All the girls had ugly
gym uniforms?

It took five minutes for
the TV to warm up?

Nearly everyone's Mom was at
home when the kids got home
from school?

Nobody owned a purebred dog?

When a quarter was a
decent allowance?

You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?

Your Mom wore nylons
that came in two pieces?

All your male teachers wore neckties
and female teachers had their hair
done every day and wore high heels?

You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked,
and gas pumped, without asking, all for free,
every time?  And you didn't pay for air? And,
you got trading stamps to boot? 

.25 cent a gallon gasoline?

Laundry detergent had free glasses,
dishes or towels hidden inside the box?


It was considered a great privilege to
be taken out to dinner at a real
restaurant with your parents?

They threatened to keep kids
back a grade if they failed. . .
and they did?

When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream car ...
to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch
submarine races, and people went steady?

No one ever asked where the car keys were
because they were always in the car, in the
ignition, and the doors were never locked?

Lying on your back in the grass with
your friends and saying things like,
"That cloud looks like a ...."


Playing baseball with no adults to help
kids with the rules of the game?

Stuff from the store came without safety
caps and hermetic seals because no one had
yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?

And with all our progress, don't you just
wish, just once, you could slip back in
time and savor the slower pace, and share
it with the children of today?

When being sent to the principal's office
was nothing compared to the fate that awaited
the student at home?

Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it
wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs,
etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much
bigger threat!  But we survived because their love
was greater than the threat?

Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy,
Howdy Dowdy and the Peanut Gallery, the Lone
Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Bell, Roy and
Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk?

Summers filled with bike rides, baseball games,
bowling and visits to the pool, eating Kool-Aid
powder with sugar and Hula Hoops.?

Candy cigarettes?

Wax Coke-shaped bottles with
colored sugar water inside?

Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles?

Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes?

Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum?

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with
cardboard stoppers?

Newsreels before the featured movie?

P.F. Fliers?

Telephone numbers with a word prefix ...
(Raymond 4-601)?  Party lines


Howdy Dowdy?

Hi-Fi 45 RPM records?

78 RPM records?

Green Stamps?

Metal ice cubes trays with levers?

Roller-skate keys?

Cork pop guns?


Washtub wringers?

The Fuller Brush Man?

Reel-To-Reel tape recorders?


Erector Sets?

The Fort Apache Play Set Lincoln Logs?

15 cent McDonald hamburgers?

Penny candy -
Jiffy Pop popcorn?

"Race issue" meant arguing about
who ran the fastest?

Catching the fireflies could happily
occupy an entire evening?

The worst thing you could catch from
the opposite sex was "cooties"?

Having a weapon in school meant
being caught with a slingshot?

Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute
commercials for action figures?

War was a card game?

Taking drugs meant orange-
flavored chewable aspirin?

Water balloons were the "weapons
of mass destruction?"

Drive in movies - "the passion pit?"

5 cent Baseball Cards with that
awful slab of pink bubble gum?


Mimeograph paper on a mimeograph machine?

Beanie and Cecil?

Fountain sodas from the Drug Store?

Butch Wax?

The next generation Butch Wax?
A little dap'll do 'ya.

Bazooka Bubble Gum?

The Rod Benders?  Forerunners
to the Squires Car Club.

Wolfman Jack?  KOMA Radio?

Poodle skirts and scarves?

The flattop?

Flash Gordon serial at the Saturday matinees?

The Korean War?

Suicide (spinner) knob?

Being sent to the drugstore to test
the vacuum tubes for the family TV?

Reading comic books like Archie?

Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike
into a motorcycle?  And the bikes weighed
about 50 pounds?

Do you remember a time when...

Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"?

Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do Over!"?

"Oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense?

Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?

The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?

AHHHH YES!!!  That was OUR youth.

"Our Gang"
Burr Brackeen, Tommie Vaughn, Jimmy Wilson, and Billy Eubanks (Chiaramonte)


KOMA Oklahoma City Radio

During the 1950's, television was forcing radio into a period of change. The old radio shows were quickly fading into the past. Something called "Top 40" with "Rock 'N Roll" music was the latest trend in radio. Changing with the times was KOMA. On May 1,1958, KOMA ended its long affiliation with CBS. The station affiliated for a brief period with NBC, but station management decided KOMA would be more effective as an independent. KOMA began the first mobile news coverage by a radio station in Oklahoma City in 1958, and also became a true "Rock" radio station during this time when it was purchased by the Storz Broadcasting Company. It is interesting to note some important points about Storz Broadcasting, the "top 40" concept of radio, and the format system employed by most successful radio stations was developed by Todd Storz and Gordon McClendon who owned stations all over America including KLIF in Dallas and KILT in Houston.. Todd Storz became the President of Storz Broadcasting Company until his death in 1964. His innovative spirit and feeling for the public was carried on by corporation president, Robert B. Storz. The Storz chain of stations consisted of KOMA, Oklahoma City, WHB, Kansas City, WTIX, New Orleans, WDGY, Minneapolis, KXOK, St. Louis, and WQAM, Miami. All of these radio facilities served their communities with the finest in contemporary broadcasting.

