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Backyard Olympics — High Jumping Against Dick Fosbury

Back in 1968, when I was 12 years old, I spent hours and hours in a grueling high jump competition with Dick Fosbury. Okay, technically, Dick was winning gold at the ’68 Olympics in Mexico City, jumping an insane 7-4 1/4. But in my mind, Dick was doing his revolutionary Fosbury Flop in my back […]

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Toad Strangler Water Biking

When I was a kid growing up on Nebraska Street, I want to tell you, when it rained, it poured. When the skies really opened up, I remember water gushing out of our house’s downspout so hard that it ripped up the Bermuda grass and turned the yard into a mud bog. That, or the […]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Chaos in Houston

  Back in the early Nineties, I was with a Houston P.R. firm charged with  generating publicity about their latest master-planned community. My boss decided to bring in a real-live Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle  to the grand opening of the new community center. At that time, hiring a real Ninja Turtle was only slightly harder […]

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Stupid, Evil Goat Heads

  I cannot tell you how much I hated goat heads. If you grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, you didn’t wear shoes during the summer. Every now and again, you’d step on those suckers. They’d stab you right in your heal, and bury the “horns” to the hilt. When you tried to rip them out, […]

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Wheelies Turn Boys Into Men

  I got a bike just like this for Christmas when I was 10 years old. It was a dark blue, Deluxe Renegade. And it was an absolute pocket rocket. I could pedal that sucker so fast that my feet were a blur. Once, I raced a high school kid in his Volkswagen, from a […]

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Dez Bryant Should Have Grown Up on Nebraska St

I still think Dez caught that ball in Green Bay. It was a great catch. But, to be honest, we made better catches on Nebraska Street when I was growing up in Norman in the sixties. Dez only had to deal with one short defensive back. Big deal. We had to contend with cars and […]

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Hubba Hubba — The Eyes Have It

  You would not think a new pair of glasses would be that big a deal. But you would be wrong. I allowed the Chinese Fashionista Missus to choose my new specs, and she boldy went where I had never gone before. Big, round and tortoise. Comments on my Facebook page include: “Distinguished”. “Great look.” […]

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