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April 06 2009 at 21:31:09
Name: Gary Chew
Topic: B-Girl at the Pacer-Fina
: I can't identify the lady in the picture with the firecracker, but I most certainly can identify with the price of gas as shown in the vintage Ford photo of the service station. Was it ever so?

Piqued, or is that Peaked(?), the Del Dude, here.

April 06 2009 at 20:41:41
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Return of the B Girl Mystery

In GroupBlog 273, I displayed two photos from the Beryl Ford Collection. In each, an attractive model is holding a letter B, presumably as a promotion for someone or something.

I just stumbled onto another one. There are clues this time.

The header is "Baron Walters. Vol 1, No 6 Drummer cover", dated 7/1960. Who is that? The only related item I could find on the internet was another Beryl Ford photo labelled "Baron-Walters Pacer Fina service station at 1630 East Apache". But that modest establishment hardly seems worthy of such a pulchritudinous campaign. (Later note: Erick speculated in GB 288 that Baron Walters was an ad agency and that maybe these are promotions of the ad agency itself.)

The checkerboard linoleum set seen below also appears in this photo tagged "White Advertising Agency". I found this salty reference to the agency (and Oral Roberts) on Google Books.

One of the previous B girls has the caption, "Gaslite Club Brookside Gaslite Girl $ Bacon Waffles". Is "Bacon Waffles" poor penmanship for "Baron Walters"?

Return of the B girl

"Baron-Walter Pacer Fina station"
Courtesy of Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library, Tulsa Historical Society

April 06 2009 at 19:33:49
Name: Michael
Topic: Borden's, House of Hobbies, Royal Fork, W.T. Grant
Email: Richardson's U-All-No Mints
Comments: Uhh...I had completely forgotten about Borden's "treasure chest," from which kids who had cleaned their plates could select a toy on the way out (enforced by parents, of course). It was often the highlight of the evening for my siblings and me. How could I have forgotten about this? I dunno, but I have this vague memory of having a "Chinese finger trap" stuck to one of my fingers so tightly that it had to be cut off (the trap, not the finger).

House of Hobbies, on the south side of Admiral just west of Sheridan Village, was indeed a wonderful place--kind of a Mecca for pre-teen boys, in fact. It was a bit too far to walk, so I didn't get there as often as I might have. Their prices were a bit higher, too. I think the popular Hawk model airplane kits there were 50 cents, as they were at Ben Franklin and most other stores, but most other kits at H of H were a dollar, when Oertle's (and some others) sold them for 88 cents.

However, H of H had something no one else had: ROCO Minitanks. These were fully-assembled models of dozens of various military vehicles, mostly World War II tanks but a lot of other things too. They ranged in price from a quarter for a small jeep to a couple of dollars for an Honest John missile launcher. What fascinated us was the astonishing variety of vehicles available, many of which we had never seen before. The favourite was probably the German SdKfz 234 eight-wheeled armoured car of WW2, which came in at least three varieties of armament. This was such a strange-looking vehicle that most guys on our block had at least one. I think I had four or five. There were, however, a few nay-sayers who insisted that such a bizarre-looking vehicle could not have really existed; after all, you never see them in movies, right? All ROCO Minitanks, made in Austria, were in dark green plastic and lent themselves very well to custom painting. We even devised our own wargame rules for them, using a living room as a battlefield. Each vehicle was allowed a certain number of inches it could move. To fire, you took an empty .22 rifle cartridge (everybody seemed to collect these) and tossed it underhand from the vicinity of the firing vehicle toward the target. A hit resulted in a satisfying click sound and an enemy vehicle turned on its side with a cotton ball for smoke. I think ROCO Minitanks are still being produced, and I still have a few somewhere in a box.

Royal Fork: One night my brother and I had a shrimp-eating contest. The shrimp at Royal Fork were a bit bigger than a quarter and heavily breaded, but who cared when you could eat all you wanted? My memory is not crystal-clear, but I think I won with 53.

