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November 09 2006 at 10:56:30
Name: Marc Hall
Topic: Bell's
: fox23stormchaser@yahoo.com
Comments: I just sent my email to Mr. Bjorklund. I know it won't do any good, but at least I sent it. I'll paste a copy of it below.

Mr Bjorklund,

As a kid, the ride up from Muskogee seemed to take eternity, but the payoff of finally arriving at Bell's was worth it. The flashing lights, the clicking sound of Zingo climbing the first hill, the smell of corn dogs etc... it would be a great loss for this family tradition to end after a 55 year run. Walking into Bell's is like entering a time capsule and witnessing the way amusement parks used to be, family-owned without the involvement and greed of big companies. There are future generations that should be allowed to have this experience.

Bell's has such a great history in the city of Tulsa, it would be a shame to see it go. I do hope there is something that can be worked out that can keep Bell's at the fairgrounds and keep this part Tulsa's landscape from changing .

Thanks for your time,

Marc Hall

November 09 2006 at 10:32:34
Name: David Bagsby
Topic: 666.5
: dcbatsunflower.com
Comments: Rose Bowl...Tastee Freeze....Bell's...!?! Say it ain't so. Sounds like at least 2 horsemen of the apocalypse are here.

November 09 2006 at 10:11:33
Name: Dana LeMoine
Topic: Bell's Amazement Park
: d4wdw at valornet.com
Comments: Here is the contact info for the person with Bell's future in his hands:

Rick Bjorklund President/CEO rbjorklund@exposquare.com
Main Number: 918-744-1113 Ext. 2050

November 09 2006 at 08:42:02
Name: Charles
Topic: Bell's
: Is there anything that can be done to keep Bell's on the fairgrounds? I can't imagine coming home to Tulsa this Summer and seeing a parking lot there.

November 09 2006 at 05:51:41
Name: Webmaster
Topic: New radio show/electronic art & music
: Stevo Wolfson, whose contribution sparked the first of the Tulsa Counterculture of the 70s pages here, has a new online radio show. His DJing is highly influenced by progressive FM radio (KTBA, KWGS) in Tulsa in the 70s.

Stevo In Yr Stereo, Saturdays 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm on WARP Radio Network, featuring an eclectic blend of alternative, ambient, art rock, avant garde, classic rock, dance, electronic, electronica, experimental, fusion, glam, gothic, house, improvisational, industrial, jazz, kosmische, krautrock, new age, new wave, pop, progressive, psychedelic, punk, rock, space, techno...

Stevo is also an electronic media artist and composer. Check out his intriguing work at sTeVo iN yR sTuDiO.

November 08 2006 at 21:56:07
Name: roy lee
Topic: Bell's
: beerdrunk@cox.net
Comments: Gee, that letter is just a little uh, chilly. I'm glad he's not my landlord.

November 08 2006 at 18:28:35
Name: Marc Hall
Topic: Bell's lease letter
: fox23stormchaser@yahoo.com
Comments: This is a link to the Bell's letter ordering them off of the fairgrounds.

November 08 2006 at 18:24:33
Name: Marc Hall
Topic: Bell's closing
: fox23stormchaser@yahoo.com
Comments: Just saw a breaking story on Channel 2 that said Bell's Amusement Park is closing. They said their lease was up today and the fairgrounds has ordered them to vacate the property within 120 days.

I know there was a rumor a while back that Bell's was moving to Jenks. Do you think this might be their only option now?

I think it could be a good move for them, but it would be sad to see their 50-some year history at the Fairgrounds come to an end. I found a story on KOTV's site. It's all about money.

November 08 2006 at 10:54:20
Name: Frank Morrow
Topic: Tastee-Freez
: frankmor@io.com
Comments: I, too, share the shock at the closing of the Tastee-Freez on 11th near Yale. I regularly went out of my way from the 1940s until yesterday to get one of those great chocolate shakes.

