National treasure

Out-of-towner saves neglected ‘Outsiders’ relic.



Rapper Danny O’Connor is renovating the house from the film “The Outsiders.” S.E. Hinton, who authored the book on which the film is based, donated items to O’Connor such as her call sheets, rewrites of the film scripts and a painting of the second book cover.

Evan Taylor

Danny O’Connor was terrified when he learned his offer to purchase a rundown bungalow in north Tulsa had been accepted earlier this year.

The house was home to the fictitious Curtis brothers in the 1982 film “The Outsiders,” but buying it sight unseen was a risky $15,000 investment. 

Trashed, neglected and in disrepair, 731 N. St. Louis Ave. was destined for demolition, but O’Connor couldn’t stand the thought of losing a “national treasure.” 

“I had no business buying a house in Tulsa, but it has been one of the greatest things I’ve ever been involved in,” he says.

O’Connor’s journey to owning and restoring “The Outsiders” house began while watching the movie as a kid. Based on the best-selling book by S.E. Hinton, he says the film’s storyline of rich kids versus poor kids growing up on different sides of the tracks “hooked him in from day one.” Originally from New York, O’Connor felt he could relate to Tulsa’s gang of greasers.

“I came out of that theater, and the first thing I looked to do was buy a pack of cigarettes and get myself a denim jacket,” he says. “‘The Outsiders’ felt like a timeless classic even when it was first released.”

A decade later, O’Connor found success touring the world as a member of the hit hip-hop group House of Pain, but music didn’t lead him to Tulsa until 2009 while performing with the group La Coka Nostra. Between shows at Cain’s Ballroom, O’Connor says he had an epiphany.

“It was like that line in the movie when Matt Dillon says, ‘What do people do for kicks around here?’ I thought, oh my God, ‘The Outsiders’ was filmed here.”

With the help of a knowledgeable cab driver, O’Connor received a personal tour of the movie’s filming locations with stops at the Curtis house, the Admiral Twin Drive-in and Crutchfield Park.

“I posted photos to Facebook, and my phone started ringing off the hook,” he says. “People were like, ‘Where are you?’ I said, ‘I’m in Tulsa!’”

The experience became his inspiration for develop-ing a group known as the Delta Bravo Urban Exploration team that searches U.S. cities for historic movie or album cover locations. On his cross-country travels, O’Connor regularly returned to Tulsa and visited “The Outsiders” house.

“Downtown was getting nicer, but the house kept getting worse,” he says. “I kept thinking if someone doesn’t save it, maybe we should.”

New Tulsa friends helped O’Connor track down the owner. She was willing to sell, and before long the Beverly Hills resident was a Tulsa property owner. 

O’Connor is bringing the house up to code while restoring it as closely as possible to the way it looked during filming. The end product will be an informal mini museum. The rooms will be staged with furniture and fixtures from the movie set and also will house O’Connor’s private collection of “Outsiders” relics. He says the process is a collaborative effort. 

“I’m only one small part of this,” he says. “So many people and neighbors have reached out with their support with offers to do all kinds of work on the house, donate materials or share their photos and stories from the movie. It has been incredible.”

Even Hinton expressed her support for the project, and O’Connor hopes to complete it by the book’s 50th anniversary in April 2017. Ultimately, he envisions offering his own tours of “Outsiders” filming locations. 

“I don’t know how to describe it,” he says. “There’s something really special happening here. Tulsa has left that indelible mark on me, and moving here isn’t out of the question. I want to show other people the wonders of Tulsa.”

 

How to help

Learn more about Danny O’Connor’s project at www.gofundme.com/theoutsidershouse.

Since most of the furniture from the movie set was sold in Tulsa after filming wrapped, O’Connor hopes Tulsans with the original furniture will contact him. The rest of the set’s furniture will be replicated.

The Shrine will present “The Outsiders” House Renovation Fundraiser at 6 p.m., Aug. 6, at IDL Ballroom, 230 E. First St. The event will feature appearances by some of the film’s stars, including C. Thomas Howell (“Ponyboy”) and Darren Dalton (“Randy”); a silent auction; and performances by local artists. Visit www.tulsashrine.com.

