Posted: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 15:15:00 CDT
Tonight, early risers can toast their way around the world and still be in
bed by 10 pm, Tulsa time. Instructions in GroupBlog 320. Also, Tulsa TV Memories
celebrated its 12th year on the internet, 12/29.
Posted: Thu, 30 Dec 2010 17:15:00 CDT
Joe Riddle dug up a reel-to-reel tape from 6-8-1978 with John Erling and
Don Cummins singing a new song written by Mr. Erling for his home state of
North Dakota. Listener reviews are negative. 5 minute MP3 on the John Erling
Posted: Tue, 28 Dec 2010 22:00:00 CDT
TulsaGal Nancy sent a postcard of D and D Barbecue on 2419 S Quannah Avenue
to illustrate Gary's comment about it in GroupBlog 319.
Posted: Fri, 24 Dec 2010 15:47:00 CDT
A skater named "Lockjaw" opened for Ray in a 1956 appearance at the Rose
Room Club on the North Side, recalls Jack Bettis. A previous mention of the
Rose Room and a great story about a 1960 Ray Charles appearance at the Cimarron
Ballroom are linked in GroupBlog 319.
Posted: Fri, 24 Dec 2010 01:24:00 CDT
Joetul mentioned these eateries of the past: Shakey's, McCollum's, Boots,
Norman Angel's, King's Food Host, Don's, Sandy's, Griff's. Each is linked
to previous GBs, most of them illustrated, and to TTM's Tulsa Motels-Restaurants
photo collection on Flickr.
Posted: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 22:19:00 CDT
Hollywood star Johnny Marco has nothing but smiles and hugs for his 11-year-old
daughter and is never a jerk to his fans. But some stiffed gal friends can
say the darnedest things to a movie icon via blackberry. A slice of the high
life, directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning.
Now in limited release.
Posted: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 21:39:00 CDT
Jeff Bridges fills the Duke's boots in this remake of "True Grit," with assists
from Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. Opens wide Dec. 22.
Posted: Sat, 18 Dec 2010 17:35:00 CDT
A shot of those fun-lovin', blunderbuss-totin', vision-impaired-by-Fudd-cap
Gunn Brothers? Only took me 10 years to find, but here it is in GB 67.
Posted: Sat, 18 Dec 2010 12:20:00 CDT
Michael D. Trout writes about these long-gone fast food establishments in
GroupBlog 319. With photos of The Pines Restaurant from "The Outsiders" and
the Chuc Wagun, plus links to previous mentions.
Posted: Fri, 17 Dec 2010 16:54:00 CDT
Gailard Sartain reminds us that film director Blake Edwards was born in Tulsa.
We see a clip of a nice Mancini bossa nova, "Nothing to Lose", sung by Claudine
Longet in Edwards' "The Party", with Peter Sellers as a distraction. In GroupBlog
Posted: Fri, 17 Dec 2010 11:12:00 CDT
TAMA has supplied an MP3 to go with webmaster's silent home movie of George
Harrison in Tulsa in 1974. Leon Russell came onstage for the encore. In GroupBlog
Posted: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 15:20:00 CDT
Hurst Swiggart sent the 3-page program from Jack Morris' Memorial at the
Boston Avenue Church. Flickr link to it in GroupBlog 319.
Posted: Wed, 15 Dec 2010 12:12:00 CDT
Louise Bland forwarded this photo of Jack Morris and Bob Gregory from the
KTUL days. In GroupBlog 319.
Posted: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 00:35:00 CDT
TTM is now on Facebook and Twitter. Read all about it in GroupBlog 319.
Posted: Sun, 12 Dec 2010 19:02:00 CDT
The marionette "Charlemane" from the 1951-52 CBS show "The Whistling Wizard"
and later in the 50s, the CBS Morning Show, was seen on CBS Sunday Morning
today in a still photo with Walter Cronkite. See it on Page 2 of The history
of Lee and Lionel.
Posted: Sun, 12 Dec 2010 14:45:00 CDT
Slick, smooth, but inert bagatelle, debonaire, cute, packed with romance,
mistaken identity, spy/cop action, and... Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.
Posted: Sat, 11 Dec 2010 15:38:00 CDT
Wilhelm Murg asked: "...well into the 1980s, there was always an ad in the
Rolling Stone Classifieds for Kalso Earth Shoes, and the address was in Tulsa.
Why was the world getting their Earth Shoes from Tulsa?" Chuck Fullhart and
Rick M supplied some answers, and Lee Woodward showed us a photo of Granny
wearing her Earth Shoes in GroupBlog 319.
Posted: Thu, 09 Dec 2010 18:23:00 CDT
Jack Frank recently put up a video of Dorothy's from the 1960s featuring
none other than regular TTM contributor Mike Miller, who is handed a cocktail
at the end of his KOTV report. In GroupBlog 319.
Posted: Thu, 09 Dec 2010 14:39:00 CDT
Yesterday, the online store Woot featured TTM's YouTube of a late 70s Channel
8 sign-off with Native American artist Dick West. See another one with Ray
Charles singing "America The Beautiful" in GroupBlog 318.
Posted: Mon, 06 Dec 2010 12:00:00 CDT
Grant Gamster: "My grandfather, Jack Morris, a pioneer in Tulsa radio and
television, passed away Saturday night. He was 88." Links to previous items
about Jack in GroupBlog 318.
