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August 24 2010 at 21:43:27
Name: LeeLee Woodward
Topic: Fans & Wells
Email: DaDenDotCom
Comments: Since we have opened a new window on A/C and wells...well, here goes some more.

In the late forties-early fifties, it was not uncommon to see automobiles using a small version of the evaporating coolers. It mounted in the top part of the passenger side window. The car window was then rolled up to a snug position to hold it in place. Expandable side pieces filled the small space at either end.

On the outside, underneath the unit, a bar with a rubber covering was adjusted against the door for support. Just like a tray at Sonic. They worked okay, except that they ran out of water very quickly and had to be refilled.

The downside was, you had to keep moving to make it work as it had no internal fan. So if you had a hot date, she would get even more so unless you kept driving.

When I was at KCNC-AM in Fort Worth in 1953, I read commercials for Clardy Auto Air Conditioning, the first I know of that was the real deal. The compressors were gigantic and weighed a ton. Fortunately in those days, there was a lot of room under the hood. The condensing unit was huge also, and took up most of the cars trunk.

Two holes were cut through the panel between the back seat and the rear window, this was to accommodate two clear plastic tubes that blew the air up into the car. Later factory versions used this same method but extended the duct work clear down the area above the door frames. Much neater.

A sidebar to this early A/C was that the less affluent showed their status by just adding clear plastic pipe in the back window of the junkers, simulating air conditioning. Some even added "Masking Tape" Venitian blinds, imitating the real ones that some who had A/C put in their cars, Pretty funny to see these guys driving around on a 102 degree day with their windows up, sweating like pigs. But to them, in some way, they were cool.

Arlington, Texas had many artesian wells such as Jim Ruddle made note of here in Tulsa. It was wonderful drinking water. Arlington was also famous for having mineral water. This was dispensed right in the dead center of Arlington, in a little Well House by a fellow named Barney Lowery, a town character.

He offered both artesian water and mineral water. People came from miles around to purchase this healing elixir, filling their gallon jugs. I believe it was ten cents a gallon. It was the same kind of mineral water that made Mineral Wells, Texas famous, as did Mary Martin. Of course, the learned city planners looking to the future, ended up scraping all of the original downtown off the map and of course paved over "The Mineral Well."

I knew an attorney who would use nothing but artesian water to make ice with so he could pour his Scotch over it.

More about artesian wells at Wikipedia.

47 August 24 2010 at 17:59:30
Name: Gary ChewGary Chew
Topic: Leo Russell
Email: Northeast of Eden
Comments: Lemme see here, how can I say how so ab-so-freakin'-loot-ly great is what I hear from Leon this afternoon on my PC machine.

"Same Old Song" approaches "This Masquerade" but more up tempo; "Oklahoma Boogie," is the only song I've ever heard Sapulpa used in a lyric; "How Can This Be Love?" doesn't sound anything like "This Can't Be Love; "I Love the Way You Love Me" is so neat in its minor key. And fasten your seat belt for Leon's instrumental burn called "Blind Lemon Cream. Too much Leon, Yip!

46 August 24 2010 at 17:04:12
Name: K. Bolen
Topic: AC in the B.C.
Email: bojoker@att.net
Comments: In the B.C. *before color TV* We had both....

I remember the "Water Cooler" was the size of a Bekin's moving trailer sitting in the front window, chuttering and spitting out "cool air" and other items that would migrate into the water tank. My job was to periodically fill the tank and report any issues with the foam belt that would dip through the water and make its way past the blower motor.

In addition, the "attic fan" was the other way to draw air into the house. During those hot Oklahoma summers, not much really kept you cool...other than inactivity and sitting on a block of ice..however, during those "cooler" fall months, nothing was better than having that attic fan going at night...cool air and that soothing wrrrring of the fan...

45 August 24 2010 at 16:02:01
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: Air conditioning in years past
Comments: Mr. Woodward is quite right in all of his comments with regard to the use and appreciation of evaporative coolers. These units were widely used is homes and businesses for many years. It's intersting to me that some appear to find them "strange" or perhaps from some other planet.

The use of these units was simple, effective and very energy-efficient. A fan pulled air through a water-saturated filter, which was indeed made of "excelsior", as Mr. Woodward mentioned. My family used two of these units in our home on North St.Louis, as well as what what was then called an "attic fan".

