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December 30 2008 at 09:53:29
Name: Randy Prahl
Topic: Mazeppa
: I want to thank you for posting my YouTube song "Mazeppa" on the site. I got a personal message on my YouTube Channel from Gailard himself. He ran across it from this site. It was very cool to have contact from him. I am a big Mazeppa fan like many of you. Thanks again.


Randy, thank YOU. You are a very talented fellow. Your song is now part of the Mazeppa music page.

December 30 2008 at 03:53:28
Name: JW
Comments: Thanks for providing one of the best sites on the net.

I'm sure you know from the traffic figures, but there are tons of people who visit this site on a daily basis who rarely post, like myself. I've been reading this site since 1999.

Keep up the great work!

JW and Kenneth, you are welcome.

December 29 2008 at 23:56:09
Name: Kenneth
Topic: Congrats!
Comments: Hardcore fan here.
Thank you Mike for providing this wonderfully informative and nostalgic site for all us junkies.


December 29 2008 at 18:42:24
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: Happy Holidays, etc.
Comments: Happy Holidays to all those who contribute, view and support this unique website.

My grandson, Chandler Brown was born at 5:08pm on Christmas Day. I'm sure it will be nice to take him to all the fun places here in SoCal, but I can't wait to take him back to Tulsa to have his first Coney Islander and see where grandpa grew up and worked...

Thanks and congratulations, Scott.

December 29 2008 at 16:33:35
Name: Mitch Gray
Topic: Tin Years?
Email: North Of You
Comments: I think you get Aluminum or Tin on your 10th anniversary. So how about a can of solder?

Congrats Mike on your tenacity in keeping this Gob-O-Info site humming for a decade.

I know I don't post here as much as some but I hope my little contributions bring a smile or smirk.

As long as the Bagsby Bunch are signing in, things should stay entertaining.

My brother sold GRIT. I opted for the X-Ray vision glasses.

Thanks, Mitch, your contributions are much appreciated.

Here's my illustrated GRIT story.

December 29 2008 at 12:52:07
Name: John B.
Topic: 10 Years
Comments: Congrats Mike on a great and entertaining 10 years here. It seems like yesterday I was here reading through a long account of the 'Then Came Bronson' pilot, which I'd remembered seeing as a young'un so I found it interesting. Almost as interesting as learning more about Ron Popeil than I ever knew there was to know. But here I am getting nostalgic about nostalgia. It's all been good, here's to another 10. Thanks for the future memories.

Thanks, John and Charles and Karen.

December 29 2008 at 12:23:09
Name: Charles
Comments: Happy Anniversary from a Tulsa expatriate in frozen Fargo.

December 29 2008 at 12:04:08
Name: Karen
Email: Karenattheoutsidersbookandmoviedotcom
Comments: Congrats Mike for 10 great years! You have a wonderful website and I wish for you 10 more years, and maybe more!

December 29 2008 at 08:37:33
Name: David Bagsby
Topic: Wabbit Ears polished
Email: deeceebeeatsunflowerdotcom
Comments: Happy 10! The hospitality staff at the Sandman Motel are ready to help you celebrate...for a nominal fee.

Mike should post that pic of the first TTM server: that Brainiac computer that he made 5 cents a piece for punching programs into the cards. For every 100 programs you get a free copy of Grit.

I gotta say, for someone who doesn't get paid to do this, Mr. Mike has one of the best maintained sites on the internet. How many teraflops is this up to now? At what point will this site develop consciousness?

David, thanks very much. TTM weighs in at under 335 meg these days, which is pretty modest for a site with over 750 HTML pages and totalling almost 6000 files. It takes up a small fraction of the space on a $10 keychain thumb drive.

It would be larger if you included YouTube-type clips, but those bulky video files are hosted elsewhere. The main files reside on a server over at Irving Productions on 21st and Harvard.

A 1967 photo of me with my Brainiac Electric Brain Kit and a story about its relationship to Superman's same-named nemesis can be found in this Boing Boing item, Origins of Cyberspace auction: brainiac memories.

