I will use this weird color to indicate that
the info came from
Weird Al's DVD commentary.
|Bob Maras of the Tulsa Police Dept. Bomb Squad
played one of the
thugs who abducted Stanley Spadowski (Michael Richards). He also
served as stunt coordinator on the movie. He has had parts in "Hill
Street Blues", "Miami Vice", "Eight is Enough", "Rumble
Fish" and "The Outsiders".
Bob's son, Adam, played the boy who got to drink
from the fire hose.
|Today, Adam Maras plays college baseball on a scholarship. Not
surprising...Bob is a cousin to Yankee great
I learned this from George Maras, who is Bob's brother, and a one-time baseball
George tells me that Roger changed the spelling of his name from "Maras"
to Maris in 1955 after playing 25 games for the
Tulsa Oilers AA team. Roger had a run-in with
then-manager of the Oilers, Joe Schultz. The name change allowed Roger to
play for his next team (Reading, PA) without the wrath of Schultz following
Schultz later managed the
Seattle Pilots (a
major league expansion team that existed for only one year, 1969). Jim Bouton,
former teammate of Roger's with the Yankees, chronicled his own comeback
with the Pilots in his classic book,
Four". Schultz was often heard to say, "Let's go get 'em and then pound
|According to Bouton, Roger came up with an effective comeback for hecklers:
"Yeah? How much money are you making?"
(from Guestbook 28) Former Tulsa mayor Terry Young said:
A short time after Roger Maris hit 61 home runs, he and Clete Boyer (Yankee
3rd baseman and Broken Arrow resident) made an appearance in the sports
department at Oertle's. In those days, appearances of major athletes didn't
create the hoopla they do today. I'll never forget walking into the sports
department and there Roger and Clete were, just standing there with NO crowds
around. I walked up, handed them a small piece of paper and got both autographs.
I have it still today and it is a cherished memento.
The film company arrived in Tulsa on 7/18/1988 and
stayed for eight weeks. The movie premiered on 7/21/1989.
The "Spatula City" billboard was at Memorial and the
Broken Arrow Expressway. It stayed up all summer, no doubt baffling more
than a few Tulsans.
|The "Plots R Us" fake commercial was
shot at Oaklawn Cemetary, 1133 E. 11th St.
6/4/2007: A reader (who wishes no credit) discovered the exact location of
the following shot at Oaklawn. (This had been an open question from
Rob O'Hara's "UHF" 15-Year
As Al notes in the commentary, there were some very
cooperative extras in this scene:
Reader's camera phone shot from the same location today at Oaklawn:
"X" marks the plot; the above shots are looking about 15° north of straight
6/4/2007: The same sharp-eyed reader suggested that this brief "Plots R Us"
building shot, intercut with the Oaklawn footage, might not be at Oaklawn,
based on his "UHF" expedition two days ago.
|We found the actual location without leaving the computer: Moore
Funeral Homes' Rosewood
Chapel at 2570 S Harvard Ave., just north of Steve's Sundry.
||Rich Uncle Harvey Bilchik's residence is located
at 6636 S. Knoxville.
Actor Michael Richards, guesting on the DVD commentary,
said Tulsa was a great place... $100,000 would buy a mansion (of course,
that was during the oil bust in 1988).
|Philo ("General Hospital's" Tony Geary) did his
scientific experiments at Jimmy Houston Productions
at 4466 S. 74th E. Ave. Note the aquarium and the antique TV.
Tony Geary, Victoria Jackson and Weird Al in Chris' office
(from Guestbook 165) Chris Sloan said:
As a long-departed Tulsan and lover of all that is T-Town kitsch, I am a
huge #1 fan of your site.
I worked on "UHF". In fact, the set for Philo's Workshop (master control)
was my office when I was a producer on the Jimmy Houston Outdoors Show. Finally
cleaned the fish scales out of my career, I now oversee all programming for
the TLC Network in Washington DC.
Just wanted you to know, I check in every few days and no site on the web
brings me more nostalgia or enjoyment. It's amazing that there's nothing
like it anywhere else.
|Teri (Saturday Night Live's Victoria
Jackson) was Weird Al's girlfriend in the movie. She was a dental assistant,
and the dentist's office was at 7335 S. Lewis. Her apartment was shot at
4322 E 66th, Apt. K (only a couple of blocks from where I, the webmaster,
lived at the time!)
(from GroupBlog 222) Austin T. said:
I was 12 years old when this was filmed in Tulsa, and Weird Al was my hero.
My dad brought me home from soccer practice one afternoon, and there was
Al, sitting in one of those director-style chairs. They were filming a scene
in his girlfriend's apartment (Victoria Jackson) at 4322 E 66th, Apt. K.
My dad happened to live in Apt. V, right across the way, and down a few units.
Anyway, I introduced myself to him and told him I was a big fan. He signed
an autograph for me. I got one for my little brother, too, since he wasn't
there (we both lost them over the years, unfortunately).
I had a couple of friends who were extras in the movie as well. Joe Smith
was on my soccer team, and if I'm not mistaken, is the kid in the audience
with a speaking part that says "I wanna go home!" when Al's ratings are sagging
right before Stanley Spadowski's TV debut.
The movie was shot in Tulsa at the recommendation of Executive Producer Gray
Fredrickson, who had worked with Francis Ford Coppola in Tulsa on "The Outsiders"
and "Rumble Fish". Coppola visited the "UHF" sets in L.A. during the
Earl Ramsey of the "American Gun Association" (Ivan
Green, who also appeared in the "Ernest" movies) tells the interviewer, "Guns
don't kill people...I do." Tulsa comic Barry Friedman played one of
Interiors were shot at Kensington Galleria at 71st
and Lewis on the second floor. Weird Al got a good deal for the space.
Mike Judge ("Beavis and Butthead", "King of the Hill",
"Office Space") and
Lehrer ("Poisoning Pigeons in the Park", "The Vatican Rag") are big fans
Wendy (formerly Walter) Carlos was in talks to do the
music for the film, but it didn't work out.
Eldon Hallum and Sherry Engstrom were the husband and
wife, Sara Allen the neighbor, and Angie Kelly was the announcer for the
"Spatula City" spot. This scene was shot at 2846 E 21st Pl., the Paul Patton
An old aerial photo of Tulsa is in the background at U-62 with Fran
Drescher, David Bowe and Weird Al.
Weird Al dejectedly enters Joey's House of the
Blues at 2222 E. 61st St., where...
|...neither a Tiki drink nor his pal (David
Bowe) can cheer him up. A KMOD sticker can be seen in the next shot, but
I can't get enough resolution to show you.
Former Channel 2 news anchor Dean Lewis played a banker
in one of the deleted scenes available on the DVD.
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