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July 02 2004 at 22:01:28
Name: Al Korwell
Location: Janesville, Wisconsin
Comments: What a terrific web site! Thank you for bringing back memory after memory of my life and career in Tulsa. Retired and living up in the other green country these days.

Whatever happened to Orbach's near Utica Square? When I could afford it bought my clothing there because Johnny Martin pitched it as the men's shop. Mr. Martin had a way of talking on a personal level with such style and class. As I remember there were photos of famous Tulsans on the wall, including the king of Tulsa radio.

And from what I hear, the Mayo was reopened? What a fine hotel that was in its day. Given the choice between lunch at the Mayo and the downtown (and if memory serves - the original) Coney Islander we always chose to walk in and sit at one of those wooden school desks - now that was a hot dog!

Thanks again for doing a grand job - loved the visit and will return. Happy fourth!

You are welcome, sir, and happy fourth to you, too. I believe that a few of the Mayo's floors have been restored, but much more is to be done.

There are some excellent pictures taken by Mike Bruchas of Coney Island downtown in the Photo Briefcase (see icon on Channel Changer 2 for future reference). Look in the fourth album, Tulsa Motels-Restaurants. The former Darby Lane Motel (seen in the album) is the current location of Coney Island. There are some Shakey's items in there, too.

If you haven't already discovered it, you will want to take a look and listen at the Johnny Martin page.

July 02 2004 at 19:46:45
Name: Kathy Schramm Rapp
Email: kathy{dot}rapp{at}flash{dot}net
Location: Texas
Comments: Speaking of memorable places to eat in Tulsa, as a young'un in the '60's and early '70's, our family loved Shakey's Pizza, Der Wienerschnitzel and Frank 'n Stein's. Not to mention fast seafood from Zuider Zee (I think there used to be one on Sheridan), and Casa Bonita (where I had lunch while on business in Tulsa in the early '90's}.

But one memory that really seems like yesterday was when my dad, then a geologist with Cities Service (Citgo now} had a meeting downtown near the Mayo Hotel. After the meeting, he treated us to an ice cream soda in or near the hotel, I don't remember. That soda fountain had to have the best sodas I've ever had and remember it to this day. I think they used actual Pepsi Cola, rather than carbonated soda water. I do know that Dad, from that point on, made his homemade sodas with Pepsi. They even tasted better when he began using Bluebell ice cream when we moved down here to Texas!! Does anyone remember a soda fountain like that? I don't know the name of it.

Anyway, keep the memories coming, y'all!

Kathy, if you do a search for those eateries in the TTM Search Engine, you will find multiple mentions and some pictures.

July 02 2004 at 17:12:56
Name: Erick
Email: ericktul at yahoo dot com
Location: Tulsssssssa!
Comments: All of this food talk reminds me that I recently saw a sign in front of a closed KFC on 11th. It read: "Coming soon...Del Rancho".

Some people in Tulsa may not know what Del Rancho is, but it is well known in the OKC area. Great food (I would always suggest the Steak Sandwich Supreme), but they had even better TV ads. I remember 2 ads, both of which appeared to have been filmed in the late 70's or very early 80's. The first (and best) was a young kid dressed up as a cowboy who walked into the restaurant at the astonishment of the diners (reminiscent of "The Good The Bad and The Ugly"). He strolls up to the counter, slams some money on the counter and says with his best mean face "Steak Sandwich Supreme, please." Classic. The other ad was more straight forward, with former KWTV/ABC News sportscaster John Snyder extolling the virtues of the restaurant.

The point of this rant? When Del Rancho opens, please stop by and give it a shot.

July 02 2004 at 17:03:53
Name: Jim Ruddle
Email: jruddle at earthlink dot net
Location: Rye, NY
Comments: Okay, if Woodward doesn't remember Flying Chicken, I give up.

The Flying Chicken was an enterprise begun in the mid-fifties and consisted of at least one--and who would know?--perhaps, more, three-wheeled motorcycles, probably castoffs from the Tulsa police department. You placed a call and sometime later the motorcycle hauled up in front of your door,the driver would unlatch the rear compartment, and bring some pretty good fried chicken to you. As far as I know, this pre-dated any of the fast-food delivery systems that are around today.

Added 2/17/2009: I found that it was located at 3230 E 19th St in 1957.