A few years later, at a W.T. Grant counter in Tucson, Arizona, several dorm buddies and I did roughly the same thing, with shrimp that if anything were even smaller. After we'd eaten a couple dozen apiece, the waitress insisted upon bringing the shrimp out to us one at a time, each on a little tea-saucer sized plate (possibly to discourage us so we'd leave; it didn't work). By the time we were full, there were several stacks of empty plates at least 18 inches high. I have no recollection of who won or how many shrimp in total we ate, but Grant's went out of business shortly thereafter. We always bragged that it was due to us. I remember the Grant's in downtown Tulsa; quite large with a remarkable selection of stuff.

April 06 2009 at 14:10:04
Name: roy lee
Topic: Parkey's Restaurant
Email: royleeshouseatgeemail
Comments: That building has been a bar and a hangout of mine for quite awhile. It has bounced from bad country to karaoke to serious pool player crowds in just the past few years. It's a hip-hop pool player hangout right now. I live 2 blocks away so it's cheap and close and I'm in there a couple of nights a week. They do have a kitchen and some bar food.

Chalk up and check it out sometime. It's loud but comfortable.

Parkey's Restaurant

April 06 2009 at 12:37:38
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Dan Hausle
Comments: Former OKC KOCO reporter Dan Hausle is now in Boston. Gee, how many former KTUL folks worked there, too? He was cutting his teeth at KOCO when I was there and had a mustache. His name is HOW-slee but ABC used to call him Dan HASSLE when a national report aired. It always broke us up in the control room.

April 06 2009 at 12:17:32
Name: Jerry "KNOTTY" Willman
Topic: KTUL 1948-1951
Email: TheKNOTTYMAN at gmail dot com
Comments: Here are a few picture postcards I came across at a local weekend Traders Days.

Pat Breene picture postcard with a 1 cent stamp 1951.

Pat Breene and Leon McAuliffe picture postcard with a 1 cent stamp 1951.

Roy Pickett picture postcard with a 1 cent stamp 1951.

Al Clauser picture postcard with a 1 cent stamp 1950

Some band from 1948.

KTUL (L TO R) Betty Jo, Sally, Boyd and Harlan

April 05 2009 at 10:31:58
Name: M Terry
Topic: Pro wrestlers
Email: m terry 20 at cox dot net
Comments: I believe the wrestler with the beard is Karol Krauser. He attended the church my parents attended. He died of a heart attack in the mid 60s.

I didn't know her, but his daughter was in my East Central high school class.

Later note: I believe the fellow with the beard is actually Ivan Kalmikoff.

April 04 2009 at 17:54:01
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: The Coliseum fire
Comments: I clearly recall the Coliseum fire as a childhood memory.

My dad, mom and I had just left Bishop's Restaurant when we heard the sirens and saw the smoke. My dad steered his '49 Chevy down near Elgin. I somehow recall that it was raining.

My dad lifted me up on his shoulders and the three of us watched the building burn, along with many others... I remember a large crowd of onlookers.

In later years, my folks often spoke of the many events they attended at the Coliseum.

Please excuse me if my memory is a bit faulty, but I clearly remember the smoke and flames...

Coliseum burning
Courtesy Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library & Tulsa Historical Society

April 04 2009 at 16:59:11
Name: Erick
Topic: Discover Oklahoma
Comments: Unless something has changed, I think the regular hosts of "Discover Oklahoma" are Jenifer Reynolds (former main anchor at KWTV) and Ron Stahl (former anchor/reporter at KOCO). I first remember seeing that show in the early 1990's with Robbie Robertson (former KTVY/KFOR sportscaster) as host. Later, former "Dannysday" co-host Kerry Robertson (who replaced Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart in that position) was co-host with a gentleman whose name I can't recall.

It's a very good show that I think flies under a lot of people's radars.

