Before the war, if a member of a family had a communicable disease like measles,
mumps or chicken pox, it would have to be reported to the Tulsa county health
board. The infected person would be quarantined to the home, and a large
quarantine sign would have to be placed in the front window.
Before the sign could be taken down, the child would have to be taken to
the health authority and examined. When I had chicken pox, I had to have
a county medical doctor examine me to make sure that I had no more poxes.
Before he released me to rejoin the human race, he picked off a couple of
scabs that had almost lived their useful lives.
My mother kept the quarantine sign. In subsequent months, whenever she was
busy in the house and didnt want to be bothered by peddlers or solicitors,
she would haul out the sign and put it in the front window.
Friday 03/07/2008 7:26:56am
Modell Phipps' monkey
Guestbook 149, Bebe asks..."What was Modell's
pet spider monkey's name?"
Modell's pet spider monkey was Little Everett. I would really like to again
hear Old Ned and Modell's Don Carlton commercials.
Thursday 03/06/2008 6:55:57pm
6 degrees from photog Robert
His son is a very talented shooter
now at the Daily Oklahoman. Look at his web page:
Like father, like son - both good shooters.
Thursday 03/06/2008 7:28:19am
BAMA PIE STRIKER
The Bama Pie company was strongly anti-union. When the unions tried to organize
it, the company squashed their efforts. To rub it in, Bama Pie put a big,
automated "striker" onto the overhang of the roof that extended over the
sidewalk across the street from Wilson Jr. High. The metal dummy "walked"
back and forth from one end of the Eleventh Street side of the building to
the other, carrying a "strike" sign.
At the union hall was a prominent placard, saying, "Do not buy a Bama
Wednesday 03/05/2008 3:08:34pm
Ali, the movie
(via email to webmaster)
From G.Ailard S.Artain (a.k.a. the face on the cutting room floor)
This wasn't the first time I have been cut out of a movie.
Contractually, they have to put an actor in the credits even if their scenes
don't appear in the final product.
(P.S., Ive even been cut out of my own home movies.)
Tuesday 03/04/2008 12:24:14am
Gailard Sartain in Ali?
I just watched the film Ali (2001)
on the basis that Gailard Sartain appeared in the film, however, he is not
in the film, yet his name is in the credits. Would his name be in the credits
even if his scenes were cut? Does anyone have any insight into the circumstance
of Sartain's participation in this film? Thank you.
Monday 03/03/2008 11:52:44pm
In Tulsa at 11th and Delaware
was a small building alone on that corner, selling what was called Bama
Actually it was more of a delicious cookie. Year 1928. I was 8 years old.
Of course over the years the Bama Company became much larger.
I lived near a peach orchard which was 'bull dozed' away to allow the Skelly
Stadium in its place.
Lots of water under the bridge since then and here I am enjoying life in
Canon City, Colorado.
This brought back memories of
an air show in the very early 1960s, possibly in 1960 when I was 6. We went
to an air show in Muskogee. There was an aerobatic team from either the Navy
or Air Force, but one plane stands out in my mind: the C-124 Globemaster
II. They had an "open house" of the plane where everyone could roam around
inside. I remember sitting in the pilot's seat and trying to move the yoke.
I couldn't move diddly and didn't know about hydraulics, wondering how anyone
could fly that plane.
Anyway, I was looking around in some small compartment and didn't know the
people were sent off the plane because the crew was going to fly it someplace
else. I heard, and felt, the engines start up and was scared to death they
would take away with them. I started yelling and then some man got me out
of the rear of the plane and to my parents, who were standing outside and
wondering what had happened to me. Maybe I should have kept quiet and this
story would have been much more adventurous.
Saturday 03/01/2008 10:41:49am
In the 1920s, Tulsa Municipal Airport was the busiest in the world. In the
'30s, Tulsa was still a great center of interest in aviation. In 1938, my
Dad took us to an air show at a small airport outside of town. In addition
to the parking lot being filled, there was a huge number of cars parked on
both sides of the road leading to the grass airstrip.
The two things I remember most, in addition to lots of small airplanes buzzing
around, were the loud, lumbering Ford Tri-motor and the climax of the air
show---the parachute jump. People anxiously awaited this event, wondering
how a man could be so brave as to jump out of an airplane, having only a
flimsy parachute protecting him from an awful death.
There was a gasp from the crowd as a tiny black figure dropped from the small
airplane so high in the sky. When the chute opened, there was a sigh of relief
and a cheer from the observers. But, the tension wasn't completely dissipated
until the intrepid jumper safely made it down to the ground.