I noticed a strange phenomenon the past few years, though: It was closed on weekends, but open the rest of the week.

Now where can one go to get good shakes? The chains have taken over, destroying the mom 'n' pop places that used to dot the nation's highways.

The Dairy Queen seen in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders" was really a redressed Tastee-Freez at 3242 N. Peoria here in Tulsa.

The Tastee-Freez seen in the movie was near the old Ator Field in Owasso.

November 08 2006 at 00:25:34
Name: Chris King (a former Northsider)
Topic: North Tulsa 1950s photo
: tulsa99telecom[at]sbcglobal[dot]net
Comments: I bought the attached postcard off of eBay of a T. Roy Barnes drugstore near 46th St N and Cincinnati around the early 60s. Pics like this are rare.

T. Roy Barnes drugstore near 46th St N and Cincinnati around the early 60s, courtesy of Chris King.

Inside T. Roy Barnes drugry, courtesy of Chris King.

The T. Roy Barnes Drugry was mentioned on the Erling page.

November 07 2006 at 14:30:21
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Votin' Day/e-biz
: Fox News Channel is really wacky today - reporting stuff that WE aren't seeing happening in No. VA. Funny seeing a story on a crowded poll on the TV in my dentist's office then going to same-seen poll in suburban Fairfax City to vote and it took 90 seconds...But then again if I were from MO I would be taking umbrage - some Fox News reporter there keeping on referring to "chronic dishonesty" in MO elections. And "..it's a very dishonest state.." I never thought so - mebbe he "ain't local"...

Someone once said - "Vote Early and Vote Often!"

November 07 2006 at 12:36:06
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Past election photos

Mike Miller on the KVOO-TV election set, 1964

1958 KVOO set with J. Howard Edmondson

Excerpt from Tulsa World article "Jingle helps make Edmondson governor" by Gene Curtis, 11/6/2006:

"'E-D-M-O-N-D-S-O-N spells Edmondson.
"He's the man we need for our governor...'

"Sung to the tune of 'Harrigan' by George M. Cohan, the ditty was one of two from that year's Gridiron that raked the red-haired prosecutor over the coals. He borrowed the ditty, had new words written and borrowed Bill Hyden, who had played Edmondson in the Gridiron, to sing it."

David Hall preparing to do a TV commercial, 1970.

Former Governor David Hall today

November 07 2006 at 09:55:07
Name: Kay Herron
Topic: Lakeview Amusement Park
: Love this site, it really brings back memories.

If anyone has pictures of the old Lakeview Amusement Park that was near Mohawk Park, it would be wonderful to see them posted on the site. I remember taking my kids there probably during the late 60s or early 70s. I don't know for sure when it closed.

I think someone out there has pix of Lakeview. I'll post them when I get them. I haven't had any luck on eBay to date. But I did find one at Tulsa County OK.

November 06 2006 at 16:14:12
Name: Steve Bagsby
Topic: Say it isn't so!
: I went by the old Tastee-Freez at 11th & Yale today and it's closed and up for sale.....AAAGH!...AAAAAAGH!!.....AAAAAGH!!! Oh well, I guess Hank's gets all my business now.

November 05 2006 at 09:38:09
Name: Penni Collins-Shelton
Topic: Italian Inn owner on KOTV Monday noon, Nov 6
: penniashelton[at]yahoo[dot]com

I stumbled upon your site while I was researching info about the Italian Inn Restaurant.

Back in February (near the top of GB 205), there were a number of folks who were chatting about the old place, and I wanted to let you know that my aunt, Betty Funston Collins (the owner) has just released a cookbook (Once Upon a Table; see Tulsa World story, Former Italian Inn owner reveals dip recipe) with all of the recipes from the restaurant.

She will be on Channel 6, Monday, Nov. 6th, cooking and speaking with Glenda Silvey on the noon show.

I also wondered if you have any other tidbits on this blog regarding the restaurant.

The Italian Inn is the setting for a couple of pix on the Johnny Martin page (note the latticework behind him).

