More about Dick West, plus other Tulsa sign-offs on the TTM
Sign-offs page. The one YouTube not working on
that page, the sign-off with Ray Charles singing,
can be watched here (from the secondary TTM Channel on DailyMotion). Sorry
about the ad.
December 08 2010 at 17:28:44 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Imagining John Lennon, Again
Comments: A line just crossed my mind this morning, on this December
"If the good didn't die young, John Lennon
would still be alive."
December 07 2010 at 11:44:23 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic: Jack Morris
Comments: Jack Morris was the only hard-nosed anchor in town when
he started. Some derided him as being too much "Front Page" in his presentation,
but he was a pretty solid citizen as far as I was concerned. You have to
remember that Channel Six had all the networks when it went on the air and
everybody else had to play catch-up. Morris was one of the major instruments
for Channel 8's eventual prominence.
Sorry to hear that he's gone.
December 07 2010 at 07:26:06 Name: Mike Miller Topic: Jack Morris Comments: Im saddened to learn of the passing of
Tulsa TV news veteran Jack Morris. I worked with Jack at Ch-8 as a TU intern
in the late 50s. But a few years later he was a competitor when I was at
Ch-2 and Ch-6. And he was a fierce competitor.
We had some success in 1968, only after KOTV sent several of us to Vietnam
to interview Tulsa area servicemen. I credit Jack for getting me a job at
Ch-5 in Washington where he sent an air check. I always considered him a
Most of all I remember Jacks terrific sense of humor. Im not
talking about his jokes at the close of his newscast. Jack was much funnier
than that off the air.
Tulsa viewers should remember Jack Morris as the television journalist who
set the standard for local news coverage well before other stations became
serious about presenting hard news. RIP, Jack.
December 07 2010 at 02:18:49 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Dandy Don Meredith
Comments: Just caught a blurb on his passing on Sunday.
He, Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford set the bar on Monday Night Football
December 06 2010 at 11:19:01 Name: Grant Gamster Topic: Jack Morris Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Just wanted to let everyone who might want to know
my grandfather Jack Morris a pioneer in Tulsa radio and television passed
away Saturday night he was 88. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Grant, I am sorry for your family's loss. Thank you for letting us know.
Jack has been mentioned many times on TTM. Here is a
search that lists all those TTM pages (Google Toolbar has a feature that
greatly assists in finding the mentions once you arrive on a particular page.
See the TTM Search page for more about that.)
From GB 183, Frank Morrow said: "Does anyone but I remember hearing Jack
as PA announcer for the midget car races at the Fairgrounds in the late '40s?
Also, how many know that he actually promoted jalopy racing at the Fairgrounds
track for a year?"
Courtesy of Wayne McCombs. Newsman Jack Morris was of the serious
school of newscasting, but ended his cast with a brief joke. On this occasion,
Jerry Webber and John
Hudson decided to provide a little extra support.
December 06 2010 at 06:43:40 Name: Rose Bowl Bunker Commander Topic: Martin's Bar-B-Q Comments: Still the best I've had anywhere in the country.
Eating there with my family ca. 1964, I tried an odd-looking pepper from
the container on the table. My mother asked, "Is it hot?" I said "No" and
handed her one, holding back the tears until she ate it. My sister and my
father died laughing at the sight of my mother and I laughing along and crying.
Good one. We heard from Todd Martin of the Martin's Bar-B-Q family
December 05 2010 at 20:40:16 Name: Del Gillette du Coffeyville Topic: Band on the Run Fun Comments: I don't usually come by this place very often,
but since I'm here now, and hoping that Mazeppa surfs by once in a while,
I'd like to tell him and anybody else interested...that the new-fangled Sirius/XM
whatever it's called has got a new music channel that has the band known
as Wings on it, damned near all the time.
And, also, that XM is gonna carry a live concert from the Apollo Thee-ayter
on Dec 13 with the guy who made Band on the Run whut it is today. Yip Zeppie,
that's right...it's Paul McCartly.
December 05 2010 at 00:35:48 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Life before cel phones Comments: Love all the old TV shows and movies where
pay phones blanket the world and always work!
When was the last time that you saw or used one - not in an airport? They
used to be at every gas station, laundromat or convenience store.