This unit was located in our hallway and drew air into the attic via a rather large fan behind a multi-vaned vent. During use, this fan pulled air into every window and door in the house with amazing efficienty.

Yeah, I'm sure that these units didn't keep us as cool and comfy as our air conditioning unit of today, but they did the job until we could visit a resturant with real "air conditioning" or see a movie at one of those theatres with a frosty sign that said "It's Cool Inside".

44 August 24 2010 at 12:39:35
Name: Jim Ruddle
Topic: Artesian well cooling in Brookside
Comments: This isn't really about evaporative coolers in the usual sense. Ask me for names and addresses and I can't comply. I simply don't know. However, back in the late 'twenties or early 'thirties, some enterprising soul in the Brookside area discovered that he had an artesian well in his backyard. It wasn't a gusher, just a flow of cool water. He hooked a hose and pump to the source, ran it through an automobile radiator belted to something like a quarter-horsepower electric motor, put in a rear window, and let the damned thing go.

Apparently, it worked and was the talk of the older (much older) generation that preceded me.

43 August 23 2010 at 19:59:04
Name: Gene Savage
Topic: 14K For A Day... today!
Email: inbox@blacklightradio.com
Comments: http://www.BlackLightRadio.com

Just a reminder to anybody that missed it that we moved 14K For A Day to August 24th, the day 14K launched on KELI, because it turns out they didn't sign off the 17th, they signed off the 16th. *blush* (The 24th is a happier memory, anyway.)

I've interviewed Randy Fuller, Mel Myers, Dave Michaels, Tom Browne, Duncan Payton, Brian Kane, & Kandi Black (Kelley Cash / Kelley Meyers) for the event, and segments from those interviews will air throughout the day.

In addition to airchecks of the station, I'll also be airing promos and sweepers Mel has re-discovered this year on a 14K master production reel.

If you'd like a CD of that production reel, Mel's asking $10 sent to MelMyersProSpots@cox.net via PayPal. That includes your postage.

Also, if you're on Facebook and have any interest in KELI's rich history, you'll want to check out the KELI fan page at http://www.facebook.com/KELIRadioTulsa

14K For A Day will run for 27 hours, starting tonight (8/23) at 11pm. The final hour ("The K-Crew Farewell Pool Party") will air at 11pm tonight, 11am Tuesday 8/24, and to wrap up the show at 1am 8/25. All times central.

42 August 23 2010 at 17:48:49
Name: Lazzaro
Topic: Robbery of the Piccadilly circa 1970
Comments: The story rings a bell for me but no details. I'm curious now though.

41 August 23 2010 at 08:22:50
Name: DolfanBob
Topic: Massad's lingerie shows
Email: DolfanBob@lycos.com
Comments: Lazzaro. What a past blast that picture is. My girlfriend at the time did several of his shows. She was a petite brunette who looked like Valerie Bertinelli (I'm not even lying). I have since lost all those photos of her. Do you still have any more of those pics? I would be very curious to see if she was in some of your pics. Thanks for posting that.

40 August 23 2010 at 08:01:59
Name: Joe Riddle (via email)
Topic: Robbery of the Piccadilly circa 1970
Comments: I want to ask a question to some of the news folks that were around Tulsa in the late 60s - early 70s.

I'm pretty sure this would have been around '70, '71 or '72.

I would like to know if anyone remembers the robbery of the Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Southroads Mall?

As I remember, it was robbed and the manager was kidnapped by the robbers. Later, they found him and I believe he had been shot. He was definitely murdered.

The reason I remember this is because his family lived on my street where I grew up in Brookside and I went to school with his daughters. The daughter that was my age, her name was Doris Bell. She had an older sister Cecilia Bell.

As I remember she was two or three years older. Doris and I were going to school at Holmes Elementary and I was in fourth or fifth grade at the time. Her family moved away shortly after the murder. It was pretty big news at the time, there weren't a lot of murders in Tulsa or kidnappings at that time.

Does anyone remember?

