The Lewis Meyer Bookshelf
Oooohhh!! Lewis Meyer's Bookshelf! Sunday's were good for 3 things, praising God, watching sports (preferably football), and checking out Lewis. I could've cared less what books he was reviewing, I just thought he was too awesome. I had the pleasure of meeting Lewis in 1992 at a bookfair in Muskogee. He was obviously not feeling well, but had a big smile on his face, and seemed to get a kick out of meeting all of those people. Now there's a Tulsa TV icon I can relate to!
I worked with Lewis Meyer at KOTV for a year - we all loved him! I also think Lewis popped up on either CBS or ABC network morning shows a couple of times. He was Tulsa's best small bookstore owner.
Before I met Lewis and worked at 8, the late Cy Tuma (who had worked at 6 with him) once whispered to me that Lewis had the largest collection of pornography in Tulsa over headset to me - very conspiratorial like. I found out later it was banned books for literature (I presume like Henry Miller) not pictures! It would have seemed out of character to have been otherwise.
I found a book to buy at Lewis Meyer's store one time in the 80s, and took it to the counter with my VISA card. The clerk told me, "Oh, Mr. Meyer doesn't like credit cards. Just send a check tomorrow." So I did, but that was a unusually trustful way of doing business.
And do you remember his slogan, "The more books you read, the taller you grow" (135KB .wav file)? When I met him at the store another time, I told him I was the embodiment of that slogan. I am 6'6".
Lewis Meyer's book reviews (were) on KTVX-TV before KOTV...
(also from Guestbook 39) Jim Ruddle noted that Lewis Meyer did an
afternoon program at KAKC in 1950.
Lewis Meyer was quite a character. Back in the homophobic 50s the males thought he was a little too effeminate, too gushy, and overly sincere.
However, the women particularly loved him. I had occasionally listened to him, and was particularly intrigued by his commercials for ice cream. It sounded like he actually was eating the stuff. When I started working at KAKC in the summer of 1951, he did his program during my shift. He did his ice cream commercials with a spoon and an empty bowl. He would scrape the spoon around in the bowl while distorting his speech to make it sound like he was consuming large mouthfuls of the desert.
During one program he gave a movie review of a John Wayne film, and related a story about something gallant which Wayne had done for the leading female actor while they were waiting for the shooting to start. After the program I asked Lewis where he got his story. He said he made it up. But he was so sincere, Im sure no one ever suspected.
Lewis was a colorful, cheerful, highly intelligent man. He brightened the day of a lot of people---on both sides of the mike.
A footnote: One Sunday when I was doing network cutaways for local advertisers during a professional football game, I learned the hard way why Lewis didnt use real ice cream. I never knew when a time out would occur which would require me to read a 60 second spot to cover up the commercial on the network. During one game my father brought me something to eat---some fried chicken and a thick milkshake (probably from the Malt-o-Plenty at 6th and Boston). Right after I had taken two large swallows of the milkshake, a timeout was called. I clipped off the network feed (while listening to it in my headset), and turned on my mike. To my horror my tongue was frozen from the ice cream. I got through the commercial, but, if there were any listeners, they probably thought that a retarded person had been hired by KAKC for their Sunday afternoon shift.
Here is a list of books written by Lewis Meyer:
Second Wife (romantic novel)
They are currently out of print, but here is a way to find some of them: try this search on eBay!
Can anyone tell me the name of the kosher deli and the skating rink, situated in the Brook Theater vicinity, early 60s?
According to my in-laws who lived in the Brook area, the deli was Tex Meyer's...brother of bookseller Lewis Meyer. The only rink they recall was at 11th and Peoria but don't remember the name.
I remember Tex Meyer and his deli. I think it now a liquor store or a frame shop. Can't remember.
There was a roller rink on the west side of Peoria at about 37th or 38th. It's now a very nice resturant where I had a nice prime rib last time I was in Tulsa.
Yes the deli in Brookside was indeed Tex Meyer's. I was a frequent patron. The food was simply the best kosher food west of N.Y. The corned beef and pastrami were first-rate, and the potato salad was just wonderful. I moved to NYC soon after and found a similar salad at the Wilgold Deli on 33rd, just west of Madison Square Garden where I was employed at the time. They delivered to our offices each day....ummmm. So are there any good kosher delis in T-Town now?
In today's Tulsa World obituaries (2/16/2006), it is reported that the widow of Lewis Meyer, Mrs. Natasha Meyer has passed away.
I was just listening to some old Johnnie Lee Wills transcriptions from 1950, and I heard the announcer say to Johnnie Lee, "Our first tune was written by a good friend of mine and a good friend of yours. What do you say we get under way with the Coyote Blues, written by Lewis Meyer."
I knew Lewis Meyer was a multitalented man, but I never suspected he was a western swing songwriter.
Here's a link with the lyrics: http://www.rockabilly.nl/lyrics1/c0118.htm
"Coyote Blues" can be found on Johnnie Lee's "Band's A-Rockin'" (sound sample at the link). This is the 1949-1951 Wills band, and some of the songs were recorded at KVOO's studio.
Lewis Meyer (1913-1995) was born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. For sixty years, Meyer was a Tulsa institution as an author, bookstore owner, and book reviewer. His television program, "The Lewis Meyer Bookshelf", ran on KOTV for 42 years. Meyer wrote several books, the most well-known being Preposterous Papa about his father in Sapulpa's early days.