The Chianti Club was located inside the Italian Inn. See the membership card on the More liquor-by-the-wink club cards page.

The book is available at Steve's Sundry, Books & Magazines and the Blue Heron Mercantile antique shop in Jenks.

November 03 2006 at 20:30:34
Name: John Hillis
Topic: Hitchcock Bagsby

Quite a one-day wonder movie. If nothing else, the sound track could be leased out to all the candidates for background music in their negative ads.

November 03 2006 at 12:20:44
Name: David Coy
Topic: Pizza Buffet
: dcoy@trekdirect.com
Comments: One of my favorite memories is of me and my friends, while attending Memorial High School, going for lunch to Shotgun Sam's Pizza (circa 1980-1983).

Shotgun Sam's was on 51st just west of Yale. Going on Friday nights after the football games was also mandatory, but it was the "all you can eat" pizza lunch buffet that made us go crazy. As you can imagaine when you get 5 or 6 ravenous teenage guys together and offer them "all you can eat", it's no small wonder that they went out of business. The pizza wasn't anything to brag about, but what we lacked for in quality, we more than made for in quantity.

Other pizza favorites were Mondo's on 61st between Peoria and Riverside, Godfather's (both 46th & Peoria and the one on Sheridan or Memorial about 41st), and the Mazzio's at 51st and Sheridan. And who can forget satisfying the late night beer munchies with a visit to the Taco Mayo on 71st for super cheap bean burritos?

November 03 2006 at 10:32:28
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Frankoma Tiki Mug
: If you have $700+ burning a hole in your pocket, here's an eBay item up for grabs: Club Trade Winds Frankoma Tiki War God Mug.

More about this line on the The Polynesian Trade Winds Items page.

November 02 2006 at 17:25:28
Name: David Bagsby
Topic: Halloween
: dcbatsunflower.com
Comments: Just returned from Boston and was able to take a ferry to Salem for Halloween. Must be a town law to dress up for everyone there was. Didn't see a beer vending machine though, only mead. Also, I took 5th place in a 'Make a horror film in 48 hours' contest in Kansas City. I'm trying to figure out how to get it on YouTube so I'll keep you posted. Plug off.

Presenting: "The Dungeon of Tension"

November 02 2006 at 14:33:13
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Jim Giles retires + the passage of time
: Wait...wait...wait - does this mean Dr. Woodward has been off the air 25 years now? To some of us THE KING was just on "the other night on 6". Scary, ain't it.

So if my name was Griffin or I ran 6 - I would bring back Dr. Woodward and the THE KING as special correspondents or ratings draws for "sweeps".

You have an astonishingly good idea there, Doctor (since we are conferring honorifics so generously).

November 02 2006 at 10:22:24
Name: Dan
Topic: Permission to use Sartain art
: mediabeing@yahoo.com
Comments: Howdy from Houston Tx!

I'm a transplanted Tulsan, now living in Houston, TX.

I'm wanting to get an official okie dokey to use a tiny piece of Sartain art on T shirts. I want to use the art from a MAZEPPA FAN CLUB membership card.

I was indeed a member. My membership card is dated 8/23/70.

I'd attach its image if this site were set up for it. Oh well. Can you point me in the right direction?

You should check with Mazeppa.com to get the OK.

The Uncola card can be seen on the Banner page here.

November 02 2006 at 09:37:46
Name: Erick
Topic: Jim Giles
: ericktul@yahoo.com
Comments: Last night, Jim Giles announced his retirement after 25 years as chief meteorologist at KOTV. His last broadcast will be on November 22nd.

November 02 2006 at 07:56:18
Name: Webmaster
Topic: New pics
: I just added a couple of new photos sent by John Hillis to illustrate his entry below.

