GTR Oil Series Parts 10-11


Part 10
Oil Business Sprouted Independents, Journalists in Tulsa

Judging by the numbers of operating rigs and the discovery rate, 1956 was a peak year for the domestic oil industry. According to Riley Wilson, former oil editor of the Tulsa World, “When I became oil editor in 1956, Tulsa was the ‘money city.’ Oklahoma City, Odessa and Amarillo were just as important, but they were the ‘working cities’. Tulsa was the world headquarters for the petroleum industry.”

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When the homeless stole hundreds of parking meters, I and hundreds of other folks pleaded for the City of Tulsa not to replace the parking meters and to simply institute a two-hour free parking limit on the downtown streets. Our pleas went unanswered and the city spent hundreds of thousands to replace the missing meters.

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Tulsa Ballet Strengthens with Angelini’s Passion


Marcello Angelini hopes the curve has been reached.
“With the fall of the Twin Towers in New York City, the arts scene suffered,” he said recently. “Money dried up and a number of organizations, including the Tulsa Philharmonic, ceased operations. Some of them were in trouble anyway, but the aftermath of 9/11 was the final blow.”

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Excelencia Award Recipients to be Honored

Anthony Perez of Pump and Seal Improvements, Schnake Turnbo Frank, Inc. and Bank of America will be honored for their dedicated support to Tulsa’s Hispanic business community at the sixth annual Excelencia Awards Dinner on March 2, 2006.
The event’s theme is “Progressing Together: For a Better Future.” It will be hosted at the DoubleTree Hotel at Warren Place by the Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Anthony Perez will accept the Avance Award, given to Tulsa’s Hispanic Business of the Year. This award profiles a growing and successful Hispanic business contributing to Tulsa’s economic growth and expansion.

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Presenting Sponsor Announced for Hammons Hotel Classic

The John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic has announced the commitment by SemGroup, L.P. to be the presenting sponsor for the annual LPGA Tour event scheduled September 4 – 10 at Cedar Ridge Country Club. The Tournament will now be called the John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic presented by SemGroup.
“We are excited to partner with the LPGA Tour, John Q. Hammons Hotels and Octagon in this first-class event for the Tulsa community,” says Thomas Kivisto, president and CEO of SemGroup, L.P. “Our expectation is our commitment will enhance this event’s position as one of the top stops on the LPGA Tour.”

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Blues Festival Plans Underway

Two great jazz legends will highlight the 12th annual Oklahoma Blues Festival this year to be held May 5 and 6.

Matt Alcott, festival director, says B. B. King will include the festival as part of his last road tour. King, the guitarist hailed as King of the Blues, 80, will do individual performances after this year but this is his last tour.

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The Inside Scoop


Music is always on the menu here in Green Country, and in the coming weeks the Inside Scoop will be snooping around to see who’s performing, what bands are “rockin’ the house” and what’s on the agenda in the art world. Even now there are some dynamic musical happenings for Tulsans to enjoy, taking place in Brookside, Cherry Street, downtown and out South.

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Press Club Honors Henry Bellmon as 2006 Headliner

The Tulsa Press Club has recognized one of Oklahoma’s most distinguished statesmen, Henry Bellmon, former Oklahoma governor and U.S. senator, as its 2006 Headliner honoree.
Proceeds from the Feb. 24 dinner at the Tulsa Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center will fund a scholarship at Oklahoma State University, Bellmon’s alma mater.

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Panera Bread: A Front Porch for the New Millennium


Panera or Starbucks? Whatever the choice, people flock to one or the other on a regular basis. They become true and dedicated customers. What is the allure of the modern day bakery-café?
To be fair, I have interviewed devotees of both establishments and find many people who prefer the coffee and atmosphere at Starbucks. But I have found many more who appreciate the ambiance at Panera.

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Barthelmes Faculty at Heart of Music Program


The Barthelmes Conservatory opened in August 2001 with the mission to build a better community through providing music education for children and enrichment for people of all ages. It was created out of the Barthelmes Foundation. The late Tulsa couple, Albert and Hete Barthelmes, left Germany just before World War II, and they were supporters of the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Tulsa Youth Symphony and the Tulsa Opera.
The Conservatory, located in the Bernsen Community Life Center at 708 S. Boston Ave. in downtown Tulsa, is organized into two divisions: the Music Center and the Music School. At the Music School, the Conservatory works with approximately 30 students who are accepted on their high musical aptitude rather than their current musical ability. The School’s students benefit from individual instrument lessons with instructors and classes in music theory, music history, music literature, ensemble and orchestra.

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