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February 25 2005 at 22:40:38
Name: Al Hess
Email: aljhess@cableone.net
Location: Bartlesville
Comments: I've been trying to remember the address of the old Cimarron Ballroom.

In 1960, Ray Charles appeared there. 7 or 8 of us went a week early to be assured of good seats. We got a table way down in front. We were juniors in high school from Bartlesville.

When we got to the show our table was taken by what appeared to us to be some very high-rollers. We went to the front and found the owner, Leon McAuliffe. He said that he was afraid something like this would happen and asked if we would mind sitting on the "negro side" of the hall. Everything was segregated then and they had the two sides of the place roped off. We said heck no. Man, all of our musical heros were black.

While everyone else at school was listening to Elvis and The Beach Boys, we were listening to Miles, Sonny, Thelonius, Coltrane, etc., and we knew all of Ray Charles regular band members - 'Fathead' Newman, Hank Crawford, Ed Willis, Leroy 'Hog' Cooper.

Leon said that they had a cancellation and gave us a table right up against the stage. When the band came out, we were sitting so close that I could have reached out and touched Ed Willis' shoes. He was Ray's stand-up bass player.

We were fixing some 7-Up and vodkas under the table and about half-way through the first set Ed Willis starts fanning his face and finally he said, "Hey, you boys got anything cold to drink; it's hot up here." Tom Ed Claiborne fixed him a Vodka/Seven under the table, handed it to me, and I pushed it up under where Ed was playing. After he finished a piece he reach down, took a sip, and his eyes flew up and he gave us a smiling nod.

At the intermission, four of us stayed to guard our terrific table. After about 20 minutes Ed Willis walked up and said, "Would you boys like to meet Mr. Charles?" We followed him to Ray's dressing room.

'The Genius' was sitting in a chair and 3 or 4 of the band members were standing around. We shook hands with him and he said, "I understand you boys have been real nice to Mr. Willis". Tom Ed said, "Ray, we really appreciate you guys coming to Oklahoma. We know it can sometimes be a drag for black cats, no matter how great they are".

Ray thanked Tom for that and said that if everyone was as nice as we had been, there wouldn't be any racism. About that time one of his band members said, "Oh, no man, we love comin' to Oklahoma, this is a great state to f**k around in". And then the highlight of the evening: Ray Charles threw his head back and laughed, clapped his hands and said, "Yeah man, let's do somma dat f**king around!" Everyone laughed and we shook hands with all the cats again and Ray said, "Hey, would you boys send Mrs. Charles back here for me." We said we would and asked how we would find her? He said that she was one of the Raylettes, "...the little squatty-bodied one".

We walked out into the hallway and there were the Raylettes standing around in shiny, yellow outfits. I went over to the one Ray had described and relayed his message. She patted me on the shoulder and thanked me and ran off to his dressing room.

It was not until I saw the movie "Ray" a few weeks ago that I realized that she wasn't his wife at all, but rather, Marjorie Hendricks, whom he "roomed" with when they were on the road and often introduced as 'his wife'.

Anyway, does anyone remember the location of the Cimarron Ballroom? What is in that location now?

Thanks, Al Hess

The second and third entries in Guestbook 148 have links to pictures of Leon and the Akdar Temple, former home of the Cimarron (and KRMG and KVOO-TV) at 3rd and Denver. The new Art Deco bus station is now at that location.

Hear Ray's rendition of "America The Beautiful" backing a KTUL sign-off. Thanks for the great story, Al.

February 25 2005 at 15:37:02
Name: Mike Bruchas
Comments: Here in DC - PBS flagship WETA also has an FM that plays NPR and classic music weekdays. Big brouhaha - they are dropping all classical music. The station exists on listener contributions and folks aren't happy. Bonneville's commercial classical station is placing ads on other radio stations in the market, telling listeners that soon they will be the ONLY classical music station in DC - "come on over - on the dial!". DC area listeners - with a good antenna - can pick up Baltimore or MD college and other fine arts stations with an external antenna, though. Seems like this might drive more folks to Sirius or XM radio classical channels.

I am confused - saw a Cain's posting on line - showing The Texas Playboys with Tommy Allsup and Leon Rausch there on March 4 & 5. Can anybody enlighten me as to what's happening? Is it a re-union concert???

Wishin' I wuz in Tulsey! I see Keb Mo' is also there at Cain's 4-10...