November 02 2006 at 03:14:26
Name: david a burdick
Topic: old friends
: davidaburdick@bluebottle.com
Comments: hey i am trying to find some old musicians and friends. if anyone knows where i can find anyone of the following people or members of these bands, i'd like to hear from them. i can't find em on the web or myspace. some of those old bands tunes need to be resurrected and preserved.

sandra barnett-food chain
anthony bookout-new mysterians
dave barber-dave barber band
tony mills-mad daddies
micheal steed-square force
andy cravello-the stand
mitch boulanger-the stand
scott miller-the insects
crazy dave-the uh ohs

or basically any of the old school new wave punk bands that started the whole tulsa scene.
you can find me here: http://www.myspace.com/davidaburdick
or here: http://p087.ezboard.com/bmusiciansandfans
my last bands website is here: http://www.freewebs.com/sinstailor/

November 01 2006 at 22:58:55
Name: Lowell Burch
Topic: Glenn Miller
: Transylvania 6-5000
Comments: One evening Ralph Blane held audience in his home in B.A. as he reminisced about his days with Glenn Miller. He told us that, during the war, The Modernaires would go out to sing in the stix with whatever band they could scrape up, just like Mike mentioned. They usually had only an afternoon to practice for a performance.

Ralph told us of one time when they spent all day sweating bullets working with a very amateur group of local musicians, all mechanics from the aircraft plant. He said it was tough but they finally got ready for the evening concert.

That night as the curtain went up, Ralph was ready to start the first number. He looked at the band to give the down beat when he realized that he did not recognize even one face in the group. "Where is the band?" he asked, "You know, the guys that were here at rehearsal today?" One of the musicians answered, "Oh, those guys work the night shift. We work the day shift so we came to play in their place."

Troopers that they were, The Modernaires sang anyway, despite it all.

November 01 2006 at 17:31:46
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Touring big bands
: My oldest friend teaches at VA Tech and runs 3 local bands, an OktoberFest show that tours, and directs 3 community bands. He never has a real vacation - but you work to make dinero. He does "pit work" and contract/pick-up work as a trombonist for many of the famed Big Bands when they come to So. Virginia and WV to play places like The Homestead and The Greenbrier. Says sadly often the bands of name hire less-than-stellar players to sit in and fill ranks when in the sticks. Sometimes only a brief rehearsal if at all - you need to be able to sight-read charts well!

But also surprisingly many old Tommy Dorsey or other retired players now living in the more bucolic areas of VA get these gigs and it CAN be a great show. Ya takes yer chances - he says...

November 01 2006 at 08:07:01
Name: Lowell Burch
Topic: Neewollah
: I have no beer stories but, unless I am mistaken, Jim Halsey actually started Neewollah. As I understand it, he did so to provide a venue for the bands he was handling at the time, usually swing bands.

When I needed a job in college, a friend of mine reminded me of William Holden's closing remark in the movie "Picnic". Holden said he was going to Tulsa because he could "always get a job at the Mayo". I checked it out, got a job there and worked part-time for a semester in their celebrity-frequented coffee shop.

I won free tickets to one of those fests in 1984. An incarnation of the Glenn Miller Orchestra was featured, but at that time, at least, they lacked the verve I was expecting. I believe the outfit plays Branson regularly now.

November 01 2006 at 01:56:06
Name: roy lee
Topic: Independence, KS
: beerdrunk@cox.net
Comments: Way back when I was heavily into short road trips for no particular reason, I took a trip to Independence, KS. It just happened to be Neewollah parade day. We were too early, but there was a band playing and pony rides going on. It was a small fun carnival scene. We went to the local bar and left before it got wild. Strange to be there by accident. That bar was on Main St. and wasn't bad at all. We should have stayed.

October 31 2006 at 22:47:12
Name: Gary Chew
Topic: Kansas Halloween Celebrations
: Just SW of the Donner Party Family Grill

In response to Brother Bruchas, I'm reminded of the Neewollah celebration that occurs in William Inge's play, "Picnic." It allowed us to see (in the film) Kim Novak (in her pretty, pink, lowcut dress) seductively dancing and putting the moves on William Holden at a Neewollah bash. That scene was shot in a park in Halstead, KS, which is just a bit north and slightly west of Wichita.

