Monday, November 12, 2007
Oklahoma's official state cartoon character!
Somehow, I totally missed this news. But I LOVED Gusty when I was little. On KTUL-TV, Channel 8, out of Tulsa, the creation of weatherman Don Woods. He drew Gusty every night at the end of the weather, and sent the drawing to some lucky kid!
Read all about Gusty!
Also on Channel 8 was Uncle Zeb! Before Uncle Zeb were Mr. Zing and Tuffy, also on KTUL. As a teen, I watched Mazeppa host late-night movies, same channel. Mazeppa was an early character of nattive Tulsan Gailard Sartain.
Tell me about your own local TV characters and such!
The Elmira NBC affiliate, which used to have the call letters WSYE (and is now WETM), used to have a Saturday afternoon B-horror movie frame with some guy in bad hunchback make-up and his "Master" who was represented by a hand dancer (I always thought it was cool, but I suppose it was worse than hokey) as they presented another "Blob" movie, or Robert Vaughn in an early howler where he played a cave man.
The best was "Chiller Theater" on, I think, WOR (although it might have been WPIX) late on Saturday nights, which presented a claymation, six-fingered hand emerging from quicksand.
I got all of the Tulsa TV memories, plus Wichita plus Oklahoma City (The magic triangle!)
In OKC it was Foreman Scotty, Ho-Ho the Clown with Pokey, the sock puppet, Willard D. Scott (3-D Danny, as in Danny Williams). Foreman Scotty had a wooden horse -- Woody. It's at the Oklahoma History Center -- last I saw it was in a secret warehouse. I am hoping it's out where people can enjoy seeing it again. There's a web site Scotty's daughter has put together for all the kids who visited the "Circle 4" Ranch.
There might actually be an opportunity here, for an entrepreneurial spirit with a bit of hucksterism - a museum dedicated to the variety of local TV programming once aired on affiliates and independent stations all across the country.
And just for the record the damn centennial logo (logos? hmmm) looks like a Tennis Shoe logo. As for the Song, "Oklahoma Rising" It is a chamber of commerce poem set to music. Should ought to have been "Blowin in the Wind".
There got that crabbiness out for a while. There's more where that came from.