|Date: 08-Jun-00 07:30 PM
Name: (Again!) Mike Bruchas
John Hillis is right on Henry Lile's flying camera. Henry had a beautiful
Bolex EBM that we lusted for - when shooting film of games for sports or
silent "ground level" MOS. Never sure if it was his own or KOTV's.
Henry had an old old hand wind-up Kodak 16mm camera w/ turret lens - not
sure if a Brownie though.
At one time he was playing with a U-shaped still camera flash bracket that
held the camera in the middle on it so he could hold it in either hand/both
hands and I think joked about steering his plane with his knees. I am sure
the viewfinder on the Kodak was small and dark compared to his then high
tech Bolex. Don't ever remember him in '76-'77 poking a video camera out
a plane window - the KOTV Sony's were heavy and cumbersome and Henry never
got stuck with a "Mattel" Hitachi camera!
Yes, Ken Broo is right - he did call Ken, "Kin". I can still remember now,
playing back in my head.
Henry was a gentleman aviator all right and we all were lucky to have known
him. He wasn't an NPPA hot shot or Pulitzer Prize photo award winner, just
Henry Lile - a nice guy.
|Date: 08-Jun-00 07:18 PM
Name: Mike Bruchas
"Patterns in Music" was pretty low key, pre-beautiful music on WMAQ. On WAIT
he was a name but no "readings" but some patter - it really wasn't "Patterns
in Music". Doremus' show on WGN was talk with music interspersed but tied
in (Patterns in Music LITE?).
For his WMAQ TV show he might be seated at a small cocktail table and wax
elegant on something and the then live NBC Chicago orchestra would take over
with a number tied in some way. Maybe little tableau things in the TV studio.
On WGN radio all night, he would weave into the program messages about the
unheard union techs with him - part of his radio family in the studio. At
WGN a lot of personally intoned spots by him were the trademark of the all-night
man. As I recall he did have a newsman and another WGN booth (working both
TV and radio then) announcer - usually Carl Grayson part night to intro newscasts
and read other spots. Funny thing was WGN had this gigantic IGM automation
cart machine in an adjacent room full of nothing but PSA's. Spots were for
the most part read live with a few pre-produced spots on his shift for people
like Culligan water treatment as I recall after visiting him one night.
|Date: 08-Jun-00 05:59 PM
Name: Larry James
Geographical location: Scottsdale, AZ
Web site: Celebrate Love
& Relationships with Larry James
Favorite Tulsa TV show or personality: Bob Losure
How did you find TTM? Mike Ransom saw my review of Losure's book
on my website & sent me an e-mail. (Thanks, Mike!)
I was happy to discover your website. I lived in Tulsa for over 23 years.
Move to Scottsdale, AZ in 1996 to be with my sweetheart.
I am a professional speaker and author (personal relationships) and unexpectedly
ran into Bob Losure at a National Speakers Association meeting in San Francisco
several years ago. Although we had never met before then, I had followed
his career on CNN. It was great to meet him and since then we have become
friends. By the way, I highly recommend his book.
Seconds to Air).
I have terrific memories of Tulsa. Hated to leave but my sweetheart was calling.
Our 4th wedding anniversary is today (June 8th). ;-)
I have returned to Tulsa only once to do a series of book signings at Novel
Idea and Barnes & Noble.
Another one of my favorite Tulsa personalities is Ann Williams. I appeared
on her radio show several times.
Keep up the grrreat work on your website. I'll be passing the link to my
Haven't seen Ann Williams in awhile. She added a vital element to the
Erling show while she was there. What's she up to now?
|Date: 08-Jun-00 04:53 PM
Name: John Hillis
Geographical location: Washington DC
Favorite Tulsa TV show or personality: Ken Broo, airborne
How did you find TTM? Homing Pigeons led me to the grass strip
at Harvey Young
I was away for a few days, and want to kick in a bit more on the late Henry
Lile. Henry illustrated the saying that there are old pilots, bold pilots,
but no old, bold pilots. I never knew Henry to take a chance.
