November 13 2009 at 22:51:14 Name: Jim Reid Topic: Grandparents in
WWI Comments: My grandpa, Francis Reid, was a cook on the U.S.S.
Lake Mary, a collier (coal ship). He and his brother J.C. joined up together
and were sent to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station near Chicago for
basic training. Grandpa got through OK, but uncle J.C. was hit by the big
influenza epidemic and died there in Chicago.
Grandpa's ship was one of the first to dock in Germany after the armistice
was signed. He went ashore with all sorts of trading material and came back
with a pistol, a framed picture of the Kaiser, a pointy-topped officer's
helmet and tons of other souvenirs.
I used to spend hours going through all the foreign postcards and money he
brought back. He had divided up all this stuff and his coin collection so
the grandkids would all get some of it after he was gone. Two years before
he died, someone broke in and stole everything. At least I still have the
pointy-topped officer's helmet.
November 13 2009 at 22:08:27 Name: Webmaster Topic: "Pirate Radio" podcast with Gary
Gary Chew discusses the new movie he just reviewed,
"Pirate Radio", with Peter B.
Collins on PBC
Podcast #66. Gary comes on at 1:16:00 into the show.
November 13 2009 at 20:20:13 Name: Beverly Topic: Phillip
Sumner Comments: Loved the pictures! Thanks for sharing.
November 13 2009 at 14:25:25 Name: Lazzaro Topic: re: Phillip Sumner's Rumble Fish
redux Comments: Excellent. I love this kind of thing.
Mr. Coppola stopped in for lunch at my then place of employment during the
shooting of Rumble Fish and was given a tutorial in the new-fangled video
poker machine perched on the bar. He seemed to take right to it. I think
his meal got cold and another drop in the bucket of production budget over-run
November 13 2009 at 09:30:56 Name: DolfanBob Topic: Leon Email: DolfanBob@lycos.com Comments: Mr. Chew.
What a Kuh-Winky Dink
you mentioned Leon. I just got to work and logged on, and by chance I am
wearing my Master of Space and Time shirt that I bought at his concert at
the Riverwalk in Jenks a couple of years back.
I do not know if the Urban Tulsa is online to read or not, but if it is you
need to read this week's
about his Church studio and all the greats that were there and where
the studio is headed now with new owners. It is a great read.
Sorry you missed him last night but he shows no signs of slowing down.
November 12 2009 at 23:07:06 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Russell Bridges In Sac
Tonight Comments: Just got a call from a booker of musicians here
in Sacramento a little bit ago. She left me a message saying some upstart
rocker guy named Leon Russell was holding forth this evening at Harlow's
downtown starting at 9.
I wish I'd've known 'bout this earlier so I could've done some napping ahead
of time and be able check out this Master of Space and Time from Tulsa and
see if he's got any music moxie. It be almost past my bedtime by 9 bells.
Alas, Leon probably gets to sleep in on the bus.
November 12 2009 at 18:32:53 Name: Phillip Sumner Topic: Rumble Fish Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Hey all, I am a long time lurker here. Partially
inspired by "The Outsiders" page on TTM, I set
out to take some "then and now" pictures from "Rumble Fish".
November 12 2009 at 02:28:23 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Thanks, Scotty
Comstock! Comments: Now if you only had a working Ampex ACR for me (TV
humor of another decade; Ampex made BETTER TV cart machines than RCA ever
Are you in Tulsa, OKC or elsewhere these days?
November 12 2009 at 02:10:55 Name: Scotty Comstock Topic: THE WAY WE GET BY Email:
scottycomstockatahoodotcom Comments: THE WAY WE GET BY; Next airing: 11.12.09 8pm OETA
November 12 2009 at 00:29:44 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: Gary Chew's Game Email: wilhelmurg at yahoo dot
com Comments: I would love to play but this one's too easy. I
take it you mean the famous cover of "Louie Louie," not the original version
by Richard Berry. It's actually one of the most covered songs in rock music.
