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April 06 2002 at 18:36:45
Name: Mike Bruchas
Comments: Have we mentioned it before? Bob Losure is doing some
infomercial now on cable channels - saw it briefly but did not know what
the product is....
April 06 2002 at 12:22:59
Comments: We earlier mentioned the band "Purple Overdose" (Lee's
son Merritt Woodward is in it.) Their music is melodic, psychedelic pop with
heavier overtones. But here, from Lee's generation, is a very different take
on a heavy-metal/pop classic: check out Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme's
fantastic version of Soundgarden's
"Black Hole Sun". My brother
passed this one along to me.
April 04 2002 at 21:08:03
Name: Leslie Swiggart
Comments: Great site! I grew up hanging out at Channel 8 where my
dad, Hurst Swiggart, worked. We were all together for Easter, and my mother
mentioned that she had seen an obituary for a Homer Wayne Johnson about a
month ago. She assumed that it wasn't Channel 8's Wayne because there was
no mention of TV or of Tuffy. But how many Homer Waynes could there be? Anyone
know if Wayne is still alive and well? I hope? Best wishes to all!
April 03 2002 at 18:04:08
Name: Dave Jones
Comments: I can't believe I stumbled on this gold mine of memories.
I was a "Big 97 jock" in the late 60's along with Scooter B, Lee Bayley,
Steve Suttle, Robert Walker and all the others. In fact, Scooter hired me
as a green 18-year old starting in the overnight slot.
I went on to KRAV "the sounds of the seventies" and eventually to television
at KTEW (KJRH) and KTUL.
I am now at The Weather Channel network in Atlanta as Director of Broadcast
Engineering. I am glad to see Scooter B. is well and it is great to hear
about all of the people I grew up with in Tulsa radio and television. Keep
up the good work! I have audio and pictures from the 60's to share soon.
Welcome, Dave! We eagerly anticipate hearing more from you.
April 03 2002 at 17:24:50
Name: John Hillis
Comments: Chet Atkins is indeed departed to the Big RCA Victor thumb
pickin' Studio in the Sky...
Incidentally, I picked up a Rhino compilation of Hank Thompson hits at Best
Buy this weekend. From "Humpty Dumpty Heart" (predating Billy Ray Cyrus by
a good half-century) to Jack Guthrie's "Oklahoma Hills." Last I heard, Hank
was still with us. But I'm back east, where news travels slow.
03 2002 at 13:55:11
Comments: Sonny Hollingshead just sent me this link to an
about a new book, Hi There, Boys and Girls: America's Local Children's
The author, Tim Hollis, did some of his research on TTM. It will interesting
to see what he has to say about Tulsa TV. If anyone has read it yet, please
let us know. You can read about it on Amazon.com by clicking on the book
April 03 2002 at 11:20:54
Name: Mike Bruchas
Comments: We had an argument here today - I said Chet Atkins has left
this planet and a friend said, nay....if you are looking for a site to verify
who's still with us - try
is truly gone but his music and talent discoveries play on.....RIP
April 01 2002 at 19:22:56
Name: Mitch Schauer
Location: LA LA Land
Comments: During the mid 60's, KTUL-TV sponsored a contest for viewers
to submit drawings of Don Woods' Gusty. (I have no memory of what the contest
was about or what the prizes were.)
Being an artistic elementary school student and a big fan of Woods' drawing
ability, I submitted my drawings of Gusty doing various "weather" things.
Naturally, I was heartbroken when the winner was a little girl who had drawn
and colored a Gusty in hues of a rainbow.
But, I had the last laugh of sorts when my design of Gusty holding an umbrella
and extending his hand out for a drop of rain began being used by Woods on
occasional forecasts! What thrills we seek when growing up in the great city
April 01 2002 at 17:36:57
Comments: Here are three Tulsa TV titans: Lee Woodward, Bob Hower
and Bob Mills (more about Bob Mills at the bottom
of the Fantastic Theater page), photo courtesy of Lee. Don Lundy told
us in Guestbook 1 that Bob Mills passed away in 1998.
April 01 2002 at 16:47:15
Name: Mike Miller
Location: Vienna, Virginia (Beltway, DC)
Comments: The Washington Post this morning reports the death of Ed
Turner, a former reporter and news director at KWTV in Oklahoma City, who
later helped launch CNN in Atlanta.
According to the Post, the 66-year-old Turner, a native of Bartlesville,
died of liver cancer at George Washington University Hospital.