I believe that the December, 1975, tornado footage discussed here recently
was shot by Henry using his trusty Kodak Brownie wind-up 16mm camera. A Bolex
would have been too complex and large for Henry's airborne use. The Brownie
was about the size of a cigar box and had a three-lens turret, a flip-up
viewfinder on top of the camera, and a spring-wound motor to reel off about
50 ft of film (about a minute and a half) before Henry would have to rewind,
which he did while flying by holding the Brownie between his knees while
his feet worked the rudder and one hand held the Cessna's wheel. Primitive
It was before my time, but I was told Henry used to wrap film or tape in
foam rubber sheets, buzz KOTV, and pitch it out the window to be retrieved
in the parking lot, a practice that ended, the story went, when a film can
met the window of the GM's new Lincoln Continental. I was never sure whether
the story was true or was one of Henry's little put-ons. I could see it either
Henry Lile was one of those characters that used to inhabit the local television
world before it became a big-money sport. He was a real-life link to the
days when aviation was a risky proposition rather than a business, and while
he'd probably rather be called "Aviator" than anything else, he was a heckuva
newsman as well.
|Date: 08-Jun-00 02:02 PM
Name: Mike Bruchas
Favorite Tulsa TV show or personality: Mike no Judd Hambrick
The late Steve Powell - between gigs in OKC was an announcer for a while
at KGMC-TV AFTER his Foreman Scotty days. He WAS a local celeb and the kids
(22-25 yrs.old) I worked with there - were in awe of him. Think he did some
OETA fundraising work at one time too.
Was editing down a zzzz local TV show, "White House Chronicle" that usually
has nada to do with La Casa Blanca. My DC client GoodLife TV cable carries
it at 2 or 2:30am EDST. Yoicks up pops MIKE HAMBRICK as a guest on this show
Last heard of - he was spokesman for "American Smokers" (Defending YOUR right
to smoke!) now here looks senatorial with glasses and graying hair and was
billed as a "radio - TV anchor". Some gems in what he said but this show
is seen only in DC on WHUT-PBS and on GoodLife TV. He said he had worked
at 18 stations in his career, now on "Radio America" - a business radio network
with some kind "issue related" news talk show. Said he was working on a deal
with a "university yet to be named" (probably DC's Howard University who
runs WHUT-TV) for "a university related news issue talk TV show". He mentioned
journalists were once blue collar types but now need to be more
"business/technically" oriented with degrees in some specialty. I think he
may fashioned himself as such. One of his brothers ran NBC Business news
unit here for years and covered that beat for non-broadcast sales.
The show is kind of a time-waster but if your local cable system carries
GoodLife TV, program your VCR to record it to see Mike if a fan.
Judd Hambrick was an anchorman at KTUL for awhile in the 80s, now working
in Cleveland. He is also the "Judd" who composes the syndicated Scrabble
puzzles in the newspaper.
|Date: 08-Jun-00 01:40 PM
Name: Mike Bruchas
"Patterns in Music" I recall was John reading original, "borrowed" or famous
literati stuff and his musings between the appropriate cuts of music he picked.
The man had a great ear for music whether light classical, show tunes, light
symphonic pop or whatever.
In the companion piece with the KNXR tapes - it said John had also bought
material from another famous monologue-ist's (spelling?) widow of material
he liked and re-read it as additional source material. Will have to review
who that was. I guess he read a lot and appreciated good writing, that "read"
The audience was the post dinner crowd on AM on WMAQ - still big on radio
till the late 60's - later as an alternative to elevator FM.
Probably best stated he was a performer/reader/host of the show with that
GREAT warm voice.
|Date: 08-Jun-00 12:43 PM
Name: Don Norton (KOTV News l953-l960)
Geographical location: Tulsa, OK, former Oil Capital
I think Jim Ruddle was inquiring about Steve Powell (host of Circle Six Corral).
He went on to WKY-TV, and is now deceased--according to the WKY-TV history
replayed on OETA a few months back (similar to the KOTV 50th anniversary
Time Marches On!
|Date: 08-Jun-00 11:19 AM
Name: Frank Morrow
Geographical location: Austin, Texas
Because I was out of the country most of the time in the Navy, I never heard
Doremus' "Patterns in Music." Was it a straight disk jockey program supplemented
with occasional "singalong times," as "Music 'til Midnight" was when John
did it at KRMG?
|Date: 08-Jun-00 09:53 AM
Name: Mike Bruchas
Favorite Tulsa TV show or personality: Poor Richard Ford or Richard
How did you find TTM? It searchs for ex-pat Tulsans!
Received set 1 of 2 cassette sets from KNXR radio of John Doremus bits from
"Patterns in Music" - they even sent hard copies of the scripts!