December 29 2008 at 01:14:01
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: TeeTeeEm
: 10 years - this site has lasted longer than a lotta marriages!

December 29 2008 at 00:01:27
Name: Webmaster
Topic: TTM's tenth birthday today!

Photo by Mike Ransom, 7-4-2008

Origin page. Earliest version of TTM in the Internet Archive: 8/27/1999.

December 28 2008 at 12:48:48
Name: worker33
Topic: Living Arts of Tulsa
Email: okworker33@gmail.com
Comments: A bit out of the TTM socket but after seeing the counter culture references it all seems to blend together. Trying to gather information on the beginning era of Living Arts.

They're 40 years in 2009, and started in the Deadman Furniture store in downtown TTown as a collective. The Living Arts Theatre later became American Theater Company.

Anybody out there that was strolling through the coffee houses and counter culture scene might have been in the moment.

Let me know thanks for an extremely great place to visit.

You're welcome. From GB 231, 2/1/2007, Susanna Conley in St Louis said:

"Left T-town back in the early 1970s. Trying to catch up with friends who were part of the Living Arts Theater company. Mary Alice Mark, daughter of KAKC owner Carl Mark, her boyfriend, John Martin (John Randall) of KMOD, son of KRMG's Johnny Martin and Kitty Roberts, manager of KMOD were involved in the Tulsa Living Arts Theater. Would appreciate knowing their whereabouts."

December 28 2008 at 01:11:21
Name: Jeff H
Topic: This N That
Comments: Tulsa is just a friendly town where girls just want to have fun and men find business opportunities on every corner, who said American enterprise is dead? Come on guys, get over to Admiral and Sheridan and support the local economy (cash please and first names only), ask for Mercedes or was it Lexus?

No one has mentioned that the corner at 41st and Harvard will sell its last Christmas tree this year, ending a tradition of at least 40 years. Our family bought several trees from that lot, many being of the flocked variety, and one even being blue. Dad said it looked like it was under moonlight. I never saw it, however, I was too young to drink, but everyone at the family Christmas thought it was... ah...unique.

The Webmaster mentioned the little guy in the night cap on the "Sandman" sign, didn't he look like Mr. Magoo, not to be confused with the Travel Lodge bear?

December 27 2008 at 20:24:23
Name: roy lee
Topic: The old Sandman Motel
Email: royleeshouseatttt gmail.commmm
Comments: They sure are friendly over at the old Sandman Motel. Every time I drive by, there are girls waving at me, and when I stop at the corner, a guy usually comes up and asks me if I need anything! Such hometown hospitality!

It does indeed warm one's cockles.

December 27 2008 at 18:37:54
Name: Bob Anthony
Topic: Et Cetera House
Email: onestepbeyondsoul@yahoo.com
Comments: I remember Et Cetera as more of a poster shop as well as a place to get all your "hippie" supplies such as posters, buttons, incense, candles, underground newspapers etc. They had a black light poster room as well. It was similar to Another Point of View at Southroads Mall.

One of the first "real" head shops I remember was The Dream Merchant, located on Peoria Ave next to the Brook Theater. It had everything the other shops had but also had smoking supplies, and music.

December 27 2008 at 12:07:15
Name: Pizzabob
Topic: Et Cetera House
Email: mtm47@msn.com
Comments: Et Cetera House was located in the former Skilly's Dance Studio. Talk about Seventh Grade trauma.

There must have been multiple Skilly's locations over the years. Does anyone remember details of Skilly's downstairs at Utica Square?

December 26 2008 at 23:03:13
Name: Jeff H
Topic: Potpourri for $1,000
Email: Calling in my order at "Across The Street"

1. Et Cetera House did have an area for posters in the late 60s and early 70s with black lights and strobes. I bought a really cool oversized Op Art poster circa 1969. They also carried the paper daisies, candles and all that jazz of the flower generation. However, in the 80s it became a higher end gift store (we grew up.)