April 04 2009 at 16:21:29
Name: Jim Ruddle at WGN in 1965Jim Ruddle
Topic: Rasslers
Comments: I can't put names to any of the grapplers," but the old dude on the left is Sam Avey (Wikipedia), wrestling promoter, owner of the Coliseum, and of radio station KAKC, (Avey, Kellogg, and Condon, I believe.) I never knew Kellogg, but Glen Condon was a terrier-voiced newsman of the day.

I don't know why George Wagner had the white beanie on his dome unless he felt it would disguise him.

When I knew McGuirk, he was considerably slimmer than the person shown here.

The guy on the back row on the left looks familiar and I'm tempted to say "Lou Thesz" but he was better looking, at least in memory.

April 04 2009 at 14:19:11
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Rasslin' at the Coliseum

Speaking of the Coliseum, here is a photo taken there. I believe I see Leroy McGuirk, Cowboy Bill Watts' predecessor as a promoter, and Gorgeous George, the original bleached hair, love-to-hate bad guy. Who else do you recognize? Also, an interior shot before a Coliseum match.

The young guy behind Leroy's pooch is Angelo Poffo, Leapin' Lanny's and Randy ("Macho Man") Savage's dad.
He started his career in Tulsa. Behind him is Ivan Kalmikoff, née Edward Bruce. Scroll up for more possible IDs.
Group shot at the Coliseum
Before the match at the Coliseum
Courtesy of Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and the Tulsa Historical Society

April 04 2009 at 13:27:08
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Tulsa World links from yesterday

Finally open for the season this weekend: "Admiral Twin has snow day".
(TTM's Admiral Twin Drive-In page)

Tulsa's Bill Hader talks about Bell's and the Tulsa State Fair: Slideshow and audio.
(TTM's Tulsa State Fair page; Hader sidebar in Chew's review of "Tropic Thunder")

"WWE Hall of Fame to induct 'Cowboy Bill'"
(TTM's The Rasslin' Page)

April 04 2009 at 11:41:05
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: "Discover Oklahoma" TV show
Comments: Did not realize that Ron Stahl and Dino Lalli host a state tourism weekly show on KWTV and KOTV. Saw where a show on Tulsan Steve Ripley was in the mix.

April 04 2009 at 09:59:02
Name: Joe Riddle (via email to webmaster)
Topic: KAKC-FM, 1974-5 aircheck
Comments: On 1270 KRVT last week: A guy from Texas was listening and we started talking on the air about KAKC. He had some airchecks he had recorded when he was a kid. I asked him to send them to me. Here is one of them.

Listener Billy's email:

Hi Joe. Here is the aircheck of KAKC-FM from late 1974 early 75 (MP3). It was recorded on my cheap Mayfair cassette deck, probably with the mic up stuck to the speaker!

The DJ is "Captain Fantastic" who I remember was on KAKC until 1976, but I also remember him at another station (it might have been at KTFX aka "SuperFox 103" around 78-79) as Derek St. Johns or James.

Anyway enjoy the aircheck, I did my best to clean it up, but there's still a lot of distortion. I just wish I hadn't stopped the tape during the Robo Car Wash commercial!!

April 03 2009 at 19:18:36
Name: Michael M Trudeau (via email to webmaster)
Topic: Bill White Chevrolet
Email: michaelmet at hotmail dot com
Comments: I am a member of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America (VCCA #30946). I have been writing a series of articles on Chevrolet dealer emblems and license plate frames. I find one, then try to find out some history on the dealership. One of my goals is to try and get older members who either worked or knew about a dealer to tell me about it so it can be shared. Sometimes I can find some good history, sometimes it's very skimpy.

I found at a salvage yard out here in Southern CA a Bill White Co. Tulsa dealer emblem. Lucky for me Bill White was a Chevrolet dealer! I found the dealer on your website so that is why I am writing you. And my emblem is exactly like the one you have pictured (on the Tulsa Car Dealers page).

Can you tell me some history on Bill White Chevrolet? Any photos or do you know who I can contact? I often use local libraries to the dealer and chamber of commerce. But your site was the first one I found and it seems encouraging.

