Date: June 26 2001 at 23:01:43
Name: Lani
Location: New Mexico
How did you find TTM? Surfed in and landed back "home"

Well, I too, am flooded with great memories of everything from the Ma-hu place on Memorial, John French's imitation of Leon at Hale HS c.'72, the KELI station and even old buildings like the Golden Drumstick. I will take this opportunity to thank all you guys out in TV and Radio land who helped to create such a monster of good feelings. I, for one, feel fortunate to have grown up around such a place where music was everyone from Johnnie Lee Wills to Leon and all in-between. All of you made it possible for the talents of such to be heard. My treasured time working at Peaches Records takes me back to the days of some things you've conversed about.

Keep it up and I sure enjoy the site!

I never saw John French do his Leon thing, but I actually do remember hearing about it now.

I noticed the other day that Peaches/Buttons/Blockbuster/Wherehouse has finally closed its doors. I wonder if those cement blocks with handprints of visiting musical acts such as The Fabulous Poodles are still there?

Date: June 25 2001 at 13:52:36
Name: Webmaster
Location: On the Love Rollercoaster
How did you find TTM? While writing Strawberry Letters 23, 24 and 25

I just noticed that KGTO-AM 1050 (the actual station used in Weird Al's "UHF" movie) now has a "Classic Soul" format. It is a welcome addition to the radio landscape in Tulsa...reminds me of the days of KKUL.

Date: June 25 2001 at 08:47:07
Name: Jim Reid
Location: Dallas

George Stewart was a great guy. He was also something very rare.....a management person with a conscience. He lost his job at Channel 8 for sticking up for a co-worker that the ownership wanted to dump. George made life better for everyone he came into contact with. I got to work with him at both Channel 8 and Channel 41. He will be missed.

Date: June 25 2001 at 07:27:03
Name: Sonny Hollingshead
Location: Tulsa

On the passing of George Stewart:

George was a special person with an exceptional ability to listen. He was always available to listen to one's personal and professional problems.

At the time that KGCT-TV 41 folded it's news operation, George was the listening post for those who left and those who stayed behind, many of whom he had worked with at Channel 8.

There's got to be a special place above set aside for George Stewart.

Date: June 25 2001 at 06:46:47
Name: Lowell Burch
Location: 2001: A TV Oddity
How did you find TTM? It is the talk of the town.

While on the subject of SF, I really loved Supercar and Fireball XL5 on Saturday mornings back in the early sixties. When I began exploring the net, I found many others still enjoy those programs. I bring this up because Johnny Lightning, maker of die cast models, has released an edition of Supercar. I found this at Hobby Lobby. Videos of both shows are available over the net and there are some good webpages out there.

Those "Supermarionation" shows of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson were well done and surprisingly accurate from a scientific point of view. Since I'll be visiting Hobby Lobby for frames this week, I'll check it out. To hear the themes of these shows, try the Toon Tracker page, found here on the Other links of interest page.

Date: June 25 2001 at 01:19:36
From the Tulsa World by Ricardo's request

George Stewart STEWART -- George Young , 62, a former Tulsa Pastor, died of a heart attack on Saturday, June 16, 2001 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he had lived since 1996. He was President and CEO of iplan networks, which he helped found. Born March 14, 1939 in Staten Island, NY, George was the youngest of the 3 sons of William and Isabella Young Stewart of Dundee, Scotland and Baltimore, MD.

He received his B.A. from Maryville College, and his M. Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. From 1964-70, he was Associate Pastor of Bower Hill Community Church (United Presbyterian) in Pittsburgh and from 1970-80, served as Pastor of Tulsa's Church of the Advent (United Presbyterian), which founded Tulsa's Street School. He was a member of Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery.

He left pastoral ministry to work in television, first as Assignments Editor and then News Director of KTUL-TV Channel 8, and then as Marketing and Programming Director for Tulsa Cable. He later served as General Manager of the cable system in Santa Fe, NM, and then as Vice President of Scandinavian operations for United Cable Television in Sweden. This led him to a post as Senior Vice President of Operations of TeleWest in the United Kingdom and later to the founding of CableTel in the U. S., dedicated to voice and and video transmission services, and currently operating as CompleTel in France, Germany and the U.K. Before founding and directing iplan, George was Chief Operating Officer of CableVision S.A., Argentina's major cable television MSO.