39 August 19 2010 at 13:40:22
Name: Lazzaro (via email)
Topic: Massad's lingerie shows
Comments: There was some mention recently of Massad's closing shop. I thought I had read a comment about Mr. Massad's lingerie shows on TTM (scroll up at above link), but a little investigation reveals it was in the comments section of the Tulsa World story, "Massad's women's clothing store closing after 60 years":

Dr Evil, Tulsa:

I have a couple of fond memories of Mr. Massad and his "Specialty Items".

#1. In the early '80's the band I was playing guitar for got booked to back up one of his Lingerie Shows when the D.J. he normally used got sick. I have to say that was my favorite Gig ever. Playing a loose guitar jam while really Hot Women Parade around in front of you basically naked. All 5 Band Members made $100 bucks cash that night.

#2. That's where my wife's "Honeymoon Lingerie" came from.(If she should ask these two stories are the other way around. LOL)

Live long and prosper Mr. Massad. Your little Specialty Store on 15th. street will be missed.

At any rate, here's a photo from one of the shows on Brookside. Mr. Massad has his arm around the brunette, checking her costume.

Backstage at a Massad's lingerie show

38 August 19 2010 at 09:56:56
Name: LeeLee Woodward
Topic: Evaporative Coolers
Email: AnonDotCom
Comments: Ah Mr. Trout,

Your family suffered from a malady known to many back in the day of "evaporating coolers."

In actual fact, they were quite efficient if set up and run properly. From the routine you describe with your family's unit, I will explain.

First, the unit had to sit on the sunny side of the house as this aided in evaporation. The second thing is that the fan speed should be adjusted according to outside temperature and cloud conditions. A higher fan speed under marginal evaporating conditions created your "swamp" conditions.

Adding the pull of an attic fan further deteriorated the process. This is the same reasoning that the auto-fan control in your car slows down as the inside temperature decreases. If you override the control by putting it on constant high, you return to the swamp. In our home, built in 1893, we had no duct work, so we enjoyed great cooling in the large informal room and this went away the farther downstream to a front room.

I will tell you that many times it could get overly cold and the lowest speed would need to be set. I never recall any high speeds being used and no vibration. Oh! and by the way, the element used inside the three sides that were kept wet by the drip rings was and is, still called "excelsior."

Curtis Mathes tagSome time went by until we owned the first real condensing window A/C units. This was an invention and product of a local in Arlington Texas named Curtis Mathes. This company later got into furniture manufacturing, making the inside part of their window units in beautiful hardwoods, and then elaborate media systems to complement the Mathes TVs.

Today's systems are so proficient, one never need sweat, until a bird puts your power company out of commission.

37 August 17 2010 at 19:21:13
Name: Michael D. Trout
Topic: Swamp coolers
Email: michaeldtrout at earthlink dot net
Comments: My parents bought our house on East Newton Street, in the early 1950s a bit before I was born. The brand-new house had a curious feature attached to the master bedroom's eastern window: a swamp cooler.

Swamp coolerThe now-forgotten swamp cooler might be considered a poor man's air conditioner. This was a few years before air conditioners became generally available to homeowners, and nearly every new house came with a swamp cooler. Many businesses had them too. In those days, a lot of people hadn't even heard of air conditioners.

In appearance, a home swamp cooler was a metal box, about the dimensions of a refrigerator but about half as high, supported on a wooden platform outside the house. Three walls of the box were perforated with horizontal slots. The other wall of the box, nearest the house, had a small section of ductwork connecting the swamp cooler to a window.

The bottom of the metal box was always filled with water, using a system much like the ball float valve system in a toilet tank. Inside of the box, on each of the three sides with the horizontal slots, was an inch-thick pad, made of a mysterious substance something like cork but much less dense. The water system kept these pads always wet. In the center of the box was a large squirrel-cage fan.

When the switch inside the house was turned on, the fan spun, pulling air through the slots into the box. As the air passed through the cork-like material, it used some of its energy to evaporate the water, thus making the air cooler. This cooler (and moister) air was then blown through the ductwork into the house. The principle is roughly the same as when your body cools itself through sweat evaporation, or the large misting fans used on football players on hot days.

My main memory of the swamp cooler is that I hated it. The air coming out of the swamp cooler seemed to be maybe one degree cooler than the air outside, and it was much more humid. The fan seemed as loud as a DC-7 engine, and it vibrated the house nearly as much. When both our swamp cooler and our attic fan were operating, the noise was excruciating. It was an experience just as pleasant as working in a blast furnace in the Amazon jungle in July. It seemed wiser to just go outside and stew in the simmering Tulsa haze.

