April 27 2010 at 22:14:19 Name: Karen Brakefield Topic: Admiral Twin Anniversary Party
Comments: Mike, it was so good to see you and Gaye at the party!
I was told the attendance was 1700 paid adults, and the number of paid children
was unknown at that exact moment. I think it's safe to say there were an
estimated 2000 people at the drive-in.
I appreciate the people of Tulsa coming out to help us all to celebrate the
60th Anniversary of the Admiral Twin! Thank you everyone!
Karen, we had a great time, and it was good to have you here in Tulsa
April 27 2010 at 17:40:38 Name:
Mike Miller Topic: Emergency weathermen/women Comments: When I was at KOTV in the late 60s, I recall
a news anchor doing the weather in an emergency situation. Gary or Lee will
probably remember. If not, Mike Ransom, our beloved webmaster.
It was Bill Pitcock, or Clayton Vaughn who did it. Maybe both at different
times. (Memory is the second thing to go.)
I do remember thinking I couldn't have done it and it greatly impressed me.
I had enough trouble just anchoring.
April 26 2010 at 23:15:48 Name: Webmaster Topic: Gailard Sartain article
April 25 2010 at 12:57:00 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Admiral Nostalgia Email: Northeast of Eden Comments: Too Cool: the Admiral Twin pics and think-back.
The still from "The Outsiders" showing the marquee and the
MG really took me back.
That existential black & white new wave French thriller, "Closed For
Repairs" really rocked me. I saw it instead of the feature about bingo on
Again, too cool. Would loved to have been there.
Here is a review of the popular sequel,
For The Season", often in extended showings at drive-ins 'en hiver'.
April 22 2010 at 11:52:40 Name: Mike (make me greener) Bruchas Topic: Happy Earth Day
Comments: It's 40 years old today. I can remember a 70s celebration
on the TU campus so long ago.
I can recall folks wanting TU to be greener, so the college planted more
trees, really planned landscaping.
April 22 2010 at 06:31:52 Name: Webmaster Topic: Saturday at the Twin
"The Admiral Twin Drive-In will recognize 60 years
of operation on April 24, with a ribbon-cutting and a special screening of
'The Outsiders,' the 1983 film directed by Francis
Ford Coppola and based on Tulsan S.E. Hinton's book.
"Scenes from the film were shot at the drive-in during 1982 filming. A pre-party
begins at 6 p.m. that brings together local extras and crew members from
the movie and a display of memorabilia from filming. The movie follows these
If you go, here is TTM's 5/18/2001 Drive-in Checklist
(the one in the World article is amazingly similar;)
"On Sunday (4/25/2010), a filmmaker planning a documentary about the
local filming of 'The Outsiders' is asking that Tulsa-area residents who
took part in the filming -- any Greasers or Socs extras or crew members --
come to Circle Cinema for an interview.
"Whether to reminisce, share photographs or talk about taking part in the
film's production, those participating are asked to meet with documentary
director James Clarke between 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday at Circle Cinema -- which
is also seen in 'The Outsiders' -- at 10 S. Lewis Ave. More details are available
by calling the theater at 592-3456."
A surreal moment occurred during "The Outsiders":
There is a scene in the movie where the characters watch "Beach Blanket Bingo"
on the distinctive screen of the Admiral Twin.
We were watching a movie in which the characters watch a movie on the same
screen that we are watching them on.
Besides that, our family watched "Beach Blanket Bingo" at the Admiral Twin
when it played there in 1965, so there was yet another level of recursion
A quest was consummated: I finally got an Admiral Twin T-shirt. For years,
we had asked about them and they were either sold out or not available. This
time they were available in three styles and all sizes. Black with the old
Admiral sign in yellow was perfect. I felt as Captain Ahab might've, had
he succeeded in reeling in Moby Dick.
A free goodie bag with a Twin keychain and magnet was handed out at the gate.
KRSC-FM's Gary Rofkahr was in front of the
concession stand handing out swag, too. It so happened that we had our radio
on 91.3 listening to some jazz as we entered the Twin, where we switched
to 89.9 for the movie sound.