His life as a clergyman was marked by a profound concern for people on the margins of society, which also characterized the 10-year life and mission of the Church of the Advent. Likewise, as he worked in the telecommunications field he maintained a deep interest in the well-being of all his employees. He was a man of rare compassion, creativity, and wit, whose memory and life are treasured by family and friends all over the world.

He is survived by: his brother, William Morgan Stewart, of Santa Fe; his niece, Allison Stewart Keithley; and nephews, Charles Gordon Stewart and John Allister Stewart of Baltimore; his sister-in-law, Betty Hearne Stewart; great-nieces, Alexandra Elizabeth Stewart, Jessica Morgan Stewart, and Rachel Ann Keithley; and great-nephew, Adam Douglas Keithley, all of Baltimore; and his former wife, Charlotte Cathey Stewart, of Tulsa, who remained a lifelong friend.

The family requests that as George wished, all gifts in his memory be made to Maryville College, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Maryville, TN 37804-5907. A Benediction service and celebration of George's life will be held on Sunday, July 1, at 3 p.m. in Sharp Chapel at The University of Tulsa, followed by a reception in the Sharp Chapel Lounge.

Date: June 25 2001 at 00:59:41
Name: Ricardo
Location: Tussa
How did you find TTM? beneath the broccoli and between the peas

It is with regret that I report the passing of George Stewart, one time reporter for KTUL-TV at the age of 62 from a heart attack. At the time of his passing, George was working to set up a cable network in Venezuela.

George was an ordained Minister, and will be greatly missed by those who knew him, from within and without the television industry.

The official obit was posted Sunday, (today) in the Tulsa World, but unfortunately I do not have a copy of it otherwise I would post it here.

God Speed, George were a truly good man and an inspiration to many.

Just added it above.

Date: June 24 2001 at 20:19:20
Name: Mike Miller
Location: Vienna, VA
How did you find TTM? Ahead of its time.

Several weeks ago, Cinemax ran a documentary about Stanley Kubrick. It was an excellent examination of his terrific films. In it, Woody Allen noted he didn’t care for “2001” when he first saw it, but by the third time, he thought it was a truly great film. I come away with something new each time I view “2001” myself!

“Strangelove” was comic relief to a serious Hollywood’s “Fail-Safe” and “Seven Days in May,” both released in 1964.

The documentary examined all Stanley’s work, including “Paths of Glory,” “Spartacus,” “Lolita,” “Clockwork Orange,” “The Shining,” and “Full Metal Jacket.” I hope Cinemax repeats this program. I believe it may be included in the boxed set of Kubrick movies on DVD.

"Dr. Strangelove" is probably my next favorite movie, followed by "Annie Hall". I saw "Paths of Glory" only a few years ago, and I'm glad I waited. Having worked in the corporate world for awhile, this film made much more sense to me than it would have earlier in my life. Before they were names, Larry Hagman and Walter Matthau starred in "Fail-Safe".

Date: June 24 2001 at 17:38:11
Name: Webmaster
Location: Clavius base, Moon

Tulsa 1968 flyer for '2001: A Space Odyssey'

1968 Tulsa premiere of "2001: A Space Odyssey"

At the Trek Expo yesterday, I had a chance to talk with Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood of "2001: A Space Odyssey", my favorite movie of all time. I saw it first-run at the Fox Theatre in 1968 (here's a photo of the Fox as it appeared in 1966). I certainly didn't foresee that in the actual year 2001, I would be chatting with both Dave and Frank in person.

Keir Dullea likened "2001" to a Rorschach test, or the Mona Lisa; many interpretations are possible, and the movie doesn't foreclose any of them.