Ed left Oklahoma City television in 1966 to set up the news department of
then Metromedia-owned WTTG-TV, Channel 5 in Washington. When I joined the
Channel 5 news staff in 69, Ed was Vice President of News. Mike Buchanan,
also from Oklahoma City, was news director at that time. Turner launched
the highly successful 10 p.m. news here in D.C. and it soon became the top-rated
newscast, airing an hour before the network affiliates' news shows.
Ed Turners nickname at CNN was No Relation. In 1984 he
was named executive vice president for news gathering, a post he held for
most of his CNN career.
The Post reports Turner helped the network open all its bureaus and oversaw
coverage of the space shuttle Challengers explosion, the Iran-Contra
hearings, the Tiananmen Square protests and the attempted coup in Russia
Ed was a likeable, laid-back executive. Im sure some TTM readers will
April 01 2002 at 12:28:29
Name: David Bagsby
Location: Lawrence KS- where it's 74 degrees right now
Comments: Primate Control Institute is indeed a spin on Climate Control
Institute. I imagined that if the movie, "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes"
had been shot in Tulsa, that would have been the name of "Ape Management".
Swooty Crawdad is a composite of Swooty (a Mazeppa neologism I learned about
here at TTM) and Crawdad (which were plentiful in the ditch outside my house
April 01 2002 at 12:06:10
Comments: Speaking of Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey", Mazeppa once
lip-synched it on his show. The record repeatedly got stuck on the line,
"...and I surprised her with a puppy...", which permanently gave the song
surreal overtones in my mind.
I believe Mr. Bagsby was punning on the Climate Control Institute, where
you could learn air-conditioning/heating repair. It was frequently advertised
on local TV. Mitch Schauer defined the word "swooty" for us in Guestbook
27; oft used by Mazeppa, it means "funky", which means "smelly", just like
the dress in Three Dog Night's version of "Try a Little Tenderness"
I switched to a different Guestbook; the regular one again decided not
to let the same person sign more than once. I'm hopeful that it will be corrected
soon. You can always get to the correct Guestbook by clicking on a Guestbook
link on the main TTM site.
April 01 2002 at 11:21:22
Name: Wilhelm Murg
Location: Hobo Jungle, Tulsa OK
March 31 2002 at 19:08:43
The most surreal experience of the weekend (and there are a few to choose
from) came Friday night when I and OUTline
Andrew Hicks went to see T-Town's loudest and greatest band, the mighty Billy
Joe Winghead (www.winghead.com) at Curly's.
The night before, Winghead bassist Steve Jones (no relation to the Sex Pistol
guitarist except in spirit) called me and mentioned that Purple Overdose
would be on the bill, which I knew was young Mr. Woodward's band. I can not
describe the sensation of hanging out with Lee Woodward in the Brady district
as Winghead blew the roof off the place with their theremin version of "The
Peter Gunn Theme" (not to mention their hardcore/thrash version of the Bobby
Goldboro death classic "Honey").
My favorite moment was when Jones shook hands with Lee and said "I ought
to know you." I said "Imagine him with a lion puppet on his hand." You could
see the look of excitement on Jones' face as he screamed "AND THAT WAS THE
HAND!" Jones also noted that Winghead is really into eating hard-boiled eggs
(you don't know what a relief it was to finally see Cool Hand Luke again
recently - I hadn't seen it since I was a child - now every week I'm finding
a reference to it on everything from The Simpsons -"takin' it off, Boss"
- to Billy Joe Winghead humor). Winghead will be one of the main bands at
Mayfest 2002 if you missed them at the Curly's show.
Purple Overdose has an intense sound based in the later day style of the
British Invasion (post-Sgt. Pepper) with an alternative/metal edge mixed
into the paisley gum. I only got to hear a few songs (yes, Virginia, writers
and publishers have meetings at midnight) but I liked what I heard and I'm
looking forward to their CD.
Totally off the subject: My friend Roy Lee - who went to school with David
Bagsby - and I were sitting around listening to David's
Jethro Tulsa-The Magic Empire Strikes Back.
We were trying to figure out all of the puns on the disc, and suddenly realized
that we are the same age, from the same part of Tulsa, and from the same
punk rock scene as Bagsby and WE were having trouble figuring it out. Maybe
that would be a good contest - see who can get the most of Bagsby's puns
(we got caught up on "Primate Control Institute" (Shadow Mountain + Monkey
Island?) and "Swooty Crawdads" (no clue).
Even more off the subject: Jethro Tull (The Real Deal) is coming to Tulsa
in June. I'm interviewing Ian Anderson Tuesday for OUTline. If you've ever
wanted to ask the man a question, here's your chance; shoot me an email.