February 25 2005 at 12:37:06
Name: John Young
Email: johnk662561atyahoodotcom
Location: Playing Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots with the cat
Comments: I found a website that lists the top 100 toys and games that were advertised in the late 1960's and 70's. The descripions are funny, albeit from a British perspective. Lots of familiar toys there, some of which we begged our parents to buy for us from TG&Y or Otasco.

February 25 2005 at 10:08:00
Name: George Tomek
Email: mranchor@cox.net
Location: Edmond, OK
Comments: I remember a couple of moments vividly from Oiler Ballpark.

One was seeing Bob Burda who was on the freshman team (yeah, back then the Big 10 didn't allow them to play varsity baseball) with me at Illinois in 1957. Bob was signed to a small bonus by St. Louis. Like a lot of players, he spent an entire career in the minors, having a couple of quick shots at the bigs. I hope he finally got his degree.

The other moment was seeing a young, slick-fielding black shortstop named Julio Gotay the Cardinals had signed. Unfortunately, there was a smattering of boos when his name was announced. But then, I remember being taken to a football game at then-Oklahoma A & M while on vacation from Chicago in the '50's and seeing separate restrooms and drinking fountains at the stadium.

February 25 2005 at 07:33:38
Name: Webmaster
Comments: New coffee table book: Glory Days of Summer: The History of Baseball in Oklahoma. Here's this site's Tulsa Oiler Baseball page. From Wayne McCombs: Baseball in Tulsa.

Last reminder: I have available a few extra free tickets for the Tulsa Press Club's Gridiron show at 8:00 pm tonight (Friday). Location: Tulsa Scottish Rite, 6355 E. Skelly Drive.

I've seen it several times and it's a very funny, no-sacred-cows musical show about local politics and news with all local talent. If you are interested in going, send me an email, and I'll set it up.

David Bagsby spotted this photo of Big Bill and Oom-A-Gog with puppets "Horse Radish" and "Parcel Post" on eBay. It looks like Oom-A-Gog was wired for UHF reception.

Big Bill Blair and Oom-A-Gog

February 24 2005 at 22:30:45
Name: Jim Reid
Email: jimreid56 at aol dot com
Location: Dallas
Comments: I work at the Fox O&O in Dallas and every summer we have 15-20 interns that float from department to department. They are paid for this...and all of them hate the two weeks they spend in accounting.

February 24 2005 at 22:29:20
Name: Kristi (Conrad) Stewart
Email: ok-kid{at}rogers{dot}com
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Comments: In response to Frank Morrows comments re: internships:

I received credit hours towards my degree at T.U. No pay, until I was hired after graduation.

Funny though... I didn't look at it as "slavery" back then... I looked at it as a "great opportunity" to gain "invaluable experience" (good and bad) from professionals.. and a chance to work in my chosen field. To this day, I still feel that way.

Even when I worked in radio later on in my career... I made a point of trying to work with students.. Here in Canada.. they're called "co-op" students and it's a pretty successful program established through local universities.

Oh, and THANKS to all who've provided me with info. about "Frostie Rootbeer"... I'll have to try and score some!

Literally.. "chillin out" in Toronto. It's about 5 degrees tonight.


February 24 2005 at 20:42:31
Name: Paul
Email: capsgm2002@hotmail.nospam
Location: NJ
Comments: Nice site... just one question and that's if "Move Closer to Your World" was actually used as the news theme for the KTUL News and when it was used... thanks!

I believe it was a promotion, but not the actual news theme. Erick pegged it as early 70s.

February 24 2005 at 15:29:52
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: snowy DC - just East of Hillis country!
Comments: When I was at TU - the plum internship was with The World or Tribune. My friend Leslie MacDonald (now Leslie Pepper) got one. It paid like $100 a month and you got use of a Nikon camera to lug around + press credentials. Since she was a Tulsa-born girl, she knew a lot of folks at the paper, too. She had a great time. She went on to work at the Temple, TX Daily Telegram, became Ross Perot's in-house writer at EDS when he ran the company and later to corporate management at EDS. She now commutes between family in Dallas and a job in Los Angeles with an international think-tank. This is the same woman who pulled cable for an ABC NCAA TU game and was also a GDI nominee for Homecoming Queen at the same game!

In Tulsa, Karen Garde now Karen Keith at KTUL is the only one we had and look where she is now! In OKC we had basically good interns from OU and OSU - most KOCO hired out of college. Only 1 clunker from then CSU and he went on to INSIDE EDITION as a reporter eventually.

Watching the Peter Jennings 2 hour ABC UFO Special - ABC had a problem selling spots in this program. Either all the network breaks were PSA's or cable type info product spots. It is an "interesting watch" - UFO radio guru Art Bell got a slice of time. Isn't he on-air via syndication in Tulsey, too?

February 24 2005 at 13:46:30
Name: Frank Morrow
Email: frankmor@io.com
Location: Austin
Comments: When did the use of interns start? During my radio days in the ‘50s there was no such thing. The closest thing to it was working at KWGS. It was a student-run operation with no one receiving any pay. The commercial stations downtown hired TU students as regular salaried employees. The idea of working for free at a commercial station was unheard of.

When I got out of the Navy in 1973 and started working on my doctorate in communications at the University of Texas at Austin, I was astonished to see two things: The salaries had hardly improved in twenty years, and some of the commercial radio and TV stations were seeking UT radio/TV grads to work as interns—for free! The students didn’t think that this was something unusual.

I could hardly believe that students would have to do this after four years of study and experience. I knew one woman who was told by a local TV station that she could work as an unpaid intern for a whole year, after which time they would decide whether to hire her or not. She did this, requiring her parents support her for another year.

Unless it has changed, to me the intern system is just Class-B slavery. I had interns who helped me with my TV program, but they received UT credit for their semester’s efforts. These were almost all journalism students without any experience, not radio/TV majors. Many of them subsequently got good jobs in the TV biz after receiving a lot of varied, hands-on experience with me. They were not Class-B slaves.

February 24 2005 at 13:41:15
Name: Bryan Crain
Email: bcrain@rsu.edu
Comments: Wal-Mart sells Frosty root beer in 4-packs (as well as other Frosty flavors).

February 24 2005 at 07:57:29
Name: Webmaster
Comments: Bob Tayar, former co-owner of Molly Murphy's House of Fine Repute in Tulsa and OKC, died Sunday after a car accident near his home in La Quinta, Calif.

You can read the story here. Here is a new web site: MollyMurphys.com

We heard from Jeffiee Tayar in Guestbook 155. Our deepest condolences to Bob's family and his extended family of friends.

February 23 2005 at 19:13:44
Name: John Hillis
Location: Loudoun County, Virginia
Comments: The last Frosty Root beer I bought was at Costco for about four bucks a case several years ago. Didn't taste quite the same as I remember, probably due to use of high fructose corn syrup instead of real sugar. Still, wasn't bad, without the chemical taste a lot of root beers today have.

On the subject of other things that aren't like they used to be, there's CNN, which has another new boss of US programming, and so is fooling around. I have to confess, I don't watch a lot, unless on my fairly regular overseas trips, when CNN International and BBC World alternate on the hotel TVs. Neither does much to engage me, though give CNNI credit for moving anchor posts as the day moves along, from Hong Kong to London to Atlanta. CNN people make more money but have less fun than we did in the earliest days there.

Sky News in the UK, a Murdoch enterprise, is livelier and, to my eyes, more watchable than either CNN or BBCW, in spite of mass amounts of time spent on parochial British politics and sports.

Oh, and I note the passing of Dr. Gene Scott, televangelist with some Tulsa connections. Not sure if it's true the epitaph will read, "Get on the telephone."

Hear a remembrance of Gene Scott on NPR. While you listen, read a profile with pictures.

February 23 2005 at 16:30:49
Name: Mike Bruchas
Comments: Have you noticed that CNN is changing its prime time line up - more like MSNBC but not quite Fox News? They announced a new "America Bureau" to cover US stories today - duh? They do it every day!

February 23 2005 at 10:20:07
Name: Kristi (Conrad) Stewart
Email: ok-kid{at}rogers{dot}com
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Comments: A former co-worker and friend, told me about this website and I had to take a peek! What memories it triggers!

I am a Tulsa girl, born and raised. I attended the University of Tulsa in the late 70's early 80's and majored in Communications. I worked as an intern at the then, KTEW, Channel 2 (KJRH TV) television station on South Peoria.

I was the production assistant for the TROUBLESHOOTER SERIES with reporter Jim Bunn (last heard from in Guestbook 108. He was working for MSNBC in the Middle East.)...solving the problems of our viewers "behind the scenes" and later, working with another JIM - Jim Forbes.

After graduating from T.U., KTEW hired me to continue my role as production assistant and I eventually worked my way up to the position of Associate News Producer for the 6 & 10 p.m. casts.

I have fond memories of my fellow co-workers who included: Susan Mitchell, Ed Scripps (Mr. Scripps son), Reporters - Anthony Mason, Brad Holbrook, Roche Madden, Bunn, Forbes, Betsy Raverby, Liz Exxon and Karen Keith (my maid of honor!). Photographers-John Ross, J.T., Duane Jones and John Bateman. Sports Director, Jerry Webber (miss ya!), sports reporters, Al Jerkins (he does an awesome impression of Mick Jagger!) and Dick Pryor (Now, N.D. and Anchor at OETA). News Directors, Mendes Napoli and Susan Silver. News Anchors - Dean Lewis, Sam Jones and Nancy Herr.. and of course, weatherman, Gary Shore! What a crew!

I moved to OKC in '83 where I worked as the Promotions Director for Gaylord Broadcasting's country radio station WKY. In 1989, I met, fell in love with ,and married my husband, a Canadian.. who wisked me away to Canada.

Today, I live and work in Toronto, Ontario. I've stayed true to my "media roots" and work as a freelancer in radio and television. I am probably best known here as the National Female Voice for the Global Television Network across Canada.

My greatest accomplishment to date: My son, Brendan who will be 10 in June!

I still get home to TULSA twice a year to visit my family and friends... and of course, when I do...I turn on CHANNEL 2!

Thanks for maintaining such a great site! It's nice to be able to "live on Tulsa Time" whenever you get the urge.


Kristi Stewart (formerly, Kristi Conrad)

P.S. Does anyone know where you can, or, "if" you can get a hold of some FROSTY ROOTBEER? They don't know what REAL rootbeer tastes like up here, eh?

February 22 2005 at 17:55:32
Name: Wilhelm Murg
Email: wilhelmurg@ yahoo dot com
Location: Somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert as the drugs begin to take hold
Comments: I, and the group of young writers I deal with, are all very saddened to see the passing of our chief, Hunter S. Thompson. I never thought Thompson was a happy man, throughout his writing he made no bones about his distaste for what we call humanity in this foul year of our lord, but he always SEEMED to be having a good time.

Personally, it seems like I always knew there was some animal out there named Hunter Thompson - I remember my mother reading HELL'S ANGELS when I was a child.

The first time I investigated his writing was through the Krupp catalog out of Boulder - it was a mail order headshop that offered paraphernalia, underground comix, poster, etc. They had a literature section (1 page) that included things like Heinlein's STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND (original version, not the expanded edition,) Clarke's CHILDHOOD'S END, Tolkien's THE HOBBIT, and Thompson's FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, which was hard to find at the time (it might have been out of print, but I'm sure they had a crate of the paperbacks at the Krupp warehouse).

That book, along with Vonnegut's BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS, Heller's CATCH-22 and Burrough's NAKED LUNCH, showed me the possibilities of literature as a psychedelic experience - without the drugs!

The few times I have actually inserted myself in story, I always have to reference Thompson; he was the master of the concept.

For anyone who wants to go beyond the books, I highly recommend the Criterion DVD of FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS - it has some great commentary by Thompson, which has virtually nothing to do with the film, a documentary, and various other odds and ends; it's well worth the extra $15 over the regular version.

Would Thompson even want to rest in peace?

Here are Wilhelm Murg's articles for Tulsa TV Memories.

February 22 2005 at 17:45:50
Name: flip sterling
Email: fsterling@biopsyplayhouse.com
Location: Tulsa
Comments: A sad day for Tulsa. I regret to announce that The Biopsy Playhouse sm. will no longer air on Tulsa television. Due to new FCC regulations producers, directors, actors and performers can be fined up to $500,000 dollars. As a local production company we simply can't take such a huge risk we can only now air via the internet (the only safe place left). We still plan on delivering high quality entertainment and our goal is still national syndication. We are for now a Tulsa TV memory. We will continue to air at BiopsyPlayhouse.com so be there and get twisted!!!!


February 21 2005 at 21:45:39
Name: Erick
Email: ericktul@yahoo.com
Location: Tulsa
Comments: KOTV is keeping the Travis Meyer situation fairly close to the vest.

However, it seems that Travis will make his first on air appearance sometime this spring (after his non-compete clause with KTUL closes). Jim Giles will still be chief meteorologist. Word is that Trav signed a 10 year contract, which obviously makes him Jim's heir apparent.

In the meantime, Trav still does weather updates on KRMG.

February 21 2005 at 20:38:18
Name: Chris Astle
Email: castle1@widomaker.com
Location: Newport News, VA
Comments: Does anyone else remember Chris Lane? I recall he was a jock on KAKC-AM 970 in the mid or late 50s. At one time he did a "Dance Party"-type show called (I think) "Chris Lane's Record Hop" on KOTV on Saturdays. I think he left KAKC and went to WLS Chicago.

February 21 2005 at 18:12:30
Name: Mike Bruchas
Comments: Sad to see the deathes of both singer John Raitt (and father of former Tulsa resident, Bonnie Raitt) and (by his own hand) Hunter S.Thompson today...

February 21 2005 at 07:49:01
Name: Chris Astle
Email: castle1@widomaker.com
Location: Newport News, VA
Comments: While reading this fascinating web site, there are some names that seem to have been forgotten. When Cy Tuma was news anchor at KOTV in mid 50s, I believe the weatherman was A. L. McQuistion and the sports guy was Hugh Finnerty. Also Bob Latting did a kiddie show in the afternoons around 5 pm. Can't recall if that was once/week or every weekday.

I lived in Tulsa from 1953 until I graduated from Central in 1958.

February 20 2005 at 20:39:57
Name: Bryan
Email: thetafffamily@netzero.com
Location: Route 66 NE
Comments: Could anyone please tell me what the plans of Jim Giles and Travis Meyer are regarding KOTV 6?

Bring back Gary Shore, Don Woods, and Lee Woodward!!!

February 20 2005 at 17:57:30
Name: Josh
Location: Monterey/CA
Comments: First of all, this webpage has grown into quite an extraordinary website! I truly enjoy reliving all the Tulsa memorabilia I see here, and get a kick from reading those zany behind-the-scenes stories so many of you offer up!

I was reading about the Middle Path, and remembered demonstrating in front of Tulsa’s downtown post office with Blissful Foods co-founder Bill Sommers. There were only about 15 or 20 of us there, but thanks to the magic of television, as the news report that night depicted the event, three was a large mob present. If anyone knows how I can contact Bill, please email me. After leaving Blissful Foods, he worked for the Tulsa Zoo for awhile, and then when I moved to California in 1985, I lost contact with him.

Another Tulsa memory is in the 60’s when KAKC threw a big beach party at Utica Square. A ton of sand was dumped in the parking lot, there was a band stand set up, and there was a raffle drawing giving away free goodies. Tulsa rock band, "The Rogues Five" were likely to be one of the bands in concert. Anyone remember them? Anyone have any pics or news of them to share?

And lastly, just a thank-you to Mike and the gang for creating and maintaining this website!

Best regards, Josh Mars

You're welcome, Josh.

February 20 2005 at 01:33:53
Name: Frank Morrow
Email: frankmor@io.com
Location: Austin
Comments: I was on Kwaj for several miserable hours in 1957 on my 36 hour trip at 122 mph from California to my first duty station on Guam after OCS. It was miserably hot and humid. There were no stores, and no amenities. There were still some WWII rusty relics here and there on the beach.

The poor people who were stationed on that almost flat surface didn't even have enough water pressure to provide water for the upstairs bathrooms of their Capehart housing. They had to carry water up the stairs to fill the bathtubs and to flush the toilets.

The Navy people there occasionally would get R and R in Guam. Meanwhile, the service people and their families on Guam were dying to get off that island to go somewhere civilized for R and R.

Yesterday was the 60th anniversary of the WWII invasion of Iwo Jima.

February 19 2005 at 14:05:35
Name: Erick
Email: ericktul@yahoo.com
Location: Tulsa
Comments: I noticed today that the Rose Bowl is no longer...rosey.

Its pink paint job has been replaced by a more contemporary combination of gray, blue, and red.

February 19 2005 at 13:03:06
Name: Don Norton
Email: donaldhnorton@hotmail.com
Location: Tulsa
Comments: A little addition to KVOO-AM "pre-history:"

The Skelly Building where WEH was located in 1922 is currently being quietly torn down (by the Tulsa World). This involves everything west of Arby's Restaurant (former "home" of Palace Clothiers) to the northeast corner of Fourth and Boulder) except a loading dock for the World.

As Tommy Duncan used to sing with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys: "Time Changes Everything."

February 18 2005 at 21:59:41
Name: Glenn and Dannae McReynolds
Email: mc7den@champmail.com
Location: Denver, Colorado
Comments: Hello KTUL-TV friends!

Our 3rd grade daughter said, "Daddy, there is a really funny picture of you on the internet!" Well, that got our curiosity up and OH MY GOD!!! Jim Reid, where did you get that GOD AWFUL (but probably pretty accurate) picture of me!!?? Don't you have a better picture of me? Send us your address and I will send you a Christmas picture!! I'll send 5 bucks to anyone who knows what is hanging around my neck!!

Anyway, Dannae and I will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary this July...remember our party at Chris Lincoln's home? Time does fly by...send us an email or call when you are in Denver. "8 will ALWAYS be the Place!"

Glenn and Dannae McReynolds

February 18 2005 at 19:09:12
Name: Mike Bruchas
Comments: Weird TV stuff floats across my desk some days...If I were 15 years younger I might be crazy enough to go here.

Anyone wanna spend 2 (contracted) years on a tropical atoll in the Pacific doing small scale TV work as shooter/editor/producer? Ever heard of Kwajalein? Our WWII era readers know where it is. In the near middle of nowhere and a left turn at Hawaii.

Most of it - in the Marshall Islands - is now the U.S. Army Reagan missile test center, so you also help Lockheed, the Army and in-house cable tv work. Talk about an Army base slash company town! No cars on the island and less shopping then in Avant, OK except they have a Macy's West, Surfway (groceries flown 8 hours in) grocery and a convenience store. Oh, Gilligan???? Fly via USAF shuttles. You get paid out of Alabama via the Bank of Guam but no one is talking salary yet. EVERYONE over age 10 has to carry a government ID.

Anyone crazy enough to want to go to a far place to work - contact me thru our webmaster...here's a link to brochure on where the heck it is!

February 17 2005 at 17:21:24
Name: Lowell Burch
Location: The Vortex of 169, 21st and I-44
Comments: Three Point Letter:

1 - I ate at the new Steak and Shake. Good.

2 - I have been watching RODNEY. They often mention Tulsa area locations, landmarks, towns, etc., and it is a pretty funny program, as far as sitcoms go.

3 - Susan (my valentine) filled in on the piano at The Drunkard one night a few years ago. She said it was fun but a very demanding gig. As for me, I was invited to perform in The Olio but I never have seen the show. Shame on me.

February 16 2005 at 16:55:16
Name: Robert Walker
Location: Miami Florida


When I was about 13 or 14, a kid in our neighborhood climbed a tree outside his house and grabbed a live power line that ran though the limbs. I happened onto this scene, climbed up with a broom and pried the kid off the wire, to the relief of his freaking-out mother down on the ground. Couple minute later, a firetruck came, sirens a-screamin'. And next thing I knew, a KAKC News cruiser pulled up; out popped ... KELLY! Recognized him from his picture on the Pepsi Top 40 sheets that came out every week. He interviewed me for a couple minutes.

The 'rescue' didn't faze me a bit, but being interviewed by Kelly had me shaking uncontrollably. Don't remember if any of this was broadcast or not, but I sure was agog at being in the presence of a guy that famous. He was nice.

Robert was a KAKC DJ himself, and a host of "Dance Party" in 1968.

February 16 2005 at 11:10:51
Name: Webmaster
Comments: Archived Guestbook 176.

George Tomek, former news anchor in Tulsa and OKC, remembered when he worked with Lee Woodward on KOTV's "Dance Party", and on live Saturday night movie skits. Earlier in this Guestbook, he recalled a couple of North Tulsa jazz joints, and updated us on his soon-to-be-released movie.

A promo for "Dance Party" circa 1970 using the drum solo near the end of the Beatles' "Abbey Road" was recalled. A mention of Dutch's Party Barn led to talk of the long-running play, "The Drunkard" (started in 1952 and still going!)

Gailard Sartain remembered his kindergarten teacher, Marna McKinney, who also played piano at "The Drunkard".

Norman Angel's, a carhop burger spot on the NE corner of Admiral and Memorial in the late 50s, opened the door for other fast-food chat.

Chris asked if anyone remembers hearing his underground radio station in 1967-69, near KAKC on the dial, coverage area Memorial to Garnett, Latimer to 15th Street.

Sean Kelly of KUSH radio in Cushing checked in. His dad, Don (still operating KUSH), was a DJ at KAKC in the late 50s/early 60s, and did a memorable voice character named Chauncey.

Your vote for the Admiral Twin Drive-In could net it $20,000 for renovation from Hampton Inns. You can vote every day. Also noted on the Bulletin Board.

The Buddy Bruce-Tommy Crook birthday bash is coming up this Sunday, the 20th.

All that and more in Guestbook 176.

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