Sunday, December 30, 2012

Jenny says. . .

"I certainly wasn't what you'd call a "regular" on Peoria in the mid 60's - I didn't even own a car! But I was able to borrow the family wagon - a 1960 Chevrolet station wagon named "The Enterprise" [after the aircraft carrier - Star Trek wasn't quite around yet] occasionally on the weekends. Naturally, when I could, I loaded up a couple of friends and we headed across the river to Peoria. It was quite a treat to have the car, a couple of friends and a little money from odd jobs for gasoline and food on a summer evening!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Theodore Jackson Chimes In. Finally. . .

Just received this email from my friend Teddy Jack Eddy. No, not the 'real' Mr Jackeddi, who I sincerely wish WOULD chime in, but my buddy TeddyJack. Of course, thats not his real name, but...well, go to his post on My First Car to read an explanation.

" Hey Johnboy,
Had a little time this weekend, so I thought I'd put together a few thoughts about Peoria back in the day for you - and get you off my back. As you know, by the time I got there, it was really slowing down from it's heyday [ but I was still ahead of you, punk].  But there was still plenty happening, on Saturday nights especially. Except of course when Mazeppa was on! Man, that place died about 10:30, then sorta picked back up about 1 with the hardcores. Heard some tales of some serious street races being set up down there, for some big money at the time. But I, naturally, wouldn't know anything about that. I just heard.
But there was plenty of that going on amongst the regulars too, just not for money. Or at least not much. As we've discussed before, things had kind of segregated by 72 - 73 - 74. The fast guys, mostly Mopars and a few old Chevies, usually parked at C&F Racing Equipment. Safeway was full of high school kids that were just cruising and rotating thru Pennington's. The few Ford guys that were trying to do something seemed to meet at Midas Muffler. Us Pontiac guys tended to congregate sort of across the street at Moss Seat Covers. There was always a couple of those Stage motored Buicks at that Texaco up by the Camelot; that white GSX was quick. And naturally, there were Chevy guys everywhere, and everyone moved around a lot. But that was sorta how I remember it.
Oh, and the hippies congregated at Der Weinerschnitzel , eventually ruining their business, and in that parking lot of that waterbed store across from C&F - cant remember the name.
Anyway, you asked for some memories. Well, several I'm not certain the statute of limitations has run on, so we'll talk about others...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Judy Says. . .

Received this email from Judy - thanx! And feel free to expand when you figure out where to start ; start wherever you please!   :)

"So many memories from Peoria! Cherry Dr Peppers at Pennington's. Sitting in the Safeway parking lot.  Cruising the "Ribbon" in my 62 Corvair convertible with a friend listening to KAKC every Friday and Saturday night during the summer. {And I don't care what nader said - I loved that little white Corvair!} Movies at the Brook Theater. Shopping at Bellaire Village - buying jeans at Rebel Jeans. {"Re-Bel; they're swell!"} Even though we had one in Crystal City much closer to my house, somehow it was just cooler to get them on Peoria. Same with Anthonys and Frougs. The Pagoda. The beautiful houses. Woodward Park.
There was always something to do and something going on, day or night. So many great times there in the late 60s to early 70s, I wouldn't know where to start!"

Saturday, October 6, 2012


Scootered down to Brookside on my Scrambler last Sunday afternoon- Triumph Scrambler that is- to the autumn vintage motorcycle show at Brookside Motorcycle Company. Whilst standing around looking at bikes, eating barbecue and shooting the breeze, the conversation turned, naturally, to the good old days. And, as this year there were quite a few mini bikes and bicycles at the show, we started talking about first minibikes/motorcycles, riding bicycles and other happy childhood memory stuff. Anyway, go karts came up and David mentioned that Kartville was originally located on Peoria, just about 3 or 4 blocks from where we were standing. Well...this was news to me and was obviously before my time, [yes, there actually were internal combustion engines and roads and things before me...] so I began to try and research it a bit. I only remembered Kartville on 15th and Sheridan and then 41st between Mingo and Memorial. The internet didn't provide much help itself, but once again, Wilson's Great Uncle, Beryl Ford, came through courtesy of the Tulsa City-County Library Digital Photo Collection with some great images.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Firecracker Films

OK, so this isn't necessarily Peoria related...but it's so cool that I had to share. Just replace 'My First Car' with 'Restless Ribbon' below and you're good to go. Send your story to him and let's get that old car back whilst helping get something decent on television for a change!

Firecracker Films

Jesse at  Firecracker Films   just contacted YrHmblHst about a new show his company is developing, and asked if the vast readership here at My First Car would like to participate in the program's genesis. I opined that, my readers being the most generous, talented and interesting lot the world has to offer, we / y'all would love to help. So shoot Jesse an email with a synopsis of the story you want to share - and it doesn't even have to be a FIRST car - and help get this show on the road. YrHmblHst is already scheduled for an interview...

"Firecracker Films is currently developing a show called “Restoration Reunion,” a cool new program that reunites people with their long lost cars.   You know the one you took to the drive-in filled with all your friends…or you paraded the love of your life in…or the one you religiously washed and waxed every weekend while the neighborhood kids watched.  Are you looking for your old ride or do you have a friend, partner, or parent who you would like to surprise by locating their beloved car?  Please send an email to  We’d love to hear your story!"

Tell him I sent ya!

Friday, September 7, 2012

More memories from the Driller

Just received this from Driller AA. How great is that?!? The horn thing was something I had never heard before - learn something new every day!

"A few more thoughts. 
Obviously cruising between 31st and about 48th street was the thing to do in the mid sixties.  I don't think a great deal of parking in the shopping center lots and visiting happened until the early seventies.  If you wanted to drag race, that would usually take place either, South of 51st on Peoria, or on 61st between Peoria and Lewis.  One thing that I do remember was that each school had a special sequence of honking their car to identify their school.  It was kind of like code.  When you heard a certain rhythm of honking, you knew what school was represented.  Edison/Rogers, Edison/Hale, and Rogers/Hale were huge rivalries in the mid sixties.  All were in the same conference and in the largest classification in the state (4A at the time).  Rogers did very well in football, while Edison dominated the wrestling scene.
If you want some addition insight into the high school scene of 1965, Edison alumni have a marvelous website at  Check it out."
Thanx again Mr Driller. Looking forward to hearing more!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Driller's recollections

Architect, photographer, author, and general Bon Vivant,  Driller AA at Drillers Place just sent this glimpse of his time on The Ribbon...

"As a 1965 graduate of Tulsa Edison, the Restless Ribbon was an integral part of our high school experience.  The true ribbon ran from 31st to 51st on Peoria.  There wasn't much going on South of I-44 then.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Brookside History

Riding down the Ribbon on the Rocket this past weekend, I was remembering some of the cool things that used to be there. I also remembered a couple of great posts on Tulsa Gal, so I emailed her and asked for permission to reprint parts of them here. She has graciously allowed such. So what follows is from her [although a couple of the comments are obviously from me] Photos from TulsaGal, The Tulsa Historical Society and the Beryl Ford Collection/Tulsa City County Library. Oh, and did you know that Beryl Ford was my Malamute's Great Uncle? Yep, so it's kinda all in the family...   :)


When Tulsa WWII veterans returned from Europe and the Pacific they found great housing from which to choose from here. $300 down would get them into a cute $7,000 bungalow. These cookie-cutter homes directed at the GI market became synonymous with Brookside.
(click on photos to enlarge)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Weber's Superior Root Beer

Rolling down the Ribbon in the RoadRunner, ready to requisition a root beer and repast,  I ruminated upon my responsibility to include a post on those perennial purveyors of the modern sarsaparilla on Peoria, Weber's Superior Root Beer. So after a couple of cold frosty mugs, I returned to my current abode and began to research a bit. Well, where better to start than with the 'Weber' family themselves?
The following is from their own site , and gives a pretty good history.

Monday, August 20, 2012

A rose by any other name...

YrHmblHst was down at the Tulsa Historical Society the other day to go through the KAKC exhibit again before it closed, and made a couple of Peoria related enquiries whilst I was there. Learned something interesting...
Peoria was originally named 'Cruces' and then 'Pearl St' . Now, from what I can tell, these names were applied to North Peoria only, as South Peoria didn't exist, per se, at the time. Although it does appear that 'Pearl' was affixed to the thoroughfare late enough for it to include the area up to, and slighlty past, 6th St South. So South Peoria as we know it was originally Pearl Street. One wonders, had the street name not changed, would the title of this blog be the 'Sleepless Strand'?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

1300 block east

The Restless Ribbon. Peoria. Technically, South Peoria Avenue in Tulsa Oklahoma. Stretching from Admiral Boulevard, south to 71st Street, Peoria was, and to some extent still is, much more than a strip of asphalt. Peoria was the main artery into the heart of Tulsa's Brookside area.The main avenue of culture, and counterculture, in the area. The place where something was always going on.
Hosting structures as diverse as oil baron's homes and museums, to public parks, gas stations and grocery stores, clothing stores, car dealers and tiny hamburger stands, Peoria feeds to a wide variety of homes, businesses, and recreational areas.
Establishments came and went. Many stayed. Names such as Pennington's, The Trade Winds, Git-N-Go, Shakey's, Safeway, KAKC and John Zink Company may be absent now, but will be recognisable to most who might have lived in the area. Others, such as C&F Racing Equipment, Don's Playboy Burgers, Der Weinerschnitzel, Chalmers Auto Parts, Rebel Jeans, Arthur Treacher's  and Green Renault might not ring as many bells, but are still a large part of Peoria History. More like Claud's , Moss Seat Covers, Ninde, Coney I-Lander , The Brook, City Veterinary and of course, Weber's Root Beer are still there and thriving.
Regrettably, save for a small clutch of trendy eateries, watering holes and boutique shops  in the heart of the Brookside district, Peoria just isn't "happening" like it used to. It now looks like any other street in a rapidly descending into third-world urban area.  But 'back in the day' , that stretch of concrete was a constant hub of activity. People came to do business. To eat. To cruise. To see and be seen. Just to drive around, hang out in the parking lots, listen to the radio and meet up with friends. Or maybe meet some new ones.
So hopefully, we can pay homage here to 'the Ribbon' . Through people's memories, anecdotes and photos, we can preserve the sociological and cultural history of  an iconic place and time in the city of Tulsa, and relive the good times, the likes of which shall never be seen again.