Notebook: December 2015
Topics of interest to Tulsans
Lauren McKinney's Bill Hader mural on the exterior wall of Two Guys Bowtie Co.’s Pearl District storefront.
Tweet come true
“@TYProsFund I want to paint a larger-than-life outdoor mural of Bill Hader’s face somewhere in T-town. Maybe w/ the text ‘Hader’s gonna Hade.’”
Lauren McKinney (@laurenmckinney) was one of 110 people to share ideas for improving Tulsa with the TYPros Foundation via Twitter. This summer, the foundation extended more than $28,000 in grants to McKinney and six other recipients to bring their concepts to life. In mid-October, McKinney — a “huge Hader fan” — painted her mural of the Tulsa native and comedian on the exterior wall of Two Guys Bowtie Co.’s Pearl District storefront.
Holiday travelers will notice Tulsa International Airport is a little more colorful this season, thanks to its “Draw D.C.” promotion.
To support the airport’s new nonstop service to Washington, D.C., via United Airlines, TIA solicited D.C.-themed artwork from Tulsa-area students in fifth grade and younger. The submissions are on display through December at the security checkpoint and in the Aviation Learning Center near the Concourse B waiting area.
Fifth-grader Dallas was randomly chosen among 24 entrants for a one-year family membership to the Tulsa Air & Space Museum. He also will receive lunch with a United Airlines pilot.
City snacks healthier
Vending machines on city-owned or leased properties recently received a healthy makeover, according to the American Red Cross. The change is the result of an executive order and policy memorandum from the City of Tulsa.
Earlier this year, vending machines on city properties visited by the public — such as public libraries, parks, nature centers, the Cox Business Center and community centers — were updated to provide patrons with healthier options and calorie labeling.
Tulsa’s 3,500 city employees also will benefit from healthier choices in vending machines where they work, including City Hall and the police and fire departments. The Tulsa chapter of the American Red Cross, which has championed healthy vending as an emerging policy issue since 2014, calls the change “a critical step in building a culture of health for all Tulsans.”
Hot dog fan publishes book
Tulsan Tom Lohr’s quest for the best ballpark hotdog took him to all 30 major league ballparks and 35 minor league venues. He details the results of his journey — spanning more than 100 days and 19,000 miles — in a new book, “Gone to the Dogs,” released by Dog Ear Publishing.
The book is available for $14.95 at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Click here to read TulsaPeople’s June 2014 Q&A with Lohr.