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Time: August 08 2003 at 22:15:16
Name: Mike Bruchas
Comments: Mike Miller and I both read Bob Schieffer's recent biography - Schieffer then a Ft.Worth radio newsman in 1963 (in a snap brim hat - a la the detectives in Ft. Worth at the time - the newsie costume du jour in that town). Schieffer drove Lee Harvey Oswald's mom from Ft. Worth to Dallas after the JFK shooting to get her into the hands of the Dallas PD. His station had done a story on her and Lee Harvey a few years earlier when he had defected to the USSR I believe. They reached out to help her get to Dallas.

Schieffer semi-masqueraded as a cop till the FBI threw him out after learning that he was a reporter. It was his first scoop of a lifetime of them...

Mike Miller, courtesy of Mike BruchasTime: August 08 2003 at 19:14:38
Name: Mike Miller
Location: Vienna, VA
Comments: When JFK was assassinated, I was covering the courthouse for KELi, and we also switched to network news (Mutual) and as I recall, there was a lot of poignant music played, quite a departure from the normal rock format.

However, Bob Gregory, (my former boss at KTUL-Radio prior to the switch to KELi,) and I spent most of the next few days covering events in Dallas by phone for the network. Bob who was working at Channel 8 used a lot of creativity to jump ahead of many national news outlets. Basically we recorded numerous JFK-related sound bites which I then fed to the network. I don’t recall whether Bob fed some to ABC News. But I know he got some excellent pieces that were used on the radio network. These included interviewing Federal Judge Sara Hughes who administered the oath of office to LBJ before departing Love Field. He had her paged at the terminal following the brief ceremony aboard Air Force One. I’m sure Gregory remembers many others.

It was a very sad time, but we kept busy and made a few bucks. And we felt more involved in covering the story…even from Tulsa.

Jim HartzTime: August 07 2003 at 21:14:52
Name: Jim Hartz
Location: Alexandria, VA
Comments: I have no idea how ABC News covered the JFK assassination, but I can fill in a few blanks about CBS and KOTV. I was News Director at KOTV on Nov. 22, 1963.

One of the greatest cameramen of all time, Pat O’Dell, and I were in Vandevers Department Store, possibly Christmas shopping. A store clerk mentioned she’d heard the president had been shot. We thought that it was sort of amusing that a clerk would be giving two hotshot news guys such an important morsel, until we got into the station wagon parked out in the alley and turned on the radio.

In a flash, we were back at the station and Cronkite was in fifth gear. (On NBC, Frank McGee, another Oklahoman, was reporting. I have no memory of ABC, although Jack Morris at Channel 8 was still a player. If ABC wasn’t on, Jack probably was. Despite NBC News affiliation, Channel 2 was the weak sister in Tulsa in those days.) Our concern at KOTV was how to handle the story locally. Pat and I considered heading down to Dallas, but figured the network could take care of that end without our help.

In those days the networks communicated with their affiliates by telex, a little teleprinter similar to a wire machine. (Do younger people know what I am talking about?) CBS advised us by telex they were staying on the air without commercials until further notice. Not only were Pat and I useless in Dallas, we seemed useless in Tulsa, too.

The station manager, George Stevens, program director Art Elliot, sales manager Dale Hart, and I conferred every hour or so, invariably deciding to stick with the CBS coverage.Ron Hagler with Bob Brown at KOTV

As the afternoon rolled on, Pat and I did many downtown “man-on-the-street” interviews with Tulsans, and resurrected some recent film of JFK in Oklahoma. (He’d been to Sen. Robert Kerr’s funeral in Oklahoma City the previous January.) And we waited.

And waited. We were spring-loaded to go anytime the network broke but Cronkite and company went on and on. I think we got on the air sometime that night with an abbreviated newscast. If anything else happened that day in Tulsa it’s lost to TV history.

Patrick O’Dell, by the way, left Tulsa about the same time I did, shortly after the assassination, and went to work for CBS News, and is still shooting for the network based in Dallas. His partner down there is Ron Hagler, also a great shooter formerly of KOTV, but now turned soundman for CBS News.

(At left, Ron Hagler with Bob Brown at KOTV.)

Yes, I remember the Telex machine; you could punch a paper tape to feed through and send a text message over the phone line. I used one to type in FORTRAN source programs for a mini-computer in 1968. The FAX machine made the Telex obsolete by the mid-80s, except in some third world countries.

Time: August 07 2003 at 16:08:54
Name: Sharon (formerly Watkins) Rue
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Comments: Just took a little trip back to Boss Radio-KAKC. I was the Continuity Girl in 1969 and wrote copy and directed spots for some pretty groovy jocks. I had the dubious distinction of being the only non-air person (and only woman) to get fired from KAKC in 1970 with Tom Gordon, Jim Peters, Dan Stone, Chuck Bushong... Of all things, the station manager Bill Allred said we'd been smoking dope at a party. US!!???

Sad to read that Tom Gordon went to the Big Radio Station in the sky. I'll never forget the afternoon he stormed out of the control room and hurled a cart across the room because the spot had expired overnight. My job to take them out of there...so it was I whose backside received the chewing as only Tom could. As fate would have it, I've just moved back home to Louisiana...tuned into KXKC one day and there was Scooter Seagraves! Jim Peters, that was a moving tribute to Thomas Guerdat. Thanks for sharing your memories.

Time: August 06 2003 at 17:48:10
Name: Dave
Location: down the pike
Comments: I had a question for John Lock about Channel 8 still doing regular programming after announcement of the JFK shooting. Was that because ABC was slow or was it because 8 was showing local programming and hadn't switched to ABC? I recall that ABC was the last place anyone would turn for network news in 1963, but I would be amazed to learn they were that much off the beat.

Time: August 06 2003 at 14:08:01
Name: Lowell Burch
Location: Shake A-Go-Go
Comments: Our webmaster will remember Shake A-Go-Go. It was down the street from East Central High School. My older sister actually owned and operated that cool little burger joint in the early seventies. My younger sis often helped out, and met her husband while doing so.

It had pinball, jukebox, and pretty good shakes and burgers.

Time: August 06 2003 at 10:46:01
Name: Erick
Location: Tulsa
Comments: A search for "The Pop Shoppe" on Google returned the following page...


Time: August 06 2003 at 09:27:21
Name: Bryan Crain
Comments: I remember the Pop Shoppe. It was in the strip mall just north of Target at 17th and Yale. I think it only lasted a couple of years.

Time: August 05 2003 at 21:49:35
Name: Emily Webb
Location: Home!
Comments: The Tulsa "Weird Al" show was great. Al even came out into the audience, and he sang a line from a song to me. Simply a great show.

I didn't care much for the venue, but the show was great. It was the first Al show I haven't been able to take my still camera into.

Time: August 05 2003 at 14:02:52
Name: John Hillis
Location: Behind the sarsparilla cases
Comments: There was a place called "The Pop Shop" (or was it "Shoppe"?) that I think was out of Kansas City and had a Tulsa location. Private-label soda by the case at cut prices.

Cheap and unusual flavors like black cherry soda.

Semi-related is the Pop Bottles page on this site.

Time: August 05 2003 at 10:53:22
Name: Charles
Location: House of Hobbies
Comments: The soda place on Admiral was called Favor Flavors (I don't know why I remember things like this). I remember being impressed when the crates of soda were pushed along the series of rollers that acted like an assembly line (I was easy to impress as a child).

Time: August 05 2003 at 08:43:10
Name: Steve Bagsby
Location: Hunting Squirrels at McClure Park
Comments: In answer to Thomas Moody, I remember the Soda place on Admiral. Was it "Fanta Flavors?" Had every flavor known to science. Probably had snogberry from the planet Mars too

Time: August 05 2003 at 08:18:12
Name: Jim Ruddle
Location: Rye, NY
Comments: A longtime Chicago pol clued me to the proper way for a campaigner to offer his paw to a voter: Shove your hand into his so that your thumb is up against his. You won't have your fingers squeezed and it seems as though you gave a damn.

Time: August 05 2003 at 00:13:37
Name: Lowell Burch
Location: Drying off in front of the computer
Comments: Weird Al went on tonight and played right on through the lightning and rain. The crowd seemed to love every minute.

Time: August 04 2003 at 21:40:02
Name: Thomas Moody
Location: Tulsa
Comments: Does anyone remember a place on Admiral and just east of Memorial that you could buy soda pop of all flavors in a wooden crate and glass bottles?? And does anyone remember Shotgun Sam's pizza...Cherry Humps??

Time: August 04 2003 at 16:56:49
Name: Mike Miller
Location: Vienna, VA
Comments: I don’t recall the lack of strength in the handshake of Fred Harris, but I have met some weak politicians who had a rather firm grip. I do recall a couple of Tulsa County elected officials who merely stuck out their hand, leaving the other person to exert pressure. It was a rather unpleasant experience.

Perhaps Fred, (an effective politician,) was shaking too many hands and his strength gave out the day Frank was saying hello.

The simple act is actually very important in communicating with voters. In the late ‘70s I worked in Arkansas politics for Ed Bethune who was running for 2nd District Congressman. At first, Ed was a little shy in public and I remember old-timer U.S. Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt taking me aside to advise Bethune to make sure he tried to shake everybody’s hand at each public appearance. It must have worked for JPH; he kept getting reelected in Northwest Arkansas.

In politics it’s probably a good idea to shake (while never biting) the hand that feeds you. But for us voters, it’s always wise to keep the other hand on your wallet!

Time: August 04 2003 at 13:32:50
Name: John Lock
Comments: THE DAY PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS ASSASSINATED: I was doing telephone work that day at Channel 8 Tulsa, when Bob Gregory came on the PA made announcement to the station employees that President Kennedy had been shot. We all rushed into the station lobby where the TV was tuned to Channel 8 which was still doing regular programming. We stood there seemed like an hour but probably was a few seconds. Finally one of the employees could not stand it any longer and changed the set to Channel 6. I have always said I got the news about the assassination from Walter Cronkite in the Channel 8 studio.

Time: August 04 2003 at 10:03:41
Name: Frank Morrow
Location: Austin, TX
Comments: I met Fred Harris at a small fund-raiser in Austin when he was running for the Democratic nomination for president. He exhibited the same characteristics that I noticed when Adlai Stevenson came to Tulsa, trying to beat Eisenhower.

The handshake was soft, not even a squeeze, much like the traditional Arab handshake. After being surprised, I later learned that the candidates have to do that because their hands just wouldn't last if they continually squeezed.

The most surprising phenomenon was that both men looked totally exhausted, with eyes that were glazed over. And yet, when they started to speak, their faces brightened, their minds seemed sharp, and their voices rang with conviction. (Of course, they probably could have delivered these well-rehearsed and oft-repeated speeches in their sleep.)

But the impression I came away with was that the campaigning schedule is insane. It takes a terrific physical and probably emotional toll on the candidate.

Time: August 04 2003 at 08:07:27
Name: Erick
Location: Tulsa
Comments: In response to an earlier question...KTUL did run Politically Incorrect until it ended. In fact, they also aired the additional Nightline half hour that was produced between the end of PI and the beginning of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Nightline runs on a one hour delay though, as a full hour of Frasier airs after the 10 o'clock news.

Due to Friday's storms, the Weird Al concert has been postponed to TONIGHT. Doesn't help me, I still won't be able to go.

Speaking of the storms, I was without power until late Saturday afternoon. Thank goodness we were able to get rid of the 100 degree temps. Mike Bruchas mentioned storm video near Mohawk Park. The golf course there is shut down until further notice due to tons of tree damage and flooding. 60+ year old trees snapped during the height of the storm. Too bad, that was such a beautiful public course compared to others (LaFortune, especially).

Time: August 04 2003 at 00:29:36
Name: Webmaster
Location: Tulsa
Comments: New movie review from Gary Chew: "Swimming Pool". My Cox internet service has been down due to the thunderstorms, or I would have had it out here a day earlier. Gary reviewed "Seabiscuit" on Douglas Everet's "Radio Parallax" show on KDVS in Davis, CA last Thursday; Gary appears at 41:40 into the MP3 clip...TTM was mentioned. The clip will only be available until this Thursday, so listen or save it now if interested (the RealAudio clip is the previous week's show).

Caught the new "Beef Baloney" show on tape at midnight Saturday. It had some good laughs...I think we may have a wiener! It will be replayed several times this week (see the BB site for details), so look for it.

Time: August 02 2003 at 22:26:46
Name: Mike Bruchas
Comments: Speaking of Fred Harris - does he ever come back to OK? I have read several of his period mysteries and last heard - he was still teaching at the U of NM.

Time: August 02 2003 at 17:29:34
Name: John Lock
Location: Channel 8 Tulsa, Okla. Year?
Comments: The year that Fred Harris and Bud Wilkinson run for the Senate, I was a telephone co. employee at the time. I was given orders to install 5 telco lines at Channel 8 for people to call in for their debate. I was given the orders late in the evening and the debate was to start the next morning at 10:00AM. I knew that I was in trouble because that was not adequate time for me to complete the assignment. When the time for the debate to start, they told me to leave the set, I had two lines working and one of them was very noisy. I did not get one complaint WHEW!!!!!

Time: August 02 2003 at 15:14:45
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: Monitoring CBS network lines
Comments: Saw on the CBS news path feed - video of storm damage in Tulsa today circa 4pm EDST - looked like at Mohawk Park and in Brookside. Sadly it was unsteady and grossly overexposed - has KOTV fallen so far to have photogs this lazy as to not be able to use a tripod or read the zebra-stripe in their camera viewfinder? Hell, if John Bateman were still at 6 - some photog would get yelled at for non-professional quality work! It made THE NETWORK news feed but it was cable access quality!

Time: August 02 2003 at 05:33:31
Name: Wilhelm Murg
Location: Watching COACH while waiting for NIGHTLINE to come on

Here’s what I remember about network shows that were either delayed or not shown on Tulsa television:

- KTUL was one of only a few affiliates to delay SOAP. If I remember correctly, both SOAP and FAMILY seemed to be delayed by a week, because we always seemed to be a week behind in the TV GUIDE descriptions.

- If I remember correctly, KJRH did not play the second season of MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN. Ironically, when KOKI (or was it 41?) reran MARY HARTMAN in the 1980s, I don’t think they got through the first season before it was taken off for JOAN RIVERS or something like that. I’ve never seen the last season of the series. Did FERNWOOD TONIGHT ever play here in its original run?

- SANFORD & SON aired on NBC on Fridays at 7 PM, but at some point (perhaps from the beginning, but at least somewhere between 1972 & 1974) it was moved by KTEW to Sunday nights in the 9:30 slot (which is actually a better time to watch SANFORD & SON anyway). I think it may have been swapped with NIGHT GALLERY (which I seem to remember watching on Friday nights) in September of 1972, when NIGHT GALLERY was cut down to a half-hour. In the 1973 season there was no NBC programming on Sundays at 9:30 (presumably for public service or syndicated programming). In 1974 it was definitely replaced by POP GOES THE COUNTRY and ran at 9:30. In 1975 NBC bumped the Sunday Mystery Movie up a half-hour and filled the 9:30 spot.

The reason I remember POP GOES THE COUNTRY in 1974 is because the TV version of PLANET OF THE APES ran on CBS (KOTV) that season at 7 PM Fridays, and S&S was not on, so I usually watched the first half-hour of APES (which was bloody awful) and flipped it over to CHICO & THE MAN at 7:30.

- I think a few episodes of HOT L BALTIMORE (which aired JAN- JUNE 1975) eventually played on KTUL, but if I remember correctly I never saw it because it played in the 9:30 PM Sunday slot, opposite of SANFORD & SON. My memory is a little hazy on that period because KTUL delayed their primetime ABC Sunday Night Movie to 10:30 or 11 PM for at least one season. I can’t remember the KTUL schedule for Sunday Primetime in 1975. There’s also a possibility the show was delayed to Sunday night, after the news (and probably HAWAII 5-0 or STAR TREK). I can’t find a listing for when it aired on ABC, but Friday at 9:30 PM seems like a good guess (the web master on www.jumptheshark.com notes that it was on after THE NIGHT STALKER, which was on Fridays).

- I don’t believe the first episode of the 1977 NBC RICHARD PRYOR SHOW (even with all the editing) ever played on KJRH.

- OETA played a Monty Python episode with a topless woman in it two or three times when the episodes first aired uncensored, then finally placed a bar over the breasts in all successive airings.

- OETA also played the six-part BBC mini-series THE GLITTERING PRIZES based on the Frederic Raphael book, which had some nudity in it (about the same amount as I CLAUDIUS). OETA never censored it, but when it re-ran it played in the evening and on Saturday morning. After a couple of weeks they replaced the Saturday morning repeat with a different show.

-I also remember the Bob Dylan concert HARD RAIN, which was suppose to play at 9 pm on 9/14/76 (which was a Wednesday,) was delayed until that Saturday after the last news. In its place KJRH broadcast an award ceremony for Speaker Carl Albert (it may have been his retirement). Once again, wouldn’t you rather watch a concert on a Saturday night?

- Did KTUL show POLITICALLY INCORRECT until the end?

- KOTV seemed to play everything when it aired, even ALL IN THE FAMILY and MAUDE.

Not airing “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy” is a mistake, citing its production values just compounds the issue (I’ve seen some pretty raw programming on KJRH and all the other stations,) and the argument that network television viewers are going to turn off FRIENDS and start watching BRAVO is insane. However, with the exception of HOT L BALTIMORE (which I never saw) and this recent incident, I can’t really think of any shows being kept off of Tulsa television for homosexual content (I think they wanted to get rid of Letterman because his show was “weird”). The first time I saw MIDNIGHT COWBOY was on KJRH.

By the way, I’ve seen the BEEF BALONEY pilot tape and it’s brilliant! Record it!

Webmaster, 8/15/2003:

Unannounced, KJRH preempted the July 24 NBC special of Bravo's QEFTSG with an episode of the 90s series, "Coach". Protest immediately ensued in the form of letters to the editor, and email/voice mail/FAXs to the station. The show proved very successful nationally. Only a handful of Southern NBC affiliates preempted or delayed the program.

KJRH's General Manager offered this explanation on July 31: "NBC aired the show on its network one time---to promote BRAVO, the cable channel it owns. They have no plans to air it again. We have no interest in helping a competitor. And yes, the cut down 22 minute version of that 60 minute first show was very inferior to the real thing."

On August 4, NBC announced that QEFTSG would be scheduled again for August 14. The GM said on August 6 that KJRH would air it, as it was now not just a one-shot event.

A one-shot special, "Maxim's 100 Hottest" was preempted in June on the basis that it was a "lousy show". I know of no current NBC programming (other than an hour of morning news) being withheld from the local airwaves ,

More on preemptions just above, and further down this page.

Time: August 01 2003 at 23:31:05
Name: Robert Kurtz (via email)
Location: Tulsa
Comments: Hey Doods and doodets!

Tulsa's new comedy TV, BEEF BALONEY, premieres this Saturday night (August 2nd) on FOX23 at midnight. And to kick it off we are throwing a huge block party on Brookside, 34th and Peoria. The party is free for everyone. Live entertainment, alcohol, and prizes.

After that, everybody is invited to the Suede for free food from Jason's Deli and Hideaway Pizza.. And we will all watch the first episode of Beef Baloney on the big screen!! Followed by even more partying with Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey.

How can we afford to throw this awesome party thats free for everyone? ...We're sponsored by Red Bull!

Hope to see you all there!

The party starts at 7 pm, then heads to Suede at 11 pm. Afterparty VIP passes can be obtained from a "Beef Baloney" representative at the street event. Music provided by Omnichron, Aqueduct, the Ills, and the Matt Edwards Jazz Force (featuring a subset of Jacob Fred).

Later: made it out to the party for awhile. It was very well-organized by Red Bull and well-attended. Aqueduct and the Baloney Boys were good. The frozen T-shirt contest was...good. Sadly, I had to go to work in the late evening, but I'll be watching the show on tape tomorrow.

Time: August 01 2003 at 21:15:51
Name: Mike Miller
Location: Vienna, VA
Comments: In response to an earlier question: According to Broadcasting Timeline of Oklahoma, Channel 8 went on the air, Sept 18, 1954 in Muskogee. No details on when it moved to Tulsa and became KTUL-TV, but I believe it was only a short time later.

Time: August 01 2003 at 16:05:21
Name: Dave Rigsby
Location: under a bus in Dayton
Comments: KOTV's pre-emptions, I think, were more for commercial reasons as well. I know they seemed to have it in for CBS's 9:30am game show for a good portion of the 1980's ("Press Your Luck", "Wheel of Fortune", "Now You See It", and "Card Sharks" were the ones affected), replacing it with whatever syndicated program was available. The only reason I saw "Press Your Luck" after its first year was that KGCT picked it up. (What else did they have to run in the mid-80s besides shows the big 3 pre-empted, anyway?)

Time: August 01 2003 at 14:41:19
Name: Erick
Location: Tulsa
Paul Shushkewitch, the 'Soap Swami'Comments: I just found out that the Soap Swami from "Six In the Morning" died yesterday.

Too bad, he was a funny guy, although you never saw him smile or laugh. His dry and cynical sense of humor made you laugh as he dished out the latest dirt from The Young and the Restless.

Paul Shushkewitch, 58, was production crew chief for the show and had worked at KOTV for almost 13 years. He was a New York native and also had been a cameraman at Columbia Pictures for many years. He will be missed.

Time: August 01 2003 at 13:12:36
Name: tulsatime
Location: Tulsa
Comments: What was the original broadcast date that KTUL TV went on the air?

Time: August 01 2003 at 11:23:00
Name: Erick
Location: Tulsa
Comments: KTUL is not carrying "Jimmy Kimmel Live" latenights. In fact, when the show debuted in primetime after the Super Bowl, KTUL did not carry it either. About a month or so ago, KWBT began carrying it at 11:05.

Time: August 01 2003 at 06:46:19
Name: Jim Reid
Location: Dallas
Comments: I was working at KTUL during both the Hotl Baltimore and SOAP days. I don't think we ever ran Hot L. We did swap timeslots for SOAP and Family. Family ran 8:30-9:30 and SOAP at 9:30. ABC gave us the option to do this by pre-feeding both shows.

There was a long history of Channel 8 pre-empting ABC shows for commercial reasons, especially the shows that ran Mondays at 7pm right before Monday Night Football/Baseball. There was the Captain & Tennille, the San Pedro Beach Bums, etc. We covered them with syndicated shows like Gunsmoke.

Time: July 31 2003 at 21:43:16
Name: Will Truman
Location: Manhattan
Comments: I hear Channel Two wouldn't run "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy" last Thursday. Heard they were concerned on "promoting cable programming." Sounds more like Okie homophobia.

Channel 2 has a history of controversial preemptions. Tom Snyder interviewed Charles Manson for the "Tomorrow" show in 1981, but the interview was not shown in Tulsa. "Saturday Night Live" was not seen here in its first season (1975).

Wilhelm Murg in Guestbook 133: "'Thicke of the Night' ran from 1983-1985, which is when Channel 2 took Letterman off the air...After Thicke was cancelled, Channel 2 experimented with going off the air at midnight, rather than show Letterman, except on Fridays when they showed 'Kung Fu Theatre'. I remember the petitions to bring Letterman back on the air that were circulated at TU when I was a student there."

I learned at the Thicke link above that NBC's Tucson affiliate also replaced Letterman with Thicke...and viewers there were unhappy, too.

Mike Bruchas in Guestbook 6: "KTUL did not carry (1975 sitcom) HOT L BALTIMORE off ABC (it died anyway) because of too many gay characters on it - again did not meet you-know-what. I think at one time SOAP wasn't carried off ABC in its regular time for the same reason - they may have tape delayed it."

I do remember seeing HOT L at some point; maybe it was also a case of tape delay. There were several aspects of the show (a Norman Lear production) that were probably deemed potentially offensive or too sophisticated for prime time Tulsa audiences. I can't think of any similar occurrances with KOTV, though.

More about the "Queer Eye" preemption above.

Time: July 31 2003 at 00:44:01
Name: Mike Sneezy Bruchas
Location: NC for 3 days
Matt Bunyan, courtesy of Mike BruchasComments: Talked to Matt Bunyan (of Starship Records and Tapes) - a power strike smoked his WebTV and satellite receiver. So he is webless.

We were talking about the RIAA going after web music downloaders - he said this is killing the retail music biz. Folks want music but for free - "hey we got it with the computer" - and the ability to create their own personal CD's. Nothing wrong with that in principle but artists and composers need to be paid - whether thru record sales or something like Mac's iTunes. We are so old that we remember when free music was recording garage bands or remembering those idiots who use to smuggle cassette recorders into concerts in Tulsa - trying to make their own "bootleg" recordings...

Time: July 30 2003 at 17:24:42
Name: Emily Webb
Location: Home!
Comments: Yes, Monte Toon's book is very good so far. "Asylum's Bridge." If you see it somewhere, pick it up! Well, pay for it of course before you leave.

Time: July 30 2003 at 16:09:53
Name: Chuck Fullhart
Location: Down by the crik in the shade

Click on the link for the '57 Plymouth story, scroll down to the bottom half of the picture, and standing just to the left center, is Abe Lincoln in a top hat wearing sunglasses.

Just exactly what year was it that we buried the Plymouth?

Time: July 30 2003 at 10:29:08
Name: Dan Wright
Location: Yakima
Comments: http://www.forwardlook.net/countdown.asp

This is a countdown timer for the unburial of the Plymouth. (And photos with text about the time capsule.)

Time: July 29 2003 at 17:43:01
Name: Webmaster
Location: Tulsa
Comments: Some of the highlights of the previous Guestbook (#142):

The 1957 time capsule buried at City Plaza was discussed. It's due to be unearthed in 2007 and contains, among other things, a '57 Plymouth with a case of Schlitz in the trunk. We'll see if the big plastic bag has kept rust out of the car; beer cans were made of steel at that time, so the Schlitz could be pretty funky.

Three pieces of music used as themes on Johnny Martin's big band KRMG radio show were identified. We learned that one of Gary Busey's purported multiple personalities is named "Pesky, the Excitable Boy" (I have a hunch that Pesky's peskiness might spill over into some of the other personalities). We saw a Victor Borge handbill from the Brady Theater circa late 40s/early 50s; the cheap seats were $1.22. An oddly-named soft drink of the 50s, "El Wino", was inquired after.

John Russell of the musical group Admiral Twin dropped in with a mention of a bizarre Pink Floyd cut used to promote the Plenty Scary Movie. We heard that KTUL artist Monte Toon (who did the PSM artwork) has written a novel.

Lowell and Susan Burch unveiled their new music CD, which boasts an early Tulsa TV motif. Lowell recorded it digitally on his new computer, and multi-tracked most of the instruments. Who needs a recording label? It's available at their web site, where you can hear samples.

This is only a partial listing of what is yours in Guestbook 142.

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