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08/08/13 03:55 PM #736    

Diane Britton

Sorry to have missed it, but thanks for representing the Class of '79.  :)

11/06/13 10:06 AM #737    


Kathy Oxley (Levin)

Thank you Kevin for organizing the 2014 reunion...xoxo

11/09/13 06:25 PM #738    


Kevin Wood

Kathy, my pleasure. This 35th is coming together nicely, and it is by no means me alone.

I love this class and it's talented members who know how to do most anything. As we get closer to the event weekend, those folks will come to aid making this an even better event than the 30th.

I am glad to see you are going to be able to make it and have even booked flight!

12/14/13 02:41 PM #739    


Gary Koester (Not Married & Happy :))


01/08/14 12:26 PM #740    


Eddie Morris

My 1st grade teacher from Carnegie Elementary, Beth Woodruff, passed away Sunday, January 5th, 2014. She was 94 years old. Each morning before we began our day we always said the Lord's Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. I remember her affectionately as a kind hearted person and a good teacher. Other Memorial classmates from Grade1-Section26 included:Cal Canfield, Brian Castles, Missy Lovitt, Debbie Moore, Jamie Sunderland and Steven Wellls.

05/17/14 03:03 PM #741    


Kathy Oxley (Levin)

PAID my reservation fees...woo hoo! Can't wait to see everyone. Also, wanted to say thank you for setting up the American Heart Assoc. donation link, on Johns behafe. Our son received a valve replacement in 2001, and is doing great. He also raises money for the AHA, and has done commercials for that organization. At 6.0' you would never guess he had open heart surgery...& walks around with a pig valve pumping away!  The AHA is a great cause!

07/08/14 07:09 PM #742    


Gary Koester (Not Married & Happy :))


07/18/14 06:34 PM #743    


Sherri Andrews (Sabin)

Zumba with Teresa and Sherri at Lafortune Park, south side at 11am on Saturday!  Join us!  Its going to be a lot of fun!


07/20/14 09:31 AM #744    


Tracy Shrewder

Huge thanks to those who organized our reunion weekend! So good to see everyone, good times filled with story telling, laughter, and just a bit of adult
I miss everyone already!

07/23/14 03:46 PM #745    


Melinda Burkett (Umbarger)

Tracy, I know just what you mean, I miss everyone, too.  It was such a letdown on Sunday when I knew I was not attending another event with everyone.   And, yes, a huge THANK YOU to Kevin (and his patient and understanding wife, Laurie)  for making sure we all stay together via the website, and to everyone who helped with this year's events.   I can only imagine the work that was involved.   I had so much fun.   I would love for all of us who are around to get together.

01/27/15 11:20 AM #746    


Eddie Morris

Death Notice from the Tulsa World(1-27-15):

Creager, Margie L., 90, teacher and community volunteer, died Saturday. Visitation 10 a.m.- 6p.m. Thursday, Moore's Southlawn Funeral Home, and service 2 p.m. Friday, Asbury United Methodist Church


01/28/15 07:49 AM #747    


Beth Lippincott (Leatherman)

Thanks for posting this about Mrs. Creager and glad she had a nice, long life.


08/04/15 02:15 PM #748    


Eddie Morris

From the Tulsa World,

"Pat Morgan, 85, of Tulsa passed away Friday, July 31, 2015."

      Pat taught "Senior English" while we were at Memorial. While I did not have the privilege of having her as a teacher, she was a great source of encouragement to me. May the angels lead her into Paradise. 

08/05/15 09:59 AM #749    


Scott Knowles

Thanks for posting this, Eddie.  Mrs. Morgan had and continues to have a great impact on me. I have some wonderful memories of her and her being how she would pass out the grade chart for all of us to see...couldn't do that today!  

08/05/15 09:03 PM #750    


Lisa Neafus

I had Mrs. Morgan for senior English and am so saddened to hear of her passing. She was an awesome teacher and so nice to me when I had to take off and be out a lot that year due to my brothers health Issues. I'm sure she will be missed by many as she was such a nice lady.

09/15/15 11:33 AM #751    


Mary Waller

I still use what Mrs. Morgan taught us about the structure of essays... and with my own students! Remember the book The Lively Art of Writing? Mrs. Morgan was a wonderful and seemingly-unflappable teacher, and her class was absolutely invaluable. Remembering her fondly...

09/16/15 12:21 PM #752    

Richard Hedgecock

Boy, Mary, you really struck a nerve with me. Mrs. Morgan was the greatest teacher I ever had. I use the lessons I learned from her and The Lively Art of Writing TO THIS DAY with my 11 year old. She understood the importance of what she was teaching and used her firm but kind methods to impart that on her students.

And as many of us know now, "kids today" have no idea how to write. It's really pathetic.

