Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Meetings!

A note from Steve:

I hope everyone had a happy summer despite Retro Metro OKC taking a break from its meeting schedule. This break was a good time for us to get some behind-the-scenes details addressed, and quite frankly, I was a bit overbooked with work and family obligations.

We have a fun fall schedule lined up, starting with an opportunity at 6 p.m. Monday, September 9, to tour the remodeled Calvary Baptist Church:

Attorney Dan Davis, himself a history buff, has done a superb job working with Retro Metro OKC’s own Catherine Montgomery in doing a very impressive preservation job – one I suspect will win some serious national recognition.

Calvary Baptist Church may be one of the most if not the most significant historic structure still standing representing the history of our city’s black community. I am hoping that this might be just our first gathering at the church – it is my goal to invite someone like Anita Arnold to share the history of Deep Deuce with us at a later time.

The Calvary Baptist Church is located at NE 2 and Walnut. I suspect there might be a few of us who might choose to walk down to the Deep Deuce Grill or to the Wedge afterwards for a late dinner.

Our October meeting will be on Monday, October the 7th, and will offer even more fun as we are given the chance to get an up-close view at the contents of the Century Chest at the Oklahoma History Center. The Century Chest was opened earlier this year – and may be the best preserved time capsule in our state’s history.

Chad Williams, deputy director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, will be our host as he tells us about the items found beneath the First Lutheran Church. You can read more about the collection at www.okhistory.org/centurychest/.

And, here’s a video you can watch about the treasures contained in the Century Chest:

http://www.okhistory.org/centurychest/history.php

The meeting starts at 6:30. The Oklahoma History Center is located just off NE 23 and Lincoln (across from the Governor’s mansion) at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr.

Our annual holiday party will be held 6 p.m. Monday, December 9th at the Hart Building, 720 W Sheridan along Film Row. It’s quite an appropriate gathering spot for us, considering it was a gutted shell of a building when most of us last saw it during our Film Row presentations in 2012. We will likely be doing a pot luck meal of sorts, and I’ll share more details as we get closer to the date.

We will not be meeting in November, and during our December gathering we will be discussing the likelihood of switching to a bi-monthly schedule.

Also, we are very, very close to seeing the first batch of Hale Photography images posted online. A.J. Kirkpatrick, meanwhile, is preparing to set up another scanning session for the remaining Hale materials.

As an aside, be sure to check in at www.retrometrookc.org on a regular basis. Our in-house genius, website creator Justin Tyler Moore has generously set us up with a blog that is being updated weekly now by Lynne Rostochil. Justin also is tweaking the site and fixing some glitches in the collections scroll bar and will also be creating a links page showing all the collections.

Some of you have tried contacting me and may have found that frustrating. Forgive me – again, it’s been a crazy several months for me. I hope to get caught up on communications this next week.

Thanks for all you do to make Retro Metro OKC the success it is.

– Steve Lackmeyer, president, Retro Metro OKC.

4 Comments

  1. Great meeting tonight at Calvary Baptist Church. It would be great if we could get more people attending.

  2. I would like to invite anyone who has information on the original Kip’s Big Boy Restaurant built in 1959 on 3217 N. May Ave. It was the first Big Boy Restaurant licensed and franchised by Bob’s Big Boy Corp. in Glendale CA by Mr. Robert C.Wian founder of “The Big Boy Hamburger” in 1936. Mr. Thomas W. Holman Sr. and James D. “Bucky” Reed were the owners and developers of Kip’s Big Boy Restaurants in OKC,Tulsa, and Wichita KS, and Midwest City, OK. Mr. Tom Holman worked for Bob,s in CA over 20 years and Mr. Reed was a local lounge owner. They opened a Kip’s Big Boy 24 hour unit at 122 w. Main St and had the general offices upstairs. Soon after two Tulsa OK locations were established as well as a beautiful Kip’s Big Boy located at 6921 E. Kellogg in Wichita, KS and several Roy Rogers Roast Beef Restaurants in OKC a on nd other OKLA. cities. I would appreciate any and all photos of any Kip’s in OK and stories from employees families and friends in the 60’s on.Please contact Mark Gelhaar 608 N. 7th St.Lumberton,MS 39455 or markgelhaargelhaar@gmail.com Thanks OKC!
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    • This is to include the fact that all the Kip’s Big Boy Restaurants in Texas were owned and franchised to Mr. Fred Bell, Fred Bell Enterprises Dallas, TX started near the same time frame the Oklahoma Kip’s started in OKC. Mr. Holman and Fred Bell were friends and Mr. Bell was a Bob’s Big Boy board member for many years. Mr. Holman Sr. was a corp. VP when retiring from Bob’s.

  3. I would like to know when the next meeting for retro metro okc is and where.

    thank you

    j yousey

    jyousey@msn.com

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