Posted: Fri, 03 Dec 2010 08:09:00 CDT
Ballerinas pushed to the brink: which will dance the lead in a fresh NYC
production of "Swan Lake"? Director Darren Aronofsky serves up a gulp-filled
glimpse behind the high-brow scene of the performing arts. Stars Natalie
Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel and Barbara Hershey. Opens in large markets
Posted: Thu, 25 Nov 2010 08:42:00 CDT
Warren Vincent, webmaster of the Racing From The Past website and forum,
updates us on a controversy initiated here 2 years ago about a Tulsa Speedway
death: a nephew of the driver writes in. Links in GroupBlog 318.
Posted: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 21:18:00 CDT
Back from a vacation which took us into the Panama Canal by cruise ship,
and through the canopy of Costa Rican rainforest via zipline. Photo in GroupBlog
Posted: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 21:00:00 CDT
Have you ever noticed how good-looking pharmaceutical salespeople are? Jake
Gyllenhaal plays one so charismatic, he can even score big with a smart,
less materialistic gal who's actually concerned about older folks having
to choose whether to pay their fuel or med bill. She is played by the alluring
Anne Hathaway. Opens wide 11/24.
Posted: Fri, 12 Nov 2010 07:32:00 CDT
Ten years ago, Mike Bruchas told us a very interesting story about Lynda
Carter visiting his D.C. office. The webmaster has a story about the hot
WW pic that illustrated Mike's story. In GroupBlog 318.
Posted: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:00:00 CDT
It's the final Binary Day of the year (11/11/10, all ones and zeroes). To
celebrate, here are some odd, computer-related items in the TTM aStore.
Posted: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 08:00:00 CDT
Real-life CIA covert officer Valerie Plame's cover was deliberately blown
by the Bush administration. This was retaliation for her husband Joseph Wilson's
report to the CIA that a rumored Iraq-Niger uranium deal, intended to be
used as a pretext for the Iraq war, was non-existent. Stars Naomi Watts and
Sean Penn. Now in limited release.
Posted: Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:39:00 CDT
TV news has changed since the mid-60s. Today's news doctors cram electronic
journalism through their therapeutic hoops to get the ratings up and beat
the competition. Stars Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Rachel
McAdams and Jeff Goldblum. Opens wide 11/10.
Posted: Sat, 06 Nov 2010 14:51:00 CDT
Robert Downey, Jr. and Zack Galifianakis are asked to carry this overly
sentimental buddy/road/stoner/grossout picture. Chew says it's a heavy load
of... freight. Now showing.
Posted: Thu, 04 Nov 2010 13:22:00 CDT
Sunday, 11/14 event at the Circle Cinema with guests Ron Padgett, John Brainard,
Dick Gallup, Christine Rodgers: Tulsa will celebrate the 50th anniversary
of the White Dove Review, a literary magazine independently published by
then-Central High School students Ron Padgett and Joe Brainard. Contributors
included Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Leroi Jones. More info and a video
in GroupBlog 317.
Posted: Sun, 31 Oct 2010 01:17:00 CDT
TTM's "What's new" feed is now available on Twitter. Details and link in
Posted: Fri, 29 Oct 2010 10:15:00 CDT
Article by the webmaster, now augmented with YouTube videos.
Posted: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 23:13:00 CDT
NFL star Pat Tillman put his career on hold to enlist in the Army. He fought
and died in Afghanistan, struck down by friendly fire. But a false heroic
story was manufactured and promulgated by government authorities from the
top to the bottom. The Tillman family relentlessly exposed the official lies.
Now in limited release.
Posted: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 15:29:00 CDT
Courtesy of Don Lundy, a 3.4MB PDF copy of "Closed Circuit", KTUL's employee
newsletter. Link is at the top of the 8's The Place page.
Posted: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 15:29:00 CDT
William Shepherd of Toledo, Ohio has 7 questions about the Wilkerson Chevrolet
dealership in Tulsa. Can you help answer them in GroupBlog 317?
Posted: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 11:08:00 CDT
Science fiction writer Frederik Pohl, age 91, is also a blogger. He has written
about the times he got together with fellow great, Robert Heinlein. One time,
they met in Tulsa. More in GroupBlog 317.
Posted: Thu, 21 Oct 2010 20:01:00 CDT
Clint Eastwood directs a tale about a psychic longshoreman in San Francisco
(Matt Damon), a Parisian woman just undergoing a near-death experience (Cecile
de France), and a little boy in London longing to make connection with his
dead twin brother. Now playing in select cities, opens wide Friday, 10/22.
Posted: Thu, 21 Oct 2010 20:00:00 CDT
"Stone": film noir, a la "Double Indemnity," "The Postman Always Rings Twice"
and "Body Heat" from director John Curran. Starring Robert De Niro, Edward
Norton, Frances Conroy and Milla Jovovich. Also, brief notes on "Conviction"
with Hilary Swank, and Woody Allen's "You'll Meet a Tall Dark Stranger."
"Stone" now playing in select cities.
Posted: Fri, 15 Oct 2010 05:30:00 CDT
Tulsa-based Billy James Hargis and his American Christian Crusade were enemies
of the Beatles and the counterculture of the 70s. See a book cover from his
organization in GroupBlog 317.
Posted: Thu, 14 Oct 2010 05:30:00 CDT
The troubled young John Lennon's story, starring Kristen Scott Thomas, Anne-Marie
Duff and Aaron Johnson. Now playing in select cities.