Before the show, many of the folks who had been actors, extras and crew on
the movie spoke on the P.A. system set up front of the concession stand (now
featuring White Castle burgers, aka 'sliders', aka 'gut bombs'). To my surprise,
I was called up there myself. Tulsa TV Memories got a nice round of applause.
I met a number of people who like to look at this site. Donna Leming, who
owned and drove the MG seen in "The Outsiders"
was there (without the MG this time).
If you missed the show last night, head over to the Circle Cinema today and
meet James, Karen, actors, extras, crew and fans.
got a piece of tasty birthday cake. The drive-in was full.
The long-haired fellow was Tom Cruise's stand-in. Check out the old
water coolers. (above 2 photos by Gaye
April 21 2010 at 12:24:48 Name: Steve Bagsby Topic: McElroy's
Comments: I was driving down 11th St. this morning and noticed
the McElroy's tire store being torn down. The back end of the building was
gone, but the big blue sign was still standing. I seem to remember them being
pretty heavy advertisers when I was a kid.
I think McElroy's sponsored Jack Morris' newscasts on KTUL in the 1960s
if I remember correctly. I hope someone saves the sign.
April 20 2010 at 21:47:37 Name:
Lee Woodward Topic: Annette Sanders Comments: Richard,
Looking at the bio of Annette Sanders, this is surely her. I went to YouTube
and oddly, there's not one thing of hers there. However, on that page, you
of stuff by her on Amazon.com(where you can hear samples of her
music). They have MP3 downloads and I think three or four albums.
Too many years have passed to describe her talent but I do remember that
it was a major instrument. Besides the Rubiot gigs, she also did a one woman
show at Tulsa University which was unbelievable.
Glad to know she's still viable.
April 20 2010 at 13:14:46 Name: Richard Eby Topic: Annette Sanders Email:
richardunderscoreebyathotmaildotcom Comments: Mr. Woodward, is this the same Annette Sanders?
April 20 2010 at 12:12:42 Name: Rickey Ray Topic: KTOW AM/FM Email: email@example.com Comments: I read with interest former KTOW "Golden Years"
DJ Rob Bowe's Guest Book entry from (GB 186) on your KTOW
I was an avid (if not rabid) follower of these wonderful people and their
mighty alternative/indie rock radio in the late '80s and early '90's. I was
listener from the early AM days and after they also went FM.
I really loved the zany, individual, talented and creative personalities
of the DJs with their wacky, one-off spots previously mentioned by Rob, and
the TONS of GREAT MUSIC they brought in from their own personal collections.
I was always enlightened by stuff that one would never hear within a 250
mile radius of Tulsa, and would often call in and rap with the gracious DJs
about the music.
As Rob mentioned, KTOW was truly in the spirit of the early
underground"/"free-form" radio stations of yore such as
KWGS, KTBA, and early KMOD.
The DJs would add their own personal touches with creative segues between
songs and hilarious commentary.
What a coincidence that I had been introduced to David
Bagsby around that time and was jamming and recording with him and former
members of The Ducks Bob Horn and Rob Crockett. No band came out of those
sessions but we had a great time.
Back in the mid-90s, good friend and local artist and graphic designer Steve
Carpenter made me a series of 6 cassette tapes of KTOW broadcasts for a total
of 9 hours of radio! He even made covers for them and knowing my love for
KTOW, named them RicRadio! I recently came across those tapes and a buddy
of mine digitized them for me, so if anyone is interested, let me know and
I may be able to put them up on my server for FTP downloads.
April 19 2010 at 17:16:44 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Rubiot, etc.
Comments: Lee, you are certainly correct that Kenny Quinn was/is
a fine pianist, as well as his mastery of vibes with the original Sonny Gray
Quartet at the Rubiot.
I also seem to recall doing a few gigs with Annette Sanders, as well as a
trumpet player named Tommy Lokey who had a very Miles style, as well as a
pianist named Gayle
Ahh... Tulsa jazz of yore that now fades ever-quickly in my memory...