Other scenes in that great 50s movie were shot near the big, tall grain elevators east of Hutchinson, and the house where Kim lives with her mom and little sister, was in a neighborhood in Nickerson, KS.

To make this post more relevant, everyone who holds strong memories of this film will recall that the place Holden is going, as he hops a freight headed south and east, is called Tulsa...and he is getting a job a hotel called The Mayo.

One more bit of Kansas Halloween trivia: Arkansas City, where I went to elementary, junior and one year of high school, has a celebration at the end of October called Arkalahlah.

Unfortunately, we were never able to get Kim Novak to come and dance for us while I lived there.

Delmeaux de Gillette du Coffeyville

October 31 2006 at 21:03:36
Name: Dave
Topic: More beer
: Memo to Lee Woodward: More on home beer brewing from a couple of fellows in Northwest Arkansas, one of whom combined the resources of his video production company with his home brewing knowledge to come up with an abundance of podcasts on the subject at the Basic Brewing Radio blog.

October 31 2006 at 20:59:08
Name: John Hillis
Topic: Boo or Broo or Brew

I take sick for a few days and the talk turns to beer. Dang. Well, better late than never?

Coors sponsored the Thursday night 10 o'clock news on KOTV. I remember in my growing up, observing that Coors did that on a lot of local newses where they were distributed, as this was long before Coors went national. I don't remember any other beer sponsors of newscasts--maybe Budweiser occasionally for a sportscast.

Having grown up in New Orleans, home of Jax, the Nichols-May cartoon spots were legendary. Nash Roberts, the weatherman of whom it's said is better at hurricanes with a piece of paper and a marker than a roomful of SuperDuper Doppler6000s, always did his break toss, "and let's see what the message from Jax is tonight."

Nash Roberts, courtesy of John Hillis
Nash Roberts, courtesy of John Hillis

Dr. Daddy-O, courtesy of John HillisJax jumped on TV early, and did a lot of innovative marketing, including sponsoring the first black disc jockey in N.O., Dr. Daddy-O with a program named "Jivin' with Jax." In the late 60s, the brewery's commercials took note of the beer's founding family, the Fabachers, and its namesake, Andrew Jackson, whose statue lived across the street from the brewery in Jackson Square, with a clever series featuring an "Andrew Fabacher," who bore a resemblance to the guy on the $20 bill. If only the beer had been as good as the marketing.

Ultimately, the brewery gave up, sold out to Pearl in San Antonio, and the brewery building became one of those turista-malls.

I still remember Regal Premium, Dixie 45, and Falstaff, all brewed locally, and the pocketbook candidate, Hanley, which sold at fine filling stations everywhere for something like 89 cents a six-pack. For less than a five, you could fill the tank and pick up enough brew for the party, especially since it tasted so awful that nobody drank much more than one.

I also remember getting a taste of Oly in my Oklahoma days, perhaps as a result of one of Bruchas's runs to Kansas. It was superior, and my favorite until I had my first Anchor Steam some years later.

Number One Son now lives in Japan, but is a fan of Guinness, so all the Kirin and Sapporo is lost on him. His sister was amused when we visited to see the beer vending machines on the streets.

Photo by Kevin Chambers Bread and Calpis: hot combo in Tokyo, 1990. Photo by Mike Ransom

The webmaster selects a beer in Tokyo, 1990. But on a cold day, why not a bottle of steamin' hot Calpis?

The beer vending machines caught my eye, too, as you can see above.