In DC in the mid-2000s, we had crazies who went around destroying all of
the Verizon pay phones by adding glue to destroy the mouthpieces. Usually
where there was no cel phone service in the Metro system.
December 01 2010 at 15:45:47 Name: Webmaster Topic: Responding to Wesley
Comments: Wesley Horton, curator of the American Institute of
Drive-in Archeology, which contributed greatly to the Tulsa
Drive-In pages on TTM, asked in
his note below
about what the kids of today will fondly remember in 30 or 40 years.
I think it will be the activities that occupy their attention daily, such
as texting, Facebook, gaming, iPod music, watching an entire TV series in
about 2 days on Netflix/DVD/Bittorrent.
Almost 10 years ago, I speculated about which local TV ads people would remember
in 25 years. Do you think I was on track? See GB
Wes also wanted to know which pages people visit the most here on TTM. The
Ice Cream pages and the
Outsiders pages seem to consistently be among the
most popular. These are probably hits from Google searches.
November 30 2010 at 23:44:48 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: BBC obit for Leslie Nielsen
Comments: Take a gander:
November 30 2010 at 13:41:16 Name: TulsaGal Topic: Re: Martin's Bar-B-Que Email: email@example.com Comments: I remember Martin's!! My dad really enjoyed stopping
in for some ribs when we were over in that neck of the woods visiting one
of my grandpa's. I remember learning about "finger bowls" there. We were
sad when it closed.
November 30 2010 at 00:27:58 Name: Todd Martin Topic: Martin's Bar-B-Q Email: todd at dsprinting dot
com Comments: I was reminiscing about the days when my family
owned Martin's Bar-B-Q and wondered if anyone had any good memories of those
My grandfather, Fred Martin, started the original Martin's Bar-B-Q back in
1949 and my dad, Jerry Martin took over after my grandpa retired. Me and
my brother, Kirk, sisters Tammy & Teri all worked there.
In 1989 mom and dad retired and we sold them all. Do you remember the donkey
on the sign and all the antiques? I'd love to hear from those who remember
Wasn't the donkey's slogan, "Everyone eats here except me, and U can see
what I am"? (and the "U" looked like a horseshoe?) That was some great BBQ.
November 29 2010 at 13:50:06 Name: Sonny DeGraw Topic: Skating Rink Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: This is a little late but some
earlier comments on Skating Rinks made me want
The rink by Mohawk Park was still there a couple years ago. Non-functional
The one on 11th street off Peoria going towards town was the Continental
as some thought. We used to skate there in the mid 60's for $.50 on Saturdays.
It was a great hangout for picking up girls as a teenager too. Yes Joey Dee
did play there. I talked with Joey a few years back when he played the Tulsa
Fair and he asked me about the rink. He used my info to impress the crowd
during his second show that night.
Not to change the subject but did anyone see J.Frank Wilson and the Caviliers
and Ronnie and the Daytonas open up for the Animals in Tulsa in the 60's?
Best $4.00 I spent for a long time.
One last thing, our band in Tulsa was called James Bond and the Agents. Anyone
know where James Bond (lead guitar went) or Hank Lacroix (the Bear) went?
November 28 2010 at 22:15:14 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Lost another one
Comments: Leslie Nielsen expired today of pneumonia in Florida.
He was 84.
The great 1982 "Police Squad!" series, a summer replacement that ran only
6 episodes, was the basis for the "Naked Gun" movies. Nielsen's deadpan Lt.
Drebin was extremely funny. I'll miss him.
November 28 2010 at 09:13:43 Name: Lazzaro Topic: Reverse 'S' Tulsa Bricks
Comments: This has nothing to do with television (unless you feel
as I do about most of what's on TV) but does anyone here know about the history
of or story behind the reverse 's' Tulsa brick?
It's a standard red brick with the word 'Tulsa' imprinted on the face. Minor
problem being that whomever created the mold reversed the 's' in Tulsa and
quite some number were produced before the mistake was noticed.
I have one I picked up in the 70s from Butcher's Demo and have a friend who
had reverse and non-reverse versions of the brick. I vaguely remember a story
being associated with the run of the reverse 's' bricks but can't remember
the details. Anyone?