We discussed his early 70s Canadian TV series, "The Starlost" (during their presentation, I was the only audience member who had heard of the show). Despite some formidable talent working on the show, the production values, in contrast to "2001", were so low that actors had to move slowly, lest the breeze cause the cardboard sets to sway (the show's creator, SF writer Harlan Ellison, became so disgusted he used his pen name, "Cordwainer Bird", in the credits).

He told another "Starlost" story: Chroma-Key is a technique used in television to place a separately-shot scene behind an actor standing in front of a blue screen. In one episode, a menace was depicted by placing a film of bumble bees behind the actors. The bees were dispatched by blasting a studio fire extinguisher at the blue screen.

Sterling Hayden, memorable as General Ripper in Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove", was once a guest star on the show.

(At about this point in the conversation, James "Scotty" Doohan zipped by us in a golf cart. We waved.)

Hal plays Dave a game of Pentominoes in a deleted scene

HAL 9000 plays Dave a game of Pentominoes in a deleted scene

I asked if they heard from a lot of techie-types. Keir Dullea said that one of the Mir cosmonauts told him that he had gotten into the space program because of "2001". Gary Lockwood noted that "2001" fans tended to "have an IQ".

It was an odd sensation to look directly into the baby-blues that had been used iconically in one of the best films ever.

The demeanor of the actors seemed not far from their "2001" personae: Dullea was open and interested, coming across like a college student; Lockwood was more detached and worldly as in his suntanning scene in "2001".

Tulsan R.A. Jones, who MC'd the proceedings at Trek Expo, has co-written a book with Gary Lockwood: 2001 Memories, which will soon be on the market.

2001 Both gentlemen have aged well...Keir Dullea at 65 looks considerably younger than his makeup toward the end of "2001".

(Arthur C. Clarke, Kubrick's collaborator on the movie, once said that the make-up artists on "2001" may not have won the Oscar, which went to "Planet of the Apes", because the Academy voters didn't realize that the apes were played by actors!)

Incidentally, I heard Clarke speak at the University of Tulsa back in 1969 or 70.

Starbase 21 in Tulsa
2001: A Photo Gallery

Date: June 21 2001 at 18:57:01
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: St. Elizabeth's on the Potomac (it's not...)

Yipes - it's the longest day of the year!

Git away from that TeeVee set and LIVE!

Only 6 the shortest day of the year! Before you know it - it will be TULSA STATE FAIR time again.....

1965 Tulsa State Fair ticket

Date: June 21 2001 at 06:19:20
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: Hazey but nice DC - don't let them turistas into town!

Ah, John...big hearted, big guy who unfortunately had a lot of substance abuse problems. That led to him losing his business.

Where first wife Marilyn is - don't know. Second wife Angie re-married and I think is a draftsman in AR - last heard very happy.

Friend Matt Bunyan bought him out and opened Starship Records which does about twice as much business now. Has a pretty good staff there and pays well.

Since TU owns the land both Starship stores sit on - the future is unclear. Matt Bunyan told us 2 years ago TU was thinking of putting the new TU Bookstore out of the old student union area to where Starship sits! I'm sorry - if he is forced to shut down or move - they would be the last bit of the 70's memories in the neighborhood....

Date: June 20 2001 at 17:01:28
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: 28-Seventeenth-East-11-Teenth

Regretably Honest John Foutz has gone to the big record store in the sky. About 13-14 years ago and it was heart-related. He died too young - in his 30's. But he had worked for Greer's and bought stock originally thru them....

In the early '70's I sat out a tornado with him and his first wife in the hallway of his then house and part store on 11th Street.

This was the same storm that came down the Arkansas and hit the Petroleum Club and Downtown Tulsey.

Later in 1977, after my departure from 6 - I worked a year for him in retail before going back to TV in Amarillo.

Thanks, Mike. What was he like personally?

Date: June 20 2001 at 09:12:37
Name: David Bagsby
Location: Lawrence, KS USA
How did you find TTM? in Greer's parking lot

Here's one I discovered in the school paper here at KU for all you nostalgites:

Where's Honest John when you need him?