Needless to say on days when radio reception is bad - DC has areas like this
in the city under bridges and by certain military reservations (hmmm)- have
been enjoying stories and bits from the collection KNXR has compiled. A lot
of it is timeless and a lot seems a picture of a quieter, gentler America
of 30-40 years ago.
I can see why it plays well in MN and I can see why pre-teen me and my folks
loved John's shows 30 years ago. Even heard a Sapulpa story about a mechanic
who sent him a now dated story about the last traffic jam in America (set
in 1987 in the copy - then the far off future).
If I knew how much space an audio file took up - might forward webmeister
Ransom a shorter clip to hang on this webpage!
Please do, Mike. About 2-3 minutes is as much as I can handle per clip...even
in RealAudio format, the files get large. Oddly enough, video is no more
expensive than audio. FYI, I start with either a .wav file for audio, or
an .avi for video. I use Real Producer to convert them to Real format,
approximately 1/10th the size of the original.
That show sounds reminiscent of "Prairie Home Companion" in tone. I wonder
if there is any connection, given that "Patterns in Music" was from MN,
|Date: 07-Jun-00 11:31 PM
Name: Frank Morrow
Geographical location: Austin, Texas
After the Coliseum burned down in 1952, KAKC had temporary studios in a small
trailer. It might have been at their transmitter site. Later they moved into
studios high up in the building at 9th and Boston. I think it was called
the American Airlines Building at the time.
The announcer could see the traffic on the heavily traveled 11th Street (which
may actually have been 10th St. at that particular point), which was then
Hiway 66. At night the disk jockey would ask the transiting drivers to blink
their headlights if they were listening to KAKC. The announcer would then
acknowledge this by saying, Thank you. I was impressed with the
great number of responses, until I remembered the bogus KAKC Airmobile
broadcasts. I always planned to park at the corner of 10th and Boston to
see if the number of Thank yous matched the number of blinking
lights. But I never did.
|Date: 07-Jun-00 11:00 PM
Name: Jeannie Moore Crabtree
Geographical location: Glenpool, Okla.
Favorite Tulsa TV show or personality: Chris Lane
How did you find TTM? A link from Union High School Reunion
Hello, I danced on Party Line with Chris. Every sat.afternoon my Mother &
Grandmother would take my sister & I with some of our friends. When it
went off the air they had a dance at Cain's Ballroom. They called a teen
rock & roll singer every week. I got to talk to Tommy Sands. I am so
sorry to hear that Chris has passed away.
|Date: 07-Jun-00 03:01 PM
Name: Jim Ruddle
Geographical location: Rye, NY
As long as we've had the sad news about Les Lampson, can anyone provide
information about Jim Newton, Don Marvin, or the guy who did "Circle Six
Corral"--I think he used the name "Scotty"? Maybe somebody has already given
an update, but I can't seem to access the search on this site and I'm damned
if I'm going through everything in the archives to find out.
KOTV's "The Don Scott Show" can be seen on the Other
Kiddie Shows page. I believe that he became OKC's "Foreman Scotty".
|Date: 07-Jun-00 02:56 PM
Name: Mike Bruchas
Favorite Tulsa TV show or personality: Uncle Zeke? Whatever Zeb
character Dick Van Dera played at 8....
How did you find TTM? Mike Ransom School of Computer Stuff, Muskogee,
This last Memorial Day driving past the Nam memorial here in DC - I remembered
KTUL announcer Lawrence Heatley was a Nam vet besides 8's Dick van Dera.
Anyone know where Lawrence is? Last Summer someone posted that John Heatley
- his younger brother and ace KTUL cameraman was now a gunsmith in Tulsa.
Speaking of John Doremus' ties - I think Dick was also a John Doremus TU
scholarship winner, after he came back from Nam as a Navy medical corpsman.
Need Dick to fill us in on this, he was yet another fellow former Chicagoan
who landed in Tulsa.
|Date: 05-Jun-00 10:04 PM
Just received an email about Les Lampson, KOTV announcer of the 50s, inquired
after by Lee Woodward earlier in this Guestbook. Reprinted here by permission
of Neil Ross:
"Regarding your query concerning Les Lampson. If we're talking about the
same guy, I knew him casually for a while in the voice over business. We
were in a workshop together and had the same agent. (Deep well modulated
voice-nice guy-ex booth announcer type right?) Lost track of him when the
workshop broke up but heard through mutual friends that he had died of lung
cancer. This was about ten years ago, as I recall. I'm racking my brains
trying to think of who I'm still in touch with who might know more details,
but I'm drawing a blank. I'll keep thinking about it and if you want to know
more, email me back and maybe I'll have thought of someone by then. Sorry
to be the bearer of bad news."