2. I thought Daze' was a psychic? Shouldn't she be able to find "Sweet Emily" without our help? Maybe if she sprinkled a little sugar and cinnamon she could answer her own question. I tried it and all the mysteries of the world became crystal clear, OH!, wait a minute, maybe I just warded off evil at my door step.

Sandman Motel

Sandman Motel: under new mgmt

Sandman Motel matchbook

All kidding aside, her show was better than "NOSAK" but no match for "Mazeppa". Her best bit was the dating segment, you had to be very brave or drunk to go on and take that abuse from the callers and Daze' just egged us I mean them on by trying to keep it serious. Happy to see she's doing well.

3. Last but not least, was the name of the motel by Sheridan Village the "Sand Man", and is it still there?

Hope all had a wonderful Christmas and the best new year to come!

Webmaster: The Sandman is now doing business as the Best Budget Inn. There may still be vacancies for your New Year's celebration.

But seriously, the outside stairs always caught my eye as a kid. That, the swimming pool, the sign, and the name gave it some mystique in my eyes.

And wasn't there a little guy wearing a nightcap on the top of the "Sandman" sign?

Sheridan Village and the Sandman Motel
Courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society

December 26 2008 at 01:22:19
Name: P.Casey Morgan
Topic: Et Cetera House
Email: p.casey.morgan at gmail dot com
Comments: You absolutely had to go down stairs to get to the Et Cetera House. You had no choice. You opened a door - I think to the north of where Petty's is now - and you were confronted with a staircase going down. That, unfortunately, is almost everything I remember about Et Cetera House, except that it tried to be cool and did not succeed to the extent that Another Point of View did.

Webmaster: Just found this in the 1978 Kendallabrum:
Et Cetera House 1978

December 26 2008 at 01:14:50
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Et Cetera House / Talkie Tapes
Comments: Re the Et Cetera House gift shop at Utica Square: a friend of mine claims it was once a head shop, and he thinks you had to walk down some stairs to get in.

I posed this question to Mike Bruchas, who replied:

"It was NEVER a head shop. Used to have posters (Raquel Welch and Sophia Loren in skimpy costumes - just made for dorm rooms!) but for many years, nice gifts. I bought a lot of Xmas gifts for my Mom there. Maybe in the late 70s, it seemed more of a stationery shop meets Spencer Gifts."

I was there once, in the early 80s, to buy a greeting card with a "Talkie Tape". A Talkie Tape is a long thin red plastic strip with a surface similar to the groove on a record. You play it by sliding your thumbnail down the rough side. The strip is attached to a card or balloon or something light that can easily vibrate to amplify the sound and give it a voice.

December 25 2008 at 22:17:16
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Paul Fletcher Murray (via e-mail) on Johnny Rauser
: Please pass on my condolences to the family. I worked with Johnny during my brief tenure at KTUL from 1971 to 1976. He gave me the tips on how to edit quickly and well.

I was always amazed how he could edit as fast as anyone with both hands rewinding and gluing but also have one hand holding a cup of coffee and another occasionally lighting another cigarette.

Johnny was the only one I know who could edit full speed and spoke a cigarette with no hands and never let the ash fall on the film. At the last second, with three inches of ash hanging off the cigarette stub, Johnny would artfully lift the cigarette from his lips and drop the ash in the ashtray nonchalantly.

Other memories just as funny. Red Statum had one of the funniest ones about what happened to the wrinkles in Johnny's face when something happened.

Johnny was a great guy to work with and we could always count on Johnny to bring back the great shots during those Oklahoma storm specials.

All the best,
Paul Fletcher Murray

(p.s., I started using Fletcher out here in Los Angeles because believe it or not, there was another Paul Murray already in L.A. who was in video...)

December 24 2008 at 23:46:13
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: When WGN in Tulsa is NOT the same as in Chicago
: Matt Bunyan called me at 11:15 pm about WGN airing a shot of a fireplace with old radio shows as audio. I said, nope.