Posted: Thu, 07 Oct 2010 22:02:00 CDT
Will mild-mannered Clark Kent whip off his glasses and come to the rescue
of America's public school system? No. Who will? A timely documentary by
David Guggenheim. Now playing in select theaters.
Posted: Thu, 07 Oct 2010 22:01:00 CDT
Kind of a "M*A*S*H"-up of "Harold and Maude," "They Might Be Giants," and
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," this strangely-paced comedy about a suicidal
16-year-old boy is as full of heart as the just-mentioned pictures. Stars
Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, Jeremy Davies, Zoe Kravitz, Zach Galifianakis,
Jim Gaffagan and Viola Davis. Now in limited release.
Posted: Thu, 07 Oct 2010 22:00:00 CDT
The lives of teen-aged clones, full of angst and vigor, are to be cut short
in aid of the infirm. This rather wan "dysto-pic" stars Carey Mulligan, Keira
Knightley, Andrew Garfield and Charlotte Rampling. Now in limited release.
Posted: Wed, 06 Oct 2010 18:45:00 CDT
"The West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin wrote, David Fincher directed the story
of the blow- and sex-fueled creation of Facebook. Starring Jesse Eisenberg
and Justin Timberlake. Now playing.
Posted: Wed, 06 Oct 2010 01:38:00 CDT
Public Radio Tulsa is honoring Alan Lambert's 50th year in broadcasting with
a special Big Band Saturday Night live radio broadcast 11/6 from 7-10 pm,
and a live show from 8 to 9 pm. It will be held in the Crystal Ballroom at
the Mayo Hotel in downtown Tulsa. More info in GroupBlog 316.
Posted: Sat, 02 Oct 2010 14:28:00 CDT
Lazzaro, Mitch Gray and Tim Sawyer return to the days of yesteryear in north
Tulsa, which involved a biting terror (Mitch), "The Nasty Club" and T.G.
and Y. pilferage. In GroupBlog 316.
Posted: Thu, 30 Sep 2010 21:05:00 CDT
12-year-old-appearing Abby likes 12-year-old bullying victim Owen. Owen likes
Abby. Complication: Abby is a vampire whose "daddy" must keep her sanguine.
Opens wide Friday, 10/1.
Posted: Thu, 30 Sep 2010 21:04:00 CDT
Jack goes boating to please Connie, but first he has to learn how to swim---in
case he falls overboard. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Ryan star in this
semi-raw, urban, and slightly offbeat romantic comedy. Now in release in
Posted: Sun, 26 Sep 2010 16:29:00 CDT
...are current topics in GroupBlog 316, tied together in an U.N.C.L.E. YouTube.
Posted: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 23:42:00 CDT
On KWGS, 89.5 FM, Friday night at 8 pm: the second part of Steve Clem's
documentary about the Rockin' 97.
Posted: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 22:20:00 CDT
Gary Chew says Oliver Stone's 23-year-after sequel barely ruffles the feathers
of today's Greed-Is-Goodism-On-Steroids ethos. Michael Douglas is back as
80s icon Gordon Gekko, with Josh Brolin and Shia LeBeouf. Opens wide Friday,
Posted: Sat, 18 Sep 2010 00:02:00 CDT
I've been watching a lot of "Sea Hunt" lately, just like 50 years ago.
Posted: Sat, 18 Sep 2010 00:01:00 CDT
Mike and Gary talk about a Brigitte Bardot movie at the Plaza Theater, and
an X-rated film star interview at the Majestic Theater, in GroupBlog 316.
Posted: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 00:31:00 CDT
"A" as in "abstinence": California high school students are harassed by
self-righteous classmates in this culture-clash comedy. Starring Emma Stone,
with Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci and Alyson Michalka. Opens wide Friday,
Posted: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 00:30:00 CDT
Ben Affleck directs and stars in a Dennis Lehane-esque Boston heist film
with Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Chris Cooper, Blake Lively and Jon Hamm.
Opens wide Friday, 9/17.
Posted: Thu, 09 Sep 2010 10:32:00 CDT
Scott Linder was once a projectionist at the Admiral Twin. He describes
techniques used in the past to make the screen brighter. Michael D. Trout
has some 1966 movie listings for Tulsa. The webmaster added a highly coincidental
photo and appropriate links to TTM content. GroupBlog 315.
Posted: Fri, 03 Sep 2010 23:11:00 CDT
This afternoon, the screen of the 60 year old Admiral Drive-In Theatre burned
to the ground in 10 minutes. My wife and I happened to be at the last show
on Saturday. GroupBlog 315.
Posted: Fri, 03 Sep 2010 04:55:00 CDT
George Clooney stars in this low-key, existential, European-made thriller
set in Italy. Now showing.
Posted: Fri, 03 Sep 2010 04:54:00 CDT
Casey Morgan tells us: "Fans of the old KAKC 970 am will want to tune in
to KWGS, 89.5 FM, this Friday night at 8 pm for the first part of our documentary
about the Rockin' 97. KWGS Operations Director Steve Clem has been working
on this two-part documentary for the better part of a year and we think you're
going to enjoy it. Part 2 follows on Friday, Sept 10, also at 8." More in
Posted: Thu, 02 Sep 2010 07:28:00 CDT
Discovered this odd product on Amazon, but I'm late to the party. It has
been making laughingstocks of its wearers since earlier this year. See the
YouTube promo in GroupBlog 315. Looks like an SNL parody, but it's not.
