Don Lundy - 06/20/99 18:11:40
Favorite Tulsa TV show: The John Chick Show
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Gene and Cleta Eoff
Stupidest local commercial: Tumble Inn
Erick Church - 06/20/99 05:46:46
How did you find TTM?: Drawn in by an evil force...
Here's an idea! A Mazeppa reunion show! Huh?
Benny The Crusher - 06/20/99 00:16:25
Location: Hollyweard, CA
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Uncanny Film Festival
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Yehootie Menu
Stupidest local commercial: Lynn "In Your Face" Hickey
Yes, I was in the pilot of Walker Texas Ranger playing the part CD Parker that Noble Willingham now occupies. The producers felt I was too young to play Chuck Norris' mentor since he is actually older than me. I begged them to let me go to an aging spa, but they wouldn't spring for it. Oh well.
Yes, I did a character "Ruby the Crusher, " Benny the Crusher's sister. I thought I had burned all materials associated with her, with the exception of her bra and panties that I happen to be sporting as I type *g*
Spitfire Grill: that's what the director asked me : "what the hell kind of accent is that??" Actually, we all listened to tapes and the locals and some of us still didn't get it. A Henry Higgins nightmare.
bye ... cycle,
Wasn't "The Spitfire Grill" a terrific movie?
Mike (duh!) Bruchas - 06/19/99 21:35:45
For some reason I thought that spot only played in OK but its was staple on TX TV, too.
The late "Huckleberry" West - famed TV engineer at KTUL, used to hit us with his version, "When was the last time you had a big, steaming bowl of Griffin's Syrup? Well, that's too long!".
At KTUL when I was there initially - we had Griffin's coffee to guzzle (not in the same league as Starbucks). I guess too at one time Griffin's products showed up there in other places...The old engineers used to "invent" crazy Griffin products to foist off on us young'uns in tall tales.
Still remember one Summer the engineers were in endless search of a "burpless"
Mike Bruchas - 06/19/99 21:22:10
Location: Lost in Tulsey of the 70's
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Oral Roberts "unplugged"....
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Dr. Jan -OR- Dr. Judy - but which was the "evil twin psychologist"???
Stupidest local commercial: Any Bob Mills Furniture spot from OKC
Is it true your show aired in Little Rock for a while? My cousin down there said he thought it did on ch. 4 or 7. I guess the fine tuned Arkansas "wit" couldn't cope with Tulsey humor - he said it didn't last.
Were you in the pilot of "WALKER - Texas Ranger" in the role now played by Noel Willingham?
Who was your accent coach for "Spitfire Grill"? Friends here couldn't believe you were an OK escapee.
I am trying to find a shot of you at 8 in drag as the waitress (sorry I can't remember the character name) from some restaurant skit. Have a contact sheet but the neg eludes me.
Speaking of Doug McAllister - he went on to KTUL as a reporter and often
writer with Bob Gregory - then left. Can't remember if he came from 6 to
8 or vice versa. Where is Dougie Mac now????
G.Ailard S.Artain - 06/19/99 20:48:45
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Uncanny Film Festival
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Mr. Mystery
Stupidest local commercial: Propeller Armed Furniture Guy
Regarding the name "Mazeppa Pompazoidi": It was the night before the first broadcast and I hadn't come up with what I considered a suitable title. I was at a friend's house and he was going through some old newspapers that he had discovered in a wall in a cabin in Colorado where they had been used for insulation. One comic strip caught my eye: its title was "The Flip Boys try in vain to play Mazeppa with Fatty Felix." Well, there you have it. The drawing was of a fat kid tied to a donkey. Intriguing and I loved the name Mazeppa. I found out afterwards that Mazeppa is a figure in a classic poem by either Shelley or Keats. In the poem, Mazeppa is tied to his horse and driven from civilization. In the 1880's a stripper used this theme in her act by being bound to a horse and riding across the stage, naked. She called the act "Mazeppa." Pompazoidi ... I just made up out of thin air.
How I came to be to KOTV: I was working on my masters at TU endeavoring to become an art professor (with not much luck). I used to go down to KOTV and fool around with my friend Doug Mcallister who was a camera operator on "Go for Dough." Through Doug, I met Gary Chew who was the host and being semi-insane himself, he allowed me to do skits with him on the show. It was pretty free form and Gary was agreeable. Doug vacated his position and I applied for and got the job.
There's plenty more to impart but je suis fatigue. I hope this fills in some
blanks. Lawzee!!! P.S. Yes, I did work for Hallmark in the Contemporary Card
department before going back to school.