We later got another response from a gentleman who runs a casting agency
in L.A. He said of Les Lampson: "Neat guy. (He) liked to sleep on the announce
booth floor and occasionally slept through the breaks."
|Date: 05-Jun-00 08:58 PM
Name: Ken Broo
Geographical location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Web site: WLWT web
Favorite Tulsa TV show or personality: Anita Parvin
How did you find TTM? Illegally entered John Hillis' computer
Henry Lile was the kindest, most decent person I've ever met. I too flew
with Henry, many times. The tornado story, I believe, has another twist.
Tornado footage was so rare back then, before the days of home video, that
television stations and networks paid a hefty price to get ahold of some.
Henry, either in 1975 or shortly before, filmed a tornado (most probably
with his Bolex, film processed undoubtably by
Sherm Wilsey) and sold it to CBS, KOTV's
affiliate. As the story goes, Cronkite was so impressed with the footage,
he phoned Henry up and had him narrate the video, 'live' on the CBS Evening
News. I'm told Henry was like a deer caught in the headlights.
As for flying with Henry, I felt more safe with him than on a lot of commercial
aircraft I fly these days. One flight that I passed on stands out. It was
an early Saturday and Henry and a KOTV photog were flying to Manhattan, Kansas,
to film the OU-KState game. I was going along, merely for grins and not working.
It was a cold blustery day, didn't take me long to get to Harvey Young, as
I lived only a mile away.
As we were loading up the plane, I expressed my concerns about the weather
to Henry. Henry said that, yes, it would be a bumpy two hour ride, up and
back. I began to beg off. Henry insisted I go.
"Ken (or Kin as he pronounced it), if you're with us and we go down, the
headlines will blare: Famous sports celebrity killed in plane crash. Henry
Lile pilot. But if you're not with us, it'll be buried in the back of the
He was joking, of course. I was back home in five minutes.
Welcome back, Ken.
You can read Ken's column
here on the
WLWT site. He also has a web site under development at
www.kenbroo.com. You may want to bookmark
|Date: 05-Jun-00 04:57 PM
Name: Mike Miller
Geographical location: Vienna, Virginia
Henry Lile was a great guy and very good pilot, although he and I had a number
of close calls. Two come to mind.
When I worked at KOTV in the mid to late 60's, Henry and I used to fly to
football games on Saturdays to cover various Oklahoma teams. Once while traveling
to Stillwater, we were flying into the sun and narrowly missed an Oklahoma
Highway Patrol plane, coming directly toward us. Each plane banked to the
right, avoiding a head-on collision.
Another time, while returning from a TU game at Wichita, Kansas when we ran
into extremely low cloud cover. Henry calmly remarked, there are some 500-foot
radio towers around here and were only at 400 feet. Suddenly I was
scared to death. Henry you better set it down. He agreed, and
we landed safely in a cow pasture and waited until the ceiling lifted.
All reporters loved to fly with Henry Lile because he often let us handle
the controls, once we were in the air. Henry was a safe and sober pilot,
but once on the ground, he would sometimes open the trunk of his car and
take a few swigs from a bottle of liquor. The day we returned from Wichita,
was one of those times.
|Date: 05-Jun-00 01:16 PM
Name: Mike Bruchas
Henry Lile was a staff member at KOTV and their pilot. Though he may have
done some pilot training or cert work when not at 6 - this I can't recall.
As discussed previously by John Hillis and myself, Henry was a former milkman
and had held a variety of other jobs. At 6 - when we were there - he must
have been in his early 50's - he was the night photog/film processer/prompter
operator in addition to doing aerial coverage of stories in the pre-chopper
|Date: 05-Jun-00 12:59 PM
Geographical location: Just off 71st between Riverside and
Favorite Tulsa TV show or personality: Oklahoma Memories/Mike
How did you find TTM? Typed "TTM" into a search engine. ;)
This update is a little old, and a bit random, but I was at the downtown
library last week, and while waiting to meet a friend for lunch, decided
to shuffle through old Tulsa World microfilm. Came across the December 6,
1975 paper, and the headline read something like "Tornado Rips Through Tulsa".
Among the survival stories and damage photos was an aerial photo of the tornado.