Posted: Mon, 30 Aug 2010 11:48:00 CDT
Sam Childers told us of the passing of Jim Wehba, who played "Skandar Akbar"
on "Championship Wrestling" on Tulsa and OKC TV. Link to news story in GroupBlog
Posted: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 04:00:00 CDT
Lee Woodward, Scott Linder, Jim Ruddle and Kenny Bolen continue talking about
water/swamp coolers and also artesian wells as ways to stay cool in summer,
in the just-archived GroupBlog 314 and in the current one.
Posted: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:46:00 CDT
Lazzaro sent us a backstage photo from one of the Massad's lingerie shows
at a local club. Link to a recent Tulsa World story about Massad's going
out of business. In GroupBlog 314.
Posted: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 08:07:00 CDT
Michael relates a hair-raising story of getting into the giant swamp cooler
at Sheridan Road Baptist Church, in GroupBlog 314.
Posted: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 22:00:00 CDT
"Scott Pilgrim" is a melange of teenage angst, video game, garage band and
comic opera that jells. It may rival "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" in future
cult status. Stars Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anna Kendrick and
Brandon Routh, Opens wide Friday the 13th.
Posted: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 13:00:00 CDT
Leaders and thinkers across the political spectrum agree that as long as
nuclear weapons exist and are not under heavy safeguards, the question is
not IF, but WHEN one or more will be detonated, either by planned launch,
terrorist act or accident. Now showing.
Posted: Thu, 05 Aug 2010 23:53:00 CDT
The year is 1995 and the World Wide Web is getting popular. Some visionary
businessmen pioneer the making of money with adult entertainment on the internet.
Stars Luke Wilson, James Caan, Robert Forster and Kelsey Grammer. Opens wide
Posted: Thu, 05 Aug 2010 00:53:00 CDT
AMC TV Network's new series looks to be a damned good game-playing espionage
yarn that ties into the awful things going on today around the world---and
in our own bad backyard. Watch the first two episodes online.
Posted: Tue, 03 Aug 2010 00:37:00 CDT
If you wonder what it's really like for our troops on the ground over in
Afghanistan, take a front row seat and watch visceral excerpts of a 2007,
14-month deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers. Now in limited release.
Posted: Sat, 24 Jul 2010 14:28:00 CDT
Rich B called my attention to a photo on eBay of Miss Lynn, a KTUL "Romper
Room" hostess. This serves as a follow-up to a comment made by Robert A.
Cook in GB 3, over 11 years ago. What is your guess on the year the photo
Posted: Fri, 23 Jul 2010 08:14:00 CDT
On the TTM Channel and currently on the main page: 1971 Homewood session
with Leon Russell and all the Shelter People.
Posted: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 17:24:00 CDT
Two kids, products of a lesbian marriage with a joint assist from an anonymous
donor, seek out and find said donor with comedic and dramatic consequences.
Stars Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo and Mia Wasikowska. Now
in limited release.
Posted: Sun, 18 Jul 2010 10:11:00 CDT
The webmaster and wife saw Robert Plant's new group, the Band of Joy, at
the Brady Theater on Friday. YouTube from the show in GroupBlog 313.
Posted: Sun, 18 Jul 2010 08:48:00 CDT
Gary Chew caught Leon Russell at Harlow's in Sacramento and found the master
of space and time in fine form. Photo from the event courtesy of Rochelle
Posted: Thu, 15 Jul 2010 16:42:00 CDT
Which way is up? Are we awake or asleep? These questions are lived by the
protagonists of "Inception", from director Christopher Nolan ("Memento",
"The Prestige", "The Dark Knight"). With Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page and
Michael Caine. Opens wide Friday.
Posted: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 09:54:00 CDT
See photo of the Oklahoma News Report team with George Tomek's comments,
plus links in GroupBlog 313.
Posted: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 09:58:00 CDT
Jim Cripps: "I was spurred lately to look up old animated shorts / films
/ cartoons and such, that were played on OETA in the late Seventies, maybe
into the early 80s, between such shows as Dr. Who and Monty Python's Flying
Circus, and whatever was on before them." YouTubes in GroupBlog 313.
Posted: Fri, 09 Jul 2010 12:56:00 CDT
That tree-trimmin' dude with the 'tude is chucking his helmet into the ring.
Link to a webmaster review of his local TV show in GroupBlog 313.
Posted: Thu, 08 Jul 2010 21:05:00 CDT
Chew double feature: "Cyrus" stars Marisa Tomei, John C. Reilly and Jonah
Hill; "Predators" stars Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Topher Grace and Laurence
Fishburne. The latter opens at the Hollywood Promenade Palace 12 in Tulsa,
the former coming soon to Tulsa.
Posted: Sat, 26 Jun 2010 09:15:00 CDT
"Time together matters most...not the blood." And so it goes in a multi-threaded
story of parenting from director Rodrigo García, starring Naomi Watts,
Samuel L. Jackson, Annette Bening, and Jimmy Smits. Now showing at the AMC
Southroads 20 in Tulsa.
Posted: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 05:09:00 CDT
The torrid affair between fashion designer Coco Chanel and composer Igor
Stravinsky began, appropriately enough, at the first performance of his
controversial "Rite of Spring". Opens wide Friday.