My only regret from high school is associated with Mrs. Morgan: I didn't go see the Sex Pistols at the Cain's Ballroom on their only US, 10-city tour because we had a big Shakespeare test (MacBeth?) the next day. And I bombed the test. Should have just gone...

01/11/16 03:33 PM #753    


Eddie Morris

Richard Eddy, football head coach and U.S. History teacher passed away this morning.

01/12/16 08:36 PM #754    


Julie Tedder (Murray)

Thank you for posting. As a retired teacher of 28 years he was such an important influence on so many of us. All the little things he did showed some of us what life as a teacher could mean. 


01/14/16 01:49 PM #755    


Eddie Morris

A Memorial Service for Coach Richard Eddy will be at 11 am, Saturday, January 16, 2016, at Floral Haven in Broken Arrow, OK(6500 S. 129th E. Ave.). A lunch reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to direct donations to the Alzheimers Association of Oklahoma, 2448 East 81st Street, Suite 3000, Tulsa, OK, 74137,, or the First Methodist Church Checotah, 419 West Gentry Avenue, Checotah, Ok, 74426 or

01/14/16 02:19 PM #756    


Eddie Morris

From his obituary: "In 1970, Coach Eddy joined the Tulsa Memorial staff as an assistant coach. He was immediately impressed with the commitment to athletics by both the school and the parents.He always said, at Memorial 'pride was a big deal...' and he enjoyed the zenith of his career during his 15 years as a Charger, becoming the Head Coach in 1976 and winning a state championship in 1980. Coach Eddy also coached Oklahoma to a victory over Texas in the Oil Bowl in 1983. In 1985, he retired from coaching and teaching. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association's Hall of Fame in 1989.

     "Off the field, Coach Eddy influenced the lives of hundreds of students as both a history teacher and drivers education instructor.

     "In 2000, Coach Eddy and his wife, Laura(a Carnegie Elementary teacher during her teaching years), moved to their farm in Checotah, OK(Carrie Underwood territory). They enjoyed working in their garden and raising cattle... and Coach pursued his passion for hunting and fishing."

10/06/17 04:36 PM #757    


Eddie Morris

Article headline from the Tulsa World, Friday, October 6, 2017.  "Meadowbrook(Country Club) to Become Housing Development."  A local developer purchased the property and plans residential development. The article went on to say that Meadowbrook would probably stay open for another year. I remember going there in high school with Gary Koester to check traps that he had placed around one of the ponds. Also, a few years ago in the summer, Gene Howerton, Steve Mindeman, Stan Bugh and I enjoyed playing golf there. Fun memories.

10/07/17 04:31 PM #758    


Debi Burris (Sovereign)

Oh my goodness.  I lifeguarded at Meadowbrook for two years and had lots of fun there.  Had the best tan I've ever had, but then I also had to listen to songs from Grease every day ...

07/20/18 04:06 PM #759    


Eddie Morris

Zingo, Tulsa's beloved roller coaster, would have turned 50 this month. From an article in the Tulsa World, "Zingo was the highest-priced roller coaster in the nation when it debuted in 1968. It was built at a cost of $238,000. The cost to ride it: 75 cents." The ride was so popular that the loan debt was erased in 18 months. Some interesting items from the article:

Bell's Amusement Park opened in 1951. The park was originally located at Glenn Dobbs' driving range near 21st Street and Yale Avenue.

Zingo's path was 2,560 feet. A ride lasted between 98 and 102 seconds. The coaster's top speed was usually between 48 and 50 mph. Zingo's peak was 72 feet above the fairgrounds.

Zingo was named as a "salute to a long gone coaster," the Zingo Cannonball, from Crystal City Amusement Park in west Tulsa.

"Zingo's success paved the way for other new additions to the park, including the haunted attraction Phantasmagoria, the Himalaya('Do You Wanna Go FASTER?!!!'), the Wildcat and a log ride."

Band members from Earth, Wind and Fire "offered to pay $1,000 if they could take an after-operating-hours ride." Because a Distict Court judge was concerned about neighborhood noise, the coaster was forced to cease operating at 9 o'clock at night. The management refused to violate the order and had to disappoint Earth, Wind and Fire.

Growing up I didn't realize how intertwined in my mind the Tulsa State Fair and Bell's Amusement Park were. They seemed somehow inseparable. Bell's has been closed for over a decade now. Yet still to this day when I go to "The Fair" I find myself inevitably meandering down the Midway looking for the rides at Bell's and the KELI Spaceship. As with so much of life I didn't realize then that something that brought me so much enjoyment would come with an expiration date. 

07/21/18 11:28 AM #760    


Robert Kendall

Here are links to videos of Zingo:


Early 70s (?) on film - incomplete:


1988, from a VHS tape:


1995, ridden twice:


Again from 1995, looking at Zingo by daylight:


199,6 looking at Zingo by night:


and here, ridden twice, from 2003:

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