Rhino Records, back when they were still owned by Branson and Foo, put out
a BEST OF LOUIE LOUIE Vol. 1 but I don't think any other volumes followed.
I know they claimed to have found over 100 versions of the song (like 188,
if I remember correctly). The album featured a hardcore version by Black
Flag and an EZ listening version by The Sand Pipers. I have the famous Patti
Smith Band bootleg where she sings The Velvet Underground's "Pale Blues Eyes"
and then effortlessly segues into "Louie Louie." Iggy pop always sings the
set with the imagined dirty lyrics that started the FBI investigation into
the lyrics in the early 1960s - it was found to be unintelligible at any
My problem has always been whenever I play it on guitar, it magically turns
into "Wild Thing."
November 11 2009 at 22:08:35 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: PBS POV Series offering - THE WAY WE
Comments: Am not sure if OETA or KRSC-TV carry the POV series,
but if they do, take time to watch this documentary about the Bangor, ME
airport troop greeters.
It started airing nationally on PBS today, 11/11/09, and also has had some
theatrical showings. I saw it and met the husband wife director and producer
team earlier this fall.
November 11 2009 at 20:57:58 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Blasts from the Past Comments: Surfing the shops today, literally, at Sacramento's
Arden Fair Mall (Mall: a collapsed main street under one roof where crazy
people do target practice on fellow shoppers), I fell by my fave,
quasi-old-fashioned burger joint, Johnny Rocket's, for some lunch.
As I've waved-off on burgers since E. Coli came on the scene with such frequency,
I now make it a grilled chicken breastwich with fries and iced tea sweetened
with phony sugar. Gotta watch them blood sugars, too.
While sinking my teeth into Johnny's expensive, but tasty meal, someone in
the joint monied-up the jukebox. And, oh did the memories begin gushing out
of the speakers in the ceiling!
Would you believe(?): Louie, Louie, Runaway, Leader of the Pack, Duke of
Earl and probably the most relevant smash hit on today's Oldies But Goodies
list: Get A Job!
I'm recusing myself and Scooter (Scott) Segraves from this little test (for
obvious reasons)...but who else can, "the sooner-the-quicker" come through
with all five names of those who did these monster Blasts from the Past?
You have to be an old bastard to play this audio game.
Ready...set...go. No looking on your neighbor's 'puter.
Winner receives a free subscription to Mike Ransom's famous TV/Radio Mems
Website we all know and love.
November 11 2009 at 14:59:35 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: THE GREAT WAR on Veterans Day 2009
Comments: How many of you had parents, family or grandparents
who served in World War I?
My late grandfather William Marvin Emmons did. From Arkansas. I have a
pic of him at
Fort Dix, NJ. He was later gassed during fighting in Europe and it shortened
his adult life after the war. Not a drunk but whiskey and long hot baths
soothed the pain, my late Mom said. He passed about 12 years before I was
My other granddad, Joe Bruchas and his brother Anton (Tony) had deferments
as they made "ambulance baskets" in Chicago for the war effort. (Thanks to
Don Lundy for finding copies on-line of their deferments!)
It's tough to fathom that so many people died of influenza then, too, including
many doughboys who never made it to Europe OR survived the War to catch the
killer flu in Europe or on their return home.
November 11 2009 at 14:32:25 Name: Tulsa Area Music Archives Topic: TAMA Veterans Day Tribute Email: info at preservemusic dot
org Comments: The TAMA Staff has put together a short music tribute
in memory of our friend/missing Navy pilot Lt. Joe Houston, our veterans,
and their families. We appreciate their sacrifices and their service!
November 11 2009 at 12:25:26 Name: Joe Sonderman Topic: Chicken 66 Email: stlrt66 at aol dot com Comments: I have a great old postcard from "Chicken 66" in
Tulsa. A photo from the Beryl Ford collection puts it at Southwest and Quanah.
Does anyone have any information about the history of this place? Also, where
was Southwest and Quanah? I know Quanah became Southwest in the 50s, but
where did they meet?