Posted: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 05:08:00 CDT
Two disparate movies, both emblematic of the current hard times. In "Winter's
Bone", a family of poor folks tries to make do in the Ozarks of southwest
Missouri. "Please Give" depicts a lower middle-class family wedged in urban
struggles between the proverbial Haves. "Winter's Bone" is now in limited
release. "Please Give" opens wide Friday.
Posted: Fri, 18 Jun 2010 00:01:00 CDT
DC Comics' vengeful, bounty huntin', ex-Confederate soldier with a disfigured
face is played by Josh Brolin, with the support of John Malkovich and the
aptly-named Megan Fox. Opens wide Friday.
Posted: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 12:44:00 CDT
Produced after hours at Tempo Television in Tulsa, circa 1986. Dave McFadden
was inspired by the then-relatively new Weather Channel. Keeps the viewer
up-to-date on the latest time readings reported across the USA. On the main
page and on the YouTube TTM Channel.
Posted: Sat, 12 Jun 2010 19:41:00 CDT
Updates to this page: new link to an insider Oklahoma radio forum (at
Radio-info.com), low-power KJZT is defunct.
Posted: Mon, 07 Jun 2010 09:02:00 CDT
Webmaster: I recently posted photos I found on eBay of DX's toy Aqua Car
on Flickr. Lynnola has reminded me of the existence of the Amphicar (photo
taken in Tulsa), obviously the model for the Aqua Car. In GroupBlog 312
Posted: Sun, 06 Jun 2010 11:59:00 CDT
McElroy's Tires on 11th and Trenton was once a sponsor of Jack Morris' KTUL
newscast. It recently went out of business and was razed, except for the
distinctive sign. citizenkerr shows it in happier days in a Flickr photo.
Posted: Thu, 03 Jun 2010 21:33:00 CDT
Actress Rue McClanahan from Healdton, Oklahoma passed away today. Readers
comment, and there are links back to photos from her Tulsa days.
Posted: Thu, 03 Jun 2010 21:26:00 CDT
"You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!"... "Alien" meets "Eraserhead"
meets "Species"... That's right, it's a horror movie about the dangers of
gene splicing. Opens wide (ahhhhh) Friday.
Posted: Thu, 03 Jun 2010 18:54:00 CDT
Lee's story about acting with Ben Hevel is followed by Boyce Lancaster's
about Ben's creative management at KTUL. In GroupBlog 312.
Posted: Mon, 31 May 2010 18:15:00 CDT
YouTube: Captured this jazz club scene from the episode, "Our Man in Limbo"
with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Ben Gazzara and Janine Gray. Original broadcast
date: 10/22/1965. Also on the TTM Channel.
Posted: Sun, 30 May 2010 18:54:00 CDT
Retired engineer Bob Hardie tells a story about former Channel 2 GM Ben Hevel,
who passed away last week. Photo of Ben at the 'Captain Ben' renion, 3/4/2006.
Posted: Sun, 30 May 2010 17:58:00 CDT
Joe Riddle: "Found this off a Johnny Martin aircheck that I taped at home
one night. Thought it might bring back a few memories." With Jim Henry, Candace
Conley, Jim Back, Richard Dowdell and the "top of the hour" ID.
Posted: Sun, 30 May 2010 17:23:00 CDT
Gary Chew review: From the scalpel of director Alex Gibney ("Enron: The Smartest
Guys in the Room"): a portrait of Jack Abramoff and his entourage of bunko
buddies and influence peddlers in and around the GOP's "K Street Project".
Now playing at the Circle Cinema.
Posted: Fri, 28 May 2010 01:14:00 CDT
That garishly caped quartet of crusaders for glitzy femininity is back, and
Abu Dhabi's got 'em. Now playing.
Posted: Mon, 24 May 2010 19:11:00 CDT
Two new YouTubes of "The Auction" circa 2001. This low-rent, wee-hours, rolling
infomercial starring Hostess Layla is featured on the TTM Channel and in
Posted: Sun, 23 May 2010 02:20:00 CDT
Sad to learn that Martin Gardner, author and Scientific American math columnist
has passed away at age 95. He was a reporter for the Tulsa Tribune before
World War II. More in GroupBlog 311.
Posted: Sun, 16 May 2010 17:00:00 CDT
2009 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner: in the late 90s, a retired
federal justice agent is writing a novel about a brutal rape and murder he
investigated in the mid 70s. But his "cold case" heats up in more ways than
one. Now playing in select theaters.
Posted: Thu, 13 May 2010 21:15:00 CDT
Chick flick alert: a young female fact-checker at The New Yorker and a male
up-and-coming New York chef take off on an Italian trip, during which they
discover a 50-year-old unanswered love letter. With Amanda Seyfried, Gael
Garcia Bernal and Vanessa Redgrave. Opens wide Friday, 5/14.
Posted: Tue, 04 May 2010 07:53:00 CDT
Jason Liebig shares his web site featuring Sears and Penney Christmas catalogs
of the past in GroupBlog 311.
Posted: Tue, 04 May 2010 07:52:00 CDT
I discovered a link to this site from deviantART. Backtracked and found a
manga cartoon of Mazeppa. See it in GroupBlog 311.
Posted: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 22:40:00 CDT
Advancing the argument that stories about ordinary people are more interesting
than tales of affluence, beauty and royalty comes an ethnically rich film
called "City Island," starring Andy Garcia, his daughter Dominik Garcia-Lorido,
and Julianna Margulies. Opens wide Friday, 4/30.