Anything you can share will be appreciated. Hopefully you can get me going in the right direction. And hopefully some VCCA member will write about Bill White Chevrolet once the article is published.

Thank you.

Michael M Trudeau
272 South Glenview Place
Orange CA 92868-3420

Webmaster: Commenter Jody said on this Lost Tulsa page about Tulsa signage:

"I enjoyed seeing the Neon signs, especially the one that reads "Service". I would know that building anywhere. My dad worked there from the time he was 15 sweeping floors until his death in 1984. It started out as Fuller-White and then became Bill White Chevrolet. He went from sweeping floors after school to being one of their top 'Tune-up Mechanics'. I have pictures of the inside of all the mechanics and office people. They took everyone's picture and put in in a little book that they gave away as advertising."

Here are Beryl Ford photos of Fuller-White.

Here's one that happens to catch a bit of Fuller-White. The Coliseum on Elgin between 5th and 6th Streets burned down on September 20, 1952.

5th and Elgin
Courtesy of Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and the Tulsa Historical Society.
Click to see the same area today, courtesy of Erick Church.

April 03 2009 at 12:50:36
Name: The Surreptitious Surfer
Topic: Percussion Discussion

Bongoingly, SS

April 02 2009 at 18:56:12
Name: Mike MillerMike Miller
Topic: On the Lookout (Mountain)
Comments: Back in the late 50s when I was an intern at Channel 8, Honey Hudgen (singular) was a frequent on-air talent and a favorite among young floor crew members who admired her large bongos (plural.) Actually, I think they were conga drums. But what did we know about percussion!

See Honey and her congas in GB 285.

April 01 2009 at 22:22:44
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Honey Hudgen

The proper spelling is "Hudgen" (singular). Joshua Peck at the Tulsa Historical Society verified this from materials in their archive. I've changed every occurrance on TTM.

April 01 2009 at 22:18:31
Name: Dave
Topic: "Contact"
Comments: Yes, I also remember "Contact" on KAKC. It was a call-in show aimed specifcally at teens. I don't recall that the content was actually religious as such. The only way that any religious connection came out was one night when a caller started asking the two hosts questions about other programming on KAKC. The hosts said they couldn't answer that because they weren't KAKC employees but were actually youth ministers. Before that, no one had said really who or what they were -- to the listeners they were just a couple of guys serving as hosts. Their ordained status came as something of a surprise.

The conversations on the air were all secular rather than spiritual. The hosts definitely did not preach but heard out the callers and offered advice when asked. The hosts did a pretty good job of letting the kids have their say on the air unimpeded and without coming back at them with put-downs or heavy-handed responses.

April 01 2009 at 16:55:32
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: April Fools
Comments: I can remember Faye at 6 transferring back calls about "Mr. Wolf" or "Mr. Bear" calling the newsroom from the Mohawk Zoo on April 1st waaaaay back when.

I guess today we might call that gettin' punked.

March 31 2009 at 17:32:25
Name: Steve Dallas
Topic: Extinct eateriesThe Library Restaurant on 11th Street
Email: esskayess@hotmail.com
Comments: Speaking of long-gone restaurants, there was one on 11th Street near TU called "The Library" that my brother and I really enjoyed having lunch at when we were at TU (almost 30 years ago). It served Rex Chicken as part of a "comfort food" menu and did a great job with it. It had a dark, comfortable eating area lined with shelves full of books (which you were welcome to take down and read), plus an attached game room with pool tables, video games and a pinball machine. It closed before I was done at TU, so I had to "settle" for the nearby Coney I-Lander, which wasn't exactly roughing it.

The Library is briefly referenced and shown (here on the Tulsa Film & Cinema page.)

I'd happily "settle" for those coneys out here on the Left Coast. Ditto Ci-Ci's, Steak 'N' Shake and a myriad of other inexpensive eateries that have never found their way out here. (Even the nearest Sonic is 100 miles away!)