A colleague of mine has some of the answers, I believe. I'll check with
November 11 2009 at 09:06:27 Name: Teb Blackwell Topic: Machoe Van Dyke Email: tebii at comcast dot net Comments: Anyone know where Machoe Van Dyke is? I'd like to
talk to him regarding a 1960 Tulsa band he was in. Thanks.
I find "Mahcoe Vandyke" in the Tulsa phone book, but he is Mahcoe Van
Dyke Jr. so you are probably looking for his dad.
November 11 2009 at 01:41:47 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Having a KOTV flashback tonight
Comments: WFLD-TV (Fox Chicago) ran their post-midnight airing
of the M*A*S*H episode whose plot was a b&w documentary within a show
with long-time L.A. news legend, Clete Roberts.
I saw this first run at KOTV in Master Control with Stuart Odell and Brad
McLaughlin lonnnng ago...
November 10 2009 at 20:47:45 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Anyone know?
Comments: The TTM Amazon store has the
WiFi radio tuner bug at a good price. I am thinking of buying some as
cheap stocking stuffers.
Has anyone tried it on your laptop or as a USB plug-in on your PC?
November 10 2009 at 18:53:10 Name: Beverly Topic: Internet radio
Comments: I'll have to admit, I'd had no idea there was internet
radio. But after reading here...I love Lush. Thanks for informing me.
I have a weakness for those chillout chanteuses on Lush (one of the SomaFM
November 10 2009 at 18:02:24 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Real radio
Comments: Amidst the flurry of quasi-radio that seems to appear
on every available byte, I'm pleased to report that real radio is still alive,
at least here in Lost Angeles. My favorites are classical KUSC and jazz on
KKJZ. Both are available for listening via their websites, if anyone would
care to listen to real music and talent with an IQ greater than that of a
November 09 2009 at 19:35:49 Name: Erick Topic: Jack FM
Comments: Jack FM is actually a national satellite format, I think
started by ABC Radio several years ago. At any given time, you might hear
a song from Jefferson Airplane roll into a song from The Spinners, and then
roll into a song from R.E.M.
It's an interesting format, designed to compete for listeners in the age
of the iPod.
Tulsa doesn't have a Jack FM station (or a station with a similar format),
but OKC does.
November 08 2009 at 17:56:40 Name: Webmaster Topic: MAINTAIN
Last night, I saw the short-lived KTUL late-night psychedelic show,
MAINTAIN, on TV for the first time since 1973.
I just bought an
BD370 Network Blu-ray Disc Player from Amazon. Besides playing the new
hi-def discs, it's also able to access Netflix and YouTube. Once I had it
hooked up, I signed onto YouTube, and watched MAINTAIN videos posted by Jason
Fincher, son of MAINTAIN guru, Edwin Fincher.
I made a discovery in the process of getting the Blu-ray set up. If running
cable to another room of your house for an internet connection is a problem,
a great solution is the Powerline technology. It turns your home's electrical
wiring into a network. With the
Netgear XAVB101 Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit, you plug one device
into an AC socket in the computer room and the other one in a socket in the
TV room. Instant network.
November 08 2009 at 08:43:47 Name: David Bagsby Topic: Radio
Comments: Current favorite internet radio is Pandora but I'll
check out Soma as I've heard tons of things about it...plus if the webmaster
here is using it, it must be good
November 07 2009 at 02:07:53 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: RADIO RADIO Email: wilhelmurg at yahoo dot
com Comments: The only time I hear radio is when I'm changing
CDs in the car, which comes to less than a minute's worth per week. The closest
I come is a combination of Deep Tracks and XMU both on XM satellite, which
we get with DirecTV.
My friends on Facebook also keep a steady flow of both old and new music
pumping through the site. It's nice not to hear obnoxious car commercials
and "Free Bird" every fifteen minutes. It's also sad that a medium with so
much potential would end up being abused to the point that it's totally
irrelevant. How many more times do you really want to heard "Bennie &
November 06 2009 at 20:05:03 Name: Kenny Bolen Topic: Carl Ballantine Email: email@example.com Comments: Just read where Carl Ballantine has passed away.