Posted: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 13:06:00 CDT
One of the great rock guitarists at the Brady Theater last night. Photo and
YouTube in GroupBlog 310.
Posted: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 07:35:00 CDT
Celebrate the 60th birthday of the Admiral Twin Drive-In this Saturday at
6 pm with a special showing of Coppola's "The Outsiders". One scene was shot
at the Twin in 1982. Pix and after-show comments in GroupBlog 310.
Posted: Sun, 18 Apr 2010 13:10:00 CDT
I visit Starship Records to see Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey on Record Store Day,
April 17, 2010. YouTubes from the event in GroupBlog 310.
Posted: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 00:10:00 CDT
Sport cars, country clubs, fine wines, fancy chow, haute couture and jewelry
to match... that's what a high-class flim-flamming fake family peddles to
unsuspecting marks who want to keep up with them. Stars David Duchovny, Demi
Moore, Amber Heard and Ben Hollingsworth. Opens wide Friday, 4/16.
Posted: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 14:57:00 CDT
The blog RetroThing.com featured a video of SEVCO's owner doing his TV thing.
YouTube and link in GroupBlog 310.
Posted: Fri, 09 Apr 2010 00:22:00 CDT
Tina Fey and Steve Carell star in this comedy of a flagging relationship
with a side order of mistaken identity. Casting makes all the difference.
With Mila Kunis, James Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Kristin Wiig, and Mark Wahlberg.
Opens wide Friday, 4/9.
Posted: Fri, 09 Apr 2010 00:21:00 CDT
Joan Jett's career started in the 70s with a band called the Runaways, svengalied
by one Kim Fowley, producer, manager and honorary head of the
Men-Are-No-Damned-Good Club. With Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. Opens
wide Friday, 4/9
Posted: Tue, 06 Apr 2010 00:05:00 CDT
Scott Linder tells us about Anita Kerr's Grammy-winning version of Dreamsville
and RCA's refusal to release it. In GroupBlog 310.
Posted: Tue, 06 Apr 2010 00:04:00 CDT
Massad's (ladies' lingerie store) is closing. See photos and read stories
about the store in GroupBlog 310.
Posted: Sun, 04 Apr 2010 00:40:00 CDT
Listen to Lola sing the tune with the Henry Mancini Orchestra on YouTube,
and learn how the tune has been used in Tulsa and OKC TV in the 70s. Also,
the short, moody Peter Gunn logo sequence on YouTube. In GroupBlog 310.
Posted: Sun, 28 Mar 2010 00:50:00 CDT
The webmaster's personal home theater automation "journey", told in merchandise
in the TTM Gift Shop.
Posted: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 23:32:00 CDT
An attractive middle-aged woman suspects her husband of cheating. She engages
a young and beautiful call girl to see if the woman's spouse will take the
bait. Unintended consequences come to the principals in Atom Egoyan's film
starring Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried. Opens in limited
release Friday, 3/26.
Posted: Sun, 21 Mar 2010 10:41:00 CDT
We got a load of snow last night and this Sunday morning, the first day of
spring. As a result, there have been many church closings. Check out the
sixth church in this list of closings. Does it seem a bit fishy to you?
Posted: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 22:31:00 CDT
Chew: "On a scale from one to ten for violence, grisliness, and blood letting,
"Repo Men" is a ten. For being really funny at times, it's also a ten. For
having an important message that projects a possible future as suggested
by today's political battles, 'Repo Men' is a twelve." With Jude Law and
Forest Whitaker. Opens wide Friday, 3/19.
Posted: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 22:30:00 CDT
Ben Stiller, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rhys Ifans and Greta Gerwig play bored,
world-weary metropolitan characters of the present day to a fault. Is this
sufficient inducement to see the movie? Opens in some cities Friday, 3/19.
Posted: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 22:30:00 CDT
Starring Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson and Amy Ryan: a U.S. soldier
rises above the ordinary in daily warfare to get the facts in the utter chaos
outside the sanctuary of a select few holed-up in Baghdad's notoriously
accommodating Green Zone. Opens wide Friday, 3/12.
Posted: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 00:10:00 CDT
KLOT meant "Lots of Tulsa TV", according to the World article published the
same day KLOT signed on for the first time: 6/1/1997. More in GB 81. Video
also on the Tulsa TV Memories YouTube Channel.
Posted: Wed, 10 Mar 2010 02:50:00 CDT
Added new comments and links to the section about Herb Jepko, creator of
the Nitecap Radio Network. It originated from KSL in Salt Lake City, and
from 1969-1971, was carried by clear channel KVOO-AM in Tulsa.
Posted: Tue, 09 Mar 2010 16:19:00 CDT
Finally: a YouTube of this unique infomercial show that appeared on Tulsa
TV in the early to mid-90s, and a new page to go with it.
Posted: Tue, 09 Mar 2010 12:39:00 CDT
Added a ticket to George's 1974 concert at the Civic Assembly Center in Tulsa
to the page with a YouTube of the show.
Posted: Sun, 07 Mar 2010 23:21:00 CDT
Now on sale. It prompted the webmaster to put up a new KTOW page last week.
Posted: Thu, 04 Mar 2010 03:15:00 CDT
Looming Oscar showdown between "The Hurt Locker" and "Avatar": Chew offers
Posted: Wed, 03 Mar 2010 23:46:00 CDT
Newly added to YouTube: the webmaster's home movie of George's visit on Nov.