Another long-dead restaurant my family loved was Ma Bell's, especially the location across from LaFortune Park. It was a diner-type establishment where you would order by telephone from your booth and pick up your order at the counter when the red light on the phone lit up. (My brother used to crack, "It's the bat phone.") The meal I usually had was a combo with a barbecue burger, curly fries and a salad. The outfit that owned Ma Bell's also ran a more upscale location at 51st and Harvard called J.P. Sousa's, but I never went there.

Dang, now I'm hungry!

March 31 2009 at 17:27:31
Name: Erick
Topic: Television Pioneers
Comments: I think the perceived overabundance of OKC shows vs. Tulsa shows on the Television Pioneers program was more of an availability issue. Channels 4, 5 and 9 in OKC donated a large amount of film over the years to the Oklahoma Historical Society. KOTV donated a lot to the Tulsa Historical Society, but I don't think KJRH or KTUL did much preservation over the years. Also, you have to consider that two-thirds of Oklahoma is in the Oklahoma City viewing area, so I'm sure part of it is OETA trying to appeal to the masses.

That said, I thought part 1 of the series had a considerable Tulsa lean, but that's just my opinion. Part 1 also mentioned John Chick in reference to the Mr. Zing and Tuffy days. I did find it odd that Uncle Zeb wasn't mentioned at all. There were some OKC kids shows that weren't mentioned either, but Zeb was a considerable omission.

Overall, I enjoyed both parts. They seemed heavily focused on kids shows. I would have liked to see more about local news, etc.

I agree with your analysis.

March 31 2009 at 16:47:03
Name: JW
Topic: Griffin consolidation
Comments: I agree what Mr. Richardson said. Griffin doesn't seem to get that Tulsa has always considered itself as very different from OKC.

Although it was well-done, I watched that new "Television Pioneers" show with a smirk. It, like a lot of OETA "Oklahoma" programming seemed heavily OKC-slanted. Lots of coverage of OKC kids shows and not even a mention (unless I blinked and missed it) of the great John Chick or the genius of Carl Bartholomew? I understand it was a 28-minute show but it seemed heavily OKC-influenced.

I still applaud OETA; they consistently produce the best local programming in the state.

March 31 2009 at 15:25:02
Name: Stacy Richardson
Topic: KAKC "Contact"; Jamil's; KOTV
Comments: Yeah, I remember "Contact" on Sunday night. It seemed to me the thrust of it was marginally religious.

Jamil's has moved from 51st between Lewis and Harvard, to 51st east of Harvard, in the old Jimmy's Egg location.

The news about KOTV's consolidation is not good for Tulsa. Management decisions will be made in Oklahoma City, and we will surely see more on-air news reports originating in Oklahoma City which refer to Tulsa as if we're on the dark side of the moon.

Griffin has failed to learn what other consolidators of broadcast services have learned (or have not yet learned): that when you reduce service to the station's community of viewers, you reduce revenue.

But they will learn this lesson, sooner or later. I hope they learn it before newscasts begin originating in Oklahoma City.

Don't scoff at the concept of the newscasts originating elsewhere: that's the kind of idea Griffin seems to love these days, and it's being done in other markets.

March 31 2009 at 14:55:33
Name: Debbie
Topic: Late 60s Tulsa radio show
Comments: In the late 60s, there was a call-in radio show on either KAKC or KELi called "Contact". It came on at 10:00 on Sunday night. I used to hide under the covers with my transistor radio listening to it, hoping my mother wouldn't find out. Does anyone else remember this?

March 31 2009 at 13:33:38
Name: Brandy
Topic: Radio station t-shirts
Email: bykerdruid at yahoo dot com
Comments: I am so excited to find there are still "old days" local radio station t-shirts for sale. I never had one when I dj'd at KAKC way back when. Thanks for the link, I'll go order one right now! LOL

March 31 2009 at 13:06:34
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Maurice Jarre
Comments: Composer of the soundtrack of "Lawrence of Arabia" passed in L.A. yesterday at age 84. A great film made greater by its music.

