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Tuesday 03/11/2008 7:24:00am
Name: Julie Gates
Topic: MorganWoodward.net
Comments: My friend and I really got a kick out of the picture Lee Woodward posted of his brother Morgan, and it just so happens we are working on a fan site covering Morgan's career. We'd like your readers to be aware of it, the site is MorganWoodward.net

Thanks --

Julie Gates
Julie Gates Web Productions

Saturday 03/08/2008 8:12:51am
Name: Frank Morrow
Topic: Quarantine
E-Mail: frankmordot@iodot com

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 didn’t 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
Name: Chuck Linn
Topic: Modell Phipps' monkey
Comments: In 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
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: 6 degrees from photog Robert Billings
Comments: His son is a very talented shooter now at the Daily Oklahoman. Look at his web page: SportsShooter.com.

Like father, like son - both good shooters.

Thursday 03/06/2008 7:28:19am
Name: Frank Morrow
Topic: Picket
E-Mail: frankmordot@iodot com

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 Pie."

Wednesday 03/05/2008 3:08:34pm
Name: G.Ailard S.Artain
Topic: Ali, the movie
E-Mail: (via email to webmaster)
Comments: Mazeppa 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., I’ve even been cut out of my own home movies.)

Tuesday 03/04/2008 12:24:14am
Name: Stevo Wolfson
Topic: Gailard Sartain in Ali?
E-Mail: stevoinyrstudio@aol.com
Comments: 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
Name: Sam
Topic: Bama pies
Comments: In Tulsa at 11th and Delaware was a small building alone on that corner, selling what was called Bama Pies.

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.


Sunday 03/02/2008 2:55:11pm
Name: Rick Brashear
Topic: Air Shows
Comments: 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
Name: Frank Morrow
Topic: Air Show
E-Mail: frankmordot@iodot com
Comments: AIR SHOW

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
Name: Bryan
Topic: Gary Shore
Comments: I was sure hoping Gary would make it back to Tulsa to finish his career. Thoughts and prayers to his family

Wednesday 02/27/2008 0:01:20am
Name: Lowell Burch
Topic: Sympathy to G. Shore Family and Friends
E-Mail: same today and tomorrow
Comments: 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 unforgettable.

Here is Tulsa's The Earth-men on their YouTube page if you want a little fun. You might enjoy the hot rod tune - "Ride With Me".

Tuesday 02/26/2008 4:48:46pm
Name: Brady Smith (entry time: 1:30:32pm)
Topic: Gary Shore
E-Mail: bradyksmith at hotmail
Comments: 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.

Tuesday 02/26/2008 4:47:56pm
Name: Webmaster (entry time: 1:15:23pm)
Topic: Gary Shore
KJRH's page about Gary Shore is now up. Video is viewable on the right-hand side of the page.

Tuesday 02/26/2008 8:05:53am
Name: Frank Morrow
Topic: Goodbye icebox
E-Mail: frankmordot@iodot com

This will really seem strange to young people. We didn’t 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
Name: Dan Satterfield (via email)
Topic: Gary Shore
E-Mail: dan at wildwildweather dot com
Comments: Mike,

Gary Shore 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 Satterfield
Chief Meteorologist
Huntsville, Al

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 I did.

Monday 02/25/2008 10:59:25pm
Name: Angela Rogers
Topic: Gary Shore
E-Mail: gwen_rog@yahoo.com
Comments: 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
Name: John in SUX
Topic: Gary Shore
E-Mail: John@flySUX.com
Comments: 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.

Godspeed Gary...

John in SUX (Sioux City)

Monday 02/25/2008 10:17:27pm
Name: Deric Davis
Topic: Gary Shore
E-Mail: davisderic@gmail.com
Comments: 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 their website.

Deric, thank you for letting us know. I just found out myself from your note.

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

Gary ShoreTHANKS! 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)

Best wishes,

(Bryan: "I received this after sending him Christmas wishes, and telling him he is missed down here by many.")

Monday 02/25/2008 9:39:38am
Name: Webmaster (entry time: 2/26, 4:50pm)
Topic: Previous GroupBlog summary
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