MITCH SCHAUER - 06/19/99 18:23:46
"Tuffy's a sweet ol' tiger,
I remember watching Mr. Zing and Tuffy running around during one of their routines and a small girl wandered out onto the stage. Tuffy accidentally bumped into the zoo cage mock up and the top fell off, hitting the little girl.
They went to cartoon.
Also, Mr. Zing and Shaggy Dog were wrestling around on one show. Finishing
the skit and heated up from all that activity under the hot lights, Mr. Zing
casually asked, "Boy, it's hot isn't it Shaggy?" I heard a very muffled,
"It sure is."
M. Ransom - 06/19/99 18:21:49
My URL: Right here
My Email: The envelope icon at the top of the page
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Muz-pah
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Yehudi Menu
Stupidest local commercial: Shawnee Flour
One burning question is: what was the 2nd half of the opening theme? We know the 1st part is "Alone in the Rain" by the Coon Sanders Nighthawk Orchestra.
The derivation of the "Mazeppa" name from a 1902 comic strip is noted on the 1st Mazeppa page, and it is a quote from an interview my high school paper did with Mr. S.Artain in 1971, but I have the feeling there is more to the story...
Also, how did GS come to be working at KOTV in the first place? I believe
that previous to that, he worked at a greeting card company--just as did
R. Crumb, the underground comic artist.
Mike Bruchas - 06/19/99 17:33:24
Do you remember Maury Ferguson who was the voice on all the Fred Jones Ford spots in both OKC and Tulsa forever? Is he still out there?
What about Joe Henderson - formerly of KELI who WAS the OTASCO man forever on TV and the voice of Safeway radio spots? That is - other than Bill Mitchell's brief foray as the OTASCO man.
Who can't forget,"Its a good good feeling, a very special feeling - in Clarke's Good Clothes..." - sorry I can't remember more of the lyrics! Maybe it's safer that way...
If I can get a VHS dub of my reel of old spots - will try to send in a b&w
Griffin's coffee spot I have for posting. Can't seem to find any old KTUL
8's The Place reels but am still looking in my dusty home archives....
If you can get a VHS tape to me, I can convert it to RealPlayer so everyone can watch it.
MITCH SCHAUER - 06/19/99 07:27:38
At one time, Channel 8 had a "Draw Gusty" contest and I excitedly drew up
my Gusty ideas and dear ol' Mom sent them off to the station. The drawing
that won was a little kid's version of a rainbow colored Gusty. And yet,
until Don Woods retired, he used my contest entry idea of Gusty holding an
umbrella and extending the other hand where a drop of rain was splashing
into his palm! Despite that, I loved Don anyway!
MITCH SCHAUER - 06/18/99 22:17:35
By the way, did you know this site is very addictive?
Another of those promos also had Sean Connery in the "Goldfinger" scene where he takes over a set of binoculars from a girl and looks through them. And "Windy"...yeah!
Mitch Schauer - 06/18/99 19:14:30
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Dr. Mazeppa Pompazoidi's Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Gailard Sartain
Stupidest local commercial: Linda Soundtrack spots
How did you find TTM?: Mary Jo Sartain
I remember a very funny TV spot promoting Don Woods and the Channel 8 weather with Don in an Italian restaurant and the owner upset because it's raining. "Hey, pal, you got a reservation-a?"
And...in closing, I enjoyed Jack Morris and "tonight's closer."
I do remember that series of Don Woods commercials. Thanks for the "closer" about Jack Morris.
...I'm still reeling from the previous entry by Mr. Artain!
G.Ailard S.Artain - 06/18/99 18:24:32
Location: Hollyweird, CA
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Uncanny Film Festival
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Sherman Oaks
Stupidest local commercial: Callio's Jewelry
How did you find TTM?: Bill Groves
It's great to see the names of friends and associates that I have unfortunately, over time, lost track of. The TTM site has made my hazy recollections more clear.
But apparently I'm not alone in having this affliction! Hopefully, through this site, we can fine tune some of the details of that era! I am excited about finally having a forum to communicate with kindred spirits about the fun we used to have.
Let the fine tuning begin!
Mike Bruchas - 06/18/99 16:01:07
It had 2 telephone rotary dialers on it. I never knew it existed for years till I saw it prepping for a newscast one night and asked what it was.
Don would set it each night before leaving but a couple of times "staff members" would sneak back in and change the "forecast".
It had 2 colors on the NBT tower and at one time could be seen from all over Tulsa. Solid green meant good weather. Flashing green meant change. I think solid red meant significant negative change in the weather and I think flashing red meant - be on the alert for bad weather.
Amazingly Woodsy never mentioned this on the air. I guess old line Tulsans knew what the signals meant.