Until Next Time - Wilhelm
Thanks for the report, Wilhelm. I would have gone, too, but had to work.
Purple Overdose has three free
downloadable songs in MP3 available from their website. I'm listening as
I type this, and I like it very much.
I thought Winghead was the most entertaining band at Mayfest 2001. I can
just imagine the pathos oozing from their version of "Honey".
Cool Hand Luke featured
Lee's brother/Merritt's uncle Morgan in the role of Boss Godfrey, aka The
Man With No Eyes. According to the IMDb, Paul Newman really did eat all 50
of those hard-boiled eggs.
|Date: March 30 2002 at 21:09:44
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: Chicago this week
Well - we lost another TV comedy icon from TV's formative years with Milton
Berle's passing this week at 93. Someone said he never met someone else's
joke that he didn't like...Someone told me once that he had been at ORU one
time but forgot the occasion. Anyone know more about this??? I presume too
that if his show initially aired in Tulsey, it was probably on KOTV - can
anyone confirm seeing this way way back when?
|Date: March 30 2002 at 15:51:08
Name: John Young
Location: Sand Springs
This is in response to Frank Morrow's story about the two students who didn't
"get" the imagery from the radio dramas. Some people, for whatever reason,
aren't able to visualize things. It's not lack of imagination so much as
it's the person being too "literal minded". I am acquainted with a guy who
can't get a mental picture when he is reading something. He says he "hates
to read because all it is is words on a page..." It's sad when you stop to
think about some folks having that problem. I love to read and I love the
old radio dramas for the same reason: The mental pics I get are better than
anything I could see on a screen!
|Date: March 29 2002 at 13:12:49
Name: Lowell Burch
Location: In front of the TV waiting for the Final Four
Jim, I was obviously wrong about how many movies you were in. Probably I
saw the same movie twice. Are you sure you weren't in UHF? OK, I didn't think
I am enjoying the guestbook and it was good to hear from Dr. Kraus. Being
a former Scot, I remember him from McLain.
Dan Call gave me tickets to the Lou Rawls concert last week. Pretty decent
concert. Tight rhythm section and the Tulsa Philamonic was brilliant.
|Date: March 29 2002 at 13:06:34
Name: Frank Morrow
When I was in graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin in the
1970s and 80s, I had a class where we compared and contrasted all the
various media. I chose to make a presentation on radio drama, using excerpts
of Gunsmoke and Inner Sanctum as examples.
What was curious was that, because the younger students in the class had
grown up only watching TV for drama and only listening to the radio for music,
some of them expressed difficulty in comprehending how radio could present
drama. I explained how radio drama let you form the pictures in your mind,
making the experience very vivid, because your mind produced the most ideal
and perfect images. Some of them expressed doubt about this.
After we darkened the room, I played the tape. When the lights went on I
noticed the wide-eyed reaction to almost all the students. They couldnt
believe what they had experienced. What an impact!
And yet, there were two students who had strange looks on their faces. All
they had heard were a bunch of rather unrelated, disconnected sounds. They
explained that they had not been able to put all the sounds together in their
mind in order to make the experience comprehensible.
And, this was incomprehensible to me.
|Date: March 29 2002 at 11:54:40
son, Merritt Woodward, is in a "psychedelic dream pop" band called "Purple
Overdose". John Wooley interviewed Merritt for an article in the Spot section
of today's Tulsa World. The band plays at Curly's@The East End (216 E. Elgin)
in the renascent Brady district tonight at 9:30. This is their third appearance
at Curly's; a CD on Buddah Records is due out in late April.
The article mentions that Merritt's brother, Stan Woodward, is a drummer
with the Dallas Jazz Orchestra.
|Date: March 29 2002 at 04:53:23
Archived Guestbook 104...
National newsman Jim Hartz visited for the first time. He started at KOTV
in the early 60s on "Sun Up" and as news anchor.
New grad David Reynolds asks for advice about breaking into the radio
business. Several books about radio were discussed. National talker Art Bell
was mentioned. Joe Riddle at KRMG has an old-time radio show from 8:10-10:00
p.m. on Saturday nights. Legendary Johnny Martin of KRMG was remembered.
This year's Easter Pageant was cancelled, but we learned that it has not
always been a staid event. Weird Al's "UHF" is coming out on DVD 6/4/2002.
Upside-down yodeler and guitar player Charles Marsh was in "UHF" and a subject
of conversation in this Guestbook. We heard from several new readers and
many regular contributors.
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