Wednesday 02/27/2008 6:50:40pm
I was sure hoping Gary would
make it back to Tulsa to finish his career. Thoughts and prayers to his
Wednesday 02/27/2008 0:01:20am
Sympathy to G. Shore Family and
same today and tomorrow
Such a tragic story. Gary Shore
stood out as a Tulsa TV personality. I met him in the men's room at 2 before
a newscast once. I don't remember why I was there, I guess an interview,
but he asked me if he knew me and we spoke briefly. Anyway, he was
I had to the opportunity to work
for Gary as a high school intern in the late 80s. Hearing about his passing
brings back memories of working in "WeatherCenter 2" and cutting little pieces
of white tape to make the watch box outlines for the on-air "bug", spinning
the "tilt" knob on that old 74C radar (with Doppler add-on!), and ripping
weather maps off that DIFAX printer (you had to let the special wet paper
dry first) and arranging them in Gary's very particular order.
The skills I learned served me well later on in my own broadcast meteorology
career. (I might have even borrowed the term "snizzle" a time or two. And
the 3 D's: Dark, Dank, and Dismal.)
Gary's calm, but insistent tone in his severe weather alerts saved lives
(Mannford in '84 comes immediately to mind, but there were many other times
as well). He played a big, if not the biggest, role in making Tulsa one of
the most sophisticated weather markets in the country.
This will really seem strange to young people. We didnt have a refrigerator
until we moved to Fifteenth
and Oswego from 13th and Trenton in early 1940. Until that time we had an
icebox. They were huge and heavy. A big block of ice would be placed in a
compartment on top. The food would be placed down below.
Every few days the ice would have to be replenished. You would put your ice
sign in your front window for the iceman to see. The sign was square, with
each side having a number on top, from 25, 50, 75 and 100 pounds. The delivery
man would see which number was on top, then bring you the size of the block
of ice that you needed. The iceman would grab the ice with his picks, swing
the brick of ice around and put it on his shoulder behind his head, bring
the ice inside your house, and put it in the icebox.
I'm sure living in a house with a refrigerator was a big step upward for
the Morrow family.
Monday 02/25/2008 11:34:09pm
Dan Satterfield (via email)
dan at wildwildweather dot
I expect you have already
been told by many others but in case not, Gary Shore died of a sudden heart
attack today in Iowa. He was the chief at KCAU TV.
Gary hired me as an intern when I was dumb college kid in 1978, and I owe
my career to him. He was the finest weather forecaster I have ever known.
Dan added later:
I emailed Dan Threlkeld and he said they were going to pull some video of
Gary and Jerry Webber for their late news. Gary was best man at my wedding
and the only other person I have ever met who loved forecasting more than
Monday 02/25/2008 10:59:25pm
I watched Gary growing up in
Tulsa and got to work with him briefly when I first started in TV at KJRH.
I will always remember his fondness for tan suits, Snizzle, and just good
weather reports! God bless you Gary - I know you are in a beautiful place!
Angela Rogers WPVI - Philadelphia, PA.
Monday 02/25/2008 10:33:07pm
John in SUX
Just weighing in on Gary's death.
Both KCAU (employer at the time of his
death) and KTIV (NBC affiliate in Sioux City) had nice memorial pieces this
evening on the 10PM news. He was a true professional and will be missed,
not only for his weather prowess, but for his positive contributions to the
quality of life for many people here in the Siouxland area.
John in SUX (Sioux City)
Monday 02/25/2008 10:17:27pm
I cannot believe no one has posted
about the death today of Gary Shore. For my generation, I can think of not
one weatherman who was better in Tulsa. (I am 33). Since he left there has
been a vacuum in the weather talent in Tulsa.
Apparently, he died from a heart attack. KJRH briefly covered this in about
5 seconds during Threlkeld's weather... Couldn't they have even had some
people say nice things about him??
Apparently he was still working in Sioux City at ABC affiliate KCAU. You
can see info about this on
Deric, thank you for letting us know. I just found out myself from your
Gary will always be remembered well here in Tulsa.
He remembered us, too. Our deepest sympathies
are with his family.
In GB 171 on October 17 2004, Bryan told us:
"I was recently in contact via e-mail with former KJRH chief meteorologist
Gary Shore who currently works for KCAU in Sioux City, Iowa. He informed
me that his 'gut hunch was that he would be back in Tulsa finishing his TV
weather career when the timing was right, and I was free to tell everyone
that info. Wow, good ol' Gary Shore back in Tulsa!!!"
Bryan also relayed this to us from Gary just a couple of months ago (December
6, 2007 in GB 258):
Subject: RE: Merry Christmas
THANKS! Have a blessed Christmas
season! I still get so many emails similar to this from Tulsa, but I still
appreciate you! Maybe all you fans should start a campaign down there for
me...LOL (only half kidding)
(Bryan: "I received this after sending him Christmas wishes, and telling
him he is missed down here by many.")