April 19 2010 at 16:34:05 Name:
Lee Woodward Topic: Kenny Q Email: anondotcom Comments: Scott,
Correct that Kenny was the MAIN vibraphonist...however, he was a pretty good
pianist too. He accompanied me a few times when I was out and about. Not
surprising I guess as I have known many musicians who played a handful of
instruments. Some were singers.
April 18 2010 at 15:52:08 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Record Store Day and Kenny Quinn
Comments: Glad that you spotted Kenny Quinn at Record Store Day.
I hope he is well. I might mention that Kenny was the vibist for the Sonny
Gray Quartet at the Rubiot, not the pianist. The Quartet consisted of Sonny
Gray on piano, Kenny Quinn on vibes, John Rigney on bass, Dave Reynolds on
drums and vocalist Susan Gray who sang the best version of "Guess Who I Saw
Today" that I ever heard.
I subbed for Dave Reynolds on several occasions and always enjoyed playing
at The Rubiot. I clearly recall that the first tune I played with the quartet
Oops. I think of Kenny as a pianist, but of course, Sonny filled that
role at the Rubiot.
April 18 2010 at 11:37:09 Name: Webmaster Topic: Record Store Day at Starship
I'm studying "cloud computing" at TCC while continuing to work my full-time
computer job. That's why updates here have been more infrequent of late.
A way to earn extra credit in my current class (not that I need it) is to
visit the once-a-month
Tulsa Computer Show
at the Ramada, north of Admiral and Garnett (one of my two early neighborhoods,
the other being near the Admiral Twin).
Just before heading out the door to check it out yesterday, I noticed in
the World that Tulsa-based, internationally famous
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey was playing a free
show at Starship Records at 1 pm. I altered my
At Starship, I bought my first brand-new vinyl record in years, JFJO's limited
release for the national event they were home celebrating,
Record Store Day 2010.
Spotted Kenny Quinn, TTM contributor and regular pianist
vibist at the legendary Tulsa jazz club, the Rubiot.
He introduced me to Walt Richmond, whom I had seen just last month playing
keyboards with Eric Clapton at the BOK Arena. Walt and co-keyboardist Chris
Stainton were notably great on that date. I last saw Chris with Joe Cocker
in OKC on 11/14/1972!
And then there was Jacob Fred. I could not believe how good they sounded
in the record store setting. A challenging and hypnotic performance. Now
that's good head gift shop music! After the show, I complimented
all the Freds as they signed my record.
I still had time to make it to the computer show after 2:30 pm (no admission
On my way home, I noticed that the old Village
Theatre is now a Mexican bakery. I stopped in to take a look and bought
"chorreadas de piloncillo" for a get-together we had planned for the evening.
(The building shows no sign of having been a theatre from the inside.)
What a day in Tulsa!
Watch JFJO in action at Starship below. You can see me in the audience at
the end of the video in a green 'Downbeat' sweatshirt (it was cool and drizzly
April 14 2010 at 12:46:52 Name: Si Hawk Topic: Anita Kerr and Radio Jingles Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Scott,
The PAMS site is WONDERFUL! Thanks for the
suggestion. I wish I had collected copies of all the old jingle packages
we used on all of the radio and television stations over the past 40 years.
It would be quite a collection.
April 13 2010 at 07:33:50 Name: Dave Bartlett Topic: Scott's comment Email: dbaameritech.netrtlett@ Comments: I would gladly give the $8500 for one of Tex's corned
beef and swiss on rye with potato salad right now! Spent many an afternoon
skipping TU classes (make that studying) for exactly that.
April 12 2010 at 16:03:20 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Electronics/Hi Fi stores
Comments: For those of us who still think of the 70s and 80s as
"recent", I would submit that the best electronics store in Tulsa was "Sound
Unlimited" in Brookside. It was owned by Harry Rasmussen, and managed by
Winston Cunningham... both of whom were fine audio engineers. I bought my
first serious audio system there, which was a pair of Heil towers, a Crown
D150 power amp, IC150 preamp and a Bang and Olufsen turntable and cartridge.