March 31 2009 at 09:47:37
Name: Dave
Topic: News from News on 6
Comments: Interesting item in today's World at about a consolidation of operations between KOTV and KWTV. Among other things, KOTV no longer has an in-house vice president and it appears the two newsrooms are merging. Anyone have any perspective to offer on this?

March 30 2009 at 15:38:44
Name: LeeJack Benny
Topic: Being 39

Preciatin' Shout-Out to Mike Bruchas (aka funsky won)

Thanks, M.B. Here's to a guy who was 39 till he was 80, when he died in Beverly Hills. I should live so long. That 39-year-old violin player did pretty well, considering his place of residence.

Del de Coffey (aka gchw.sac.noir.cal)

March 30 2009 at 15:25:23
Name: pabby
Topic: 60s Big Chief Soda Pop?
Comments: Aah, the internet is a wonderfully evolving thing, and has helped me to answer my own question. Although I promise I had performed many repeated searches over several years, I must admit I failed to give it one more try before I submitted my question here regarding Big Chief Soda Pop. I am, however, glad to know my memory hasn't failed me, as there are now several references to Big Chief flavored pop on the net.

If you're feeling nostalgic for an ice-cold Big Chief Orange, some good photos of bottles and caps can be found at: http://www.angelfire.com/tn/traderz/bigchief.html

I love coming to this site -- especially the photos of 60s and 70s era Tulsa and surrounding towns!

March 30 2009 at 15:21:03
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Happy Birthday
Comments: To Delmeaux Gillette aka Gary Chew today...

I think he will be 39 again....that's good!

March 30 2009 at 14:49:14
Name: David Bagsby
Topic: Good Taste Theatre
Comments: In honor of TTM lurker Jon G.'s birthday, a new film from Good Taste Theatre. Some blessed relief from these dark economic times:

March 30 2009 at 10:26:10
Name: pabby
Topic: 60s Big Chief Soda Pop?
Comments: This has been driving me crazy for a number of years...

Does anyone happen to remember a flavored pop in the 60s named Big Chief pop? As I remember, the glass bottles had a white logo of an Indian Chief's head in full headdress on the neck of the bottle. The flavors included grape, orange, strawberry, lemon-lime (and maybe others).

I've searched the internet and found nothing, and it's very possible I am remembering the brand name incorrectly. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

March 29 2009 at 19:16:49
Name: over in Ranch Acres
Topic: Irving R. Levine
Comments: I met Mr. Levine a few years ago while he was lecturing on foreign affairs on a Mediterranean cruise. A wonderful, gentle and very funny man. And yes, he sported the bow tie at the podium...

March 29 2009 at 17:19:55
Name: Jim Ruddle at WGN in 1965Jim Ruddle
Topic: Irving R. Levine
Comments: Irving R. Levine was considered a valuable pet at NBC. Everybody knew him for the bow tie, of course, but he was a man not wihtout humor. In his obits you might find his little tiff with the network suits who wanted him to drop the "R" and be simply Irving Levine. He suggested that NBC should act in the same fashion and drop the "B."

This recalls another similar name contest with the idiots between Robert Goralski and the brass. Goralski was a big, broad-shouldered NBC, no-nonsense correspondent working at a time when Robert McNeil was also employed, except that McNeil's real moniker was "Robin" and he worked under that name at NBC for several years.

Somebody at Rockefeller Center decided that Goralski was too ethnic and that Bob should get with the bleached-out name program the network enjoyed. He was asked, in short, to change his name.

He came back and said he'd agree. He'd change his name. "Great," said the suits. "What do you want to change it to?"

"Robin Goralski," he replied.

Back to Levine.

At the Republican National Convention in 1964, a fire broke out in a remote section of the San Francisco Cow Palace. All the correspondents were tied up with assignments, or out drinking, and Irving was the only body available--bow tie and all. He was sent to the"conflagration", as we used to say, and David Brinkley erupted in laughter.

"When" he asked rhetorically, "was the last time Irving R. Levine covered a fire?"