For all who enjoyd McHale's Navy would remember him and for us who watched
Johnny Carson, a frequent guest who proceeded the Comic Magicians we see
now.....Another part of my youth is gone. RIP Carl...
November 05 2009 at 13:11:15 Name:
Jim Ruddle Topic: An FM Icon Comments: Gary Chew remarks that he sometimes listens
to WQXR for classical music.
For many years, as an FM station owned by the New York Times, WQXR provided
a strong signal to the NY, NJ, CT area. No more.
The Times has been stumbling financially for the past few years and dumped
the station to, I believe, a Spanish-language programmer, although I haven't
listened. The WQXR format now is broadcast on 105.9, a public station, and
the signal sucks. The staff seems to be the same, including ex-Oklahoman
Midge Woolsey who is music host from 10 AM to 3 PM, weekdays.
I have an odd association with WQXR. It played a small part in a 1964
Cold War thriller,
Hand of Mary Constable, by Paul Gallico.
As a kid, I read it in one of my dad's Reader's Digest Condensed Books.
You can still see these books on shelves in TV shows today. They are a dime
a dozen in thrift stores and were designed for eye appeal, so set decorators
evidently have rafts of them.
I liked the story so much that I instantly bought the book when I saw
it at a Tulsa library sale a decade ago. At some time further in the past,
I had checked out the uncondensed version and read it. It was sexier and
longer, but in fact, I found that I preferred the condensed version. Is that
Its description of New York City milieus, the world of spiritualists and
seances, and the subject of cybernetics really got my attention. A TV movie
was made from it in the late 60s ("Daughter of the Mind"), but it didn't
hold a candle to the book.
November 05 2009 at 11:12:54 Name: Steve Bagsby Topic: Radio on the web
Comments: If you get a chance, check out
WWOZ Radio from New Orleans. Interesting
mix of stuff.
November 05 2009 at 00:35:34 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: KC and Sac Radio
Comments: Yes, David. We probably listen to the same in-your-face
liner voice-guy too. He's always got a smart-ass remark between the sets...and
something negative to say before every commercial break, as well.
Speaking of Kansas City. One of the last times I was in that town, I saw
the home team play tonight's world champion New York Yankees. That wuz a
long time ago...and the only time I've ever seen the Yankees in person.
November 04 2009 at 19:16:10 Name: David Bagsby Topic: FM
Comments: We get JACK FM here in KCMO also...pretty big mish mash
so unpredictable and great.
November 04 2009 at 18:42:53 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Listening to the Radio Comments: In response to Maestro Bruchas. I have XM/Sirius
Satellite Radio and get over 200 channels...plus...The Bob Edwards Show...in
my flat and Toyota.
Online, I listen to WBGO in Newark, KUSC in L A, some, and some, also, to
WQXR in NY, when the mood's in for classical.
But, locally, it's JACK-FM (out of the air) for rough 'n' tumble radio that's
not too many ticks away (format-wise) from KMOD in Tulsa. The station's vocal
liner logo is:
"JACK-FM...playing what we want."
Gotta put in a plug for my favorite internet station(s):
November 04 2009 at 02:18:31 Name: Mike (maybe I have OCD?) Bruchas Topic: For the NPR devotee
Comments: NPR Shop is selling a
WiFi radio with ALL NPR affiliates (who have an online stream) in it.
Of course you need WiFi in your home or office and it's about $50 higher
than all the other brands.
November 03 2009 at 12:40:48 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Added another TTM fan
Comments: Mark Dotter and I went to TU together a million years
ago. We were amongst the first residents of TU's Twin Towers dorm. It looks
out of place now on the TU campus.
Later he, future sports guy
Burnett and Jerry Marsh lived in a house on 6th near TU in the 1970s
which still stands. KVOO's Dave "Tex" Irwin
was a frequent visitor there.