November 26 2010 at 22:12:52 Name: Gary Chew Topic: On The Road Some More
Comments: I don't want to rain on anybody's T-Giving Weekend Parade,
but I just read online that our beloved Willie Nelson was busted for possessing
some kind of green leafed substance on his tour bus near El Paso this morning.
I'm shocked and incensed by this turn of events.
Delmeaux de Gillete du Coffeville
November 24 2010 at 20:14:06 Name: Warren Vincent Topic: Ben Affleck Movie Email: email@example.com Comments: Info on the Ben Affleck movie is here:
November 24 2010 at 19:52:04 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Lensing in Tulsa
Comments: What is the name of the BEN AFFLECK movie currently
shooting near St. John's Hospital and north of Utica Square?
November 24 2010 at 14:30:18 Name: Warren Vincent Topic: Tulsa Racing Death Subject On This
Site Dated Nov. 2008 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Family member comes forward at the Racing From The
with his and other viewers' side of the story.
Some of the original thread from back then.
Webmaster: I started the above thread at Racing From The Past's forum
in late November 2008 in an attempt to find out more about the alleged murder.
It now runs to 4 pages of comments by Warren's readers.
At the bottom of page 2, I mentioned the name of James Vanbeber. Halfway
down page 3, a consensus builds that he was the driver referred to by the
original TTM poster. A nephew of James Vanbeber ("jimmyvan1977") joins the
discussion at the bottom of page 3 and continues to comment on page 4.
(The original TTM posts below can be found in
GroupBlog 276, in situ.)
November 23 2008 at 06:44:13
Name: (original writer)
Topic: Tulsa Speedway
Comments: In the late 1960s or early 1970s, I don't remember what year, I
and others, even if they didn't realize it, witnessed a murder at The Tulsa
Speedway at the fairgrounds.
There was a new guy driving a previously-owned sprint car that had belonged
to A. J. Foyt. It had been carbureted from the original fuel-injected system
in order to get it into the Super Modified category and was a speed demon
and the driver was sharp.
After a few heats that the new guy had won, he was ganged up on by some locals.
They tried blocking him but they couldn't get around him. He was just too
fast and a better driver.
During the last heat of the night, because of the death, coming into turn
#3 one local driver deliberately clipped his left-rear tire, which launched
him up over the wall and killed him when he came smashing down on the other
side. The local drivers involved were happy and nothing more was said about
it other than, "It was a real tragedy," or some such BS.
I was around some of the drivers involved after that and caught their drift.
There was no mistaking the hit on the guy because it was exactly at the right
place at the right moment. The guy sitting next to me also knew what they
had done. I can remember how it played out, but I can't remember who was
involved because everything was going so fast and we soon forgot who was
driving what when it happened. No charges were filed.
November 23 2008 at 12:50:10
Name: K. Bolen
Topic: Tulsa Speedway - Early Years
Comments: During the period of racing between '61 and '66, Tulsa Speedway
experienced three deaths. Bill Dillard, whose family is still involved and
races IMCA modifieds and street stocks around the Arkansas and Oklahoma area,
was fatally injured in '61. Leroy Ellis died in '65, and Ron Lux, who was
from the East Coast died in '66. He was the Oswego (NY) 1965 Supermodified
Champion (which their version is totally different than Tulsa's and race
The track changed to the 5/8 mile after '72. Jeff Sykes lost his life during
the start of race in '75. If I'm not mistaken, Jeff had flipped his car earlier
and suffered a broken leg and concussion in which he flipped again (almost
in the same manner and circumstance) a few races later and suffered his fatal
injuries. I also seem to think one or both were captured on film as well
during those years.
November 23 2008 at 14:26:02
Name: Lee Woodward
Topic: Fairgrounds Racing
Comments: K. Bolen's recalling the unfortunate deaths associated with racing
at the fairgrounds exceeds my memories of the years I was the track announcer
for Dick Colvin Racing. That would be: 1964 maybe, '65 and '66 for sure.
I remember the name Leroy Ellis but not his demise. The only one I remember
vividly was when the sprint cars came for the first time to Colvin Racing.
I remember that Mario Andretti was there and some other Indy types whose
names I can't remember. Assisting me (happily) in the announce tower was
fellow Texan, Johnny Rutherford. That happy circumstance was because he had
broken his arm and couldn't drive.