People are forever conditioned to listen for the fadeout and "ker-chunk" when they hear an album once owned on 8-track.

Date: June 19 2001 at 17:49:13
Name: Lee Bayley (via email to webmaster)

I wish I had known sooner...but...

We were a very special group of guys at KAKC at one time...I would have taken that staff to KHJ in Boss Angeles and been proud to do so. Other broadcasters have occasionally said that KAKC was the best of the Drake stations...and I attribute that to people like Tom Gordon, Jim Peters, Robert W. Walker, Beau Weaver, Dave Shaw, Dan Stone, Johnny Rivers and others...Guys that were just on the line of going too far...

Date: June 19 2001 at 17:32:39
Name: Lee Bayley (via email to webmaster re the Solid Gold KAKC album mentioned by Billy G. Spradlin in Guestbook 81 and in this one by Lowell Burch on 6/11)

I'm going to amaze you...I have the Big 30 survey dated August 20, 1969 with a picture of Don Bishop, Johnny Laine and Dan Stone with the caption "so heavy it takes three Big 97 jocks to hold it"...of course they were holding the new KAKC Solid Gold album...and at that time if something was awesome it was "heavvvvyyyy". Inside were pictures of all the jocks. The cover was a picture of the Tulsa skyline (which I took on a Polaroid as I did all the pictures we used on the Big 30 survey) and then we reversed polarity to get the effect. I have a couple...and one is still in the wrap. I believe we sold close to 10,000 of them...and it was only available by phone order for a period of two weeks...

Lee Bayley on the KOTV 50th anniversary show, 1999, with the KAKC album

I still have a laminated cover of the album on my office wall...

Thanks for's always fun to go back and dig up pictures and to go through the bunch of Big 30 surveys I saved from that time.

Lee Bayley

Thanks for clearing that up, Lee. The KAKC album is in the background in Lee's picture above from the KOTV's 50th anniversary show in 1999.

Date: June 19 2001 at 17:23:04
Name: Mark Lawrence
Location: Slightly south of hole #14
How did you find TTM? It's on the map, silly.

I noticed the new kid (Mike Collier?) doing the weather on KTUL the other morning and realized I hadn't seen Tuttle lately. His web page doesn't mention anything about why he's not there anymore. I guess we'll have to wait for an update as to where he, his red Porsche and his Gold's Gym membership end up at.

Great site ... interesting to be able to find out what's been happening behind the scenes around here.

"Channel 8 Informant" replied:

My sources tell me that Aaron gave an on-air goodbye while in contract renegotiations with channel 8.

Date: June 18 2001 at 20:36:19
Name: Lowell Burch
Location: America's Most Beautiful City (and I don't mean Pittsburg)
How did you find TTM? The address was tattooed on my wife's left shoulder.

Alan, no doubt you got a great brudder. We sure appreciate him here on the old TTM website.

The 3 Angels Network is Seventh Day Adventist. Now for a little religious study here: The Seventh Day Adventists consider themselves Christian, they are largely vegetarians, and they follow the Old Testament laws, including worship on Saturday, but never on Sunday. Good folk and they make veggie dishes that taste just like meat!

Speaking of the Star Trek convention, I doubt anyone tops ours here in Tulsa. The same goes for our other doins', like the Jazz Festival and the hosting of the U.S. Open. The later was great national coverage for our fair city.

PS Rumor has it that Teddy Jack Eddie is getting ready to do a movie here in conjunction with Rod Slane.

Date: June 18 2001 at 12:50:20
Name: Don Norton
Location: Tulsa, Auto & Ozone Haven

Speaking of new Tulsa signals (KABS, via Internet), there's now a religious broadcaster sitting on Tulsa's television channel 69, 24/7 as the saying goes, I think (haven't stayed with it long enough to see). It's called the 3-Angels Broadcasting Network--but I haven't researched it. It's not on cable, though, it's "over the air."

Good eye. Added K69GO to the list on the Links page.