July 02 2004 at 11:22:38
Name: George Tomek
Email: mranchor at cox dot net
Location: Edmond, OK
Comments: Tulsa dining delights.

I remember the Golden Drumstick. The first Pizza Planet in Oklahoma was on 11th Street west of Skelly Stadium. They set the standard for non-pizza tasting pizza. The Louisiane Restaurant is no more, is it? Bishop's downtown had the best fried onion rings and long before I ever remembered them growing up in Chicago. Nobody anywhere beat the Coney Island in the heart of downtown Tulsa.

Is the Mecca Coffee Shop still there? There used to be a great place to get a huge ham sandwich down the block from KOTV in the early '60's, especially working Saturday night when not much was cooking downtown and I did the Saturday night news solo. A lot of the crew ate down there. As I recall, the cafe got state or federal money to help feed the folks on welfare (or less). People working in the fascinating world of local TV didn't exactly push a wheel barrow full of money to the bank each week either back then.

July 01 2004 at 21:21:44
Name: Gary Chew
Email: garychew at comcast dot net
Location: Gary today at KXPRSacramento, CA
Comments: Reading all these postings about good places to eat in Tulsa is making my mouth water with nostalgia. I need to add my two cents worth with regard to an Oscar-winning greasy spoon that, once upon a time, put big smiles on a lot of hungry people, me being one of them.

Elmo's Grill sat about an eighth of a block east of Yale on the southside of 15th Street. It was owned and run by Jack and Sylvia and their daughters. Jack prepared the best damned home-made biscuits and white gravy I ever laid a tongue to, if you don't count my grandma's, who lived up in Kansas.

Jack was also good at fixin' up a big 'o mess of chicken-fried steaks that always sold like hotcakes. In fact, there wasn't anything on the Elmo's Grill menu that wasn't good, fresh and well-prepared.

Jack told me once that the guy he'd bought the place from was named Elmo. Jack figured that keeping the name couldn't hurt. I guess Jack had a pretty good head for marketing.

I was so taken with the cuisine at Elmo's, I did an audio piece that National Public Radio actually played on its afternoon news magazine, All Things Considered. It was so long ago, that Bob Edwards did the intro to it. That, of course, was several years before Bob started getting up early to do NPR's Morning Edition for the next twenty-five years. NPR just kicked Bob upstairs this spring.

Jack, who was always dishing up great stories along with his fine food, told me that a couple had come into his establishment not long after the NPR piece had played on the network and KWGS. The people were on vacation from somewhere back East and had heard my paean to Jack's culinary skills on their car radio somewhere out in Colorado. On their way home, they opted to divert all the way south to Tulsa for a repast at Elmo's. Jack boasted that they weren't disappointed and indicated their pleasure with a generous gratuity. Jack was unresponsive when I asked him for a commission.

But, alas, Elmo's is no more due to the widening of 15th Street some years back. It obliterated the lot that Jack had to have for his customers to park. I heard that he went to work in food service at TU. I hope students there enjoyed his expertise at putting out good grub.

There have to be Tulsans who surf this memorable TV website who remember putting on the feedbag at Elmo's Grill.

July 01 2004 at 20:49:25
Name: Jim Reid
Email: jimreid56 at aol dot com
Location: Dallas
Comments: More KTUL memories from the late '70s.

We used to run the Little Rascals every afternoon coming out of Uncle Zeb. The Rascals had an open that had to be read live by the booth announcer at the beginning of each show. We had a director named Bob Grissom who used to like to try and break up Cy Tuma as he read the open. He would yell incredible things that I can't repeat here through the headset into Cy's ear, yet Tuma never missed a beat and read each open perfectly. As soon as he was finished reading, he would close the mic and roar with laughter. He thought that it was enormously funny....which it was.

Jim contributed a picture of Cy's memorial folder today.

July 01 2004 at 18:04:12
Name: Lee Woodward
Location: At 6th & Boston specking out my new Recumbent
Comments: As an addendum to my previous confession of sartorial corruption in the 60's & 70's...The cause of my sins was "GLOBE CLOTHIERS"

I know, I know.

July 01 2004 at 12:38:10
Name: Dave Harmon
Location: Where the 405 & 110 Collide
Comments: Lee....your latest entry reminded me that I was a caddie at the '58 USGA Open Championship.