In hindsight, blasting slightly cooler (but much more humid) air into a Tulsa home in July may seem bizarre. The real problem is that as the humidity goes up, the effectiveness of a swamp cooler goes down. Swamp coolers really work well only in dry places, and northeast Oklahoma's stifling humidity was enough to knock any swamp cooler for a loop. Still, at the time, many thought of Oklahoma as a dry state (I'm speaking of humidity, not of intoxicating beverages).

In the early 1970s I lived in Tucson for four years, in a dormitory with 77 rooms with no air conditioning. It was plenty hot, but we could always retire to the TV and game rooms, each of which was connected to a large swamp cooler. Thanks to Arizona's low humidity, the swamp coolers pumped out air that was almost comfortably cool.

It wasn't too many years before home air conditioners became available, and swamp coolers began rapidly disappearing from Tulsa. Today, we're all hopelessly addicted to the cold air and low humidity produced by air conditioners, even here in upstate New York (ironically where the air conditioner was invented). And our electrical grid is paying the price, as an air conditioner consumes at least four times the electricity of a swamp cooler.

My best swamp cooler story:

One brutally hot Tulsa summer day a bunch of us neighborhood boys were wandering around looking for relief; nobody had swimming pools in those days. As happened often, we started milling around the huge parking lot of the Sheridan Road Baptist Church, ideal for bicycle races. The church was closed every day but Sunday, and on rare occasions we found an open door and wandered inside, just to soak up the cooler air.

In those early years, the church was cooled by an enormous wooden swamp cooler the size of a small house. It must have worked fairly well, as the interior of the church was somewhat comfortable. This day, though, we were looking for water to splash in. I don?t know who suggested it, but we discovered that we could climb inside the giant swamp cooler by squeezing through the lower slot, which was not covered by the cork-like material (which was more than a foot thick).

Inside was a very strange, dark world of cooler temperatures but unforeseen unpleasantries. As in all swamp coolers, the water was slimy with algae and smelled; we splashed around to get cool in the knee-deep water but the thick hunks of slime made it less than fun. Worse was the giant propeller spinning above our heads. It was loud, many times louder than our home swamp coolers, and we had to keep hunched over to avoid being decapitated. The propeller was sucking air into the cooler with great force, depositing a slimy mist on our bodies and creating a strong whirlwind that kicked up green waves in the slimy water. It was impossible to communicate except by screaming directly into someone's ear. We all quickly agreed that we needed to get out of this dark, inhuman cavern of slime and noise.

Our dumbass decision to climb inside the swamp cooler was now complicated by our other miscalculation. It was Sunday morning. Cars were starting to pull into the parking lot and discharge worshipers. Somebody was bound to see us climbing out of the swamp cooler, and who could imagine the divine retribution awaiting our capture?

We waited, hunkered down in the slime, going deaf from the noise of the giant propeller, which seemed to be hoping for a chance to sever a young lad's neck. But Sheridan Road Baptist Church was a big church, and there was seemingly no end to the hordes walking through the parking lot next to our swamp cooler prison.

Eventually one of us, I think it may have been Keith Gifford, could take no more. He began climbing out through the slot, unconcerned for his fate if spotted. Sure enough, folks in their Sunday best stopped in their tracks, jaws agape, pointing in astonishment. But nothing horrible happened to Keith as he eased out of the slot, dropped to the ground, and raced for home.

Without a word the rest of us immediately lunged into a slot. Everyone in the parking lot gasped as a gaggle of filthy, slime-coated boys popped out of every slot in the giant wooden swamp cooler. We tumbled to the ground and followed Keith, ignoring an occasional shouted ?Hey!? and ?What the??

We never returned to the giant swamp cooler; at any rate it wasn't long before the church got air conditioning and the huge wooden box with its evil propeller was demolished. I think it was quite a while before we even risked a bicycle race in the church parking lot.

Another great Trout story! Thanks. Previous swamp cooler discussion in GB 166.

36 August 15 2010 at 23:53:10
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Sad news

From the Tulsa World:

"Robert Wilson of the Gap Band, 'Godfather of bass guitar,' dead at 53".