I recall that Win Cunningham and I went across the street to
Tex Meyer's Deli to discuss the purchase, and
I then wrote them a check after a lovely corned beef and swiss on rye, with
a side of Tex's not-to-be-believed potato salad.
The lunch was wonderful, and the system served me well for three decades.
I sold the system in 2003 for $8500.00... amazing.
April 12 2010 at 13:53:23 Name: Webmaster Topic: SEVCO
Blog entry from RetroThing.com about Tulsa electronics store of the 70s and
Commenter 'Nash Rambler': "Joe Pierre gets points for rocking the sweet hairdo,
but I must subtract points for that suit."
April 10 2010 at 21:19:22 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Tale of a Munchkin who became Little
Oscar on TV Comments: Meinhardt Raabe, who played in "The Wizard
of Oz" and proclaimed in the movie as 'coroner' that the Wicked Witch of
the East was "really most sincerely dead," has died. He was 94.
Raabe was one of the 124 Munchkins in the film classic and one of only nine
who had speaking parts. He portrayed the diminutive Munchkin official who
pronounces the witch dead after Dorothy's farmhouse lands on her.
He later toured the USA for 30 years in the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, promoting
hot dogs as "Little Oscar, the World's Smallest Chef."
April 09 2010 at 23:46:09 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Great Dissonant Harmony Singing
Comments: To Si and Scott on the great radio jingles of yore.
So right you guys are about that station sound emitted by customized jingles.
I always enjoyed punching them up on the air.
Some years back here in Sacramento, the university where I worked on radio
stations had a student seminar for their music students in jazz vocals groups.
The guy who lead the masterclass was Don Shelton, one of the Hi-Los. I think
he sang the second tenor part under Clark Burroughs in that group and the
second voice under Bonnie Herman in The Singers Unlimited.
I sort of approached the dude in awe as I saw him working with young singers.
He also is a trumpet player, and lives in the LA area, I believe. Very nice
guy with so much talent, it's intimidating for an old amateur close harmony
quartet singer like me back in the late 50s when the Freshmen and the Hi-Los
were doing their thing.
Anita Kerr was always a fave of mine, as well. Her group had a very distinctive
dissonant harmony sound I loved. I remember going over to Jack Campbell's
a few times near Brookside with he and I just sitting back and drowning ourselves
in, mainly, Singers Unlimited sound.
Also, shortly after I moved to Sacramento, I listened on cable FM to KJAZ
(now defunct) in Alameda, CA, across the Bay from SFO. One day, listening
to the afternoon jazz jock, Gene Puerling came tripping into the studio for
an interview. Gulp. Thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Puerling, who died
not too long ago, lived just north of SFO in Sausalito or somewhere like
that. I didn't have a recorder set up at my pad at the time, and missed taping
Impeccable music, arranging and marvelous singing. And difficult to cut,
fur shur. Ever try to sing a Hi-Lo chart? Perfect pitch is required.
April 09 2010 at 16:54:13 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Anita Kerr and Radio Jingles
Comments: Si Hawk, thanks for your nice comments with regard to
Anita, and radio jingles in general. If you haven't, you might enjoy taking
a look at the PAMS website. There's lots
of good history, great photos and they have CDs available for those who enjoy
re-living this part of radio history.
April 09 2010 at 12:08:15 Name: Si Hawk Topic: Anita Kerr Email:
email@example.com Comments: Scott,
The old KRAV featured jingles sung by the Anita Kerr Singers. I always looked
forward to hearing those punctuating IDs.
That's really something that has been lost in modern radio and television
(to a much lesser extent for TV). Jingles really said a lot about who a station
was. Most of the stations for whom I worked had enormous collections of jingles
for virtually any musical or news situation.
They were quite an art, now apparently lost.
April 08 2010 at 19:13:47 Name:
Jim Ruddle Topic: Channel 6 and Art Comments: Acee Blue Eagle and Woody Crumbo were important
to Tulsa television in their representation of regional art and artists.
