old days was not better. Now, I'll catch heat from
March 15 2011 at 15:41:49 Name: Scott Linder, again Topic: My projectionist remark Comments: Just a note with regard to my last post...
My comment "don't EVER call me a projectionist" was,of course ,borrowed from
Daily Planet editor Perry White (played by John Hamilton) during the Superman
TV series in the 50s.
During almost every episode, he would say: "...and don't call me CHIEF!!!"
toward the other Daily Planet regulars. Of course, "Great Caesar's Ghost!!"
was also often heard.
And Jimmy Olson always answered "Right, Chief!"
March 14 2011 at 16:48:59 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Mr. Hillis's post Comments: I loved your post, and your remark with regard
to those of us who worked in the booth. It's nice to recall those films that
the audience loved, but Operators screened many motion pictures with titles
that we don't care to remember!!
After all, we were all hired to screen whatever reels were in the booth when
we arrived for our shift. Then, we "put 'em in the top, and took 'em out
of the bottom" after every changeover. We didn't shoot 'em, we just screened
Just a note... none of us ever used the term "projectionist". We were always
known as "Operators", even by the theatre managers. This came from the term
"Motion Picture Operator" which was our profession as known by the IATSE
Nothing personal, but please don't EVER call me a "projectionist".
March 13 2011 at 19:08:57 Name:
John Hillis Topic: Projectionist's Nightmare Comments:
Knowing the webmaster's fondness for all things
U.N.C.L.E., I submit into evidence this clip that
makes the Mr. Waverly role look like Hamlet.
We take our hats off to the projectionists that had to run movies like this
one night after night at whichever drive-in.
March 13 2011 at 17:41:47 Name: Scott Linder Topic: A Ritz correction Comments: After remembering the cloud projectors at the
Ritz, I was reminded that they were actually Brenograph machines that were
installed when the theatre opened in about 1926. These were a part of the
original equipment that was specified by Edward Saunders, who designed the
As far as I can tell, these original Brenograph machines were kept working
by Tulsa Stagehands Local 513 until sometime in the 1940s, when the mica
cloud discs and lamps were replaced with parts from Kliegl Brothers. Apparently,
these machines continued to operate until the Ritz was demolished in about
I think I forgot to mention that the Ritz had Simplex E7 projectors with
RCA 9030 sound heads and Simplex 4-track magnetic penthouses which were added
in the 50s. The lamps were Strong Super 135s with bulb-type rectifiers.
The booth was located high in the upper balcony which required custom made
projector aperture plates, and a screen that was tilted slightly up-stage.
This was to prevent image distortion, as was common in large theatres at
Motion Picture Operator and Local 513 member Carney Burton was the lead Operator
at the Ritz for at least 40 years. If you saw a film at the Ritz after 6:00pm
during that time, Carney was in the booth. He was a sweet man, and showed
me a lot about how lenses work.
OK,once again, I'll shut now.
March 13 2011 at 11:42:15 Name: Rick M Topic: Re: Rogues Five Comments: I had the fortune of growing up around the
corner from the house I.J. Ganem lived in. He and the band were much older,
but as kids we would ride our bicycles and park across the street when we
heard the band practicing in his parents garage. They ignored us of course,
but we were still awe struck in that we had our own live music 'venue'.
Years later I had the opportunity to speak to I.J. at an event he was playing.
I introduced myself and told him of my bicycle days in the Saddlerock
neighborhood. I was impressed by his charm and openness to recall those days
of our youth. Turns out his private record label is called Saddlerock
March 13 2011 at 11:35:31 Name: Terri Topic: Southroads Mall Comments: Downstairs Southroads included The Manhole,
which was a hip extension of Orbach's. Poise-n-Ivy was down the eastern hall.
I worked at Street's upstairs in the mid-70s. And you didn't dare descend
the open-backed stairs while clad in a dress. Guys sat on a small wall under
the stairs, and...well..ahem...
March 13 2011 at 11:13:08 Name: David Bagsby Topic: J. Apple Comments: Mr. Apple! I have a message from you on KELi
letterhead about my former band 'The Hosejobs' where you give us some requested
advice on our demo tape... glad you're doing well!
March 13 2011 at 11:04:16 Name: Jonathan Apple Topic: KELi Email: JRabick@bellsouth.net Comments: Hi There!
The guys look great, but on the caption it has a listing of the DJs in the
picture. The first DJ on the left with the checkered pants and wide belt
March 12 2011 at 19:22:03 Name: David Batterson Topic: Puttin' on the Ritz Email:
DavidLeftCoast@paradise.com Comments: The Ritz was my fave theater too. Wow, what a great
movie experience. 5 stars!
March 12 2011 at 16:32:45 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Those record listening booths Comments: I clearly recall those record listening booths
in Jenkins Music, as well as most every other store at the time. Most all
of these featured Bogen turntables with RCA VR-style cartridges that would
track both 78 and 45 wide groove tracks. Later on, Bogen offered a retrofit
for listening booths that tracked those "new" 33 rpm microgroove discs. All
were driven by about a two-watt tube preamp that used a
12AX7 and a set of mono Telex headphones,
as I recall.