35 August 15 2010 at 19:49:22
Name: Tulsa Area Music Archives
Topic: TAMA Vol. 5.6 podcast now available.
Email: info at preservemusic dot org
Comments: TAMA Volume 5.6 Podcast now available!
The John LeMay Interview.

In this bonus podcast our special guest is John LeMay, Leon Russell's chief engineer from those halcyon days in the early Seventies when Leon was back in Tulsa, and operating three separate recording studios in the Tulsa area.

John followed a list of other distinguished engineers who worked for Leon, including J.J. Cale, Pete Nicholls, and Steve Ripley. There's a short list I'd put up against anybody else in the recording business!

Available at the following link or via iTunes:


34 August 11 2010 at 10:45:37
Name: Erick
Topic: Fred Norman
Comments: Very sad to hear about the loss of Fred Norman. He did the most with the least during his years at KOCO.

He was the chief there from 1972 until I think 1978 when Wayne Shattuck came to town. Wayne left for Dallas in maybe 1980, Fred was the chief again until Wayne came back to 5 in 1984. After that, I think Fred did the noon news until '87.

I saw an interview with Fred on OETA recently about his time as a pilot in WW2.

33 August 10 2010 at 16:43:11
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Sneak preview of drive-in show
Comments: Coming to your PBS station this fall:

MY GENERATION; This segment features drive-in owners and customers across the country.

(Tulsa Drive-in Theatres on TTM)

32 August 09 2010 at 17:32:18
Name: Lazzaro
Topic: Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs
Comments: Name: Charlie
Topic: Old Pictures

Neat link. Thanks.

31 August 09 2010 at 17:16:53
Name: Mike Miller
Topic: Sam Stewart
Comments: Chandra. Sorry to say I should have mentioned that Sam Stewart passed away a year or two ago.

30 August 09 2010 at 13:16:56
Name: Mike Miller
Topic: Old photos
Comments: The only photos of Bill and Sam that I can think of would be the radio/TV game at Oiler Park. I couldn't find it but I'll bet Mike R or Mike B can find it.

29 August 09 2010 at 10:05:21
Name: Chandra
Topic: Looking for . . .
Email: chanie77@cox.net
Comments: Date: September 15 2002 at 15:39:39
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: Wainy Souf Caryliner
Mike Miller has neat shot of Bill Hyden, Sam Stewart and some other friends from this Summer. Maybe he will send it in for posting.

What is Sam Stewart doing these days???

Mike Bruchas, do you have any way of getting in touch with Regenia Stewart (Sam Stewart's widow)? I am a long lost relative and would like to reach her or her daughter Rae. I am in Omaha, NE and my name is Chandra. She will know who I am if you ask her permission to give me her information.
It would be greatly appreciated!

28 August 09 2010 at 09:34:19
Name: Charlie
Topic: Old Pictures
Comments: I've seen some old Tulsa stuff on here from the Ford collection. I ran across this today. It's a collection of photos taken by the Farm Security Administration/Office of War and are now part of the Library of Congress. Lots of old pictures about the oil companies in the 40's. I found some neat photos by searching Tulsa Okla and Route 66. Thought it was good enough to post about. Enjoy.


27 August 08 2010 at 18:35:17
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Fred Norman from Legacy.com
Comments: Frederick Jack Norman was born on January 25, 1924 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was the son of Violet Gladys and Ernest Leslie Norman.

He died Thursday, August 5, 2010, in Oklahoma City at the age of 86. He grew up in San Francisco, Hawaii, and Seattle.

On July 25, 1953, he married Gwinn Pattee Allenberg, and together they had seven children. Later in life he married Suzy Case.

At age 18 he became a naturalized American citizen and joined the US Army Air Corps. He navigated 35 missions in a B-17 in WWII. He also flew numerous search and rescue missions during the Korean conflict, was a chief meteorologist for the Strategic Air Command, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He graduated with a meteorology degree from Texas A&M in 1962. While working for the National Weather Service in Tampa, Florida, he became a television meteorologist.

He worked as the chief meteorologist for KOCO channel 5 from 1972 to 1987.

