December 11 2008 at 02:47:17 Name: roy lee Topic: Delman Email:
royleeshouse@oneo'theminternetgiantsdotcom Comments: There was a fun bar on the back end of that building
but I can't remember the name of it!
Thanks for putting my Sheridan Village photos on your Flickr page! I'm going
back for some more bricks, but it's crawling with demolition workers now.
Gotta be slick about it and only on the weekend.
December 10 2008 at 21:24:00 Name: Dana's Sister Topic: Mode o' Day in Rumble
Fish Comments: Just watched Rumble Fish (again) the other night
(it was on either Sundance or IFC), and I remember seeing a Mode o' Day in
the background of one of the scenes. Would have either been the one in downtown
Tulsa or Sapulpa. I think there was one in nearly every downtown - certainly
remember the one "on the square" in Nevada, Missouri, a little town where
my grandparents lived.
Every time I see Rumble Fish I catch something different in the backgrounds,
sound, etc... This time, I was astounded that I've never noticed that the
flip-board advertising clock at Benny's Billiards flips ad after ad for business
in JENKS (where I live)! Ads for Jenks Restaurant, Beaver Street Baptist
Church, one that says something about the Trojans (Jenks High School athletics).
I wonder what happened to that clock?!?
O'Day label. The only reason I can figure for why Mode O'Day interests
me is that the name made no sense to me as a kid, and I had an asterisk over
it. That and the distinctive logo.
December 10 2008 at 20:43:07 Name: Mitch Gray Topic: Mode
O'Day Comments: I know my credibility may be shot now but I think
there was a Mode O Day next to the old Delman theatre.
Massad's was next to the Delman for a long time. Their fashions were pretty
skimpy. Lowell Burch told his Massad's story
in GB 78.
Courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection. Sheesh, I don't remember Freddie
Hubbard being here in 1979.
From GB 121, here's the Delman in 1950.
A reader has suggested that Mode O'Day might have been a later occupant of
The Delman Shop space in this photo. Another reader recalls a MoD at Brook
December 10 2008 at 19:06:46 Name: joe @ aol dot com Topic: Mode
O'Day Comments: What does it mean?
The French phrase "mode du jour" means "fashion of the day" in English.
So I would say it's a jaunty splice of the two.
December 10 2008 at 17:24:55 Name: Beverly Topic: Sheridan
Village Comments: Does anyone remember a dress shop at Sheridan
Village...something like Mode O'Day? My friend said she thought there was
one downtown at one time, too.
I think you're right. I had no idea what that meant as a kid.
December 10 2008 at 14:16:29 Name: Mark Erdwin Topic: More fuzzy
memories Comments: I'm not sure where Bob Harvey was in 1973, but in
mid-1976 when I started there, he was at KWEN. By then the station was on
the second floor of the Liberty Towers. In 1973 it was most likely still
upstairs with KRMG. Dick Loftin would know. By the time I left, about a year
later, the station had dropped "beautiful music" and KAKC-FM picked it up.
The format started on August 3, 1977 and the KBEZ call letters came about
around the time Elvis died.
My place of business in the late 70s kept it on KBEZ. Bob Bethell (star
of Eddie and the Ecclectics) was a DJ at
that time. I won free tickets on KBEZ trivia contests to roadshow productions
at the PAC of "Can Can" with Leslie Caron and "The Sound of Music" with Theodore
Bikel and Tulsa product Susan Watson.
December 10 2008 at 08:03:57 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: R.L.
Bullock Comments: E-mail from NC: he is now a grandfather of twins.
Born on 11-21. As he says, Older and Older... Long time and long ways from
December 10 2008 at 07:51:11 Name: Mitch Gray Topic:
Sheridan/KBEZ Comments: Well, perhaps I was mistaken about a broadcast booth
in Sheridan Village, although I'm certain of making faces at a DJ in a glass
booth somewhere. I was probably 8-10 years old at the time (which would have
been 40 years ago).
So somewhere, in a place that was accessible to the public, I know there
was a studio.
If I ever truly lose my memory I'll be able to hide my own Easter eggs.
December 09 2008 at 21:25:47 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Zeppy's Sign-Off
Theme Comments: Kudos to Mike Hardeman for putting up the YouTube
of Mazeppa's closer, "Why Can't This Night Go On Forever?"
I'm guessing that either my glasses need a prescription change or: IS THAT
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD on drums in the Isham Jones aggregation?
I'm pretty sure that's Gailard Sartain blowing tuba in the brass section.
Delmeaux de Gillette du Coffeyville
December 09 2008 at 10:30:33 Name: Lanette Giese Topic: Sheridan Village and
KBEZ Comments: Long time no write....I saw this talk about Sheridan
Village and some talk about KBEZ, so I thot I would add to it.
I talked this past holiday with my 3 friends from the old days, and we reminisced
about Sheridan Village and the ramp in back. Our mothers were all shoppers
there, and the changes like this rob us of the tangible places to hold on
to our times with our moms.
I wanted to offer something about KBEZ, and if it helps you and the guys
down the road, on the puzzle of Tulsa and it's Voice Masters, I will be glad.
In 1973, I was dating the son of Bob Harvey. He was a DJ for KBEZ, I thot....
I can't recall EXACTLY where the station was at, but
Denny Delk was also DJ'ing there. He would
I contacted Denny long ago, and he remembered Bob and his son Jim. So I know
that the hazy days of my childhood experimentation aren't playing tricks
Anyway....I don't know what ever happened to Bob, He lived at the Williamsburg
apts there on Lewis. So I thot I would write and just throw this out and
maybe someday it will help you.
I'm not 100% sure about the station he was at, but I do know it wasn't at
the Sheridan Village. I'm almost sure he was employed by KBEZ. We went up
there to see him at night, and he stuck cartridge cans in slots to supply
the sleepy music for Tulsa. I never saw him on mike, and don't believe there
was one. We had to go up elevators, and one night the doors opened and Delk
was on mike, standing behind a counter that was waist high and he had no
shirt on. It looked like he was standing there naked, so we laughed till
we were hurting and that's my flashback of him. He rolled when I reminded
him of that, and I guess he did it regularly. I knew Nugent recorded naked,
so I remember calling him Teddy Boy.
Hope your holiday was good, mine was GREAT! My hubby and I came to Tulsa
and I met up with some of the Hale kids from '74 at the London Square Sunset
Grill that our classmate Paul and another Hale guy started.
Alan Caperton's (Rick Alan West) little sisters Melinda (my bud in school
at Hale) and Melissa came to the Sunset, to catch up with me. We had SO much
fun talking about Alan, because I knew him from Liz and Bob Johnson in the
early 90's. (Alan went to Rogers years before.)
Liz was a Tulsa DJ for many moons, and cut her teeth with Alan and Ray Bob
and the guys at KELi. She's in Dallas now and doing voiceovers. She was with
KZPS. If anyone ever needs pics of Alan, Liz has TONS of them.
Annnnyway, I told Melinda that I had sent you the pic of Alan at Liz's house
and I shared the TTVM addy with all of them. (Some weren't aware of your
place, what planet have they BEEN on?!??!?!!? So now they know.)
We're back in June for a celebration of Hale turning 50, and even tho I haven't
seen evidence of it really happening, we '74 guys are going to get together
anyway and have a big ol' Tulsa party.
Karen Moon Tinker has a place out at Grand and they've been having parties
there with good ol' Tulsa Sound! Sweeney and Campbell played one year and
Pryor, our school buddy, played in '07. (vizable on You Tube of course)
Hope your Xmas is happy and sorry to be so long-winded, I'll see ya and you
Lanette previously contributed to the Pink
"Creature Feature"...survived three years and one name change (to "Groovy
"They ran out of their 'Creature Feature' movie package, and went to another
movie package that didn't work as well," said (Jim) Millaway, describing
the package as "recent, first-run bombs."
(For some reason, "Fantastic Theater" is referred to in this article as
"Nightmare Theater", though it appears to have been FT from the beginning;
see the press release near the top of the Fantastic
December 08 2008 at 15:06:56 Name: Chris Kujawa Topic: KTUL 1940s Matinee Showcase Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: I am trying to find ANY info (pictures or print)
on a show in the late 40s early 50s called Matinee Showcase on KTUL radio
where a gal named Gerry Perry was interviewing Donna Reid and John Derek.
Gerry (Geraldine) Perry is now 86 and living in Wisconsin. ANYTHING you could
tell me would be appreciated. Thanks.
December 08 2008 at 11:14:18 Name: Mike Hardeman Topic: Mazeppa's Closing Theme Email:
email@example.com Comments: I found this on YouTube last night, a live performance
of "Why Can't This Night Go On Forever" by Isham Jones and his orchestra.
I always wondered what that singer looked like, and there he is!
December 07 2008 at 05:09:16 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: R.I.P. FORREST J. ACKERMAN Email: wilhelmurg at Yahoo dot
com Comments: Forry lived so long that I thought he would live
forever; he was an old man when I was a teenager.
Probably no other person was as dedicated to bringing horror to the masses
during my lifetime like Forry. I have been thinking about him recently because
of the current reissue program of the complete CREEPY MAGAZINE run in hardback
format (the third volume was just announced, but it's going to take thirty
or forty books to get the whole run out.) VAMPIRELLA: THE CRIMSON CHRONICLES
was also just released, which collects all of the Vampirella stories from
the first 32 issues of her magazine.
The third-highest graded collection of FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND actually
resides in Bartlesville, put together by my friend Kenwick Cook. Kenwick
took his obsession full hilt to the point where these monster magazines are
now graded on the same standard as comic books and it's turned into a cottage
industry for him, he's an eBay "power seller" who deals in all things sci-fi
December 07 2008 at 00:25:31 Name: Jim Reid Topic: Sound
Recording Comments: This is in response to the posts about sound recording
on news stories.
In the late 70s at KTUL, someone (I can't remember who) decided they didn't
like the sound of the reporter's VO coming from the audio carts. The reporters
had to record their sound on film, and it was spliced into the story, making
all of them A/B rolls.
It was difficult for we projectionists to see the end of the picture portion
and cue the directors out of it. It also made it difficult to leave pad for
dissolves. It didn't last too long.
December 06 2008 at 18:03:19 Name: Stan Topic: Re: Sheridan
Village Comments: I don't remember a radio booth at Sheridan Village,
but I'm pretty sure it wasn't KBEZ.
When they went to the beautiful music format after the change from KAKC-FM,
I'm pretty sure they didn't have DJs per se. Rather, I believe they had
'beautiful music' (and I use that term loosely based on my musical preference)
which was on reel tapes and the heavily sedated announcer that would announce
the call letters and say very little.
December 06 2008 at 15:46:45 Name: K. Bolen Topic: Sheridan Village Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: A nice little scar across the top of my kneecap
(from the stitches) of playing on the escalator is my connection to Sheridan
Village that I will always cherish! *lol*
I can remember trying to run and jump on the escalator and trying to see
how many steps I could make while the stairs were disappearing into the floor.
Mom was mad, the store was worried, and I was bleeding. I think at the time,
I was pretty influenced by Evel Knievel. Thank God I didn't have my Flying
December 06 2008 at 00:19:08 Name: roy lee Topic: Sheridan Village Email:
royleeshouseatgeeeeemaildotcom Comments: I drove by today and there was some good new graffiti
on the walls.
I don't remember a radio station, but we explored that building quite a bit.
Right next to the escalator, there was a podiatrist's office, so I learned
that word early. Borden's was a regular after-church stop.
The only time I ever shoplifted was at T G & Y. They caught us and it
wasn't my idea (it really wasn't). Scared me straight immediately!
When I was sick, my dad bought me a comic book at Med-X that was kind of
"dirty". That was a lot of fun and I showed it to him after I finished reading
In recent years, they had a bingo hall in the old Borden's and my mother
and I joked about going up there to play, but we never did.
Wow, my old neighborhood without Sheridan Village. That will be like watching
an old friend get knocked over.
The topic started near the bottom of this page. Photos and 2001 comments
about Sheridan Village are in GB 84.
I'm glad Tom over at Lost Tulsa took a
photoset of Sheridan Village. I now know from one of his commenters that
I wasn't the only kid to get the seat of his pants snagged by the
December 05 2008 at 21:24:50 Name: Clayton Crawford Topic: The Eleventh
Hour Comments: I was looking for British mysteries on Netflix just
this morning and saw that the original "Eleventh Hour" was a British production
featuring Patrick Stewart in the leading role!
And Stewart's bodyguard is played by Ashley Jensen, whom I have seen only
in the hilarious British series, "Extras", which starred co-creator of "The
Office", Ricky Gervais. Hard to imagine her as a bodyguard after her role
as the dim-witted Maggie, but I guess that's why they call it "acting".
December 05 2008 at 15:41:27 Name: K. Bolen Topic: Elvis and Elton Email: email@example.com Comments: I couldn't agree more with Mr. Woodward as well
on how great the show was. I caught by accident while surfing. You could
sense the great respect they had for each other and even though both have
been around for what seems a lifetime, you learned new things about them.
I especially got a kick on how they chose their names.
I would highly recommend as well.
December 05 2008 at 07:49:00 Name: Mitch Gray Topic: Sheridan Email: North of You Comments: Mr. Ransom, I recall the Sheridan Village radio
booth being located at the top of the escalator, in an area designed so that
you could almost walk all the way around the booth. I remember the place
from the late 60s, early 70s. Surely I can't be the only one to recall.
I didn't spend much time there after 1965, so that explains it.
December 05 2008 at 07:33:50 Name: Webmaster Topic: Glenda Silvey's last day at
to be one of the 'ladies who lunch'" in yesterday's Tulsa World. We'll
miss the warmth and intelligence Glenda brought to the airwaves over the
years, and we wish here well in her new endeavor.
December 04 2008 at 22:14:21 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Woody &
Elvis Comments: Woody's suggestion to watch Costello interview John
on the Sundance Channel sounds like a good one to me. If Elvis is as good
an interviewer as his taste in female jazz singers/pianists is, he must be
He married Diana Krall on Sir Elton's estate in 2003, I think it was.
Delmeaux de Gillette du Coffeyville
On our recent Jazz Cruise, we saw John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton, tremendous
players who appeared on her DVD, "Live in Paris".
December 04 2008 at 21:14:20 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic:
Tulsa? Comments: On tonight's CBS crime series, "Eleventh Hour",
the show is set at TIA and "Tulsa State College".
Duh - none of it looks or SOUNDS like Tulsa...
Rufus Sewell, who stars, wasn't he the bad Prince in the movie, "The
Yes, great movie. He also starred in "Dark City".
December 04 2008 at 17:32:26 Name:
Lee Woodward Topic:
Spectacle Comments: I watched an incredible show last night on Sundance
Channel. It's called "Spectacle," hosted by Elvis Costello. His guest as
interviewee and player, was Elton John.
Elton revealed a number of choice observations about a who's who of rock
music legends. He paid particular homage to Leon
Russell, who he credited as giving him his start in America. He was in
awe of Leon and referred to him in an almost reverential tone.
Elvis is a consummate interviewer and that's what made it a tremendous program.
This program may be available to some as an "On Demand" selection. I believe
that it is to be a weekly show with a different guest, Wednesdays at eight.
I'm glad I recorded it on DVR as I want to watch it again.
December 04 2008 at 11:23:28 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Changing
Radio Comments: I commented before on Pittsburgh, PA and its infomercial
Here in Chicago, another small station group owner is trying to target audiences
with a variety of programming - including "progressive talk" on one of their
Basically an advertiser buys all the commercial minutes in an hour and basically
sponsors the station's programming. Duh - that's the way it has always been,
but the ownership group is pitching it in a different way.
They own 820 AM and operate 3 FMs in different parts of Chicago. The idea
is to program for different parts of the city and sell ads localized for
that geographic area.
They say that they are the last non-big radio group-owned stations in the
WBEZ also has a "community radio" service called Vocalo, which touts
non-professional talkers. Their idea was to make radio "more open" to diverse
interests. It may sound more like cable access meets a college radio
December 04 2008 at 08:02:41 Name: Mitch Gray Topic: Sheridan Village Radio Email: North of You Comments: I know there was a radio station broadcast studio
in Sheridan Village, I believe it was KBEZ or some other "Beautiful Music"
format station. When I was a kid, I used to make faces at the DJ through
the glass to see if I could trip him up.
Little did I know that someday, although not at KBEZ, I would be the guy
behind the mike.
I don't remember that, but it would have added more magic to the place
for me. Was it in the 70s or 80s?
December 02 2008 at 15:36:42 Name: Tim Gray Topic: Sheridan
Village Comments: Oh no! I worked at the old Bud's Thrif-T-Wise that
was in there, as well as the JC Penney's. Spent a lotta time in the TG&Y
and used to pay the paper bill for my route in one of the offices upstairs.
I think there was an eye doctor in there I used to go to, etc., etc. Passed
through everyday walking from Bell when it was a Junior High.
I haven't lived there for *gosh* 23 years (already?) so I don't know how
long the stores have been gone. Anyway, more old memories.
December 02 2008 at 09:18:12 Name: Charles Topic: Sheridan
Village Comments: Sheridan Village awaiting the wrecking ball? Say
it ain't so! There goes another piece of my childhood. Is anything going
up in its place?
December 02 2008 at 07:34:00 Name: David Sherr Topic: Cimarron Ballroom Email: david.sherr at gmail dot
com Comments: Hello,
Does anyone remember the name of the manager of the Cimarron Ballroom in
David came up with the answer in GB 292: Peck Allen.
December 01 2008 at 16:11:52 Name: Steve Bagsby Topic: Sheridan
Village Comments: Yesterday, I had lunch at the Arby's on Admiral
and Sheridan. Looking out the South window, I had a chance to ponder the
old shopping center (Sheridan
Village), now waiting for the wrecking ball. When I was a kid, I
think most of our food, clothing, medical attention, comic books, and assorted
"what-nots" were supplied there. OK, we did backslide and use Eastgate as
December 01 2008 at 13:19:14 Name: Webmaster Topic: "Tulsa Deco" on
The latest in Jack Frank's Tulsa History Series, "Tulsa Deco", premieres
Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7 pm on KTUL Channel 8. The program is a tour of Tulsa's
extraordinary art deco architecture.
"Tulsa Deco" is also sold on DVD at many places around town, including
BOk locations, Walgreens, Borders, and online at
TulsaFilms.com (see a preview there).
An ideal Christmas gift.
Also check out his "Fantastic Tulsa Films", Volumes I and II. Volume I
includes my short home movie of George Harrison at the Assembly Center in
1974, along with dozens of other rare and archival Tulsa film clips going
back to the 1920s.
(Added 12/3) I watched the show last night. It was great, and really makes
you understand how unique Tulsa's architecture is in the eyes of the rest
of the world. It was a 30 minute program; the DVD is about an hour and has
"Tulsa Deco" plays again Sunday Dec. 7 and 14 at noon on KTUL Channel
December 01 2008 at 11:26:07 Name: Webmaster Topic: Count Manzeppi / Dr.
I just ran across a reference to a TV role played by Victor Buono (best-known
as "King Tut" on the 60s "Batman" series).
His character, the demented "Count Carlos Mario Vincenzo Robespierre
Manzeppi", appeared on two episodes of "The Wild, Wild West" in 1966-67.
"Count Manzeppi" sounds a lot like "Dr. Mazeppa". And Victor Buono brought
a lot of humor to his cultured villain roles. Is it possible there is a
Now, Gailard Sartain specifically explained the
origin of the Mazeppa name on this site.
But I wonder if this character and his name might have lodged in Mr. Sartain's
subconscious, then semi-emerged when the name "Mazeppa" in a 1902 comic strip
came into his field of view in 1970. Then again, it could be no more than
(By the way, Mazeppa.com has 3 volumes
of the Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting on DVD for your viewing and
Here is a 40 second clip of Buono chewing the scenery as Count Manzeppi:
Mr. Sartain replied via email, 12/7/2008:
"Mike.. In response to your query - I don't recall ever seeing this episode
but I do remember Victor Buono as a uniquely talented actor. If there is
a connection in my subconscious it will cost me a lot of money in a clinic
to ferret it out. Most likely it was the writer who made the Mazeppa connection.
"Glad you all had a wonderful vacation.