December 10 2009 at 23:13:32 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Talking about weather...
Comments: High of 8 degrees here in the Chicago burbs with -14
equivalent wind chill. My car won't start - too cold.
My buddy, Cole Booth, retired Sony Broadcast engineer who lived in L.A. for
a long period but now is back in Port Douglas, Australia - says 95 degrres
Fahrenheit there today.
December 09 2009 at 22:17:42 Name: Beverly Topic: Pies Email: BeverlyW58@hotmail.com Comments: Taylor's Good Pies was located at 1316 E.
8th...according to Tulsa's 1968 phone book. It was there well beyond 1968,
The building was still there about a year ago when I was wondering about
it and decided to drive by.
Their pies were wonderful. I'm not sure when or why they closed. I'd love
to find out.
December 09 2009 at 21:55:35 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: Recording Old Albums Email: wilhelmurg at yahoo dot
com Comments: I have a ground wired coming out of my Technic direct
drive turn table. It is connected to a second wire (for more length), which
is is connected to the ground screw on the back of my receiver. What should
I do from this point?
December 09 2009 at 20:29:18 Name: Ron Topic: Pie maker east of Peoria Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: My mom was trying to think of the people that ran
a bakery out of the backdoor of their house in the 60s thru the 80s. The
house was east of peoria between 6th and 11th Streets, we think. Just wondering
if anyone remembers the name of their business and why they quit selling
pies, they were great pastry and cheaper than most places. Thanks.
December 09 2009 at 17:12:34 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Vinyl transfers, etc. Comments: Breaking ground loops between unbalanced components
requires a bit of experimentation, but is easily done by the use of simple
AC ground-lift adapters. Try lifting the ground on each component in the
audio chain and note the difference. Don't bother with the turntable power,
as this is always without a ground. However, most turntables do have a ground
lead from the cartridge or shell that usually terminates in a spade connector
or bare wire which should be connected to a ground lug or even a chassis
screw on the device to which it is connected. Do this before conducting any
I might mention that turntables from Technics and other vendors are available
with USB outputs that can be patched directly to your computer, or other
USB device. This would avoid any noise problems beyond the turntable, and
provide a "direct-from-vinyl" transfer without other issues.
December 09 2009 at 16:41:07 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: Recording Old Albums Email: wilhelmurg at yahoo dot
com Comments: That's the problem with hi-end stereo speak; I would
love to do all these things fo better quality, but you might as well be giving
me these directions in Chinese. How does one break the AC ground on one or
more components in the audio chain?
December 09 2009 at 16:28:20 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Vinyl transfers, etc.
Comments: OK, let's chat about vinyl transfers and noise issues.
Phono cartidges are, by nature, unbalanced sources with very high impedances...
typically 100K or higher. Their outputs must feed a "turntable" or "phono"
input on a consumer preamp to see a correct impedance match, as well as a
network that includes RIAA equalization curves for vinyl. Cables from the
turntable to the input should be as short as possible, and of the highest
"Hum" is the most pervasive noise artifact in unbalanced consumer equipment.
This is always caused by ground loops, and can often be eliminated by breaking
the AC ground on one or more components in the audio chain.
I use a Technics 1200 turntable with a Grado cartridge that feeds a Stanton
phono preamp with transformer-balanced outputs. From this, I bridge unbalanced
into my NAD preamp for listening, and balanced into Pro Tools for editing
purposes. Vinyl playback is abolutely clean, with no hum or other noise issues.
I like Cedar software to clean-up noise artifacts on vinyl, analog tape,
If you have "hum", it's most likely not coming from the pressing. It's a
result of the un-fortunate use of unbalanced lines in consumer equipment.
Of course, this assumes that each component is free of any internal noise
problems, but basic hum issues can often be cured by proper ground management.
Never use a "headphone" output to feed any other source. The impedance is
not correct, and the headphone outputs on receivers and intergrated amplifiers
are often padded from the power amp finals, which add noise.
December 09 2009 at 13:43:08 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: Recording Old Albums Email: wilhelmurg at yahoo dot
com Comments: I have a classic turntable and amp hooked up with
piggyback lines coming out of the headphone jack; one set goes to the surround
sound system and the other set go to the computer's input. I use
Audacity, which is a free program
for recording on a computer. The turntable and amp were realy the only extra
cost, I picked them up from a local used record store for $50 each.
The only problem I've found is that I can hear the turntable hum between
tracks (just like the old days when all we had to listen to was vinyl). I've
never talked to anyone who has one of those all-in-one systems.
December 09 2009 at 11:19:39 Name: Frank Morrow Topic: Transfer of disks Email:
frankdotmorrow@coxdotnet Comments: I have a few thousand 33s and 78s I'd like to preserve
in the best quality possible. (Reel-to-reel tapes, too.) I've seen lots of
advertisements for many ways of doing this, ranging from using your computer
to using complete, dedicated equipment. Any suggestions for what's best and
December 09 2009 at 00:50:36 Name: Webmaster Topic: Bootleggers Martin Edwards and Wayne
I want to mention this while it's fresh on my mind. Bootlegger Martin Edwards
has been mentioned on this site by Mike Miller and Jim Ruddle in GBs 22 and
206. I'm reading Ron Padgett's book,
Tough: My Father, King of the Tulsa Bootleggers. Edwards is mentioned
on page 43 as being a friend of Wayne Padgett's around 1944 or '45.
December 09 2009 at 00:08:20 Name: Dana LeMoine Topic: Mazeppa Commercials Email: email@example.com Comments: Bummer... I wonder who has them and why they took
them off youtube? There was at least 15...
December 08 2009 at 19:22:47 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: Mazeppa on You Tube Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Sorry I missed the video below. As far as I can
tell, this is the only Mazappa available on YouTube:
December 08 2009 at 08:20:48 Name: Rex Brown Topic: Two Wheel Oklahoma Online Email: rex @ twowheelok . com Comments: Oh learned ones- please allow me to submit a sample
for your approval....
We have two episodes online now and will be rolling out two more over the
coming weeks. Right now we're airing Saturday mornings on My 41 but hope
to go statewide in 2010. Sponsors and underwriters need
Also please check out our Okie Gift Guide while you're there!
December 08 2009 at 01:29:29 Name: Dana Topic: Mazeppa commercials Email: email@example.com Comments: Wow, I had no idea these existed! This one is
December 08 2009 at 00:56:58 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: More Tulsa Record Stores Email: wilhelmurg at yahoo dot
com Comments: For back in the day, I still think
The Gramophone Shop was the best for classical
music, though Mr. Woodward, King Lionel, and many other contributors to this
site considered the owner to be a jerk - and he was, but he was a knowledgeable
'It's a Classic' is one store that I don't think anyone ever mentioned in
these pages. It was a classical CD shop, with some jazz and Broadway music,
ran by two fellows who were Greek Orthodox - there was a lot of ancient Orthodox
music in there too. They used to advertise on KCMA, our commercial classical
radio station in the 1980s/early 1990s. They had a bookstore next-door to
the CD shop, which was located on 31st Street between Harvard and and the
B.A. off ramp. I think it was in the strip mall next to Goldie's Hamburgers.
They were super nice guys, very knowledgeable in both books and CDs, and
their inventory was small, but it was a dream inventory in both fields.
Unfortunately they came in just as Borders, Barnes & Noble and all the
other coffee shop/mega media stores were coming in and knocking out the little
independent guys. I was sorry to see them go.
Now the mega media stores are being threatened by on-line stores like Amazon.com,
which are hurting because of illegal downloads. Just as we get the power
to have so much media, there's so much piracy going on that there's no way
the fund it. I'm starting to miss these little boutique shops.
December 07 2009 at 20:47:11 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Record stores
Comments: Well, my memories of the platter shops pretty much ends
with Bill's T Records. However, I must add that for
those of us with classical tastes there was no better place than Oertle's
record department. In addition to a large selection, they would order anything
and the staff appeared to know the classical section of the Schwann Catalogue
December 07 2009 at 18:16:26 Name: Over in ranch acres Topic: Tulsa record stores
Comments: If my memory of the radio serves me right, wasn't there
a Greer's located in the 2606 South Sheridan shopping center?
(And be sure and check out the new authorized Mazeppa commercials just up
on the You Tube...)
Yes, that was the location of one of the Greer's stores touted by Mazeppa.
And thanks for pointing out the new videos!
December 07 2009 at 16:21:44 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: Tulsa Record Stores Email: wilhelmurg at yahoo dot
com Comments: Under The Mooch, the record store at 1425 S. Harvard,
is closing by the end of January. They sell a mixture of new and used LPs,
CDs, comics, and posters. Yesterday and Today's collectibles, at 406 North
Main Street in Broken Arrow is also looking at selling off what few records,
DVDs and comics he has so he can turn the whole store into an antique mall
- right now 3/4th of his shop is an antique mall.
That means, as used record stores go, Blue Moon
Disc, at 2606 S Sheridan is the last man standing, though
Starship still has a huge inventory of both "classic"
(i.e. still sealed inventory left over from the old days) and new vinyl,
along with their CDs, posters, shirts, and smoking accessories, and all the
Vintage Stocks have a small rack of old scratchy John Denver and Anne Murray
Vinyl is undergoing a revival nationwide that is unprecedented for a "dead"
SoundstageDirect.com or check
out eBay for a quick education on how expensive some of the reissues and
classic originals are demanding (even this season of SNL has shots in a used
vinyl store in its opening). Obviously this enthusiasm is not shared by Tulsans,
but like all those guys who killed themselves in various attempts to fly,
I'm sure another one will turn up sooner or later.
Webmaster: I hung onto all of my 600+ vinyl records.
I have rebought very few of them as CDs. For me, there was a "hot" period
for an album when I played it a lot. Then it moved to an intermediate stage,
then to an archival stage in which I might play it once a year or so. The
vinyl incarnation satisfies this need. There is a minor nostalgia associated
with the specific flaws on my LPs, but I'm not too hung up on that.
Most of my re-buys were listened to once or twice, then relegated back
to archival status, though a few (like Jeff Beck CDs) have gotten more
December 06 2009 at 22:40:46 Name: Tulsa Area Music Archives Topic: TAMA Christmas podcast now
available. Email: info at preservemusic dot
com Comments: The Tulsa Area Music Archives presents its 1st Annual
Lots of classic songs from Tulsans and Okies. Great music by some great artists.
Leon Russell, Kay Starr, Bill Davis, Debbie Campbell, Jim Byfield, Gene Autry,
Toby Keith, Vince Gill, Freakshow, Beau Jennings, Carrie Underwood, and many,
As always, you can get it from the TAMA website or via iTunes.
December 05 2009 at 20:38:58 Name: Jon Topic: Then Came Bronson movie on official
DVD release! Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: The pilot movie of Then Came Bronson is finally
officially released on DVD. Go here for more info:
Here is the
the TTM Gift Shop (a good place to take care of your Christmas shopping),
but this particular item is cheaper at Jon's link above to the Warner Bros
site. The quality looks great.
December 05 2009 at 12:06:04 Name: Webmaster Topic: Chew's MP3 review of "The Road"
Gary Chew reviews "The Road" near the end of Peter B. Collins
November 30 2009 at 17:13:05 Name: Kenny Bolen Topic: Kennedy Email: email@example.com Comments: Speaking of the Kennedy event, the National Geographic
Channel is showing the "Lost JFK Tapes: The Assassination". It's a vault
of video (seen and not seen) and timeline leading up to the shooting. I highly
For me, I was just on the cusp of turning 3 when it occurred. So, this has
been one of many events of my lifetime. Funny, years later, when I moved
here to Connecticut, I met Ted Jr. and his family during a routine cable
TV service call. Amazing to see the family photographs and just the awe of
the history of this family.
November 30 2009 at 16:10:26 Name: Frank Morrow Topic: Ben Henneke Email:
frankdotmorrow@coxdotnet Comments: Here is my belated contribution to the memory of
Ben Henneke. It is an insight into the importance one person can have for
another, particularly an older man to a younger one.
I used to hear about Ben when I was a student of Miss Ronan's speech class
in the late '40s and early '50s at Central, but I never saw him until he
and others came to KVOO to choose the recipient of the full, four-year KVOO
scholarship to Tulsa University in 1951. Being selected the winner, I was
indebted to Ben and the others for having a $1,600 free ride to college.
Henneke was my speech teacher the next year at TU. I not only took every
class he taught, but he devised a new "class" where I could study with him
on an extra basis. His influence on me was great. He gave wonderful feedback
and encouragement to this very callow young man, resulting in a greatly enhanced
and polished performance in reading aloud which I used during my announcing
When I got out of the Navy at the age of 40, I was wanting to get a Ph. D.
All the universities back east to near where I was stationed said that I
was too old. I talked with Ben. He told me that he had had the same problem
when he applied for doctoral programs preparatory to becoming TU's president.
He gave me a wonderful recommendation which I used for being accepted at
the University of Texas at Austin. What better recommendation could I have
asked for than one from an ex-president of a highly thought-of school!
Ben Henneke was so important in enhancing my life in various ways. I'm sure
there are so many more people he touched in a positive way. A truly great
November 30 2009 at 10:10:16 Name: Mike Miller Topic: JFK Assassination coverage Comments: Watching coverage from November 22nd, 1963,
I'm always a bit shocked by television anchors smoking on camera. The anchor
at WFAA-TV (Ch-8) seemed to be chain smoking on set while interviewing Abraham
Zapruder. (Maybe an Ed Murrow wannabe?)
WFAA-TV was located right across from Dealey Plaza and it was difficult not
to be constantly reminded of that tragic day. The smoking policy had changed
a decade later when I was a police reporter at that station. I asked about
doing a story on the assassination; the assignment desk declined my request
saying it had all been done before. Still, I did get to interview Gov. John
Connelly who insisted there was more than one shooter. The only part that
made it on the air was about his prized Santa Gertrudis Cattle.
November 30 2009 at 09:45:09 Name: Webmaster Topic: Jack Frank's "Tulsa A to Z" program
Jack Frank's new show, "Tulsa A to Z", airs tonight (Monday) at 7:30 on KOTV
Channel 6. It also airs state-wide Wednesday at 7 pm on OETA.
The program explores 26 unique and historic things about Tulsa, from the
Admiral Twin Drive-In to the racing legacy of Jack Zink.
"Tulsa A to Z" is also available on DVD at SpiritBank branch locations, QuikTrip,
Borders Midtown, Steve's Sundry, Dwelling Spaces, and TulsaFilms.com, among
many other locations.
More info and video clips at
TulsaFilms.com, plus more about Jack's
previous shows, "Tulsa Art Deco" and "Fantastic Tulsa Films Volumes I and
There will be a TTM contest with a new DVD as the prize. Stay tuned.
November 30 2009 at 01:47:04 Name: Gary Chew Topic: News: Then & Now + JFK Comments:
In response to Mr. Tomek regarding the first Kennedy murder and the quality
of news coverage:
Wouldn't it be great if the content quality of then could be coupled with
the technological quality of now?
I'm thinking, however, it might not be well enough appreciated by a majority
of today's viewing audience.
But, I did see Jack Ruby doing target practice on Oswald, live, on my TV
set in Tulsa I was reeling.
November 29 2009 at 23:00:28 Name: George Tomek Topic: JFK Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: I've had an increasing interest om JFK's assassination
down through the years since it happened -- mainly because I wasn't in the
U.S. at the time the tragic event occured. I was a junior officer stationed
aboard a destroyer and we happened to be in the middle of a week's R &
R in Hong Kong. I'll never forget the steward came down to wake me up to
tell me. I didn't believe him and went quickly to the wardroom where most
of the other officers had gathered. What made it surreal (and damned unnerving)
was the fact that we were anchored in Hong Kong Bay and tied up about 1500
yards off our starboard beam was a nest of Soviet destroyers, also in the
former crown colony for a few days of R & R.
The History Channel, among others, put toegther some riveting shows on the
assassination. The great AMC series "Mad Men" also used some of that video
very effectively in one of its episodes a few weeks ago. The TV news business
has come a long way since that terrible day technology-wise. The same can't
be said for the content -- depending on whom you watch.
November 29 2009 at 14:58:48 Name: David Bagsby Topic: Happy Holidays
Comments: Check out this dude's YouTube channel...you'll be glad
November 28 2009 at 15:33:40 Name: Danny Sharke Topic: BLUE GROTTO DAYS Email: email@example.com Comments: I was the lead guitarist for the Flying Dots back
in the day (circa 1981-1983). I then left to play with Boy Talk and several
other new age bands. I am now lead guitarist at Believers Church in Tulsa!
Wow how 30 years have went by, But I am still rockin'!!
November 28 2009 at 07:59:02 Name: David Bagsby Topic: Holidays Comments: I wonder if that Daffy Duck cartoon was the
impetus for turducken?
November 27 2009 at 00:51:33 Name: firstname.lastname@example.org Topic: Tom Turk and Daffy (1944) Email: email@example.com Comments: In the spirit of the day....
November 26 2009 at 02:13:34 Name: Jim Mac Topic: Blog 286: Foley's.
Comments: Foley's bought Sanger Harris. John A. Brown was bought
November 25 2009 at 12:02:05 Name: ex-pat Topic: Mike Bruchas youtube question
Comments: "It's Thanksgiving and the play by play of newsman Les
Nessman of turkeys being delivered to a parking lot - is etched into my feeble
November 24 2009 at 21:21:58 Name: P. Casey Morgan Topic: WKRP turkey ep Email: p.casey.morgan at gmail dot
com Comments: I don't know about YouTube, but the "Turkeys Away"
episode of WKRP can be viewed in its entirety for free on Hulu:
You have to sit through a few 15 second commercials, but it's free and it's
there. Lots and lots more on Hulu, including long gone shows.
November 24 2009 at 19:30:04 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: WKRP
Comments: It's Thanksgiving and the play by play of newsman Les
Nessman of turkeys being delivered to a parking lot is etched into my feeble
Anyone know if this is on YouTube?
Have a Happy Thanksgiving holiday and DON'T be a Turkey!!!
November 23 2009 at 20:47:58 Name: Paul Lazzaro Topic: Cardo's shooting Comments: Whirled Peas,
Ah yes, 1982. I'm glad to know someone remembers that night. If you have
any additional details or recollections regarding this shooting please contact
me at: cwrenchhotmail.com. I'm very interested in this story and have
some questions. Thank you for for responding and thanks to Tulsa TV Memories
for providing the means.
November 23 2009 at 13:40:52 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: JFK's death Comments: Sunned, shock, tears - my generation's reaction
to it all.
WTTW here (PBS) re-ran the excellent doc - co-produced with the Freedom
Foundation several years ago - on a digital sub-channel Sunday. I had tuned
in - as a fluke - as Cronkite took off his glasses to announce JFK's death.
I couldn't watch any more. I am about to be 59 in a few weeks - I was in
Seventh Grade when it happened. Like 9/11 - it will be in my mind forever...
When this doc first aired a few years back - I bought the companion book
and audio CD of all. Read the book but never have played the CD....
November 23 2009 at 13:33:19 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: JFK's death
Comments: E-mail from Gary Chew (forgive me for re-publishing
this - but I thought it so telling of how we all felt...):
"I was dubbing a mail-early PSA featuring the voice of the Postmaster Gen'l
of the US, when Bill Miller, who was the DJ on the air, yelled from the control
room for me to listen to the bulletin that Forrest Brokaw was about to read
on the air."
"The bulletin said only that JFK had been shot. I rushed, then, to the AP
machines next to the old AM transmitter and waited to see my first FLASH
come across the wire. Unfortunately, I got to see it a couple of minutes
"Another interesting thing: my wife was at home was watching As the World
Turns on Channel 6 and heard CBS and Cronkite break in. When she heard it,
she called Forrest in the newsroom and told him what she'd heard, and he
wouldn't put it on the air, until he saw it on the wire, like a good newsman.
But she gave him the headzup on it. Very weird day, indeed."
"I read once some Garrison Keillor, saying much the same thing as I. He was
at a station in Minneapolis, maybe at the U of Minn. or somewhere, and rushed
to the wire to await the horrific news, as well."
"I remember standing in the middle of the record room after that, crying
like a baby. The first traumatic event with death in my life. I had not long
before, voted for JFK. My first vote ever cast for a president."
"Something we'll never forget, I'm thinkin'..."
November 22 2009 at 23:09:21 Name: Over in Ranch Acres Topic: Novemeber, 1963
Comments: My fourth grade class at Riverside School in Muskogee
werein our combination lunchroom/auditorium watching a film titled "The
Sun"(Oddly, I remember the film being sponsored by Gulf Oil), when the film
was stopped and the school's television brought on to the stage and our teacher
telling us what was happening. It being a small school the the other classes,
at least the fifth and sixth graders, were soon brought in watch the broadcast.
I tend to remeember the bradcast being CBS and Walter Cronkite; that may
be a reflection of the many times I've seen the Cronkite clips in the years
since. In reality, our reception of Channel 6 was sometimes iffy, and more
likely than not what I actually saw was the ABC news on Channel 8.
I remember my classmates being rather calm, no rash statements, but lots
of questions as to who who be president, what happens now, basic civics things.
And in the next four days our family rarely left the television.
November 22 2009 at 21:42:32 Name: Jim Reid Topic: Where I Was on 11-22-63 Comments: I was in Sister Cantalice's 2nd grade class
at St. Mary's school there on 49th st. in Tulsa. Mr. Wickham, the 7th grade
teacher and one of the few lay teachers at the time, came into our classroom.
He told us that the President, a good catholic man had died and we all should
pray for him. Then they let us out of school early and I walked home and
turned on the tv, where I stayed for the next 4 days.
November 22 2009 at 18:39:21 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: JFK Comments: I do this every year.
It's the anniversary of the death of John Fitzgerald Kennedy today.
Where were YOU?
November 21 2009 at 21:27:04 Name: John K. Young Topic: Re: Tulsa Businesses 1959 Email:
johnk662561atyahoodotcom Comments: Just a quick note to shed a little light on a couple
of stores/businesses listed in the list below.
"Kress" was indeed a department store, sometimes referred to as "S &
Hale-Halsell Co. I'm not sure what they did in 1959 but they eventually became
the parent company of the now defunct "Git-N-Go" convenience stores.
As for "Chandlers"...I remember hearing my mom talk about going there and
to Brown-Dunkin. Chandlers was either a shoe store OR a womens clothing store,
if memory serves. Either way, she talked about geting shoes at both places,
Hope I was able to help a little... :)
November 21 2009 at 17:01:26 Name: Whirled Peas Topic: Cardo's Cadillac Mystery Comments: March 24, 2004, Paul Lazzaro asked:
"Seeing as there are so many media types here maybe someone can help me out
with pinpointing when a news story that occurred in Tulsa happened. Years
ago there was a shooting of a drug suspect by an undercover detective in
front of Cardo's Cadillac - two doors down from Arnie's Bar on 15th street.
This would have most likely happened between 1982-85 and was in the winter
months as there was a snowfall that night. I'm interested in knowing the
date, name of the deceased and name of the shooter. If there are any on-line
accounts of this event I'd appreciate links to the story. Thanks in advance
for any and all responses."
Shooting took place Feb. 11, 1982. The victim was Donald Deckard, the shooter
was Roger Snodgrass (then a Tulsa Police Corporal). Deckard was fatally shot
point-blank in the back of the head while handcuffed outside Cardo's Cadillac.
This was Snodgrass' second kill under the Oklahoma Fleeing Felon Law (a third
was kicked to death), and would result in the law being overturned for police
abuses. Snodgrass was re-assigned to guard drugs in the property room.
Most of the TV stations do keep video archives that far back. KJRH aired
video of the body still handcuffed and bleeding out in the snow.
November 21 2009 at 16:28:24 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Bill Moyers: Okie Born Comments: Mr. Moyers is like a man who's exited a time
machine that just brought him from the Sixties. He was a typical Democrat
back in the day during LBJ. Due to our canting rightward in the US for so
many years, some folks see him now as some sort of whack job. Yeah, he's
a whack job all right, just like that screwy Walter Cronkite was. Bill is
America's most celebrated liberal Christian.
Good job, Mr. Moyers!
November 21 2009 at 10:32:03 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Bill Moyers
Comments: Bill Moyers has announced that he is retiring. He's
75, ya know.
LBJ made him; he's been around that long.
Okies have a love//hate relationship with him, ditto some other Southern
states with PBS outlets, "...because he's that East Coast liberal..." -
forgetting that, yes, he has a Texas accent.
He has a unique position on PBS and I will miss him.
November 18 2009 at 16:10:08 Name: Steve Clem Topic: KAKC radio documentary Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: I am gathering interviews and airchecks for a radio
documentary on the legendary KAKC (AM 970), the Tulsa radio station that
a couple of generations of Tulsans grew up listening to.
I am producing it here at KWGS-FM, Tulsa Public Radio 89.5.
I am interviewing former KAKC employees (like Scooter Segraves), and looking
for people to share their memories of how they interacted with the station
and the impact that it had on their lives.
You can reach me at my KWGS address, email@example.com.
I believe that a detailed history and walk-down-memory-lane of this great
radio station is long overdue.
November 18 2009 at 15:41:50 Name:
Louise Bland Topic: Where are you? Email: lbland@TX.RR.Com Comments: Hey, Mike Miller, where are you? I'm trying to locate
a few people in Tulsa. You know what? I don't think women should change their
name when they re-marry. Hard as heck to find them if you haven't kept up.
Anyway, just know whereever you are, I miss you.
Formally in broadcasting.
November 15 2009 at 20:41:02 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Don't Know from Dubya Email: Northeast of Eden Comments: In lamenting the recent passing of TU's venerable
Ben Henneke, some one on this groupie blog mentioned a former US president
whose middle initial is "dubya."
Funny how people have never said: Ronald Wilson Reagan.
November 15 2009 at 18:09:08 Name: Phillip Sumner Topic: Thanks Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Thanks to everyone for the comments on my Rumble
Fish photos. I am working on some similar projects in the future, including
some "then and now" posts using photos from the Beryl Ford collection. This
is the sort of thing that I find so interesting, and I am glad many of you
November 15 2009 at 15:06:38 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Ben Henneke passes at age 95
Comments: God Bless your soul, Ben Henneke...you will always be
"MR. TU" to so many of us.
I never took a class with him, but so many friends did.
I knew him from the Speech Office and knew that he would talk with anyone.
So gracious and funny.
A good leader of TU, but the school and students mattered more. Founder of
He IS a Tulsa Icon...
November 15 2009 at 13:29:42 Name: Scott Linder Topic: 1959 Tribune ads Comments: Mike Trout, I enjoyed your '59 Tribune list
of merchants nodding to American Airlines. My father, Hiram Linder, was the
manager and designer for Tulsa Canvas Products for many years and did a great
deal of work for American Airlines. After the business closed due to the
death of owner George Blake, Dad took most of the clients with him to Eagle
Tent and Awning, which later became Eagle Fabco.
Seeing the business in your post brought back memories of going to the shop
with Dad as a kid, and a memorable visit to the American facility one Saturday
November 15 2009 at 12:13:23 Name:
Mike Miller Topic: Ben Henneke Comments: I was fortunate enough to have taken an
Interpretation course from Ben Henneke while a radio/TV major at the University
of Tulsa 1956-60.
Many things I learned from him proved extremely valuable throughout my 25-year
career in broadcast news. I remember how Ben taught us to avoid clichés,
"like the plague." He also tried, (with varying degrees of success) to rid
us of our Oklahoma twang and how to correctly pronounce "W" for example,
as in KWGS. W should be pronounced, double U, and not "Dubya" like the middle
initial of a former president's name.
A good example of Ben's "interpretation" came using an Abe Lincoln quote:
A Government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish
from the earth. Ninety-nine percent of people would place the emphasis on
the words "of" "by" and "for" the people. According to Ben, Lincoln's meaning
became very clear if, instead, we emphasized the word "people." Government
of the PEOPLE, by the PEOPLE, and for the PEOPLE, shall not perish from the
Thank you for the things you taught us Ben Henneke. May you rest in
November 14 2009 at 23:06:57 Name: Over in Ranch Acres Topic: Ben Henneke
Comments: Ben Henneke passed away last night at the age of 95.
A memorial to his life can be found on the
of Tulsa web page.
A memorial service is planned for Friday, November 20th, 10:00 a.m. at Sharp
Chapel on the TU campus.
November 14 2009 at 23:05:03 Name: Michael D. Trout Topic: Tulsa businesses in 1959 Email: On board a Convair CV-990
to DAL Comments: Cleaning out boxes of junk, I discovered a yellowed
copy of a special section of the Tulsa Tribune, Wednesday 17 June 1959. Called
the "American Airlines Section," this is a celebration of the newly-opened
AA Maintenance and Engineering Center. The three-tier headline reads: "AA'S
JET CENTER RITES NEAR: Gigantic $20 Million Plant to Put Tulsa Before Eyes
of U.S.: Impressive Dedication Ceremonies Scheduled on Thursday Afternoon;
Public, Employe [sic] Events to Follow." I'm sure my dad, who worked at the
center until 1980, saved this. I was only seven at the time.
There are many business-friendly articles included, such as "Jet Engine
Overhauling Already Started at Center" and "Jet Service Starts Here on Sunday."
There are photos of the center, of legendary AA president C.R. Smith and
other execs, and of various AA equipment. If you're an airplane nut, go all
the way to the end of this article for something unusual.
As in most such newspaper supplements, there are many congratulatory ads
from businesses, and here?s the list (omitting those businesses not from
Oklahoma). These ranged in size from a full page (Manhattan Construction)
to a 2-inch single column (Tulsa Gasket). An interesting exercise would be
to see how many of these still exist. And note how many were located downtown:
Dickason Goodman, 1001 E. First St. and Utica Square
S.G. Holmes & Sons [men's clothing], 3736 E. Admiral Pl., Northland,
and Utica Square
Premium Laundry and Dry Cleaning Co., 1536 E. Sixth, 31st & Sheridan,
Brook Plaza, and Broken Arrow
First National Bank and Trust Company, Fifth and Boston
Manhattan Construction Company [they built the center], Muskogee, Tulsa,
Palace Office Supply, 116 East 5th St.
Clarke's Good Clothes, 317 S. Main
Brown-Dunkin, 4th and Main
Gray's Jewelers, 412 South Main
Dick Bardon's [jewelry, clothing, sporting goods], 109-111 S. Main
T.G. & Y.
Zale?s, 402 S. Main
Krisman Industrial Supply Co. [two ads!], 308 East 4th Street
Gates Hardware & Supply Co., Brady and Elgin Streets
National Bank of Tulsa
Streets [clothing], Fifth and Main
Allied Bearings Supply Company, Inc., 824 South Boulder
Colonial Furniture Company, 1724-1726 South Harvard
Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Harvard at 13th
Public Service Company of Oklahoma
Engineering Supply Company, 1124 East Fourth St.
Eastulsa Office Supply Co. [designed center offices], 2303 East Admiral Boulevard
Sloan?s Jewelers, 20 East Fourth
Natkin & Company of Oklahoma Mechanical Contractors [HVAC for the center],
1025 East Second Street
John G. Burke & Co. [O rings and valves], Box 1652
Tulsa Canvas Products [awnings], 1217 East Fourth
Tulsa Gasket Manufacturing Co., 3910 E. Pine
Sipes, Admiral at Memorial (in Eastgate), 27th at Harvard (in Harvard Village),
15th at Quaker
Palmer Supply Co. [HVAC], 317 S. Trenton
King Metal Products, Inc. [storage racks for the center], Box 8265
Tommy's Villa Venice Restaurant, 6625 South Lewis
Lauhon's [?], 626 S. Main, 3708 S. Peoria
Moulder-Oldham Co. [janitor supplies], 216 N. Denver
Hale-Halsell Co. [canned foods manufacturer?], Tulsa, McAlester, Durant
Oklahoma Industrial Distributors Assn.
Kimball Chemical Co., 9300 Sand Spring Road
Fields of Tulsa [?], downtown and Utica Square
Moskowitz Furniture Co., 117-119 So. Main
Burton-Rodgers, Inc. [technical training devices], 8106 East Admiral Pl.
Fourth National Bank, 4th and Boulder
Turco Products Inc. [jet engine cleaning?], P.O. Box 4694
Kress [department store?], 218 S. Main
Murphy Electric Co. [rewinding armatures and coils]
Alexander & Alexander [insurance], 205 Enterprise Bldg.
Reeder Mfg. Enterprises [tooling, grinding], 2414 North Lewis
Sears, Roebuck and Co., 21st and Yale,
Chandler?s [shoes?], 417 S. Main St. and Utica Square
Froug's, 316 South Main, Admiral & Memorial, 36th N. & Hartford
Wickland Manufacturing [aircraft flush toilets; may not be an Oklahoma firm]
Engler Photo Supply, 1643 South Boston
Sinclair Refining Company [New York City, but we know where the real power
Modern Manufacturing Machine Shops, 1535 East Marshall
Atlas Instrument Co., 8902 E. 11th
Multi-Color Process Co. [aircraft decals and nameplates]
Trimble Mfg. Co. [welding, metal manufacturing], 5341 East Independence
Glencliff Dairy Products (Oklahoma?s finest)
U.S. Enameling Sign Co., 3500 S. Garnet Road
Industrial Equipment Co., 520 South Peoria
Economy Lumber, 528 East 4th
Oklahoma Oxygen Co., 2750 Sand Springs Rd.
Patterson Steel Company, 801 N. Xanthus
Steven?s Asbestos Products Company, 513 S. Trenton
Precision Products Incorporated [small gears and stampings; may not be an
Fikes Foodliner and Appliances, 51st and South Lewis
Coston-Frankfurt-Short [architects and engineers; may not be an Oklahoma
Wright Wallpaper Company, 20 East 11th. Street
Flint Steel Corporation
Oklahoma Natural Gas Company
Vandevers, downtown and Utica Square
For airplane nuts only: One somewhat amusing item in the supplement is an
artist's concept of a "Convair 600" jetliner, of which AA had 25 on order.
This is not quite correct; what AA ordered was a bigger, faster version of
the 600 that was later named the CV-990 Coronado.
The not-yet-built 600 (which had already gone through the names Skylark and
Golden Arrow) was first ordered by Howard Hughes, who wanted a jetliner for
TWA, smaller but faster than the Boeing 707.
The "600" name came from the plane's speed in miles per hour. Unfortunately,
the 600's design and production was badly delayed (during which time it was
renamed yet again, to CV-880, for its speed in feet per second). The CV-880's
disappointing speed was only slightly more than the 707's, and by the time
it was available the 707 and DC-8 had already gobbled up most of the jetliner
business. Nobody wanted a smaller, more expensive plane, even if it was a
To salvage the project, Convair did a major redesign of the CV-880, adding
seats and increasing speed, resulting in the CV-990 Coronado. But again the
new plane suffered crippling delays, expensive cost overruns, and ended up
with only a slight boost in speed.
AA was very disappointed with the Coronado, which was expensive to buy, expensive
to operate, and offered little improvement in schedules. AA unloaded them
after just a few years; it was one of the few bad equipment choices AA made.
The losses incurred by the CV-880 and CV-990 nearly bankrupted Convair and
forced them out of the airliner business.
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