Date: June 18 2001 at 11:24:13
Name: David W. Reynolds
Location: American Broadcasting School
How did you find TTM? Lovely

I just thought you'd be interested in hearing this...
I'll be doing a special Beatles show Wed. night from 8-10 on Tulsa's newest radio station, KABS ( OK, so it's internet radio. As I always say, "broadcasting from the basement of American Broadcasting School..."

Yes, I've been there a few months and we just recently got hooked up as an internet station. Problem is, our playlist has been restricted to top 40 from the past 6 years with a major emphasis on 'past'. Very little NEW. So, I had to bribe somebody, and voila, they give my airname, Christian Davidson, a special webcast. I'll try to play "Baby It's You" but who wants that techno remix twice?

Anyway, thanks and I hope to see you there! (maybe do an interview on air one night; I'm supposed to be doing interviews at Trek Expo this weekend.)

P.S. Mike, Yahoo did NOT like your e-mail address, so I went this here route...

This here route is a good one. I actually have my email on Yahoo at the moment. is currently forwarded to my Yahoo email address.

Got the MP3 netcast working on both Windows MediaPlayer and Winamp...I believe the newer RealPlayer Basic 8 will handle it, too.

All these media players are free, by the way. See the main page for links to download WMP or RP; Winamp has fewer frills, which can be great for MP3 files, but it doesn't seem to buffer MP3 broadcasts as well as WMP. All have a megalomaniacal wish to become your only player, and will associate themselves with all types of media files if you don't pay attention at install time.

I won some tickets for the Trek Expo, so I'll be there, too. As Uncle Zeb says, "I'll be lookin' for ya!" at the Expo and on the air.

Date: June 18 2001 at 10:12:18
Name: John Hillis
Location: Outer Marker, Runway 19L, Dulles International, cleared for landing
How did you find TTM? It was stuffed in the cup at 18 so the golf ball couldn't go in

Re: "The John Hillis School of Taxidermy, Lapidary, Telephony, Barbecue Preparation and News Broadcastin'"

Actually, Mike left out two of our critical majors: farriering and faith healing.

We stuff DS-1s, put horseshoes on rocks, heal dead animals, call pork shoulders, and put barbeque sauce on scripts.

The College of Farriers in OKC has always been one of my favorite institutions of higher larnin'. Many's the time I considered matriculating, just to have the name on my Curriculum Vitae.

Date: June 16 2001 at 18:58:20
Name: Alan Ransom
Location: America's Most Beautiful City
How did you find TTM? You put it on "my favorites"

Hi, I am the webmaster's brother. If any of the readers out there wonder if Mike is as cool as he seems....yup. I had a motorcycle wreck a little over a year ago and I found out what he's made of. While maintaining this website and another one that updated everyone on my progress, he also put in long shifts at the hospital, held down his job at Sabre, took care of many family matters, and did a great job at all of them. He continues to be an inspiration to my family and me.

Alright, enough sappy stuff, enjoy this website!!

Thanks, probably wasn't so inspirational when I sold that Hershey bar to you at a ripoff price of .50 back in the early 60s.

Date: June 15 2001 at 16:34:37
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: DuhCee
How did you find TTM? On a blurb from the catalog of "The John Hillis School of Taxidermy, Lapidary, Telephony, Barbecue Preparation and News Broadcastin'

I heard Dick Schaan had retired - no idea on John Gurkowski and the others from 6 in the '70's. Yes Wayne Johnson, Chan Allen and (sadly) Buddy Allison are no longer with us but look to album pages on last year's reunion to see more folks. I forget where Bob Morris and Brad McLaughlin are at. Stu Odell is a colorist at Video Post & Transfer in Dallas.

Dick Schaan was a scuba diver, Army Ranger, skydiver and had about 10 other things he could do - but KOTV was his "work home".

I think Dick has 2-3 degrees from TU and either OCU or OU. He majored in Library Science - of all things and at one time had "digs" in Tulsa and OKC so he could go to school there and come back to Tulsa to work at 6!