Of course, no potential record buyer at the time appeared to understand that
they might be buying a disc that had been played many times before their
Then again, their was something rather nice about the sound of that disc
noise behind our favorite music... I still listen to
The Anita Kerr Singers and many other favorites
that I have transferred to CD. Many of which are courtesy of my old
KVOO friend Jack Campbell.
I hadn't seen Anita's website previously; here it is:
March 11 2011 at 20:33:20 Name:
Mike Miller Topic: Jenkins Music
Comments: Thanks for sharing the secrets of the Ritz, Scott. I
always wondered how it all worked.
My dad's dancing school's original location was above the Jenkins Music store.
That was probably around 1935. He moved to 15th and Newport a few years later.
And Ron, I remember those record booths where you could preview music before
buying. Most of us just previewed, though. Those were the old 78 rpm
March 11 2011 at 19:34:52 Name: Ron W Topic: Jenkins Music
Comments: Another wonderful memory of my youth. My mom was a piano
teacher and after school (Central High) mom had a list of sheet music for
me to pick up for her. Jenkins had 3 or 4 booths that had record players
in them so I had to listen to the latest rock and roll song that was out.
78 and 45 rmp speed was the only records at the time. That was really the
'good old days' to me.
March 11 2011 at 19:05:23 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Mike Miller's comments Comments: Mike, the Ritz was my favorite too. The 'stars'
in the sky were simple sign lamps that twinkled, thanks to a basic mechanical
sign-flasher. The "clouds" were provided by four Kliegl Brothers effects
projectors with cloud discs that were probably original equipment at the
Ritz. For decades, these machines were maintained and repaired by members
of Tulsa Stagehands Local 354. Yes, I'm still a member after all these years.
Milton Schlosser did often perform as organist at the Ritz. I think the last
time I heard him was before a showing of "South Pacific" in about 1958. Yes,
it was on a Friday night with me and my folks. Yes, we had dinner at Bishop's
and walked the streets of "Downtown". I always wanted to look in the windows
of Jenkins Music right across the street from Bishop's.
Actually,my "other life" as a musician in Tulsa began as a student of Syd
David, who worked at Jenkins Music for years, as well as being a member of
the Tulsa Philharmonic. OK, that's REALLY another story!
Yep, I stll pay my dues to IATSE locals 354, 513 and Musicians Local 94 after
all these years. I know where I came from, and I support my Tulsa
March 11 2011 at 16:41:02 Name: Bob Anthony Topic: Tulsa Bands Email:
email@example.com Comments: How about a section on Tulsa bands of the 60s &
70s such as Rogues Five, Tulsa County, Thunder & Lightening, El Roacho
with pictures bios & more. I currently live in Seattle & there is
a great site about Pacific NW Bands that someone could check out as a blueprint
for a possible site. Here's a link:
There is such a site out there:
Tulsa Local Music of the 60s &
70s. But it hasn't been developed that much since it was created. I don't
think I could take on a whole new site myself, since I am kind of busy with
career things at the moment, but some material of that type has been posted
here in the past, e.g., this about the Rogues V,
and this about Sundog/The Hallucinations in GB 293.
If more material were posted here, I could certainly create a new page or
two or however many it takes.
March 11 2011 at 15:59:56 Name:
Mike Miller Topic: The Ritz Theater
Comments: As a kid the Ritz was by far my favorite movie theater.
Before home air conditioning, my parents would take me to an downtown theater
just to cool off. Most neighborhood theaters were air cooled, not air
I loved the moving clouds and blinking stars but also the Ritz organ played
by Milton Schlosser. Schlosser once let me play a tune on it. Of course my
short legs couldn't reach the pedal board or understand how to use it, but
it was sure a thrill to play the Ritz Organ. (I had several requests but
March 11 2011 at 10:38:14 Name: Brian Topic: Southroads Mall Email: brian74055@hotmail,com Comments: I do miss the old Southroads Mall. I do wonder about
the lower level. Did they fill it in or is it still there but not accessible
to the public?
March 10 2011 at 18:34:37 Name: Lazzaro Topic: Yonder's Tulsa!! Comments:
To keep things tidy, as our resident Motion Picture Operator might say, my
false memory of the film 'Tulsa' including a scene with buttes and a race
into town aboard an oil-laden wagon has been resolved, I think. The film
I was thinking of is 'In Old Oklahoma' aka 'War of the Wildcats', a 1943
production featuring John Wayne, Martha Scott, Gabby Hayes, Dale Evans, Albert
Dekker amongst others. Again, Netflix doesn't have it in stock but it's available
for live streaming there.
March 10 2011 at 10:50:14 Name: Webmaster Topic: Previous GroupBlog link Comments: