Best of OKC

Best of OKC 1987


Non-Elected Civic Leader – City Manager Terry Childers

Local Musician – Harvey & The Wallbangers

Ex-OU Jock Still Living Here – Steve Owens

Person You’d Like to Ship to Tulsa – Ed Gaylord

Male TV Anchor – Jerry Adams

Female TV Anchor – Linda Cavanaugh

News Reporter – Brad Edwards

Radio Personality – Mark Shannon

Oklahoma Gazette Columnist – Randy Splaingard, Editor

Old Coot – Gov. Henry Bellmon

Local Photographer – David Fitzgerald

“Source” of Local Gossip – Oklahoma Gazette

Unknown Local Artist – Suzanne King

Person Who’s Done the Most for OKC – John Kirkpatrick

Politician Who Won – Gov. Henry Bellmon

Politician Who Lost – David Walters

Democrat – U.S. Sen. David Boren

Republican – Gov. Henry Bellmon

Bizarre Political Candidate – Mike Gassaway

Local Buffoon – Gov. Henry Bellmon

Local Success Story – Vince Orza

Outrageous Individual – Brian Bosworth

Local Actor/Actress – Becky Corbin

Up-and-coming Local Celebrity – Randy Colton

Has Been Local Celebrity – Danny Williams


Ice Cream Fantasy – Braum’s

Place to Have Lunch – Pearl’s Oyster Bar

Franchise Hamburger – Big Ed’s

Non-Franchise Hamburger – Johnnie’s

Caesar Salad – Junior’s

Hors D’oeuvres – Sunset Serenade

Unusual Breakfast – Classen Grill

All-You-Can Eat Buffet – Seafood Buffet/Waterford Hotel

Drink Prices – Painted Desert

Fajitas – Texanna Red’s

Egg Rolls – Hu-nan

Crawfish Etouffee – Magnolia Café

Pasta Dishes – Flip’s Wine Bar & Trattoria

“Old Standby” Restaurant – Classen Grill

Non-Salad Salad Bar – Nomad

After-Work Watering Hole – T-Bar

“Time Warp” Eatery – Pump’s Bar & Grill

Restaurant to Take Out-of-Towners – The Haunted House

Low Caolrie, Low Cholestorol Menu – Gourmet 500

Imaginative Kid’s Men – Garfield’s

New Restaurant – Jacque’s

Restaurant Institution – Sleepy Hollow

Restaurant to Impress Friends – The Greystone

Stiff Drinks – T-Bar

Fun Restaurant – Molly Murphy’s


Place for Good, Clean Fun – WhiteWater

Live Music Nightspot – Saki House

Place to Go Dancing – Chevie’s

Quiet Cocktail Bar – Waterford Hotel Lounge

Bizarre Bar Crowd – Angles

Attractive City Park – Will Rogers Park

Place for an Outdoor Concert – Zoo Amphitheatre

Oklahoma City Landmark – National Cowboy Hall of Fame

Designed Building – Leadership Square

Place to Meet Someone New – Waterford Hotel

Place to See Yuppie Clones – Sunset Serenade at Waterford Hotel

Local Eyesore – Myriad Gardens

Unusual Private Residence – Hodges Homes

Unfinished Construction Project – Myriad Gardens

Inner-city Neighborhood – Heritage Hills

Place to Ride Bikes – Lake Hefner Trails

Street That’s Still Open – Classen Boulevard

Prosperous Intersection – N.W. 122nd & May

Corner for a Political Protest – N.W. 36th & Classen

Place to Make the Scene – Sunset Serenade at Waterford Hotel

Place to Avoid – Downtown

Place to Marvel at Nature – Martin Park Nature Center

Place to Marvel at Humanity – Will Rogers World Airport

Place to Run Into Old Friends – T-Bar

Public Place for Quiet Meditation – Lake Hefner


Innovative New Business – Datatek Corp.

Store with a Reputation for Quality – Harold’s

Office Supply Store – Mike Bryan Office Products

Educational Toy Store – The Learning Tree

Art Gallery – Oklahoma Museum of Art

Neighborhood Grocery Store – Kamp’s Grocery Store

Meat Department – Kamp’s Grocery Store

Fresh Produce Selection – Farmers Market

Yuppie Automobile – BMW

Place to Buy Exotic Flowers – Trochta’s Flowers & Greenhouse

Creative Advertising Agency – Jordan Associates

Church Singles Group – United Methodist Church of the Servant

Private School – Casady

Adult Education Courses – OSU Tech Branch

Shopping North of N.W. 63rd – Quail Springs Mall

Shopping South of N.W. 63rd – 50 Penn Place

Place to Find Hard-To-Find Items – Kamber’s

Place to Rent New Video Releases – Sound Warehouse

Place to Find a Bargain – Wal-Mart

Place to Buy Fashion Accessories – Ruth Meyers Inc.

Downtown Business – Taylor’s Newsstand & Bookstore

Non-Mall Shopping Experience – Nichols Hills Plaza

Place to Get in Shape – YMCA

Health Care Services – Mercy Health Center

Magazine Selection – Taylor’s Newsstand & Bookstore


Evidence That OKC Is Coming Alive – Remington Park Race Track

Political Faux Pas – Mike Turpen’s Primary Night

TV Ad Campaign – Jackie Cooper

New Fad – Crew Cuts

Window Displays – Balliet’s

Recording by a Local Band – Maya

Local Bumper Sticker – ‘Impeach Gaylord’

Local Scandal – Penn Square Bank

Ethnic Business Area – ‘Little Saigon’

Outrageous Home Landscaping – The Hodges Home

Local Flop – Myriad Gardens

Memorable Art Exhibition – Festival of the Arts

Reason to Go Downtown – Festival of the Arts

Ethnic Festival or Celebration – Red Earth ‘87

Situation Needing Investigation – Oklahoma Tax Commission

Oklahoma City Improvement – West Bypass

Reason to Love OKC – the People

Source of Local Embarrassment – The Daily Oklahoman

Renovation Under Way – Penn Square Mall

Unrealized Dream for OKC – Myriad Gardens

Downtown Skyscraper – Liberty Tower

Non-Downtown Highrise – Citizen’s Plaza

Historical Accident – Penn Square Bank Failure

Gala Fundraising Event – Odyssey

Local Proof That Life is Fair – Prison Term for Mike Gassaway


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