Date: June 14 2001 at 14:07:17
Name: Roy Byram
Location: Yuma AZ
How did you find TTM? In Mazeppa's Wizard Hat

Tried the alumni page for ECHS. Had an error and couldn't email Mr. Randall [I am really starting to hate MSN!!] Will try later on down the road.

Thanks for correcting my spelling.

I know Chan Allen passed, but how about the rest? The engineering crew from 1970 - 1975?

For the record, I also left KOTV Tulsa for KFMB-TV in San Diego, like so many of the on air talent did. Sun-up was still running in SD and we did week long remotes from SeaWorld.

Date: June 14 2001 at 01:17:35
Name: Roy Byram
Location: Yuma AZ [currently 105 degrees]
How did you find TTM? In Mazeppa's Wizard Hat

Thanks to Lee and the King for the trip down memory lane. Lee, I keep a copy of your rendition of Hoagy's song [D/L'd from this website] on Real Jukebox (hear it on the main Lee & Lionel page...webmaster). If I remember, the crew for the alley show was Ralph Bardgett as director, Dick Schaan as Tech Director, myself as VTR/Film chain tech and an unremembered audio man [Lee, didn't one of Bill Pitcock's cousins work for KOTV for a short while in the engineering dept?]. The phone line for audio for the election night coverage was a true fact. The microwave couldn't handle the bandwidth.

Yes, my dad was one on the chefs at the Mayo, as well as Rolling Hills Country Club with yours truly as his 15 year old assistant chef. Met Mr. Zing and Tuffy there during an appearance. Met Tuffy again, fours later when he joined KOTV as a director, he remembered me, liked my steaks.

Does anyone have info about the East Central HS grad class of 69? A website maybe?

Please support the battered women of America, donate your old cell/PCS phones to Donate-A-Phone via your local RadioShack.


Here is the '69 ECHS page.

The Mayo crest and an ad for the Golden Flame at the Mayo can be seen in Guestbook 78.

Date: June 13 2001 at 10:16:17
Name: Jim Reid
Location: Dallas

During the 77 Open in Tulsa, ABC had set up a spare telco line from Channel 8 directly to ABC New York. This was in the pre-satellite days and they were afraid of the striking techs sabotaging the primary line.

In the middle of Open week, the Locust Grove Girl Scout Murders happened and ABC News used that spare line to feed news stories several times a day.

As one of the only people left at the station that week, I was kept running. It was one of the busiest weeks I've ever had.

Date: June 13 2001 at 09:44:15
Name: Erick
Location: going crazy at 71st and Lewis

Speaking of the Open, south Lewis is a madhouse! I moved to this area just after the last major tournament at Southern Hills in '96, so I never knew what it would be like. General parking is at the Mabee Center, and they're busing everyone up to the course.

Picture it...10 or 20 buses at a time going either direction on already-busy Lewis Avenue. Not a pretty picture. Closer to 61st, every single parking lot is available--providing you want to pay $10 to park there. Even the church across the street from Southern Hills is charging people to park in their lot.

All I can say is, thank goodness we don't live in Augusta.

Date: June 13 2001 at 08:21:46
Name: John Hillis
Location: Washington, humidity city
How did you find TTM? Scrapings from Arnie's spikes outside the clubhouse spelled out the URL

Lessee, what's different from the '77 Southern Hills U.S. Open?

KTUL won't have the problem/opportunity of ABC Techs on strike, as discussed in previous guest books.

KOTV staffers won't have to worry about the Board of Dun and Bradstreet coming to visit on their way from the airport to the course, an event which occasioned Duane Harm's famous newsroom desk-top rant, nor will they have to scour area funeral homes to find limos to drive the New York bigs around.

And Jack Nicklaus' Lear Jet, which Ken Broo dutifully reported had the tail number N1JN won't be on the tarmac at TUL.

Date: June 11 2001 at 21:01:13
Name: Lowell Burch
Location: Hole #7, Southern Hills
How did you find TTM? Some guy named Tiger recommended it.

I just got back from New Orleans and barely escaped Allison! I am still soaking wet but we did hear some decent jazz at Preservation Hall and, of course, ate at Popeye's.