Here's an e-mail from him:
"Spent some time on the Tulsa TV site, good stuff, even has a pic of Tex
Irwin! What a man... have not heard from him in years.
SEVCO! I remember buying stuff from Joe, a good salesman.
I still have the Empire 6000 speakers (real marble tops!) I bought from him
back then. The midranges are a little raspy from the "house on 6th street"
parties. I will rebuild someday...
Actually, the mysterious fire at SEVCO allowed me to purchase all kinds of
smokey gear and learn how to rebuild tape machines. My room in the house
always smelled of burnt electronics for quite some time!
November 01 2009 at 17:29:33 Name: Rick M Topic: 1969 revisited
Comments: Gary was asking for recollections of significant events
from 1969 a few pages ago. The news has been reporting the birth of the internet
40 years ago last week.
I can't say I remember it, but then I was only 10. *wink*
I must say it's hard to imagine life without it now.
November 01 2009 at 01:49:20 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: CHRISTMAS MUSIC BROADCAST ON
HALLOWEEN Email: wilhelmurg at yahoo dot
com Comments: Since 106 FM has been playing X-mas music all day
TODAY (HALLOWEEN!) Let me be the first to welcome you to what looks to be
a long Holiday season. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
October 30 2009 at 17:45:57 Name: roy lee Topic: Booze salesman at the airport Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: I've got a fellow here at my hotel telling me the
story of a guy who walked around the Tulsa airport in the early 70s selling
half pints of liquor from his overcoat. Does anyone remember this? Who was
he? Did he get rich?
Illus. by Lane Smith
October 30 2009 at 08:37:40 Name: David Bagsby Topic: Say cheese Comments: The Stinky Cheese Man was a huge hit at the library when
I worked at TU. It should be a film they make into a movie.
October 29 2009 at 17:13:34 Name: Erick Topic: Phantasmagoria
Comments: Saw a
story on KOTV
last night about a house in Owasso that is decorated for Halloween using
original props from Phantasmagoria.
October 28 2009 at 19:40:13 Name: Webmaster Topic: My talented second cousins
I just found out that Tulsa moviemaker Darla Enlow is my second cousin, once
removed. Here is a recent Tulsa World article about her and business partner
Dana Pike: "Gruesome twosome's films are
just a scream".
A few years ago, I learned that illustrator, writer, and former Sapulpan
Lane Smith is my second cousin. He wrote in back in
GB 117. A 2004 Tulsa World article about him:
"The Stinky Cheese Man comes to Tulsa".
October 28 2009 at 00:15:16 Name: John K. Young Topic: Fall Back? Hmmmm... Email:
johnk662561atyahoodotcom Comments: Just a quick observation. I live in Arizona now
and have for the last year (as of 11/4). Arizona doesn't observe DST, yet
Cox is allowing the national feed ads for Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, telling
folks to change their box when they set their clocks back on Saturday.
Not a Big Deal, I know... just thought it was odd that they weren't "covering"
the commercial with a local ad or something.
October 27 2009 at 19:28:06 Name: Beverly Topic: Night Gallery
Comments: My favorite Night Gallery episode was the one about
the doll........so scary!
October 27 2009 at 14:04:23 Name: David Bagsby Topic: Night Gallery
Comments: Always loved Night Gallery. I'm always trying to think
of ways to tip the cap to that show in my films... most obvious example is
in my short "Mooniac" when the Pizza Ape delivery guy is about to be cold
cocked, you see the painting "Pickman's Model' in the background. Took a
screen shot from the episode and had it printed on canvas.
October 26 2009 at 16:45:30 Name: Erick Topic: Rod Serling
Comments: According to Serling's Wikipedia entry:
"He also worked for local Cincinnati TV station WKRC (Channel 12), where
he wrote a series of live TV shows titled "The Storm". The program was a
precursor to The Twilight Zone, as was one of the scripts: "Requiem for a
I'm a big fan of his "Night Gallery" program, which currently airs on RTV
(locally on channel 8.3, Cox channel 131) weeknights at midnight.
Hey, thanks for catching that!
