Classic Tulsa Archive

Anyone interested in vintage views of Tulsa should visit the vast archive of photographs from the Beryl Ford Collection. The database has been made available online by the Tulsa City-County Library system and the Tulsa Rotory Club. Prints are also available through the Tulsa Historical Society.

The collection offers more than 22,000 images collected over a lifetime by this humble historian of Tulsa’s early years. This collection is so amazing because of the numerous scenes of everyday life- like this scene showing a traffic accident at 11th and Denver.

Courtesy of Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society

Set the Wayback for “then” and explore the Tulsa of yesteryear. I think you’ll agree, it’s an invaluable resource for our City.

Browse the Beryl Ford Collection

Tulsa One of Many Potential Shuttle Stops

Tulsa is hoping to land one of NASA’s surplus Space Shuttles. And we’re not the only ones- cities from Huntsville to London have lined up for a piece of that ceramic tile action.

But we have one ace in the hole, something no other city can boast. We have Roadside America rooting for Tulsa!

Monorail… monorail… monorail…

New Year Party = January 1

Tired: New Years Eve Parties | Wired: New Years Day Parties
First off, happy 2010.

I really think New Years Day is where the action is. I’m thinking the in crowd parties on The Day, not on New Years Eve. New Years Eve parties are SO last century.

I mean it’s not just because I’m getting older- though staying up past midnight is becoming more and more an issue each year- there are serious issues with going out on 12/31. If you don’t feel like driving with all the drunks you’ll need to party in a “stay over” environment. That usually means you’ll need to party at a hotel, unless you consider a roadside rest-stop acceptable accommodations.And the expense… geeez. I’m not getting older, I’m getting… sleepy.

But I’m not ashamed to admit it, and I don’t feel guilty about not freezing my ass off to watch an illuminated orb being lowered. So get ready for hearing someone say… “Oh I never drive on New Years Day… too many crazies on the road.”

Oklahoma Tops Small Biz List

Each year CNN Money has listed the best cities for start-ups. The 2009 list of best metro areas to launch a small business from rank Tulsa at 19th and Oklahoma City number one.

Centrally Located to Serve the Nation
The survey looks at affordability, housing markets, workforce availability and infrastructure to determine what natives have known for a long time. Oklahoma is friendly for business.

Best Places to Launch

Television Premiere: Two Wheel Oklahoma

One week from today a television program I co-produced will premiere.

It’s called Two Wheel Oklahoma and will follow two guys on motorcycles as they travel around the Sooner State. I happen to be one of the guys. Brad Mathison is the other one. Tune in October 3rd for the first episode!

Brad and I have talked about this concept for years. Beginning about two years ago we got serious about the idea. It’s been a long road (pun intended) but it looks like the effort is paying off.

This idea fits perfectly with my lifelong pursuit of dabbling in just about everything. But this project goes far beyond merely dabbling in a hobby. We’re working with a great group of people and the end result is looking very professional.

Two Wheel Oklahoma airs Saturday mornings at 9 on KMYT-TV in Tulsa.