I haven't been able to find my KAKC Solid Gold album, buried among the hundreds of other vinyl discs I own, but it must have been produced c.1966. I'll keep looking.

Since the subject came up, Tulsa's First Christian Church certainly was one of the locations used in Weird Al's UHF (see the bottom of the second "UHF" page on this site...webmaster). It served as the outside of the courthouse where "Noodles" was pushed down on the sidewalk.

Noodles, played by Billy Barty

Date: June 11 2001 at 19:29:40
Name: Steve Dallas
Location: The EverMariner State
How did you find TTM? Most excellent, dude!

Billy, many thanks for the "Zingoistic" pix!

In answer to your question, my father and I briefly discussed Bell's when I called him this weekend. He hadn't heard that Bell's was moving, but that plans were afoot to build another roller coaster in a less crowded section of the park (north end?). It wouldn't replace the Zingo, just give it a younger and bigger companion. Don't carve these words in granite, but that's the word he'd gotten (where from, I didn't think to ask).

Date: June 11 2001 at 18:59:17
Name: Sandra Howell Davenport
Location: Oklahoma City
How did you find TTM? Looking for Mazeppa

I grew up in Tulsa and Broken Arrow in the 60s and 70s, the baby sister of five kids, and I wasn't allowed to stay up late watching scary movies because they gave me nightmares. After our parents went to bed on Saurday nights, somebody usually came and got me and all five of us laid on piles of pillows on the floor in front of the TV and ate huge platters of homemade Veg-O-Matic french fries with bowls of ketchup while we watched Fantastic Theater and the Uncanny Film Festival.

When I was seven, I was supposed to be on the Mr Zing & Tuffy Show with my Brownie troop, but we wound up being on one of the very first Uncle Zeb shows instead. I stuck my finger in my mouth and stared at the floor when it was my turn to say hello to my family and friends. I still do that.

The 8's the Place promo I remember best was the one with a bunch of roller skaters. I didn't see anything about that one.

In junior high school I was in a life skills class where we learned about budgeting, insurance, banking, etc., and we were put into "family" groups with a husband and a wife and children. My "husband" and I decided to be Bob Hower and Beth Rengel, so we needed to know how much money they made so we could make out our budget. I worked up my nerve and called up the studio and spoke to Miss Rengel (probably a staffer, really), who was very nice but wouldn't tell me how much money she made.

My niece visited this weekend and while we watched "The Replacements," I pointed out Gailard Sartain and told her to ask her mother if she remembers Mazeppa. I told her about the show, which got me in a reminiscing mood, and I then I wound up here today. Thanks for a great site; I really enjoyed the past couple of hours.

Thank you for the stories, Sandra.

Date: June 11 2001 at 18:43:07
Name: David Crow

Thanks Erick for the update on Ernie and Jane. I have been totally wondering where they went.

I have another update, Jessica Brown of 2News NBC Pet Project Fame, is currently at KFOR in OKC.

That's all the info I have for now. I may post more as I get it later on.

Date: June 11 2001 at 16:30:04
Name: Don Norton
Location: Tulsa, Auto & Ozone Haven

If anyone's interested, Robert Reitz (Reed), briefly, VERY briefly, a KOTV announcer before he went back to Hollywood to star in "The Defenders" and "The Brady Bunch," is to be profiled tonight (sorry about the short notice) by A & E's Biography at 7 p.m. and ll p.m., CDT (Cox cable 28 in Tulsa).

The producers of this program (I believe) contacted Jerry Pippin of KBIX-AM, Muskogee awhile back, asking for information about Robert Reed, who was from the Muskogee area originally. I passed along what I had, too, which wasn't much. Lee Woodward was Reed's replacement at KOTV. Thanks for another timely heads-up, Don.

Date: June 11 2001 at 14:18:27
Name: Rex Daugherty (via email to webmaster)

Don't know about First Christian Church's involvement in '88 for Weird Al (responding to my query...webmaster). Do have a story about UHF.