However, before that, on Channel 6, was one of the totally forgotten, yet
seminal figures in Tulsa arts history: Martin Wiesendanger.
Martin, and his wife, Margy (pronounced Margy, with a hard "g") were Tulsa
artists and great people. He was the first curator Thomas Gilcrease hired
to build the collection that became a jewel in T-town's cultural crown. He
persuaded Gilcrease to purchase the magnificent Cole collection of Russells,
Remingtons, Schreyvogels, and others that served as the expanded core of
what later evolved into the wondrous museum that we know today.
Both Martin and Margy were artists in their own right. He was also an author
and art scholar.
They built the damndest, eclectic house on the side of a hill out near Gilcrease
museum where, according to Martin's view of American life, the automobile
was an integral part of the scene. Therefore, they had their car on a slab
in the middle of their home, surrounded by living room furniture and kitchen
pots and pans.
I knew them slightly, visited their home a few times, and wished I had the
opportunity to have known them better.
Martin did an arts show on Channel 6 and was wonderful character on air.
He should be remembered more often.
April 08 2010 at 17:54:07 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Massad's Comments: When it was adjacent to the Delman in the 70s,
sometimes the scanty swim suits on headless mannikans in the window could
have caused a car wreck.
Ironically, while sitting there at the stoplight, only once saw a lady walk
in; a kinda biker chick. Wondered WHO and WHEN folks were shopping.
35+ years ago, I remember Leslie McDonald telling me that Massad's was the
place that kids might shop (45 years ago) for fancy lace handkerchiefs for
Grannie at Xmas.
April 08 2010 at 10:18:47 Name: David Batterson Topic: Massad's
Comments: I remember Massad's store in downtown Sand Springs.
I guess it was the same family as the Tulsa store.
April 07 2010 at 13:05:38 Name: Joanne Krieger Topic: Woody Crumbo Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Does anyone remember when Woody Crumbo and
Blue Eagle were on Channel 6? Either the Joe
Krieger Sportsman Show or Betty Woodward?
April 06 2010 at 23:23:55 Name: Wesley Topic: Anita Kerr albums Email: whorton4 at cox Dot Com Comments: Darn short list! What a shame too, sounds like great
April 05 2010 at 15:49:58 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Dreamsville
Comments: It's nice to hear the comments with regard to Mancini's
"Dreamsville". Perhaps the best recording ever made of this tune was by the
Anita Kerr Singers on their 1966 album "We Dig Mancini", which won that year's
Grammy for Best Vocal Performance. Jack Campbell played it and other cuts
on "Sleepwalkers Serenade" for many years.
Sadly, this and the "Mellow Moods of Love" album have never been released
on CD. I have chatted with Anita for many years, and we have often discussed
this. Despite her efforts, RCA will not release these wonderful recordings.
She sent me a CD of both from her DATs of the original masters. Sweet...
By the way, Anita is doing fine and living in Switzerland, as she has for
Space Age Pop Music calls
Anita Kerr "one of the most talented and professionally accomplished women
in the history of popular music." What a dirty shame that RCA is bottling
up this music! Anytime in the last 15 years would have been a perfect time
to re-release it with the resurgence of interest in the music of that era.
Here are some of the Anita Kerr albums that ARE available:
April 05 2010 at 14:55:44 Name:
Jim Ruddle Topic: Massad's Comments: I went to high school with Lily Massad, daughter
of the proprietors. She was a lovely girl and extremely pleasant.
Alas, I never had occasion to shop for ladies' underwear.
April 05 2010 at 14:27:58 Name: DolfanBob Topic: Massad's Email: DolfanBob@lycos.com Comments: I hate to hear that about Massad's.
Back in the early 80s, my girlfriend was one of his traveling models around
town at different bars and clubs.
I will never forget how upset he got when I pronounced his name wrong. I
was making it sound all foreign like i.e. Muh-sods. He quickly corrected
me saying it is Mass-ads not the other way.
I know I had to have given him the 'well, excuse me!' look.
