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November 25 2005 at 22:38:33
Name: Jerry Hawkins of Tulsa
Email: jerhawk@sbcglobal.net
Location: Some lil' Oka-Chobie_Town in Oklahoma
Comments: Ok, so you're probably sitting there, dressed as you are...asking yourself, "So who does this Bimbo think he is signing Weird Al's Guestbook about "UHF"...? Well, ya see it's simple, I was an "Extra" in this motion picture production. I met some pretty cool people too, like Billy Barty and Stanley and yes I even had the extreme honor of meeting Weird Al his own self. I had a blast working in this movie...! Yup...fer sure......yo buddy..!

November 24 2005 at 14:08:03
Name: David
Location: Tulsa
Comments: Some Tulsa TV memories:

1) Beth Rengel swearing on air;

2) One April 15, the above-mentioned Ms. Rengel announcing it was Will Rogers, and not Benjamin Franklin, who said "Nothing is certain except death and taxes;"

3) Network sports announcers going ballistic in 1978 when describing how a Purolator truck decided the outcome of the first Tulsa Run;

4) Oral Roberts, during a 1980 live news conference to justify the outrageous height of his proposed City of Faith, holding up a piece of cardboard which blocked the upper half of a model of the structure. Then saying something to the effect of: "See? It just looks wrong without all those floors."

5) The 1977 opening of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center when Ella Fitzgerald came out and her microphone went immediately dead. During the next five to ten minutes of dead air— being broadcast live over both television and radio— she stood on the Chapman stage chatting with people on the front row. All the while, behind her, the stage crew, dressed in some of the filthiest clothes imaginable, scurried about in attempts to find a working microphone. One crewmember, as he bent down at one point, displayed the same fashion sense as a refrigerator repairman. The camera cut quickly to a shot of the audience, particularly to a well-dressed, dark-haired woman who promptly began picking her nose;

6) One television station, in 2001, interrupting regular programming with a very early report of a plane with connections to the OSU football team had just crashed, but assuring us, "fortunately" none on board were members of the football team. "Fortunately"?! I can imagine the relief he must have felt that though other people died horribly, "fortunately" none of them played football.

November 23 2005 at 14:24:52
Name: Randy Kindy
Email: rkindy@macDOTcom
Location: Tulsa
Comments: A while back, Judy Messenger asked about the whereabouts of George Hummingbird, former Channel 2 weather guy. I recently spotted him in an American Heart Association video that CPR instructors here at St. Francis Hospital are currently using. He stars in a very convincing emergency room drama that opens the video. He's the lead physician in the scene, but I didn't recognize him at first.

As an incurable reader of closing credits, I spotted the name. I backed up the tape and, sure enough, it's him. So he's not a doctor, but he plays one on TV.

I heard from George via email a few days ago; more next week. (webmaster, 11/25)

November 23 2005 at 07:30:07
Name: Mike (I was a turkey who was pardoned) Bruchas
Location: ducking Chicago snowstorms in DC
Comments: I had the last NightLine taped for me from last night. One of Koppel's last remarks had to do with how many network anchors now gone - do folks of today remember?

"Brother" Mark Giles out in Californ-eye-aye sent this link to some hilarious car spots...laugh your posteriors off to them!

November 23 2005 at 03:56:24
Name: Stephen
Location: Copperas Cove, TX
Comments: Television programs... do they define our society or does our society define the programs we watch? It seems that the people who are within the TV establishment filter the programs we watch as to values and entertainment.

The law of supply and demand are clearly working when a program starts a season, then fails when no one seems to watch it. Sponsorship is critical. The sponsor embraces those programs to be identified with the company, but also to gain viewership of their products or services.

Programs you think will not be a success often surprise you. Examples: Green Acres, Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction. Critics were proven wrong when seemingly droll programs found affection and staying power on the airways.

It's the common human values that are embraced in a society, if you find the right blend of characters to present them. Extreme characters on TV are even successful if you give them a softer side of personality. Example: Incredible Hulk.

Family values are a crucial element. Examples: The Waltons, Family Affair, All in the Family (extreme to a degree but a soft side as well) and more.

Common characters like doctors, pilots, teachers, nurses, students all appeal to the target viewer and by the TV networks. Do they more define the character in a positive light or bring down the character? What do they teach the society they entertain?

It seems today that when a notable event or character comes to light in the news, 6 months to a year later, a TV special comes out re-living that story, or paraphrasing the whole event. All for $$.

We all want a hero, yet we also look for the villain and expect the villain to be foiled in the end, but that does not always happen. Is that reflecting life or directing life?

Classic TV is not just from the past, it is being made today. So, who would be some candidates for the 80s and 90s shows that may be classic in say, 2010-2020? Who will be the classic TV personalities? Dan Rather? Ones that make a valued contribution to people not only with their entertainment but with their contribution to their community, I believe.

Who decides? Those who consistently remember them.

November 22 2005 at 22:26:13
Name: Dave
Location: where Elvis would dine
Comments: Note to Dana LaMoine:

I happened by the Metro Diner while in town last week and asked that very question. A person presumably in the know around there told me that there will definitely be a relocated diner near the present site. But no one will say when or exactly where all this will happen. Property negotiations and all that stuff, apparently. But I was assured the diner will continue to live on in the neighborhood.

Now, can anyone tell me what's the status of the old Meadow Gold sign that was dismantled and was stashed away awaiting remounting somewhere when enough money is raised?

November 22 2005 at 20:48:29
Name: Frank Morrow
Email: frankmor@io.com
Location: Austin
Comments: In the early and mid-'50s, KTUL's engineer and musician Charlie Lawton helped develop a female singer who was supposed to be a successor to Patti Page. KTUL gave her a weekly time slot and sent a tape of the show to KFPW in Ft. Smith. The program, "Date with Marjean," was a rather sophomoric thirty minute show that was supposed to appeal to lonely, love-struck young men. Marjean and her program never did stir any interest except reputedly by the general manager of the station. Unfortunately, Marjean had limited talent.

November 22 2005 at 17:45:57
Name: Sonny Hollingshead
Location: Across From The Ma-Hu
Comments: Whilst the conversation is on women in broadcasting we must remember Madge Clarke. Hers was one of the very best female voices to ever grace a commercial, or the local "time and temp" phone service way back when.

November 22 2005 at 09:10:44
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: wet but not yet snowy DC
Comments: Baby Boomer foot-note in history.... We cannot forget Nov. 22nd, 1963 and JFK's death. Like our parents remember Pearl Harbor Day and this generation will remember 9-11.

I was actually back in my hometown Junior High this Oct. for re-opening of a new music wing.

It was about 1:30 or 1:45pm on 11-22-63 in Miss Cunningham's 7th grade History class there when a voice came over the p.a., announcing that Kennedy had been shot -- then a few minutes later that he had died...

November 22 2005 at 00:37:12
Name: edwin
Location: rite cheer
Comments: Christina's Flowers....Her voice (smokey) was on KRMG's "Dratman & Bobbin" during that odd era. Her last name?....What bad "guy" did She play?....A recording studio replaced the shop around 11th & Main....'member?

November 21 2005 at 15:59:06
Name: Dana LeMoine
Email: d4wdw@valornet.com
Location: Playing pinball at the Rose Bowl
Comments: Speaking of the "improvements" at T.U., what about the Metro Diner? I thought I heard where it would be torn down.

November 21 2005 at 14:35:21
Name: Frank Morrow
Email: frankmorrow12@yahoo.com
Location: Austin
Comments: I guess that, so long as we're talking about women on the media, the name of Lorraine Bynum should be mentioned. She was Tulsa's finest harpist. She not only played in the Tulsa Philharmonic, but was a daily (M-F) member of the "Eggs at Eight" crew.

November 21 2005 at 10:26:10
Name: Steve Bagsby
Email: sbagsby@tulsacc.edu
Location: Loading feed at the Dawson Mill
Comments: Follow up to a previous post;

The new Starship is still under construction on the East side of 12th and Lewis. They're rebuilding the metal warehouse that used to be "Commercial Lumber". Yeah, TU didn't waste any time getting rid of the old location. It kinda looks like a giant Starship came over and took the whole lot (tree and all!)