I didn't realize Nichols and May were behind those Jax commercials. A good example from BestOfNewOrleans.com:

An elephant saunters into a barroom and asks if they serve elephants. No problem, assures the bartender. Then the elephant reads from a piece of paper. "It says here that I drink Jax. Mellow-bright-clear-and-light-premium brewed-from-100-percent-natural-ingredients-and-once-you've-tried-it-you'll-never-again-be-satisfied-with-any-other-beer. Do you have that?" She serves him the Jax. Then she asks why he seems upset, and he explains his embarrassing problem -- being an elephant with a really bad memory. The sympathetic bartender inquires, "How long have you had this problem?" The elephant pauses, reflects, and answers, "What problem?"

October 31 2006 at 18:12:55
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Halloween or Neewollah?
: P.I.T.T. in Tulsa and I am digitizing hours of "cat psychic" videos tonight. Yep it must be Halloween.

Can Dr. Chew or anyone talk a about Neewollah up in Kansas here? Wasn't it part of the movie, "Picnic"? Folks from KOCO who grew up in that part of KS used to go up every year for it!

October 31 2006 at 15:49:02
Name: David Batterson
Topic: P.I.T.T.
: davidbat(at)yahoo(dot)com
Comments: In the interest of sanity and intelligence in an increasingly pseudo-science world, the wise person who can disarm PITT in about 5 minutes is magician and debunker/ghostbuster James Randi.

Randi has seen it all, and nobody has ever been able to prove any kind of psychic powers to him in spite of a $1 million prize he offers.

I'm a big fan of Randi, too. If PITT has the evidence, maybe they should go for the dough, as Gary Chew might say.

October 31 2006 at 14:44:50
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Happy Halloween, ya'all...
: Git yer flashlights out and go tip over cows and if you can find any left - outhouses!

Please DO t.p. Jim Inhofe's home or Grand Lake place for me!

October 31 2006 at 00:16:41
Name: Gary Chew
Topic: Gary ChewJust In Time for Halloween
: Just SW of the Donner Party Family Grill

I was running the cable channels in my flat here in Sacramento last night and came up on a program on the WE Original Channel, I think it's called. The show was titled "Ghost Moms." The program chronicled the efforts of P.I.T.T., which stands for Paranormal Investigation Team of Tulsa. You may want to re-read the preceding sentence a couple of times.

Since Tulsa was where the video was shot (in October 2005), I watched. Obviously, I didn't have a whole lot on my social calendar for last night.

There were about 7 or 8 people, none of whom I knew, from Tulsa and, I think, Broken Arrow, who go into buildings and houses in the middle of the night with all kinds of electronic equipment and monitor various things to see if the places are haunted. You may want to read THIS sentence a couple of times, as well.

I don't want to take up too much space with this, but the kicker is that the group is shown doing their ghost checking of an old building up in Pawhuska and, now get this, the Thomas Gilcrease home. They say more than once that the ghost of old Tom roams the mansion.

It sounds like something Jim Millaway (as Mr. Mystery) would be talking about on the Mazeppa Show. Of course, Mr. Mystery would be having a big laugh about it all ... just like I was last night.

Anybody who surfs here heard of, or a member of P.I.T.T.?

Delmeaux de Gillette du Coffeyville

PITT previously investigated the Cain's Ballroom with the FOX23 News Team, mentioned on the 1st Club Card page.

We heard from PITT founder Teri French in GB 170.

October 30 2006 at 23:16:52
Name: Rick Brashear
Topic: Cheap beer.
: Lee Woodward brought to mind something I said yesterday to my wife.

In the late 60s and early 70s, there was a Taco Hut on Brookside. The tacos were five for a dollar and the beer pitchers were 75-cents. Well, for us poor schmucks with only $2 in our pocket, that was a great lunch! We would get the five tacos and a pitcher, each. Sure, we were under age, but they didn't care.

Ah...the days of bikers, hippies, free concerts and cheap beer.

October 30 2006 at 16:50:19
Name: Don "Darren" Marvin
Topic: Don Marvin, Kids Korral, Channel Six
: funkylittlebooger[at]hotmail[dot]com
Comments: My name is Darren Marvin, son of Don Marvin, I live in Oklahoma City.