 

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Gilcrease Museum
1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd
Tulsa, OK  74127
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The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association presents the OSSAA State High School Cheerleading Competition. Join us on September 22nd and support your favorite team!

Cost: $ 7.00

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Looking for a way to exercise your mind and body while having fun?  Laughter Yoga may be just what you're looking for.  This popular new class is low-impact and requires no special...

Cost: Free

Where:
LIFE Senior Services
5950 E. 31st St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: LIFE Senior Services
Telephone: (918) 664-9000
Contact Name: Emily Fox

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Signified by the balance between day & night, the Autumn Equinox serves as an opportunity to retreat from the harried pace of life, reflect upon that which is coming to an...

Cost: $375

Where:
The Ofi House
34477 S 502 Rd.
Park Hill, OK  74451
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Sponsor: YogaQuest
Telephone: (918) 622-5454
Contact Name: Dee Anne Day
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Teachers and administrators can ring in the school year with a sweet deal.   Every Sunday thru Thursday in September, a school ID will get teachers and administrators a half-priced Four...

Cost: 1/2 priced Four-Course Classic

Where:
The Melting Pot of Tulsa
300 Riverwalk Terrace #190
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-299-8000
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Orth Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new Silver Deposit paintings by Jimi Gleason on view at the gallery from September 7ththrough October 19th.    ...

Cost: free

Where:
Orth Contemporary
20 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Telephone: (918) 565-9404
Contact Name: Katie
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The Oklahoma Aquarium will celebrate the grand opening of the newest exhibit, The Polynesian Reef, with Luau open to the public. The Polynesian Reef Exhibit will be the second largest exhibit at...

Cost: free

Where:
Oklahoma Aquarium
300 Aquarium Dr
Jenks, OK  74037
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Join us to celebrate 15 years of the Oklahoma Aquarium and the opening of our newest exhibit, the Polynesian Reef on September 22, 2018!  The new exhibit will showcase over 70 species of South...

Cost: 15.95

Where:
Oklahoma Aquarium
300 S Aquarium Drive
Jenks, OK  74037
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Aquarium
Telephone: 918-528-1577
Contact Name: Laura Long
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Orth Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new Silver Deposit paintings by Jimi Gleason on view at the gallery from September 7ththrough October 19th.    ...

Cost: free

Where:
Orth Contemporary
20 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Telephone: (918) 565-9404
Contact Name: Katie
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Batman is coming to Broken Arrow! September 22 is the 4th annual Batman Day. Come in costume and meet some of your favorite characters. There will be a great charity auction full of wonderful items...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Broken Arr
1400 W Washington
Broken Arrow, OK  74011
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Sponsor: The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Broken Arrow
Telephone: 918-258-7545
Contact Name: Wendi Bowman
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The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) hosts a Swing dance and lessons  The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) is the only UNESCO recognized dance organization in Oklahoma.  We are a 501c3...

Cost: $7

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
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Episode 4: Kerry Vincent of Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show

One of the world's most influential cake competitions happens during the Tulsa State Fair, and the event's director, Kerry Vincent of Food Network fame, is here to share the details on the show, as well as her early life growing up in Australia.

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918 Day Discounts

Happy 918 Day, Tulsa! The whole city seems to be celebrating with a host of deals and discounts.

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Fall Arts Guide: September-December 2018

Bright lights. Big city. Tulsa has a plethora of performances this season. Mark your calendars for some new entertainment and returning favorites.

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Episode 3: Chef Kirk Swaby from Gathering Place

In anticipation of the Sept. 8 opening of the historic park, Anna interviews Kirk Swaby about his work as the Gathering Place's Culinary Executive Chef.

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Wizard World and the strange power of celebrity

Kato Kaelin, who has his own complicated relationship with fame, comes to Tulsa to serve as the emcee for a pop culture convention.

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