21, 1974. On the 'George Harrison in Tulsa' page, and on the TTM YouTube
Posted: Wed, 03 Mar 2010 01:43:00 CDT
Mini-review of his concert last night, plus proof that a 1979 anti-rock editorial
by the Tulsa Tribune was legit. In GroupBlog 308.
Posted: Mon, 01 Mar 2010 18:22:00 CDT
He's coming to the BOK Center tomorrow, but he was here in 1975 under less
auspicious circumstances. Photographer John Southern heard the call come
over the police radio, and rushed to the station to snap the photo. See it
in "Knocking the rock", a Tulsa Tribune editorial decrying rock performers
and their audience.
Posted: Sat, 27 Feb 2010 18:25:00 CDT
Deftly written remake of George Romero's 1973 original delivers both horrific
and comic moments. Now playing in Tulsa at the Promenade Palace 12.
Posted: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 23:45:00 CDT
Michael Bates of BatesLine just posted a new blog entry with a 1989 video
of "Oklahoma's Swingin' Country". The half-hour TV show was produced at Rogers
State College for KXON (now KRSC) Channel 35 in 1989. Talent includes former
Texas Playboy Eldon Shamblin, and Debbie Campbell. Video and link in GroupBlog
Posted: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 23:44:00 CDT
10/8/2009: Sam Jones taped a half-hour interview with the Tulsa TV Memories
webmaster about the site for the KRSC-TV program "Green Country Perspectives
with Sam Jones". Posted with permission of RSU Public Television. Part 1
of 3 currently viewable on the main page, also on the Tulsa TV Memories YouTube
Posted: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 09:44:00 CDT
Photo of a future eBay item from a contributor in GroupBlog 308, added to
a new KTOW page.
Posted: Sun, 21 Feb 2010 17:22:00 CDT
Courtesy of Wayne McCombs, circa 1974 from KTEW Channel 2 Tulsa. Newsman
Jack Morris was of the serious school of newscasting, but ended his cast
with a brief joke. On this occasion, Jerry Webber and John Hudson decided
to augment the "closer". On the Tulsa TV Memories YouTube Channel.
Posted: Sun, 21 Feb 2010 17:21:00 CDT
Courtesy of Wayne McCombs: "One night in 1974 at KTEW Channel 2, John Hudson
did his version of the Cain's Coffee commercial. The audio was taken direct
from the original." This is a rerecorded, improved version of what has been
out here awhile. On the Tulsa TV Memories YouTube Channel.
Posted: Sat, 20 Feb 2010 23:50:00 CDT
An insane female patient has simply disappeared from her cell without a trace.
Detectives head to Shutter Island to find out why in this noirish adaptation
of Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel. Now playing at the AMC Southroads 20 in Tulsa.
Posted: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 11:35:00 CDT
Roman Polanski's new film of political intrigue, set in the middle of "The
War on Terrorism". Could this film have anything to do with the timing of
Polanski's recent arrest? Stars Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor and Kim Cattrall.
Coming soon to Tulsa.
Posted: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 12:09:00 CDT
Courtesy of Blake Etter, circa 1983 from KJRH Channel 2 Tulsa: tryouts for
the Oklahoma Outlaws Cheerleaders. The Outlaws were a pro football team based
out of Tulsa in 1984, moving to Arizona the following year. A KJRH Newscenter
2 clapboard appears quickly in the middle of all this. Ends with a KJRH bumper.
For some reason, the sound is speeded up a bit. On the Tulsa TV Memories
Posted: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 11:36:00 CDT
Courtesy of Blake Etter, from KGCT 1981: John Hudson and Beth Rengel at the
KGCT news desk; brief ad for "The Fair" shopping center at 51st and Sheridan,
later called The Farm. On the Tulsa TV Memories YouTube Channel.
Posted: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 11:08:00 CDT
Courtesy of Blake Etter, from KGCT 1981: station ID and logo; brief ad for
Lighthouse Seafood Shoppe at 71st and Yale; John Erling on the Main Mall
interviewing a local, watch the people and styles on the Mall; brief "IT"
subscription TV blurb; Erling touts Coin Investment Center of Tulsa. On the
Tulsa TV Memories YouTube Channel.
Posted: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 10:17:00 CDT
Courtesy of Blake Etter, from KGCT 1981: snippet of a 3rd Gailard Sartain
PSA; ad for the "Caesars and Citizens" exhibit at Philbrook Museum; John
Hudson with Michelle Merchant, who gives "The Soap Report". On the Tulsa
TV Memories YouTube Channel.
Posted: Sat, 13 Feb 2010 09:15:00 CDT
TulsaGal has a new blog entry about Lakeview Amusement Park; also see Bryan
Crain's photos of the long-gone site with GroupBlog comments over the years.
Links in GroupBlog 308.
Posted: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 07:48:00 CDT
Blake Bartholomew: "My father, Carl Bartholomew, passed away last summer
of a cancer called myelodysplastic syndrome. After his death, my mother and
I started a foundation to support children with cancer. This is a great
opportunity to play golf and support a worthwhile charity." More info in
Posted: Tue, 09 Feb 2010 07:26:00 CDT
Courtesy of Blake Etter, from KGCT 1981: Glenda Silvey with John Erling outside
on the Main Mall. On the Tulsa TV Memories YouTube Channel.