I can't remember which heat race it was, but a driver named Ron Lux came
out of turn four, got out of control on the short straight and headed for
the steel rails that ran around the sides of the track down towards turn
one. His car's front right wheel dug in and threw his car in the air. It
then barrel-rolled down the top of the rails very rapidly, just about, if
not right in the cockpit area.
Johnny indicated to me to turn off the mike, then said to me: "He bought
it." Then he said not to mention that possibility and that we would would
just fill with race info, etc. and wait for official information as the driver
would be taken to the hospital for evaluation.
This, by the way, was before there were cages and wings on Sprint cars. But,
I don't think it would have made any difference. It was a sad evening for
all of us and especially for the family of Ron Lux.
The modified cars that ran at that time could get pretty exciting, but sprint
cars were really intense.
I am happy to say, that was the only tragedy I was witness to. There were
others that came after non-fatal injuries to change the lives forever for
November 23 2008 at 14:52:10
Name: Kenny Bolen
Topic: Tulsa Speedway - Early Years
Comments: Thanks Mr. Woodward for your insight. I was much too young at the
time to remember a lot about the earlier days. I was lucky enough to be present
later in life with the Cagles (father and son), the Crawfords, Lemmons, Hahns
and countless others on their memories.
Also included with the Rutherfords where Lloyd Ruby (another Texan), the
Unsers now and then, a Bettenhausen now and then, and the forementioned Andretti.
November 25 2008 at 21:59:59
Name: Tom Horn
Topic: Tulsa Speedway correction
Email: gethenet at aol dot com
Comments: I can't let the story that (original writer) wrote go on without
contesting it. I'm not sure I ever did or ever will know any driver that
would have put a hit on anyone at the Tulsa Speedway. The story is so full
of holes that this writer couldn't make up his mind whether the driver was
leading or following the pack.
I am ashamed that I cannot remember the street stock driver that died in
my years there but there were only 4 other deaths on the track in my years.
I knew each of them more than I should and miss them all. Len Perlich, Junior
Taft, Jeff Sykes, and Gene Daniels. These were the only deaths between 1971
and 1983 when I was there driving the ambulance. Each one had extreme injuries
and none were taken out by any hit.
The thought of accusing any one driver(s) of a hit makes me sick and to have
someone say it is very offensive. If you have more to say please don't blog
it. God rest all of them.
November 25 2008 at 23:28:56
Name: (original writer)
Topic: Tulsa Speedway
Comments: To Tom Horn:
I was there and saw it. He was deliberately hit and went up over the wall
and it was reported he died. I was sitting with Bob Bachtell, of the Tulsa
racing LeRoy Bachtell family, and he saw and heard the same things. I said
I didn't remember if it was in the late 1960s or the early 1970s. I would
have mostly been at the races in the late 1960s. The guy got hit. And I did
say that the guy was 'leading the pack': "They tried blocking him but they
couldn't get around him. He was just too fast and a better driver." I was
mistaken about the turn number. It was turn number 4, after I thought about
it. Do you not remember the knock down, drag out fights in the pits? That
was a separate entertainment. Clipping someone was nothing new on the track.
It's just that that time, someone died and it very much looked of malice.
Go ahead and be sick, but don't mis-quote me or call me a liar, because
apparently you weren't there at the time.
TTM Webmaster: Ron Lux' crash was on turn 4, according to Lee Woodward.
Are you saying it was his crash that you saw?
November 26 2008 at 09:36:59
Name: Frank Morrow
Topic: Racing deaths
Comments: You can go back even farther in time to find more driver deaths
in the midgets at the fairgrounds race track. In the late '40s, George Koch
was killed when his car flipped end-over-end down the front straight. Lucky
Purnell died when his car did a slow rollover coming out of turn four in
a feature race. There was no damage to the car except a small indentation
in the driver's side where Purnell's racer rolled over his head. During these
years there were no roll cages or bars on the cars and the drivers didn't
use full safety belt restraints.
As to rough driving, there was only one driver who was considered "dirty."
George Binnie, a track champion, had developed the art of "nerfing" cars
out of the way. He would tap the left rear of the opponent's car and spin
him out, but not enough to cause a wreck. Binnie could always get by safely.
George was roundly hated by other drivers and the fans in the grandstand.
For the most part the drivers had to be circumspect in their driving because
of the lack of safety features that we now have. That restraint has changed
today in the era of roll cages, full safety belt restraints, and fuel cell
bladders. At the Chili Bowl it is not unusual to have fourteen cars flip
in one evening, accidents that would have killed most drivers back in the
'40s and '50s.
November 27 2008 at 13:29:05
Name: Tom Horn
Topic: Racing Deaths
Comments: (To original writer): If in fact there was a death of the sort
you are accusing, then certainly you would know the name of the deceased.
If you could provide that, then it might lend credence to your story. However,
until that is provided, your story will always be in question. If not, then
there could still be charges filed if your story is found to have any substance.
The names of the deaths provided are also inconclusive as they have left
off Van Beber and the street stock driver I mentioned earlier.
Side note to Lee, Johnny Rutherford had both arms broken when you and he
did the track announcing. I have a picture in one my Open Wheel magazines
that shows his arms flailing in the air as he is about 15 feet in the air.
Some of the information provided here is from Mark Champion who wrote for
the Speedway news.
TTM Webmaster: I must agree with Tom. With no name and no corroboration,
this dire interpretation of a 40-years-distant event has to be regarded
November 29 2008 at 07:08:42
Name: K. Bolen
Topic: Tulsa Speedway
Comments: Hi Tom. I'm not real sure, but I believe the street stock driver
who was fatally injured had the name CW Whorton or Horton. I can't be sure
but I can tell you that I still have the original program in my mom's attic
back in Broken Arrow, OK along with a huge collection of Open Wheel! Speaking
of, I have the first copy (in a frame and intact) hanging on my wall as I
type this! *LOL*
This accident was one to prompt stricter material and welding requirements
for the full bodied cars. As I remember, the vehicle was struck on the door
and the roll cage failed. At that time, the steet stocks raced earlier on
Saturday. We had just gotten to the track when the accident happened.
Also, I can't recall the accident in question here or remember a story from
any of the drivers or track personal about it (and I knew quite a few).
Especially if it was a sprint race in which many of the locals didn't own
sprint cars but had supermodifieds.
November 23 2010 at 20:31:13 Name: Webmaster Topic: Back from a cruise
Here's part of what I've been up to for the past 11 days:
The webmaster ziplining in the Costa Rican rainforest (Photo by
Gaye Brown, who immediately
November 23 2010 at 13:16:54 Name: Mike Miller Topic: Dumb Questions?
Comments: Jim Ruddle's entry reminded me of an allegedly true
story I heard when I first arrived on Capitol Hill to work for Rep. Ed Bethune
of Arkansas. A novice reporter walked up to Rep. Wilbur Mills, Chairman of
the House Ways and Means Committee, (I think it was), and thrust a microphone
in his face saying, "Congressman, ask yourself an intelligent question, then
answer it." Mills told the reporter, "Son, go and come back when you've thought
of a good question."
Mills stopped by Bethune's office after Ed was sworn-in and I asked him if
he had any advice to give a fledgling press secretary. Wilbur said, "Hell,
I never had a damn press secretary." I said don't tell Bethune that. Mills
probably could have used a spin master after he cavorted in the Tidal Basin
with a foxy stripper named Fanne Foxe.
November 22 2010 at 15:00:12 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic: Chicago TV Legends
Comments: The best Chicago "missed it" story was when the Hancock
Building was nearing completion and construction material blew off the
ninety-something floor one morning and landed on Michigan Avenue, forcing
A reporter for WMAQ-TV arrived at the scene after the fuss was over and attempted
to question witnesses. He stopped a man hurrying to work.
"What did you see here?" he asked.
"I didn't see anything. I wasn't here."
"What would you have seen if you'd been here?"
This true and on tape.
November 21 2010 at 13:56:12 Name: David Batterson Topic: Blues Brothers Email: send it to the clouds!
;-) Comments: I worked as an extra one day in "Blue Brothers."
We were served some "goulash" on metal plates in the scene, and we got angry
and threw our plates all over. I think I made $40 for the day.
P.S. Was also an extra in "Mass Appeal" (good film!) and "Billy Jack Goes
November 21 2010 at 01:06:05 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Chicago TV legends...tangent
Comments: Spots started running here for a Saturday with "Chicago
TV Legends" in 2 weeks.
Sponsored by the Museum of Broadcasting here.
Tulsa "boy" Harry Volkman is one.
Rich Koz or as a younger generation knows him, Svenguli, is the other.
Joel Daly - who often appeared opposite Jim Ruddle as on-air competition
- is another.
John Drummond - one of the last hard-bitten street reporters at CBS in Chicago
is the fourth.
November 19 2010 at 21:51:28 Name: Billie Topic: Skelly station Comments: Does any one remember a Skelly service station
downtown? I think it was also a Yellow Cab stand in the 60s. If so, what
was its location?
November 19 2010 at 14:49:44 Name: Erick Topic: Bridge implosion
Comments: And to tie Mike Bruchas' last comments into Tulsa TV
and complete the circle...
The male anchor in that clip is Larry Potash, former KOTV anchor/reporter
during the 1990's.
November 19 2010 at 14:33:57 Name: Wesley Topic: What will people remember fondly in
Comments: Hello all,
Interesting random thought... Methinks that we all know what we enjoyed as
kids, now miss, and wish there had been VCR's back in the 50s and 60s.
What are everyone's thoughts regarding what the kids of today will fondly
remember in 30 or 40 years (When they are "Our age". . . as opposed to what,
I know not!!)
Love to hear from everyone. . .
BTW, Mike, do you have any stats on which pages people visit the most here
on Tulsa TV Memories? Are some more popular than others?
My personal favorites:
Drive-in theaters (Obviously)
Tulsa Coffee shops of old (Wish I could have visited Rubiat)
Sign offs (does ANYONE still do that? With music and all?)
I answered Wesley above after getting back from
November 19 2010 at 14:02:52 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: LIVE TV is so much "fun"
Comments: WGN-TV here in Chicago was sitting on a live bridge
implosion and after long waiting, missed it.
The anchor reactions to it are hilarious but it's so true when you bank on
a live event happening on a posted schedule AND it doesn't.
Sax player - 65 year old Lou Marini from the Blues Brothers Movie, now plays
in the back-up band for (Wonder Woman) Lynda Carter.
November 17 2010 at 14:29:21 Name: Erick Topic: Lake Bixhoma
Comments: I fish at Lake Bixhoma. It's off of Highway 64 between
Bixby and Haskell. I've never heard of any murders there. Lovely.
November 17 2010 at 07:08:55 Name: Bryan Topic: Speaking of Bill Kurtis Email: email@example.com Comments: Bill narrated our (RSU Public TV) upcoming documentary
'Will Rogers & American Politics'. He was in town about a month ago to
shoot stand ups, really nice guy.
November 16 2010 at 22:38:41 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Maestro Maher Email: Just Northeast of Eden Comments:
Jealous to hear Bill Maher is coming to the Brady in Tulsa on Friday, December
10th. I'd be there...if I were there.
November 16 2010 at 21:44:13 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Closed Case Files - Lake Bixhoma
Comments: WBBM-TV here in Chicago shows Bill Kurtis' long running
Closed Case Files at 12:35am after Craig Ferguson - Monday thru Friday. They
run an edited-together 1 hour show of 2 episodes.
They ran a story on the Lake Bixhoma child mutilation murder - I had never
heard of it. Nor the lake.
I recognized locations on North Rockford in Tulsa and downtown. They also
showed monitor shots of then KOTV and KTUL reporters covering the story.
Always weird to see Tulsa on crime shows other than America's Most Wanted...
BTW - producer/series voice, Bill Kurtis, anchors the 6pm news (at age 71)
on WBBM-TV with long time co-anchor, Walter Jacobson (at age 73 but doesn't
look it). They came back this year after being off the station for almost
Kurtis is also "the voice" of a lot of funny WBBM-TV promos.
November 12 2010 at 02:15:07 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Wonder Woman! Comments: Lynda Carter, who starred on ABC as Wonder
Woman in the 70s and has lived in the DC area for about 20 years, is now
appearing as a singer:
Mike, you told a story about a visit by Ms. Carter to your workplace in
D.C. ten years ago in GB 50. I am confident
your story would interest male viewers of the 1970s "Wonder Woman" series.
Around the time I originally posted this eye-popping photo of Wonder Woman
with your story, I noticed that someone on a forum was direct-linking to
a photo of Tuffy from this site, using it as his avatar (the guy's handle
I had a little fun with him by putting this same WW photo at the URL he
was linking to. The result was that all of "Tuffy's" posts suddenly seemed
to imply that he was representing himself as Wonder Woman. His buddies made
a lot of fun of him. I don't think he figured out what had happened, but
he soon removed the photo from his profile.
12 November 10 2010 at 11:19:32 Name: David Batterson Topic: Patti Page Email: Send msg. via Telex (remember
that?) Comments: The phenomenal Patti lives here in San Diego (in
the upscale suburb of Solana Beach). Sometime back I was at a tribute concert
for the great Frankie Laine (another San Diego resident until his death)
in Little Italy. I sat in the front row next to a stylish woman who looked
VERY familiar to me. But I didn't know why. It wasn't until later, when I
saw a recent photo of Patti, that I realized I had been sitting next to Patti!
November 09 2010 at 10:18:34 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Ken Kerr
Comments: Ken was in Continuity and Traffic when I was a newbie
at KTUL in the early 70s. I believe that he left 8 to join "the new crew"
at Tulsa Cable TV when Hurst Swiggart moved there as Production Mgr. This
was like 1973, so that dates me.
Sad to hear that he passed last week.
November 08 2010 at 12:51:18 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic: Patti Page Comments: Whatever happened to the Page Milk Company?
I don't think I ever drank any Page's--not a milk drinker after age six--but
Glencliff, Meadow Gold, Pure White, and Hawk's all rattle in my memory. There
must have been a couple of others.
Greetings to Clara Lee.
November 08 2010 at 09:29:03 Name: Mike Miller Topic: Patti Page Comments: During World War II, my father, Lew Miller,
Sam Avey and Glenn Condon formed Hey Rube, Inc., designed to provide
entertainment for U.S. troops stationed in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and
Louisiana. Some of the entertainers earned as much as $5 per week. One of
them was a very young, Patti Page.
BTW, the term, Hey Rube, originated in the 19th century when circuses were
rowdy affairs and Hey Rube was the rallying cry to call all circus people
to help in a fight with townspeople. (Wordsmith.Org.) I'd always heard it
was a carnival yell when a fight broke out.
November 08 2010 at 06:06:03 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: One from the Vaults Email: wilhelmurg at yahoo dot
com Comments: Today is the birthday of the great Patti Page, she
is 83 years old today.
November 07 2010 at 12:14:14 Name: Lazzaro Topic: Leon Russell Road Email: @ the Ranch House eating
eggs and hash browns Comments: Fitting street for a tribute to the Master of Space
and Time although 5th Place in front of Rogers High School would have worked,
November 07 2010 at 10:20:45 Name: Rose Bowl Bunker Commander Topic: Jill Clayburgh
Comments: A college friend who now has a yoga school in Connecticut
numbered Jill Clayburgh among her students. Described her as "smart, witty,
spirited", and a great pleasure to have in class. Good to know she was as
kind and sweet in person as on film.
November 06 2010 at 15:04:52 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Jill Clayburgh's Passing Email: Just Northeast of Eden Comments: It's even tougher when the gentle and very talented
die. Jill Clayburgh fit that description. Little did I know when I went to
an October screening of a film called, "Love & Other Drugs," (which is
to open the day before Thanksgiving) that it would be Ms. Clayburgh's last
film role. (My review is already written, awaiting the movie's release.)
I'm so sorry to hear Jill is dead---and at only 66.
Ah yes, I remember her well.
November 05 2010 at 12:47:23 Name: Erick Topic: Liquor By the Drink - Garvin county Comments: Not surprised to see that LBTD just passed
in conservative Garvin county. The county is home to Elmore City, where events
in the late 70s inspired the movie "Footloose".
November 04 2010 at 16:29:11 Name: David Batterson Topic: Elton/Leon at No. 6 Email: Use Morse Code! Comments: The Hollywood Reporter wrote yesterday: "At No.
6, Elton John and Leon Russell's The Union was followed by Glee's Rocky
November 04 2010 at 14:52:11 Name: Webmaster Topic: Another one rights the must