This photo was taken by Henry Lile, who has been discussed on this site before.
In fact, this particular incident has been talked about. There was an article
about Henry's adventure, in which he had been in Seminole taking photos during
the aftermath of a school explosion (he was a free-lance photographer, but
I believe Mr. Bruchas has said he worked for KOTV). He was flying back with
a flight student aboard when he encountered the storm. He noticed that the
tornado appeared to have struck Harvey Young Airport, which is where he kept
his plane. They landed there, dodging large chunks of debris on the runway.
Incidentally, I collect tornado videos, and I have a short, grainy, black
and white clip of the 1975 tornado. If someone (our webmeister, perhaps?)
can convert it to computer-compatable, let me know and I'll try to get a
copy to you!
Indeed I can convert the video to a RealVideo clip.
|Date: 03-Jun-00 02:43 PM
On behalf of King Lionel, I searched for the whereabouts of Les Lampson,
but with no luck. I did turn up a site with a lot of info of this type, though:
Los Angeles Radio People. I sent them
an email, so we'll see...the query will appear in Monday's column on the
LARP site, so maybe a reader there will have a lead.
|Date: 02-Jun-00 10:51 PM
Name: Mike Bruchas
Geographical location: Washington, DC
Got an e-mail from ex-KOTV Promotion Director Jerry Muratore now at DonRey...more
on my Claude Akins in Tulsa story:
"I do remember taking Claude Akins to the Celebrity Club after we shot promos
on the steps of the Williams Center on Third Street. He wanted an "old-fashioned"
hamburger and I had a $300 a month entertainment account that was almost
impossible to eat up. A waitress at the Celebrity recognized Claude, went
home and brought back a drawing of an 18-wheeler that her son had done. She
asked Claude to sign it. He did.
"Later as KJRH's Promotion Manager I was in Los Angeles for a BPA (Broadcast
Promotion Association - now called ProMax) convention and called Claude at
home. He sent a car for me and I was driven to some where in a valley where
he lived and the two of us had dinner that he cooked.
"A great guy and a real gentleman. Sorry he's gone."
|Date: 31-May-00 12:53 AM
Name: Frank Morrow
Geographical location: Austin, Texas
In my first shift by myself at KAKC I almost got fired. During the night
music show, Music for Listening I played Stan Frebergs
John and Marsha. The words consisted only of John
and Marsha, with Freberg doing both the male and female voices.
From the various ways he said the two words, it was evident that the two
were going through the process of hesitant foreplay, full-blown sex, then
after-glow activity, complete with John rejecting Marshas advances
to do it again. Although it was very humorous (and despite the fact that
I had first heard it on the radio), the KAKC general manager, Jim Neal,
didnt agree, and called me up immediately to inform me of his displeasure.
I never played the record again, but I did occasionally play the Theme
from John and Marsha, an instrumental, letting the people in
the know supply their own words.
We will hear a RealAudio newscast from the 18 year
old Frank Morrow, plus a later narrative of his today on the site.
|Date: 30-May-00 06:10 PM
Name: Mike Bruchas
Geographical location: Still in Dee Cee
How did you find TTM? I missed the turn for El Chico on Hwy.
Brownies Root Beer and Burgers! I still go there when in town.
Bob Losure seemingly ate there every day when just a KOTV reporter. Often
wonder if they "comped him" to have a local celebrity in there.
In fact when Losure is back in Tulsa, he can probably be seen there like
We could never get a handle on their efficient but bizarre staff - as an
unnamed KOTVer once pegged them as "born-again Christian/recent ex-con in
first straight minimum wage job and hating it/gay/former Hell's Angels bikers"
and I still have that run thru my brain whenever I am there....
|Date: 30-May-00 05:59 PM
Name: Mike Bruchas
Geographical location: Balmy East Coast
How did you find TTM? I thought I was goin' to Luby's...
For cheap eats - we used to hit the old Crosstown Grill as KWGS staffers
till they tore it down OR the Ranch House on Third. The latter though kept
changing cooks or decided to NOT stay open all night some nights and not
others. Very confusing.
Kay's was a daytime lunch joint for Matt Bunyan, Tom Roberts and other (then)
The late Mike Pacaud (of the Brook Theatre, the PAC and later Ringling Brothers)
and several of us from 8/KVOO radio started hanging out at the Best Western
or whatever it is now at 51st and Yale.
