Archive for the .Oklahoma Memories Category


Black Cats and the Great Oklahoma Ant War

  If you grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, the best thing about the Fourth of July was Black Cats. We spent hours and hours pushing the firecrackers into ant holes and blowing them up, just to show the stupid ants how patriotic we were. But the ants really weren’t that stupid. After a few kabooms, […]

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Happy Potamus Day, Son!

  Now THAT is the cover of the greatest ‘Happy 26th Birthday’ card ever! And BELOW are the inside pages to said card.     Because that’s how we roll in New Zealand. This is because, when we moved here two decades ago, birthday cards were boring, stupid and outrageously priced. That led to the […]

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Bazookas and Johnny Reb Cannons — Now THOSE Were Boy Toys

  Some kids liked to play cards or board games in the sixties. The games came with a lot of rules.  And when kids played them, they were quiet.  Worse, there was never any bloodshed. What a colossal waste of time.   When I was a kid in the sixties, we only played games that would […]

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Heh Diddle Diddle … The Cow Jumped Over the Moon

Heh diddle diddle, The Cat and the Fiddle, The Cow jumped over the Moon. The little Dog laughed, To see such sport, And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.   As you can see, the Cat and the Fiddle are still in good shape. The Moon is a bit like me; worn at both […]

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Cowboys ‘Landry Shift’ Gives Me Goosebumps

I honestly got goosebumps on Sunday thanks to the Dallas Cowboys. It was like I was transported back in time. There in front of me, those huge Cowboys’ offensive linemen heard their quarterback yell out “Shift”, and they did it.   Just like back in Tom Landry’s glory days. It was absolutely the coolest thing I […]

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There Was Nobody Like Betty Pat Gatliff!

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Betty Pat passed away on January 5, 2020 She was one of a kind. There is a link to the New York Times’ piece at the bottom of this story.)  When I was little, I’d see Betty Pat every Christmas Eve at Aunt Mackie’s. I have no idea how she fit into our […]

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10 OkieBoomer Memories: Dip-Tops to Sonic Giraffes

In no particular order… 1.  Dip-Tops  —  Back in 1964, the Tastee-Freeze at Main and Berry Road had some kind of magic that violated all known laws of physics.  They could “draw” an ice cream cone, turn it upside down, dip it into molten chocolate, and then hand it to you, without anything melting or exploding. […]

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