They cut to Irving standing in his banker's attire and he replied somewhat petulantly:

"I'm doing the best I can."

More laughter.

He was a great broadcaster. Like Paul Harvey, he was unique and so much better founded than the cookie-cutter correspondents today.

March 29 2009 at 13:06:54
Name: Dana LeMoine
Topic: Flooding in Fargo
Email: d4wdw@valornet.com
Comments: Keep on fighting the good fight up there in Fargo, Charlie!

March 29 2009 at 11:03:17
Name: Webmaster
Topic: "Television Pioneers" Part 2 on OETA today

From OETA's "Stateline": The 1960s and 1970s bring color and videotape to Oklahoma Television. Watch it here or on TV today at 11:30 am.

At 7:53 in, you can see TTM reader Richard Forney in action on "Dance Party".

Link to Part 1.

March 28 2009 at 20:50:05
Name: Billy G. Spradlin
Topic: KAKC, KELi T-Shirts
Email: wildbilltx@gmail.com
Comments: Hi, haven't checked out the website in a long time. Glad it's still going strong.

I just wanted to mention that RadioLogoLand.com is now selling KAKC and KELi (and KOMA) logo t-shirts, tote bags.. even mouse pads with those legendary logos on them.

Also a quick thanks to the staff at KRVT for finally broadcasting online.

March 28 2009 at 20:05:29
Name: Charles
Topic: Hello from Fargo
Comments: Sitting here in Fargo, it's nice to read and think back to all the bygone restaurants in Tulsa. Lots of sandwiches, pizza and hot dogs here lately. But we're well fed! There has been a tremendous outpouring of volunteerism here over the past week. It's been incredible.

March 28 2009 at 19:27:09
Name: JW
Topic: Long gone Tulsa restaurants
Comments: I don't think anyone has mentioned Rex during the current discussion. I remember Rex being discussed in previous blogs. I think I've even seen the recipe for the chicken here in the past.

Rex was really good. That's one local chain I really miss. The chicken and frybread still makes my mouth water. A little lighter than the "frybread" must of us part native American Okies grew up with.

Someone mentioned the "Hungry Pelican" restaurants. If my memory serves me well they also served frybread. I think they were mostly seafood.

I always thought Crystal's served really good pizza for being a family type pizza place (Chuck E. Cheese, Showbiz, etc.).

Has anyone eaten at the "new" Casa Bonita?

Rex and other foodstuffs discussed in GB 135.

March 28 2009 at 17:36:13
Name: Chris Rankin
Topic: Razor Clam
Comments: That was another restaurant that no longer exists. I never went there but heard it was very high dollar.

Roy Lee recalled the Razor Clam in GB 223.

March 28 2009 at 15:24:46
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: The Royal Fork
Comments: It was a good buy, but quality varied. Cheaper than Furrs and I think before Luby's hit Tulsa. Matt Bunyan had a period where he went there 2-3 times a week.

It was a Utah-based chain and of course being Oklahoma, certain folks decried against "a Mormon business" in the Bible Belt. The Mormon ownership part was never proved.

Matt Bunyan needs to write a tome on "good eats" in Tulsa from the 70s to today. He knew a lot of chefs and owners.


As mentioned previously here, the OK Dept. of Corrections had a vocational training program in the 70s and 80s and turned out a LOT of folks who became buffet joint chefs.


Has JAMIL'S relocated yet due to I-44 expansion?

March 28 2009 at 14:43:54
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Snow today / Previous GroupBlog link

Webmaster's heron decoy, 3-28-2009, 3 pm.
Snowy Egret Mullet

Webmaster's backyard Tiki, 3-28-2009, 3 pm
Televangelist Tiki

Webmaster's backyard, 3-28-2009, 3 pm
In answer to Mike Bruchas' question in GB 286, "How bad is the snow in Tulsa?" Ultimately, 10 inches.

Archived GroupBlog 286. The GroupBlog was down briefly, but all is saved.

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