I can think of several staff members that - on a hoot - changed it to red
flashing on a night of good weather and we were bombarded with calls (which
the night crew had to answer) from folks saying they had missed the late
news and wondering if a tornado was afoot. They had seen the tower flashing.
Once I knew what was going on - I said, "Ooops - Don must have forgotten
to reset the gizmo!" and went back downstairs to the newsroom to reset the
John Lawrence - 06/18/99 04:54:11
Location: Yokohama, Japan
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Mazeppa!
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Karen Keith / Lee Woodward
Stupidest local commercial: LINDA SOUNDTRACK!!!!
How did you find TTM?: Cruisin' the hometown
During high school, I worked part-time at KJRH. This was early '80s. Karen
Keith, who was then the noon anchor for KJRH, filled in for Sam Jones one
night. For the last story of the evening, a little puff piece about the Cub
Scouts was read. Everyone in the studio was winding down and, quite frankly,
not really listening to the script. Karen was talking about how the boys
went to Mohawk Park on an overnight and pitched their tents. Except, she
said, on air, "They then went to pinch their tits." Serious. Swear to God.
Only a couple of crew caught it and the atmosphere of the studio became animated.
Karen herself seemed to be unaware of what she just said. Only when we reviewed
the tape and listened again did we hear it clearly.
Tony Sellars - 06/17/99 22:11:17
Location: Oklahoma City University
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Sportscene
How did you find TTM?: link from hell
Mike Bruchas - 06/17/99 14:59:36
Location: Alexandria, VA
Guy Atchley is possibly to make a cameo appearance in it.
Need to send you a shot of Ken Broo from WUSA-TV here to update the picture
Erick - 06/16/99 17:53:20
Mike Bruchas - 06/16/99 17:45:01
Stupidest local commercial: Antiques, Inc. & Horseless Carriages Unlimited of Muskogee
In some bio I read Jimmy was in the band at OU when an undergrad and that's why 8 winning away the rights to the OU replay show from OKC's WKY-TV/KTVY was a personal victory for him.
I also heard he was a great salesman for the Griffin family long before he was into radio & TV.
I understand thru personal family financial problems - almost all of the mega-millions Allbritton Communications paid him for KATV in Little Rock and KTUL in Tulsa - are gone. Don't know how much of this the Griffins got - it was originally Griffin-Leake TV before it became Leake TV, Inc.
At one time I heard after the major downpayment was made - Leake was to get $425,000 a year for something like 10 years. That's gone and I guess his car museum in Muskogee is gone?
Someone saw him at a Will Rogers Memorial "do" in Claremore a few years back (George Nigh appointed him the Commission) and he was driving an old beater of car - not being chauffeured in a classic Rolls or Bentley. Didn't look good.
In olden days, sometimes he came to KTUL on an infrequent visit in a classic London cab. I think Bob Gregory tried to wheedle this out of him - unsuccessfully. (One of the now departed CEO's of USA Today owned one and drove it daily to work here in Arlington, VA and folks there lusted after his restored 60's beauty.).
Most times at 8 - a classic car in the lot meant Mr. Leake was in the house and often not for good news for the staff.
During a union drive he was trying to defeat - he nearly cried that he might have to give up his beloved car collection if KTUL "went union". Old staffers said if it weren't for him doing the old car museum - KTUL would be the richest, most well-equipped station in OK.
The books supposedly listed semi-tractors and trailers and 4WD vehicles "belonging to 8" but never leaving Muskogee. Al Clauser fought forever just to get a used pick-up from there and never succeeded.
Mr. Leake had to have his cars and that was it = TV was a way to achieve his dreams.
In fact, one year KTUL sent a crew to cover "The Brighton Run" a classic antique car race in England that Jimmy Leake drove in and provided cars for "his buds" - maybe Ike Horn was a driver - I don't remember. ABC also covered this on Wide World of Sports. From the crew that went over - Leake spent a considerable fortune shipping the cars to England from Muskogee, entertaining "his buds" and bought more cars while there.
You could see why sometimes the KTUL staff was NOT that enthused about the
money pit known as "Horseless Carriages Unlimited" when raises were few and
Mike Bruchas - 06/16/99 15:37:23
Raycom used to be like Mizlou Sports - whom KTUL carried. An independent acquirer of college football and basketball rights for games.
Often KTUL would buy OU away games from them or Mizlou and the telco would have to switch our ABC AT&T lines over. Often very scarey.
Raycom is now in the top 25 station group owners in TV - so those rights
must have paid off!
Bill Groves - 06/14/99 18:07:04
Location: Los Angeles
Erick - 06/14/99 14:00:15
I saw that article in the Oklahoman too. I knew KOMA had been KFJF years ago, but I wasn't sure what the KOMA calls stood for.
KWTV still produces the Griffin food ads. I took a tour of the station a
few years back, and we were able to see one being made. I was surprised at
how many commercials they produce for local companies. They have their own
production company, TV9 Productions, which specializes in commericals. They
do the Clubhouse Golf commercials, and I think they still OWN that company.
Jim Back - 06/14/99 04:27:54
Location: Edmond, OK
I think it's impressive that the Griffin family still owns KWTV. That's got to be one of the last remaining family owned and operated TV stations. One of the sons, David Griffin, runs the TV station, while another son runs the jelly/syrup/et.al. business. Actually, these guys may be grandsons of the original patriarch. Does anyone know?
(I know, I know. This is supposed to be TULSA TV, but hey, KTUL used to be
owned by Griffin/Leake, so that's my excuse!)
Bill Groves - 06/12/99 19:23:10
Location: Los Angeles (more-or-less)
Stupidest local commercial: Some annoying Tink Wilkerson jingle
How did you find TTM?: Reference in the Tulsa newsgroup
Regarding "Big Bill and Oom-A-Gog," I was never on that show, but I did have my first "schoolyard" crush on Bill Blair's daughter in kindergarten and first grade.
For a friend's birthday, a bunch of us did appear on "Mr. Zing and Tuffy." I remember one kid asking John Chick if we'd be getting some Carnation ice cream during our visit, and he gracefully replied that if he did that, he'd get fired because the sponsor was Pure Milk, not Carnation. I think it was from that event that I obtained a promotional postcard touting the "Cartoon Zoo," as it was originally dubbed, when Mr. Zing wore the full-fledged zookeeper's outfit (and pre-Shaggy Dog). It's still buried somewhere in my parents' house. Next time I'm in Tulsa, I'll try to dig it out of my stored artifacts, so I can bring it back, scan it, and send it to you to use if you like.
I do wish you'd fill in the history of "Lee & Lionel" a bit more. I remember the show being on (and the opening using the "Camelot" music), but I don't really recall the origins. The quotes on the page are somewhat out of context for me.
As it happens, I've recently become acquainted with the Sartains online. Gailard will be appearing at Ray Courts' next Hollywood Collectors Show in North Hollywood the last weekend in June. Gary Busey was one of the featured celebrities at a previous HCS.
In fact, a few years ago, a partner and I (as managing editor/writer) launched our own TV-related magazine ("Television Chronicles") at Ray's show, and in our 9th issue, I reviewed "The Lost Tapes of Mazeppa." I gave Busey a copy of it when I met him at the HCS, and he got a big kick out of it. I even made my own Tulsa TV memory by appearing on KJRH's and KOTV's morning talk shows to promote the magazine during a trip back in '97. Unfortunately, we had to cease publication after 12 issues, but most of our back issues can still be ordered through my partner at the URL I've listed above, if anyone's interested.
I'd sure enjoy seeing a sports section on your site, featuring, among other things, the halcyon days of the Tulsa Roughnecks in the NASL. Another image I have somewhere is a picture I snapped of a goal by Damian Ogunsui (not sure of the spelling) during the first NASL regular indoor season game ever, between the Roughnecks and arch-rival Minnesota Kicks. Again, if you're interested, I'll be happy to dig it out, scan it, and send it to you.
Cartoon Zoo: yes, please send the pic. I'll get it out on the site immediately. Nice John Chick story!
Lee and Lionel: That's all the info I have, but I've gotten a little nervier, so I may give Lee a call and see if he can flesh the story out a bit for us.
Hey, tell Gailard and Gary to take a look at this site, if they haven't already. We'd be delighted and honored to hear from them.
We will soon have a sports page, so re the picture: bring it on.
Thanks for telling us about your magazine. I'm sure you will be hearing
from some readers of this site. Glad you dropped by!
Erick Church - 06/12/99 05:36:05
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Dan Satterfield
Erick Church - 06/11/99 04:31:50
Gerry Bonds left KOCO sometime in the early 90s. From what I understand, she taught some classes at OKC Community College, and was brought in by OETA in 96(?). I still remember her as Gerry Harris. It flows off the tongue easier. I think for a while she went by Gerry Harris-Bonds. In the same vein, Cindy Morrison at channel 8 went by Cindy Wall-Morrison for years at KOCO.
Incidentally, has anyone noticed how many former KOCO folks are at KTUL now? Bill, Cindy, Jon Slater (he's gone now), and I believe Carole Lambert may have been there for awhile in the early 80s.
Still eagerly waiting for Chris Lincoln to stop by...:)
Bill Mitchell - 06/11/99 01:01:46
We'd love to hear some of those firsthand stories.
