Tulsa TV Memories GroupBlog 222
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We got a nice plug on "Law and Order" the other night by the way when they
found that a stray bullet in a classroom had hit the map, it had hit Tulsa,
and the brilliant detective what's-his-name said something clever about it
that I don't remember.
SO...I'm hounding everybody and their dog to vote. ;)
My entry is the TULSA GOLDEN DRILLER. Here's the link to the voting site: http://www.puppytracksusa.com/vote.php
You can vote every day, with every email address you have, until October 23rd! Don't let the Driller get beat by that ball of twine in Kansas! THANKS!!! Judy
OK, that sounds like a worthy cause to me. I added your link to the Bulletin Board.
Meanwhile in my Fairfax, VA weekly paper - there was an article about a new
Ford Orientation Center and the "Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education
Center" at Mount Vernon! Now you too - can be confused in DC by telling a
cabbie that you want to go "The Reynolds Center" - because we have 2 now
withing 20 miles of each other! Yep that is the same Foundation that funded
so much of the National Portrait Gallery renovation - all started with Donrey
Media (billboards & TV stations) and Don Reynolds selling papers as a
boy in OKC!
Margaret Janeese Brixey Flanagan (on her new page, linked from the Horn Bros. page) also remembers a bit about Hank Killian.
And last but not least......my all-time favorite memory of my childhood was when my dad took me to the Continental Theatre (back off a one-way dog-legged road at 31st and Memorial) to see the re-release of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" about 1972. Pure luxury in that single-screen theater.
I am a nostalgia nut and I drove every inch of Tulsa.
I asked Les if he remembered Happy O'Halloran, emcee of the National Barn Dance, and he responded that he did. 'Happy' was Hal O'Halloran's dad. Hal was part of the Wichita radio 'exodus' in the 1950s that included Stan Hagan, Jack Campbell, Hal Norman and Harold 'Lanky' Linstrot joining KVOO.
On 9/11/06 when I was at the Les Paul 'event', an interesting 'drop by' was Jimmy Buffett. Les asked what he was doing in New York.
Buffett said, "I'm at Madison Square Garden".
Les Paul's website is hosted by Chris Lentz, whose parents are TU grads.
Lee Woodward's brother Morgan is hassled by The Hasselhoff
On one of the hi-def channels, I have recorded KNIGHT RIDER...the talking car thing...and enjoy it somewhat. Recently, I noted Morgan Woodward was on an episode, so used my digital camera to shoot a couple of freeze frames.
Also, on 9/11 this year, I was in New York City. My son Randy was involved with a musical event honoring the fallen fire fighters and policemen. We visited Ground Zero on 9/10 and were briefed by a couple of survivors at the fire station nearest the World Trade Center.
At 10 pm on 9/11, we (my daughter Becky and her mother) attended a LES PAUL performance at the Iridium Jazz Club on Broadway. He is there on Monday nights at 8 and 10 pm. Of course, at 91 years of age and having had an automobile accident years before, Les does not play like the Les Paul of old, but I am very glad we got to see and hear him.
The Iridium site linked above states that Les Paul's near-fatal car accident in 1948 was on Route 66 near Chandler, Oklahoma.
Dolly Parton's version is actually very good.
The sales staff there is pretty amazing. I was actually tempted to buy a
$600 set of 2 martini glasses. Then I remembered that I just drink beer.
They didn't have any beer mugs. That's OK, I didn't have $600 either.
As for my shopping trip to Froug's, I would not be shopping for clip-ons, I'd be buying Tuf-Nut jeans and P.F. Flyers.
What a shame Tulsa has lost Orbach's, Renberg's and Clarke's just to name a few of the fine local retailers we shopped in years past.
As far as Utica Square eateries go, one of my all time favorites was The
Glen, located in the Polo Grill space. Best fish and chips on the planet.
I told Monica about extant filmed footage, some of which can be seen on "Remembering long-lost shows from Tulsa TV's golden days", a segment of Jack Frank's "Oklahoma Memories" program on KJRH. If you need RealPlayer to watch it, here is an info sheet and links to download it.
Speaking of clothing, remember Orbach's? I can remember listening to Johnny Martin on KRMG. The very hip Mr Martin was the source of weeknight vocabulary lessons in our home. Once while talking about Orbach's, he used the word "sartorial". Asking my mother the meaning of that word prompted her to say "get the dictionary and look it up." This happened on more than one occasion.
Orbach's, Mr Martin told us, was where "the carriage trade shopped." What
a shame we can't get that kind of sophisticated entertainment on the radio
Bob Welsh at 8 tried to get me a couple of the Marine Corps manual pages regarding the proper way (he was ex-Marine) on tying ties 30+ years ago, but I lost it.
My Dad wore ties to work for almost 45 years but never taught me nor my bro how to tie one! So I always had pre-tied and wrinkled "interview ties" and forever at 8 & 6 wore turtlenecks and clip-on bow ties from Dillard's or John A Brown.