We recently caught the Night Gallery episode, "The Caterpillar." I had
seen it when it was new, and not since. But I never forgot the punchline.
Great acting by Laurence Harvey and Don Knight. Also saw "The Sins of the
Fathers" with Richard Thomas, Barbara Steele and Geraldine Page for the first
time fairly recently. Wow. It packed a wallop.
October 24 2009 at 19:30:08 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: More Soupy stories
Comments: From Ken Broo - via e-mail:
"I worked at WKRC-TV from '90-'96 and several of the old guard there had
worked on Soupy's show. In my first incarnation at WLWT, our sports office
was the same office used by Rod Serling, where he wrote his pilot script
for the future soap opera "Secret Storm" and his ....'Twilight Zone'"
I can't find any connection between Rod Serling and the CBS soap "Secret
Storm", but he did write a 1970 teleplay, "A Storm in Summer".
October 23 2009 at 08:20:58 Name: Tulsa Area Music Archives Topic: Soupy Sales Tribute Podcast Email: info at preservemusic dot
org Comments: R.I.P. Soupy Sales
The TAMA Staff has put together a short tribute podcast of some of Soupy's
work with former Tulsans Leon Russell and David Gates.
October 23 2009 at 07:56:00 Name: Chuck Fullhart Topic: Woolaroc brand
Comments: Mike, the Woolaroc radio was not the only thing sold
at Phillips stations. Washers were also sold under the brand name, and I
believe refrigerators as well.
My family had started an appliance and radio repair business during the depths
of WWII, ca. 1943 in Bartlesville. It was a shoestring operation to begin
with, focusing mainly on doing radio repair since the manufacture of new
units was almost nonexistent until after the war.
Phillips Petroleum Co. is legendary in their marketing philosophy and execution,
even including putting Phillips tires on the limo that Queen Elizabeth used
while in America, and which was used during Frank Philllips "66th" birthday
celebration in 1939.
It was a surprise to my grandfather to learn that Phillips stations were
suddenly his competitors when they began selling Woolaroc appliances. The
appliances were manufactured by another company, and marketed under the Woolaroc
brand. The pentup demand for these items was so great, however; that there
was plenty of business in the market for everybody.
Philllips' foray into the appliance business didn't last long, and the family
business and Bartlesville continued to prosper in the 50s, due largely to
the fact that Phillips was expanding and running a very profitable operation.
But the irony of being in competition against the very people who were largely
the target market our family was serving and attempting to sell to was an
ironic fact that was discussed for many years, long after the war was
October 22 2009 at 23:40:47 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Soupy Sales
Comments: Just heard that Soupy Sales has passed at age 83.
He was on Detroit TV - later in Chicago and may have been seen nationally
on kinescopes and early b&w video tape.
White Fang and Blacktooth - we remember you...
I loved his show as a kid and enjoyed his game show appearances, too.
Here is an interesting side note on Lee Woodward's 2nd history page about
the "Charlemane" puppet they had in common
TVParty! has a great feature
about Soupy with media clips.
October 22 2009 at 17:33:57 Name: Jim Mac Topic: Froug's Southland, Sanger Harris and
Comments: I worked for J.C. Penney in the 1970s. Froug's was located
directly to the south of J.C. Penney at Southland, not in the middle of the
mall as one person said (in GB 286).
In answer to an earlier question: Sanger Harris opened a store at Southroads
Mall in the old Woolco space. Then Foley's absorbed Sanger Harris and it
became a Foley's store. When Southland remodeled and became Promenade, a
new store was built there for Foley's, and they moved across 41st Street.
And now Macy's has absorbed Foley's and is in that location.
When Woodland Hills Mall expanded, they built a new store for Sanger Harris.
That also became Foley's and now is a Macy's store. John A. Brown was not
originally in the Sanger Harris location. When John A. Brown closed at Woodland,
its space was taken over by J.C. Penney.
October 22 2009 at 11:39:42 Name: Webmaster Topic: Woolaroc radio / Phillips 66 service