April 05 2010 at 06:46:00 Name: over in ranch acres Topic: Massad's closing Comments:
April 04 2010 at 15:05:14 Name: Tulsa Area Music Archives Topic: Rockin' John Henry Email: info at preservemusic dot
org Comments: A good friend of TAMA, the late Rockin' John Henry,
would have been 66 today.
In honor of John's birthday and recognition of his contributions to Tulsa's
music history, the TAMA Staff has put together a tribute and teaser of some
of the material that we will have in the upcoming John Henry Tribute podcast.
We've included parts of a couple of recent tribute songs by Bugs Henderson
and Don and Steve White, as well as approximately 43 minutes from one of
John's Saturday Bandstand broadcasts on December 12, 1990, when John was
hitting his stride as a rock historian and Tulsa's Oldest Teenager.
RIP Rockin' John... you'll always be remembered here at the Tulsa Area Music
April 04 2010 at 11:00:21 Name: David Batterson Topic: Peter Gunn Email: Just send smoke signals! Comments: Loved that show. And the brilliant graphic and title
designer Saul Bass did the Peter Gunn opening. Bass did titles and sequences
for so many movies and TV shows. Remember "The Man with the Golden Arm,"
"Vertigo," "Psycho," "Spartacus" logos?
April 03 2010 at 23:35:18 Name: Webmaster Topic: Dreamsville Comments:
We just finished watching the first season of Blake Edwards' late 1950s series,
"Peter Gunn", on streaming Netflix. (Amazingly, Blake Edwards was born in
I pulled this beautiful little fragment from streaming Netflix.
Henry Mancini's crime jazz for the show is fantastic. One tune that was never
heard on the show, but did appear on the soundtrack album was "Dreamsville".
The original instrumental "Dreamsville" was played behind the
KTUL sign-off (YouTube) in the 1970s, and as
the background for the "Nightowl Movie" in
OKC in the early 70s, which I sometimes caught while at OU. TTM contributor
Mike Bruchas directed inserts of the couple who owned Trust House Jewelers,
sponsor of the late-night OKC show.
Here is "Gunn" co-star Lola Albright performing the title tune from her album
with the Mancini orchestra. The album is a big favorite of
April 03 2010 at 20:58:00 Name: Tulsa Area Music Archives Topic: TAMA Easter Podcast Email: info at preservemusic dot
org Comments: As a special treat for our friends, here's the TAMA
1. Intro - Joe Cocker & Leon Russell
2. Peter Cottontail - Gene Autry
3. Easter Parade - Judy Garland & Fred Astaire
4. God, Love, Rock & Roll - Teegarden & Van Winkle
5. The Easter Song - Larry H...osford
6. Please Carry Me Home - Jessi Colter w/ Shooter Jennings
7. No Tears In Heaven - Hee Haw Gospel Quartet
8. By The Rivers Dark - Leonard Cohen
9. Roll Away The Stone - Leon Russell
10. Picture of Jesus - Ben Harper & The Blind Boys of Alabama
11. Not Dark Yet - Bob Dylan
12. Sending Me Angels - Jerry Lynn Williams
13. When Jesus Comes - Leon Russell
Enjoy and Happy Easter from the TAMA Staff.
April 02 2010 at 11:27:21 Name: David Batterson Topic: Frankie Laine Email:
dwbatterson(at)gmail(dot)com Comments: Frankie Laine has been talked about a few times
here, including Leon Russell working with the legend. Anyway, I had the pleasure
of seeing Frankie (who passed in 2007) honored March 30 with the first "Little
Italy Legends" plaque in San Diego (where he lived in his final years).
Frankie's former music conductor/arranger Benny Hollman had his awesome band
and guest singers performing Laine's hits, including "That's My Desire,"
"I Believe," "Jezebel" and more in a free concert.
Today's digitally-enhanced, off-key singers would get blown off the stage
if Frankie were around today. He was the real deal, one of the greatest pop
singers EVER. Let's keep his memory alive!
If you saw him sing in Tulsa, share your thoughts.
April 02 2010 at 04:33:39 Name: Webmaster Topic: Previous GroupBlog link Comments: