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Date: May 13 2002 at 08:20:17
Name: John Hillis
Location: Warshington, humidity capital (D.C. stands for damp city)

Go away for a weekend and lotsa good stuff happens here:

Magnecorders--You can tell the people who worked with the rack-mounted Maggies when they raise their hands, if a few fingers are missing. The motors in the rewinds were from P-38s, and if you tried to slow/stop with your hand, you paid for it with skin.

I'm amazed that they still make paper leader. Heck, I'm amazed they still make quarter-inch tape.

Gabe Pressman is, I think, 84 and still plugging along at WNBC. During my NY stint, I met him a couple of times when he was still bulldoggin the streets in his 70's. His network of contacts made him very tough to scoop, and he was a helluva competitor.

And, yes, Bob and Ray used a play on the name for a B&R character. I can't remember it. He was also memorialized in Mad Magazine as "Gabe Pressedham."

Long-tenured anchors. It was on radio, but, again in my New York era in the late 80's, Lester Smith, who anchored the morning news on WOR was the guy who read the bulletin about Pearl Harbor...on WOR.

Date: May 13 2002 at 08:03:29
Name: Jim Ruddle
Location: Rye, NY

I believe Bob and Ray did use Gabe's name in vain. Wally Ballew was their reporter of all trades, but my hands down favorite, of course, was their fashion reporter, Natalie Attired.

Date: May 12 2002 at 18:44:08
Name: Mike Bruchas

Raise your hand if you used Magnacorders in radio and had to splice tape...3M or someone still was still making paper leader tape 5-10 years ago but Mylar (what a great name) leader is still out there on special order...Do you remember sticking small pieces of paper in big tape reels to find cuts in the pre-timecode days?

Date: May 12 2002 at 17:45:06
Name: Webmaster
Location: Tulsa

I attended a free David Gates show at Utica Square yesterday. He was in great voice...still has the high register, though he did complain in jest that if he had known he would be singing these songs 25 years later, he would have written some in a lower key.

David Gates (photo by Mike Ransom)
Photo by Mike Ransom

In case anyone is unaware, David Gates is a Tulsa Rogers graduate (in the same class as Russell Bridges, aka Leon Russell), and cut his musical teeth here in Tulsa, backing most of the rock 'n roll acts that came through in the late 50's/early 60's. This is on good authority: KAKC's Dick Schmitz was there for the show, too.

Bassist Scott Chambers and guitar man Randy Flowers of Nashville lent solid support. Gates encouraged Flowers to share his incredible harmonic-sprinkled rendition of "Over The Rainbow". The style was informed by Chet Atkins, but in no way a clone; it was a magical three minutes (scaled down from eleven, joked Gates). Gates was also ably backed by a section of Tulsa string musicians.

His good humor was on display during an extended period when the microphone up front could not be persuaded to perform. He continued talking to the audience within unaided earshot until someone on the soundboard woke up and plugged him back in; I think Harvey Wallbanger was working it, as usual. In Harvey's defense, a brisk breeze was the only other intrusion on near-perfect sound.

These songs are well-crafted and have stood the test of time. It's remarkable that David Gates has remained true to his personal muse through the convulsive changes in pop music over the last 30+ years.

I also visited the Admiral Twin Theatre last night. It was heartening to see the place full. The combination of "Spiderman" and the temperate weather was irresistible. The snack bar had a brisk put-through, but needs to stock up on mustard for those hot dogs.

Kids were playing under the screen. Saw an old Corvette convertible that might have patronized the theatre forty years ago. Folks had their lawn chairs and coolers deployed. The drive-in is still a great place for a Saturday date in Tulsa.

Date: May 12 2002 at 16:00:08
Name: Frank Morrow
Location: Austin

Jim Ruddle: Wasn't Gabe Pressman the name of the fictitious news reporter that Bob and Ray used?

Date: May 12 2002 at 10:31:16
Name: Mike Bruchas

Earlier - I was trying to think of the longterm ABC anchor in Phillie - Steve Bell - who before he did news on GMA (Good Morning America to you civilians) and was a hard news field reporter since Viet Nam days and passed thru KTUL during the Ft Chaffee riots in the 70's....I wonder if he is still on air in Phillie.

Probably a question for Dave Jones - in Hotlanta - are Chris Curle and Don Farmer (?) still doing the news there? What a great hubby and wife team!

Spoke with Jeff Stuart at KOKI today on a race feed of stock cars - he told me that Sonny Hollingshead is now News supervisory engineer at KOKI on their new news program - congratulations, Sonny!

BTW another sidebar - you news junkies - read the monthly www.digitaljournalist.org site - as previously plugged here - always good photography and mix of reporter and photog (both TV and stills) war stories...

Date: May 12 2002 at 09:58:56
Name: Jim Ruddle
Location: Rye, NY

Just adding a couple of names to Mike's list: Gordon Petersen has been in DC for donkey's years, and Bill Beutel just checked out at ABC, in New York. He had been with Roger Grimsby way back when Al Primo first came up with Eyewitness "happy talk" News. Some reporters go on forever: Dick Kay and Frank Mathie, in Chicago; Gabe Pressman is still working in NY and dates back to the last Ice Age.

Date: May 10 2002 at 14:52:59
Name: David Batterson
Location: Pasadena, CA

Mike Bruchas said:

"No other big market - other than Bill Bonds in Detroit or when Jerry Dunphy was in his prime in L.A. seems to have anchors that which span semi-generations."

You forgot Hal Fishman at KTLA (Ch. 5), who has been their news anchor about as long as I can remember!

Date: May 10 2002 at 12:59:55
Name: Erick
Location: Tulsa

Journal Broadcasting (based in Milwaukee) owns KVOO AM-FM, and KXBL-FM in Tulsa.

I was mentioning to the webmaster via email that I believe this change is doomed for failure. In my opinion, if you're going to a talk format, that's fine. I think KVOO (Voice Of Oklahoma) is perfect for a talk station.

The owners may believe the call letters KVOO are too closely associated with country music and wish to highlight the format change. It's still a loss of part of Tulsa's identity, but then, it probably isn't a Tulsa decision.

Date: May 10 2002 at 12:51:26
Name: Mike Bruchas

Who owns KVOO now? That's truly a shame to drop those call letters!

Was back in Chicago last week - my aged parents have both had close calls. Watched Harry Volkman on WFLD do the Sunday late weather - he did his baaaaad Cinco de Mayo joke which I think I heard 30 years ago! He also does historical trivia worked into his weather schtick - he looks older than last seen at the KWGS 50th reunion a few years back, but aren't we all.

Jim Ruddle and I had back-channeled on other anchors that preceded or paralleled Jim's time at NBC. Joel Daley on 7 in Chicago is the oldest continuous news anchor, but he does only early news; John Drury who worked at 2 as a pup and later at 7 retired (John Drury was the YOUNG fill-in anchor when I was a pup). Floyd Kalber retired to AZ but his nephews and kin went to TU. No other big market - other than Bill Bonds in Detroit or when Jerry Dunphy was in his prime in L.A. seems to have anchors that which span semi-generations.

Date: May 10 2002 at 11:31:37
Name: Erick
Location: Tulsa

Actually, yes, KFAQ does stand for "Frequently Asked Questions". The general manager of Journal Broadcasting cleared that up during the press conference yesterday.

Date: May 10 2002 at 07:04:44
Name: Erick
Location: Tulsa

As we all know, KVOO 1170 is abandoning classic country for a conservative talk format. It is also abandoning the historical call letters.

Later this month, KVOO will become KFAQ, and its slogan will be Tulsa's Talk Radio.

The first talk show it has signed to air is Bill O'Reilly's new radio venture.

The call letter and format change will not affect KVOO-FM.


Date: May 10 2002 at 00:35:57
Name: Joseph Buchman
Location: Bloomington Indiana

Several mentions of Herb Jepko in the archives brought me here. I'm working on a Herb Jepko biography, have met with Patsy in SLC, have a complete set of The Wick and a few airchecks.

I'd like to see Herb voted into the Museum of Broadcast Communications Hall of Fame, and have put up a website devoted to just that: www.nitecaps.org

Also, would anyone here know if KVOO has any archives of records which might date to their affiliation with KSL to carry the show in 1968 or so?

All the best,


Joseph G. Buchman, Ph.D. www.jbuchman.net

I had never seen a picture of Herb Jepko until I visited your site. Thanks. As a kid, I enjoyed occasionally tuning in his community of listeners after midnight on KVOO here in Tulsa, before it went country (and now it is "leaving the country"...see Erick's note just above). The Nitecap Song can be heard on Joe's site.

For more about the Nitecappers' Club, check out the sidebar on the John Doremus page.

Date: May 09 2002 at 20:37:03
Name: David Batterson
Location: Pasadena, CA

I never saw the King, but I did see the amazing Jimi Hendrix in Tulsa (as well as at two other live performances elsewhere). Hendrix--like Elvis--was the greatest at what he did.

Date: May 09 2002 at 11:16:47
Name: Lowell Burch
Location: Gadding about

Concerning G.I. Blues, I always thought the character was Tulsa McLain, named after my old Alma Mater, not McLean. Now it's ruined for me! OK, I'll get over it.

I saw The King during one of his many Tulsa performances and I really enjoyed it.

I have a question in to the president of the Elvis fan club of Oklahoma about what dates Elvis performed in Tulsa over the years.

Date: May 08 2002 at 18:29:31
Name: Riley G
Location: NYC, NY

Yes I remember the good old days of the Mazeppa Pompazoidi Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting... Those were the days. That show is one reason that I got into show business while also being a NYPD Police Officer after a stint in the US Army.

In other news: THE BEATLE FAN screens at the TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL on May 10 & 11th. I play the supporting role of a tough, and abusive Attica prison guard named, OFFICER HALL, with actor Peter Stormare in the lead as ALBERT.

Signed, Riley G
Actor-Stuntman (SAG)

Congratulations on your film career, Riley.

Date: May 08 2002 at 15:04:29
Name: Fog Allen
Location: Sallisaw, Ok

When will KVOO change their format, assuming they have that plan?

Date: May 07 2002 at 17:06:03
Name: Mike Miller
Location: Vienna, VA

The webmaster’s mention of Elvis Presley brought to mind my even closer encounter with the bigger-than-life star in his prime!

I had quit KTUL Radio (one of several times) around 1960 and headed for California, making a side trip to Las Vegas to visit a fabulous close-up magician-friend of my father, Johnny Paul.

Elvis 'Tulsa' Presley & Juliet Prowse After a night of partying on the strip, I checked out the Sahara’s casino and spotted Elvis playing roulette. I had consumed enough drinks to feel bold enough to approach and introduce myself as a disk jockey from Tulsa, Oklahoma. “I’ve always wanted to meet you, Elvis,” I said seriously. “We play your music all the time,” I lied authoritatively.

Several bodyguards ringing the roulette table stood up, but Elvis waved them away. "Mike," he said, "I want to introduce you to my companion, Juliet Prowse." I shook Juliet's hand and mentioned I had once taught dancing. Looking down her dress, I noticed freckles on her shoulders. She was also quite friendly. We chatted for about five minutes before I decided not to overstay my welcome. Elvis was gracious and extremely polite. There was no way I could tell him that KTUL’s policy forbade rock 'n roll. Somehow, “The King” might have clashed in a format that featured the “Chairman of the Board.”

Juliet Prowse co-starred with Elvis in "G.I. Blues", shot in the spring of 1960. Elvis' character was named "Tulsa McLean", so maybe your being from Tulsa had special resonance for him at that time.

The King might have clashed with the Chairman in person... Juliet Prowse was engaged to Frank Sinatra for a few weeks and was possibly involved with Elvis during the filming of "G.I. Blues". It is rumored that Ol' Blue Eyes and his two bodyguards once had a word with Elvis in a Vegas dressing room, requesting he see much less of her.

Date: May 07 2002 at 08:30:23
Name: David "Dave" Jones
Location: The Weather Channel - Atlanta

Hey Mike Bruchas...It has been 31 years since I made the move from radio to TV so I can relate to your 30-year comment. I went from radio to KTEW, then known as K2. I started as a "booth announcer" when there was really a live announcer to do spots, IDs, and of course weather bulletins.

My earliest recollection of being there was working with Joe (Fantastic Theater) Hardt. It was fun listening to his accent as he directed newscasts.

Later, along with my audio and announcing duties, I became the weekend weatherman with Jerry Webber doing sports and a variety of news anchors.

Date: May 07 2002 at 07:46:22
Name: Joe Bone
Location: inside the padded room @KJRH

For the past couple of days, I've been seeing a tribute to "EARL" of Earl and Edna fame from the FURNITURE FACTORY OUTLET spots. He's done them for at least the past 10 years. Sadlly, it looks as though he has now passed on into Tulsa T.V. memories.

I'm sorry to hear that. Their commercials had a lot of local color.

Date: May 07 2002 at 00:26:12
Name: Webmaster
Location: Tulsa

On TNT, Wednesday May 8 around 4:30 a.m. CST, there will be a replay of one of the best of the new Twilight Zone episodes from the mid-80s: "The Once and Future King". An Elvis impersonator travels back in time and meets the real Elvis in his early Memphis truck-driving days...

Set your VCR if this sounds interesting to you. TNT isn't always exact about times, so record a good bit before 4:30 and after 5:00 a.m. to be sure you get it all.

I can boast one degree of separation from Elvis. I once had a date with a woman who once had a date with Elvis. She said he was "beautiful". Tough act to follow.

Date: May 05 2002 at 08:02:03
Name: Webmaster
Location: Tulsa

Henry Mark, who played the "kid" on Jim Millaway's "Inflatable Dog Doll" ad on the Creature Feature page, has an internet radio show available 24/7. He is also the son of Carl Mark, owner of KAKC in the Top 30 days.

Date: May 04 2002 at 07:07:00
Name: David Thayer
Location: Tulsa, ok

I understand that KVOO Big Country 1170 will switch format leaving Classic Country music and going to a Talk Radio format. Sad news........time marches on.

When David last checked in, it was New Year's Eve of 2000, and at that time we found him some Gunn Bros. stamps.

Date: May 03 2002 at 21:49:33
Name: Mike Bruchas

Ya got me beat, Frank!

EEEEEdwin - you were lighting director when I came to 8 with Mike Denney, Fred Schwiers, Toby Brown, David Banks and I forget whom else in the studio! We thought you wore shades from having your eyes baked by all of them scoops.

BTW Edwin used to scare Swiggart, some of the directors and management by hanging from the grid or off a ladder to tweak lighting - yet he never fell once!

The GE cameras were new to me - thinking the world ran with Norelco or RCA only!

Date: May 03 2002 at 17:25:49
Name: edwin
Location: I have no idea at this time

Indeed Frank. Hey Mike, at least KTUL was in color when you got there dude! I had to go from 150 fc (yeah, foot candles) to a minimum of 350 fc! Poor Mr. Zing was red by the time his show was over. Well, being Cherokee and all, he was a "strange" red. Remember, I had shades on during that time? (and not always 'cause of "drugs") I still wear them, but now they are bi-focals! You know how hard it is folks to find $15.00 shades...bi-focal...and neutral density? (must not change natural color)

Date: May 03 2002 at 16:49:59
Name: Frank Morrow
Location: Austin

For Mike Bruchas-----

You think thirty years is scary. How about this: I started at KAKC almost 51 years ago this summer.

On this day in 1951, we were excitedly preparing for Central's KVOO Day.

Date: May 03 2002 at 08:08:06
Name: John Hillis
Location: Back from Texas

Was in Dallas yesterday and WBAP was celebrating its 80th anniversary. The famous cowbell, explained here by Mr. Woodward, was recalled. One reason for it, they said, was when WBAP and WFAA were sharing frequencies (Clear channel 820 and the less far reaching 570), and switching out at varying times, the cowbell was a strong aural signal that it was 'BAP you were listening to.

Back then, they recalled, both stations played the standards. WBAP didn't go country 'til the 60's, and became more and more news/talk until in the last few years, even the Bill Mack trucking show has become talk rather than country.

I only heard the first hour of the 3-hour celebration, as I was en-route to the airport. I suspect they'll archive it at WBAP.com.

There is a feature about it on their web site now.

Date: May 02 2002 at 17:21:49
Name: Mike Bruchas

30 years ago this week I started at KTUL.

Bob Hower had interviewed me for a camera op job at 8 but it ended up that it was really Mahcoe Van Dyke's turn for a promotion from "runner" to the studio crew. I was a junior at TU. Hower's office called me back to say that they had a projectionist's job open and I took it at either $2 or $2.10 an hour.

Semi-senior projectionist "Jimbo" Jim Phillips was my trainer - but he was leaving for a more affluent job as a cable splicer trainee at PSO after several years. Jimbo regaled me when at $2 an hour - he and roommate could eat steak at least once a week on his salary - I mean like Jamil's steak. Then Jimbo got married and the projectionist pay was kinda puny.... Projectionist John Winkleman was leaving to be an au pair to some kids I think - so my timing was right to be there.

Hurst Swiggart was Production Manager then and still was one of the best folks I ever worked for.

Later he and Ken (aka Kenny) Kerr who did traffic - left for jobs at Tulsa Cable.

30 years is kinda scarey - I am kind of back where I started now in Charlotte supposedly as a manager but more likely as a glorified tech - not where I thought I would be. Life's that way...

Date: May 02 2002 at 17:12:23
Name: Mike Bruchas

Side-bar - the AMA Motocross Race taped at Claremore Downs or whatever it is called now - will air on 5/7 at 9pm Central on the Speed Channel....vroom vroom - bikes on a horsey track!

Date: May 02 2002 at 00:40:33
Name: David Crow
Location: Tulsa

There does seem to be a lot of controversy surrounding this OSU TV Situation.

SJB News, a 30 minute newscast, had been around for years before I became a student in 1997. The showed aired from 1-4 times a week depending on the number of students involved. But since it involved an actual class, it was never classified as a show.

Production for "News Sensation," began in 1999 and the show ran until April of 2000. A short life for a show that was put together by about 3 people who each had 15 hour semesters.

If anyone else has anymore to add to the OSU-TV timeline I'd be very interested.

Oh, well, I guess it isn't really beyond our scope. I emailed a long-time professor of telecommunications at OSU to see if he could further enlighten us.

Date: May 01 2002 at 22:10:44
Name: Tommy Fagalde

The first show from OSU was either the Jacky Back Show or Jack LaBack, sometime around 1966. I was the AD for both shows.

Date: May 01 2002 at 00:42:09
Name: David Crow
Location: Tulsa, OK.

Sorry if this is long winded, but I am here to set the record straight.

Looking back at previous Memories guestbooks, I see that Randy Lidster posted that his show was the first TV Show in the history of OSU. This was posted July 30th, 2001.

Despite what the newspaper article says that Randy included in his posting, Randy's show never aired once anywhere... Scenes for the show were shot, but there was never a final master tape made. Dee Rosenthal, the instructor in Randy's article, put me in charge of the failed "OSU Shootout." I scrapped the idea completely and came up with my own show, "News Sensation."

I would be more than happy to donate video/pictures of the on-air product if the webmaster of this site would be so kind to put them on here. Even though it has more to do with Payne County TV, than Tulsa TV. If anyone has any questions or feels as if I'm somehow factually wrong, feel free to contact me ASAP!

Thanks for the offer, David; the controversy about the OSU production is probably a bit beyond the scope of this site.

Date: April 30 2002 at 22:16:28
Name: edwin
Location: I am not on location

You all know that Beany & Cecil also did a fine job of it in the '50's on that very wonderful cartoon show???
R A G G M O P P.....???

Also, MAINTAIN stuff is being processed as we speak...learning new stuff about the new computer at this time.....I can build 'em, just don't know how they work!


Date: April 30 2002 at 19:03:11
Name: David Batterson
Location: Pasadena, CA

RE: Bob and Leon

"The phenomenal public acceptance of Wills and the band was the result of a rare combination of music and personality. The music depended on a strong dance beat, dominated by Bob's heavily bowed fiddle and the jazz-oriented steel guitar style of Leon McAuliffe."

Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys - Leon seated at far right

From: www.rhythmrhyme.com/western-swing.htm

Speaking of "Ragg Mopp", it just so happens that TTM contributor John Boydston's group, Daddy a Go Go, has a version of the song on their latest CD, "Red Rock Rooster". Read the "lyrics" and hear the song at his website, www.daddyagogo.com/music.shtml.

Date: April 29 2002 at 23:13:37
Name: Frank Morrow
Location: Austin

Was it Leon McAuliffe who did "Take Me Back to Tulsa?"

Leon McAuliffe played with Bob Wills for years before striking out on his own, so he probably did perform the song when he held forth at the Cimarron Ballroom here in Tulsa (photo by Jim Ransom), but it is most strongly associated with Bob.

Leon McAuliffe

Date: April 29 2002 at 16:41:38
Name: Jim Ruddle
Location: Rye, NY

The Goon Show was not carried in Tulsa, to my knowledge, however, it was carried on shortwave by BBC World Service and, given proper atmospherics, could have been heard. I first caught it in 1957 with Milligan and Sellers doing a bit about a door-to-door exterminating equipment salesman who had a contraption for sale with plugs, hoses, nozzles, and whatnot that would kill "hinsects." After an extended explanation of how it was put together and operated, the prospective client, Sellers, I believe, said: "If I see a hinsect, I'll tread on it." Replies Milligan: "You can do that."

Date: April 29 2002 at 10:41:32
Name: Bill McCright
Location: Dallas

The Tulsa Children's Theatre (1967-1972) is planning a reunion of all its troupers! Please check our web site - www.tulsachildrenstheatre.com - and help us locate you or anyone you know who worked with us.

I checked the site and found several names I recognized, which I passed along to Bill. His troupe was on the Mazeppa show, July 2, 1971.

Date: April 28 2002 at 22:16:42
Name: Don Norton
Location: Tulsa

For "Fog" Allen of Sallisaw (no relation to the U of Kansas' legendary coach, "Phog" Allen, I assume!

Johnnie Lee Wills' biggest hit was probably a little bit of nonsense called, "Ragg Mopp."

(I originally typed, "Rag Mop" in the above. The Webmaster came along and made it "Ragg Mopp." Then I remembered that the "lyric" consisted almost entirely of spelling, "R-A-G-G, M-O-P-P, Ragg Mopp.")

The "Google" search engine came up with a review of Johnnie Lee's album, "The Band's a-Rockin'" that included this quote: "Johnnie Lee Wills' cover of 'Rag Mop' (sic) kept the Bullet label afloat nearly a year longer than it otherwise would have survived." I also have a vague memory of the recording making a national newscast, too (as a zany feature, of course)--I'd call that a hit!

Plus, my parents named their cat "Ragg Mopp".

Date: April 28 2002 at 16:10:43
Name: Fog Allen
Location: Sallisaw, ok

Did Johnnie Lee Wills have any hits of his own?

Date: April 28 2002 at 10:21:47
Name: Si Hawk (via email to the webmaster)
Location: Tulsa

One of my very favorite people to have worked with at several stations was Scott Yates. Here Scott and I appeared in a series of TV spots for "Wild Bill's Furniture". They were silly spots, but inspired by the incredible wit that was Scott. In case you haven't met Scott, he's the one on the right of the frame.

Si Hawk and Scott Yates

Sadly, Scott Yates (aka Bob Scott) passed away a year ago. Don Cook remembered him in Guestbook 73. This screen capture is from 1982.

Date: April 27 2002 at 21:22:42
Name: David Batterson
Location: Pasadena, CA

It's always a pleasure to read the comments from Lee (TV encyclopedia and very funny guy) Woodward!

But can't we hear from King Lionel one of these days? Darn, I can still remember coming home after school to watch "L&L" and loving every minute of it! ;-)

I can even remember our beloved King's battles with Fletcher, and Lionel's twisted grammar ("I doesn't know").

OK, Lee, let the King speak!

Date: April 27 2002 at 15:32:59
Name: Frank Morrow
Location: Austin

The "Goon Show" was broadcast in Austin in the late '70s on the NPR station KUT. I recorded about 25 or 30 of them. They were incredible. Some Americans don't think the shows are funny, but others, like myself, think they're great.

There is still an incredible cult following of the show. There are conventions and coffee table books, much like the later Star Trek adulation. When you meet another Goon enthusiast, you can talk in shorthand. Just one word, and you can laugh your ole arse off.

Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan each played about six, weekly recurring characters. They also provided the voices for incidental characters, each having various dialects and languages including “American.” They did such a good job that it takes a neophyte listener a long time to figure out who is playing what roles. Milligan either wrote or co-wrote the scripts. The production values were excellent, something that I imagine was quite difficult to do, not only because of the many sound and music cues, but also because the three “Goons” could horse around and improvise. Must have driven the director wild.

At their best the shows are wildly imaginative and hilarious, but occasionally, particularly at the end of the life of the show, it could become rather silly. Nonetheless, they are all gems. All the Pythons acknowledge their debt to the Goons.

I saw a "Goon Show" produced for TV. It was in black and white. It was interesting, but just couldn’t recapture the flexibility and magic of radio.

By the way, public libraries frequently have "Goon Shows" for check out on tape or disc.

Robert Dickson's Goon Show MP3 Page always has a Goon Show or two available for downloading or online listening.

Date: April 27 2002 at 08:53:45
Name: David Bagsby
Location: Lawrence-on-the-Tyne, KS

Also about the time SNL started to take off, PBS replaced Monty Python with "The Goodies"...another UK comedy group. There's a store here in Lawrence called 'Brits' that has the Goodies on VHS. I can tell you that there is a reason you don't see that show in syndication. Imagine a really bad version of Benny Hill. It's odd because at the time, we thought that show was hilarious...must have been a stronger strain of inebriants back then.

Monty Python was a tough act to follow.

Date: April 27 2002 at 01:28:40
Name: Frank Morrow
Location: Austin

Was the "Goon Show" ever broadcast in Tulsa?

This BBC radio comedy show was broadcast in Britain 1952-1960 and could have been heard in syndication here...but somehow, I doubt it. Their spiritual heirs, Monty Python, showed up on Channel 11 in the mid-70s, and seemed completely out of left field at the time.

Lee's alter ego Date: April 26 2002 at 23:51:16
Name: Lee Woodward
Location: samey-same

Egads, no one has written since I? I will then answer the webmaster's question!

Being a singer, I was equally blown away by Jim Nabors unleashing his version of "Swanee." This was at a telethon done from the old Orpheum or Ritz Theater downtown. One is naturally surprised by a voice coming from a character like "Gomer." I also believe I am correct that Jim Nabors may have worked for a TV station in Fort Smith or Little Rock, Arkansas? Anyone know?

Now, beyond the astonishment of Jim Nabors that night was for me to meet and greet another guest on that telethon: Angie Dickinson. What was startling to me was that her face was lined with hundreds of tiny lines. This was in the early sixties, long before her great success later. So you see, makeup and camera lens can cover a million sins just as a comic persona can hide a great voice.

That jogs my memory of the great English comic, Harry Secombe, a member of the famous "Goon Show" (as was Peter Sellers). He had a wonderful operatic tenor voice and finally got to use it on Broadway. I have forgotten the musical. Of course, there are legions of Hollywood actors who had or have extraordinary singing voices. One last example; at another local telethon, "Sky King" (Kirby Grant) exhibited a classically-trained baritone of great warmth and quality. Erlene says to stop now.

That reminds me: "Shy King" was a bit on the Mazeppa show. You saw a toy plane being "flown" by hand while Mazeppa supplied voices off camera. When "Shy" issued a command to "Fire up the Songbird, Penny", an off-camera blowtorch melted down the plane while "Shy" complained frantically.

According to the history on JimNabors.com, he did work as a film cutter in Chattanooga for a time.

Date: April 26 2002 at 08:58:01
Name: Lee Woodward
Location: T-Town Chapter 11th St.

Someone was talking about "Big Bill's" show on Ch. 2 drawing with magic markers on the reverse side of a piece of paper while the camera shot the other side. I did that a lot when I hosted the "Sun-Up" show. I would pre-draw an image and then select a piece of music to go with it.

Of course everyone stole this idea from "Captain Kangaroo." Cosmo Allegretti, who also was the arm and voice of "Mr. Moose" (and Bunny Rabbit and Grandfather Clock), did all the reverse drawing on that show. One of many early TV tricks to fill time or create something odd.

A great example was Ernie Kovacs' use of Chroma Key, way before anyone else used it. Then on Shock Theater on KOTV, Bob Mills featured people who would paint false eyes on their lower chin along with a beard just above the upper lip etc. and then the engineers would electronically turn this image upside down and the person would either talk or sing a song. It could be pretty amusing depending on the makeup. I don't know who started this idea?

The other thing I remember is when Frank Effron (Production Mgr.) designed a series of short barrel adapters that he could mount on the lens rack of a camera to allow extreme close ups of diamond rings offered by a brand jeweler. They were on a turntable and hot lighted from two angles. As they turned they presented a startling brilliance, filling the screen.

Just a few of the many tricks of the old trade.

Here's Lee & Lionel with the good Captain.

Off the subject, but Lee, were you in on the local telethon in the early 60s that included Jim Nabors? None of us at that time knew he could sing, and when he unleashed his voice, it was quite a shock.

I tried lightening up the blue for links on heavily used black pages like this one. I think it is easier on the eye.

Date: April 25 2002 at 13:09:41
Name: Kevin Reiswig
Location: Tulsa, OK

I love your Tulsa Tiki web page. A friend sent the link to me and thought it might interest you to know that I actually purchased the two 10' solid redwood Tiki statues from the old Jade East Restaurant at 41st and Memorial. I would be glad to e-mail you pictures. They are two of my prized possessions.

That would be great, Kevin. I didn't think that was going to happen. Please send them on!

Date: April 25 2002 at 10:13:50
Name: Webmaster

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