I recently saw this web site. Noticed my father's picture on the Other kiddie shows area. I have that same picture as well as others with George Reeves. My mother was LoRene Washburn Marvin, she was Miss Oklahoma 1954, I believe.

She went to school at Tulsa U with John Chick, always talked about him, being in school plays and such. My parents met at Channel Six in the fifties, my father told me about his kids show, being announcer, salesman, whatever, meeting my mom at Channel Six.

My mother's father was Sheldon Washburn, started first Dr. Pepper bottling plant in Tulsa, north of downtown.

Thank you for paying respect to my father, also great web site.

Thanks, Darren, and it's our pleasure. Frank Morrow mentioned your mom in GB 23.

October 30 2006 at 16:01:36
Name: Dana LeMoine
Topic: Brew or Broo
: d4wdwatvalornet.com
Comments: With all of this talk about beer, it seems like an appropriate time for Ken Broo to check in...

October 30 2006 at 14:43:13
Name: Lee Woodward
Topic: Beer
: The previous blog's offerings on the ancient art of brewing reminded me of what a beer cost me when I reached "bar age." Twenty five cents. Now, at almost any restaurant, it's two fifty a glass and for a big one (like a "Brutus" at Applebee's,) four-fifty. I'm sure there are snob bars that exceed that by a quantum.

In the 60s, I was introduced to "Home Brew" by a friend (Duvall Webster) who was a biggy in accounting with Sunray DX Oil Company. He had a great and simple recipe for a beer that tested out at about five or six percent alcohol. One of these beers would usually satisfy and two would be my max! He warned me not to use the throw-away bottles for bottling. I ignored his admonitions and suffered the consequences as the contents of two cases exploded and ran down the stairs of my constant seventy degree basement staircase.

The only thing I didn't like about home brew was being careful not to let the sediment into your glass (beer is not beer...until poured) when pouring.

Like anything that is consumed by humans, beer taste is in the eye and the background of the besotted. I think for me, some of the best beer I ever drank was from the brewery-restaurant that used to be out past 71st Street and Memorial.

In our upcoming election, we may now be able to vote out the ridiculous law that keeps Oklahomans from being drunked-up by scheming politicians for their vote on election day. Why we have not been able to void the insanity of 3.2 beer (except in liquor stores) is beyond me.

As to grocery store beer? I have found to my liking, a new brew out of Fort Worth, Texas. It is called a High Gravity Lager, brewed a minimum of twenty eight days. Made by the Steel Brewing Company. (hdqtrs: Milwaukee, WI.) It's called STEEL Reserve. Its logo is the medieval mark for Steel...211.

By the way...the old Colony Club on South Harvard has been reopened, cleaned up and back in bidnezz. It now has a big British flag logo out front. I have not been in to check it out...but will.

October 28 2006 at 22:13:13
Name: David Batterson
Email: davidbat(at)yahoo(dot)com
Comments: So as not to forget our friends to the North, here's a old Canadian beer commercial. I never heard of it, though.

October 28 2006 at 11:59:18
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Previous GroupBlog summary
: Archived GroupBlog 223, where...

We just held a retro-beerfest: Jim Ruddle shared a lot of good info about 1930s/40s/50s beers in Tulsa. We saw an hour-long online film of 50s/60s TV beer commercials, and a 1970 beer-selling training film for convenience store workers. And don't forget that case of Schlitz in a Plymouth, buried in downtown Tulsa in 1957, due to be unearthed next year.

Other new video linked from GB 223: 50s/60s intermission trailers and movie previews, plus one new preview of a non-existent movie.

Judy McCurdy of Broken Arrow won $90,000 for submitting the Golden Driller as the Cottonelle Puppy's 10th quirky destination---and we helped! Biopsy Playhouse, a Tulsa-based TV/web production, got a national deal.

James C. Leake III paid us a visit, as did former KRAV DJ Michael Hardeman.

There are other interesting topics awaiting your discovery in GroupBlog 223.

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