Mike Bruchas - 06/10/99 22:48:59
Location: On the Potomac - on the *HOT* East Coast
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: The Guy Henshall ShadeTree Mechanic
Terri also tells me Jeff Rosser of KTUL and KOCO fame is with a consulting
firm in Birmingham, AL and still happily married to Barbara Allen of KTUL
Erick - 06/10/99 18:54:28
Dan Satterfield - 06/10/99 18:40:07
Location: Huntsville AL
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Mr Zing
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Mazeppa!!
How did you find TTM?: email
S. Bittner - 06/10/99 00:35:33
Location: New Jersey
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Mr. Zing and Tuffy, Mazeppa, the Channel 6 cooking show
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Betty Boyd
Stupidest local commercial: don't remember
How did you find TTM?: internet newsgroup
As for Uncle Zeb, my younger siblings adored him, and would have killed to be on that show. I remember him as being rather testy. But I loved to watch it because twice Uncle Zeb lost his temper. Once was when a monkey got on his head, and the other was some kid who was totally aggravating!! Both of those shows had cartoons in between the bits Mr. Zing or Uncle Zeb would do. I remember the live audience got bigger and bigger every year (boomers, you know) and Uncle Zeb had trouble getting everyone across the bridge near the end. "Hi, my name is Vernie Sue, and I want to say hi to my Mommy, Daddy, Johnny, .......AND EVERYBODY I KNOW!"
I used to sneak out of bed to watch the horror show on Sat nights and then had nightmares. Sometimes I wasn't sure what was so scary but knew it was bad. I learned everything I know about vampires from that show. I think the most terrifying thing was watching Bela Lugosi change forms by turning into smoke and going under a door. I stuffed my bathtowel under the door for a week. Of course, I used to hide from witch on "Wizard of Oz" too.
Mazeppa I didn't understand all the humor, but loved Laurel and Hardy.
I can't remember but in the summer about 11:30 pm there was a cooking show. I think it was sponsored by Oklahoma Natural Gas. The woman who did it had a distinctive name that tickles the edge of my mind. It was fascinating to watch her cook whatever in the time she had allotted. I think it was 5-10 minutes to start and expanded to 20 minutes.. WAIT! It was Donnell Green..where did she end up? Some of the featured products were gross and some looked good. She had one heck of a beehive (and manicure).
My grandmother loved Lewis Meyer and no one else in the house could stand him. Was in Tulsa a few years back, and he was STILL on.. and his voice still set the hairs on my neck up. I remember one station would always sign off with the Lord's prayer signed (?) acted out by an Indian chief(?).
It was great to find this site, as I am surrounded by cretins from Philadelphia
who have their own TV heros from that age. Sally Starr could never match
Thanks for the hilarious commentary on Tulsa TV... an amazingly complete summation.
To answer your question...that was Dick West, the Indian who performed the Lord's Prayer in sign language.
Did you see that Uncle Zeb visited this site and wrote about the monkey incident, too? Glad you remembered that Tuffy song...it hadn't been mentioned here until you brought it up.
Be sure and try the search engine to see what other people have said about
some of those shows. C'mon back, now, hear?
Mike Bruchas - 06/09/99 18:54:46
Stupidest local commercial: Mike's Used Betamax Warehouse (I'm kidding..)
My company which runs Master Control and Uplink Services for GoodLife TV (formerly Nostalgia TV or Nostalgia Network)- a small national cable network - is switching to metal BetaSX machines and gear.
Right now we are selling the used tape at $1.25 a cassette in lots of 10 - with any buyer covering shipping; but really we just want to get these puppies out of here - so price after a while may be moot.
If you are still a Beta-phile or Beta-head, pls. respond!
Erick - 06/09/99 04:12:57
We all know that former KOTV sports director Bill Teegins is now at KWTV in OKC. Here's his bio:
Dwayne Parsons was at 6 for awhile in the early 90's. He's now at KBTX in Bryan, TX:
Dick Pryor had a stint at KJRH in the early 80's. Although I remember him for his loooong tenure at KOCO in OKC. He's now a lawyer, and news anchor for OETA:
I also located John Anderson, who was at 6 in the early and mid 90's. He's
at KPHO in Phoenix, but there's no bio for him there.
M. Ransom - 06/09/99 02:27:19
Stupidest local commercial: The one starring Eb of "Green Acres" (Tom Lester)
We were just discussing former Tulsa sportscasters at the end of Guestbook 10...saw pics of Ken Broo and Steve Zabriskie...found links to Bob Stevens and Jay Berry today.
Who are some other former Tulsa sportscasters?