I was watching the traditional WGN compilation tribute of "Bozo, Ray and Gar" which airs Xmas Eve night till midnight. I said they were running promos for an overnight radio nostalgia show with a fireplace for video, starting at 1:30amto 6:30am.

He read me the on-screen program guide for the "national" WGN feed and it did not sync with WGN Chicago programming. So now ya know....Aren't video servers wonderful?


Matt, in regard to Johnny Rauser's passing, said it's amazing for all the stuff that Johnny did, he had a very long life.


Merry Xmas from the Windy City!

December 24 2008 at 15:22:53
Name: Jim Hill
Topic: Johnny Rauser
Email: gemhill at cox dot net
Comments: Johnny Rauser died on Monday December 22. Services are being handled by Stanley's on 31st St. and will be at 10 am Saturday December 27 at the Southern Hills Baptist Church at 5590 S. Lewis here in Tulsa. I'll be there. (Tulsa World notice)

I want to say something here based on fond memories of Johnny and not disrespectful in any way... I'm wondering if this will be Johnny's first visit ever to a Baptist Church.

I worked closely with Johnny. When I anchored sports, he was always my photographer and he busted his butt to take care of me.

Johnny Rauser

Johnny Rauser
(courtesy of Bud Blust)

Johnny was one of the earlier employees of the station. When I came in March of 1965, he was in the news department working mostly with Hal O'Halloran, our sports guy. Earlier I think he had run the film library. His wife Mildred, had made the Tuffy the Tiger and Shaggy Dog costumes for the Mr. Zing and Tuffy Show.

He was a worker bee, and rarely if ever got credit for his contribution to the development of broadcast television.

In a conversation with Phil Atkinson this morning, Phil remembered taking Johnny to film an interview Ted Kennedy when Kennedy was made one of the Jaycees ten outstanding young men. Phil was one of Channel Eight's most talented directors.

I have spent some time with Johnny in recent years and he did come to a lunch at McNellie's about two years ago, but he has not been well enough to attend our recent reunions.

Johnny loved to drink beer. Often when we had been out covering a story, he'd stop on the way back to the station and get a six pack. He'd have at least one beer on the way back up the hill. I think he edited film better after a beer. Somewhere, here during the holidays, I'm gonna get me a tall cool one, and sit down and have a beer with my friend Johnny Rauser.

Hope to see some of you Saturday morning.

December 23 2008 at 23:55:52
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Johnny Rauser
Comments: We called him "Chicken-Man" but not to his face. He must have weighed 130 pounds wet.

He always had a cig in his mouth. Decent photog for crime and traffic wreck genre coverage and a fast editor. Euell Golden was his brother-in-law and Johnny got him that job at 8.

When Hal O'Halloran left 8, Johnny joined him as a photog and later Wayne Tuffy Johnson did too.

It's funny to think that "we" thought of him as old in 1973! I am probably older NOW than Johnny was then!

December 23 2008 at 23:44:04
Name: ricco
Topic: The Rubiot
Email: riccolites@yahoo.com
Comments: The Rubiot building had another incarnation, also... (don't ask me how I know this.)

In the late 60s and early 70s it was a go-go bar, called the Rubi. It was cheaper to take the O and T off the sign than it was to come up with another name. It was quite a fancy place for a go-go bar, and was quite popular for a time. Had live music, and go-go dancers to boot... zowie!

Thanks, I'll get that onto the new Rubiot page.

December 23 2008 at 21:54:13
Name: Daze'
Topic: Looking for Big Emily Smith
Email: daze@thefeelgoodplace.com
Comments: I had a TV show in Tulsa - Daze' during those days.

There was a gal called Big Em. Does anyone know her, how to get in contact with her? Thanks, Daze'

It's good to hear from you. I watched your show on Tempo Television here in Tulsa in the 80s. I remember a meditation period at the end of your show with soothing hypnotic-like affirmations, while nature shots were shown on the screen.

Daze's web site today: Hypnoplace.com

That's "Sweet Emily" Smith of Leon Russell song fame. Anyone have ideas?

December 23 2008 at 08:10:13
Name: Sonny Hollingshead
Topic: Johnny Rauser
Comments: I just noticed in today's Tulsa World that Johnny Rauser passed away Monday. He was 82. I'm pretty sure he was a Channel 8 alum, and may have worked at other stations in town as well.

Our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Jim Hill told us about Johnny's career in his Dec. 24 comments on this page.

December 23 2008 at 00:32:44
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Don Lundy
: Yep, Don Lundy has a natal day on 12-23.

T'ain't givin' his age, but he is still gainfully employed as GM of WRTV, the ABC affiliate in Indianapolis.

Hoo-rah! And please pass the BBQ sauce!

Carl Bartholomew, Scott Blaker and Don Lundy, 6/3/2006

Webmaster: Here's a 2006 photo of Don with Carl Bartholomew and Scott Blaker. Happy birthday, Don!

Don said to Mike Bruchas about that occasion:

We were at Jason's Deli at 61st and Memorial. No, I cajoled a waitress into snapping it. She forgot to tell me to smile and to suck in my gut.

Will hoist a few in remembrance of The John Chick and Horn Brothers Shows.

December 22 2008 at 18:20:26
Name: Gary ChewGary Chew
Topic: "Mockingbird" director dies
: Robert Mulligan died Saturday in Connecticut at 83. He got an Oscar nomination for directing "To Kill A Mockingbird," one of the best damned motion pictures you'll ever see.

A picture that got Greg Peck his Best Actor Oscar and put Robert Duvall (as Boo Radley) on the road to a terrific film acting career.

To Kill A Mockingbird is the only novel ever written by Harper Lee. She published it in 1960 and won the Pulitzer Prize.

"Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy... but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Good American stuff!

December 21 2008 at 17:50:54
Name: Lee Woodward (via email)
Topic: Merry Christmas
: Found this and thought it might work this season...to all out there who enjoyed the efforts. Woody

Merry Christmas from Lee and Lionel

December 21 2008 at 16:03:27
Name: Don Lundy
Topic: VIP Birthday
Email: don_lundy@wrtv.com
Comments: Let us not forget a very important birthday. That of John Michael Bruchas, who turns XX today. (number replaced due to Homeland Security Rule 59A)

Mike Bruchas circa 1973, courtesy of Alan Bruchas.
Mike Bruchas circa 1973 cutting movies at Euell Golden's edit bench in the KTUL film library,
most likely on a Sunday evening. Courtesy of Alan Bruchas. Click to see larger view

Mike kicked this site up a notch when he arrived in GB 1. Since then, he has contributed greatly in the form of memories, photos and contacts. Here he is on the Origin page. Happy birthday, Mike, and thanks from all of us!

December 20 2008 at 23:42:40
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: 12/21
Comments: It's the shortest day of the year and birthday of BOB HOWER - who first hired me in TV at KTUL. Also of ED MORRIS - former KTUL engineer.

December 20 2008 at 22:22:22
Name: Still in the Bunker Beneath the Rose Bowl
Topic: Joe and Ron
Comments: Earlier this evening, Mr. Rose Bowl Bunker and spouse, whom latter wishes to remain Unidentfied, had holiday dinner with Mr. Tulsa TV Memories and Mrs. Tulsa TV Memories, the gracious Gaye, and talk turned to memories, and up popped the names of Joe Brainard, of wondrous memory, and Ron Padgett, excellent poet, and Joe's great friend and biographer, both great Tulsa artists.

Mr. RBB knew them both slightly, back in the day in Tulsa. Alas, our paths never crossed in New York City.

Synchronistically, the paths of Mr. TTVM and Mr. RBB, and Joe and Ron, all first crossed in Tulsa, at slightly different epochs, ca. the age of 6.

For Joe and Ron, from Stephen Spender:

"Never to allow gradually the traffic to smother
With noise and fog the flowering of the spirit".

December 19 2008 at 23:17:24
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Another Star Trek crewperson beams home
Comments: Majel Barrett,wife of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry passed on 12-18 at age 76.

She had small roles in the various TV series and movies - including playing nurse Christine Chapel on StarTrek and Lwaxana Troi (mother of Deanna Troi)

December 18 2008 at 09:50:26
Name: Sheila Robbins
Topic: Uncle Zeb
: I took my daughter Michelle to be on Uncle Zeb for her 4th or 5th birthday (so it would have been 1972 or 73, if memory serves). If I do say so myself, I was a pretty hot 20-something at the time, and Uncle Zeb flirted with me like crazy! I was absolutely thrilled with the attention - made my day!

December 17 2008 at 11:21:19
Name: Webmaster
Topic: "The Oklahomans" tonight

Reminder: Tonight (Wed.) on KOTV at 8 pm: "The Oklahomans". Becky Dixon profiles famous Oklahomans.

December 17 2008 at 01:52:28
Name: Mike Hardeman
Topic: Mazeppa
Email: michaelhardeman@yahoo.com
Comments: I'm sure someone has posted this. We ran across it a couple of weeks ago and were blown away!

December 17 2008 at 01:35:09
Name: roy lee
Topic: That bar behind the Delman
Email: royleeshouseatgeemail
Comments: Players, that's the one! It was one of those temporary new wave/punk hangouts for a few minutes. I remember they had Square Force, Radio Milan, and I think a few other shows. It was a diverse crowd in there too. Probably my first experience with bikers. (Not as scary as the police in those days.)

December 15 2008 at 22:22:47
Name: LeeLee Woodward
Topic: Das Boot
Comments: Well, it is very possible that I substituted the Padgett name for yet another bootlegger and if this be the case, my apologies. Perhaps the prominence of the name stayed with me longer than the actual perpetrator's name.

As a matter of fact, the kid who was racing was no where near 15 or 16, so I plead OMS (Old man's syndrome) for my error. Remove the name and the story stands. Again, my apologies to Ron.

December 15 2008 at 20:52:25
Name: Ron Padgett
Topic: My father
Comments: To clarify something Mr. Woodward wrote: I never raced go-karts. I did ride in one, once, but not in a race. So my dad must have had some other reason for slugging him. As for my father's behavior and reputation, I've spelled it all out, as honestly as I could, in my book about him, published by the University of Oklahoma Press. For further information go to www.ronpadgett.com.

December 15 2008 at 12:36:27
Name: LeeLee Woodward
Topic: Bootleggers
Comments: Doctor Ruddle kicks the old memory banks again with his mention of the so-called King of Bootleggers, Mr. Padgett.

It was my indistinct pleasure to meet Ron Padgett's father at the Go-Kart track at No. Sheridan and Apache back in the summer of 1958. His son Ron, who would have been 15 or 16 years old at that time, was also racing Go-Karts at this track.

There were the usual heat races and I guess the elder Padgett took them very seriously, as I had stayed on the track after my own heat to try and adjust a faulty carburetor; staying down low and out of the way. Since Son lost the heat race, Dad wanted someone to blame. I was standing by my Kart (owned by the track owner) when this guy walks up and coldcocks me right on my left cheekbone. It stunned me for seconds and before I could retaliate, some of the other men had pulled him back and also restrained me. Of course the cheap shot artist was wearing a big clunky ring on his right hand and I still have the scar to prove it.

I didn't go on the air for a few days, which was no problem back then and with make-up, took care of the problem till it went away. After that incident, at a drivers meeting, Dad grudgingly apologized. That is when I found out who he was: a nondescript bootlegger. I never heard of him being any sort of King of that trade, but maybe he was? I don't know the requisites.

I think his name might have been Wayne or Dewayne? Kudos to his son for taking a different path and from what I have read of him, seems to have some bonafides. I will leave that judgment to those qualified.

And yes, I...like thousands of other Tulsans used the services of bootleggers and of course, let them use my phone to retrieve their next order.

Ice storms didn't bother them. Pity they've gone away.

The next summer, I raced 1/4 Midgets and then retired, just as the Karts were moving towards speeds where I could have really gotten killed.

December 14 2008 at 17:44:48
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: WiFi radio for Xmas?
Comments: Not available via our TTM Store link but Adorama Camera in NYC has a web special for a Wolverine WiFi radio till Friday. Lowest price WiFi radio that I have seen yet.

That same Wolverine radio at Amazon is $159.99, but no shipping charge, so probably about the same.

December 14 2008 at 17:38:52
Name: Scott Linder
Topic: That bar by the Delman...
: I remember that bar north of the Delman Theatre. I often worked as a projectionist at the Delman in the late 60s. I actually never went to the bar, but I admit that I sometimes ran to Van's Hamburgers across the street while a full 22-minute reel was running!! I can't believe that I actually left the booth, but the first show didn't often have many patrons, so I guess I thought it was safe and the manager didn't seem to mind.

Van's was one of my favoite burger joints. That slim, wrinkled cook seemed to always be there and I loved the sound of his spatula as he expertly shaped a fresh-ground burger patty before flipping it to the well-seasoned flat-top grill. The fries were freshly cut and the cole slaw was basic but delicious. Yum...

Somehow, I always made it back to the booth before the reel ran-out. I suppose that it never occurred to me to visit the bar during evening shows, but a drink might have been nice on those days that I was doing a double shift from noon to midnight. I wonder if barmaids would have delivered a drink to the booth?

December 14 2008 at 17:34:24
Name: Jim Ruddle at WGN in 1965Jim Ruddle
Topic: Bootleggers
: Just for fun, I Googled "Tulsa Bootleggers" and all I got was some guy named Ron Padgett who wrote a book, Oklahoma Tough: My Father, King of the Tulsa Bootleggers.

Now, I've been away from Tulsa for many years, but I can attest to the fact that there were a hell of a lot more bootleggers that could have been ranked as "royalty" in that grimy business. The Edwards clan, the Easleys, and others had their share of the action, and I wasn't even involved in the game enough to know all of them. I do know that the name "Padgett" didn't send shivers down the spines of the average "Leg."

Google has pages devoted to this Padgett guy and demonstrates the problem of current amateur historiography which depends heavily on these self-promoting characters. Somebody who knows nothing about the prohibition years in Oklahoma--from statehood onward--will then quote Ron Padgett as the source for all information on the subject.

Somebody please enlighten me as to the Ron Padgett "King of the Bootleggers" story.

December 14 2008 at 10:50:56
Name: Webmaster
Topic: A year ago in Tulsa

12/10/2007: Ice storm on the webmaster's street in Tulsa

December 13 2008 at 11:22:45
Name: Randy Brumley (via email)
Topic: Delman bar
: The bar on the north side of the Delman and Massad's was Players. Our band Square Force used to play there to a packed house in the eighties. They had a great juke box selection. Had everyone from bikers to punks hanging out.

Roy Lee posed this question in the previous GroupBlog 277.

December 12 2008 at 21:54:19
Name: Mike Hardeman
Topic: KTBA
Email: michaelhardeman@yahoo.com
Comments: I was driving through Tuba City, Arizona today, and curiosity got the better of me, so I dropped by to get a picture of "today's" KTBA.

December 12 2008 at 21:14:49
Name: Singe
Topic: Radio Shack
Comments: 'Thanks' for posting the link to the Radio Shack archive....brought back some good memories of those "state of the art" electronics we used! It was this and the big Sears catalog that I used to sit and look at....dreaming Ü

December 12 2008 at 08:04:25
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Radio Shack Catalogs

(I'm bumping this item up. The linked site was maxing out its bandwidth a few days ago due to its mention on Boing Boing.)

Here's an item guaranteed to interest some of you. By way of Boing Boing, check out the Radio Shack Catalogs Archive. I slavered over the 1967 and 1969 catalogs as a kid. Funny, they didn't really change much year to year in the 60s.

December 12 2008 at 08:03:46
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Previous GroupBlog summary

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