The Adventure of Tulsa, 1955-58

Yes, to me who just turned 15, going to what seemed like “A Big City” was an exciting adventure! In the weeks before we moved I wrote to the Chamber of Commerce and got information about Tulsa and what there was to see and do there and almost treated the move like an elongated vacation! 🙂 Of course at that age and time I did not realize that Tulsa was more like a small town than a big city, just as “southern” as it was “western” and just as segregated and prejudiced as the southern small towns I had come from. But it took me a long time to realize that.

Unfortunately Mom & Jerry were not as excited about the move nor any changes it would certainly bring. I assume that Bonnie was too young at about 3 to have strong opinions of the move. And of course Dad was going to help manage his biggest clothing store yet as the Assistant Manager of Froug’s Department Store in the Eastgate Shopping Center plus making a lot bigger salary. And I was going to a city high school with more students in my Sophomore Class than the whole high school in El Dorado. 🙂

Tulsa Years Menu

It was only high school after all, definitely one of the most bizarre periods in a person’s life. How anyone can come through that time well adjusted on any level is an absolute miracle.     

~E.A. Bucchianeri

¡Pura Vida!