November 21 2005 at 08:42:36
Name: Mike (watchin' TV at work - it's mah job) Bruchas
Location: stuck in a quiet DC
Comments: Tulsa & OKC make a national magazine again - reported in a blurb on ABC's GMA show today -- acording to SELF magazine and based on data - Tulsa is the #2 worst city for women's health and OKC is #3. Which surprised me for all the good medical/wellness systems in place in both places.

November 21 2005 at 08:40:40
Name: Woody (aka: L.W.)
Location: Tulsa
Comments: The earliest lady pianist-singer I remember would be from the late 50s, early 60s; she was a black lady and used only one name: "Basil." I sang and worked with a host of others over the years at about every venue in Tulsa. My "Main Man" was Bob McRoberts. He also did the music for a couple of specials I did with Lionel. One of the earliest and best I sang with was "Mo" Billington. I think he worked for KVOO-AM early on? There were many many more over the years.

November 21 2005 at 08:17:02
Name: Jim Ruddle
Email: jruddle@earthlink.net
Location: Rye, NY
Comments: I don't know about the "lively lady" who was playing piano in the eighties, but I used to sing with a lively, matronly type named Frances at the Shamrock Bar, in late 1949 and early 1950. She knew every old song in the repertoire and belted them out to the assembled beer-drinkers. I'd chime in every now and then, and then I'd pass the kitty from booth to booth so she could make a little more money.

I never knew her last name. In all the years and all the piano bars I've encountered since, she was the best of them all. Exactly what you'd want in a barroom entertainer.

I was too young to be in the place legally, but nobody seemed to care--except my father who heard from a fellow worker at Sinclair that I seemed to be having a lot of fun.

November 21 2005 at 07:55:57
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: Dee Cee
Comments: TU was having students call last week to raise money for the **NEW TU Grand Entrance** from alums. I said no - because this has been a hard financial year for me, but mainly because this "master plan" has put my friend, Matt Bunyan, who owns Starship - out of business. The TU kid calling - had no idea what I was talking about...

Last time that Matt and I talked - we joked how TU first brought him to Tulsa 36-37 years ago as an undergrad and now was "shooing" him away.

Back after Matt had left KTUL to run Starship full-time, he lived in the back of the 11th Street store and eventually - merchandise took the place over and Matt moved to his current house. But before he moved - I can still remember his big Thanksgiving dinners there with so many folks like Kitty Roberts and other Tulsey radio hands. It was pot-luck and Matt usually had the BIGGEST turkey that he could cram in his oven. Usually it was later at night because so many of us were working radio and TV jobs on the holiday. Matt has a big heart and a lot of folks have had BETTER holidays due to his generosity. No one ever left a Bunyan soiree without taking home doggy bags of food.

One year, a guest brought some really great pumpkin pies. After the big meal and dessert - we all felt a buzz from the tryptophan in the turkey and a lot of wine -- but we also learned from the smirking pie-maker that we had eaten a pumpkin pie equivalent of "Alice B. Toklas brownies"!

November 21 2005 at 01:56:29
Name: Nala
Email: nalamosnar@yahoo.com
Location: on Funk & Wagnalls' porch
Comments: In case you haven't driven 11th St. lately, Starship is GONE. Nothing but dirt. On a related note, I can't find anything that looks like it could be the new location around 12th & Lewis, any info?

November 20 2005 at 23:45:24
Name: roy lee
Email: beerdrunk@msn.com
Location: over on Denver
Comments: I can't answer Richard Eby's question but will add another that I was thinking about recently. Some afternoon around 1980-82 or so, I wandered into the Cognito Inn bar. I think it was on Denver. There was a lively woman playing "old favorites" type of stuff on piano and getting the middle-aged business types to sing along with her. What the hell was her name, anyway? She was incredible!

November 20 2005 at 11:37:33
Name: Richard Eby
Email: richard_eby@hotmail.com
Location: Sweden
Comments: I emailed the following question to webmaster Mike, he told me to post it in the Guestbook and I promptly botched the act of posting. Here goes again; if this post now turns up twice in the Guestbook, each and every one of you has permission to do a Ctrl-Alt-Delete on my head...

Is there anybody out there who has heard of, or remembers an entertainer in the mid 1960s who played piano and sang "blue" songs in one or more Tulsa bars? I (kind-of) remember that his name was Johnny Bromo or something similar. He filled the bar at every performance, and in fact, even in those conservative times there was always a line waiting to get in - he was that popular.

I didn't care for his material at the time, it was a bit too risque for me. Now, 40 years later, I'd guess that nothing he did would be considered anything else but tame.

I've searched Google (and TTM) just about every way I could think of without result.

Can you help?

November 20 2005 at 10:23:10
Name: Lee Woodward
Location: Tulsa
Comments: Mary Collier was the lady's name I couldn't remember. She was the voice of "Zodia" on a (dial-up) telephone horoscope service I wrote and produced years ago. I wrote the horoscopes with great joy and Mary was perfect for "Zodia."

A survey showed we had a larger audience between seven and nine o'clock than any radio station in town. Couldn't get enough advertisers because they feared a "Bible Belt" backlash against "HORRORscopes!"

November 20 2005 at 07:58:45
Name: Si Hawk
Email: sihawk@bokf.com
Location: Tulsa
Comments: Some of the great on-air gals I worked with in the 70's in Tulsa radio included: Kitty Roberts, Mary Collier (Mary in the Morning), Dianna Proffitt, Ramona Huffman and Marti Coffman.

Ramona went on to anchor at KOTV. Kitty co-founded American Theatre Company in Tulsa. Dianna went to St. Louis talk radio. Mary continues to do those wonderful voice-overs. I have great memories of working with all of them.

November 19 2005 at 09:27:57
Name: Lowell Burch
Email: lburch3atcoxdotnet
Location: Turkey aisle at Jitney Jungle
Comments: Didn't Betty Boyd do some TV announcing starting in the 50s, and much later radio spots?

Also, one of the first female radio personalities that I can think of was circa 1975 named Mary in the Morning on KRMG. I am sure she was not the first and she didn't last very long. She was always flubbing, I am not sure if that was part of her persona or not, but still, listening to her was a very pleasant and interesting experience.

November 18 2005 at 17:51:23
Name: Frank Morrow
Email: frankmorrow12@yahoo.com
Location: Austin
Comments: After the war, women were ghettoized into “women’s programs,” usually 15 minute shows Monday through Friday which featured lots of information on food, housework and child rearing as well as other lighter subjects and announcements.

KVOO had Estelle Blainer’s “For Feminine Ears,” a program at 9am following “Eggs at Eight.” There were a lot of commercials for laxatives and soap. KTUL’s program was “Women are Wonders.” I don’t remember the name of the hostess.

KAKC had a program around noontime which featured Marge McCartney. Although she was a nice person, her voice was very irritating, sounding something like a parrot seeking a mate.

With the growth of TV and the subsequent diminishing of revenues putting an economic squeeze on radio stations, the women's programs were dropped along with such positions as music librarian and news writer.

November 18 2005 at 15:18:32
Name: Jim Ruddle
Email: jruddle@earthlink.net
Location: Rye, NY
Comments: Frank had asked about radio females. TV ladies were almost always there. Not to say that they were all professionals, because sponsors, for whatever reasons, most often probably because they were cheap, but also because some girls would do anything to get on television,liked to have them as presenters.

One institutional advertiser--I think it was OG&E--ran a series of co-op spots with local appliance dealers. The idea was that a generic kitchen range, or refrigerator, etc. would be presented, then local dealers could jump in and offer the item at their particular locations.

The company sent down a really lovely young female, somebody who worked as a filing clerk or receptionist, something like that, who had to speak one or two lines, then step aside and open the top freezer door on a refrigerator. At that point, the camera would push in to the freezer compartment and a studio card would be supered over the cavity.

The young lady rehearsed flawlessly. When the time came for the spot to go on--live, of course--the red light went on and the monitors and home tv's showed the face of the would-be star, but just for a split-second. She had fainted and all anyone saw was the blurring image of a head falling out at the bottom of the frame.

The director was boxed. Had she stayed conscious long enough to open the door, he would have had a shot, but because she folded early, all he had was hot studio lights burning a black spot in the IO tube from the reflection off the porcelain freezer door.

Doing what came naturally, naturally, he went to black. She recovered nicely, however, her career was over.

November 18 2005 at 09:04:59
Name: Lee Woodward
Location: Tulsa
Comments: On Frank Morrow's question about female announcers? I recall that they were all over TV when it first started; as "pitch women." As staff announcers? The only one I recall in Tulsa was Ora Lee Attaway, who worked for KVOO. Lots of voice-over types including one non-camera worthy lady who prevailed for years: Dick Schmitz would know her name. I forget. Great voice!

November 17 2005 at 09:12:28
Name: Mike (slow day at work) Bruchas
Location: chillin' in DeeCee
Comments: Tangent here - I am part of pBase - a NC started link of photographers. Tulsa gets good mention as a subject of many shooters there as mentioned before here. This web thang can be a horrible time-waster on slow days. Was going thru categories there and found fellow pBase photog Pubert Love, who does weird Hollywood stuff as a stillsman. Do look at his gallery of deceased Hollywood stars' headstones - keep on clicking "next" to see all. Most of the Little Rascals cast are seen but my favorite epitaph on Jack Lemmon's headstone reads like a movie title.

November 16 2005 at 23:55:06
Name: Frank Morrow
Email: frankmor@io.com
Location: Austin
Comments: One last thing about Atlanta during the war. There was one radio station that had a female announcer. I wonder if they had any in Tulsa in those times? That was the only time I heard a female announcer until I was living in Hawaii in 1960 when a radio station had an all-woman announcing staff. This was a gimmick more than anything else.

When did women and minorities start being hired for announcing jobs in Tulsa for radio and TV?

November 16 2005 at 23:49:38
Name: Frank Morrow
Email: frankmorrow12@yahoo.com
Location: Austin
Comments: John, your info is correct regarding "Sherman Chimneys." I always wondered how southerners in WWII felt about riding in Sherman tanks.

In those days there was still tremendous bitterness in the South about the Civil War. People discussed it constantly. The Sherman Chimneys were constant, bitter, reminders of those times.

I had guys trying to rough me up almost everyday when I was in the 5th grade. I had to break out a map of the US to show that Oklahoma was below the Mason-Dixon line, and that Oklahoma wasn't even a state back then. After that, I was accepted, even though they said, "Y'all sho do talk funny."

I was amused when some seventh graders said, "We have the B-29 plant in Marietta (near Atlanta.) Just let those Yankees mess with us now."

November 16 2005 at 13:58:26
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: DeeCee on storm watch
Comments: Just moved on the wires - TV pioneer Ralph Edwards has died.

November 16 2005 at 11:05:54
Name: John Young
Email: johnk662561atyahoodotcom
Location: The Research Library in the Batcave
Comments: Unless I'm greatly mistaken, "Sherman Chimneys" refers to the remains of homes that were destroyed during Sherman's "March to the Sea" from Atlanta to Savannah during the Civil War. The chimneys and fireplaces were all that remained of homes after Sherman and his troops passed through the area, hence the name, "Sherman Chimneys".

BTW...These are not to be confused by the remains of charred trees in the same area. These are known as "Sherman Oaks"...(rimshot)

November 16 2005 at 09:30:16
Name: Dana LeMoine
Email: d4wdw@valornet.com
Location: Broken Arrow
Comments: Interesting Frank. What are "Sherman Chimneys"?

November 16 2005 at 09:28:37
Name: Dana LeMoine
Email: d4wdw@valornet.com
Location: B.A.
Comments: I just checked out the Lee and Lionel page and discovered Lee singing "Fools Rush In". Unbelievable. I had no idea Lee has such a great voice. You really need to hear it if you haven't already. I'd love to have a 45 of it for my jukebox. We're fortunate he didn't pursue a career in music and deny us all those great Tulsa TV Memories.

November 16 2005 at 02:36:48
Name: Frank Morrow
Email: frankmor@io.com
Location: Austin
Comments: On the subject of Memorial Day, when my parents moved in 1942 to Augusta, GA, during the war, "Yankees" hadn't hit the South for many decades, and were decidedly unwelcome. The locals were still fighting the Civil War, and many "Sherman Chimneys" could still be seen when you drove from Atlanta to Augusta.

The people in the Deep South refused to celebrate or to acknowledge Memorial Day. They instead celebrated Confederate Memorial Day on a different day.

November 15 2005 at 15:30:34
Name: George Tomek
Email: mranchor@cox.net
Location: Edmond, OK 73034
Comments: Growing up in Chicagoland I remember very well the sound of WMAQ and WBBM -- NBC and CBS-owned radio stations respectively. They set the standard for announcing. The late John Doremus from Sapulpa made his mark there as one of THE great voices of all time and I believe his show "Patterns in Music" is still available on CD.

Alas, Mike Bruchas is right. WMAQ is no more. But, for those of us who like big city sports radio and want to stay on top of Chicago pro sports (such as it is), 670 on the dial was taken over by WSCR. The "Score" as it's known now streams worldwide on the Internet. I guess AFTRA issues were finally settled in the big cities because you can even hear all of the commercials as if you were driving home to Oak Park or and the western suburbs on I-90 in bumper to bumper traffic.

November 15 2005 at 06:54:26
Name: Mike (old man) Bruchas
Comments: Are we old or what? Watching CNN - PETULA CLARK is 73 and ED ASNER is supposedly 76 but I think he may be fudgin' there.. Gee - I can't forget hearing Petula on then MOR, NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago as a kid. But MOR is dead as a format and WMAQ is no longer there nor owned by NBC.

November 15 2005 at 01:56:16
Name: Stephen Spees
Location: Copperas Cove, TX
Comments: My Favorite Martian, 1963-1966, starring Bill Bixby and Ray Walston.

While the series only ran 3 years, the sci-fi comedy has endured for 40+ years, spawning a remake and opening the doors to just about every TV sci-fi space adventure since then. The series introduced introspective special effects for TV and new concepts in entertainment; time travel, thought projection, animal communication, levitation, force fields and molecular re-arrangement (although The Twilight Zone has some original ideas along that as well.)

Both Bill Bixby and Ray Walston continued to prosper following the running of "My Favorite Martian". Reruns through syndication were successful for years, along with a cartoon version.

Ray, afterward did more movie work than most may think, He played in Wild, Wild West, Mission: Impossible, Starsky and Hutch, Fantasy Island, (yada yada, etc.) Ray did a 1994 commercial for AT&T playing a man inquiring about long distance rates to Martians living in the USA. "Bottom-line it for me-!!" He also played in the 1999 remake of My Favorite Martian, with Christopher Lloyd. His last movie was "Early Bird Special" playing Pappy. He passed in January, 2001 of Lupus.

Bill's TV appearances were in Dobie Gillis, Clambake, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, (a favorite of mine) The Great Houdini, The Incredible Hulk, (yada yada returns, etc.) and Diagnosis Murder series He passed November 1993 of prostate cancer.

My vote for the Best Website on MFM is at http://members.tripod.com/~jhh_2/TVMFM.htm/. I think this TV series was a crease in TV history regarding space, visitors from out there as well as a new door for entertainment. If you did not see My Favorite Martian in the late 60s or reruns in the 70s, you were a neglected child.

November 14 2005 at 13:02:28
Name: Rocky Stegman Fan
Location: Tulsa, Ok
Comments: I think that the Rocky Stegman tribute/obituary/eulogy should be attributed to Clayton Vaughn. I think it is the same one that Clayton delivered at Rocky's memorial service at All Souls Unitarian Church.

November 14 2005 at 10:01:44
Name: Kirk Demarais (via email to webmaster)
Comments: Just wanted you to know that Russ Garcia's entire Fantastica album is available for free download for a limited time at EasyListening.blogspot.com.

In case you forgot, the song Nova (Exploding Star) is the theme of the Plenty Scary Movie.

I downloaded the album without putting 2 and 2 together. When that track came on I flipped out! I had to check your site to confirm that it was the same music.

If you plan to download it, don't put it off because that blogger pulls the download links after a couple of weeks. It's split into 3 different downloads from a site called Rapidshare. It's a bit annoying because you have to wait an hour between downloads if you don't have a premium membership.

November 14 2005 at 08:45:51
Name: Lee Woodward
Location: Tea Town
Comments: Stephen Spees affection for "Sky King" prompts me to remember what a great singing voice he had. I first heard him as an unknown in 1952, when he was part of a group from L.A. entertaining us Marine Corps types. The second time was when we did a Telethon at the Brady Theater. No one but myself knew he was going to knock everyone out with his singing. I believe he sang "Oklahoma?" Reminded me of another unknown who also floored everyone at another Telethon at the "Ritz" or "Orpheum" Theater: Jim Nabors.

November 14 2005 at 04:42:45
Name: Stephen Spees
Email: stephen.spees@proactivecommo.com
Location: Copperas Cove, TX
Comments: Ok, I have one for you... who remembers watching Sky King in the 50s or 60s? A rancher who with his niece and nephew, Penny, played by Gloria Winters, and Clipper, played by Ron Hagerthy, rode horses and flew around the ranching west in their twin-engine airplane, the Songbird?

Kirby Grant played "Uncle Sky" and bad guys everywhere were on the run...

"Out the clear blue of the western sky comes.. Sky King!"

Trivia. - There were two songbirds, one a larger twin engine T-50, often called the Bamboo Bomber. Later a Cessna 310B with the wingtip tanks. It looked cool.

After films Kirby Grant puttered about, then became a public relations director at Sea World in Florida. Kirby Grant was born November 24, 1911, in Butte, Montana. He was killed in a car accident in Florida on October 30, 1985. He is buried in Missoula, Montana.

Gloria Winters married a sound tech and moved to California. She was still alive when last reported in 1998. She was awarded Sweetheart of the West in 2002 by Annual Golden Boot Awards in Los Angeles. Maybe still around?

Ron Hagerthy went on to star in other movies, but never seemed to stand out as a really big star.

I met Kirby Grant at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas in the 60s, got an autographed picture, but about 3 years later, lost it... :0 arrhh!! So, where can you buy the old movies? ...duh!!!


November 13 2005 at 17:23:09
Name: Doug Huffman
Email: shaggie001@cox.net
Location: Tulsa Oklahoma
Comments: I have read almost every archived entry on all the guestbooks and have relived a ton of memories. People who I watched in the news and shows all my life.

Growing up with my best friend in the world, Allen Sharkey, whose sister Colleen Crook, former wife of Tommy Crook, I was able to meet many of the talented personalities who came through Tulsa. He was performing on the little stage between the bar and the restaurant at the Sheraton at the airport, and celebrities would stop in and visit with him. It was there a teen was taught proper edicate in a prestigeous restaurant.

I remember going and seeing movies at the Bellaire Drive-In. We would actually sneak in the hole in the fence at the back, and sit in the chairs in front of the consession stand.

I grew up with Mitch Schauer. We went to the same elementary until in our 5th grade year, our class was separated with the opening of Remington. We were all rejoined when we hit Clinton Middle School, and then on to Webster where we graduated in 1974.

Mitch and I didn't really run around together, but were always good friends while at school. We both had respect of the other and got along great. I have had many good laughs with him at he reunions over the years, but he was not able to make this past years.

At one of them, he was trapped by all the kids who were classmates children, and was drawing different cartoon characters for them. Hope all is well with him.

Well I know I am rambling on, but in my own way, I want to thank every one of the people who are honored on these pages on this site, for all the wonderful memories of which you have provided. Even the Mack Creager incident... which I was visiting friends in Ft. Scott Kansas when this happened and they flashed a news break during commercial about a local news man in Tulsa Oklahoma showing obscene gestures during Mannix. It made the news all over the country.

Anyway, thanks again to all you personalities of the TV and Radio for each and everyone of the memories you have given this 49 year old man.

November 13 2005 at 01:08:34
Name: Webmaster
Comments: Archived Guestbook 196. We had a query about Tuffy the Tiger's health...anyone know how he is doing?

We saw an "8's The Place" billboard embellished by drunks revelers from a Channel 6 bachelor party in the late 70s. You can see actual stone from the Ma-Hu mansion at a given address. Moby Anderson checked in. He played bass at several Tulsa Coffee Houses in the 60s, the subject of a recently-added page (see What's New).

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