Posted: Tue, 09 Feb 2010 07:25:00 CDT
Courtesy of Blake Etter, from KGCT 1981: John Hudson and Beth Rengel at the
news desk; brief clip of Dave Jones, weatherman; IT subscription TV ad. On
the Tulsa TV Memories YouTube Channel.
Posted: Sun, 07 Feb 2010 14:34:00 CDT
Courtesy of Blake Etter, new to the Tulsa TV Memories YouTube Channel: two
short and funny public service ads for Tulsa TV circa 1981. They were recorded
from KGCT-TV, Channel 41. On Mazeppa page 3.
Posted: Sun, 07 Feb 2010 14:33:00 CDT
Courtesy of Blake Etter, new to the Tulsa TV Memories YouTube Channel: a
promo for short-lived KGCT 41 in 1981. On Blake Etter's KGCT memories page.
Posted: Sat, 06 Feb 2010 08:34:00 CDT
Sharon Berry's husband added this YouTube clip in which Dr. N.Ventor addresses
Oom-A-Gog, pre-Tulsa days.
Posted: Fri, 05 Feb 2010 22:53:00 CDT
Greatly improved video methods applied to this 1-15-2010 interview with Keith
Taylor, in which we discussed the new Mazeppa DVD, Vol. 4 of the 'Lost Tapes
of Mazeppa', available at Mazeppa.com. Courtesy of Jody McIntyre at KTUL.
Posted: Tue, 02 Feb 2010 17:50:00 CDT
Jim Ruddle tells part of the rags-to-riches tale of the late Helen Alvarez,
1st GM of KOTV. The story links back to Jim's comments of almost 4 years
ago, when he recapped the 1935 murder of John Gorrell, son of a prominent
doctor, at the hands of Phil Kennamer, son of a federal judge. In GroupBlog
Posted: Mon, 01 Feb 2010 17:10:00 CDT
Mitch Gray makes a good point: the old smudge pots used to mark construction
sites looked just like the bombs thrown by Wile E. Coyote. In GroupBlog 307.
Posted: Mon, 01 Feb 2010 17:06:00 CDT
Cat saw Leon on the Grammy broadcast last night; David Batterson caught a
snapshot of him. In GroupBlog 307.
Posted: Mon, 01 Feb 2010 16:16:00 CDT
Rebecca Miller, only daughter of the late Arthur Miller, is the director
and screenwriter (taken from her own novel). Robin Wright stars in this
emotionally complex, Tennessee Williams-like tale of women's lives. With
Keanu Reeves, Julianne Moore, and Alan Arkin. Now playing at the Circle Cinema
Posted: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 07:46:00 CDT
To quote Greg Corarito's 1967 thesis on Tulsa TV: "There was no question
but that Miss Alvarez was solely responsible for the emergence of television
in northeastern Oklahoma." Many links with information about Ms. Alvarez.
Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 23:10:00 CDT
Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall star in this retreaded
tale of a country singer goin' down that long lonesome highway with Jack
Daniels riding shotgun. Coming soon to Tulsa.
Posted: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 01:20:00 CDT
Chew's review begins: "I don't know how 'Lord of the Rings' film director
Peter Jackson did it, but he's made a well-cast, spiritually uplifting family
movie that's as creepy as 'The Silence of the Lambs.' But wait! The film
targets young females and, believe it or not, has funny scenes in it and
imaginative computer graphic art to die for."
Posted: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 00:10:00 CDT
Colin Firth, Matthew Goode and Julianne Moore star in a jolting but quiet
film likely to receive attention at the Golden Globes this Sunday. Now playing
at the Circle Cinema in Tulsa.
Posted: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 13:37:00 CDT
I'll be on "Good Day Tulsa" on Channel 8 tomorrow, discussing and showing
the new Mazeppa DVD, Vol. 4 of the 'Lost Tapes of Mazeppa', available at
Posted: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 01:22:00 CDT
Phantasmagoria from director Terry Gilliam ("Brazil", "Twelve Monkeys") with
Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell, and
in his last performance, the late Heath Ledger.
Posted: Thu, 07 Jan 2010 23:04:00 CDT
To impress a girl who's into Jean-Pauls Sartre and Belmondo, why not rename
yourself François Dillinger? (Especially if your last name happens
to be Twisp.) With Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Steve Buscemi, Fred Willard,
and Tulsa's Mary Kay Place.
Posted: Thu, 07 Jan 2010 23:03:00 CDT
On Leap Day, February 29th, in Ireland, a woman may ask the man she loves
to be her husband. But it's a long way from Boston to Dublin. Starring the
radiant Amy Adams.
Posted: Sun, 03 Jan 2010 16:43:00 CDT
Whitney Temple's dad was owner of this downtown restaurant of the 1980s.
We see an ad for it from Tulsa Time magazine, and link back to a GroupBlog
291 mention of Tytomo's in GB 306.
Posted: Sat, 02 Jan 2010 03:11:00 CDT
Reviewer Gary Chew was a kid when this Gary Cooper vehicle scripted by
philosopher Ayn Rand hit the silver screen (1949). Is it an intellectual
manifesto, or a Cialis ad on an architectural scale? Chew be the judge.
Posted: Fri, 01 Jan 2010 23:37:00 CDT
Sad news: we learned from Jim Hill and Mike Bruchas that Phil Atkinson passed
away on 12/30. More about Phil's life in GB 306.
Posted: Fri, 01 Jan 2010 16:15:00 CDT
Gary Chew picks his top twenty of the movies he reviewed this year.