Sidebar - We used to walk out to the "skywalk" over the hotel's unique indoor
pool and ogle any semi-attractive female over 19 and under 50 taking a late
night dip in the pool - they always looked better from a distance. Often
they were "working women" with guests and noticed several on repeat occasions
at 2-3 a.m. frequented the pool, though the hotel espoused all kinds of
security/anti-soliciting signs - it was interesting to see "regulars" there.
Post-pubescent male fascination note. The vending machine by the pool sold
a one-time use "paper" disposable bikini swimsuit - oh those high tech 70's
- we kept coming back after chow to see if any female ever bought one. Never
saw one EVER in use...
Good grub (cheap/BIG portions) there though, and they let us sign-off crew
guys/gals sit for 2-3 hours at a time. I was amazed that we could sit till
3 or 4am - go home and be back at work at 1 or 2pm. THEN we never gained
weight and food WAS cheaper.
Note - DON'T EVER ASK FOR THE FRENCH DONUTS! Always on the menu, but never
there and half the waitrons felt we "were talkin' dirty" to them when we
did mention them or tried to order them! No idea what crullers were either...
Met Henry Gibson's son and Keith Carradine there just before Robert Altman's
"Nashville" was released and they were tied to G.Ailard S.Artain from the
movie and "hangin' out" in Tulseytown. We said who and pumped Carradine on
his dad, JOHN Carradine. Brother David Carradine in "Kung Fu" was of no interest.
Then "Nashville" came out 6 mos. later!
Another eatin' with celebs note - Jerry Muratore - promotion director at
6 - and I took **CLAUDE AKINS** to lunch while he was in town promoting
"Nashville 99" - it was really 1977 + a cop show shot in Nashville with all
these famous/semi-famous country folks doing cameos or playing companion
cops that lasted maybe a year on CBS. Akins was "Badge 99". The "Nashville"
swing started this I guess and CBS was big on cop shows that year.
I was probably wearing my double knit "photog" suit aka the old leisure suit.
Always semi-formal + keyrect attire whether shooting celebs, Southern Hills
society, grisly dog explosions or watching "floaters" dragged out of the
EVERYONE at the restaurant was doing double takes seeing le Claude but no
one could quite figure out who he was! I THINK he wanted to be recognized,
too. Them Hollywood types!
We shot some gritty railyard footage on a rainy looking day down by the then
still destitute Union Station with him plugging the show on KOTV. "Tough
city, tough cop" kinda thing.
After a week I think we stopped running the promos....
(Added by webmaster for Mike Bruchas) Postscript: Jerry Muratore of
DonRey Media has provided us with an updated version of this story...see
my later comment.
|Date: 30-May-00 08:38 AM
Name: Jim Ruddle
Geographical location: Rye, NY
Welcome, Lee. I wondered where you had been hiding. Lampson was something
of a pain--There he was, young, good-looking, driving a (then) just off the
drawing board Ford Thunderbird, and dating a blonde whose false eyelashes
were long enough to prevent her from injury should she fall on her face.
Single! The bastard was SINGLE! Of course, he had to be Ramar of the Jungle
and wear a pith helmet, but that was nothing in the humiliation line compared
with a Zeta suit.
In the restaurant sweepstakes, I'd have to put Bishop's as the premier
institution. Ike's original chili parlor and the Coney Island were close
behind, but Bishop's took the laurel because it stayed open until all hours.
After a night at Love's Lounge, or the St. Moritz, or the Trocadero, Bishop's
was the only real port in the nighttime storm. Coman's, first on Fifteenth
and Peoria and later at Fifteenth and Boulder was pretty good for burgers
and fries, but Bishop's had a regular menu.
And the characters who hung out there. I once sat next to a guy in a green
tweed suit who was tearing matches out of a paper matchbook. He laid five,
or eight, or ten--I don't recall, exactly--of the matches on the counter
and pointed at the clock high on the wall at the back.
"I'll give you five dollars if you can arrange those so that...(and here
he described one of those goofy puzzles, that all the heads should be touching,
or none of the heads were touching, or that they should form a square, Star
of David, or some such thing) within five minutes."
I looked at the matches, then glanced up at the guy, suddenly realizing that
it was Titanic Thompson, the old sharper who was famous for betting on
everything, after fixing it first. He once collected on a wager that he could
drive a golf ball a quarter of a mile, then won when he walked out of the
ice of a wintry Lake Michigan and clubbed a shot that is probably still sliding.
