Jan 29 2008, 6:28 pm
Twin and Tulsa Safety
I'm sorry, but I do not remember your friend Sam at The Admiral Twin. It
could be a memory block on my part. I only worked there the one summer of
1967. I worked on the East Side in the concession stand at night and in the
afternoons, I helped clean the grounds. Also drove the green '65 Chevy company
pickup doing go-fer chores. Man, that Chevy would run! It drove as if it
had a V-8, but it had the big six and a "three on the tree". It would easily
get scratch in 2nd gear. And, the daytime mechanic chewed tobacco, so even
though the truck was only a couple of years old, the driver's door had the
paint eaten off it already.
I'll also vouch for Tulsa having been a very safe and decent place for kids
to grow up. My best buddy Jimmy and I rode our bicycles about every other
day the three miles to McClure Park to swim. We began riding with our older
brothers when we were about 6 years old, then by ourselves the next year
and thereafter. We never locked our bicycles in the bike rack at McClure
and never had a problem. We "Trick-Or-Treated" each Halloween starting in
kindergarten and were never molested or had anyone bother us. Our parents
never wanted to go with us on Halloween and that was okay with us.
I always had at least one bicycle and rode all over the East Side of Tulsa
on Admiral Drive, 11th Avenue, Sheridan, Memorial, Pine Street, out to the
Airport and even a few trips downtown and back to 75th Ave. I was never hit
by a car and hardly ever honked at.
In the summer, we built skateboards out of wood boards and flattened metal
skates bolted to the bottom. We would zoom down "Horseshoe Hill" which was
actually Marshall St and Latimer Pl just above 71st Ave. In the winter, we'd
take our sleds to that hill, since it was the steepest one around.
I don't think my parents ever worried about our safety, especially in our
neighborhood. We'd stay out past 10:00 at night in the summer playing Hide
& Seek or some other game.
Tulsa was a very safe place to grow up in the 50's and 60's, so far as I
was concerned. I don't know what it has become now, since I left Tulsa a
few months after I graduated from Will Rogers High School in 1969. I joined
the Navy and later settled here in the Portland, Oregon area. Been here ever
I have many, many fond memories of Tulsa. If only I could find a Time Machine
somewhere, I'd go right back. :)