Clip-on ties were too small for most adult males then my brother stumbled on to C.R. Anthony's having zip-a-ties. There are several outfits making now but then - not many in the U.S. Then near all male culture knew how to tie ties. With a zip-a-tie, you zip up the tie from the backside. Though one time at a wedding - I had to be cut out of one when choking after a jokester reached in and zipped me up to my Adam's apple and I could not breathe.
But the tie tide is changing with folks with $200 ties (and often $200 braces for men). Now half the Secret Service guys here that you see wear tear-away ties - now with velcro holding the tie around the neck - wouldn't want anyone to strangle one of them in time of emergency! BTW, those ties sell for $35-45 at law enforcement shops.
So I guess them clip-on tie-makers need to upscale their products to a classier
Them's fightin' words to all us clip-on tie fans.
My dad brought me home from soccer practice one afternoon, and there was Al, sitting in one of those director-style chairs. They were filming a scene in his girlfriend's apartment (Victoria Jackson) at 4322 E 66th, Apt. K. My dad happened to live in Apt. V, right across the way, and down a few units.
Anyway, I introduced myself to him and told him I was a big fan. He signed an autograph for me. I got one for my little brother, too, since he wasn't there (we both lost them over the years, unfortunately).
I had a couple of friends that were extras in the movie, as well. Joe Smith was on my soccer team, and if I'm not mistaken, is the kid in the audience with a speaking part that says "I wanna go home!" when Al's ratings are sagging right before Stanley Spadowski's TV debut.
Besides, Utica Square does not have a Froug's.
The three-day auction will showcase 1000 lots from the entire CBS Paramount Television STAR TREK franchise including props, scenery, detailed models, and costumes from the television series and feature films. Catalog
If the auction is a little too rich for your Vulcan blood (and these props are going for thousands of quatloos), here's a brand new Type 2 phaser pistol replica and removable Type 1 mini hand phaser, with lights and sounds for under $30. Perfect for Halloween.
This message is from David and Jennifer Vaughn, the children of Jerry Vaughn. To begin, we express to you our sympathies for having to break the news in this fashion, but we simply do not know the names of all Jerry's friends. However, we want to notify all of you that Jerry passed away comfortably in his sleep Saturday night.
The funeral will be held at Martin Funeral home at 600 W. Country Club, Elk City, Oklahoma 73644. The phone number is 580.225.1111. Flowers or donations to the American Diabetes Association in Jerry's name are greatly appreciated. As always, your prayers and thoughts are welcome.
Sincerely, Sharon Berry (Mundy)
Got 'em! They are now on the Oom-A-Gog page with your comments. Thanks.
He was certainly one of the funniest! I still find myself telling people little Jerryisms like, "Simonize your watches" and whenever someone would talk about running into an old friend or acquaintance, Jerry would break in and say, "Which one of you said 'small world'?"
Sad to hear about Jerry's passing. When I came to Tulsa and was producing the 6 and 10 at KOTV, his afternoon show was my "morning drive" to work, and Johnny Martin was the "evening drive" home.
The CD changer in my car went out today, and I was able to remark how bad
radio is now. Nice to see that KRMG still maintains two radio rarities--a
news staff and an archive.
KRMG's Great Raft Race has to be one of Tulsa's greatest radio promotions.
This was, of course, thirty years ago, but radio in Tulsa hasn't been that
good since. Not forgetting KVOO (God Bless
Billy Parker!) and their great line up of talent
during this time, and other stations like KOME/KXXO.
(Ponca City, OK) -- The lights of "Studio J" are dimmed. Long time KRMG radio host and former program director Jerry Vaughn has died. Vaughn was a staple of the KRMG line-up for over 20-years. (Photo courtesy of KRMG Archive/mid-1970s)
His program was one of the most popular in the station's history. He was also the first host of "KRMG's Sportsline". Jerry left KRMG in 1979 to become the sports director of Oral Roberts University . He returned to KRMG briefly in the 80s and had since worked for the Oklahoma News Network in Oklahoma City.
He was currently in management of the broadcast group Team Radio, which operates several stations in North Central Oklahoma. He was found dead in his Ponca City area home. His death is believed to be natural.
(Vaughn1.mp3) is Richard Dowdell's obit piece we are airing today. It includes clips of Jerry's last show on KRMG in February of 79... just before he went to ORU.
(Vaughn2.mp3) is a story produced by Richard on that day in 1979... marking that last show.
Rod Serling, where are
As a kid watching these things, I got the feeling that I was seeing history happen, and that, somehow, Time Inc. had been able to have cameras everywhere anything was happening.They were narrated by either Harry Von Zell, in the earlier versions, or Westbrook van Voorhis, later, and always came across as dramatic representations of events.
In my only voice-over assignment in the service, I was called on to narrate a training film about boating safety, and worked for a guy who had been a cameraman for TMofT. He enlightened me about the series.
Louis de Rochemont was the honcho for the films, having been a director for Fox, I believe. Apparently, telling a story was more important than sticking to the facts in all cases because the old cameraman told me that they phonied many of the scenes. He said a lot of the stuff was shot in New Jersey and he cited the specific example of a small garage on their NJ lot where guys dressed in German uniforms would haul down, say, the flag of Denmark and run up a swastika. He said they must have surrendered half a dozen countries that way.
The style of "The March of Time" was effectively parodied in Orson Welles' Citizen Kane (1941).
I have the original pictures of Oom-A-Gog with my father and also coming out of a TWA airplane when he made a guest appearance on a TV show called Bowlin' With Molin. The picture is also displayed at the Kansas City Museum. Oom-A-Gog is also mentioned in a book about kids' shows (Hi There, Boys and Girls! America's Local Children's TV Programs).
I was scared half to death of Oom-A-Gog! I am so glad to see that he went on and lived a full life on another children's show after my dad passed away in 1956. He made him for the children, he always said. I still have the TV schedule of different TV stations and dates and times that Oom-A-Gog was to appear. I remember one of his appearances being at a Milgram's food store.
My dad would be so happy to know so many children got enjoyment out of him. Thank you so much for putting him on your web site. I finally know what happened to our beloved robot!
Much Love, Sharon Berry
Great information! Thanks, Sharon. If you are able to email any of those photos, we would love to see them here.
I do know that links to stories older than 30 days expire.
I also see that all of the Rathbone movies are out in a collection. I'll
need to order that through Tulsa TV Memories.
Anyway, speaking of the deerstalkers, a funny line in one of the Rathbone/Bruce movies, Holmes and Watson are walking out the door when the detective reaches for the deerstalker. Dr. Watson stops him and says, "Uh, no, Holmes. You promised, remember?" To that Sherlock replies, "Oh, yes. Quite right, Watson." He then hangs it back on the rack and reaches for another hat before exiting.
I don't know if I missed something or if that is just an inside joke. Funny either way, I think.
The Jeremy Brett TV series was truer to the original stories than the 40s movies, but Rathbone is to Holmes as Connery is to Bond for me (though I think the upcoming Bond reboot has a shot at being good).
The reason it was out of circulation was the last line spoken. Rathbone turns to Bruce and says "Come Watson, the needle". It was banned due to the drug reference.
The first two Rathbone Holmes films, Hound and
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes were made at Fox. The remaining 12 films
were made on a much cheaper budget at Universal. All 14 films are now owned
(last time I heard) by Casper Gutmen, a TV distributor. 4 of the Universal
films have had their copyrights lapse and show up everywhere.
This film had been tied up in a legal battle for years and maybe it DID have to do with ownership rights but I don't remember; maybe Jimmy Reid or Gary Chew would know.
There was a NATIONAL road show showing with NEW prints in 35mm. I saw this on the big screen at the then-new UA and it was great!
I always loved the BBC/PBS series and GoodLife TV carried a few PD episodes of the pretty cheesey Brit/maybe NBC 1950s 1/2 hour Sherlock Holmes mysteries. This, too, I remember as a kid on WGN way, way back in the afternoons.
More recently, DC-area indie UHF, part-time PBS/part time "International" TV outlet the MHZ Stations has shown an excellent Russian-made version of "The Hound" with English subtitles done in the late 90s or early 2000.
PS, Sherlock wears that deerstalker hat less and sometimes he, Watson and half the male characters have one on!
Channel 2 used to show the Rathbone/Bruce Holmes movies around noon Sundays in the mid-60s. After getting hooked on them, I went down to B. Dalton Bookseller at Southroads Mall and used a gift certificate to buy the complete Sherlock Holmes in hardcover, which I still have.
Added 12/24/2009: The webmaster in 221B Baker Street
A discussion of public domain movies was in progress. There was a query about a 1957 Bartlesville cable TV experiment, which John Hillis had written about here several years ago.
Coney Island got a 5 year renewal on their lease at the current location. Gary Chew remembered KRMG's Don Cummins. Jim Hartz sent a recent picture of the late Vic Bastien with former Oklahoma governor David Hall.
Gailard Sartain celebrated his 60th birthday. We heard about a new independent movie, "Half Empty". Lee Woodward's son Stan co-wrote the songs (I saw it at the Circle and it was funny.)
There was a question about the various north Tulsa "Hills": Reservoir, Standpipe, Turley and Cincinnati. The roadhouse seen in "The Outsiders has been identified as the "Rose Dew Egg Farm" out east of Tulsa. We learned this from Alan Glasco, a former occupant of the building.
We saw a Brummett Echohawk sketch, which is on auction until 10/22. Les Paul got a couple of mentions (and there are a couple more in the following GroupBlog, #222.)
Aleister provided us with 3 MP3 promos from the early 90s EOI (Edge of Insanity) Radio Network.
That's GroupBlog 221, ladies and