I declined the challenge. Besides, Titanic was also known to have a fondness
for young boys and I had a checkered enough reputation without adding that
to my list.
He was just one of the denizens who frequented Bishop's at night: Cabbies,
drunks, guys just back from a successful date, guys just back from a washout,
couples who were having more fun in the restaurant than they knew they were
going to have when they got home. It was terrific. And the food wasn't bad.
|Date: 29-May-00 10:49 PM
Name: King Lionel
Geographical location: ground zero
Favorite Tulsa TV show or personality: The Mooster
How did you find TTM? Mike Miller guided me
I must say; being new to this Web business, I am overwhelmed at the comments
I have read in some of the archives. Some of the names I had forgotten and
incidents that have slipped from my memory banks. I also found some errors,
but those are easily corrected. For instance. The third puppet's name was
"Basil Lionbone." He lived in the dungeon. He and Lionel were the only ones
who saw the bear appear in the castle turret from time to time. Also, the
theme music was "Wedding Day at Troldhaugen" by Edvard Grieg. Originally
on Decca DL 4923, The Bavarian Symphony Orch., conducted by Kurt Graunke
(mono). The other cut on this ten inch album was "Triumphal March from "Sigurd
Josalfar!". Why can I remember that and not my wife's name? I won't bore
you with further idle chatter at this time. I have a zillion stories, but
I will refrain from creating a large book at this time. I was thrilled to
see that Ken Broo and Dr. Jim Ruddle have visited this site along with G.Ailard
S.Artain and others. I have worked with everyone except Snooky Lansen!
(Trivia question) Now, I have a question; Inasmuch as people from all over
seem to log in here...does anyone out California way have a clue to whatever
happened to a fellow Announcer named Les Lampson? Les was on staff in June
1957 when I joined KOTV. He went on to L.A. and worked for KTLA or KABC until
getting fogged in at the Del Coronado with a Mrs. Previn. We saw Les when
we were in L.A. in 1962. Lost track of him after that. By the way, King Lionel
did finally have a date with "Miss Piggy." It was not a pretty sight!
Welcome, King! Folks, this note is indeed from King Lionel and his subject,
Lee Woodward. We are thrilled to hear from you both. The King (being
of precise mind) sent in a correction on the theme music, so I edited the
information into the note. I will get those corrections made elsewhere on
We look forward to future visits.
P.s., I found 2 RealAudio clips of "Wedding Day at Troldhaugen" at Amazon.com
but I must confess that it didn't strike me as familiar; maybe these are
not the sections of the piece that were used. I wonder if there was other
music associated with the King's reign...
|Date: 29-May-00 09:51 AM
Name: John Hillis
Geographical location: 1,500 miles east of Nelson's Buffeteria
Favorite Tulsa TV show or personality: Donnell Green
How did you find TTM? Not bad with a side o' green beans
The Tulsa World article on long-lived restaurants toplined my favorite place
on earth for lunch, Nelson's. On days when Chicken Fried Steak was the special,
a delegation would leave 302 S. Frankfort at noontime, Nelson's bound. Doug
Dodd, skinny guy that he was, was one of the ringleaders. An hour or so later,
we rolled back down Third to the rigors of an afternoon putting together
the newscast with no nap.(I never considered until now that Nelson Rogers,
Jr. may have been Jimmy Leake's secret weapon in the ratings battles between
KOTV and KTUL.)
The steak was simply the finest chicken-fry I've ever tasted, with sides
of vegetables cooked to within an inch of their lives. You didn't need a
New England Journal of Medicine study to know that anything that good had
to be terrible for you, and maybe that's why Nelson only put it on special
once or twice a week.
When the Washington Times did a profile on me several years ago in the Dewar's
Scotch ad style, one of the things they asked was favorite restaurant, which
typically was answered with The Palm, or Mo and Joe's or Rive Gauche. My
response was instantaneous: Nelson's on chicken-fry day. It's gratifying
for me to read that Nelson's (and Nelson) are still around at the same location,
dishing up the same fine grub.
Please send on the Dewar's-style profile...(later) it is now in the Photo
|Date: 29-May-00 07:29 AM
Archived Guestbook 39.
We heard that Ken Broo is back in the saddle at Cincinnati. Out-of-town
Mazeppa fans wrote in. Lots of radio talk; the following were discussed:
Dick Campbell, Jay Andres, Herb Jepko, Kerbango.com, Franklin McCormack and
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