Someone at Wilson Jr. High School came around and asked who would like to be a golf caddie. Of course, I held up my hand as I thought that.....jeeeze, it's been so long ago that I can't remember what I thought, however, I did know that golf balls bounced real good.

In my case, the word 'caddie' translated into walking around with a sharp stick and a bag picking up paper.

I thought everyone would like to see my shirt from the event. Please excuse the mustard droppings.

1958 caddy shirt

July 01 2004 at 11:38:49
Name: Erick
Email: ericktul at yahoo dot com
Location: The 13th green at Southern Hills, looking for birdie.
Comments: Lee Woodward speaking of the '58 US Open reminded me of my opportunity to attend Tulsa's most recent foray into golf's limelight, the '01 US Open. I had an opportunity to attend Thursday's first round, but being June in Oklahoma, I knew proper attire would have to be shorts and a t-shirt. I decided not to go, as dealing with traffic on Lewis (I lived near 71st and Lewis at the time) would be next to impossible.

A friend did go, and confided in me that it was the first time he seriously considered public nudity. In those pre-Janet Jackson Super Bowl days, I'm sure NBC would have taken issue with his lack of clothing.

His uncle, who attended some of the '77 US Open, recalled that temps the entire weekend were in the upper 90's, and the sympathetic groundskeepers even doused the heat-stricken gallery with watering hoses. Many believed it would be Tulsa's last chance on golf's big stage. Indeed, it took 24 years for the USGA to make another visit.

If I'm not mistaken, the '07 PGA Championship with be at Southern Hills, but fortunately for Tiger, Phil, et al, that's more of a fall event.

July 01 2004 at 03:54:40
Name: Webmaster
Location: Tulsa
Comments: Re the Golden Drumstick restaurant (mentioned below), formerly at the NE corner of 11th & Yale: here are mementos from an earlier incarnation as the Casa-Del Club, the Mexican theme of which explains the faux adobe building. "Del" evidently derived from the name of the owner, Harry Tindel. The Casa-Del, Golden Drumstick and the Middle Path (successive occupants of that building) were previously discussed in Guestbook 98.

(courtesy of Rod Stites)
Jack and Louise Stites at the Casa Del. More in Guestbook 98.

Casa-Del 1

Casa-Del 2

July 01 2004 at 00:53:32
Name: Lee Woodward
Location: LeeTulsa
Comments: Okay, I don't remember the three wheel gourmet---"The Flying Chicken," but Jim has said the magic word---"threads."

Clothes that is; like in Beverly Hills, etc.

Before I got into broadcasting, I sold the finest men's clothing at three different stores in Fort Worth and Arlington. First, for Eddie Williams Men's Store in Arlington, Texas (Eddie was a teen sensation in the forties as a singer with the Frankie Masters Orchestra who chose a lady and clothes over Hollywood,) then for Clyde Campbell in Fort Worth.

We sold suits and coats by Stein-Block, 3-G, Hickey Freeman, Hart-Schaffner & Marx, LeBaron, Hollywood and so forth; so, that when I eventually arrived in Tulsa in 1957, I had the finest wardrobe you could imagine.

A year passed before time for the 1958 U.S. Open Golf Championship at Southern Hills Country Club and I was ready (I thought) to put on the proper attire for this event and enjoy the show.1958 USGA Periscope

I put on a beautiful black silk sport shirt then put on my Gucci pink walking shorts; my knee length black hose with black penny loafers. A black lizard skin belt completed the ensemble.

As I strolled the sidewalks and then the fairways of Southern Hills, I became aware that I...was the show! Men in sports coats with dress shirts and ties...men in suits..ladies dressed for high tea; were looking at me as though I had just landed from Mars. I knew before too long that the consensus was (even in that straight time) that I was light in the loafers. I found this very amusing as all these people, sweating in the wrong uniform of the day wondered at my regalia which happened to be in high fashion at the time (but not in T-Town.)

As a treat for myself, I repeated this sartorial offense in the streets of downtown Tulsa the following weekend and almost brought traffic to a halt.

But then, it could have been the unseen Flying Chicken!

The 60s and 70s brought a halt to my good taste as I succumbed to the fashions of the "New Day" and even owned a pair of "Li'l Abner" shoes which were popular among some of my Ethiopian friends. I have many photos that capture me in full "Soupy Sales" attire.

The Horror...The Horror!

June 30 2004 at 16:44:17
Name: Jim Ruddle
Email: jruddle at earthlink dot net
Location: Rye, NY
Comments: In all the mentions--and there must be thousands in these threads--of Tulsa food and eating establishments, nowhere do I find notice of a mobile, pre-Domino, source of nourishment that was, as far as I know, peculiar to Tulsa. I refer to the three-wheel gourmet: The Flying Chicken.

Anybody remember?

June 29 2004 at 14:55:18
Name: Webmaster
Comments: I found an excellent first-person account of Tulsa in the last century linked from batesline.com. There were references to a Billy Latting on these two pages of the story: The Good Years and WWII.

I sent them on to Mitch Latting, who wrote about his dad, Bob Latting, in the previous Guestbook. Here is Mitch's reply (by permission):

I do believe the Billy Latting and Mrs. Latting mentioned in the articles are both my Aunt Alma and Bill Latting Jr. If my memory serves me well, Uncle Bill, Aunt Alma, Bill Jr. and Rosemary lived on Darlington (sounds like what's being called the "White City" addition.)

Uncle Bill Latting (my father's brother) was a lawyer in Tulsa. Uncle Bill, and a partner, actually owned the Golden Drumstick. According to my mother, the restaurant was suffering until such time as my dad (Bob Latting) was summoned by his brother Bill, to come to Tulsa from his radio show in Okla. City. I believe the Oklahoma City radio show was called "Something at Beverly's". I'll have to check with my mom again about the correct name. Anyway, my dad had lots of radio and promotional experience in Hollywood prior to coming back to Oklahoma (my Dad did radio interviews of movie stars at the famous Hollywood Brown Derby).

Arriving in Tulsa, my mother and father took over running the Golden Drumstick. It was they who tied the Golden Drumstick into the Kids Karnival TV show, which put the name of the restaurant in every televisioned home in Tulsa and surrounding areas. Hence, the people lined up to eat at the Golden Drumstick and my father was a TV personality.

June 29 2004 at 08:01:02
Name: Joe
Location: from inside the padded room
Comments: Happy Birthday "Teddy-Ja-Keddy"...6/29/44. Now, "on yer belly, on yer back, belly belly, back, belly".

June 28 2004 at 20:50:22
Name: Wilhelm Murg
Email: wilhelmurg at yahoo dot com
Location: Playing a Brian Parton song on the Deadtown Jukebox
Comments: I just heard the sad news about Shawn Howard, the owner of Deadtown, who died last week after being beaten by a hobo in the Brady District, just north of downtown. I didn't know Shawn personally, but Deadtown has always been my favorite small venue in town.

Four long years ago when I was working at Infinity Press in the Brady District, I used to walk to my apartment on 13th and Denver in the middle of the night, and never had a problem. Now with all of the shootings and fights and violence our little arts district has been turned into a war zone. Some call it progress, but to me it's obvious we are losing more than we have gained.

June 28 2004 at 11:56:28
Name: Lowell Burch
Email: lburch3atcoxdotnet
Location: The Land of the Sane
Comments: Since Mike B. is in DC, I'll mention I just got back from Philly and Washington. Wonderful time, unbelievable chaos! Security jams up everything, that is, car and people traffic. We went through countless security checks at the Capitol, etc. My wife, Susan, had a couple of nice sized steak knives in her purse that she was going to use to make some snacks. She forgot to leave them in the hotel and ended up carrying them everywhere. She was not stopped once!

I suppose you would have seen us on TV (being arrested) if the guards were doing their job a little bit better.

June 28 2004 at 09:24:39
Name: Mike (cryin' time re Nelson's) Bruchas
Location: Land of NO *good* chicken-fried steak
Comments: Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

No - not Nelson's!

I guess we should say, "Goodbye, Chicken Fry!".

I truly hope that they re-open! What next- Knotty Pine turning into a Coin Laundry?

June 27 2004 at 20:59:52
Name: George Tomek
Email: mranchor at cox dot net
Location: Edmond, OK
Comments: I'll give the Guestbook a heads-up when I get wind of anything cable-wise concerning "Tube Poker."


June 27 2004 at 20:25:45
Name: George Tomek
Email: mranchor at cox dot net
Location: George Tomek at KTVY, Channel 4, OKC, 1976Edmond, OK
Comments: Haven't posted anything in quite a while, but that doesn't mean I don't scan the Memory Book because I do.

For a change, I can actually talk about something recently besides my commercial work that gave me some real satisfaction. Through a casting agency in NYC, I was chosen for a key role in a short film called "Tube Poker" being produced by Therapy Films, Ltd., London, U.K. I play the role of Dan Corliss, a mature (that's me these days) American TV news anchor weaving a plot about a dangerous and sometimes deadly variation of video poker started on the subway system in Tokyo which has spread to London, Paris, Moscow and, reportedly, some cities in the U.S. The movie is written and directed by a young U.K. director and will have a real surreal nature about it. With my news background, the director gave me the opportunity to provide input for my portion of the script.

Therapy Films is high on the production and I'm obviously hopeful it will do well in the festivals in which it will be entered. London was great and so were the folks with whom I worked.

By the way, I have crept into the Internet era finally with my own website -- GeorgeTomek.com -- real original, huh?

Congratulations, George...let us know when we can see it here in Oklahoma. Will it be on IFC?

June 26 2004 at 22:10:21
Name: John Hillis
Location: Way The Heck Out
Comments: My taste buds are at half staff. Thanks for the memories and all the best to Nelson Rogers Jr., and here's hoping he reopens soon.

June 26 2004 at 13:35:50
Name: Erick
Email: ericktul at yahoo dot com
Location: Tulsa
Comments: Chalk me up as one who is shocked and saddened by the closing of Nelson's. I understand the shrinking workforce downtown, as my company shrunk me into the unemployment line a couple of months ago.

Here's to hoping they re-emerge VERY soon. I'll be the first in line for a plate of chicken fry.

June 26 2004 at 12:20:02
Name: Webmaster
Location: Tulsa
Comments: Bad news about Nelson's Buffeteria: it has closed after 75 years in downtown Tulsa.

Nelson Rogers, Jr. promises that the restaurant will return, but it probably won't be downtown.

Business suffered as the downtown work force shrank over the last several years (the low-carb craze didn't help, either, I'm sure).

Also, the Tippin's chain has gone out of business due to a revenue downturn in K.C., St. Louis, and Texas. But the Tulsa Tippin's at 71st and Memorial was bought by a local individual and will continue as Tippin's (just as the sole remaining TG&Y store operates in Sapulpa).

The full stories are in today's Tulsa World.

Here is a nice credit that appeared at the end of Winnercomm's "Oklahomans" program, hosted by Becky Dixon, edited by Greg Leslie, and featuring Bob Brown, Wayman Tisdale and Reba McIntire:

'Oklahomans' credit

Speaking of Chuck Cissel and the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, I saw the Ramsey Lewis Trio/Stanley Jordan show last week at the Performing Arts Center. Mr. Lewis has a lot more going for him than his hit, "The 'In' Crowd" (also memorable to Tulsans from a Carl Bartholomew-created Channel 8 promo). The dynamics, touch and improvisation of his group were great. Stanley Jordan is not only a stunning guitar player, but a likable, sincere fellow to boot. Mr. Cissel has done a wonderful job helming the OK Jazz HoF, soon to move into the restored Tulsa Union Depot.

Scott Evans has contributed pictures of his dad, Dick Evans, who was a KAKC heyday DJ.

June 23 2004 at 18:00:42
Name: Chris Sloan (via email)
Location: D.C.
Comments: As a long-departed Tulsan and lover of all that is T-Town kitsch, I am a huge #1 fan of your site.

I worked on "UHF". In fact, the set for Philo's Workshop (master control) was my office when I was a producer on the Jimmy Houston Outdoors Show. Finally cleaned the fish scales out of my career, I now oversee all programming for the TLC Network in Washington DC.

Tony Geary, Victoria Jackson and Weird Al in Chris' office.
Tony Geary, Victoria Jackson and Weird Al in Chris' office

Just wanted you to know, I check in every few days and no site on the web brings me more nostalgia or enjoyment. It's amazing that there's nothing like it anywhere else.

Thanks very much, Chris.

Here is Chris' web site, Airchive.com, a webseum of commercial aviation.

June 23 2004 at 12:38:20
Name: Webmaster
Comments: Sad news from from the World today:

("Commander") Ken Rank, a well known TV/radio personality, passed away Sunday June 20, 2004 in a Tulsa hospital after suffering complications from a lung transplant. Memorial service will be held at Floral Haven Family Center in Broken Arrow, OK on Thursday, June 24, 2004 at 9 a.m. Pallbearers will be Bob Kale, Steve Wallace, Carl Lund, Steve Berry, Jack Parnell, Ronnie Kaye. Honorary pallbearer will be Joe Henderson. Funeral service will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church in Fort Smith, AR on Thursday, June 24, 2004 at 3 p.m., with burial in Woodlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Fort Smith. Memorials may be made to the Patients Assistance Fund, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Lung Transplant Program, 913 Oxford House, Nashville, TN 37232. Edwards Funeral Home, Fort Smith, AR, (479) 782-8203.

Also, last week, Danny Croskery (aka "Danny Dark"), a top voice-over announcer, passed away in Los Angeles. He was a Tulsa Central High graduate and worked at KOME and KAKC in the late 50s. He announced for Kraft and Budweiser and was the voice of NBC for years. He did voice-over for "Bonanza" and "Bewitched", among many other series. He was also the voice of Superman on the "Super Heroes" series in the 70s/80s.

June 23 2004 at 09:11:40
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: Surfing the web - waiting for a client...
Comments: Former KTUL/KWTV anchor and Sapulpa "boy" Guy Atchley has another website - go to GuyAtchley.com.

He also has a new rad haircut and looks YOUNGER. He has been a yoga enthusiast for about 20 years and even now is a certified yoga instructor besides working at KGUN-TV, writing books and doing motivational or humorous after dinner speaking.

I see where former OKC KFOR reporter Rick DeReyes is now at KOB in Albuquerque doing WEATHER! Check out the KOB-TV website.

He left reporting for a while to do baseball play by play and now is "the weather guy".

June 22 2004 at 17:14:44
Name: Rick "Montana" Lepper
Location: Not Montana
Comments: I just had a flashback to 1974 and the Midnight Special taping at the fairgrounds pavilion during the Tulsa State Fair. I believe it was taped in October and aired in November 1974. (Fats Domino, Coasters, etc.)

Also, Leon Russell's house in Tulsa was used for an episode or two when he hosted the show. Does anyone have additional information?

June 18 2004 at 23:28:13
Name: Erick
Email: ericktul at yahoo dot com
Location: Tulsa!
Comments: This entry will cover some ground from the past couple of guestbooks. My fault for not visiting as often as I should.

There was some mention of the Cain's renovation and the song "Take Me Back To Tulsa". I had the great fortune of seeing the band Nickel Creek at the renovated Cain's late last year. At the end of the show, they unplugged their equipment, hopped off the stage into the crowd with their instruments, and performed an acoustic version of the song. I'm sad to report that most of the audience only knew the chorus.

There was some mention about Gary Shore angering NWS officials. He did that on a few occasions. I'm sure him issuing the tornado warning for Mannford early on a Sunday morning in '84 made the NWS look bad, but it saved a lot of folks. He upset the Army Corps of Engineers during the '86 Arkansas River flood by saying on the air that the Corps was making a mistake by not opening the gates more at Keystone. Hard to say if he was right. The Corps eventually did open the gates, but the ensuing rise in water downstream caused more flooding. It's possible it may have been avoided to an extent had the gates been opened sooner.

June 18 2004 at 13:51:44
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: Look out, Sapulpa...
Comments: Just saw and talked face to face with ex-KTULer R.L. Bullock after about 10 years of not seeing him. He is with CBN - they may be buying some of the assets of my bankrupt employer. He looks about the same as his picture on this site but is all gray now - like so many of us! Okay - maybe he gained 20 pounds, too.

He is off to Sapulpa most of next week.....Sapulpa - America's vacation spot of choice!

Cicada note - in VA there ended up being far FEWER than seen in years while MD was walloped by them. The local counter-culture paper has been running a series of "collector post cards" of cicadas in situ with funny captions. How is the crop of cicadas in Tulsey?

June 17 2004 at 01:02:01
Name: Webmaster
Location: Pins and needles

First, Harry Tootle brought you "Tootlevision" in Tulsa, then Tootle's TacoTV™ (see Guestbook 116 ). Next, as WebPastor Harry, he generated the heartstopping headline, "Harry Tootle Dwarfs Harry Potter at PastorsPublishing.com".

Now, he sets his sights on the top prize: Harry Tootle for President!

June 16 2004 at 13:42:56
Name: Jim Ruddle
Email: jruddle at earthlink dot net
Location: Jim Ruddle at WGN in 1965Rye, NY
Comments: Following on webmaster's tale of the powder keg and the naming of Archer, I submit this story of how Second Street might have had its name altered.

When I was twelve or thirteen--that would have been in 1944 or '45--a fellow who lived across the street from us on South Detroit, a high school senior, I believe, induced my two older brothers and another guy to join him in a lame-brained exercise to have some fun.

The idea was to blow up something on the banks of the Arkansas River.

There was, in those days, a hardware store on Second, between Boston and Cincinnati, as I recall, that sold dynamite. Being the youngest, most innocent looking, and surely the dumbest, I was selected to purchase dynamite, fuse, and blasting caps, using the phony cover that "My dad wants to blow up some stumps out on the farm."

Today, this would have had me nailed in a moment, but at that time the request wasn't at all outlandish. I bought a half-dozen sticks of dynamite, about fifty feet of fuse, and three caps--which came in a small box, insulated from each other by cotton.

We walked through downtown Tulsa with this lethal combination, down to the 21st Street bridge, then over to the West side of the river and about two blocks below the bridge. There, we placed the first charge under a driftwood tree trunk--three sticks--and, after timing how long it took for a foot of fuse to burn (about forty-five seconds, I believe)--we stuck in a cap, fitted a three-foot length of fuse, lit it, and ran like hell.

After a couple of minutes, it went off with a satisfying boom, and the trunk was lifted and cracked.

At that moment, we heard police sirens coming from West. We fled toward the bridge, figuring that it was our only way out, and got there just in time to see a motorcade passing across. The sirens were from the escort for Abbott and Costello who were in town for a personal appearance--maybe a war bond drive.

We used up the remainder of the dynamite in another couple of blasts and soon moved to other, less dangerous endeavors. I told a friend of mine about the project and he went to the same hardware store, bought the same items, and rode all the way back to his house on 21st Street with the dynamite and caps bouncing around in the seat carrier of his motor scooter. He made it, but his father nearly keeled over when he opened a brown paper bag on the dining room table and found the gear. Later, after recovery, he and the kid went someplace and blew up some tree trunks.

I don't know why kids today can't find fun the way we did in the simple things.

June 16 2004 at 11:24:33
Name: Webmaster
Email: mike at tulsatvmemories dot com
Location: Tulsa
Comments: I recently received this request from Teresa Smith Dominguez:

I would like to obtain a copy of a Creative Crafts program, produced & broadcast by OETA in Fall 1970 (at least in OKC, but Tulsa probably is too). I called OETA recently while in OKC, & they said they do not keep programs beyond 4 years, & suggested that I search the internet.

I came across your site, & thought I would ask if you have any ideas as to where or how I could obtain a copy. A long shot I know, but since I was one of the 3 John Marshall High School students featured on the show about batik, I have a vested interest.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

I replied:

It's not a weird request, but unfortunately, it is a tough one to fill.

I often hear from folks who were on some of the local shows (I was, too, in 1960 and 1971) looking for the video tape of the date they appeared. The local stations kept virtually none of this stuff. There is some film of a few selected things, and Gailard Sartain managed to get away with some of his show on tape, but there really is very little in existence. Stations reused the tapes over and over.

The best I can suggest is that you write a note in the guestbook, and others might conceivably remember seeing the show.


But Teresa proved to be both resourceful and lucky:

Guess what! I found out that all the Creative Crafts programs are now held at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in OKC (now the OK Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum)!

I have sent them a letter with my request. They do lend them, but don't normally sell copies, is what I was told by a reference librarian at the OK Dept of Libraries website.

Just thought you'd like to know for others with similar requests.

June 15 2004 at 01:09:17
Name: Webmaster
Comments: A few highlights of Guestbook 164, just archived:

We heard from Wirt Cain for the first time, and we hope, not the last. Flint Reeves is still going strong.

Lee Woodward reported on his bike tour of downtown Tulsa. The International Route 66 festival was held in Tulsa last weekend.

Mitch Latting spotted his dad, Bob Latting, in a photo from the Kids Karnival, a KOTV kiddie program from the early 50s.

A new local show premiered, "Tulsa Music Exposed" (more about it on the Bulletin Board, main page). KAKC-FM's early 70s format was discussed.

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