In 1961, the KOMA studios and transmitter were permanently combined at one site on the south side of Oklahoma City. KOMA then became a pioneer totally automated station for a period of three years. In 1964, it was determined that KOMA could better serve the public by returning to "live" programming. Automation proved to be too sterile and impersonal, so "personality" was returned to KOMA.

Throughout the 60’s and 70’s, KOMA was the favorite of teens all across the western US. With the big 50,000-watt signal and the relatively few rock-n-roll radio stations across the plains, KOMA was the main station for the hits. KOMA (along with handful of other legendary stations including 890 WLS, Chicago; 1090 KAAY, Little Rock; 1060 WNOE, New Orleans; 770 WABC, New York; 800 CKLW, Windsor/Detroit; and 1100 WKYC, Cleveland) could be heard on car radios, in homes, and everywhere a kid could tune in. Often teens in New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, and other western states would eagerly await sunset when the mighty 1520 would come booming through with the newest hits of the day. They would sit in their cars on hilltops, turn it up at parties, or fall asleep with the radio next to their beds as they listened to Chuck Berry, the Supremes, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and the Beatles. Soldiers in Viet Nam even reported tuning in KOMA to give them a little feeling of being back home.

Led through the 60’s by Program Directors Dean Johnson, Dale Wehba, and Perry Murphy, some of the best-remembered DJ’s spun the hits each day and night. Charlie Tuna, Dale Wehba, Don McGregor, Paul Miller, John David, Chuck Dann, J. Michael Wilson, Johnny Dark, Buddy Scott, John Ravencroft, and many others were among those who played the hits from the studios in Moore, Oklahoma. And everyone remembers “Yours Truly KOMA” and the “kissing tone.” This was definitely an era where radio was fun. It was more than just the music. It was a magical blend of personality, jingles, contests, and fun mixed with the greatest music that defined the era and continues to live today.

These were considered by many to be the best years of radio. And for baby boomers across the western US, KOMA was king.

The Original FHS
The Science Building

Assembly.  Woody Woodrum entertains.
 How many people can you identify? 
Click on the picture to see enlarged view. I see Ray Miller, Mr. Turano, Michael Vann, and ???
The Spanish Club float was sitting in front of Burr
Brackeen's house at the time of this photo. Is that his
shoe-polish black '49 Ford behind it?

FHS Marching Band
Flat tire somewhere near Breen, Colorado on the way to
Mr. Kline's Psych-class picnic in La Plata Canyon. 
That's Jay Higgins and Sandy Dickey "holding" the
rear of the car, while Frank Carsey and Bill Driscoll(?)
change the tire

The 1961 "Capitol City Relays" track meet in Santa
Fe.  Gene Irwin and Ralph Neely standing.  Others?

Sophparty.  A bunch of Class of '62 at Mary Ann Hill's
house in the basement.  Gail Riordan at top, Sharon
Kenning in blue shirt, Nickie Stockton in orange shirt.  The
others?  Surely those aren't beer bottles their holding?!?!

"KWYK Capers."  Remember when the DJ at radio station KWYK (Ricky Bright) played Fats Domino's I'm Gonna Be A Fool Someday over and over all night?  A very young Russ Wagner helps to keep Ricky in a straight jacket until he gives up.
Remember the brand new swimming pool at the Brookside
Park.  Click on the picture for an enlarged view and see
who all you can identify?
 I see ( r.) Jerry Sims, Roger
Scott, Mike Butler, Mike Vann, Leon McMillan, Farren
Webb, and Bobby Ford.  Others?

Here's a link to a GREAT show of our cars of the day; check it out:

A little girl is sitting on her grandpa's lap and studying the wrinkles on his old face. She gets up the nerve to rub her fingers over the wrinkles. Then she touches her own face and looks more puzzled. Finally the little girl asks, "Grandpa, did God make you?"

"He sure did honey, a long time ago," replies her grandpa.

"Well, did God make me?" asks the little girl.

"Yes, He did, and that wasn't too long ago," answers her grandpa.

"Boy," says the little girl, "He's sure doing a lot better job these days isn't He?"

Some age better than others .... these are the others!!!
Eddie Haskell
---- The Beave ----  Wally


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