26 August 08 2010 at 08:19:29
Name: Tulsa Area Music Archives
Topic: Leon Russell interview on BBC
Email: info at preservemusic dot org
Comments: In case you missed it, here is Leon's appearance on the BBC show Weekend Wogan. Leon performs Delta Lady and Song For You, and they play a track from the new Elton John/Leon Russell duet album, "The Union". A great way to start your Sunday. Running time 18 min.


25 August 07 2010 at 15:47:33
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Fred Norman passes...
Comments: Received this from Jim Rankin on Friday...

"Fred Norman passed away yesterday (Thursday), obit is not online as of yet.

He was 86 and had flown over 30 B17 missions in WWII.

I talked to Ross Dixon 2 weeks ago today and he told me Fred was doing poorly.

Ross and I were at Jerry Wiedenkiller?s memorial service.
Jerry was promotion manager at KOCO in the 60?s and 70?s. Fred and Jerry were certainly two of the more entertaining folks that ever worked at KOCO. Three people from KOCO were present for Jerry?s service. Ross Dixon, Ralph Tyler and myself."...


I personally can remember Harry Volkman visiting Fred at 5 - what a hoot to see these guys talking. I am guessing that Harry is close to Fred's age.

Fred was a character and an inveterate letter write to OKC papers after his retirement.

Don't know if his wife, Susie, is still around - but my condolences to her....

24 August 07 2010 at 10:43:10
Name: Chuck Fullhart
Topic: Radio Online History
Comments: Michael Bates, in his blog, BatesLine.com, has posted a link to Radio's Online History Resource.

Follow the link, and then kick yourself for throwing out the Broadcasting Yearbook after it was a year old. Or just follow the link, and look at the way it used to be back when we had to put gas in the generator to run the transmitter.

Are there still any 250 watt one-lungers in operation?

23 August 05 2010 at 16:25:46
Name: Erick
Topic: Food
Email: ericktul@gmail.com
Comments: Quick food thoughts...

And, as I always, I apologize if any of this has already been mentioned.

Rex Chicken is back. The location is at the NE corner of 111th and Memorial by Starbucks. I haven't made it in yet, but word of mouth is good.

And, let us lower the TTM flag to half mast. The Knotty Pine BBQ restaurant on Charles Page Boulevard was torn down today. A fire destroyed much of the inside of the building months ago, and it has been closed since. The good news is, they will rebuild at the same location.

22 August 04 2010 at 22:38:08
Name: Gary Chew
Topic: Leon 'n' Elton
Email: Northeast of Eden
Comments: Check this out: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2010/07/elton-john-leon-russell-t-bone-burnett-team-for-the-union.html

21 August 04 2010 at 12:39:37
Name: SteveP
Topic: Fantastic Theater
Email: darr-steve@yahoo.com
Comments: The theme music to Fantastic Theater appears on two records that I'm familiar with (I own both). The Tales From The Frightened records (ghost stories narrated by none other than Boris freakin' Karloff) and on the Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan record.

Here's the deal - on the original record, the "theme" is "sped up" - or rather, on the show, and on the "Tales..." records, the song is slowed down - more closely resembling my memories of the tune from Fantastic Theater. Anyway, here is the youtube link to the tune if you want to check it out!

20 August 03 2010 at 14:48:50
Name: Webmaster
Topic: TASM to get space shuttle?

From Boing Boing: "Where space shuttles may retire"... Tulsa?

Thanks once again for all the birthday best wishes. Never had that many before!

19 August 02 2010 at 15:01:58
Name: Jim Ruddle
Topic: Thorpe
Jim Thorpe's remains are interred in Jim Thorpe, PA. The town never had any connection to him, but for a price--paid to his last wife--got the bones and renamed their little burg after him.

And why not? If you lived in a town named Mauch Chunk, PA wouldn't you want to change it?

But if they want an Oklahoma flavor, why not change the name to one of the state's more euphonious monikers, like Gotebo, or Bowlegs, or Strang?

18 August 02 2010 at 13:35:16
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: Happy Birthday, and thanks.......
Comments: Mike, Happy Birthday and many thanks for keeping TTVM alive and well for all of us. I will be 62 on Friday, 8/6/10. It's difficult for me to believe that I was having fun with Jack Campbell at KVOO over 46 years ago... Gee, how time flies. Again, best wishes.

17 August 02 2010 at 01:05:05
Name: Gary Chew
Topic: An All-American
Email: Northeast of Eden
Comments: Will Jim Thorpe be returning to Oklahoma? (CNN)

16 July 30 2010 at 07:16:56
Name: Erick
Topic: 39
Email: ericktul@gmail.com
Comments: I'm a firm believer that you are only as young as you feel. So even though I grew up watching George Tomek and am certain that his true 39th birthday came before I was out of diapers, I appreciate his spirit!

Just kidding, George.

Happy belated 19th, Mike.

15 July 29 2010 at 18:01:43
Name: George Tomek
Topic: Webmaster's Birthday
Comments: Happy belated 39th birthday Mike! I don't know what your age is, but taking a cue from my favorite radio and TV comedian of all time, Jack Benny, I am eternally 39-years-old. Benny always was and, what the you-know-what, you should be, too.

14 July 28 2010 at 22:09:43
Name: Lazzaro
Topic: Master Mike
Comments: •åJghF

As always, thanks for the site and the memories.

Many more.

13 July 28 2010 at 04:38:28
Name: Jan LeMoine
Topic: Happy Belated Birthday
Comments: Mike, I am late to the party (as always), but hope your birthday was wonderful! Cheers to you!

12 July 27 2010 at 08:03:18
Name: DolfanBob
Topic: Belated Birthday
Email: DolfanBob@lycos.com
Comments: See Mike if you werent born on a Sunday, I would have known it was your Birthday.....lol
I'm never on the net on the weekends. So a very Happy all be it Belated Birthday. Keep up the great work on one of my favorite web sites.

11 July 26 2010 at 16:22:57
Name: Mitch Gray
Topic: Birthday Boy
Email: North Of You
Comments: Happy belated birthday wishes for you Mike.

We're at that point in life where our broad minds and narrow waists are changing places!

10 July 25 2010 at 21:14:29
Name: Webmaster
Topic: B-day

Thank you, everyone. I had a great birthday party at the Freeway Cafe with my family. I appreciate your sentiments very much.

9 July 25 2010 at 21:02:04
Name: John K. Young
Topic: Birthday Wishes
Email: johnk662561atyahoodotcom
Comments: Happy Birthday, Mike! :)

8 July 25 2010 at 19:21:58
Name: David Bagsby
Topic: birthday
Comments: Mr. Mike

Happy Birthday! Your present is in locker 35 at Sheridan Lanes.

7 July 25 2010 at 16:05:30
Name: Delmeaux de Gillette du Coffeyville
Topic: Getting Older
Email: Northeast of Eden
Maestro Web Dude: I'm a lousy poet, so I'll let a real poet say it for me on this July 25th, 2010.

"He not busy being born is busy dying." Bob Dylan

You've been a busy boy, MR. GC

6 July 25 2010 at 09:34:04
Name: Mike Miller
Topic: Birthday Greetings
Comments: Happy Birthday, Mike. Keep up the good work. TTM remains the best website. Best wishes from deep in the heart of wrinkle city, Florida.

5 July 25 2010 at 05:10:47
Name: Rose Bowl Bunker Commander
Topic: MR
Comments: Happy birthday to my old friend, Tulsa's #1 Mad Scientist, Mike!

4 July 24 2010 at 21:06:07
Name: Gary Gunter (via e-mail)
Topic: Daniel Schorr remembered....
Comments: Early in my career (1972) I had lunch with Schorr in Youngstown, OH.

I was weekend anchor, he was speaking there and 2 journalists from each affiliate were invited to lunch and chat with him.

Hope I make it to 93 (if I'm feeling good).

3 July 24 2010 at 21:03:15
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Happy Natal Day to our webmeister!
Comments: TTM creator and boy genius, Mike Ransom, turns >>FILL IN THE BLANK<< on 7/25.

Happy birfday and many more!!!

2 July 24 2010 at 14:58:59
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Bowling alley lockers

Bowling Alley Lockers
Courtesy of Lynnola. More Tulsa bowling lore on TTM in GB 130 | GB 274 | Rose Bowl.

1 July 24 2010 at 12:40:08
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Previous GroupBlog link

Archived GroupBlog 313.

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