February 2 , 1995
You remember my recent mention of Dr. Stewart Beasley Jr., one of our native sons who now is a counseling psychologist in Edmond? I related how he often appears on all of the Oklahoma City TV stations, commenting on bizarre crimes or situations with some out of the ordinary aspect. Since then I have heard from Dr. Beasley with a little background which I thought you might also find interesting. He writes as follows:
"It's funny, but my television spots come at odd times. Usually, I get a call from one (or all three) television station asking me to do an ‘on-camera' interview about some off-the-wall topic. I guess they know I'm good for a 10-15 second sound bite on nearly anything! I've commented on everything from Susan Smith in North Carolina who confessed to murdering her two little boys to why football is so important to Oklahomans. NBC even sent a reporter from Los Angeles to interview me when Barry Switzer left his head coaching job at OU!
"Some of my friends and acquaintances in Perry may not be aware that I host a weekly radio talk-show, 'With You in Mind,' Sundays from 8-10 p.m. on KTOK radio in Oklahoma City (1000 on the AM dial) ... My show is a call-in psychology talk show and I have fun with it. I hope you'll listen if you get a chance."
I did not know about the radio show until now, but I’ll be tuning in to see if it's anything like Dr. Frasier's version each Tuesday night on NBC TV. It was good to hear from our friend Dr. Beasley. You'll probably want to check out his show, too.
I keep bringing up my fascination with music of the Big Band era, but I may not have mentioned that my personal favorite is Glenn Miller. That should come as no big surprise because he probably holds that special distinction with a majority of all the old duffers who, like me, still cling to those musical memories.
Recently I took inventory of my Miller album collection and learned that it now includes 398 selections in 20 albums - 33 and 45 rpm vinyls, plus tape cassettes and CDs. That does not include video tapes of the only two full-length Hollywood movies which featured the Miller band and their director as an actor, another tape of the MGM movie based on Glenn Miller's life with James Stewart in the lead role, and two PBS specials showcasing the band.
Alphabetically the tunes range from A ("Adios") to Y ("Yuletide Medley"). I'm not bringing this up to brag, just to show you how far overboard I have gone on this subject Someday it would be nice to have all 398 of those songs transferred to one reel-to-reel tape, or better still to a single digitally recorded compact disc, but there are several problems with that. Mainly, no ordinary tape reel or CD could contain that many tunes. But if you like that style as much as I do, wouldn't it be great to have that unique, beautiful sound uninterrupted for whatever length of time it might take to play 398 renditions by the Moonlight Serenaders?
As you may have read, the 50th anniversary of Glenn Miller's death during World War II was recently observed, but today his estate is still earning as much or more as the original band did in the pre-war era. A legally franchised Glenn Miller band still tours internationally and plays to sold-out audiences here and abroad. It is especially popular in Japan. And, Reader's Digest has just issued a CD box set of 60 Miller recordings taken from RCA Victor and Bluebird master discs, cleaned up by modem technology. Wow.
That makes me think. It's time to start my 1995 Christmas wish list.