Charles Biggs

Publisher, Tulsa Beacon
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Football is tough to play but it is so much fun to watch


My Dad had two rules for my four brothers and me growing up – don’t ride motorcycles and don’t play organized football. Why? Because you can really get hurt with either activity. My Dad loved to watch football and he actually played varsity football at Cherokee High School in Cherokee, Oklahoma, back in the late […]

Sex-change for children is child abuse


It’s child abuse, pure and simple. America has slipped so far morally that politically correct parents – with the help of doctors – are ruining the lives of their young children by pretending to change their sex. Finally, a group of doctors from The American College of Pediatricians are calling this what it is – […]

Weddings have really changed over the last 35 years…


My, how things have changed. My lovely daughter Sarah is getting married Saturday to a wonderful young man named Josh Berg. He comes from a wonderful family and our family couldn’t be more happy. Susan and I were married 35 years ago and our oldest son Brian was married a few years back. We didn’t […]

My lengthy shopping history with Sears is about to end


I believe it was in 1964 when the late Pastor Bob Kelso and his wife picked me up after school at Burbank Elementary School on a chilly fall afternoon. Our family belonged to Tulsa Bible Church, where Pastor Kelso preached. He and his wife had a heart for the children in our neighborhood at 5th […]

High tuition and few jobs make a lousy combination


When I went to Tulsa Junior College (now Tulsa Community College) in 1972-73, tuition was $6.25 an hour. I had a job at J.C. Penney making $2.50 an hour. So I had to work at least 150 hours to pay for my freshman year of college. As a sophomore, I transferred to Oklahoma University, where […]

Rollercoasters make emotions go up and down, up and down


I was never a big fan of rollercoasters when I was growing up. I did enjoy going on Zingo, the famous Tulsa rollercoaster that was on the Fairgrounds as part of Bell’s Amusement Park. Bell’s is no longer in business and it’s a shame that more and more people don’t remember that family amusement park. […]

Ageless Paul McCartney revisits the Beatles in OKC gig


OKLAHOMA CITY – Paul McCartney opened his concert here Monday night with a rousing performance of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night. But the 75-year-old McCartney didn’t make it seem hard for him to captivate a nearly sold-out audience for almost three hours. And it wasn’t hard to enjoy this energy packed concert. McCartney, who […]

Summer is not that hot if you don’t sweat a whole bunch


I think the hottest I have ever been was in summer camp near Ruston, Louisiana, in the middle of summer. There used to be an organization called Bible Memory Association (BMA). BMA was great. Kids and adults got books filled with Bible verses that you were supposed to memorize. Every kid had an adult (usually […]

My Dad didn’t pass down his love for the game of golf


My father, the late Harley Biggs, Sr., was a great amateur golfer. He just loved to play golf and he managed to play just about every course in Tulsa and this part of the state. He was a natural athlete and won letters in baseball, basketball and football at Cherokee High School. Dad played minor […]

Swimming opportunities have changed over 50 years


When I grew up, I loved to go swimming. I learned to swim at the Olympic-sized outdoor pool at McClure Park (near 11th street and Memorial Drive). It was two blocks from the house where I grew up and it only cost a quarter to go swimming back in the 1960s. McClure Park has a […]