I was the KOED, Channel 11 station manager, when Weird Al was shooting the movie in Tulsa. I got OETA to let the UHF crew build a news set in our studio, with the understanding that we could use it after they were through. The carpentry crew spent over a week building the set. When time to shoot, the crew filmed a million different angles of everything. What made it to the big screen was just a tight shot of the anchor -- no set - no nothing.

OETA used the set for a couple of years. Then we chopped it up. I took a small section home and made it into a bookcase for my son. He's quite proud to have part of the UHF set in his bedroom.

Re my comment in the last guestbook, "I wouldn't be surprised if Rex Daugherty is involved with the Williams webcast," Rex added later:

Not part of the Webcast - that's energy side... I'm in the telecomm group that got spun off.

Date: June 11 2001 at 11:07:29
Name: Frank Morrow
Location: Austin. TX

Michael Ransom: Tks for the info on Alexander Scourby. I was very surprised to see how much acting he did in films and TV.

He was narrator/host of many more radio programs than the ones sited on the web page you mentioned. Also, one TV program I didn't spot on the list was a 1961 network show he hosted that gave a revisionist view of the Lincoln assassination. He had put on weight since his Hollywood war movie times.

The web site also listed Scourby as narrating the "Victory at Sea" films. Actually, he narrated only the first one, the rest being performed in an irritating, repetitive style by a guy who couldn't hold a candle to Scourby.

Sadly, good narrators and interpreters of the written word are almost a thing of the past. Maybe Ben Henneke could come out of retirement and teach his speech interpretation class again.

You're welcome, Frank.

Date: June 11 2001 at 11:03:51
Name: Erick
Location: Tulsa
How did you find TTM?  

Regarding KOTV sports director Scott Higgins...he decided not to renew his contract with KOTV about 2 years ago. He is now working in the athletic department at ORU, and does color commentary for radio for their sports teams.

Ernie and Jane of Z 104.5 left Tulsa with their son to take a similar morning job at a station in St. Louis. Not sure if they're still there.

Date: June 11 2001 at 03:34:52
Name: Billy G. Spradlin
Location: Somewhere in East Texas
How did you find TTM? Going 66 MPH on Flyte-Fuel & Trop-Artic!

I have a KMOD Sticker but it's from the early 80's when they were doing the "Long Live Rock Brigade". I believe it was some kind of anti-disco promotion.

Did some more websearching and found 2 nice sites with pictures of Zingo for us out-of-towners. (Check out the panorama at the bottom of this page if your computer has QuickTime and a fast modem...webmaster)

Also I discovered a news story from last year that had information that Bell's might be moving south in a few years...and Zingo may not be going along for the ride! Any new info on this?


A KMOD "Long Live Rock" card can be seen on the second Liquor-by-the-wink page on this site.

Date: June 11 2001 at 00:03:51
Name: Webmaster

Just archived Guestbook 81, a long and diverse one.

David Crow returned to give us some detail on a 1997 low power Tulsa UHF station, KLOT, Channel 25. The topic was introduced by newcomer Bobby Jasan. Both contributed updates on Tulsa TV people. Former KAKC/Dance Party DJ Lee Bayley gave us a new email address.

Another newcomer, Billy G Spradlin, contributed "I rode Zingo" and KELi bumperstickers, and a KAKC jingle from 1975. He also provided links related to Bell's Amusement Park. The Bell's topic was reintroduced by Steve Dallas recalling free rides for A's. Steve also talked about KOKI's "TU23A" logo. Fox employee Charlie Ray updated us on the broadcast center being built from the old Oertle's building. Other new blood in this Guestbook: Randy Lidster, Michael Mayo and Jerry Broderick.

Bill Bowers contributed some photos of the KAKC airplane from around 1947. Carl "Uncle Zeb" Bartholomew told us all about his Channel 8 promo, "A Raft of good George!" We heard from "Eggs at Eight" co-creator Frank Simms' widow, Jeanne. It started with a continuation of a food discussion held over from Guestbook 80.

...not to mention visits from many TTM regulars, and other topics and questions you'll just have to go back and read!

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